POLICE BRIEFS: Homeowner fires handgun to try and scare problem bear

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 13:41

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.

UPDATE (Nov. 13): According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the bear was shot and killed on Wednesday morning by a homeowner on West Lake Drive, one street over from where Monday’s incident was reported. Read more here.

Original story:

Police were called to the area of Columbia Glacier Loop off Eagle River Road on Nov. 11 for a report of a brown bear trying to break into a chicken coop.

According to police, a citizen called them at around 10:48 p.m. to report they’d fired a handgun in an attempt to scare off a bear that was trying to break into his backyard chicken coop. Police said the residents of the home said they made a lot of noise when the bear showed up — which only caused the animal to lose interest in the chickens and turn toward them. At that point, the man said he fired a shot near the bear to try and scare it away.

The bear left, but police said the homeowners reported that it returned a short time later to again try getting into the chicken coop. However, it was unsuccessful and left the scene before officers arrived.

Impaired driving arrests

On Nov. 3 at around 5 a.m. police said a patrol officer stopped a vehicle for speeding on the Glenn Highway and arrested driver Galen T. Robison, 20, of Wasilla for driving under the influence.

On Nov. 6 at around 2:26 a.m. police said an APD detective stopped a vehicle for weaving and driving without headlights and arrested driver Matthew J. Curtis, 27, of Anchorage for an existing misdemeanor warrant and felony driving under the influence for having at least three such infractions in the previous 10 years.

On Nov. 10 at around 2:23 a.m. police stopped a vehicle for speeding on the Glenn Highway and arrested Eric C. Dicks, 24, of Wasilla for operating under the influence.

Man arrested for assault

On Nov. 4 at around 7:16 p.m. police responded to the Eagle River Microtel for a report of a disturbance. Police said when officers arrived they found four adults got into a verbal argument. During the fight, police said Justin C. Fleming-Brown, 29, allegedly punched his brother and mother. Fleming-Brown was arrested for assault.

‘Inappropriate’ text investigated

On Nov. 7 police said they investigated a report of a student at Eagle River High School texting “an inappropriate picture” to another student. Police said the student who reported the text deleted the photo. Police said there was no evidence of a crime and “the issue was dealt with internally.”

Police make 2 arrests at once

Police arrested a husband and wife for driving while intoxicated after the husband apparently stopped to check on his wife as she was being questioned by police.

The incident took place at around 12:45 a.m. near the intersection of Centerfield Drive and the Old Glenn Highway, where police said an officer pulled over a vehicle for stopping in the middle of the road. The driver of the vehicle, Tayler B. McKinnon, 21, of Eagle River was arrested for operating under the influence.

While police were in the process of arresting McKinnon, they said a second vehicle pulled into the parking lot, with the driver getting out and sitting on a nearby bench. Police said McKinnon told officers the man was her husband, Coby M. Mc-

Kinnon, 23. Police said when they contacted Coby McKinnon he also showed signs of intoxication and was also charged with operating under the influence.

Man arrested for failing to tell police about handgun

Police arrested a 32-year-old Eagle River man on weapons charges after he was allegedly found slumped over the wheel of a vehicle while in possession of a handgun.

According to police, Scott A. Kocher was charged with possessing a concealed deadly weapon without informing police after the Nov. 10 incident, which took place at around 2:13 a.m. on E. Eagle River Loop Road.

Police said they were first called about a vehicle that was unable to maintain its lane or speed. Officers arrived and found Kocher slumped over the wheel of a pickup truck. Police said they asked Kocher to step out of the vehicle to perform a field sobriety test, at which point officers asked if he had any weapons.

“It was at that time Kocher admitted to having a handgun in his coat pocket,” police wrote.

Police said there was not enough evidence to support an operating under the influence charge.

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