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May 17th, 2011
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â€” The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the death penalty for an Idaho man convicted in the gruesome murder of a Blackfoot woman in 1984.
A three judge panel ruled Tuesday in the case of Richard Leavitt, who was convicted in the brutal stabbing death of 31-year-old Danette Jean Elg.
Leavitt was sentenced to death in 1985 by a state judge who cited the heinous nature of the crime.
Defense attorneys have tried several times to appeal the death sentence.
BLACKFOOT â€” Personal messages left on the two Chamber of Commerce marquees in Blackfoot over the weekend have provided law enforcement with a few clues as to who vandalized the signs.
During the weekend, someone removed the letters on the marquees at the Idaho Potato Museum and near Riverside Plaza and put up their own message on the marquees. Several letters near the Potato Museum were broken.
â€śWe do have some information weâ€™re following up on,â€ť Blackfoot Police Capt. Kurt Asmus said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Students at Lillian Vallely School have been learning about growing fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. On Monday, they each took turns planting items in their new garden plot at the school.
Lillian Vallely was one of 15 schools throughout Idaho to receive a $2,000 grant from the State Department of Education to build a garden to promote nutrition, science and agricultural education.
BLACKFOOT â€” When Marine Lance Cpl. Cody Reed prepared to return home from Afghanistan, he told his mother, Jena, he didnâ€™t expect much notice.
On Saturday Jena Reed and several members of the neighborhood and the community welcomed Cody home in style.
Bingham County Sheriff Dave Johnson, four Blackfoot firemen and city councilman Chris Jensen were among those who shook Codyâ€™s hand and thanked him for his service.
BLACKFOOT â€” Organizers and builders of the Blackfoot Community Garden celebrated the official grand opening Saturday with a ribbon cutting and plant sale.
Gardeners and volunteers have spent the last four weeks working on turning an empty lot into a community garden near the intersection of E. Airport Road and Teeples Drive.
Garden Coordinator Jon Lyksett has had the idea to start a community garden for several years and on Saturday he said it was great to see his idea finally come to fruition.
â€śItâ€™s nice to be at a point where things are going to start growing,â€ť Lyksett said.
UPDATE 4:10 p.m: FORT HALL â€” Firefighters have located a body in the debris of the home that burned this morning on the Fort Hall Reservation. The Bannock County Coroner is on scene. The victim's name has not been released. Highway 91 should reopen in a few hours.
UPDATE 11:20 a.m.: FORT HALL â€” Highway 91 between Ballard and Reservation roads is expected to remain closed most of the day. A Pocatello Fire Department tower truck with bucket and Idaho Technical Rescue Team have been brought in to assess the situation from above due to the structure's instability.
FIRTH â€“ The Firth City Council has a new member. He is Kent Burch. Tuesday was his second city council meeting.
â€śIâ€™m just happy to be here; this is all new to me,â€ť he said.
Burch was appointed in April to complete former city councilman Gary White's term. White resigned from this position.
This council position will be open for election in November.
The city's budget meeting has been set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
The city is making a little more money (0.3 percent) at Potelco United Credit Union than at the state investment, city clerk Robert Dial said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Members of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce honored 26 area high school seniors on Wednesday.
"These are the best of the best," said Chamber president Derek Preece. "We look forward to what they are going to accomplish in the future."
Each of the students received a certificate and a keepsake in recognition of their high school success.
Representing Blackfoot were Camille Norton, Collin Rockwood, Hanna Miller, Isaac Hong, Dallin Evans, Daniel Burt, Elise Moser, Kevin Sommerorn, Logan Christiansen and Taylor Sandow.
The Morning News â€” Bob Hudson
Chelsea Barzee of Independence Alternative High School thanks members of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce for a top senior award on Wednesday, Barzee and classmate Wendi Cameron joined Chamber president Derek Preece at the podium. The Chamber honored 26 seniors from Independence, Sho-Ban, Snake River and Blackfoot high schools. Photos of the other groups can be found on our Website, www.am-news.com.
By BOB HUDSON