HEIDI ZEMACH for SCN – Alaska State Troopers now believe that more than one inmate was involved in the assault of an inmate at Spring Creek Correctional Center Friday afternoon, December 6th, and that it had been planned. But no one else has yet been charged. Fellow prisoners who were there at the time are not being very forthcoming with details about the incident, however, added Trooper Public Information Officer Megan Peters. Troopers are still investigating the assault of Forrest Ahvakana, age 48 of Anchorage, who has been listed in critical condition after arrival at the Alaska Regional Hospital, […]
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Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to a 911 dispatch call from Spring Creek Correctional Center for an “unresponsive...
Seward Police Department and the Ambulance Corps had a busy couple of days around the Labor Day weekend. Typical calls...
By Heidi Zemach for SCN The question of whether an arbitrator to a collective bargaining agreement has the authority to order the Alaska Department of Corrections to return to its former method of scheduling prison correctional officer’s shifts is heading to the Alaska Superior Court. It’s the latest legal actions taken in an ongoing dispute between the Alaska Correctional Officers’ Association and the Alaska Department of Corrections over scheduling changes that took effect May 12th, 2012. Collective Bargaining Agreement Arbitrator Janet Gaunt ruled in the officers union’s favor on April 20th 2013, and ordered that DOC immediately change back to […]Read more ›
Public Service Announcement During the past few weeks the Seward Police Department has received multiple reports of trespass and theft from vehicles. The Seward Police Department is requesting people remember to lock their vehicles and is asking for your help in apprehending the individual/s responsible. You could receive a cash reward if you provide information that leads to the arrest of this individual. Anyone with information on this or any other felony crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 283-TIPS or toll free at 1-800-478-HALT. Crime Stoppers pays CASH REWARDS for information that leads to the arrest of felony […]Read more ›
Heidi Zemach for SCN Some 15-16 eligible male inmates from Point Mckenzie Correctional Institute, the state’s minimum security correctional center, and Wildwood Correctional Center, the state’s prison in Kenai for long-term medium-and minimum security custody inmates, have qualified for a new work-re-entry program to work at Icicle Seafoods/Seward Fisheries. It’s an experimental two-week program, beginning next week. They will be temporarily housed at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward, and transported directly to and from the seafood processing facility before and after their shifts in the Department of Corrections prisoner-transport van. Inmates from the Wildwood facility recently worked at another […]Read more ›
Some 14 maximum custody inmates created a disturbance in a Segregation Unit of Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward that lasted for nine hours beginning around 11 pm Monday, August 5th. There were no injuries and prisoners remained locked in their cells throughout the disturbance, according to a media statement on the incident issued this afternoon by the Alaska Department of Corrections, in answer to this SCN reporter’s inquiry. The incident ended around 8 am today (Tuesday, August 6th) when correctional officers removed the prisoners from their cells and relocated them to a different Segregation Unit, according to the media […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for SCN Ten young people were charged with underage drinking by the Alaska State Troopers, along with some other charges during a party at the Exit Glacier camping area in the early hours of Friday July 5th. None were from the Seward area or its nearby surroundings. Four between the ages of 19-20 were issued citations for Minors Consuming. They came from Anchorage, Montana, Colorado and Soldotna. Several more of the young people had gotten in trouble with the law before, but the experience hadn’t deterred them from doing it again. Three of them already had one prior […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for SCN Alaska State Troopers reported to police having received a 911 call from an individual reporting that someone in a red Toyota pickup truck had fired five shots near Hemlock Street and the Seward highway, before heading northbound at 11:33 p.m Tuesday, June 18th. The Seward Police Department responded to the troopers’ request that they search for any wounded victims. They spoke with several individuals who were in the area at the time, but could not find any victims. One person that they spoke with had a KAHR CW40, however, and admitted to shooting in a […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for SCN Seward Fire Chief Dave Squires says we still do not know the cause of that school bus fire in Seward Ship’s Chandlery that killed an unidentified individual last week. But the fire was not caused by a propane tank explosion, and no propane tank exploded, he said. There was an explosion of some kind heard during the course of the early morning fire, but no propane tank or residue was found on scene by the state fire inspector, he said. The cause of the loud bang, which he also heard while responding to the fire, is […]Read more ›
Seward Police Department and Seward Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call at 12:45 a.m. this (Friday) morning of a fire and explosion in the area on the Seward Ship’s Chandlery property behind and adjacent to ACE Hardware and Marine on Leirer Road, owned by James Pruitt. Arriving at 12:50 they found the fire on an old school bus turned into a camper that someone was apparently living on, said SPD Chief Tom Clemons. They extinguished the fire by 1:07 and discovered a body. They believe that a propane tank on the bus was responsible for the loud explosion people heard. The body has […]Read more ›
On Thursday, March 28, 2013 Seward will be participating in Governor Sean Parnell’s Choose Respect Rally. On behalf of the Domestic Violence program at SeaView Community Services and the City of Sewardwe invite you to please, come out and join us in this march against domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual assault. We will meet at the Sealife Center pavilion at noon and march to the park pavilion. Together, we will be joining thousands of other Alaskans who are also marching in their communities, from Kodiak to Barrow to Saint Paul Island to Ketchikan. We are Alaskans! And we […]Read more ›
