Monday, April 14, 2014

Idaho State Police Seek Information on the Location of Samuel John McCartney

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Teresa Baker
Public Information Officer
Headquarters
700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 884-7087

For Immediate Release: 4/14/14 at 4:40 p.m.

MERIDIAN - The Idaho State Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating Samuel John McCartney, 36, of Twin Falls, Idaho.

McCartney was charged with inattentive driving in Adams County after the car he was driving collided head-on with the Council Ambulance on US Highway 95 at milepost 121 near Indian Valley on October 22, 2013. That crash seriously injured two EMTs that were treating a patient in the back of the ambulance at the time of the crash and injured the driver of the ambulance, as well as, the patient.

McCartney appeared at his arraignment in Third District Court in February but failed to appear for a scheduled pretrial conference in court on March 27th. The Honorable John Meienhofer issued a bench warrant for McCartney's arrest and set a bond at $10,000.00.

Anyone with information on the location of McCartney is asked to call Idaho State Police at (208) 884-7360. ISP has information that McCartney may be out of state.




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Regional Communications Centers Celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

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Teresa Baker
Public Information Officer
Headquarters
700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 884-7087

For Immediate Release: 4/14/14 at 2:05 p.m.

MERIDIAN - The Idaho State Police will celebrate the dedication of its Public Safety Communications Officers during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 13th to 19th, at its two Regional Communications Centers.

This week is recognized annually as a tribute to those who serve on the very front lines of public safety that are heard, but not seen by those they serve. These professionals, commonly referred to as dispatchers, help save countless lives by answering emergency calls, dispatching emergency personnel and equipment and providing compassion and support to callers in distress. All of their work is done over the phone and radio waves with split second decisions, at all hours of the day and night, with precision and courtesy, under tremendous pressure. The celebration also recognizes the technicians that maintain radio and emergency phone systems, communications staff trainers, communications center personnel, and other public safety telecommunications staff across the country who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to help the public and public safety personnel during emergencies.

"The public safety dispatchers throughout Idaho are the unsung heroes of public safety," said Idaho State Police Lt. Kevin Haight. "The public should know what every law enforcement officer, firefighter and emergency medical service provider knows. That is, that the highly trained dispatchers behind the scene are the people that allow us to arrive to a scene quickly and safely to provide aid to those in crisis. This is our chance every year to thank them and let the community know how important their role is in protecting the public."

The Idaho State Police's two Regional Communications Centers provide service to all of Idaho and a lifeline to its officers working alone in the rural parts of the state with backup often an hour or more away.

The Regional Communications Center North (RCCN) is located in Coeur d'Alene and covers ISP's two northern districts which include 10 counties and 6,211 road miles. In 2013, RCCN handled 64,675 calls for service and currently employs 13 communications officers.

The Regional Communications Center South (RCCS) is located in Meridian and is responsible for the four districts in the central and southern parts of the state. The districts include 34 counties, beginning with Adams, Valley, Custer and Lemhi, and all counties south of those four, including the 20,956 road miles in those counties. In 2013, RCCS handled 160,239 calls for service and currently employs 26 communications officers.

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week started in 1981 by just one agency in California. The idea spread across the nation until Congress first gave it national recognition in 1991. Since then it has been celebrated the second full week in April every year.

For more information on the Idaho State Police and its services, please visit our website at http://www.isp.idaho.gov.




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Idaho State Police Troopers Recognized "Beyond the Traffic Stop"

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Teresa Baker
Public Information Officer
Headquarters
700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 884-7087

For Immediate Release: 4/14/14 at 1:25 p.m.

MERIDIAN - Idaho State Police Troopers Vance Cox, Steve Otto and Alma Walker will be receiving recognition for their criminal interdiction work during the Idaho Highway Safety Summit tomorrow, April 15th. Additionally, Deputy Jason Stewart, Bonneville County Sheriff's Office, will also receive the award.

The awards stem from what first appeared to be a typical traffic stops for the three Troopers, but with the effective questioning of the drivers stopped and observations made by the Troopers, the traffic stops resulted in the removal of large amounts of illegal drugs from our communities, burglaries and an armed robbery being solved and the arrest of those suspected to be perpetrating these crimes.

