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November 21st, 2014

Former BMH employee sentenced

November 21, 2014

BLACKFOOT — The final wiretapping case involving Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) has come to an end—finally.
Jack York, 46, was the former director of information technology at the BMH. He was convicted of one count of felony wiretapping and sentenced Friday morning to three years of probation and fined $1,000.
Seventh District Judge David Nye also ordered York to serve 300 hours of community service—100 hours each year—for his role in a wiretapping case at BMH.
York was employed at BMH between 2009-2010 when the crime occurred.

United Way gives grants to schools

November 21, 2014

The United Way is awarding "Rainy Day" grants to four school districts in Bingham County.
The school districts at Snake River, Blackfoot, Firth and Shelley will each receive a $500 grant.
"We are excited to award these grants," said Robin Nelson, the United Way Resource Development and Office Manager. "The donations are made from the United Way 'Rainy Day Fund' that is used to purchase coats and hats for needy people.

November 19th

Pool committee decides recommendation

November 20, 2014

BLACKFOOT - The Blackfoot Pool Committee passed a resolution on Wednesday night to invest approximately $2 million into the existing swimming pool within the next five years. The investment would pay for the needed repairs to bring the pool back up to top standards. The pool, built in the 1970s, is in dire need of repairs and is currently draining the city of around $200,000 every year.

Police Log

November 20, 2014

Items of note from May 30 - June 7.

Bingham County Sheriff

WELFARE CHECK: May 30, 9 p.m.: A caller in Pingree requested a welfare check for 5-6 children who have been screaming at a residence for the last 15 minutes.

FIRE CALL: May 30, 11:58 p.m.: A caller said there is a fire at someone's residence but they aren't close enough to see what is burning.

MISSING WREATH: May 31, 9:53 a.m.: A woman at the Groveland Cemetery reported a wreath stolen from her husband's headstone.

Pocatello concerned about ISU security officers

November 19, 2014

POCATELLO (AP) — Pocatello officials say they're concerned that campus security officers at Idaho State University have been overstepping their authority.
The concerns stem from several instances, including one in September, when the city says security guards delayed calling police about an accidental shooting, the Idaho State Journal reported. Assistant chemistry professor Byron Bennett shot himself in the foot when a gun in his pocket went off during a lecture, and by the time city police arrived, the scene had been cleaned up.

Substance that gives natural gas its smell spills

November 19, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Officials say there's no danger despite the smell of a gas leak near a northern Montana city. The only thing that leaked is the chemical that gives the gas its odor.
NorthWestern Energy says about 300 gallons of mercaptan spilled near the company's gas-gathering operation near Cut Bank. Natural gas is naturally odorless, so utilities add the chemical to give the gas its sulfuric smell that alerts people to a leak.

November 18th

Chamber honors Cannon, Larsen

November 19, 2014

Although only two people received the hardware, Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce board member Burke Kunz praised all the nominees at Tuesday's installation dinner.
"We feel that all of you deserve the award," Kunz said of the nominees for the Best Foot Forward award, given to the person who best exemplifies service to community.

Restaurateur pleads guilty to serving whale meat

November 18, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Typhoon Restaurant Inc. and owner Brian Vidor each entered guilty pleas Monday to one count of unlawful sale of a marine mammal.
They were charged with serving meat from the endangered Sei (say) whale to undercover investigators at the restaurant The Hump at Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

November 17th

Frigid weather cuts aquifer recharge short

November 18, 2014

Water has remained in Jensen Grove Lake a few months longer than usual this year. Traditionally the lake is drained between August and September; however, this year, Snake River Irrigation (part of the irrigation district) is working with the State of Idaho to run additional water in an effort to recharge the aquifer.
Snake River Irrigation manager Steve Nielson said he has been working with the state for the past couple of years to obtain a permit to keep the water flow going longer into the season. Snake River Irrigation is the first to have been issued such a permit.

81-year-old charged with looting tangerine grove

November 17, 2014

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Deputies in Florida say an 81-year-old man picked thousands of tangerines — 11 truckloads worth — and then sold the stolen bounty at a nearby market.
Herman Southall was charged Wednesday with 11 counts of transporting citrus without a certificate, grand theft of more than 2,000 pieces of citrus and trespassing. He is being held at the Polk County Jail on an $8,500 bond.
Southall and another man were found by deputies Wednesday picking fruit in a Dundee grove after a Sheriff's Office helicopter pilot saw them. It's unclear if he has retained an attorney.

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