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Public Safety Report: Dec. 26, 2012

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Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 9:46 pm

FAIRBANKS — 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.

Assault

• David Robert Compton, 22, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching a former roommate in the face on Dec. 17.

Compton’s former roommate told Fairbanks police Compton hit him after Compton and he got into an argument about a money issue when he went to return a game controller.

Compton admitted hitting his former roommate, police said.

• Truman Cleveland Jr., 51, of Fairbanks, was indicted last week on one count of third-degree felony domestic violence assault for an incident that allegedly took place Nov. 24.

Cleveland was charged with a felony because he already has at least two assault convictions in the past two years.

• Robert Eugene Christianson, 34, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly confronting two juvenile victims with a handgun outside his home about 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Charges were filed Dec. 18.

Christianson told Fairbanks police he confronted the two with a gun because he thought they were looking into his vehicle, which was parked on the street in front of his home.

The victims told Fairbanks police they were taking pictures of a moose on the vacant lot next to Christianson’s home. They said Christianson pointed the handgun at them, police said.

• Diven M. Palmer, 20, of Fort Wainwright, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly grabbing his girlfriend’s thigh Dec. 16.

Palmer’s girlfriend had a hand-sized mark on her thigh with scratch marks, Alaska State Troopers said.

She told troopers they had been in an argument and she kicked Palmer out of her home and then went back in and got his jacket for him. Diven wanted his pants and other belongings and she said he grabbed her thigh before leaving in a taxi.

Palmer told troopers his girlfriend slammed the door on his hand when he tried to get back in to get his X-Box video game console. He said he pushed her thigh to free his hand, troopers said.

• Lyndon Rex Arbogast, 38, of North Pole, was charged with third-degree felony assault for allegedly firing a bullet into the rear fender of his daughter’s friend’s car.

Arborgast’s daughter and her friend told troopers they were sitting in the car when Arborgast came out with a pistol and told them they had 24 hours to get their things out of the house. He fired a single shot behind the rear passenger door.

Arborgast told troopers he fired the shot to prove a point because his daughter and her friend had been smoking marijuana in the driveway for three nights in a row.

Troopers seized a 9-millimeter Hi-Point pistol from the top drawer in Arborgast’s dresser.

• Ellis Troy Wright, 25, of Tetlin, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching his adopted sister in the face Saturday in a Fairbanks Westmark Hotel room.

Wright’s sister had a fresh cut on her upper lip and there was fresh blood on the door, Fairbanks police said.

Wright told police he had been in an argument but said he did not physically hurt his sister, police said. He smelled of alcohol and appeared highly intoxicated, police said.

• Benny Clay Attla, 53, of Huslia, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly threatening to kill the community’s village public safety officer Friday evening.

The VPSO told troopers he was at Attla’s home conducting a welfare check when Attla threatened to get a gun and kill him. The VPSO said he ran from the home, leaving his snowmachine behind, because he took the threat seriously.

Attla told troopers he was upset and wanted to scare the VPSO by threatening to kill him.

• Willie Bernard Grant, 32, of Fairbanks was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly hitting another man in the head about 1 a.m. Sunday at the Arctic Bar.

The victim did not know Grant’s name but gave Fairbanks police a description of his appearance. Police located Grant at Club AK and the victim identified him and signed a citizen’s arrest form, police said.

Drugs

Tommy Lee Henagar, 38, of North Pole, was charged by secret indictment last week on two counts of third-degree felony drugs misconduct for allegedly making or selling methamphetamine in the Fairbanks area on Oct. 16 and Nov. 10.

DUI

• Michael Francis Sellin, 29, was charged with DUI after he reportedly drove into a ditch and collided with a guard rail at the intersection of Chena Ridge Spur Road and Old Chena Pump Road.

Alaska State Troopers said an employee at the Red Fox Bar and Grill called at 1:19 a.m. Wednesday. The employee reported Sellin was at the bar and had reported he was in a crash but was adamant that troopers not respond.

A friend of Sellin’s was at the scene of the crash and said Sellin had been driving. Sellin failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.168, troopers said.

• Joshua Daniel Simpson, 23, of North Pole, was charged with DUI after reportedly driving into a snowbank Dec. 18 on Bjerremark Street.

