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Story Last modified at 12:37 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Police Briefs: August 4, 2011

Falls purse thief strikes again

A 44-year-old Anchorage woman told Anchorage police that someone broke into her car while it was parked at Thunderbird Falls and stole two purses from the trunk on July 26. The woman said someone broke into the driver's side window of her Honda and released the trunk hatch, police said. The purses were in the trunk. Police have responded to at least one other complaint of purses stolen from vehicle trunks in the Thunderbird Falls parking lot this summer. A man in the parking lot told the victim he saw a "suspicious male" in the area and provided the victim with a description of the vehicle and license plate. An investigation continues.

CSI: Dead bruins

A black bear laying in the road in the area of Louis Place and David Avenue turned out to be a gunshot victim, Anchorage police said. A 43-year-old newspaper carrier reported the dead bear around 3 a.m. July 21, and said she thought it had been hit by a car, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. But officers responding to the woman's call quickly discovered that the bear had been shot, and a trail of blood led up an embankment toward a residence on Louis, Lammers said. Garbage cans at the residence had been overturned, she said. Police were unable to make contact with the residents, so they turned the case over to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Girls report suspicious man

Anchorage police officers responded to Lynne Drive and Old Eagle River Road on July 21 after two girls, ages 12 and 13, reported a "suspicious male that was attempting to entice" them into his car. Contacted by officers, the man told a different story, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. He told officers "the girls were walking down the middle of the street and that he had to open his door to talk to them because his window was broken." Police suspended the case.

Walmart shoplifters nabbed on Glenn

Anchorage police on July 25 arrested two Mat-Su residents who fled Eagle River's Walmart with stolen items but were later stopped northbound on the Glenn Highway. Arrested were Michael Lichter, 30, of Talkeetna and Tina Paget, 26, of Wasilla. Both were arrested for second-degree theft; Lichter was also arrested on an outstanding warrant. The stolen items were valued at more than $1000. Officers provided a vehicle description and license plate aired a locate, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The pair was stopped on the Glenn Highway at Eklutna. Lichter was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $5,500 bail. Paget's bail was set at $2,500.

Reckless driver exudes reefer

A reported reckless driver southbound on the Glenn Highway on July 25 around 5 p.m. turned out to be Michael Kaskey, 35, of Chugiak, Anchorage police said. Officers who stopped Kaskey "observed a strong odor of marijuana" coming from his car, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. He was cited and released for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

DUI arrests

Anchorage police arrested Daniel Louis McConnaughy, 52, of Anchorage on July 23 just before 6 p.m. after stopping him for expired plates and speeding through a construction zone in the area of Kerbow Lane and the Old Glenn Highway. McConnaughy was arrested for driving under the influence and driving without insurance. His breath-alcohol level was estimated at more than twice the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Other DUI arrests, according to police:

Jonathan Dunbar, 29, of Anchorage on July 23 around 11:45 p.m. on Sun Beau Drive after officers responding to a report of a reckless driver believed to be intoxicated. Officers found Dunbar passed out behind the wheel. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail.

Calvin Cassidy, 22, of Anchorage on July 24 around 4 a.m. on the Glenn Highway after being stopped for speeding. Cassidy was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.

Sarah Row, 18, of Palmer on July 24 just after 5:30 a.m. after officers saw a vehicle coast to a stop near the North Eagle River overpass southbound on the Glenn Highway. Row observed signs of intoxication; her estimated breath-alcohol level was just under the legal limit. She was arrested for DUI and minor consuming and lodged at Anchorage Jail.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, August 3, 2011.

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