November 21st, 2014
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.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â The 2014 high school football season comes down to one final week as today begins state championship weekend all across the state.
And this season Bingham County has become the hotbed for football in the state as three of the five schools in the county will be playing for titles over the next few days.
Blackfoot, Snake River and Aberdeen will take to the field in the 4A, 3A and 2A games over the weekend with the goal of bring back titles back to Bingham County.
Each team has a good shot to win the title as the three squads come into the games with a combined record on 29-3.
BLACKFOOT - The Blackfoot Pool Committee passed a resolution on Wednesday night to invest approximately $2 million into the existing swimming pool within the next five years. The investment would pay for the needed repairs to bring the pool back up to top standards. The pool, built in the 1970s, is in dire need of repairs and is currently draining the city of around $200,000 every year.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Lady Broncos are going to definitely go through some growing pains this season as new head coach Dallan Parker installs his new offense and gets a new group of players.
After losing to Hillcrest to start the season on Saturday, the Lady Broncos took to the floor the second time against former district foe Bonneville.
The Lady Broncos got off to a fast start after a steal and layup by Brookylnn Adams, but the Bees offense was too much for the Broncos to handle as the Bees earned a 59-38 win at Blackfoot High School Wednesday night.
Items of note from May 30 - June 7.
Bingham County Sheriff
WELFARE CHECK: May 30, 9 p.m.: A caller in Pingree requested a welfare check for 5-6 children who have been screaming at a residence for the last 15 minutes.
FIRE CALL: May 30, 11:58 p.m.: A caller said there is a fire at someone's residence but they aren't close enough to see what is burning.
MISSING WREATH: May 31, 9:53 a.m.: A woman at the Groveland Cemetery reported a wreath stolen from her husband's headstone.
POCATELLO (AP) â€” Pocatello officials say they're concerned that campus security officers at Idaho State University have been overstepping their authority.
The concerns stem from several instances, including one in September, when the city says security guards delayed calling police about an accidental shooting, the Idaho State Journal reported. Assistant chemistry professor Byron Bennett shot himself in the foot when a gun in his pocket went off during a lecture, and by the time city police arrived, the scene had been cleaned up.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) â€” Officials say there's no danger despite the smell of a gas leak near a northern Montana city. The only thing that leaked is the chemical that gives the gas its odor.
NorthWestern Energy says about 300 gallons of mercaptan spilled near the company's gas-gathering operation near Cut Bank. Natural gas is naturally odorless, so utilities add the chemical to give the gas its sulfuric smell that alerts people to a leak.
Craig Ellis Peterson, 64, passed away Nov. 14, 2014, at his home in Firth, Idaho, surrounded by family.Â His battle with pancreatic cancer was courageous.
He was born April 27, 1950, in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Ellis Peterson and Dorothy Tressl Peterson.Â He was raised in Kimball, attended Firth High School, and graduated from Idaho State University with a master's degree in Nuclear Engineering.