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Monday, April 13, 2015

Former AEHI Vice President, Described by Attorneys As Having No Responsibilities, Will Plead Guilty to Fraud

Posted By on Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 2:43 PM

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In February 2011, Boise Weekly interviewed Jennifer Ransom, former vice president of Alternate Energy Holdings, Inc., after listening to AEHI's CEO Don Gillispie describe her as "a pretty blonde" in a federal court hearing where prosecutors alleged that the company was a shell for a "pump and dump" scheme.

"Quite frankly, Asians like a pretty blonde face to look at," said Gilliespie. "So it doesn't hurt." Gillispie referred to the numerous trips that he and Ransom had taken together, including to the Far East.

In fact, AEHI attorneys presented Ransom as a secretary with "no day-to-day responsibilities." During the hearing, AEHI attorneys referred to something called Bosco Financial LLC, through which hundreds of thousands of dollars had flowed. Ransom later told BW that "Bosco" was the name of a family dog.

A few months later, Ransom resigned from AEHI, citing "significant health-related issues."

And now Ransom has reached a plea agreement where she is expected to plead guilty of one count of securities fraud and forfeit more than $580,000 when she returns to the federal courthouse in Boise on Tuesday, April 21.

Meanwhile, Gillispie continues to fight charges of conspiracy and securities fraud and is still slated for a federal court trial this coming July.
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Idaho AG: More Criminal Charges Against Eastern Idaho Lawman

Posted By on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 9:20 AM

Jefferson County Sheriff Blair Olsen
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The news keeps getting worse for Jefferson County Sheriff Blair Olsen.

In January, Olsen was indicted on multiple counts of misuse of public funds, and now KIDK-TV reports that Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is looking to lodge more charges against the eastern Idaho sheriff. In particular, a new motion has been filed, accusing Olsen of threatening witnesses and potential witnesses, and attempting to extort "a favorable resolution" in his criminal trial.

But Olsen's attorneys are firing back, saying a Jefferson county employee was "inappropriately touched by an investigator." The state claims that those charges were filed "to work out a deal," according to KIDK-TV. Olsen's trial is set to begin Monday, May 11.


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Video: Idaho Woman Said She Was Victim of Abuse, But Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Posted By on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 9:14 AM

Jackie Reed, 52, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and  ordered to pay $40,000 restitution.
  • Jackie Reed, 52, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay $40,000 restitution.
An Idaho woman, convicted of killing her husband and leaving the body in a Shoshone County home for more than a year, has been ordered to 15 years behind bars, 7 of those years fixed.

52-year-old Jackie Reed was arrested in July 2013 when police in the Shoshone County town of Osburn recovered the body of 55-year-old Gregory Reed. Reed told police that she was a victim of abuse and it was later confirmed that the husband had been charged with battery in 2001. 

But when relatives contacted police about Gregory Reed's whereabouts—he had been missing for several months—police found his body in his Osburn home. It turns out that the wife had been living in a trailer just outside the home. It was also learned that Jackie Reed had been cashing her husband' social security checks after his death.

KREM-TV reports that Reed pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced to prison April 8, and ordered to pay nearly $40,000 in restitution to the State of Idaho and Social Security Administration.


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Update: The Mysterious Case of the Missing Cabin

Posted By on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 8:13 AM

Once upon a time, there was a cabin in the woods. But then it mysteriously vanished. - KREM
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  • Once upon a time, there was a cabin in the woods. But then it mysteriously vanished.
UPDATE: April 10, 2015

Law enforcement confirmed that citizens tips led them to the discovery of a stolen cabin. The cabin was recently reported missing when a family discovered that a lock on their front gate had been cut and the entire cabin was taken off of its foundation.

KREM-TV reports that someone called the Stevens County (Wash.) Sheriff's Office to say that they saw the cabin rolling past on the back of a trailer.

Ultimately, Sheriff's deputies spotted the cabin on private property on the other side of Springdale, Wash. 

"I'm glad they found it and I hope they catch the people that did it and they might think twice about going through Springdale again," said Linda Ritts, who called the tip into law enforcement.



ORIGINAL POST: April 9, 2015

Thieves in the eastern Washington community of Loon Lake made off with a lot more than personal belongings when they broke into a cabin. They took the whole cabin.

KREM-TV reports that the cabin's owners discovered that crooks had cut the lock on a front gate and took the entire cabin off of its foundation. The cabin had been at its location for four years, complete with bunk beds and camping gear.

"They even took the steps and the paving blocks," said owner Moose Hempel. "I had a little deck out here—it's gone too."



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Thursday, April 9, 2015

BW Video: Rallying Against Child Abuse at Idaho Capitol

Posted By and on Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 11:50 AM


Students and volunteers setting up balloons ahead of the Rally Against Child Abuse rally at the Idaho State Capitol. Each balloon represents 10 reported cases of child abuse in Idaho. - HARRISON BERRY
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  • Students and volunteers setting up balloons ahead of the Rally Against Child Abuse rally at the Idaho State Capitol. Each balloon represents 10 reported cases of child abuse in Idaho.
The speakers and attendees at the Rally Against Child Abuse on the capitol steps agreed: The cold, drizzly rain and gusty winds made for fittingly bleak weather for their subject. Every year, thousands of Idaho children are physically and sexually abused, but this rally leaned more toward how this hidden social ill affects individuals and their communities.

