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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.

Police seek burglary suspect, net suspected drunk driver

The mountain at the head of Hanging Valley known only by its elevation, 5679, was dusted in new snow as we hiked along the trail Oct. 14, breathing in the last of what everyone agreed was an over-extended autumn.

It was a partly cloudy day that showed signs of improving as friends Jeff Worrell, Al Beck and I moved farther into the valley.

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan spent Wednesday making the rounds in Chugiak-Eagle River.

He also ate a few, too.

Sullivan sat down for pepperoni pizza at the Eagle River Ale House, where he also made off with a handful of homemade cookies during a casual pop-in at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Sen. Sullivan also made stops at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center and the Alaska Laborers Training Center in Chugiak during an upbeat spin through the community.

Maddy Brandl’s nickname was “Strong,” so it’s fitting the race held in her honor will benefit a pair of kids who are as tough as they come.

Kiyah Tuttle is a 16-year-old who’s interested in wilderness survival and has a passion for karate. Phoenix Mendoza is a 3-year-old heck-raiser who loves cartoons and tussling with with his football player brothers. Aside from their energetic personalities, Kiyah and Phoenix have something else in common.

They’re fighting for their lives.

Kiyah’s story

On Oct. 11 at around 6:46 p.m., police were called to a residence on Park Place Street for a report of a disturbance involving a knife.

According to police, Carl A. Akina, 46, stabbed himself in the chest and told his girlfriend he was going to cut his own throat and stab himself in the head. Officers said the woman told them she was fearful and didn’t know if Akina would hurt her as well.

Police said Akina’s injuries were minor. After being evaluated by medics, he was taken to Anchorage Jail on a charge of third-degree assault.

The Eagle River Lions Club will host its 3rd Annual Community Bazaar and Spaghetti Dinner Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lions Clubhouse (18344 Eagle River Road). Cost is $8 per plate and includes spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, drinks and dessert. There will also be craft items for sale and vendors.

Hit-and-run drivers arrested

At around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, police received a report of a hit-and-run at the South Birchwood exit on the outbound Glenn Highway. According to police, the caller told police dispatchers they were following a black 2015 Volkswagen sedan that struck their 2007 GMC pickup and drove away. Police said the driver of the GMC followed the Volkswagen until police officers arrived to pull the vehicle over.

There were no members of the public in attendance at Monday’s meeting of the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Rec board, but there were a number of ghoulish guests. Richards said she was storing additional “Boo at the Beach” materials in the meeting room, which explained the dozen or so oversized goblins, scarecrows and monsters lining the room.

An Anchorage police officer reported a vehicle slowed down and fired a gun while the officer was making a traffic stop on the Glenn Highway Friday night.

According to APD spokesman MJ Thim, the officer had pulled over another vehicle on the highway when a white sedan driving past slowed down, fired shots, and sped away.

Police said they found no evidence of a shooting and there were no injuries. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle and Thim said polie had no other suspect information to release.

A 35-year-old paratrooper died Saturday after he lost control of his motorcycle on the Glenn Highway.

According to U.S. Army Alaska, Staff Sgt. James Trent Alcorn was pronounced dead at the scene where he struck a pole after crashing his motorcycle near Gambell Street. Alcorn was a member of the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. The 4/25 (or “Spartan Brigade) is based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

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