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.
• Joshua David Delain, 30, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony third-degree weapons misconduct April 10 after probation officers searched Delain’s vehicle and found used hypodermic needles, a metal spoon and pieces of cotton with a brown, tar-like substance on them. The probation officers also found a Browning Buck Mark .22 caliber pistol on Delain’s trunk, according to charging documents. Delain was convicted of felony forgery in 2018 and is not allowed to possess firearms.
• Larry Llewellyn Lewis, 51, of Eagle River, was charged with felony driving under the influence, felony refusal to submit to a breath-alcohol test, felony failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer and misdemeanor giving false information April 17. According to charging documents, an off-duty North Pole police officer reported Lewis drove away from the Badger Road Tesoro station while apparently intoxicated. A North Pole officer followed Lewis and tried to stop him at the Dawson Road off ramp. Lewis sped up and led police on a chase through North Pole at speeds of approximately 90-100 mph. A Fairbanks police officer set spike strips, which slowed the pursuit. Lewis stopped just south of Garden Way in the northbound lanes of the Richardson highway. Lewis initially gave a false name but was identified by his son, who was in the passenger seat, according to the charges. A records check showed Lewis has four prior DUI convictions dating back to 2002.
• Jeanette Fay Payton, 57, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault and second-degree harassment April 17 for a March 15 incident. According to charging documents, Payton grabbed a 16-year-old boy seated next to her, said strange things to him and hit him on the back of the head when he told her to stop touching him. Airport police met the Alaska Airlines flight at the gate and spoke to Payton in the jetway. Payton smelled like alcohol and became agitated and belligerent when questioned. Payton refused to move out of the jetway and pushed an officer, according to the charges. She refused to answer questions and the officers attempted to escort her to baggage claim to meet her husband. Payton pulled her feet up and refused to walk on her own. Officers carried her into an elevator by her arms and feet and released her to her husband.
• Peter Kevin Erick, 44, of Venetie, was charged with felony third-degree assault, felony first-degree vehicle theft, felony third-degree criminal mischief and two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree assault April 20. According to charging documents, Erick assaulted his father with an axe, stole his ATV and threatened to kill others in the area. Erick was heavily intoxicated and reportedly under the influence of methamphetamine when he went to his dad’s house to look for food. His father kicked him out and Erick swung a full-sized wood-splitting ax at his father’s neck and chest three or four times, according to the charges.