UPDATE: Investigators in Colorado find body of man whose stolen van was found in Boise last week

Investigators in Colorado found the body of 62-year-old John Cumby Jr. in  a wooded area of Gilpin County, just west of Denver, late last week.

Cumby had been reported missing from Rock Falls, Illinois since early September.

Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 25-year-old Jeffrey Maynard last weekend for erratic driving on Interstate 84 – and discovered Maynard was driving Cumby’s van but couldn’t explain how he got it or where Cumby was.

That investigation led to the discovery of John Cumby’s body on Friday.

Officials in Colorado have not yet established the cause and manner of Cumby’s death and continue to investigate the case.

Maynard remains in the Ada County Jail on a $500,000 bond for charges related to the traffic stop in Ada County and warrants for his arrest out of Texas.

Here is our initial post about the case, released last week:

When Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies pulled over 25-year-old Jeffrey Maynard for erratic driving on Interstate 84 Sept. 10, they didn’t realize they were about to confronted with a disturbing mystery.

Maynard was driving a van owned by another man – 62-year-old John Henry Cumby Jr. — who has been reported missing from his Illinois home for over a month.

The van was full of John Cumby’s possessions, including his wallet, identification, and other personal items.

Maynard could not explain why he was driving Cumby’s van or had his possessions – or give deputies viable information where John Cumby might be.

Before John Cumby left his Rock Falls, Illinois home in mid-August, he told his family members he was going camping in the Denver area for a little while but would be back by early September.

The last time his family members talked to Cumby was Aug. 20.

Investigators are still trying to determine where and how Maynard and Cumby met — and are concerned about the possibility of foul play.

Maynard is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $500,000 bond on several charges, including providing false information to law enforcement and assault and battery of a law enforcement officer in connection with his arrest Sunday.

That took place around 9 a.m. Sunday. An ACSO deputy observed a blue Plymouth van going about 60 mph on westbound Interstate 84 east of Eisenman Road and going back and forth between lanes, cutting off a semi truck which had to brake suddenly several times to avoid a collision.

The deputy pulled over the van and began talking to the driver, later identified as Maynard. The deputy determined Maynard had active arrest warrants from Texas, including charges of theft and attempted arson.

When the deputy asked him to get out of the van, Maynard grabbed a can of mace from between his legs but then dropped it when the deputy noticed what was happening.

Deputies quickly determined the van was registered to John Cumby and soon discovered all his belongings inside.

Maynard was not able to explain where Cumby war or why he was driving the van.

Maynard was then arrested and booked into the jail.

Investigators are working closely with law enforcement in Colorado and Illinois on the case.

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Detectives seize over half-pound of heroin, arrest two on trafficking charges

Two Treasure Valley men are charged with trafficking in heroin after deputies found them then in possession of about 287 grams of the drug on Monday.

Adam Paul Esposito  and Alejandro Valadez Mariscal are both being held in the Ada County Jail on $500,000 bonds. Preliminary hearings for both men will be set for early September.

Detectives began their investigation earlier this summer.

Deputies seized 100 grams of heroin and arrested the 28-year-old Esposito near a Boise-area hotel Monday afternoon.

They arrested 28-year-old Valadez Mariscal at Nampa home a short time later. Deputies later seized an additional 187 grams of heroin and a small amount of methamphetamine from a Boise-area hotel room Valadez Mariscal was staying at.

The crime of trafficking in heroin is punishable by up to life in prison.

 

Update: Investigators find man who passed fake $50 bill at south Boise-area convenience store last month

Investigators have found the tie-dyed clad man who used a fake $50 bill at a south Boise-area convenience store last month.

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Detectives are talking to the man and continue to work on the investigation. No charges have been filed at this point. We would like to thank everyone who helped us identify the man.

The man paid for about $5 worth of purchases with a counterfeit $50 bill at a convenience store in the Five Mile/Lake Hazel roads neighborhood last month.

