June 28th, 2012
BLACKFOOT â€“ Jesse William Allen Whipkey, 67,Â accepted a plea agreement to aggravated assault with an enhancement for use of a deadly weapon in committing a felony Thursday afternoon.
He faces a maximum sentence of five years for aggravated assault with an additional 15 years for using or attempting to use a firearm in commission of a felony.
The aggravated assault charge states Whipkey intentionally tried to do violence to another person, namely his daughter, Amy Mayer, when he aimed a .22 pistol at her and pulled the trigger.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot teens Cameron Baker (vocalist) and Josh Spencer (pianist) had their first taste of performing live music together in a large concert venue Tuesday evening in Salt Lake City and now have their first music video out on Youtube.
The teens were chosen from an audition tape to open for popular singer Dia Frampton (well known for being a runner up on the reality TV show - 'The Voice') at the concert venue 'The Complex'.
"I was a little nervous stepping out and singing that first song," Baker said, "but then I was able to relax a little and enjoy the moments."
SHELLEY â€” Shelley school board trustees approved the school district's budget for school year 2012-13.
"There are no real surprises," said Shelley Business Manager Trish Dixon.
"The first 10 days of enrollment will determine if the trustees need to decide on an emergency levy for the coming year," said Dixon.
In Shelley, an emergency levy is based on the first nine days of enrollment compared to the first nine days of the previous school year, she said. If there is an unexpected increase in the number of students, a certain formula is applied to cover costs of the unexpected students.
POCATELLO â€” Shane Parkinson scattered three hits over seven innings while Cash Cardona and Travis Robertson reached base eight times between them as the Snake River Panthers picked up a big road win against the Pocatello Rebels on Wednesday evening.
"We had men on base in every inning it seemed like," Snake River head coach Tom Strickland said. "The kids were just really hitting the ball well and really, this game could have been a ten run ball game if not for a couple of balls that we hit right at them."
BLACKFOOT â€” The trial of Jesse William Whipkey, age 67, started Tuesday afternoon before Seventh District Judge David C. Nye.
A jury of six men and seven women are impaneled to hear this case. The 13th juror hears the case but will not deliberate with the other jurors.
Whipkey faces two charges. On count one, Whipkey is charged with attempted murder. Count two is an enhancement charge for use of a firearm in commission of a felony. Both charges are felonies.
Tuesday, Whipkey's daughters explained the circumstances that led up to this alleged crime.
Jacquelyn Sykes Johnson,83, passed away peacefully at her home in Inkom, June 21 2012, surrounded by her family.
Jackie was born in Roberts, Idaho on December 6, 1928 to Jack and Pearl Sykes. She was the eighth of nine children. She was raised and went to school in the Mudlake / Territon area.
At the age of 16, Jackie met and fell in love with a returning soldier. Dean Chapman Johnson took Jackie as his bride on December 28, 1945. They celebrated nearly 64 years together before Dean passed away in October of 2009.
Kenneth Nils Whyte, 87. Born Oct 23, 1924 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Died Jun. 19, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz., from cancer.
Kenneth lived in Groveland until 1969 when he moved to Ariz. Kenneth served as the secretary of the Eastern Idaho State Fair from 1966 to 1969.
He was preceded in death by son, Kent, brothers Stan, James, Lamar and sister, Barbara Belnap.
Kenneth is survived by wife, Evelyn, children, Lynn, Brenda Rae Lundberg, Keith, and Launa Lee Weller, 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren.
Burial in Groveland Cemetery planned for noon, Monday, Jun. 25, 2012.
Sonia Thyberg Norris, 47, passed away at her home in Meridian on June 20,2012.
She was born April 27,1965, to Samuel Tad and Roneen Thyberg in Oceanside, Calif.
Sonia lived and worked in Blackfoot for many years. She worked at Bingham Memorial Nursing Home and The Potato Expo. During her time at the Expo she helped out with the 1997 flood in Bingham County, organizing getting food out to most everyone affected by the flood.
Fern Moore Hammond, 97, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012, at the home of her son, Boyd Hammond.Â She was under the care of her granddaughter, Pamala Hammond, and the Blackfoot Home Health and Hospice.
Fern was born May 3, 1915 in Blackfoot to Phillip Richard Moore and Myrtle Lutz Moore.Â Fern was the eighth child in a family of 11 children.Â She attended Blackfoot High School and graduated on May 17, 1934.
Fern was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Â She served as a librarian at the Thomas Church for many years.
Sharrell Esther MacDougall Walker passed from this life on June 13, 2012, at home.Â Her life was taken as a result of a brain tumor.Â She was lovingly cared for by her husband, Marion, and many of her family members. It was an honor to serve the wife, mother, and mother-in-law who has cared for us over many years.