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By CVN Staff 

Police Blotter


Monday, Jan. 23

Vehicles were reported for impeding snow removal near Mathias and in the area of the power plant.

A caller reported the theft of jewelry and cash from their residence in the Allen Road area. Police said the theft is valued at more than $500.

The fire department and ambulance responded to a report of a vehicle rollover near Letnikof Cove. There were no injuries.

Sunday, Jan. 22

A business on the Haines Highway requested help securing their door.

Police assisted several motorists in getting home, after heavy snowfall.

A motorist reported being stuck in a snow bank and said they would leave the vehicle and walk to their nearby residence.

Saturday, Jan. 21

A caller reported someone was in violation of conditions of release and was drinking in a downtown bar. Police could not verify the complaint, because all the bars were closed.

A caller reported a moose and calf were seen going into a parking lot near Third Avenue.

A parking sign was reported to have fallen down in front of two businesses on Main Street.

A person reported receiving harassing text messages.

A caller reported an unlit bicycle being a hazard to drivers.

Friday, Jan. 20

A caller reported her vehicle spun on ice on the Third Avenue hill. Public works was advised.

A case was referred to the district attorney regarding an individual in a downtown bar who allegedly violated conditions of release.

Police issued a citation for driving without a valid license.

Thursday, Jan. 19

A caller was concerned they could not get in touch with a family member at a Main Street business, but declined officer assistance.

Haines Animal Rescue Kennel representatives informed police of a possible animal neglect case. Police started an investigation.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

A welfare check was requested for a female who was drunk. She was taken into protective custody.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

A caller reported icy road conditions near Young Road and the Skyline Drive area.

An officer requested a vehicle parked on a Main Street curb be moved.

A fire crew responded to a chimney fire on First Avenue.

A caller reported a loose horse on the Haines Highway. Police issued a citation for an expired vehicle registration.

There were 17 medical calls.

A 13-year-old was charged with assault and referred to Juvenile Justice in Juneau following the Jan. 13-14 girls’ basketball games against Sitka at the Haines School.

“The charge of assault stemmed from an incident that occurred during one of the games (that) weekend,” said superintendent Michael Byer. “It was of a nature that did not cause it to be noticed by school administration who were present. Nor was it reported to school administration, either by bystanders or the victim, at the time it occurred.”

He said the school district was informed that charges would be filed on Jan. 17.

“At that time, the principal investigated further and took appropriate disciplinary action,” Byer said.

Haines Police Chief Gary Lowe said the incident involved two people roughly the same age and did not involve any type of sexual assault. He said there were no injuries. Lowe did not want to disclose additional details but said the incident isn’t a threat to the public.

Lowe said Juvenile Justice would handle the case.

A 19-year-old Haines man was charged Wednesday with three felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

According to Alaska State Trooper Josh Bentz’s complaint filed in Haines court, a teenage girl reported early this month an incident that took place late last year. The teen reported the incident first to Haines Police but then the case was turned over to Bentz when it was discovered the location of the alleged incident took place at a residence outside the Haines Police jurisdiction.

The type of sexual contact alleged in the complaint amounts to two charges of second-degree sexual assault of a minor. The age difference between the teen and man brought one count of third-degree sexual assault of a minor.

The man is expected to appear in Haines court in February. He is not in custody.


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