"I was sexually abused as a kid and was happened was I grew up thinking I was bad. ...I saw it as being my fault," said Matt Pipkin. "And that lie that I was bad took root."

Pipkin said he suffered for 20 years in silence before seeking help. He's now the founder and CEO of Speak Your Silence, a nonprofit that raises awareness about childhood sexual assault and connects victims with appropriate counseling services.

"[Childhood sexual abuse] is not a coffee table conversation piece. We're trying to change that into something people can be really excited to do something about and not take action because it's dreary and a bummer if they don't," he said.

According Pipkin, one in five Americans—some 39 million adults—has experienced some kind of sexual assault prior to the age of 18, but law enforcement officials, including Ada County Prosecutor Jan Bennett and Boise Police Chief Bill Bones, the social stigma surrounding these kinds of crimes make the frequency with which they occur extremely difficult to measure. Bennett said that Ada County's FACES program received 2,100 reports of such abuse in 2014.

"It's a hidden crime too often," Bones said. "It affects [victims] for a lifetime."


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UPDATE: Adam Dees Indicted for Welp Family Murders in Foothill Home

Posted By and on Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 9:27 AM

Adam Michael Dees is charged with three felony counts of grand theft, three counts of forgery and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF
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  • Adam Michael Dees is charged with three felony counts of grand theft, three counts of forgery and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
Update: April 9, 2015

22-year-old Adam Dees was indicted on three counts of first-degree murder a full month after members of a Boise family were found slain in their Foothills home.

During an April 10th hearing, Dees was ordered held without bond by 4th District Magistrate Michael Oths.

Dees, of Nampa, is accused of the killings of 80-year-old Ted Welp, his 77-year-old wife Elaine Welp and their 52-year-old son Tom Welp. According to the indictment, Tom Welp had been stabbed in the neck and additional weapons used in the crime were a 9 mm handgun and baseball bat. It's believed that the Welps were killed on March 8 or 9.

Dees had been taken into custody shortly thereafter for allegedly using the Welp family's credit cards at a local store.

Ada County prosecutors have given few details regarding the crime, adding that no decision had been made on whether they will seek the death penalty if Dees is convicted.

Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney said 50 detectives, crime scene investigators and patrol deputies had worked on the case, putting in more than 1,000 hours into their investigation.

Dees' next court appearance is an arraignment, set for Thursday, April 16, before 4th District Judge Sam Hoagland. Dees is expected to enter pleas to the charges at that time.

Update March 13, 2015 2:55 p.m.:

Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney has released telling comments regarding a triple homicide in the Boise Foothills that was discovered Tuesday.

"A few days ago, I could not confidently tell you not to be concerned about your s after. Today, I  feel comfortable saying that you can sleep peacefully tonight—without fear and worry of an ongoing threat to the community," he wrote.

Detectives have recovered a diamond engagement ring belonging to the victims after witnesses said they'd seen it in the possession of Adam Dees, who has been arrested and charged with three felony counts of grand theft, three counts of forgery and a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit—all in connection with the triple homicide. 

Original Post March 13, 2015 11:28 a.m.:

The Ada County Sheriff's office has released more details of its investigation into the violent killing of three people at a Foothills home earlier this week, KTVB reports

Adam Michael Dees, 22, of Nampa, was arrested Wednesday on three felony counts of grand theft, three counts of forgery and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit in connection with the deaths.

Prosecutors told reporters that Dees spent money using credits belonging to the victims at Barbacoa, Buckle and the Oakley shop at Boise Towne Square Mall, and Best Buy, where he purchased a car stereo. According to Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney, Dees also tried to sell a wedding ring that may have been taken from the victims. 

Dees has not been charged with the killings, though 4th District Magistrate Judge Theresa Gardunia set his bail at $2 million on the theft charges. According to his attorney, Isaiah Govia, Dees has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and is on suicide watch at the Ada County Jail.

During a press conference on Thursday, Raney described the scene at the victims' home as among the grisliest of his career.

"In my 31 years in law enforcement, I probably have not seen a bloodier or more violent murder occur," he said.

Meanwhile, the three victims have been identified by the Ada County Coroner as Theodore "Ted" Welp, 80; Delores "Elaine" Welp, 77; and their son, Thomas "Tom" Welp, 52. Both Elaine and Ted were Idaho natives, moving to Tucson, Ariz., while Ted pursued a career in the energy industry, working as senior vice president at Tucson Electric and CEO of Alamito. After moving to Boise, the Welps maintained a ranch west of Stanley and gave to religious charities and programs for the deaf and blind. 
Delores "Elaine" and Ted Welp. Not pictured: Tom Welp. - WELL FAMILY/ADA COUNTY SHERIFF
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  • Delores "Elaine" and Ted Welp. Not pictured: Tom Welp.

