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NAMPANS ARRESTED DURING EARLY-MORNING RUNNER • BREAKING NEWS: ADDICTS VIOLENT AND IRRATIONAL • THE M-16 WAS AT MOMMY'S HOUSE

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NAMPANS ARRESTED DURING EARLY-MORNING RUNNER

Police in Canyon County arrested a pair of highly stimulated Nampans in the wee small hours of Monday, November 22 after responding to reports of the report of small-arms fire in the stately old neighborhoods along Maple Street just before 6 a.m.--happy hour for high hoods. Officers discovered evidence of the brief gun battle on a home, as well as several vehicles parked in a nearby apartment complex. There was no indication that anyone had been injured by the flurry of bullets.

While searching one of the affected apartments, however, the officers were surprised (but probably not that surprised) to stumble upon a stash of uppers and other items that they believed to have been obtained through a previous burglary in Nampa.

Leticia Teeples, 34, and William Medley, 21, both of Nampa, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and stolen property. The substance in question, not surprisingly, was the traditional Canyon County early-morning pick-me-up of methamphetamine; the stolen items have not been identified. The investigation is continuing.

BREAKING NEWS: ADDICTS VIOLENT AND IRRATIONAL

Boise Police gumshoes and patrolmen, with the assistance of Ada Sheriff's Office deputies, tracked down three violent felons in Northwest Boise on November 18 in connection with a case of mistaken identity. The three thugs apprehended, Frank Nicolai, 43 of Boise, Savina Martinez, 24 of Boise and Erica Contreras, 19 of Nampa were brought together across age demographics and county lines by a love of drugs, a mutual desire to harm people who impede their access to drugs and, most importantly, judgment clouded by drug use.

The trio is charged with mistakenly identifying a Boise woman as someone with whom they were involved in a failed drug transaction, and then kidnapping her on late Wednesday, Nov. 17. They lured the victim to an apartment in Northwest Boise, where she was battered, restrained for several hours and raped with a foreign object by Nicolai. The victim was able to flee the scene early Thursday morning, and immediately contacted police. Within hours, her assaulters were all behind bars. All three thugs face multiple felony charges and appropriately large prison sentences.

THE M-16 WAS AT MOMMY'S HOUSE

Former Boise homebuilder Chad Patrick Croner was apprehended this week by U.S. Marshals in order to begin serving a 21-month prison sentence for intentionally concealing assets in a bankruptcy. Croner filed his destitution papers in 2002, listing his only assets as a pair of firearms worth a total of $400 dollars. When federal agents raided both Croner's house and that of his mother, however, they took a slightly different count: 39 weapons and more than $100,000 in cash. As if Croner's moral fiber needed further impugning, several of the weapons in his frightening arsenal did fit into the standard hunter/gatherer Idaho mold: four fully automatic rifles, several silencers and seven Glock handguns.

On the day Croner's sentence began, U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered that the assets seized during the raid be distributed to the creditor victims of Croner's fraudulent bankruptcy. But those creditors should not expect to receive any assault weapons in the mail. The Court has ordered that the distribution of assets be made in a manner as if the assets had been truthfully disclosed in the bankruptcy.

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