Police Blotter: January 18 – 23, 2016

A weekly report from the UAF Police Department.

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.

Heather Penn / Sun Star

Welfare Check

1/18/2016 3:14 p.m. – A UAF graduate student who was living at Wickersham over the break was thought to be missing and a welfare check was requested. As students started to arrive for the spring semester they noticed the room he stayed in still contained all his things yet he was no where to be seen.  Officers investigated Dec. 28.  A subsequent use of his credit card in Seattle was discovered.  The student is still listed as missing but officers feel confident with their findings that he just moved.  His things left behind will be boxed up.

Domestic Disturbance

1/19/2016 9:51 p.m. – A vehicle window being kicked out by a 14-year-old girl was the result of a mother-daughter dispute in Signers parking lot.  The 14-year-old daughter threw keys at her mother and hit an officer as she was being detained.  The girl is a prior runaway whose mother was concerned she was getting into alcohol and drugs with her older boyfriend. Officers were able to find a resolution of the night when a family friend agreed to take responsibility for the girl.

Agency Assist / Burglary  

1/20/2016 2:13 p.m. – A burglary impacted several business on Geist Road, including the University office.  The Development and Alumni Relations office reported laptops and a safe were stolen.  Also hit during the spree were ShoGuns Japanese Restaurant and a coffee shop.  The case is being handled by Alaska State Troopers. The investigation is ongoing.


1/21/2016 1:50 p.m. – An accident at the West Ridge Research Building left one car with no damage while another will cost between $1,000-$1,500 to repair. The first vehicle took a corner too sharp, forcing another vehicle to attempt to dodge the oncoming car.  The evading car was unsuccessful in avoiding the the first vehicle and was hit on the passenger side door.  No injuries were reported. Officers took pictures and assisted the two individuals in filing a motor vehicle accident form.

1/22/2016 6:06 p.m. – Officers on their way home observed a two-vehicle accident at Lazalle and Service Roads.  A GMC truck hit the front quarter panel of a sedan after missing a 90 degree turn.  The GMC sustained no damage, and the sedan’s damage is estimated at $1,000. No injuries were reported and the information was called in to the Fairbanks Police Department.  Both participants were informed how to file out forms and report to FPD.


1/22/2016 2:51 a.m. – Driver Charles S. Topkok, 49, of Fairbanks,  was observed speeding and losing control of his blue Subaru Outback while taking a left turn, causing the vehicle to fishtail.  He was pulled over on the Mitchell Expressway and subsequently failed all administered field sobriety tests. Topkok admitted to having two glasses of wine prior to driving but initially refused to blow in the portable breath test machine.  He was then taken to the station and blew a .115 on the breathalyzer.  Topkok was arrested, charged with a DUI and taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center.

Suspicious Circumstances

1/19/2016 6:12 p.m. – A call came into the station from a female claiming a suspicious man had approached her at the Nenana lot bus hut, making her uncomfortable.  The woman said the man told her he was from Trinidad, talked about drugs and alcohol and was looking for black market moonshine.  She felt he was hitting on her as well.  Both left the bus hut and went to their separate cars where the woman called police.  The police were unable to locate anyone fitting that description.


1/23/2016 12:59 a.m. – Officers patrolling the North upper dorms parking lot observed a parked car with several individuals inside and a marijuana grinder on the dash.  Officers seized three marijuana pipes, marijuana and the grinder.  All the individuals were released save one who was turned over to her RD for policy violations. Another of the individuals was banned from UAF for six months.

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