Detective investigate $14,000 tire theft at Kuna area farm

Ada County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for whoever stole $14,000 worth of semi truck tires from a turf farm in the 9800 block of Kuna Road last week.

The 30 tires were reported missing to ACSO deputies on Friday — the day after a farm employee noticed they weren’t on a storage rack.

Around that same time the tires were discovered missing, one of them was found on the side of Overland Road, near the Ten Mile Road intersection.

The owner say the tires were taken sometime between Sept. 23 and Sept. 25.

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

33-year-old Meridian man charged with aggravated battery, second-degree kidnapping

A 33-year-old Meridian man is charged with aggravated battery after using knives to cut two people he was camping and fishing with by Swan Falls Dam over the weekend.

William Miles Buckman is also charged with two counts of second-degree kidnapping for holding the same two people at knifepoint.

Neither of the two people who had knife wounds suffered life-threatening injuries.

Ada County Sheriff’s Deputies and Kuna Police began their investigation just after 5 a.m. Sunday after getting a 911 call that a man was attacking people with a knife near Swan Falls Dam.

When deputies arrived they found a man and woman in a pickup truck with knife wounds, but did not see the attacker. Deputies found Buckman moments later trying to get into a building attached to the dam.

Deputies took Buckman into custody. One  of the  victims went to a local hospital for treatment of what appear to be non life-threatening knife wounds, while the other two were treated at the scene.

Witnesses told deputies that Buckman was fishing on the dam — and drinking alcohol — with a group of people for most of the night while others in the group were sleeping in a tent on the bank of the river.

At some point early Sunday morning, Buckman got angry with the couple in the tent.

While detectives are still trying to determine exactly what the fight was about, at least one witness said it was because the people in the tent would not go into the river to retrieve a flashlight someone else dropped into the water.

Witnesses say Buckman walked over to the tent and started to threaten the couple inside, cutting the tent with a knife. Once the couple were out of the tent, there was a physical struggle between Buckman and the man during which the man was cut on the arm.

Witnesses say Buckman then held the couple at knifepoint and made them walk over to a nearby truck as part of the dispute about the flashlight.

That’s when another fight broke out. Both the man and woman sustained lacerations as they fought with Buckman. The man had knife wounds on the neck, shoulder, and arm. The woman had a knife wound on her arm. Buckman is also accused of grabbing another woman around the neck who was trying to get the knife away from him as he fought with the couple.

After doing interviews and collecting evidence, deputies arrested Buckman on the aggravated battery and kidnapping charges and booked him into the Ada County Jail around noon Sunday.

Buckman will make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon. The crime of aggravated battery is punishable by up to 15 years in prison for each separate charge.

36-year-old Kuna man charged with lewd conduct

Detectives arrested 36-year-old Leo Joseph Bright Wednesday on charges of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16 and sexual abuse of a child under the age of 16.

Investigators say he had inappropriate sexual contact with two girls who were known to him. The incidents happened between 2010 and 2012 at Bright’s home on Cassandra Avenue in Kuna. The girls were 11- and 9-years old at the time.

Nampa Police began the investigation into Bright but turned the case over to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office in late July. Based on evidence gathered by sheriff’s detectives, a judge issued a warrant for Bright on Wednesday. Deputies arrested Bright the same day and booked him into the Ada County Jail, where he is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate Bright. There is information to suggest there are additional victims.

The incidents would likely have happened between 1999 and 2014 in Payette, Canyon or Ada County. Bright also spent time in Oregon during that time. Anyone with information about Bright or other possible victims is urged to contact Detective Shellie Strolberg at 208-577-3788 or sstrolberg@adaweb.net.

Pair of teenagers busted for car burglaries in Hill Road neighborhood

Deputies arrested a pair of Boise teenagers early Tuesday morning for breaking into cars in the Hill/Horseshoe Bend roads neighborhood.

Deputies booked 19-year-old Andrew B. McCormick into the Ada County Jail Tuesday — just a few hours after getting a call from a citizen who saw two men walking through the Big Springs neighborhood acting suspicious.

When deputies arrived at the neighborhood just before 6 a.m. they found a 17-year-old boy walking in the area.

After a short interview, the 17-year-old admitted he was holding a Nintendo DS, a headlamp, and coins that had been taken from unlocked cars in the area. Deputies found McCormick walking a short distance away and quickly developed evidence he participated in the car burglaries with the other teen.

Detectives have linked the teens to at least five car burglaries between Monday night and Tuesday morning in the Big Springs area and the neighborhood off N. Echohawk Way in Eagle. Ada County Sheriff’s and Eagle Police detectives are investigating if the teens were involved in a similar series of car break-ins in the same general area at the end of August.

The teens were targeting unlocked cars that had any money or small electronic devices.

Deputies took the 17-year-old to the Ada County Juvenile Detention Center. Burglary charges are pending against that teen in Juvenile Court.

McCormick will make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

The best way to avoid being a victim of car burglary is to lock your vehicle at all times – especially if you are parked in a public area or driveway.

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 Ada County Sheriff dispatch at 377-6790.

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.