Police Blotter: February 10 – 16, 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.

 by Heather Penn

Sun Star


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.

Welfare check

Feb. 13, 9:55 a.m.

An RA heard strange sounds emitting from a dorm room. She thought it might be sounds of distress and called officers to perform a welfare check. When officers arrived they attempted to gain access by knocking and calling out. When no response was had they keyed in and found the occupant unconscious and in the midst of a medical emergency. The student was stabilized and transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Paramedics and police said had the RA not been doing her job, “[the student] would have definitely died.”

Feb. 14, 4:21 p.m.

A male student was seen throwing away two usable computers at his residence in the Sustainable Village. Officers were alerted by those concerned for the student’s state of mind. Officers attempted to locate the man several times throughout the day at his residence, left messages on his phone and made contact with his relatives. An officer on shift after midnight received a call that the student may be back home. Officers went to the residence and watched the individual jump off the second story balcony and take off running. They located the student near the Geist Road post office. He declined to speak to the officer and seemingly able-bodied, was released.

Criminal trespass

Feb. 10, 2:18 p.m.

Officers on foot patrol at the Community Technical College parking garage downtown observed a man sitting on the floor of the garage. The man was escorted off of the property and a bottle of mouth wash was confiscated. The transient population seeking refuge in this area has been a constant concern for officers.

Motor vehicle accident

Feb. 12, 8:03 a.m.

A car failed to yield at the Thompson Drive roundabout and crashed into a UAF shuttle bus. The driver of the car was unable to get out of the sedan, due to the damage sustained in the crash. The fire department arrived to extract the driver. The driver complained of chest pain and dizziness and was taken to FMH for treatment.


Feb. 12, 11:49 a.m.

Someone stole a computer in the Brooks Building by tearing out the security cable. The theft occurred sometime after the close of business and was not reported until the next day. The investigation is ongoing.


Feb. 12, 12:57 p.m.

Officers said in a likely related incident, an hour after the theft in the Brooks Building, someone tried to steal another computer in the Rasmuson Library computer lab. Someone tried to disable the security device but was unable to do so. Library staff found the computer damaged, but still attached to the cable. The investigation is ongoing.

Agency assist

Feb. 12, 6:00 p.m.

Officers assisted both UAA and Pacific State University, in Washington State, in a stalking case. A woman who has been stalking PSU basketball players and coaches was said to be on the UAF campus. The woman attends all PSU games and follows the team all over the country. She behaves inappropriately and interferes with players and coaches during games. The woman will book her stay in the same hotel and then attempt to walk into the players’ rooms. She blogs about the team and recently stated that she had a dream where she shot the coach and players in the head. Due to the concern for the PSU players’ and coach’s safety, UAF officers did a sweep of the Patty Center prior to Friday’s game.  The woman was located and escorted off campus. She is no longer allowed on UAF or UAA campuses. The PSU team then headed to Anchorage where the woman was a no-show at that game.

Feb. 14, 9:44 a.m.

A REDDI report (Report Every Dangerous Driver Incident) was called in for a woman crossing the double yellow lines on University Ave. and Geist Road. Officers pulled the woman over and found her to not be under the influence. She said she was attempting to pass the vehicle in front of her that was going five mph below the speed limit. The caller did not want to press charges so the woman was given a warning by officers and released.

Feb. 15, 2:07 p.m.

The Alaska State Troopers asked the UAF PD to assist with a three-car accident on the Johansen Expressway. UAF officers aided in the investigation and traffic control.

Suspicious circumstances

Feb. 14, 10:13 a.m.

Threats against a UAF employee lead officers to remove the alleged assailant from UAF campus for an extended period of time. The victim became frightened and went to police. Multiple people backed up the employee’s claims while the man denied any and all involvement in the incident.

Feb. 16, 10:22 p.m.

An RA at Moore Hall called police and confiscated a keycard from a man who was attempting to swipe the card in different areas on campus. The card did not belong to the man or his friend who was waiting outside. Both of the men were homeless and were looking for somewhere to sleep. They had found the Polar Express card and hoped it might help. Both were removed from campus.

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