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.



• Kenneth Robert Ely, 57, of North Pole, was charged with felony third-degree assault Aug. 17 after a man called Fairbanks police to report Ely threatened him with a knife at the Holiday gas station on South Cushman. According to charging documents, the man said he was filling a propane tank when Ely walked over and stood very close to him while talking about propane. Ely then walked about 30 feet away, turned and advanced on the man while yelling, “You got a problem with me?” and “Let’s take care of this here, right now!” The man called 911. Ely walked to within 10 feet of the man, pulled a knife and waved it around as he continued yelling, according to the charges. The man retreated to the gas station. Police found Ely walking on South Cushman Street with the knife in a scabbard at his waist. 

• Matthew Steven Joseph Crow, 26, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault Aug. 17 after Fairbanks police responded to a domestic assault at a Hampstead Avenue address. According to charging documents, Crow hit his stepson with towel, threw him on the ground, put him in a full nelson wrestling hold and punched him in the face and chest. Crow’s stepson had bruises and scratches on his head, torso and arms.


Multiple charges

Samantha Ann Mulhern, 26, of North Pole, was charged with felony second-degree theft and misdemeanor second-degree criminal trespassing Aug. 18 after a man told Alaska State Troopers his canoe was stolen nine days earlier. The man told troopers he didn’t report the theft right away but posted surveillance footage on Facebook which showed a woman drive down his road, take his canoe out of the water and put it into the back of her pickup truck. 

The man said he was contacted by another man who provided him a photo of the pickup truck with the canoe in the back. The photo showed the truck’s license plate number, according to charging documents. 

A records check showed the truck “had a history” with Mulhern and was registered to an address in North Pole. Mulhern had a standing warrant for a July 3 theft case. Mulhern told troopers she took the canoe because she thought it was abandoned. Mulhern sold the canoe to an acquaintance for $140, according to the charges. The canoe was valued at approximately $1,000.