Deputies want to talk to anyone who has info on Meridian Road fatal motor scooter crash

Investigators want to talk to anyone who may have seen or has information about a fatal motor scooter crash at the intersection of Columbia and Meridian roads last week.

The crash happened just after 11 a.m. on Sept. 10.

Brian L. Burger, 46, of Meridian, was killed after the motor scooter he was riding collided with a pickup truck hauling a trailer.

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Deputies are investigating whether the traffic lights at the intersection of Meridian and Columbia roads were working at the time of the fatal scooter crash.

Witnesses who talked to investigators immediately after the crash have offered different accounts of what happened in the moments just before the two vehicles collided.

Some told deputies the traffic light controlling the intersection went dark just before the crash occurred.

Investigators know there were additional people at or near the intersection at the time of the crash — including people who saw the scooter and truck before the collision occurred.

Deputies are asking those people to please contact them so they are able to piece together exactly what happened.

Anyone with information should contact Deputy Jim Long at 573-7421 or by email at jlong@adaweb.net.

Burned armpit hair prank leads to rollover crash early Sunday morning

Five teenagers had to get medical treatment after a prank with a lighter led to a rollover traffic crash on Columbia Road early Sunday morning.

Two girls, ages 15 and 16, sitting in the back seat were thrown from the Ford Bronco during the crash.

The 18-year-old driver and two other boys, ages 16 and 17, remained inside the SUV during the crash. None of the teens were wearing seatbelts. The driver crashed the SUV after a front seat passenger lit the driver’s armpit hair on fire with a lighter.

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Deputies cited driver Tristian Myers with inattentive driving. The 16-year-old boy in the passenger seat was cited for Interfering with the Driver’s Safe Operation of a Vehicle.

Paramedics took three of the teens to a local hospital after the crash for treatment of what appear to be non life-threatening injuries.

The crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. Sunday on Columbia Road, between Meridian and Linder roads.

The driver told deputies he lost control of the Bronco after swerving to avoid an animal in the street.

It wasn’t until a short time later, after deputies talked to all the teens, when a different story emerged — that the teens in the front of the car were goofing around prior to the crash. Both Myers and the other boy in the front later admitted to what happened.

There was also evidence Myers was going too fast and driving erratically prior to the crash, which led to citation for inattentive driving.

Deputies continue to investigate cattle truck rollover on Kuna-Mora Road

Two men had to go to the hospital and dozens of cattle died after a semi-truck rolled over on Kuna-Mora Road Monday afternoon.

The crash occurred just before 2:30 p.m. Monday, about two miles west of Interstate 84. Deputies say it appears the 60-year-old man who was driving the truck was going too fast as it went around a curve. That caused the trailer to tip over, resulting in the rollover.

The driver was able to climb out of the truck. Emergency crews had to cut through the wreckage to get a 57-year-old man out of the truck. The men were treated for what appear to be non life-threatening injuries.

The truck was carrying 120 cattle. It appears that 33 of those cattle died or had to be euthanized later from injuries they sustained in the crash. An earlier estimate of 101 cattle that died or had to be euthanized was incorrect.

The portion of Kuna-Mora Road near the crash was closed to traffic for several hours. Deputies reopened the road just before 7:30 p.m.

No charges or citations have been issued in connection with the crash as of Tuesday morning.

The cattle were on their way to a feed lot in Texas when the crash occurred.

The surviving cattle were taken back to the Kuna-area ranch where they came from.

ACSO deputies investigate fatal motorcycle crash on State Street

A 47-year-old Emmett motorcyclist died Sunday afternoon after he collided with a Sports Utility Vehicle on State Street near the Horseshoe Bend Road intersection.

The crash occurred just after 1:30 p.m.

The Ada County Coroner’s Office will publicly identify the man who died at a later time.

The motorcyclist was trying to turn eastbound on to State Street from Jennie Lane when he pulled out in front of an SUV that was headed westbound on State Street.

The force of the collision knocked over the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital, where he was declared dead a short time later. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Traffic on State Street was backed up for several hours Sunday as deputies investigated what happened. No charges or citations have been filed in connection with the crash.

“Tax Evasion” phone scam pops up again in Ada County

Here’s a tip that’ll help keep local residents from being victimized by the latest phone scam going around the U.S.

Internal Revenue Service employees will not call and tell you to place funds for payment on a pre-paid credit card or any other electronic money transfer system because your spouse is wanted for “tax evasion.”

Several people in Ada County have reported getting these calls since the beginning of September.

IRS officials put out a warning Sept. 5 that this phone scam has resurfaced all over the U.S. and want people to know it is bogus.

The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail. The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.

This scam is the latest in a series of phone scams where criminals call homes and businesses and pretend to be law enforcement officers, court officials, government agents, or utility employees who demand money for bogus reasons.

The scammers then tell their victims to go to a store, get a pre-paid credit card (like a Green Dot), load it up with money, and then call a phone number with the card information.

Giving out sensitive information over the phone — both personal and financial — can put people at risk for fraud.

Go to http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Reiterates-Warning-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam to get more information on this scam and how to contact the IRS if you’ve received one of these calls.

46-year-old Meridian man dies after crashing scooter near Kuna

A 46-year-old Meridian man died after he drove a motor scooter into a truck hauling a trailer in the Columbia/Meridian roads intersection Wednesday morning.

