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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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Thursday, April 9, 2015

UPDATE: Adam Dees Indicted for Welp Family Murders in Foothill Home

Posted By and on Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 9:27 AM

Adam Michael Dees is charged with 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
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  • Adam Michael Dees is charged with three felony counts of grand theft, three counts of forgery and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
Update: April 9, 2015

22-year-old Adam Dees was indicted on three counts of first-degree murder a full month after members of a Boise family were found slain in their Foothills home.

During an April 10th hearing, Dees was ordered held without bond by 4th District Magistrate Michael Oths.

Dees, of Nampa, is accused of the killings of 80-year-old Ted Welp, his 77-year-old wife Elaine Welp and their 52-year-old son Tom Welp. 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's believed that the Welps were killed on March 8 or 9.

Dees had been taken into custody shortly thereafter for allegedly using the Welp family's credit cards at a local store.

Ada County prosecutors have given few details regarding the crime, adding that no decision had been made on whether they will seek the death penalty if Dees is convicted.

Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney said 50 detectives, crime scene investigators and patrol deputies had worked on the case, putting in more than 1,000 hours into their investigation.

Dees' next court appearance is an arraignment, set for Thursday, April 16, before 4th District Judge Sam Hoagland. Dees is expected to enter pleas to the charges at that time.

Update March 13, 2015 2:55 p.m.:

Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney has released telling comments regarding a triple homicide in the Boise Foothills that was discovered Tuesday.

"A few days ago, I could not confidently tell you not to be concerned about your s after. Today, I  feel comfortable saying that you can sleep peacefully tonight—without fear and worry of an ongoing threat to the community," he wrote.

Detectives have recovered a diamond engagement ring belonging to the victims after witnesses said they'd seen it in the possession of Adam Dees, who has been arrested and charged with three felony counts of grand theft, three counts of forgery and a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit—all in connection with the triple homicide. 

Original Post March 13, 2015 11:28 a.m.:

The Ada County Sheriff's office has released more details of its investigation into the violent killing of three people at a Foothills home earlier this week, KTVB reports

Adam Michael Dees, 22, of Nampa, was arrested Wednesday on three felony counts of grand theft, three counts of forgery and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit in connection with the deaths.

Prosecutors told reporters that Dees spent money using credits belonging to the victims at Barbacoa, Buckle and the Oakley shop at Boise Towne Square Mall, and Best Buy, where he purchased a car stereo. According to Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney, Dees also tried to sell a wedding ring that may have been taken from the victims. 

Dees has not been charged with the killings, though 4th District Magistrate Judge Theresa Gardunia set his bail at $2 million on the theft charges. According to his attorney, Isaiah Govia, Dees has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and is on suicide watch at the Ada County Jail.

During a press conference on Thursday, Raney described the scene at the victims' home as among the grisliest of his career.

"In my 31 years in law enforcement, I probably have not seen a bloodier or more violent murder occur," he said.

Meanwhile, the three victims have been identified by the Ada County Coroner as Theodore "Ted" Welp, 80; Delores "Elaine" Welp, 77; and their son, Thomas "Tom" Welp, 52. Both Elaine and Ted were Idaho natives, moving to Tucson, Ariz., while Ted pursued a career in the energy industry, working as senior vice president at Tucson Electric and CEO of Alamito. After moving to Boise, the Welps maintained a ranch west of Stanley and gave to religious charities and programs for the deaf and blind. 
Delores "Elaine" and Ted Welp. Not pictured: Tom Welp. - WELL FAMILY/ADA COUNTY SHERIFF
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  • Delores "Elaine" and Ted Welp. Not pictured: Tom Welp.

In a statement released Thursday by the Ada County Sheriff's Office, members of the Welp family wrote:
We are deeply saddened by the unexpected and tragic loss of our beloved parents and brother. No words can adequately express the grief and despair we are feeling. These were kind, caring and generous people who meant so much to us and have been senselessly taken from us.  

Please respect our family’s need for privacy during this difficult time. We truly appreciate the outpouring of love, condolences and prayers from family, friends and members of the community.
The investigation is ongoing, and police have asked anyone with information about the crime to call Ada County dispatch at 208-377-6790.
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Boise Police Issue Description of Attempted Child Abduction Suspect

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 11:27 AM

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Boise Police say they're investigating a possible child abduction in a southeast Boise neighborhood.

