Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Suspect in Custody After Six Hour Standoff in Nampa

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 9:18 AM

Carlos Reyna, 26, is charged with aggravated assault and strong arm robbery. - CANYON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Canyon County Sheriff's Office
  • Carlos Reyna, 26, is charged with aggravated assault and strong arm robbery.
A six hour standoff near a Nampa elementary school ended late Monday night with a suspect taken into custody.

Nampa Police were summoned to the area around Central Elementary School at 5:30 p.m. April 20. When law enforcement arrived on the scene, they learned that 26-year-old Carlos Reyna of Nampa had barricaded himself in a home on 16th Avenue South. Police said they had reason to believe that Reyna was armed with a shotgun.

Police later confirmed that a woman said Reyna had robbed her on the sidewalk just before 5:30 p.m.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that just before midnight, the Nampa SWAT Team was able to take Reyna into custody. Reyna faces a string of charges including aggravated assault, strong arm robbery and outstanding warrants for domestic battery and drug charges.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Former Minidoka Sheriff's Girlfriend Sentenced for Fraud

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 9:35 AM

The girlfriend of the former sheriff of Minidoka County told a Jerome County courtroom April 13 that she knew it was "wrong having this relationship," before being sentenced to 150 hours of community service and placed on probation for her conviction of falsifying time records.

In September 2013, former Minidoka Sheriff Kevin Halverson was sentenced to 90 days in jail after prosecutors said he was having a personal relationship with a county employee, Alicia Daniel and misusing public funds.

And now, this morning's Twin Falls Time-News reports that Daniel was sentenced for making fraudulent claims, but refused to acknowledge her guilt.

“I allowed Kevin to influence me with the promises that he made. My whole world revolved around that relationship. However my job was still my job,” Daniel told Jerome County District Judge John Butler April 13. 
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Police Blotter: Hit and Run, DUI and Battery on a Hospital Employee

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 1:36 PM

David Conroy, 41, is charged with DUI and probation violation. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Ada County Sheriff's Office
  • David Conroy, 41, is charged with DUI and probation violation.
Boise Police say witnesses helped them find and identify a Boise man as a suspect in a late night hit-and-run.

Police were summoned to the intersection of Highland Street and Leadville Avenue in the late night hours of March 31. That's where witnesses said they saw a car hit another parked car and drive away. One of the witnesses followed the suspect and told officers where the driver had parked. When police spoke to the driver, they  said the suspect failed field sobriety tests and blew blood alcohol levels of .222 and .220.

41-year-old David Conroy of Boise was booked into the Ada County Jail and charged with felony counts of driving under the influence (a second offense) and probation violation. 

Charles Krema, 58, is charged with assault or battery. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Ada County Sheriff's Office
  • Charles Krema, 58, is charged with assault or battery.
Boise Police also report that a suspect is in custody charged in connection with an incident at a local hospital in February. Police said the suspect was a patient at the hospital at the time, but battered a healthcare employee and at one point, put his hands around the victim's neck and pushed the victim to a wall. A warrant was issued for the suspect's arrest and he was taken into custody March 31 by Ada County Sheriff's deputies.

58-year-old Charles Krema of Eagle is charged with a felony count of assault or battery against certain personnel.

Richard Surbeck, 40, is charged with assault or battery, resisting or obstructing and DUI. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Ada County Sheriff's Office
  • Richard Surbeck, 40, is charged with assault or battery, resisting or obstructing and DUI.
Police say another suspect is also charged with assault or battery in connection with a traffic stop on March 30. Boise police were summoned to 26th Street and Ellis Avenue where a driver failed field sobriety tests. But when police tried to detain the suspect, they say he took off on foot and shoved an officer. Ultimately, police said they used a Taser to stop the suspect.

40-year-old Richard Surbeck of Boise was charged with assault or battery upon certain personnel, resisting or obstructing officers, and driving under the influence.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Officers Respond to Report of Rifle-Carrying Man on BSU Campus

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 2:19 PM

Members of the Boise State University community received a Bronco Alert Monday when Boise Police and BSU Security officers responded to a citizen report of a man carrying a firearm on campus.

