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.


Jose Pedro Chicas, 44, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony second-degree assault Oct. 26 for allegedly hitting a man with a machete. According to charging documents, Chicas’ wife went to a friend’s house to talk about a sick relative and the man drove her home afterwards. Chicas was standing outside with a machete and approached the passenger side door. The man got out to protect Chicas’ wife and Chicas turned toward him and hit his abdomen with the flat side of the machete, leaving a blade-sized bruise. The man and Chicas’ wife tried to get the machete from Chicas. The man sustained cuts to two fingers before Chicas’ wife got the machete and threw it in the bed of the man’s truck. The fight broke up after another apartment resident came out and called 911. Chicas and his wife went to their apartment. The man drove home, washed his wounds and went to the Fairbanks police station to report the incident. 


John Walter Cheney, 30, of North Pole, was charged with felony first-degree burglary Oct. 26 after a North Pole resident reported he found a man in his motorhome inside a hangar on his property. The caller said the man identified himself as John Cheney and footsteps showed he’d also been in the other buildings on his property, according to charging documents. He said Cheney had a 6-inch to 8-inch knife in a sheath and told him he was just “looking around” because he thought the property was an abandoned airport. Cheney left after the man told him he was calling 911. Cheney later admitted to entering the man’s property and was found with a checkbook from one of the buildings.


Rachael I. Eckard, 39, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence Oct. 27 after Fairbanks police stopped her for driving the wrong way on Gafney Road. Eckard smelled like alcohol and failed two field sobriety tests. She registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.181, according to charging documents. 

Multiple charges

• Beniah Van Welke, 39, of North Pole, was charged with three counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of resisting arrest Oct. 27 after Alaska State Troopers responded to a report that he was intoxicated and had assaulted his mother and threatened to steal a gun from a neighbor. Welke went into a side building, shouted expletives and made a rude gesture with both hands when troopers told him to come outside, according to charging documents. Welke then charged out of the building, still making the hand gestures and saying multiple expletives. Welke ignored commands to stop and was shocked with a Taser. He was taken into custody without further incident. 

• Caleb Samuel Chadwell, 21, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, was charged with fourth-degree assault, interfering with a domestic violence report and violating a protective order Oct. 27 after Alaska State Troopers responded to a domestic disturbance at the Extended Stay America hotel on Airport Road. Chadwell’s girlfriend told them they argued because she didn’t want to have sex and he slapped her multiple times. She tried to call 911 and Chadwell wouldn’t let her, according to charging documents. Chadwell told troopers they’d been kicked out of two hotels that weekend because they were arguing. They were at the Extended Stay when he asked to have sex and she said no. Chadwell said he bit her on the arm, pushed her on the bed and took her phone away. A records check showed Chadwell is the respondent in a military protective order filed by his girlfriend Oct. 23.