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Monday, August 19, 2013

Police Blotter: DUI's, Leaving the Scene of Crash, LSD Possession

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Rojas Perez, 23, is charged with eluding police, leaving the scene of a crash and failure to notify upon striking a fixture.

A Boise man is behind bars charged with drunk driving after police said he drove the wrong way down several one-way streets.

Early this morning, a Boise Police officer said he witnessed a suspect driving down the wrong way on Main Street. When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver took off, this time driving the wrong way on Capitol Boulevard. As police pursued the suspect, he also drove the wrong way on Ninth Street. Police said the suspect's vehicle accelerated to approximately 70 mph. Police said the driver also drove the wrong way on Eighth Street and without any headlights on.

Ultimately, Boise Police said the car crashed onto a sidewalk, hitting a bike rack, bicycle and parked car.

When Police finally took the suspect into custody, they smelled the odor of alcohol and the suspect failed several field sobriety tests.

23-year-old Rojas Perez was charged with DUI, eluding police, leaving the scene of a crash and failure to notify upon striking a fixture.

Ruben Aguilar, 33, is charged with enhanced felony DUI.

In the early morning hours of Aug. 18, Boise Police said they witnessed a suspect driving in the middle of the roadway on Main Street from 10th Street to Third Street. After stopping the vehicle, the driver failed several field sobriety tests. A check of Boise city records indicated that the suspect had several DUI arrests over the last ten years.

33 year-old Ruben Aguilar of Boise was charged with a felony count of DUI.

Andrew Williamson, 24, is charged with possession of a controlled substance.

And another traffic stop on Aug. 17 led Boise Police to the seizure of LSD.

Police said they witnessed the driver fail to use turn signals at Broadway Avenue near Federal Way. While talking to the suspect, they saw that the driver was in possession of the controlled substance.

24-year-old Andrew Williamson of Portland, Ore., was booked into the Ada County Jail on a felony count of possession of LSD.

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Boise Officials Get Update on Phosphorous Removal, Increased Sewer Rates

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM

In 2011, Boise Weekly first told you about new guidelines that included never-before-seen restrictions on phosphorous that makes its way to the Boise River. The Environmental Protection Agency had sent down new rules to the city, in order to radically reduce the amount of phosphorous that makes its way into the Boise River. The EPA said that Boise needed to bring its phosphorous discharges down from approximately 1,100 pounds per day to approximately 15 pounds daily.

"Our permits have never had a limit on phosphorous before," Paul Woods, Boise's Environmental Division manager, told BW in 2011. "This is brand new, and it's a very big issue."

The city began crafting a two-part plan, first using something called its Enhanced Biological Nutrient Removal. Secondly, the plan includes the Dixie Drain, a 49-acre parcel of land between Notus and Parma. You can read about it here.

Tuesday, Aug. 20, officials with the city's Public Works Department will brief the Boise City Council on its phosphorous-removing process and its cost, estimated to be $47 million over 20 years.

As a result, Boise residents will see an increase in their sewer rates beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1. For an average single family dwelling, the monthly charge will increase by $1.18 to $25.11 per month.

The Council will be briefed at its 3 p.m. work session Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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Idaho Hospital CEO Admits to Electronic Eavesdropping on Staff

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 9:27 AM

The CEO of an Eastern Idaho hospital has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service, a year of probation and a $1,000 fine after prosecutors alleged he mismanaged Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot. Louis Krami made an Alford plea, meaning he did not admit guilt but understands that there was sufficient evidence to convict him. As part of his plea deal, the judge suspended a 30-day jail sentence and allowed him to plead to a lesser charge of stalking rather than than the original felony charge of wiretapping.

An investigation by the office of the Idaho Attorney General revealed that Krami had wiretapped telephone calls of a number of hospital staff including the hospital's former director between June 2009 and August 2010.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General has issued an additional arrest warrant for Jack York, an information technology employee at the hospital, who is accused of helping Krami.

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1,100 Firefighters Now Battling Beaver Creek Blaze

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Like much of the past several weeks, there is good news and bad news on the Idaho fire watch today.

The Good News:
-Evacuees are returning to their homes in the communities of Pine and Featherville as the 130,000-acre Elk Complex Fire was reported to be 55 percent contained, allowing some firefighters to be reassigned to other wildlfires.
-The 23,389-acre, lightning-caused McCan Fire north of Fairfield is reported to be totally contained after burning for nearly two weeks.

The Bad News:
-A new mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the town of Atlanta. That's where the Little Queens Fire is burning about six miles north of town. Fire officials said the fire, believed to be human-caused, is estimated at 1,000 acres and growing rapidly.
-The Beaver Creek Fire, the nation's highest wildfire priority, has now burned more than 150 square miles and forced the mandatory evacuation of more than 2,000 homes, with another 7,700 under pre-evacuation order, meaning they should be ready at a moment's notice if the fire grows closer.

More than 1,100 firefighters are on the scene of the Beaver Creek Fire, which is about 9 percent contained.

Fire managers' main concern is the latest forecast, which is calling for a new weather maker to push through the region by midweek, bringing in gusty winds, some showers and a strong possibility of lightning.

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Downed Power Lines, Ammunition Hamper Firefighting of Three Alarm Garden City Blaze

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

A Boise firefighter was injured the afternoon of Aug. 18 after he was shocked by downed power lines while battling a three-alarm fire in Garden City. Additionally, three other people, including a resident of the structure that burned, were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters were called to the 200 block of N. 43rd Street after a large, two story metal and wood structure was consumed by flames. The building was a former storage facility converted to include two apartments—at least one of them occupied at the time of the blaze.

Firefighters said they heard several small explosions coming from inside the building, believed to be small arms ammunition.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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