The report indicated that a man carried a rifle into the Construction Management Lab on Belmont Street. Officers found the man and determined that there was no public threat or crime. The man returned the rifle to his vehicle, and officers have referred the man to the university for review of a potential university policy violation. 

The issue of firearms on public college and university campuses raised headlines during the 2014 legislative session, when lawmakers passed the so-called Guns on Campus bill, which was signed into law by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

The law's supporters said that Second Amendment rights don't end at the academy door, but its detractors—including students, staff, administrators and law enforcement—said that the law would make students and staff feel unsafe, and make enforcing campus security more complicated and expensive.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

UPDATE: Deceased Man Identified After Standoff with Boise Police

Posted By on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 3:58 PM


The Ada County Coroner's Office has released the identity of the man who died after a standoff with the Boise Police Department on Feb. 16. 

KTVB reports that Michael K. Casper, 26, of Boise, died from a gunshot wound to the chest. The police department reported that Officer Jason Green fired at Casper after he pointed his weapon at another officer. 

Green is currently on leave while the shooting continues to be investigated by the Ada County Critical Task Force.

ORIGINAL POST: Feb. 16, 10:20 a.m.

A Boise man is dead after a standoff with the Boise Police Department that took place in the early morning of Feb. 16 on the Bench. Police were called to a duplex on the corner of Malad and Gourley streets around 1:30 a.m., where a man was using a crowbar to break out the front windows of the duplex. 

According to the police department news release, the first officer on the scene tried to make contact with the man as additional officers arrived. The officers continued to hear crashing sounds coming from inside the duplex. Officers tried to speak to the man, then heard shots fired from inside. The man then pointed his weapon at one of the officers, and another officer fired toward the suspect—though it was initially unclear if the shot hit the man.

After the guns fired, the neighboring houses were immediately evacuated and the Boise Police SWAT team arrived for the safety of the neighborhood. Officers found the suspect dead in the front room of the duplex at 4:27 a.m.

The incident is now under investigation by the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force. Officer Jason Green, who fired the shot, is now on leave to "allow him to de-stress and recover after being involved." As of 8:50 a.m., investigators found evidence that shots fired from the duplex into the surrounding neighborhood hit a parked vehicle and a home across the street.

The investigation also shows that it appears the officer's shot did strike the suspect, who was a man reportedly in his mid-20s. The Ada County Coroner will soon release the suspect's identity and cause of death.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Boise Police, Boise State Unveil Pilot Diversion Program to Tackle Underage Drinking

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 10:44 AM

Prior to his retirement, then-Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson told Boise Weekly in 2014 that he was particularly concerned about what he saw as a growing trend of a significant number of young adults being arrested for underage drinking.

"The criminal justice system is antiquated in Idaho when it comes to crime and punishment—especially when we hand out misdemeanors to kids who have been consuming alcohol," Masterson told BW. "Look, we can talk tough. But is that what you really want for your son or daughter? You know, things are a little different in some rural sections of Idaho where the local sheriff just calls the parents if the kids are caught drinking. But when those same kids come down to the Treasure Valley and they're attending Boise State and they're caught with an open container, they could become a criminal. Do you want that? I want to see that fixed."

And this morning, the Boise Police Department, along with Boise State University, announced that it was launching what it called an Alcohol Diversion Program "to give underage students a second chance if they're found with alcohol on campus."

The voluntary program, which would run as a pilot program through May 31, would only include enrolled students who have been charged with a first offense of underage alcohol possession or consumption on campus. If eligible, the student may choose to participate in a program that would include an alcohol education course. But a student may opt out of the program and receive a normal citation to take to court. You can read more about the program here.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Man Shot and Killed in Meridian Jan. 31

Posted By on Sun, Feb 1, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Police used a fire truck ladder to take aerial photos of the crime scene last night. - KTVB
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  • Police used a fire truck ladder to take aerial photos of the crime scene last night.

In the evening hours of Jan. 31, what started out as an argument between two related men, a 23-year-old and a 57-year-old, turned into a shooting outside a Meridian home in which the older man was killed.

