Wednesday, September 17, 2014

UPDATE: Charges Dropped Against Boise Man Accused in 2013 Hit and Run

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 3:37 PM

UPDATE: September 17, 2014

Prosecutors have decided to drop charges against a young Boise man, initially accused in an October 2013 hit and run.

In the early morning hours of October 4, 2013, 28-year-old Wiley Padden was crossing State Street near Collister Drive when he was struck by a pickup truck. He died of his injuries a short time later.

Two days later, 24-year-old Adam Weinert of Boise turned himself into authorities and was booked with a felony charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident.

But just last month, a mistrial was declared when jurors deadlocked and did not convict Weinert of the crime. Weinert's attorney argued that Weinert said he didn't know he had struck Padden. The defense also pointed to Padden's intoxication at the time of the incident. 

Ultimately, Ada County prosecutors have decided not to pursue charges against Weinert. Weinert had previous convictions for resisting arrest, contempt of court, failrue to provide proof of insurance, probation violation, and possession of a controlled substance.

Adam Weinert, 24, of Boise turned himself in to Boise Police in connection with an October 4 fatal hit and run accident on State Street.
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  • Adam Weinert, 24, of Boise turned himself in to Boise Boise in connection with an October 4 fatal hit and run accident on State Street.

UPDATE: October 6, 2013 p.m. 5 p.m.

Boise Police reported late October 6 that 24-year-old Adam Weinert of Boise had turned himself into law enforcement at approximately 3:30 p.m. October 6 in connection with the October 4 fatal hit and run of a man on State Street, east of Collister Drive.

The victim was transported to a local hospital, but died a short time later of his injuries.

Boise Police said Weinert was expected to arraigned Monday, October 7 at the Ada County Courthouse.

UPDATE: October 5, 2013 3 p.m.

Boise Police, working with the Ada County Prosecutors Office, have issued an arrest warrant for a suspect in connection with a deadly hit and run collision on State Street in the early morning hours of October 4.

Police identified the suspect as 24-year-old Adam Weinert of Boise. Officers said they're currently searching for Weinert and "encourage him to turn himself in."

Weinert is being accused of hitting a man who was walking across State Street, east of Collister Drive, at approximately 1:15 a.m. October 4. The victim was transported to a local hospital, but died a short time later of his injuries.

Police are asking anyone with information on the suspect to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

ORIGINAL POST: October 4, 2013 9 a.m.

Boise Police are investigating an early morning, fatal hit-and-run on State Street. This is the second in a week on the busy thoroughfare.

Police said the male victim was crossing State Street east of Collister Drive at approximately 1:15 a.m. when he was hit by a pickup truck. The victim died of his injuries a short time later at a local hospital.

Witnesses said the vehicle, a small gold pickup, left the scene immediately. Police said the vehicle may be a mid- to late-1990s Ford Ranger or similar model pickup. The truck probably sustained front end damage.

The name of the victim has not been released.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

On September 26, a bicyclist was struck and killed in the early morning hours as he was traveling on State Street. The vehicle took off from the scene of the accident, but the driver turned himself in to police 24 hours later. He has been charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Timberline Students' Energy Saving Initiatives Take Root

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Maggie Thornsberry, 16, a junior at Timberline High School helps plant a tree.
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  • Maggie Thornsberry, 16, a junior at Timberline High School, helps plant a tree.

In an effort to promote energy savings, 20 Timberline High School students planted 20 trees donated by Idaho Power and The Arbor Day Foundation on the north side of their school's campus Oct. 29.

“I think that keeping trees around in our community is really important. These days we are taking them down. I think it is important to keep them around and to conserve energy,” said 17-year-old Angel Abaya, a Timberline senior who spearheaded the tree planting event as part of a school project. “Nature is not important any more in our society. So I think it is important to keep it important and to make [nature] relevant to people’s lives.”

Dick Jordon, Timberline’s Environmental Science teacher, has supervised the planting of 60 trees on Timberline’s campus in the last 15 years, said the project reconnects students with nature.

“It is all about getting them out of their comfort zone, getting dirty and giving back,” said Jordon.

The 20 donated trees were left over from Idaho Power’s Shade Tree project that concluded earlier this month. The Shade Tree project was a pilot program designed to encourage Idaho Power’s residential customers to plant shade trees on the west side which can reduce energy spending by 15 percent or more. More than 200 participants received a tree for their home.

