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 

Kody R. Nease, 31, of North Pole, and Joshua A. Szmyd, 30, of North Pole were charged with fourth-degree assault July 6 for causing injury to a woman’s face. According to charging documents, the woman told North Pole police she told Nease and Szmyd to hit her as part of a sexual fetish that happens at least once a month. The woman said she deserved to be hit but this time it got out of hand.

 

DUI 

• Yvette Marie Albaugh, 34, of North Pole, was charged with driving under the influence June 30 after Fairbanks police responded to a report of a red Dodge Ram pickup truck driving erratically on the Richardson Highway. Police stopped the truck on Airport Way and the driver, Albaugh, was surprised they’d received a complaint about her driving, according to charging documents. Albaugh failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.181.

• Michael Nellis Redfield, 51, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence June 29 after Fairbanks Airport police responded to a report of a suspicious white pickup truck driving up and down King Road with an open beer bottle inside. Police found Redfield trying to get the truck out of a ditch and asked the driver, Redfield, how much he’d had to drink. Redfield replied “too much,” according to charging documents. Redfield failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.225. 

 

Violating a protective order

Michael Jay McGraw, 52, of Fairbanks, was charged with violating a protective order June 26. According to charging documents, an officer with the Santa Rosa, California, police contacted Fairbanks police to report McGraw had sent 30 harassing and threatening emails and letters to a woman he dated 28 years ago. The woman had a not spoken to McGraw since 1991 and he began sending her a large number of unwanted emails, letters and phone calls in early 2017. 

She was granted a restraining order against McGraw in June 2019 and he violated the order 30 times between that date and Jan. 1, 2019. McGraw told the woman to cancel the restraining order, said he would continue to intentionally violate it and said his brother would shoot her, according to the charges. 

McGraw failed to appear for a Dec. 11, 2018, court hearing in Santa Rosa, tried to call the judge and spoke to his assistant. McGraw made a derogatory statement about the judge and expressed his disregard for California law and the restraining order, according to the charges. When contacted by Fairbanks police at his home, McGraw said the order was not valid and the woman had set him up.