Unalaska police blotter

Here are further highlights from the police log of the Unalaska Department of Public Safety. Read more from the log via the Dutch Harbor Telegraph. For background on the UDPS police blotter, see "Unalaska police blotter makes for great Alaska literature" (KTUU, Feb. 16, 2012) and "Dutch Harbor: The police blotter heard 'round the world" (Los Angeles Times, Feb. 5, 2009)

Harassment – Two taxi drivers called each other bad names and directed rude gestures at one another. One driver believed the exchange was over allegations of stealing fares; the other driver believed it was due to parking in a handicapped parking space.  The responding officer asked the two drivers to handle their business problems like adults.

Suspicious Person/Activity – Caller reported an erratic driver.  An officer contacted the driver, who said his truck hood would not latch properly and he was driving slowly and moving to the right when traffic approached, as he made his way to the auto repair shop.

Assistance Rendered – Unisea Security requested assistance with a drunk in the lobby of the Grand Aleutian Hotel.  An officer retrieved the drunk’s phone, which he had left on the vessel from which he had recently been fired, in order that the drunk might make arrangements to pay for a room for the night.

Theft – Cab driver reported a passenger had refused to pay his fare.  By the time officers arrived on scene, the man had paid and returned to his vessel.  Both the passenger and the driver claimed that the other was rude.

Traffic Roads – Caller reported three large buoys in the middle of the road.  Officers responded and found that a responsible citizen had already moved them out of the roadway.

Assistance Rendered – Officers helping a driver get out of a snow drift left the driver with a shovel while they responded to another call.  The driver was able to extricate himself and returned the shovel to Public Safety.

MVA Damage – A driver who almost backed into one vehicle and then successfully backed into a second one was issued a citation for Limitations on Backing.