The Ada County Coroner’s Office is expected to release the name of the man — and the cause and manner of death — sometime Thursday. Officials were still working to find and notify members of the man’s family Wednesday afternoon.

The crash occurred just after 11 a.m. Wednesday — around the same time a different traffic crash at Amity and Ten Mile roads caused a power outage in the area.

Deputies are still investigating whether the traffic lights at the intersection of Meridian and Columbia roads were working at the time of the fatal scooter crash.

The man was driving his scooter westbound on Columbia Road when he entered the Meridian Road intersection.

A truck pulling a trailer was going southbound on Meridian Road at the same time.

The scooter collided with the trailer in the intersection, knocking the scooter to the ground.

Paramedics took the scooter driver to a local hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time later. It appears the man was not wearing a helmet.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

The intersection was closed to traffic for several hours Wednesday. Deputies are still working on the crash investigation. No charges have been filed.

Idaho Code Title 49, chapter 6 (http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title49/T49CH6SECT49-640.htm) explains the rules for vehicles entering an unmarked or uncontrolled intersection.

Here is an excerpt: (1) When two (2) vehicles approach or enter an unmarked or uncontrolled intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right of way to the vehicle on the right.

Caldwell man charged with meth trafficking

A 32-year-old Caldwell man is charged with four felony counts of methamphetamine trafficking for selling the drug to undercover officers four times since June.

The most current deal occurred on Aug.7, when Sergio Marquez-Castillo sold an undercover officer a half-pound of meth (223 grams) for $5,000.

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The deal was Marquez-Castillo’s fourth since June 23. In each deal, the amount he sold to officers increased — from one ounce, to two ounces, to four ounces, to a ½ pound (eight ounces).

Ada County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Marquez-Castillo Tuesday afternoon and booked him into the Ada County Jail.

Marquez-Castillo will make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

The crime of meth trafficking is punishable by up to life in prison — with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for anyone convicted of trying to sell between 200 to 400 grams of the drug.

 

37-year-old Boise woman charged with felony injury to child

A 37-year-old woman who gave a teenage girl who passed out from drinking too much alcohol an IV instead of calling an ambulance or getting medical help last month is charged with felony injury to child.

Jennifer A. Phippen was booked into the Ada County Jail Friday afternoon on a $300,000 bond.

Phippen is charged with two counts of felony injury to child — one for providing the 14-year-old girl and other teens with alcohol at a party last month and one for not getting the girl the appropriate medical treatment for what Phippen suspected was alcohol poisoning.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of Aug. 24 at a house in the Amity/Cole roads neighborhood.

The girl was at a birthday party for a teenage boy with several of his friends — including some who admitted to drinking alcohol that night while Phippen was home.

The girl drank several shots of alcohol and eventually lost consciousness.

Phippen gave the girl an IV after some of the teens told her the girl was passed out and had vomited. Phippen gave the girl about 400-to-500 ccs of fluid — instead of calling paramedics, seeking medical treatment for the girl, or calling her parents.

Phippen also put the girl in the shower in an attempt to rouse her.

The girl eventually regained consciousness enough later that morning to walk home.

Ada County prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for Phippen Friday and deputies arrested her Friday afternoon without incident.

If Phippen does not post bond, her initial court appearance will be Monday afternoon.

The crime of felony injury to child is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Vandals hit Indian Lakes Golf Course a second time

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for whoever drove a truck across fairways and greens of Indian Lakes Golf Course early Tuesday morning — just a day after vandals broke into the clubhouse and drove a golf cart into a pond.

The owner of the course estimates the turf damage will cost as much as $20,000 to repair.

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In addition to putting deep ruts into the turf, whoever drove the truck also badly damaged a sand volleyball court. The truck ripped the volleyball net down and knocked over one of the net poles.

The second round of vandalism occurred sometime around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

It looks like the truck entered the course from the corner of Snowmish Street and Chinook Avenue and drove across the grounds.

When ACSO deputies showed up moments later, the truck was gone.

Deputies were already investigating an incident the night before when someone broke a glass door at the clubhouse and stole some beer from inside; drove a golf cart into a water hazard and left it there; drove over putting greens; and broke flags that marked holes. That damage was estimated to be about $4,000.

The course is located at 4700 Umatilla Ave, in the Cole/Amity roads neighborhood south of Boise.

Anyone with information should call Ada County dispatchers at 377-6790.

 

23-year-old Nampa man leads officers on vehicle chase before crashing truck and running away

A 23-year-old Nampa man who led ACSO deputies and Meridian Police on a vehicle chase before crashing his truck on Ustick Road early Wednesday morning is charged with a felony count of fleeing police.

Brady A. Hensley is also charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with the chase.

Officers also had to chase Hensley on foot for a short distance after he crashed the truck at the corner of Ustick and Curtis roads shortly after midnight Tuesday.

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The incident began around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday when a Nampa Police officer following a truck that was speeding and swerving in-and-out of the driving lane on Amity Road asked for help.

As the truck entered Ada County, ACSO deputies and Meridian Police began following the truck. That ended when Hensley crashed his truck at the Curtis and Ustick intersection.

Deputies found several syringes and other items of drug paraphernalia in a backpack Hensley was wearing during the arrest.

They also found a handgun on the ground near where the crash occurred and are investigating if it is connected to the case.

Hensley’s truck was badly damaged in the crash.

Hensley, who is also charged with a felony parole violation, will make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.

Hensley was treated at a local hospital before he was booked into the jail late Wednesday morning.