Seward Journal logo-color

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.

 

Traffic Concerns and Citations

Verbal warnings were issued on April 11 at 11:22 p.m. for speed and inoperable headlight near Mile 1 Seward Highway.

A verbal warning was issued on April 12 at 6:57 a.m. for speed near the Chamber of Commerce office.

A verbal warning was issued on April 12 at 11:10 a.m. near Fourth Avenue and Port Avenue for equipment violation and no front plate.

A verbal warning was issued on April 12 at 3:03 p.m. near Seward Highway and Sea Lion Avenue for failure to stop at stop sign.

A verbal warning was issued on April 12 at 4:35 p.m. near Wells Fargo for failure to use turning signal and no front plate.

A verbal warning was issued on April 12 at 9:51 p.m. for driving with headlights off after dark near Seward Highway and Resurrection Boulevard.

Joseph Lamm was stopped on April 13 at 12:35 a.m. for driving with headlights off after dark and arrested for Driving Under the Influence near Fourth Avenue and Adams Street.

A verbal warning was issued on April 13 at 6:49 a.m. for driving without a front license plate on vehicle near Mile 2 Seward Highway.

A verbal warning was issued on April 13 at 10:01 a.m. near Mile 2 Seward Hwy for driving without a front plate.

A verbal warning was issued on April 13 at 10:51 a.m. near Third Avenue and Railway Avenue for obscured plates.

A verbal warning was issued on April 13 at 11:57 a.m. near Mile 2 Seward Highway for speed.

A verbal warning was issued on April 13 at 2 p.m. near Third Avenue and Jefferson Street for speed.

Sean McKagan was issued a citation on April 13 at 2:12 p.m. near Mile 2 Seward Highway for speed.

A verbal warning was issued on April 13 at 2:30 p.m. near Seward Highway and Resurrection Boulevard for improper display of front plate.

A verbal warning was issued on April 13 at 2:43 p.m. near Mile 2 Seward Highway for speed.

Michael Ritz was issued a citation on April 13 at 4:18 p.m. near Chevron for Driving While License Suspended. Verbal warnings were also given for equipment violation and operating a vehicle with expired registration. The passenger drove the vehicle from the scene.

A verbal warning was issued on April 14 at 6:48 a.m. for a broken rear turn signal near Seward Highway and Coolidge Drive.

A verbal warning was issued on April 14 at 12:12 p.m. near D Street and Seward Highway for no visible front plate.

A verbal warning was issued on April 14 at 1:36 p.m. near C Street and Seward Highway for expired registration.

A verbal warning was issued on April 14 at 3:21 p.m. near C Street and Seward Highway for no visible front plate.

Verbal warnings were issued on April 14 at 3:37 p.m. near S. Harbor Street and Fourth Avenue for equipment violations while riding a moped: no visible front plate, no protective gear, and no operator’s license while operating a motorized vehicle.

A verbal warning was issued on April 14 at 4:05 p.m. near S Harbor Street and Seward Highway for speeding.

Verbal warnings were issued on April 15 at 3:54 p.m. near Van Buren Street and Seward Highway for no visible front license plate and an obscured rear license plate.

A verbal warning was issued on April 18 at 6:12 a.m. near Safeway for driving without headlights.

On April 18 at 7:01 a.m. a verbal warning was issued for speeding near the Seward Highway and Nash Road.

On April 18 at 2:56 p.m. a notice was left on a vehicle near Fourth Avenue and Adams Street for parking against the flow of traffic.

On April 19 at 4:41 a.m. a report was received that large rocks had fallen on Lowell Point Road. The Public Works Department was notified.

On April 19 at 7:10 a.m. a verbal warning was given for speed at Third Avenue and Van Buren Street.

A verbal warning was given at Nash Road and Bette Cato for an equipment violation for inadequate spray control for tires on April 19 at 11:44 a.m.

On April 19 at 12:28 p.m. a citation was issued to Christopher Hall at Resurrection Rentals for no operator’s license and failure to register vehicle. Verbal warnings were given for white light to the rear and operating a vehicle with expired registration.

A verbal warning was given for obscure back plate and no front plate on April 19 at 3:02 p.m.

A citation was issued to Rocky Elhard near the Seward Highway and Port Avenue for operating a vehicle with expired registration on April 19 at 3:15 p.m. Verbal warning given for failure to carry registration and failure to wear seatbelt.

On April 19 at 3:29 p.m. a verbal warning was given near the intersection of the Seward Highway and Bear Drive for tinted out taillights and no front plate.

