Fact-Based Fiction

Hi there Mr. Neal. Have you always been a writer, or did you start writing because you had an important story to tell?

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Hand-me-down Recipes

People often speak fondly of “Gramma’s cooking.” The “Antique” section of  “Something Special Alaska Style,” a cookbook put together by the Chugiak Elementary Parent-Teacher Association nearly a half century ago has some examples. A recipe for “Know Nothings” cookies taken from an 1856 magazine was submitted by Velma Deavers. Ingredients are 1 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, ½ cup water, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, ¼ teaspoon salt, nutmeg or spice to taste and flour sufficient to roll out and cut. After the mixture was rolled out and cut, Gramma apparently knew how long to cook it in a moderate oven; the recipe does not say.

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Bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

Two juveniles stole a fire extinguisher from Eagle River Bowl and then proceeded to deploy that extinguisher inside a nearby porta-potty. Officers made contact with the two boys who were on bicycles. As officers were in the process of contacting the parents of both children, the two ran off on foot and refused to comply with officers’ directions to stop and come back. The parents of both involved kids responded to the scene. Both boys were charged with Criminal Mischief, Theft IV, and Resisting Arrest. The bicycles the boys had been riding were taken by officers for safe keeping as the parents stated the bikes did not belong to the boys (the bikes had not been reported as stolen to police).

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So you think that’s suspicious? Get a load of this.

Citizens called APD Dispatch and reported it looked like a group of people were trying to break into a vehicle parked on the side of the road.  Officers responded and made contact with individuals who were trying to tow a broken-down vehicle.  Drugs were found in a discarded pouch near the scene.  The meth was collected and turned in to APD Evidence for destruction.  No one was charged for the drugs as possession/ownership could not be established nor proven.

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You’re Doing it Wrong: The Physics of A Siphon

Police Dispatch received a call that a male was in the Fred Meyer parking lot attempting to siphon gas from a vehicle by punching a hole through the gas tank. The caller was able to provide a detailed description of both the suspect and the vehicle he was in. Officers located the suspect at Tesoro. A 31-year-old male was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief and Vehicle Tampering.

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My Motorhome Is Not Your Hotel

Suspects entered an unoccupied motorhome through a window. It appears they spent the night in the motorhome and it's keys are missing.

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There’s No “Try Before You Buy” At The Grocery Store

58-year-old Kathryn A. Misenhimer of Eagle River was charged with Shoplifting after leaving Carrs grocery store without paying for several items.

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Firearms Stolen From Several Area Homes Last Week

The window of a truck was broken out while parked in front of a residence overnight. Items were taken from inside the vehicle including three firearms.

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Lock your doors, lock your cars and carry a big stick

Lock Your Doors, Lock Your Cars and Carry A Big Stick. A red pickup was stolen from the owner’s driveway. The vehicle was unlocked and the keys were inside.

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