Police Briefs - 5/24/12
Homeless family seeks shelter
Anchorage police said they encountered a woman and her children, basically living in their van, during a routine vehicle check on Regency Drive on May 10.
The woman, who was not identified by name, told an officer that she and her two young children stay with her mother in Peters Creek, but can’t stay for long because her mother is ill. She told the officer she was between jobs and didn’t have a home.
The officer observed a mattress in the van, and a black cat on the driver’s seat. The woman told him another officer had helped the family find a spot at the Clare House, a temporary shelter for women and children in Anchorage, but the family didn’t feel comfortable staying there and left. She said she hoped to find a residential shelter in Palmer.
The officer detailed the efforts he made to find the family a place to stay:
“I contacted OCS (the Office of Children’s Services) and informed them of the situation. They stated homelessness was not their issue and to contact a shelter. I contacted the AWAIC (Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis Inc.) shelter that was not able to give assistance to the family. The Clare House stated because (the woman) had left on her own she was not allowed to return. I contacted multiple shelters in the Mat-Su area who were not able to assist. (The woman) stated she could stay with her mother tonight before going to Palmer to seek housing assistance.”
Missing four skinny dogs?
Anchorage police said they found three dogs running loose down the middle of South Birchwood Loop Road near Chugiak High School. Someone found a fourth dog on Beach Lake Road near the train tracks and dropped it with police, APD spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. All four dogs looked the same: malnourished and emaciated, with rub marks around their necks. Two had collars but no tags. Anchorage Animal Care and Control took possession of the dogs for a veterinary check.
Anchorage police said they arrested Clayton Naczi, 30, of Anchorage for driving under the influence after stopping him for speeding just before 4 a.m. on May 13 on East Eagle River Loop Road.
Naczi’s estimated blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail.
Other DUI arrests, according to police:
Christopher Newsom, 34, of Anchorage after a traffic stop at 3 a.m. on May 15 on South Birchwood Loop Road. Newsom’s estimated blood-alcohol level was more than the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail.
Brittney Kauffman, 25, of Palmer after a traffic stop just after 3:30 a.m. on May 16 on the Glenn Highway after she passed a police officer at a high rate of speed. Kauffman’s estimated blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit. She was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250.
Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.