Deputies arrest Boise man for DUI after he ran away and hid in a backyard during traffic stop

A 33-year-old Boise man is charged with misdemeanor counts of DUI and resisting officers after he ran away from deputies and tried to hide behind a nearby house during a traffic-stop early Wednesday morning.

Tyson J. Hunt is also charged with driving without privileges (not having a valid drivers license) in connection with the incident.

Deputies began their investigation just before 1:20  a.m. Wednesday when they observed a Ford Explorer going about 50 mph in a 25 mph zone on Valley Street, near the Lake Hazel Road intersection.

Shortly after the deputies began following the Explorer, the driver, later identified as Hunt, quickly turned the SUV on to La Grange Street. Hunt parked the Explorer, jumped out, and ran away as deputies were pulling up.

The deputies could hear Hunt jumping over fences in the neighborhood. They followed the noises and eventually found Hunt curled up on the ground behind an air conditioning unit next to a nearby house.

Once deputies found Hunt and told him not to run anymore, he gave up. That’s when deputies figured out he did not have a valid drivers license. They also smelled a strong odor of alcohol.

Deputies arrested Hunt and took him to the Ada County Jail, where he took a breath test and registered a .162 blood alcohol content (BAC) level, which is twice Idaho’s legal BAC limit of .08 for driving.

Hunt was released from the jail later Wednesday morning after posting bond. A court date has been set for Feb. 8.

Breath test shows 19-year-old Kuna woman arrested for DUI was four times the legal limit

A 19-year-old Kuna woman who drove her car into a tree Monday morning in a South Ada County neighborhood while being intoxicated didn’t have to go to the hospital —like her passenger did – but did go to jail.

Deputies charged Brea P. Woods with a misdemeanor count of excessive DUI in connection with the crash. Woods registered a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .326 – which is four times the legal BAC limit of .08 for driving in Idaho.

Woods’ passenger, a 20-year-old woman, was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Deputies were sent to S. Galewood Way, in the Maple Grove/Lake Hazel roads neighborhood, just after 11:30 a.m. Monday to check out a report of Kia Optima driving into a tree.

Deputies found Woods was out of the car, and detected a strong smell of alcohol coming from her. Shortly after that she failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the jail, where she took a breath test and was then arrested.

Woods was released from jail after posting bond Monday afternoon. She is set to make her initial court appearance Thursday.

25-year-old Kuna man charged with lewd conduct; detectives suspect there could be more victims

 

Detectives are concerned that a 25-year-old Kuna man charged with lewd conduct for having illegal sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl may have more victims.

Detectives arrested Jakob M. Moench at his home in the Linder/Deer Flat roads neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies began their investigation early last week after getting information from a third party that Moench had illegal sexual contact with the girl.

A few days later, the girl was reported missing as a runaway. Kuna Police found her at Moench’s house on Saturday morning and took her home.

Detectives continued to develop evidence in the case and arrested Moench Tuesday.

Shortly after Moench’s picture appeared on the Ada County Sheriff’s Office arrest page, a family member of a different girl called deputies to report a similar occurrence. That case remains under investigation.

Anyone knows anything about either of those cases or has information about other possible victims should call Ada County Sheriff’s detectives at 577-3734.

The crime of lewd conduct is punishable by up to life in prison.

Moench is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $20,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 10.

 

 

41-year-old Caldwell man charged with attempted lewd conduct

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 41-year-old Caldwell man who tried to use Craigslist to lure a woman and her pre-teen daughter into having sex – before learning he was actually talking to a detective.

Juan Salinas Jr. is charged with attempted lewd conduct in connection with the case.

Deputies arrested Salinas Jr. in the parking lot of a hotel in Meridian early Wednesday evening where he had made arrangements to meet the mother and girl.

Detectives began their investigation in December after they answered a post on Craigslist.  Salinas and the detective exchanged explicit messages over a period of several weeks before they made arrangements to meet Wednesday.

Deputies arrested Salinas and booked him into the Ada County Jail. His court appearance is set for Thursday afternoon.

The crime of attempted lewd conduct is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and requires anyone convicted of to have to register as a sex offender.