The details of the two incidents are as follows:

On March 9, 2013 at approximately 2:05 a.m., Trooper Vance Cox stopped a U-Haul truck on U.S. Highway 20 near Idaho Falls. During the traffic stop, Trooper Cox visited with the driver and passenger of the U-Haul truck and then requested the assistance of a Bonneville County Sheriff's Office drug dog. Deputy Jason Stewart and his K-9, Ringo, were dispatched to assist Trooper Vance on the traffic stop. The K-9 dog alerted to the presence of narcotics and when a search was conducted on the contents within the U-Haul truck, Trooper Vance and Deputy Stewart located 52 pounds of methamphetamine and 27 pounds of cocaine. The street value of these drugs is approximately $1.2 million dollars. This was one of the largest drug seizures in Idaho's history.

On June 18, 2013 at 2:27 p.m., Trooper Steve Otto stopped a BMW for failing to signal a lane change on Interstate 15, in Oneida County. During the questioning of the driver, Trooper Otto suspected that the driver and his passengers were involved in other criminal activity and Otto called assistance from other Troopers, as well as, Idaho State Police detectives.

As a result of Trooper Otto's traffic stop three suspects were arrested and four burglaries were solved. The charges against the suspects included: Grand Theft by Possession, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting and Obstructing an Officer, Carrying a Concealed Weapon Without a Permit, and Petty Theft. One suspect was also indicted in U.S. District Court for Idaho for Aggravated Illegal Re-entry into the United States and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person. Immigrations Customs and Enforcement (ICE) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) joined the investigation that resulted in the federal charges.

Trooper Otto seized 23 grams of methamphetamine, ten stolen guns including 6 rifles, 1 shotgun and 3 handguns. The suspects initially admitted to burglaries in Madison County and Bannock County. Through the thorough investigation by Idaho State Police, two additional burglaries in Bingham County were also solved and the suspects were charged in those cases.

On January 27, 2014, while in Cassia County, Trooper Alma Walker heard over the radio a description of a vehicle used in an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Amber Inn Motel in Jerome County. The description was simply "a truck" without specific make, color or size. Trooper Walker waited on Interstate 84 and using time and distance, figured the approximate time the vehicle would possibly be passing by his location. At about 8:31 p.m., he saw an SUV pass by that was traveling above the posted speed limit.

Trooper Walker stopped the Chevrolet Tahoe and immediately noticed that the two male occupants were acting more nervous than someone stopped for speeding and appeared to be concealing something. At the same time a citizen reported to ISP dispatch that a bag was thrown from the vehicle prior to the traffic stop. Cassia County Sheriff's Deputy Emery arrived as backup and found the bag containing a gun and the stolen cash along the interstate. As a result of this traffic stop, the suspects in the armed robbery were arrested within an hour of the robbery, the money stolen was recovered and the gun used in the crime.

"These traffic stops show what can happen when Troopers apply the 'look, listen, think' philosophy and look for criminal activities being conducted on our state's highways that would not be detected if observations were not made beyond the initial reason for the traffic stop," said Idaho State Police Lt. Chris Weadick. "This is also a great example of how agencies can partner together for the common goal of intercepting criminal activity."

The awards will be presented during a luncheon at the Riverside Hotel at noon on April 15th. Interviews can be arranged by contacting Idaho State Police Public Information Officer Teresa Baker at 208-884-7122 or by email at teresa.baker@isp.idaho.gov.



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Idaho State Police Conduct Alcohol Age Compliance Checks Over the Weekend

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Teresa Baker
Public Information Officer
Headquarters
700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 884-7087

For Immediate Release: 4/14/14 at 11:40a.m.

LEWISTON - Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC), with the assistance of the Moscow and Lewiston Police Departments, conducted alcohol age compliance checks on Friday and Saturday nights on seventy-four businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages in Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Clearwater and Idaho counties.

Working with plainclothes and uniformed officers, underage youths entered these businesses and attempted to illegally purchase alcoholic beverages. Sixty-seven businesses refused to sell to our underage buyers. The efforts of these responsible businesses and their employees are commended.

Regrettably, 7 or 9.46% of the businesses checked failed to comply with the law and sold to a minor under the age of 21. Some of these failures occurred after sales people asked for and received the underage person's identification, which clearly showed the date of birth and the date the underage person is to turn 21 years of age and still sold or served alcohol to the underage person. In other cases identification wasn't asked for.
Misdemeanor citations were issued in these cases and they have been referred to the appropriate prosecuting attorney's office.

