Eagle police investigate fatal truck/pedestrian crash

A 24-year-old Boise woman died after she was hit by a pickup truck while crossing Eagle Road early Saturday morning.

It appears Madeline Duskey was walking in or near the crosswalk area on Eagle Road at the Riverside Drive intersection when she was struck by the pickup, which was going north.

The crash occurred just after midnight.

Officers interviewed the driver of the truck, a 42-year-old Eagle man, who remained at the scene until officers arrived.

Witnesses called 911 at 12:19 a.m. Saturday to report what happened. A passerby stopped at the scene and attempted first aid. Paramedics transported Duskey to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

It is unclear which direction Duskey was walking when she was hit in the left northbound lane of Eagle Road. It is also unclear if the light on Eagle Road was green or red or if she activated the crosswalk signal.

Madeline Duskey was wearing dark clothing at the time. Her car was parked nearby in a parking lot.

No charges have been filed as of Saturday evening. Ada County Sheriff’s investigators continue to develop evidence and are awaiting the results of toxicology and evidence tests.

The northbound lanes of Eagle Road were closed for several hours Saturday morning as investigators collected evidence.

The Ada County Coroner’s office completed an autopsy Monday and determined Duskey’s cause of death was blunt force trauma and manner of death was an accident.

 

 

 

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Update: Kuna teen charged for Halloween night crime spree

A 17-year-old boy who ran through a Kuna neighborhood on Halloween night during trick-or-treat, forced his way into one house and tried to steal a truck, and then broke into another home and battered an elderly man inside has been charged with seven misdemeanors.

The boy was intoxicated during the spree and transported to a hospital for treatment after the incident, so he wasn’t put into custody that night.

Ada County Juvenile Prosecutors recently issued an arrest warrant for the boy, who turned himself in at the Ada County Juvenile Detention Center earlier this morning.

He is charged with three counts of unlawful entry and single counts of battery, disturbing the peace, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The incident began around 8:30 p.m.,  Oct. 31, in the neighborhood just south of the Kuna/Ten Mile roads intersection while kids were still trick-or-treating.

The boy ran through the Sutter’s Mill neighborhood, where he forced his way into a home on Yukon Drive, started arguing with the people who live there, and then jumped into a truck in the driveway and tried to start it.

Somebody who lives at the home pulled the boy out before he could drive away.

The boy then took off running and broke into a nearby home on Whitehorse Avenue, where he knocked over and then threatened an elderly man who lives there. The boy then took off his clothes and hid in a bedroom until Kuna Police arrived moments later and took him into custody. The elderly man did not appear to be injured.

Paramedics treated the boy at the scene and then drove him to a local hospital for treatment.

It is unclear why the boy picked the two homes to break into, since he did not know the people who lived there.

 

Investigation of 2016 fatal SUV crash into Lucky Peak is finished

Ada County Sheriff’s Office investigators have closed their investigation of the June 2016 SUV crash into Lucky Peak that resulted in the death of 40-year-old Noel Bankhead and her three young children.

Based on the evidence ACSO investigators collected and other forensic tests, Ada County Coroner’s Office officials have determined the manner of the death for the three children to be homicide and Bankhead’s death a suicide.

The cause of death Bankhead and her three children – girls Anika and Gwyneth Voermans, ages 13 and 8, and 11-year-old boy Logan Voermans — is listed as drowning associated with blunt force trauma.

Investigators have determined Bankhead purposefully drove her Land Rover off a cliff on the side of East Spring Shores Road, just off of Idaho 21, and into Lucky Peak, just before 7 a.m. on June 2, 2016.

The SUV went under about 40 feet of water before it hit the bottom. The drop between the top of the cliff and the water at the time was estimated to be more than 50 feet.

Witnesses later told investigators Noel Bankhead was driving her Land Rover northbound on Idaho 21, slowed down, turned on to Spring Shores Road, positioned the car towards the cliff, and suddenly accelerated.

Investigators found no skid or brake marks where the SUV went over the edge.  They also did a thorough check of the Land Rover’s repair history and checked for recalls. There was no evidence of any mechanical issues with the SUV.

Investigators spent over a year attempting to get data from the Land Rover’s water-damaged Event Data Recorder (EDR), which measures things like speed, braking, acceleration, and fault codes  – like if a “check engine” light was on – but were not able to do so, despite sending it Land Rover’s European offices twice.

The results of toxicology tests from Noel Bankhead’s autopsy showed no medication or alcohol in her system.

