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January 13th, 2012
BLACKFOOT â€” The Bingham County Courthouse was placed on lockdown for four hours Friday afternoon after an envelope containing a white powder-like substance was discovered in the Treasurer's Office. A regional hazmat team was called in to handle and test the substance, which has not been identified.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The lockdown at the Bingham County Courthouse was lifted after a four hour wait Friday afternoon.
The lockdown was initiated at noon Friday after a white substance was discovered in an envelope received by the Treasurer's Office. The substance remains unidentified but testing conducted by the Region Six Hazardous Materials Response Team determined that it was not a biological or chemical threat.
Those inside the courthouseâ€”an estimated 300 people including employees and citizensâ€”were allowed to leave at 4 p.m.
The Hazmat team has suited up. Wet decontamination is ready to go. They should begin preliminary testing soon.
The Pocatello hazmat team suits up to enter the Bingham County Courthouse after the building was put on lockdown because of a white substance that was found in the Treasurer's Office.
BLACKFOOT - The Bingham County Courthouse is on lockdown after an envelope containing white powder was discovered in the Treasurer's Office.
Update 3:45 p.m.: The courthouse remains on lockdown. The regional hazmat team from Pocatello has suited up and is running a battery of test on the substance outside the courthouse.
BLACKFOOT â€“ An evidentiary hearing for Nathan Anthony Walker, age 20, is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7. He is charged with a probation violation.
The alleged violation is being a minor in possession of alcohol on Dec. 22.
Defense attorney,Stephen Blaser requested Walkerâ€™s evidentiary hearing be set during Walkerâ€™s spring break. He is attending Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore.
Seventh District Magistrate Judge Charles Roos agreed to set the hearing in early March.
BLACKFOOT â€” As Stefano Bronzati, a Salt Lake City businessman, stood amid the debris in the former Winger's Restaurant in Blackfoot earlier this week, he discussed the future of the building.
"This is completely different than it was before," he said of what will become the prototype for Winger's Express.
"When you walk in, you come and order at the counter," Bronzati added. He said Winger's Express will be similar to quick service restaurants such as Cafe Rio, Rumbi Island Grill and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. All food will be cooked to order.
BLACKFOOT â€” Several local kids have been working for several months on the first TaVaci School of Performing Arts TaVaci Teen mini-musicalâ€”"Adventures of a Comic Book Artist."
The show will open tonight and continue Jan. 14, 16 and 17 at the Nuart Theater, 195 N. Broadway at 7 p.m. Admission is free; donations are welcome.
"Adventures of a Comic Book Artist" is a mini-musical based on comic book heroes. Director Breclyn Everett said it is a fun show for the entire family.
Items of note from Dec. 30-Jan. 4
DROWSY DRIVER: Dec. 30, 7:58 p.m.: A caller at Arctic Circle said there is man in the drive through that had slurred speech and fell asleep.
FIGHT: Dec. 31, 1:35 a.m.: A caller said there may be a fight behind the Best Western Inn.
GAS THEFT: Dec. 31, 3:57 p.m.: A caller at Chevron reported a man driving off without paying for $80 in gas.
SATAN: Jan. 1, 11:49 a.m.: A caller requested an officer because a man is disrupting the church and making statements that he is Satan.
BLACKFOOT â€” Forecasters have been predicting wet weather will return the second half of January, and it appears that the area may get to see some rain and snow next week.
The National Weather Service is forecasting that the upper ridge that has contributed to dry, cold weather in Eastern Idaho since late November is expected to move north, allowing a Pacific jet to move in and bring moisture to the Pacific Northwest as early as Sunday and continuing through next week.