Superintendent Craig Turnbull is retiring on February 28, 2013 Craig began his career with the Alaska Department of Corrections on April 15, 1991 as a Correctional Officer I at Spring Creek Correctional Center (SCCC). Craig was promoted to Correctional Officer III on February 1, 1995 and selected as the SCCC Employee of the Year in 1997. He served as Shift Supervisor for both A and B Shifts throughout his time as Sergeant and was promoted to Assistant Superintendent on January 7, 2000. Craig was promoted to Superintendent on November 23, 2001. As evidence of his strong support for programming, Craig […]Read more ›
Slick, icy roads may have been to blame for a single car rollover at mile 1.5 of Nash Road a little after 6 p.m. Friday evening. Three people were inside the vehicle when it flipped over. The driver, a male, was standing outside when help arrived. An infant and female were inside, and the woman was trapped. The Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department had to pull back the roof to extricate the woman. The family was taken to Seward Providence Hospital by ambulance. The woman was in stable condition, and a good outcome was expected, said BCVFD Chief Mark Beals. […]Read more ›
Location: Spring Creek Correctional Type: Assault on a Peace Officer On 10/24/2012 at approximately 0945 hours, Crown Point troopers were notified of an officer-involved assault at Spring Creek Correctional Facility. Investigation revealed that while a correctional officer was working in an inmate housing area he was attacked by an inmate. During the altercation two other inmates joined in on the assault. Following the assault, two inmates and the corrections officer were transported to hospitals for treatment of injuries received during the altercation. The instigating inmate was not injured in the incident. Charges have not been yet been filed as the […]Read more ›
PRESS RELEASE The Seward Police Department will be hosting a Citizen’s Police Academy beginning in January 2013. The classes will be held one evening per week for approximately 10 weeks. This will be a highly informative and interesting learning experience. The Citizen Police Academy will offer insights into the law enforcement profession here in Seward. Prospective applicants must be at least 18 years of age, commit to attend 10 weekly sessions lasting 2-2.5 hours, sign any required waivers or agreements, and be subject to a criminal history and driver’s license background check. There is no charge to attend this academy; […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for SCN Seward Police, and Kenai Peninsula Crime Stoppers, are actively seeking help in identifying, and bringing to justice a “Peeping Tom” who has been active throughout August in the Clearview neighborhood (Bear Drive, Resurrection Boulevard to Sweatman) and along Phoenix Avenue and Dora Way. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest of the person who has been reported five times to police for residential burglaries, trespass and theft. Residents have on occasion observed a man peering through windows at night, and in one instance, a […]Read more ›
Heidi Zemach for SCN Nine students from Seward High School have been caught smoking, or in possession of marijuana on school grounds or within the school’s Drug Free Zone. The first case involved four students, caught by local police during the early part of the second week of school, August 27-31st, said Seward Police Chief Tom Clemons. Then, another five students were caught by police in a separate incident later the same week. All of the cases were turned over to the Juvenile Justice Department for prosecution, and are no longer in the hands of local police department, he said. […]Read more ›
July 20, 2012 (ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – As of 4:30 p.m., the active search for the kidnapping/carjacking has been suspended. The Anchorage Police Department is continuing to investigate the case. The Seward Highway from mile 69.5 to mile 73 is shut down due earlier this afternoon to an ongoing APD/AST investigation. APD asked for AST assistance following a kidnapping/carjacking, which took place in Anchorage. The victim was able to escape, however, the suspect is believed to be armed and at large in the area of the highway closure. We encourage individuals to stay out of the area if possible. The suspect […]Read more ›
When a young Seward woman was being cuffed and arrested on a charge of Driving Under the Influence while stopped on Herman Leirer Road June 30, at approximately 2:30 a.m., her passenger, John Spiers, slipped over into the drivers’ seat, and made a getaway race down Exit Glacier. The Seward Police called for assistance from state troopers in the area. He was later caught and transported to the Seward Community Jailhouse. It turns out Spiers had several reasons to try to evade the law, futile though the attempt was. Spiers, who was charged with DUI, DWLR, and vehicle theft, also […]Read more ›
Heidi Zemach for SCN Spring Creek Correctional Center, located near Fourth of July subdivision at the end of Nash Road in Seward, will continue to see some significant changes, particularly in the staffing of correctional officers and in its overall focus, beginning July 1st, the date of the new state budget fiscal year. As a result of the changes, Seward could see an influx of new workers and their families coming here to live, while also losing some families in the shuffle. Spring Creek is Seward’s largest full-time employer, providing jobs for as many as 200 staff members. It has […]Read more ›
Seward Police officers responding to a report of an alarm at the Post Office late Sunday night, June 3rd, entered the building and arrested a man and a juvenile for multiple counts of burglary and attempted theft. The males, who were caught in the act of trying to steal packages, were identified as 18 year old, Steven Faigle and a 15 year old accomplice. Faigle was taken to the Seward Community Jail where he was booked and incarcerated. The 15 year old was taken to Seward Police Department and was later released to his parents. The police investigation revealed that […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for SCN Human remains were discovered near Preacher’s Pond behind the Knots So Fast Feed Store, at milepost 3.5 of the Seward Highway a little after noon Monday May 11. Police notified the Alaska State Troopers, who came and collected them, and sent them to the state medical examiners office for identification. They are still investigating. That’s what the troopers confirm. However, the initial daily journal report, filed by Seward Police, said a cell phone and clothing also were reported found in the area, but this was not confirmed by the Troopers. Nor could the following rumors […]Read more ›