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Posted: Monday, July 25, 2011 11:36 pm | Updated: 1:16 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.


Charges against Samuel Steven Guildner were listed incorrectly the July 7 Public Safety Blotter. Guildner is charged with fourth-degree drugs misconduct because he allegedly possessed more than an ounce of marijuana.


• A Nikiski man was taken to Fairbanks Memorial hospital with an injury to his hand after the rental 2010 Ford Fusion he was driving collided with a moose at 1,387.4 Mile Alaska Highway.

About 3:20 a.m. Friday, Samuel V. Cornell IV, 64, was transported by Tok emergency medical services.

The moose died from the injuries and was salvaged, according to Alaska State Troopers.

• A female passenger was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with minor injuries after a crash about 2 p.m. July 15 at 353 Mile Richardson Highway.

Alaska State Troopers concluded North Pole-resident Sheldon Shaw, 49, was crossing the highway when he was hit by North Pole-resident Clyde Konichek, 22. Diane Konichek, a passenger in Shaw’s vehicle, received minor injuries.

Charges against Shaw for driving without insurance were forwarded to the district attorney.


A burglary was reported Friday morning at a home on Lee Lane in North Pole, according to Alaska State Troopers.

There are no suspects or leads and troopers are asking anyone with information to call 451-5100.

Indecent exposure

Layman O. Johnson, 60, of Fairbanks, was charged with indecent exposure for allegedly standing in a yard on the 100 block of E Street with his genitals exposed Thursday night.

A man who complained to Johnson told Fairbanks police Johnson told him he could do what he wanted because it was his yard.

Johnson told police he urinated in his yard because he did not think he could make it to the bathroom in his house.


• Travis Lewis Banning, 29, of North Pole, was charged with third-degree (felony) assault for allegedly pointing a revolver at his girlfriend Sunday night outside a home on the 2000 block of Kimi Street in North Pole.

His girlfriend told troopers she and Banning had begun hitting each other outside their home after she confronted him about coming home from a bar late. When she got out his cell phone, he smashed it with a hammer, she said. He told her to leave and when she did not he took a pistol out of a tool box and pointed it at her, she said. Afraid for her life, she said she tried to flee in a truck, but he punched out the passenger-side window. She fled in another vehicle, she said.

Banning told troopers the next day he fought with his girlfriend and broke the window and the cell phone. He did not point a gun at his girlfriend, he said.

Banning also was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and weapons misconduct.

• Joshua A. Devers, 22, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly slapping the mother of his unborn child Thursday afternoon.

The victim told troopers that Devers slapped her in the hand when she tried to pick her son up, slapped a cell phone away when she tried to call for help and then slapped her son in the arm.

When she left with her son, he smashed her son’s crib, loaded it into his truck and drove to her mother’s North Pole house where he began throwing baby things onto the driveway, she said.

The victim’s brother told troopers Devers grabbed him by the collar and threatened to beat him up.

Devers also was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and interfering with a domestic violence report.


Brenda Jean Lopez, 45, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence for allegedly driving home from Shenanigan’s bar about 1:16 a.m. Friday.

A bartender told Fairbanks police Lopez left the bar drunk and could not be persuaded to take a cab.

Police found her at home. She smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot watery eyes and slurred speech, police said. She refused to take a chemical alcohol test.

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