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Unbelievable Excuses From Burglars in Alaska

July 22, 2009

Soldotna, Alaska

From the July 22, 2009 Anchorage Daily News:

Daniel Ames reckons he dealt one for the good guys on Saturday night near Soldotna when he came home, found two burglars in his house, wrestled with them over a pistol, then took them down, telling them he was going to blow off their knees if they didn’t start following his orders.

One of the two 21-year-olds charged with the burglary turned out to be Ames’ next-door neighbor, according to a report from the Alaska State Troopers. The young man registered a blood alcohol content of .418, which is more than five times the legal limit to drive.

Ames called the young men bandits.

The 49-year-old construction worker was returning home from work on Saturday around 9 p.m. when a neighbor told him some kids were wandering around near his home, which was being remodeled.

He rushed home to find his neighbor, Chance Tallman, and Joshua Simons trying to walk out of his house with a $125 ceiling fan, he said.

Ames said he wasn’t going to let those guys get away with burglary.

“What are you two buttheads doing in my house?” he said.

To that, apparently, one of the young men said, “Who are you calling buttheads?” and began to pull out a Glock pistol.

Ames grabbed for it and began wrestling, thrashing Tallman’s hand against wall studs to loosen his grip. The gun broke loose and then, according to Ames, the men looked ready to carry on with their fists. That’s when he pulled out his own concealed weapon, also a Glock. He shot into the ground to let the burglars know he was serious, he said.

He told the men to get down on their knees. If they didn’t, he was going to blow off their kneecaps.

He had them. Drama over. Good guy wins. Or so he says.

Tallman told troopers a different story. He was merely trespassing, picked up the fan to admire it, thinking his mother would like it, and then Ames barged in the door, put him in a chokehold, then recklessly shot the gun into the floor.

As for the Glock, that was his mother’s, Tallman told the troopers. She showed up on the scene afterward and confirmed it was hers, troopers said.

Simons admitted to troopers that he was trespassing but said he was only admiring the construction work.

Troopers charged Tallman with burglary, theft, assault and misconduct with a weapon. Simons faces burglary and theft charges.

Trooper Sgt. James Truesdell, who investigated the case, said that when he arrived Ames had both men on the ground in the front yard. A Glock 23 was on the ground with a round in the chamber. Ames told the trooper that he had taken the pistol from Tallman, Truesdell wrote in his report.

The trooper said he didn’t charge Ames with any crime but the district attorney may feel differently after reading the report. When asked what he meant, he read Alaska statutes on what constitutes legal defense of life and property.


Anchorage, Alaska Man Pulls Gun On Harrassing Teens

May 8, 2009

Anchorage, Alaska

From the May 7, 2009 Anchorage Daily News:

A report of a man pointing a gun at some teenagers on bikes at the Sears mall spurred an extensive police response and prompted school district officials to lock the doors at Fairview Elementary School Thursday afternoon.

But it turned out the young adults had in fact been harassing the man and that he pulled a weapon from his vehicle for protection, police Lt. Dave Parker said.

The two parties split after the incident at about 1:45 p.m., but witnesses followed the man with the gun north on the Seward Highway to 13th Avenue and Gambell Street, where police with guns drawn stopped the man and a passenger.

Seeing that activity, the principal of the Fairview school locked the doors, school district spokeswoman Heidi Embley said. It was the only school to take any action and reopened a short time later, she said.

After questioning the suspect and other witnesses — the youths could not be located — police determined the unnamed man had acted within his rights because he had not pointed the weapon at anyone and had not brandished it in a menacing manner, Parker said.

Home Invader Shot With Own Gun In Anchorage

May 7, 2009

Anchorage, Alaska

From the May 4, 2009 Fairbanks News-Miner:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Two people were shot Monday during an Anchorage home invasion and police said one of the robbery suspects may also have been wounded.

The homeowner, Tupo Santini, ran outside for help during the robbery. He managed to wrestle a gun away from one of the assailants and fire at him before all three fled, police said.

One man who may have been involved showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound to his stomach but the other two were at large Monday morning, said police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker.

“We do not know who they are yet,” Parker said.

Just after midnight, three armed men wearing dark “hoodies” broke into a mobile home in south Anchorage, intending to rob the home, police said.

Santini was at home with his five children. Police said his girlfriend, Christina Dau, had left to go to a store but his brother, Lofia Santini, and his girlfriend, Amy Itta, were visiting.

