LAW & ORDER: June 27-July 3

A Cordova Police vehicle outside of the Cordova Police Department in August, 2018.(Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)

The following is a summary of incidences that occurred or were reported to the Cordova Police Department June 27 through July 3, 2022. Defendant(s) are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Monday, June 27

Security Checks:  Officers conducted security checks at the Merle K Mudhole Smith Airport, the Cordova Jr/Sr High School, First Street businesses, and the United States Postal Service building.

Ready for Takeoff: An Officer conducted security surveillance for flights 61 and 66.

Burn Pile:  The Fire Department responded to a report the blaze of the Burn Pile may be dangerously close to the woods. 

You’ve Been Served: An Officer served a Summons to appear in Court.

Tuesday, June 28

Arrests:  Christian Johnson, age 47, of Cordova, Alaska, was arrested for Violating Conditions of Release.

Ready for Takeoff: An Officer conducted security surveillance for flights 61 and 66.

Reckless Driver ends up in a ditch:  An Officer responded to a 911 report of an erratic driver had been going reportedly about 100 miles per hour on the Copper River Highway and was now in the ditch at Sheridan Glacier Road.  The Fire Department and the Emergency Medical Services team responded to the scene to transport the driver to the Cordova Community Medical Center.  The Officer put police tape around the vehicle indicating the department is aware of the vehicle being left at the site of the accident.  The Registered Owner assured the Officer the vehicle would be retrieved the following day.

Warnings:  Officers issued a warning to a motorist on Copper River and Chase Avenue, and another on Whitshed Road.

…and Bears, oh my!:  Multiple reports came in of a bear at the Coast Guard housing. The bear was scared off, dumpsters were emptied, and bear resistant dumpster lids were installed. Thanks refuse department!

Wednesday, June 29

Arrests:  Lucy Hanson, age 53, of Cordova, Alaska, was arrested on a Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear.

…and Bears, oh my!: An Officer deployed bear spray on a bear at the dumpster on Seventh Street. 

Dispatch received a bear complaint on Spruce Street. 

Court:  An Officer testified in Court.

Security Checks:  Officers conducted security checks at the Merle K Mudhole Smith Airport and the United States Postal Service building.

Emergency Medical Services team calls:  The Emergency Medical Services team responded to a 911 call on Jim Poor Avenue where no medical transport was necessary. 

The EMS team responded to a medical call on Fourth Street.  The patient was transported to Cordova Community Medical Center. 

The Cordova Community Medical Center called for a medivac transport. The patient was transported from Cordova Community Medical Center to the airport. 

A 911 call came in on Browning Avenue.  The EMS team responded, however the patient refused medical transportation.  

Welfare Checks:  Officers responded to a Welfare Check request.  The Officer was unable to locate the individual.  It was later discovered the individual was already being transported to the Cordova Community Medical Center by a resident.

Drugs:  The Department received a drug tip.

Ready for Takeoff: An Officer conducted security surveillance for flights 61 and 66.

Suspicious Individual Roaming CordovaAn Officer responded to a complaint of a suspicious individual on Main Street.

Cordova Fire Department:  The Fire Department responded to a request for assistance on Browning Avenue.

Warnings:  An Officer issued a warning to a motorist on Nicholoff Way. 

Thursday, June 30

…and Bears, oh my!:  An Officer responded to a bear complaint on LeFevre and Chase Avenues. An Alaska Wildlife Trooper hazed the bear.  The Officer posted bear flyers in the area.  Verbal warnings were issued to homeowners whose garbage was not properly contained.

Dispatch received a bear complaint on Copper River Highway by The Powder House.

Dispatch received a bear complaint on Center Drive.  The Alaska Wildlife Troopers and Forest Service Officer responded.

An Officer responded to a 911 bear complaint on Spruce Street.

Security Checks:  Officers conducted security checks at the Merle K Mudhole Smith Airport and the United States Postal Service building.

Ready for Takeoff: An Officer conducted security surveillance for flights 61 and 66.

