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.
• Terry William Suiter, 46, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony assault for allegedly grabbing his girlfriend by the throat and lifting her off the ground during an argument Thursday night.
According to a criminal complaint, Fairbanks police were en route to an apartment on D Street after receiving a report of an unknown situation when a motorist coming down Farewell Avenue signaled police by flashing his lights. The police stopped, and the man told them he had the victim of an assault in his car.
The woman told police that Suiter grabbed her by the throat during an argument and lifted her up, squeezing her neck and cutting off her airway. A friend of the woman stepped in, and Suiter let her go. The woman called 911, but Suiter demanded the phone before she could talk to police. She fled to her landlord’s apartment to call police.
• Fairbanks police arrested Jason Robert Sherrer, 30, of Fairbanks, on charges of felony criminal mischief, misdemeanor assault and interfering with a report of a crime involving domestic violence on Thursday night at an apartment on Kathryn Avenue.
Sherrer is accused of punching his girlfriend in the nose and dragging her across the room by her neck and hair, according to court records. She suffered bloody lips, rug burns on her elbows and scratches on her elbow as a result of the assault.
Sherrer also allegedly broke the woman’s computer and cell phone when she tried to call police.
When police arrived, Sherrer told officers he didn’t touch the woman and he had dropped the computer by accident.
• A North Pole man who allegedly threatened to burn down his family’s mobile home using a propane tank was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault.
John Carl Vanblarcom, 38, was arrested after troopers responded to a 911 call from his wife, who reported that they had a fight, her husband was intoxicated and she was scared, though she recanted that statement, according to the criminal complaint.
Troopers responded and interviewed the couple’s
13-year-old son, who told troopers Vanblarcom had pushed his mother backward, causing her to fall. He then flipped the bed over and stepped on her foot when she tried to leave, the boy said.
Vanblarcom then followed the boy and woman outside and repeatedly threatened to burn the mobile home down by leaning a propane tank up against the mobile home and holding up a light.
Vanblarcom is a convicted felon with a prior arrest for domestic assault in 2001, the complaint stated.
• Russell L. Moses, 25, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly punching his girlfriend in the face six times because she wouldn’t take him to the liquor store.
According to a criminal complaint, the woman picked Moses and a friend up, and she and Moses began arguing about his drinking. She refused to take him to the Wal-Mart liquor store and changed traffic lanes, at which point Moses grabbed the steering wheel and tried to force the vehicle into the other lane with oncoming traffic.
The woman stopped the vehicle and put it in park before she and Moses began fighting over the keys. When she looked away, Moses allegedly put her in choke hold and dragged her into the passenger’s seat. He let her go before grabbing her again and punching her repeatedly in the head. He stopped when his friend yelled at him and jumped out of the vehicle, heading toward Wal-Mart on foot.
The woman went to the police station to report the incident and told them where to find Moses. Police found him sleeping on a couch with several empty vodka bottles around him. A portable breath test measured his breath-alcohol content at 0.259 percent, more than three times the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle.
When arrested, Moses was on felony probation and was not supposed to have any contact with the woman he assaulted.
• Fairbanks police arrested Keeta Marie Hjelm, 32, of Fairbanks, for allegedly assaulting two juveniles on Thursday night at a Stewart Street home.
Police received a 911 call from one of the juveniles, who told police she and the two other children were locked in an upstairs bedroom because Hjelm was “going psycho,” according to the criminal complaint.
The children told police that Hjelm came home intoxicated and became upset and argumentative with the girls, who retreated into the bedroom and locked the door.
Hjelm is accused of forcing her way into the room and assaulting two of the juveniles before they called 911. One of the juveniles had scratch marks on her chest.
• A Fairbanks woman who allegedly bit her husband when he tried to stop her from driving because she had been drinking was charged with misdemeanor assault.
Fairbanks police arrested Sasha Kay Mathis, 19, after receiving a report of a domestic disturbance at a University Avenue apartment at 10:20 p.m. Friday.
According to a criminal complaint filed by police, Mathis grabbed a set of car keys and bit her husband in the left shoulder when he stood in front of the door to prevent her from leaving the apartment because she had been drinking.
• Adam Fredrick Hanners, 21, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault after he allegedly slammed a taxi door into another man’s leg early Sunday morning in front of Xavier’s bar. Hanners was taken into custody following a brief foot pursuit behind Home Depot, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.
• Glenda M. Demoski, 24, of Galena, was charged with fourth-degree assault after she allegedly hit and kicked her boyfriend Sunday in Galena.
• Joshua Reamer-Koehl, 19, of Chugiak, was charged with fourth-degree assault after he allegedly slammed an apartment door into a Fairbanks police officer’s arm Sunday. Police were investigating a report of a disturbance in the 800 block of 17th Avenue.
Reamer-Koehl reportedly continued to struggle with officers and threaten them. He had to be Tasered to be taken into custody. He also was charged with minor consumption.
• Brian Vanneil, 51, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault after he allegedly hit his girlfriend in the face Sunday.
• Alaska State Troopers were called to the Delta Elementary School on Saturday night when someone triggered the burglary alarms.
About $500 worth of damage was done to the building’s windows, but there was no sign of who attempted to break in, according to trooper records.
• Someone broke into Smart Start of Alaska between Saturday night and Monday morning and stole an iPod dock, according to Fairbanks police.
A small bag containing cocaine residue was found in the electronics department by a store employee at Wal-Mart early Monday morning. Fairbanks police were called, and the bag was disposed of.
• A North Pole man on a four-wheeler was charged with felony drunken driving early Saturday morning.
