Friday

October 28, 2011

Happy Friday. Just barely starting to get light here. 17 degrees. The five inches of snow prophesied by the weathermen did not materialize; maybe one inch at most.

Not too much going on here at the citadel. We saw a fox out the window that suddenly pricked up its ears, paused, then charged forward under a spruce tree, probably hoping to catch a squirrel. Don’t know if he caught it. We see the fox about once a week.

Local news is thin—

Anticipated Interior Alaska snowfall fizzles on heels of weaker-than-forecast system

I could have written that story.

UAF lecture canceled

Uh-huh.

Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, we have a Police Report to liven things up a bit—

Assault

•Brennon Joel Sheldon Frankson, 19, of Fairbanks, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching a woman in the head and threatening people with a shard of glass at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday at a home on the 400 block of Monroe Street. The victims told police that Frankson was punching the woman in the head when a man intervened. In the ensuing fight a coffee table was damaged and Frankson threatened them with a 20-inch-long shard of glass, they said.

•Jeffrey W. Thompson, 47, was indicted on one count of second-degree assault for a crime that allegedly took place Aug. 14 near Fox.

•Fairbanks residents Dana Herbert, 29, and Tiffany Herbert, 26, were indicted on one charge of third-degree assault for a crime that allegedly took place July 27. [TOP SECRET]

DUI

•Denise Elizabeth Karella, 20, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence for allegedly driving while drunk Wednesday at the South Eielson Parking lot of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Karella was found passed out in a vehicle, University of Alaska Fairbanks police said. Police said the doors were locked and they had to break a window to open the door. Karella told police she been drinking the night before and she registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.194, more than legal limit of 0.08.

•Robert L. Pippen, 49, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony driving under the influence for allegedly driving while drunk at 2:15 a.m. Thursday outside Tony’s Bar in Fairbanks. Pippen was driving a red 1994 Dodge Shadow Fairbanks police had been told was driven by a possible intoxicated driver. Police spotted Pippen exiting the parking lot of the old Alaska Market Place and said he honked his horn for several seconds as officers drove by. Pippen and passengers tried to leave and were ordered to return, police said. He told police he had been drinking, but refused to say how much. He registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.220. He was charged with a felony because he has five previous DUI convictions, including two in the last 10 years, police said.

•Brian Eugene McGahey, 35, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence for allegedly driving while drunk Tuesday outside a home on the 600 block of 22nd Avenue. Fairbanks police were called to the home for a report of a man yelling and going crazy. McGahey was outside, smelled of alcohol and said he drove to the home to pick up a rug cleaner for his girlfriend, police said. He refused to take a breath-alcohol test and was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly kicking a cabinet that held breath-testing equipment and spitting on a computer screen.

•Nicholas Ryan Singleton, 29, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence for allegedly driving while drunk Sunday at the corner of the University Avenue and the Johansen Expressway. Singleton was stopped for driving after dark without headlights, University of Alaska Fairbanks police said. He told police he had drunk one pint of Budweiser. He registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.088. He was charged with misdemeanor drugs misconduct for allegedly having a pipe and marijuana in his vehicle.

 X “was charged with driving under the influence for allegedly driving while drunk”—majorly redundant, bad prose, thought the alliteration of d, particularly in the last phrase, is somewhat pleasing. The introduction of “allegedly” into these reports has seriously weakened the otherwise sometimes good style of the entries. At four alleged syllables, allegedly allegedly lacks punch.

Enjoy Friday.

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