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Public Safety Report

The Public Safety Report is compiled from numerous sources, both official and unofficial, including police, fire, and EMS dispatches, press releases, official reports, court documents, interviews, and other sources. 

In the case of criminal charges, individuals arrested or charged are presumed innocent unless convicted in a court of law.

 

Charges Filed in Seward Court

On Nov. 6 misdemeanor charges were filed against Aaron Henderson, 44, for Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. Arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 10. 

On Nov. 7 misdemeanor charges were filed against Russell Wayne Ambacher, 26, for Theft in the Fourth Degree (under $250 value). An arrest warrant was issued.

On Nov. 9 misdemeanor charges were filed against Jeffrey Edward Cobble, 57, for three counts of Assault in the Fourth Degree and Weapons Misconduct in the Fourth Degree stimming from an incident on Oct. 23. Charges were also filed for Violating Conditions of Release. Cobble was released on a judicial order on Nov. 5 and a bail hearing is scheduled for Nov. 18 with a calendar call of Nov. 25.

On Nov. 10 misdemeanor charges were filed against Darius Joel Wallace, 41, for Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence Related following an altercation on Laughlin Way that resulted in an individual being transported to the hospital. Arrangement was held on Nov. 10 and Wallace was released on a $1,000 performance bond provided by Tekoa Wallace on Nov. 14. Calendar call is scheduled for Jan. 27.

 

Traffic Concerns and Citations

Eight parking warnings were placed on vehicles in the downtown area on Nov. 6 between 2 and 2:10 a.m. for parking where prohibited.

A verbal warning was given on Nov. 6 at 12:15 p.m. for a headlight out at Third Ave and C Street.

A verbal warning given at Fourth Avenue and Madison Street on Nov. 6 at 6:52 p.m. for failure to use a turn signal.

A verbal warning was given for speeding at Mile 1 of the Seward Highway on Nov. 6 at 9:31 p.m.

A verbal warning was given on Nov. 7 at 7:06 a.m. for a taillight requirement. No location was reported.

A verbal warning was given on Nov. 7 at 5:44 p.m. for having a head light out on South Harbor Road at Seward Highway.

A caller advised of a vehicle travelling south on Third Avenue unable to maintain lane and driving slowly on Nov. 7 at 6:42 p.m. The driver was contacted and advised that she was trying to drive safely.

A verbal warning was given on Nov. 7 at 11:50 p.m. for not having headlights on after dark on Third Avenue near the Tribal building.

An officer issued a traffic citation to Daniel Tolson on Nov. 9 at 1:43 a.m. at Third Avenue and D Street for failure to carry proof of insurance.

A caller advised that there were two vehicles parked in the no parking area of the Jeep Trail on Nov. 9 at 12:16 p.m. An officer responded and issued written warnings for both vehicles that were parked in an area posted parking prohibited.

Officers made an investigative traffic stop Port and Fourth Avenues on Nov. 10 12:24 a.m. No citations were issued.

A verbal warning was given at Third Avenue and D Street for speed on Nov. 10 at 1:01 a.m.

Parking violation warnings were placed on 11 vehicles in the downtown area on Nov. 12 between 3:41 and 3:51 a.m.

A caller reported a reckless driver in a brown four door Chevy, blasting music in the Wells Fargo parking lot with the windows down, and also smelling of marijuana on Nov. 12 at 4:19 p.m.. The driver pulled out of the parking lot rapidly heading north out of town.

Parking warnings were left on five vehicles in the downtown area on Nov. 13 between 3:15 and 3:22 a.m. for parking in no parking areas.

An ambulance was dispatched to Laughlin Way for a male involved in an altercation with possible concussion on Nov. 10 at 12:37 a.m. Troopers also responded, and the ambulance staged at Laughlin Way until troopers cleared the scene. The patient transported to the hospital.

A caller advised that someone was driving dangerously in the elementary school parking lot on Nov. 13 at 7:59 a.m. Officers spoke to the caller.

An officer issued a verbal warning to a driver for having a headlight out at 1.5 Mile Seward Highway on Nov. 13 at 1:05 p.m.

