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.
• Martin Mathew Hietala, 28, of North Pole, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching a man he had loaned money to on March 30 at the Extended Stay Hotel.
Hietala came to the alleged victim’s room at the hotel to ask for his money. The man grabbed Hietala while Hietala was picking some items to use as a collateral, and Hietala broke free and punched the other man in the eye, Alaska State Troopers said.
Hietala told troopers he punched the other man in the eye.
• Jay P. Gottschalk, 42, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly holding his brother’s girlfriend down while his brother kicked, punched and bit her on Aug. 15 at a home on B Street.
The alleged victim told Fairbanks police Gottschalk and his brother became angry when she said it was time to go to bed after a night of drinking.
A bite mark could be seen on her left leg, and her face was red, police said.
• Kyle J. Starr, 20, of Fairbanks, was charged with third-degree felony assault for allegedly threatening a taxi driver with a knife early Sunday morning on Thomas Street.
The driver told troopers Starr pulled out a 4-inch blade and was playing with it while he was being driven with two companions. He said Starr lunged at him with the knife when he was asked to put it away.
Starr initially provided a false name of “Robert Wright Jr.” when asked to identify himself and said he was not carrying any weapons, police said. He was carrying a folding knife in his left pocket that he told police was a steak knife. He later said the cab driver set him up, police said.
One of Starr’s companions, Darren Leonard Edwin, 28, was arrested on a charge of making a false report because he initially said his name is Clayton James Edwin, police said.
• Trent J. Wagner, 20, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly scaring his girlfriend by throwing things around her home Saturday.
Wagner’s girlfriend told troopers Wagner became upset for unknown reasons and began throwing things and yelling. Nothing hit her, but she was afraid so she locked Wagner out of the house and locked herself in the bathroom.
Several items had been thrown around the home and there was a hole in the drywall near the front door she said Wagner caused by slamming the door, troopers said.
• Rick Bakeman, 40, of Fairbanks, was charged with third-degree felony assault for allegedly choking his wife Thursday at their home on Wedgewood Drive.
Troopers responding to a call said they arrived to a living room that contained ripped-up money and several computers broken in half.
Bakeman’s wife told troopers her husband grabbed her from behind and put her in a tight choke hold after she caught him corresponding with other women online. She said she was not able to breathe and almost passed out.
Bakeman told troopers that his wife was out of control and said he grabbed her to control her.
Their young daughter told troopers she saw her mother push her father and then saw he father choke her mother. She said she covered her eyes during the incident. A neighbor told troopers she heard screaming and yelling but could not determine exactly what was going on.
• Benjamin Bard Young, 32, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence after he was stopped Sunday on the Geist Road offramp of the Parks Highway.
Young was stopped because he made a wide turn and was swerving, University of Alaska Fairbanks police said. He told police he had about four beers before driving.
He refused to take a chemical alcohol test, troopers said.
• Amy Virginia Fain, 33, of North Pole, was charged with DUI after allegedly getting behind the wheel of a van after taking prescription drugs Saturday. The incident occurred near the corner of Wickersham Street and Fourth Avenue.
Fain was sleeping in a running tan van on the side of the road, Fairbanks police said.
She failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.000, police said. Numerous prescription medications were taken from the vehicle, and police received a search warrant to seize a sample of Fain’s blood as evidence.
• Victor E. Smith, 44, of Fairbanks, was charged with DUI after he was stopped at 10:47 p.m. Saturday on Chena Pump Road at Amherst Avenue.
Smith was stopped for driving without headlights on, troopers said.
He admitted drinking a 12-ounce vodka before driving, troopers said.
He registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.213, more than the legal limit of 0.08.
• Nasuk Dinah Grace Tuzroyluk, 30, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony DUI after allegedly rear-ending another vehicle and causing it to strike a third vehicle at 5:41 a.m. Friday on Airport Way at the Richardson Highway intersection.
Tuzroyluk responded “cause I’m drunk” when she was asked what caused the accident, Fairbanks police said.
She registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.212.
Tuzroyluk was charged with a felony because she has a previous felony conviction
• Christopher Mier, 22, of Fort Wainwright, was charged with DUI after he was stopped Saturday at the corner of Geist Road and Thompson Drive.
Mier was stopped because he turned left from a straight-only lane, University of Alaska Fairbanks police said. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.152, police said.
Mier also was charged with furnishing alcohol to someone who is younger than 21 years old because his passenger was intoxicated and 18 years old. She told police she had been drinking beer and said she had recently met Mier at a party.
• Jose H. Rodriguez Jr., 38, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony DUI after he allegedly drove a scooter outside the Mecca Bar while drunk at 3 p.m. Thursday.
A caller reported an intoxicated looking man had driven a Yamaha scooter down the sidewalk on Second Avenue, Fairbanks police said. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.178, police said.
He was charged with a felony because he was convicted of felony DUI on June 8, troopers said.
Ronni Denise Campbell, 46, of Nenana, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor weapons misconduct for allegedly carrying and firing a rifle while drunk Saturday afternoon in Nenana.
Troopers responding to a complaint in Nenana said Campbell was on First Street and headed to Second Street with a rifle on her back.
She told troopers she knew she should not be carrying a rifle when drinking but said she was hungry and went hunting chickens. She said she fired the rifle across the road at the lock on a house but missed.
She registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.175.