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Story Last modified at 8:35 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Police Briefs: April 21, 2011

Speeder gets cited for weed

Anchorage police said they cited and released Bryce Reimer, 20, of Wasilla on April 7 after an officer clocked his speed at about 85 mph on the outbound Glenn Highway, where the speed limit is 65 mph. The officer "detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle," said police spokeswoman Anita Shell. Reimer handed him a small bag of marijuana, Shell said.

Burglar pilfers TVs, Wii – and hair clips

A 26-year-old homeowner on Fire Creek Trail discovered on April 10 that someone apparently broke into her house and stole numerous items valued at more than $7,100, Anchorage police said. The woman said she came home and noticed the front door, which she had left locked, popped open when she put in her key, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. There was no sign of forced entry.

Once inside, the woman noticed a hole at the top of the stairs and all sorts of items missing: several television sets; a Nintendo Wii console but no games; clothes; two laptop computers; bathroom items; a Coach purse; a vacuum cleaner; a wedding ring; a generator and power tools. The thief left the stereo but took the woman's daughter's hair clips, Shell said.

The homeowner said she didn't know who broke in but said she ended up calling APD on someone who stayed briefly at the house last month because he stole a car.

Doughnuts at medical center?

Anchorage police said someone on April 11 broke part of a glass door and spun doughnuts in the parking lot of the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center facility on Snowmobile Lane.

In another, unrelated incident of vandalism, the American Legion on the Old Glenn Highway reported April 14 that someone broke a window on the east side of the building, police said. Nothing was taken.

Student reports groping on bus

Anchorage police said that on April 11 a 12-year-old Gruening Middle School student reported that a slightly older boy – 13 or 14 – touched her inappropriately over her jeans while they rode the school bus that day. The girl has had problems with the boy before, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. Police are investigating the incident, said Anchorage School District spokeswoman Heidi Embley. The district "takes bullying very seriously," Embley said in an e-mail, "and we're glad that this girl stepped forward to report her concerns."

DUI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Murphy Mickey Moo, 27, of Eagle River on April 7 after another driver on the Glenn Highway complained that Moo was swerving and going different speeds. The other driver followed Moo to his home on Big Horn Circle, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. An officer contacted him there and asked him to come out but Moo became argumentative, Shell said.

"He didn't understand why he was contacting him because he was home now and not driving," Shell said. Moo failed a field-sobriety test. His breath-alcohol sample came in more than three times the legal limit.

Other DUI arrests, according to police:

Robert Allain, 32, of Anchorage on April 9 on Eklutna Village Road after someone reported a possible intoxicated driver near the South Birchwood exit. The arresting officer saw a six-pack of Mike's hard mango punch with a bottle missing in the vehicle and smelled the "strong odor" of alcohol, Shell said. Allain acted strangely – kept trying to hand his cell phone to the officer, couldn't find his wallet when it was sitting in sight on his dashboard – and refused to take a breath test. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Ryan Jackson, 21, of Homer on April 7 at Northgate Drive after he was stopped speeding and had an open container of rum in his vehicle. Jackson failed his field-sobriety test and his breath sample came in just under two times the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.

Christopher Emond, 46, of Chugiak just before midnight on April 7 after an officer saw him fail to signal and drift from lane to lane. Emond, who was with his wife and two sons, said he'd only had a few glasses of wine at a friend's house, Shell said. His breath sample was just over the legal limit.

Onkima Lonewolf, 32, of Wasilla on April 10 after an officer saw her swerving while driving. Lonewolf said she was trying to use her cell phone, Shell said. Her breath sample was more than twice the legal limit.

Anthony Brown, 26, of Anchorage on April 11 on the Glenn Highway after police received reports of a reckless pickup swerving from lane to lane, to the point that several vehicles had to take evasive action to avoid it. Brown's breath sample was more than twice the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.