Police Blotter: November 3 – 7, 2011

This report is based on the information published by the University Police Department. Individuals arrested and/or charged with crimes in this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Fernanda Chamorro/ Sun Star Reporter

Good cop/bad cop

A new male student employee resigned from the UAFPD on Nov. 3 after an internal investigation revealed his bad behaviors and interactions off duty.

Spin Cycle

On Nov. 5, police summonsed an 18-year-old man from Fairbanks for reckless driving. He reportedly passed a stop sign without stopping and intentionally spun out in the roadway into the oncoming lane of traffic on Yukon Drive and Tanana Loop. An officer responded and located the UAF student’s sedan.

Up his trespass

Police banned a Fairbanks man, 31, from all UAF property a few weeks ago after he confronted and flipped off people who walked past him. On Nov. 5, he gave Officer Faris the finger on AG Farm Road. The officer contacted him and found that he already was banned.  Police arrested him and transported him to the Fairbanks Correctional Center, where he was charged with criminal trespass.

Didn’t learn his lesson

Officers pulled over A 38-year-old man from North Pole at University and Holden after he failed to stop at a stop sign. He was found to have an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court, hindering prosecution, false information and drugs. He was also found to be in possession of oxycontin and gave a false name. He was arrested and transported to the Fairbanks Correctional Center and charged with drug possession, false reporting and outstanding warrant on Nov. 5.

Give me a brake

An officer stopped a 21-year-old man from North Pole on Geist and Thompson Drive. The officer warned him  about  his inoperative passenger’s-side brake light. He had an outstanding warrant for failing to report to jail for his DUI charge. He was driving without insurance and had a revoked license. Police arrested him and transported him to the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

Campus Cache klepto

Police banned an 18-year-old male student from Campus Cache after an employee reported him stealing food and drinks. An officer contacted the individual at his room in the upper dorms on Nov. 7 and there is an ongoing investigation.

Professor of the week

On Nov. 7, a shuttle bus driver reported an accident at the Metropolitan Area Commuter System Bus Stop. A 59-year-old male associate professor was cited for not exercising due caution after failing to avoid the crash. One vehicle stopped in the roadway and the other vehicle hit it from behind. The other driver was a 43-year-old woman. There were no injuries.

Advice for the week:

The winter that Alaskans are used to is now beginning to kick in. The roads are icy, snow covers everything and people are winterizing their cars. However, assumptions should not be made. Not every car or truck is winterized and students should keep this in mind. This is not only a colder season, but also a more dangerous season. Drivers should prepare for winter in two ways: try to avoid accidents and have the proper gear in case an accident does happen. Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles when driving. In winter at least a two-car  distance is fair. In case any of the drivers’ automobiles slide or there is a sudden stop, the vehicles will not bump. Drive slow. There is no need to show off to anyone, because if one is driving fast in these conditions, they write their own death sentence. Fairbanks has a silly design, not only are the roads icy and the vision blurred by snow, but also there are ditches on the sides of roads and unfenced hills. Commuters should drive with caution. The hills on campus are very high and there is nothing to protect cars from sliding down them, so take the sharp turns carefully.

In case there is an accident, make sure to have something warm, such as a huge blanket in the car. With the temperatures dropping, keeping warm could be critical to survival. 

Apart from that, in this blotter, there was a student who had to resign in order to avoid a ruined reputation due to his actions outside of work. Today’s young adults probably hear this daily, but they do not seem to believe it will happen to them. Be extremely careful with what you say or do. Anyone can see what is posted online nowadays or sent by phone. If there is something that one would not want their parents to see, then it probably should not be sent to anyone else either.

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