Thursday, October 30, 2014

Upcoming Road Safe Class at the Idaho State Police

The Idaho State Police will be holding a Road Safe Class for the 2014/2015 winter season on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The class will be held at the Idaho State Police District 1 Office located at 615 West Wilbur Avenue in Coeur d?Alene (Meeting Room A & B).

This is the twelfth year this award-winning program has been offered to the public.

This is presented in a classroom setting designed to educate drivers of all ages (teens, adults and seniors), on the typical problems associated with winter road conditions in Idaho. The class consists of a PowerPoint presentation and video giving safe driving tips, as well as suggestions to prepare for the winter driving season. Other topics discussed will be how to deal with aggressive drivers, DUI?s, and other driving problems and situations encountered on the roadways. The class will last for approximately 3 hours. There is no cost for the class.

PLEASE CALL (208) 209-8620 Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. to reserve your seat(s). Class size is limited to 60 people, so please call early.

Notification of an ADA accommodation should be made by calling (208) 209-8620 Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

One-Vehicle Injury Crash on I-86

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Idaho State Police
District 5 5205 South 5th Ave.
Pocatello, Idaho 83204-2299
(208) 236-6466 FAX: (208) 236-6068

For Immediate Release: 10/30/14 03:12 P.M.
Please direct questions to the District Office

On Thursday, October 30, 2014, at approximately 1:13 P.M., Idaho State Police investigated a one-vehicle injury crash on I-86 near milepost 57, in Power County.

Barbara Jewell, 80, of Boise, ID, was travelling west on I86 in a 2003 GMC Envoy. Jewell drove off the left shoulder, overcorrected, crossed both lanes of travel, and went off the right shoulder. After leaving the right shoulder Jewell struck a road sign and rolled the vehicle where it came to rest on its side. Jewell was wearing a seat belt.

Jewell was not transported to the hospital.

Jewell was cited for failure to maintain lane.



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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Idaho Resident Pleads Guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Bath Salt

BOISE - Brent R. Heinrich, 41, of Boise, Idaho, pleaded guilty Tuesday in United States District Court to possession with intent to distribute 300 grams of a mixture and substance containing the controlled substance analogue alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (“a-PVP”), more commonly known as “bath salts,” which were intended for human consumption, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

According to the plea agreement, Heinrich ordered the a-PVP from China and had it mailed to Idaho using a false name and address. Federal investigators were alerted that this package, which was deemed suspicious, was on its way to Idaho. They had the package routed by FedEx to Boise, and they told the Boise FedEx facility that the package might contain a hazardous chemical. When FedEx received the package, they inspected the contents and found two baggies, one that held a powdery substance and one that contained a crystalline substance. A special agent from Homeland Security Investigations and a detective from Idaho State Police went to the FedEx facility to inspect and test the contents of the package. The officers determined that both of the baggies contained a controlled substance analogue called a-PVP, also known as bath salts.

When Heinrich picked up the package at the FedEx facility, he signed for it using the false name and address that was on the package. Heinrich was arrested, in possession of the bath salts, shortly after he left the FedEx facility. Further investigation by the Idaho State Police showed that Heinrich, himself a heavy user of bath salts, intended to sell the bath salts for others to consume. The controlled substance analogue, a-PVP, shares a similar chemical structure with a Schedule I controlled substance MDPV, also known as bath salts. A-PVP is considered a controlled substance analogue because it produces both hallucinogenic and stimulant effects on the central nervous system that are similar to, or greater than those caused by the controlled substance MDPV.

The charge carries a maximum punishment of up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a minimum term of three years of supervised release.
Sentencing is scheduled for January 14, 2015, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge in Boise.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Idaho State Police.

Telephone Scammers Spoofing Idaho State Police Phone Numbers Are Targeting Junior High School Aged Kids

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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: 10/29/14 at 2:53 p.m.

MERIDIAN - The Idaho State Police has once again been receiving reports from citizens that have received a telephone call from someone claiming to work for the Idaho State Police. The reports indicate that the scammers appear to be targeting kids in the junior high age range with their latest scam.

As with the earlier scam phone calls ISP has reported, the number appearing on the caller ID will show up as an actual number from the Idaho State Police. However, the number appearing has been spoofed, meaning the calling party is deliberately falsifying the telephone number and/or name relayed as the Caller ID information to disguise their identity. This scammer is telling the person that answers that have an arrest warrant and that the person needs to pay money to clear the warrant or face arrest.

