Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Julia Davis Park Adds New Legacy for Davis Family, Idaho Agriculture

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 4:19 PM

The new Julia Davis Agriculture Pavilion includes stones etched with representatives of Idahos ag industry.
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  • The new Julia Davis Agriculture Pavilion includes stones etched with representatives of Idaho's ag industry.

A new pavilion, dedicated Tuesday afternoon in Boise's Julia Davis Park, looks to help tell the history of Idaho agriculture.

Diane Myklegard Davis, great-granddaughter of the 105-year-old park's namesake, said the new pavilion she helped create tells a story of Idaho's agriculture.

"Tom [Davis] brought agriculture to Boise, and my family is still in agriculture," she said. "It's really a big part of our lives."

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Watch the Web's Newest Star: Hurricane Sandy Sign Interpreter

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 4:04 PM

She's a Hurricane Sandy sensation, and she hasn't said a word.

Sign language interpreter Lydia Callis is giving New York City's beleaguered residents a reason to smile with her emotive, animated translations of the latest news on the superstorm from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Her whirling, lightning-fast hands have been described as "mesmerizing" and "hypnotic" by a growing fan base on Twitter.

According to NPR, Callis graduated in 2010 from the sign language interpretation program at The Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, one of the best in the country.

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Study: Flu Vaccine May Reduce Heart Disease Risk

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 3:59 PM

The flu vaccine may offer the extra benefit of heart disease protection, a new study shows.

Researchers at Women's College Hospital and the University of Toronto found that those who took the flu shot were half as likely to suffer from cardiac death or stroke.

CBS News reports that the study looked at 3,227 patients, half of whom suffered from heart disease. After one year, the results showed that those who received the vaccine were half as likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than those who took the placebo.

"For those who had the flu shot, there was a pretty strong risk reduction," said Jacob Udell, a cardiologist at Women's College Hospital and the University of Toronto, in a statement.

Researchers said the finding adds to the importance of getting the flu shot for people with a high risk of health problems.

The study was presented at the 2012 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Toronto.

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New York Stock Exchange to Reboot Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Conditions permitting, U.S. financial markets will reopen on Wednesday morning after Hurricane Sandy forced exchanges to close for two days, the longest weather-related shutdown in more than 100 years.

Reuters reported late today that the operators of the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq Stock Market and BATS Exchanges planned to open as usual.

"We are shooting hard to open tomorrow and fully expect to do so, but lots of firms are going to have either connectivity problems, or other things, so we are urging all firms to get out there and test their back-up," NYSE Euronext Chief Operating Officer Larry Leibowitz told Reuters.

The NYSE also issued a statement confirming trading “will commence on the New York Stock Exchange at 9:30 a.m. under normal opening procedures.”

Wednesday is an important day for financial markets because it marks the end of the month, when traders square their books.

The floor and building of the NYSE were spared by Hurricane Sandy, which left a trail of destruction in the city and along the East Coast after making landfall Monday night.

It was the worst storm to hit the city since at least 1938, and it was the first time U.S. financial markets had had an unplanned closure since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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Two Members of White Supremacist Gang Admit to Weapon Possession

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Two defendants in the recent crime sweep of the Aryan Knights—a white supremacist gang operating in and out of Idaho prisons—entered guilty pleas in a Boise federal courtroom today, admitting to weapon possession.

James Hood, 40, and 38-year-old Rory Palma, both of Boise, along with 19 others, were indicted on a string of charges announced in September, including distribution of methamphetamine and possessing firearms. Through the investigation, law enforcement agents identified Aryan Knights gang members who were trafficking meth, as well as associates of the gang who were the source of that meth.

Hood and Parma are scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 11, 2013. The charge of unlawful possession of a firearm is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

"With these indictments and arrests, we have made the streets safer and weakened the operations of the Aryan Knights," U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson said in September.

Olson told Citydesk that a significant number of members of the Aryan Knight gangs remain in Idaho prisons, but those convicted of the new charges will be sent out-of-state to serve additional time in federal prisons.

"Methamphetamine ruins lives, disrupts families and those seeking the drug turn to property crimes to serve their addiction," said Olson.

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Grapes of Wrath: Boise Man Busted for Wine Theft

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Jacob Christensen, 35, is charged with felony burglary.

A Boise convenience store clerk told police that a would-be customer wanted some wine last night, and plenty of it.

