Archive - 2014
HAYDEN, Idaho â€” A toddler accidentally shot and killed his mother in a northern Idaho Walmart store on Tuesday morning.
The woman was later identified by authorities as Veronica Jean Rutledge, 29, from Blackfoot, Idaho.
She was shopping with her son and three other children, said Lt. Stuart Miller, Kootenai County Sheriff's spokesman. Rutledge and her family had come into the area to visit relatives over the holidays.
THOMAS â€” Snake River head coach Rich Dunn refers to his yearly Christmas break game as the holiday ham game and for good reason.
As most teams in the area enjoy a few weeks away from playing games and just practice, the Panthers play at least one game during the break to keep in basketball mode prior to the second half of the season beginning.
In years past it took the Panthers a quarter or two or sometimes the entire game to get into the flow of the game.
Tuesday night against visiting Malad it took just two quarters for the Panthers to earn a huge 56-33 win at Snake River High School.
BOISE (AP) â€” For some, the wait had lasted decades. Others thought they would never see the day that in conservative Idaho â€”one of the most Republican-dominated states in the nationâ€” same-sex marriage would be legalized.
But after a complicated legal battle, Idaho's gay marriage ban was overturned in federal court and gay couples began legally receiving marriage licenses on Oct. 15.
BLACKFOOT - For the second time in less than a week, the Bingham County Sheriff's Office is investigating an unexplained explosion-like sound in the Blackfoot area.
Many residents in the Riverside area reported hearing a loud BOOM that actually shook their homes and rattled windows at around 6 p.m. on Sunday.
James Davis of Riverside described it as "a loud boom, that made his whole house jump, but not an earthquake."
See Monday's Morning News for more on this story.
BLACKFOOT â€” I hope the Christmas holiday was a good one for all of you readers out there, it was definitely a memorable one for my family and I.
It has been awhile since I released the All-Bingham County soccer teams and over the next few days we will wrap up the all-county teams for the fall sports.
Today we will take a look at the all-county volleyball team.
The team is made up of the top players in the county based on the performances I saw during the season.
MAYVILLE, Wis. (AP) â€” Two young brothers from southeastern Wisconsin are likely hoping they haven't landed on Santa's naughty list after police showed up at their doorstep.
The boys, ages 3 and 6, thought the best way to get in touch with the North Pole was by phone. And for youngsters of that age, their Christmas lists could be considered an emergency.
So, the brothers used their Dad's cellphone to place a 911 call, hoping to be connected with the North Pole and the big guy himself.
POCATELLO (AP) â€” A mother and daughter died and five of the woman's other children were injured in a rollover crash on a snowy interstate south of Pocatello, authorities said.
Rachel Hollibaugh, 38, of Dietrich, Idaho, died at the scene late Christmas morning as did her 14-year-old daughter, Tanessa Hollibaugh. The Idaho State Police said the five injured children were taken to a Pocatello hospital.
For more on this story, see Friday's Morning News.
THOMAS â€” Maybe it was the fans sarcastic applause after the Panthers first points of the game after 11:30 of being held scoreless.
Or maybe it was the no doubt fiery halftime speech from head coach Bob Coombs, but something got into the Snake River Panthers in the second half against Sugar-Salem Tuesday night.
After being held scoreless in the opening quarter and trailing 21-1 with 4:31 left in the game the Panthers rallied in the second half cutting the deficit to as little as seven points.
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) â€” Authorities say a woman being cited for public drunkenness in Pennsylvania accidentally dropped a baggie of crack cocaine on the police station floor.
Uniontown police say 23-year-old Savannah Turachak, of Lemont Furnace, was patted down for weapons but not otherwise searched when she was brought to the station Nov. 19. That's because police were just citing and releasing her.
But police say Turachak returned moments later to report being harassed by someone and, in the process, fluffed her shirt to straighten it out â€” and the drugs fell out.