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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

An officer issued a verbal warning for speeding on Fourth Ave near the Breeze Inn on March 8 at 1:53 a.m.

A citation was issued to Ryan Hoos near Mile 1 Seward Hwy for speed on March 10 at 10:52 a.m.

A parking warning was left on a vehicle near Fifth Avenue and Adams Street for parking where posted as prohibited on March 10 at 11:08 a.m.

A verbal warning was given to a driver near the Northeast Boat Ramp for speed on March 11 at 6:57 a.m.

A caller reported a vehicle in the middle of the roadway on Dora Way on March 11 at 7:03 a.m. An officer contacted the driver of the vehicle and the vehicle was moved back into the driveway.

An officer issued a verbal warning to a driver for failure to stop at a stop sign at Sealion and Seward Highway on March 13 at 1:18 a.m.

A caller advised on March 13 at 12:01 p.m. of a vehicle that has been parking on Dimond Blvd. near Hemlock St. for several nights and believed someone to be living out of the vehicle. Officer spoke with the complainant and responded to the scene. The vehicle in question was gone on arrival.

An officer performed an investigative stop on the Seward Highway at South Harbor on March 14 at 1:19 a.m. and found the driver was performing a tire change.

A verbal warning was given to a driver on March 15 at 1:42 p.m. near Safeway for speeding.

Officer performed an investigative stop at Seward and North Harbor Street on March 16 at 2:57 a.m.

Citations issued to Cara Osenga at Seward Highway and Resurrection Blvd. on March 16 at 3:24 a.m. for failure to register vehicle and failure to provide proof of insurance. A verbal warning given for no tag light.

A citation was issued to Cara Osenga on March 16 at 5:19 a.m. at Seward Highway and Sea Lion Drive for driving with expired tags.

A caller advised of a vehicle with license plates from two different States driving on Alameda St. on March 16 at 2:10 p.m. An officer responded, but was unable to locate the vehicle.

A driver was given verbal warnings at Third and A Streets on March 16 at 10:19 p.m. for inoperable taillight and no tag light on the rear of the vehicle.

A citation was issued to Amy Campbell at Seward Highway and Bear Drive on March 17 at 12:16 a.m. for expired registration. Verbal warnings given for expired license, no proof of insurance, and not carrying registration in the vehicle.

Parking complaints were left on eight vehicles in the downtown area on March 17 between 2:13 and 2:23 a.m. for parking where prohibited.

A citation was issued to Cara Osenga at Seward Highway and Dieckgraeff Road on March 17 at 3:11 a.m. for expired registration.  Osenga was told not to drive the vehicle again until properly registered or it would be towed.

Troopers requested an agency assist at Seward Highway and Old Seward Road at about mile 5.75 of the Seward Highway for a possible DUI on March 17 at 10:49 p.m. Troopers arrested Jolene Steve-Pete and transported her to the Seward City Jail. Officer transported two females to Bayview Trailer Court.

Parking complaints were left on four vehicles in the downtown area on March 1 between 2:15 and 2:18 a.m. for parking where prohibited.

A caller advised that Steven Houck was driving without a license on March 18 at 10:35 a.m. An officer contact Huck and a citation was issued to Houck at Seward Marketplace for driving while license.

A caller reported a boulder to be in the middle of Nash Rd. near Betty Cato Road on March 20 shortly after midnight. 

Trooper dispatch requested an officer out at Betty Cato Road for a car on its side on March 20 at 7:05 a.m. Passerby reported no injury. When the officer arrived, there was no one there and the vehicle was off the road.

A caller advised of a minor MVA near Jesse Lee and Bear Drive on March 20 at 12:15 p.m. No injuries were reported. Officer spoke to the RP over the phone and determined response was not necessary. Officer advised RP to exchange insurance information with the second driver. No further action was taken.

A caller advised on March 20 at 7:18 p.m. of a hit and run that occurred at Safeway. An officer took a report.

