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.


Patrick Kent Barton, 37, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault April 6, after Alaska State Troopers responded to a report that he held a woman down until she was unable to breathe. The woman told troopers that Barton had accused her of poisoning him and giving herself the antidote on April 5, so she left the home with her daughter and stayed at a hotel for the night. They argued when she returned home, and she locked him outside, according to charging documents. Barton broke down the garage door and held the woman down with his knee. Barton let the woman go, and she locked herself in the entryway until troopers arrived.  


Leslie Nick Dalton, 33, of North Pole, was charged with driving under the influence April 5, after Fairbanks police stopped him for failing to maintain his speed and lane position on he Richardson Highway. Dalton told police he drank four 16-ounce beers approximately an hour before driving, according to charging documents. Dalton failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.146. 

Multiple charges

Samuel Jeremiah Johnson, 22, of Fort Wainwright, was charged with driving under the influence and fourth-degree weapons misconduct April 7, after Alaska State Troopers stopped him for committing multiple driving violations on the Richardson Highway. Johnson said he drank two beers and told the trooper he had a loaded handgun in his center console. The trooper secured Johnson’s fully loaded Sig Sauer P320 and administered field sobriety tests, which Johnson failed. Johnson registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.089, according to charging documents.