Police Blotter: November 11 – 16, 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
Nov. 22, 2011

In need of help

A suicidal person walked into the Health and Counseling Center seeking assistance and requested a counselor on Nov. 11.  UAFPD transported the individual to the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Non-stop

Police cited a 20-year-old female student from Fort Wainwright for driving too fast for the road conditions on Nov. 11. She was driving her white KIA four-door vehicle too fast and did not turn into the Patty Gym Lot on time. She crashed her vehicle into a stop sign. She left the scene. Police contacted her after identifying the vehicle.

A very light pole

On Nov. 12, a 22-year-old female student from Bethel failed to yield to another driver, 27, in the oncoming traffic when turning left onto Sheep Creek from Tanana Loop. This caused a motor vehicle accident where one of the vehicles struck and knocked down a light pole. UAFPD responded to the accident and cited her for her failure to yield.

Clueless

A Community Service Officer was patrolling the West Ridge Research Building after hours and contacted a man, 26, who was inside the building on Nov. 13. He would not provide ID and had no affiliation with UAF. He was trespassing.

Self-injury

A Resident Assistant contacted UAFPD about a suicidal individual in the Cutler Apartments on Nov. 16. The resident made comments about the suicide and had cut wrists. An officer transported the person to the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

West Ridge Story

Someone reported a domestic disturbance on Nov. 16. An officer responded and found ex-spouses arguing about communication issues. The woman, 32, was trying to get information from the man, a 33-year-old staff member. She went to his workplace to get the answers because he had not contacted her. This took place in the entrance of the lobby to the West Ridge Research Building and she refused to leave until she got an answer from him. Police escorted her from the building and advised her of potential consequences should she continue that behavior on campus.

Drug Search

UAFPD assisted Alaska State Troopers with the execution of a drug search warrant on Nov. 15.

Advice for the week:

The media covers suicide almost daily, but most people can’t imagine being in the situation. As the winter months drag the cold and darkness into Fairbanks, anxiety and depression rise.

Some tips to remain upbeat:

  • Buy a “happy light.” These full-spectrum light fixtures imitate sunlight. Sitting near one for at least 20 minutes twice a day can help fight the “winter blues.”
  • Minimize negative influences such as sad songs or sad movies.
  • Stay active and get involved. The less time you have to yourself, the less you can think about negative things in your life. Go out for a ski, play intramural sports or meet a friend for coffee or lunch.
  • Try a little pampering. Treat yourself to a pedicure, a dinner out, or a new video game. Treating yourself to something you love is a great mood lifter.

If you have a friend who is going through a depression or who may be suicidal, there are ways to help:

  • Take your friend seriously. It’s a myth that those who voice suicidal intentions are only seeking attention.
  • Listen. Don’t give advice unless someone asks. Let your friend vent. S/he needs comfort, not rejection, punishment or a guilt trip.
  • Seek professional help. A counselor or therapist can be a helpful — and completely normal — outlet for someone going through a tough time.
  • Be sure you have current contact information for your friends, including a phone number and home address. This could be critical to help find the individual in a moment of danger.

Most important, people considering suicide should know that more people care about them than they think. They could be considering an extreme and permanent action in order to seek revenge against a specific person. They may not remember all of the other people they will hurt in the process.

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