The men demanded money and one struck Tupo Santini on the head with a pistol. Santini suffered a cut to his head and the gun fired.

Lofia Santini began struggling with a suspect and Itta tried to crawl down a hallway.

Lofia Santini was shot twice in the chest and Itta was shot in the back. Police said their injuries were serious.

No children were injured.

Tupo Santini ran to get help and was chased outside by a gunman. Santini managed to wrestle the gun from the assailant and fire at him. The assailants then left.

Alaska: Todd Palin’s half sister is arrested for burglary

April 4, 2009

Anchorage, Alaska

From the Anchorage Daily News of April 3, 2009

Todd Palin’s half sister is arrested for burglary

Todd Palin’s half-sister was arrested Thursday after police say she broke into a Wasilla home to steal money for the second time this week but ended up getting caught by the armed homeowner. The woman’s 4-year-old daughter was nearby, police said.

Todd Palin is Gov. Sarah Palin’s husband. He referred questions to a spokeswoman for the governor, who said the family would have no comment.

Police arrested 35-year-old Diana Palin at a house on West Mill Site Circle near Wasilla’s Multi-Use Sports Complex.

Homeowner Theodore Turcott told police an unfamiliar gray 1993 Toyota Camry pulled into his driveway Thursday morning, according to a affidavit filed Friday at the Palmer courthouse. Turcott told police he’d been burglarized twice recently: Someone stole $2,200 on March 26, leaving $400 behind, and after another apparent break-in Tuesday, all but $9 was gone.

So, Turcott told police, when he didn’t recognize the woman getting out of the Camry, he grabbed a gun and hid in the bathroom to see what would happen, said Wasilla police Deputy Chief Greg Wood.

Palin made straight for the bedroom cabinet where Turcott kept his cash, Wood said.

Turcott confronted her, detaining her until police arrived, he said.


Alaska: Homeowner opens fire on intruder

November 20, 2008

North Pole, Alaska

From the Anchorage Daily News of November 18, 2008

Homeowner opens fire on intruder

A homeowner interrupting a burglary in progress late last week morning opened fire on the intruder as the burglar approached him and his wife, Alaska State Troopers said.

The burglar was not hit by the shots but did sustain minor injuries when he “went through the window” while fleeing the home, troopers said. Responding officers brought in a dog and tracked down a suspect, Bowen Alexander, 18, a short distance from the home, troopers said.

Troopers say Alexander had been drinking when he crashed his vehicle, broke into a home and entered the homeowner’s vehicle. For reasons that were not immediately clear, Alexander then fled to the neighboring home, where the homeowner shot at him, troopers said.

Alexander was booked at the Fairbanks Correctional Center on charges of burglary, criminal mischief, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, criminal trespass, assault and resisting arrest.

Alaska: Girl remains in critical condition after pit bull attack

August 15, 2008

Anchorage, Alaska

From KTUU of August 12, 2008

Girl remains in critical condition after pit bull attack

A 6-year-old girl remains in critical condition Tuesday after a pit bull attacked her and a baby sitter.

Two neighbors came to the rescue and one of them shot the dog to save the victims.

The attack happened a little before 3 p.m. at an East Anchorage trailer park, the Riviera Terrace, near 32nd Avenue and Lee Street.

“The report was a pit bull had attacked a 6-year-old girl and she was severely injured. In fact the original report thought the girl was dead,” said APD Lt. Paul Honeman.

John Kersbergen and Shawnee Hart witnessed some of the attack.

“I heard the screams get worse. I looked out the window and I see the dog has the baby sitter by the arm out here and the neighbor has his pistol. He shoots away, then, and the dog lets go. But then the dog turned on him, so he had to shoot again and after, like, three shots he finally hit the dog in the leg,” Hart said.

Police say Kyle Mayeaux rushed into the house to try and revive the little girl. Troy Danforth shot the dog in the leg, possibly saving the child’s life.

No one knows for certain why the dog attacked the child but neighbors said the dog was known to be aggressive.

The child, however, lived with the dog so it seems it have been familiar with the residents.

“When their dog was attacking at us we had to swing at it with a metal leash and the owner is hollering at us, ‘Don’t hit our dog, it’s friendly, it’s a security dog,'” Hart said. “The dog is snarling, trying to pick my dog’s head off.”

Police say the baby sitter had injuries on her arm and leg.

There was a third, younger child in the house that was not attacked by the dog.

