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.


• Diane L. Fales, 77, of Hampden, Massachusetts, was charged with fourth-degree assault Thursday for reportedly scratching her boyfriend’s face and arms at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. The man told Alaska State Troopers that Fales drank a bottle of wine and they argued about a comment she believed he made about his late wife. Fales said the man grabbed her throat after they argued about whether she was going on a tour event in the morning, according to charging documents.

• Gary William David, 33, of Tok, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault July 24 after Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a man hitting a woman in the Walgreen’s parking lot on Sportsman’s Way. The caller said the man left on foot and the woman left in a vehicle. Troopers contacted the woman and she said David pushed her into the passenger seat, and hit her daughter on the head. David denied any physical altercation and accused the woman of taking his phone. The phone was found in David’s backpack, according to charging documents. 

• Thomas Allen Mayfield, 25, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault Thursday. According to charging documents, Mayfield punched his father in the back of the head. Mayfield told Fairbanks police his father invited him in for coffee and then asked him to leave. Mayfield said he punched his father because he didn’t want him to call police. 

Multiple charges

• Aizah Venesse Sullivan, 22, of Fairbanks, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief July 22 for a May 27 incident. According to charging documents, got in a physical fight with her mother and smashed the back window of her car before fleeing on a skateboard. 

• Sonja Nicole Armstrong, 35, of North Pole, was charged with driving under the influence, refusing to take a breath-alcohol test and felony third-degree assault Thursday after Alaska State Troopers responded to an ATV collision at the corner of Badger Road and Old Richardson Highway. Armstrong and her passenger were being evaluated by EMS when troopers arrived, according to charging documents. Armstrong’s passenger said they had both been drinking but Armstrong should be sober enough to drive. The man said the brakes failed on the ATV and it hit the railroad tracks, rolled multiple times through the trees and ejected both of them. The man had multiple injuries including a cut on his head, scratches on his arm and a cut on his back. He was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Armstrong told troopers she had three or four beers in the last two or three hours. Armstrong failed field sobriety tests and registered a partial preliminary breath-alcohol content of 0.104. She refused to take the DataMaster test at the trooper post, according to the charges.

Vehicle Theft

Douglas Nelson Jimmie, 54, of Minto, was charged July 26 with felony first-degree vehicle theft. According to charging documents, Jimmie’s daughter reported he stole her van from her home in Minto on July 22. Alaska State Troopers found the van July 25 wedged on a stump behind the woman’s house with its front window smashed out. Jimmie told troopers he brought a mechanic to Minto to fix the van and then hotwired it and drove it behind the house.