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Police Briefs: July 21, 2011
Bar brawl nets one arrest
A bartender at the Homestead Lounge on Regency Drive called 911 to report a large group of people fighting around 3 a.m. on July 9, Anchorage police said.
About 10 officers including units that drove up from Anchorage responded to find 20 people involved in the brawl, police spokesman Lt. David Parker said. He didn't know what triggered the fight.
Police arrested Steven Rice, 28, of Eagle River, for disorderly conduct, which includes challenging to fight. Rice was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $500 bail. He was the only person arrested because he was "determined to be at fault," Parker said.
Burglars pop vending machine, homes
Someone broke into the soda vending machine at the Quick Lube on Brooks Loop, according to a report to Anchorage police on July 7. The burglar pried the machine open to get to the cash inside and also stole a flashlight charger, police said. An investigation continues.
In another, unrelated burglary reported July 9, a 16-year-old girl from Eagle River was arrested and released to her parents after she broke into a vacationing neighbor's apartment on Centerfield Drive, police spokesman Lt. David Parker said. The girl got the key to the apartment from the landlord, Parker said. She stole an iPod, ruined an Xbox and laptop computer, and ate food, "leaving the apartment a mess," Parker said.
A third burglary on South Birchwood Loop Road was reported on July 10. A woman staying at the home of out-of-town friends told police she returned to the residence to find someone had entered through an unlocked window, Parker said. Stolen were a pistol, some jewelry and a MacBook Pro, together valued at $6,000, he said. An investigation continues.
Anchorage police said they arrested Roberto Ortega, 45, of Anchorage on July 7 after other drivers reported he was driving recklessly on the southbound Glenn Highway. Ortega was arrested on Eagle River Loop Road and lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.
Other DUI arrests, according to police:
Jessica Flowers, 28, of Anchorage on July 10 after an officer saw her drifting out of her lane. Flowers, pulled over on East Eagle River Loop Road, provided a breath sample which estimated her breath alcohol levels at more than twice the legal limit. She was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $500 bail.
Joseph Clark Jr., 30, of Eagle River on July 10 after an officer pulled him over for speeding. Clark's estimated breath-alcohol level exceeded the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.
Ralph Gobert, 42, of Chugiak on July 10 after an officer found him slumped over his wheel on the side of the Old Glenn Highway. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Steven Bolen, 20, of Anchorage on July 10 after an officer clocked him at 93 mph on the southbound Glenn Highway. Bolen's estimated breath-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail.
David Kutch, 52, on July 10 after a description of his vehicle was broadcast as part of a disturbance call and an officer pulled him over on Hilltop Drive. Kutch's estimated breath-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.
Nichole Radford, 26, of Houston on July 11 after witnesses spotted her and reported her driving while intoxicated at Mirror Lake Campground around 6:30 p.m. Officers had to restrain Radford during her arrest, police spokesman Lt. David Parker said. She assaulted and spit on officers, Parker said. Radford was arrested on charges of DUI, disorderly conduct, assault on a police officer and refusal to submit to a chemical test. She was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $2,000.
This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, July 20, 2011.
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