Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Federal Jury Convicts Boise Man of Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor

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ISP District 3, 700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 846-7550

For Immediate Release: 04/13/21 10:30 AM
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The following is a release issued from the office of the Acting United States Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez Jr., District of Idaho. Detectives from the Idaho State Police played a major role in this 2019 investigation that involved numerous federal and state charges.
The initial release is also attached.
ISP wants to thank the U.S. Attorney's Office and all the partners who participated in this investigation intended to keep children safe from online predators.


Federal Jury Convicts Boise Man of Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor

BOISE - After a three day jury trial, a federal jury sitting in Boise found Jordan Michael Drake, 33 of Boise, guilty of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, and attempted use of interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M.Gonzalez, Jr. announced today. Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye presided over the trial, which began on April 5th, and concluded with the guilty verdicts on April 8th.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Drake communicated online with an undercover detective posing as a 15-year-old girl. During the communications, Drake attempted to persuade, induce, and entice the minor into engaging in sexual activity with him and requested the minor's address so that he could meet with the minor for sexual activity. Drake traveled to an address where he believed the minor resided, where law enforcement officers arrested him.

"Online predators who attempt to entice minors take advantage of our most precious resource, our children," said Acting U.S. Attorney Gonzalez. "We are committed to prosecuting dangerous offenders who troll the internet looking to sexually exploit children, and we will continue to work together with our partners to identify these predators and their victims."

The charge of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor carries a minimum of ten years and up to life in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and at least five years and up to lifetime of supervised release. The charge of attempted use of interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor carries a term of up to five years of federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and at least five years and up to lifetime of supervised release. Drake will be required
to register as a sex offender as a result of the conviction.

Sentencing is set for July 27, 2021, before Judge Nye at the federal courthouse in Boise.

The investigation was part of "Operation Butterball," a joint state and federal undercover operation conducted in Ada County in November 2019 to identify individuals predisposed to meet minors for sexual contact. Participating agencies included Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Idaho Attorney General's Office, Idaho State Police, Meridian Police Department, United States Postal Inspection Service, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Rupert Police Department, Jerome County Sheriff's Office, Ada County Prosecutor's Office, and the United States Attorney's Office.

"The collaboration between ICAC and our federal law enforcement partners continues to yield results that help protect Idaho children from online predators," Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. "This conviction and the previous sentences stemming from this operation highlight the partnerships in place between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies that continue to put dangerous individuals in prison and keep them away from our young people."

Drake is among five defendants arrested and charged in federal court as a result of Operation Butterball. Previously, the following defendants were sentenced in federal court:

- Christopher Niday, 54, of Summerville, Oregon, was sentenced on October 20, 2020, by Chief Judge Nye to four years in federal prison, followed by ten years of supervised release, for travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

- Jesse Kelly-Castillo, 24, of Boise was sentenced on December 9, 2020, by Chief Judge Nye to ten years in federal prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.

- Maxwell Hennerley, 24, formerly of Boise, was sentenced on January 7, 2021, by U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill to five years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for attempted use of interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor.

- Vern Leeroy Moore, 56, of Kuna, was sentenced on April 7, 2021, by Chief Judge Nye to five years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for attempted use of interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor.

These cases were brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. As part of Project Safe Childhood, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho and the Idaho Attorney General's Office partner to marshal federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

*update * Injury Crash SH8 at milepost 1, Moscow

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For Immediate Release: 04/09/2021 12:26
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**UPDATE** The driver succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash and died at Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene, ID on 04/10/2021.

On April 9th, 2021, at 4:45 am, the Idaho State Police responded to a single vehicle injury crash on SH8 at milepost 1, Pullman Road, in Moscow, Idaho. The vehicle lost control for unknown reasons and crashed. Statements provided from witnesses state the driver was driving erratically prior to the crash. The vehicle had two occupants who were both transported by EMS to Gritman Medical Center in Moscow. The driver of the vehicle was in critical condition and was transported by air ambulance to Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene. Both occupants were wearing safety restraints. Investigation ongoing.


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Friday, April 9, 2021

Criminal Interdiction Emphasis Patrol results

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District 2 Patrol 2700 North and South Highway Lewiston, ID 83501-1732
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For Immediate Release: 4/9/2021 10:30 PM
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Over the past two days, the Idaho State Police, Nez Perce County Sheriffs Office, and the Idaho County Sheriffs Office participated in a Criminal Interdiction Emphasis Patrol in the Lewiston area. The emphasis patrol conducted 65 traffic stops resulting in 21 felonies, 47 misdemeanors, five DUIs, five warrant arrests, one injury to child, one battery on an officer, and two resisting/obstructing charges. This emphasis patrol was organized to make our community safer for those who travel through the area. It should also be noted that there were no crashes reported in the area during the emphasis patrol.

