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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 11:26 pm | Updated: 1:53 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.


Fairbanks resident Kathleen M. Swenson, 55, is accused of having eight grams of marijuana, not eight ounces as listed in the April 24 Public Safety report.


• Richard Mark Ologak, 48, of Kaktovik, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching his cousin in the face Tuesday at the Airport Way Super 8 Motel.

Ologak’s cousin had a swollen and bruised face, police said. She told police he has been arrested before for beating her up.

Ologak told police his cousin slapped him in the face and that he punched her back once.

Ologak also was charged with violating court orders not to drink alcohol. There were empty beer cans around their hotel room and Ologak told police he had been drinking in a bar and in the room and said because he is Native he can drink more than many other types of people.

• Tony G. Wilson, 28, of Fairbanks, was indicted earlier this month on one count of second-degree assault for a crime that allegedly took place April 5.


• A basement was reported burglarized Sunday in the 700 block of 16th Avenue, according to Fairbanks police.

A chainsaw, saw sets and a music system were reported stolen.

• An Elliott Highway cabin was reported burglarized Saturday afternoon, according to Alaska State Troopers.

An antique wood stove, oil drip stove and two solar panels were reported stolen.

Troopers are asking anyone with information about the theft to call 451-5100.


• Derrick Paul Backstrom, 30, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence for allegedly driving an ATV while intoxicated and with two underage passengers Monday on Luzon Avenue on Fort Wainwright.

Backstrom and one of his passengers did not have a helmet, military police said. He registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.205, more than the legal limit of 0.08.

He also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

• Carl David Mutchler, 26, of Fairbanks, was charged with DUI after he was stopped at 12:29 a.m. Tuesday on Lazelle Road and the Steese Expressway.

Mutchler had a problem with his headlight and did not stop for a red light, troopers said.

He told troopers he had been drinking and was impaired.

He registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.187.

• David Verela III, 31, was charged with DUI after he was stopped Monday on Airport Way and Gillam Way.

Verela was driving 65 mph in a 45 mph and failed field sobriety tests, Fairbanks police said.

He registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.167.


A motorist reported seeing two naked men holding signs on College Road and Danby Street in front of Creamer’s Field, according to Fairbanks police. She wasn’t able to see what the signs said.

Motor vehicle offense

Darryl L. Dennis, 45, of North Pole, was indicted earlier this month on one count of felony motor vehicle offense for allegedly concealing or misrepresenting the identity of vehicle or equipment on purpose Feb. 19.


• Berry Marshall Randall, 23, of North Pole, was charged with third-degree felony assault for allegedly stealing a pickup and a $4,000 TV from his employer Friday afternoon.

Randall, according to the criminal complaint against him, went to get the truck and TV from his employer’s house while his employer was out of town. He told his uncle his employer gave him permission to use the truck and gave his uncle the TV, according to the complaint.

The vehicle was recovered after Randall called its owner to say he got an anonymous call that told him the vehicle was at the end of Peger Road.

Randall’s employer told troopers Randall had worked in his shop for about a month and he had been given specific instructions that he was not allowed to use the vehicle.

Randall was found hiding in a closet in a home on the 800 block of Lakloey Drive in North Pole, troopers said. After his arrest he told troopers he tried to contact his employer about using the vehicle and that he should have waited to get permission before taking it.

Randall also was charged with violating probation for a 2011 felony theft conviction.

• Angelina S. Mataia, 22, of Fairbanks, was indicted earlier this month on eight counts of falsifying business records for crimes that allegedly took place between Jan. 29 and Feb. 11. She also was indicted on one count of second-degree theft for allegedly stealing goods or services worth $500 or more on Jan 29.

Multiple charges

Curtis O. Petersen, 35, of Fort Yukon, was charged with third-degree felony assault and DUI for allegedly driving an ATV while intoxicated and intentionally ramming another ATV at 1:50 a.m. Sunday.

The front of Petersen’s ATV and the back of the other ATV was damaged, troopers said.

He registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.141.

Petersen told troopers he accidentally hit the other ATV and the people in the other ATV overreacted.

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