Court:  An Officer brought an inmate to Court for arraignment. 

Suspicious Individual Roaming CordovaA resident came to the station to report a suspicious individual wandering around town.

Stolen Property:  Dispatch received a report of a stolen mountain bike. 

K9 Officer:  K9 Officer, Eyak, reported dutifully to training.

Welfare Checks:  An Officer responded to a Welfare Check request.  The Officer made contact and determined the individual was safe.

Friday, July 1

Security Checks:  Officers conducted security checks at the Merle K Mudhole Smith Airport.

Warnings:  An Officer issued a warning to a motorist on Main Street and on Copper River Highway.

Stolen Property:  An Officer responded to a previous report of a stolen bike.  The bike was returned to the rightful owner.

Welfare Checks:  An Officer made contact and determined the individual was safe. 

When conducting a second Welfare Check, the Officer notified Dispatch requesting the Emergency Medical Services team to respond. 

Emergency Medical Services team calls:  The Emergency Medical Services team responded to a 911 call on Fifth Street.  The patient was transported to the Cordova Community Medical Center.

Among Other Things:  An Officer responded to a request from a local establishment for assistance with a tenant.

The Suspicious Individual Roaming CordovaAn Officer responded to a complaint of a suspicious individual.

Burning Within City Limits:  The Fire Department responded to a report of pallet fire by the fish cleaning station.  The fire department extinguished the burn. 

There’s a Party Going On!:  Dispatch received a 911 report of a group partying, trespassing on private land, at Mile 2.5 Power Creek Road. Please remember to party responsibly and on your own land.

…and Bears, oh my!:  Dispatch received a bear complaint on Young Drive, on Council Avenue, and around Seventh Street and Adams Avenue.

An Officer and the Forest Service went out looking for the bear reported to have charged/chased a child. 

Saturday, July 2

…and Bears, oh my!:  The Officer and the Forest Service Officer continued to search for the bear that charged/chased the child.  It was seen on Young Drive, Cedar Street, and Spruce Street, down to Council Avenue by Bidarki. The Officer reported to Dispatch they would be attempting to haze the bear. 

Dispatch received a bear complaint on Upper Davis, on Fourth Street and Browning Avenue, and Fifth Street.

The Suspicious Individual Roaming CordovaDispatch received a complaint of a suspicious individual.

Sunday, July 3

…and Bears, oh my!:  An Officer reported firing a firecracker and some rubber rounds at a bear on Center Circle. The Officer secured the dumpster. The Alaska Wildlife Troopers were notified.

A bear was reported going through garbage in Heney Trailer Court.

Ready for Takeoff: An Officer conducted security surveillance for flights 61 and 66.

Lost and Found Property:  An individual came to the station to retrieve lost wallet that had been turned into the station.

Locked Out!:  A resident came to the station to borrow the vehicle lockout kit.

Emergency Medical Services team calls:  The Emergency Medical Services team responded to a 911 call on First Street and Council Avenue.  The patient was transported to the Cordova Community Medical Center.

The EMS team also responded to a 911 call around Mile 2 at Copper River Highway.  The patient was transported to the Cordova Community Medical Center.

An Officer Respond:  An Officer responded to a 911 request for Officer assistance regarding a domestic dispute at Eyak Manor Apartments. 

Case Follow-Up / Note to the Public

Sunday, June 19

  • “1:47 p.m.  An Officer responded to a report of an alleged armed assault at the Alaskan Bar.”

While the 3rd party caller stated the event happened at the Alaskan Bar, it actually occurred on First Street. At the time of the time of the call, no investigation had been completed. After investigation, Quinten Eike, age 31, of Cordova, Alaska was charged with Assault in the 4th degree.

  • Regarding the “Suspicious Individual Roaming Cordova”: We appreciate the public’s concern for someone displaying odd behavior. While odd behavior can be concerning, we have not found this person to be a threat to themselves or others. We are currently working on getting this person assistance.