Geraghty Fire Investigation Leads to Indictment






The Fairbanks Police Department investigation of the January 29, 2014 fire at 3550 Geraghty Street, has led to the indictment of Conar Groppel, DOB 5/26/96.  Charges include Murder in the First Degree, Murder in the Second Degree (three counts), Manslaughter, Arson in the First Degree and Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree (two counts), and Tampering with Evidence (two counts).


The bodies of two women, Jane Connolly, age 50, and Kristina Pence, age 39, were found on the premises after the fire.  Numerous people were also treated for smoke inhalation, burns, and exposure.  The building had 18 apartments on the second floor and a store and offices on the first floor.  Both deceased women were residents of the apartment. The building was substantially damaged, collapsed, and subsequently demolished after investigators completed on-scene evidence recovery and investigation.


Conar Groppel is currently incarcerated on an unrelated incident involving another law enforcement agency and will be remanded on the new charges.  Due to the ongoing investigation, no interviews or additional information will be given at this time.


Anyone with information regarding this case, please contact Detective Scott Adams at 450-6552.


Contact: Amber Courtney, Communications Director/PIO 459.6793 or



“Run from the Cops” Fundraiser Run!

The Second Annual “Run from the Cops” fundraiser run is this Saturday, June 28th.  This benefits the “Wish Upon a North Star” foundation – it’s a good cause.  You can even register the day of the run!  Run starts at 11:00 a.m. at the Fairbanks Police Department, 911 Cushman Street.  Brandon and Tonya stopped by for the bib pick-up tonight, they are ready!


Press Release: Update-John Druck Wallis Investigation





On January 5, 2013, John Druck Wallis passed away after receiving serious burns on January 1, 2013, while he was at the US Post Office on Barnette Street.  The Medical Examiner’s report determined that Mr. Wallis’ cause of death was the result of the thermal burns he sustained. The Fairbanks Fire and Police departments have investigated the cause of the fire, but the source of the fire remains unknown.  There were no indications that accelerants were used to start the fire.   The manner of his death remains undetermined due to insufficient evidence to ascertain whether the burns sustained were accidental or intentional as the result of actions by himself or another person.


Witnesses indicated that another person may have been with Mr. Wallis immediately prior to the fire. City investigators have spoken with multiple witnesses and followed up on all leads, but have not located anyone who was in the Post Office at the time the fire started.  It is not believed that Mr. Wallis had arguments or issues with anyone in the community prior to his death.


Investigators request that anyone with information regarding this case please contact the FPD Investigations Division, 907.450.6550,


Contact: Amber Courtney, Communications Director/PIO 459.6793 or


Unsolved Homicide: Family and Police Request Public’s Assistance

20 years ago this month, David “Barry” McNulty was shot and killed at the Garden Island Party Store.  All leads received during and after the investigation have been followed-up, however the case remains unsolved.  Information regarding this case is requested from the public. The details are as follows:

On May 30th, 1994 at 11:07 p.m., the Fairbanks Police Department responded to a “panic alarm” at the Garden Island Party Store located at 246 Illinois Street.  The responding Officer was in the immediate vicinity and arrived within a minute of being dispatched.  Upon arrival, the Officer entered the building and found the clerk, David “Barry” McNulty, deceased from a gunshot wound.  Based on the crime scene, it appeared that a robbery had taken place.

Mr. McNulty had been contacted by a family member at the store about 10:50 p.m. The family member was scheduled to return to pick up Barry when the store closed at 11:00 p.m.  When the family member returned there were several police cars in the parking lot in response to the alarm and homicide.

Barry McNulty, the victim, was married and a father of 5 children.  At the time of his death his children ranged from 14-22 years old.  One of his daughters graduated from high school three days before he was killed.  In the 20 years since, there have been multiple graduations, three weddings, the birth of four grandkids and numerous other events that he and his family could not share.

At the request of the family, the Fairbanks Police Department is asking for assistance from the public and requests that anyone with any information contact Detective Scott Adams at 450-6552.  Even if you think the police already know the information you have, or you have shared it in the past, please call, as every bit of information could be helpful.

For information, contact:  Amber Courtney PIO or 907.590.0910

Memorial Day

Memorial Day Services were held at the Veteran’s Park today in honor of those who have served our country. On this Memorial Day, please spend a few moments to appreciate our freedom, and those who have sacrificed so much in service to our country.

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Arbor Day Celebrations in the Community:

The week around Arbor Day saw many trees being planted around the community:On Monday, May 19th, Mayor Eberhart read an Arbor Day Proclamation from all three local mayors, and praised the efforts of Arbor Day groups and helped to plant a tree with the Friends of Creamer’s Field.On Wednesday, May 21st, the Fairbanks Arbor Committee came to City Hall to plant a spruce tree! Our landscaping has been lopsided since our previous spruce tree died and staff was happy to see this new green life in our lawn. The Arbor Committee is pictured here: Mike Musick, Dr. Karl Monetti, Jim Smith, Naomi O’Neal (with “Pink” the Arbor Dog), and Dick Farris. Naomi grew and donated the spruce we are now sporting in front of our building. Thank you Fairbanks Arbor Committee!

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Police Memorial Day

Today the annual Police Memorial Day event was held at the Fairbanks Police Department. Peace officers and the public assembled for a time to remember 67 Alaskan heroes in law enforcement. The event included a Welcome from Deputy Chief Brad Johnson, Invocation by Chaplain Brian Graham, National Anthem sung by David Wilcoxin, Remarks by Senator Mark Begich, and Keynote Speaker Michael Geraghty. The memorial wreaths were places and name plaques unveiled. The US Air Force provided a 21-Gun Salute and Taps was played by Airman First Class Daniel Cadena from the US Air Force. Our very own Officer Nate Werner played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. Photo credit – Amber CourtneyIMG_1486 (2)


First Work-Based Learning Experience Completed!

Today, May 14, the staff at the Patrick B. Cole City Hall is saying goodbye to Jada Anderson, the first student to participate in the new Work Study Program. Jada is graduating from West Valley High School and will be leaving for the Air Force this summer. We thank Jada for being a hard worker and her outstanding social media contributions while working here the past 10 weeks.

Mayor Eberhart presents Jada with a gold pan with the City seal and thanks her for her time and efforts.
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Welcome Alaska Peace Officers Association Conference

Mayor Eberhart welcomes the Alaska Peace Officers Association 2014 Crime Conference to Fairbanks this morning. Improved public safety is Mayor Eberhart’s top priority. The City of Fairbanks is pleased to have these law enforcement professionals gather here during National Police Week. Amber
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City Employee Blood Drive

Yesterday, employees of the City of Fairbanks donated blood through the Blood Bank of Alaska at the Patrick B. Cole City Hall. Employees from the Fairbanks Fire Department, Police Department, Public Works, and City Hall administration participated in donating blood. Pictured is Candy Dyer who is a seasonal employee that came in on her “off season” to give blood that could help save lives. Photo taken by Amber Courtney.
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