POLICE BRIEFS: 2 Men shoot selves in leg in separate incidents

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 14:07

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system, with details about individual events provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.


On Sept. 28 at around 8 p.m., police were called to the Birchwood Shooting Range for a report that a man tried to holster his gun and accidentally shot himself in the leg. The man was taken to a hospital with what police described as non life-threatening injuries.


On Sept. 30 at around 12:41 a.m., police received a report that an intoxicated man playing “Russian roulette” at a location on McKinley View Avenue shot himself in the leg with a handgun. The man was transported to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries.


On Sept. 29 just after midnight, police received a report that someone entered the GNC store in Eagle River and stole money from the cash register. Police said the thief or thieves tried to get into the safe but were unsuccessful.


On Sept. 29 at around 10:35 a.m., police responded to a residence on Terrace Lane to help Alaska State Troopers arrest John W. Nicholson, 33, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Police said that when officers knocked on the door, it was opened by Jerilyn B. Nicholson, 23, of Eagle River, who officers said claimed was the only person at home. Shortly after, police said they saw John Nicholson running from the back of the home. Officers were unable to catch up, but they did arrest Jerilyn Nicholson at the scene for hindering prosecution. A new warrant was issued for John Nicholson, who police said turned himself in three days later.


On Sept. 29 at around 11 p.m., a man reported that a friend was giving him a ride from Palmer to Anchorage when the friend ripped the man’s pants and stole his wallet and cell phone. The friend dropped the victim off in Eagle River, where he called police. The case remains under investigation.


On Sept. 30 at around 2 a.m., police arrested Reuben L. Rice, 39, of Eagle River for assault after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend at a residence on Regency Drive.


On Sept. 30 at around 11:27 a.m., police arrested Mary J. Dougan, 54, of Eagle River for assault after she allegedly assaulted a family member while trying to force the family member out of a residence on Chatanika Circle.


On Sept. 30 at around 8:26 p.m., an Anchorage Police Department officer tried to stop a vehicle that was allegedly driving 90 MPH on the Glenn Highway and failing to stay in its lane. The vehicle failed to stop, and the officer discontinued his pursuit.

A short time later, officers were able to block the vehicle when it exited the Glenn Highway and stopped at a traffic light. Police said the driver, Felix C. Strzelewicz IV, 31, of Eagle River, originally provided a false name. Strzelewicz allegedly did poorly on a field sobriety test and was arrested for operating under the influence. Officers also said they found spice and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, and he was additionally charged with failure to stop at the direction of an officer, driving while license revoked and providing false information.


On Oct. 5 at around 3:30 p.m., police received a report that a black 2005 Honda motorcycle had been stolen from outside a home on Cross Drive. As of Tuesday, Oct. 17, the motorcycle had not been recovered.


On Oct. 7 at around 2:42 a.m., police dispatchers received a call from a driver who said a Dodge Ram pickup was swerving on the Glenn Highway and hitting traffic cones. The caller followed the vehicle to the Carrs parking lot in Eagle River. Police said that when officers arrived, the driver of the pickup, Michele L. Bradshaw, 42, of Wasilla, was slumped over the wheel with the vehicle running and the headlights on. Bradshaw was arrested for operating under the influence.


On Oct. 8 at around 2:35 a.m., an APD officer allegedly spotted a vehicle driving on the Glenn Highway without its headlights on and failing to stay in its lane. The officer turned on lights and sirens, but the vehicle continued driving for about a minute before stopping when two other police cars also turned on their lights and sirens. Officers arrested driver Shonda N. Alston, 40, of Anchorage for operating under the influence and eluding a police officer.


On Oct. 9, APD received a report that a Toyota 4-Runner had been stolen from a driveway in Eagle River. Two days later, officers tried to stop the vehicle in Anchorage, but the driver eluded police. The Toyota was recovered unoccupied a short time later.


On Oct. 10 at around 11:48 a.m., police received a report that someone shot out two windows of a Cessna airplane while it was parked at the Birchwood Airport.


On Oct. 10 at around 11:32 p.m., police received a report of a stolen vehicle from a man who said he had given a ride to someone. The man told police that he stopped at his home in Eagle River, and that when he went back outside the vehicle and passenger were gone. The following day, officers located the vehicle in Anchorage and found the alleged thief in the driver’s seat. The man, Michael T. Oneill II, 25, of Anchorage, was arrested for vehicle theft and remanded to custody on an outstanding felony theft warrant.


On Oct. 10 at just before midnight, an APD officer driving on the Glenn Highway was passed by a black Dodge Ram pickup driving faster than 100 MPH. The officer tried to stop the truck, but discontinued the chase due to high speeds.


Anchorage Police Department blotter items for Oct. 3-9, 2017:

Tuesday, Oct. 3

2 a.m. — Vandalism — Bear View Place

3:26 p.m. — Traffic violations — Old Glenn

5 p.m. — Forgery — Old Glenn

7:11 p.m. — Robbery — Business Boulevard

8 p.m. — Theft — Grand Canyon

10:59 p.m. — Warrant — E. Eagle River Loop

Wednesday, Oct. 4

1 a.m. — Vehicle tampering — Coronado Road

7:45 a.m. — Warrant — Fish Hatchery/Old Glenn Highway

8 a.m. — Burglary — Waterfront Lane

9:50 a.m. — Traffic violations — Chrystal Island Drive

11:46 a.m. — Warrant — Home Place

11:50 a.m. — Forgery — Business Boulevard

12:43 p.m. — Vehicle tampering — Park Place Street

6:54 p.m. — Disturbance — Meadow Creek Drive

Thursday, Oct. 5

12:28 p.m. — Traffic violations — E. Eagle River Loop

12:32 p.m. — Warrant — Hesterberg Road

2:18 p.m. — Traffic collision — S. Birchwood Loop

3:29 p.m. — Weapons discharge — Eagle River Road

3:30 p.m. — Stolen Vehicle — Cross Drive

6:30 p.m. — Theft — Eagle River Road

Friday, Oct. 6

6:31 a.m. — Traffic collision — Birchwood Loop

10:16 a.m. — Traffic violations — Laoana Drive

1:01 p.m. — Marijuana possession — Katelyn Circle

1:40 p.m. — Trespassing — Business Boulevard

5 p.m. — Traffic violations — Wildwood Street

6:48 p.m. — Disturbance — Old Glenn

8:37 p.m. — Disturbance — Cross Drive

Saturday, Oct. 7

2:42 a.m. — DUI — Glenn Highway

3:28 p.m. — Warrant — Beach Lake/South Birchwood Loop

4:02 p.m. — Burglary — Alpenglow Drive

7:48 p.m. — Traffic collision — Glenn Highway

8:52 p.m. — DWLS/DWLR/DWLC — Glenn Highway

Sunday, Oct. 8

2:33 a.m. — Warrant — Old Eagle River Road

2:35 a.m. — DUI — Artillery Road

Monday, Oct. 9

12:01 a.m. — Stolen vehicle — Keystone Place

9:51 a.m. — Traffic violations — Le Doux Lane

11:39 a.m. — Warrant — Hearthstone Drive

8:33 p.m. — Traffic collision — S. Birchwood Loop

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