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.


• Ann Marie Obutey, 29, of North Pole, was charged with fourth-degree assault Aug. 1 for reportedly hitting her husband in the face multiple times during an argument about him helping with their baby. Obutey was holding the baby when she began hitting the man, according to charging documents.

• Donna Gene Rose, 63, of Nenana, was charged with fourth-degree assault for reportedly hitting her husband in the face during an argument after drinking at a Nenana bar, according to charging documents. 

• Tracy Jon McGill, 52, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony third-degree assault and two counts of violating conditions of release Aug. 1 after Fairbanks police responded to a disturbance on Second Avenue. According to charging documents, McGill chased a woman while swinging a speaker by its cord as if to hit her with it. A witness showed police video of the woman holding a young child and backing away from McGill as he ran after her. A records check showed McGill was under conditions of release for a charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

Multiple charges

• Norman Lee Thomas,  29, of Covington, Virginia, was charged with one count each of second-, third- and fourth-degree assault July 31. According to charging documents, Thomas became angry when his girlfriend said she wanted to break up with him. Thomas straddled the woman as she lay in bed and began punching and slapping her in the head and face. Thomas began to strangle the woman but stopped when a neighbor came in. The neighbor stayed with the woman until Thomas left. The woman had a split lip and bruises on her cheeks, forehead, jawline and neck.

• Tyler Thomas Hyslop, 30, of Tanana, was charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, fifth-degree criminal mischief and interfering with a domestic violence report July 30 after he reportedly hit his girlfriend and took her phone away. The woman said she locked him out after he left the house because he was angry and intoxicated. Hyslop returned and she wouldn’t let him in. Hyslop kicked down both the front and rear doors and ripped the landline out of the wall when the woman tried to call 911. Hyslop punched her in the stomach several times, pushed her against a counter and strangled her until she yelled that he was hurting her in front of their 6-year-old son. The woman grabbed the child and fled.         


Michael Earl Garrison Jr., 36, was charged with three counts of felony second-degree theft, four counts of fraudulent use of an access device, third-degree theft and fourth-degree theft Aug. 3 for a June 27 incident. According to charging documents, A Walmart employee reported a bag containing her debit card, social security card, temporary driver’s license, a bank statement and $90 had been stolen from the Walmart liquor store when she left her bag there after her shift. The woman’s bank notified her that someone used her card for a $109 transaction at Walmart, a $7 transaction at River City Cafe and an attempted $300 withdrawal from an ATM. Police identified Garrison through surveillance footage and took him into custody after they stopped a vehicle he was a passenger in.