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Luna: Prop 3 a Hard Sell for Idahoans

Luna: Prop 3 a Hard Sell for IdahoansIDAHO FALLS – As the polls close on Election Day, Tom Luna said he believes Proposition 3 may be a hard sell for Idaho voters. In an interview with Tim Lewis and Jolyn Thomas on Newstalk 690 and 1260 this evening, Luna said those donating to stop Prop 3 from going forward have spent an […]

Idaho Issues 159,000 Absentee Ballots

Idaho Issues 159,000 Absentee BallotsBOISE – State election officials say Idaho has issued 159,000 absentee ballots, down from nearly 200,000 in the last presidential election. Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst says he probably won’t know the final number of absentee votes cast until Wednesday morning. A Gallup poll issued last week predicts that nationwide voter turnout will likely […]

ISU Women’s Soccer Wins Big Sky Tournament Championship

ISU Women’s Soccer Wins Big Sky Tournament ChampionshipPOCATELLO – Idaho State’s Women’s Soccer team took home the Big Sky Conference Championship Sunday at Davis Field. The Bengals were tied 3-3 with Montana and after five penalty kicks, the Bengals took the title thanks to the help of ISU Junior Allyson Stainbrook. They went 7-0 at home with 12 wins, 6 losses and […]

Utah Family Blames State Negligence in Boy’s Death

Utah Family Blames State Negligence in Boy’s DeathSALT LAKE CITY – A Utah family is arguing the state of Utah showed negligence in the death of an 11-year-old boy who was mauled by a black bear in 2007. Last week, the family argued before the Utah Supreme Court state workers failed to notify them their campsite in American Fork Canyon had been […]

Sleeping Driver Rolls on I-15

Sleeping Driver Rolls on I-15INKOM – Three people were hospitalized Sunday morning after a driver fell asleep behind the wheel south of Inkom. Idaho State Police say Jason Shelton, 36, of Holladay, Utah was traveling south along I-15 when he dozed off and drove his vehicle off the right shoulder. The car rolled, ejecting two passengers. All three occupants […]

Burley Man Convicted for Shooting Death

Burley Man Convicted for Shooting DeathBURLEY – A Burley man faces up to 25 years in prison for his role in the shooting death of a passenger in his pickup truck. Michael Jared Thompson, 25, will be sentenced Jan. 28 after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Thompson allegedly shot and killed Michael Kenneth Blair, 21, in December. Thompson’s attorney […]

Man Dies From Medical Condition Along I-15

Man Dies From Medical Condition Along I-15FORT HALL – A Michigan man has died following an accident along I-15 near Fort Hall Saturday. Idaho State Police said Chance Verhelle, 61, of Harrison Township stopped his semi truck in the median due to an undisclosed medical condition shortly before 11 p.m. He was reportedly unconscious when emergency crews arrived and died before he […]

Scout Leaders Discuss Ways to Protect Youth

Scout Leaders Discuss Ways to Protect YouthBLACKFOOT – Although youth are 35 times safer when participating in scouting activities, according to one study, the Boy Scouts of America is discussing ways to further protect youth. The national organization held conferences across the nation over the weekend to train leaders in seeing the warning signs of sexual abuse. Locally, that conference was […]

Pocatello Man Arrested in Stabbing Incident

Pocatello Man Arrested in Stabbing IncidentPOCATELLO – A Pocatello man has been charged with aggravated battery following a stabbing at a mobile home park Saturday. Robert Pointer, 18, allegedly stabbed another man in the neighborhood of Wilson Ave. next to Fred Meyer at around 4 p.m. The victim was hospitalized with a stab wound to the abdomen. An investigation is […]

Pocatello to Begin Annual Leaf Collection

Pocatello to Begin Annual Leaf CollectionPOCATELLO – Gate City residents are encouraged to start raking up their leaves this weekend. Pocatello’s Sanitation Department begins collecting boxes and bags of leaves on Monday. Residents are asked to set their leaves next to their garbage cans on the street during regularly-scheduled pick up times. Containers should not exceed 25 pounds each. The […]

