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February 6th, 2012
Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson had a full calendar Monday.
BRIAN KEITH BLACK, age 45 from Gillette, Wyo., was sentenced to at least four years and no more than nine years in the Idaho Department of Corrections (IDOC) on a felony charge of burglary. He will pay an $800 fine, court costs of $225.50 and $36.86 restitution to WalMart.
Black was credited 120 days served on this charge.
In Blackâ€™s case, Judge Simpson had rejected the plea deal agreed to by the state and the defense.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Latino Economic and Development Center was granted a charter from the Boy Scouts of America as the sponsoring organization for Venturing Crew 256.
Venturing is a Boy Scouts of America youth development program for young men and women who are 14-20 years old. Students from Blackfoot High School, Independence Alternative High School and Mountain View Middle School currently participate in the after-school program.
There are several aspects to the venturing program including leadership development, service, outdoor adventures and citizenship.
GRAHAM, Wash. (AP) â€” Josh Powell's boys were coming for a visit, and he had preparations to make.
He boxed up their books and toys and took them to a charity. He carried heavy cans of gasoline inside his house and set aside a hatchet.
He thought about what to write in the final emails he'd send out: where people could find his financial accounts, how they could shut off his utilities. He didn't mention his wife, Susan Powell, missing for the past two years.
An automated call from Blackfoot High School went out Monday afternoon stated that school has been cancelled tomorrow. That call is incorrect. There will be school at Blackfoot High School tomorrow.
According to Blackfoot School District officials there will be school at Blackfoot High School tomorrow and they are looking into the problem.
A second automated call was sent at approximately 2:25 p.m. apologizing for the mistake and said "they were testing the system."
Growing up, Sara Thompson enjoyed attending her brother Josh's boxing matches.
Since her freshman year at Blackfoot High School, the tables have been turned. Now Josh attends his 20-year-old sister's matches.
Thompson has had a dozen bouts, the most recent one for the Women's Intermountain Bantomweight Championship in Pocatello on Jan. 28.
She battled 29-year-old Mary Vellinga of Salt Lake City, Utah, and beat her, winning a large championship belt. It was her third win in a row. She is now 9-3 although, she pointed out, two were walk-throughs. That means her opponent didn't show up.
The Blackfoot High School Jazz Band performed Saturday afternoon at the Idaho State University 25th Annual Jazz Fest. BHS junior Jose Cruz, on trumpet, steps forward for his solo. The Blackfoot Bands invite the community to their annual Jazz Band Dance Feb. 17, where all Blackfoot Jazz bands will provide the live music. There will be dance instruction at 7:30, followed by the dance 8 p.m. All proceeds benefit BHS bands.
GRAHAM, Wash. (AP) â€” The long, bizarre case of a Utah woman missing for two years took a horrific turn Sunday when a powerful house explosion killed the woman's husband and his two young sons, moments after the boys arrived for a visit that was supposed to be supervised by a social worker.
Authorities say it appears the husband, Josh Powell, blew the house up on purpose.
Attorney Cleve Colson has announced that he is running for the office of Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney.
Colson is a lifelong resident of Bingham County. He began his career at the Bannock County Prosecutorâ€™s Office in 2005 and is currently Bannock Countyâ€™s assistant chief deputy prosecutor.
Hobbs Middle School teacher Jill Wray is undergoing treatments for cancer. She teaches home economics and science.
Three boys in Natural Helpers decided they could help Wray and her family, said Teresa Dye, the club's advisor at Shelley High School.
"They wanted to let them know that we care," Dye said.
The 22 students in the Natural Helpers class at Shelley High School had been challenged to make "an ultimate gift."
Two businesses are donating to the Wray fundraiser.