CITF investigating shooting in Boise

The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force is investigating the officer-involved shooting of a 34-year-old Boise man who fired at deputies serving a warrant at a home on West Granger Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The man’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Three deputies with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office ACTION (Anti-Crime Team In Our Neighborhoods) Unit went to a home in the 9900 block of West Granger at about 12:15pm to serve an arrest warrant on Robert Coy for a felony charge of falsifying documents.

Deputies were trying to arrest Coy when the 65-year-old started resisting. The man’s son, Bryan Coy, 34, was in the house and fired a pistol at the officers. Deputies returned fire.

Bryan Coy was taken to a local hospital with injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening. A warrant has been issued for Coy on a charge of aggravated assault with a $1-million bond. When he is released from the hospital, Coy will be moved to the Ada County Jail and booked on the felony assault warrant.

Robert Coy was transported to the Ada County Jail where he was booked on the felony charge of offering a false or forged instrument. He is being held on a $10,000 bond. Additional charges are possible.

The three officers who fired at Coy are all members of the ACTION Team: Sgt. Pat Schneider, who has been with the ACSO for 17 years; Deputy Ryan Donelson who has been with the agency for 12 years; and Deputy Terry Lakey who has been with the ACSO for 11 years.

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 agency for this incident. Investigators are still determining how many rounds were fired.

No one else was at the home during the incident.

An update from Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney about the Cartwright Road homicide case

“The murder of three people in their foothills home is shocking and horrific. I understand you have questions and want to know as much as possible about the investigation. I do too. The good news is Ada County Sheriff’s detectives have found lots of answers. And they are working tirelessly to piece together the case.

This investigation is about the Welps. I want justice for the victims. Every day we get one step closer to that. All of the information and evidence is being turned over to prosecutors as we move toward charges in this case.

As soon as we can share some of those details without jeopardizing our investigation into this horrible crime —  or any court proceedings that arise from it — we will.

There is one man in custody on theft and forgery charges in connection with this case. At this point in the investigation, I can tell you that man — Adam Dees — is a suspect in the triple homicide.

It is important to point out, however, that Dees is not currently charged with those deaths.

As I said before, I do not believe there is an ongoing threat in our community related to these deaths. I feel more confident than ever that is true.  I think that confidence will become clearer to you in the weeks ahead.”

 Sheriff Gary Raney

Update: Eagle Police find hit-and-run driver

We’d like to pass on a major thank you to the public for helping us identify the driver involved in a hit and run crash near the Eagle Road/State Street intersection Sunday night.

A woman driving a white Toyota 4Runner smashed into another car near there Sunday night and then took off. We shared a photo with the public and asked if anyone recognized her. They did and let us know. Eagle police contacted with the female driver Tuesday and she admitted to being involved in the crash.

Deputies cited 38-year-old Michelle Sturdy for inattentive driving and leaving the scene of a property damage crash. Sturdy told deputies she thought she hit a curb or possibly a concrete post.

This was the picture that led Eagle Police to the driver.

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The crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Sturdy pulled the 4Runner out of a parking lot on to northbound Eagle Road and smacked into the right rear fender of a car going south. That car was damaged on the back end.

She then took off. Deputies later found the 4Runner had damage to the right front.

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The driver of the other car was not hurt.

Once again we’d like to thank the public  — specifically readers of social and traditional media — for helping us with this case.

Action Team deputies catch trailhead car burglars in the act

Deputies arrested two Boise men moments after they broke into a parked car and stole a purse at the Seaman Gulch Trailhead Thursday afternoon.

The duo are suspected of doing at least a half-dozen similar “smash and grab” burglaries at trailheads all over the Treasure Valley since the beginning of the year.

For now, 45-year-old Paul A. Sublet and 24-year-old Benjamin A. Hinote are both charged with single felony counts of burglary in connection with Thursday’s incident.

Additional burglary charges for the other break-ins will be filed at a later time.

