Tues

October 26, 2010

Good Tues. Grayish here after a very slight flurry of snow earlier in the ayem. 21 degrees.

Yokelly, ye yerriatrick yeepe is receiving more attention from the automotive technician today. It’s a long story. Let’s just say that when the latch hood handle came off in my hand Friday afternoon, I knew this was going to be more complicated than I had bargained for.

Locally, we had a debate, which from reports consisted of Murky and Millie blasting each other and ignoring Scotty McBeamer. The race has made the NYT front page twice in the past few days. The Eastern Establishment does not think much of our candidates. It could be worse, though. We just make citizens’ arrests on reporters asking questions. In Kentucky they stomp people who voice views they disagree with. If you haven’t seen this video, this is what politics in America looks like nowadays. Link:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/25/rand-paul-supporter-stomps-head_n_773857.html

There are different videos of the incident. Schools should be assigning The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich so people know where this kind of hooliganism leads.

Speaking of hooliganism (no offense to the fishy kind), we have a classic Police Report today—

Multiple charges

Fairbanks police arrested Stephen Glass, 55, of Fairbanks on charges of DUI, misdemeanor drugs misconduct and misdemeanor weapons misconduct Saturday morning following a report of a possible drunken driver in the parking lot of Fred Meyer East. When police arrived, Glass was sleeping behind the wheel of the vehicle. Police knocked on the window to wake him and he appeared intoxicated as he exited the vehicle. The officer noticed a strong odor of burnt rubber and observed that the driver’s side front tire was flat and off the rim. The driver’s front side of the vehicle was damaged and the bumper had been pushed into the fender. Glass told police he had purchased the car the day before. When asked if he had any weapons, Glass produced a 7- to 8-inch knife with an antler handle. During a search following his arrest for DUI, police found a black film canister containing seven pills of Clonazepam, an anti-anxiety medication. Glass also had a baggie with a small amount of marijuana sticking out of his pocket that police seized. Police also found a BenchMade full automatic knife on Glass during the search. Glass failed field sobriety tests and registered a 0.00 percent breath-alcohol content on a chemical test but failed a drug recognition exam.

DUI

• Fairbanks police arrested Jeremy D. Irvin, 34, of Fairbanks, on a DUI charge early Sunday morning. An officer contacted Irvin sitting in his running vehicle in the parking lot at 1 a.m. at a local bar. Irvin said he was waiting to give a friend a ride home. Irvin exhibited signs of intoxication and wouldn’t make eye contact with the officer. Irvin admitted his license was revoked and said he drank to beers. Irvin failed field sobriety tests and registered a 0.173 percent breath-alcohol content on a chemical test, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

• Edward Sampson Baker, 50, of North Pole, was arrested and charged with drunken driving Friday following a traffic stop. North Pole police stopped Baker for speeding (46 mph in a 40 mph zone), failing to signal a turn and weaving. Baker displayed signs of intoxication and admitted to drinking three beers and a shot of liquor before driving. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.114 percent on a chemical test.

Drugs misconduct

• A Fairbanks man was arrested for felony drug possession after troopers discovered 31 pot plants in a house he fled to following an accident on Saturday night on the Steese Highway. Michael Paulsen, 44, was charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Fairbanks police responded to an accident on the Steese Highway in which a driver fled the scene. The driver was later identified as Paulsen and it was determined he had fled to a home at 41 Mile Steese Highway.

Troopers responded and could see a man matching Paulsen’s description as they approached the house, as well as marijuana plants in a room behind him. Troopers were allowed inside the house by the owner and inquired about the pot plants. Paulsen initially admitted the plants were his, which was confirmed by the owner of the house. The owner said Paulsen had been house sitting for them and had brought the plants to the house while they were gone. There were a total of 31 plants in two different rooms.

As troopers were uprooting and counting the plants, Paulsen began yelling when the number of plants neared 25, the felony amount in Alaska. Paulsen then claimed the plants belonged to the owner of the house but that he had shown the owner how to grow marijuana and had tended the plants while the owner was gone. Paulsen commented on the condition of the plants as being poor. When asked why they were in poor condition, Paulsen said the plants had probably gotten cold, which troopers said “would be consistent with the plants being moved and exposed to outdoor temperatures.” The plants were removed from the house at the owner’s request.

