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Elderly resident found with knife
Anchorage police said they were called to the Chugiak Senior Center around 2 p.m. on Aug. 11 in response to a combative resident. Officers were told by staffers that a resident pulled a 12-inch knife from her clothing and returned it to a kitchen drawer, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said.
No one was injured, Lammers said. The woman "indicated she was angry at another male resident for teasing her," she said. Staff at the center requested a mental evaluation so the woman was transported to a local hospital.
Road rage suspect gets way too close
A 19-year-old Eagle River resident told Anchorage police that she was involved in a road-rage incident on Aug. 11 while driving the Old Glenn Highway. The woman told police a man driving a silver SUV was tailgating her, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The driver "brake-checked" the man tailgating her to get him to back off, Lammers said. Then she pulled over. The man pulled over as well, got out of his SUV, and punched the trunk and driver's side window of the woman's vehicle, causing minor damage to both, Lammers said. Then he fled the area. The woman was able to give police a basic vehicle description and the temporary plate on the vehicle, but officers were unable to identify the other driver. The victim sustained more than $500 in damage to her vehicle.
BB takes out windows
A 52-year-old resident of Riddell Street told Anchorage police on Aug. 13 that someone shot out two windows at her home with a BB gun. The resident provided possible suspect information for the vandalism, which was the latest in several incidents she's experienced in the last few months, police said.
House party leads to vehicle thefts
Vandals or thieves struck several vehicles parked on Genora Street in the wee hours of Aug. 14, Anchorage police said. All the vehicles were parked in the area of a party in the 10000 block of Genora, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. All victims left their vehicles unlocked.
Two reported tools stolen, Lammers said. One said somebody rummaged through his car but there was nothing missing.
A fourth victim said he left his keys in the ignition - but only the keys were missing.
Shots yield gun-toting teen
Anchorage police officers responding to a report of gunfire in the area of the 19000 block of Third Street on Aug. 15 saw two juvenile males walking west on Third around 3:45 a.m. The officers found that one of the two, a 17-year-old, had a small semi-automatic handgun in his possession, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said.
According to a police report on the incident, the 17-year-old stated he had been at a party with underage drinking on Third Street and that he had fallen asleep. A girl causing a disturbance woke him up, the teen told police, and when he went to investigate he noticed she had a gun in her hand. He said she was "pretty intoxicated," Lammers said. The teen said he took the gun away from her and put her to bed and then left the house and ran into a 16-year-old friend while he was walking around. A short time later they were stopped by police, Lammers said. The teen didn't notify officers he was in possession of a weapon. The teen was arrested on charges of fifth-degree misconduct involving weapons (carry conceal) and fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons (possess while intoxicated), Lammers said. He was lodged at McLaughlin Youth Center.
The younger teen was also cited for a curfew violation.
Vandals kick off school year with grafitti
Anchorage police said that someone vandalized Gruening Middle School on Aug. 12 around 3:30 a.m. by spray painting the school grounds and building with various colors of paint. Gruening principal Bobby Jeffs first spotted the vandalism on his morning run. Empty spray cans were found on the south side of the school and in the wooded area between the school and the Lion's Park baseball field, police said. Jeffs said the vandalism was cleaned up and painted over by the time students arrived for school the following day. The officer responding to the early-morning vandalism call also found similar damage at Lion's Park, police said. An investigation continues.
Anchorage police said they arrested Nerissa Friars, 31, of Eagle River around 1 a.m. Aug. 13 at the intersection of the Old Glenn Highway and Business Boulevard for driving under the influence. Friars failed to stop for a traffic light, police said. She was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.
Police said they arrested Sarah Norton, 20, of Eagle River for driving under the influence, minor consuming alcohol and failure to comply with an ignition interlock device restriction at 3 a.m. Aug. 14 at the North Eagle River access. Norton was stopped for straddling the lane lines. She was lodged at Anchorage Jail.
Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.
This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, August 24, 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.