Police Blotter: November 3 – 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 Heather Penn

Sun Star


Hit and Run


Nov. 4 – 4:38 p.m.
Two vehicles collided in the Taku parking lot. One vehicle was unoccupied. Driver left a note about the incident with contact details. The victim brought the note to the police department and attempted to file a report. Officers advised the victim that the other individual had followed proper protocol in regards to a hit and run. Officers then aided the drivers on proper transference of license and insurance paperwork.

A report from the UAF Police Department is published in The Sun Star regularly.

A report from the UAF Police Department is published in The Sun Star regularly.

Nov. 5 – 3:14 p.m.
A witness of a hit and run vehicle accident in the Taku parking lot notified police. The car was unoccupied and sustained a dent in the bumper. The witness gave a description of the driver and vehicle. UAF campus police located the driver Lynn M. Church the following day. Church was issued a summons for leaving the scene of an accident and charged with failure to have proof of insurance at the officers request.


Motor Vehicle Accident


Nov. 8 – 7:43 p.m.
A two vehicle accident at the intersection of Farmers Loop Road and University Avenue left one car disabled in the median. The other vehicle was able to pull over onto Alumni Drive. No injuries were reported and both drivers denied medical attention. One driver was cited for failure to yield and both were released from the scene.



Nov. 6 – 11:14 p.m.
A vehicle traveling on University Avenue was pulled over for driving with high beams on. After approaching the vehicle the officer had reasonable suspicion to suspect drugs may be inside. A search was conducted whereupon a marijuana pipe with resin was confiscated. Police also detained a young female occupant of the car for being out after the 11 p.m. curfew. The juvenile was turned over to an adult guardian. A citation was issued for failure to dim lights and the driver was released.


Nov. 5 – 2:30 p.m.
U.S. Marshals requested assistance in the apprehension of a fugitive at West Valley High School. Donny Douglas Pitka, 39, of Fairbanks, had an outstanding warrant for violating federal probation. Pitka was attending a class on diesel mechanics when he was apprehended. A search was conducted and a methamphetamine pipe was discovered. The pipe was turned over to his federal probation officer.


Agency Assist

Nov. 7 – 11:46 a.m.
UAF police officers assisted the CTC Law Enforcement in background check screenings for potential UAF police academy candidates.


Warrant Arrest

Nov. 9 – 5:46 p.m.
Larry S. Gilbert, 33, of Fairbanks was detained following a traffic stop on the Parks Highway. Gilbert was seen driving with her high beams on. Gilbert had a $1500 warrant for vehicle theft. She was arrested and transported to Fairbanks Correctional Center.




Nov. 3 – 10:35 a.m.
Police were called to the Wood Center last Monday for a reported stolen Mac Book and binder. The victim said he left his items in one of the phonebooks. Someone found the items and turned them in to the circulation desk.


Nov. 3 – 12:50 p.m.
A jacket was stolen at a party over the weekend. More than 50 plus people were in attendance when the jacket disappeared from the victim’s residence. Alaska State Troopers took the report as it was in their jurisdiction. Victim later reports seeing a male on UAF campus wearing the jacket. The jacket is unique. The investigation is ongoing.


Nov. 8 – 3:21 p.m.
A bike from the “green bike” program was reported missing sometime between Oct. 6 and Oct. 8. A concerned student called the police when they noticed a cut lock and helmet lying by the bike rack between the Duckering and Brooks buildings. Police secured the helmet and lock. The next day a report was filed by an individual stating the bike stolen was his. This investigation is ongoing.


Welfare check


Nov. 3 – 11:19 p.m.
The Dean of Students placed a request for a welfare check, where police go to the residence of an individual and make sure they’re okay, on a UAF affiliate. The individual had not shown up to campus for numerous days. Police determined an address and called the Fairbanks Police Department to assist as it was in their jurisdiction. The individual was found to be fine.


Driving While License Revoked

Nov. 4 – 2:49 p.m.
At 2:14 a.m. a vehicle was found stalled in the middle of the street on University Avenue. Officers assisted the female by pushing her vehicle off of the road. The vehicle had a non-drivable mechanical issue. She then had a friend pick her up. At 2:49 a.m. a vehicle was traveling south bound on Farmers Loop Road with one headlight out. The passenger was the female with the stalled out vehicle earlier. The driver, Charles D. Evans, 53, of Stevens Village was driving with a revoked license. Evans had a conditions of release upon him of which he was violating 3 terms, one of which was not to be driving any vehicles. Evans was arrested and transported to Fairbanks Correctional Center. He is charged with Violating Conditions of Release.

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