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.
 

Domestic violence suspect arrested after trying to hide from Eagle police in a grocery store

Eagle Police arrested a 46-year-old Boise man standing in a drainage pond behind the WinCo store Tuesday morning after he tried to hide there to avoid arrest in connection with a domestic violence call.

Andrew J. Eshun is charged with felony counts of domestic battery when a child is present, attempted strangulation, and aggravated assault in connection with the domestic violence case. Eshun is also charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest for hiding and then running away from officers.

Eagle Police began their investigation just after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday after getting a 911 call reporting a domestic fight at a home in the 600 block of Shadow Fox Place, which is in the Floating Feather/Horseshoe Bend roads neighborhood.

A woman who lives there told officers Eshun physically attacked her and then pulled out a butcher knife and threatened her with it during an argument right before police arrived. There was an infant in the home at the time. Eshun ran away after the woman was able to go a neighbor’s house and lock him out.

Officers began searching the neighborhood for Eshun. They located him a short time later inside the WinCo store at 3032 E. State Street. As soon as Eshun saw the officers, he took off running through the store and left through a fire exit, which caused an alarm to sound inside the store.

Once outside the store, Eshun ran into some bushes and the drainage pond behind the building before stopping and surrendering to police.

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Eshun will make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

 

The ACSO will continue to work with MacArthur Foundation to pursue jail population reduction grant in 2017

It was around this time last year the Ada County Sheriff’s office received a $150,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge to study ways to decrease our jail population and increase social justice.

A team of law enforcement and court officials spent six months working on a detailed plan to do that — and applied for a $3.9 million grant from MacArthur to put that plan in motion.

We got our answer this week — keep working on the plan, keep making progress, and the MacArthur Foundation will consider the ACSO’s grant request in 2017 as part of the second round of Safety and Justice Challenge funding.

The foundation is giving Ada County an additional $150,000 grant this year so we don’t lose momentum on our project.

Nearly 200 law enforcement jurisdictions from across the U.S. applied for the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge last year.

The organization selected 20 finalists, ranging in size from large cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Houston to smaller localities like Ada County. The challenge is for all the jurisdictions is to reduce jail population and address racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system.

This week the Foundation awarded $25 million in grant money to 11 of those finalists. That list did not include Ada County. But it may in the future.

Foundation officials say they are hopeful the nine jurisdictions who didn’t get the grants in the first round of funding will continue working on their plans so they can be considered in 2017.

It is unclear at this point if Ada County’s plan will change significantly, but we now have an extra year — and an additional $150,000 — to figure out how to make our plan more effective and efficient.

“We are committed to maintaining momentum for reform because this is still something we need and want to address in our community,” Ada County Sheriff Steve Bartlett said. “I have asked everyone involved in the Safety and Justice Challenge to stay engaged in this effort so that we can meet our goal of reducing jail population by 15-19% percent within the next couple of years.”

The biggest piece of our grant request was for the creation of a Community Safety Center that would provide services for people in crisis — like those without homes, or suffering from mental illness or struggling with substance abuse — who now often find themselves in jail for lack of any other options.

The idea is to have a safe place for law enforcement officers to drop off people in crisis where they can get treatment or access to services, instead of emergency room beds and jail cells.

We will continue to develop that idea as we move forward with some 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 are proposing an increase in “release on recognizance” (ROR) options – releasing low-risk individuals on violations like failure to appear or probation violation without making them pay a bond.

We are also going to make a concentrated effort on contacting defendants who have upcoming court dates — and doing extensive surveys to figure out why they are missing court dates and develop more effective techniques to get them show up.

We are also working with our judges to do more comprehensive pre-sentence assessments of people charged with crimes, and use data to predict outcomes. That information will allow judges to craft plans — both pre and post conviction — that give people the best chances to succeed and stay out of jail.

Our research revealed some trends we didn’t expect — like how homeless Hispanic and black people stayed in the jail longer than homeless people of other races. We also found a slightly higher rate of arrest versus citations for blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans charged with misdemeanors than white and Asian people.

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

We will keep you up to date as the year goes on about our progress.

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

Detectives seek man who passed a fake $20 bill at a Jacksons last month

Do you recognize the man in the dark jacket? He passed a counterfeit $20 at Jackson’s store in south Boise last month and we’d like to talk to him.

The man walked into the Jackson’s at the corner of Cole and Amity roads on March 26 just before 6 p.m. and used the fake $20 to make a purchase.

The clerk realized the bill was counterfeit a short time later. By that time, the man was gone.

The man, who is about 18-to-20 years old, is between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a dark jacket and baseball cap. He was driving what appears to be a Saturn four-door sedan.

The serial number on the fake $20 is identical to another counterfeit bill passed in Meridian earlier this spring.

The surveillance photos are blurry but we are hoping someone recognizes the man.

Anyone with information should call detectives at 577-3738.

61-year-old Boise man charged with three counts of sexual abuse of a child 

A 61-year-old Boise man who showed a pre-teenage girl sexually explicit images and had illegal sexual contact with her over a six year period will make his initial court appearance next week.

Otis M. Disbennett is charged with three counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 16.

Deputies arrested Disbennett at his south Boise-area home Tuesday morning. Disbennett posted a $5,000 bond and was released from jail later that day.

