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Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 3:38 am | Updated: 1:45 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.


A snowmachine accident on Sourdough Road in Tok sent a man to an Anchorage hospital at 6:53 p.m. Saturday.

Alaska State Troopers reported Curtis Eschenbacher, 35, of Tok, lost control of his 1999 Polaris Indy and rolled it.

The extent of his injuries were not reported. He was not wearing a helmet, troopers said.

Alcohol was not determined to be a factor in the accident, troopers said.


• Wesley A. Tufford, 49, was charged with second-degree stalking for allegedly threatening a man and his family in a series of more than 30 phone calls in three days.

The victim told police he has never met Tufford and had never previously spoken to him on the phone before the phone calls. In the calls, the victim said, Tufford made it clear he knew their home address and schedules. Tufford threatened to kill him and his daughter and rape and kill his wife, the victim told police.

The ex-wife of the victim also reportedly received a text message from Tufford. It said he would continue the harassment unless she got back together with her ex-husband.

Indecent exposure

• Bryan K. Joseph Sr., 32, was charged with indecent exposure for an incident at the Airport Way Safeway.

Witnesses told Fairbanks police Joseph pulled his pants and underwear down several times in the store Feb. 24. Police contacted Joseph in the parking lot, where they said his pants were around his knees but his underwear was up.

Joseph urinated in the back of a patrol vehicle, and it was later determined he urinated in the foyer near the liquor store, police said.

He registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.261 percent.

He also allegedly tried to break into patrons’ cars and was charged with tampering with vehicles.


• A 16-year-old male resident of the College Inn was arrested for allegedly threatening a patron with an aluminum pipe at 7:05 p.m. Monday. He was arrested for third-degree assault (a felony) and held without bail at the Fairbanks Youth Facility.

• David Stone Jr., 52, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault for allegedly trying to punch his ex-wife in the face.

The victim told Fairbanks police Stone came home intoxicated and loud at 1:15 a.m. Feb. 23 and began to yell and swear at her when she asked him to go to bed. There was pushing and shoving on both sides, she said, but Stone swung at her and nearly hit her in the face.

The two are divorced but live together.


• Matthew E. Devers, 20, was charged with fourth-degree weapons misconduct for allegedly shooting a pistol into the air in the South Cushman Street Subway parking lot.

Two witnesses told Fairbanks police that Devers went to the parking lot and fired a pistol three times during an argument at 7:18 p.m. Jan. 3.

Devers told police he fired the shots and hid the gun afterward.

• Christopher Gilson, 36, of North Pole, was charged with fifth-degree weapons misconduct for allegedly failing to inform an Alaska State Trooper he was carrying a pistol in his vehicle Jan. 5.

Troopers stopped Gilson near 94 Mile Steese Highway while patrolling an area closed to caribou hunting.

Gilson told troopers he had no guns except hunting rifles in the back seat, but troopers saw a .45 caliber pistol on the driver side floorboard. Gilson told troopers he forgot he had the gun until it was brought up.

Gilson also was charged with killing a caribou 12 miles inside the closed area and second-degree hindering of prosecution for allegedly misleading troopers to keep them from finding his hunting partner.


• George D. Alurac Sr., 44, was charged with driving under the influence after his vehicle was found in a ditch near Lakloey Drive and Holmes Road at 6:23 p.m. Feb. 23.

Alaska State Troopers said he smelled of alcohol, had incoherent speech and bloodshot watery eyes. He told troopers he ended up in the ditch to avoid a moose.

He failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.263 percent, more than the legal limit of 0.08.

Alurac also was charged with violating a domestic violence protective order because he had a court order not to be in a vehicle with his female passenger. She originally gave troopers a false name. She told troopers she did not want to get Alurac in trouble.

Alurac had a previous DUI conviction in 2005 and was charged with not having a required ignition interlock device on his car.

He was charged with driving with a license suspended in 2006.

• Sean K. Obrien, 27, was charged with driving under the influence after his vehicle was found in a ditch near 359 Mile Richardson Highway at 1:26 a.m. Feb. 22.

Obrien smelled of alcohol and failed field sobriety tests, Fairbanks police said. He told police he had one glass of wine with dinner.

He registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.104 percent.


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