POLICE BRIEFS - 8/16/12
Black bear shot
Anchorage police said a black bear tried to get into a home on Eagle River’s Birch Hills Drive.
Officers responded to the residence after the homeowner, who had just purchased the home, phoned 9-1-1 and said that someone was attempting to enter her home via the back deck, according to police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers. The call came in just after midnight on Aug. 4.
As one officer reached the landing on the deck, he was met by a very large black bear that grunted and then charged him, Lammers said. The officer began shooting at the bear, fearing he might be attacked. The bear ran past the officer and down the stairs where it collapsed and was shaking on the ground. Another officer then shot the badly injured bear to kill it, she said.
Police investigate car prowls
Anchorage police are looking into a series of vehicle break-ins around Eagle River.
In the only specific report available, a Clear Falls Circle resident told police she was watching TV around midnight on Aug. 7 when she heard the garage door open. She turned on outside lights and yelled that anyone out there should leave, according to a synopsis provided by police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker. A vehicle she didn’t recognize sped off.
The woman discovered that someone had gone through her Mazda MPV and that the suspects had used the garage-door opener, according to the report. The Mazda’s doors were unlocked, she said. It didn’t look like anything was taken, but the GPS and some CDs had been moved.
Police are investigating another report of multiple vehicle prowls within an hour of that one, Parker said. Those reports originated from Plumas Circle and Yellowstone Drive areas. A case is pending, Parker said.
Got meth? Don’t park at a school
Anchorage police said they arrested a 21-year-old Anchorage man just before midnight on Aug. 2 after finding him parked at Chugiak Elementary with weapons and methamphetamine in his car.
An officer on a school-security check spotted a parked vehicle, running without lights and two people inside, according to a synopsis provided by police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker. As driver Joshua R. Frazier started digging in his pockets for ID, the officer saw “a large wad of money in his hoodie pocket and a large meth pipe beside the money,” according to the synopsis. The officer detained Frazier due to his “very anxious and nervous behavior.” The passenger, who was not identified was temporarily detained.
Police discovered numerous firearms in the vehicle, as well as a small amount of meth. They arrested Frazier on charges of driving on a revoked license, as well as an outstanding misdemeanor warrant - for evidence tampering, court records show, the synopsis said. He was also arrested for second- and third-degree weapons misconduct (felon in possession of a firearm; possession during commission of a drug crime; felon in possession on school grounds); and possession of drugs on school grounds. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $30,250 bail, though a judge later reduced his bail to $1,000, according to court records.
‘Grandma? Send money’
Anchorage police are warning seniors to beware: the grandparent scam is back. Generally, someone calls a grandparent to say they need to send money to get their grandchild out of jail. Sometimes the scammer even put someone on the phone who sounds like the grandchild.
This time around, the scammers tell grandparents their grandchild has been involved in a traffic accident and need money wired to an attorney. Don’t buy it, police warn. Grandparents across the U.S. have lost millions of dollars to these scams. Police caution the public to exercise caution whenever sending money to anyone; make sure to authenticate a relative’s identity.
Anchorage police said they arrested Stacy Coates, 48, of Eagle River on Aug. 3 following a non-injury accident on Artillery Road. Coates had no alcohol in her blood stream; police drew blood for drug testing. Coates was taken to Anchorage Jail on $250 bail.
In another, unrelated DUI arrest on Aug. 6, police said they arrested Ilidor Merculieff Jr., 46, of Anchorage around 5:30 a.m. on the Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak following a traffic stop for reckless driving. Merculieff’s estimated blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He was arrested for felony DUI and driving while license revoked and taken to Anchorage Jail on $3,000 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.