The Ada County Sheriff¹s detective in charge of the case works with the Idaho Crimes Against Children Task Force, a statewide coalition of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies focused on apprehending and prosecuting people who use the internet to criminally exploit children.

Members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office helped Ada County Sheriff’s deputies with the investigation and arrest of Salas.

41-year-old man charged with trafficking after deputies find large marijuana grow in Boise house

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies found 45 marijuana plants and a sophisticated growing operation inside a Boise Bench home last week.

Mark K. Foster is charged with felony counts of trafficking marijuana and manufacture of marijuana in connection with the case.

The 41-year-old Foster is set for a court appearance on Jan. 29.

Deputies began their investigation late last year after developing evidence Foster was growing pot inside his home in the 3800 block of Rose Hill Street in Boise.

Deputies served a search warrant on the home last Thursday (Jan. 14) around 3 p.m. and found:

  • 45 marijuana plants.
  • 1400 grams of marijuana trimmings.
  • A large growing operation, which included irrigation, grow lights, heaters, and other equipment in the basement.
  • Several items of drug paraphernalia and evidence of drug sales.

Deputies then arrested Foster on the two felonies and booked him into the Ada County Jail.

The sophistication of the irrigation, heat and light systems indicates the growing operation had been active for significant amount of time.

ACSO applies for $3.9 million MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge grant to reduce jail population

It was just last spring when the MacArthur Foundation gave a $150,000 grant to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office to study ways to decrease our jail population and improve social justice.

Six months of meetings and countless hours of research later, a dedicated group of law enforcement and court officials from Ada County have mapped out a plan to do both.

So the next move is to request a second grant — of almost $3.9 million — from the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge to put that plan in action.

The biggest piece of that funding would go towards the creation of a Community Safety Center that would provide services for people in crisis — like those without homes, or suffering from mental illness or struggling with substance abuse — who now often find themselves in jail for lack of any other options.

The idea is to have a safe place for law enforcement officers to drop off people in crisis where they can get treatment or access to services, instead of emergency room beds and jail cells.

Trained staff members would “triage” the people brought to the center and figure out treatment. That could include basic medical care, a mental health assessment, or a spot in a secure sobering station before connecting people to community resources.

People in crisis would not have to be picked up by law enforcement to use the center. It would a place for people in crisis to get resources they struggle to find on their own.

The initial round of funding would help establish the center and get it going, with government, community, and private funding providing operating funds in the years to come — much of that coming from cost savings by diverting people from costly jail cells and hospital beds.

The Ada County center would be modeled after Center for Health Care Services near San Antonio, which our work group visited and studied over the last several months.

The Community Safety Center is only part of our plan. There are fixes available to the court system that can reduce jail population and increase fairness — like options to the traditional cash-based bond system.

In 2014, one-fifth of all jail bookings were for “compliance violations” – like failure to appear, contempt of court, and probation violations. Idaho has a money bond system, meaning if you have access to money, you can pay a bond and be released from jail while a criminal case moves through the court system.

For instance, 750 people arrested in 2014 on low-risk misdemeanors simply didn’t have money to bond out of the jail and had to stay. During that same time period, 1,400 people charged with violent felony crimes were able to bond as their cases went through the system because they had money.

So we are proposing an increase in “release on recognizance” (ROR) options – releasing low-risk individuals on violations like failure to appear or probation violation without making them pay a bond.

We are also going to make a concentrated effort on contacting defendants who have upcoming court dates — and doing extensive surveys to figure out why they are missing court dates and develop more effective techniques to get them show up.

We are also working with our judges to do more comprehensive pre-sentence assessments of people charged with crimes, and use data to predict outcomes. That information will allow judges to craft plans — both pre and post conviction — that give people the best chances to succeed and stay out of jail.

There are other systematic changes proposed in the plan, like adding two new public defenders to interact via video conferencing with people who are arrested without delay.

Our research revealed some trends we didn’t expect — like how homeless Hispanic and black people stayed in the jail longer than homeless people of other races. We also found a slightly higher rate of arrest versus citations for blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans charged with misdemeanors than white and Asian people.

Ada County law enforcement agencies will work to reduce this rate through education and training — and a renewed focus on community policing in our minority communities.

