POLICE BRIEFS - 1/16/14
Tracks lead police to stolen snowmachine
Two Chugiak men were each charged with two counts of theft after tracks in the snow led police to recover a stolen snowmachine Jan. 8. The snowmachine was taken from a Chugiak residence on Sheltering Spruce Loop, according to Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Dani Myren.
Police followed the tracks and were led to a residence on Ganoe Street. Neil Kelsch, 21, and Jaime Sherwood, 29, were both charged with second-degree theft and second-degree vehicle theft, Myren said.
They were taken to Anchorage Jail.
Computer, ring, TV stolen from Eagle River home
A diamond ring worth $2,000, a TV worth $1,800 and a $500 computer were stolen from an Eagle River home on Baronoff Avenue on Jan. 3. The case is pending, Myren said.
Shoplifter takes $1,300 worth of rings from Walmart
Someone stole more than $1,300 worth of rings from the jewelry department in the Eagle River Walmart on Jan. 5. The suspect left with rings worth $648, $298 and $398 on their fingers, Myren said. The case is pending, she said.
Smoking in post office parking lot leads to drug charge
Eagle River’s Brenda Fern Hill, 37, was charged with sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance after police “saw signs of drug use” from a vehicle parked in the Eagle River post office on Jan. 5 at 10:14 p.m., Myren said. Police confiscated a small bag of marijuana, she said, and other drug paraphernalia. Hill was issued a summons and released, Myren said.
• Eagle River’s Joshua David Wood, 23, was charged with driving under the influence after police stopped him on the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River at 4:37 p.m. on Jan. 2. Police responded to a report of a vehicle weaving and swerving, Myren said. Wood provided a breath sample of 0.00, she said, and he was taken to Anchorage Jail for further investigation. Officers applied for a warrant to conduct a blood draw, Myren said. Results were not immediately available. Wood was held on a $500 cash or corporate bond.
• Eagle River’s Don George Roberts, 45, was charged with driving under the influence after he was stopped for a traffic violation on the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River at 11:02 p.m. on Jan. 3. Police detected an odor of alcohol, Myren said, and Roberts provided a breath sample of .203. The legal limit is .08. He was taken to Anchorage Jail with bail set at $250.
• Eagle River’s Randi Dawn Walla, 43, was charged with driving under the influence after police were dispatched to Tips Bar in Eagle River for a fight between two women Jan. 4. Walla, one of the women involved in the altercation, left the bar and police were searching for the vehicle, Myren said. Police observed Walla make several lane changes without signaling, she said, and stopped her on the Old Glenn Highway at 11:42 p.m. She provided a breath sample of .161, Myren said. Walla was taken to Anchorage Jail with bail set at $500.
• Wasilla’s Rocky Jay Burns, 36, was charged with driving under the influence after he was stopped on the Glenn Highway near Peters Creek on Jan. 6 at 10:24 p.m. Police responded to a report of a vehicle that was swerving and traveling at erratic speeds, Myren said. Burns provided a breath sample of .147, she said. He was taken to Anchorage Jail with bail set at $250.
Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.