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Police Briefs: April 28, 2011

Suspicious salesman pays visit

Anchorage police said that a 28-year-old Chugiak man reported on April 14 that a man came to his door on Needels Loop claiming to be a Kirby vacuum cleaner salesman. The man had no nametag or ID supporting his claim, the homeowner reported. The man was suspicious of the salesman because he asked personal questions, police said. The man provided a physical description of the subject along with a possible vehicle he may have been driving, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. Officers couldn't find him, however.

Broken garage door aids burglar

Anchorage police said a 33-year-old Eagle River woman reported on April 18 that someone stole a wallet and locket from her car after entering the garage through a broken garage door. The woman told police she'd been having problems with the door, and that the night before it hadn't closed all the way, which she didn't realize, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. Other valuables in the garage weren't touched, Lammers said. Police have no suspects.

Man reports gun missing from truck

A 62-year-old Eagle River resident reported on April 20 that his handgun had been taken from the center console of his pickup truck, Anchorage police said. He saw the gun last on April 12 after dropping the vehicle off at a local tire shop, he told police. He didn't notice the gun missing until April 16, police said. They have no suspects.

Child found safe

A 2-year-old girl found in the area of Upper Sunny Circle in Eagle River was returned safely to her mother, who had been looking frantically for her, Anchorage police said. A woman reportedly found the child around 9:45 p.m. on April 18, police said. The child's mother, who lives on Aurora Circle, "indicated she had been looking inside and out for her child," before police contacted her, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The child was uninjured.

DUI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Charles David Ehrler, 27, of Anchorage on April 15 on East Eagle River Loop Road for driving under the influence, driving while license revoked or suspended, and fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon. Officers stopped Ehrler's Ford F-250 for an unsafe lane change but smelled alcohol while talking to him, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. His breath-alcohol level was roughly one and a half times the legal limit, Lammers said. Ehrler was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $2,750 bail.

Other DUI arrests, according to police:

Cody Marie Ivy, 22, of Anchorage on April 17, inbound on the Glenn Highway at Hiland Road, after being stopped for speeding and swerving. Ivy's breath-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. She was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250.

Willard Neakok, of Point Lay, on April 18 on the outbound Glenn near Eklutna after officers stopped him for speeding. All three occupants in the car appeared to have been drinking, police said. Two were underage. Neakok's breath-alcohol level was below the legal limit "but he may have also been under the influence of a controlled substance," Lammers said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail. Passengers Daniel Paul Pikok, 18, and Lloyd Franklin Thomas Pikok, 19, both of Point Lay, were cited for minor consuming and police called a cab to take them back to where they were staying, Lammers said.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, April 28, 2011.

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