A news account of the events surrounding the attack appeared in the following day's newspaper:
- 14 Jan 2011. "Fairbanks man accused of assaulting cab driver with hammer" by Chris Freiberg (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner).
Johnmichael's fellow cabbies have been putting together donations to help Johnmichael in his time of need. The Fairbanks and Alaska LGBT & allied community is also stepping forward, with a benefit to be held Saturday in Fairbanks:
- Day/time: Saturday, January 29, 2011, 7:00 PM until the wee hours
- Location: Last Roundup Steak House (upstairs lounge), 2701 S. Cushman, Fairbanks (see map)
- Info: Suggested donation $10 -- more if you can! We are planning a night of Karaoke, eating, and drinking. It will be a fun way to raise money for someone in our community who needs our help. Any amount you can donate small/large will be greatly appreciated.
Johnmichael care of Eagle CabYou can also call Bill Northup (the manager of Eagle Cab ) at (907) 456-8536 and put an amount on a credit card care of Johnmichael. The cab company will then give him the cash.
555 Front St.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Johnmichael has written to Bent Alaska and to other supporters expressing his heartfelt gratitude for donations and other help he's already received. He says he plans to attend the benefit, and intends to speak there about the need to start an emergency relief fund for the GLBT people caught in similar emergencies. "I'm feeling ok," he writes, "Just have a pounding headache. As you can imagine. My need comes in because I can not go back to work without a doctors release & I have a surgery scheduled for the 1st of Feb." He intends to return to work as soon as he's recovered.
We wish you a speedy recovery, Johnmichael.