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Story Last modified at 5:28 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Police Briefs

Chugiak man threatens ex, then police

A man threatening his ex-girlfriend, and also making threats that he would shoot police officers, was arrested without incident on the Old Glenn Highway on May 1, Anchorage police said.

Officers responded around 10 p.m. that night to the 19000 block of the Old Glenn for a report of a disturbance, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. A 911 caller said an ex-boyfriend of one of the residents was making "threats of harm" to the woman, who left before officers arrived, Lammers said. The caller also said the man said he would "shoot any officer that attempted to make contact with him," Lammers said. Police contacted the suspect – 34-year-old Chad Vanderkolk, of Chugiak – in his pickup, Lammers said. Officers discovered that Vanderkolk's breath-alcohol level was estimated at nearly twice the legal limit. He was arrested for driving under the influence and drunk with possession of a weapon; Vanderkolk had a revolver with him, Lammers said.

Car contains pot, shotgun

A vehicle pulled over by Anchorage police around 10:30 p.m. on April 30 on Business Boulevard for no license plate revealed a "strong odor of marijuana" after officers got closer, Anchorage police said.

James Matthew Demarino, of the Richardson side of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, was the driver. Demarino told officers he had a shotgun behind his seat and consented to a vehicle search, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. Officers found several baggies of marijuana inside. They arrested Demarino for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and second-degree misconduct involving weapons. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.

Humbug: Somebody steals a little girl's bike

A 10-year-old Eagle River girl rode her bike to Walmart and went inside to buy a pizza on May 1 around 4 p.m., Anchorage police said. She parked the bike outside. It was gone when she came out.

The bike is a 21-speed blue mountain bike with a black water bottle holder.

DWI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Darren Edward Hegner, 20, of Eagle River on April 30 between the Eagle River exits on the Glenn Highway for driving under the influence. Police stopped Hegner for no taillights and noticed a slight odor of alcohol on his breath, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. Police believe Hegner may have been under the influence of narcotics because his breath-alcohol levels were "well below the legal limit," Lammers said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Police on May 3 arrested Ramona Michelle Krukoff, 38, of Anchorage for driving under the influence on the Glenn Highway at Eklutna. Police stopped Krukoff for speeding and noticed "signs of intoxication" after officers contacted her, Lammers said. Krukoff's breath-alcohol levels were estimated at nearly one and a half times the legal limit. She was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

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