POLICE BRIEFS - 2/28/13
Eagle River Liquor burglarized
Anchorage police said they responded to multiple alarms at Eagle River Liquor at 3:45 a.m. on Feb. 18. A break-glass alarm was followed by a motion alarm, said police spokeswoman Dani Myren. They discovered a broken window, snacks and other items on the floor and multiple bottles of alcohol missing, Myren said. Police have no suspects, she said.
Man pistol-whips and runs — with gun
Anchorage police said they arrested a 39-year-old West Prince of Peace Drive resident on Feb. 15 after he pistol-whipped another man, stole the man’s pickup and his gun, and passed out at his home.
The man, Kelly Joe Atwood, was at the 45-year-old man’s home on High Bluff Drive when the two men got into a fight, police spokeswoman Dani Myren said. The men were drinking and their balance got a little wobbly. Atwood broke a lamp, Myren said. The other man told him to leave. It’s unclear how the handgun came out, but Atwood got ahold of it and pistol-whipped the other man, Myren said. Then he took off in a 2007 Toyota pickup belonging to the other man. He also took the handgun, she said. Police found Atwood at his residence, where he had passed out, Myren said. They arrested him on charges of felony driving under the influence, fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon — he was in possession of a gun while intoxicated — and second-degree assault.Police took Atwood to Anchorage Jail. His bail wasn’t available.
Anchorage police said they arrested Nicholas Weeks, 31, of Wasilla for driving under the influence after another driver reported someone driving recklessly on the southbound Glenn Highway at 3:41 p.m. on Feb. 14.
An officer responded to the south Eagle River area to intercept the driver and stopped Weeks because he matched the description of the reckless driver, police spokeswoman Dani Myren said. Weeks’ estimated breath-alcohol level was just under three times the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $1,500 bail.
Other DUI arrests, according to police:
Robert Easterwood, 30, of Willow after being stopped for speeding at almost 1:45 a.m. on Feb. 17 on the southbound Glenn Highway between the Eagle River exits. Easterwood’s estimated breath-alcohol level was just over twice the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on combined appearance and vehicle return bonds of $750.
Dennis Jon Stoyer Jr., 30, of Anchorage after being stopped at 3:45 a.m. on Feb. 19 for speeding on the southbound Glenn Highway at the South Birchwood exit. Stoyer’s estimated breath-alcohol level was just under three times under the legal limit. He was also arrested for driving with a revoked license and no insurance and held without bail at Anchorage Jail.
Arthur Leon Helms, 53, of Anchorage after a tow truck driver said they received a call from an intoxicated-sounding man about a car stuck along the road at about 4:15 a.m. on Feb. 20. An officer responded to the Eagle River Carrs, and smelled alcohol on Helms. His estimated breath-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He was also arrested for driving on a suspended license. Apparently, his license had been suspended since 1989, Myren said.
At Anchorage Jail, a magistrate told Helms she set his bail at $1,000 cash only plus $1,000 cash/corporate plus release when sober or to a sober driver — a higher-than-usual bail — because of his previous DUI convictions, Myren said. The magistrate also added a $250 vehicle return bond.
Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.