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.

Assault

Damon Mitchel Huntington, 25, of Galena, was charged with fourth-degree assault Sept. 18 for allegedly threatening to fight Alaska State Troopers responding to a report of an aggressive man yelling at people at the Pike’s Waterfront Lodge parking lot. Huntington resisted troopers’ attempts to subdue him but was detained after two deployments of a Taser, according to charging documents. 

DUI

• Kari Steve Sorvoja, 58, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence Sept. 14, after Fairbanks police stopped him for driving his 2018 Porsche SUV at 104 mph in a 55 mph zone on the Johansen Expressway. According to charging documents, Sorvoja failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.061. 

• Brandon Jon McGill, 30, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence and driving with a revoked license Sept. 14, after Alaska State Troopers stopped him for crossing the center line multiple times on Badger Road. McGill failed one of three field sobriety tests and declined to perform the others. He was arrested and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.141, according to charging documents.

• Nicolas Saldivar, 23, of Oceanside, California, was charged with driving under the influence Sept. 15, after Fairbanks police found him and another man asleep inside a Ford F-150 parked on the shoulder of Airport Way near Peger Road. The driver, Saldivar, said the power steering went out on the truck and he called a tow truck and fell asleep while waiting. Saldivar failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.118, according to charging documents.

• Nathan Samuel Morton, 38, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence Sept. 17, after Alaska State Troopers responded to multiple reports of a red Ford Explorer traveling on the wrong side of Geist Road. Troopers found the Explorer parked in front of a business at the Ridgeview Business Park. Two people at the car said they were waiting for the driver, who was inside Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services taking a urinalysis. Morton exited the office and asked what troopers were doing with his mom’s truck. He denied driving the Explorer. Morton failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.077, according to charging documents.   

Vehicle theft

Casey Aaron Monge, 30, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony first-degree vehicle theft Sept. 18, after Fairbanks police found him with a stolen pickup during another investigation. When told the truck was stolen, Monge said, “It was me. I did it. So I stole the truck, whuddup now?” according to charging documents. 

       

Weapons

Frederick Fitzgerald Matheson, 44, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony third-degree weapons misconduct Sept. 20, after Alaska State Troopers stopped him at the Front Street Boat launch in Nenana just before midnight. Matheson had a .45 caliber Springfield pistol on the passenger seat and a rifle in the back seat of his Toyota 4Runner. A records check showed Matheson was convicted of felony attempted homicide in 1994 and is not allowed to possess a firearm, according to charging documents. 

Dorothy Chomicz