According to KTVB, police officers were called to the 900 block of West Crater Lake Court in Meridian around 7 p.m. 

After being shot outside his home, the victim was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. The 23-year-old suspect is in custody but has not yet been charged. The street was blocked off while investigators gathered evidence and took aerial pictures of the crime scene.
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Police Blotter: A Bag of 'Shrooms and Leaving the Scene

Posted By on Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Samuel J. Sabin, 30, of Hailey, faces a felony charge of intent to deliver a controlled substance after police found hallucinogenic mushrooms in his car. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Ada County Sheriff's Office
  • Samuel J. Sabin, 30, of Hailey, faces a felony charge of intent to deliver a controlled substance after police found hallucinogenic mushrooms in his car.

Samuel J. Sabin, 30, of Hailey, was pulled over by Boise police officers at 10:54 p.m. on Jan. 29, after he failed to signal properly while changing lanes on the Boise bench. A K9 unit came to the scene, and the police dog sniffed out narcotics. 

When officers searched the vehicle, they found a plethora of things: a digital scale, a glass pipe, syringes and five baggies containing suspected psilocybin mushrooms with a combined weight of 190 grams, . 

Once the 30-year-old was arrested, a pat-down revealed a piece of plastic wrap that tested presumptive positive for marijuana. Sabin was booked at the Ada County Jail for intent to deliver a controlled substance (a felony), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance (both misdemeanors).

Scott A. Mahler, 36, of Boise, was arrested for his second DUI. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Ada County Sheriff's Office
  • Scott A. Mahler, 36, of Boise, was arrested for his second DUI.
Earlier on Jan. 29, at 9:46 p.m., Boise police responded to a report of a single vehicle crash near East Warm Springs Avenue and East Wailing Drive.  

Upon arrival, officers found a damaged fence and a fire hydrant on the side of the road but no vehicle responsible for the damage.

However, it didn't take long before officers found a vehicle, not far from the scene, with front-end damage and that matched witness descriptions. The driver, who was still inside the vehicle, showed signs of intoxication and failed a series of field sobriety tests. Scott A. Mahler, 36, was arrested for driving under the influence, his second DUI in 15 years, making the charge a felony. 
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Murder Charge Filed In Connection With October Beating Death on Americana Blvd.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 11:26 AM

A makeshift memorial marked the scene where Rusty Bitton was killed October 28, 2014. - JESSICA MURRI
  • Jessica Murri
  • A makeshift memorial marked the scene where Rusty Bitton was killed October 28, 2014.
Two and a half months after a man was brutally beaten to death beneath the 16th Street and Americana Boulevard overpass, Ada County Prosecutors have filed a second degree murder charge against a suspect who was already behind bars for the beating of another person.

The body of 37-year-old Russel "Rusty" Bitton was discovered on the morning of Oct. 28. The Ada County Coroner determined that he had died of blunt force trauma to the head. A makeshift memorial marked the scene were Bitton was killed.

“We take the loss of life very seriously, and it was very important for us to bring justice for the victim’s family,” said Sgt. Mark Barnett of the Boise Police Criminal Investigation Division. “We appreciate the courage of the witnesses who came forward with information from the very beginning of this case. We believe that continued cooperation helped get this investigation to this point and provide some answers for the victim’s family and friends.”

Boise Police Detectives say they have developed additional evidence connecting the suspect to the death of Bitton.

24-year-old Scotty Turnbull now faces an additional charge of Second Degree murder and aggravated battery.
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year's Eve: Choose Your Ride

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 1:25 PM

The choice is yours: a New Year's Eve ride in a taxi or a police car.

The Idaho Department of Transportation Office of Highway Safety logged more than 1,400 impaired driving crashes during 2013. That resulted in 96 people killed and 228 others suffering serious injuries.

ISP is again teaming up with the Boise Airport Taxi Company for a New Year's campaign to remind revelers to designate a sober driver, buckle up, call a taxi or family member to get home safely and promptly report drunk drivers to 9-1-1 of *477 (*ISP) on your phone.

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