POLICE BRIEFS - 7/12/12
North Slope hosts unwelcome patrons
Someone broke into the now-closed North Slope Restaurant, an owner reported at 1:10 a.m. on June 28, Anchorage police said. Another restaurant uses the space for storage, and a family member of the owners discovered someone broke in a door, destroyed several mugs and glasses, and left a “smell of marijuana” in the air, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. They also discovered gang-related graffiti in multiple locations, as well as a mirror and interior window broken by a tossed coffee mug, Shell said.
Week brings run of unrelated break-ins
A resident of the 21900 block Old Glenn Highway reported on June 27 that someone entered through an unlocked door and stole two laptops, a revolver, and several items of jewelry, Anchorage police said.
On July 1, someone tried to break into the First Baptist Church on Monte Road by prying open a window pane and pushing on an interior window but the window broke, police said.
On July 2, officers responded to Stonehill Drive where a 39-year-old Eagle River man told them someone entered his camper between the morning of June 29 and the evening of July 2 and stole two guns, a laptop, an iPod and a five-gallon gas can.
On July 3, a 57-year-old Eagle River resident of Hidden Falls Avenue told police he returned home to find his bicycle missing and another one in its place. The missing bike: a 20-inch large men’s Trek, purple and blue. The replacement: not described, logged into property and evidence.
Fireworks at fireworks
Anchorage police said they arrested Eric Ward, 26, of Eagle River after he got cut off from alcohol at a July 3 fireworks party at Lions Park and became agitated. Ward overturned a table in the beer garden, and became combative when officers arrived, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, as well as an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on charges of no insurance. Ward’s estimated blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail.
Intoxicated Texan kicks nurse
Anchorage police said they responded to a report of an “intoxicated male who was making animal noises” on Park Place around 11 p.m. July 1. Officers called medics for the man, 22-year-old Eddie John, of Houston, Texas, when he wouldn’t answer questions and was lying on the couch after getting sick, police said. John became agitated once officers got him outside, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. He was transported to the Alaska Native Medical Center after acting strangely during a transport to Community Service Patrol Sleep-Off Center, Shell said. At ANMC, John allegedly kicked a nurse in the face. The nurse declined to press assault charges but John was arrested for disorderly conduct and lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.
Anchorage police said they arrested John Carl Smithson, 26, of Chugiak for driving under the influence and driving without insurance at about 1:45 a.m. on June 29 after stopping him for a broken taillight on South Birchwood Loop Road.
Officers could smell alcohol coming from Smithson, who told the officers he just got his car from a dealership that evening and didn’t have insurance yet. He failed several field sobriety tests, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said, though his breath sample yielded an estimated blood-alcohol level under the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail and release when sober. Officers waited until Smithson was released by jail staff and transported him back to his home in North Birchwood.
Other DUI arrests, according to police:
Zackariah Walters, 36, of Chugiak just before midnight on June 29 on Beach Lake Road after an officer saw his vehicle pulled over with its hazards on, Shell said. The officer smelled alcohol on Walters, who said he’d pulled over to send a text message to someone. He was driving without a valid license, Shell said. Walters’ estimated blood-alcohol level was just under the legal limit. He was charged with DUI and driving without a valid license and lodged at Anchorage Jail.
Ernie Sosa, 22, of Anchorage at 6:45 a.m. on July 1 after officers responded to a report of a reckless, swerving white Ford Expedition and spotted the SUV speeding, approaching the Palmer Alternate. Officers recovered a stolen handgun in the Expedition. Sosa’s estimated blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail on charges of DUI, theft and misconduct involving weapons.
Tracy Lynn Walden, 42, of Eagle River just before 5:30 p.m. on July 1 after officers spotted her slumped over her wheel near the intersection of Uppler Skyline and Canyon View drives. Walden’s estimated blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. She was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $500 bail.
Ann Teilborg, 46, of Anchorage at 2:45 a.m. on July 2 after officers responded to the southbound Glenn Highway for a report of a silver Honda Accord driving recklessly and swerving. Teilborg showed signs of intoxication, Shell said. Her estimated blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit. She was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $300 cash bail and release once her breath-alcohol dropped below .20.
Peter Rowe, 52, of Wasilla at about 10:45 p.m. on July 3 after officers responded to a report of a gray Dodge pickup swerving on the southbound Glenn Highway near Eagle River. Officers spotted the pickup west of the Muldoon overpass and saw it cross the lane line three times. Rowe slurred his words and showed other signs of intoxication, Shell said. His estimated blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit and 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.)