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Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2010 3:21 am | Updated: 1:03 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

The Public Safety Report is compiled from criminal complaints filed in state and federal courts, as well as some police blotter information, trooper dispatches, fire department reports and interviews with public safety officials. Individuals named as arrested and/or charged with crimes in this report are presumed innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.

Assault

• Rhonda Elaine Long, 44, of North Pole, was charged with misdemeanor assault and interfering with a domestic violence report for allegedly pushing a relative to the ground on Saturday, causing her to fall on her buttocks. The woman said the fall hurt and Long’s actions scared her. Long also allegedly took the woman’s phone away when she tried to call police.

• Patrick Bergman, 27, of Allakaket, was charged with fourth-degree assault and first-degree criminal trespass for allegedly punching his

71-year-old uncle in the face and kicking him several times in the rib cage on Saturday in the Koyukuk River village.

According to a criminal complaint, Bergman showed up at his uncle’s house at

4 a.m. and punched the man in the face when he opened the door. He then kicked the man several times when he fell to the ground.

The injured man called his brother, who showed up at the house with another man and detained Bergman by tying him up with rope. The injured man suffered a swollen eye and bruised ribs.

Bergman told troopers he had been drinking and smoking marijuana and did not remember the assault but that he probably did it because his uncle wouldn’t lie about assault.

• Glen Faulker, 48, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault following his arrest Saturday by Fairbanks police. Faulker is accused of pushing a woman in the face during an argument about a text the woman received from a male friend. He also is accused of dragging her up some stairs, according to court records.

• John Little Paul, 31, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly pushing a woman into a wall on March 25, causing her to have sheetrock embedded in her hair, back and legs, according to court documents.

Neighbors in an adjacent apartment called police after hearing loud noises from the apartment for more than an hour. The victim, who was extremely intoxicated, was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Police found three sets of bite marks on Paul’s chest.

• John Patrick David Steel, 44, of Fairbanks, faces misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief charges for allegedly scaring a woman March 25.

Steel is accused of pushing the woman in the face with his palm and grabbing her by the neck and pushing her up against the wall, according to court records. Steel also allegedly grabbed the woman’s cell phone and broke it when she tried to call police.

• Roy David Scott, 20, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault after he allegedly threw his wife to the ground and put his hands over her mouth Tuesday morning.

• Aaron Fitzpatrick Whitten, 22, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault after his girlfriend became afraid that he might hit her during a verbal argument Monday. He also was charged with interfering with the report of a crime involving domestic violence because he allegedly took her phone.

• Julio Rosario Jr., 43, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault after he allegedly pulled his girlfriend out of a car and she fell Sunday night near Los Amigos. He also was charged with driving with a revoked license.

Burglary

Thousands of dollars’ worth of items were stolen from a property on Tanana Loop Road in Delta Junction the property manager reported to troopers on Sunday. The perpetrator(s) broke into at least two buildings on the property, according to a trooper report.

DUI

• A Fairbanks woman who ignored attempts by police to pull her over and drove more than five blocks on a metal tire rim after losing one of the tires on her vehicle was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop at the direction of a peace officer.

Francis Hugo, 29, had a breath-alcohol content of 0.235 percent, almost three times the legal limit of 0.08, when police finally caught up to her.

According to court records, police received a call at 1 a.m. Saturday about a woman driving a car on a metal rim. The caller told police Hugo was driving all over the road.

A Fairbanks police officer located Hugo’s vehicle on Wendell Avenue and followed her five blocks down Noble Street with his overhead lights on. Another officer responded, and police were able to box Hugo’s vehicle in after she turned onto Fifth Avenue.

Hugo appeared intoxicated and could barely stand up, according to a criminal complaint. She had to catch herself several times to prevent falling down while talking to police and was unable to perform field sobriety tests because she couldn’t stand up. When police asked her how much she had to drink, Hugo replied, “Way too much.”

Hugo also told police she had a prescription for Xanax and that she had taken a pill at 8 p.m.

