FBI offering a $10k reward for info leading to arrest, conviction of bank robber

Kuna Police are still looking for the machete-carrying man who robbed the U.S. Bank on W. Main Street on Oct. 21 — and the FBI is offering a $10,000 reward to whoever is able to provide info that leads to his arrest and conviction.

Kuna Police were called to the bank just after 1 p.m. on Oct. 21. Witnesses say a man walked in wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans, with a mask or bandanna 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.

Investigators suspect the same man robbed the Idaho Independent Bank in Meridian on Nov. 21 while holding a meat cleaver.

Anyone with information should call Ada County dispatch at 377-6790 or the Salt Lake City FBI Office at (801) 579-1400.

Deputies investigating Saturday morning fatal traffic crash on Linder Road

A 25-year-old Eagle woman died Saturday after the car she was in went off the side of Linder Road and rolled over at least once before ending up on a fence.

Jayme Ballard was the front seat passenger. The 28-year-old male driver and a 4-year-old boy in the back seat avoided serious injury in the crash.

Deputies determined the man was driving a 2004 Cadillac coupe southbound on Linder Road, near the Hatchery Road intersection, just before 11:30 a.m. Saturday when he lost control of the car.

The car flipped over and ended up in a field on the east side of the road.


The driver and boy were able to get out of the car.

Paramedics transported Ballard to a local hospital for treatment, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

It appears everyone was wearing seatbelts.

Ada County Coroner officials have determined Ballard’s cause of death was blunt force trauma and the manner of death was accidental.

The crash is still under investigation and no citations have been issued.

Deputies seize 40+ pounds of pot in Boise hotel room

A Treasure Valley trio are being held in the Ada County Jail after ACSO deputies found over 40 pounds of pot in their hotel room last week.

Maxine Dearing, Lucas Graham, and James Rhodes are all charged with trafficking marijuana in connection with the case. Preliminary hearings are set for Dec. 7.

Deputies were called to a hotel in the 8000 block of W. Overland Road around 1 p.m. Nov. 22 to investigate a complaint about the smell of marijuana coming from a room.

Deputies arrived to find the 36-year-old Dearing and 33-year-old Graham walking out of the room carrying a cardboard box, which had two plastic bags inside full of marijuana.


After a short discussion, Dearing unlocked the door to the hotel room and deputies were about to enter when another man inside, later identified as 46-year-old Rhodes, pushed the door shut.

Rhodes eventually opened the door after taking to deputies. When they went in, deputies saw marijuana residue all over Rhodes. Deputies then found several plastic garbage bags full of marijuana, a marijuana-trimming device, packaging materials like plastic bags, and various items of drug paraphernalia.


All three were arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail.

The crime of trafficking marijuana is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.


Boise couple charged in connection with fatal rollover crash on Black Cat Road in March

The father and stepmother of a 14-year-old girl who died as the result of a rollover crash on Black Cat Road last spring are charged with felony injury to child.

James D. Barnes and Jordan E. Jamison are both also charged with misdemeanor counts of domestic battery in connection with the crash that led to the death of 14-year-old Autumn Barnes.

Detectives say Jamison, who was driving, and Barnes, who was a front seat passenger, were arguing and hitting each other when Jamison lost control of the Ford Explorer before it rolled over and crashed off the side of Black Cat Road on March 31.

Autumn Barnes died when she was thrown from the back of the Explorer. Emergency crews had to cut the 25-year-old Jamison out of the wreckage of the SUV.

Paramedics transported Jamison and a 46-year-old James Barnes to a local hospital for treatment.

There is evidence Jamison had methamphetamine in her system at the time of the crash.

The crash occurred around 6:30 a.m. March 31. Jamison was driving the car northbound on Black Cat Road, just south of the Amity Road intersection, when she lost control of the Explorer. Witnesses say the SUV rolled over after the driver tried to steer it back on the road.

Deputies and paramedics arrived moments later. Autumn Barnes was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. It appears she was not wearing her seatbelt.

Deputies did a thorough and complete investigation, including crash reconstruction, evidence collection and testing, and interviews before turning the case over to Ada County prosecutors in June.

Prosecutors issued the arrest warrants for both James Barnes and Jordan Jamison on Monday. ACTION team deputies arrested both without incident on Tuesday.

James Barnes was released from jail Tuesday afternoon after posting a $75,000 bond. Jamison remains in jail and is expected to make her initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon.


Deputies find heroin, cocaine, bath salts, and guns in car during traffic stop Monday

A Boise couple is charged with drug trafficking after deputies found about 9 ounces of heroin in their car Monday night during a traffic stop on Eagle Road.

Nigel K. Peters and Karissa M. Peters are both also charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance as deputies found about 13 grams of cocaine and a small amount of bath salts in the car.  Deputies also found two handguns and various items of drug paraphernalia in the car.

Deputies also declared the couple’s infant son to be in imminent danger because he was in the car in close proximity to the drugs and guns.

The child was placed in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Deputies pulled the Peters’ car over in the 1700 block of S. Eagle Road around 10 p.m. Monday after they saw the car, which was going north, swerve across the line on the east side of the road before slowing down abruptly and then making a sudden left turn on to E. Tarpoon Drive.

It was during the initial contact that deputies determined Nigel Peters had an outstanding arrest warrant for a parole violation. Karissa Peters was the driver and the couple’s 5-month-old son was in a car seat in the back.

A short time later a K9 dog detected drugs in the car. Deputies found most of the heroin in the baby’s diaper bag. The other drugs and paraphernalia, including syringes, were found in other places.

