17-year old boy dies after rollover crash south of Kuna

A 17-year-old Meridian  boy who just graduated from high school died early Sunday morning after he rolled over a truck in the desert east of the Swan Falls dam.

A 15-year-old boy in the truck was badly injured and had to be taken to a local hospital by an air ambulance. A third passenger, a 16-year-old boy, was transported to a local hospital for treatment of what appear to be non life-threatening injuries.

The crash occurred just before 5 a.m. Sunday. It appears the boys were at a graduation party in the desert nearby when they decided to go for a drive east of the Swan Falls/Moore roads intersection. The 17-year-old was driving on a dirt desert road when he lost control of the pickup as it was going around a corner.

The driver and a passenger were ejected from the truck as it rolled over. It appears no one was wearing a seatbelt.

A witness called 911 to report the crash just before 5 a.m. Deputies found the crash site a short time later and called for the air ambulance.

Deputies are investigating what caused the driver to lose control of the truck.

There was a group of teens in a Jeep near the crash site and another back at the party site. Deputies released those teens to their parents.

The identity of the driver will be released by the Ada County Coroner’s Office at a later time.





37-year-old Meridian man arrested for stalking and grabbing woman at grocery store

James Paul Burns is charged with misdemeanor counts of second-degree stalking and battery in connection with an incident Saturday where he followed a woman he did not know through the Eagle WinCo store and then grabbed  her as she tried to leave the store.

The woman walked away from the 37-year-old Burns as soon as she could break free and went to a nearby store. Eagle police arrived a short time later but Burns was gone.

Detectives identified Burns as a suspect after reviewing surveillance video from the store and consulting with other law enforcement agencies.

That led detectives to search Burns’ home in the Fairview Avenue/Locust Grove Road neighborhood in Meridian on Thursday morning, where they found the same baseball cap and t-shirt he was wearing in the store Saturday night.

Deputies arrested Burns twice on Thursday.

The first time, it was for misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia after deputies found pot and smoking pipes inside Burns’ home while they were serving a warrant looking for evidence in connection with Saturday’s stalking incident. Burns is charged with resisting arrest because he tried to hide behind a door when deputies showed up to serve the warrant.

Deputies arrested Burns and took him to jail around 8 a.m. Thursday. Burns posted bond on the drug charges and was out of the jail shortly after noon.

A short time later, Ada County prosecutors issued an arrest warrant on the stalking and battery charges. Detectives found and arrested Burns a short time later after he went to the Winco on Fairview Avenue and talked a stranger into giving him a ride home.

Surveillance video from the Eagle Winco on Saturday shows Burns following the woman all through the store – stopping and staring at her numerous times as she tries to shop.

When the woman was done and leaving the store, Burns walked up to her, told her she looked like she needed a hug, and then grabbed her without her permission.

The woman told detective she had never seen or encountered Burns before she went shopping that day and tried to get away from him as soon as she could.

The crimes of second-degree stalking and resisting arrest are punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The misdemeanor counts of marijuana and paraphernalia possession are punishable by up to six months in prison.

Anyone with information on Burns should call Eagle Police detectives at 577-3744.

Deputies seek driver of white van as they continue to investigate fatal car vs. motorcycle crash on Idaho 21

Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies are still investigating what caused a 19-year-old woman to lose control of her car and crash into a motorcycle on Idaho 21 Friday night — and would like to talk to the driver a white van that may have played a role in the crash.

The impact killed  46-year-old Jaylynnar Lee Doughty, who driving the motorcycle.

The driver and passenger in the car were treated at a local hospital for what appear to be non life-threatening injuries.

Both the motorcycle and car were destroyed in the collision. Boise Fire crews had to cut part of the roof off the car, which was on its side, to get the driver out.

The fatal crash occurred just before 6 p.m. Friday.

According to witness reports, the woman was driving a Saturn coupe northbound on Idaho 21, approaching E. Grand Forest Drive — a portion of the two-lane road where passing is not allowed.

A white passenger van, possibly a Ford XLT, passed the car across the double yellow line, and pulled in front of it. That’s when the driver of the van suddenly hit the brakes, causing the driver of the Saturn to hit her brakes and lose control of the car.

It appears the Saturn briefly went right, and then went left into the southbound lane of Idaho 21, where it collided with the motorcycle seconds later.

The force of the impact knocked the car on its side and back onto the northbound lane. The motorcycle was destroyed. Doughty was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

The driver of the van did not stop and kept going northbound.

The speed limit on the portion of Idaho 21 where the crash occurred is 55 mph.

No charges or citations have been filed in connection with the crash.

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The portion of Idaho 21 where the crash occurred was closed for over four hours Friday night so deputies could re-construct what happened.

Deputies interviewed several people but have not yet been able to identify or talk to the driver of the white van.

