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Public Safety Report — April 7, 2012

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Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 11:19 pm | Updated: 1:53 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.


• Ladean Rae Castel, 43, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly slapping a boyfriend Wednesday.

The victim told Fairbanks police that he came home and got into an argument with Castel because Castel had been drinking. During the argument Castel slapped him in the head and face, injuring his scalp.

•Nickolas Thomas George Kelsch, 27, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly hitting his girlfriend in the face with his head and running her into a wall on Feb. 16. Charges were filed March 21.

Kelsch’s girlfriend had bruising on the bridge of her nose, around her eyes and on her legs, Fairbanks police said.

She told police Castel called her a derogatory name during an argument and she slapped him once in the face. He then restrained her, ran her into a wall, fell on top of her and hit her face with his head, she said.

• Travis John Duthie, 29, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching his wife in the back of the head and not letting her leave their home Wednesday morning at a home on the 1200 block of Bunnell Street.

Duthie’s wife told Fairbanks police that during an argument Duthie pushed her on the ground face first and started hitting her in the back of he head. Duthie initially blocked the door and would not let her leave, but eventually she escaped to her downstairs neighbor, she said.

The neighbor reported hearing the sound of someone hitting the floor and hearing for Dutie’s wife yelling for Duthie to let her out.

Duthie’s wife had a reddish ear and she had a small scratch on her pinky, police said.

• Tony Gean Wilson, 28, of Fairbanks, was charged with second-degree felony assault for allegedly choking his girlfriend.

His girlfriend had red marks on her neck and early evidence of busing and her biceps and on her lower legs, Alaska State Troopers said.

She told troopers Wilson choked her when she tried to take his phone away from him to see who he was texting with.

She also said Wilson threw her around the house and reached his hand inside her mouth. She bit his hand to get him away from her, she said. When he choked her she said she couldn’t breathe and saw black.

The couple’s two young boys told troopers they saw the incident. One said he had a bad dream about “daddy trying to kill mommy,” according to the criminal complaint against Wilson.

Wilson told troopers his girlfriend attacked him and that he put his hands around her neck to restrain her.

Wilson was on probation for a previous assault on another woman, troopers said.


A break-in was reported in a Westmark Hotel room Wednesday night. A laptop, two diamond rings and $1,500 in cash were taken and the room was trashed, according to Fairbanks police logs.


• Donald A. Claveau Jr., 49, of Cambridge, Minn., was charged with driving under the influence after he was stopped about

3:09 a.m. at Airport Way and Market Street.

Claveau was driving about 35 mph on Airport and was weaving down the road, troopers said.

He told troopers he was driving erratically because he had spilled a chocolate milkshake and was trying to wipe it up.

He said he had his last drink a few hours before at the American Legion. On a 1-10 scale with 10 the most intoxicated, he was a “4.”

He registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.089, more than the legal limit of 0.08.

•Dan D. Snodgrass, 53, of Fairbanks, was charged with DUI after he was stopped about 1:58 a.m. Thursday in the vicinity of 4 Mile Steese Highway.

Snodgrass was stopped because he crossed both the center and fog lines, troopers said.

He told troopers he was going home from work and had not consumed any alcohol.

However, he failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.212, troopers said.

— Sam Friedman

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