October 27 2004 


: From the most bizarre depths of the repression blotter: on October 10, Boise Police responded to a call of "unusual activity" near a West Boise Church. Upon arriving, the constables spied several members of the church youth group placing Hostess Fruit Pies in the middle of traffic on the nearby roadway. The point of this game: to see whose pie was blessed with the ability to stay unsquashed by motorists the longest. Children whose pastries were not virtuous enough to survive this test of faith had to run out into the street, get down and lap up the demon pie remnants, along with any incidental gravel, tar and animal matter mixed therein. Officers contacted nearby adult chaperones and explained that the contest was good for neither the kids nor the pies. They ceased the activity, and no police report was taken.


A former Mormon stake president from Montana plead guilty on October 12 to charges that he attempted to solicit sex from Boise Police officers posing on the Internet as a 14-year old girl. Clayton R. Hildreth, 51, of Dillon, Montana corresponded with detectives through a dozen instant message conversations over six weeks, and twice sent sexually explicit images of himself to them. The detectives, accordingly, played the part of a willing minor so well that Hilldreth drove to Boise on June 23, 2004 bearing a cornucopia of romantic implements including three condoms, intimate apparel and a digital camera. He was arrested by Boise Police upon arriving at what he believed was the girl's home. Hilldreth faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and $250,000 in fines, and will be sentenced on January 24.


The Boise Police drug task force known as Bandit has located and disabled Boise's second known DMT lab, as well an active meth lab. Casey Allen, 20 and Valerie LaChapelle, 43, both of Boise, were taken into custody after a team of Boise Police and Ada County Sheriffs targeted their apartment south of Overland Road. The pair face charges of conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance. A juvenile at the scene was also taken into custody.

Unlike the noxious and synthetic process used to manufacture meth, DMT is a relatively easy to produce drug made from certain varieties of bark--usually the Reed Canary grass, which grows wild throughout the Western United States. Users normally melt the bark in order to extract the hallucinogen, whose desired effects can only be activated via smoking or injection. DMT is said to be shorter-acting but more intense than LSD, and all the implements to manufacture DMT are easily and legally available over the Internet. The first bust in Boise for a DMT lab took place in March of 2003.


A former chemist for the local paint store chain Ponderosa Paint pled guilty on September 27 to illegally disposing of thousands of gallons of toxic paint waste in Boise, Nampa and Wilder. Robert Mominee, 37, of Nampa admitted to U.S. Attorneys that he, with the assistance of former Ponderosa owner Dennis D. Ellis, transported between 3000 and 4700 gallons of methyl ethyl ketone peroxide, xyline, toluene and acetone to Mominee's home and the home of another Ponderosa employee. Some of the waste was burned, while some was simply stored, but neither action was permitted or authorized under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

The illegal transport took place in April of 2000, when Ellis sold Ponderosa to the national conglomerate Kelly Moore Paints for $14 million. As a condition of sale, Ellis agreed to dispose of the waste buried in the Ponderosa "boneyard," all of which was classified as hazardous waste. Ellis was sentenced to 30 days home detention, six months probation and $85,000 in fines for his actions. Mominee, on the other hand, faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and will be sentenced on December 3.

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