POLICE BRIEFS 10/20/11
Bruin draws fire in Chugiak
A 25-year-old Chugiak man shot a brown bear as it headed for his house on Oct. 11, Anchorage police said.
Weeping Birch Avenue resident Isaac Krainis told police around 7 p.m. that he heard his dogs barking in the direction of a storage container in the yard, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. So Krainis went out to investigate — “and came face to face with a brown bear,” Shell said. He ran inside to get his gun, then stepped back out to call the dogs.
“Both the dogs came running, and so did the bear,” she said. Krainis shot three times at the bear, and told officers he believed he hit it each time, but it ran off into the trees, police said. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game was notified.
State biologist Jessy Coltrane wasn’t aware of this particular bear — it’s possible another staffer got the report — but did say she’d received a description of a brown bear sow and two cubs in the same area.
Darn, that duct tape is handy
Two Chugiak men fashioned duct-tape handcuffs and shackles to restrain a friend after he came over and fired a gunshot outside, Anchorage police said.
Douglas Caudy, 21, of Chugiak was arrested Oct. 8 for misconduct involving weapons after he left his parents home on Ski Road and walked to a friend’s house, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. Caudy asked to sleep at the house, but was told he could make use of a picnic table outside, Shell said. The homeowner went inside but came back out when he heard a shot fired to see Caudy standing out there with a gun in his hand, she said. The man tackled Caudy and told a friend to duct tape his hands and feet. Police arrived to find Caudy duct-taped. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail, where his breath-alcohol levels were estimated a more than three times the legal limit. A judge set his bail at $1,500, with release when sober to a third-party custodian.
Police seek pair of card thieves
Anchorage police want the public’s help in tracking down a man and a woman who fraudulently used a stolen credit card at two businesses in the Eagle River area in early July.
One purchase at WalMart was for more than $600; the pair also made purchases at Carrs for under $25, according to police.
The male appears to be a white male with an olive complexion, in his 20s with an average build. The white female appears to be between 25 and 35 years old with sandy colored hair and a slim build.
If you know the identities of either of these individuals, call Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP. You can also submit your tip online at the secure website, www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.
Anchorage police said they arrested Margaret Barber, 36, of Eagle River for driving under the influence around 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 after she was stopped for speeding just off the Old Glenn Highway. Barber failed field sobriety tests and her breath-alcohol level was estimated at nearly twice the legal limit, police said. She was jailed at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.
Other DUI arrests, according to police:
Jacob Ashton, 24, of Chugiak at 1 a.m. on Oct. 7 after an officer stopped him for speeding on Mall Circle. Ashton failed field sobriety tests and his breath-alcohol level was estimated at just under twice the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail. Bail amount was not available.
Lanai Smart, 46, of Chugiak just before 3 a.m. on Oct. 7 after an officer stopped her for speeding - at 80 mph - on the northbound Glenn Highway. Smart failed field sobriety tests and her breath-alcohol level was estimated at twice the legal limit. Bail amount was not available.
Heath Johnson, 24, of Palmer at 11:45 p.m. on Oct. 11 on the Glenn Highway near the Palmer Alternate after an officer noticed what looked like an abandoned vehicle by the side of the road only to find Johnson inside, eating a hamburger. His breath-alcohol level was estimated at nearly twice the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 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.