Former UI Student Pleads Not Guilty to Rape

Former UI Student Pleads Not Guilty to RapeMOSCOW – A former University of Idaho student has pleaded not guilty to charges that he raped an 18-year-old freshman during the school’s homecoming celebrations. Prosecutors say Jesse Vierstra, 20, was attending a party at a fraternity house when he stepped outside with the victim and began kissing her. When the victim tried to end […]

Four Hospitalized Following Chubbuck Crash

Four Hospitalized Following Chubbuck CrashCHUBBUCK – Four people were hospitalized Thursday following a single-car rollover at the intersection of Hiline and Chubbuck roads. Police said a Dodge Durango with Bingham County license plates left the roadway for unknown reasons, went up an embankment and flipped on its side. All four occupants were taken by ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center […]

Rocky Mountain Power Sends Workers to East Coast

Rocky Mountain Power Sends Workers to East CoastSALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Rocky Mountain Power officials have sent repair crews to assist in efforts to restore power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Sixteen linemen and two managers left Salt Lake City for Newark, New Jersey Thursday. Nearly 4.5 million households and businesses remain without power. The utility normally provides power for […]

Wyo. Kidnapping Suspect Confesses

Wyo. Kidnapping Suspect ConfessesCODY, Wyo. – A Montana man accused of kidnapping an 11-year-old Cody, Wyoming girl and sexually assaulting her last month has reportedly confessed, according to an affidavit. Jesse Paul Speer, 39, reportedly provided information to police that wasn’t previously known to outsiders, though he hasn’t made a guilty plea as of yet. Speer remains jailed […]

Two Arrested After Fleeing Police

Two Arrested After Fleeing PoliceIDAHO FALLS – Two people were arrested in Idaho Falls Wednesday night after fleeing when police attempted to serve a warrant. David Purdum, 34, and Hope Dixon, 20, were found on the 600 block of John Adams Court at around 8 p.m. Purdum had five warrants, including a felony charge for failing to appear in […]

Bullied ISU Player Suspended From Team

Bullied ISU Player Suspended From Team(POCATELLO) – An Idaho State football player involved in a shoving incident with head coach Mike Kramer last month has been suspended from the team. Wide receiver Derek Graves was notified by letter Thursday that he had been suspended indefinitely. The letter, which Kramer authored, alleged that Graves violated team policy for being late for […]

Salmon Woman Sustains Possible Life-Threatening Injuries while in Police Custody

Salmon Woman Sustains Possible Life-Threatening Injuries while in Police CustodyIDAHO FALLS – Idaho State Police have been called in to investigate after a Salmon woman was hospitalized while in police custody. According to a statement from Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman, a 44-year-old woman was taken into custody for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia at approximately 3 p.m. on Oct. 31. The statement […]

Body of Blackfoot Man Pulled from Snake River

Body of Blackfoot Man Pulled from Snake River(BLACKFOOT) – The body of a Blackfoot man was pulled from the Snake River Thursday. Emergency officials said Vaughn Kepler, 59, went fishing Wednesday and never returned home. That prompted search and rescue crews from Bingham and Bonneville counties to launch a recovery effort. Kepler’s body was found near Wadsworth Island shortly before family and […]

Man Faces Charges After Pulling Knife on Bar Employee

Man Faces Charges After Pulling Knife on Bar Employee(IDAHO FALLS) – An Idaho Falls man was arrested Friday after he allegedly pulled a knife on an employee at Ford’s Bar, 444 A Street. Police say Kenneth Caldwell, 30, reportedly threatened the woman outside the bar after she had previously asked him to leave the premise. She told police Caldwell returned to the bar […]

Former School Counselor Denies Child Porn Accusations

Former School Counselor Denies Child Porn Accusations(MERIDIAN) – A former Meridian Middle School counselor has pleaded not guilty to being involved in an online child pornography group. Mark Saltzer, 43, faces 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Police searched Saltzer’s home in August where they allegedly found child pornography on Saltzer’s computer. A 17-year-old boy living in the home […]
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