Fairbanks police said Simpson’s grey Dodge Durango did not have a front license plate and the vehicle drove on the wrong side of the road of 27th Avenue before getting stuck in a snowbank on Bjerremark.

Simpson failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a chemical alcohol test, police said.

• Phillip Matthew Snyder, 28, of Fairbanks, was charged with DUI.

Snyder was driving a blue 2004 Kia Optima with a broken taillight about 2:50 a.m. Thursday on 10th Avenue at Lathrop Street, Fairbanks police said.

He failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.099, police said.

• Nicholas Todd, 31, of North Pole, was charged with DUI.

Todd was stopped for failing to signal at the corner of St. Nicholas and Buzby streets and at two other intersections, North Pole police said.

He told police he had a “couple” beers and he registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.202.

• Matthew Kyle Glover, 25, of Fairbanks, was charged with DUI.

Glover was standing outside a vehicle that had its hazard lights flashing about 1:35 a.m. near the Parks Highway overpass on Airport Way.

Glover said he was locking the hubs because he was having issues with his

4-wheel drive.

He told troopers he was returning home from the airport and had not been drinking, but his breath smelled strongly of alcohol and he had red watery eyes and a swaying balance, troopers said. His passenger also appeared intoxicated and had vomit on her chest, sleeves and legs, troopers said.

Glover failed field sobriety tests and was not able to provide a useable breath sample for a chemical alcohol test in five attempts, something he attributed to undiagnosed asthma, troopers said.

He asked to be taken to the hospital for a blood alcohol test but refused to cooperate with the phlebotomist at the hospital, troopers said. No blood sample was taken.

Escape

Holly Moran Rae Charlie, 24, of Fairbanks, was charged with second-degree felony escape for allegedly walking away from the North Star Center halfway house Saturday night.

She was charged with a felony because it is allegedly her second escape attempt from the halfway house in the past two years.

A halfway house employee told Alaska State Troopers she saw Charlie leave the building and run across the highway to the Blue Loon.

Charlie told troopers she was sorry for leaving and was scared. She said she drank alcohol with another North Star resident and was afraid of being tested for alcohol. The woman Charlie said she drank with also was reported missing.

Charlie, who had a court-ordered release condition not to drink alcohol, registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.062 on a handheld preliminary breath alcohol test.

Weapons

Rickey Lee Blue Jr., 26, of Fairbanks, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor weapons misconduct for allegedly carrying a pistol while intoxicated and failing to tell police he was carrying it early Friday morning.

Blue was stopped while walking east on 15th Avenue at Noble Street because he resembled someone who had recently been rummaging through a parked vehicle and ran from police, Fairbanks police said.

Blue told police he had a .22 pistol in his pants pocket, but not until after police asked him if he was armed, police said.

He registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.067 on a handheld preliminary breath-alcohol test.

Theft

Stephen Richard Tuel Jr., 22, of Fairbanks, was indicted earlier this month on a charge of second-degree theft for allegedly stealing goods or service worth $50 or more on Oct. 28. He was charged with a felony because he has two or more theft convictions in the past five years, according to the indictment.

Multiple charges

Joshua Arlyn Dufford, 19, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony drugs and weapons misconduct for allegedly possessing a backpack with more than three ounces of marijuana and two pistols during a Fairbanks traffic stop in June.

Dufford was arrested and charges were filed Thursday.

Dufford was a passenger in a blue-green Ford F-250 that was stopped June 26 at the corner of Eagle Avenue and Third Street, troopers said.

The trucked smelled strongly of marijuana and Dufford said he had recently smoked some, troopers said. Dufford said he would give troopers what he had and reached into a compartment of a black and red Swiss backpack. It was later determined the pocket contained nothing but two pistols, troopers said. Troopers stopped Dufford as he reached into the bag and confiscated the bag.

Troopers later received a search warrant to open the bag and said it contained 96 grams of marijuana, a box of sandwich bags, a loaded Glock 27 and a loaded Taurus .22.

On Dec. 18, the state crime lab reported the suspected marijuana taken from the backpack was in fact marijuana. On Thursday, troopers received an arrest warrant for Dufford. Troopers said he tried to close the door when troopers arrived at his house and fought with troopers. Troopers Tasered him.

Dufford was charged with second-degree felony weapons misconduct because it is a felony to possess a firearm while committing a drug crime.

— Sam Friedman

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