POLICE BRIEFS - 5/23/13
Missing man found dead
An Eagle River man reported missing last weekend was found dead the next day in a motel near Tok, according to Anchorage police and Alaska State Troopers reports.
A family member reported 27-year-old Daniel Braun missing at 9 p.m. on May 14, according to Anchorage police. Braun was described as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. He called in sick to his security job at an Anchorage hotel that day, Shell said. Braun had attempted suicide in the past, she said.
Alaska State Troopers said troopers responded at 11:45 a.m. on May 15 to the discovery of a body in a motel room outside Tok, near Mile 1314 of the Alaska Highway. Motel staff discovered Braun’s body, troopers said. A troopers spokesman told KTUU that no foul play was suspected.
Students report threat
Three graduating seniors told a Chugiak High School discipline principal that they received threats from a man near the gazebo in Eagle River, Anchorage police said.
The incident took place on May 10, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. The man asked the boys if they had heroin or other drugs for sale, Shell said. When they said no, the man expressed his frustration, she said. When one boy laughed, the man said he was “packing and they’d better not mess with him,” Shell said. They saw a bulge in the back of his shirt as he walked away. The man was described as medium height wearing a yellow Oakland A’s hat and driving a dark blue Lincoln Navigator.
Truck vs. foot in Homestead parking lot
Anchorage police said they responded to a report of a disturbance near the Homestead Lounge just before 3 a.m. on May 11. A group of military members in the parking lot got involved in a dispute, Anchorage police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. One person, a 23-year-old U.S. Army soldier, tried to stop a driver from leaving by hanging onto the driver’s side door and “accidentally got run over,” Shell said. The driver said he was picking up a group of friends at the bar when he was surrounded by people, slowly tried to drive away and accidentally ran over the victim’s foot, she said. Both men agreed the dispute started because one of the people in the group damaged a taillight on a party bus, Shell said. No charges were filed.
Anchorage police said they arrested David Randall Harbison, 54, of Eagle River for driving under the influence after watching him peel out from the Homestead Lounge around 11 p.m. on May 10. Harbison provided a breath-alcohol sample twice the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail in lieu of $500 bail.
Other DUI arrests, according to police:
Russell Glenn Burnham, 41, of Anchorage after being stopped for speeding 20 mph or more over the limit at the Glenn Highway and Hiland Road just before 12:15 a.m. on May 12. Burnham told police he’d been drinking and smoking marijuana, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. While in custody, he was discovered to be in the possession of two Valium pills. Burnham provided a breath-alcohol sample far below the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail. Shell said it wasn’t immediately clear why Burnham’s bail amount was so high.
Richard Howard White, 37, of Eagle River, after being stopped for speeding on the southbound Glenn Highway near Eklutna around 12:45 a.m. on May 14. White provided a breath sample that was just over twice the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $1,000 bail.
Christie Irene Curry, 40, of Chugiak after officers responded to a mobile home on Frosty Drive in Chugiak at almost 2:20 a.m. on May 14. Curry got into a fight with her roommate, left the residence and then came back for another fight that resulted in the two of them falling through a broken window and a television getting knocked over, Shell said. She was also arrested for driving with a suspended license, assault, malicious destruction of property and refusal. Curry was taken to Anchorage Jail in lieu of $2,500 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.