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.



• Billy Jerome Leathers, 32, of Wasilla, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault Oct. 21. According to charging documents, Leathers punched his girlfriend in the leg and broke a window. 

• Jenell Semaken, 36, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony third-degree assault Oct. 22. According to charging documents, Semaken punched a woman multiple times, scratched her face and hit her on the head twice with a frying pan.  



•  Anthony Heley, 29, of Coos Bay, Oregon, was charged with driving under the influence Oct. 20 after North Pole police stopped him for speeding on Badger Road. Heley admitted to drinking six to eight beers, failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.204, according to charging documents.

• Marcie Lynn Munt, 26, of North Pole, was charged with driving under the influence Oct. 19 after Fairbanks police stopped her for failing to use her turn signal. Munt smelled strongly of alcohol, failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.134, according to charging documents. 

• Benjamin Moses Charlie, 19, of Fox, was charged with driving under the influence Oct. 23 after Alaska State Troopers responded to a report that a red truck had crashed into trees and equipment off of the Old Steese Highway in Fox. A witness told troopers that the driver, later identified as Charlie, had gone into a nearby home. Charlie was too intoxicated to come to the door so troopers contacted him in his bedroom, according to charging documents. Charlie failed the eye movement portion of field sobriety tests and was not asked to perform the balance tests for safety reasons. He registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.201.


Multiple charges 

• Everett Wesley Pratte, 24, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony third-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree assault and fifth-degree criminal mischief Oct. 21 after he called Alaska State Troopers to report his girlfriend left their apartment and didn’t take anything for their baby. Pratte admitted he pulled the baby’s car seat out of his girlfriend’s hand twice and broke her phone, according to charging documents. The woman said Pratte also grabbed the shattered phone from her and a small piece of glass got stuck in her hand.  

• Ricky Dean Pugalee, 51, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony third-degree escape and five counts of violating conditions of release Oct. 17. According to charging documents, Pugalee tried to contact his alleged victim in an Aug. 17 felony assault case via Facetime, failed to report to his pretrial officer as ordered and cut off his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, which he left in the Alaska Club parking lot. Data from the bracelet showed Pugalee twice entered a 1,000 foot exclusion area around his alleged victim’s home. 


Vehicle theft

Nicholas M. Chapman, 26, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony first-degree vehicle theft Oct. 22 after Fairbanks police saw him getting into a 1994 Ford Ranger pickup truck that had been reported stolen. Chapman fled on foot but was detained a short time later. Text messages on Chapman’s phone showed he knew the truck was stolen, according to charging documents.