POLICE BRIEFS - 10/25/12

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 20:34

Truck stolen

Anchorage police said a 55-year-old Chugiak man reported someone drove off with his green Ford F-250 with a black flatbed and large 12-foot boom on Oct. 12. The suspect left behind a Toyota 4Runner, but the license plate on the vehicle didn’t match when police ran it, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The truck was later found in a wooded area at the end of Cordova Street in Anchorage, Lammers said. The plate on it didn’t match either, she said. Police have a possible suspect.


Burglars make off with welding equipment

Anchorage police said an 84-year-old Chugiak man reported on Oct. 13 that someone broke into his concrete-block shop on the Old Glenn Highway and stole a welder, including a spool of metal and torches, as well as a toolbox, a torch kit and miscellaneous welding tools. Access into the building was made using ladders left on the outside of the building which had been moved to a window that was broken to get inside, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said.

In another, unrelated burglary, an Eagle River resident told police on Oct. 15 that her ex-boyfriend broke into her apartment and vandalized it.


‘Bus rider’ gets trip to jail

Anchorage police responded to North Juanita Loop Road in Eagle River mid-afternoon on Oct. 15 after residents reported a male sitting in a small pickup truck and “acting high” for at least 90 minutes, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. Wesley Buerkle, 53, was getting out of the truck, waving his arms, then getting back in when police arrived, Lammers said. He told officers he was waiting for a bus. Police found drug paraphernalia and drugs — possibly methamphetamine — in the vehicle, Lammers said. Buerkle was arrested on charges of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and taken to Anchorage Jail on $5,000 bail.

In another, unrelated drug arrest on Oct. 17, police cited and released two 17-year-olds at Chugiak High after finding them in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. The teens, a male and a female, were released to their parents with a directive to contact juvenile intake authorities.


DUI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Janna Shaw, 33, of Chugiak at about 1 a.m. on Oct.12 at the top of the North Peters Creek off-ramp when she failed to stop at the stop sign. Shaw’s estimated breath alcohol level was just over the legal limit, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. She was taken to Anchorage Jail on $250 bail.

Police also said they arrested James Sudduth Jr., 47, of Wasilla after another driver reported him swerving in traffic on the Glenn Highway. Officers saw Sudduth nearly hit a guardrail, Lammers said. He didn’t have any alcohol on his breath but an APD drug recognition expert found he was most likely under the influence of prescription drugs. Police also took a blood sample. Sudduth was taken to Anchorage Jail on $2,500 cash bail plus third-party custodian.


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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