Assault – Officers responded to a report that a fight had just occurred in the parking lot of a hotel and spoke with several witnesses and participants. Two men had indeed been fighting in the parking lot over “fisherman stuff.” One man had minor injuries and neither wished to pursue charges.
Welfare Check – Caller asked officers to check on a man who might not be eating and might be shy. Officers found the man camped out in a parking lot; he assured them he was eating and was simply waiting for a job on a fishing boat.
Theft – Gas station employee reported a driver had left without paying his $83 fuel bill. Officers contacted the suspect driver, who readily agreed to pay his bill and expressed his frustration with the gas station’s inability to notify customers that the credit card machines at the pumps don’t work.
Suspicious Person/Activity – Caller reported a possibly intoxicated driver before recognizing the driver as someone who simply drives poorly. An officer contacted the suspect driver, confirmed that neither alcohol nor drugs were at issue and warned the driver to operate the vehicle more carefully in the future.
Drunk Disturbance – Officer responded to a residence wherein a drunken tenant was having problems with her drunken landlord. An officer advised the landlord, who wanted his obstreperous tenant removed, that he needed to follow approved eviction procedures for that to happen.
Assault – Officers responded to the residence of the drunken landlord and his tenant, wherein the landlord claimed to have been awakened by his tenant pounding on his testicles. Officers determined the incident had not happened as described, and again encouraged the landlord to follow eviction procedures if he found his tenant too unruly.
Domestic Disturbance – Officer returned to the household of the drunken landlord and tenant, where the tenant’s drunken guest was trying to leave but couldn’t find his jacket. The guest, who was rather upset about the officer’s use of a flashlight in the darkened residence, was later quite impressed when the officer was able to find the guest’s jacket and return it to him.
Taxi Violation – Taxi driver told police she had photographed another taxi driver parking in a handicapped parking space, and said the suspect driver had flipped her off and called her… names. An officer reviewed the picture and determined the suspect driver was not in fact in a handicapped parking space. The two drivers were admonished about operating their commercial enterprises in a mature fashion.
Assault – A woman reported she had gone outside to walk near the beach and smoke when she was approached by an unidentified man and his dog. The man asked her business and then punched her in the face before continuing on his perambulation along the bay. Officers contacted a possible suspect but were unable to identify the assailant.
Theft – A woman reported that her male friend had given her jewelry and perfume the previous night, and said items along with her iPhone had been stolen two mornings later. After reviewing video footage officers spoke with the male friend, who admitted to taking back the items he had given his gal, along with her phone. Both parties were satisfied with the return of their respective belongings.
Assistance Rendered – PCR staff requested assistance removing a man who keeps interfering with a volleyball game. An officer advised the man, who did not feel his behavior was problematic, that PCR staff and referees are responsible for determining whether his behavior is disruptive.
Suspicious Person/Activity – Local caller reported having paid kidnappers $1200 to release his daughter (currently in another state), who had allegedly been nabbed after she threatened to call police about a traffic accident. Only after paying the demanded amount did the caller phone his daughter, to find that she was safe and had never been in a traffic accident. An officer advised the caller he was the victim of fraud and suggested he contact Western Union to stop payment on the funds.
Noise Disturbance – Complaint about loud music. Responding officers heard no unreasonably loud noise in the area. The complainant opined that the person responsible for the loud music must also be using a scanner, so as to turn down his or her music before officers arrive.
Read further highlights from the police log of the Unalaska Department of Public Safety via KUCB. 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 read 'round the world" (Los Angeles Times, Feb. 5, 2009)