Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Assistance rendered, March 18 — Taxi driver reported that a customer had failed to pay his fare in full. The suspect, whom an officer found on his vessel, elected to pay the fare as well as a healthy tip.

Criminal mischief, March 18 — An inebriated lout who decided on a whim to break a vehicle window was quickly apprehended after footprints in the snow led officers to his location. Daniel Wellington, 21, of Washington, was arrested on one count of criminal mischief.

Assistance rendered, March 19 — Caller reported a man running back and forth, screaming for help, on the second floor of the Grand Aleutian hotel. Officers eventually broke into the hotel room where the man had barricaded himself against allegedly armed and goggled evildoers in the bathroom, and took him into protective custody.

Public safety, March 19 — Category 1 travel advisory continued due to the incessant, never-ending, wind-driven snow which causes whiteout conditions and creates huge drifts all over the roadways.

Public safety, March 20 — Category 1 travel advisory extended because strong northwest winds had yet to abate, resulting in enormous drifts and decreased visibility.

Fire response, March 22 — Fire personnel were toned to assist a woman who had fallen into a shoulder-deep snow drift.

Welfare check, March 22 — Captain reported one of his crew, who had been quite inebriated the night before, had failed to return to the boat after spending most of the night drinking. Officers learned the man had been asked to leave the bar due to his level of intoxication. The man was later located and found sleeping it off.

Animal, March 22 — Multiple phone calls were received about an injured or dead eagle on Ballyhoo Road. Alaska State Troopers retrieved the badly injured bird and made plans to ship it off-island for definitive care.

Welfare check, March 23, 0253 hours — A woman reported being able to see a man across the channel, beating things in the snow and then throwing them in the water. Officers found a disgruntled man who claimed to have been throwing his hat at a threatening fox.

Suspicious activity, March 23 — Caller reported illegal gambling in a bunkhouse. Officers contacted the suspect occupants, one of whom was asleep, and determined the two had not engaged in any illegal activity.

Animal, March 24 — Alaska State Troopers rescued a seal that had apparently become stuck on a piece of ice.

Assault, March 24 — A drunken sailor attacked his captain after the captain took the inebriate's 40-container stash from him because having it violated company policy. The captain chose not to press charges. The drunken sailor lost his job, was advised he was not welcome on this or any other company vessel and was told he was too intoxicated to return to any bars or liquor stores.

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