Local Briefs

Posted: Monday, January 14, 2002

Guns lead to drug-related arrest

JUNEAU - Police stopped a man for guns but said he's in prison today on a drug charge.

Thomas Schauwecker, 30, was arrested for felony misconduct involving a controlled substance and driving while his license was suspended or revoked around 9 p.m. Friday.

Police received a call from a landlord in the Lemon Creek area who said one of his tenants had complained of a "disturbance" in the parking lot. The landlord told police the tenant had heard two men in the parking lot saying they had guns. Police said the landlord gave them a description of the two men and their vehicle because he thought they had left the scene.

Police found the two men driving a van, traveling near Shaune Drive, and stopped them. Schauwecker was driving the vehicle. Police searched the vehicle, found two loaded handguns and a "yellowish powdery substance." Police said they are testing the substance, which they believe to be an illegal drug.

Police arrested Schauwecker and he was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center. Police said the 30-year-old passenger was not arrested because he was not driving the vehicle and was not in possession of the drugs or weapons which were found under a seat in the van.

However, police said the investigation is ongoing, and further charges may be pending.

Car chase brings DWI charge

JUNEAU - It took three police cruisers to stop an alleged drunken driver over the weekend when she attempted to elude police in a slow-speed chase, police said today.

Georgina Nelson-Gruwell, 37, was arrested for misdemeanor drunken driving around 3 a.m. Saturday near the Vanderbilt Hill Intersection after leading police on a four-mile chase.

An officer began following Nelson-Gruwell, who was driving a Chevy sedan, around 2:45 a.m. on Egan Drive near outbound Norway Point. The sedan swerved over the center and fog lines, police said. The officer attempted to make a traffic stop, but Nelson-Gruwell allegedly kept driving. Police said Nelson-Gruwell then drove the sedan into the median, striking the median markers causing her vehicle, once again, to swerve over the center line as she continued on Egan Drive. After several attempts to get the woman to pull over, two other police vehicles managed to catch up with the slow-speed chase and surround the vehicle, forcing it to stop.

Nelson-Gruwell was arrested and lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center. Police would not give her blood-alcohol level, but said it was over the legal limit of 0.08.

Police said Nelson-Gruwell also may be charged with felony eluding police depending on the findings of their investigation.

Contraceptive bill introduced

JUNEAU - A law requiring some insurance companies to pay for contraceptives is among the proposed laws filed before the Legislature began work today.

A bipartisan group of seven female House members is sponsoring the measure to require insurance companies that offer prescription drug plans to also pay for contraceptives.

"I think it's just a wise thing to do," said Rep. Peggy Wilson, a Wrangell Republican. "I'm a nurse and I know a lot of women who don't use contraceptives because they can't afford them."

Lawmakers have filed 50 new pieces of legislation to take up this year on top of the 440 bills and resolutions still remaining from last year.

Swingley top finisher in sled dog race

BEND, Ore. - Four-time Iditarod champion Doug Swingley won the inaugural Oregon AttaBoy 300 World Cup sled dog race on Sunday, finishing more than 15 minutes ahead of the second-place musher.

Swingley, of Lincoln, Mont., finished second in Sunday's eighth stage, which covered 37.5 miles. His total time of 22 hours, 25 minutes and 34 seconds kept him ahead of European champion Jacques Philip, who took second at 23:9:39. The event began Jan. 5 and ran through Bend, Sisters, Prineville, Sunriver and La Pine before finishing at Mount Bachelor.



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