Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lewiston Tribune: Amazing Rescue as Vehicle Rolls To Edge of Lewiston Cliff

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 9:47 AM

29-year-old Jason Warnock of Lewiston pulls 23-year-old Mathew Sitko of Lewiston from an SUV Wednesday after smashing the window with a rock. - BARRY KOUGH
  • Barry Kough
  • 29-year-old Jason Warnock of Lewiston pulls 23-year-old Mathew Sitko of Lewiston from an SUV Wednesday after smashing the window with a rock.
UPDATE:  April 16, 2015  1 p.m.

Lewiston Police have identified the hero who pulled a driver from an SUV April 15, as the vehicle was dangling from the edge of a canyon.

It was 29-year-old Jason Warnock of Lewiston who appeared on the scene, rescued the driver of the vehicle, and left.  Police have since identified Warnock and thanked him for his heroic efforts.

ORIGINAL POST: April 16, 2015  9 a.m.

Law enforcement officials say they still don't know the name of the hero who rescued a man from a vehicle dangling off the edge of a Lewiston canyon April 15.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports on the incident with an amazing photo showing the unidentified man pulling a Lewiston driver from the car, which perilously teetered over the lip of Lewiston's Bryden Canyon.

The driver, 23-year-old Matthew Sitko, says the man probably saved his life. Police say Sitko lost control of his GMC Yukon in the morning hours of April 15 before crashing through a yard and two terraces and rolling toward the canyon's edge.

Witnesses said the man broke the passenger side window of Sitko's vehicle and pulled Sitko from the wreck. Sitko was transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries and the hero slipped into obscurity... at least until friends and neighbors identify him to the press.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

UPDATE: Several People Arrested at Scene of Early Morning Boise Fire

Posted By on Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 9:44 AM

Valeria Madrid, 40, is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF
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  • Valeria Madrid, 40, is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer
UPDATE: April 6, 2015 11 a.m.

Boise Police report that that they assisted Boise firefighters early Monday morning following a report of a car fire which threatened a home on the 1700 block of North Cole Road.

Police said flames reached 10- to 15-feet high when they arrived on the scene. Additionally, police said that a fight was in progress nearly the doorway of the residence, and a 16-year-old male punched a police officer. A second officer was also hit by one of several individuals involved in the melee. More officers were dispatched to the scene while firefighters evacuated the home and put out the fire. 

In total, approximately one dozen people were at the home at the time of the incident. The cause of the fire is suspicious and under investigation.

Four minors—a 16-year-old male from Boise, a 17-year-old female from Boise, a 17-year-old male from Homedale and a 17-year-old male from Nampa—were all taken into custody. 

Additionally, 40-year-old Valeria Madrid of Boise, 18-year-old Denyse Madrid of Boise and 19-year-old Amelia Torres of Nampa were all charged with a felony count of battery on a law enforcement officer. 19-year-old Adalina Torres of Nampa was charged with resisting and obstructing officers. Madid and the two Torres suspects were also charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Denyse Madrid, 18, is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and minor in  possession of alcohol - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF
  • Ada County Sheriff
  • Denyse Madrid, 18, is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and minor in possession of alcohol
ORIGINAL POST: April 6, 2015 9 a.m.

Details are still coming in piecemeal, but Boise Police and Fire are investigating an early morning car fire that quickly spread to a home on North Cole Road near Fairview Avenue. As the blaze lit up the pre-dawn sky, several people were taken into custody, but no official word has been released on their status.

Additionally, a man inside the home was treated for minor injuries. Fire and police crews were summoned to the 1700 block of North Cole Road at around 4:30 this morning. No word yet on the cause of the fire or if any arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

And in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 4, a separate incident involving a vehicle sent another man to the hospital. Boise Police said a car crashed into a side wall at a Popeyes restaurant on the 8800 block of Fairview Avenue. Police said the driver was distracted before crashing his car into the building, sending the driver to a local hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

Amelia Torres, 19, is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and minor in possession of alcohol. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF
  • Ada County Sheriff
  • Amelia Torres, 19, is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and minor in possession of alcohol.
Adalina Tores, 19, is charged with resisting and obstructing officers and minor in possession of alcohol. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF
  • Ada County Sheriff
  • Adalina Tores, 19, is charged with resisting and obstructing officers and minor in possession of alcohol.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Double Fatality in Saturday Crash Near Caldwell

Posted By on Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 9:02 AM

Idaho State Police report that two people were killed in a bad two vehicle collision Saturday night.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Homedale Road and S. 10th Avenue, near Caldwell, after a Honda Accord travelling eastbound on Homedale, failed to yield to a stop sign. The Honda struck a Ford F250 pickup traveling southbound on S. 10th. 