“We encouraged customers to plant trees for energy savings and we had some trees left over at the end of the project and we donated those trees to Timberline High School,” said Patti Best, an energy efficiency program specialist who oversaw the Shade Tree project and who reached out to Abaya and Jordon at Timberline. “Energy efficiency can be a least cost resource for us.”

Jordon added that it's "natural to invest in trees" because of what they give us in return.

“Trees are just so wonderful when you think about it. The fact that it is low technology, it does all the right carbon things—takes out carbon dioxide and gives back oxygen. And plus the colors. They give us so much,” said Jordon.

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Mexican Consul, Friends, Family Honor Cenarrusa With Dia de los Muertos Altar

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Dia de los Muertos altar honors Pete Cenarrusa
  • Paul Hefner
  • Dia de los Muertos altar honors Pete Cenarrusa

City and State officials joined friends and family of the late Pete Cenarrusa at Boise's Mexican Consulate Oct. 30 for a unique remembrance of Idaho's former Secretary of State who died in late September at the age of 95.

On the one-month anniversary of Cenarrusa's passing, friends of Idaho's longest-serving elected official said the traditional Mexican altar was a way to memorialize his many accomplishments as a distinguished Idahoan and United States citizen. Among those attending the presentation of the altar was current Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Cenarussa's widow, Freda.

“Honoring his memory with this altar is full of meaning…to pay tribute to all those anonymous or well-known personalities that have passed away,” said Guillermo Ordorica, Consul of Mexico. Ordorica added that he "was blessed to have known [Cenarrusa]."

“We understand this homage as the clearest way in which, through culture, the Mexican Consulate expresses its gratitude to beautiful Boise and to all the people from Idaho,” said Ordorica. "It isn’t so much about nationality or heritage, as it is about honoring an influential public figure in a state that celebrates diversity."

Set in the altar, which will remain standing for one week, are personal items of Cenarrusa's and other handcrafted figures, such as sugar skulls, colorful paintings, cempasúchitl flower (marigolds), and flavorful dishes. Consul officials said each item represented a part of life and death, "ushering in a new journey for the life beyond."

Ordorica said the public was welcome to visit the Mexico Consulate at 701 Morrison Knudsen Drive, Suite 102, to honor Cenarrusa.

Dia de los Muertos altar honors Pete Cenarrusa
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  • Dia de los Muertos altar honors Pete Cenarrusa

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Boise Men Charged With Trafficking Marijuana

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 10:05 AM


div class="blogImageCenter" style="width:512px;">Russell Loper, 21, (left) and Abraham Osuna, 20, (right) are each charged with delivery of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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  • Russell Loper, 21, (left) and Abraham Osuna, 20, (right) are each charged with delivery of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Two Boise men were sent to the Ada County lockup Oct. 30, both facing felony drug charges.

Boise Police secured warrants for the suspects' arrests after serving a search warrant at the the suspects' Boise home on Oct. 26. Over the course of the investigation, officers said they found evidence that the suspects possessed marijuana intended for sale.

21-year-old Rusell Loper, and 20-year-old Abraham Osuna, both of Boise, were each charged with a felony count of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Boise Police Warn of New Hallucinogen 25c

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:48 AM

In the shadow of two recent overdoses where two 16-year-olds ingested a new synthetic drug, Boise Police are warning citizens that they should be aware of of a drug known as 25c, closely related to 25i, with a street name of N-BOME.

Both teens suffered seizures and required hospitalization.

"These synthetic drugs are not safe," said Lieutenant P.D. Burch of the Boise Police Narcotics Unit. "These chemicals have caused deaths around the nation. We're just beginning to see it here and it's already caused several overdoses including one where the teen nearly died."

Boise Police say the hallucinogen is being sold in Boise with claims that it is similar to LSD. It can be manufactured and is often in powder form. It can be inhaled, injected or snorted.

25i can also go by the names Dime, 25C or DOB.

The Drug Enforcement Administration considers 25i similar to LSD and therefore illegal in all 50 states. At this time, no Idaho law specifically bans the active ingredient.

