Police Blotter: February 16 – 22, 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.

Police Blotter

By Heather Penn

2/16 – 2/22

Driving infractions

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.

Feb. 16, 10:15 a.m.

Kerstin L. Phoenix, 46, of North Pole, was pulled over for speeding on Yukon Drive. Police discovered she had no drivers license. It was cancelled in 1998 by the state of Connecticut. She was issued a summons and had to find a ride home.

Feb. 19, 5:29 a.m.

Arthur N. Busch, 29, of Fairbanks, was arrested and transported to Fairbanks Correctional Center for driving with a revoked license. Busch was pulled for over for expired registration. He was previously advised by officers of his license status.


Feb. 16, 1:12 p.m.

A woman placed an ad online advertising her babysitting services. She was contacted by “care. com,” informing her there was a family relocating from Belgium who would be in need of her services. The company sent the woman a $2,850 check and told her to cash it but keep $350 for herself. She was then to take the remaining balance and wire it to an address in Chicago, which she did. After some time, the woman became suspicious of the manner in which the exchange had happened and recontacted the supposed company in an attempt to return the $350 she was allotted. They then had her wire the remaining money to Nigeria, which she did. After waiting for a time, the woman decided to contact her bank whereupon the bank told her it was a scam and the check was forged. She is now liable for the full $2,850. The case was turned over to the FBI.


Feb. 17, 7:52 a.m.

A red work truck was stolen from the fenced area outside the engineering building sometime between 11 – 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 13. The truck is a 2001 red GMC, standard cab, black oversized flat bed, with dual rear wheels. The license plate is EDL 954. Officers ask if anyone knows anything about the whereabouts of the truck or sees it to let them know

Feb. 17, 12:47 p.m.

After a Friday the 13th party in Cutler apartments, a man noticed his computer was missing from his backpack. His roommate had thrown the party and there were many people in attendance. The computer has yet to be recovered.

Feb. 19, 1:28 a.m.

An alarm was accidentally set off at West Valley High by a person authorized to be in the building. The Alaska State Troopers had a backlog of calls and asked UAF officers to investigate. There were no problems found.

Feb. 21, 11:36 a.m.

An unlocked gray and blue Kona bike was stolen from outside The Pub between 7:30 p.m. and midnight on Friday night. The bike is still missing.

Welfare check

Feb. 20, 4:50 p.m.

EMS requested an officer’s assistance with a woman who was intoxicated and threatening suicide in the UAF Health and Counseling center. The woman was transported and committed to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for an evaluation.

Security check

Feb. 19, 2:17 a.m.

The issue of vagrants in the Community and Technical College garage area downtown continued when three more people were removed from the property. Officers identified faults with the lock mechanisms. A work order was submitted and the repairs are being made. It is all but impossible to keep the area free of vagrants due to the building’s open parking areas. The only lockable areas are in the stairwells where people frequently seek shelter

Criminal trespass

Feb. 19, 4:07 p.m.

Police were advised that a drunk man was in the Wood Center on the first floor near the TV next to the multi-level lounge. The report also stated the man had bloody knuckles. When officers arrived they encountered five individuals, including the one causing the initial complaint passed out on a couch. One of the other men had the bloody knuckles although it is unclear what caused them. The three men were escorted to the MAC bus and removed from UAF campus for six months. The man passed out was Lee M. Hadley, 27, of North Pole. Officers realized Hadley was caught that morning in the arctic entryway of the old U-Park school building. He had a prior trespassing complaint against him from Oct. 2014 and was re-advised that he was not allowed on UAF campus. Hadley was arrested and charged with criminal trespass in the second degree

Agency assist

Feb. 21, 11:22 p.m.

Officers were called to assist AST when a bartender at the Marlin was punched in the face by a woman who said she wanted to shoot someone. The Marlin declined to press charges if the woman left. The woman was removed and informed she would not be allowed back for six months. She was then released to her mother

Minor consuming

Feb. 22, 2:55 a.m.

An RA in Stevens Hall asked officers to check on an intoxicated man. Craig B. Briske, 19, of Anchorage, had been signed in at one dorm but was unescorted in another. Briske was not causing any trouble but was clearly inebriated. A responsible party agreed to care for him and he was sent on his way.

Motor Vehicle Accident

Feb. 22, 4:33 p.m.

A UAF gravel truck put a foot and a half gouge in the hood of a parked car while laying gravel down after the rain.  The owner was contacted and proper information exchange occurred.

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