POLICE BRIEFS - 8/1/13
Two deaths discovered within minutes
Anchorage police responded to two unrelated deaths in Eagle River within 11 minutes on July 20. The cause of death in both cases remains under investigation. Police say there is no indication of foul play in either.
At 7:47 a.m. on July 20, a family member called police after discovering the body of Sean Cobb, 42, in his West River Road home, police spokeswoman Dani Myren said. Cobb earlier had complained of an allergic reaction to food, Myren said.
At 7:58 a.m. that same day, officers in the area of Caribou Street found the body of Shad White, 51, in a vehicle with the engine still running and loud music playing, she said.
The State Medical Examiner’s Office has ordered toxicology screens in both cases, a spokesman said.
Wrong-way driver arrested
A 46-year-old Fairbanks man was cited and released on for reckless driving on July 21 after several drivers called 9-1-1 to report a white, two-door Mercedes driving the wrong way on the southbound Glenn Highway between the Fort Richardson and Arctic Valley exits, according to Anchorage police.
An officer pulled over Jerry Tosland based on the description provided by other drivers just before 5 a.m., police spokeswoman Dani Myren said. Tosland indicated to the officer that he was tired after fishing on the Kenai Peninsula earlier that day.
Domestic violence arrests
Anchorage police arrested a 23-year-old man in Chugiak on July 23 after he assaulted a family member at their residence. The man was jailed without bail, pending arraignment.
That same evening, police arrested a 26-year-old man after he entered an Eagle River home in violation of a court order and threatened an occupant with a needle, apparently on a hypodermic syringe. He was arrested for assault, resisting arrest and on two outstanding warrants, police said.
Anchorage police said they arrested Gaileen Kern, 26, of Eagle River on July 19 for driving under the influence after Tesoro gas station employees reported a customer staggering at the gas pump at 5 a.m. An officer contacted Kern 10 minutes later after finding a red pickup matching the employees’ description at a nearby residence. Kern provided a breath-alcohol sample just under three times the legal limit. She was lodged at Anchorage Jail; a bail amount wasn’t available.
In unrelated arrest on July 21, police arrested Dale James Bennett, 32, of Big Lake for driving under the influence after other drivers called in a vehicle swerving all over the road just before 10:30 p.m. near Eklutna Village Road on the Glenn Highway. Bennett provided a breath-alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit. He was transported to the Anchorage Jail; a bail amount wasn’t available.