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.

 

Assault 

• Taya Marie Blackburn, 19, was charged with fourth-degree assault June 6 for allegedly slapping and scratching a man during an argument, according to charging documents.

• Bryan Alan Collins, 30, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony second-degree assault and felony second-degree attempted arson June 7 for allegedly strangling a woman and starting a fire in his living room. Fairbanks police responded to Collins’ house and found it filled with smoke from two burned pizza boxes sitting on the coffee table. The woman told police she left the house after Collins strangled her during an argument. She called 911 after Collins texted her about the fire and said he’d be dead in a few minutes, according to charging documents. The woman had bruises on her throat and a possibly broken finger.

 

DUI 

• Robert Levi Free, 33, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence and violating conditions of release June 6 after Fairbanks police responded to a report of two adults asleep in a running vehicle with a child in the back seat. A 1/4 full bottle of vodka was on the floor board and Free seemed confused when he awoke. Free failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.244, according to charging documents.

• Jeffrey Damon Tomes, 51, of Anderson, was charged with driving under the influence and driving with a restricted driver’s license June 6 after Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a red sedan stuck in a marsh a few miles off the Parks Highway near Nenana. The caller said the driver seemed intoxicated, according to charging documents. Troopers found the sedan unoccupied and in about 16 inches of water. A records check showed Tomes was the registered owner of the sedan and was required to have an interlock ignition device installed in it. Troopers contacted Tomes at a Nenana business office. Tomes admitted he didn’t have the required interlock device and said he was on his way to the DMV to get the restriction removed. Tomes failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.220.