Law Enforcement

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Capitol Security Chief Charged

The security manager for the Idaho State capitol and other state buildings faces felony charges in connection with the theft and forgery case involving a former Ada County Treasurer worker reported last week by the GUARDIAN. The Statesman reported April Rice’s position today. She has been placed on administrative leave and folks at the AG […]

Former Ada Treas Worker Charged

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office has charged a former Ada County Treasurer worker and another woman with multiple felonies following a lengthy investigation begun last year. Eleasha Jenkins (aka Hilliard),44, is the former county employee. She faces three counts of grand theft as well as forgery charges. The charges stem from her work on […]

Dope Reporter Award: Do Inmates Shave Legs?

First 2016 winner of a coveted (dreaded?) GUARDIAN “Dope Reporter Award” is Sierra Oshrin at KBOI TV2 for her live report from the Canyon County Jail-tent. After an inmate cut through the tent-like material in a minimum security structure, Oshrin did her live stand up outside the scene of the escape, explaining Jose Esteban Coronado […]

Ada Jail Offers Discount Rates To State

Trivago.com, Travelocity and Hotels.com don’t hold a candle to the Idaho Department of Corrections when it comes to discount room rates. IDOC gets about a 50% discount on rooms at the Ada County jail where the actual cost to keep an inmate is $92 a day. It has been a long standing practice of the […]

Protest Erupts In Gun Fire At Burns, Rangeland Protesters Set To Meet In Boise Saturday

MSNBC is reporting gunfire and death Tuesday afternoon at the standoff in Harney County, Oregon where armed protesters have occupied the Malheur Wildlife Refuge for several weeks. See the FBI news release at the end of this post for more details. The GUARDIAN has confirmed that a group with apparently similar concerns as the protesters […]

BSU Seeks To Wipe Out Boise Neighborhood

In an informative piece of local reporting, the STATESMAN informed us Sunday that Boise State University has expansion plans which could see the demise of the Southeast Neighborhood along Boise Ave. In a nutshell: BSU officials want to increase the footprint of the school by 50 acres which would wipeout dozens of homes in the […]

Words And Definitions We Need Not Know

Since the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and over the ensuing 14 years, we Americans have learned an entire new vocabulary that would be better left unlearned, if only possible. Here are some random terms and words whose meanings are all too clear. There is no humor here, only sadness: […]

Adams Deputies No Longer Slated To Return Prior To ISP Results

5:30 p.m. update Following the revelation earlier today in the IDAHO STATESMAN story and the previous post on the GUARDIAN, Adams Sheriff Ryan Zollman decided to change his mind about putting the deputies back on duty until the ISP investigation is completed, and perhaps not even then. That is probably good news for citizens of […]

Adams Deputies Slated To Return Prior To ISP Results

While the Idaho State Police, FBI, and Idaho Attorney General claim they will conduct an impartial investigation into the events leading to the shooting death of Jack Yantis, Sheriff Ryan Zollman is awaiting approval from his insurer of all things before returning two deputies (currently on paid leave) to duty. See IDAHO STATESMAN. Deputies Bryan […]

Idaho Not Immune From “Big City” Cop Issues

UPDATE 12/2/15–Turns out the Caldwell PD policy is identical to Boise and other national police agencies…don’t shoot at a moving vehicle. No better situation at a family fight than to have one of the combatants leave. See IDAHO PRESS TRIBUNE. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Tuesday asked for the resignation of police commissioner Garry McCarthy in […]

AG Investigates $31K Discrepancy At Ada Office

A forensic audit of the  County Treasurer’s office ordered by the Ada Commishes has revealed a criminal investigation over a $31,000 discrepancy is underway by the Idaho Attorney General’s office.   The audit is the latest chapter in the feud between the Commishes and the Treasurer. Details of minute-by-minute alterations to the accounting of a […]

ISP Ends High Speed Parade On I-84 At Caldwell

While many drivers were searching for parking spaces at stores early Friday afternoon, Idaho State Police and officers from Ada County, Meridian, Nampa, Canyon County and Caldwell had their own “Black Friday Parade” on I-84 during a 26 mile chase that reached speeds exceeding 100 m.p.h. and ended in a crash with ISP units. Joshua […]

“Buck Stops Here,” But Only Briefly

We obtained a “body cam” segment from Idaho Fish and Game’s John McLain, a conservation officer in Idaho County. It didn’t take an official public records request for this law enforcement video. It had a happy ending after McLain encountered a deer entangled in baling twine in August. Upon seeing McLain, the buck panicked, but […]

Sharing Facts Is No Rush To Judgment

The snails pace investigation into the death of Adams County Rancher Jack Yantis is contrary to a national trend among the nation’s law enforcement officials. Keeping facts from the citizens (and media) only leads to speculation, rumors, and anger. State Police and the Attorney General say it could take six months to learn the facts. […]

Office Of Police Oversight AWOL

Boise’s new Director of Police Oversight (ombudsman) has gotten off to a rocky start after failing to respond to the scene of a “critical incident” involving a police shooting near the Depot early this week. She told legacy media neither she nor an investigator responded. She said she is kept “apprised” of details. As we […]

ISP Troopers Nab 160 mph Evaders

In what appears to be a series of “hare and hound” chases with speeds exceeding 160 mph over the past couple of months, Idaho State Police troopers finally nabbed a couple of alleged speed demons Monday and got a third guy with drugs while serving warrants on the other two. The rabbits are in the […]

AG Busy Investigating Misdeeds Of County Officials

The Idaho Attorney General’s office recently announced investigation of Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue and the  arrest of the former Boise County Clerk as part of the “Rice Bill passed by the Idaho Legislature in 2014. The AG is no longer investigating the Canyon County Sheriff. The case has been referred back to the Canyon […]

Doldrums, Apathy, Smoke, Limit Guardian News

We probably owe loyal GUARDIAN readers an apology and explanation for the dearth of posts during the past month or so (for non-library types, DEARTH: a scarcity or lack of something). To be frank, we haven’t had much to say. The fires are burning, the smoke comes and goes, and it takes the TV “chief […]

Ada Treas Files Criminal Complaint Against Commishes Over Reorganization Of Trash Authority

The criminal division of the Idaho Attorney General’s office has declined to prosecute Ada County’s three Commissioners following a criminal complaint filed by Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre claiming a conflict of interest over trash billing and other issues with Republic Services, the county contracted trash collector. During one interview with AG investigators over an […]

How Do You Get Help At City Hall?

The following is a message we receive all too often from GUARDIAN readers who are at wit’s end when it comes to help from City Hall where the standard line is “You have to file a written complaint.” What ever happened to enforcing the law? DEAR GUARDIAN– Please direct me to someone I can talk […]

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