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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Former AEHI Exec Pleads Guilty to Securities Fraud

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 4:46 PM

This bullet-riddled sign stood on the site of where Gillispie and Ransom had promised to build a nuclear facility in Payette County. - GEORGE PRENTICE
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  • This bullet-riddled sign stood on the site of where Gillispie and Ransom had promised to build a nuclear facility in Payette County.
Jennifer Ransom, the former AEHI Vice President described as a "pretty blonde" by her boss by AEHI attorneys, pleaded guilty April 21 in a Boise federal courtroom to one count of securities fraud.

In February 2011, Boise Weekly interviewed Jennifer Ransom, former vice president of Alternate Energy Holdings, Inc., after listening to AEHI's CEO Don Gillispie describe her as "a pretty blonde" in a federal court hearing where prosecutors alleged that the company was a shell for a "pump and dump" scheme.

"Quite frankly, Asians like a pretty blonde face to look at," said Gilliespie. "So it doesn't hurt." Gillispie referred to the numerous trips that he and Ransom had taken together, including to the Far East.

In fact, AEHI attorneys presented Ransom as a secretary with "no day-to-day responsibilities." During the hearing, AEHI attorneys referred to something called Bosco Financial LLC, through which hundreds of thousands of dollars had flowed. Ransom later told BW that "Bosco" was the name of a family dog.

A few months later, Ransom resigned from AEHI, citing "significant health-related issues."

But the 40-year-old Ransom returned to the Boise federal courthouse Tuesday to plead guilty after a grand jury indicted her on securities fraud. According to prosecutors, Ransom and Gillispie artificially increased the market price of AEHI stock. And over time, Ransom received multiple shares of AEHI stock prior to her sale of approximately 1,000,000 shares, receiving $675,326. As part of a plea agreement, Ransom agreed to forfeit $580,780.

The charge of securities fraud is punishable by up to five years in prison. Ransom's sentencing is set for July 27. 

Meanwhile, Gillispie continues to fight charges of conspiracy and securities fraud, and is still slated for a federal court trial in July.
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Suspect in Custody After Six Hour Standoff in Nampa

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 9:18 AM

Carlos Reyna, 26, is charged with aggravated assault and strong arm robbery. - CANYON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Canyon County Sheriff's Office
  • Carlos Reyna, 26, is charged with aggravated assault and strong arm robbery.
A six hour standoff near a Nampa elementary school ended late Monday night with a suspect taken into custody.

Nampa Police were summoned to the area around Central Elementary School at 5:30 p.m. April 20. When law enforcement arrived on the scene, they learned that 26-year-old Carlos Reyna of Nampa had barricaded himself in a home on 16th Avenue South. Police said they had reason to believe that Reyna was armed with a shotgun.

Police later confirmed that a woman said Reyna had robbed her on the sidewalk just before 5:30 p.m.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that just before midnight, the Nampa SWAT Team was able to take Reyna into custody. Reyna faces a string of charges including aggravated assault, strong arm robbery and outstanding warrants for domestic battery and drug charges.
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Video: ISU Trespassing Suspect Leaves the U.S.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 9:15 AM

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Idaho State University officials notified students Monday that a man suspected of repeatedly breaking into residence halls and touching some students has left the U.S.

A series of incidents began in early March when Sulton Sameer Bamoallem, an ISU freshman, was taken into custody after being discovered in a residence hall. And after being released from custody, Pocatello Police reported that they had arrested the same man two hours later for trespassing at another university building.

And now, KIDK-TV is reporting that Bamoallem was released into the custody of his family and has returned to his native Saudi Arabia. Court records indicate that charges of battery had been dismissed on April 17 and Bamoallem received a suspended jail sentence for other charges.

An ISU student who told KIDK-TV that Bamoallem had entered her dorm room said, "He's gone; he's out of the country; he's not my problem anymore."

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

One Idaho Inmate Captured, Another Still Missing

Posted By on Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 9:52 AM

Delaine Kreeger, 42, convicted to grand theft and possession of a controlled substance. - IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION
  • Idaho Department of Correction
  • Delaine Kreeger, 42, convicted to grand theft and possession of a controlled substance.
A female Idaho inmate went missing for a brief time in the Boise area, but was recaptured in the late-night hours of Saturday, April 18.

Officials with the Idaho Department of Correction reported that Delaine Kreeger, 42, walked away from the East Boise Women's Community Reentry Center. Kreeger's record includes felony convictions for grand theft and possession of a controlled substance. Her sentence was scheduled to have been completed in 2020, but she was scheduled to be eligible for parole in February 2016.

The East Boise Community Reentry Center is located on Old Penitentiary Road and houses minimum-security offenders so they can hold jobs, perform community service and attend treatment programs.

Krreeger was reported to have been captured at 11:10 p.m. April 18.

Darin Lish, 49, is charged with drug possession, driving without privileges and failure to appear. - BANNOCK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Bannock County Sheriff's Office
  • Darin Lish, 49, is charged with drug possession, driving without privileges and failure to appear.
Meanwhile, law enforcement in eastern Idaho are looking for another inmate who bolted from a Bannock County courtroom just as his trial was set to begin.

The Idaho State Journal reports that the incident occurred April 17 in a Pocatello courtroom. That's where 49-year-old Darin Lish, charged with drug possession and driving without privileges, said he needed a drink of water. Instead, court officials said they saw Lish leave the building and start running.

Lish now faces an additional charge of failure to appear.
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Video: Bomb Threat Triggers Tense Moments at WSU; Officials Say Alert System 'Was a Little Slow'

Posted By on Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 8:53 AM

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A student at Washington State University was taken into custody Saturday following some tense moments at the Pullman, Wash. campus, where the student allegedly made a series of death threats and said he had a bomb.

