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Man Arrested for Attempted Strangulation

Man Arrested for Attempted Strangulation

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – An Idaho Falls man was arrested Sunday on a charge of attempted strangulation.  Fifty-year-old Jorge Casas-Ramirez was taken into custody following a report of a domestic dispute on the 1000-block of Garfield. Investigators later determined that Casas-Ramirez had choked a 46-year-old woman during an argument. The suspect, who remains in the […]

Earthquake Rattles Challis

Earthquake Rattles Challis

(CHALLIS, ID) – A small earthquake rattled portions of central Idaho northeast of Challis Monday. The magnitude 3.3 temblor hit at 12:43 p.m. and was followed by three aftershocks. The Custer County sheriff’s office fielded several calls in the immediate aftermath of the quake, which resulted in no injuries or noticeable damage. Challis was the […]

Pocatello Police Cracking Down on Panhandlers

Pocatello Police Cracking Down on Panhandlers

(POCATELLO, ID) – Pocatello Police are looking into ways to crack down on panhandling. The department is drafting an ordinance that targets illegal stops in traffic lanes involving any kind of monetary or material exchange through car windows. Lt. Paul Manning says many of those holding signs on corners make as much as $80 per […]

Congressman Mike Simpson Receives National Award

Congressman Mike Simpson Receives National Award

(IDAHO FALLS, ID)  –  Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson was in Idaho Falls to receive a National Award Monday.  U.S. Chamber of Commerce board member Frank VanderSloot hosted Rep. Simpson and dignitaries at Melaleuca as Simpson received the Chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award.  The award presented to the congressman in recognition of Simpson’s support of pro-growth, […]

Two Killed in Fatal Accidents

Two Killed in Fatal Accidents

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Two people were killed in traffic accidents in eastern Idaho over the weekend.  On Friday afternoon, 31-year-old Brett Payne of Pocatello lost control of his SUV along I-15 north of Chubbuck. Payne, who was not wearing a seat belt, overcorrected and went off the right shoulder in the southbound lanes. He […]

17 Pounds of Meth Seized in Drug Bust

17 Pounds of Meth Seized in Drug Bust

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – More than 17 pounds of methamphetamine were seized in a major drug bust in Bonneville County last week. Authorities also recovered 2.5 pounds of marijuana, 46 grams of cocaine, and $8,300 in cash. Law enforcement officers representing seven departments from city, county, state, and federal agencies coordinated two search operations at […]

GOP Senate Delegation Tours INL

GOP Senate Delegation Tours INL

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Four U.S. Senators toured the Idaho National Laboratory Friday. Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, John Barrasso of Wyoming, as well as Mike Crapo and Jim Risch of Idaho got some first-hand experience to see the goings-on at the site and a chance to discuss the GOP’s future in expanding nuclear energy. […]

Unemployment Claims Drop Slightly

Unemployment Claims Drop Slightly

(BOISE, ID) – The number of people living in the Gem State collecting unemployment benefits dropped slightly in February to 5.3 percent, the lowest amount since the latter half of the Bush administration. That’s compared to 6.7 percent nationally. Half of Idaho’s counties had unemployment rates lower than the state average, including Bannock and Bonneville […]

Group Hopes to Ban Smoking in Cars With Kids

Group Hopes to Ban Smoking in Cars With Kids

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – A group of Idaho Falls mothers are actively promoting a petition that would outlaw smoking in vehicles with children present. Tavia Pickett says she’d like to see a state ordinance against it. Utah, Oregon, and California already have laws against smoking in cars with kids present. Pickett believes it’s more harmful […]

LeFavour Hides in Statehouse Closet

LeFavour Hides in Statehouse Closet

(BOISE, ID) – Former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour was asked to leave the Capitol following yet another protest Tuesday.  LeFavour hid for five hours inside a closet in the Senate lounge behind the Senate chamber. Once discovered, she complied with a request from Senate Pro-Tem Brent Hill of Rexburg to leave the premises. LeFavour wanted […]

Dog-Shooting Cop Remains on Payroll

Dog-Shooting Cop Remains on Payroll

(FILER, ID) – A southern Idaho cop involved in a controversial dog shooting incident will remain on the payroll. Filer police officer Tarek Hassani responded to a report of dogs running loose in a neighborhood Feb. 8. Dash-cam footage of the incident shows two dogs circling and barking at Hassani, one of which he shot […]

Suicide Hotline to Expand Hours

Suicide Hotline to Expand Hours

(BOISE, ID) – The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is expanding its hours. Officials added shifts from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Organizers also have plans to train more volunteers, which will make the hotline available on weekends as well. Idaho has the sixth highest suicide rate in the nation, and […]

Bloxham Announces Run for Legislature

Bloxham Announces Run for Legislature

(POCATELLO, ID) – ISU Student Body President Matt Bloxham has announced that he’s running for a spot in the Idaho House of Representatives. If elected, Bloxham would replace Democrat Carolyn Meline in District 29, who is not seeking another term. Bloxham, a Republican, is one of the youngest candidates ever to file for candidacy. Bloxham […]

Mitt Romney in Idaho Falls Wednesday

Mitt Romney in Idaho Falls Wednesday

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in Idaho Falls Wednesday night. Although he declined to speak about his political future, Romney took the opportunity to throw his support behind the campaigns of Gov. Butch Otter, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, and Congressman Mike Simpson. All three candidates are facing opponents in […]

District 91 Ends Driver’s Ed Program

District 91 Ends Driver’s Ed Program

Idaho Falls School District 91 has become the first district in the region to dump its driver’s education program. Administrators announced the move Tuesday following a vote from the school board. They say a lack of instructors and low student enrollment prompted them to end the program. The district has had to compete with a […]

Community Rallies for Fired Science Teacher

  (BLACKFOOT, ID) – The early termination of a local high school science teacher has a community in an uproar. Elaine Asmus is being dismissed from her longtime position as a faculty member at Snake River High School. Asmus believes it may be due to a disagreement she had with the superintendent’s wife, who was […]

Wolf Spotted in Jackson Neighborhood

Wolf Spotted in Jackson Neighborhood

(JACKSON, WY) – A gray wolf was spotted walking through a subdivision in Jackson Monday. City officials say the wolf was seen by at least four people in the neighborhood, but didn’t appear to be causing any problems. Wyoming Game and Fish authorities tracked the animal to the Snake River near the South Park Feedground. […]

Three Bison Poached in Yellowstone

Three Bison Poached in Yellowstone

(WEST YELLOWSTONE, MT) – Yellowstone National Park administrators are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of someone who poached three bison last week. Investigators believe someone shot the animals along a road in the Blacktail Plateau area sometime between March 13 and 15. Hunting inside the park is illegal, though some […]

Woman Sentenced to Prison

Woman Sentenced to Prison

(POCATELLO, ID) – A Fort Hall woman will serve at least four years behind bars on a felony charge of injury to a child. Thirty-four-year-old Vandalia Waterhouse was arrested in October following an report from Child Protective Services. The alleged incident occurred last August. Waterhouse, who had previously served prison time for felony burglary, pleaded […]

Man Arrested for Meth

Man Arrested for Meth

    (IDAHO FALLS, ID) – An Idaho Falls man was arrested Monday on meth charges. Police received a call on Monday about a suspicious man jumping  in and out of the back of a pickup parked near the intersection of Chamberlain Avenue and Short Street. 33-year-old Nicholas Watkins was reportedly combative with officers when […]

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