A citation was issued to Warren Jackson at Fourth and C Street for speed on March 24 at 6:29 a.m.  Verbal warning given for failure to register vehicle.

Medical Calls

An ambulance was dispatched to a call in the downtown area on March 11 at 5:09 p.m.

A caller advised that a man had fallen outside of the Oaken Keg on March 14 at 4:50 p.m. and was requesting assessment by medics. SVAC and SVFD dispatched. Patient refused transport.

An ambulance was dispatched to Spring Creek Correctional Center on March 16 at 8:57 a.m.

An ambulance was dispatched to the airport for flight crew transport on March 16 at 12:27 p.m.

A caller advised a friend collapsed in front of him on March 22 at 1:42 p.m. and he panicked and called 911. Patient was conscious and alert and stated that medics were not necessary and apologized for the call. An officer was notified. No ambulance was dispatched.

Fire Reports

The fire department was dispatched to an automated alarm at 601 Sixth Avenue on March 10 at 4:21 p.m. It was found to be a false alarm and the alarm reset by Fire Department personnel.

A caller indicated her shed to be on fire on March 15 at 2:09 a.m. Bear Creek and Seward Fire Departments were dispatched.

An ambulance was dispatched for a patient at the Farm B & B on March 23 at 12:36 a.m. The patient was transported to the hospital.

911 Misdials

An open line call was received on 911 from the Small Boat Harbor on March 14 at 5:26 p.m. No sounds of distress were heard. Callback rang through to voicemail and a message was left. A female returned a call apologizing for the accidental dial and confirmed that everything was okay. An officer was advised.

A 911 open line call was received from Forest Acres on March 17 at 7:54 a.m. Dispatcher was unable to leave a message on callback.

A 911 misdial received from the Safeway elevator on March 18 at 10:18 a.m. Caller advised of an accidental, emergency button press. All was okay.

A caller in the boat yard accidently called 911 on March 20 at 12:9 a.m. Caller confirmed no emergency.

A caller accidentally dialed 911 from Monroe Street on March 24 at 12:17 a.m. There were no sounds of distress.

Lost and Found

A credit card was turned into lost and found on March 10 at 1 p.m.

A caller reported on March 11 at 9:28 p.m. that they had lost an iPhone in the Safeway parking lot.

Found cash was turned into lost and found on March 18 at 7:35 p.m.

A w``allet was turned into lost and found on March 20 at 2:22 p.m.


A caller reported on March 10 at 10:30 p.m. that a transformer blew behind Sea View Plaza on Railway. An officer responded and confirmed the transformer was still arcing. The electrical crew was notified and responded. Power was restored at 11:25 p.m.

Gregory Chilman reported on March 11 at 1:43 p.m. that his son, Marsh Chilman had stolen his vehicle from 610 Fourth Avenue. Marsh Chilman was subsequently arrested and charges were filed for stolen vehicle, stolen gun, resisting arrest, assault on a police officer, and misconduct involving a weapon. He was remanded to the Seward City Jail. He later called 911 from the jail requesting to speak to his lawyer. An officer advised him not to abuse the 911 system. March Chilman was later charged with criminal mischief.

On March 11 at 4:53 p.m. Shawn Corn was criminally trespassed from Safeway for one year.

A caller advised of a suspicious vehicle parked in the SMIC area on March 11 at 7 p.m. An officer went to the area and verified nothing seemed suspicious.

A caller advised of lights near the Parks and Rec warehouse on March 11 at 9:25 p.m. Officer went to the scene and couldn’t find any lights in the area.

A caller advised on March 12 at 12:47 p.m. that an individual was refusing to leave Safeway after being told to do so. The individual was gone upon the officer arrival.

An officer detained a juvenile for Assault IV on March 14 at 4:07 p.m. The juvenile was transported to the Wye at the Sterling Highway for transfer to Kenai by the Juvenile Justice Department.

An individual called 911 from the Post Office indicating they needed to go to the hospital, but couldn’t get in touch with the taxi service to take him. An officer provided transport to the ER.

