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 [...]
SEWARD POLICE DEPARTMENT TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS SEPTEMBER 29 AT SAFEWAY On September 29, 2012 from...
By Heidi Zemach for SCN It’s almost the end of the 2012 school year, and high school prom is this Saturday night....
On December 27, 2010 at approximately 0956 hours, the Seward Police Department was notified that a body had been discovered...
By Heidi Zemach
Two U.S. Secret Service agents were in town last week, bringing themselves up to speed on last summers rash of credit and debit card thefts. They met with Mayor Willard Dunham, City Manager Phillip Oates and Police Chief Tom Clemens Wednesday to discuss the ongoing investigation, and to suggest what could be done in the future.
I was very pleased that they took the time to come down here, Dunham said. The mayor and his wife have had four cards undermined thus far, which made Dunham extremely unhappy. He has been trying to get to the bottom of this mess since someone apparently started spending one of his cards September 2. He received the first call from his banks fraud unit after arriving home from the State Fair in Palmer that someone had been buying things in Georgia using his card number, Dunham said.
Using his position as a mayor, Dunham fought to get cooperation from the credit fraud agencies, and eventually succeeded in having them work with local police. But after discovering that his fourth card was undermined, Dunham kicked up a huge fuss and threatened to contact the Governor and State Attorney General about Sewards high rate of credit thefts.
The agents, the only two employed to cover all of Alaska and Seattle area, had apparently been too busy handling crimes, and the elections to get involved in little Sewards troubles. So Seward police did their own investigation, with help from the FBI, and from bank and credit-card fraud units. Local businesses suspected of having the most common points of purchase, also hired private fraud-detection agencies such as TrustWave and Digital Securus to check their systems, and they helped in the police investigation.
Apparently, the card numbers were stolen and transmitted out of the U.S. during the past summer, as most of the fraud cases hail from that time. But people continue to discover that their cards being used in places like Georgia and beyond, Dunham said.probably as they are sold online or used.
It would be extremely difficult to discover the source of the crimes this far after the fact, the secret service agents told the local officials. And they believe that Seward businesses are now mostly clean, Dunham said. But they advised the city and police department to make a concerted effort to encourage business owners to keep their computers and credit-readers up-to-date with the latest means of fraud protection—especially before the summer tourist season begins. They also offered to give a presentation about fraud prevention at a Seward Chamber of Commerce forum. The secret service also would be willing to fund a local police officer with good computer skills to attend a special training in fraud detection that they recommended. This person would then be able to inform local businesses on how to keep their equipment safe from fraud, and also could help investigate future incidents, Dunham said.
The police department will once again be hosting a Citizens Police Academy beginning in January 2011. The classes will be held one evening per week for approximately 10 weeks. This will be a highly informative and interesting learning experience. The Citizens Police Academy will offer insight into the law enforcement profession here in Seward. Prospective applicants must be at least 18 years old and are subject to a criminal background check. THERE IS NO CHARGE TO ATTEND THE ACADEMY. Applications are available at the Seward Police Department and will be accepted until December 10th . Contact academy coordinator, Sgt Valadez at the police department for more information.
Question: What is the deal with the Open Container law? Can a passenger drink beer in a moving vehicle. We think they should be able to.
Answer: AS 28.35.029, No, a person may not operate a vehicle when there is an open container of an alcoholic beverage in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Open means the seal has been broken. Though it may seem like it would be ok for the passenger to drink, you must realize how easy it would be for a driver to drink and if stopped, hand the container to the passenger, making it almost impossible to enforce. The law provides several exceptions like carrying alcohol in the trunk, or in a hatchback when the open container is enclosed in another container and placed behind the last seat. Go online to see the complete statute and exceptions.
Citations for this offense will cost $210.00 and 2 license points.
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On 5/27/10 an unfortunate incident occurred when the driver of a pickup truck left Chevron and did not notice that the dog in the truck bed had jumped out. The dog had on a collar attached to a leash which was secured to the rear corner of the bed. The dog was drug behind the truck for a quarter of a mile down the road before the driver was waved down. The dog suffered severe wounds to his feet but fortunately will be ok after receiving emergency treatment at the vet in Soldotna.
