Kuna Police continue search for bank robber

A man carrying a machete robbed a Kuna bank Friday afternoon.

Kuna Police are pursuing leads and searching for the man, who got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. No employees or customers were hurt in the robbery.

Kuna Police were called to the US Bank on W. Main Street at 1:11 p.m. Friday. Witnesses say a man walked in wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans, with a surgical mask covering the bottom of his face, and holding a machete-type knife.

The man went up to a clerk and demanded cash. After getting an undisclosed amount of money, he ran out of the bank and headed southeast.

Kuna Police arrived moments later and did an intensive search of the area but weren’t able to find him.

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



36-year-old Boise man charged with felony injury to child

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Robert Lee Dougal at his Boise home Thursday on a felony charge of injury to child after investigators found extensive bruising on the head, face, neck and back of his 1-year-old step-son last month.

Deputies declared the baby to be in imminent danger on Sept. 13 – the day after a different family member took the boy to the hospital to have the bruises checked out.

The baby was admitted to the hospital Sept. 12 and placed in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare the next day. He has been with a foster family since then.

Detectives began investigating the case Sept. 13 after being contacted by a third party about the injuries to the baby.

Detectives later developed evidence of a pattern of abuse done to the boy by Dougal over the last several months.

Ada County prosecutors issued the arrest warrant Wednesday.

Dougal is being held on a $100,000 bond at the Ada County Jail. He is set to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon.

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


Chicago duo arrested for using fake prescriptions to try to buy codeine cough syrup

Two women from Chicago are charged with felony counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and burglary after being caught using fake prescriptions to try to get cough syrup at several different Boise-area pharmacies last week.

Ada County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 23-year-old Letitia M. Miller and 29-year-old Shateria S. Morse at a Boise area pharmacy Friday afternoon.

Detectives found numerous fake prescriptions — in several different names — in their rental car and gathered evidence placing them at least three different pharmacies on Friday where they tried to get codeine cough syrup with fake prescriptions.

Detectives also arrested 46-year-old Jimmie Ray Hyde of Boise on a felony count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. It appears Miller and Morse met Hyde earlier in the day and arranged to have him collect prescriptions for them. Detectives arrested Hyde inside a local pharmacy Friday afternoon while the two women waited for him in the parking lot.

Detectives also developed evidence Morse and Miller had just recently arrived in the Boise area were trying to get as many bottles of codeine cough syrup as possible so they could sell them out of state.

Miller, Morse, and Hyde are set to make their initial court appearances Monday afternoon.

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.

Deputies arrested a trio of Portland men in May doing a similar scam. All three eventually entered guilty pleas in connection with their case. Two are awaiting sentencing later this month.


Boise man found guilty of aggravated battery in throat slashing case

A 28-year-old Boise man will find out in November how long he will go to prison for cutting another man’s throat last summer.

An Ada County Jury found Anthony Reed Schmidt guilty of felony counts of aggravated battery and use of a weapon in the commission of felony at the end of his jury trial last week.

The jury determined Schmidt slashed another man across the throat at a home in the Locust Grove/Franklin roads neighborhood in September 2015.

Testimony in the jury trial took four days, and it took jurors about three hours to deliberate before they found Schmidt guilty.

At the time of the attack, the man told investigators he didn’t know who Schmidt was. It turns out the man knew one of Schmidt’s family members, and the attack appears to be connected to some kind of dispute between the man and the family member.

Schmidt’s sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 16. The crimes of aggravated battery and using a weapon in the commission of a felony are punishable by up to 15 and 10 years in prison.

Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies began their investigation Aug. 27, 2015 when they were sent to a home in the Locust Grove/Franklin roads neighborhood for a report of a stabbing.

Deputies arrived to find that a man who lived at the home was holding a towel on his bleeding neck.

That man later told deputies he answered the front door at the home and was suddenly attacked by a man he did not know. He said the attacker pulled out a razor and cut him across the throat before running away and getting into a car.

Paramedics transported the man to a local hospital for treatment, where he was listed in critical condition for almost a week.

Detectives began collecting evidence and doing interviews and were able to identify Schmidt as a suspect by early September 2015.  It appears Schmidt attacked the man after talking to a person both men knew.

