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Public safety report — Sept. 29, 2012

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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 11:53 pm

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, 29, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly scaring a former friend so much she decided to jump out of a vehicle traveling an estimated 40 mph.

Police found Hietala’s former friend walking down South Cushman Street with blood on her face. She told police that Hietala became enraged while driving her on the Old Richardson Highway. He ran several stop signs and was yelling and cussing, she said, so she jumped out of the vehicle near the Frontier Lodge at what she thought might be her last chance before the vehicle got on the highway.

She had many injuries including road rash on her knees, wrist, lower back and feet, and many scrapes, police said.

Hietala turned the vehicle around to check on her and ask for gas money, she said, but she told him to go away.

• Donald Scott Adams, 47, was charged with third-degree felony assault for allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house and throwing a TV remote at her head when she asked him to leave on Aug. 20. Charges were filed Thursday.

Adams’ ex-girlfriend told troopers she came home to find Adams in her bed. She had a bump on her forehead that she said Adams gave her when she asked him to leave and he threw the remote, police said.

Police were not immediately able to locate Adams.

He was charged with a felony because he has two previous assault convictions from a pair of 2009 Fairbanks cases.


Patricia Anne Welling, 51, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence after a University of Alaska Fairbanks police officer in an unmarked car stopped her at about 12:10 a.m. Wednesday on Peger Road near Airport Way.

Welling was stopped for driving north in the southbound lane, troopers said.

She told troopers she had a little to drink before driving. She registered a breath-alcohol amount of 0.172.

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