Fatal vehicle crash at Idaho 44/Park Lane remains under investigation

A teenage girl has passed away and two other teens remain in critical condition at a local hospital as a result of a traffic crash on Idaho 44 in Eagle earlier this week.

Fourteen-year-old Destiney Jacobs was a passenger in a car that collided with a pickup truck in the Idaho 44/Park Lane intersection early Monday morning. Destiny spent several days in the hospital but was not able to survive her injuries.

The two boys in the car, ages 16 and 17,  were badly injured in the crash and are listed in critical condition at a local hospital. The 36-year-old woman driving the car was hospitalized but has since been released.

The 38-year-old man driving the pickup – and his 1-year-old son, who was a passenger – were not injured in the crash.

The crash occurred around 7:45 a.m. Monday.

A 36-year-old woman was driving a Nissan passenger car eastbound on Idaho 44 when she attempted to turn north on to Park Lane.

A pickup truck going westbound on Idaho 44 collided with the passenger side of the Nissan in the intersection.

Emergency crews had to remove the driver of the Nissan and three teenage passengers from the wreckage.

All four were injured and taken by paramedics to local hospital.  Both vehicles were badly damaged.

Initial information indicates the woman had a blinking yellow arrow to turn left.

The crash is still under investigation. No charges or citations have been issued at this point.



42-year-old Eagle man charged with felony vehicular manslaughter

Deputies arrested 42-year-old Adam B. Paulson late Wednesday afternoon in connection with a fatal traffic crash on Eagle Road last weekend.

Paulson was driving the pickup truck that struck and killed 24-year-old Madeline Duskey as she was crossing Eagle Road at the Riverside Drive intersection early Saturday morning.

Paulson is charged with one count of felony vehicular manslaughter (https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/title18/t18ch40/sect18-4006/) while driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other intoxicating substance (https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/Title18/T18CH80/SECT18-8006/).

Evidence tests indicate Paulson’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level at the time of the crash exceeded Idaho’s legal limit of .08.

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.

Paulson remained at the scene until officers arrived.

People who drove up on the crash just after it happened 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.

Investigators are still working to determine 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.

Ada County Sheriff’s investigators continue to develop evidence and are awaiting the results of toxicology and evidence tests.

Deputies arrested Paulson on a probation violation on Tuesday before charging him with the felony manslaughter charge on Wednesday afternoon.

Paulson is set to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon.

The crime of felony vehicular manslaughter with aggravated driving under the influence is punishable by up to 15 years in prison – with up to a five-year ban from all driving privileges after release.

Deputies seize pot, meth, and cocaine after vehicle pursuit Monday night

A 26-year-old Boise woman is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $30,000 bond after she led deputies on a short vehicle pursuit Monday night that ended when a deputy collided with her car on the Interstate 84 on-ramp at Cole Road.

Choleigh D. Jones is charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, grand theft, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, and introducing contraband into a correctional facility.

The incident began just after 8:30 p.m. Monday when a patrol deputy noticed a green 2003 Volkswagen at the Overland Road/S. Vinnell Way intersection had stolen license plates.

The deputy watched the car pull into a nearby fast food restaurant and followed it into the parking lot, where he turned on his overhead lights and attempted to pull the car over.

The driver of the Jetta, later identified as Jones, took off.

The deputy followed the car until Jones slowed down enough at the I-84/Cole Road on-ramp for him to do a PIT maneuver, where the patrol car strikes the side of the other car and causes it to abruptly move sideways and stop.

Deputies then saw Jones throw a plastic bag out the window as they were approaching the car. That bag was full of a white crystal substance later determined to be over 20 grams of methamphetamine. Deputies also found packaging materials, a digital scale, and a pipe inside the car.

When Jones was being booked into the Ada County Jail, deputies found several plastic bags she tried to conceal in her clothes, which held small amounts of marijuana, methamphetamine, and cocaine.

Jones has a preliminary hearing on the charges set for Dec. 5.

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.




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.


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.