Deputies began their investigation in late January when they got a call from a third party. The victim is well known to Disbennett.

Detectives immediately put a safety plan in place and began their investigation, which resulted in prosecutors issuing a warrant for Disbennett’s arrest on Monday.

Disbennett is a former juvenile probation officer who worked in Kuna before leaving that job about five years ago. Detectives are concerned there may be other victims.

Anyone with information about Disbennett or has knowledge about other possible victims should call detectives at 577-3702 or email jjohnson@adaweb.net

The crime of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 16 is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Disbennett is set to make his initial court appearance Tuesday.

Death of Ronie Parrott appears to be a homicide

Detectives want to talk to anyone who was with — or knows anything about — Ronie Parrott in the days leading up to and through Aug. 25.

That’s the last time Ronie Parrott was seen before she was killed.

Detectives are investigating Parrott’s death as a homicide and pursuing several significant leads in the case.

They have identified who was with Ronie Parrott in the days prior to her death and want to make sure they have found everybody who has information on what happened.

A woman walking her dogs on Sunset Peak Road north of Boise on Feb. 13 found human remains in the remote Foothills area, about a mile past the Bureau of Land Management gate that closes the road to vehicles during the winter.

Those remains turned out to be 42-year-old Ronie Parrott, who was publicly identified as a missing person by the Boise Police in September.

Detectives say evidence indicates Parrott’s body had been in the Foothills since late August.

Ronie Parrott was last seen just after 11 p.m., Aug. 25th, at the Maverik store at 27th and Main streets in Boise, where she bought some soda.

Ronie Parrott was also seen at the Jacksons Food Store at the corner of 8th and Fort streets around noon on Aug. 25 and on a bicycle by 28th and State streets on the afternoon of Aug. 24.

Officials with the Ada County Coroner’s Office are still waiting on the results of evidence testing, so an official cause and manner of death is not yet established.

Specific information about the cause of death — or where it happened — will not be released at this point in the investigation.

If you have any information about Ronie Parrott, contact ACSO detectives at 577-3723 or 577-3718. You can also email information to cau@adaweb.net

Early morning power outage in Kuna, S. Meridian caused by drunken driver

A 25-year-old Meridian man who drove his pickup truck into a power pole on Ten Mile Road early Monday morning — which resulted in a power outage that affected 1,841 customers — tested over three times the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level for driving in Idaho.

Bryce Martin Walker is charged with misdemeanor counts of excessive DUI and driving without a valid license in connection with the crash.

Walker failed field sobriety tests and took a breath test, where he registered a .280 BAC – which is over three times the legal BAC limit of .08 for driving in Idaho.

The crash occurred just before 1:30 a.m. Monday near the Ten Mile/Ardell roads intersection. Walker lost control of a 2001 Toyota Tacoma, which went off the west side of Ten Mile Road and hit the base of the power pole.

The impact broke the pole off at the base and knocked power lines to the ground. The truck went into a nearby field before stopping.

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Walker’s truck was also badly damaged in the crash.

Deputies arrived and detected an odor of alcohol coming from Walker, who was also slurring his speech.

He was booked into the Ada County Jail and bonded out just before 5 a.m. Monday. Walker will make his initial court appearance Thursday.

Over 1800 customers were without electricity for several hours. Idaho Power had to replace the pole and repair the wires. The outage lasted until about 5:25 a.m.

42-year-old Canadian man charged with enticement of child over the internet

Ada County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a 42-year-old Canadian man Friday afternoon who arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex at a local parking lot but found deputies waiting for him instead.

Turns out the girl John R. Jones was exchanging messages with for the last week was actually an ACSO detective.

The 42-year-old Jones, who is from Chilliwack, British Columbia, is charged with a felony count of enticement of children over the internet.

Detectives began their investigation of Jones last week after he posted a Craigslist ad that indicated he was soliciting sex from teenage girls in Boise.

A detective answered the ad and said he was a 14-year-old girl. The two began exchanging messages, which became sexual in nature.

Jones made arrangements to meet the “girl” Friday afternoon in a parking lot near the Overland/Cole roads intersection. Deputies arrested Jones when he showed up at the meeting place.

Jones will make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon.

The crime of enticement of children over the internet is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

The Ada County Sheriff’s detective in charge of the case works with the Idaho Crimes Against Children Task Force, a statewide coalition of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies focused on apprehending and prosecuting people who use the internet to criminally exploit children.

 

25-year-old Kuna man pleads guilty to lewd conduct and sexual battery charges

A Kuna man has admitted to having illegal sexual contact with three teenage girls since last summer — and will find out in June what the legal consequences will be.

Jakob Moench pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one charge of lewd conduct and two charges of sexual battery of a child between the ages of 16-to-17. The three charges are for different victims.

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies began their investigation in mid January after getting information from a third party that Moench had illegal sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl.

A few days later, the girl was reported missing as a runaway. Kuna Police found her at Moench’s house and took her home.

Detectives continued to develop evidence in the case and arrested Moench days later.

Shortly after Moench’s picture appeared on the Ada County Sheriff’s Office arrest page in January, a family member of a different girl called deputies to report a similar occurrence. Then a third victim came forward.

All three cases were eventually combined into one.

Moench is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $200,000 bond. He is set for a sentencing hearing in front of 4th District Judge Patrick Owen on June 14.

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