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November 12th, 2014
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) â€” A federal judge sentenced a West Virginia woman to five years in prison for trafficking nearly 300 pounds of marijuana in a recreational vehicle through Yellowstone National Park on the last of several trips she said she made between California and West Virginia.
Daphne Watkins, 53, pleaded guilty to one felony count. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl on Friday recommended imprisonment at a minimum-security facility in West Virginia.
He ordered Watkins to forfeit the RV, a 2003 Monarch Monaco, and $3,500 in cash found inside.
MERIDIAN â€“ Samantha Lange, 24, had a good reason to miss her departmentâ€™s new student orientation at Idaho State University-Meridian in late August.
AMSTERDAM (AP) â€” If you're caught short on Amsterdam's historic Dam Square, the Dutch government has a message for you: Don't pee on the palace.
The Dutch royal family uses the stately Royal Palace in downtown Amsterdam as a working palace, not a residence. But the building's dark arches provide a favored spot for urination, often at night, out of sight of police who regularly patrol the palace vicinity.
After a multimillion-euro renovation ended in late 2011, people began urinating against the palace's sandstone facade. That prompted authorities to put up a fence.
FIRTH â€” Speaking at the 21st annual Firth High School Veterans Day assembly on Tuesday, Col. Guy Hollingsworth said, "please understand, freedom is hard to come by and even harder to hold on to."
Quoting a former Secretary of Agriculture he didn't name, Hollingsworth pointed out that only one-half of one percent of the men and women who have been and are now on the Earth have enjoyed the freedom "that you and I enjoy today. Many people are envious of what we have."
Is it Wooton Way or Wooten Way? Actually, neither is correct. The spelling of the peaceful residential street that runs north of Blackfoot was recently a topic of discussion on Facebook. It was discovered that the street has been spelled incorrectly for over 40 years. The street signs (on both ends of the street) read "Wooton," while the city maps in the local phone books have it spelled "Wooten." However, the correct spelling should be "WOOTTON" after its namesake local farmer and former Bingham County Clerk Vincent Fredrick (V.F.) Wootton.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) â€” A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary after a Wichita woman found him eating cookie dough from her freezer in the early-morning hours.
The Wichita Eagle reports the woman came out of her bedroom shortly before 3:30 a.m. Thursday and found the stranger in her kitchen.
Wichita police spokesman Lt. James Espinoza says the man told police he thought he was at his aunt's house and was hungry.
Police say the man entered the home through an unlocked back door. The 52-year-old woman who lives there was not hurt.
Veterans and their families are special guests at the Veterans' Day Assembly at Firth High School (FHS). The assembly begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Firth High School gymnasium, 101 N. Park Ave. in Firth and is open to the public.
The Community Orchestra at Firth will begin playing prelude music at 9:30 a.m.
"This is our way of honoring the heroes who have given us our freedoms so that we can exercise our liberties," said FHS military history teacher Stewart Portela.
This the the 21st year FHS has hosted a Veterans' Day Assembly.
Â A roomful of jurists, lawyers, clerks and guests filled courtroom three in the Bingham County Courthouse on Friday to participate in the naming of a courtroom in honor of Judge Robert C. Brower.
What was known as courtroom three will now be called the Judge Robert C. Brower Courtroom.
"I would argue it is the highest honor to be bestowed upon a jurist or lawyer by their peers upon death: the naming of a courtroom in honor of service," said Roger Burdick, Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court.
It's not often that Blackfoot is treated to a live performance of movie tunes from blockbusters like Star Wars, Fantasia and West Side Story, but that's exactly what the five-man band Presidio Brass is bringing to Blackfoot Performing Arts Center stage on Saturday night with their "Sounds of the Cinema" performance.
The band's tuba player Scott Sutherland told the Morning News on Thursday that they are finishing some performances in Tennessee and "can't wait to roll into Blackfoot on Saturday."
HOUSTON (AP) â€” Houston-area authorities say they believe a school district police officer who pulled over a motorist and then asked to smell her feet may have made similar demands of others.
Twenty-six-year-old Patrick Quinn is charged with two counts of "official oppression." He's free on $2,000 bond.
The Harris County district attorney's office says Quinn stopped the woman in August and said he found marijuana paraphernalia. Authorities say Quinn told her he has a foot fetish and would release her if she let him smell her feet.