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.



• Richard Dean Gordon, 39, of Anaktuvuk Pass, was charged with third-degree felony assault for allegedly punching a woman in the throat at a Fairbanks hotel room on May 15. Gordon was charged with a felony instead of a misdemeanor because he has three prior misdemeanor assault convictions within the last 10 years.

• Fairbanks residents Michael David Johnson, 36, and Dondi Hart, 37, were charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly attacking their tenant on April 10. The charges were filed May 6. Johnson is accused of hitting the tenant with a lamp and a bag of dog food. Hart is accused of throwing a boot at him.



• Christopher Michael Rife, 34, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence.

Rife was stopped May 12 for driving 65 mph in a 55 mph zone on Chena Hot Springs Road, Alaska State Troopers said.

He told troopers he had three or four beers at a friend’s house before driving. He passed some sobriety tests, failed others and he refused to take a breath-alcohol test, troopers said.

Rife was also charged with misdemeanor weapons misconduct, the crime of possessing firearms while intoxicated. He had two guns at arm’s reach in the center console of his truck, troopers said.

• Calvin Z. Cofey, 49, of Fairbanks was charged with DUI.

Cofey was stopped at 1:02 p.m. May 14 for driving a green Chevrolet Impala on Cushman Street without headlights on, Fairbanks police said.

Cofey failed field sobriety tests, and he had a medical emergency and had to be taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital before he had a chance to give a breath alcohol test police said.

Police received a search warrant to seize a sample of his blood.


Criminal mischief 

James Louis Kahelalis, 40, of North Pole, was charged with third-degree felony criminal mischief for allegedly throwing rocks at his mother’s Toyota 4-runner May 13 on Rozak Road, doing about $1,500 in property damage.