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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

A caller advised that a green Ford Excursion was driving erratically and speeding southbound past Safeway on Aug 24 at 9:24 a.m. An officer responded to the area was unable to locate the vehicle described.

A verbal warning was issued on Aug 24 at 10:40 p.m. near Seward Highway and Sea Lion Drive for headlight requirements.

A verbal warning was issued on Aug 25 at 10:46 p.m. near Seward Highway and Hemlock Street for failure to maintain lane. 

A verbal warning was issued on Aug 26 at 7:04 a.m. near Seward Highway and South Harbor Street for speed.

A verbal warning was issued on Aug 26 at 9:51 p.m. near Seward Highway and North Harbor Street for headlight requirements.

A verbal warning was issued on Aug 26 at 10:29 p.m. near Seward Highway and North Harbor Street for tail light requirement on a trailer.

Brennan Atherton was issued a citation for driving while license revoked on Aug 27 at 6:15 a.m. near Third Avenue and Van Buren Street.

A caller advised that her vehicle was hit, and no insurance information was left on Aug 27 at 11:21 a.m.

A verbal warning was issued on Aug 27 at 8:52 p.m. near Seward Highway and Bear Drive for passing in a turning lane.

Troopers arrested Holly Nicole Smith on the Sterling Highway for Driving Under the Influence and remanded her to Seward Community Jail.

Zhu Qiuyu was issued a citation on Aug 28 at 7:04 a.m. near Third Avenue and B Street for speed.

A verbal warning was issued on Aug 28 at 10:23 p.m. near the SMIC dry dock for speed.

A verbal warning was issued on Aug 30 at 11:55 a.m. near Fourth Avenue and South Float Small Boat Harbor for improper lane usage.

Medical Calls

An ambulance was dispatched to Seward Mountain Haven on Aug 24 at 1:31 p.m.

An ambulance was dispatched to Port Avenue on Aug 25 at 5:35 a.m.

An ambulance was dispatched to Fourth Avenue and North Harbor Street on Aug 25 at 5:06 p.m.

Multiple calls were received on Aug 26 around 5:45 p.m. stating that a woman was lying in the ditch across from the Chamber of Commerce. Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corp and Seward Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched. Seward Volunteer Fire Department requested an officer on scene when the patient became combative. The patient refused medical service and an officer provided transport for her home.

An ambulance was dispatched to Glacier View Apartments on Aug 27 at 3:23 a.m.

An ambulance was dispatched to the Nauti Otter Yurt Village on Aug 30 at 2:31 a.m.

An ambulance was dispatched to Maple Street on Aug 30 at 3:47 a.m.

Fire Reports

A caller advised that there was a fire in the neighbor’s yard near Guinevere Drive and Lancelot Drive on Aug 30 at 11:02 a.m. Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps were dispatched. Seward Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched as mutual aid. Crews encountered a small smoldering fire that was quickly extinguished.

Multiple calls were received advising that smoke was visible in the area near Phoenix Road and Bear Drive on Aug 30 around 7 p.m. Seward Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched. On location the fire was knocked out with a water can but requested Rescue one to ensure that it was extinguished.

Earthquake Reports

National Tsunami Warning Center reported an earthquake with a magnitude to 4.1 occurred 40 miles east of Illiamna on Aug 27 at 6:35 p.m. No tsunami warning was issued.

National Tsunami Warning Center reported that a 4.1 magnitude earthquake occurred 35 miles southwest of Palmer and 10 miles northwest of Anchorage on Aug 27 at 11:48 p.m. No tsunami warning was issued.

National Tsunami Warning Center reported a magnitude 5.1 earthquake 55 miles West of Haines, Alaska on Aug 31 at 8:32 p.m. No tsunami warning was issued.

Miscellaneous

On Aug 24 at 1:33 a.m. a caller reported a woman screaming near the Fish House. An officer contacted the women who advised she was just upset. A cab was called for her.

On Aug 24 at 8:08 p.m. an officer requested a case for illegal camping at the American Legion cemetery.