An Alaska State Trooper spotted Brandon Charles Mattzela, 30, driving a four-wheeler down Plack Road about midnight Friday, according to court records. After passing Mattzela, the trooper noticed the ATV did not have a rear red light and Mattzela veered onto the paved road. When the trooper turned around, Mattzela allegedly dropped off the road onto a four-wheeler trail and crossed several side roads without stopping.
The trooper was able to stop Mattzela near Dawson Road. Mattzela appeared intoxicated and admitted to having a few drinks at a friend’s house. He said he was just trying to get home and he was “screwed” because he was not supposed to be drinking. Mattzela failed field sobriety tests and had a breath-alcohol content of 0.101.
Mattzela’s license had been revoked for life as a result of three other DUI convictions since 2006.
• Alaska State Troopers arrested Derek Brandon Hibbs, 24, of Fairbanks, on a DUI charge early Saturday morning after he was stopped for failing to dim his high-beam headlights at an oncoming trooper on Badger Road, according to court records.
Hibbs allegedly told the trooper “you got me” after he was pulled over at
2:33 a.m. He failed field sobriety tests and had a breath-alcohol content of 0.231.
• Melissa Ann Brandewie, 55, was arrested and charged with DUI early Sunday morning when a trooper patrolling Badger Road stopped her for speeding, crossing the fog line and failing to signal her exit from the North Pole roundabouts.
The trooper pulled Brandewie over in the Safeway parking lot at 3:43 a.m., and she appeared “disoriented, confused and loopy at times,” according to a criminal complaint. She denied drinking. Brandewie failed field sobriety tests and had a breath-alcohol content of 0.023.
• A tip by another motorist led to the DUI arrest of Charles Nathaniel Graves, 39, of Fairbanks, on Saturday afternoon.
Alaska State Troopers received a report of a blue pickup that had been weaving and was stopped at Justa Store on Old Chena Pump Road getting gas. The caller also gave troopers a description of the driver.
A trooper arrived to find the truck parked at the gas pump and Graves inside the store buying two bottles of vodka, according to court records. He smelled strongly of alcohol, admitted to drinking a half-pint of vodka and failed field sobriety tests. Graves had a breath-alcohol content of 0.289.
• Matthew T. Hayes, 46, of Fairbanks, was charged with DUI after Fairbanks police contacted him while investigating an alarm at the Garden Island Store on Illinois Street on Friday night.
An officer noticed that Hayes’ vehicle had an inoperative headlight and approached him, according to court records. The officer noted a slight odor of alcohol on Hayes’ breath and Hayes admitted to having one drink. Hayes failed field sobriety tests and had a 0.102 breath-alcohol content.
• A Fairbanks man was arrested on charges of drunken driving and refusal to submit to a chemical test after a cab driver reported him to police for driving down the center of the road on Sadler Way and hitting her cab with a mirror on his vehicle.
Brandon Antwan Jordan, 21, was arrested about
4:30 a.m. on Sunday. He admitted to drinking three or four shots of Hennessey bourbon before driving and failed field sobriety tests but refused a breath test.
• Fairbanks police arrested Dusty James Westbrook, 26, of Fairbanks, on a DUI charge Saturday after stopping him because his 2007 Dodge pickup matched the description of a vehicle that was suspected to be involved in a theft of services at Denny’s.
According to a criminal complaint, Westbrook drove over a curb turning onto 16th Avenue from Cushman Street and sped up as if to elude police when they attempted to pull him over. Though it was determined Westbrook wasn’t involved in the theft, he appeared intoxicated and admitted to drinking too much. He failed field sobriety tests and had a breath-alcohol content of 0.252.
• Christopher L. Bruske, 36, of Wasilla, was arrested and charged with DUI Friday night.
Fairbanks police stopped Bruske for weaving and crossing the center line multiple times on 23rd Avenue about 11:20 p.m. Bruske appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. His breath-alcohol content was 0.101.
• John William Page, 36, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence after University of Alaska Fairbanks police stopped him Sunday for speeding on Farmers Loop near Ballaine Road. A chemical test found his breath-alcohol content to be 0.111.
He also was charged with misdemeanor drugs misconduct because police found a marijuana pipe in his car, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.
• Lane Hulon Quick, 35, of North Pole, was charged with driving under the influence after North Pole police pulled her over Monday for driving without a working exhaust pipe on Badger Road. A chemical test found her breath-alcohol content to be 0.224.
• Jamie Joan Lee Price, 39, of Salcha, was charged with felony driving under the influence after troopers stopped her Sunday for driving erratically near 324 Mile Richardson Highway. A chemical test found her breath-alcohol content to be 0.096.
Price also was charged with misdemeanor drugs misconduct because police reportedly found a small amount of marijuana in her truck.
Price was convicted of drunken driving in 2000 and 2001, according to court records.
• April Grouhoug, 30, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence after Fairbanks police pulled her over for speeding in the Northgate Square parking lot. A chemical test found her breath-alcohol content to be 0.114.
• Sarah Anne Johnson Stewart, 27, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence after troopers pulled her over for speeding on McGrath Road. A chemical test found her breath-alcohol content to be 0.071.
Jesstin MacMunn Patterson, 23, of Fairbanks, was charged with drunken driving after being arrested by UAF Police on Saturday.
Police were investigating a report of an assault when they encountered Patterson on Yukon Drive. Patterson appeared intoxicated and had a breath-alcohol content of 0.154 percent.
Patterson also was charged with fourth-degree assault based on allegations that he hit someone in the head.
A mountain bike valued at $600 was stolen Monday from the Mary Siah Recreational Center.
Fairbanks police received a report that sometime Saturday a vandal used two asphalt bricks to smash the back window of a Dodge Caravan in the 1400 block of 22nd Avenue.
— Tim Mowry
and Chris Freiberg