 

 

 

Eagle man arrested for soliciting teen employee of a local business

A 39-year-old Eagle man who has a history of going into businesses where women are alone and soliciting sex is charged with sexual battery of a minor child 16-to-17 years of age.

Detectives have evidence Christopher B Grenfell has walked into a variety of businesses – including tanning salons, Pilates studios, and retail stores — all over the Treasure Valley since May and asked women who work there to take nude photos of him.

Then he asks the women if they will have sex with him, saying it is part of a bet, and offers them part of his winnings from the bet as payment.

After the women tell him no and ask him to leave, there have been instances where Grenfell walks out — and then walks back in when other customers leave.

An employee of one of the businesses contacted Eagle Police last week to report what happened. That call led to several other leads – including a case from September that resulted in Grenfell’s arrest.

In that case, a witness says Grenfell walked into an Eagle-area business and solicited a female employee who is under the age of 18.

Detectives worked with multiple witnesses to identify Grenfell as the same man who walked into the businesses.

Once they were able to do that, members of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office ACTION team and U.S. Marshal’s Office GIFT task force found and then arrested Grenfell outside a restaurant in Boise Wednesday afternoon.

Grenfell is being held in the Ada County Jail.

Other charges are pending against Grenfell, who is set to make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.

The crime of sexual battery of a minor child 16 or 17 years of age by solicitation (https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/title18/t18ch15/sect18-1508a/) is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone who has had similar encounters or has any information about this case. If so, please call Ada County non-emergency dispatch at (208) 377-6790 or send an email to cau@adaweb.net.

Detectives looking for a hunter who hit another man in the face with a shotgun last weekend

Ada County Sheriff’s detectives continue to look for a hunter who punched a man in the face and then hit him again with the butt of a shotgun in a west Ada County field last weekend.

The incident occurred in the 4400 block of McDermott Road around 8 a.m. on October 14.

A 65-year-old man who had permission to go bird hunting on the property told deputies he was walking by an irrigation canal when another hunter walked up to him.

The hunter was dressed in camouflage, held a camouflage shotgun, and had chocolate-colored Lab with him.

When the 65-year-old man asked the other hunter why he was on private property and told him he wasn’t allowed to be there, the hunter swore at him and then punched him in the face.

The man said he was dazed from the punch when the hunter grabbed the man’s shotgun, turned it around, and hit him in the face again with butt of the gun. The man said the hunter then threw the man’s rifle into the water-filled irrigation canal and ran away.

The man said he saw the hunter run west along the canal towards McDermott Road. He described the hunter as being about 6 feet 4 inches tall. The hunter was wearing a camouflage beanie and had a red complexion.

When deputies arrived, the man had visible injuries to his mouth and eye, but did not need paramedics to take him to a hospital. Deputies were not able to find the hunter.

Anyone with information should call Ada County non-emergency dispatch at (208) 377-6790 or send an email to cau@adaweb.net

The ACSO will use unmanned aircraft to help investigations if necessary

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office has selected nine deputies to operate and fly unmanned aircraft systems when we need that technology to help us solve crimes and protect the public.

We want you to know we will only use them for very limited purposes. We will not violate the privacy of our citizens.

Unmanned aircraft can be a powerful tool for public and officer safety – allowing our investigators to track suspects, collect evidence, and increase safety for everyone during active crime scenes.

Our goal is to use this equipment during events where real-time information helps us solve crimes and gather essential information during public safety emergencies like potential hostage or barricaded subject calls.

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Nampa Police helped us with their unmanned aircraft during an incident in January where a man fired at a Kuna Police officer and then hid in a neighborhood for several hours in an attempt to avoid arrest. That information proved essential to locating Ramon Milanez.

Our unmanned aircraft system (UAS) pilots used their equipment in an official capacity for the first time late last month as they were investigating a home-invasion/house fire at a residence at the Linder/Amity roads intersection.

At the time, the suspect in the home invasion was believed to have died in the fire but deputies used the technology to search nearby farm fields as a precaution.

Just last weekend our pilots used UAS to try to find a hunter that hit another man in the face and then ran away over an access dispute in the McMillian/McDermott roads area.

We also may use them to get aerial photos from crime and vehicle crash scenes. That is more efficient and faster than the traditional route of asking for a fire truck ladder to get an aerial view.

We expect the vast majority of our UAS use to be for those types of situations. For longer-term investigations, the rules are very specific and very limited.

