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.
• Chad Bergman Garrett, 48, of Fairbanks, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, fifth-degree drugs misconduct, driving with a suspended license and violating conditions of release Aug. 5. According to charging documents, Garrett hit and strangled his girlfriend and pushed her to the bed while holding a knife to her neck. The woman told Alaska State Troopers that Garrett kept rubbing the knife on her neck and told her “I’m going to jail anyway and might as well slice your neck right now.” Garrett left in a blue Ford F150 but returned after about an hour later and tried to get in the house. The woman called troopers and said she was in the bathroom and Garrett was kicking in the back door. Troopers responded and detained Garrett. He denied strangling the woman or putting a knife to her throat but kept saying he was sorry. Garrett also told a trooper he smoked methamphetamine the night before, according to the charges. A records check showed Garrett had an active arrest warrant for violating conditions of release for a May 21 charge of driving with a revoked license for a DUI. Troopers searched Garrett and found a glass pipe with meth residue in his pocket.