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.
Demitri Cody Evan Merculief, 25, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault Sept. 15 after Fairbanks police responded to a report of a naked man trespassing inside a home Gulovin Court home. Police found Merculief standing naked in the back yard with one of the homeowners, according to charging documents. Merculief’s fiance told police they had been drinking at a neighbor’s house next door and she went back to their home to make food. When Merculief got there, he stripped off his clothes, grabbed her arms, pinned her against a kitchen cupboard and accused her of wanting to cheat on her. The woman broke free and locked herself in a bedroom but Merculief broke down the door. He threw her to the floor, causing her nose to bleed. The woman was able to call 911 and Merculief went back to the neighbor’s house.
Alexander Joseph Hanna, 19, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence Sept. 16 after Fairbanks police stopped him for speeding on the Richardson Highway. Hanna admitted to drinking two beers and failed field sobriety tests. He registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.067, according to charging documents.
Manuela Karin Vazquez Feiler, 38, of North Pole, was charged with first-degree criminal trespass, resisting arrest, driving under the influence, driving with a revoked license and driving without a required ignition interlock device Sept. 15. According to charging documents, Feiler entered her estranged husband’s house without his permission and tried to take his dogs. Feiler admitted to drinking four shots of vodka before driving, failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.305. Feiler resisted arrest and Alaska State Troopers had to be picked her up and carry her to the patrol vehicle.
DeWayne Koenig-Messer, 44, of Fairbanks, was charged with second-degree vehicle theft Sept. 15 after Fairbanks police responded that a silver Toyota Sequoia hit a tractor-trailer on the Steese Highway and left the scene. According to charging documents, the license plate number was traced to Dollar Rental Car and a rental agreement showed Koenig-Messer’s husband had rented the vehicle on Sept. 1 and failed to bring it back by the Sept. 3 due date. However, a records check showed the husband had been in jail at Fairbanks Correctional Center for at least 250 days and could not have rented the car. Investigation showed DeWayne Koenig-Messer, who is banned from renting at Dollar Rental, had used his husband’s name to rent the vehicle. Koenig-Messer was later detained in a parking lot at the College Road Tesoro station.