ISP say the driver of the Honda and a passenger died of injuries at the scene.  The driver was identified as 19-year-old Marco Rivera of Nampa and the deceased passenger was identified as 19-year-old Steven Gutierrez of Caldwell. Another passenger in the Honda was transported to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. None of the occupants of the Honda were wearing seatbelts.

The driver of the pickup and a juvenile passenger were not injured in spite of the fact that the pickup landed on its side. Police say both of the pickup's occupants were wearing seatbelts.
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

City of Boise Slaps Uber With Cease-and-Desist

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 10:57 AM

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In a stunning development that will hit Uber where it presumably would be hurt the most—wrangling customers on a frigid New Year's Eve—the city of Boise issued the company a cease-and-desist order Dec. 31, saying Uber "ignored its own good-faith commitment to not charge for driver services" while continuing to negotiate with the city for an operating agreement.

Additionally, the city encourages residents to avoid the car service.

"Despite its commitment, Uber activated the 'pay feature' on its online application this week and drivers are charging passengers without an operating agreement in place," read a statement from Boise City Hall, adding that Uber was "essentially operating a business without a business license." 

The city of Boise confirmed that negotiations for an operating agreement had been ongoing, and conversations as recent as Dec. 23 indicated that Uber would not charge for driver services until negotiations were complete.

City officials say they want the following from Uber before allowing the online application-based transportation network to operate in the city.
  • Drivers have undergone background checks and are safe operators; 
  • Vehicles operated by Uber drivers are properly inspected and are safe for public transportation;
  • Uber drivers and vehicles are properly insured, protecting riders from liability in the event of an accident;
  • Uber customers have a clear way to provide complaints and feedback to the city of Boise;
In the meantime, the city "encourages all residents to avoid using the services of Uber drivers."

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Uber, upon hearing of the cease-and-desist, told Boise Weekly, "It's unfortunate City officials are seeking to limit access to safe rides on a night when impaired driving rates are at their highest. We look forward to continuing to connect Boiseans to the people and places they love as we work with City officials to craft regulations that embrace choice and innovation."

Minutes after the city of Boise issued its cease-and-desist, Boise Weekly checked the Uber application, which indicated that as many as six drivers were prepared to take customers, while the app promised "the safest and most affordable ride in town."

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Police Blotter: Punching an Officer and Car Clocked at 100 mph

Posted By on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 1:04 PM

A Meridian woman spent a good part of her holiday weekend behind bars after being charged with punching and kneeing a Boise Police officer.

law enforcement was flagged down by a citizen in the early morning hours of Dec. 27 at the intersection of West Malad and South Orchard streets. That's where the witness told police he had stopped to see if a woman walking on the side  of the road was OK. But when he stopped, the man said the woman jumped into his car and told him to drive. That's when the men got out of his vehicle and flagged down officers.  When police approached the car, the female suspect reportedly attempted to drive off. But when police stopped the vehicle and told the suspect to get out, she reportedly struck an officer in the face with a closed fist and kneed the officer in the thigh.

25-year-old Andrea Espinosa was booked into the Ada County Jail on assault or battery on an officer and resisting or obstructing.

Boise Police also report that they clocked a vehicle travelling approximately 100 miles per house on South Roosevelt Street Dec. 26. The vehicle eventually hit the curb, and crashed on a hillside. When police caught up with the vehicle, the driver was still trying to drive away with no success. A check of records indicated that the driver had his driving privileges suspended and was wanted in connection with a probation violation. Additionally, police discovered a baggy containing a substance that tested positive for meth.

22-year-old Drew Castleberry of Boise was charged with possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, probation violation and driving without privileges.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rush Hour Rawhide: Boise Police Round Up Cows Tangled in Wednesday Morning Commute

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 10:22 AM

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Boise police had to wrangle some cows, along with morning rush hour traffic, early Wednesday. 

