Sgt. Joseph A. Hale (retired) from Blackfoot received his gold spurs Tuesday for being a soldier with the 116th HBCT (Heavy Brigade Combat Team) from Idaho. He served two tours of duty in Iraq.
Lt. Col. Kenyon Kofoed and Sgt. Marcus Adams made the presentation. Kofoed and Adams serve with the Idaho National Guard. Hale was recognized before all the employees at Spudnik in Blackfoot where he is employed.
Hale was recognized for being a soldier with Operation New Dawn whose aim was to free the people of Iraq. The certificate also noted his ability using a carbine, pistol and sabre.
Jerad Rene Contreras, who was arrested on a parole violation, has been sentenced to complete his sentences on two previous felonies. Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson imposed the sentence Monday afternoon.
In 2007, Contreras was sentenced to two years fixed and three years indeterminate for burglary. In 2009, he was sentenced to two years fixed with three years indeterminate for aggravated assault. The sentences were to run concurrently.
He received credit for 633 days served in jail for his 2007 offense and 585 days on his 2009 offense.