An officer issued a verbal warning to a driver for passing in a no passing zone at Ash Street and Evergreen Street on Nov. 13 at 1:10 p.m.

An officer issued a verbal warning to a driver for having a headlight out at 1.5 Mile Seward Highway on Nov. 13 at 1:28 p.m.

An officer issued a verbal warning to a driver for speeding at Third Avenue and A Street on Nov. 13 at 1:29 p.m.

A citation was issued to Nathan Ross for expired registration on Nov. 14 at 5:01 p.m. near 1.5 Mile Seward Highway.

A caller advised of a vehicle in a ditch on Dora Way on Nov. 14 at 5:22 p.m. Officers contacted the driver and a tow truck was called.

A verbal warning was issued to a driver for headlight requirements on Nov. 14 at 5:43 p.m. No location was given.

Two citations issued to Devin Drake for failure to provide proof of insurance and for expired registration on Nov. 14 at 5:59 p.m. A verbal warning given for white light rear facing. No location was given.

A verbal warning was given to a driver near North Harbor Street and Fourth Avenue for improper lighting on vehicle during dark hours on Nov. 15 at 08:17 a.m.

A written warning was left on a vehicle parked in an area posted parking prohibited in the Harbor 2 hour parking lot on Nov. 15 at 9:32 a.m.

An unlicensed driver was reported at the waterfront campground on Nov. 15 at 9:37 p.m. Officers contacted the individual at the campground and he was advised he couldn’t drive.

A citation was issued to Paula Tims on Nov. 15 at 11:37 p.m. for failure to provide proof of insurance, and a verbal warning was given for crossing the center lane multiple times at Fourth Avenue and Madison Street.

A verbal warning was given to a driver on Nov. 16 at 5:16 a.m. for driving with headlights off after dark at Seward Highway and Bear Drive.

A verbal warning was given to a driver for speed on Nov. 16 10:11 p.m. at Third Avenue and South Harbor Street.

A verbal warning was given to a driver for speed at Fourth Avenue and C Street on Nov. 17 at 12:12 a.m.

A caller advised of a vehicle in the ditch near Nash Road and Afognak Avenue on Nov. 17 7:42 a.m. Officer responded and found the vehicle on its side and unoccupied. Officer flagged the vehicle. The vehicle was not posing a traffic hazard. Public works was notified of slick road conditions.

A caller advised on Nov. 17 at 9:59 a.m. that there were multiple vehicles posing driving hazards near the intersection of Second Avenue and C Street. An officer responded and left a written warning on a vehicle.

A caller advised of a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Phoenix Road and Seward Highway on Nov. 18 at 1:14 p.m. An officer, SVAC and SVFD were dispatched. All individuals were assessed on scene and declined further treatment. Officer took report and a citation was issued for failure to yield.

A caller advised that there was a vehicle posing a driving hazard near mile 3 at Nash Road on Nov. 18 at 7:32 p.m.

 

Medical Calls

An ambulance was dispatched to North Star Clinic at the Orca building on Nov. 5 at 11:51 a.m. for a patient transport to the hospital.

An ambulance was dispatched to Meridian Avenue on Nov. 5 at 5:23 p.m.

An ambulance was dispatched to the airport to pick up a guardian flight for a non-emergent transport Nov. 6 at 7:47 a.m.

Seward Mountain Haven requested an ambulation to transport an individual to the hospital on Nov. 9 at 10:16 a.m. SVAC and SVFD dispatched and the patient transported.

SVAC personnel responded to Madison Street and requested manpower assistance from the Fire Department on Nov. 9 6:46 p.m.

Seward Mountain Haven requested an ambulance to transport a resident to PSMC on Nov. 15 at 9 a.m. 

PSMC ER requested an ambulance to transport a patient back to Seward Mountain Haven on Nov. 15 at 1:07 p.m.

An ambulance was requested at the high school for a student with minor injuries on Nov. 15 4:20 p.m. SVAC and SVFD dispatched. Patient transported to PSMC.

Seward Mountain Haven requested non-emergent transport to PSMC per doctor request on Nov. 18 at 6:57 p.m. SVAC and SVFD were dispatched. SVFD stood down pending lift assist request. SVAC transported patient to PSMC.

