The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

Valdez Police Dept. 

Police and Emergency


October 24, 2018

(Any charges reported in this press release are merely accusations

and the Defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)


Stop & FI – An Officer spoke to a motorist while on patrol on Dump Road.

Bear Incident – A bear cub was struck by a motorist on Dayville Road and expired before the Animal Control Officer could make it on scene.

Public Service – A presentation by VPD was given to the US Coast Guard regarding winter driving tips and tricks. Mostly, it was about driving defensively and slowing down when road conditions warranted slower speeds.

Animal Information – The Community Safety Officer made contact with a woman at Safeway selling puppies and provided information to her regarding kennel rules and regulations per Valdez Municipal Code.

Animal at Large – A black sleek-looking dog was reported running at large on Airport Road. The Animal Control Officer was unable to locate any dogs in the area.

Agency Assist – VPD attended a Valdez City Schools School Board meeting.

Public Service – The Community Safety Officer gave a tour of the Animal Shelter to Gilson Middle School students.

Rabbit Issues – VPD dispatch received a complaint about a man wearing a bright orange vest trying to shoot rabbits with a bow and arrow on the park strip near Bremner and Alatna Street. Officers were unable to locate anyone matching that description in the area.

Suspicious Activity – A man was reported knocking very aggressively and trying to enter a caller’s residence. Officers responded and found no one in the area.


Stop & FI – A citizen flagged down an Officer to let them know they spotted an open door at a local business.

Open Door – An Officer responded to a local business after he received a tip from a concerned citizen the door was open. The Officer found the door open but nothing damaged or obviously missing inside the business. The Officer secured the building.

Abandoned Vehicle – Officers located an abandoned vehicle in Alpine Woods and made arrangements for its removal.

Hazmat – A man trying to keep warm was burning wet cottonwood which conveyed a very stinky smell which alarmed many of his neighbors. The fumes, while pungent, were found not to be hazardous.

Abandoned Vehicle – A vehicle was reported in an alley way for a few days. An Officer made contact with the owner who admitted they knew it was there and were waiting for the tow company to tow it. The vehicle was later removed from the area.

Information – A window screen was removed from a residence. Nothing appeared stolen from the residence, however the caller wanted it documented as information at this point.

Citizen Contact – An Officer stopped by the local business who had their door open the night before to apprise them of the situation.


Arrest Warrant – Arrested Misty L Phillips, DOB 3/18/74, of Valdez for an arrest warrant for Violating Conditions of Release. Her original charges were for 2 counts of Assault 4, Resisting or Interfering with an Arrest, and for Disorderly Conduct.

Wood Cutting – A caller reported that two individuals were cutting wood at MP 6 Richardson Highway. The two were contacted and told they were going to be given citations for cutting wood in that area. They were warned that if they were seen cutting wood again there would be criminal charges filed. The two were told to drop the wood at the City Shop and they complied. VPD would like to remind local wood harvesters that no City land is currently open to wood cutting, and the only local State land open to woodcutting is across the Lowe River Basin and generally requires winter seasonal access.


Possible Drunk Driver – A concerned citizen called in a REDDI report on a vehicle driving erratically and they believed the person was intoxicated. Officers responded to the area but were unable to find the vehicle.

Noise Disturbance – A report of a loud explosion was called in. The caller thought the noise might have come from around the area of the Valdez Mobile Home Park. An Officer arrived in the area and did not see anything suspicious. No other calls were received about the noise.


Arrest – Tim L Mills, DOB 9/28/63, of Valdez, was arrested for Violating Conditions of Release, he was released on a $250 bail. His original charge was for Burglary 1, and Assault 4.

Agency Assist – Alaska State Troopers requested Valdez Police Department’s help in apprehending a suspect that had been involved in an armed robbery at a residence in the area of the Tok Cut-Off. Glennallen Troopers observed one of the suspects driving a black 2012 Dodge Ram truck that had been stolen during the earlier robbery. Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle near MP 117 of the Richardson Highway, however the suspect failed to yield and a high speed pursuit ensued toward Valdez. Valdez Police worked to clear the roadways of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic prior to the pursuit arriving in our jurisdiction. The individual was apprehended at mile post 8 without incident.

Todd A Margerum, DOB: 10/04/1970, of Anchorage, was arrested by AST and booked into the Valdez Jail. Margerum was charged with Failure to Stop at Direction of a Peace Officer, three counts of Reckless Driving, and Violating Conditions of Release.

Further charges are forthcoming from the initial robbery and theft incident from Tok AST. Margerum’s bail was set at $10,000 cash only appearance and $5,000 cash only performance for the state cases. In addition, Margerum is being held on a no bail warrant from the U.S. Marshals in an unrelated federal case.

Valdez Police is asking for assistance from motorists who may have been on this section of the road during the pursuit. If, while driving, you were forced to take evasive action or pull off of the roadway to avoid a collision with the suspect vehicle (a 2012 black Dodge Ram pickup) please contact the Valdez Police Department at 835-4560 and reference case # 18-5794.

Possible Drunk Driver – A REDDI report was received from a concerned motorist who saw a vehicle with only their parking lights on and the vehicle was weaving within their lane. Officers initially were unable to find the vehicle but later found it and spoke with the driver. The driver stated they were having issues with their lights and they were found to not be impaired.

Gunshot Heard – A report of a single gunshot was received. An Officer arrived in the area and spoke to another individual who also heard the sound. The Officer did not see anything suspicious and no other gunshots were heard.


Burglar Alarm – An alarm was set off at a local bar. Police arrived to find the employees leaving the building and they had accidentally set the alarm off.

Information – The Valdez Police Department participated in the DEA National Rx (Prescription) Take Back Day. Since the last prescription Drug Take Back Day (April 2018) the Valdez Police Department has collected, and safely disposed of, 84 pounds of prescription drugs.

Total Calls for Police & Animal Control: 110


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