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Two Vehicle Injury Crash US91, South of Downey

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District 5 5255 S. 5th Avenue, Suite 1
Pocatello, Idaho 83204
(208) 239-9800 FAX: (208) 239-9885

For Immediate Release: 04/09/21 9:25 p.m.
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On Friday, April 9, 2021 at approximately 1:17 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle injury crash on northbound US91 at milepost 32, just south of Downey.

Jeremiah J. Hancock, 37, of Lava Hot Springs, and his passenger, Erich C. Johnson, 33, of Lava Hot Springs, were travelling southbound on US91 in a 2007 GMC Sierra hauling a gooseneck trailer. Newell R. Jenkins, 77, of Bancroft, was also travelling southbound on US91 in a Freightliner semi-truck pulling a trailer.

Jenkins attempted to make a U-turn to travel northbound when Hancock's vehicle struck the front of the semi-truck. The GMC Sierra went off the left shoulder and overturned.

Neither Hancock or his passenger, Johnson, were wearing seat belts. Johnson was transported to Portneuf Regional Medical Center by ground ambulance.

Jenkins was wearing a seat belt.

The northbound lane was blocked for approximately one and a half hours.

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Injury Crash SH8 at milepost 1, Moscow

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For Immediate Release: 04/09/2021 12:26
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On April 9th, 2021, at 4:45 am, the Idaho State Police responded to a single vehicle injury crash on SH8 at milepost 1, Pullman Road, in Moscow, Idaho. The vehicle lost control for unknown reasons and crashed. Statements provided from witnesses state the driver was driving erratically prior to the crash. The vehicle had two occupants who were both transported by EMS to Gritman Medical Center in Moscow. The driver of the vehicle was in critical condition and was transported by air ambulance to Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene. Both occupants were wearing safety restraints. Investigation ongoing.


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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Two Vehicle Fatal Crash in Blackfoot

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Pocatello, Idaho 83204
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For Immediate Release: 04/07/21 02:04 A.M.
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On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at approximately 4:15 P.M., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle fatality crash at the intersection of Merkley Lane and Rich Lane in the city of Blackfoot.

Joseph Crippen, 21, of Blackfoot, was driving southbound on Merkley Lane in a 2015 Dodge Caravan with four passengers. Jared King, 39, of Wales, Utah, was driving westbound on Rich Lane in a 2012 Kenworth semi-truck hauling an empty cattle trailer. Crippen failed to yield at the intersection and was struck by King. Following the initial impact, Crippen's vehicle collided with a nearby power pole and came to rest in an irrigation canal on the south side of Rich Lane. King's semi-truck and trailer jackknifed and came to rest blocking Rich Lane.

King was not transported. All five occupants of Crippen's vehicle were extricated. Crippen was transported by air-ambulance to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Crippen's passengers, Harley Childers, 26, of Blackfoot, and two juveniles were transported by ground ambulance to Bingham Memorial Hospital. One juvenile succumbed to their injuries and the other was transported by air-ambulance from Bingham Memorial Hospital to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Madison Degiulio, 18, was transported by ground ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center. Next of kin has been notified.

Rich Lane was blocked for approximately seven hours. Idaho State Police was assisted in their investigation by Blackfoot Fire Department and EMS, Fort Hall EMS, Blackfoot Police Department, and Bingham County Sheriff's Office.


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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Fatality Pedestrian Crash in Idaho Falls

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District 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
(208) 528-3400 FAX: (208) 528-3485

For Immediate Release: 04/06/2021 1:19 pm
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On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at approximately 7:54 am, Idaho State Police investigated a fatal pedestrian crash southbound I15 near milepost 117, Idaho Falls.

Glen Howard, 85, of Idaho Falls had parked his vehicle on the right shoulder and was attempting to cross both southbound lanes to assist a vehicle that had slid off into median. While crossing the southbound lanes he was struck by a Dodge Ram pick-up driven by Stephen J. Blaser, 71, of Blackfoot.

Howard succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The southbound lanes were blocked for approximately 2 hours.

The crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police. Idaho State Police were assisted at the scene by Idaho Falls EMS, Idaho Falls Police Department and Idaho Transportation Department.


