POLICE BRIEFS - 5/9/13
Albright defendant back in jail
One of three men linked to the Eagle River beating death of Charlie Albright is back in jail after violating his probation a third time.
Prosecutors say Kennith Upton helped two other men kill Albright back in August 2010 over a stolen backpack containing drugs, money and a weapon. Upton and Albright met at Fire Lake Elementary in the third grade. Upton, convicted of evidence destruction in a plea deal, served two years in jail and was released in 2012 on felony probation with conditions including no alcohol. He violated his probation three weeks after his July 2012 release and again last December. Both involved alcohol, Anchorage police said.
Alcohol was also involved in Upton’s most recent violation, according to police. Upton was arrested at Alaska Regional Hospital on April 27 on charges of probation violation and resisting arrest, according to police spokeswoman Dani Myren. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on no bail, Myren said.
A police officer responded to the hospital for a report of an assault victim around 1 a.m. April 27, according to an APD report. The officer contacted a “highly intoxicated” Upton with significant injuries to his face, the report said. Upton didn’t want to reveal his last name or talk about what had happened, it said. Upton eventually provided a breath sample that revealed alcohol in his system, the report said. The officer contacted Upton’s probation officer, who requested he be taken to jail.
At about 3:30 a.m., the hospital cleared Upton for release. The officer told Upton he was being arrested for violating his probation, according to his report. “Upton told me he ws ‘not going to jail’ and he stood up and squared off with me,” he wrote.
The officer put Upton in handcuffs, but he continued to resist physically and another officer helped remove him from the hospital, according to the report.
Drug arrest follows seatbelt stop
Anchorage police said they arrested Stacie Marie Davis, 32, of Anchorage on April 26 after stopping her for not wearing a seatbelt around 10 a.m. on North Juanita Loop Road. Inside the car, officers found drug paraphernalia, trace amounts of methamphetamine and a driver’s license belonging to someone else, police spokeswoman Dani Myren said. She was charged with second-degree theft and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and taken to Anchorage Jail.
Domestic violence reports
Anchorage police said they arrested a 15-year-old male after he assaulted a relative in Eagle River on April 27. The teen was taken to McLaughlin Youth Center.
In an unrelated arrest the same day, police charged a 54-year-old man in Eagle River with disorderly conduct, assault, theft and family violence after he assaulted a family member. He was taken to Anchorage Jail.
A 13-year-old female was arrested for assault after getting into a fight with a family member in Eagle River on April 30. The family received a directive to contact McLaughlin Youth Center.
Anchorage police said they arrested Anthony Lawrence Berry, 19, of Anchorage for driving under the influence after officers stopped to check on a white Pontiac sedan that lost control and went off the Glenn Highway near the Palmer Alternate. The stop occurred just before 6:30 a.m. on April 29. Berry provided a breath sample nearly twice the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $250 bail and release when sober to a sober adult.
Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.