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.
Griselle Christiansen, 36, of Eielson Air Force Base, was charged with felony second-degree and misdemeanor fourth-degree assault Sept. 26, after Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a domestic assault on base.
Christiansen’s husband told troopers that she hit him on the head several times Sept. 21 and 22, hits his four children and “takes it too far,” according to charging documents. The man said he reported the abuse in the past but nothing got done and Christiansen beat the children in retaliation. The couple’s 14-year-old child told troopers that Christiansen has hit her, pulled her hair, pushed her to the ground, and, as recently as two weeks ago, suffocated her by putting her hand on the teen’s mouth.
• Larry Joe Sunford, 72, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence Sept. 24, after Alaska State Troopers responded to the northbound Richardson Highway weigh station for a possibly intoxicated commercial vehicle driver. Sunford failed field sobriety tests, admitted to drinking alcohol and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.05, according to charging documents.
• Clarence Larry Bennett, 41, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence and refusing to take a breath-alcohol test Sept. 25, after University of Alaska Fairbanks police responded to a report of a man slumped over the steering wheel of a red 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. An emergency medical services crew told arriving police that the Grand Am drove off just before they arrived. Police stopped the car on Hess Avenue and contacted the driver, Bennett. Multiple 50 ML vodka “shooters” were found in the front passenger area, according to charging documents. Bennett failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breath-alcohol test. He was tested later at Fairbanks Correctional Center and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.266, according to the charges.
• Tanner McKinley Granholm, 24, of Palmer, was charged with driving under the influence Sept. 25, after North Pole police responded to a report of a possibly intoxicated driver headed southbound on the Richardson Highway near Brewster’s in Fairbanks. Granholm was contacted in the North Pole McDonald’s parking lot and told police she was headed home to Salcha, according to charging documents. Granholm admitted to drinking two Guinness beers, failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.090.
Richard Jonathan Mulholand, 26, was charged with driving under the influence and fourth-degree weapons misconduct Sept. 26, after Fairbanks police stopped him for drifting into adjacent lanes multiple times on the Johansen Expressway.
Mulholand admitted to drinking two beers at the Turtle Club several hours before, according to charging documents. Mulholand failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.141. A Glock .380 ACP pistol was found in his vehicle after he was arrested.