Idaho Code specifically requires law enforcement to obtain a search warrant from a judge before unmanned aircraft can be used to conduct surveillance on any person or property.

Our team of nine pilots has spent months training and studying Idaho Code while our administrative staff created a policy that lines up with state laws and addresses public concerns about UAS use.

We have finalized that policy. At this point, the ACSO has two operational unmanned aircraft systems that we can deploy on crime scenes – and nine deputies who can pilot them.

We will use this equipment to protect public safety. We will not use them for any other purpose.

Here is the ACSO policy:

“ACSO has implemented a small Unmanned Aircraft System (“UAS”) program to directly assist the operations elements of the Office in the prevention of crime, the apprehension of criminals, the preservation of the public peace, and to protect the personal and property rights of the citizens of Ada County.

Pursuant to Idaho Code §21-213, the ACSO shall only use an unmanned aircraft vehicle (also known as a UAS or “drone”) when conducting search and/or rescue operations, responding to potential hostage or barricaded subject situations, crash scenes, crime scenes, or during any public safety emergency response operation where the use of such technology may result in better operational planning and/or ensure the safety and well-being of potential victims, deputies, or the public in general.

The UAS is a small, remote-piloted aircraft that must be piloted by a certified pilot in cooperation with a competent observer.

The UAS may be equipped with video recording equipment capable of taking both moving and still images, search lights, and forward-looking infrared imaging systems capable of detecting heat differences or other equipment designed for specified missions.

All UAS mission requests will be authorized by the Police Services Bureau Captain and the UAS Coordinator or their designee.

Without an approved search warrant, the UAS shall not be used for non-emergency surveillance missions or missions that would violate the privacy rights of the public or Idaho Code §21-213.

If required by state or federal law, ACSO deputies shall obtain a search warrant from a magistrate judge prior to any specific investigation in which a person or group of persons is a targeted for surveillance.

Any deployment outside of Ada County to aid another law enforcement agency shall be in the sole discretion of the Sheriff and only done with his express permission.

ACSO may rely on Ada County or any other local emergency response agency to provide a UAS to use during any operation as outlined above.

Any local agency cooperating with the ACSO shall follow the policy of the ACSO as outlined above as part of that agreement.

No other member of the Department shall deploy their own personal UAS during the course of their duties.”

If you have any more questions about why the ACSO is using this technology, or any other inquiry about what we do and why, send us an email atacsofeedback@adaweb.net and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

 

Detectives are investigating string of unlocked car burglaries in Ada County

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.

At least 25 people had their unlocked cars broken into all over Ada County since Sept. 1. No part of the county has been spared.

Neighborhoods in Star and in the Amity/Cloverdale/Five Mile/Lake Hazel roads neighborhood in south Ada County were particularly hard hit, with at least nine burglaries in each area. We’ve also taken vehicle burglary reports in Eagle, Kuna, and northern unincorporated Ada County.

In two cases, people have reported handguns being taken from their cars. Other people have reported stolen laptops, wallets, jewelry, credit cards, purses, cash, electronic equipment, cell phones, and various other items.

There have been numerous cases over the years of people walking through neighborhoods at night and checking to see if cars and trucks are locked.

If they are not, thieves then go through and steal anything of value.

It is not uncommon for those same burglars to check garage doors as well and take whatever they can steal, like tools and sports equipment.

The best way to combat all that is to lock your cars, trucks — and doors to your home and garage areas. Be sure to take all valuables inside. It also helps to keep an outside light on at night as well.

Anyone with information on the burglaries should call Ada County non-emergency dispatch at 377-6790.

 

 

The MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge awards Ada County $1 million for reduction of jail population

After years of working on a plan to reduce Ada County’s Jail population by 15%-to-19%, we are thrilled to finally be able to put our plan in action — thanks to the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge.

The Foundation has awarded Ada County $1 million to help us realize our vision. MacArthur’s incredible gift is most welcome, as it will help us increase our staffing across Ada County’s justice system to make a real difference.

It’s been three years since the MacArthur Foundation selected Ada County as a finalist for its Safety and Justice Challenge.

Since then we’ve been hard at work to create a sustainable plan to reduce Ada County’s jail population and to promote social justice.

Our answer to the challenge is to make needed changes to Ada County’s justice system – and to add eight more people in key positions, including more inmate case managers and court clerks — to make that happen.