On Apirl 19 at 3:38 p.m. a citation was issued to Sheila Berticevich  at Mile 3 Seward Highway for operating a vehicle with expired registration. A verbal warning was given for unsecured load and no front plate.

A written warning was given at Safeway for improper display of handicap placard on April 19 3:55 p.m.

A verbal warning was given to on April 19 at 4:02 p.m. at Mile 3 Seward Hwy for operating a vehicle with expired registration

Medical Calls

Troopers requested rescue to Mile 38 Sterling Highway for a Motor Vehicle Accident with entrapment on April 12 at 10:01 a.m.

An ambulance was dispatched to Stoney Creek Avenue on April 13 at 7:25 p.m.

On April 15 at 6:06 p.m. Troopers requested Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps stage along Nash Road upon a report of two male individuals having been shot and killed in a van. Troopers confirmed two deceased males on scene. Troopers cleared Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps to return to quarters with no further involvement.

911 Misdial

A 911 hang up call was received on April 12 at 9:31 p.m. from the Fourth Avenue area.

A citizen accidently dialed 911 from Sorrel Road on April 15 at 7:50 a.m.

On April 18 at 1:50 p.m. a 911 abandoned call was received from the hospital. An employee confirmed that all was okay.

On Apirl 19 at 7:08 a.m. a 911 open line came from the Senior Center. No sounds of distress were heard, and an officer was advised.

Miscellaneous

Safeway reported that a male was trespassing and stole food items on April 11 at 5:47 p.m. An officer spoke with the caller at Safeway and retrieved a DVD copy of the theft. Under investigation.

A caller requested a welfare check for a male on April 12 at 10:01 a.m. An officer was unable to locate the male. The caller called later to confirm the male was okay.

A caller requested to speak with an officer on April 12 at 11:15 a.m. regarding a possible break-in of her apartment. The officer spoke with the caller at her place of work.

Troopers requested an officer at the Breeze Inn to assist with a drug investigation on April 12 at 2:54 p.m.

Troopers arrested Pesamino Tofiga on April 14 at 9:44 p.m. near Shady Lane for Assault 4 Domestic Violence and Criminal Mischief 5 Domestic Violence. Tofiga was remanded to Seward Community Jail.

A caller advised the vehicle grill and the mounted light bar were stolen off of his vehicle on April 15 at 8:13 a.m. near Phoenix Road and estimated their value to be $500.00.

On April 15 at 2:20 p.m. a caller advised that a juvenile appeared to have a burn mark on her right arm. When asked about it by the staff at Seward Elementary she stated that she was burned by a bullet. Officers contacted a parent and confirmed that the burn was from the casing of an ejected round at the shooting range that made contact creating the burn mark on the child’s right arm and not from a gunshot. No further action was taken.

On April 17 at 4:56 p.m. a caller advised that a man was yelling at her and spit at her near her apartment at the Kimberly Court Apartments. An officer contacted the caller and the apartment manager but was unable to locate the male subject.

A caller reported overfilled trash containers in the Second Avenue alley on April 18 at 9:21 a.m. An officer spoke to the owner who agreed to clean up the garbage.

On April 18 at 10:36 a.m. an officer advised Travis McCray that he is trespassed from Seward Haircuts at the request of the manager.

On April 18 at 10:39 a.m. a caller advised that Patrick Williams was trespassing in the common areas at Bayside Apartments. An officer was unable to locate Williams in the area, but later located him and advised him to remain off the property.

On April 18 at 1:04 p.m. a caller reported that they had lost their iPhone in the downtown area on April 15.

On April 18 at 10:11 p.m. an officer interviewed an individual who reported two of her propane tanks were stolen from a Third Avenue location. The individual later reported that the propane tanks had been found and were not stolen.

On April 19 at 5:19 a.m. a report was received about a power outage in the Mountain Haven area and a possible transfer out.

A caller advised that on April 19 at 8:14 a.m. his credit card was stolen from his wallet after leaving it at Seward Heavy Industrial Power. The card was used multiple times before being flagged by the credit card company.

On April 19 at 9:55 a.m. a report was received that Patrick Williams was trespassing on Bayside Apartments property. An officer responded but was unable to locate Williams on the property.

Bar checks were preformed Tony’s, the Yukon, and Seward Ale House on April 19 around midnight.

Security Checks

In addition to routine patrols, between April 11 and April 19, the Seward Police Department recorded 174 physical security checks of local businesses and other locations in Seward.