Deputies have evidence Sublet and Hinote have been smashing windows of cars at trailheads and taking purses, backpacks, and other items of value when no else is around.

All the burglaries were done the same way. Someone smashed a car window to get into a locked car while the owners were hiking nearby. All were done during the light of day.

Deputies with the ACSO Action Team (Anti-Crime Team In Our Neighborhoods) have been doing extra patrols and keeping a close eye on trailhead parking lots over the last several weeks.

Deputies were also on the lookout for a white pickup truck which was spotted in February around the same time as one of the car burglaries at the Eagle Sports Complex off Horseshoe Bend Road.

An Action Team deputy was parked by the Ada County landfill Thursday afternoon and keeping an eye on the Seaman Gulch trailhead when a white GMC pickup truck pulled in just before 5 p.m.

The men in the pickup, later identified as Sublet and Hinote, waited until all the people near the parking lot were  gone. The deputy, who was about 1000 feet away and up the hill, then saw them break a window of a car and grab a purse and backpack from inside.

The deputy called in the burglary over the radio and took off after the truck. Other ACSO deputies, who had been told a white pickup had pulled into the trailhead parking lot, were already on their way.

Deputies pulled over the truck on Hill Road moments later and arrested Sublet and Hinote. Deputies found the purse and backpack inside the truck the duo had just taken from the car at the trailhead.

While you should always lock your car or truck when parked at a trailhead — or anywhere else — it’s a good idea to leave your purse or wallet at home or take it with you when recreating in the Foothills.

The ACSO Action Team’s focus is to identify and impact specific crime problems and quality of life issues that affect our community.

Deputies arrest Boise man who refused to get out of car for an hour after he crashed it Tuesday night

Deputies arrested a 34-year-old Boise man who led them on a brief car pursuit in Star and then refused to get out of his car for almost an hour after he crashed it on Beacon Light Road late Tuesday night.

Adam S. Weber is charged with felony counts of DUI and eluding arrest and misdemeanor counts of driving without a valid license and resisting arrest.

The incident began around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday when Ada County dispatch got a report of a possible drunk driver near W. New Hope and Munger Roads.

A Star Police officer found the car around 8:30 p.m. by the Foothill Road/Schmidt Lane intersection and attempted to pull the car over. The driver, later identified as Webser then took off, going east.

Weber got on Beacon Light Road but eventually lost control, hit a tree, and crashed his car near the Merlot Place intersection around 8:35 p.m.

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It was during the initial call when Star Police and Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies were looking for the car when our dispatchers got a report from Canyon County that someone driving a car fitting the same description was seen waving a gun out the window earlier in the night.

When deputies got to the scene of the crash, Weber refused to get out of the car and told deputies — and dispatchers — that he had a gun.

Star Police, ACSO deputies, and Boise police responded to the crash and spent almost an hour trying to convince Weber to get out of the car.

When he did get out, around 9:30 p.m., Weber was not holding a gun. When Weber tried to get back inside the car, a Boise Police K9 dog was able to stop him.

Deputies then got Weber into custody.

Weber was taken to a local hospital for treatment before being booked into the Ada County Jail.

It did not appear Weber suffered any serious injury.

Deputies searched the car a short time late and did not find a gun.

We’d like to thank Boise Police for their help.

Sheriff Raney’s update on Cartwright Road homicide case

Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney has some new details to share about the Cartwright Road homicide case.

While the homicide investigation is still very much ongoing — and detectives are working around the clock to gather every piece of evidence and any possible information to help determine exactly what happened — there have been continuing developments that we can’t go into detail about right now that have provided some important answers on what happened.

“A few days ago, I could not confidently tell you not to be concerned about your safety. Today, I feel comfortable saying that you can sleep peacefully tonight – without fear and worry of an ongoing threat in the community,” Sheriff Raney said.

