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.
Patrick Jerome Saloka, 52, no address given, was charged with felony second-degree assault June 30. According to charging documents, Alaska State troopers received an open line 911 call in which a man and woman could be heard yelling in the background before the call disconnected. Trooper dispatch called the number and spoke to Saloka, who said he was in an argument with a woman and if troopers didn’t respond in the next 15 minutes he would start burning buildings to the ground. Troopers responded to a Birch Lane hotel and found Saloka standing outside. Saloka’s hotel room smelled overwhelmingly of alcohol, there was liquid spilled all over and the bed did not have any sheets or blankets on it. A woman at the room told troopers Saloka and she argued because she hid a bottle of whiskey from him. The woman said Saloka put his hand around her throat and squeezed but she did not pass out, according to charing documents.
• Amanda Danielle Whitslar, 29, of North Pole, was charged with driving under the influence June 25 after North Pole police responded to a report of a white SUV speeding and swerving on the Richardson Highway near 12 Mile Village. Police stopped the vehicle on Flight Street after seeing it crossing the fog line. Whitslar was driving and admitted to drinking three beers, according to charging documents. She failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.186.
• Kimberly Kay Miller, 25, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence June 25 after Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a silver Ford Expedition that had rolled upside down in a tailing pond near the Silver Gulch Quarry. Miller smelled like alcohol and told troopers she drank five Jack Daniels and diet cola at the Howling Dog Saloon before trying to drive home. Miller said she was looking at her phone when she hit some rocks and went off the road, according to charging documents. Miller failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.161.
• Steven David Luten, 34, of North Pole, was charged with felony second-degree theft, two counts of fraudulent use of an access device, second-degree criminal trespass and violating conditions of release June 27 for an April 30 incident. According to charging documents, Lute tried multiple times to use a stolen credit card at the Airport Road Fred Meyer. A loss prevention officer there pulled up surveillance footage of the terminal the card was used and identified Luten from frequent contact with him. Luten was arrested on June 25 for an unrelated incident and shown a picture of him at Fred Meyer with the stolen credit card. Luten told troopers he found the card at the dump and tried to use it because he’s homeless and needed to buy stuff. Luten said the card didn’t work so he threw it away, according to the charges.
• Benjamin Ray Jackson, 35, of Salcha, was charged with felony first-degree burglary, fourth-degree theft, and two counts of first-degree criminal trespass June 25. According to charging documents, Jackson broke into an unoccupied house being used for storage and stole a suitcase, a fishing pole and other items.