According to the Seward Municipal Code 11.01.075 Carrying animals on outside of vehicle: It shall be unlawful for any person to transport any living animal on the running board, fenders, hood or other outside part of any vehicle, unless suitable harness, cage or enclosure is provided and so attached as to protect such animal from falling or being thrown therefrom.
Failure to comply could result in a fine up to $300.00.
Consider attaching a line from the two front corners of the bed leaving a little slack. Secure a carabineer in the middle so it can not move. The carabineer can then be attached to the dog’s collar preventing the dog from jumping out. Please love your pet and secure them properly.
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(By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News)
The City of Seward is ready to take by Eminent Domain property along the Seward Highway deemed necessary for the construction of a flood prevention levee. The project was one of several that resulted from a flood mitigation task force, developed at the request of FEMA following major flooding events in Seward over the past 20 years. The Forest Acres levee is meant to divert floodwater from flooding over the Seward Highway and the airport. At Mondays bi-monthly meeting the city council passed a resolution to take the property. The Track B Dieckgraeff-Gillespie Replat is a 2.35 acre of undeveloped land on the west side of Seward Highway, south of the Resurrection River. The owners also own the adjacent 4.6 acre un-subdivided parcel south of Tract B. The city wants to acquire a 14,000 square foot public use easement (PUE) on Tract B by legal means because six months of negotiations with the owners over a fair price for the land proved fruitless. After another appraisal, the city plans to take the property and pay what it feels is a fair price. The city also has offered to develop a new driveway to their remaining land.
For at least two of the council members, the legal taking of private property was approved with a heavy heart. But after a decade of the city negotiating with agencies such as State of Alaska DOT, FEMA, Kenai Peninsula Borough, State Floodplain manager, Alaska Railroad, over where to locate the levee, and having acquired the other properties, Vanta Shafer and Marianna Keil said they couldnt back down now. Council member Linda Amberg, who owns an insurance company, declared a conflict of interest and recused herself from the discussion and the vote, as she represents the landowners. Tom Smith was absent. The vote was 5-0.
The morality of taking private property wasnt the only ethical issue to surface during the debate. Another issue was how much to tell the public. City Manager Phillip Oates detailed the content of the citys negotiations with the landowners, including the four different prices offered for purchasing various different configurations of land. The highest price offer by the city came to $135,700. The last and final offer, however, was approximately $56,000, Oates said.
Although Cheryl Brooking, the city solicitor, warned him mid-speech that his level of detail should not be made public, Oates disagreed. He said the public needed to know the city had done everything it could, and more, to reach a settlement. The previous discussion of the issue had been held recently in executive session, closed to media and public as it concerned negotiations. But once Mayor Willard Dunham more or less ordered Oates not to continue talking numbershe was about to tell the amount of owners final offerOates conceded, and merely said that the difference was substantial.
The city must now wait 30 days to see if the owners accept the offer or decide to challenge the takings legality. Although one of the landowners was present at the meeting, he chose not to speak. But Tim McDonald of Nash Road, said that the citys offer of $56,000 was a pittance for people who had owned, and paid taxes on the property for 30 years.
- (Photo: Oates in new building with new generators 1 and 2 at far right)
In other action, the council agreed to allocate $265,000 more for the Fort Raymond Generator Project, a project to bring together six diesel power generators in a single location, to be used by Seward Electric for back-up power during emergencies. The additional funding will be used to connect and commission Generator 2, which is already located in the new generator building alongside Generator 1. The city says the money is needed because funding for the original scope of work was insufficient as the result of changes made mid-project, including expansion and relocation of the building. Once that engine is commissioned, the utility will begin moving generators 4 and 5 into the large new building. They are currently housed nearby in Arctic Packs, outdoor buildings that provide cover and protection, but not heatwhich would make them more efficient, according to longtime plant operator Charles Forrest. Once all six generators are on line, the city will be able to provide emergency power beyond the existing areato Moose Pass, and perhaps beyond.
During a work session/tour of the new generator facility on Monday, Shafer and Keil questioned Oates about what city residents should expect in future costs for the project. Oates admitted that each new stage for the project would require additional funding. Next year, Oates also plans to ask the council to allow the city to hire additional employees for the electric departmentincluding a full time person who would be trained to operate the diesel generators, and could replace Forrest when he retires.
