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March 2nd, 2012
Craig Rowland, the Bingham County Director of Emergency Management, Parks and Recreation and Abatement District, is running for sheriff.
"I have spent the biggist part of the past eight years on the outside, looking in at the sheriff's office," Rowland said. "I see changes that would benefit not just the sheriff's office but also the county and its cities.
"My campaign is 'Communications and Cooperation,'" Rowland said. "I see the need for communications and cooperation with agencies in the county and with more people who live in the county.
BLACKFOOT â€” Amy Sorensen wanted to find a creative way to catch people's attention and promote presidential candidate Mitt Romney. That is why she brought her "Mitt is bringing sexy back" sign to the Romney rally on Thursday. Little did Sorensen know that her sign would receive national attention. Now, Sorensen's picture has been displayed in the Washington Post, the LA Times, Reuters and numerous blogs.
Items of note from Feb. 24-29.
DUMPSTER FIRE: Feb. 24, 5:36 p.m.: A woman said she is driving on Camas Street and there is a metal dumpster on fire.
MISSING WALLET: Feb. 24, 6:18 p.m.: A caller reported a missing wallet. They said it is zebra-striped and there is $400 inside.
PATIENT LEAVING: Feb. 25, 7:22 a.m.: A caller at Bingham Memorial Hospital said a man is attempting to leave. They said he is getting dressed and determined to leave when he is dressed.
IDAHO FALLS - On Thursday afternoon, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attended a rally at Skyline High School. A flood of Southeast Idaho residents crowded into both of Skyline's gymnasiums to see the presidential hopeful. Despite the close quarters, spirits were high. Amy Sorensen, a member of the Bingham County GOP and an attendee of the rally, was excited that a candidate visited this area. "A lot of the time we are ignored, so it is nice to have a candidate who cares about what we think," said Sorensen.
BLACKFOOT â€” In the Christopher Cox case, Magistrate Judge Charles Roos unsealed most of the documents regarding this case.
The 38-year-old Cox is the former Snake River Junior High School principal who is accused of three counts of sexual abuse of a child under age 16. It is alleged the victim was 14-years-old at the time of the incidents. She has since left the area.
Judge Roos said he was going to vacate the order [to seal the case] because it "was not properly done."
A group of citizens has submitted a recall petition against Blackfoot school board member Peter Lipovac to the Bingham County Clerk's office .
The Idaho Code refers to this recall petition as a "prospective petition."
The determination by the clerk triggers a 75-day deadline for whomever is behind the recall effort to submit the required number of signatures to the clerk's office, said Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Andrew. (This is called "perfecting" the petition.)
On Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 4:18 p.m., the Blackfoot Police Department responded to an apartment complex on South Broadway in Blackfoot reference a possible explosive device.
When officers arrived on scene, they found the device in a vacant apartment. Officers sent a picture and description to the Idaho Falls bomb squad who later came to the scene.
The neighboring apartments were evacuated, said Blackfoot Police Captain Kurt Asmus.
The device was made safe and is being examined by the bomb squad. No one was injured.
The officers were on the scene for four hours, Asmus said.
Blackfoot businessman, rancher and philanthropist Neil Anderson filed Wednesday to run for the Idaho House of Representatives District 31 Seat A.
"I am running for this office because I love Idaho and I have an affinity for the people who live here," Anderson said. "I've spent 40 years making a living and now that living is secure, I'm able to help in other ways.
"I believe I have the ability, the experience and the moral compass to provide competent, effective representation to my fellow residents in Bingham County and my neighbors throughout the state."
Sheriff Dave Johnson filed for reelection Wednesday. If elected, he would be serving his third term of office.
"I'm running for office again because there is still more to do," the sheriff said.
Johnson stressed the changes of attitude in the workplace that have happened in the past 7 1/2 years.
"We have a great staff," he said. "It's really good to see the team coming together; everyone is pulling together.
"Everyone has an opportunity to excel and be recognized for their strengths," Johnson said.
"Officers are receiving more training," he said.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) â€” 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.