POLICE BRIEFS - 5/30/13



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Mother-son team arrested for break-in

Anchorage police said they arrested a 56-year-old woman and her 33-year-old son on charges of first-degree burglary and theft after finding them inside a Chugiak cabin that didn’t belong to them.

Officers responded to the cabin on May 15 at the request of a friend of the property owner, who was hospitalized, police spokeswoman Dani Myren said. Police discovered Denise Renee Pennington and Jesse James Pennington inside, Myren said. The man had removed cash and guns from the residence, she said. He indicated to officers he was there on behalf of the owner to pick up trash.

Jesse James Pennington was charged with two counts second-degree theft and first-degree burglary. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $30,000 bail. Denise Renee Pennington was charged with first-degree burglary and taken to jail on $7,500 bail.

In another, unrelated burglary, a homeowner on Inspiration Drive told police on May 21 that someone broke in and stole roughly $3,850 worth of cameras and accessories, as well as jewelry.

 

DUI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Michael Edward Posciri, 29, of Eagle River on charges of driving under the influence, misuse of plates and child abuse and endangerment on May 16. Posciri, with three young children in the car as well as a female passenger, was sitting in his vehicle on the shoulder of the northbound Glenn Highway south of the Peters Creek exit with the hazard lights on around 11:30 p.m. The vehicle sustained damage on both the driver and passenger sides after it collided with guardrails on both sides of the highway, police spokeswoman Dani Myren said.

There was an infant in a car seat in the back, with a young toddler on either side of the baby, Myren said. The children were not injured. The passenger and children were released from the scene.

Posciri was apparently under the influence of drugs, Myren said. Bail information was not available.

In another, unrelated incident, police arrested Colin Dennis Watts, 22, of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, for driving under the influence after stopping him for speeding just before 3:30 a.m. on May 18 on Business Boulevard. Watts provided a breath-alcohol sample of more than twice the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail; a bail amount was not available.

 

Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.

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