Asked how she lost her tire, Hugo told police she hit a nail. She said Xanax makes her “freak out from little things,” and she freaked out when she hit the nail. She noticed police behind her but didn’t stop because she just wanted to get home, she told police.

• James Francis Goard, 61, of Fairbanks, was charged with DUI after troopers responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch at 269 Mile Parks Highway near Healy.

The report came in at 4:26 a.m. Saturday, and troopers arrived to find Goard unable to stand on his own, according to a criminal complaint. An open bottle of vodka was found on the passenger-side floorboard, and Goard fell several times during his contact with troopers.

Goard’s breath-alcohol content was measured at 0.196 percent. Troopers had received three calls about his erratic driving before he went in the ditch, court records stated.

• Darryl Maurice Waller II, 20, of North Pole, was charged with drunk driving following a traffic stop by North Pole police on Sunday. Waller’s vehicle was clocked going 50 mph on the Old Richardson Highway, a 35 mph zone, according to court documents.

Waller admitted to drinking two beers and taking two Vicodin pain pills earlier in the evening. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.091 percent.

• Robert Alan Fuqua, 54, of Orlando, Fla., was charged with DUI, refusal to submit to a chemical test and reckless driving as the result of a traffic stop by University of Alaska Fairbanks police on Sunday.

According to court records, a UAF officer observed Fuqua make an improper wide turn and improper lane change on Airport Way and University Avenue. He also was speeding and weaving, the officer stated in a criminal complaint.

Fuqua admitted to drinking one margarita before driving and failed field sobriety tests .

• Royce B. Wixom, 23, of Fairbanks, was charged with drunken driving after a traffic stop late Saturday night. Wixom was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign at Standard Avenue and Peger Road about 11:30 p.m., according to court records.

Wixom admitted to drinking three beers before driving and failed field sobriety tests. His breath-alcohol content was measured at 0.153 percent. He also was cited for having no vehicle insurance.

• North Pole police stopped Nathan William Sproule, 24, of Salcha, on Sunday for multiple traffic violations, and he subsequently was charged with drunken driving and fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons.

According to court records, Sproule made an improper stop at a stop sign and was weaving on Laurence Road and the Richardson Highway. Sproule told police he had drank one beer, one wine cooler and one shot of whiskey before driving. He failed field sobriety tests and had a breath-alcohol content of 0.165 percent.

Police found a handgun on Sproule during a search following the arrest.

• Cassandra Elaine Powell, 43, of Fairbanks, was charged with DUI following her arrest Sunday after she failed to dim her high beam headlights at an oncoming trooper. She was stopped at 2:46 a.m. at the intersection of Geist Road and Ginko Drive. Powell had a breath-alcohol content of 0.088 percent.

• A tip from an off-duty North Pole police officer resulted in the arrest of Tara Michelle Lie-Arevalo, 20, of North Pole, on charges of drunken driving Sunday.

The off-duty officer observed Lie-Arevalo run into the gas tanks at the Tesoro gas station in North Pole before driving off, according to court records. The off-duty officer called in the vehicle description, and police located Lie-Arevalo in the parking lot of Safeway. She failed field sobriety tests and was alternately laughing and crying during her contact with police, who found an empty bottle of vodka on the passenger floorboard. Her breath-alcohol content was 0.217 percent.

• Matthew L. Hachez, 41, of Fairbanks, was charged with drunken driving as a result of a traffic stop early Saturday morning.

Troopers stopped Hachez at 12:24 a.m. on Chena Pump Road for having a broken taillight on his vehicle. He admitted to drinking a beer and a rum and coke before driving and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.085 percent.

• Milne R. Ridlington Jr., 23, of Fairbanks, was charged with drunken driving and driving with a suspended license after University of Alaska Fairbanks police stopped her for speeding on College Road near the UAF Administrative Services building on Saturday. Ridlington was clocked going 48 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to court documents.

Ridlington displayed signs of intoxication, failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.195 percent.

• Matthew Wayland Mayo, 20, of Fairbanks, was charged with DUI following his arrest on Saturday by University of Alaska Fairbanks police.

