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Public Safety Report — Dec. 17

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Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2009 2:54 am | Updated: 12:52 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.


Justin Ray Tonelli, 24, was charged with fourth-degree assault after he allegedly threatened to “go violent” on a Ralph Perdue Center employee Tuesday morning. Tonelli took a cab to the center to see his mother who works there but reportedly became upset when he was told she would not be in for another hour or so.

He asked a taxi driver who drove him there to wait an hour for his mother to arrive, but when the driver told Torelli that would cost another $45, Tonelli allegedly hit the cab window, threatened the driver and challenged him to a fight. Tonelli also was charged with fourth-degree theft a misdemeanor, for not paying the $16.75 fare, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.


Penny Ann Secrest, 45, was charged with driving under the influence after Alaska State Troopers stopped her for weaving early Tuesday morning on the Old Steese Highway near Fred Meyer.

Secrest smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech at the time of her arrest, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.

She also was charged with refusal to submit to a chemical test.


Fairbanks police received a report Tuesday from Holm Town Nursery that a woman came in three times this month and wrote three checks worth more than $1,200 on a closed account.

Furnishing alcohol

Rebecca Erin Finner, 28, was charged with two counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor after she allegedly served a beer to an 18-year-old undercover informant Nov. 30 at The Marlin.

She also was charged with not completing an alcohol education course.


Winston E. Smyth, 30, of Fairbanks, was charged with first-degree stalking, a felony, after his ex-girlfriend told Fairbanks police that he was looking in her window and kicking her door Nov. 27.

He also is accused of calling her more than 50 times between Nov. 27 and Dec. 9, sometimes making threatening statements.

Police have requested a $5,000 warrant for Smyth’s arrest.


• Three men stole a cash box from the Holiday Inn Express just after 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The men, described as white males in their 20s who were wearing hoodies, came into the hotel while a front desk worker was in the laundry room, took the box and ran out.

They were last seen heading toward Carl’s Jr., according to Fairbanks police records.

• A Hi-Point .45-caliber handgun was reported stolen Tuesday out of a vehicle parked in the 1200 block of 27th Avenue.

• CDs, headphones and an owner’s manual were stolen Tuesday from a car parked in the 100 block of College Road.

• A man staying at the Rescue Mission told Fairbanks police that while he was sleeping overnight Monday, someone stole his bank cards and a page of postage stamps.

Vehicle theft

Troopers arrested a 16-year-old Tuesday after recovering a purple 2002 Arctic Cat snowmachine that was reported stolen two days prior. The juvenile’s name was not released.

— Chris Freiberg


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