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Police Briefs

Structure fire injures three

Two residents and an Anchorage firefighter were hospitalized after a fire partly destroyed a home on Fairmount Circle in Eagle River on May 26, the Anchorage Fire Department said.

A dog died in the fire, the fire department said.

An AFD spokesman could not release any details about the nature of the injuries that sent the residents and the firefighter to the hospital.

The fire was reported at 6:30 p.m. on May 26. Sixteen units responded to the fire, according to the fire department. The first firefighters to arrive at the home said about half of the structure was on fire and they could see flames coming through the roof. After attacking the fire, crews had it under control within 15 minutes, the fire department said. The fire started in a bedroom on the second floor and was contained to that room, AFD spokesman Al Tamagni said. Damage was estimated at $100,000. An investigator has determined the fire's cause to be accidental but the investigation continues, Tamagni said.

Power theft reported

Anchorage police said that Matanuska Electric Association was advised on May 18 that a resident of Rambler Road appeared to be stealing power. MEA told police that someone tampered with a power box attached to an old shed, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The suspect inserted a copper strip that overrides the power utility's system and "provides power without MEA recording it," Lammers said. Yukon Don Tanner, MEA's safety director, made several attempts to contact tenants but could not, she said. Lammers said police policy does not allow her to name suspects. An investigation continues.

Shoplifters arrested for felony theft

Anchorage police said they arrested 38-year-old Paula Lingley and a 17-year-old girl for shoplifting at the Eagle River Fred Meyer on May 23. The girl's basket held nearly $1,000 worth of stolen property, according to police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers. She was arrested for second-degree theft, a felony, Lammers said. Lingley had more than $500 worth of items in her basket, Lammers said. She was arrested for second-degree theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Lingley was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail. The girl was released to her parents, Lammers said.

DUI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Viola Williams, 29, of Anchorage for driving under the influence and reckless endangerment on May 23 on the Glenn Highway at the North Eagle River exit. Police received a report from the Alaska State Troopers about a possibly impaired driver, police said. When pulled over around 5:20 a.m., Williams had a 6-month-old child in the car, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. She was arrested for felony DUI because this was at least the third time she was arrested for DUI in the last 10 years, Lammers said. Williams was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Other arrests, according to police:

Ryan Joens, 31, of Anchorage for driving under the influence on May 19 on Eagle River Loop Road after he was stopped for not having a front license plate. Joens' breath-alcohol levels were estimated at two and a half times the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail.

John Radison, 52, of Eagle River on May 20 at Hiland Road and the Glenn Highway for driving under the influence and driving while license revoked and with an interlock ignition limitation device after he was stopped for driving across a double yellow line. Radison's breath-alcohol levels were estimated at nearly two and a half times the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Rebecca McMullen, 26, of Anchorage on May 21 in the Glenn Highway inbound at Eagle River after she was reported as a possible drunken driver. McMullen's breath-alcohol levels were estimated at just over the legal limit. She was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.

Regina Horne, 19, of Anchorage on May 22 on the inbound Glenn at Mirror Lake after she was stopped for driving recklessly. Horne'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 $250 bail.



This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

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