Police Briefs - 6/7/12

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 14:00

Spate of thefts, break-ins

Anchorage police said a Chugiak woman stole more than $500 worth of electronic items from the Fred Meyer store in Eagle River. Christine Stephens, 25, was arrested on the afternoon of May 23, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said.

The next day, someone stole jewelry and a dive suit, among other things, from a 1991 Dodge Ram Charger parked at a repair shop on Bill Stephens Drive in Chugiak, police said.

And the day after — May 26 — WalMart reported a home stereo system stolen, though police only said a case was pending on that one and didn’t release any suspect names.

Just to keep the streak going, a guest at the Microtel in Eagle River on May 27 reported the theft of an HP laptop and Fuji digital camera from their room after it was cleaned, police said. That case remains under investigation, Parker said.


Unusual assault reports

An Eagle River man was arrested on multiple charges on May 26 related to a domestic dispute, police said. The Star doesn’t normally report domestic issues, but this one involved a gentleman resisting arrest and lying to police.

John Leonard, 28, threatened a household member with a shard of mirror he broke himself, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. When officers arrived, Leonard gave them the wrong name and date of birth and struggled with officers when they tried to arrest him. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail on charges of third-degree assault, false information/report to peace officer, and resisting arrest by force. His total bail was $5,000.

On May 27, a Chugiak resident called police after seeing a neighbor on Ginger Lee Drive with a gun in his hands, Parker said.

The caller’s dog had just gotten in the neighbor’s chicken coop and the neighbor shot at it with a BB gun, the spokesman said. The gun “was never pointed at or used to threaten complainant although she did not know it at the time,” Parker said. “Complainant agreed to keep better control of her dog.”


DUI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Joshua Degeus, 24, of Anchorage on May 24 after receiving a call just after 11:30 p.m. of a man slumped over the wheel on Meadow Creek Drive in Eagle River. Police estimated Degeus’ blood-alcohol level at more than twice the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.


Other DUI arrests, according to police:

Truoy Freeman, 31, of Wasilla after a traffic stop as a possible hit and run driver at 4:45 a.m. on May 26 on the Glenn Highway in Chugiak. Truoy’s estimated blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.

Phillip Gains, 30, of Eagle River on a traffic stop for reckless driving reported at 3:30 p.m. on May 26 at East Eagle River Loop Road. A breath test showed no alcohol present in his system, but Gains told officers he’d been using prescription medications, Parker said. He was taken to jail in lieu of $250 bail.

Donald Albaugh, 26, of Anchorage after a traffic stop for speeding at 5 a.m. on May 27 on the Old Glenn in Chugiak. Albaugh’s estimated blood-alcohol level was just under the legal limit but he admitted to smoking marijuana, Parker said. Officers drew blood for analysis and seized marijuana. Albaugh 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.

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