On Aug 24 at 9 p.m. a caller reported seeing three campfires near the waterfront campgrounds. On duty fire officer requested that an officer advise them of the burn ban on his next pass through the campground. An officer advised occupants in the campsite of the total burn ban and they agreed to put the fire out.  

On Aug 24 at 9:30 p.m. a caller reported a campfire in Mount Alice campground. An officer was unable to locate a campfire at Mount Alice campground or Alice campground.

On Aug 24 at 9:33 p.m. a caller reported hearing a woman screaming and then heard a car pealing out between Kimberly Court apartments and the high school. An officer made contact with female who stated she and a male had a verbal argument. The male had already left the area.

On Aug 24 at 11:46 p.m. a caller reported her fiancé hit her in the face and was still in the house with her and her three children. An officer made contact with the occupants. The officer contacted the on-call DA and determined that charges would not be pressed.

On Aug 25 at 12:30 a.m. a caller reported an extremely intoxicated male going up to houses and peeping in windows. An officer was unable to locate the male and advised the caller to call if the male appears in the area again. At 7:46 p.m. Dean Engelhaupt was identified as the person peeping in their window and requested him trespassed indefinitely from their residence. Officer advised Engelhaupt of his trespass.

On Aug 25 at 2:31 a.m. Troopers arrested Alexandria Nichole Ayo near mile 54 of the Sterling Highway and remanded her to Seward Community Jail.

On Aug. 25 at 3:24 p.m. troopers responded to a report of a disturbance on Nash Road. Investigation showed Shannon Bodo, 48, of Seward, placed another individual in fear of imminent physical injury with a dangerous instrument. Bodo was arrested and remanded to Seward Jail with no bail pending arraignment.

On Aug 25 at 8:34 p.m. a caller reported that the individuals in a vehicle have not paid for parking/fishing fees. An officer contacted the driver and advised him he needs to pay the fee. He agreed to pay the fee.

On Aug 26 at 5:47 p.m. a caller advised that there was a suspicious vehicle in the American Legion Cemetery. An officer responded to the area and was unable to locate a vehicle meeting the description given.

On Aug 26 at 6:45 p.m. a caller advised that an intoxicated man was trying to enter random cars near Seward Marketplace. An officer spoke with a male who departed the area on foot.

On Aug. 27 at 1:32 p.m. troopers responded to a report of a disturbance on Vinewood Lane. Investigation showed Russell Juskey, 59, of Seward, had entered and remained unlawfully in a dwelling, and had caused physical injury to another person with whom he had formerly resided. Juskey was arrested on charges of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence, and Criminal Trespass in the First Degree, Domestic Violence, and remanded to Seward Jail with no bail pending arraignment.

On Aug 27 at 6:25 p.m. a caller advised that she has not seen her son since Saturday night. An officer was unable to contact the person he was last seen with.

On Aug 27 at 6:35 p.m. a caller reported that his vehicle was missing from the North 72-hour lot. On Aug 28 at 5:54 a.m. an officer located vehicle at SMIC.

On Aug 28 at 8:42 p.m. Breeze Inn staff requested an officer to deal with someone who had previously been asked to leave the premise and had returned. Officers were unable to contact the suspect due to a priority case.

On Aug 30 at 4:57 a.m. Jessie Johnson was arrested on a warrant after being contacted for a traffic stop.

On Aug 30 at 11:16 p.m. Cody Cannon was advised he is trespassed from the Yukon Bar indefinitely at the request of the bar staff.

On Aug 31 at 8:17 a.m. a caller advised that there was a loud explosion that sounded like when the power had gone out before, near Cottonwood Street and Maple Street. An officer responded to the area and electric on-call was notified of a possible outage. There was nothing suspicious in the area and no power outage to report.

On Aug 31 at 11:43 p.m. Seward Alehouse staff reported two males who were refusing to leave after being asked. They were gone on the officer’s arrival. Alehouse called again later about two males refusing to leave again, and they were gone on the officer’s arrival.

Security Checks

In addition to routine patrols, between Aug 24 and  Sept 1, the Seward Police Department recorded 88 physical security checks of local businesses and other locations in Seward.