Another resolution that passed concerned the adoption of a surveillance camera policy. It generated some heated debate at the meeting. Because the meeting had not finished by 10:30 p.m. Monday, it continued for another hour Tuesday night. The Seward Police Department requested that the policy be adopted in order for it to accept a $350,000 grant from the Homeland Security Administration to upgrade and renovate Sewards existing surveillance system. That system currently consists of eight surveillance cameras placed at the boat harbor and the Seward Municipal Industrial Complex. They were installed in 2004 to help protect city infrastructure and property and to deter crime, according to city officials. Initially, crimes such as vandalism were reduced in those areas, even when the cameras werent working, Oates said. Their use has resulted in at least two arrests that hes aware of, and the successful conclusion of a boat fire investigation, said SPD Chief Tom Clemons. With the funding Clemons hopes to be able to upgrade the system, replace the damaged cameras, and have extras to place in other areassuch as to protect a new city water tower, if one is built.
One part of the draft surveillance policy debated concerned Section VI: Location Of Cameras: City Council approval is required of all surveillance camera locations in areas other than the critical infrastructure identified in the latest vulnerability for the City of Seward from Alaska Homeland Security. Any exception to this requirement for covert surveillance requires the approval of the city manager who will notify the mayor. Exceptions could also occur as directed by court order, the draft policy stated.
Apologizing to Dunham and Oates, Shafer said the section gave government officials yet unnamed opportunities for the abuse of power over unsuspecting citizens, never envisioned by our Founding Fathers. We have to be really careful about doing this. Ten to 20 years down the road, you dont know what could happen, Shafer said. We are the body that protects the people. She proposed that the council be consulted in executive session prior to any temporary camera placement. But Dunham didnt think a council could be called together on short notice to prevent criminal activity. Plus he said: The more people you notify, the worse it gets. I dont (even) like the idea that you have to notify the mayor. We dont want to get involved in this.
In the end, the council amended the policy to allow the council to be informed of a temporary camera use 24-hours AFTER an arrest is made, and with only the city manager notified by police prior to its placement.
Keil also wanted the policy to reflect that any employee who abuses a citizens privacy via surveillance be fired. This was not consistent with the employee personnel policy, and increased the possibility of lawsuits, Oates said. Linda Amberg asked where an employees right to employment was more important than the right to privacy. Finally, the council decided that any employee suspected of violating a citizens privacy be “immediately suspended”– at least pending the outcome of an investigation into the matter.
At Keils urging, council also amended the policy to state that all the surveillance cameras in public areas be accompanied by signs notifying the public of their presence. The council already would be required to approve of placing any cameras in public areassuch as the skate park.
Even with the amendments approved, Keil was the only one to vote against the resolution. She explained to SCN afterwards that she just doesnt agree with the use of surveillance cameras. Knowing that the resolution would be passed by the others, she tried to make sure that it had all the protections it could, Keil said.
Speaking after the meetings each night Tim McDonald said he appreciated that surveillance would make the police departments job easier but added, This is Seward! Whats all this Big Brother stuff? He also accused the council of holding too many meetings in executive session– even fiscally important ones such as negotiations over extending the lease of the SMIC Drydock.
- SPD Sgt.Doreen Valadez
James Eacker, of Fairbanks, was convicted of murdering Toni Lister, a 29-year old Seward mother of four, by a Kenai Superior Court jury March 10th. She was killed sometime around March 6, 1982– almost 28 years to the day of the verdict. Listers body was discovered April 17 of that year near the Seward Dump, stabbed with a screwdriver more than 20 times in the heart, chest and head.
At the time, the unsolved case shocked the Seward community, unused to gruesome murdersor any murders at all. But the local police never made an arrest, and many questions remained unanswered. Was Listers killer Tonis husband Calvin, who fought with her in a local bar during the early hours of the morning after she had danced with Eacker? Was it Jimmy Eacker, with whom Toni had been having an affair? He had driven with Lister to the dump after the barroom fight with her husband. If it had been him, why did the clothing Eacker had worn contained so little blood?
