POLICE BRIEFS 2/23/12
Fights reported at Homestead
Anchorage police said they visited the Homestead Lounge twice in the early-morning hours of Feb. 12.
A bar patron called 911 to report multiple fights inside the bar at about 1:30 a.m., according to an officer’s report. By the time police arrived, the fights had broken up and bouncers met the officer outside, he said. The bouncers told him “it seemed like all of the patrons started pushing and yelling at each other all at once but then it quickly died down,” he wrote in his report. They also said there were no victims or suspects to contact and nobody wanted to talk to police.
An hour later, a patron called 911 again, again to report multiple fights, this time outside the bar, the officer said. This time when police arrived, he said, there were four groups of intoxicated people shouting at each other in the parking lot. Officers gave them disorderly-conduct warnings and everyone outside told them there was a lot of shouting but nobody got physical.
One individual appeared “heavily intoxicated” with slurred speech, bloodshot and watery eyes, and “the smell of alcohol emanating from his person,” the officer said. Many patrons told police the man was disturbing them and trying to cause fights. The officer transported the man to the Community Service Patrol sleep-off center to sober up. Police stayed at the Homestead until a large van operated by the establishment transported all of the patrons away from the premises, the officer said.
Computer stolen from home
Anchorage police said someone took a $200 laptop computer from a home on End Street on Feb. 3. The victim’s babysitter found the front door ajar, police said. The victim didn’t find anything missing at the time but on Feb. 9 discovered her laptop was missing from above the television set. The victim said several people had been in and out of the house. No suspects were located.
Teenagers report assault
Two teenagers were walking along Eagle River Road around midnight on Feb. 11 when a vehicle stopped near them and the occupants assaulted them, Anchorage police said. The teens said they knew some of the occupants, police said.
Parking-lot daredevils damage windows
Anchorage police said that someone spinning “brodies” in a parking lot led to the destruction of numerous windows at Eagle River businesses in Fire Lake Plaza. The lot had been scattered with gravel to improve vehicle traction, and the car's spinning tires sent the rocks flying into the windows. An employee at Curves said that business had one window broken, Tinker's Rain Forest Deli had two windows broken, and the medical clinic had one window broken. The Curves employee said it will cost anywhere from $600 to $1,000 to repair the broken window, which was shattered but remained intact, she said. Pieces keep falling out as the days pass.
Chugiak man arrested on weapons, assault charges
Anchorage police said they arrested John Mendenhall, 26, of Chugiak for fourth-degree assault, and third- and fifth-degree misconduct involving a weapon on Feb. 13. The charges resulted from a physical disturbance with a family member and the resulting patdown for weapons, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. The weapons charges relate to felon in possession of a weapon and failure to notify an officer when carrying a concealed handgun. Mendenhall was lodged at Anchorage Jail.
Anchorage police said they arrested Paul Davis, 55, of Eagle River for driving under the influence and driving while license suspended just before 10 p.m. on Feb. 11 after he collided with a sign on the Glenn Highway off ramp at North Eagle River. Davis’ estimated blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $5,500 bail.
In an unrelated DUI arrest on Feb. 12, police said they arrested George Riggs, 27, of Palmer during a traffic stop for a turn-signal violation. Riggs’ estimated blood-alcohol level was well over the legal limit. He 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.