POLICE BRIEFS - 12/13/12
Heroin busts among string of drug arrests
Anchorage police made several drug-related arrests at the end of November and beginning of December, two of them involving heroin.
On Nov. 29, police said they arrested Javier Vestal, 30, of Stockton, Calif. after stopping him for misuse of plates just before 2 p.m. on the Old Glenn Highway. Police found six baggies of heroin and a “large amount of cash” in his possession, spokesman Lt. David Parker said. Vestal was jailed on charges of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.
On Dec. 1, police arrested 19-year old Eagle River resident Bryce Campbell for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance after they found him in possession of heroin during a drug complaint at the Microtel on the Old Glenn around 4 a.m. Campbell was taken to Anchorage Jail on $2,500 bail.
That same day, police arrested a 17-year-old Eagle River male for possession of seven baggies of marijuana after stopping him at 10 p.m. for failing to stop on the Old Glenn. He was remanded to McLaughlin Youth Center.
On Dec. 4, police said they arrested Brek Ball, 24, of Anchorage after pulling over the vehicle in which he was riding just after midnight for speeding on the Glenn Highway. Ball gave an officer a false name, Parker said. He also had a syringe loaded with methamphetamine on him, he said. Ball was arrested on charges of providing false information, fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and a first-degree vehicle theft warrant out of Soldotna. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $11,000 bail.
Not welcome at Walmart
Anchorage police said they cited and released Ian Blodgett, 21, of Eagle River for trespass at the Eagle River Walmart after a report at about 10 p.m. on Dec. 2. Walmart had previously issued a universal trespass warning against Blodgett for all of its stores, police spokesman Lt. David Parker said. Generally, stores issue trespass warnings against people caught shoplifting — a one-year warning the first time, then a permanent warning after a second offense, Parker said.
Anchorage police said they arrested Karra Paulsen, 27, of Palmer for driving under the influence after stopped her just after 2:45 a.m. at South Birchwood Loop on Dec. 1 for careless driving. Paulsen’s breath-alcohol level was over the legal limit. No bail information was available.
Other DUI arrests, according to police:
Joseph Grier, 42, of Houston on a traffic stop for careless driving and failure to signal just after 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 2 on Artillery Road. Grier’s breath-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $2,000 bail.
Calvin Evans, 67, of Bethel after police received a report of a man slumped over the wheel of a vehicle with the motor running in the parking lot of the Eagle River Walmart just before 11 a.m. on Dec. 3. Evans’ breath-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $5,000 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.