A UAF officer stopped Mayo on University Avenue for having an inoperative break light and inoperative license plate light.

According to court records, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana from Mayo’s vehicle and Mayo admitted to smoking marijuana 15 to 20 minutes before driving.

Though he registered a 0.00 percent on a chemical breath test, Mayo failed field sobriety tests and a certified drug recognition expert that was called to the scene determined he was under the influence of cannabis and unable to safely operate a vehicle.

• Richard Lewis Marshall, 50, of Fairbanks, was arrested and charged with drunken driving after being stopped for speeding on Cushman Street early Saturday morning. A trooper clocked Marshall’s vehicle going 50 mph in a 30 mph zone at 5:20 a.m., according to court records.

Marshall appeared intoxicated, admitted to drinking and driving and failed field sobriety tests before a chemical test measured his breath-alcohol content at 0.199 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

• Dominique Brown, 25, of Fairbanks, was arrested and charged with DUI after a trooper observed him fail to come to a complete stop while leaving the Boatel Bar parking lot at 1:42 a.m. Saturday.

The trooper smelled marijuana coming from the car when he contacted Brown, who also smelled of alcohol, according to court records.

Brown failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.139 percent.

The trooper found a small amount of marijuana in the car’s passenger side door during a search after Brown’s arrest and a passenger in the car was cited for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

• A Fairbanks man pulling out of the parking lot of Reflections on South Cushman Street was arrested and charged with drunken driving early Friday morning.

Stuart W. Hoover, 45, was leaving the gentlemen’s club about 12:30 a.m. when a Fairbanks police officer saw his vehicle take a wide turn and almost hit the curb, according to court records. Hoover then failed to use his turn signal turning onto Airport Way and nearly hit the median, prompting the officer to stop him.

Hoover appeared drunk and admitted to drinking one beer and one shot of liquor at the bar. He subsequently failed field sobriety tests and had a breath-alcohol content at 0.148 percent.

• Diya Fujri Shakoor, 30, of Fairbanks, was charged with DUI after Fairbanks police stopped him at 12:50 a.m. Friday for failing to stop at a red turn arrow and almost colliding with an oncoming vehicle at Lathrop Street and 28th Avenue, according to court records.

Shakoor refused a portable breath test and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.065 percent, which is below the legal limit of 0.08.

• Stephanie Gail Ketzler, 50, of Fairbanks, faces charges of drunken driving, refusal to submit to a chemical breath test and misdemeanor drugs misconduct following a traffic stop Friday morning.

A trooper noticed Ketzler’s vehicle straddling lanes

15 feet from a stop light at Washington Drive and Airport Way at 2:05 a.m. Ketzler’s vehicle was missing a front license plate.

Ketzler appeared intoxicated when the trooper contacted her. She failed field sobriety tests and refused a chemical breath test, as well as a voluntary blood draw at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

When talking with Ketzler after the stop, the trooper noticed a prescription pill bottle with marijuana in it as she retrieved her license from her purse. Ketzler was charged with sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance as a result.

• Maria Joyce Oldman, 40, of Fairbanks, was arrested and charged with drunken driving after being stopped for erratic driving March 25.

A Fairbanks police officer noticed Oldman drive into the intersection of 17th Avenue and Gillam Way and sit there for 20 seconds before moving again. When the officer pulled her over and made contact, it took Oldman several minutes to find her registration and insurance cards.

Oldman failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.099 percent.

During a search of the vehicle after her arrest, police found three bottles of prescription medication for depression and pain. Drug paraphernalia also was found in the vehicle but no drug charges were brought against Oldman.

• Lora Lee Evans, 41, was charged with driving under the influence after troopers came upon her car in a snowbank Monday night on Amherst Drive. A chemical test found her breath-alcohol content to be 0.090. Evans also was charged with driving with a revoked license and driving in violation of limits placed on a license because she was convicted of drunken driving in January and was supposed to have an ignition interlock device in her car, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.

• Garth W. Kallberg, 33, was charged with felony driving under the influence after troopers stopped him Monday on the Old Steese Highway near Curry’s Corner because he was driving with a “heavily damaged” windshield that appeared to have been beaten with a baseball bat. He also was charged with driving without a valid license and improper use of evidence of registration.

