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.
• Sheldon William Foster, 22, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault Jan. 4 after Fairbanks police responded to an Eleanor Avenue apartment for a domestic disturbance call. A woman there told them Foster woke her at 6:30 a.m. by punching her in the face. She tried to fight him off but he pulled her hair and put his knee on her face and throat. The woman had a marble-sized lump on her ear and multiple bruises on her body, which she said were from other altercations.
• Sean Michael Judd, 44, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault Jan. 3 after Fairbanks police responded to a 911 hang-up call in which a man could be heard yelling, “I should have … hit you!” A woman could be heard crying. They traced the call to a Quest Lane address and were en route when a woman there called 911 and reported Judd threw hot candle wax at her and left on foot. When police arrived, the woman had dried wax on her face and jacket. She said she and Judd argued so she left because Judd was starting to yell. When she returned, she discovered Judd had been smoking marijuana. He became angry because she was not “allowing him to get high in his own way.” Judd took the woman’s beer from her, threw a lit candle at her and poured the beer on her and the couch. When contacted at a store nearby, Judd denied throwing wax on the woman and said she must have fallen because she was intoxicated.
• James Hollen was charged with fourth-degree assault Jan. 3 after his ex-girlfriend reported that he threw her against a wall and punched her in the face. Hollen told Alaska State Troopers he did not assault the woman but did move her out of the way because she was causing a problem. Hollen said the woman had made false reports about other men she had dated.
• Joshua Wayne Ridgway, 42, of Nenana, was charged with driving under the influence Jan. 3 after Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a van in a ditch across from the Turtle Club. Ridgway had an “overwhelming odor” of alcohol coming from him. When asked how much he’d had to drink, Ridgway said “I’m not going to play 75 questions.” When asked to perform field sobriety tests, Ridgway replied, “I’m not going to jump through hoops for you.” Ridgway was arrested and transported to the Fairbanks trooper post. His breath-alcohol content registered 0.229.
• Ismareli M. Barreto, 26, of Fort Wainwright, was charged with driving under the influence Dec. 31 after Fort Wainwright police contacted her about an assault. Barreto was in a 2006 Ford F150 and smelled strongly of alcohol. She failed field sobriety tests and told police she was probably too intoxicated to drive, but her passenger was unable to see because of an eye injury sustained during as assault and they wanted to leave to avoid further confrontation, according to charging documents. Her breath-alcohol content registered 0.106.
• Joshua A. Chee, 22, of Fort Wainwright, was charged with driving under the influence Jan. 1 after Alaska State Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash in which a sedan struck a guardrail. The vehicle was disabled. About 300 feet of skid marks led to the vehicle. Chee initially denied drinking but then admitted to drinking one beer. Chee failed field sobriety tests and his breath-alcohol content registered 0.170.
• Selina Sarah Williams, 24, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence Jan. 2 after Fairbanks police stopped her on Noble Street for driving at night without headlights on. Williams failed field sobriety tests and her breath-alcohol content registered 0.081.
• Lane Robert Hardage, 33, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence and fourth-degree weapons misconduct Jan. 4 after Alaska State Troopers stopped him for pulling out of the Steese Highway pipeline viewing area without stopping. Hardage admitted to using illicit drugs in the previous 24 hours. He failed two field sobriety tests and had trouble following directions for the third test. Troopers found numerous Ziploc baggies in the passenger side door and a loaded Heckler & Koch pistol under the driver’s seat. A breath-alcohol test showed Hardage did not have alcohol in his system so a search warrant was obtained and blood samples were taken for drug testing.
Jason C. Knecht, 41, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony second-degree weapons misconduct Jan. 5 after troopers received an anonymous call reporting he was yelling and firing a gun at his Spring Glade Road home. While troopers were en route, Knecht called 911 and admitted to being intoxicated and to firing his gun and yelling. Knecht told the dispatcher he had secured his guns in his garage and was willing to talk to troopers when they arrived.
Knecht smelled strongly of alcohol and his speech was slurred, but he was courteous and cooperative with troopers. He said he was yelling because he was “challenging his neighbors.” Knecht also told troopers that “no one ever wanted to face” him. Knecht admitted to drinking a pint of whiskey and firing his 12 gauge and 20 gauge shotguns in the air and across the street from his house. Troopers used Google Earth to identify about six houses that were within a quarter of a mile of Knecht’s house and in the line of his gunfire. Troopers arrested Knecht after determining he was too intoxicated to handle firearms. Knecht’s breath-alcohol level registered 0.134.