You may remember our previous application to the MacArthur Foundation in 2016 asked for $3.9 million, most of which would have gone to the creation of a Community Safety Center to provide services for people in crisis — like those suffering from mental illness or struggling with substance abuse — who now often find themselves in jail for lack of any other options.

We decided that plan duplicated efforts by the State of Idaho, which is opening the Pathways Community Crisis Center in Boise in December.

The new center, which will be located less than a mile away from the ACSO at 7192 Potomac Drive, will provide assessment, treatment, and referrals for people who are experiencing a crisis related to mental health or substance abuse disorders.

We will work closely with the state and our local health and public safety agencies to use that facility once it gets built and staffed.

The new facility allows us to concentrate on structural fixes to the local court system — like options to the traditional cash-based bond system.

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. That doesn’t really work for people on limited incomes.

So we’ve made some moves already to improve.

One temporary change that went into effect June 1 in Ada County is that anyone arrested on driving without privileges (1st-to-3rd offense) or failure to obtain, maintain, and provide proof of insurance will be released on their own recognizance (ROR) instead of having to post a cash bond. The Idaho Supreme Court approved this as a pilot project. We are hoping success in Ada County will result in this becoming law.

So far 32 people have avoided any jail time. Statistics show that most people who charged with DWP or failure to obtain insurance charges are also booked on other charges that don’t allow ROR. So we are working to figure out if there are other changes we can make to expand ROR release.

Ada County’s public defenders and city/county prosecutors are now doing “jail sweeps” to identify people stuck in jail with low-level misdemeanor charges who can’t afford bond. They work closely with those inmates to resolve those cases and get them out of jail.

We’ve created new office space and public defender/inmate meeting rooms inside the jail and set up a new videoconference room to make case processing more efficient.

A major contributor to jail population is when people who are charged with a misdemeanor and fail to show up for court get arrested on Failure to Appear (FTA) charges. This can create an arrest cycle that is hard to break.

We surveyed people charged with FTA and found that 50% said they just didn’t know or forgot about their scheduled court date; 24% cited transportation issues; 8% said they had work or childcare conflicts.

Our plan combats this phenomenon is the creation of the notification system that will allow the Ada County Clerk of Court staff to send out alerts – including text, email, and phone calls — about upcoming court dates; a new unit at the Public Defender’s Office to help clients navigate the court system and attend their hearings; and increased access to public transportation.

We are also working on reducing current disparities for Native and African American inmates in our jail.

Ada County’s population is 85.3% white, non-Hispanic individuals, with 2.5% African-American and .2% Native-American populations. The jail population for African-Americans is 2.9% and .4% for Native-Americans.

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

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is mandating implicit bias training for all employees and has selected three employees to become trainers, who will create specific lesson plans for commissioned and civilian employees.

We are also proposing Idaho’s Peace Officer Standards and Training — which certifies all law enforcement officers in the state — to make implicit bias training part of their curriculum.

The MacArthur award of $1 million will pay for eight new jobs. Those include:

* Two public defender case managers to work closely with inmates to help them understand the court system and help them get to hearings.

* An additional pretrial release case manager (to join the current staff of six) to do risk assessments on everybody arrested in Ada County and provide recommendations for judges – and one pretrial release records technician for clerical support.

* Two court clerks who will oversee the text message notification system.

* A planning analyst who will continue to work on jail reduction strategies and identify solutions as our plan evolves.

* A Safety and Justice Program manager to make sure all our strategies are implemented and to work with the State of Idaho on the implementation of the Behavioral Health Community Crisis Center.

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

 

 

 

 

 

CITF investigating officer-involved shooting after brief vehicle pursuit in south Ada County

An Ada County Sheriff’s deputy shot at a man who drove his SUV into an ACSO patrol vehicle early Saturday morning as deputies were investigating a domestic disturbance call.

The shooting occurred at the end of a brief vehicle pursuit through a south Ada County neighborhood by Lake Hazel Road around 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

Three deputies were involved in the arrest of 35-year-old Michael L. Jockumsen.

One deputy, D. J. Rupert, fired at Jockumsen. Rupert has been with the ACSO since 2008.

The deputies involved in the incident do not appear to be have suffered significant injuries.  Jockumen was not injured.

Jockumsen is charged with felony eluding and misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and DUI. More charges are possible.

Deputies began their investigation at 4:14 a.m. when they went to a home in the 10000 block of W. Jerry Peak Street to investigate a report of a fight.

Three ACSO deputies arrived. Two got out of their cars and began talking to a man – later identified as Jockumsen — who was sitting in a Ford Expedition on the street

Once deputies determined Jockumsen was involved in the incident, they asked him get out. He took off instead.