Kallberg was convicted of drunken driving in 2004 in Wisconsin and 2007 in Hawaii, according to charging documents.

• Louis Charles Grant, 44, was charged with driving under the influence after troopers pulled him over for driving without lights on Saturday on Dartmouth Drive near Chena Pump Road. A chemical test found his breath-alcohol content to be 0.131.

• Rodney Dominic Carpluk, 22, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence after University of Alaska Fairbanks police stopped him Saturday for driving with inoperable brake lights on Thompson Drive near Geist Road. A chemical test found his breath-alcohol content to be 0.095.

Evasion

Neal Anthony Jensen, 37, of Fairbanks, faces a felony charge of unlawful evasion for failing to return to the Fairbanks Northstar Center on Feb. 9 as required. Jensen was being held at Northstar Center for first-degree vehicle theft.

Multiple charges

• Troopers found the suspect in an SUV theft asleep behind the wheel of the stolen vehicle Tuesday.

Aaron Thomas Sample, 43, has been charged with vehicle theft, second-degree felony theft and driving with a suspended license.

A trooper responded to a complaint that the 1992 Ford Escape was stopped in the middle of the Farmers Loop extension. The Escape was reported stolen Saturday.

Sample woke up and appeared startled when the trooper knocked on the window. He handed his identification to the trooper when he was asked but then attempted to run away, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.

He was only able to run about a quarter-mile before the trooper caught him. When the trooper searched him, a stolen Department of Transportation credit card was found in Sample’s pocket, according to the complaint.

• A Fairbanks man faces several charges after he allegedly got in an argument with his ex-girlfriend and took her cell phone Monday.

David K. Whitcomb Jr., 19, has been charged with second-degree robbery, fourth-degree assault, third-degree theft, criminal mischief and interfering with the report of a crime involving domestic violence.

The woman told troopers that Whitcomb confronted her at a Garrison Way home, and because he hit her in the past, she dialed 911 on her cell phone during the conversation with him.

Whitcomb then overpowered her and took the phone, which he told troopers he left with a convenience store clerk, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.

The damaged phone was later recovered and was missing its SIM card.

• A North Pole was arrested Sunday after allegedly pointing a shotgun at another man.

William Steven Wind, 46, has been charged with third-degree weapons misconduct, fourth-degree assault and criminal mischief.

Troopers responded to Wind’s North Pole home following an altercation between Wind and his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. The ex-boyfriend and several of his friends were there to get his belongings from the home, but the ex and Wind pulled guns on each other, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.

No shots were fired, and Wind then slashed one of the tires on the ex’s truck, court documents allege.

Troopers were unable to locate a shotgun, but did find three handguns in the home which allegedly belonged to Wind, a convicted felon.

Another man at the scene told troopers that he had gone to collect belongings two days before, at which time Wind reportedly punched him in the face.

Wind told troopers he gave the man a “love tap,” according to the complaint.

Soliciting prostitution

A Fairbanks man attempted to report his friends’ vehicle as stolen has instead been charged with soliciting prostitution, a misdemeanor.

A woman told troopers that she received text messages early Tuesday morning from a man offering her $2,000 for sex. She, her brother and another man met the mysterious texter at Sam’s Sourdough Cafe, who turned out to be a friend of theirs, 21-year-old Emil Georgieu Hugny-Farr.

The friends decided to give Hugny-Farr a ride home. Along the way, they told him that they had not finished paying for their vehicle, and Hugny-Farr decided to call troopers and report the vehicle as stolen. His friends were not charged with any wrongdoing.

When troopers contacted him at his home, Hugny-Farr admitted to texting “random chicks” because he was looking to have sex, but he denied offering the money. In one of his pockets, troopers found a white envelope marked with the number “2,000.” Inside was a $1 bill and empty candy wrappers, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.

He pleaded guilty to one count of soliciting prostitution Tuesday afternoon, according to court records.

— Tim Mowry

and Chris Freiberg

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