The expansion of the ROR system and the creation of the Community Safety Center will also help.

This will be a community-wide effort, one we feel will make Ada County a better place to live, work, and play for everyone.

“We need to recognize risk extends well beyond the risk to flee, or the risk to re-offend,” said Ada County Sheriff Stephen Bartlett. “A risk to re-offend is not necessarily a risk to public safety in some lower-level offenses.

“Often unrecognized is the risk and liability in holding someone in jail simply because it’s easy or it’s the way we’ve always done it. Incarceration can have a significant impact on a defendant, their families, and the economy.

“Success will be understanding and balancing all the different types of risk — and reserving jail space for people who pose a threat to others.”

Nearly 200 law enforcement jurisdictions from across the U.S. applied for the Safety and Justice Challenge last year.

The organization selected 20 finalists, ranging in size from large cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Houston to smaller localities like Ada County.

Now that our application is in, the next step is a final series of interviews later this month. The MacArthur Foundation will pick 10 agencies for the next round of funding. We should find out later this winter if we’ll be part of that group.

For more information on the Safety and Justice Challenge, visit http://www.safetyandjusticechallenge.org/

Thieves break into two Eagle homes over the holiday season and steal 20 guns

Eagle Police are looking for whoever broke into two homes on Shalimar Drive in Eagle over the Christmas holiday and stole multiple guns, jewelry, a van, and several other items.

The thieves stole a locked, 200+-pound gun safe from inside one of the homes that had 18 guns inside —including handguns and rifles. The safe was later located in a ditch on the side of the road near Middleton. The bottom of the safe was cut off and the guns were missing.

Thieves took two guns – a rifle and a shotgun —from inside the other home as well. Neither family was home at the time of the break-ins.

It appears the thieves broke into the homes, which are next to each other, through the locked glass back doors, likely on Christmas Eve.

Detectives are trying to determine why those particular homes were targeted, but suspect it may have been thieves who were driving through neighborhoods looking for people who weren’t home for the holiday.

Officers began their investigation on Dec. 27 when one of the homeowners returned to find someone broke into and ransacked their house. Dresser drawers were turned over, with contents on the ground. Presents were unwrapped and empty. Jewelry was missing, along with a rifle and shotgun, from a bedroom.

There were footprints all over the snow near the home.

Detectives found out about the second home — next door but separated by a large common area — on Dec. 30, when an officer found an abandoned 2004 Pontiac Montana mini-van in the Legacy Subdivision, which is about 5 miles away from Shalimar Drive.

Officers called the owner of the mini-van and quickly figured-out it was stolen from a home on Shalimar Drive.

When officers arrived at the Shalimar home, they found the back door had been smashed in. They went inside and found the house ransacked — cupboard doors and drawers were opened and items were strewn on the ground. Several items of jewelry were missing.

It appears the thieves picked up the gun safe (which would have required more than one person to move) from inside the garage and put it in the back of the mini-van, which they then stole.

Detectives suspect the thieves drove the van to the Legacy subdivision, where they unloaded the stolen items (including the gun safe) to another vehicle and ditched the van.

Eagle Police are actively working the cases and investigating leads. They would like to talk to anyone who has information or might have seen something unusual in the Shalimar Drive area in the days leading up to Christmas.

Anyone with information should contact Eagle Police at 938-2260 or email detective Nick Shaffer at nshaffer@adaweb.net

 

Kuna PD officer helps deliver a baby Monday night

We’ve had more than a few 911 dispatchers at the Ada County Sheriff’s Office who have talked people through emergency baby deliveries. We’ve also had more than a few dispatchers who’ve talked people through CPR and saved lives.

When dispatchers help deliver a baby, they get a stork pin. When they help someone successfully do CPR, they get a lifesaver pin.

Crystal Graves now has both pins— which is an exclusive club. Except that when Graves helped deliver a baby at a Kuna home late Monday night, she wasn’t on the phone. She was right there, working alongside Kuna paramedics.

That’s because Graves switched careers this year and went from being a dispatcher to her new job as a patrol officer for Kuna Police. So she’s in the helping-save-lives-with-CPR-as-a-dispatcher-and-helping-deliver-babies-as-a-patrol-officer club. That’s a very exclusive club.