Ada County Sheriff’s Office found and arrested Schmidt in a public parking lot near the Broadway Avenue/Linden Street intersection in Boise on Sept. 11, 2015.



ACSO arrest list, jail roster restored after software upgrade

It took a little bit longer than we hoped but the Ada County Sheriff’s Office daily arrest list and jail rosters are back online – which is good news for the thousands of people who check them out every day.

We are still working on restoring our active warrants page but hope to restore that service soon. Temporarily losing the arrest and jail roster sites was part of the brand-new operation and management software upgrade for the Ada County Jail we began in August.

The jail software upgrade occurred right after we installed brand-new software for our 911 Emergency Dispatch system earlier this year.

The excellent news is that our 911 and jail systems now have badly needed technological upgrades — and we have state-of-the art software for both patrol and jail employees across the ACSO.

We understand how important a resource those pages are to the public. We just want to say thank you to everyone who waited patiently as we worked to restore that service.

The new IJ5 jail management software upgrade happened the same time the 4th District Court has adapted Odyssey — a new court records management system.

When this is all done and the new software systems — 911 dispatch, jail records, courts — are all working together, it will be an efficient and integrated public safety system, better than anything Ada County has had in the past.

The plan is to have all the systems working together by November. Law enforcement, fire agencies, emergency medical services and court officials will have the most efficient and state-of-the-art computer systems, able to exchange information far more efficiently than ever before.

19-year-old Boise man charged with aggravated battery for shooting another man with a rifle

A 19-year-old man is recovering from what appear to be non life-threatening gunshot wounds after he was shot during an argument in south Ada County early Thursday morning.

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Damian M. Barber for shooting the other man outside a residence in the 3300 block of E. Deer Flat Road.

Deputies were sent to the Deer Flat Road home just after 1:30 a.m. Thursday to investigate a report of a shooting.

Investigators later determined that Barber and the other man had been arguing via text messages earlier in the night. That argument continued in person outside a residence in the 3300 block of E. Deer Flat Road early Thursday morning.

Witnesses say the argument ended shortly after Barber, who was holding a .22 caliber rifle, fired at least three shots at the other man when the fight turned physical.

That’s when some other people who were with the man got him into a car and started driving to the hospital. Deputies stopped the car as part of the investigation, figured out what was going on, and called paramedics, who took the man to the hospital.

Deputies at the home found Barber, who was arrested without incident and eventually booked into the Ada County Jail.

Barber is charged with felony aggravated battery and is set to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon.

The crime of aggravated battery is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Eagle neighborhoods off Linder Road latest to be hit by opportunistic car burglars

At least six people who left their cars unlocked in Eagle Sunday night woke up to find items missing from inside.

If there is one concept we here at the Ada County Sheriff’s Office would like our residents to embrace above all others, it would be: lock your stuff up.

The best way to avoid being a victim of theft is to make sure your homes and vehicles are locked all the time.

People who live in neighborhoods along Linder Road north of Idaho 44 (including the Preserve, Copperfield, and Legacy subdivisions) had items taken from unlocked cars — including a laptop, a purse, cash, car registration, and a bank card — between Sunday night and Monday morning.

In at least two of the break-ins, thieves got into cars by opening unlocked garage doors first.

There have been numerous cases over the years of people “jockeyboxing” – which means they walk through neighborhoods and check to see if cars and trucks — and garage doors — are locked. If they are not, thieves then go through and steal anything of value.

So lock your cars and trucks. Lock your front doors. Lock your garage doors. Lock the side doors to your garage. Just lock it all up – you’ll likely be glad you did.

Anyone with information should call Eagle Police at 938-2260.

19-year-old Boise man cited for starting Table Rock fire with an illegal roman candle

Deputies cited the man for violating Ada County code — which bans all fireworks in the Foothills and any other areas that constitute a “severe fire threat” between June 1 and Oct. 31.

Taylor Kemp admitted to detectives he was shooting roman candles by the road near the Table Rock gate just before midnight June 29 when he said the wind knocked one of them over. The flaming projectiles ignited the side of a nearby hill.

By the time fire crews contained the blaze the next day, one home and outbuilding were destroyed, dozens of homes in the Harris Ranch subdivision were put at risk, and over 2,600 acres of the Foothills that frame the east end of Boise were burned black.

