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Geraghty Fire Investigation Leads to Indictment

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 3, 2014

    

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 abcourtney@ci.fairbanks.ak.us

 

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Council Agenda Packet – 07/07/14

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Council Agenda Packet – 07/07/2014

The City Welcomes a new Human Resource Director

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Barbara Sunday brings robust human resources experience with her and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Barbara most recently worked for Tanana Chiefs Conference (since 2009), and Fairbanks Native Association before that. Barbara has the advantage of working with hugely diverse populations and cultures as an US Air Force dependent, and moved every three years for most of her life until she landed here in Fairbanks in 1981 with the US Army.

Council Action Notice – 06/23/14

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Council Action Notice – 06/23/14

“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!

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Council Agenda Packet – 06/23/14

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Agenda Packet – 06/23/2014

Press Release: Update-John Druck Wallis Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2014

 

UPDATE: JOHN DRUCK WALLIS DEATH INVESTIGATION AND REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE

 

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, FPD@ci.fairbanks.ak.us.

 

Contact: Amber Courtney, Communications Director/PIO 459.6793 or abcourtney@ci.fairbanks.ak.us

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Council Action Notice – 06/09/14

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Council Action Notice – 06/09/2014

Council Agenda Packet – 06/09/14

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Council Agenda Packet – 06/09/2014

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 abcourtney@ci.fairbanks.ak.us or 907.590.0910