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.
• Aaron Bartholomew Waite-Ober, 39, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault Oct. 19 after Fairbanks police responded to a report of a man assaulting a woman and spitting in her face. Police found the woman standing in the street crying as Waite-Ober held her jacket and yelled at her. Witnesses told police they saw Waite-Ober kick the woman in the ribs multiple times and once in the head, according to charging documents. The woman was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and treated for bruised ribs.
• Gregory Dewayne Smith, 61, of Fairbanks, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of resisting arrest Oct. 19 after Fairbanks police responded to a report of a man being abusive to customers in Walmart. Police found Smith at a campsite in a vacant lot between Fred Meyer and West Trainor Gate Road. Smith was agitated and made numerous erratic statements about having “gold and silver seal protection” and being “military protected,” according to charging documents. When told he was being arrested on an outstanding warrant, Smith moved aggressively toward police and said, “I’m gonna murder ya.” Police sprayed Smith with pepper spray and took him to the ground with an arm lock.
• Tristan Gage Ballesteroz, 18, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault Aug. 20 after Alaska State Troopers responded to a possible assault at a Lakeview Terrace home. Ballesteroz’s girlfriend said they were hanging out with friends and she didn’t want to leave when he did, so he picked her up and began carrying her to his car. She tried to get away and Ballesteroz grabbed her legs and dragged her toward the car, causing her head to hit the ground, according to charging documents.
Lisa Marie Lockwood, 34, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a restricted license and having an open container Oct. 18 after Alaska State Troopers stopped her for driving with a blown front left tire. Lockwood smelled strongly of alcohol, admitted to drinking vodka and told troopers she was “too drunk to drive,” according to charging documents. Lockwood failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.304.