Friday, April 20, 2012

Star News: Criminal Charges Being Recommended Against Valley County Sheriff

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 9:16 AM

The Idaho Attorney General's Office has been asked to look into criminal allegations against the Valley County sheriff, her chief deputy and a sergeant at the Valley County Jail.

The McCall Star News reports this morning that an investigation is recommending that Valley County Sheriff Patti Bolen be charged with resisting and obstructing officers, her Chief Deputy John Coombs be charged with concealing evidence, and Sgt. Dave Snider be charged with destruction of public records.

The Star News reports that the allegations stem from the arrest of a 15-year-old Cascade boy, charged with setting a fire at a Cascade school in October 2011. The Cascade Police Department requested that the McCall Chief of Police Jerry Summers investigate the arson since Summers is a trained arson investigator. Summers asked that the youth be taken to the Valley County Jail for fingerprinting. But Bolen determined that having a juvenile at the jail was improper. That's where things got very complicated regarding the suspect's affidavit of probable cause, which never made it to his arraignment in Valley County Magistrate's Court. Summers launched a formal investigation, but Bolen refused to be interviewed by Summers and she ordered her subordinates not to cooperate.

Summers' full report was sent to the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney's Office to look into the findings. Canyon County prosecutors have forwarded the matter to the AG's office.

Meanwhile, Bolen is facing a challenge in the upcoming May 15 primary election from another of her subordinates former Valley County Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Gestrin.

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