Fire Reports

Lowell point fire department was dispatched to a propane smell at the Tonseana trail head, which was called in by a hiker in the area on Nov. 11 at 12:39 p.m. The smell was a controlled venting being performed by the owner of a home.

Seaview Community Services request SVFD reset their alarm panel after it was triggered from a cooking incident on Nov. 15 at 11:47 a.m. On-call SVFD responded and reset the alarm.

 

911 Misdials

Three 911 misdials came from City Hall on Nov. 7 at 4:22 p.m. Unable to contact caller.

A 911 open line call was received from the area of Jesse lee and Bear drive on Nov. 14 at 11:38 a.m. Nothing was heard and call back could not be initiated because it was a 911 prefix.

A 911 misdial was received near Sixth Avenue and Adams Street on Nov. 15 at 3:08 p.m. Caller apologized confirmed that it was an accidental dial and no emergency services were required. An officer was notified.

A 911 misdial was received near Swetmann Avenue and Bear Drive on Nov. 16 at 12:59 p.m. Caller apologized confirmed that it was an accidental dial and no emergency services were required. Officer notified.

 

Earthquake Reports/Tsunami Warnings

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake was reported on Nov. 8 at 11:15 a.m. 35 miles Southwest of Palmer and 5 miles Northwest of Anchorage. No tsunami was expected.

A 4.1 magnitude earthquake was reported on Nov. 9 at 11:19 a.m. 55 miles Northeast of Iliamna. No tsunami was expected.

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake was reported in the northern Molucca sea, Indonesia. No tsunami was expected.

 

Lost and Found

An individual dropped off shotgun shells on Nov. 6 at 11:47 a.m. that were found at the Airport.

An unidentified item was brought to lost and found on Nov. 6 at 10:13 p.m. that was found on the corner of Fifth and Washington to the police department.

A wallet was turned into lost and found for safekeeping on Nov. 17 at 10:45 a.m.

A cellphone was turned in to Lost and Found on Nov. 18 at 6:15 p.m.

 

Miscellaneous

On Nov. 5 at 11:30 a.m. a caller advised of a theft that occurred at True Value Hardware. An officer spoke with the caller.

Troopers requested an agency assist at Eadsville on Nov. 5 at 6:45 p.m.

An individual reported two individuals around the rear of the Van Guilder building at 308 Adams Street on Nov. 5 at 10:16 p.m. The individuals claimed to be ghost hunting.

A caller advised on Nov. 6 at 3:59 p.m. of a man yelling near Fourth Avenue Lodging. Officers gave William Gage a disorderly conduct warning.

An officer completed a report on Nov. 8 at 7:31 a.m. regarding vandalism in the harbormasters women’s restrooms in the harbor area.

Guardian Security reported an alarm at the Youth Center on Nov. 8 at 1:40 p.m. An officer responded and found the fire department and TYC staff resetting the system. Everything was intact and secure. No further action was needed.

During a security check at the high school on Nov. 8 at 11:34 p.m. officers secured open bus doors.

An officer made an investigative stop near Chinooks on Nov. 9 at 12:49 a.m. and determined the individual was playing Pokémon go.

On Nov. 8 at 1:29 a.m. during a security check at the Boat Storage on Fourth Avenue and D Street the gate was closed but not locked. The gate was secured.

An officer assisted a motorist at South Harbor Street and Fourth Avenue who was having battery trouble on Nov. 9 at 11:29a.m.

A caller advised that Jeffrey Cobble was in violation of conditions of release and requested an officer respond to respond on Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. Officers spoke with Cobble and found him in violation of conditions of release and remanded him to the Seward City Jail.

A caller advised of simultaneous of brightening and dimming of lights in a home near Sixth Avenue and Adams Street on Nov. 10 at 11:28 a.m. and requested electric department look into it. On-call notified.

Security at the Sea Life Center advised that a woman seemed intoxicated in the parking lot and requested a welfare check on Nov. 10 at 11:35 a.m. An officer made contact with the individual and furnished transportation to their residence. No further action was taken.

A caller advised that a lost dog was at the Chevron on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. and requested an officer come and take the animal to the shelter. An officer responded and contacted the animal’s owner and returned the animal. No further action was taken.

