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.


• Earl E. Henry, 27, of Fairbanks, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault Sept. 2, after Fairbanks police responded to a report of trespass at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. According to charging documents, Henry was intoxicated and causing problems. Security officers were taking him downstairs in an elevator when Henry looked at them and said, “Which one of you am I going to take first?” Henry reared back and took a swing at one officer before being taken to the ground by the others.

• Aaron Bartholomew Waite-Ober, 38, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony third-degree assault Sept. 1. According to charging documents, Waite-Ober hit his girlfriend in the face multiple times, hit her in the head with a golf club, kicked her in the ribs several times and stabbed her in the forearm with a pocket knife. The woman suffered multiple injuries and was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for treatment.

• Jason Esmailka, 31, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault Aug. 31, after Fairbanks police responded to a 911 hang-up call. According to charging documents, Esmailka pinned his girlfriend against a door, twisted her wrist and grabbed money from her hand.


• Tiffany Lynn Wood, 33, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence Sept. 1, after Fairbanks police stopped her for speeding on South Cushman Street. According to charging documents, Wood failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.082.

Multiple charges

• Corina Cyndi Damario, 53, of Fairbanks, was charged with third- and fourth-degree assault Sept. 2. According to charging documents, Damario grabbed her boyfriend’s cheek and put her hand on his mouth, blocking his breathing, while saying “I love you. I love you.” Damario had been drinking and was angry at her boyfriend for talking to a female neighbor, according to the charges.

• Michael Randy Cofey, 37, of Anchorage, and Joseph Walton Cofey Jr., 41, of Fairbanks, were charged Aug. 31 with first-degree robbery, first-degree vehicle theft, second-degree theft, two counts of third-degree assault and kidnapping, all felonies. According to charging documents, the two Cofeys and a woman entered a Best Western hotel room and held the two occupants at gunpoint. The female victim told Alaska State Troopers that all three had guns and were wearing masks, and they left with both of her cellphones and the keys to her Acura MDX SUV. The male victim said one of the gunmen hit him in the head with a pistol and stole his cellphone. The couple described their assailants, and troopers viewed surveillance footage that affirmed their description. The female victim’s SUV was spotted traveling down Airport Way with its headlights off a few hours later. Troopers found the SUV abandoned in the parking lot of the Boatel with the keys inside. Both Cofeys were arrested at the bar and were still wearing the same clothing seen in the surveillance footage, according to the charges.

• Reynard James Washington, 35, of North Pole, was charged with fourth-degree assault and fifth-degree drugs misconduct Aug. 31, after Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a man throwing something at a woman on Woll Road. According to charging documents, the woman told troopers that Washington came at her multiple times and she ordered him out and grabbed a machete to defend herself. She said Washington threw rocks and a mailbox at her and she might have hit him with the machete. The woman said she followed Washington outside with the machete in hopes a passerby would see and call 911. Washington said the woman cut his hand with the machete and he was in fear for his life. He was arrested and a search yielded a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue in it, according to the charges.

Dorothy Chomicz