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 proven guilty in a court of law.
Rebecca Marie Watkins, 48, of Fairbanks, was charged with assault in the fourth degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree on Nov. 28, after she allegedly damaged property belonging to a former partner and attempting to bite him. An affidavit states that she was intoxicated and lying on the floor trying to bite the victim, that she kicked a folding door off a closet and that she ripped the victims shirt and broke his necklace. Watkins denied the allegations and told a law enforcement officer that he had hit her in the face. The officer found that evidence correlated with the victim’s claims and not with the defendants and Watkins was arrested.
• Troy Dean Cozzen, 61, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence and violating conditions of release on Nov. 30, after he was allegedly caught driving on a suspended drivers license in a vehicle with inoperable brake lights while under the influence of alcohol.
• Jason Michael Howell, 42, of Fairbanks was charged with driving under the influence and violating conditions of release on Nov. 28, after he allegedly drove a vehicle without holding a valid drivers license, while under the influence of alcohol. An affadavit states that the vehicle had an inoperable brake light.
Dallas Stewart James Sweetsir, 23, of Fairbanks, was charged with assault in the fourth degree, interfering with a report of a crime involving domestic violence, and theft in the second degree on Nov. 28, after he allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face and took her phone. An affidavit states that the victim previously reported a similar incident to troopers, but they were unable to locate the defendant at the time. The charge for interfering with a report of a crime involving domestic violence relates to the fact that the defendant allegedly stole the phone from the victim because she was going to report the assault.