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Washington Fugitive Caught in Power County

Washington Fugitive Caught in Power County(POWER COUNTY, ID) – One of Washington state’s most wanted fugitives was captured in Power County Wednesday.  Ricardo Castellanos, known by his street name of “Crazy Chico,” was arrested by officers from multiple agencies in the early afternoon hours following a tip on the Washington Most Wanted website. Authorities say Castellanos is a gang member […]

Two Linked to Counterfeiting Scam

Two Linked to Counterfeiting Scam(POCATELLO, ID) – Two people have been arrested in connection to a counterfeiting scheme.  Twenty-three-year-old Jenna Vollman and 36-year-old Marcus Hopkins, both of Pocatello, were served arrest warrants at their home on Driftwood Street Tuesday. Investigators found a large amount of counterfeit money, as well as methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia. Both remain held in […]

Wet Roads Cause Rollover, Slide-Offs

Wet Roads Cause Rollover, Slide-Offs(ARIMO, ID) – Emergency crews from three agencies responded to a rollover crash along I-15 near Arimo Wednesday afternoon. Investigators say speed and slick road conditions likely played a factor in the accident, and other slide-offs were reported in the area. Two other rollover accidents were reported a short time later along I-15 in Pocatello, […]

Make-A-Wish Foundation Helps Madison Track Team

Make-A-Wish Foundation Helps Madison Track Team(REXBURG, ID) – The Make-A-Wish Foundation reached out to the Madison High School track team this week. Team member Rhett Jensen, who is recovering from bone cancer, asked the organization to help the school procure some new equipment. On Wednesday, Make-A-Wish presented the school with ten new track hurdles and another $18,000 in equipment. Jensen […]

Bar Fight Leads to Stabbing

Bar Fight Leads to Stabbing(POCATELLO, ID) – One person was stabbed and several others were injured during a bar fight in Pocatello early Wednesday. Police responded to a report of a disturbance outside the Center Street Clubhouse at about 3 a.m. Among the various injuries, officers found that one man had been stabbed, while another person had tooth knocked […]

Tree-Killing Grub Could Reach Idaho

Tree-Killing Grub Could Reach Idaho(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – A tree-killing insect that is wreaking havoc on alpine forests on the East Coast could soon reach eastern Idaho.  The Emerald Ash Borer has already been reported in Colorado. The bug, which has origins in Asia, plants its eggs on trees. When the eggs hatch, the offspring drill into the trunk […]

Fire Burns Rigby Home

Fire Burns Rigby Home(RIGBY, ID) – A fire destroyed a vacant home in Jefferson County early Wednesday. The fire started sometime after 2 a.m. near the intersection of 200 North and the Ririe Highway. The home had been vacant for nearly seven months, and investigators believe faulty wiring may have sparked the fire. The owner had been making […]

Pocatello Man’s Company Bought by Disney

Pocatello Man’s Company Bought by Disney(POCATELLO, ID) – A Pocatello native whose family became an Internet sensation reached a major milestone this week.  Thirty-four-year-old Shay Carl Butler, who runs the Shaytards YouTube channel, co-founded Maker Studios in 2009. On Monday, Butler and his associates sold Maker Studios to The Walt Disney Company for $500 million. Butler, who ran his channel […]

Attorney: Trash Letters Supporting Embattled Teacher

Attorney: Trash Letters Supporting Embattled Teacher(BLACKFOOT, ID) – An attorney for the Snake River School District is advising trustees to throw away hundreds of letters and e-mails regarding an embattled high school science teacher. Elaine Asmus, who has taught biology in the district for 26 years, is accused of harassing a new co-worker. As a result, the high school has […]

Traffic Signal Going Up in Victor

Traffic Signal Going Up in Victor(VICTOR, ID) – The community of Victor prides itself on having a friendly, small town feel, but it’s growing population is bringing in about a few progressive changes. With thousands of vehicles passing through town every day, the Idaho Transportation Department has plans to put in the town’s first four-way traffic signal later this year. […]

Cook Signs Contract to Resume Coaching Job

Cook Signs Contract to Resume Coaching Job(POCATELLO, ID) – A former Pocatello High School basketball coach who was fired from her job last October over a controversial Facebook photo has signed a new contract to resume her old coaching job. Laraine Cook already has plans to develop summer training programs next month. Cook spent nearly four months appealing her dismissal, which […]

Flood Insurance Premiums Skyrocket in Pocatello

Flood Insurance Premiums Skyrocket in Pocatello(POCATELLO, ID) – Monthly flood insurance premiums are about to skyrocket for Pocatello property owners. The National Flood Insurance Program is suffering from a $24 billion deficit due to extensive flood damage in 2013. Last fall, major storms dumped several inches of rain in Pocatello, causing widespread flooding problems for hundreds of homes. City officials […]

Idaho Minimum Wage Jobs Decrease

Idaho Minimum Wage Jobs Decrease(BOISE, ID) – The number of Idaho workers earning only minimum wage dropped to 7.1 percent last year. Idaho is second only to Tennessee for the highest percentage of workers making the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. Idaho was one of 27 states to see a deduction in minimum wage jobs. Nearly two-thirds of […]

Two Hurt in BASE Jump Accident

Two Hurt in BASE Jump Accident(TWIN FALLS, ID) – Two BASE jumpers were seriously hurt in Twin Falls after their parachutes failed to deploy Monday.  Twenty-four-year-old James Rawe of Draper, Utah and an unidentified companion had plans to jump from the 486-foot Perrine Bridge overlooking the Snake River Canyon. Both men, who jumped at the same time, became entangled in […]

Man Facing Charges for Pipe Attack

Man Facing Charges for Pipe Attack(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – An Idaho Falls man is in custody following an attack with a copper pipe.  Forty-four-year-old David Weninger allegedly attacked a 55-year-old man on the 400-block of “A” Street Monday. When police arrived on the scene, Weninger reportedly became combative and kicked an officer several times. The suspect, who was also found […]

Child Porn Suspect Remains in Jail

Child Porn Suspect Remains in Jail(POCATELLO, ID) – A local man charged with possession of child pornography will remain behind bars, at least for now.  Kay Hocking was charged in December 2012 with 14 felony counts of possession of child pornography. On Monday, Hocking’s attorney requested that his client be temporarily released from jail to settle some medical issues. However, […]

High Speed Chase Ends in Bannock County

High Speed Chase Ends in Bannock County(POCATELLO, ID) – A high speed chase that started near Malad ended in Pocatello Monday night. Officials arrested 41-year old Kimberly Sue Wilson. The pursuit began along I-15 at milepost 16 and continued for nearly 45 minutes reaching speeds near 100-mph. The chase ended near Century High School. Officers deployed spike strips at least two […]

Historic Silo to be Torn Down

Historic Silo to be Torn Down(SUGAR CITY, ID) – A Sugar City landmark is biting the dust later this week. The 110-foot concrete grain silo will be demolished at 9 a.m. Saturday. The silo was built between 1906 and 1909, and remained in operation through the 1970s. The city council voted to tear down the silo in January because it […]

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 […]

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