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Captain's Mast - March 13, 2014


Leon Youngblood | The Seward Phoenix LOG

The Fish Whisperer Lodge owned by Sewardite Randy McFarland suffered over $200,000 in estimated damages between the structure and contents after a March 6 fire burned through the main building. Two calls came in from a passerby and a neighbor around 6:30 a.m. and Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to find flames shooting up around the roof. Seward Fire Department, Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Alaska State Troopers also responded for a total of two medics and 14 firefighters on the scene. The roof ended up toast after about 10,000 gallons of water, but the main structure and adjacent buildings were saved. Nobody was home during the fire and no responders were injured during the fire fight.

The following is from the journals of the Seward Police Department. Those who have been arrested or summoned are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

March 3

22:18 - Seward Mountain Haven Raven Lodge requested an ambulance for a female with abdominal swelling.

March 4

01:00 - Verbal warning for speed given in the Holiday Inn parking lot.

01:11 - 911 open-line call.

08:19 - Spring Creek Correctional Center requested an ambulance for a male who was complaining of chest pain. SVAC and SVFD responded.

09:04 - Fire officer requested a police officer to Station 2 for an accident that involved damage. Officer responded.

10:03 - 911 pocket dial.

12:87 - Individual turned in expired medication for disposal.

16:30 - 911 abandoned call.

18:13 - Earthquake: Magnitude 4.5, 29 miles deep, 25 miles southeast of Talkeetna. No tsunami was expected.

20:59 - Alaska State Troopers arrested David Miles for DV Assault IV and took him to SCJ.

22:11 - 911 misdial.

March 5

00:10 - SAST advised of a 911 REDDI report about a black Dodge Stealth with intoxicated occupants leaving the Polar Seafoods bunkhouse and possibly headed to the Pit Bar. SPD officer located the suspect vehicle in the ditch at Mile 1 Nash Road. Another vehicle was also on scene with driver Falani Solomona. Officer contacted the driver and FSTs were conducted on who provided a PBT of .053. Solomona was arrested for DUI and taken to SCJ.

02:47 - 911 caller asked for the non-emergency number. The number was provided.

03:54 - Individual requested an ambulance to Willow Drive for a female who was in pain, complaining of cramping in her legs.

08:10 - Advisement: A juvenile had been criminally trespassed from the Seward High School property until May 21. The juvenile had not been advised of this status.

08:29 - Individual reported a black compact car sitting on the ice in the swamp at approximately Mile 1 Nash Road. The rear window was broken out of the vehicle and there appeared to be no one inside.

08:54 - Communications Alaska reported an alarm that was sounding at 601 Sixth. SVFD and SVAC were dispatched to scene. SVFD advised there was no fire/smoke, area was cleared.

09:07 - 911 caller requested an ambulance to Maple Street for a male who was having a possible medical reaction and trouble breathing. SVAC/SVFD dispatched.

10:28 - Individual requested SVAC/SVFD for a non-emergeny transport to PSMCC. SVAC/SVFD dispatched.

12:25 - 911 pocket dial.

14:02 - Individual reported there was a marijuana smell coming from the Bear Mountain Complex.

14:39 - 911 pocket dial.

15:50 - 911 caller reported that her child called her from a residence to tell her that he could hear an individual yelling and threatening people. The subject was given a disorderly conduct warning.

16:08 - Individual from Three Bears reported that a male fell down a couple of times. The subject was taken to the hospital by the office.

16:49 - DMV clerk turned in a Visa debit card that a customer left in the DMV office.

20:51 - Citation for speed issued to Jerry Jing Yuan at Third and Madison. A verbal warning was given for failure to carry proof of registration. Also an advisement placed in APSIN because subject is extremely hostile to law enforcement.

March 6

06:41 - 911 call received from Seward Highway reporting that a neighboring structure, the Fish Whisper Charter business at Seward Highway had its roof on fire. SVAC, BCVFD and SVFD were dispatched. A second 911 call was received from a work truck that said it also saw fire and was parked on the road with its flashers on to alert responders of location. AST was also notified of fire and responded. The building was found to be unoccupied.

10:36 - 911 pocket dial.

11:29 - 911 hang-up call.

12:30 - Individual requested an officer to Bear Mountain Apartments for a marijuana smell. Officer was unable to make contact with subjects.

15:34 - 911 misdial.

15:55 - 911 misdial.

16:33 - Verbal warning for improper display of tabs given at Third and Railroad.

16:57 - Verbal warning for excessive tint given on Seward Highway near Resurrection.

17:47 - 911 misdial.

18:06 - Citation for speed issued to Marjorie Ferre at Safeway parking lot and verbal warning for failure to carry a driver's license on her person.

18:14 - Animal Control reported that there was a husky at the bridges stopping traffic. Officer responded.

20:06 - Verbal warning for failure to dim high beams with oncoming traffic given on Seward Highway near North Harbor.

20:31 - Citation for taillight requirements issued to Laurajean Grace Hughes near Fourth and the 72-hour parking lot.

23:01 - 911 misdial.

March 7

06:10 - Personnel from ALMAR called dispatch and said that maintenance would cause the radios to be down for five minutes beginning as soon as he hung up.

07:26 - Off-duty officer reported that he had been advised of a black Dodge pickup had left the Coffee Cup minutes before heading northbound on Seward Highway into Trooper territory. AST was advised.

12:58 - Individual turned in expired medication for disposal.

12:55 - 911 pocket dial.

17:52 - Verbal warning for speed given at Third and Jefferson.