"ABC conducts underage compliance checks not only to ensure that minors do not have access to alcohol, but also to bring awareness to the dangers associated with underage drinking," said Idaho State Police Sgt. Rocky Gripton. "As the weather warms up teens are attending proms and end of the school celebrations and we want these celebrations to be remembered as happy times and not marred by the tragedy that too often comes from underage drinking."

Additionally, the compliance operation included underage youth requesting an adult to purchase alcohol for them in Moscow and Lewiston. Only 6 of the 75 adults that were asked to purchase alcohol for an underage buyer made the purchase. These adults were issued misdemeanor citations for providing alcohol to a minor.

Detectives report that during the operation one adult took money from the underage female, purchased beer and then returned all of the money that was given to him to purchase the beer. Additionally, two adults specifically asked if the female was underage even when she replied that she was, the adults made the alcohol purchase anyway.

Illegal alcohol use by underage persons contributes to crime, car crashes, injuries, and deaths. Law enforcement finds that alcohol also has a role in many of the more frequent minor crimes and nuisances that degrade the quality of life in our communities.

Penalties for a person who sells or furnishes alcohol to underage youth pursuant to Idaho Code Section 23-603 include fines between $500 and $1,000 plus up to one year in jail. The maximum penalties for licensed establishments that sell alcohol to minors are as follows:

1st offense within three years - 10 day license suspension or $1,000.00 fine;
2nd offense within three years - 30 day license suspension or 15 day suspension and $1,500.00 fine;
3rd offense within three years - 180 day license suspension.

Additionally during the two day operation one person was cited for driving without privileges and two other people were cited failure to maintain insurance.

Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control provides free training to employees on Idaho's alcohol laws including how to recognize fake IDs. For more information on dates and locations for upcoming training sessions, to request one in your area, or for laws pertaining to the sale of alcohol, please visit our website at www.isp.idaho.gov/abc.


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Semi Crash SB US95@531 Boundary Co.

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Idaho State Police
Regional Communication Center - North
615 W Wilbur Ave
Suite A
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83815

Please direct questions to the appropriate District Offices
District 1 (208) 209-8620 Fax (208) 209- 8618
District 2 (208) 799-5150


CASE # C14000821

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DATE: 04/13/14 TIME: 4:42 PM LOCATION: SB US95@531 Boundary County

Assisting Agency: Boundary County Sheriff's Office

VEHICLE #1
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DRIVER Glen R Roelofs AGE 64
ADDRESS Coaldale, Alberta
INJURIES? - NO
HOSPITAL/LOCATION TAKEN ? n/a
VEHICLE YEAR 2014 International Tractor w/ Trailer
WRECKER Clydes Towing
SEATBELTS/HELMET WORN? Yes



INCIDENT NARRATIVE: Roelofs was traveling SB US95 near milepost 531 when he drove off the right shoulder striking a power pole. The commercial vehicle then rolled on to it's right side. There were no Haz-Mat leaks however the road was blocked for approximately 5.5 hours. This crash is still under investigation.

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ISP Arrest One for Battery at Bogus Basin Resort

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District 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 846-7550
Fax (208) 846-7520

For Immediate Release: 04/13/14 9:40 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

On Sunday, April 13, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a battery complaint at the JR Simplot Lodge, at the Bogus Basin Resort in Boise
County, after employees reported a battery that had occurred. The subject, Luke Shaber, age 35, of Boise, was located by ISP and taken into custody for battery on a Bogus Basin employee, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Shaber was booked into the Ada County Jail.


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One Vehicle Rollover Near Burley

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District 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897

For Immediate Release: 04/13/2014 4:20
Please direct questions to the District Office

On April 13, 2013, at approximately 12:38 pm, the Idaho State Police investigated a single vehicle rollover crash eastbound I84 near milepost 203, west of Burley. Vincent Feula, 32, of St George, UT, was driving a 2013 Ford Econoline van we he lost control, went off the right shoulder, and rolled the vehicle. Feula was traveling with 8 other passengers between the ages of 19 and 24.

Feula was wearing a seatbelt, it is unknown if the passengers were wearing seatbelts. This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.



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