POLICE BRIEFS - 7/11/13
Bar tab triggers alleged assault
Anchorage police said they were dispatched to the Birchwood Saloon after a patron reported being assaulted just before 2:30 a.m. on June 28. A 26-year-old Chugiak man told police he and his friends were drinking at the bar that night when they got ready to settle up and leave, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. A dispute arose about the tab, which the man said his friend paid, Shell said. But outside the bar, someone “punched him so hard in the back of the neck that his glasses flew off,” she said. The man and his friends went back into the bar but couldn’t locate anyone responsible; they left and came back with a metal pipe but the bar had closed, she said. No arrests were made.
Construction equipment stolen
Anchorage Police said an Anchorage man notified them at about 8 a.m. on June 28 that someone had stolen $5,000 in construction equipment from a vacant building under renovation on Dogwood Street in Chugiak. Taken were a generator, power tools, extension cords and hand tools. There was no sign of forced entry, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. Someone had access to a lock box and apparently took a key and gained access, Shell said. Police have no suspect information, she said.
Most of the items are engraved with the initials “MSP”.
Shot fired at tree
Anchorage police said a 47-year-old resident of Lucas Avenue said a gray SUV full of teenagers fired a load of birdshot at a tree in front of his house. The incident occurred after the man and his wife heard loud music coming down the street around 11 p.m. on June 28 and yelled for the driver to “kill the music!” police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. Then they heard a loud bang, Shell said. The man later said he didn’t think the shot was fired toward him or anyone else, she said. “He just felt they were kids goofing off.”
Mystery skinny pepper-sprayers
Two Eagle River brothers told Anchorage police they didn’t know the “two white, skinny males” who knocked on their door around 6 a.m. on June 29, punched one brother and then sprayed both men with pepper spray. The brothers, aged 25 and 32, said the two men fled on foot, according to police spokeswoman Anita Shell.
Phone call linked to beating
A 26-year-old Wasilla woman told Anchorage police that two other women assaulted her after she called a man’s phone. The woman, 26-year-old Brittany Daniels, of Wasilla, said that Jessica Daly, 35, of Eagle River picked up the phone when she called and told her she was a friend of the man’s ex-wife, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. When Daly started asking Daniels about her relationship with the man, Daniels offered to meet in person. She arrived at a home off Aurora Borealis Street only to find both Daly and the ex-wife, 31-year-old Chugiak resident Janessa Nighswonger, Shell said. Daniels said the two other women punched her in the face and started beating her with her own shoe. Officers found Daniels complaining of pain around her eyes and a bloody nose, Shell said. They arrested Nighswonger for assault and issued a $5,000 warrant for Daly’s arrest.
Anchorage police said they issued a felony arrest warrant for a 31-year-old Chugiak man on June 29 after he assaulted his ex-wife’s boyfriend. The man walked away from the home after the attack, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. Police issued a $2,500 arrest warrant for assault and burglary.
In an unrelated arrest on June 30, police arrested a 36-year-old Eagle River woman for domestic violence assault after she threw a lamp at her husband. She was taken to Anchorage Jail on $1,000 bail.
Another incident on July 2 involved the arrest of a 33-year-old Eagle River man who assaulted his brother. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $1,000 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.