POLICE BRIEFS - 2/7/13



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Teen sets playhouse fire

A 14-year-old male was taken to McLoughlin Youth Center after setting an outdoor playhouse on the 17,000 block of South Juanita Loop Road afire on Jan. 27, Anchorage police said. The fire was reported just after 2 a.m.

The boy and a friend took refuge in the house to get warm while walking around the neighborhood, police spokeswoman Dani Myren said. Then the 14-year-old set the curtains on fire, Myren said. The extent of damage wasn’t available.

 

Domestic violence reports

Anchorage police said they responded to an Eagle River residence on Jan. 23 and arrested a 26-year-old Chugiak man on charges of family violence, theft and assault. The arrest occurred after the man got involved in a physical altercation with a family member and took property from inside the residence that didn’t belong to him, police spokeswoman Dani Myren said.

In a separate, unrelated incident on Jan. 27, police arrested a 45-year-old Eagle River man on charges of malicious destruction of property after he got involved in a physical disturbance with a friend or family member.

Another unrelated incident on Jan. 28 involved a 20-year-old male who refused to leave an Eagle River home when asked and broke the doorframe on his way out. No arrest was made; police sought an arrest warrant for malicious destruction of property.

 

Drug calls

Anchorage police arrested 17-year-old male after discovering a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle following a traffic stop at 9:45 p.m. on Jan. 26. The teen was charged with sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, police spokeswoman Dani Myren said. The stop occurred at East Eagle River Loop Road and Kantishna Drive.

A separate, unrelated case on Jan. 29 involved a report of a “drug problem,” at the Duck Pond Car Wash on the Old Glenn Highway, Myren said. Officers contacted a 23-year-old woman in her car, she said. The woman said she didn’t have any drugs but officiers found and seized paraphernalia. The woman was released, Myren said.

 

DUI reports

Anchorage police said they arrested Kimberly Hamelin, 48, of Eagle River for driving under the influence after a traffic stop at 2:32 a.m. on Jan. 25 for failing to stop at Eagle River Loop Road and Eagle River Road. Hamelin’s tested breath-alcohol level was more than two and a half times the legal limit, police spokeswoman Dani Myren said. She was taken to Anchorage Jail; a bail amount wasn’t available.

 

Other DUI arrests, according to police:

Michael Butler, 41, of Anchorage after being stopped for speeding on the southbound Glenn Highway at the Eklutna exit at 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 28. Butler’s tested breath-alcohol level was just under twice the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $250 bail.

Brittany Bunnell, 21, of Eagle River after she was stopped for making a wide turn into the opposing lane of traffic around 2:45 a.m. on Jan. 30 at Aurora Street and Park Place. Bunnell’s tested breath-alcohol level was just over the legal limit. She was taken to Anchorage Jail; the bail amount wasn’t available.

 

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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