POLICE BRIEFS - 8/9/12
Burglary strikes Granite
Someone burglarized the Granite Construction offices on Birchwood Spur Road July 30, making off with $10,000 to $20,000 worth of metal cable as well as other items, Anchorage police said.
A company representative told police someone stole four welder leads valued at $3,200, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. But the big-ticket loss was the cable — 600 feet of it — stripped from a conveyor belt. Several other items were tampered with but not damaged, including a four-wheeler, three ConEx trailers, and a box on a table inside the company’s office trailer, Shell said.
Two other, unrelated burglaries or break-ins were also reported:
On July 27, a resident of Lassen Street in Eagle River reported someone broke into her home. The resident told police she lost her keys a month ago but doesn’t know who broke into her house. The burglar stole some checks — she has cancelled them — and several thousand dollars worth of jewelry, Shell said.
On July 31, a resident of Home Place in Eagle River told police he and his wife were asleep when he woke up to find someone cutting the screen of the window near the bed. The suspect, described as a white man with black hair, said something about “Harley being kidnapped” and ran off, Shell said.
Man shoots himself in leg
A 71-year-old resident of Man O War Road in Eagle River told Anchorage police he shot himself in the leg after his revolver fell out of its holster around 6 p.m. on July 29. The victim said his .44 fell out and discharged and that the holster had a broken snap, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. The bullet remained inside the victim’s body, hospital staff told police.
In another, unrelated weapons call on July 27, a 20-year-old Chugiak man was cited and released on a weapons misconduct charge after a neighbor reported hearing several shotgun blasts on a property on Birch Creek Drive. Sebastian Ruesch told police he grew up on the property and used to shoot there all the time, Shell said.
Anchorage police said they arrested David Klein, 46, of Wasilla, for driving under the influence, driving without insurance and driving without a valid license after another driver reported his vehicle crossing all lanes and nearly sideswiping the complainant’s vehicle on the northbound Glenn Highway at 4 p.m. on July 26. Klein was taken to Anchorage Jail on $5,000 bail.
Other DUI arrests, according to police:
David Alan Berkhahn, 52, of Eagle River after someone reported an intoxicated man trying to drive off in a black pickup from the area behind Tips Bar in Eagle River at 10:30 p.m. on July 27. Berkhahn’s estimated blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $250 bail.
Stephanie Maguire, 28, of Anchorage at 1:45 a.m. on July 28 on the Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak; no information was available as to the particulars of Maguire’s arrest. Her estimated blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit. She was taken to Anchorage Jail on $250 bail.
Steven Michael Wayne Catron, 18, of Palmer after an officer stopped him for driving at speeds of 90 mph on the Glenn Highway just before 2 a.m. on July 29. Catron’s estimated blood-alcohol level was just over the legal limit.
Tristan Dane Edwards, 24, of Anchorage after an officer stopped him for a headlight out on the southbound Glenn Highway at 2:30 a.m. on July 31. Edwards’ estimated blood-alcohol level was just over the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $250 bail.
Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.