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Story Last modified at 4:51 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Police Briefs

Easy Street drug deal goes bad

Three people were arrested in Eagle River after an Anchorage police special-assignment unit broke up a drug deal in progress the afternoon of July 19, police said.

Arrested were Kimberly Durgan, 26, and Christopher Hatting, 31, both of Eagle River, and Karen Braham, 35, of Anchorage, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said.

An anonymous tip received through the Crime Stoppers program alerted police to Durgan's presence in a residence on Easy Street, Shell said. Durgan was wanted on outstanding warrants for five counts of third-degree assault and driving under the influence, she said. She also had two misdemeanor warrants for failing to appear at court hearings in Anchorage and Palmer.

Officers conducting surveillance on Durgan spotted her apparently selling drugs to Braham in a vehicle outside the residence, Shell said. Braham drove off in the vehicle, which police stopped, seizing $150 worth of methamphetamine, she said. Officers also stopped Durgan after she got into a pickup and started to drive off.

Braham was arrested on charges of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, Shell said. Durgan was arrested and charged on her outstanding warrants. Drug charges may be pending, Shell said.

Hatting, who is Durgan's roommate, was charged with hindering prosecution because he knew she was a felon, Shell said.

Burglaries share one trait: open doors

Anchorage police said that a resident of Niltina Lane on July 15 reported that at some time early that morning someone entered the home through an unlocked side door. The resident reported several items stolen, including a Toshiba satellite laptop and a white iPhone, together valued at more than $600.

In another burglary reported July 15, a resident of South Birchwod Loop Road told police that someone stole two computer monitors worth $200 each from a garage after they entered through an unlocked garage door.

Caller sends mushroom man to jail

A 25-year-old Eagle River resident was charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance after someone called 911 around 4 a.m. on July 17 to say the man was consuming psychedelic mushrooms and planned to get a gun, Anchorage police said. Officers found Shawn Cross in possession of multiple bags of mushrooms but not handling any firearms, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. Nonetheless, Cross was arrested on the drug charges and lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

DUI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Matthew Lee, 27, of Anchorage for driving under the influence on July 17 on Artillery Road after stopping him for driving 77 mph on the northbound Glenn Highway. Lee's breath-alcohol level was estimated at more than three times the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

In another driving under the influence case, police stopped a carload of teenagers just after midnight on July 17 after neighbors of a Biorka Circle home reported a disturbance, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. The teens, from 17 to 19 years old, apparently went to the home as part of an earlier disagreement, Shell said. Officers stopped the car described by neighbors — a 1994 Honda Civic — and charged driver Matthew Cousins, 19, of Eagle River with driving under the influence. Brishel Brent, 18, of Eagle River was charged with minor consuming alcohol, her third offense, Shell said. A 17-year-old girl in the car was also charged with her third minor consuming offense, she said. A third passenger, an 18-year-old girl, was not charged and was released with the other passengers. Cousins was lodged at Anchorage Jail.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, July 27, 2011.

Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.