Officers were summoned to Cole Road, just north of Victory Road this morning. That's where they found five cows that had wandered away from their pasture to mingle with early morning motorists.

"Boise isn't the Wild Wild West, but this is a good reminder to pay attention on your morning drive for anything," BPD tweeted at 9 a.m.

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Ultimately, with the help of neighbors, police were able to corner the cows behind a Cole Road business. That's where a makeshift pen was able to corral the animals while the owners prepared to load up the cows and take them back to friendlier confines.
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Another Accident on Eastbound I-84, Officials Warn of Black Ice

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM

For the second time in as many days, a crash has blocked a section of Interstate 84.

Elmore County Sheriffs deputies report that a semitrailer rolled over near the the Glenns Ferry exit of I-84, blocking at least one eastbound lane. Law enforcement said no other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Black ice has been reported on stretches of I-84 in southwest Idaho and Idaho State Police are urging caution.

On Tuesday, a sleepy driver was blamed for a pileup near the Gowen Road exit of the eastbound I-84. Three vehicles were involved in that accident, which resulted in one driver being taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Police Blotter: Assault With a Deadly Weapon, DUI and Asleep at the Wheel

Posted By on Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Two Boise men are behind bars, each charged with DUI, following separate weekend busts.

A citizen call summoned Boise Police to the intersection of South Owyhee and West Rose streets in the late night hours of Dec. 6. That's where they found a van with the engine running with the driver asleep at the wheel. The driver failed several field sobriety tests and police said they also discovered pills on the suspect's person that he didn't have a prescription for. Additionally, investigators found drug paraphernalia and a substance which test positive for marijuana.

25-year-old Sandon Sims of Boise was booked into the Ada County Jail for DUI, intent to deliver a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana, a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

That same evening, Boise Police were called to a bar on the 1500 block of West Grove Street. That's where witnesses told a man had pulled a knife a knife on another man and drove off. Police said they caught up with the suspect in a traffic stop and the suspect failed sobriety tests, blowing blood alcohol levels of .200 and .191.The suspect, additionally, had a previous DUI conviction. 

27-year-old Juan Esquivel of Boise was charged with a felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and DUI.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Higher Speed Limits in Idaho Led to More Traffic Citations; in Utah, the Opposite

Posted By on Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Four months after speed limits on certain stretches of interstate highways were raised from 75 to 80 miles per hour, the Twin Falls Times-News reported that a larger number of traffic citations were issued along I-84 than prior to raising the speed limits. But in Utah, raising speed limits has resulted in greater traffic compliance and fewer citations being issued, the Missoulian reports.

Between 2008 and 2014, speed limits on interstate highways in Utah have increased from 75 mph to 80 mph in phases. Currently, 36 percent of the state's interstate highway miles have speed limits at 80 mph, and along I-15, the number of crashes reported have decreased yearly. A study, released by the Utah Department of Transportation in 2009, reported that drivers complied better with the raised speed limits, and there was a 20 percent reduction in the number of drivers driving over the speed limit.

In July, the Idaho Transportation Department increased interstate highway speed limits to 80 mph, but months into the new speed limit regime, it was reported that between late July and mid November, Idaho State Police handed out 2,066 tickets—up from 1,731 during the same period in 2013.

Currently, the Montana Legislature is also considering raising its interstate highway speed limits to 80 mph.

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Teen Killed After Being Hit by a Car in Downtown Boise

Posted By on Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 10:42 AM

A Boise teen is dead after being struck by a vehicle in downtown Boise.

Witnesses say the 14-year-old boy may have been riding—or had bent down to pick up—his skateboard on the east side of Ninth Street near Grove Street at approximately 4 p.m. That's when a truck, driven by a 43-year-old Boise man, struck the boy while exiting a parking garage. 

According to reports, the boy was conscious following the collision and leaped to his feet. He was assisted at the scene by an off-duty Boise firefighter and taken to a local hospital for treatment, where he died of his injuries. 

Officers say there is no evidence of drugs or alcohol being involved in the crash, but the incident is still under investigation by Boise police. Because of conflicting witness accounts, police are requesting that anyone who may have seen the incident call Boise Police Dispatch at 208-377-6790.
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