Saturday, February 07, 2009

News From My "Neck" Of The Woods

Remote police blotter gains readers worldwide
By Kim Murphy Los Angeles Times
DUTCH HARBOR, Alaska — It was shortly after 7 a.m. when police saw the man on a bicycle, a smear of blood around his mouth and more dribbling from cuts on his forearms.
But he had an explanation.
A former girlfriend "turned me on to vampirism," he told the officers, but he was ready to put all that behind him. Was there somewhere he could find a priest?
"Officers advised the man to conceal his predilection, in order to avoid alarming the public," said the police report, apparently mindful of the trouble that can ensue in a boisterous fishing port when the public gets alarmed.
The weekly police blotter that chronicles the bar fights, eagle attacks, yowling foxes, distraught psychics and dockside melees in Dutch Harbor — part of the city of Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands, about 800 miles southwest of Anchorage in the Bering Sea — has become a must-read throughout Alaska and far-flung parts of the globe.

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