The jury was reportedly unanimous from the start of their 12 hours of deliberations, after a grueling trial that lasted almost five weeks, under Judge Anna Moranbut it capped more than four years of painstaking investigation by veteran Alaska State Trooper investigator Timothy Hunyor, now working with the AST Cold Case Investigations Unit, (CCIU) in Anchorage. Hunyor had assistance from the units two other CCIU investigators James Gallen, another retired state trooper sergeant with 28 years of experience, and James Stogsdill, a retired trooper sergeant with more than two decades of experience, who works out of the Soldotna AST office. Hunyor also worked with Sgt. Doreen Valadez with the Seward Police Department, who brought important DNA evidence to his attention.
In 2006, after the evidence custodian left the police department, Sergeant, Valadez took over the task of organizing and supervising the evidence room. The small room, piled high with boxes, contained several older evidence boxes that were still sealed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations who had examined them. A perfectionist by nature, Valadez decided that every box had to be gone through, and their contents properly categorized and labeled. The sealed boxes with the Lister murder case evidence were familiar. The police had periodically revisited her file, and Valadez remembered seeing it in the chiefs office. Opening the boxes, she discovered that they contained carefully preserved pieces of evidence, including blood gathered after the murder, but before the days of DNA testing, which only began being widely used in Alaska in the late 90s. It was an exciting find. First, Valadez had dispatch run the principals name to see if he was still aliveEacker was alive and living in Fairbanks. Then she sent several pieces of evidence to the state crime lab to be testedand waited. Four months later, Valadez received a call from Hunyor inquiring about the case after one of the involved parties had contacted the cold case unit. As a matter of fact, the DNA evidence is in your building, in the crime lab next door, Valadez told him. Hunyor promised to have the lab put a rush on it. Valadez also sent him several more pieces of evidence.
The DNA results found on Eackers clothes and hers, linked Jimmy Eacker to Toni Lister, and played a crucial part in helping convict him in her murder, Valadez believes. Hunyor agrees. What really helped out on this case was the development of DNA testing, and that all of the evidence was stored properly, and was well preserved by the Seward Police Department, so we were able to gather evidence off that that would lead to a conviction, Hunyor said.
After turning the case over to CCIU in 2006, the remainder of Valadez role in the case would be attending Eackers trial four years later, and testifying to her involvement in uncovering the evidence, and assuring that its chain of custody was intact. Supervising seven men at SPD herself, and answering routine calls, theres no way she could have rounded up all the witnesses from North Carolina, South Dakota Oregon, and done all the investigative work herself, Valadez said. So shes thankful for the CCIUs help. Im relieved, Im pleased and very proud that I had, albeit a small part in the whole case, and that I did have a hand in helping convict a murderer, Valadez said. And I do believe that the family will now be able to have closure.
When the CCIU began in 2003, there were 101 unresolved homicides cases within ASTs jurisdiction that had occurred between 1961 and the present. Following seven successful arrests, there are now about 74 cold cases under investigation, and the unit is being called to assist in other agencies cold cases. Several of the cases have been resolved in just the past few years, or are on their way to completion, said state trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen.
- (Photo: CCIU’s Timothy Hunyor with a search warrant for another case)
The most critical time to solve murder is within the first 72 hours, because the evidence is fresh, suspects and witnesses are easier to find, and they remember what they saw, Hunyor says. But some of the cases reach back as far as the 1960s. Alaska being such a transient state means most of the people involved, the witnesses, suspects, and even police investigators often have left the state. So the investigators have a great deal of traveling to do to find and interview them.
Often, the people involved in cases have died, are ill, or have forgotten thingsmaking the investigation even more difficult, Hunyor said. The 1982 Lister case was no different. Robert Bladorn, Seward Police Departments lead investigator in the case, lives in South Dakota. Calvin Lister lives in Montana. Tonis four daughters all live out of state, and one daughter is currently deployed in Iraq.
But the cold case investigators would re-interview everyone they could and examine all the evidence with fresh eyes, with the benefit of three lifetimes combined worth of experience and ever more sophisticated crime lab techniques. For instance, the jury received expert testimony that a screwdriver stabbing might not actually have produced large amounts of blood, as investigating police might earlier have concluded. And some of the witnesses remembered, or mentioned things that they had not mentioned before. A Seward friend whose truck Eacker had borrowed the night Lister went missing said that Eacker had left with their truck in the early morning hours to give a woman a ride, and had returned at 9:30 a.m. the next morning having washed the inside of the truck, which was extremely soaked.
