June 27th, 2012
BLACKFOOT â€” The trial of Jesse William Whipkey, age 67, started Tuesday afternoon before Seventh District Judge David C. Nye.
A jury of six men and seven women are impaneled to hear this case. The 13th juror hears the case but will not deliberate with the other jurors.
Whipkey faces two charges. On count one, Whipkey is charged with attempted murder. Count two is an enhancement charge for use of a firearm in commission of a felony. Both charges are felonies.
Tuesday, Whipkey's daughters explained the circumstances that led up to this alleged crime.
Jacquelyn Sykes Johnson,83, passed away peacefully at her home in Inkom, June 21 2012, surrounded by her family.
Jackie was born in Roberts, Idaho on December 6, 1928 to Jack and Pearl Sykes. She was the eighth of nine children. She was raised and went to school in the Mudlake / Territon area.
At the age of 16, Jackie met and fell in love with a returning soldier. Dean Chapman Johnson took Jackie as his bride on December 28, 1945. They celebrated nearly 64 years together before Dean passed away in October of 2009.
Kenneth Nils Whyte, 87. Born Oct 23, 1924 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Died Jun. 19, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz., from cancer.
Kenneth lived in Groveland until 1969 when he moved to Ariz. Kenneth served as the secretary of the Eastern Idaho State Fair from 1966 to 1969.
He was preceded in death by son, Kent, brothers Stan, James, Lamar and sister, Barbara Belnap.
Kenneth is survived by wife, Evelyn, children, Lynn, Brenda Rae Lundberg, Keith, and Launa Lee Weller, 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren.
Burial in Groveland Cemetery planned for noon, Monday, Jun. 25, 2012.
Sonia Thyberg Norris, 47, passed away at her home in Meridian on June 20,2012.
She was born April 27,1965, to Samuel Tad and Roneen Thyberg in Oceanside, Calif.
Sonia lived and worked in Blackfoot for many years. She worked at Bingham Memorial Nursing Home and The Potato Expo. During her time at the Expo she helped out with the 1997 flood in Bingham County, organizing getting food out to most everyone affected by the flood.
Fern Moore Hammond, 97, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012, at the home of her son, Boyd Hammond.Â She was under the care of her granddaughter, Pamala Hammond, and the Blackfoot Home Health and Hospice.
Fern was born May 3, 1915 in Blackfoot to Phillip Richard Moore and Myrtle Lutz Moore.Â Fern was the eighth child in a family of 11 children.Â She attended Blackfoot High School and graduated on May 17, 1934.
Fern was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Â She served as a librarian at the Thomas Church for many years.
Sharrell Esther MacDougall Walker passed from this life on June 13, 2012, at home.Â Her life was taken as a result of a brain tumor.Â She was lovingly cared for by her husband, Marion, and many of her family members. It was an honor to serve the wife, mother, and mother-in-law who has cared for us over many years.
ABERDEEN â€” Shawn Kirkpatrick has been training for arm wrestling since he was 12 and after his latest competition in Reno, Nevada, he can now tout the title "the best in the United States" as he took first place in the 2012 USAF Unified National Championship in left 64kg open men's division. Winning this title pulls him in as a qualifier to compete for the National Championship in Saio, Brazil.
AMMON â€” The Blackfoot Bronco American Legion baseball squad entered Tuesday's double header against the Eastern Division leading Idaho Falls Royals a little short handed as a pair of their big bats were missing.
You never would have noticed the absence however as the Broncos pounded away at the Royal pitching staff for 10 runs on 29 hits over the double header as the Broncos swept the Royals 10-4 and 10-9.
"It was good to pick up a pair of wins today," Blackfoot head coach Jeff Katseanes said.
SPRINGFIELD â€” Nestled along the shore of Springfield Lake in the cozy neighborhood of Springfield lies a park with green grass, a home-built swing and two large tires partially buried in the earth.
ROSE â€” Two of Blackfoot's youth are lucky to be alive after an intense one vehicle rollover. Tyler Condon, 19 and Alex Condon, 16 were driving too fast for a corner near Rose Canal and 450 North Sunday evening. "I was driving to fast, took the corner and the car caught and rolled on the bank and flew into the canal." said Tyler. Once the car hit the water, Tyler yelled "seatbelts!" and the boys frantically grasped their seatbelts to get out of the car that was quickly filling with water. Tyler punctured the air bag and kicked out the driver's side window to escape.