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Don’t fear the setbacks.

It’s a little more complicated than that, but Municipality of Anchorage watershed hydrologist (and Peters Creek resident) Jeff Urbanus told the Chugiak Community Council be believes the ongoing effort to increase stream setbacks and clarify municipal wetland code is being done for the right reasons.

“The biggest reason is there is benefit to the community,” Urbanus told the council during a presentation at its Sept. 20 meeting at the Elsie Oberg Center in Chugiak.

A 30-year-old Anchorage man was arrested for drunk driving after his vehicle was stopped by a pair of fellow motorists in Eagle River.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad, a patrol officer pulled over on the Old Glenn Highway at around 4:22 p.m. on Sept. 15 to check on three vehicles stopped by the side of the road.

State attorneys issued a statement Friday expaining a plea deal that allowed a man who strangled and sexually attacked a woman last year in Anchorage to walk free without serving jail time.

UPDATE: On Friday, the state issued a response to concerns from citizens about the percieved light sentence Schneider received as a result of his plea agreement. Prosecutors said Schneider was sentenced in accordance with existing state law and explained some elements of his alleged crimes — specifically the most serious charge of kidnapping — couldn’t have been proven.

Read the letter here.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime m apping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information department. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

On Sept. 15 at around 4:22 p.m., police received a call from a driver who said a white Ford bus was swerving between all three lanes of the Glenn Highway. While the caller was on the phone, they additionally reported seeing the bus drive onto the shoulder and strike a guardrail.

An Eagle River woman has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for stealing from an Eagle River youth hockey association while serving as treasurer.

Jennifer Suchan, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess to 14 months in prison at a Tuesday hearing in Anchorage. Suchan previously pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud. As part of her plea deal, Suchan agreed to pay $170,353 in restitution.

Nominations are open for positions on the Birchwood Community Council.

The council will hold its annual elections at its October meeting. Up for election are the group’s chair, vice chair and a representative at large. Nominations are open between now and the next meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. at the Beach Lake Lodge. BCC meetings are normally held at the Beach Lake Chalet, but the October meeting has been moved due to a scheduling conflict.

A lone athlete walked the cross country running course at Russian Jack Springs Park in Anchorage, the remainder of the 3-kilometer course stretched out like an endless ordeal in front of her. It would have been easy for the girl to quit if it weren’t for the lone coach walking alongside her yelling encouragement.

“Ok, let’s get up this next hill,” shouted Eagle River head coach Jacob Bera to the girl, a member of a rival team.

Friends and family of a teen overdose victim gathered alongside members of a local church Tuesday evening to dedicate a small bench built to help people remember and recover from the heartbreak of drug addiction.

“The memorial is the combination of two things,” said Father Marc Dunaway of the St. John Orthodox Cathedral in Chugiak.

Employees at Eagle River Polaris Arctic Cat in Eagle River got an unpleasant surprise the morning of Friday, Sept. 7, when they arrived at the Eagle River shop to find three vehicles had disappeared overnight.

“They cut the fence from the highway and then they proceeded to cut the fence in the back of our yard,” said managing member Paul Hughes.

Missing were a green 2018 Polaris ATV, a 2006 Polaris Sportsman and a Polaris Ranger 1000. Two of the vehicles had been dropped off for service, while another was on the lot for sale.

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