POLICE BRIEFS - 8/2/12
Walmart loss prevention stays busy
Anchorage police logged three shoplifting reports from the Eagle River Walmart between July 18 and July 23.
On July 18, police responded to the Walmart for a shoplifting call. Officers cited and released 26-year-old Avia Aspelund after she reportedly walked into the store with two men and filled two large totes with merchandise before walking out without paying, according to police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers. Store security provided a vehicle description and plate to police. Aspelund was identified as the owner, Lammers said.
Two other cases remain pending, both on July 23. Loss prevention staff at the store at 3:30 a.m. told an officer a man and woman put merchandise into a tote in their shopping cart, then left without paying, Lammers said. Loss prevention provided a partial plate and vehicle description to APD. The officer tried to contact the vehicle’s registered owner but couldn’t.
Later that day, at 1:30 a.m., an officer again responded to the store. A loss-prevention officer reviewing video footage of a July 16 incident spotted a “suspicious vehicle” parked in front of the store and a woman carrying two boxes. The officer learned the boxes contained two stolen laptops, Lammers said. Despite a vehicle description and plate, an attempt to contact the vehicle’s owner was unsuccessful, she said. The case is pending contact with the owner.
Mystery of the missing miter
Anchorage police said a Citation Road resident reported two saws missing from his garage on July 20. The man saw someone stopped in front of his house the day before but “didn’t think anything of it,” police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. After he noticed the saws missing, the man spotted footprints in his freshly oiled driveway, Lammers said. A case is pending.
Anchorage police said they arrested Lewis Stephan, 60, of Chugiak for driving under the influence after responding to an assault report just before 8:30 p.m. on July 21 on Rusticate Drive in Chugiak. Officers saw Stephan pull out of the driveway and stopped him. He failed field-sobriety tests and his estimated blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit. Stephan was taken to Anchorage Jail on $750 bail.
Other DUI arrests, according to police:
James Harrigan, 60, of Eagle River after police responded to Carrs reference a possible drunk driver just before midnight on July 21. A security officer pointed out Harrigan, who failed field-sobriety tests and whose estimated blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $500 bail.
Katie Blanchard, 20, of Chugiak after officers stopped her on the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River for speeding and swerving at 3 a.m. on July 22. Blanchard failed field-sobriety tests and her estimated blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. She was taken to Anchorage Jail on $500 bail.
Megan Maloy, 24, of Wasilla after officers responded to the northbound Glenn Highway near Thunderbird Falls at 4 a.m. on July 22 in reference to a woman passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle stopped in the road. Officers smelled alcohol on Maloy, the driver. She failed field-sobriety tests and her estimated blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. Maloy was taken to Anchorage Jail on $750 bail.
Sean Wilder, 22, of Wasilla after officers stopped him for speeding at 1:45 a.m. on July 23 on the southbound Glenn Highway near Birchwood. Wilder failed field-sobriety tests and his estimated blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $500 bail.
Billy Weber, 26, of Anchorage after an officer stopped to check on a vehicle pulled off on the Glenn at South Birchwood at 4:15 a.m. on July 24. Weber failed field-sobriety tests and his estimated blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit; a passenger was also intoxicated. There were two young children in the car. Weber was arrested for child neglect along with DUI. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $500 bail. A relative took custody of the children.
Gregory Adams, 37, of Eagle River after an officer stopped him for driving without headlights and swerving on the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River at 4:20 a.m. on July 25. Adams failed field-sobriety tests and his estimated blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $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.