November 25th, 2014
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) â€” A Maine man who authorities originally said fell to the sidewalk while rappelling down a fire escape after breaking into a Portland flower shop was actually part of a stunt that had gone awry.
Ronald Podlaski told the Portland Press Herald on Monday he was trying to surprise a friend Saturday by sneaking up the fire escape and climbing in her apartment window. The 29-year-old Podlaski, an artist who uses the name RookSye, says he got the wrong building and ended up in the florist.
POCATELLO â€” It had been 36 years since the Aberdeen Tigers last played for a state football championship.
And coming into Monday's 2A state title game in Holt Arena the Tigers were confident they would get a little redemption over West Side for the defeat earlier in the season.
But the Pirates controlled the opening half of play scoring a pair of second quarter touchdowns to earn a 16-6 win and the 2A state championship Monday night in Holt Arena.
FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) â€” Police say an 18-year-old Maine man has been arrested after allegedly breaking into two homes while naked, at about the same time his own home was destroyed in a fire.
Logan Valle faces charges including burglary, theft and attempted theft.
Police allege Valle forced his way into two homes late Saturday night looking to steal car keys. He was found in the attic of one of them.
At about the same time, the nearby home owned by his parents was destroyed in a fire. No one was injured.
BOISE (AP) â€” Water quality in the Coeur d'Alene and Spokane river basins in northern Idaho and eastern Washington state is improving due to ongoing efforts to clean up one of the nation's largest Superfund sites, scientists say, a federal agency reported Monday.
The U.S. Geological Survey said concentrations of cadmium, lead and zinc decreased significantly since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began the cleanup in the 1990s.
"I was really pleased when I started looking at the data," said USGS hydrologist Greg Clark. "We just saw these dramatic decreases."
POCATELLO â€“ There are certain things you canâ€™t do in a championship game.
Turning the ball over, committing penalties and failing to capitalize on opportunities are some of the big ones, and mistakes the Blackfoot Broncos rarely made this season.
But in Friday nightâ€™s 4A state championship game against Bishop Kelly the Broncos made uncharacteristic mistakes all night long and, in the end a pair of big plays in the final minutes by the Knights handed the Broncos a 14-10 loss and gave Bishop Kelly its second consecutive 4A state championship.
BOISE â€” As he stood cradling the Real Dairy Milk Bowl trophy, Snake Riverâ€™s Sean Miller was all smiles.
Moments before he had passed for 247 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers defeated Fruitland 36-21 to claim the state Class 3A football championship.
â€śIt feels amazing,â€ť Miller said. â€śItâ€™s what weâ€™ve been working for.â€ť
Although Snake River (10-1) hasnâ€™t been known as a passing team, coach Jeff Dalley knew that would be the secret to the Panthersâ€™ success in Boise Stateâ€™s Albertsons Stadium on Friday.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) â€” A panel of wildlife experts has concluded that a Utah man mauled to death in a remote area of northwest Wyoming in September likely happened upon a bear feeding on a deer.
"We think the attack was a combination of two things â€” that the bear was on a carcass and the bear was surprised at close range," Chris Servheen, grizzly recovery coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a member of the panel, said Friday. "Either one of those types of encounters can provoke a charge and an attack by the bear."
BLACKFOOT â€” The final wiretapping case involving Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) has come to an endâ€”finally.
Jack York, 46, was the former director of information technology at the BMH. He was convicted of one count of felony wiretapping and sentenced Friday morning to three years of probation and fined $1,000.
Seventh District Judge David Nye also ordered York to serve 300 hours of community serviceâ€”100 hours each yearâ€”for his role in a wiretapping case at BMH.
York was employed at BMH between 2009-2010 when the crime occurred.
The United Way is awarding "Rainy Day" grants to four school districts in Bingham County.
The school districts at Snake River, Blackfoot, Firth and Shelley will each receive a $500 grant.
"We are excited to award these grants," said Robin Nelson, the United Way Resource Development and Office Manager. "The donations are made from the United Way 'Rainy Day Fund' that is used to purchase coats and hats for needy people.