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Monday, April 5, 2021

Collision involving an ISP Trooper Friday evening

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

For Immediate Release: 4/5/2021 11:40 a.m.
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A collision Friday evening, April 2 on Interstate 84 involving an ISP Trooper and a semi is under investigation by the Jerome County Sheriff's Office. The incident occurred as the Trooper was driving with his emergency lights on his way to a call of a separate, unrelated incident a short distance away. No one was injured in the collision.

The collision occurred at 6:45 pm in the eastbound lane of travel on I-84 at milepost 170.7 just east of Jerome. Travel is reduced to one lane in both directions in the area due to ongoing road work. As a result, traffic was blocked for approximately one hour eastbound. Westbound traffic was also slowed and directed around the incident using the shoulder.

As a precaution, the Trooper was taken to a nearby hospital for observation and was released later that evening. The semi driver did not require medical assistance.

The incident the trooper was responding to was a single-vehicle incident that sadly did result in the death of a man from Jerome. That incident remains under investigation by the Idaho State Police. More on that incident can be found at https://idahostatepolice.blogspot.com/2021/04/fatal-crash-east-of-jerome.html.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

D1 Injury Crash SB US95 MP450.9, Athol, ID

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District 1 Patrol 615 West Wilbur Ave. Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
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On April 3,2021 at approximately 11:30 pm, the driver of a 2016 GMC Sierra pickup truck, Christopher J. Nusz, 50 year old male of Smelterville, Idaho,? was driving southbound on US 95 near milepost 451, when the vehicle crossed over both lanes of traffic, went through the center median, crossed over both northbound lanes, ran off the shoulder and momentarily went airborne before finally coming to rest in the middle of N. Williams Ln in Kootenai County. The driver was trapped in the vehicle and required extrication by medical personnel. Life Flight Network was launched and the driver was transported to Kootenai Health. Mr. Nusz was not wearing his seatbelt. The investigation is ongoing.


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Single vehicle crash north of Cascade

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For Immediate Release: 04/04/21 11:00 AM
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On Sunday, April 4, 2021, at approximately 8:42 A.M., Idaho State Police investigated a crash on SH55 near milepost 123, north of Cascade.

Kristen Wright, 36, of Boise, was driving northbound in a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan. Wright drove off the right shoulder, over-corrected, and the vehicle rolled. The vehicle came to rest off the right shoulder on its top.

Wright and two juvenile passengers were taken by ground ambulance to Cascade Medical where she was later taken by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise.

Wright was not wearing a seatbelt. The minors were wearing their seatbelts.

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Struck pedestrian WB I90@12.4 Coeur d'Alene

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District 1 Patrol 615 West Wilbur Ave. Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
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For Immediate Release: 04/04/2021 1:40 AM
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On April 3 2021 at 9:01 PM, the Idaho State Police responded to a report of a disabled vehicle WB I90 near milepost 12.4, in Coeur d'Alene. Upon arrival, units found a pedestrian that had been struck on the roadway. The roadway was blocked for approximately three hours for investigation. Next of kin has been advised. Investigation is ongoing.

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Fatal Crash East of Jerome

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For Immediate Release: 4/3/2021 3:50 a.m.
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On Friday, April 2nd, 2021, at approximately 6:36 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a fatality crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 172 in a construction zone, just east of Jerome.
Javier Jimenez Negrete, 51, and passengers Anselma Martinez Vazquez, 45, and a juvenile, all from Jerome, were travelling eastbound in a 2020 GMC Canyon.

A ratchet from an unknown vehicle flew through the windshield striking the driver Jimenez Negrete, who then drove off the right shoulder into the median, where the vehicle came to rest.

Jimenez Negrete succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.

All occupants were wearing their seatbelts.

Idaho State Police was assisted by Jerome County Sheriff's Office, First Segregation Fire Department, Magic Valley Paramedics, and Jerome Rural Fire Department.

The crash remains under investigation by Idaho State Police.

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Injury Crash North Of Shelley

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District 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
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For Immediate Release: 04/02/2021 7:50 p.m.
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On Friday, April 2, 2021, at 5:27 p.m., Idaho State Police investigate an injury crash northbound on US91 north of mile marker 119, north of Shelley.