Jacob Christensen, 35, of Boise is behind bars charged with felony burglary and outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

Christensen walked into the store late Monday night, but the clerk refused to sell him alcohol because Christensen appeared to be intoxicated. Christensen returned a short time later, and again was refused service. But Boise Police said Christensen, upon his second attempt, picked up four boxes of wine and walked away without paying.

When Boise Police approached Christensen a short time later, officers said the suspect had a hard time keeping his balance and again appeared to be intoxicated. When he was booked into the Ada County Jail, police discovered that Christensen had two outstanding warrants.

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Tracking Idaho Firearms to National Crime Scenes

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 9:36 AM

The pathwork of different gun laws from state to state has led many criminals to purchase firearms in states with less restrictions to be used elsewhere. A new widget from New York public radio station WNYC uses data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to track origins of recovered firearms that were used in crimes.

Idaho leads the pack internally with 299 recovered guns that were initially sold in the Gem State. Next in line is Washington, which sold 48 guns that were later recovered by law enforcement in Idaho. Though there were many states with no sales of guns recovered in Idaho, the low score was Virginia, which sold four guns that were later recovered in Idaho.

Leading the pack in the other direction was California, which recovered 125 guns that were sold in Idaho.

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Large Jury Pool for Bujak Trial Temporarily Bounces Media

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Reporters were bounced from a Canyon County courtroom Monday morning, when 3rd District Senior Judge G.D. Carey said an extra-abundant jury pool took up all the space.

"There was just no room for anyone else," Carey told the Associated Press. "When there's a choice between reporters and jurors, the jurors get the seats."

Carey added that reporters were "more than welcome to be in there for the rest of the trial."

Reporters are anxious to get inside Carey's courtroom to cover the trial of former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak, who is charged with felony misuse of public funds.

The AP reports that Monday's jury selection began with a pool of 65 potential jurors.

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Police: Idaho Woman Who Committed Cancer Fraud Also Faked Pregnancy

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 9:30 AM

A Buhl woman, already charged with an elaborate cancer fundraising scam, in which she and her husband told neighbors that their daughter needed funds to battle leukemia, now faces additional charges for faking a pregnancy to seek financial help.

Michael Holley (left) and Lisa Holley (right) were charged with grand theft by deception.
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  • Michael Holley (left) and Lisa Holley (right) have been charged with grand theft by deception.

In August, Citydesk told you about Lisa Holley and her husband, Michael, who, according to police, were planning a car wash and raffle fundraiser while telling neighbors that their daughter had leukemia. Law enforcement said, in fact, the couple was raising money to pay a lawyer to help them regain custody of their daughter.

At the time of the August arrest, police also confiscated gift certificates and gift cards that had been donated to the family from several retailers.

This morning's Twin Falls Time-News reports that Lisa Holley has also recently been charged with felony theft by deception. Prosecutors say Holley told a church pastor she needed financial help because she was pregnant with triplets. She received $1,400 in money and/or merchandise.

Holley claims she was pregnant but miscarried, but prosecutors say hospital records in Twin Falls and Jerome show nothing to indicate Holley was pregnant.

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Fish and Game Setting Mountain Lion Traps Near Boise River

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 9:25 AM

While a mountain lion continues to evade capture by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the next step, officers say, is to set traps along the Boise River, where the cougar has been repeatedly spotted by residents.

For the better part of a month, at least one mountain lion has been sighted near the river. Fish and Game fear that the cat "has grown habituated" to humans and poses a significant safety threat. Officers have already marked several areas of the Boise Greenbelt with signs warning the public about the mountain lion and their traps.

The most recent sightings were on Oct. 24, one a mile south of the Boise River on a ditch bank near West Marigold and North Garrett streets and another on the west end of Duck Lake Lane near the river bank, approximately one-half mile from the first sighting.

Additionally, a Garden City homeowner said his dog required surgery after being attacked by a mountain lion in a back yard near East Eddy Place. The Meadow Creek Homeowners Association has been cautioning neighbors regarding the incident.

Volunteers have been using ATVs and hunting dogs to track the animal's scent.

Meanwhile, Police in Nampa reported Monday that they received reports of a cougar spotted near Nampa's Ridgecrest Golf Course. Fish and Game responded to the call but were unable to find the animal.

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