Police Briefs 5/31/12
Bad night out ends in jail
Anchorage police said they arrested Brian Clark, a 26-year-old from Anchorage, after responding to a disturbance at the Homestead Lounge in Eagle River just before midnight on May 17.
A bar employee, 22-year-old Adam Hopper, told officers that Clark assaulted him after Hopper asked him to leave because he was intoxicated, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. Clark became argumentative but did leave, though he then tried to come back in the bar, Lammers said. Hopper refused, and pushed him out the door, she said. “The man fell but then came back at Hopper eventually punching him in the face.”
Clark walked away from the Homestead but officers located him at Eagle River Loop Road and Celestial Street. They arrested Clark on charges of sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance because he was in possession of marijuana and also on two outstanding warrants. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail.
In another, unrelated call at the bar, police responding to the Homestead on a disturbance call interviewed a 28-year-old who said he was punched by another patron at the bar after the two got into an argument. The victim didn’t want to press charges.
Business reports attempted break-in
Anchorage police said the owner of Silverleaf Massage Therapy in Chugiak told them someone tried to break into the business by taking off a screen and pushing open a locked window just before 1 a.m. on May 18. But the suspect fled when the owner turned on the light in the room, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The next day, police got another report from the owner who said he had been checking the business regularly since the attempted break-in, she said. He discovered another screen removed and dirt smeared on the window. The victim had no suspect information.
In another, unrelated burglary report, a resident of Fire Creek Trail in Eagle River reported on May 21 that someone apparently entered her home through an unlocked door and stole an iPad and large flat-screen television.
Anchorage police said they arrested Steven Pugh, 36, of Chugiak for driving under the influence and refusal after an officer stopped him at about 2:15 a.m. on May 18 on the Old Glenn Highway south of the fire station. The officer said Pugh’s lights were bright and his window tinting was too dark, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol in the vehicle, Lammers said. Pugh was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail.
Other DUI arrests, according to police:
Robert Keith Bradley Murray, 28, of Glennallen at about 1:15 a.m. on May 20 after he was stopped as a suspected reckless driver on the southbound Glenn Highway near the North Eagle River exit. Murray’s estimated blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $350 bail.
Delshon Latae Fugate, 36 of Anchorage just before 3:30 a.m. on May 20 after he was stopped for reckless driving at Ski Road and the Old Glenn Highway. Fugate was charged with felony DUI - at least three arrests in a 10-year period - and driving on a revoked license. His estimated blood-alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail plus $500 cash performance bond.
Lynn Marie Klippel, 52, of Eagle River just before midnight on May 20 after officers stopped her on Crestview Lane after getting a tip about a drunken driver going to buy more alcohol. Klippel’s estimated blood-alcohol level was just under the legal limit. She was arrested on felony DUI and driving in violation of a restricted license. Klippel was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $10,000 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.