POLICE BRIEFS 11/17/11



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Man threatens dog with pistol

A man who later said he feared dog attacks pointed a revolver toward a woman and her pit bull near Eagle Glacier Loop and Harmony Ranch Road on the afternoon of Nov. 5, Anchorage police said. No charges were filed.

The woman told police that she was loading up her pit bull into her vehicle when the dog’s leash slipped out of her hand and the dog ran toward the man and his dog, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. The man pulled out a pistol and pointed it toward the dog, Parker said. The woman caught up with her dog and restrained it. The man put the pistol away. “He said he was deathly afraid of being attacked by a large dog,” Parker said.

 

Pizza Man turns in ‘disturbing’ notes

Anchorage police said they responded to the Pizza Man restaurant on Brooks Loop Nov. 8 in reference to a regular customer who had left “some disturbing notes” on money, napkins and place mats.

A restaurant employee told Officer Nelson Price that the man often left notes, but this was the first time he paid with a credit card and therefore left his name, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. The man never created any kind of disturbance, the employee told the officer, but she found the nature of the notes disturbing.

Price wrote in his report that the notes mentioned “bombs and destruction and never having to see his ex wife or her lawyer.” Two of them also mentioned 30 tons of pitch to be delivered to a business on a specific day and time, Parker said. The officer made copies of the notes and forwarded them to APD’s special-assignment unit and bomb squad.

 

Burglars make mess, taking nothing

Anchorage police said that someone damaged the front door at Alaska Cleaners with a rock generally used to hold the door open on Nov. 2. No entry was made into the business because the glass was still intact, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. Police “encourage store owners not to use rocks as door stops,” Parker said.

In another, unrelated burglary report on Nov. 6, a woman who lives in an eight-plex on Heritage Place said someone apparently tried to break open her apartment door, Parker said. An officer who responded to the report saw recent footprints where someone tried to kick the door, damaged molding, and a crack in the wood of the door around the door knob, which was jammed, Parker said. The woman spent the previous night at friend’s home. It didn’t look like anyone got into her apartment. Nothing was missing.

 

Alleged chicken thief thwarted

Anchorage police said they responded to Carrs in Eagle River on Nov. 3 after the store reported a shoplifter who had fled the parking lot.

Store employees said they saw Nicholas Harris, of Eagle River, pick up some chicken tenders at the deli and leave the store without paying. When a loss-prevention officer approached, Harris allegedly started running and threw the chicken strips back to the officer, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. Parker said Harris then got into red pickup being driven by a friend and the two left the area. Police found them at the address where the vehicle was registered. Harris was cited for theft.

The chicken was worth $4.87.

In another, unrelated theft report, an Eagle River woman said someone stole her wedding ring, police said. The woman suspects a relative. She valued the ring at $3,500. It was described as platinum, with a center-set diamond, smaller diamonds on each side, and six hearts stamped into the band along with some smaller hearts on the edge.

 

DWI arrest

Anchorage police said they arrested Patrick Patnode, 51, of Eagle River for driving under the influence on Nov. 5 after seeing him driving dangerously on the Old Glenn Highway.

Officer Nicholas Saldana saw a vehicle in the middle “suicide lane” on the Old Glenn around 12:14 a.m. driving at least 30 mph toward another vehicle in the same lane, coming from the other direction, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. The other vehicle came to a stop and “froze” the suspect vehicle, which cut off the other driver and merged into traffic, Parker said. The officer caught up with Patnode’s vehicle at Skyline Drive and attempted a stop but Patnode didn’t pull over until he reached his driveway on Skyline, Parker said.

Patnode told Saldana he didn’t hear the sirens or see the lights, police said. He also said he had been drinking, Parker said. Patnode’s estimated blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, he said.

 

Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.

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