Cold case work is exceedingly slow, and questions often go unanswered while investigators must wait for test results, or search for witnesses whereabouts, Hunyor says. The three-member unit investigators work 40-hour weeks, and generally focus on three or four cases at a time. But although it can be stressful for men who feel theyre on the brink of a discovery to have to wait for lab test results, or to locate an important witness its worth it when all the pieces fall together, and an arrest is finally madelike in the Eacker case, Hunyor said. You enjoy the workhelping family members, he said Its a great feeling knowing that the family can finally put this to rest.
1542 Ambulance requested to Birch Street for a female who fell off a ladder and hit her head. PT was bleeding from the temple area. While en route to the hospital, the patient became belligerent and accused the SVAC responder of touching her inappropriately and she wanted to go home. SVAC requested an officer to respond. D9 arrived and the patient was turned over to him and she was returned to her residence. Response form sent.
1610 RP, came in to Seward PD advising that AIDAN RICHARDSON was harassing her. Officers responded to Bayview Apartments to speak with RICHARDSON and NICHOLAS MRUZIK,. Advised both parties not to talk with each other.
2053 RP, advised of a white SUV, northbound from the airport, driving 20 mph in a 45 mph zone, drifting over the center line. Info given to SAST.
2142 RP, reported she lost her wallet somewhere in Seward. Described as a black billfold with miscellaneous identification cards. No cash. Entered into Lost Book.
2153 RP, advised of a vehicle abandoned in the right of way by her residence at Birch. Message left on phone number listed in APSIN. Unoccupied house was secure. Officers followed footprints into the woods. Unable to locate anyone.
2159 Issued to ADRIENNE MORETTI, driving vehicle at Seward and Airport for headlight and not carrying OL on person.
2318 To RANDY LEE NELSON, driving vehicle at 3rd Avenue for failure to stop at stop sign.
2352 To KRISTEN STEINMETZER while driving vehicle at 325 3rd Ave for crossing center line.
0118 Left on vehicle while parked on 4th of July Beach for no camping in the area.
0037 1E42 arrested JAMES AVERY while driving intoxicated near the Wye on Seward Hwy. Subject was incarcerated at SCJ.
0702 EARTHQUAKE /TSUNAMI UPDATE ADVISORY ONLY Current status: Advisory. If Advisory elevates to Watch status contact Fire Chief for further information for possible activation of EOC.
1425 Issued to ROSE MACSWAIN at 6th and Adams while driving vehicle for Failure to Maintain Lane.
1454 RP called to request an officer respond to the Iron Mountain Range to have a non-member of the shooting club removed. Officer responded to the range and the subject was gone upon RP and officers arrival.
2020 RP, of Dairy Hill, reported a dark brown Chocolate Lab came home with her dog. The dog has a collar with an out of state number which did not work. Contacted ACO who will retrieve the dog.
2106 FIRE ALARM Guardian Security advised of a fire alarm at 4th Avenue (new dorms). SVAC and SVFD responded. Discovered it was burnt popcorn in room. Response form sent.
0500 Officer requested an ambulance for an intoxicated male with a head injury that was trying to break into City Hall with the cigarette butt stand against the southside door. SVFD/SVAC dispatched.
0011 VERBAL WARNING To ASHLEY DIAMOND, while driving halfway down Lowell Point Road for taillight and taglight out. Officer also advised unable to hear radio traffic on mobile radio.
0221 LIGHT OUT SCCC reported that the sewage pump house lights were out. D43 was advised.
0818 SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT RP reported that a van was laying on its side at Rough Drive (Scott Drive) on the Northbound Lane of the Seward Highway, no personnel in the area. SAST advised.
1037 Officer found an injured eagle on the south side of the Harbor Lights Condominiums on 4th Ave and requested Sea Life Center personnel to respond. Subject responded to the location and stated she would monitor the bird for any problems or injuries.
1143 SAST requested Dispatch contact Metco to sand in the Lost Lake Subdivision. Several roads were very slippery in the subdivision and the roads were not state road for sanding (borough roads). Dispatch notified Metco. SAST advised.
