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.


• Lelan Eddie Joe, 25, of Tetlin, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault June 8 for assaulting a woman while trying to get the keys to his vehicle from her, according to charging documents. 

• Stephanie Ann Howell, 28, of North Pole, was charged with felony third-degree assault June 9. According to charging documents, Howell called Alaska State Troopers on June 8 to report her son assaulted her. Troopers determined no assault took place. Howell admitted to taking ecstasy, methamphetamine and heroin in the past three days and said she didn’t think she slept in that time. Howell’s father told troopers she threatened him with a knife June 5. Howell said she did so because she thought her father was going to hurt her children. Howell was not arrested at the time but charges were forwarded to the district attorney’s office. Howell’s father reported later that same day that Howell stole his truck, made a rude hand gesture as she drove off, returned about seven minutes later and threw the truck’s keys into the woods. 

• Carlos Manuel Velasquez-Medina, 34, of North Pole, was charged with felony second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and reckless endangerment June 8. According to charging documents, a caller reported she met Velasquez-Medina and another woman on an app called Whisper. The three met at a Glacier State Drive address and were drinking when Velasquez-Medina reportedly slapped the other woman. Alaska State Troopers responded and found the woman outside the apartment with blood all over her head and down her arms. Velasquez-Medina had blood on his hands and was taken into custody. A neighbor who was temporarily taking care of the injured woman’s baby told troopers she frequently heard yelling and fighting at Velasquez-Medina’s apartment, according to the charges. The injured woman later told troopers that Velasquez-Medina was upset because he wanted a threesome and she didn’t. After he slapped her, Velasquez-Medina strangled her, threw her to the ground and either stomped on her head or banged it against the ground four times. The woman said Velasquez-Medina also picked up and threw a play pen that her baby was sitting in.    


• Richard Tod Simon Warner, 27, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence, violating conditions of release and driving without proof of insurance June 7. Warner failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.075. 

• Miguel Angel Rosales Jr., 36, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence and refusing to take a breath-alcohol test June 9, after Fairbanks police stopped him after responding to a report of a possibly drunken driver leaving the Midnight Mine bar. Rosales was uncooperative and appeared to be highly intoxicated, according to charging documents. A records check showed he was convicted of felony DUI in 2012.  

Dorothy Chomicz