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 

• Matray La John Nedd, 22, of North Pole, was charged with fourth-degree assault July 27 after his wife reported he took her cell phone and pushed her, according to charging documents.  

• Luisa R. Rodgers, 21, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault July 28 after Fairbanks police responded to a report of screaming and loud banging coming from a Palace Circle apartment. Rodgers told police he got into a verbal argument with his wife and she began yelling and throwing him around, according to charging documents.

 

DUI

Aaron Dean Tawney, 52, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence and refusing to take a breath-alcohol test July 27 after Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a possible drunk driver in a Van Horn Road parking lot. When troopers arrived they were met by a man who said he took a bottle of alcohol from the driver, later identified as Tawney, because he was extremely intoxicated. Tawney said he had been there for several hours and said he was just trying to sleep, according to charging documents. Tawney refused to perform field sobriety tests and failed to provide a sufficient breath sample for the DataMaster machine. 

 

Multiple charges

• Lois Ann Howell, 56, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault and disorderly conduct July 27 after Fairbanks police responded to a report of a woman creating a disturbance during an event at Golden Heart Plaza. Police found Howell sitting under a tree, belligerent and screaming. An officer tried to take her into custody but Howell grabbed onto a chain by the walking path, pulled him toward her and started hitting him with the chain, according to charging documents. Howell also kicked the officer’s chest and legs until he got her under control. 

• Jordan James Kenneth Prine, 19, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault and fifth-degree criminal mischief July 27. According to charging documents, Prine’s girlfriend said he told her to leave and began throwing things at her while she packed her things. The woman said Prine dragged her toward the door and then kicked down the bedroom door after she locked herself in to finish packing. The woman had a rug burn on her back and bruises on her elbows from being dragged.