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

• Timothy Matthew Welch, 30, of North Pole, was charged with fourth-degree assault Dec. 10, after his stepson reported Welch threatened to kill him during an argument about his computer.

• Marion Maggie Peter, 60, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault Dec. 12, after her boyfriend reported she assaulted him. The man said Peter punched him multiple times in the mouth and scratched his chest while they were drinking alcohol, according to charging documents. Peter told Alaska State Troopers that her boyfriend inflicted all of his injuries by choking himself. 

Multiple charges

• Rusty Jonathan Beeman, 20, of North Pole, was charged with reckless driving, fourth-degree assault and violating conditions of release Dec. 10, after Alaska State Troopers responded to a report he hit a woman with his ATV. The woman had visible injuries to her face and was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, according to charging documents. Beeman told troopers he was driving south on the sidewalk near McPeak’s and using a flashlight as a headlight when the woman walked out from some nearby weeds and directly in front of him. He swerved and rolled his vehicle in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid hitting her. When interviewed at the hospital, the woman said she remembers walking on the sidewalk and then waking up on the grass, unable to move. The woman had cuts on her face, hands, feet and right leg, according to the charges.

• Benjamin Dale Rice, 42, of North Pole, was charged with third- and fourth-degree assault Dec. 11, after a man reported Rice had been verbally abusive to his own children. According to charging documents, the man said Rice pushed him into a wall twice and tried to run him over after he confronted Rice about his treatment of his 2-year-old twins. 

• Kian Patrick Lynch, 26, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony kidnapping, fourth-degree assault, fifth-degree criminal mischief and interfering with a domestic violence report Dec. 13, after his girlfriend reported he assaulted her. The woman told Alaska State Troopers that Lynch drank too much and got mad at her. She tried to leave and Lynch held her down, bit her and “popped” her leg, according to charging documents. Lynch then grabbed her around her chest and squeezed until she started to see stars. Lynch took her phone to prevent her from calling 911 and physically restrained her multiple times to prevent her from leaving. The woman eventually escaped to a nearby gas station after Lynch let her go outside to smoke a cigarette. The woman said she and Lynch had been dating for 11 days but had known each other from childhood. 

Lynch told troopers he had too much to drink, blacked out and couldn’t remember much but knew he bit the woman several times, according to the charges. 

Dorothy Chomicz