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Story Last modified at 11:05 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Police Briefs: May 9, 2011

Little league reports arson

Someone apparently torched the Knik Little League scorekeeping shack at Lion's Park on Eagle River Road. The shack was destroyed by fire on June 1, Anchorage police said.

The Anchorage Fire Department's Engine 11 arrived at the fields at 6:30 a.m. to put out the fire that burned the shack to the ground, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The fire was so hot it melted a trash can, burned the top of a metal fence 15 feet from the ground, and scorched trees within 15 feet on either side of the shack, Lammers said. Fire officials couldn't detect an ignition source, but the structure was already nearly destroyed when they arrived, she said. The fire is under investigation by AFD. Damage is estimated at $1,500 to $2,000.

Road assault ends in arrest

A 22-year-old Wasilla man driving a Subaru flashed a knife and hit a passenger in an alleged road-rage incident just after midnight on May 29 on the Glenn Highway, Anchorage police said. Brian Rogers passed a car driven by the victim, a 38-year-old woman, at a high rate of speed around the South Birchwood exit, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. A passenger in Rogers' Subaru was screaming at her, the victim told police. She had her 19-year-old son and his 18-year-old friend in her car.

Rogers then pulled in front of the victim and slowed down to 40-45 mph, swerving so she could not pass, Lammers said. Eventually both cars pulled over and the woman passenger got out and "a screaming match gets underway," Lammers said. The son told the woman passenger to get back in the car, at which point the driver, Rogers, approached with a knife and a Leatherman, Lammer said. Rogers hit the son's friend on the head. Someone called police and Rogers left the scene. Police found him later, Lammers said. He was arrested on two counts of third-degree assault and lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail.

Car thefts leave jitters

Two vehicles parked behind the Eagle River Shopping Center on the Old Glenn Highway suffered break-ins on May 25, Anchorage police said.

A 37-year-old Eagle River resident who works at a shop near Jitters parked her car behind the shopping center and reported her dashboard cell-phone cradle stolen, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. About 30 minutes later, a 25-year-old Chugiak woman reported someone broke into her car, also parked behind the shopping center, while she and her mother-in-law met with friends at the coffee shop, Lammers said. The woman left the vehicle unlocked. The two lost more than $1,000 in items ranging from purses and wallets to a camera and iPod.

In an unrelated theft case, a 56-year-old woman told police someone stole her purse May 28 after she left it hanging on a bathroom door in the Taco Bell restroom and returned 10 minutes later to get it. In another, unrelated theft case, someone stole two bicycles from a 12-year-old and 13-year-old while they were shopping at Wal-Mart on May 31, police said.

DUI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Robert Lee, of Anchorage, for driving under the influence on May 26 at the Thunderbird Falls exit on the Glenn Highway after an officer on an accident scene received a report of a pickup truck that was swerving in and out of its lane. Lee's breath-alcohol levels were estimated at more than one and a half times the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.

Other arrests, according to police:

Mark Steele, 48, of Palmer on May 26 at the North Eagle River exit of the Glenn after he failed to signal a lane change and didn't stay in his lane. Steele later was found in possession of 39 pills – Clonazepam and Alprazolam, both anti-anxiety medications – during processing at the Eagle River substation, Lammers said. He was charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Gordon Jones, 20, of Wasilla on May 29 for felony driving under the influence after someone reported him driving erratically in the parking lot at Wal-Mart. This was Jones' third offense in less than 10 years. His breath-alcohol levels were estimated at more than three times the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Thomas Oxborough, 39, of Anchorage on May 29 on Lakehill Drive. Oxborough was also arrested for driving while license revoked or suspended; this was his third DUI arrest in 10 years. Oxborough's breath-alcohol levels were estimated at more than two times the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $4,000 bail.

Dennis Donovan, 20, of Anchorage on June 1 on the Glenn at the Eklutna Flats after someone reported him driving recklessly. Donovan's breath-alcohol levels were estimated at one and a half times the legal limit. His passenger, Sharon Grozier, 22, was also arrested on two outstanding warrants .

Drug arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Daniel Philip Sr., 32, of Chugiak after an officer saw him stopped in a parking lot on Business Boulevard and apparently passed out, leaning over the center console. Police discovered a substance believed to be cocaine as well as marijuana in the vehicle, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. Philip was charged with third-, fourth- and sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, Lammers said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $4,000 bail.

Police that same day also cited and released Ross Allen, 22, of Chugiak for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance after an officer doing a routine security check on Birchwood Spur saw a vehicle on the shoulder and then noted a "large cloud of smoke blown out of the driver's side window and a strong odor of marijuana," Lammers said.



This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.

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