We are asking anyone with information on the driver of the van or the crash itself to call investigators at 577-3723 or email cau@adaweb.net.

Eagle police cite 40-year-old massage therapist for battery

Eagle police have charged a 40-year-old massage therapist with misdemeanor battery for an incident in March where he groped a female client during an appointment.

Detectives want to check with previous clients to make sure Aaron Lee Sundgaard hasn’t illegally fondled any other of his massage customers.

Sundgaard told Eagle Police he has been a massage therapist for the last 14 years. Sundgaard has worked at least three other businesses before joining an Eagle-area spa in December 2014.

Eagle police began their investigation on March 2 – the day after the incident took place.

The victim told Eagle Police Sundgaard he groped her against her will during a massage session and made several sexually explicit remarks.

Prosecutors cited Sundgaard on a misdemeanor battery charge in April. He has a court date set for June 8. The crime of misdemeanor battery is punishable by up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.

Sundgaard no longer works at the spa where the battery occurred.

Eagle police would like to hear from any of Sundgaard’s former clients who have concerns about his behavior. They should call detectives at 577-3744.

41-year-old Meridian woman charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult

A Meridian woman who took thousands of dollars from a 78-year-old Eagle man she was providing in-home care is set to make her next court appearance later this month.

Bernice M. Rangel is charged with a felony count of abuse, exploitation, or neglect of a vulnerable adult.

The 41-year-old Rangel turned herself in at the jail Wednesday and left the next afternoon after posting a $50,000 bond. Rangel has a preliminary hearing set for May 26.

Detectives began their investigation in February after being contacted by a third party, who said there were suspicious withdrawals from the man’s financial accounts and charges to his credit cards for items he did not need.

Detectives found evidence of tens of thousands of dollars being paid to Rangel from the man’s financial accounts since at least August 2014 — funds that more than doubled what Rangel’s time sheets indicated her salary was supposed to be.

Detectives also found evidence Rangel used the man’s credit cards to pay her utility bills and purchase items like car tires and women’s clothes.

Ada County prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for Rangel on May 9.

The felony crime of abuse, exploitation on neglect of a vulnerable adult is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

56-year-old Twin Falls man charged with lewd conduct

Detectives are working to figure out if a 56-year-old Twin Falls man who had illegal sexual contact with a pre-teen girl when he lived in the Boise area in the early-to-mid 2000s may have other victims.

Michael E. Bosse is charged with four counts of lewd conduct and is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $500,000 bond in connection with the crimes from the early-to-mid 2000s.

The victim in the case is well known to Bosse. The abuse occurred at a Boise area home.

Investigators are concerned there might be other victims after law enforcement officials in Montana found a large amount of child pornography Bosse left in a storage unit in 2015 – including images of his victim in the Ada County lewd conduct case.

Bosse also recently drove a school bus in the Twin Falls area for a brief time in the fall of 2015.

Our detectives began their investigation in March after being contacted by the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office in Montana about the storage unit.

Investigators in Montana eventually identified Bosse the suspect and contacted Idaho authorities. Our detectives continued the investigation, identified the victim from the early-to-mid 2000s,  and sent the findings to Ada County prosecutors, who issued an arrest warrant for Bosse in late April.

ACSO detectives arrested Bosse in Twin Falls on Thursday. Bosse is set to make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon. The crime of lewd conduct is punishable by up to life in prison. Additional charges  could be filed at a later date against Bosse in Twin Falls and Montana.

It appears Bosse left the Boise area in the late 2000s and moved to eastern Idaho and then Montana before coming back to Idaho and moving to the Twin Falls area last year.

Anyone with information on Bosse should call Ada County Sheriff’s detectives at 577-3734.


Three Portland men arrested for using fake prescriptions to try to buy codeine cough syrup

Three Portland men are in custody after they were caught trying to use fake prescriptions to buy codeine cough syrup at six different drug stores across Ada County on Tuesday.

Fuad A Mohamed is charged with felony counts of criminal conspiracy, computer crime, and forgery. Devontae J. Ahmed and Abdullhi S. Abdulkadir are both charged with obtaining a controlled substance by deception.

All three are being held in the Ada County Jail and are set to make their initial court appearances Wednesday afternoon.

Our detectives began their investigation early Tuesday evening when a Boise-area pharmacist called to report he just got a fake prescription for cough syrup.

Detectives were quickly able to trace the movements of the trio across the six drug stores, eventually stopping them at a pharmacy in Meridian.

The 24-year-old Mohamed was driving a car with Oregon plates. The other two men, Ahmed and Abdulkadir, would go into the pharmacies and try to fill the fake prescriptions.

Detectives found a computer and printer in the car used to make the fake prescriptions, along with several printed prescriptions in various stages of completion.

