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December 21st

New charges: Police investigate separate BHS hazing case

December 21, 2010

BLACKFOOT — Five additional students have received a Juvenile Violation Report of misdemeanor offenses after police uncovered a separate hazing-related incident at Blackfoot High School.
Blackfoot Police Chief David Moore said the second incident was uncovered as police were interviewing and investigating individuals regarding criminal activity and hazing among student athletes at Blackfoot High School.
Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney emphasized that the JVR is not a charging document. However, he said, it is often mistaken as one because it is similar in appearance.

December 19th

Firth woman trains school board members

December 20, 2010

FIRTH – Teaching school board members their roles and responsibilities, Liz Killpack is in her fourth year traveling across the state of Idaho. Killpack is a board trainer with the Idaho School Board Association (ISBA).
A few of her responsibilities include teaching board members how to govern without micro-managing, ethics, strategic planning and goal- setting.
“Usually boards don’t take time to discuss what’s important in their district,” Killpack said. School districts want to give students a “total education,” but when cuts come, what does that total education look like?

December 16th

More hazing victims uncovered

December 16, 2010

BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) — Police say more possible hazing victims have come forward after five former Blackfoot High School athletes were charged earlier this month.
Blackfoot Police Chief Moore says more charges are pending, but declined to say what they are or against whom they would be filed.
Nathan Walker, Anthony Clarke, Logan Chidester and Tyson Katseanes have been charged and are scheduled to appear in 7th District Court on Dec. 23. They face various misdemeanors and felony counts of forcible sexual penetration using a foreign object.

December 14th

Longtime jail officer retires

December 14, 2010

BLACKFOOT — Today marks Bingham County Deputy Larry Christian's 60th birthday, his last day of work in the Bingham County Jail and almost the beginning of his retirement.
Christian is the first person who started his career working in the Bingham County Jail and retired from that same facility.
"I love my job," Christian said. "It's a good fit for me."
Christian started in law enforcement after someone stole a pair of boots from his store, the Hirsch Value Center, located by White Eagle.

December 13th

Students read 2 million minutes

December 14, 2010

BLACKFOOT — Elementary students in the Blackfoot and Snake River school districts read for more than 2 million minutes in October after a friendly challenge from the local firefighters union.
In the Blackfoot School District, seven schools participated with a total of 1,095 students reading for a combined 1.94 million minutes. In Snake River, Riverside Elementary had 271 students participate. They read 210,592 minutes.

Cookies go quickly at Festival

December 13, 2010

BLACKFOOT – They weren’t exactly a swarm of locusts, but those who attended the Emanuel Lutheran Cookie Festival on Saturday quickly got what they wanted.
“I knew to get here at 11 because they’re gone in a hurry,” said Jeanne Hoover. “I come to get good cookies and to help support the charities.”
The sale of the cookies was scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. but the selection was best for those who came at opening time.
Many people have been coming for many years. The Festival was in its 18th year.
Juell Stewart, however, was a first-time attendee.

December 10th

Accident blocks Highway 91 south of Blackfoot

December 10, 2010

An accident involving a semi-trailer and a passenger car blocked a section of Highway 91 between Blackfoot and the south interchange at Exit 89 Friday morning.
Emergency crews from Blackfoot and Fort Hall were dispatched to the accident, which occurred at approximately 10 a.m. Officers from Idaho State Police, Blackfoot Police and the Bingham County Sheriff were also dispatched to assist.

December 9th

Two charged in hazing suspended from college teams

December 9, 2010

BLACKFOOT (AP) — Four former Blackfoot High School athletes have been charged with various misdemeanors as well as felony counts of forcible sexual penetration using a foreign object.
Three of the four adults have gone on to college to play football, but two of them have been suspended from their teams.

Program funding cut for children with emotional disorders

December 9, 2010

BLACKFOOT – Stillwaters Counseling in Blackfoot was notified Friday that the partial care program for children with severe emotional disorders and children at risk of out-of-home placement has been cut by the Department of Health and Welfare. While government funding for the program ends Dec. 31 counselors and social workers at Stillwaters are determined to find a way to continue service. However they admit they will need the community’s help.

December 8th

UPDATED: BHS hazing suspects served

December 8, 2010

BLACKFOOT — The four former Blackfoot athletes facing charges relating to hazing incidents in the past year have been served and are scheduled to appear in front of Magistrate Judge Charles Roos Dec. 23. A fifth individual will also be charged but is not being identified because he was a juvenile at the time the incidents occurred.

 

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