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February 29th, 2012

Ohio shooting suspect may have used relative's gun

February 29, 2012

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — The teenager suspected in an Ohio school shooting struggled with a broken family and did poorly in school, then appeared to turn himself around once he was taken in by grandparents and began to attend an alternative school, longtime neighbors and friends said Wednesday.
To a person, they expressed disbelief at how the quiet but friendly boy could now be a suspect in a shooting that left three people dead and appears to have involved a gun that disappeared from his grandfather's barn.

February 28th

Bomb squad finds homemade explosive device

February 29, 2012

BLACKFOOT - On Tuesday evening, the Idaho Falls Bomb Squad was called to investigate an incident at some apartments located at 1020 S. Broadway in Blackfoot. The bomb squad was called after a maintenance worker found a device that resembled large fireworks.
Sergeant Buddy Fowler said the device "is not necessarily a bomb, but it is a homemade device with the capability of being explosive."
The bomb squad removed the device from the scene and will detonate it at their facility.

Chamber honors Bingham Memorial Hospital

February 29, 2012

Shirley Brumfield, president of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce, and executive director Leah Rigby presented the Business Member of the Year award to Bingham Memorial Hospital on Tuesday.
"With all your support, we felt you deserved an award," Brumfield told Lee Kniffin, the chairman of the hospital board. "Bingham Memorial does a lot of things for the Chamber throughout the year."
As he accepted the plaque symbolizing the award, Kniffin said, "Bingham Memorial is honored to receive the Chamber's first Outstanding Member of the Year award.

Moreland woman celebrates Leap Day birth

February 29, 2012

Every four years, people born on Feb. 29 celebrate a unique birthday. For every four years that pass, they add only one year to their age.
Celebrating her 14th birthday today is Ann Marie Ropp from Moreland.
“It’s crazy and kind of exciting having a birthday on the 29th,” Ropp said. “It’s a unique day.
“I always have great parties on my birthday,” she said. “My parents, husband, kids and co-workers have always made my birthday special.

Prosecutor: Ohio shooting suspect is 'not well'

February 28, 2012

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio teenager accused of killing three students in a shooting rampage in a high school cafeteria chose his victims at random and is "someone who's not well," a prosecutor said Tuesday as the slightly built young man appeared in juvenile court.
T.J. Lane, 17, admitted taking a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to Chardon High and firing 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table Monday morning, Prosecutor David Joyce said. He said Lane didn't know the victims.

Death toll now three in Ohio shooting

February 28, 2012

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — The death toll rose to three Tuesday in the shooting rampage in an Ohio high school cafeteria as schoolmates and townspeople grappled with the tragedy and wondered what could have set the teenage gunman off.
The teenager under arrest in Monday's attack, T.J. Lane, faced an afternoon hearing in juvenile court.
Shaken residents offered condolences and prayers to the families of those killed and wounded at 1,100-student Chardon High School in suburban Cleveland. All three of the dead were students.

February 27th

Man charged with attempted murder

February 28, 2012

Jesse William A. Whipkey, age 66, had his first appearance before Seventh District Magistrate Judge Ryan Boyer Monday on a charge of attempted murder.
"This appearance is to explain the charges against you," Judge Boyer said.
On count one, Whipkey was charged with attempted murder. On count two, he was charged with extended sentence for use of a firearm or deadly weapon. Both are felonies.
Whipkey could face 15 years in the Idaho Department of Corrections, a fine of $50,000 or both on count one. Count two doubles the possibility of imprisonment and/or fine.

Republicans to caucus on March 6

February 28, 2012

In July 2011, the Idaho State Republican Party put in place a new process to determine the selection of the state’s delegates to the Republican National Convention.
The new process is a caucus system. The Idaho Republican Caucus is scheduled on Super Tuesday, March 6. The caucus is scheduled in each county.

UPDATE; Teen shooter kills one at Ohio school

February 27, 2012

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — A teenager opened fire in the cafeteria at his suburban Cleveland high school Monday, killing one student and wounding four others before he was chased from the building by a teacher and captured a short distance away, authorities said.
A student who saw the attack up close said it appeared that the gunman targeted a group of students sitting together and that the one who was killed was gunned down while trying to duck under the cafeteria table.

UPDATE: Suspect in Ohio school shooting targeted victims

February 27, 2012

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — A student who witnessed a deadly Ohio school shooting says it appeared the gunman was targeting a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table.
Freshman Danny Komertz says he was just about to leave for his first-period health class Monday when he heard a loud popping sound and then saw the gunman open fire.
He says one student who authorities say was killed was trying to get under a table to protect himself and shield his face.
Komertz says the shooter was known as an outcast who had apparently been bullied.

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