Police Blotter: October 12 – 25, 2015
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
10/12/2015 11:13 a.m. – Officers on foot patrol noticed the glass on a door at Wickersham Hall was broken. After reviewing the videotape an intoxicated student was found to be responsible. Further charges may be pending.
10/13/2015 11:27 a.m. – Officers on foot patrol noticed a second broken door, this time at the Patty Gym. The door is located on the west exterior of the gym. The pattern of the break appears consistent with a kick. Officers are investigating.
10/14/2015 11:55 p.m. – A store clerk at Campus Corner Tesoro was unable to rouse a woman who had passed out in her car behind the store. The clerk then called police, who were able to wake Ruby J. Rockwell, 24 of Fairbanks. When officers arrived and roused Rockwell she was found in the driver’s seat, keys in ignition and the car running. She attempted to put her window down using a button that did not exist as the car had hand crank windows. Rockwell then handed the officer her ATM card instead of her license. She admitted to drinking two beers before driving but failed field sobriety tests, had slurred sometimes incoherent speech and blew a .155 on the Breathalyzer test, administered in custody. She was subsequently arrested and charged with a DUI. Rockwell was taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center and booked.
10/22/2015 11:15 p.m. – An alert about a potential drunk driver led officers to follow and pull over driver William P. Noonkesser, 21, of Dillingham. After an alert was issued, officers observed a white Subaru hatchback matching the vehicle’s description drive in the other direction. Officers turned around to follow the vehicle when in turned into an area that had a cell tower by the Taku parking lot. When officers approached the vehicle there was a strong smell of alcohol and Noonkesser had slurred speech and a bong sitting in clear sight. He admitted drinking two beers before driving. He failed field sobriety tests and blew a .166 on the portable breath test. Noonkesser was arrested, taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center and charged with a DUI.
10/17/2015 4:43 a.m. – A car on University Ave. was observed speeding in excess of 100 mph and weaving between lanes. Officers pulled over Timothy J. Surap, 33, North Pole and charged him with a DUI. Surap denied drinking any alcohol but blew a .200 on a breathalyzer test, administered in custody. He was arrested and transported to Fairbanks Correctional Center.
10/15/2015 1:39 p.m. – A theft of a wallet was reported to the police. The wallet was left in an unlocked locker at the Student Recreation Center. The investigation is ongoing. Police urge students to use locks to protect their valuables. The police have a limited amount of free locks or one can be purchased at the SRC for $5.
Another wallet was stolen from an unlocked locker at the Student Recreation Center. The complainant stated the wallet was stolen the day prior and contained $30, his debit card and ID. He was given a lock by the police.
10/16/2015 1:12 a.m.
Officers cited two men in the North Upper Dorms parking lot. Officers observed one of the men urinating behind a vehicle. It is illegal to pee in public. The men, Brian A. Peters, 20, and Michael A. Williams, 20, both of Eagle River were cited for minor consuming alcohol. Peters blew a .187 and Williams blew a .167 on the portable breath test. Since the vehicle was not running and there were no keys in the ignition no further actions were taken.
10/17/2015 1:11 a.m. – A car traveling north on University Ave. was pulled over for failing to dim high beams. The driver Kendell L. Higa, 24, of McGrath was found to be in violation of his probation. At the request of Higa’s probation officer a portable breath test and search of the car were performed. A small amount of marijuana was confiscated. Kendell was remanded for the probation violation and taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center.
10/25/2015 12:45 a.m. – Officers observed a man screaming as he walked down Sandvick Street and University Ave.. Alan A. Cleveland, 27, of Fairbanks was highly intoxicated and unable to care for himself. Cleveland was also found to be in violation of his probation. He was remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center.
10/17/2015 9:32 a.m. – A woman came into the police station stating she had just hit a light pole on Farmers Loop Road and the pole was lying in the road. The women and her passenger had no injuries and her Jeep had a dented bumper. The woman claimed her Jeep slid on the ice into the pole knocking it down. Officers confirmed the road was covered in ice. An electrician was on scene to protect the live wires.
10/17/2015 7:55 p.m. – A call to police indicated an intoxicated man in the Wood Center was eating people’s food, trying to fight with those around him and generally making people feel uncomfortable. Officers arrived and detained the man. No one wished to press charges. The man was banned from UAF for six months.
10/17/2015 11:34 p.m. – New homeowners at a Lowell Road residence accidentally triggered the home alarm system. Alaska State Troopers requested UAF police to check the situation as they had no cars available. Officers completed a walk through of the house and determined the alarm was in fact false.
10/23/2015 2:29 a.m. – Fairbanks Police Department asked for assistance in locating a possibly suicidal individual in a vehicle. Officers responded, then were called off when the local police detained the person.
10/24/2015 10:14 p.m. – The Alaska State Troopers requested assistance in transporting an individual to another residence. Before officers could respond the request was canceled.
10/23/2015 11:07 a.m. – A request was made to the police to conduct a welfare check on an individual in Skarland Hall who may have harmed him or herself. Police contacted the person and discovered he or she had been cutting themselves on the wrist the previous night. The individual cited stress from midterms as the underlying problem. He or she did not want to die and was deemed not a threat to self. The individual is now staying with relatives.
10/19/2015 3:19 p.m. – A civil standby is an incident non criminal in nature, but requiring police to enforce and make sure everyone is okay. A week prior an individual declared that he carries a concealed handgun during class. Police responded to his next assigned class but he was not there. On Oct. 21 officers located the man and had a chat. The man did not want to discuss the statements he made in class. He was searched and found to not be in possession of a gun at the time. The man was reminded about UAF policy noting that no guns can be taken into any building on UAF property.
10/23/2015 11:25 a.m. – A student attending class in the Gruening Building was cited as being a disruption in class. He would take calls in class, wander around during instruction, take naps and eat his food especially loud. His behavior was making both students and teachers uncomfortable. Several students stated they received a “death stare,” when they commented on his behavior. The student was escorted to the interim Dean of Students.
10/24/2015 4:57 p.m. – A potential burglary in progress at Hess Village was called in to police. Officers went to the location and spoke with two individuals who claimed they had permission to be there and even had a key. The couple was there to get their property. Officers contacted the tenant and together the property was rightfully assigned. The couple were banned from UAF for six months and the key was returned.
10/25/2015 12:41 p.m. – Officers checked an occupied vehicle at the north dorm upper parking lot. Initially suspected as a DUI, both individuals were found sober and left to their own devices.
10/25/2015 1:52 a.m. – Officers on patrol observed a man sitting on a red Suzuki King Quad ATV by the side of the road. Initially the man was cooperative though he appeared intoxicated. He gave the officers a gun he was carrying and when they secured it he sped off on the ATV through the Agricultural Farm fields. The man is still at large. He is not believed to be associated with UAF.
10/25/2015 12:57 p.m. – Another occupied vehicle in the north dorm upper lot proved to not be a DUI. Two individuals were asleep in the vehicle while a strong odor of marijuana hung in the air. Both people woke up and admitted to having marijuana on them but not driving or starting the vehicle. The two were left to their own devices.
10/25/2015 1:54 a.m. – Hazards on a car alerted police to a potential incident at the Chena Bridge on University Ave. A man who may have been suicidal, climbed over the guard rail on the bridge and was possibly getting ready to jump. UAF police and EMS were able to talk the man down and helped him back over the rail. The man was highly intoxicated and denied he wanted to hurt himself. He was turned over to the troopers.