Alaska: Juneau man shoots bear who enters home

July 25, 2008

Juneau, Alaska

From KTUU of July 24, 2008

Juneau man shoots bear who enters home

A Juneau man shot and injured a bear who he says had entered his residence.

Local olice haven’t identified him.

They say the man shot the bear in the face with a .45 semiautomatic handgun.

Officers have been unable to locate the injured bear.

Sergeant Chris Burke says the man reported being woken up by a noise in his residence.

The man told authorities that when he got out of bed the bear was about four feet into the home.

The bear turned and ran back toward the porch.

When the man yelled at the bear to encourage it to leave, the bear turned around and lunged and that’s when the man shot it.

Sergeant Burke says officers tracked a blood trail for the bear, but haven’t found it.

Alaska: Galena man shoots bear

June 17, 2008

Anchorage, Alaska

From KTUU of June 15, 2008

Galena man shoots bear

A power plant supervisor in the city of Galena is credited with saving the lives of his neighbors as they were under attack by a bear.

Howard Beasley says the large male black bear had recently been in the area feasting on moose calves. When those ran out it started coming in closer to homes.

Beasley stepped in to help in the middle of the night after a neighbor – Chris Kriska and his little sister, couldn’t shoo the aggressive bear away.

The Galena Police Chief John Millan says the Kiska’s dog, Scooby, distracted the bear until help arrived.

Beasley says after he showed up the bear charged out of the woods hunched low, snarling and clearly was not ready to back down.

So with a single shot, he killed it.

“People came out and shook my hand, said it was the first good night of sleep they’d had in a long time,” Beasley said. “People were having nightmares. I had no idea it had such a big impact on people.”

Millan calls the shooting clearly justified.

Alaska: Self-defense may be factor in fatal shooting near Willow

February 5, 2008

Willow, Alaska

From the Anchorage Daily News of January 26, 2008

Self-defense may be factor in fatal shooting near Willow

Alaska State Troopers are examining the possibility that a man who was killed near Caswell Lake north of Willow on Thursday was shot in self-defense.

Troopers have not yet arrested anyone in connection with the death of Bradley D. Mork, 43. Mork, of Talkeetna, died after being shot in a home driveway, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said Friday.

Though no one has been charged, a male witness, also 43, was walking in the neighborhood with a “couple people” when troopers got to the scene about 20 minutes after the 5:30 p.m. call Thursday, she said. Peters did not identify the witness.

“We have identified someone who was involved in the incident that led up to the shooting, and they’ve been very helpful,” Peters said.

Investigators are discussing the case with the Palmer district attorney to determine whether charges are warranted, she said. There is a possibility the shooting could turn out to be a case of self-defense, she said.

Peters refused to say whether the witness, who was apparently not related to Mork, had admitted shooting him.

She did not know whose home it was and was unsure whether the 911 call that Palmer police received originated from that residence or another in the area. Palmer police relayed the call to troopers.

Peters would not say how many times Mork was shot or what type of gun was used, but said the death was being investigated as a homicide.

The state medical examiner is expected to complete an autopsy on Mork in the next few days while the troopers’ investigation continues.

A phone message left for the Palmer district attorney was not returned Friday.

Alaska: Grizzly, 3 cubs killed on Kodiak Island

January 2, 2008

Kodiak Island, Alaska

From the Seattle Times of January 1, 2008

Grizzly, 3 cubs killed on Kodiak Island

A rabbit hunter fired his pistol at a charging grizzly bear on Kodiak Island, badly wounding the old sow, which was later killed, as were her three cubs.

The hunter, whose name is not being released, was hunting rabbits near the American River on Friday about 15 miles outside Kodiak when the sow charged him, said John Crye, a wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, on Monday.

The hunter, who was carrying two weapons, shot the bear when it was about 10 yards away. It was the second time in a week that hunters had encountered the family of bears. The last time it was one of the cubs that charged a father and son out duck hunting as the mother and the other cubs slept nearby.

This time, the rabbit hunter was charged after he rounded a corner and surprised the sow, who was at least 25 years old.

“A rabbit hunter was in the brush and kind of woke them up out of their beds,” Crye said. “He felt threatened by the sow, so he shot the sow.”

The hunter immediately notified Alaska State Troopers and the Department of Fish and Game. Crye went with troopers to the site where the 8-foot, 400-pound sow lay barely alive.

It was determined that she was too badly injured and would have to be killed, so she was shot again.

Crye said the shooting was justifiable because the hunter felt threatened.


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