24 October 2014

Police Blotter: the Friday Edition

DUI ~ Bar staff reported a highly intoxicated man had just driven away from their bar, and provided a detailed description of both the vehicle and driver. Officers quickly located the driver by following his swerving tire tracks to another bar and contacting him as he stumbled towards the entrance. [name redacted] 25 yoa, was subsequently arrested for Driving under the Influence.

Assistance Rendered ~ Vessel captain requested officer assistance with an intoxicated soon-to-be former employee who was creating a disturbance at the Bobby Storrs boat harbor. Officers ensured that the suspect left the area without incident.
A "soon-to-be former employee" ... heh. 
Suspicious Person/Activity ~ A man with a swollen toe told the officer who stopped him as he was trundling along the roadway that he and his erstwhile companions had liberated a wheelchair from the hotel, to more comfortably enable his return to his vessel. The thief, whose license was suspended, was dispossessed of his stolen wheels and made to walk to his boat. The hotel did not care to pursue charges.
 But that wasn't enough for Mr. Sore Toe ... keep reading. 

Robbery ~ The wheelchair thief, accompanied by his two erstwhile companions, stole a wallet from a taxi driver’s purse and then refused to pay the fare when the driver demanded that he exit the vehicle and return her wallet. The driver had no interest in pursuing charges and wished only to have the cab fare recovered.

Assault ~ Officers responded to a bar regarding a patron who had gone outside and started fighting with people after having been asked to leave. Officers eventually determined that one incoherent and extremely intoxicated man had been fighting with crewmembers who were trying to get him out of the bar and back to his boat. No charges were filed.
Because fighting with the people in the bar is sure to get him invited back inside. 
Assistance Rendered  ~ A driver complained to police that he had observed someone tampering with his vehicle, and that the lock to his truck door had been damaged. The responding officer found that the damage had apparently been miraculously repaired, as none existed.
 It's a miracle, folks!
Assistance Rendered ~ A man whose taxi companion was so intoxicated that he could not articulate where he needed to go asked the taxi driver to drive to the police station for assistance. Officers accompanied the man and his inebriated companion to his vessel and ensured that he boarded safely and was looked after by a sober party.
 I tell you, the Unalaska Police must have the patience of Job ...

Your Second Amendment

Northern Lights and Alaska "Reality" TV

This, from the Alaska Dispatch News:
Massive sunspot could lead to aurora displays through weekend 

Sunspot region AR 2192 could be about to light up the atmosphere over Alaska. Lovers of the aurora borealis should cross their fingers and hope for clear skies.

The National Weather Service Space Weather Prediction Centers says a sunspot cluster the size of Jupiter has broken out in region 2192. It's the largest sunspot in 20 years on the earth-facing side of the sun.

"If [the sunspot region] maintains this level of complexity, we still believe more X-class flares are likely, and that should continue for next six or seven days,” researcher Doug Biesecker told The Washington Post

CMEs -- coronal mass ejections -- from sunspots are what set the aurora to dancing across the night skies in a rainbow of colors. AR 2192 has so far been low on CMEs, but that could change.

And then there's this one. You may not be watching the Alaska-based reality shows on the Discovery channels (we don't), but one has drawn legal attention:
'Alaskan Bush People' indictments? So what? Reality TV fakers know no bounds
Reality TV as defined in the north these days is Aesop's Fables written by someone sent on a trip by questionable acid. Reality TV is the so-called "Alaskan Bush People" running around in the green light of a night-vision lens trying to confront fictional shooters in the night in the woods near Glennallen and then supposedly fleeing for their lives.

Actual reality -- which is waaay different from TV reality -- is the Bush People getting busted on charges of falsely filing for Alaska Permanent Fund Dividends. And never mind what people can get away with on that phonied up "Alaska State Troopers" show; there are some realities Alaskans take seriously. Lying about living in Alaska in order to collect a PFD is one of those realities.

This is the crime of which six members of the Brown family -- better know as simply the "Bush People" -- stand accused. A Juneau grand jury indicted chief Bush Person Billy Brown and children Amora, Snowbird, Joshua, Bam-Bam, Solomon, Gabriel and Noah on multiple counts of second-degree theft and unsworn falsification for fibbing on their PFD applications.

As if any Alaska reality TV star would ever fib. C'mon, it's not fibbing if it could be real.

Alrighty then. That's all the blogfodder I found this morning. I'm reasonably sure there will be more, later.

Thanks for stopping by, friends.

23 October 2014

More Excitement Than We Expected, Today

From the Alaska Dispatch News, and found here

Today's partial eclipse, a sixty-percenter locally, was apparently quite exciting if you're into watching the skies.

I was a bit preoccupied at its maximum occultation (is that the right word?) with keeping an eye on the high-as-a-kite dude who wandered into the building. He was busily throwing all the contents of his pockets and backpack on the floor, around the mezzanine, and onto tables where the lunchtime crowd was trying equally hard to mind their own business. It appeared at times that he could barely remain erect.

Then he proceeded downstairs, to empty all the trash cans in the men's room, stuff paper into the urinals, and rub his face on the walls ... or stumble around bumping into them. Depends on which witness you ask, and he might well have done both.

He never became violent per se, nor loud, so three of us kept him under surveillance until the police showed up to apply the Bracelets O' Correction and take him to a happier place (for us, at least).

Never a dull moment.

The sad part was watching a guy who has his whole life ahead of him, and presumably some talent, being reduced to an object of derision by some alleged substance that was robbing him of his humanity.

It's so sad ... and such a waste.

Quote of the Season:

In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson approved the Federal Reserve Act. A few years later, he reflected:

"I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men.

"We have come to be one of the worst-ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world -- no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men."