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On Monday Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson sentenced Robert Arch Sims, 47, of Blackfoot for one count of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16.
Simpson denied probation to Sims saying that "denying probation would diminish the seriousness of his crime." He went on to sentence Sims to six years (fixed and determined) in the Idaho Department of Correction (with 15 years undetermined). Sims was given credit for the 77 days that he has already spent in jail.
"This means no less than six years and no more than 15 years," Simpson explained.
Christopher Charles Cox, 39, the former principal at the Snake River Junior High School, was sentenced Monday for one count of sexual abuse of a child under 16-years-of-age.
Seventh District Judge Gregory Moeller sentenced Cox to not less than three and not more than 18 years in the Idaho Department of Correction.
Cox was given credit for the 54 days he has already served in jail.
Cox was also fined $10,000. He must pay court costs of $150.50 and make a $375 payment to the victim's relief fund.
With the voice of a smooth and mellow middle-aged man and the acoustic stylings on the strings of a guitar from a 28-year-old, Bart Bradford and Steven Muldenhauer create a sound that is undefinable. Bradford said, "I wanted to be more like Metallica but it comes out more like Simon and Garfunkelesque."
Bradford and Muldenhauer create an unlikely duo which came together after both were in the musical "Brigadoon" which The Blackfoot Community Players presented at the Nuart Theater.
David Kerns is the new principal at Rockford Elementary in the Snake River School District. He is also the federal programs director.
He brings lots of experience to these positions in that he is entering his 30th year in the education profession.
Kerns grew up in Potlatch.
â€śI grew up surrounded with dry land farming,â€ť Kerns said. â€śThis is like going home to me.
â€śI see it out my window every day,â€ť he said.
Kerns attend the University of Idaho before going on an LDS mission to Bolivia.
Two Bingham County natives were among 10 recipients (featuring veterans, businessmen, teachers and scientists) who received 2012 Idaho Hometown Hero Medals from U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, at a poignant and patriotic ceremony at Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello on Friday.
The awards are in celebration of individuals who show commitment in both their personal and professional lives to improve communities throughout Idaho and a create a better world for the future.
BLACKFOOT â€” Idaho's Senator Mike Crapo, veterans, families and friends honored Congressional Gold Medal winners Kazuo Endow and Agie Harada at the Blackfoot Senior Citizens Center Friday afternoon.
The two WWII veterans were part of Army 442nd Regiment that was the most decorated and most decimated unit of its size and length of service during the war. The unit served in Italy the last 11 months of WWII.
Every member of the battalion received a Congressional Gold Medal.
Many veterans from the 442nd received their medals in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 2, 2011.
Items of note from Aug. 13-19.
STOLEN MEDICATION: Aug. 13, 3:32 p.m.: A woman said her Methedone has been stolen and there were about 40 pills that were taken from her closet.
STOLEN CAMERA: Aug. 13, 4:58 p.m.: A man said a digital camera was taken out from his vehicle on Friday night.
BROKEN WINDOW: Aug. 14, 7:54 a.m.: A man caller said someone has broken the back window in his vehicle.
BONE â€“ A 450-pound steer calf was killed and mutilated in the Bone, Homer Creek area. The calf belonged to Ted Thompson of Shelley.
Thompsonâ€™s son, Rick, found the calf Wednesday morning.
His brother, Matt, said he had been in that same area a day or two before â€śand there was no sign of a dead calf.â€ť
When they found it, Matt figures the calf had been dead about a day.
â€śIt didnâ€™t die of natural causes,â€ť he said. â€śThe hide was peeled back and it was mutilated by someone who knew what they were doing.â€ť
The meat was left on the calf.
Dr. Peter Rork landed in Blackfoot Thursday morning, picked up 11 rescue dogs and flew them to adoptive homes in Hamilton, Mont.
Rork is a retired Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Surgeon from Jackson, Wyo., where he practiced for 23 years.
â€śThe difference between people and dogs is people expect a certain outcome,â€ť Rork said. â€śDogs are just so appreciative.â€ť
Blackfoot School District board members honored and awarded two district employees with a check for $500 at the board of trustees meeting Thursday evening.
Marsha Peterson, a second grade teacher at Groveland Elementary School, was recognized as the 2012-13 'Teacher-of-the-year." Interim district superintendent Chad Struhs said she has been with the district for 24 years and described her as "an excellent representation of the quality of teachers found in Blackfoot."