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.
• Richard A. Weisz, 50, of Tok, was charged with one count each of second- and third-degree assault and two counts of fourth-degree assault Oct. 7 after Alaska State Troopers responded to a report he’d assaulted and strangled his girlfriend. The woman told troopers she and Weisz argued over him getting pain pills and he held her by the neck until she almost blacked out. Weisz’s daughter told troopers he walked to a friend’s house after the incident and called her for a ride to her house. Weisz told troopers his girlfriend had a history of unstable behavior and he had no way to report it, but troopers noted he walked past the Tok Clinic, the Behavioral Health Building and the Tok trooper post to get to his friend’s home to call his daughter, according to charging documents.
• Eric Nicholas Morris, 50, of Fairbanks, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault Oct. 8. According to charging documents, Morris’ girlfriend told Alaska State Troopers that someone stole her truck and she and Morris argued after spending the day looking for it. The woman said Morris hit her in the face and pushed her over a piece of plywood, causing her to fall. Morris told troopers the woman didn’t live at his house and he ordered her out “like a bouncer” after she left his door open. Morris said he never touched the woman.
• Abigail Hadassah Knix, 22, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony third-degree assault and misdemeanor fourth-degree assault Oct. 8 for reportedly fighting with her sister. Their mother called Alaska State Troopers to report Knix was intoxicated and was trying to take her sister’s purse and keys so she could leave, according to charging documents. Responding troopers found Knix’s sister in an outbuilding with blood all over her face, multiple bite marks on her right forearm and red marks on her neck. When asked whether Knix grabbed her neck and applied pressure, the woman said she didn’t want to answer because she didn’t want her sister to be arrested for a felony. The woman also said she would not appear in court if a grand jury subpoena was issued for a felony charge against Knix. When arrested, Knix waived her Miranda rights and told troopers she got her sister on the ground, got on top of her and had her hands on her neck.
• James Edward Mason-Olson, 23, of North Pole, was charged with fourth-degree assault after Alaska State Troopers responded to “tussle” between a man and woman at a Clarkson Drive apartment. All four second knuckles on Mason-Olson’s right hand were split open but he had no other injuries, according to charging documents. Mason-Olson’s girlfriend told troopers he grabbed her arms, picked her up and slammed her on a couch, and pinned her to the couch. The woman was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for treatment.
• Kristina Denali Hudspeth, 33, of Salcha, was charged with felony first-degree promoting contraband and misdemeanor fifth-degree drugs misconduct Oct. 6 after Alaska State Troopers contacted her inside a vehicle in a ditch on Badger Road near Lions Road. The trooper recognized Hudspeth as currently absconding from probation and remanded her for the violation. Hudspeth told the trooper she had a methamphetamine pipe under her driver’s seat. It was found and tested positive for meth. Corrections officers at Fairbanks Correctional Center found 1.5 grams of meth in a bag inside Hudspeth’s bra, according to charging documents.
• John Vincent Welsh, 20, of Cedaredge, Colorado, was charged with second-degree indecent exposure, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest for an Aug. 31 incident. According to charging documents, Welsh’s wife called Fairbanks police to report her husband was chasing her, speaking gibberish and no one would let her in their house. The woman also reported she and Welsh had taken LSD.
While police were enroute another caller reported a naked man was running around the neighborhood and hitting people. Police arrived on scene and found Welsh naked and walking aggressively toward a man who appeared to be trying to calm Welsh down and give him a blanket to cover himself. Police told Welsh to put his hands behind his back or they would deploy their Tasers. Welsh crossed his arms. Police gave the same command and Welsh put his hands on top of his head. Police gave the command again and Welsh dropped his hands to cover his genitals. Police issued the command twice more, and Welsh refused to comply and took several steps toward the man with the blanket. Police successfully deployed a Taser at Welsh and handcuffed him. Welsh actively fought against them until he was loaded onto an ambulance gurney nine minutes later. EMTs administered Ketamine and transported Welsh to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
Welsh’s wife told police that she and Welsh had come to Fairbanks from Anchorage to rent a room, take LSD and film the northern lights, according to the charges. One male witness had a bloody lip and another had an inch long gash on his forehead. Both said Welsh had hit them and both declined to press charges. When contacted later at the hospital and told what happened, Welsh seemed to have no recollection of the incident.