February 29th, 2012
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) â€” The teenager suspected in an Ohio school shooting struggled with a broken family and did poorly in school, then appeared to turn himself around once he was taken in by grandparents and began to attend an alternative school, longtime neighbors and friends said Wednesday.
To a person, they expressed disbelief at how the quiet but friendly boy could now be a suspect in a shooting that left three people dead and appears to have involved a gun that disappeared from his grandfather's barn.
BLACKFOOT - On Tuesday evening, the Idaho Falls Bomb Squad was called to investigate an incident at some apartments located at 1020 S. Broadway in Blackfoot. The bomb squad was called after a maintenance worker found a device that resembled large fireworks.
Sergeant Buddy Fowler said the device "is not necessarily a bomb, but it is a homemade device with the capability of being explosive."
The bomb squad removed the device from the scene and will detonate it at their facility.
Shirley Brumfield, president of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce, and executive director Leah Rigby presented the Business Member of the Year award to Bingham Memorial Hospital on Tuesday.
"With all your support, we felt you deserved an award," Brumfield told Lee Kniffin, the chairman of the hospital board. "Bingham Memorial does a lot of things for the Chamber throughout the year."
As he accepted the plaque symbolizing the award, Kniffin said, "Bingham Memorial is honored to receive the Chamber's first Outstanding Member of the Year award.
Every four years, people born on Feb. 29 celebrate a unique birthday. For every four years that pass, they add only one year to their age.
Celebrating her 14th birthday today is Ann Marie Ropp from Moreland.
â€śItâ€™s crazy and kind of exciting having a birthday on the 29th,â€ť Ropp said. â€śItâ€™s a unique day.
â€śI always have great parties on my birthday,â€ť she said. â€śMy parents, husband, kids and co-workers have always made my birthday special.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) â€” The Ohio teenager accused of killing three students in a shooting rampage in a high school cafeteria chose his victims at random and is "someone who's not well," a prosecutor said Tuesday as the slightly built young man appeared in juvenile court.
T.J. Lane, 17, admitted taking a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to Chardon High and firing 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table Monday morning, Prosecutor David Joyce said. He said Lane didn't know the victims.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) â€” The death toll rose to three Tuesday in the shooting rampage in an Ohio high school cafeteria as schoolmates and townspeople grappled with the tragedy and wondered what could have set the teenage gunman off.
The teenager under arrest in Monday's attack, T.J. Lane, faced an afternoon hearing in juvenile court.
Shaken residents offered condolences and prayers to the families of those killed and wounded at 1,100-student Chardon High School in suburban Cleveland. All three of the dead were students.
George William Â Dillard, 86, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2012, in Arco at the Lost River Hospital.
Funeral services are pending at Anderson Family Funeral Home in Arco.
Francisco Becerra, 82, of Blackfoot passed away Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 at his home.
He was born April 5, 1929 in Mexico to Mateo Becerra and Felipa Valadez.
He attended schools in Mexico. He lived in Mexico, Los Angeles, Calif.; and Blackfoot for the past 15 years.
He married Victorina Orozco in Los Angeles, Calif.
He was a member of the Catholic Church.
Francisco worked as a custodian for ITT General controls. He enjoyed music and going to the park in California.
Mary A. Taylor, 89, of Blackfoot passed away Monday, February 27, 20112 at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.
She was born Jan. 7, 1923 in Lorenzo, the daughter of Edward Hill and Mary Bates Hill.
Mary graduated from Rigby High School.
On March 4, 1947, she married Donald S. Taylor in Dillon, Mont.Â He preceded her in death on April 21, 1991.
She has lived in Blackfoot since 1957.
Mary was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She worked as a lab technician at American Potato and retired after 38 years.Â She enjoyed dancing and camping.
Jesse William A. Whipkey, age 66, had his first appearance before Seventh District Magistrate Judge Ryan Boyer Monday on a charge of attempted murder.
"This appearance is to explain the charges against you," Judge Boyer said.
On count one, Whipkey was charged with attempted murder. On count two, he was charged with extended sentence for use of a firearm or deadly weapon. Both are felonies.
Whipkey could face 15 years in the Idaho Department of Corrections, a fine of $50,000 or both on count one. Count two doubles the possibility of imprisonment and/or fine.