Star staff report

A pair of local runners nabbed podium finishes Saturday on a big day for Chugiak-Eagle River atheltes at the Tsalteshi Invitational cross-country meet in Soldotna.

Chugiak’s Daniel Bausch and Eagle River’s Emily Walsh came up just short of victory, with Walsh eight seconds behind South’s Ava Earl and Bausch losing a sprint to Dimond’s Santiago Prosser.

The Knik Little League’s Intermediate All-Stars advanced to the Western Regional Tournament in Tempe, Arizona, by winning the Alaska District 1 championship. The team finished fourth in the region, dropping their final game 16-9 to Northern California.

Alaska State Troopers arrested a 30-year-old Chugiak man wanted by U.S. Marshals following a high-speed chase early Saturday morning between Houston and Willow.

According to an online trooper dispatch, Kyle Wilson was driving a 2004 Ford pickup on the Parks Highway near Houston at around 3:37 a.m. Saturday when a trooper tried to stop the vehicle for an equipment violation. Instead, Wilson sped off at a high rate of speed, troopers said.

An 8-year-old Eagle River boy died Thursday when a rock smashed through the front windshield of the vehicle he was riding in near mile 58.7 of the Sterling Highway on the Kenai Peninsula.

According to the Alaska State Troopers, Noah Schwebach was in the back middle seat of a northbound Volkswagen GTI Hatchback when a “volleyball-sized rock fell off the back of a rock truck” heading in the opposite direction.

On June 12 at around noon, police received a report of a robbery on the Glenn Highway. According to police, a man arranged for his mother to get a ride from Wasilla to Anchorage from someone he met on Craigslist. During the ride, police said another female passenger in the car tried to steal the woman’s purse. Police said the man driving the car pulled over, and the victim got out without her purse near the North Birchwood overpass.

A three-hour standoff between an armed man and police ended with the man being Tasered and bitten by a police dog before being taken into custody.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, James Fredrickrock, 37, was arrested just before midnight on Saturday, June 16. According to APD, a drunken Fredrickrock showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s home on Regency Drive shortly before 9 p.m. armed with a handgun. He allegedly pointed the weapon at her and made suicidal threats.

The woman and a child were able to get out of the home without being hurt, police said.

A number of local comp hockey players wrapped up their seasons recently at national events.

At the 16U Tier II national tournament in Boston, Chugiak freshman Rachel Symmes helped the Anchorage North Stars reach the national semifinals, where they fell 3-1 to a team from Connecticut. Symmes was joined on the team by Chugiak-Eagle River players Brianna Paxon, Jenni Peterson, Olivia Bruno and Kaylin Garner.

Two men were arrested last week at an Eagle River pizza restaurant for an alleged knifepoint truckjacking in Anchorage.

According to police, on April 23 at around 8:27 a.m., APD officers responded to Center Bowl in Anchorage for a report of a stolen truck.

Local bars hit by heists

On April 18 at around 5:10 a.m., police received a report that the front glass doors of the Eagle River Elks Lodge had been broken and an ATM stolen from inside.

Four days later, police were called to the Birchwood Saloon for a report that someone had broken in during the night through an interior office door and stolen a safe.

No arrests have been made in either case. The saloon is offering a reward for information about its safe, and the bar’s Facebook page took to social media to issue a call to action:

More than 13,000 Matanuska Electric Association customers in Eagle River and Chugiak lost power Tuesday afternoon after the cooperative worked to fix outages caused by a large windstorm that hit Southcentral Alaska.

According to MEA, the outage affected customers from Peters Creek to Eagle River.