Police Blotter, September 24 – 27

A weekly report from the UAF Police Department.

Welfare Check

9/24/2015 2:58 a.m.

An elderly man was found in a car on Palo Verde Street.  The car had broken down and the elderly man had fallen asleep.  Officers awoke the man, who appeared to be confused.  Officers were able to make contact with his family, who arrived to care for him.

Driving While License Suspended

9/25/2015 3:59 a.m.

A female hanging out the passenger-side door of a vehicle on University Ave. led officers to pull the car over.  Officers observed the female opening the door of the car while it was in motion and then leaning out.  After the stop, officers discovered the driver, John P. Huntington, 28, of Fairbanks, was driving with a suspended license.  Huntington was aware his license was invalid.  He was arrested, charged with driving while his license is suspended and taken to the Fairbanks Correctional Center (FCC).  The car was released to a licensed driver.

Agency Assist

9/26/2015 1:27 a.m.

The Alaska State Troopers asked for assistance in a welfare check on a minor who they believed might want to hurt herself after fighting with her brother.  Officers discovered the female intoxicated with a PBT (portable breath test) indicating a blood alcohol level of .139.  The female was cited for an MCA (minor consuming alcohol) and released to a parent.


9/26/2015 10:34 p.m.

Officers observed a fight occurring during the Starvation Gulch bonfire.  The fight involving several individuals happened in the west end of the Nenana lot.  One person suffered a gash to the back of his head which had to be attended to by ambulance personnel.  Officers received numerous conflicting statements from the individuals.  All of the people involved were soldiers from Fort Wainwright.  They were all given disorderly conduct warnings and banned from UAF property for six months.

The next day, four of the individuals arrived at the UAF police station wanting to press charges.  The fight was a domestic incident between an ex-  and current boyfriend.  The current boyfriend not only suffered a gashed head, but had his tires slashed after the incident at his residence at Jillian Square.  He had also been threatened via social media.  One of the pictures sent to the victim had showed the antagonist holding a gun.  UAF police advised the victim to file a restraining order and assisted him with the process.  The investigation is ongoing.

Intoxicated Person

9/26/2015 11:23 p.m.

During the Starvation Gulch bonfire two males continued to break the safety protocol established by the event staff.  The men repeatedly stepped out of the designated safe area towards the actively burning bonfire.  One of the men had to be taken to the ground and restrained by officers for failing to comply with their directions.  Both individuals were found to be intoxicated, and one was unable to care for himself.  Officers located his family to take care of him and both men were banned from UAF for six months.

9/26/2015 11:31 p.m.

Officers observed another possible fight occurring during the Starvation Gulch bonfire, this time in the east end of the Nenana lot.  The male, an Army Sergeant at Fort Wainwright (FTWW) was acting aggressively and arguing with people in the bus hut.  Police detained the Sergeant, who was highly intoxicated.  He was banned from UAF for six months and taken to the front gate at FTWW where he was turned over to the MP’s.

9/27/2015 12:37 a.m.

A resident assistant (RA) at McIntosh Hall alerted police when they were unable to gain entrance to a room where an individual was screaming.  The RA had tried to see if the individual was okay but the screamer would not open the door.  Police accessed the room and found Melissa M. Merritt, 19, of Fairbanks, highly intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .222.  Merritt was deemed unable to care for herself and transported to FMH for a medical evaluation.  Subsequently she was transported to FCC for a Title 47 (sleep off). Merritt was issued a summons for MCA (minor consuming alcohol).

Suspicious Circumstances

9/26/2015 11:58 p.m.

Two males stopped by police on Alumni Drive were banned from UAF for six months.  One of the men was hostile with police and was issued a warning for disorderly conduct. Both of the men were uncooperative.  After their run-in with police both men left in a cab.

More than just police work

Police had their hands full this past Friday as winter came early and graced campus with six inches of snow.  Officers busied themselves attending to motorists and stuck vehicles. When a vehicle gets stuck, there are several options to get that vehicle free. The cruisers the officers drive come equipped with a “push bumper,” which can give a stranded motorist a gentle shove back onto the roadway or help them to gain traction.  This push bumper worked well for the UAF shuttle bus which was stuck at the MAC bus turn around.  Officers also utilize tow straps to pull vehicles out.  Of course there is always good old-fashioned brute strength.  For the vehicles officers can’t get out, they call a tow truck instead.  All in a day’s work for the UAF PD.

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