POLICE BRIEFS 1/5/12
Theft, apparent burglary target two Chugiak locations
An employee at the Birchwood Public Shooting Range reported an attempted burglary there the afternoon of Dec. 22, Anchorage police said. The range manager said the employee noticed damage to the door, but nothing missing inside, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said.
In an unrelated theft reported Dec. 26, a resident of Barbara Street said someone stole a set of valuable gold coins, along with some prescription medications, Shell said. Police were able to obtain fingerprints and the resident also had some ideas as to a possible suspect, she said.
Despite the presence of neighborhood watch signs on each side of her home, Silvia Hanks reported someone made off with her family’s snowblower sometime on Dec. 27.
Hanks, who lives on Spring Brook Drive in Eagle River, said she was home all day, but that the large, “heavy duty” piece of machinery still disappeared sometime in the afternoon.
“It was right in front of the garage,” Hanks reported.
She said her husband, Kenneth, had used the snowblower around 1 p.m. When her son arrived home at around 9 p.m., the large, red snowblower wasn’t there. She speculated someone would have to have used a pick-up truck to haul the $1,200 snowblower away.
Silvia, whose family has lived at the address for 19 years, said the neighborhood is usually pretty quiet.
“One year we did have our Christmas decorations vandalized,” she said.
Making the theft more puzzling, she said, was that the snowblower didn’t have a key in the ignition.
“We’re going to keep a lookout on Craigslist,” she said.
If the cops don’t find the thieves, she said, Hanks is hopeful karma will.
“I hope it blows up in their faces,” she said.
Anchorage police said they arrested Ryan Jacobs, 22, of Anchorage for driving under the influence at about 9:45 a.m. on Dec. 23 on the Old Glenn Highway after stopping him for snow-covered license plates, no headlights, failure to stop at a right turn, and no light illuminating the rear license plate. Jacobs failed field sobriety tests, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. His estimated blood-alcohol level was just over the legal limit, she said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.
Other DUI arrests, according to police:
Randall Ritchey, 20, of Wasilla just before 1 a.m. on Christmas Day on the Glenn Highway after an officer stopped him for speeding. Ritchey’s estimated blood-alcohol level was one and a half times the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $500 bail. A 19-year-old with Ritchey was charged with minor consuming alcohol and taken to jail after she became combative and slipped her handcuffs, Shell said.
Bruce King, 32, of Anchorage at about 3:45 p.m. on Dec. 26 on Eagle River Road after an officer stopped him for speeding. King, who said he doesn’t drink, did well on most of the field sobriety tests administered but had trouble with some, Shell said. His blood-alcohol level was just under the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.
Loni Quinn, 22, of Eagle River at about 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 27 on Jude Island Circle after officers responded to a report of a street fight. Police didn’t see a fight but did spot a number of vehicles in a cul-de-sac, Shell said. An officer contacted Quinn in her vehicle and determined her to be intoxicated. Her blood-alcohol level was more than three times over the legal limit. She was lodged at Anchorage Jail without bail.
Michael Forte, 63, of Chugiak at about 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 28 on Hilltop Drive and Ski Road after an officer couldn’t read Forte’s rear license plate because his bumper was snow-covered. The officer also saw Forte come off the Glenn Highway and slide as he exited the off ramp, Shell said. Forte’s estimated blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit.
Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.