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.
• Marcus C. Putnam, 26, of North Pole was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching an Arctic Taxi driver in the head at about 2:40 a.m. Thursday while the driver drove the cab down the Mitchell Expressway near University Avenue.
The taxi driver, who had a bloody cut on the back of his head and blood on his hands, told Alaska State Troopers he was taking Putnam home from the Red Fox to North Pole when Putnam got upset and tried to use the driver’s cellphone. The driver said he told Putnam he could not use the phone.
Putnam began damaging items in the cab including the radio and punched him as he drove. The driver said he thought the cab was going to crash and said he punched Putnam once to subdue him and then pulled over.
Putnam had a bloody nose and was too intoxicated to give a coherent account of what happened, troopers said. He registered a breathalcohol of 0.284 on a handheld preliminary alcohol test. He was also charged with criminal mischief.
• Raymond Wayne Langston, 29, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly slapping his girlfriend in the face Wednesday night.
Langston’s girlfriend told troopers she was lying down resting when Langston saw a text message on her phone he did not like and hit her.
Langston told troopers he never hit his girlfriend. He said he sent her a text message apologizing for hitting her because she asked him to send her a message that said that, troopers said.
• Hoe Young Kim, 26, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching a man in the face Oct. 23 at the Stone Soup Kitchen. The charge was filed Wednesday.
The victim and another witness told Fairbanks police said Kim struck the victim about four times during an argument and then fled. The victim had a swollen area on his face about half the size of softball and a cut that required stitches.
• David Thomas Pearson, 38, of North Pole, was charged with driving under the influence after a caller reported a vehicle driven by Pearson cut him off Wednesday on Santa Claus Lane.
Pearson failed sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.254, North Pole police said. Pearson was also charged with driving with a revoked driver’s license.
• Alvin Truman Stephens, 54, of Fairbanks was charged with DUI.
Stephens was stopped at about 12:20 a.m. Friday for driving on the wrong side of the road on the 600 block of 21st Avenue, Fairbanks police said.
He registered a breath alcohol content of 0.135 on a handheld, preliminary breath-alcohol test. He refused to take a more accurate Datamaster breath alcohol test, police said.
Scott Edward Sommer, 30, of North Pole, was charged with misdemeanor weapons misconduct for allegedly firing a shotgun through a wall in a home on Blue Sky Court Thursday afternoon.
Troopers responding to a report of a possible suicidal subject heard a gunshot and sent a robot into the house that found Sommer lying on the ground in the bedroom.
Sommer was uninjured. He told troopers he missed. There was a home about 50 yards from the hole the shotgun blast made in the wall, troopers sad.
• Jordan Blake Brock, 27, of Fairbanks, was charged with second-degree felony assault and kidnapping for allegedly choking his exgirlfriend and holding her captive by threatening her with a knife early Thursday morning at a home on Mack Boulevard.
His ex-girlfriend told troopers Brock came back from a night of drinking and laid on top of her 1-year-old child. She told him to get off, and he reportedly put her in a headlock and choked her. In a two-hour period that followed, she tried to escape to her grandmother’s home down the street and call for help, she said. Brock was walking around carrying a knife saying he as going to hurt himself, destroyed her cellphone when she tried to use it and pulled the landline phone cord out of the wall, she said.
Brock’s ex-girlfriend had redness on her neck and chest. The home was in general disarray with a broken crib, broken phone wire and a cellphone, troopers said.
Troopers took a “SOG SEAL Team Knife” from under a couch cushion.
Brock told troopers he was upset because they had recently broken up and his ex-girlfriend gave him back a wedding ring he had given her. He was trying to do everything he could to stop her from leaving him, he said. He said he used the knife for cutting wood for their fire. His ex-girlfriend has been hitting him for about the last month since she became pregnant, he said.
• Laurajane Bailey, 47, of Fairbanks, was indicted Wednesday on charges of second- degree theft and fourthdegree drugs misconduct.
She is accused of stealing goods or services worth $500 or more Dec. 8, 2011, in the Fairbanks area and fraudulently obtaining hydrocodone Oct. 29, 2011, in the Fairbanks area.