In a statement released Thursday by the Ada County Sheriff's Office, members of the Welp family wrote:
We are deeply saddened by the unexpected and tragic loss of our beloved parents and brother. No words can adequately express the grief and despair we are feeling. These were kind, caring and generous people who meant so much to us and have been senselessly taken from us.  

Please respect our family’s need for privacy during this difficult time. We truly appreciate the outpouring of love, condolences and prayers from family, friends and members of the community.
The investigation is ongoing, and police have asked anyone with information about the crime to call Ada County dispatch at 208-377-6790.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Former BYU-Idaho Student, Convicted of Fraud, To Be Jailed and Then Deported

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 1:34 PM

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Former BYU-Idaho student, 24-year-old Jacob Espinal has been sentenced for altering his grades so he could get $7,000 in scholarships.

Over a two-year period, Espinal, a graduation specialist at BYU-Idaho's Student Records and Registrations Office, altered computer records to show he had an associate degree he didn't earn. Prosecutors say Espinal also changed his academic standing from probation to good and gave himself straight A's. Even more egregious, prosecutors say Espinal was able to secure nearly $7,000 in scholarships because of the grade changes: $5,000 was disbursed and used.

Espinal sent altered transcripts to BYU, the University of Utah and LDS Business College.

KIDK-TV reports Espinal was sentenced April 6 in a Madison County courtroom. He was ordered to spend 180 more days behind bars—he has already spent 151 days in jail—but as a condition of probation, he will be released within 29 days and returned to Honduras, which has an immigration hold on Espinal.


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Two Suspects Caught, Third Still At Large After Drive-By Shootings on Boise Bench

Posted By on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 9:37 AM

Boise police have two suspects behind bars and are looking for a third following an overnight incident where several shot were fired toward at least three Boise Bench homes.

The incident began shortly after 6 p.m. on April 6, when neighbors in the 1200 block of Security Lane near Kootenai and Orchard Streets reported shots being fired. Police said they found evidence of damage to at least three homes.

Soon after, police spotted a vehicle near Cassia and Phillippi, but its occupants—two men and a woman—took off on foot. Police apprehended one suspect in front of Borah High School and a second suspect about three hours later but said they're still looking for the female suspect. Police later indicated that the shootings were not random, and they believed "the suspects had a target in mind when they fired into the homes."

Zachary Tharp, 26, of Nampa was charged with three counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm into a dwelling and resisting and obstructing officers.

Damon Wall, 21, of Bellevue, Idaho, was charged with three counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm into a dwelling, burglary, criminal possession of a financial transaction card and resisting and obstructing officers.
Zachary Tharp, 26, is charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm into a dwelling and resisting and obstructing officers. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
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  • Zachary Tharp, 26, is charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm into a dwelling and resisting and obstructing officers.
Damon Wall, 21, is charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm into a dwelling, burglary, criminal possession of a financial transaction card and resisting and obstructing officers. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
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  • Damon Wall, 21, is charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm into a dwelling, burglary, criminal possession of a financial transaction card and resisting and obstructing officers.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Video: Alleged Pranksters Who Spread Saran Wrap Across Idaho Highway Face Serious Charges

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 10:37 AM

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In late March, we first heard about some pranksters who had been stretching Saran wrap across Interstate 90 in Idaho's panhandle. Now, law enforcement officials say they've identified the teenagers responsible for what they call "a dangerous and shocking" joke. More importantly, the teens could face some serious time behind bars.

KREM-TV reports that the pranksters are accused of putting drivers in danger of being killed when they stretched the plastic wrap across I-90. At least one car was seriously damaged by the prank, according to Shoshone County Sheriff's deputies.

Officials said the charges may include malicious injury to property, punishable by a $1,000 fine and a year in jail. If the damage exceeds $1,000, the charges could be bumped up to a felony, which triggers a possible five-year jail sentence.  

KREM-TV reports that it will take several weeks for prosecutors to determine the exact charges against the teens.



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Sunk: Idaho AG Blasts Now-Defunct Idaho Aquarium

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 10:24 AM

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A blistering report from the Idaho Attorney General's Office says not enough people were keeping an eye on the books while people were watching the fish at the Idaho Aquarium and, as a result, the nonprofit's assets weren't properly protected.

In his report, Wasden pointed to:
  • "Inadequate record-keeping practices," including incomplete and accurate tax, inventory and board records.
  • "Excessive" compensation and benefits to top executives, including $140,000 to Ammon Covino, who spent a bulk of his time in Oregon.
  • Inadequate supervision by the aquarium's board of directors, failing to protect charitable assets and a "laissez-faire approach."
  • Failure to remove executives even after the federal government indicted the top honchos of the aquarium.
"In this case, the former members of the board didn’t understand or fulfill their responsibilities, and, as a result, the aquarium and its mission suffered," Wasden wrote.

Separate federal indictments slapped aquarium co-founders Christopher Conk and Ammon Covino, and Idaho Aquarium ceased operations in the fall of 2014. Both were sent to federal prison.  Meanwhile the newly-founded Aquarium of Boise, with no relationship to Idaho Aquarium, owns and operates the facility. The new corporation's leadership team has voluntarily adopted most of the recommendations from the attorney general's report.





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