Two deputies got into their patrol vehicles and followed after Jockumsen, who went through several neighborhood streets until he lost control of the Expedition and spun out on South Solar Way.

The pursuit lasted less than five minutes and covered about 2 miles.

One deputy then moved his patrol vehicle into the front of the Expedition to keep him from driving away when both vehicles collided. Another deputy pulled in behind the SUV.

The deputy in front then saw Jockumsen reach down into the SUV, where he appeared to be looking for something.

The deputy then fired two rounds at Jockumsen’s SUV. At that point, Jockumsen turned off the SUV and surrendered.

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Jockumsen was taken to a hospital for an evaluation and brought back to the Ada County Jail.

Jockumsen is set to make his initial court appearance on the charges Monday afternoon.

The case is being investigated by the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force, which does an independent investigation of all uses of lethal force by law enforcement in Ada County.

Boise Police is the lead agency for this incident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: CITF investigating officer-involved shooting where 2 ACSO deputies responding to a prowler call shot at man holding a gun 

A Kuna Police officer and an Ada County Sheriff’s deputy shot at an armed home-invasion suspect at a residence in the Linder/Amity roads intersection late at night on Sept. 27  – about 15 minutes before that home went up in flames.

Two residents in the home at the time of the fire have died. Another body found inside the burned wreckage is strongly suspected to be the man with the gun who deputies shot at. Ada County Coroner officials have publicly identified the man  as 35-year-old Pavel L. Florea. Investigators are waiting for Ada County Coroner’s officials to determine the cause and manner of Florea’s death.

Kuna Police Officer Sage Hickam and Ada County Sheriff’s deputy Chris Matkin were not injured in the incident. Officer Hickam has been with the ACSO for 10 years. Deputy Matkin has been with the agency for 4 years.

Investigators spent over 18 hours at the home in the 1500 block of West Amity Road searching through the burned remains and processing evidence — and working to figure out what happened.

The incident began around 10:30 p.m. Sept. 27  when a resident of the home called 911 to report a prowler. That caller said she heard pounding at the door and could hear someone trying to break in but didn’t know who it was.

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Kuna Police and ACSO deputies arrived moments later and found the man, holding a long gun, coming out of the home.

A verbal confrontation ensued. Deputies told the man several times to put the gun down but he refused. A short time later, deputies fired at the man.

He went back inside the home and refused to come back out. It is unclear if the deputies hit the man, or if he fired the long gun he was carrying.

Deputies were in contact with the woman who called 911 who told them there were two other people in the house and none of them knew who the armed man was or why he broke in.

By 10:45 p.m., the house was on fire.

Deputies broke out windows and tried to direct the residents out of the home.

Two of the adults – a man and a woman – inside were able to get out. The third, an elderly woman, was not.

Paramedics treated the two residents at the scene and transported them to the hospital.

One of the residents was flown to the Salt Lake City Burn Center, where he was pronounced dead by the afternoon of Sept. 28.

Deputies who set up a perimeter around the home did not see the armed man get out. The remains of Florea were later found inside the house near where the armed man was last seen.

Meridian and Kuna Fire crews arrived shortly after the fire began but were limited in what they could do since the man with the gun was still suspected to be inside the home.

Meridian and Kuna fire crews kept the blaze from spreading, but the home was a total loss.

The extent of the water, smoke and fire damage to the home made the collection of evidence – and the removal of human remains from inside — a long and complex process on Sept. 28.

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Investigators made a tentative identification of Florea as being the man with the gun  but have not found any connection between him and the family who lived at the home.

Investigators are also working to figure out how and where the fire started in the home. They did find evidence gasoline could have been a factor.

The case is being investigated by the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force, which does an independent investigation of all uses of lethal force by law enforcement in Ada County.

Boise Police is the lead agency for this incident.

Investigators are still determining how many rounds our deputies fired. It is unknown if the man shot at deputies.

Investigators would like to hear from anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the Linder/Amity roads neighborhood during the end of September or has any other information about what happened.

They can call Ada County’s non-emergency dispatch line at (208) 377-6790 or Crime Stoppers at (208) 343-2677, or send an email to cau@adaweb.net

Ada County Sheriff Steve Bartlett wants to thank Boise and Meridian Police; the Ada County Coroner’s Office; Meridian and Kuna fire departments;  and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms for all their help on such a complex and demanding case.