Law enforcement were dispatched to the intersection of East Whitman and East Eastgate drives Thursday afternoon. That's where citizens told police that a man approached two two children and tried to abduct a girl under the age of ten. The alleged suspect was stopped by another juvenile and a pet.

Police offered the following description of the male suspect:

- A dark-skinned Caucasian male in this twenties or thirties
- Brown hair
- Wearing brown pants and a white shirt
- The suspect had a "noticeable dental imperfection on a front tooth."
- He was last seen driving away in a "white box van"

If anyone has any information, they're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS or Ada County Dispatch at 377-6790.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Idaho State Police Officer Charged With DUI, Placed on Leave

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 9:44 AM

Clark Rollins is charged with DUI and unlawful transportation of an alcoholic beverage. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
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  • Clark Rollins is charged with DUI and unlawful transportation of an alcoholic beverage.
A major with the Idaho State Police has been placed on administrative leave following his March 25 arrest.

ISP reports that Maj. Clark Rollins was charged with a misdemeanor DUI and another misdemeanor charge of unlawful transportation of an alcoholic beverage by the Meridian Police Department. Meridian police say they pulled Rollins' car over for a traffic violation.

Rollins bonded out of the Ada County Jail after being processed Wednesday night.

In addition to the criminal charges, Rollins will also be subject to an internal investigation regarding possible violations of ISP policies.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Video: Idaho Woman Wants Compensation for PTSD Following Deadly Shooting in Her Back Yard

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 11:09 AM

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A northern Idaho woman says she suffers from extreme emotional distress and no longer feels safe after her backyard became the scene of an officer-related shooting last summer.

An official inquiry to the June 2014 incident concluded Coeur d'Alene police were justified in the shooting but KREM-TV reports that the woman, Sarah Shields, is now planning to sue the City of Coeur d'Alene because she's anxious anytime she sees a police officer.

Police said Thomas White, a suspect in a domestic dispute, pointed a gun at law enforcement before they fired. White was killed by the gunfire.

But the woman who witnessed the shooting says the City of Coeur d'Alene didn't even clean up the bloody mess following the shooting. She also says police never attempted to clear her from her home during the incident. But bullets damaged her windows, walls and pieces of furniture.

The woman is looking for $18,009 in compensation for her emotional and post-traumatic stress.


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

UPDATE: Man in Custody in Relation to 3 Found Dead in North Ada County Home

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 10:14 PM

Adam Michael Dees is charged with 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
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  • Adam Michael Dees is charged with three felony counts of grand theft three counts of forgery and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
Update 10:09 p.m.:

The Ada County Sheriff's office has released the name and charges filed against a man in connection with three deaths in a home on Cartwright Road in north Ada County.

Adam Michael Dees is charged with three felony counts of grand theft, three counts of forgery and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

The charges have been filed against Dees in connection with the Cartwright Road case, but the police investigation into the deaths continues.

Anyone with information about the crime should call Ada County dispatch at 208-377-6790.

Update 6:37 p.m.:

A man is being held in relation to the deaths of three people in a north Ada County home, though that person's relation to the crime has not yet been disclosed.

Ada County Sheriff's detectives have also seized a 2003 Subaru Legacy station wagon seen near the home during a period of time significant to the case.

While law enforcement has indicated that the victims were family members, their identities or the manner in which they died will not be released until the Ada County Coroner's office has conducted autopsies and notified next of kin.

Original Post 10:04 a.m.:

Ada County Sheriff's detectives are investigating what happened to three people found dead late Tuesday morning in a foothills home in north Ada County.

A family member, who hadn't heard from residents of the home on North Cartwright Road since Sunday, went to check on them Tuesday and reported finding suspicious circumstances.

Deputies found signs of a struggle inside the home, which is near Pierce Park Road. Evidence found there suggests foul play.

The victims have been tentatively identified, but their names will not be released until the Ada County Coroner's office has completed autopsies and determined the manner and cause of their deaths. 

Ada County Sheriff's officials could offer no updates Wednesday morning. According to a news release, the investigation is "very much open and ongoing."