Dakota V. Hicks, 20, of Shelley, was driving northbound on US91 in a 1996 Chevrolet pick-up. Brandon K. Park, 29, of Shelley, was also driving northbound in a 2012 GMC Sierra. James P. Williams, 51, of Blackfoot, was driving southbound in a 2016 Honda Pilot. Hicks struck the GMC Sierra, crossed the center line, and struck the Honda Pilot.

Hicks, James Williams, and James' passenger, Laurena Williams, 50, of Blackfoot, were transported by ground ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. Hicks was not wearing a seatbelt. All other occupants were wearing seatbelts.

Both northbound and southbound lanes of travel were blocked for approximately two hours. The lanes have been re-opened.


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Thursday, April 1, 2021

One Vehicle Crash on US20 West of Idaho Falls

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For Immediate Release: 04/01/2021 7:30 P.M.
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On Thursday, April 1, 2021, at approximately 3:23 p.m. Idaho State Police investigated a crash, eastbound US20 at milepost 295 west of Idaho Falls.

James McAlister, 77, of Mackay, was driving eastbound on US20 in a 2003 Subaru Legacy. McAlister drove off the left shoulder. The vehicle came to rest in a field.

McAlister was transported by ground ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. He was wearing a seatbelt. Idaho State Police was assisted by Bonneville County Sheriff's Office, Idaho Transportation Department, Idaho Falls Fire Department, and Idaho Falls Ambulance.


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Crash Injures Three On US95 North of Payette

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For Immediate Release: 04/01/21 5:08 P.M.
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On Thursday, April 1, 2021, at approximately 1:57 P.M., Idaho State Police investigated a crash on US95 near milepost 73, north of Payette.

Sean Crandall, 22, of Nampa, was driving southbound on US95 in a 2009 Ford Focus. Crandall came to a stop to make a left hand turn on to NE 25th Ave. Judi Richards, 57, of Weiser, was driving southbound on US95 in a 1998 Toyota Tacoma. Richards failed to stop before striking the rear of the Ford Focus.

Adrian Wardell, 19, of Caldwell was a passenger in Crandall's vehicle. Richards and Wardell were wearing a seatbelt. Crandall was not wearing a seat belt.

Crandall was transported by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Richards was transported by ground ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Wardell was transported by ground ambulance to St. Luke's Clinic Family Medicine in Fruitland.

All lanes of US95 were completely blocked for approximately two hours.



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UPDATE: Arrest follows Injury Crash on I90 in Post Falls, Idaho

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District 1 Patrol 615 West Wilbur Ave. Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
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For Immediate Release: 04/01/2021 1:40 pm
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Update: Troopers arrested the driver of the Dodge Ram. He was booked into the Kootenai County Jail on the following charges:

Arrested: Roger A. Farrell, 74, Kalispell, MT
Charged: Aggravated DUI (F) 2 counts
Weapon - Carry concealed while under the influence (m)


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On March 31st, 2021 at 12:18 am, the Idaho State Police responded to an injury crash westbound I90 at milepost 5, in Post Falls, Idaho. A blue 2006 Dodge Ram driven by Roger Farrell, 74, of Kalispell, Montana entered the eastbound lanes of travel heading westbound. A Post Falls Police officer witnessed the vehicle travelling the wrong way and attempted to stop the vehicle but was unsuccessful. Farrell continued west in the eastbound lanes where he then collided with a blue 2019 Kia Sportage driven by Frederick Ley, 25, of Seattle, Washington. Ley's passenger; Monica Mohn, 61, of Coeur d'Alene; was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. Both Fey and Mohn were transported to Kootenai Medical Center. The road was blocked for approximately 3 hours. Alcohol is believed to be a factor. The investigation is continuing.

Fatal Crash in Cassia County

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For Immediate Release: 4/1/2021; 2:25 a.m.
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On March 31, 2021, at approximately 4:26 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a single vehicle crash westbound I84, at mile post 227, near the Cotterell Rest Area in Cassia County.

Pamala Wharton (56) of Boise, was driving a 2017 Nissan Versa westbound when she drove off the left shoulder of the road and overcorrected. The Nissan rolled coming to rest near the right shoulder of the roadway. The front passenger, Debra Ploss (56) of Boise, was ejected and succumbed to her injuries at the scene. The rear passenger, Anthony Corona (55) of Boise, was transported by ground ambulance to Cassia Regional Medical Center in Burley.

Corona was wearing a seatbelt. Wharton and Ploss were not wearing seatbelts.

Idaho State Police was assisted by the Cassia County Sheriff's Office, the Idaho Transportation Department, Malta Ambulance and Cassia Regional Medical Center.


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