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Posted: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 3:31 am | Updated: 1:10 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.

Multiple charges

• An Oregon woman is facing two counts of first-degree felony assault, and charges of driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a chemical breath test and disorderly conduct following an accident in which two passengers in the car she was driving were injured and transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Crystal L. McDowall, 24, of Portland, Ore., was arrested following the accident near 243 Mile Parks Highway just after 4 a.m. Saturday.

Troopers received a report a vehicle drove into a guard rail. A trooper arrived to find the vehicle had “center punched” the guard rail and continued off the road. The impact of the crash ripped the car’s hood off its hinges.

There were several alcohol containers lying in and around the outside of the vehicle, according to the trooper report.

The three occupants of the vehicle, including McDowall, had been transported to the Healy clinic by the time troopers arrived.

During an interview, McDowall said she looked down to “mess with her iPod” when the collision occurred. The trooper detected an odor of alcohol on McDowall’s breath and she admitted consuming alcohol throughout the day. She told the trooper she and her passengers were coming from a bar in Healy.

McDowall failed visual field sobriety tests and refused blood or breath samples. A struggle with the trooper ensued and she resisted his attempt to place her in handcuffs.

The two unidentified passengers in the car were transported to Fairbanks Memorial. The extent and severity of their injuries is unknown and the investigation is ongoing, troopers said.

• Samuel Peter Amos, 21, of Fairbanks, was arrested on felony drug and weapons misconduct charges late Saturday night.

Amos was a passenger in a vehicle troopers stopped for speeding on College Road at 11:46 p.m. According to the trooper report, Amos exited the vehicle after it stopped and started walking away. A trooper detained him for questioning.

During questioning, Amos acted as if he were going to run away, so the trooper grabbed his arm and handcuffed him.

A pat down for weapons found Amos was carrying a semi-automatic 9mm handgun. The gun was loaded.

When the trooper removed a pack of cigarettes from Amos’ right breast jacket pocket, he inadvertently grabbed a clear bag with a white powdery substance in it. The substance tested positive for cocaine.

Amos was charged with fourth-degree drugs misconduct, second-degree weapons misconduct and fifth-degree weapons misconduct for not telling troopers he was carrying a concealed weapon.


• Matthew Richard Fratzke, 28, of North Pole, was charged with DUI following a traffic stop Sunday morning. Fratzke was stopped on Baby Bell Drive at 2:26 a.m. for driving a four-wheeler on the road with no lights.

Troopers detected an odor of alcohol on Fratzke and his breath-alcohol content was measured at 0.221 percent by a chemical test, more than the legal limit of 0.08.

• A North Pole man was charged with DUI, refusal to submit to a chemical test and misconduct involving weapons after North Pole police received a tip about a possible drunken driver on an ATV at the Tesoro gas station.

Police received a report that Allen Wilkins, 39, had come into the gas station on an ATV and appeared intoxicated. Police caught up to Wilkins as he drove the ATV down the middle of Doughchee Avenue and pulled him over when he pulled into the gas station again.

Wilkins displayed signs of intoxication and admitted having six shots of whiskey throughout the day. He failed field sobriety tests but refused a chemical breath test.

Wilkins was carrying a Thompson .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun in a holster on his belt.

• Jesse A. Townsend, 21, of Fairbanks was charged with drunken driving and driving with a suspended license after being stopped early Saturday morning for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

According to the trooper report, Townsend almost hit a patrol car and a trooper when she failed to move to the left while passing a trooper during a traffic stop on the Richardson Highway near the Badger Road exit at 12:33 a.m. The trooper pursued Townsend and pulled her over.

Townsend admitted to drinking before driving and had a breath-alcohol content of 0.169 percent, according to a chemical test.

• Mark J. Harris, 48, of Washington, Utah, was arrested for drunken driving after Fairbanks police stopped him on Airport Way at 1:25 a.m. Saturday for weaving and varying his speed from 35 to 55 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Police suspected Harris was intoxicated and Harris admitted to drinking two beers before driving. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.100 percent on a chemical test.

• Fairbanks police arrested Stephanie Lynn Schultz, 22, of Fairbanks, on a DUI charge following a traffic stop at 3:43 a.m. Saturday. Police stopped Schultz on Airport Way for speeding and driving erratically.

She appeared intoxicated and had an odor of alcohol on her breath. Schultz failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.175 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

• Carl Jeffrey Saltz, 30, of Anchorage, was charged with felony DUI after North Pole police stopped him for speeding Friday on the Richardson Highway near 351 Mile. An officer paced Saltz at 80 mph for three miles and observed him weave across the lane divider and fog line several times.

Saltz appeared intoxicated and admitted drinking four or five drinks at 12 Mile Roadhouse before driving. A chemical test revealed his breath-alcohol content exceeded the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Saltz has two previous DUI convictions in 2001 and 2003.

During a search following his arrest, police found a glass marijuana pipe and a plastic baggy containing

1 gram of marijuana in Saltz’ vehicle, leading to a charge of sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Saltz also was cited for driving with a revoked license.

• Maria Katherine Moses, 23, of Fairbanks, was charged with DUI after North Pole police pulled her over on the Richardson Highway near 351 Mile for weaving out of her lane on Saturday.

At one point, Moses drove off the road and onto the shoulder. She also was braking erratically for no apparent reason, according to police.

Moses displayed signs of intoxication and had an odor of alcohol on her breath. She admitted to drinking two beers at Kodiak Jack’s bar before driving. Her breath-alcohol content was measured at 0.157 percent, almost twice the legal limit.

• Troopers arrested Jillian M. Dollof, 32, of North Pole, on a DUI drug charge Friday while conducting a welfare check on her 5-year-old son at their Jessica Loop home.

Troopers were at the home for almost two hours when Dolloff drove home at 4:50 p.m. in a 2007 Ford Explorer.

When Dolloff stepped out of the vehicle to meet troopers, she appeared to be under the influence of drugs, troopers reported. She was sweating, even though she was scantily dressed and it wasn’t hot. Troopers noted her tongue was white, which is a sign of drug ingestion. Dolloff told troopers she had taken Xanax at approximately 1 p.m.

Dolloff failed field sobriety tests and registered a 0.00 percent breath-alcohol content on a chemical test.


Barry Presley, 47, of Fairbanks, was arrested for fourth-degree domestic assault Sunday morning by Fairbanks police.

Presley is accused of grabbing his girlfriend from behind, tearing her bra off and ripping her shirt after an argument. The woman called 911 to report the assault at 9:28 a.m.

• Fort Wainwright police arrested Jolly M. Ortega-Rivera, 27, of Fairbanks, for misdemeanor assault on Saturday. Rivera is accused of punching and slapping another man on the chest, face and arm during an argument.

• Steven Bergman, Jr., 29, of Allakaket, was arrested on two counts of misdemeanor assault in Allakaket on Thursday after a woman called troopers to report Bergman had assaulted her.

The woman said she was sitting on the couch at her grandmother’s house around 2 a.m. when Bergman, who appeared to be drunk, stormed into the house and began punching her in the face. The woman started bleeding and ran away.

The woman told the trooper the injuries to her face were caused by the attack earlier that morning and the injury on the back of her head was the result of an assault by Bergman two days earlier in front of the village store. A juvenile who witnessed that assault told the trooper Bergman grabbed the woman by the hair and threw her to the ground before he began kicking and punched her hard in the head.

Bergman has three previous misdemeanor domestic violence convictions in 2002 and 2003.

— Tim Mowry


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