“I want to thank everyone who has called in a tip or shared information with investigators. Every new detail takes us one step closer to accountability for the person responsible for three gruesome murders and one step closer to justice for the Welp family.”

Ada County Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate leads and work to figure out why three people were murdered inside a foothills home in North Ada County earlier this week.

Two men and a woman — 80-year-old Theodore Welp, his wife, 77-year-old Delores Welp, and their son, 52-year-old Thomas Welp— were found inside their home on North Cartwright Road, near Pierce Park Road, late Tuesday morning.

Deputies arrested a 22-year-old Adam Dees Wednesday in connection with the case. Deputies took Dees into custody while he was at the Best Buy store in Boise shortly after 3:30 p.m.

Dees is charged with three felony counts each of grand theft and forgery and a misdemeanor court of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

Ada County prosecutors said Thursday Dees used credit cards taken from the Welp’s home to buy items at area stores, including the Buckle, Boise-area restaurant Barbacoa, and Best Buy.

For some of the purchases with the stolen credit cards, Dees forged the signature of members of the Welp family. Dees also had a handgun in his waistband when deputies arrested him Wednesday.

There is also evidence Dees was trying to sell a wedding ring earlier this week.

That ring — Elaine Welp’s diamond engagement ring — has been recovered from a local jeweler.

Dees is not charged with murder. Additional charges are possible. No one else has been arrested in connection with the case.

Dees is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $2 million bond. His next court appearance is set for March 26.

Detectives spent much of Thursday morning and afternoon searching Dees’ home in the 1700 block of N. Cody Ave. in Nampa for evidence.

Deputies also seized a 2003 black Subaru Legacy with a gold panel on the bottom Dees was driving when he went to Best Buy.

Anyone who saw that car near Cartwright Road or in East Boise between Sunday and Tuesday night and noticed anything odd should call detectives at 577-3701.

Sheriff Gary Raney said Wednesday the killing of the Welp family was one of the most violent crime scenes he had ever seen in over three decades working in law enforcement.

“When I say this crime is heinous, that is probably an understatement,” Raney told a group of reporters Wednesday. “Somebody, who violently, without cause, without any provocation that I know of, killed three innocent people. We are working 24 hours a day with everything we’ve got to put that person in jail.”

Deputies began investigating the case late Tuesday morning after a family member, who last heard from the Welps on Sunday, went to check on them today and called Ada County dispatch to report finding suspicious circumstances.

Deputies responded immediately and found the three adults dead inside the home. There were signs of a violent struggle inside and foul play.

This is very much an open and ongoing investigation, so information is limited at this point.

Anyone who knows about any possible connection between Dees and the Welp family should call detectives at 577-3701.

The Welp family released this statement Thursday.

“We are deeply saddened by the unexpected and tragic loss of our beloved parents and brother.  No words can adequately express the grief and despair we are feeling.  These were kind, caring and generous people who meant so much to us and have been senselessly taken from us.  

Please respect our family’s need for privacy during this difficult time.   We truly appreciate the outpouring of love, condolences and prayers from family, friends and members of the community.

We would like to thank the Ada County Sheriff’s Office for handling this investigation professionally and compassionately. We urge anyone with information about our parents’ or brother’s deaths to please let detectives know. We pray the person or people responsible for this horrific crime are held accountable so we can have some understanding of what happened and why.”

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Anyone with information on the case should call detectives at 577-3701.

12-year-old boy drives SUV into Kuna home Monday night

A 12-year-old boy whose mother let him drive a Toyota Land Cruiser in the parking lot of Reed Elementary school lost control of the SUV Monday night, hitting a pickup truck and house before coming to a stop.

Neither the boy or his mother were hurt in the crash, but the house sustained significant damage.

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The  crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of E. Scops Owl Court.

The boy was driving the SUV in the parking lot when he lost control.

He drove through a backyard on Scops Owl Court, knocked over a fence, drove over a walking path, hit a Ford Ranger pickup truck, and then went west, where he drove the SUV into the front of the home.