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives sorted through over 100 tips from the public and did dozens of interviews — including one with Kemp the morning of June 30 — before he admitted what happened when detectives interviewed him for a second time in late August.

Violations of Ada County’s fireworks code are misdemeanors, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Kemp said he purchased the aerial fireworks — which are legal to buy but illegal to actually use anywhere in Idaho — at a fireworks stand in Elmore County. The city of Boise doesn’t allow the sale of illegal aerial fireworks.

Ada County 911 Dispatchers received numerous reports of people lighting off fireworks near Table Rock Road before the hillside caught fire just before midnight June 30.

It didn’t take long for the fire to spread that night because the Foothills were dried out and cured to burn.

Boise Fire and Bureau of Land Management crews converged on the fire as soon as possible and were able to stop the spread of the blaze  – but not before it consumed a home on Pheasant Lane and an outbuilding nearby.


It is illegal to light off fireworks in the Ada County Foothills. Anyone who violates the Ada County fireworks ordinance (https://adacounty.id.gov/Home/ArticleID/1824/Ada-County-Bans-Fireworks) is guilty of a misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Specific information on the Ada County fireworks code can be found at http://www.sterlingcodifiers.com/codebook/index.php?book_id=447

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the apparent suicide of an inmate in the Ada County Jail.

The 40-year-old Garden City man was found unresponsive and not breathing in a cell just after 7pm Saturday. The inmate had been in custody since July 9 on a delivery of a controlled substance charge. He was being held on a $50,000 bond.

The man was housed alone in a cell. For safety and security, deputies check each inmate in the jail at least once every 30 minutes. Deputies saw this inmate awake and alert about 25 minutes prior to finding him unresponsive in his bed. Deputies called for medical help and immediately began CPR. Paramedics responded but were unable to revive the man.

An investigation is underway to determine what happened in the moments leading up to the man’s death. Information and evidence gathered so far indicates the man died from a self-inflicted injury. There is no evidence of foul play.

“Our thoughts are with family and friends of this man,” said Sheriff Steve Bartlett. “No one can know what’s going through a person’s mind when they choose to end their own life, but it’s something we take very seriously and work very hard to avoid in our facility.”

The name of the 40-year-old will be released by the coroner after his relatives have been notified.

Four-hour standoff in Kuna ends when teen shoots himself

A 14-year-old boy who stole two guns from a family member earlier this week and then refused to leave a friend’s house when police found him Friday afternoon suffered life-threatening injury when he shot himself.
Kuna police spent hours talking to the boy and trying to convince him leave a home in the 1400 block of Kerf Street. Three specialized crisis negotiation officers worked with the boy during the four-hour standoff, which ended when he fired a single shot at himself.
Once officers were able to get inside the home around 6 p.m., they began life-saving measures and brought in paramedics, who had been waiting at the scene, who immediately began treatment and transported the boy to a local hospital.
Kuna police had been looking for the boy since Wednesday, when they found out he had taken the guns and did not return home.
The boy is a suspect in a fire set in some storage sheds behind a church on Deer Flat Road in July and had been in some other legal trouble in the past, and officers were very concerned about his safety and the safety of other kids he interacted with.
The boy was clearly in crisis, so officers were trying to find and intervene before anything could happen.
Officers developed some information early Friday afternoon the boy was at his friend’s house on Kerf Street, so officers went there about 1:30 p.m.
Officers knocked on the door, and eventually determined he was there, with his friend, and did have a least one of the guns. Officers asked the people inside to leave. Once they were out, officers began talking to the boy and his friend, asking them to leave. The friend came out a short time later and told police the boy was inside, had a handgun, and fired one round inside the house.
At that point, Kuna police backed off, set up officers around the house to protect the people in the neighborhood, and brought in crisis negotiators to talk to the boy. They talked by phone and via text messages for hours.
Kuna police found the boys parents and were working with them. A Code Red notification went out from Ada County Dispatch to the neighborhood just before  4 p.m. warning of armed person in a residence and advising people to stay in their homes.
Police continued to talk to the boy for another hour or so. He told them he didn’t want to  come out, that he didn’t wan’t go to the hospital or go to jail. Other times he seemed like he wanted to come out.  Then he stopped answering the phone or texting. Officers heard the sound of a single gun shot from inside around 5:45 p.m.