Someone was seen by dispatch going into the city shop via surveillance cameras on March 16 at 2:07 a.m. An officer was dispatched to investigate. It was determined it was the janitor that normally drives a different vehicle.

A bag of clothes was turned in on March 16 at 11:37 p.m. for safekeeping.

A complaint was received on March 16 at 11:42 p.m. from an individual that advised a neighbor was refusing to contain their trash in the can near Third Ave. and B St. An officer investigated and was unable to locate any trash in the alley.

David Phillips requested that Robert Zoellner be trespassed from all of his properties on March 16 at 3:56 p.m. An officer advised Zoellner of the trespass and it was entered into APSIN.

A caller advised that there was a medium brown dog running in the street near Safeway on March 16 at 4:33 p.m. An officer searched the area and was unable to make contact with any animal meeting the description given.

A caller reported a beeping coming from the Big Bay Beginnings building across from the AVTEC Student Service Center on Fourth Avenue on March 17 at 12:25 a.m. No information on the key holder for the building was available since Big Bay Beginnings went out of business several months ago. Officers were unable to gain entry to the building.

A caller requested to speak with an officer on March 17 at 8:56 a.m. regarding a trespassing issue. An officer spoke with the caller.

On March 17 at 1:30 p.m. the electric company was notified of a reported power outage.

On March 17 at 2:49 p.m. waste/water callout was notified of a water treatment alarm.

A caller advised on March 18 at 12:15 p.m. that Anthony Ragusa was trespassing at Safeway. An officer advised Anthony and Judith Ragusa that they are trespassed from Safeway.

A caller advised on March 18 at 7:12 p.m. of a suspicious green car driving for hours near Pacific Park apartments. Officer went to scene. Driver of vehicle was a census taker.

A caller reported a bottom floor window to be open in the Seaview plaza on the corner of Railway and Third on March 19 at 6:18 a.m. Officer investigated and saw no signs of forced entry.

Trooper dispatch called to pass along that an individual saw Samuel Ferguson walking along Salmon Creek Road on March 20 at 2 a.m. Ferguson is wanted on a felony charge.

An officer advised Vince Benjamin on March 20 at 9:40 a.m. that he is trespassed from 614 Fourth Avenue indefinitely. Trespass entered into APSIN.

Medications and fireworks turned in for destruction on March 20 at 2:20 p.m.

An officer met with an individual on March 20 at 5:20 p.m. and took a report on a domestic violence that occurred in the last week.

A caller reported a disturbance at the Breeze Inn involving a couple on March 21 at 6:40 a.m. The front desk manager indicated the couple to be fighting earlier and to have damaged the hotel. Both parties involved were given disorderly conduct warnings.

A caller advised of a golden retriever that followed her home on March 21 at 7:44 p.m. An officer took animal to the shelter.

A caller advised on March 22 at 2:45 p.m. that the utility shed at Little Bear Mountain Apartments appeared to have been broken into. The caller attempted to close the door as best as he could, and multiple attempts were made to contact management.

A caller advised of a male who was drinking and yelling in front of the harbor bathrooms on March 22 at 4:20 p.m. Officer went to the scene and took report. No criminal acts were being committed.

An individual called 911 to advise of a male yelling and causing a disturbance at Safeway on March 22 at 5:41 p.m. Officer arrived and saw that the male was walking and not causing a disturbance.

A caller advised of a civil situation on March 22 at 6:36 p.m. An officer spoke with the caller.

An officer made contact with an unrecognized female on March 23 on 1:47 a.m. and determined that she was a night auditor coming to work.

A caller advised on March 22 at 11:24 a.m. that her vehicle was stolen from the Seward Bus Line parking lot. An officer took the report and the stolen vehicle was entered into NCIC.

Security Checks

In addition to routine patrols, between March 8 and March 24, the Seward Police Department recorded 303 physical security checks of local businesses and other locations in Seward.