A caller advised on Nov. 10 at 9 p.m. of a theft that occurred at Safeway. An officer went to Safeway to speak with the caller. The officer requested camera footage, which will be unavailable until the next day. On Nov. 12 the case was updated to indicate that a phone was returned.

An officer assisted a citizen at Gateway apartments on Nov. 10 at 9:30 p.m.

A caller requested an officer at Hotel Seward for a domestic disturbance on Nov. 11 at 7:23 a.m. The officer separated the individuals into different rooms.

On Nov. 12 at 1:14 p.m. Tony’s Bar requested Agnes Tommy be trespassed for life.

A caller requested William Gage be trespassed from Bayside Apartments common areas and grounds for life on Nov. 12 at 2:14 p.m.

On Nov. 12 at 5:20 p.m. Nora Giaculli was trespassed from Essential One for not leaving the premises after being asked to leave several times. The officer escorted her north out of town to near Exit Glacier road. At 6:41 p.m., Giaculli was trespassed from Safeway following a complaint of her refusing to leave. She returned to Essential One and an officer spoke with a caller at 6:41 p.m.

A caller advised of two individuals walking into the library on Nov. 12 at 11:58 p.m. The library manager was contacted and confirmed that the subjects are supposed to be there.

US Government Postal Service alarm systems requested an officer to respond to a burglar alarm at the Post Office on Nov. 13 at 5:37 a.m. Officers met with the key holder and confirmed the building was clear.

A caller reported a sharps container in the Seward elementary school parking lot on Nov. 13 at 8:49 a.m. The container was moved from open area and an officer spoke to the caller.

On Nov. 13 at 5:09 p.m. a report was received that Sean Jones was not with his third party that was part of the conditions of his release. Officers arrested Jones for violating the conditions of his release.

An officer responded to a report of two suspicious individuals behind Apollo Restaurant who didn’t work there on Nov. 14 at 9:40 p.m. The individuals unable to be located.

Officers responded to a burglar alarm at the TYC on Nov. 15 at 2:33 a.m. All doors and windows were found to be secure, and a key holder was contacted.

A caller advised they had an issue with another renter at a property regarding fuel on Nov. 15 at 7:22 p.m. An officer advised it was a civil issue.

A caller requested to speak with an officer about cyberbullying at the High School on Nov. 15 at 10:40. Officer responded and spoke to a student about bullying.

A caller advised on Nov. 15 at 4:35 p.m. that Russell Ambacher needs to be advised that he is trespassed from Safeway for two years. Trespassed entered into APSIN.

An officer arrested Patrick Williams on Nov. 16 at 9:29 a.m. for a misdemeanor warrant and remanded him to Seward City Jail.

A caller advised on Nov. 16 at 11:37 p.m. of a theft that occurred at Safeway. Officer went to Safeway to speak with caller and collect camera footage.

VIVINT Security advised of a burglary alarm activated at the Saltwater Safari on Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.. Key holder advised dispatch that the alarm was accidentally tripped. Officer made sure the property was secure.

Officers arrested Russell Ambacher on on Nov. 16 at 5:20 p.m. for a misdemeanor warrant and additionally charged with resisting arrest and assault on an officer and remanded to Seward City Jail.

A caller advised on Nov.17 at 9:01 a.m. that her husband had unexpectedly died during the night near First Avenue and Lowell Canyon Road. An officer responded to take the report and the medical examiner was notified. SVAC als responded.

On Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. a caller expressed concern for a friend staying in a motel that was expressing sentiments resembling suicidal ideation and requested an officer check on them. Officer responded and found the individual to be in good spirits and nothing out of the ordinary.

Two caller advised of light shining in windows and loud generator noises coming from a construction site behind Dora Way on Nov. 18 at 10:07 p.m. Officer called contractor and went to the site. Contractors turned off the lights.

An officer checked on vessel Deannie R at the SMIC Ship Yard on Nov. 18 at 11:01 p.m. at the request of the Coast Guard.

 

Security Checks

In addition to routine patrols, between Nov. 6 and -Nov. 18, the Seward Police Department recorded 247

 physical security checks of local businesses and other locations in Seward.