KHQ-TV reports that the incident occurred just before noon Pacific Time at the WSU recreation building. 

"He confronted two females and said something to the effect of, 'This is for all of you. All of us are going to die. WSU students are going to die,'" WSU Police Lt. Michael Larsen told KHQ-TV. 

Hundreds of students were evacuated while police investigated, but they didn't find any evidence of a bomb and no one was injured.

A student subdued the suspect as police arrived on the scene.

"He saw the cops show up and turned around and started running," said sophomore Kyle Oliver, who added that his ROTC instincts kicked in. "And that's when I just reacted and went after him because I realized the cops weren't going to be as quick And I just chased him down right here and tackled him until the police came."

Police said the suspect, Dmitry Dementyev, will undergo a mental health evaluation and could face felony harassment charges.

Meanwhile, students say they're concerned that the university's text alert system didn't send out a message about the threat until 1:56 p.m., a full two hours after the incident. 

"It would have been really good to know and be informed of what was happening," said student Brenna Kelly. 

Officials said the alert system "was a little slow."
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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Prosecutors: Idaho Suspect Charged With Rape and Theft, Was Serial Liar

Posted By on Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 9:03 AM

Michael McNearney Jr. - SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Spokane County Sheriff's Office
  • Michael McNearney Jr.
A long line of women in northern Idaho want justice for what they say was a long list of lies told by 24-year-old Michael McNearney Jr.

Among other things, prosecutors say, McNearney claimed the following:

-He was a U.S. Marine.
-He was a good friend to the local sheriff and judge.
-He was struggling with cancer.
-He was homeless and often slept on the beach of Lake Coeur d'Alene.
-He had, on several occasions, thousands of dollars in the bank.

None of it was true, according to prosecutors, adding McNearney stretched and often shattered the truth to get into the good graces of a string of women in Kootenai County.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports McNearney has been spending a lot of time in a Kootenai County courtroom in a lengthy probable cause hearing. Prosecutors said McNearney hustled thousands of dollars from the women. The Press reports at the conclusion of the hearing on April 17, the case was transferred to Idaho's First District Court where McNearney will face seven counts of felony rape in addition to grand theft.


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Foothills Slaying Suspect Appears in Ada County Court

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Adam Michael Dees is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, three felony counts of grand theft, three counts of forgery and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Ada County Sheriff's Office
  • Adam Michael Dees is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, three felony counts of grand theft, three counts of forgery and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit
A Nampa man, charged with the slaying of three adults in their Foothills home, appeared in an Ada County courtroom Thursday morning, but his attorneys asked for four more weeks before their client issues a plea to three counts of first-degree murder.

Adam Michael Dees, 22, is charged with the March killings of 80-year-old Ted Welp; his 77-year-old wife, Elaine; and their 52-year-old son, Tom. According to the indictment, Tom Welp had been stabbed in the neck and additional weapons used in the crime were a 9 mm handgun and baseball bat. It is believed that the Welps were killed on March 8 or March 9.

Dees was taken into custody shortly after the deaths for allegedly using the Welp family's credit cards at a series  of local stores.

If convicted, Dees faces the possibility of being put to death or spending the rest of his days in prison.

Fourth District Court Judge Samuel Hoagland agreed that Dees could return to court on Thursday, May 14 to enter a plea.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Video: One Capsized Canoe, A Shot of Whiskey and a Lot of Damage to an Idaho Cabin

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 12:51 PM

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Law enforcement in northern Idaho is still trying to piece together details of an incident which began with a canoe tipping over and ending in a bizarre crime spree.

KREM-TV reports that a fisherman and a friend were out on Feman Lake, near Coeur d'Alene, when their canoe capsized. The two men ended up breaking into a nearby cabin to warm up. They also called 911 from the hope. But before police arrived on the scene, one of the men took a shot of whiskey and the pair decided to hop back into their canoe and resume fishing. But the canoe capsized a second time and both men swam to shore and broke into the home a second time. The men apparently called 911 a second time and when a relative of the homeowner stopped by to check on the cabin, he found one of the men in the shower.

Police said the homeowners have decided not to press criminal charges and they're still hoping that the fisherman will chip in to repair some of the damage they caused, including a $2,000 bill to fix a solid metal door.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bandit Hits Boise Bank in Mid-Morning Robbery

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 1:04 PM

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A Boise elementary school was on a brief lock down Tuesday morning when a nearby bank was robbed.

Officials at the KeyBank on the 4900 block of Overland Road said a bandit, wearing a knit cap, sunglasses, a purple scarf and red jacket entered the bank at around 9:15 a.m. April 14. According to Boise Police the male suspect approached a teller, demanded cash and took off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police say the suspect may be driving a teal colored, 4-door sedan.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

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Former Minidoka Sheriff's Girlfriend Sentenced for Fraud

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 9:35 AM

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The girlfriend of the former sheriff of Minidoka County told a Jerome County courtroom April 13 that she knew it was "wrong having this relationship," before being sentenced to 150 hours of community service and placed on probation for her conviction of falsifying time records.

In September 2013, former Minidoka Sheriff Kevin Halverson was sentenced to 90 days in jail after prosecutors said he was having a personal relationship with a county employee, Alicia Daniel and misusing public funds.

And now, this morning's Twin Falls Time-News reports that Daniel was sentenced for making fraudulent claims, but refused to acknowledge her guilt.

“I allowed Kevin to influence me with the promises that he made. My whole world revolved around that relationship. However my job was still my job,” Daniel told Jerome County District Judge John Butler April 13. 
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