Both Peters were then arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail.

They are set to make their initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

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



Eagle Police investigating fatal car/motorcycle crash

A 29-year-old Boise man died after his motorcycle was hit by a car in the Idaho 44/Edgewood Lane intersection early Friday evening.

Witnesses told police Aaron J. Thomas  was driving his motorcycle westbound on Idaho 44 around 6 p.m. when a 30-year-old Eagle woman driving a car eastbound turned north on to Edgewood Lane and collided with the motorcycle in the intersection. Another car heading westbound on Idaho 44 then collided with Thomas. Initial information indicates Thomas had a green light at the time of the crash.

No one in the two cars involved were injured in the crash. Thomas did not appear to be wearing a helmet.

The crash is still being investigated and no citations or charges have been issued at this point.

Ada County Coroner officials determined Thomas’ cause of death was blunt force trauma.

The Idaho 44/Edgewood intersection has been the site of over a dozen crashes since April, when a blinking yellow turn signal was installed. Most of those crashes occurred when people turning north on to Edgewood from eastbound State Street failed to yield to oncoming traffic.

The speed limit on that part of Idaho 44 is 55 mph.


28-year-old Boise man will spend at least two decades in prison for cutting another man’s throat last summer

An Ada County Judge sentenced Anthony Reed Schmidt to 35 years in prison on Wednesday for felony counts of aggravated battery, use of a weapon in the commission of felony, and being a persistent violator.

Earlier this year an Ada County jury determined Schmidt slashed another man across the throat at a home in the Locust Grove/Franklin roads neighborhood in September 2015.

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 can ask for parole after serving the 20 years in prison.

Additional prison time is possible for Schmidt, who was charged earlier this summer with a felony count of recruiting gang members while he was in the Ada County Jail.

The next court hearing for that case is set for Nov. 30.


Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies began their investigation into the aggravated battery case on 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.

Deputies investigate fatal head-on pickup truck crash on Kuna Mora Road Tuesday night

A 56-year-old Kuna man died after his pickup truck collided with another pickup truck on Kuna Mora Road Tuesday night.

The 34-year-old driver of the other truck was taken to a local hospital by air ambulance. He is being treated for what appear to be serious but non life-threatening injuries.

Initial information indicates Donald K. Shaw was driving westbound on Kuna Mora Road, just west of the Pleasant Valley Road intersection, around 5:45 p.m. when his truck collided with a truck going eastbound near the middle of the road.

The force of the impact was significant as both trucks were demolished in the crash.


Donald Shaw, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was not wearing a seatbelt. The two people in the other truck were wearing their seatbelts.

The passenger in the other truck avoided serious injury.

The portion of Kuna Mora Road west of the Pleasant Valley Road intersection was closed for several hours.

The crash occurred very close to the center line of the road and investigators are still working to determine what happened. It was raining at the time of the crash but it is unclear at this point if weather was a contributing factor in the crash.


CITF task force investigating shooting of Melba man Thursday night

The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force is investigating the officer-involved shooting of a 72-year-old man who led Canyon County Sheriff’s deputies and Kuna Police on a car pursuit that ended with him pointing a gun at officers in the desert south of Kuna Thursday night.

Edgar M. Hafen is charged with three felony counts of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor count of eluding arrest. Deputies arrested and booked Hafen into the Ada County Jail Tuesday afternoon after he was discharged from a local hospital where he was being treated for gunshot wounds.

The incident began earlier in the evening when one of  Hafen’s family members contacted Canyon County Sheriff’s deputies. They were concerned he may hurt himself. Canyon County deputies found Hafen driving near Melba and attempted to pull him over.

Hafen kept driving, eventually making his way into Ada County, where Kuna Police took over the pursuit around 6:20 p.m. as he drove east on Kuna Road. Hafen refused to pull over and kept going, turning south on Swan Falls Road.

Kuna police followed Hafen until he slowed down enough at Victory Lane for an officer to do a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver, where the patrol car strikes the side of the other car and causes it to abruptly move sideways and stop. That happened at 6:40 p.m.

Three Kuna Police officers got out of their cars and told Hafen to get out. He refused to get out and pointed a handgun at the officers. The officers fired, and Hafen dropped his gun out the window.

Paramedics treated Hafen at the scene and then drove him to a local hospital. None of the three officers were injured.

The three officers involved are Wes Bunnell, Vishal Sahni, and Nolan Zorn. Bunnell has been with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office for 9 years and Sahni for 3 years. Zorn is a new patrol officer who has been training with Bunnell since earlier this fall.  This is the first critical incident for all three officers.

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 the man fired his gun.

Hafen, who is being held in the jail on a $500,000 bond, is set to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

25-year-old Boise man charged with rape

A 25-year-old Boise man accused of forcing himself on a 15-year-old girl Saturday night is charged with rape.

Deputies had been searching for Corey J. West all night before they found him walking near a family member’s house on Locust Grove Road near Kuna around 8 a.m. Sunday.

Deputies began their investigation around 11 p.m. Saturday after being called to investigate a report of a rape at a home in the 2300 block of South Locust Grove.

The girl told deputies she was in the bathroom in the house when West came inside and sexually assaulted her.

The girl called a friend right afterward to tell what happened and that person called deputies. West left the home before deputies arrived.

Deputies did several interviews with people who know West and spent hours searching before finding him near the home almost nine hours later. Deputies developed evidence West had been actively avoiding them throughout the night.

Detectives interviewed West, charged him with rape, and booked him into the Ada County Jail. West is also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation.

West is set to make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon.

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