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On April 12 at around 7 p.m., Anchorage police received a report of an armed robbery during a drug deal in Schroeder Park near downtown Eagle River. 

According to police, a female said she got into a vehicle occupied by Austin M. Sala, 18, of Eagle River, with the intention of buying marijuana. The woman told police she showed Sala she had money, at which point he pulled a handgun, put it in her side, and told her to get out of the vehicle. Police said Sala took the woman's money and didn't give her any drugs. She was unharmed. 

“You may ask, how did this tradition start?”

— “Tradition,” Fiddler on the Roof

 

Back in the early 1980s, a cadre of bleary-eyed coaches chugged coffee before class at Chugiak High. One morning, the men were joined by the school’s new orchestra teacher Philip Burch, a man whose quick wit and genial grin had quickly gained him entry into the gruff group. As the men shot the breeze, the music teacher took out his bow and started to play.

There was a fiddler in the group.

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 department. Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Police say 20-year-old hit man with baseball bat, spit on cop

Local community councils are always looking for new members to help shape public policy.

“We love to hear everybody’s input,” Eagle River Community Council member Julie Ebben told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce on April 4.

Ebben said the council needs members to serve on local boards and commissions, including the parks board and the Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Service Area board.

Talent overflowed the building Friday as the din of orchestral music floated out the doors of Eagle River High School and into the bright evening sun; on the sidewalk outside the school, pastel chalk drawings welcomed visitors to the school, which for one night each year transforms into an after-hours hot spot that’s almost too cool for school.

Put on by the school’s Fine Arts department, the annual Fine Arts Cabaret is a springtime celebration of the talent department chair Jacob Bera sees every day at the school on Yosemite Drive.  

UPDATE (9:30 p.m., Friday, April 6): APD said Friday afternoon that murder Suspect Samson Costigan was taken into custody by the departmetn's Investigative Support Unit. The department did not provide any details about how Costigan was taken into custody, but said he was being questioned by detectives. 

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The Anchorage Police Department is searching for a murder suspect believed to be traveling between the city and the Mat-Su. 

The monthly cycle of community council meetings is set to begin Thursday, April 5 with a 7 p.m. meeting of the South Fork Community Council at Eagle River High School. Community councils meet on a monthly basis to discuss items of interest to local residents. The councils advise the Anchorage Assembly on municipal matters and council members serve on local boards and commissions. To learn more about the community council process, visit communitycouncils.org.

This month's Chugiak-Eagle River area community council meetings: 

Nobody can say Dr. Deena Bishop doesn’t like to get her hands dirty.

The Anchorage School District superintendent got an impromptu lesson in pottery -- and persistence -- Thursday, April 5 when she stopped by an Eagle River High School classroom to help honor a civics-minded fine arts student.

“This was my thrill of the year so far!” Bishop exclaimed after ERHS student Analisa Cederberg helped the superintendent “throw” a small bowl on a potter’s wheel in the school’s second-floor arts room.

After some debate and much speculation, both Gruening and Mirror Lake middle schools will be returning to a seven-period school day next fall.

This year for the first time, middle schools across Anchorage School District squeezed eight 40-minute class periods into each school day.

The eighth period was incorporated at the recommendation of scheduling consultants to accommodate the “multi-tiered system of support”, a district-wide early detection and intervention effort targeting students’ individual academic, social/emotional and behavioral needs.

The state doesn’t always make out so well in recovering costs when infrastructure is damaged from incidents such as the March 21 strike on the Artillery Road Bridge that officials feared could lead to a collapsed overpass on Alaska’s busiest highway.

Department spokeswoman Jill Reese said there is a well-established process in place for attempting to recoup costs from the insurance provider for companies like Big Horn Enterprises of Fairbanks, whose driver was at the wheel when the oversized load crashed into the bridge.

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