When Graves responded to a call for an emergency baby delivery at a home in the Deer Flat/Linder roads neighborhood just before midnight Monday, she wasn’t sure what to expect.

At that point, ACSO dispatcher Cami Stark had spent over five minutes coaching a family member who called 911 to report that the mother had gone into labor and they weren’t sure what to do.

While we normally don’t send officers to medical calls like an emergency birth, there was some confusion and lots of voices in the background during the call so dispatch asked the nearest Kuna officer to check it out after calling paramedics first.

Paramedics arrived and took over for Cami. Crystal Graves showed up at the house a minute later. She asked if there was anything she could do. The birth was complicated — both the mom and baby needed medical attention — so paramedics asked Graves to stay and help.

“I went right back to my dispatch training – going through the checklist of all the things we need for an emergency birth,” Graves said. “Of course, the paramedics were already there so I just did what they asked me to do. It was a neat experience to go through that in person — especially after hearing more than a few of those calls in dispatch.”

In fact, since there were only three paramedics on duty, and they had two patients, Graves continued to help paramedics in the ambulance.

While that was going on, Kuna Police officer Vishal Sahni stayed with the family members inside the house to help them deal with the anxiety of having both mom and baby needing medical help.

Ada County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jason Piccola pitched in as well, driving an ambulance to the hospital so the paramedics could work on mom and baby on the way there.

Mom and baby are both doing OK. We are thrilled that Officer Graves, Sahni, and Deputy Piccola were able to help.

26-year-old man charged with DUI for rollover crash on Meridian Road this weekend

A 26-year-old California man who drove his SUV into a power pole and knocked it over on Meridian Road late Saturday is charged with DUI.

Witnesses told deputies that driver Sean K. Duncan’s Toyota 4-Runner was going southbound and swerving across all five lanes of Meridian Road, between Hubbard and Deer Flat roads, before he lost control just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

That’s when the 4-Runner rolled over as many as five times before it hit a power pole on the west side of the road.

The force of the impact knocked the pole and power lines on to the road. The section of Meridian Road between Deer Flat and Hubbard roads had to be closed so Idaho Power crews could fix the damage.

When deputies arrived at the crash scene, Duncan was out of the SUV and sitting down. He told them he was in the SUV by himself.

Deputies smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Duncan, who failed field sobriety tests a short time later. Duncan then took a breath test and registered a .178 blood alcohol content (BAC) level, which is more than double the Idaho BAC limit of .08.

Deputies arrested Duncan on a misdemeanor DUI charge and booked him into the jail. Duncan posted a $2,000 bond and was released early Sunday.

Duncan’s initial court appearance is set for Wednesday.

35-year-old man could spend up to 20 years in prison for armed robbery at grocery store

Andrew Reed Buzard will spend at least eight years in prison for using a handgun to rob a clerk at Paul’s Market last spring.

Fourth District Judge Timothy Hansen sentenced Buzard to a 20-year prison term Wednesday for a felony robbery charge. Buzard can ask for parole after serving eight years.

The robbery occurred just before 10:15 p.m. on April 11.

Buzard, clad in a black hooded sweatshirt, walked into the store, located in the 10000 block of W. Lake Hazel Road, took out a gun, and demanded a store employee give him money from the store.

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Once the Buzard had the money, he made the clerk lay on the ground while he walked out.

Deputies arrived moments later but were not able to locate the robber in the area.

Security photos and video from the store were posted on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and traditional media outlets by the next morning. By afternoon, tips were rolling in.

It wasn’t long before someone identified Buzard from the images and contacted our deputies.

ACTION team deputies and U.S. Marshals arrested Buzard at his residence on W. Brownstone Drive two days after the robbery occurred.

The home is about four blocks from Paul’s Market, which is on the corner of Lake Hazel and Five Mile Roads.

Detectives found evidence at the Brownstone Drive home linking Buzard to the robbery.

Buzard pleaded guilty to a felony charge of robbery in October, as part of a plea agreement with Ada County Prosecutors, who dismissed a charge of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.