Detectives also developed evidence the trio were trying to get as many bottles of codeine cough syrup as possible so they could sell them in the Portland area.

The crime of obtaining a controlled substance by deception is punishable by up to four years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.


California man arrested after hitting Kuna man in the face with a handgun


A 30-year-old California man is charged with aggravated battery after he attacked another man with a handgun and then shot at the man’s truck as the man was trying to get away at a Kuna area home early Tuesday morning.

Charles Robert Eddy is also charged with a felony count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and malicious injury to property in connection with the case.

Deputies began their investigation around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday when they were sent to investigate a report of a fight at a home in the 3700 block of E. Kuna Road.

Deputies found a man with facial injuries and determined Eddy hit him in the head with a handgun earlier that morning. The battery happened after the two men began arguing. That’s when Eddy pulled the handgun from the waistband of the other man and hit him in the head.

Deputies developed evidence Eddy used the  handgun to shoot at man’s truck as he drove away, hitting a back tire. A short time later, Eddy got into his SUV and began driving back to California.

Deputies found Eddy’s car headed westbound on Interstate 84 and pulled him over near Nampa, where he was interviewed then arrested. Deputies found two grams of marijuana inside the car and some drug paraphernalia.

That’s also around the time deputies discovered Eddy had a previous felony conviction out of California, which led to the weapons charge.

Deputies recovered the gun involved in the argument.

Eddy is set to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon. The crime of aggravated battery is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.


South Boise man dies after armed confrontation with deputies

The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force is investigating the death of a 53-year-old man who confronted two Ada County Sheriff’s deputies with a handgun late Thursday night.

The deputies both fired at Lee Easter, who was pronounced dead following the incident at his home in the 10000 block of W. Spring River Street.

Neither of the deputies was hurt.

Deputies were sent to the home in the Five Mile Road/La Grange Street neighborhood after Ada County dispatchers got a 911 call at 10:48 p.m. Thursday where a man — later identified as Easter — said there was someone in his house and then hung up.

Dispatchers called the number back and the man answered, put the phone down and left the line open.

The first two deputies to arrive moments after that 911 call found the front door to the home ajar, so they pushed it open and yelled to anyone who may be inside.

The officers could hear someone moving around upstairs so they went in to investigate to determine if the person who called 911 was in danger.

Around this time, another man called 911 and said he was concerned about the mental state of the person inside the home on Spring River Drive. He told dispatchers he had talked to Easter and believed he may be suicidal. He also told dispatchers Easter had a gun.

The two deputies continued to hear movement on the second story, so they asked the person upstairs to come down while making sure the bottom level of the home was empty.

Several minutes passed as the deputies waited at the bottom of the stairs and asked whoever was upstairs to come down before Easter  called down, saying “it’s too late.” That’s when he suddenly moved down the stairs while pointing a handgun at deputies.

At that point, both deputies fired their service weapons, hitting Easter.

The deputies then moved him outside. Paramedics arrived moments later but Easter was not able to be revived. Deputies then made sure no one else was inside the home.

The deputies involved in this incident, Neil Daigle and Keith James, have been with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office since 2010 and 2015.

Daigle started out a Jail deputy and moved to patrol in 2013.

This is the first critical incident for either Daigle or James.

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

Investigators are still determining how many shots were fired and if Easter fired his gun.


Deputies have cited one for dumping trash in desert near Cole Road, looking for other culprits

Last week, we posted pictures of several illegal trash dumps on our  ACSO Facebook page from the desert off Cole Road. Sadly, illegal dumping remains a persistent problem in the desert surrounding the cities of Ada County.
The dump area in question is in a gravel pit just south of Tenmile Creek Road. There were several different trash piles, including residential stuff like clothes, old toys and car parts in addition to construction material like shingles, paint, and old tires.
Our deputies, who are quite good at finding people who leave piles of trash in the desert, have cited 26-year-old Matthew Ray Bryant of Boise for illegal dumping. Deputies figured out Bryant was responsible for some of the household trash left in the gravel pit.
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Deputies are still pursuing leads on who dumped old construction materials and other trash at the site.
The ACSO Sheriff’s Labor Detail cleaned most of the debris out of the pit last week.
Anyone who dumps trash in the desert — or any land that is not theirs — is committing a crime and being a lousy steward of the land.
Considering how the potential penalty for the infraction of placing debris on public property is a $300 fine and up to 10 days in jail, wouldn’t it be much easier and less costly to take such trash to the Ada County Landfill on Seamans Gulch Road?
Households can get rid of hazardous materials like old cans of paint and small amounts of chemicals at the Landfill for free. Businesses are allowed to get rid of up to 2600 pounds of hazardous material every year at the Landfill for a small fee.
Most household loads of trash (think the bed of a half-ton pickup) cost about $11 to dispose of at the landfill.
Check out the  Landfill webpage for more information.