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Story Last modified at 5:14 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Police Briefs

Man dies in Glenn Highway accident

A Wasilla man was killed in a one-vehicle rollover on the southbound Glenn Highway just before the South Birchwood exit Monday morning, Anchorage police said.

Scott Eldwin Wall, 59, died at the scene after the 2002 silver Dodge Caravan he was driving left the highway and rolled over before coming to rest in the median between the north and southbound lanes, police said. Callers alerted police at about 4:30 a.m. The accident closed the highway for about 90 minutes, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said; officers diverted traffic to the Old Glenn Highway. Members of the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department extricated Wall from the van, Shell said. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Pricey 'toys' stolen from room

Anchorage police said a resident on Iris Way reported on April 21 that someone broke into their home and stole electronics from a 12-year-old's room. Roughly $700 worth of electronics was stolen, including a television, Play Station consoles, and an iPod, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. A neighbor saw an unfamiliar black Chevrolet S-10 Blazer pull into the home's driveway, Shell said. The neighbor saw the woman get out of the passenger side and do something with a gas can in the driveway, she said. No arrests have been made.

Used computer has shady past

A Birch Park Circle resident who purchased a $500 computer from Eagle River Pawn told Anchorage police on April 22 that he started it up only to find various indications that a prior owner used it for nefarious dealings including growing marijuana and stealing other people's identities. The man discovered purchase orders for lights and information on how to produce a marijuana grow, court documents for various people, and "privacy documents," police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. He also found "excessive porn," Shell said. APD's computer crimes unit is investigating potential identity theft.

Comment at bar leads to assault

Anchorage police said that a 24-year-old man was hit in the face multiple times at Tips Bar around midnight on April 24. The man was sitting at the bar with a female friend who made an insulting comment about an "unknown male" also in the bar, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. The man laughed, Shell said.

"That's when the male came over and pulled the guy from the stool" and punched him, then threw him to the ground, she said. Police later found someone matching the description of the attacker but the victim had left the bar when they returned with the assailant for identification, she said. The victim didn't answer his door when officers knocked. No arrests have been made.

Wallet stolen from shopping cart

A 56-year-old Eagle River woman told Anchorage police on April 24 that someone stole her wallet while she was shopping at the Carrs store in town. Video surveillance cameras later revealed a white man in a gray hoodie and jeans standing behind the victim at the deli counter, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. The woman had left her wallet in her shopping cart, and the man lifted it and hid it under his sweatshirt, Shell said. The wallet held about $300 and credit cards, she said.

DWI arrest

Anchorage police said they arrested James Boroughs, 40, of Anchorage for driving under the influence on April 28 after an officer stopped Boroughs for swerving while between the Peters Creek exits on the inbound Glenn Highway. Boroughs failed field-sobriety tests and his breath-alcohol levels were estimated at more than twice the legal limit, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.

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