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An Eagle River man accused of commiting a violent sexual attack on an Anchorage woman earlier this month appeared in court again Aug. 17, in custody and facing new charges of felony assault and kidnapping.

Preparing for a flood of future development, a local utility is laying the groundwork for new water and sewer lines in Birchwood.

The announcement triggered a wave of community concern at an Aug. 9 Birchwood Community Council meeting, where local homeowners talked about looming property assessments and population growth.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of ‘if,’ I think it’s a matter of ‘when,’” said council president Kevin McNamara at the Wednesday evening meeting at the Beach Lake Chalet.

Matanuska Electric Association issued an urgent warning Tuesday, Aug. 15 about an ongoing phone scam targeting the cooperative’s members.

According to an email sent out by MEA public relations supervisor Cassi Campbell, the con artists have manipulated phone systems so their caller ID reads ‘MEA Outage Line.” Campbell said the callers are demanding immediate payment and threatening to cut off members’ electricity immediately.

“Please protect yourself!” she wrote. “Hang up immediately and call MEA (phone numbers) if your receive suspicious phone calls.”

A driver was injured after a pickup truck left the roadway and smashed into the front of an Eagle River salon Wednesday morning.

According to Anchorage Fire Department assistant chief Eric Schuenemann, the male driver suffered non life-threatening injuries in the crash, the cause of which Schuenemann said was under investigation by police Wednesday.

If there’s a big construction project on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, there’s a good chance Joel Spano had something to do with it.

As a lead quality assurance representative for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Spano “is responsible for providing mechanical support for military construction projects across Alaska,” according to a press release issued by the Corps’ Alaska District Office.

(Note: The following story contains graphic accounts of sexual assault that may be disturbing to readers.)

UPDATE (Aug. 17): Schneider was indicted on kidnapping charges Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. He was in custody and the $30,000 bail originally posted had been exonorated, meaning it had been returned to the person who posted it. As of Thursday afternoon, Schneider remained in custody at the Anchorage Jail.


A new beer-themed adult hockey league is the centerpiece of ongoing efforts to shore up finances at the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Called the Eagle River Hockey League (or ERHL), the venture was started by McDonald Center manager Reid McDonald, who earlier this summer co-founded a nonprofit to run the league.

Add real estate to the shortlist of growing local industries: An established Interior company is expanding into Southcentral, setting up shop in downtown Eagle River.

“We had an opportunity to start an office and we decided to go for it,” said Angie Tallant, owner of Somers & Associates Realtors.

Summer is in full swing, and the usual seasonal traffic troubles continue to cause problems for drivers along the Glenn Highway.

The first few miles alone have seen an increase in crashes this summer, according to data from the Anchorage Fire Department. Between May and August, between Muldoon Road and the North Eagle River exit, AFD paramedics responded to six separate incidents, according to AFD district chief Erich Scheunemann. The number is three times as high as the number reported over the same period in both 2015 and 2016, the district chief said.

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