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Posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 11:18 pm | Updated: 1:24 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

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.


• Alexie Pitka, 21, of Nulato, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly choking his girlfriend and punching her friend Sunday in Nulato.

His girlfriend’s friend told Alaska State Troopers that during an argument between Pitka and his girlfriend he ripped a mirror from the wall and broke it on the bed next to his girlfriend before slapping and choking her.

When her friend tried to intervene, she said Pitka punched her.

Pitka’s girlfriend refused to talk about the incident with troopers. Her friend had two bruises under her left eye.

Pitka told troopers he had been drinking heavily and smoking marijuana, and he did not remember the incident.

• Joseph Thomas Hojnowski, 24, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly throwing a cigarette lighter toward his girlfriend and charging her Monday afternoon at a Ballaine Lake park bench.

Hojnowski’s girlfriend told troopers that Hojnowski threw a gold-plated lighter struck her ankle. He then charged her with his right hand cocked back, which made her fear he would hit her, she said.

Hojnowski told troopers he did throw the lighter and that it bounced of the park bench and hit her.

• Michael A. Geter, 31, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching his wife and trying to choke her early Sunday morning at a home on the 2000 block of Weston drive.

Geter’s wife told troopers the assault occurred after they went to Arctic Bar to drink for the first time after many year of being sober.

At a campground near the bar, Geter threatened to kill her and tried to choke her, she said.

Later at their home, she said Geter hit her in the face and trashed their bedroom, she said.

Troopers observed about $1,500 in smashed property in the home, including a car windshield and a television.

Troopers found Geter in the neighborhood. He told troopers his wife left him at the campground and he had to walk home. He said he had broken the things in his home and said he had a nervous break-down, troopers said.

Troopers said he was driving and had a breath-alcohol content of 0.115, more than the legal limit of 0.08, although he had not been charged with driving under the influence as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the Alaska Court System website.


Adam Gary Sinks, 25, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence for allegedly driving while drunk at 2 a.m. Tuesday on the 900 block of the Old Steese Highway.

Sinks was found passed out in a vehicle with the parking lights on, the radio playing and the keys in the ignition, Fairbanks police said.

He failed field sobriety tests, police said.

He registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.210.

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