18:02 - Citation for speed issued to Amy Anderson Favretto on Seward Highway near Sea Lion.

18:18 - Citation for speeding issued to Laura Christine McLaughlin at Seward Highway and Nash Road.

18:18 - During the above call the radio went dead. Dispatch began on digital on the PD channel, and Soldotna was handling the 911 and the Fire Department Dispatch for Moose Pass. SVAC, SVFD, BCFD were working.

18:44 - Individual heard a fight on Third near the Taroka Inn. Officer found that it was verbal only.

19:31 - Verbal for speed warning given on the Seward Highway near Safeway.

21:03 - 911 misdial.

21:57 - 911 caller reported a drunk driver who left the Holiday Inn Express headed toward Anchorage. The driver was described as a male approximately 27 years old, driving a forest green Grand Vitara with a veteran plate including 777. Officers contacted Matthew Svendsen at the Train Wreck, arrested him for DUI and MIW IV, and took him to SCJ.

March 8

00:05 - Caller from Murphy's Motel reported that she had several noise complaints about the occupants of a room. She had contacted occupants and warned them to stop making noise, to no avail. Officers made contact with three subjects and gave a verbal warning to the party for disorderly conduct. After the officers left the premises, the reporting party called back and reported that the party was still being loud. Officer responded to the motel again, and gave the party a second verbal warning.

08:00 - The radio test for Moose Pass worked this morning and so the PD Secure channel was tested and is also working. SAST notified.

13:01 - Verbal warning for improper display of tabs with 2013 showing given at the Post Office.

14:18 - 911 misdial.

15:51 - Citation for speed issued to Eric Guzman on Ballaine Avenue next to the playground.

15:54 - 911 caller said that his friend was passed out at residence on Vinewood Street. Caller then stated that all was now OK and no assistance was required. Dispatcher could hear caller's friend in the background stating that he was OK and did not want any assistance.

17:51 - Alaska State Troopers arrested Adam Pringle in Moose Pass on a warrant and took him to SCJ.

18:11 - 911 caller requested an ambulance to the Seward High School for a 14-year-old male with a possibly dislocated shoulder.

18:30 - Individual reported that they just caught a dog and tied it up at Olympia Road, and would like an officer to retrieve it. Officer collected the dog and placed it in the animal shelter.

2020 - Verbal warning for speed given on the Seward Highway near BCVFD.

20:50 - Individual reported a vehicle on its side a quarter mile down Lowell Point Road. SFD/SVAC was dispatched but canceled after officer arrived on scene and found no one in the vehicle.

21:30 - Caller from Veteran Affairs reported that a male had just attempted suicide by gun at the Taroka Inn and that no further sounds could be heard. After a few seconds, Veteran Affairs stated that a man was now talking and said that he missed. Reporting party stated that caller said that he still had a gun and was threatening to use it on himself. Officers contacted the man and he was taken to PSMCC ER.

21:49 - Officer stopped a driver on Lowell Point Road about a case.

22:30 - Individual reported that her brown and black Labrador dogs were missing and asked if they were are pound, which were not. They live in the area of the police station and dispatch said they would inform her if officers made any contact with the dogs.

22:57 - 911 caller from PSMCC said that a subject who was taken to PSMCC earlier in the evening after a suicide attempt, was trying to leave and they thought that he might be a danger to himself or others. Officer responded.

March 9

11:37 - A Three Bears employee reported that they had a shoplifter detained who refused to give his name. A misdemeanor summons was issued to Dmitri Alan Erchinger.

16:24 - Individual turned in a wallet.

21:18 - Earthquake: Magnitude 7.0, depth 7 miles, 40 miles west of Eureka, Calif. No tsunami generated.

22:34 - Individual requested an officer to the harbor area for a poorly shaven man who had been causing trouble. The reporting party said he had kicked the man out of the bar several times, but he kept returning. He was wearing a dark hoodie and black rain boots, and was last seen stumbling outside of the bar. Officer spoke with the bartender who said that he believed the man went back to Icicle. Officer patrolled the Icicle area, but found nothing unusual.

March 10

00:59 - Officer contacted an intoxicated pedestrian at Third and Madison. The subject was able to care for himself and a taxi was called to take him home.

06:03 - 911 caller requested an ambulance to Bayview Apartments for a female who said she felt her heart contracting.

12:10 - SCCC requested an ambulance for a male with a possible neck injury. SVAC/SVFD responded.

12:16 - Individual with ALMAR advised they were performing an update which would last approximately 2-5 minutes. The Moose Pass radios would be down for that time frame.

13:54 - Public Works advised of an extremely icy area between Fourth and Fifth on Madison.

17:35 - Individual reported possible fraud. The reporting party spoke to an officer.

Abbreviations: SPD, Seward Police Department; SFD, Seward Fire Department; SVFD, Seward Volunteer Fire Department; SVAC, Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps; SCJ, Seward Community Jail; ACO, Animal Control Officer; BCVFD, Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department; MPVFD, Moose Pass Volunteer Fire Department SAST, Soldotna Alaska State Troopers; AST, Alaska State Troopers; PSMCC, Providence Seward Medical & Care Center; SCCC, Spring Creek Correctional Center; USCG, United States Coast Guard; SMIC, Seward Marine Industrial Center; PBT, Portable Breathalyzer Test .; BTR, Breath Test Refusal; DWLR, Drove While License Revoked; DWLS, Drove While License Suspended; DUI, Drove Under Influence; MICS, Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance; DV, Domestic Violence; FTA, Failure To Appear; MCA, Minor Consuming Alcohol.


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