He and the woman pictured above pulled into the store in a small red passenger car just before 2:30 a.m. on July 24.

They stood outside for a few minutes while the man finished smoking a cigarette. Then they walked inside, milled around for a few minutes, bought some food items with the fake $50, and left.

 

34-year-old Boise man who shot at ACSO deputies in March sentenced to 20 years in prison

Bryan Coy must spend at least seven years in prison before he can ask for parole for shooting at Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies last spring.

Fourth District Judge Richard Greenwood sentenced Coy on Wednesday to serve three 10-year prison terms – one for each felony count of assault or battery on (law enforcement) personnel. Two of those terms are consecutive. The third is running concurrent. Seven years of the first term are fixed.

Coy pleaded guilty to all three charges in June.

The shooting occurred March 28.

Three deputies with our ACTION (Anti-Crime Team In Our Neighborhoods) Unit went to a home in the 9900 block of West Granger just after noon that day to serve an arrest warrant on Robert Coy — Bryan’s father — for a felony charge of falsifying documents.

The 65-year-old Robert Coy resisted arrest. Deputies were in the process of handcuffing him on the front porch of his residence when Bryan Coy, who was inside the house, suddenly fired a 9mm pistol at the officers. Deputies returned fire, hitting Bryan Coy.

The deputies were not injured. Tests later revealed that Coy was only able to shoot one bullet because his gun jammed – but attempted to fire several more rounds directly at deputies before he was shot.

Coy later told investigators he did not consider the deputies to be law enforcement officers, saying they worked for a “corporation.” He also questioned if the arrest warrant for his father was lawful.

Bryan Coy was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries before he was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on April 2.

Robert Coy was taken to the Ada County Jail on March 28, where he was booked on the felony charge of offering a false or forged instrument. Robert Coy left jail after posting a $10,000 bond on March 31. He has a jury trial scheduled to begin Oct. 16.

The three deputies who fired at Bryan Coy are all members of the ACTION Team: Sgt. Pat Schneider, who has been with the ACSO for 17 years; Deputy Ryan Donelson who has been with the agency for 12 years; and Deputy Terry Lakey who has been with the ACSO for 11 years.

The three deputies fired a total of 16 rounds at Bryan Coy, who was hit by four of those rounds.

Blaine County Prosecutor Jim Thomas cleared all three deputies of any criminal charges earlier this month, determining their use of lethal force was appropriate in order to protect themselves and other officers.

“Their actions were clearly reasonably necessary in reaction to the imminent deadly threat when Bryan Coy pointed a semi-automatic handgun equipped with a homemade silencer on the end of the barrel at the deputies and discharged a 9mm round towards them, missing one of the deputies by inches,” Thomas said in a letter sent to Ada County Prosecutor Jan Bennetts earlier this month.

Thomas reviewed the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force (CITF) investigation into the shooting.

The multi-agency CITF does an independent investigation of all uses of lethal force by law enforcement in Ada County. Boise Police was the lead agency for this incident.

 

 

Reminder: You must dial the 208 area code before calling Ada County’s non-emergency dispatch number

We want to remind everybody to add the 208 area code before dialing Ada County Dispatch’s non-emergency line at 377-6790 — now known as (208) 377-6790.

Starting Saturday, Aug. 5, all local calls placed in Idaho require you to dial 208 before entering a number. If you don’t, you’ll get a recorded message telling you to dial the 10-digit version of the number.

So if you have our non-emergency dispatch number programmed into your phone, please make sure it has at 208 area code.

911 calls are not affected by the change. If you have an emergency, dial 911 every time.

We get about twice as many non-emergency calls in to dispatch than 911 emergency calls, so it is very important those calls go through as efficiently as possible, which means adding the 208.

For instance, in 2016, our dispatchers took at total of 388,541 calls. 264,611 of those came in on our non-emergency dispatch (208) 377-6790 number. 123,840 were 911 calls.

This happening because Idaho is about to get a new area code – 986 – which will start being assigned to new phone numbers on Sept. 5.