0142 CITATION ISSUED VERBAL WARNING X2 To CYNTHIA OGLE, was issued a citation while driving at Chamber for fail to carry proof of insurance. Verbal warning for fail to carry registration and tag light out.
0910 Ambulance requested to Avalanche Acres for an MVA with unknown injuries. FM18 requested SVAC to be toned. BCVFD responded with SVAC.
0951 Report of vehicle being parked over the white line on A Street by 3rd Ave. Officer responded and contacted the RO. They will move the vehicle.
1447 VERBAL WARNING Issued to KENNEH CASSIDY, for stopping on the highway.
1636 POSSIBLE SUSPECT SIGHTING RP, postal officer, advised of a black male that came into the post office to purchase an envelope and he thought he resembled the picture of the homicide suspect officer showed him earlier today. Officers responded and observed a male walking on 5th and it was not the suspect.
1742 RP, reported a suspicious male that has been around the Phoenix Building the past few days knocking on windows and doors. Described as a WM, medium build, wearing a green camo colored jacket. He left his back pack on the steps. Officer contacted AMOS R OSBORNE, at 3rd and C Street, who states he has some property stored with one of the tenants in the building. Officer spoke with the RP at the Phoenix Building.
1834 PATROL REQUEST CRIMINAL TRESPASS ARREST RP, from the Alehouse, requested an officer to remove DYLAN SHANNON, from the property behind the Alehouse. He was previously given a trespass warning not to be on the Alehouse property. SHANNON was arrested for Criminal Trespass. GARY MURPHY, was also issued a Criminal Trespass not to be on Alehouse property indefinitely. Entered into APSIN.
2106 FIRE ALARM Guardian advised of a fire alarm at Madison 4-plex. Discovered it was a steak burning. SVAC was cancelled. SVFD responded. Response form sent.
1809 Officer contacted vehicle at Bayside after watching a suspicious activity in the harbor camera.
1843 Issued to SUSAN MCHONE, driving a vehicle with no plate on 4th Avenue by Oriental Gardens. Verbal warning issued for having the In Transit sticker not visible.
Answer: I would advise her to report this to the police. This offense could be considered stalking if the offender recklessly places another person in fear. If the incident does not quite fit the stalking criteria, the police could contact the offender and at least put him on notice that his actions are suspicious. I would advise the victim to document any incidents and do everything possible to discourage the voyeur; for example close the drapes at night.
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1517 DAVID FETTERS, OLN/7030439 was arrested on Anchorage AST Warrant 3AN07 12231CR, Bail $500.00, JOSEPH GEARHART, OLN/6294738 was arrested for PTRP. Both subjects were transported to SCJ by 1E42.
2048 ATTEMPTED BURGLARY RP, from Apollo Restaurant stated someone attempted to break into the restaurant downtown in the alleyway door.
0553 AVTEC Dorm Attendant called requesting an Officer to the AVTEC 1st Lake Facility for a male sleeping on the back loading dock. Officer responded and made contact with subject, was arrested for Fail to Register SOR I and transported to SCJ.
0220 FELONY DUI ARREST for Driving Under the Influence on Dora Way at Pacific Park Apartments, while driving vehicle
1110, 1137, 1159, 1216, 1226, 1234, 1251, 1307, 1329 VERBAL WARNING or citation for failure to wear seat belt
1556 RP, stated he reported several items stolen a while ago and he has spotted some items that he thinks are his in the back of a truck. He requested an Officer to the t-dock.
0818 Ambulance requested to meet the fix ed wing at the airport for a medevac.
1145 Two 911 hang ups were received from the Seward Middle School. Officer advised.
2313 The bartender for the Yukon Bar requested an officers assistance in asking a female patron to leave. Officer responded and contacted subject to leave and not return for the remainder of the night.
0321 Officer responded to the Holiday Inn Express room for a domestic disturbance between mal and female. Officer separated both parties for the remainder of the night by issuing separate rooms per the DA request.
0414 Caller requested an officer for fight between several men and women at the Taroka Inn. Officer responded and spoke with several individuals. One subject was placed into Protective Custody at SCJ. No other charges filed.
