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The Anchorage School District has released engineering reports detailing the extent of damage caused at Gruening Middle School and Eagle River Elementary by the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake.

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.

Chugiak-Eagle River residents can expect to see and hear plenty of military air activity through the first week of April as Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson conducts its two-week Polar Force exercise.

The massive exercise “gives squadrons an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to forward deploy and deliver overwhelming combat airpower,” according to a Facebook post by the Air Force’s 3rd Operations Group, which included photos of a close formation taxi “elephant walk” showing 24 F-22 Raptors, a C-17 Globemaster III and an E-3 Sentry aircraft on the runway.

UPDATE: Gottschalk was arrested on the warrant and taken to the Anchorage Correctional Complex.


On March 20 at around 8:20 p.m. police responded to a church parking lot on Northwood Park Circle to meet with an assault victim. Police said the woman told them she got into an altercation with her husband, Archie N. Gottschalk, 68. The woman told police Gottschalk lunged at her so she ran up the stairs, at which time he allegedly pushed her and caused her to fall and get hurt.

Eagle River’s Slocombe siblings are getting stinking rich.

For the second time in the last three years, the nation’s smelliest shoes are from the same Eagle River household after 15-year-old Senneca Slocombe was named the Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest Tuesday at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Times Square in New York City.

Slocombe was one of seven national finalists for the annual contest, which awarded her a $2,500 grand prize for winning.

The 2019 municipal election is ongoing through April 2 and is being conducted through the mail. Voters should have received a Vote by Mail packet in the mail shortly after the ballots were sent out in early March.

An Eagle River woman is the first female champion in the history of the Home Winter King Salmon Tournament.

Shayna Perry claimed first place in the 26th annual derby March 23 in Kachemak Bay when she caught a 26.7-pound king while fishing aboard the Stella Maris 2 with skipper Krzysztof Balaban. For winning the derby, Perry received a $28,040 cash prize. She also won the “AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse” prize for the largest “white” king caught in the derby.

The annual derby attracted 1,402 anglers and 426 boats who between them caught 180 kings.

An Eagle River woman accused of hitting and seriously injuring two children on bicycles with her car appeared in court Monday to face assault and drunk driving charges.

According to charging documents in the case, Vicie Zielinski, 60, had a blood alcohol level of 0.189 when she drove her silver Subaru onto the sidewalk alongside the Old Glenn Highway at around 3:51 p.m. and struck a boy and girl riding bicycles.

Police were contacted after “a potential non-specific threat” was posted over the weekend by a Mirror Lake Middle School student on Instagram.

According to an email sent out by MLMS principal Alex Hagler, the social media post was spotted by “a concerned citizen” who told police about the threat. Anchorage School District spokesperson Catherine Esary said the Anchorage Police Department spoke with the student and appropriate disciplinary actions were being taken.

Esary said she couldn’t comment on what discipline might be taken or the specific nature of the threat.

A 60-year-old woman was arrested for operating under the influence Sunday after the vehicle she was driving struck two juveniles on bicycles at the intersection of the Old Glenn Highway and Coronado Road in Eagle River.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, Vicie Zielinski was driving a silver 2014 Subaru that struck a male and female juvenile on the sidewalk alongside the Old Glenn.