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Bonner County Sheriff Disarms Idea of Putting More Guns In North Idaho Schools

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:47 AM

After attracting a fair amount of media attention, officials in Sandpoint's Lake Pend Oreille School District say that they're holstering the concept of adding firearms to their schools.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that Bonner County Sheriff Darryl Wheeler says an idea of using retired law enforcement or military personnel to enhance school security was not "fully fleshed out or formally adopted by his department and the school district." The Daily Bee reports that the concept, which was reported by the Bee and nearby Spokane TV stations, led "some to mistakenly conclude that it is going to happen or is already under way."

"It's a huge undertaking," said Wheeler. "We have to look at that stuff very slowly."

Additionally, Lake Pend Oreille School Superintendent Shawn Woodward said the idea of introducing more firearms into schools was "overwhelmingly opposed" by her staff, and the board of trustees was "divided on the idea."

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Tribune: Idaho Whistle-Blower Suing Clearwater Paper

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:45 AM

A former employee of Clearwater Paper, who says he was kicked to the curb after bringing employee safety concerns to the U.S. government, is battling his former employer in a federal courtroom.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that Anthony Tenny says he was fired after telling the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about his concerns involving red cedar dust at Clearwater Paper's Lewiston sawmill.

Tenny says he was promoted several times by Clearwater Paper and given generally high performance ratings, but two months after he complained about the red cedar dust, he was suspended without pay and required to take a drug test before being fired in June 2010. But Tenny's attorney says her client passed the drug test and was still fired because of retaliation over his whistle-blower complaint.

Tenny is seeking reinstatement, in addition to $300,000 in damages and fees. But Clearwater Paper sold the Lewiston sawmill to the Idaho Forest Group after Tenny had been dismissed.

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Police, Probation and Parole Officers Will Conduct Sex-Offender Compliance Checks Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Law enforcement across Idaho will be working the night shift this evening as they check on registered sex offenders while trick-or-treaters are going door-to-door.

Local police agencies are expected to be working with the Idaho Department of Correction Probation and Parole offices to conduct compliance checks to make certain that probationers and parolees are following specific rules, such as turning off porch lights, not having Halloween decorations, handing out candy or sitting on front porches or stairs. Traditionally, sex offenders are barred from these activities from 5 p.m. Halloween night until the next morning.

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Cleared for Takeoff: FAA Loosens Restrictions on E-Devices

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:41 AM

The Federal Aviation Administration finally acknowledged this morning what most travelers had suspected all along: that electronic devices such as Kindles, iPads and iPhones weren't disrupting takeoffs and landings on commercial airliners.

The FAA cleared the gadgets for takeoff, saying they'll soon be allowed during all phases of flight "very soon." Airlines will have the final say, but the majority of carriers are expected to agree with the ruling. Connecting to the Internet will still be prohibited when planes are less than 10,000 feet in the air. Voice calls will also remain prohibited during flight, under a separate rule from the Federal Communications Commission.

This morning's decision came from the findings of a 28-member committee representing airlines, airline manufacturers, electronics makers, pilots and flight attendants. Consumer groups had argued that electronic readers were no more dangerous than books during takeoff and landing.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Police Blotter: Assaulting a Police Officer; Lewd Conduct With Minor

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Michael Evans, 42, is charged with battery of an officer and battery.

An Oregon man is behind bars at the Ada County Jail, charged with battery on a security guard and a Boise Police officer.

Boise Police were called to a bar fight overnight on the 800 block of West Broad Street. That's where witnesses told police the suspect, who appeared to be very intoxicated, began to argue and fight with patrons and a security guard. Witnesses said, at one point, the suspect struck the security guard in the face. After they arrived on the scene, police said the suspect kicked an officer in the leg.

Michael Evans, 42, of Portland, Ore., was charged with a felony count of battery on an officer and a misdemeanor count of battery.

Karrar Mutlak, 25, is charged with lewd conduct with a minor under 16.

Boise Police also report that Oct. 28, they took a suspect into custody in connection with lewd conduct with a minor. The arrest warrant for the suspect stemmed from a detailed investigation into alleged inappropriate sexual conduct that reportedly took place at a Boise home between June and August of this year. The suspect is said to be well known to the victim, and police said they had no reason to believe other victims were involved.

Karrar Mutlak, 25, of Boise, was booked into the Ada County Jail on a felony charge of lewd conduct with a minor under 16.

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