0049 Subject was arrested at 403 3rd Avenue for Driving While Intoxicated while driving vehicle
2010 RP, lost his wallet somewhere in Seward. Described as a brown leather wallet with blue writing on it. Contained his I.D., SS card, miscellaneous cards and photos. No cash. Contact info in Lost and Found Book.
1352 RP residing at Latouche Cr. stated he was calling and there was no emergency. Officer responded to location to verify.
2012 RP, advised his truck was parked at the Mt. Alice trailhead and when they returned from their hike, his tires were slashed and his passenger window was broken.
2133 Hospital reported ash fall. D4 advised there was a light dusting of ash on the police vehicles.
0125 Officer attempted to make contact with the driver of vehicle LIC/2563CY in the parking lot between Rays Restaurant and Breeze Inn, when approaching the vehicle the driver fled on foot across the Lagoon towards Dairy Hill. After further investigation officer confirmed JUV was the operator of the vehicle and was summonsed for DWLR and DC.
1036 RP, manager of Safeway, advised that he received a phone call from a male who stated that he had sent two Western Union checks and that the second check was cashed an unauthorized person. RP advised that he was not reporting a theft yet but wanted to advise the police department.
0912 Dispatch was advised that there was a sick cat in front of the library.
1938 RP at Pacific Park Apartments, requested an officer for a civil standby while they moved their belongings from the apartment due to an eviction notice.
0941 Magnitude 4.8 Located 105 miles S of Kodiak, 355 miles SW of Anchorage. No tsunami expected.
1231 Principal from the High School requested an Officer for a subject who is trying to take a student from school and does not have permission.
The Seward Police Department is pleased to be the recipient of a Decatur Radar/Message Trailer. The trailer was recently purchased by the City with grant funds awarded by the Alaska Highway Safety Office (AHSO). No local funds were spent on this project.
The radar/message trailer will be placed in various areas throughout Seward including school zones and neighborhoods.
It will post the speed limit, and will display the approaching motorists speed. During its placement the trailer will collect data on number of vehicles, including top speeds, average speeds over the speed limit, and time of day with the highest number of speeders. The trailer will be placed at a location for multiple days to properly analyze traffic patterns, including week day traffic patterns, and weekend traffic patterns for that area.
A media broadcast via radio and newspaper will announce the upcoming trailer placement, and that following its removal, the Seward Police will actively enforce those zones, targeting speed violators. The local media and Alaska Highway Safety Office will receive quarterly reports highlighting AHSO sponsorship, goals, activities, and results.
Along with traffic enforcement the trailer will be utilized for special events, street maintenance and emergency services in an effort to keep our neighborhoods and roadways safe.
0800 LE/CASE # ISSUED For a sitation involving the report of Seal hunting.
1054 THEFT RP reported some checks that were cashed in Seward. D2 spoke with the subject.
0139 Anonymous caller stated they needed an officer at the Yukon Bar. Officer responded and made contact with two males. Disorderly Conduct Warning were given to both parties.
0146 RP stated the neighbor’s house was on fire in the Romack Court area. Caller did not know the address but gave directions to the location. SVAC and BCVFD responded.
0343 INTOXICATED PEDEDSTIAN Officer made contact with male on the Seward Hwy and Chamber of Commerce. PBT .206, Officer placed subject into Protective Custody at SCJ. Officer advised subject was released to the care of a friend for the night. No PC required.
0409 ARREST DWLR while driving vehicle at Nash Road and Salmon Creek Road was arrested and incarcerated at SCJ. Vehicle impounded by Seward Body and Paint.
0941 FIRE ALARM Received from Spring Creek. Dispatch called master control and was advised they were working on the generator and all was fine.
1306 RP from Three Bears requested an Officer for a subject that was shoplifting.
1643 RP, of Bayview Apts spoke with officer regarding an on-going problem with a neighbor. 1900 – the other neighbor called to complain. Officer responded to talk with both subjects. Advised to stop harassing each other.
1650 A moose was strolling along Phoenix and Caines Road, where children were playing. Officer watched until the moose left and went into the woods.
1905 P, found a large white with tan dog on the highway near Harborview. Dog has a collar and no tags. Contacted ACO.
2207 RP advised her husband was knocked over by a moose and had him cornered at Pacific Park Apts. The moose was chased off by the dog and the subject was not injured. Officer checked the area for the moose.
