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Boise Top Copper Loses Badge

By DAVID R. FRAZIER, editor Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee was relieved of his duties Friday by Mayor Lauren McLean amid unrest from the police union, investigative news reports from several legacy media agencies, a potential lawsuit from an injured officer, which included a criminal investigation into his personal actions. According to reports, Lee will […]

South Idaho Incident Beats TV Drama

We don’t normally cover traffic accidents, especially in Southern Idaho, but this press release from Idaho State Police reads like a script made-for-TV drama. IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE At about 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 16th, an Idaho State Police trooper was dispatched to a reported hit and run collision near milepost 204 on […]

Arson Kits Go On Sale Thursday

The annual July 4th records falsification and safety advice is now available from Treasure Valley “first responders” regarding use of fire works. Officials sternly tell residents that “aerial fireworks,” including bottle rockets, mortars, and those producing “booms and bangs” are illegal. Meanwhile hundreds of dogs jump fences and run off in terror as both police […]

Boise Police Lt. Popped For DUI

Following up on an anonymous tip, the GUARDIAN has confirmed that Boise police Lt. Steve Butler was arrested by Valley County Sheriff’s deputies over the Memorial Day weekend and cited for driving under the influence . He was apparently involved in some sort of crash. Since the misdemeanor was not witnessed by the deputies, he […]

Dollars For Death, Ada Is Stiffed

Ada County has yet to turn a shovel full of dirt on the new Coroner’s facility approved by the previous county commishes in 2020, but they have spent in excess of $1,000,000 in rental payments. The funding scheme subverts the Idaho Constitutional requirement to seek voter approval for debt in excess of one year. The […]

Vern Calls It “10-42” After 53 Year Shift

By DAVID R. FRAZIER GUARDIAN EDITOR A dear friend and legend in police circles died Friday following a lengthy battle with assorted health issues. Vern Bisterfeldt was 84 and served the community as a cop, city councilor, and county commissioner over a period of more than 50 years. When I came to Boise in 1968 […]

Open Beds or Free Speech?

The governor has changed, the police chief is new, the state police colonel has changed, the mayor has changed, even most of the media reporters have changed. All that said, there is still the current issue of homeless camping on the state-owned former Ada County Courthouse, just like the OCCUPY BOISE movement did ten years […]

Boise’s Top Copper Investigated

Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee is the subject of an investigation apparently stemming from a physical incident with one of his subordinate officers. The investigation by the Idaho State Police has been reported locally by several media outlets as well as national media. The GUARDIAN along with other media have been “tipped” repeatedly for several […]

“Hang Up And Drive”

If you are one of those who think the coppers are ignoring enforcement of the “no texting law,” think again. The GUARDIAN has obtained data from Fourth District Traffic Court showing that 1866 tickets were issued in Ada County alone in 2021. Here is a breakdown of the enforcement actions. Boise City PD–961 Eagle City […]

Guard Critical Of Mall Shooting Response

The following letter is from Mike Murphy, a former security guard who was on duty during the Towne Square Mall shooting incident. Murphy along with two other security staff have since resigned because “It is not safe to work there and we didn’t have proper safety equipment including body armor.” Murphy has sent this letter […]

“Is That A Lizard In Your Pocket Or Are You Just Glad To See Me?”

This press release is what police NEWS used to be about! It appears that kidnapping lizards is a felony rather than simple shoplifting when the lizards are of high value. WHO carries a lizard in their pocket? The official police account: This afternoon the Boise Police Department’s Organized Retail Crime Unit worked with the Caldwell […]

Boise PD Hires Cali Copper For #2 Job

Boise PD is acquiring a dominant number of out of state command staff under Chief Ryan Lee. The latest newcomer is Deputy Chief Tammany Brooks who is currently chief in Antioch, California. Lee and long time Boise coppers tell us the reason for the “outsiders” is that sergeant pay–and union security–is enough of an incentive […]

What’s On Yer Mind?

Rather than offer up the same press releases and COVID numbers you get everywhere else, the GUARDIAN has been silent (and lazy). We welcome any comments and factual story content. Here are some trending topics of discussion: —Brian Harsin sits out Auburn Football practice and stadium openers. –Was it time to leave Afghanistan after 20 […]

Body Cam Video Of Shootings Should Be Released

Some 50 years ago, about the time the “Miranda Warning” became standard procedure, the GUARDIAN was working as the court-police reporter for the once dominant news venue, Idaho Statesman. In that capacity we joined with the courts and defense lawyers to forge the BENCH-BAR-PRESS ethical guidelines agreement. In a nutshell it was intended to insure […]

Lament Of A Growthophobe (A Rant)

The GUARDIAN created the word “growthophobe,” welcomed new people and businesses if they wished to pay their fair share of taxes and offer good wages. Otherwise relocate elsewhere. Meanwhile local politico mothers and fathers work overtime to attract more population, cars, trains, planes, and buses through “incentives.” They want those of us who live here […]

Criminals & Gangs Abound In Valley

In little more than “Ten Days In May,” agents of the United States Government with assistance from local coppers bagged 91 gangsters and assorted criminals in the treasure Valley. U.S. Marshal Brent Bunn issued a press release Friday detailing the arrests and declaring the mass action of coppers, “insures all of our communities will be […]

Ada Sheriff Unpins His Badge

Ada County sheriff’s deputies were caught by surprise Monday when they learned Sheriff Steve Bartlett called it quits with no prior notice. Ada County Commish chairman Rod Beck was unaware of the move until he heard from someone who directed him to the KTVB website. Beck said the county Republican Central Committee will provide three […]

Motorist’s Hat Reminder Of Road Rage

A Pocatello man owns a baseball cap worthy of future fishing trips and visits to the casino. Idaho State Police report that a Utah man is in jail following a road rage incident on I-15 Tuesday. The Utah driver approached the Pocatello driver’s car at a high rate of speed and fired several rounds at […]

Former BPD Chief’s Ideas Could Include Police Commission

Former Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson holds the record for serving as chief longer than any other copper and has established a national reputation among local government leaders. In an article he co-authored for the August 2020 journal of the International City/County Management Association, Masterson advocated “regular conversations between police chiefs and city leaders. He […]

Boise STILL Needs A Police Commission

Each time there is a rash of high profile incidents involving police–either in Boise or nationally–there is a scramble to have some sort of oversight of the coppers. Back in the 1990s when Boise had a rash of officer involved shootings, a citizens group called for oversight and paid for a city councilor to attend […]

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