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

UPDATE: Boise Police Release Photo of Bench-Area Robbery Suspect

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 11:29 AM

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This suspect is believed to have been involved in an early morning convenience store robbery on the Bench. - BOISE POLICE DEPARTMENT
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  • This suspect is believed to have been involved in an early morning convenience store robbery on the Bench.

Update:


Boise Police investigators have released photos of a suspect involved in an early morning convenience store  armed robbery. They have also released a photo of the suspect's vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding this mornings’ robbery is encouraged to call crimestoppers at 343-COPS.

Original Post 11:30 a.m.

The Boise Police Department is on the lookout for an armed man suspected of robbing a convenience store on the Boise Bench this morning.

At around 1:18 a.m. the morning of March 10, a man walked into a gas station on the 4100 block of West Nez Perce St. near Hillcrest Country Club. The suspect then displayed a weapon and demanded cash. According to eyewitnesses, the man then fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Luckily, no one was injured in the altercation.

Witnesses described the suspect as male, and wearing a dark hoodie, mask and gloves. 
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BPD Announces New Deputy Chief Amid Shooting Investigation, Ombudusman Search

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 11:19 AM

Deputy Chief of Operations Eugene Smith - BOISE POLICE DEPARTMENT
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Weeks after it was announced that Bill Bones would replace Mike Masterson as chief of the Boise Police Department, a new new deputy chief of operations has been named.

Eugene Smith has been promoted to the No. 2 spot in the department after serving as patrol captain. Prior to that he served as an officer and commander, as well as in special operations and administration. A 19-year veteran of the department, he has 26 years of law enforcement experience. 

"I enjoy and consider it a privilege to work with this community and members of the Boise Police Department to meet the challenges and opportunities we face each day," Smith stated in a news release. "The service our officers provide can inspire others to ensure Boise stays a safe and inviting place."

Smith has experience collaborating with law enforcement and other first responders. He is a founding member of the Multi-Agency Coordination for Law Enforcement team, which provides training and team building among police, fire and medical service providers. He also has training and experience in homeland security and disaster response. 

His promotion comes at a time of change for BPD. Longtime Chief Mike Masterson retired in January, passing the baton to Chief Bill Bones. The department is currently conducting a search for a mental health coordinator to better educate police on how to interact with people experiencing mental health crises and work with mental health care providers to connect those people with services. The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of encounters between police and those in need of psychological help.

BPD is also elevating Smith in the midst of the investigation into the Feb. 16 officer-involved shooting of Michael Casper, as well as the city's search for a new ombudsman, which provides civilian oversight of police activities and investigations into "critical incidents" like officer-involved shootings. The city, meanwhile, has announced it will reduce the ombudsman's position from a full- to part-time job.
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Video: Investigators Thaw Cold Case of Headless Torso in Eastern Idaho

Posted By on Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 10:35 AM

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Eastern Idaho law enforcement officials have reopened a cold case—the case is so cold, it has been on ice since 1979, when a headless torso was discovered near the Civil Defense Caves in rural Clark County (population less than 1,000). Two years after the torso was discovered, arms and legs were also discovered but a head has never been found.

KIDK-TV reports that the Clark County Sheriff's Office will now turn to a team from Idaho State University and new technology to help identify the victim. Deputy John Clements said the technology will allow investigators to "locate really good potential places to search."

"This is not a celebratory occasion," ISU graduate student Daria Van Dolsen told KIDK-TV. "This is a horrible thing that happened to somebody." 

Law enforcement is hoping that renewed interest in the case might encourage the public to provide even the "smallest piece of information." The Clark County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to call 208-374-5403
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Driver Killed in Pre-Dawn Accident Near Boise Airport

Posted By on Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 9:10 AM

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Boise police are investigating an early morning fatality, following a bad vehicle crash near the Boise Airport.

The incident began at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Vista Avenue near West Targee Street, when an officer spotted an SUV driving recklessly. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver of the SUV accelerated and took off southbound on Vista. A short time later, the vehicle was spotted after it crashed into a building on the 2000 block of West Airport Way.

The driver, an unidentified male, was the only occupant of the SUV. He was rushed to a local hospital and pronounced dead a short time later. Boise police have requested the assistance of a multi-agency crash reconstruction team to investigate the incident.


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