Idaho State Police reminds the public that they will not call anybody on the telephone to inform them that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. Additionally, ISP does not collect money or financial information over the phone for any reason. Parents are asked to let their children with phones know that they too could receive such a call.

If you do receive a call from someone claiming to be the Idaho State Police, any other law enforcement or any government employee and they are asking for money, please do not send any money or provide any personal or financial information over the telephone. The best course of action is to simply hang up on the caller. If you want to report that you have been a victim and have sent money or provided financial information, please call the Idaho State Police at 208-846-7550. If you simply want to fill out a complaint form to help law enforcement track these types of scams, please visit the Federal Trade Commission website at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Injury Crash I15 Near Milepost 21

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Idaho State Police
District 5 5205 South 5th Ave.
Pocatello, Idaho 83204-2299
(208) 236-6466 FAX: (208) 236-6068

For Immediate Release: 10/28/2014 7:25 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at approximately 3:34 p.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a one-vehicle injury crash on Interstate 15 near milepost 21. Justin D. Vanhorn, 37, of Chubbuck, was driving north on Interstate 15 in a recycling truck. Vanhorn drove off the left shoulder, came back across both lanes of travel, and drove through the guardrail. The truck rolled, coming to rest on its wheels, down a 150-foot embankment.

Vanhorn and his passenger, Joshua R. Westwood, 29, of Pocatello, were transported to Oneida County Hospital via ambulance. Both were wearing their seatbelts.


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Injury Crash SB US95@356 Potlatch District 2

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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


PRESS RELEASE FOR DISTRICT 2 CASE # L14001058

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DATE: October 27 2014 TIME: 2:29 LOCATION: SB US95@356 Potlatch
ASSISTING AGENCIES: Latah County

VEHICLE #1
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DRIVER Marshall,Todd E AGE 19
ADDRESS Potlatch ID
INJURIES? - No
HOSPITAL/LOCATION TAKEN Latah County Jail
VEHICLE YEAR 2006 VEHICLE MAKE Chrysler VEHICLE MODEL Crossfire
WRECKER Moscow Auto
SEATBELTS/HELMET WORN? Yes


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VEHICLE #2
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DRIVER Tonn,David L AGE 69
ADDRESS Lewiston ID
INJURIES? - Yes
HOSPITAL/LOCATION TAKEN Gritman
VEHICLE YEAR 1984 VEHICLE MAKE Chevrolet VEHICLE MODEL Corvette
WRECKER Auto Body Supercenter
SEATBELTS/HELMET WORN? Yes



INCIDENT NARRATIVE: The Chrysler Crossfire driven by Marshall was traveling southbound on US95 when Marshall attempted to complete a pass at the end of a two lane passing area. Marshall did not have sufficient room to pass and crossed over the double yellow center line, impacting the Corvette driven by Tonn. The Corvette rolled multiple times, and Tonn was treated and released with minor injuries. Marshall was arrested and booked for reckless driving.


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Idaho State Police Arrest Florida Man After Finding the Cab of Semi Truck Filled With 150 Pounds of Marijuana

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

For Immediate Release: 10/27/14 at 3:48 p.m.

MERIDIAN - On Saturday, October 25 at about 2:00 a.m. Idaho State Police arrested a Florida man along I-84 at milepost 42 in Meridian for trafficking marijuana. A trooper stopped to check on a driver of a tractor trailer that was stopped along eastbound I-84 between the Black Cat and Ten Mile overpasses. The driver, identified as Michael John Wojciechowski, 48, of Dunnellon, Florida had stopped to sleep while waiting for the construction on the interstate to finish.

Upon making contact with Wojciechoski the trooper detected the odor of marijuana and when questioned the driver admitted to having an ounce of marijuana. Upon a search of the vehicle the trooper located approximately 150 pounds of marijuana in the cab of the semi. Wojciechowski was arrested for Felony Drug Trafficking and booked into the Ada County Jail. The street value of the marijuana seized is estimated at over $500,000. The marijuana is believed to have come from Washington and was traveling through Idaho headed to the eastern part of the United States.

The Idaho State Police seized the marijuana, $2,000 in US currency and the tractor trailer. The mandatory minimum sentence for the trafficking of marijuana in excess of twenty-five (25) pounds is five (5) years in prison and a fine of $15,000. The maximum penalty for trafficking in marijuana in any amount is fifteen (15) years in prison and a fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) fine.

The Idaho State Police continue to investigate this case.

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