True Crime Booze Special 

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BOOZE, PUNCH FACTORS

IN BOISEAN'S DEATH

Noah Hopper is dead.

The 26-year-old Boisean died Sept. 8, of injuries that raised the suspicions of doctors, who called the Boise Police Department.

Investigators found that Hopper and at least two acquaintances had apparently been drinking at the Julia Davis Park bandshell late Sunday night, Sept. 6, into early Monday morning.

Somewhere around the 2 a.m. hour, Hopper was allegedly punched in the face by one of his drinking buddies. Police identified the puncher as Joshua Luman, also 26 years old, and also of Boise.

The punch allegedly felled Hopper, who injured his head in the fall.

Police reports say Hopper's acquaintances, including Luman, took the injured man to a Boise home. At about 5 p.m. that Monday, Luman and other acquaintances took the unconscious victim to the hospital after failing to waken him. Hopper was pronounced dead the following morning.

Luman was originally charged with second-degree murder. But county prosecutors downgraded that to involuntary manslaughter at Luman's Sept. 9 arraignment.

A preliminary hearing in the case is set for Sept. 23. Involuntary manslaughter carries a prison term of up to 10 years.

In an obituary published on Sept. 11, in the

Idaho Statesman

, Hopper was remembered as being full of love--for composing and producing music; for all sports, but especially basketball; for the East Coast, his second home; and for spending time at the ocean.

He also left behind his "reason for living," a young son. Hopper graduated from Mountain Home High School and planned to attend Boise State.

BOOZING LEADS TO SPATE

OF ARRESTS, CITATIONS

If the above tragedy isn't enough to sober you up, try these statistics:

200: the number of traffic stops made by DUI Task Force officers overnight on Saturday, Sept. 5, in Boise.

21: the number of DUI arrests made that night.

154: the number of open-container citations issued before, during and after the Sept. 4 Boise State-Oregon game.

18: the number of minors ticketed for illegal consumption of alcohol before, during and after the game.

4: the number of sports fans cited for urinating in public.

2: the number of game-related DUI arrests.

4: the number of other alcohol-related arrests made at the game.

After years of proactive drunken-driving campaigns, alcohol abuse is still bad enough that Boise Police felt compelled to form another task force with Nampa, Caldwell and Idaho State police departments.

ALLEGED BURGLAR NABBED

AT RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT

Another teenaged girl lands behind bars after allegedly losing control of her sticky fingers in a retail setting.

BPD dispatched officers to a store on the 5200 block of West Franklin on Sept. 9 at about 4 p.m.

That's when loss-prevention employees called to say they'd watched a woman conceal goods and leave the store without coughing up the cash owed.

Besides the pilfered goods, a subsequent search of the 18-year-old Mountain Home resident allegedly turned up what investigators described as a "controlled-substance pill." Unfortunately for her, the requisite prescription was not to be found.

The result? Two felony charges, one for burglary and another for possession of a prescription medication.

Note to shoplifters: Leave your stash at home so that when you get caught, you'll face only one felony charge instead of two.

Tell BW your true crime stories. E-mail editor@boiseweekly.com.

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