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

James Edward Perkins was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault May 16 for allegedly pushing a woman and putting a man in a headlock during an argument. 

DUI

• Nicholas Boyd Egland, 51, of Ester, was charged with driving under the influence May 14, after Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a tan Ford Ranger swerving all over the road. Egland failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.150.

• Rebecca Joanne Kunaknana, 32, of Nuiqsut, was charged with driving under the influence May 15, after Fairbanks police responded to a report of a traffic accident in the First Student parking lot. Witnesses told police that Kunaknana was speeding through the lot and crashed into the exit gate. Kunaknana had an open box of Mickey’s Malt Liquor in the back seat and told police she was intoxicated, according to charging documents. She failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.178.

Multiple charges

• Cheyanne Marie Kirkvold, 18, of North Pole, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of fifth-degree criminal mischief May 16, after she hit a man, bit him in the face and threw a rock through the window of a GMC Suburban. According to charging documents, Kirkvold told Alaska State Troopers the man told her to hit him. 

• Logan Grant Kuhl, 33, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault May 17 for allegedly hitting a woman in the face and pouring chocolate on her. The woman had a bloody nose and chocolate syrup on her face and neck, according to charging documents. Kuhl was also charged with fourth-degree assault and fifth-degree criminal mischief for an April 16 incident in which he allegedly pepper sprayed the same woman in the face, slashed two of her tires and smashed out the rear passenger window of her Ford sedan. Alaska State Troopers responded and found the woman with a red and inflamed face, according to the charges. 

• David Keith Olson, 51, of Fairbanks, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of violating conditions of release May 17. According to charging documents, a woman reported that Olson slammed a door and it hit the back of the chair she was sitting in. The woman told Alaska State Troopers that Olson gave her a black eye the week before and punched her in the head and stomach several weeks prior to that. 

• Jeremiah Pankowitz, 41, of Fairbanks, was charged with disorderly conduct and violating conditions of release May 21. According to charging documents, an Alaska State Trooper saw Pankowitz walking down a sidewalk on Danby Street with a white sheet wrapped around his face and yellow plastic tape tied around his head. Pankowitz walked into traffic and stopped in front of the patrol vehicle, made several hand gestures and blocked the east bound lanes in the middle of a heavily trafficked 4-way intersection. The trooper told Pankowitz to stop where he was but Pankowitz turned and ran into eastbound traffic. The trooper gave chase, pulled his Taser and ordered Pankowitz to the ground. Pankowitz refused the trooper’s commands and had to be physically pushed to the ground. An off-duty Fairbanks police officer stopped and helped the trooper handcuff Pankowitz and secure him in the trooper’s vehicle. 

Vehicle theft

Tiesha Shante Alicia Lawson, 27, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony first-degree vehicle theft May 18, after Fairbanks police found her driving a stolen 2018 Chevrolet Spark. The car had been spray-painted and its license plate had been replaced with one from a 2013 GMC Sierra, according to charging documents. 

 Dorothy Chomicz