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May 17th, 2012
(Boise) â€“ Seventh District Judge Jon J. Shindurling issued a death warrant today for Richard A. Leavitt for the July 1984 murder of Danette Elg in Blackfoot, Idaho.Â The execution date is set for June 12, 2012.
Leavitt, convicted of the brutal murder of 31 year old Danette Elg in 1984, will be given lethal injection.
Elg was murdered in her home after being attacked with a knife, sustaining 15 separate stab and slash wounds and sexually mutilated. Prosecutors say that Leavitt cut out her sexual organs while she died or shortly after.
Needing two-thirds of the vote to pass, the Shelley-Firth fire district bond failed by 32 votes or 0.35 percent.
Fire district administrators had asked voters to pass a $1.7 million bond to build a new fire station in Shelley.
The Firth Fire District would also have benefited with $300,000 for its needs.
"We're disappointed we didn't win," said Shelley fire chief Mike Carter. "We want to thank everyone who worked really hard on the bond and thank everyone who voted for it.
"Maybe we will try again," said Carter.
The vote by precinct for and against the fire district bond:
A strong Republican showing in Tuesday's primary election propelled candidates into the general eection in Bingham County.
"We are very happy with the high turnout," said Dan Cravens, Bingham County Republican Central Committee secretary. "In six precincts, more ballots needed to be supplied.
"That speaks highly of a lot of enthusiasm for Republican candidates and is a positive sign for the Fall," Cravens said.
Congressman Mike Simpson will face Nicole LeFavour in the November election.
Set up in front of the U.S. Post Office in Blackfoot Wednesday afternoon were Gene Schenk and Steve DeMartini who represent the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee (PAC).
"Lyndon LaRouche is the intellectual, i.e., the Benjamin Franklin of this generation," said Schenk. LaRouche's last run for the Presidency was in 2004.
"We are Democrats after the likeness of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Fitzgerald Kennedy," he said.
For election results, go to www.co.bingham.id.us and navigate to the results button near the bottom of the page.
Three Republican incumbents appeared to be headed to defeat as the primary election results trickled into the Bingham County election office on Tuesday night.
With 15 of 26 precincts reporting, Cleve Colson had a 73 percent to 27 percent lead over prosecuting attorney J. Scott Andrew. Craig Rowland had a 63-37 percent lead over Sheriff Dave Johnson. And, in the race for Legislative Seat B, Julie VanOrden had an 63-37 percent lead over incumbent Rep. Jim Marriott.
According to election offices, machine malfunctions slowed the counting process.
A pre-prom 'day date' resulted in no prom at all for Blackfoot teens Heidi Dreher (16) and Jeron Katseanes (17) after a crash on a 4-wheeler in Bone last Saturday. Instead, it was a ride on the life flight helicopter for Dreher and a night in the hospital for Katseanes. Both teens walked away with lots of road rash, some cuts and minor injuries but are 'happy to be alive!'
It was to be a day of fun, food and 4-wheeling in Bone on the property of Mitch Mansanarez for 14 couples enjoying their pre-prom 'day date,' now a tradition among high school students.
Stoddard fifth graders toured the Morning News office Tuesday on a field trip.
Students in Kristine Barrus' classroom produced two newspapers this school year.
"We had to ask the five "w's"â€”who, what, where, why and when," said Daniel Andrade. "Then we had to make up some stories."
Co-editor Austin Andrews wrote about volcanoes.
The executive director of the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce and the Idaho Potato Museum has submitted her resignation.
"I want to spend more time with my daughters at the age that they are now," said Leah Rigby, who has been in her position for the past 14 months. She noted that her daughter Madison is 14 and is involved in several activities. Brittnie, a student at BYU-Idaho, will turn 21 later this year.
In addition, she has two granddaughters and a grandson, ages 3, 1 1/2 and 1 1/2.
Although she's one of those people who styled her dolls' hair, Kathy Tauscher didn't plan on doing hair as a living.
At least not initially.
"I worked as a waitress at the Tree House when it closed unexpectedly," she said of a local restaurant. "My mom encouraged me to train so I went to the Blackfoot College of Beauty with my twin sister (Karen Martin)."
That was over 30 years ago. She started KaDee's In Style with Debbie Palmer and the two worked as partners for four years. She and Dena Tauscher were partners for 10 years.