Police Blotter: September 20 – 27, 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
October 4, 2011

Brave woman

A female visited the UAF Police Department on Sept. 20 and reported sexual assaults over the course of three to four weeks by a specific suspect in the dorms. The suspect had prior acquaintance with her and poses no threat to anyone else staying in the dorms, police said. Alaska State Troopers are helping with the ongoing investigation.

Free parking

On Sept. 22, a complainant reported theft of a UAF parking decal after leaving the window rolled down in Taku Lot. The decal has not been recovered and the suspect has not been found.

Strange road

A contractor reported the theft of a 2009 Honda ATV on Sept. 22. The ATV had been on a trailer while the contractor was installing a UAF antenna on Range Road. No suspects were seen and the investigation is still in progress.

Safety dance?

Two individuals were found passed out from alcoholic intoxication at the MBS complex on Sept. 24 during the Safety Dance. One 19-year-old male was found near the stairs and was taken to the Fairbanks Correctional Center to sleep and was cited and required to appear in court as a minor consuming alcohol. Another adult, older than 21, was found passed out in the dorms and was taken to the Fairbanks Correctional Center for protective custody.

When taking a test is not that bad

Police responded to a report of a 19-year-old man from Fairbanks driving dangerously. He was swerving and hit a curb on Sept. 24. The officer found the matching vehicle parked in the middle of the intersection in front of Wickersham Hall. Police contacted the driver and arrested him for DUI. He was transported to the Fairbanks Correctional Center and charged with DUI, refusal to submit to a chemical test, possession of a marijuana pipe, minor operating after consuming, and refusal of a preliminary breath test.

Celebrating with punch

There was a physical fight between two women at the Taku parking lot during the Starvation Gulch bonfires on Sept. 24. One of the women reported being assaulted and the charges went to the District Attorney’s office.

A birthday she will never forget

UAF police assisted Alaska State Troopers with a disturbance report. A neighbor complained of a large and loud party on Doc John Drive on Sept. 25. An 18-year-old woman hosted the party to celebrate her birthday.  She was cited and required to appear in court for furnishing and soliciting alcohol to minors and charged with minor consuming.  Another minor was also charged with underage consuming.

North Carolina extremist fans

Two males attacked a heating, ventilation and air conditioning worker with box cutters after he told them to stop climbing a flag pole in the core area of the UAF campus on Sept. 27.  He was not injured, though there was a physical altercation, according to UAF police.  The suspects fled with a stolen North Carolina flag.

Advice for the week: 

If you feel depressed or stressed, do not harm yourself or others; talk to someone about your problems instead.  If you are in danger or sexual, mental, physical or emotional abuse, do not fear getting help.  There are people out there experiencing the same problems, so find someone whom you feel comfortable talking to.  All of the services offered to students can be found in the Resident Handbook at http://www.uaf.edu/reslife/handbook.pdf.  Also, do not hesitate to contact the police.  At first, the thought may seem scary or embarrassing, but they are understanding and it is something they are used to handling.

“We’re open 24/7,” UAFPD Lt. Kyle Carrington said.  “If they want to sit down and have a cup of coffee and talk about things that are bothering them, we can do that.”

Do not be scared to help a friend, either.  If things seem out of the norm, call the police department so that they can check up on that person.  There are many services within walking distance available to students.

Also, make sure to drive slowly and carefully in the parking lots.  They are crowded during school hours and there have been a lot of accidents lately.  Drivers often back into parked vehicles, so remember to keep an eye on the surrounding vehicles.

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