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Public Safety Report: Nov. 15, 2012

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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:13 am | Updated: 12:09 pm, Mon Jan 21, 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.


• Timothy Alan Thompson, 34, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault and assault on a police officer for allegedly fighting with a Fairbanks police officer Friday morning at Cowles and Kennicott streets.

A Fairbanks police officer responding to a welfare check about 11:30 a.m. said Thompson punched him in the face and they exchanged blows and fell to the ground fighting.

The police officer said he sustained a cut under his left eye, broke his glasses and thought he might have torn a ligament in a finger. An off-duty North Pole fireman who stopped to help received a small cut on his lower leg.

It took two pairs of handcuffs and additional police backup to restrain Thompson, police said.

• Chalkyitsik brothers Bryan W. Joseph, 39, and Fabian D. Joseph 33, were both charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly beating up Bryan Joseph’s ex-wife Friday morning in Chalkyitsik.

Bryan’s ex-wife had numerous injuries, including a softball-sized bruise on her lower back, a baseball-sized bruise on her stomach and a swollen lower leg, Alaska State Troopers said.

She told troopers both men came over, kicked her and punched her and threw her down the stairs. She said she had been drinking with both men the night before but did not remember why they attacked her.

Both Joseph brothers were intoxicated and said they did not know how Joseph’s ex-wife received her injuries. Brian Joseph said she went crazy and said he had to escort her out of her house. Neither man was injured, troopers said.

• Douglas Richard Prideaux, 23, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly throwing his wife to the ground Monday night at their University Avenue home during a scuffle for car keys.

• Jeremy A. Ridlington, 35, of Nenana, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly throwing his mother to the ground Tuesday afternoon after a confrontation outside his mother’s house.

Ridlington told a village public safety officer he wanted to go inside and take a nap and his mother wouldn’t let him in. They got into a scuffle and she ended up on the ground, he said.

• Elizabeth Matson, 25, of North Pole, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly locking a roommate in his room and kicking him at a home on Old Badger Road. Charges were filed Monday.

The roommate told troopers Matson had been drinking and had gotten out of control in the kitchen, throwing food all over the house and breaking a casserole dish. He said he was able to block most of the kicks but was frightened by the attack.

Troopers said Matson became enraged with her roommates while she was being arrested. She also is accused of violating probation from a previous domestic violence case.

• Dave Edward Helt, 48, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly hitting his girlfriend in the face and giving her a bloody nose Tuesday on the 1500 block of South Cushman Street.

Helt and his girlfriend told troopers there was no assault and that Helt’s girlfriend hurt herself falling down stairs. However, they didn’t agree on which stairs she fell down. A witness told police she saw Helt strike a woman in the face, police said.

• Thomas Wayne Harbuck, 22, of North Pole, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly getting in his ex-wife’s face and threatening to hit her Monday afternoon when they were exchanging custody of their son.

Harbuck’s ex-wife told troopers Harbuck was angry because their son had a fever when he picked him up.

He stood nose-to-nose to her in an intimidating stance with clinched fists, repeatedly saying “what,” she said.

Harbuck told troopers he was upset about the fever and told his ex-wife as much. He said he never threatened to assault her and said while he was confronting her about the fever she slapped him in the face.

• Eric Darnell Nelson, 32, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly beating his girlfriend for about 15 minutes with his fists, his belt, a rope and an ice scraper early Monday morning outside the Westmark Hotel.

Nelson’s girlfriend had numerous welts on her legs, hips, thighs and buttocks, Fairbanks police said.

She told police Nelson began attacking her because he did not like one of the text messages on her cell phone.

After the beating, she said Nelson told her to get in the car so he could give her a ride. Instead, she said, she ran into the hotel lobby and called for help.


James Stewart Gordon (also known as Terry Stewart Chandler), 65, of Anderson, was charged with felony burglary and theft for allegedly breaking into and living in a homestead home for about two weeks on the Rex-Anna Trail near Anderson this month, in the process allegedly taking $130 worth of food, $150 in firewood and a $450 chainsaw.

The owner of the home told troopers he was surprised to enter the home and find Gordon living there Saturday.

He made Gordon leave, troopers said.

Gordon told troopers he was using the cabin as a resting point between the road and a cabin he was staying at, which was about two miles further from the road. He said he was only borrowing the chainsaw and planned to return it.

Gordon also was- charged with making a false report for allegedly telling troopers his name was Scott McKay. Gordon told troopers he originally said his name was McKay because he has a warrant for his arrest.

—Sam Friedman

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