Police Briefs - 6/21/12
Man found with a lot of bang
Anchorage police said a woman riding a bike on the trail along the Glenn Highway around 6 p.m. on June 7 reported a man lying on his stomach, loading a handgun in a tunnel at North Eagle River.
The 53-year-old homeless man, who was not identified, wasn’t arrested or charged with anything, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. But along with the gun, officers investigating the report discovered what looked like four incendiary devices tied together with long fuses. Each cylinder was six inches tall and four inches in diameter, with an improvised wick, and filled with gun powder. Each was also covered in zebra stripe duct tape, Lammers said, reading the police report.
The man, who said he camps in the woods around Anchorage and Eagle River, told the officers he wanted to scare off bears.
Basketball foils flight
Anchorage police said they arrested Michael Hood-Eakon, 21, of Anchorage for malicious destruction of property and resisting arrest around midnight on June 8. An apartment complex resident on Heritage Court reported a man pounding on her door and not leaving, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. A witness said the man threw a bottle in the street, Lammers said. When officers made contact with Hood-Eakon, he began kicking the door and kicked a hole in the wall, becoming very agitated, she said. The officers tried to arrest him for the vandalism and Hood-Eakon ran away, cursing at an officer who told him to stop. But then, Lammers said, a man playing basketball nearby threw the ball at the fleeing man’s feet, causing him to change direction.
Hood-Eakon was arrested, handcuffed and lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $500 bail.
Stolen shotgun recovered
Anchorage police said they arrested Bradley Powell, 19, for second-degree theft after finding a stolen shotgun in his car during a traffic stop for speeding on East Eagle River Loop Road just before midnight on June 10. Powell, who was driving, admitted to drinking while under 21 but the officer didn’t see enough evidence that he was impaired to arrest him for driving under the influence, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. But the officer noticed a long gun case containing two shotguns, and a box of ammunition in the back of the vehicle. A records check revealed one of the guns was stolen, Lammers said. A passenger in the car, 20-year-old Benjamin Zeckovic, of Anchorage, was cited and released for minor consuming alcohol.
Women get into road-rage fight
Anchorage police said a road-rage incident in Chugiak led to a roadside fight at 9:45 p.m. on June 11. Chugiak resident Hailey Nelson, 18, was arrested on assault charges after she reportedly cut off another car at the Old Glenn Highway and Ski Road, then got out of her car and started pounding on the other car’s window. The victim’s husband told police Nelson was “mean-mugging him and then flipped him off,” police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said.
The women got into a physical fight, Lammers said, but no injuries were noted in the police report.
Anchorage police said they arrested Antonio Grajiola, 75, of Anchorage for driving under the influence just before 10 p.m. on June 9 after an officer saw him weaving in traffic, driving recklessly, and tailgating other drivers near the Eklutna exit of the Glenn Highway. Grajiola’s estimated blood-alcohol level was about one and a half times the legal limit, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said.
Other DUI reports, according to police:
David Groeneweg, 24, of Anchorage at 1:30 a.m. on June 10 after being stopped for speeding on East Eagle River Loop Road. Groeneweg’s estimated blood-alcohol level was just under the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.
Andrew Jonathan Weber, 22, of Eagle River at 11 p.m. on June 12 after being stopped on reports of a disturbance involving a vehicle on Kantishna Drive. Weber’s estimated blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,000 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.