For more info on the what and the why of all this, check out http://www.puc.idaho.gov/Area%20code%20Q%20and%20A.pdf

Detectives are looking for whoever broke into ITD lot and damaged three vehicles earlier this month

Detectives would like to identify and talk to a man who was seen outside the Idaho Transportation Department equipment lot off Chinden Boulevard on July 1 — around the same time people broke in and drove an ITD van and truck around inside.

 

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Three ITD vehicles were hit and damaged, with repair costs for each exceeding $1,000.

The damage occurred sometime between 3-to-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 1. The lot is located at 8150 W. Chinden Blvd.

Detectives began their investigation July 3 after being contacted by ITD officials.

The lot is fenced in and gates are locked. It is unclear how the vandals got in. There is evidence they drove the ITD van and one of the ITD trucks around the lot at a high rate of speed and collided with another truck.

When they were done, the van and two trucks had damage to the bumpers.

A member of the public saw two vehicles going around the lot on July 1 and called Ada County dispatchers. By the time deputies arrived whoever was driving the cars was gone.

Detectives have not identified any suspects at this point but would like to talk to the man on the bike.

Anyone with information should call Ada County non-emergency dispatch at 377-6790 or send an email to cau@adaweb.net

Star police and fire fighters rescue three teenage rafters who got stuck in the Boise River last weekend

While the Boise River might appear close to normal these days and offer an enticing way to beat the heat, It’s worth it to take another look before getting in.

That’s when you notice how three months worth of flood waters deposited way more trees and debris in the river and on the banks than usual. It’s more hazardous than it appears.

Three teenage girls found that out Saturday evening when their rafts got caught up in trees on the side of the river in Star next to Coriander Lane.

The girls – two are 17-years-old and the other 15 — told Star Police a swift current pushed their inflatable rafts into the trees on the north bank of the river around 7 p.m. Saturday.

The girls were knocked out of the rafts and found themselves stuck and hanging on to the trees in the swift and cold water. (Water temperatures are in the 50s and the river is about 800 cubic feet per second above normal for this time of year).

The girls began yelling for help. Someone heard voices and called 911.

Star police and fire fighters showed up moments later. They got in the river, waded over to where the girls were, formed a chain, and moved them over to a bank where police and fire fighters helped them up.

Paramedics checked out the girls and ended up transporting one to a local hospital as a precaution. The injuries did no appear to be life-threatening.

Prosecutor: Use of deadly force justified in standoff with Nampa man in Kuna neighborhood earlier this year

Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs has determined all members of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, Boise Police and Meridian Police were justified when they shot a 32-year-old Nampa man in a Kuna neighborhood earlier this year.

Ramon Milanez died at the end of an intense six-hour search and standoff, which involved officers from all three agencies.

Milanez opened fire on a Kuna Police officer during a traffic stop the morning of Jan. 24, ran away, and then spent hours hiding in the Linder/Deer Flat/Hubbard roads neighborhood to avoid arrest.

Loebes reviewed the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force (CITF) report into the shooting of Milanez and determined all the officers “had legitimate fears for their safety, the safety of their fellow officer, and the safety of the general public because of Milanez’s actions.”

Our internal investigation into the actions ACSO SWAT deputies Jeremy Byington, Raul Garcia, Ron Santucci, Cory Feldman, and D.J. Rupert that day is almost complete.

That investigation will determine if deputies followed all ACSO policies during the incident. Boise and Meridian police are in the process of doing similar investigations for their officers.

Loebs reviewed hours of interviews, video recordings, forensic evidence, photographs, and a variety of other reports — all generated and collected by the CITF – before arriving at his conclusion.

The incident began just before 4 a.m. on Jan. 24 when a Kuna Police officer attempted to pull over a BMW sedan on Linder Road as part of an investigation into illegal drug activity.

When the driver kept going, the officer followed. Moments later, the driver pointed a handgun out of the window and fired an estimated 8-to-10 shots at the officer near the E. Wood Owl Drive intersection.