No one was hurt in the home or in the SUV.

The crash is still under investigation. Deputies cited 38-year-old Erika Ambriz for permitting an unlicensed minor to to drive. That is a general infraction (like a speeding ticket), with a $75 penalty.

ACSO Labor Detail workers clean up trash in Foothills while deputies figure out who put it there

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies discovered an increase in trash being dumped in the Foothills off the 8th Street extension this winter and are working now to find out who is throwing tires, scrap metal, and other trash down the hillsides.

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The ACSO inmate labor detail crew cleaned up quite a bit of the trash late last month but some bigger pieces remain.

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The fine for the misdemeanor charge of placing debris on public property can be as much as $1,000 — along with the possibility of up to six months in jail.

That’s a lot more than the $11 it likely would have cost whoever dumped the trash to take it instead to the Ada County Landfill on Seamans Gulch Road.

(The $11 is the minimum charge to dispose of a trash load at the landfill. The cost could be more, depending on how cubic yards of trash you have to get rid of).

The concentration of the trash is just past the E. Curling Drive gate off the east side of the extension road.

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

Vandals cause thousands of dollars in damage to home under construction in Eagle

Eagle police are looking for whoever broke into a home under construction in the Chinden Boulevard/Meridian Road neighborhood Wednesday night and poured paint all over the inside.

The damage to the home — which included paint poured all over hardwood floors, cabinets, a bathtub, and a gas fireplace — is estimated to cost more than $4,000 to fix.

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The homeowners called Eagle Police just after 9 p.m. Wednesday after they went to their new residence on Newbury Court and discovered the damage.

It appears someone used a ladder to get into the home through a window on the second floor. The vandalism happened sometime between 6 and 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Anyone with information should call Ada County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers at 377-6790.

The crime of felony malicious injury to property is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

34-year-old Meridian man could spend decades in prison for knife attack last fall

William Miles Buckman will spend at least seven years in prison for attacking two acquaintances with knives near Swan Falls dam last September.

The 34-year-old Buckman pleaded guilty to felony counts of aggravated battery and third degree arson late last year in connection with the incident.

Fourth District Judge Patrick Owen sentenced Buckman to a total of 20 years in prison late last month. Buckman can ask for parole after serving seven years.

Deputies arrested Buckman in September after he used knives to cut two people he was camping and fishing with near Swan Falls dam.

Deputies also charged Buckman with two counts of second-degree kidnapping for holding the same two people at knifepoint. Those charges were later dropped as part of a plea agreement with Ada County prosecutors

Ada County Sheriff’s Deputies and Kuna Police began their investigation just after 5 a.m. Sept. 28 after getting a 911 call that a man was attacking people with a knife near Swan Falls Dam.

When deputies arrived they found a man and woman in a pickup truck with knife wounds but not the attacker. Deputies found Buckman moments later trying to get into a building attached to the dam.

At that point, deputies took Buckman into custody. The two victims went to a local hospital for treatment for the knife wounds.

Witnesses told deputies that Buckman was fishing on the dam — and drinking alcohol — with a group of people for most of the night while others in the group were sleeping in a tent on the bank of the river.

At some point early that morning, Buckman got angry with a couple in the tent.

At least one witness told detectives the argument was because the people in the tent would not go into the river to retrieve a flashlight someone else dropped into the water.

Witnesses say Buckman walked over to the tent and started to threaten the couple inside, cutting the tent with a knife and threatening to set it on fire.

The couple got out of the tent and a physical struggle with Buckman ensued. That’s when the man was cut on the arm.

Witnesses say Buckman then held the couple at knifepoint and made them walk over to a nearby truck as part of the dispute about the flashlight.

That’s when another fight broke out. Both the man and woman from inside the tent sustained lacerations as they fought with Buckman. The man had knife wounds on the neck, shoulder, and arm. The woman had a knife wound on her arm.