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January 11th

Steckleins donate $1,000 to Springfield park

January 12, 2013

Elmer and Lucile Stecklein, owners of Elmer's in Blackfoot, donated $1,000 to the Springfield Park project on Thursday.
The Springfield Park committee started raising funds for playground equipment in the community park last March.
"We thought this was a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community since many fond memories were made in Springfield," said Lucile Stecklein.
Steckleins raised their three daughters—Beverly, MaryLou and Patricia—in the Springfield area.
At the time, they lived on Stecklein Road in Pingree and had a store in Springfield.

January 10th

Police seeking hit-and-run vehicle

January 11, 2013

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Police Department is investigating a hit and run that occurred on December 30, 2012 at 12:22 a.m.
A vehicle traveling North on Meridian at Jensen Grove Drive failed to stop at the stop sign, slid through the intersection and crashed into the fence at the entrance to Jensen’s Grove. The vehicle then left the scene.
The vehicle appears to be a mid to late 90’s Chevy pickup with an extended cab. The Blackfoot Police were able to see the accident on security footage.

Miss Idaho in semi-finals for Quality of Life Award

January 11, 2013

LAS VEGAS – Miss Idaho, Whitney Wood, 19, is competing in Miss American 2013 this week in Las Vegas, Nev. The finals of Miss America will be televised on ABC beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Miss Idaho is a semi-finalist for the Miss America Quality of Life Awards. These awards were introduced in 1988 to recognize contestants who excel in their commitment to community service.
Miss Idaho is one of seven who are competing for this award. Wood's project is Handbags of Hope: "Giving Women Confidence They Can Carry."

January 9th

Governor spotlights local businessman in speech

January 10, 2013

In his State of the State address on Monday, Idaho Governor Butch Otter praised Doug Sayer, founder and president of Premier Technology, for his "simple but profound commitment" to "buy Idaho products and services."

Concerned citizen hopes to revive plan of overpass

January 10, 2013

Building an overpass over the railroad tracks in Blackfoot is a concept that has been kicked around off and on for years. Blackfoot native Jim Patrick is adamant that the time to move forward with a plan "is now."
Patrick, who lives east of town, addressed Blackfoot's City Council on Tuesday in hopes of lighting a fire under city leaders to aggressively look into it.

Young Hawker gets morticians license to carry on family business

January 9, 2013

BLACKFOOT — Blake Hawker has never had any inhibitions about becoming a funeral director. He believes this is what he was meant to do.
Hawker, 27, earned his mortician's license in December and will now work with his father Perry as a funeral director at Hawker Funeral Home on Shilling Street in Blackfoot, with the intention of eventually taking over the family business.
When asked why he chose the funeral business as a career, Hawker replied, "I grew up around this business. I helped at funerals when I was kid. This is all I've known."

January 8th

Local man sentenced to six-plus years in prison

January 9, 2013

On Tuesday, District Judge Darren Simpson sentenced Jeremy Robert Andrus, 31, to not less than four years and no more than five years for aggravated assault on Tuesday. Andrus was fined $1,000 with court costs totaling $225.50.
On a felony count of eluding the police, Andrus was sentenced to two years fixed and three years indeterminate (not less than two years and no more than five years). He was fined $800 with court costs of $225.50. The sentences will be served consecutive to one another.

Man pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter

January 9, 2013

Kenny Carl Struhs, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular manslaughter plea on Tuesday before District Judge Darren Simpson.
Under the plea agreement, Struhs pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter, a felony. The state dismissed count two, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, which was also a felony.
"So what did you do that makes you guilty?" asked Judge Simpson.
"I was operating a vehicle on a Rich Lane under the influence of alcohol on Aug. 2, 2012," Struhs said. "I was driving a 1999 black Blaser.

Mayor appoints BHS teacher as new councilman

January 9, 2013

In the first city council meeting of the new year, Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue appointed Layne Gardner to fill the council seat held by Butch Hulse who died in October 2012.
Gardner is the brother of the late Chris Gardner, who was serving as a city councilman when he was killed in an ATV accident in July of 2010.

Police Log

January 8, 2013

Items of note from Dec. 21 - Jan. 1.

Blackfoot Police

IN MY ROOM: Dec. 21, 11:22 p.m.: A woman said someone has been in her room and several items have been misplaced but nothing is missing.

SHOTS FIRED: Dec. 22, 12:19 a.m.: A woman said she heard five or six shots coming from the east of N. Ash St.

HIGH-SPEED CHASE: Dec. 22, 5:50 a.m.: A vehicle did not yield at a stop sign and reached speeds up to 100 mph on Highway 91. An arrest was made.

ANGRY PARENTS: Dec. 23, 1:59 a.m.: A female said she needs officers now because she has angry drunken parents.

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