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Public Safety Report — March 9, 2012

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Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2012 11:50 pm | Updated: 1:44 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.

DUI

• Norman Wayne Coffey, 51, of North Pole, was arraigned March 3 on one count of driving under the influence and one count of driving with a revoked license.

At 1:17 a.m. March 2, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a vehicle driving into oncoming traffic and colliding into snow berms near 7 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road. The caller provided troopers with the vehicle’s license plate number.

Troopers were unable to find the suspected vehicle at that location, but the license plate was registered to an address at 17 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road. Troopers drove toward the address and found Coffey inside the suspected vehicle in a ditch near 16 Mile.

Coffey exhibited signs of intoxication and reportedly told the troopers he’d consumed four beers before driving home. Coffey rated his intoxication level at four out of 10.

Coffey failed the field sobriety test and later registered a .254 blood alcohol content. The legal limit in Alaska is .08. Coffey has had three prior DUI convictions, including one last March that led to revocation of his license.

• Jennifer Ann Savok, 27, of Fairbanks, was arraigned Thursday on one count of driving under the influence.

Fairbanks police responded to a car in a snow bank at approximately 3:22 a.m. Thursday at 99 College Road. Witnesses told police Savok had driven her car over a sidewalk.

Savok exhibited signs of intoxication and was reportedly uncooperative in performing the field sobriety tests.

Savok registered a .281 blood alcohol content.

• Christopher Anthony Walters, 46, of Fairbanks pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of driving under the influence.

At 12:38 a.m. on Wednesday, Fairbanks police received a complaint of illegal gambling taking place at a bar. The complaint came from Walters, who told the police dispatcher he was driving home from the bar. Dispatch reported Walters slurred as he spoke on the phone.

Police responded to Walters’ Gillam Way address and found Walters sitting in his car in his driveway. Police noted the tire tracks in the snow appeared to be fresh.

Walters showed signs of intoxication and could not stand without swaying. He registered a .188 blood

alcohol content.

Assault

• Donald Dwayne Culver, 52, of Fairbanks was arraigned Saturday on one count of misdemeanor assault and one count of harassment in the second degree.

On March 1, Culver walked into the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District office and demanded to be taken off the school email distribution list. Culver had recently been sent an email inviting him to a class reunion.

Before Culver left, he reportedly told an office employee, “May you and God rot in Hell.” Culver then sent several emails to the employee. In the emails, Culver reportedly wrote what the employee took to be a death threat.

Culver returned to the office the morning of March 2 and demanded to speak with the employee he had emailed. Culver reportedly became angry after being asked to repeat something.

Culver was escorted from the building, but as he left he made a downward hand gesture and said, “Boom, boom, boom.” Charging documents said he told his escort that someone was going to die.

Police were called and, when an officer arrived, he found the workers locked in an office. The originally threatened worker was concerned Culver would return and “shoot the place up.”

• Martin Baker, 43, of Fairbanks, was arraigned Thursday on one count of misdemeanor assault, one count of criminal mischief in the fourth degree and one count of interfering with a domestic violence report.

Troopers received a call Wednesday at 10:09 p.m. reporting a possible assault at an Old Steese Highway address.

Troopers spoke with the alleged victim, who told them she and her boyfriend, Baker, had been having an argument. The woman told troopers Baker had threatened to kill her.

The woman also told troopers that when she’d tried to call police, Baker had taken the phone from her twice. The second time, she said Baker threw the phone into a wood stove.

Baker told troopers that his girlfriend had thrown the phone. When asked why she would throw the phone into a wood stove, Baker said he didn’t wish to incriminate himself.

• Buddy Paul Peter, 35, of Fairbanks, was arraigned Thursday on one count of assault in the second degree.

A woman informed Fairbanks police on Feb. 25 that Peter assaulted her earlier in the day.

She told police she’d been asleep in her bed when Peter came home drunk from the Shenanigans Bar. Peter reportedly yelled at and threw an open beer can at her, causing beer to get in her eye. 

Peter reportedly tackled her, pressed his hand on her throat, struck her face so hard she bit through her lip and kicked her in the back.

The woman yelled for help, escaped and called police. Peter left before the police arrived. Police report that the woman had injuries consistent with her account, including red marks on her throat and a swollen, bloody lip.

The woman’s 6-year-old child from a previous relationship was present during the assault.

• Paul Leon Andrew Nickoli, 26, of Fairbanks, was arraigned Wednesday on one count of misdemeanor assault.

A 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, Fairbanks police arrived at Springhill Suites to investigate a reported assault. A Community Service Patrol officer was attempting to load Nickoli into a van when Nickoli reportedly kicked him in the stomach with both feet.

Nickoli was on probation for previous charges of criminal trespass, theft in the fourth degree and a prior misdemeanor assault. 

• Kasey Edell Cryer, 28, of Fairbanks, pleaded guilty Saturday to two counts of misdemeanor assault.

Fairbanks police received a call March 3 at approximately 10:02 p.m. from Cryer’s mother, saying Cryer was “going crazy” and punching holes in the wall. When police responded, the mother told police he’d struck her on the right side of her face and shoved her.

Cryer also reportedly “puffed up his chest,” clenched his fist and threatened to hit his roommate.

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