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An early morning warm-up caused numerous car crashes in the Anchorage area and Glenn Highway corridor Friday and an Anchorage School District already scrambling to make up lost days was forced to cancel classes once again.

Male inmates enrolled in a successful faith-based program intended to reduce recidivism have been moved from Hiland Mountain Correctional Center to the Anchorage Correctional Complex in what state officials say is a plan to increase programs for female inmates at the women’s prison.

Alaska Department of Corrections Commissioner Nancy Dahlstrom confirmed 37 men were transferred from Hiland to the Anchorage jail Saturday.

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

Calls were down slightly in 2018, but Chugiak’s volunteer fire department was still red hot.

Calls for service decreased by about eight percent last year even as the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department saw a surge in volunteer hours thanks to what chief Tim Benningfield says has been a concerted effort to draw in new recruits.

“We’ve had a great recruitment and retention effort,” Benningfield told the Chugiak Community Council recently.

The Chugiak swimming pool is now open.

The pool — which had been closed for nearly two months due to damage from the Nov. 30 earthquake — reopened Tuesday according to the Chugiak-Eagle River Parks and Recreation Department. The facility is located at Chugiak High School (16525 S. Birchwood Loop).

Stay calm, it’s only a drill.

People living near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are likely to see an increase in noise and emergency vehicles during an emergency response exercise Thursday.

According to a press release issued Wednesday, noise from the drill “may carry into the local communities adjacent to JBER.”

A Tuesday night announcement by the Anchorage School District sent another aftershock through an already battered Chugiak-Eagle River.

Anchorage police say a 40-year-old Eagle River man fleeing police got tangled in the wires of a stun gun and was captured in downtown Eagle River early Wednesday.

According to an Anchorage Police Department Nixle alert, Kennth G. Stepetin was taken to the Anchorage Jail on charges of operating under the influence, resisting arrest, failure to stop and leaving the scene of an accident.

A dispute over dogs in Eagle River earlier this month resulted in a call to police after a man allegedly brandished a handgun at two women walking their animals off leash.

On Jan. 12 at around 4 p.m. police said they responded to a report of a man brandishing a handgun. According to APD, two women told them they were walking their dogs off leash at the Briggs Bridge lower parking lot. Police said the women told officers a man approached them on the trail “holding a handgun, and yelling that he almost shot the dogs and that they needed to be on a leash.”

Shaken to action by November’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake, some Chugiak residents believe it’s time to bring additional building safety measures to their community.

At its Thursday meeting, the Chugiak Community Council passed a resolution asking the Municipality of Anchorage to require that an engineer review plans for all residential structures requiring a municipal land-use permit.

“Somebody needs to look at these things,” said Bart Quimby, an engineer from Chugiak who spoke in favor of the resolution.

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