• Tina Dolores Gardner, 49, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony drugs misconduct on Friday morning following a traffic stop. Fairbanks police stopped Gardner just before midnight for not stopping as she was leaving the parking lot of Sadler’s to turn onto Cushman Street. When confronted by police, the officer suspected she was under the influence of a stimulant because she was chewing her gum rapidly and opening and closing her cell phone rapidly. Gardner was arrested for driving with a revoked license and the officer determined she was on probation for drugs misconduct. Her probation officer requested a search of her vehicle. Inside the vehicle, police found a small, blue change bag stuffed under the bench seat next to the driver’s seat containing 15 small baggies of crack cocaine. Gardner also had sixteen $20 bills in her pocket that K9 officer Stryker indicated had been in the presence of drugs. The total amount of cocaine in the baggies was 6.06 grams.

Assault

• Tremain T. Wilson, 23, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony assault and Johnny Lee Toussaint, 27, of Fairbanks was charged with misdemeanor assault after being arrested by Fairbanks police Sunday morning outside Club Manchu. Police were called to the bar on 27 Avenue at 3:26 a.m. for a report of a man outside in the parking lot with a gun. Both Wilson and Toussaint were in the parking lot when police arrived and both men tried to flee. Toussaint was quickly apprehended while Wilson was caught a short distance from the bar. A search of Wilson produced no gun but officers backtracked, following his footprints in the snow, and found a Glock 22 .40-caliber handgun near where he had originally fled. Witnesses identified both Wilson and Toussaint as the men who had allegedly beaten up another man in the bar. Witnesses also identified Wilson as the man who was holding a gun in the parking lot when he and Toussaint confronted the man they had allegedly beaten up. Wilson didn’t point the gun at the man but the man told police he thought Wilson was going to shoot him.

• A Fairbanks man was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault, as well as interfering with a report of domestic violence, after being arrested early Saturday morning in Northway. Norman Gallen, Jr., 35, was arrested after troopers were called to the village at 3:30 a.m. for a report of domestic disturbance. Gallen allegedly grabbed his sister and tried to push her out of their father’s house in Northway. The woman screamed and her boyfriend and 13-year-old son entered the home and tried to intervene. Gallen is accused of punching the man in the face and kicking him multiple times when he fell to the ground. The woman tried to call police but Gallen allegedly grabbed the phone and smashed it. The woman fled to a neighbor’s house to call troopers.

As her boyfriend and son attempted to start their snowmachines and leave, Gallen is accused of throwing wood at them. The woman suffered a bruise on her left bicep and the man had a contusion on his forehead, abrasions on his nose and right hand, and sore ribs. Troopers arrived to find the house in disarray. The smashed phone was in the living room. Gallen claimed it had been a verbal argument only and he was the one who had been attacked.

• Daniel Timothy Conkel, 34, of Fairbanks, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault on Thursday night after troopers were called to a report of an assault at a residence on Viewpointe Drive. Conkel is accused of hitting his girlfriend and pushing her down a flight of stairs, causing her to pass out. The woman told troopers she and Conkel got into an argument after both had been drinking and the argument escalated to the point Conkel hit her on the back of the head. The woman took her 7-year-old daughter to the car and went back in to get her 2-month-old daughter but Conkel wouldn’t let her take the infant. She and Conkel got into another argument at the top of the stairs and he allegedly slapped her. When she slapped him back, he became enraged and the woman said it felt like he headbutted her. The woman told troopers the next thing she knew she was falling down the stairs and was knocked unconscious. When she came to, she said Conkel was shaking her head and slapping her in the face while yelling at her. The woman left the residence as Conkel was calling her derogatory names and went to a neighbor’s house to call 911. The woman suffered small abrasions on her forehead and elbows. Conkel told troopers the woman fell down the stairs.

• Fairbanks police arrested Kristyn Silas, 21, of Fairbanks on a misdemeanor assault charge Saturday morning outside of Kodiak Jack’s bar on Gaffney Road. Silas is accused of punching her boyfriend in the nose . An officer confronted Silas after noticing her standing over the man, who was lying in the fetal position and bleeding heavily from the nose.

• Matthew Omar Cholok, 25, of Fairbanks, was arrested on Saturday by University of Alaska Fairbanks police and charged with misdemeanor assault. Cholok is accused of slapping the mother of his child repeatedly on the buttocks and punching her twice as she was lying on a bed holding their 2-year-old daughter.

–Tim Mowry

“Glass failed field sobriety tests and registered a 0.00 percent breath-alcohol content on a chemical test but failed a drug recognition exam.” “What’s this pill?” “I don’t know.” “Irvin admitted his license was revoked and said he drank to beers.” “Here’s to beer!” “Gardner also had sixteen $20 bills in her pocket that K9 officer Stryker indicated had been in the presence of drugs.” Officer Stryker: “Woof!”

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