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February 10th, 2014
The standoff in Firth on Saturday afternoon started after a man was stabbed.
"We were first alerted by an anonymous caller who reported there was a fight," said Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland.
The man who was the center of the standoff, 59-year-old Roger Vincent Arellano, was arrested on Saturday.
Arellano has been charged with aggravated battery for use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily harm. The maximum sentence is up to 15 years and/or $50,000 fine.
There were plenty of police officers and guns in Firth for about three hours on Saturday afternoon.
Law enforcement officers were responding to a stabbing in an alley in Firth. The suspect, identified on Sunday as 55-year-old Roger Arellano, had barricaded himself in a house on Wilson Street.
â€śI was watching it from a fire truck,â€ť said Firth Mayor Vincent Winn Larson. â€śWe were just doing traffic control.
â€śThere sure were a lot of officers with a lot of guns,â€ť he said. â€śThey took their time; no one else was hurt.
FIRTH â€“ There were plenty of flashing lights in Firth Saturday afternoon. Law enforcement vehicles, a fire engine and QRU units were on hand along Hwy. 91.
A fight in an alley on Saturday ended with a man being stabbed.
The suspect then barricaded himself in a house on Wilson Street near Hwy. 91.
The confrontation started at 15:59 hours (almost 4 oâ€™clock) and ended at 18:33 hours (about 6:30 p.m.).
Law enforcement officers breeched the house, knocking down the door, and arrested the suspect.
FORT HALL â€” Shoshone-Bannock tribal members throughout Fort Hall had some fun wearing red on Friday for "National Wear Red Day" while helping to raise awareness for a very serious health issue: heart disease.
Shoshone-Bannock spokeswoman Randy'L Teton said that with the backing of Tribal Health Services, social media was used to encourage the entire community to have some fun wearing red to help bring awareness to heart disease, an affliction that hits Native Americans (particularly women) hard.
The Blackfoot Community Center (BCC) is finding creative ways to raise money with a monthly "I Love Blackfoot Kids" Campaign. Executive director Ashlee Howell said that since the 21st Century Grant has expired, it is more important than ever to implement fundraisers to keep money coming into the center.
Lt. Gov. Brad Little was among those impressed by Blackfoot High School's We The People team on Wednesday.
The Broncos won their seventh straight competition and earned the right to represent the state in the national event in Washington, D.C. in late April.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney Cleve Colson said the process of extraditing a Blackfoot man should be completed in the near future.
Colson said he was in the process of obtaining a governor's warrant to extradite Fernando Lee Naranjo, 33, who is charged with felony aggravated battery and felony injury to a child with bodily injury. The incident involved his 3-month-old daughter.
Naranjo was arrested in Ogden, Utah, on Jan. 23. He is in the Weber County Jail waiting extradition.
BLACKFOOT â€” Golfers will pay between 2 and 4 percent more to play at Blackfoot Golf Course this season.
That's because the members of the Blackfoot City Council approved the increases at Tuesday's meeting.
Head PGA professional Mike Dayley said, "this fee increase will generate roughly $12,000-$15,000 in additional revenue.
"The increase will help to plug a continuing hole," Dayley added, noting that nearly all costs related to operating golf courses are rising. "Thank goodness the city is proactive. Last year, 157 golf courses shut down nationwide; only 14 opened."
BLACKFOOT â€” When the Morning News asked readers to submit love stories of longtime married couples, such as their parents or grandparents, Lindsey Spanbauer quickly took advantage.
"My sweet little grandma, Zola Sorensen, at the time was 19 years old and my grandpa, Thomas Lavere John was 23 years old," she said of their marriage.
"He knew he wanted to make her his wife, so he asked her and she didn't hesitate for a second before saying, "yes!" Spanbauer wrote.
"He knew she was excited when she said, 'I will tell my parents tonight that we are getting married!'