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January 23rd

Ly's Nail Salon raises money for students at Ridge Crest

January 24, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Collecting a dollar at a time, Ly Young at Ly's Nail Salon and her customers raised money to buy winter coats for students at Ridge Crest Elementary in Blackfoot.
"We live right behind the school," Young said. "Some kids couldn't come outside the school to play because they didn't have a winter coat."
That's when she decided to sponsor this fund raiser.
Young asked her patrons if they would contribute $1 toward purchasing coats for Ridge Crest students. The fund raiser started the week before Christmas and concluded Thursday.

New place to rock-n-roll in Blackfoot

January 23, 2014

BLACKFOOT— Blackfoot's classic bar Cowboy Haven, now has rock-n-roll in its name and rock-n-roll playing inside. Musician, businessman and ex-cop Cole Johnson took over the bar in November and changed the name to CJ's 'Rock n Roll' Cowboy Haven.
Johnson, a retired police officer from the Seattle area, took over the bar in November with the intention of turning it into fun, clean and safe place for live music, dancing, karaoke, darts and pool - geared around classic 'rock n roll.'

January 22nd

City passes resolution for Shilling Street project

January 23, 2014

In a brief noontime meeting called by Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis on Wednesday, city leaders unanimously passed a resolution supporting a construction project for Shilling Street to the state highway.
The city will submit the project request to the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC) in hope of getting federal aid for the project which is estimated to cost about $1,835,000. The city will be required to pay matching funds of $134,690.

January 21st

Blackfoot Police make largest marijuana seizure

January 22, 2014

Last Saturday evening, a Blackfoot police officer conducted a routine traffic stop on Interstate 15 that resulted in seizure of approximately 150 pounds of marijuana.
"This is the largest single seizure of marijuana by the Blackfoot Police Department in 30 years," said Capt. Scott Gay. "With a street value of about $1,000 per pound, the drug seizure is valued at approximately $150,000."
At 6:21 p.m. Cpl. Chad Braswell made the traffic stop near Blackfoot. Arrested at the scene was the driver, Pao Xiong Xiong, a male, 29 years of age, of Sacramento, Calif.

Ex-student calls teacher over alleged sex abuse, posts talk on YouTube

January 21, 2014

(CNN) — A woman who says a female teacher from middle school sexually abused her for years decided to confront the teacher — and post video of the exchange on YouTube.

Within hours, the educator resigned from her job at another school in California. Police launched an investigation. And the former student, who once felt powerless, now says she feels vindicated knowing the ex-teacher is no longer working with children.

The video (scroll to the bottom of this post to watch)

The former student, who calls herself “Jamie,” said the abuse started when she was 12 years old.

Shooting at Purdue University leaves one dead, man in custody

January 21, 2014

(Reuters) - One person was shot to death on the campus of Indiana's Purdue University on Tuesday, and a male suspect was in custody, authorities said.

The shooting took place around noon local time (1800 GMT) in a basement classroom of the university's electrical engineering building. The shooter seemed to have had only the victim as his intended target, leaving the building immediately after the shooting, said Purdue University Police Chief John Cox.

"It's just a tragic situation," Cox said, adding that the shooter was taken into custody without a struggle.

January 20th

Children celebrate MLK Day in Blackfoot

January 21, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Children from throughout the area gathered in Blackfoot to celebrate friendship, peace and equality for all at the Blackfoot Community Center's "Martin Luther King Day" event on Monday.
The event, sponsored by AmeriCorps, Modern Woodmen Youth Service Clubs and the Blackfoot Community Center (BCC), is the first of its kind in Blackfoot to commemorate MLK Day. Organizers hope it will become an annual event.

January 19th

Blackfoot man appointed to state tax group

January 19, 2014

Blackfoot resident Dennis Lake, the former chairman of the Idaho House Revenue and Taxation committee, has been appointed to serve as chairman of an 8-person group started by Governor Butch Otter to study ways to improve the Idaho Tax Commission.
Lake was born in Rigby and was a Republican Idaho State Representative since 2003 representing District 28 in Seat A. He served consecutively in the Idaho House of Representatives from 1997 to 2002 when the seat was in District 31.

January 17th

Neff sentenced for vehicular manslaughter in death of friend

January 18, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Judge David Nye issued a hefty 15-year sentence (5 years fixed/10 years indeterminate) to Charles Neff (21) of Blackfoot on Friday for vehicular manslaughter in the death of his friend Madison Bartausky last summer.
However, the court will retain jurisdiction for 365 days, giving Neff the opportunity to successfully complete a 6-month Rider Program followed by 100 hours of community service - at which point Judge Nye can reconsider his decision.
See Saturday's Morning News for more on this story.

January 16th

Family OK after being hit by a drunk driver

January 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The Thelin Family of Springfield is counting their blessings and hoping to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving after an impaired driver ran a stop sign, T-boning a vehicle driven by Elizabeth Thelin Young (25) of Pocatello. Passengers in the car were Elizabeth's 18-month-old daughter Esabella; her sister Crystal Thelin (22) and Crystal's boyfriend Derek Bilancia (23) who were visiting from Oregon. The accident occurred on Sunday around 3 p.m.

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