1921 RP, came in to Seward PD to report another vehicle hit her vehicle, ETD522, while parked at the Subway parking lot. The other vehicle left the scene without stopping. Minor damage to the front bumper.
1726 RP from Birch Street in Forest Acres, advised of a moose in their yard since this morning and it seems to have an injured front leg and can’t get up. Officer responded and fired a fire cracker shell and the moose got up and moved on.
1942 RP (anonymous) said there is underage drinking and possibly drugs at Dora Way. Officer responded and contacted three subjects who were all over 21.
1154 RP, stated his wallet was stolen from his residence at the Taroka Inn. Wallet was last seen approximately three days ago. Information entered into the Lost & Found Book.
1209 RP called back and stated he found his wallet. Officer advised.
1717 Preliminary magnitude 4.1 located 50 miles NW of Homer, at 1714 hours. No Tsunami generated.
1803 911 MISDIAL Received 911 misdial from Seal Level Seafoods. Caller AST
advised he called the wrong number and was looking for Vonnie.
2321 TRESPASS ADVISEMENT A male subject was trespassed from all the bars for the
evening due to his level of intoxication. A cab was called to take him home.
1336 ASSAULT IV/DV CRIMINAL TRESPASS Reported to have occurred at Bayside Apartments during a disagreement over a cooking pot. Officer responded. A male suspect was arrested and transported to SCJ for Assault IV.
1831 SAST requested a medic from BCVFD to meet Helo 1 at the airport to fly with Helo 1 to Nellie 1 Lake for a snowmachine accident. Subject has a broken arm and very hypothermic. Contacted OC who advised to tone it out as a Search and Rescue. Transported two patients from the scene. SVAC toned to transport to the hospital. Response form sent.
0100 Officer made contact with female laying in the snow bank behind the Alehouse and Brown & Hawkins. Officer placed the female, into Protective Custody and transported to SCJ. PBT.260.
1803 911 abandoned call. Called back and spoke with the caller, who stated she found drug paraphernalia in their apartment belonging to her husband. She wanted the police to take it. Upon arrival, she handed the officer a plastic baggie containing two spoons and two used syringes. Officer brought to the PD and placed into evidence.
Answer: AAC 04.225 Says that a driver may not operate a motor vehicle with anything that obstructs, obscures, or impairs the drivers view. This includes ice, snow, frost, defective windshields or windows, signs, posters, or other nontransparent material.
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Question: Who is responsible for clearing snow off the sidewalks and bike paths in town?
Answer: City Ordinance 13.01.025 Clearing sidewalks of snow and ice.
In the city limits, residents property which is bordered by graded or paved sidewalks are responsible for the snow removal. The city maintains the bike paths by the schools and along the waterfront. State DOT is responsible for the bike paths along Seward Hwy. During periods of heavy snowfall, maintaining the roadways for vehicular travel is the priority.
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0407, VERBAL WARNING Given to the operator after being contacted driving with expired registration. For curfew violation given to male 16 years of age for curfew violation. Parents responded to take him home.
1036, 911 hang up received from Subject. Dispatch called back and spoke with male who advised he and his girlfriend were having an argument and she was being abusive towards him. Officers responded to location.
0822, VERBAL WARNING, Issued to Subject while driving for headlight requirements.
1240, Damage was reported to the City Van, LIC/XYA428.
1854, RP, of 4th Avenue, advised Subject, was out of control, threatened his brother with a knife and knocked down a door in the residence. Arrested for DV Assault III and DV Criminal Mischief IV.
2028, RP, Subject is concerned for a Great Dane in Midnight Sun Apartments. He feels the owner is not there and neighbors say they haven’t seen her in a while. He wants to be sure the dog has food and water. Contacted ACO.
2153, VERBAL WARNING Issued to Subject at Seward and Sea Lion for driving down the middle of the road. She was lost and was directed to the street she was looking for.
0145, Subject was arrested for DUI while driving at Iron and Bear. PBT .110. Subject was transported to SCJ. Friend responded to pick up the vehicle.
1228, Requested to mile 23 for a deceased female approximately 150 yards in the water. MPVFD, SVAC & BCVFD responded.