Police Blotter: December 2 – 9, 2014
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.
By Dianna Rupp
Officers pulled over Wyatt Martin, 23, of Fairbanks, at 9:52 a.m. on Ag Farm Road for speeding. Martin was driving with no proof of insurance and was arrested and taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center (FCC). He was charged with violating conditions of his release and cited for speeding and not having insurance.
At 1:52 a.m. an officer responded to 3 individuals on the Lola Tilly Commons. The officer detected the stench of marijuana, and as a result both the marijuana and pipes were seized from the individuals. No charges were issued.
University Police Department received a complaint around 3:05 p.m. that an individual had been receiving unwanted threatening phone calls, texts and letters from their ex. After an initial investigation, officers secured copies of the texts and letters and contacted the suspect, directing them to not communicate or make contact with the complainant in any way. The ex was issued a 20-day restraining order.
At 8:08 a.m. officers responded to a report of a gunshot victim in the north Reichardt parking lot. Officers secured the scene and confirmed the death of 48-year-old student Scott Austin. No criminal evidence in relation to the case was found. The investigation of Austin’s death is ongoing as officers await the decision of the medical examiner on the official cause of death. Austin’s next of kin were notified.
Beginning on Dec. 3, officers received reports of graffiti in six different locations on campus; the eastern side of the Lola Tilly Commons, the wall outside of the Wood Center Pub, the upper library deck, the Fairbanks St. Bridge, the dumpster and speed sign on Denali Lane and a dining services trailer on the west side of the Lola Tilly. Officers suspect that the same parties may have been involved. Graffiti included a racial slur on the Wood Center Pub wall and an anarchy symbol on the dining services trailer. The investigation is ongoing.
After receiving a report at around 9:02 p.m. of a wrecked vehicle on Tanana Loop near the reindeer pens, officers were initially unable to locate the drive of the vehicle. Eventually, the driver of the vehicle, Moki L. Rigby-Ronningen, 18, of Fairbanks, returned to the vehicle with a tow truck en route. Ronningen was cited for not driving at a reasonable speed for the conditions and failing to carry proof of insurance.
Officers stopped a vehicle on Tanana loop at 1:13 a.m. for failing to signal for a turn and having too dark of window tint. The passenger of the vehicle, Harlan K. Senungetuk, was identified as being on probation with conditions of not consuming alcohol, which he was found to be in violation of with a breath-alcohol content of .126. Senungetuk was handed over to FCC for probation violation.
UAF Emergency Medical Services responded to a report from a Moore Hall Resident Assistant at 2:50 a.m. stating that an intoxicated female had passed out in the lounge. The individual registered a breath-alcohol content of .144 and was issued a minor consumption citation. (name?)
Officers received a complaint at 5:45 p.m. that an individual’s neighbor had been sending them unwanted texts, as well as leaving them dinner and flowers, after the victim had asked them to stop. Officers responded to the suspects off campus residence where they further instructed them to seek no further contact with the complainant or charges would be filed.
Officers pulled a vehicle over at 11:12 p.m. in front of old U-Park on Frontage Road for an inoperative break light and not properly displaying a temporary registration tag. Two of the occupants were found to have outstanding warrants, one for $5,000 for selling alcohol with no license and another for $250 for possession of amphetamines. The driver of the vehicle, Whitlem Adams, 36, of North Pole, was in possession of marijuana, and was taken to FCC for possession and consumption of marijuana and consorting with other felons. Passenger Shannon L. Itta, 27, of North Pole, had an outstanding warrant and was arrested and taken to FCC. Passenger Akugaq B.A. Leavitt, 31, of Fairbanks, was found in violation of his probation and was remanded to FCC. Two children were also secured from the vehicle and were turned over to a responsible adult.
Officers stopped a vehicle on Wilcox and Geist at 1:37 a.m. for failing to come to a stop before entering a road way. The male driver of the vehicle admitted to having marijuana and an eighth of an ounce was seized. No charges were filed.
UPD received a third party report from a Moore resident’s father that his daughter’s laptop had been stolen from her room. His daughter said the theft had occurred the prior Friday night between 5-6 p.m. and that she hadn’t noticed until Saturday night. She said that her room was left unlocked. The laptop is silver with a 13″ screen and valued around $1,000. The investigation is still ongoing.
A UPD officer responded to a complaint at 2:38 p.m. of a truck not affiliated with UAF Community and Technical College consistently parked in both their parking lot and garage. The truck also had an extension cord plugged into CTC’s outlet, making it appear that someone had been living out of the truck. The officer left a note on the vehicle advising them to move after being unable to locate the owner. As the officer was leaving the area, they received a call of a domestic disturbance outside of the CTC entrances, and as such responded back to the scene while a Fairbanks Police Department officer responded to the area. The two individuals involved in the disturbance were identified as being affiliated with the truck, and appeared to be having a fight over the vehicle. The male counterpart was trespassed and FPD further took over the domestic disturbance investigation.