The officer immediately stopped his pursuit and asked for assistance. That officer was not hit by any bullets.

The officer saw the BMW turn in to the subdivision on the east side of Linder Road. More officers arrived and found the BMW abandoned on Chapparosa Drive a short time later. The doors were open and no one was inside.

Kuna Police  — with the assistance of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Boise Police, and Meridian Police — set up a perimeter around the neighborhood and began to search for Milanez.

The search took hours as officers investigated numerous leads — including footprints in the snow, open doors on outbuildings, and barking dogs — and knocked on dozens of doors checking on people before they tracked Milanez down to a home in the 400 block of E. Black Hawk Drive around 10:30 a.m.

The homeowner told police he didn’t know Milanez or how he got into the house.  Officers quickly got the people in nearby homes out while members of the tactical team moved into place, set up a perimeter, and sent a SWAT robot to the home to get some video images.

That video showed Milanez walking around inside with something resembling a handgun, Loebs said.

Around 11 a.m. the garage door opened. Officers saw Milanez get into a car and try to back out of the driveway.

A Boise Police officer working with the tactical team, who had an armored vehicle parked nearby, drove over and blocked the car before it could get out of the driveway.

That is when members of the tactical team fired at Milanez in the car. He was pronounced dead a short time later. Investigators did not find a handgun at the home on Black Hawk Drive but did find two guns by a backpack Milanez dropped near the home before he broke in.

The Critical Incident Task Force does an independent investigation of all uses of lethal force by law enforcement in Ada County. The Idaho State Police is the lead investigative agency for this incident.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Idaho State Police for their thorough and comprehensive work leading the CITF investigation and Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebes for reviewing the evidence.

 

Eagle Police are investigating a range fire north of town earlier this week as arson

Detectives are looking for a curly-haired man who was seen filming a range fire next to N. Willow Creek Road on July 15.

Fire investigators say the blaze was set on purpose – there is evidence the fire was lit on the road and gas was used to move flames from the road to a nearby hillside.

The fire burned about 30 acres east of N. Willow Creek Road, near N. Chantry Way, before crews were able to put it out.

Eagle Fire crews saw smoke from the area just before 5 a.m. as they were fighting another range fire nearby.

A homeowner later told fire fighters a man knocked on their door around 5 a.m. to warn of a grass fire nearby.

When firefighters arrived, they saw a dark-colored SUV parked near the fire. A man sitting inside was filming or taking pictures of the flames, which were about 200 feet away.

The man drove away shortly after firefighters arrived. The man drove back by a short time later and asked if he could go around fire equipment because he needed to go back to Emmett.

Firefighters told him he would need to take an alternate route and he drove away.

The man in the SUV is described as being in his 20s and having a skinny build, with a dark afro hairstyle.

The homeowner didn’t get a really good look at the man who knocked on the door but did say he appeared to be in his 20s and had dark hair.

Detectives do not have any suspects at this point but would like to talk to that man.

Anyone with information should call Eagle Police at 938-2260 or send an email to cau@adaweb.net

 

 

 

Update: Eagle Police identify 18-year-old man accused of exposing himself to a woman inside a grocery store Monday

The incident occurred just after 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Albertson’s on Eagle Road.

The woman told police she was looking at flowers at the front of the store when a young man across from her rolled down his shorts and exposed his genitals to her.

The woman quickly left and walked to a different part of the store. The man followed her through the store.

The woman then went to the check out aisle so she could tell a store employee what happened when the man walked behind her and brushed his arm against her as he walked out of the store.

The man then got into a white PT Cruiser car and drove away.

The woman told police she did not know who the man was.

Eagle Police identified the man Tuesday afternoon as 18-year-old Ty Menzel after someone recognized him on a social media post.

Deputies located and then interviewed Menzel Tuesday night and cited him on a charge of indecent exposure.

We’d like to thank everyone who called or emailed information.