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January 22nd, 2014
In a brief noontime meeting called by Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis on Wednesday, city leaders unanimously passed a resolution supporting a construction project for Shilling Street to the state highway.
The city will submit the project request to the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC) in hope of getting federal aid for the project which is estimated to cost about $1,835,000. The city will be required to pay matching funds of $134,690.
Last Saturday evening, a Blackfoot police officer conducted a routine traffic stop on Interstate 15 that resulted in seizure of approximately 150 pounds of marijuana.
"This is the largest single seizure of marijuana by the Blackfoot Police Department in 30 years," said Capt. Scott Gay. "With a street value of about $1,000 per pound, the drug seizure is valued at approximately $150,000."
At 6:21 p.m. Cpl. Chad Braswell made the traffic stop near Blackfoot. Arrested at the scene was the driver, Pao Xiong Xiong, a male, 29 years of age, of Sacramento, Calif.
(CNN) â€” A woman who says a female teacher from middle school sexually abused her for years decided to confront the teacher â€” and post video of the exchange on YouTube.
Within hours, the educator resigned from her job at another school in California. Police launched an investigation. And the former student, who once felt powerless, now says she feels vindicated knowing the ex-teacher is no longer working with children.
The video (scroll to the bottom of this post to watch)
The former student, who calls herself â€śJamie,â€ť said the abuse started when she was 12 years old.
(Reuters) - One person was shot to death on the campus of Indiana's Purdue University on Tuesday, and a male suspect was in custody, authorities said.
The shooting took place around noon local time (1800 GMT) in a basement classroom of the university's electrical engineering building. The shooter seemed to have had only the victim as his intended target, leaving the building immediately after the shooting, said Purdue University Police Chief John Cox.
"It's just a tragic situation," Cox said, adding that the shooter was taken into custody without a struggle.
BLACKFOOT â€” Children from throughout the area gathered in Blackfoot to celebrate friendship, peace and equality for all at the Blackfoot Community Center's "Martin Luther King Day" event on Monday.
The event, sponsored by AmeriCorps, Modern Woodmen Youth Service Clubs and the Blackfoot Community Center (BCC), is the first of its kind in Blackfoot to commemorate MLK Day. Organizers hope it will become an annual event.
Blackfoot resident Dennis Lake, the former chairman of the Idaho House Revenue and Taxation committee, has been appointed to serve as chairman of an 8-person group started by Governor Butch Otter to study ways to improve the Idaho Tax Commission.
Lake was born in Rigby and was a Republican Idaho State Representative since 2003 representing District 28 in Seat A. He served consecutively in the Idaho House of Representatives from 1997 to 2002 when the seat was in District 31.
BLACKFOOT â€” Judge David Nye issued a hefty 15-year sentence (5 years fixed/10 years indeterminate) to Charles Neff (21) of Blackfoot on Friday for vehicular manslaughter in the death of his friend Madison Bartausky last summer.
However, the court will retain jurisdiction for 365 days, giving Neff the opportunity to successfully complete a 6-month Rider Program followed by 100 hours of community service - at which point Judge Nye can reconsider his decision.
See Saturday's Morning News for more on this story.
SPRINGFIELD â€” The Thelin Family of Springfield is counting their blessings and hoping to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving after an impaired driver ran a stop sign, T-boning a vehicle driven by Elizabeth Thelin Young (25) of Pocatello. Passengers in the car were Elizabeth's 18-month-old daughter Esabella; her sister Crystal Thelin (22) and Crystal's boyfriend Derek Bilancia (23) who were visiting from Oregon. The accident occurred on Sunday around 3 p.m.
While some area hospitals are restricting visitors due to extreme flu outbreaks, Bingham Memorial Hospital [BMH] in Blackfoot is bucking the trend so far.
Officials at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello announced on Tuesday that due to 21 confirmed cases of the flu (dominant H1N1 strain) already this month, that no one with the flu or flu-like symptoms will be allowed to visit patients in the hospital. These include cough, cold, congestion, fever, nausea or diarrhea.
Anyone who attends the Blackfoot Community Players' (BCP) latest play "Night of January 16th," just might find themselves on stage acting as a juror in the murder mystery which opens appropriately on Jan. 16 at the Nuart Theatre (195 N. Broadway) in Blackfoot.
First time director Rob Cox is excited to present the courtroom drama based on the book by Ayn Rand. Cox, a Blackfoot resident of 15 years, has served on the BCP 'board of directors' for three years and has acted in several of their productions.