Friday, March 27, 2015

Mountain Express: Reality TV Star Suing Sun Valley Co.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Jenni Pulos-Nassos
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Jenni Pulos-Nassos, the star of Bravo's Flipping Out, is flipping out at the Sun Valley Resort over what she says were injuries she suffered during a 2014 wagon ride, and sued the company for a quarter-of-a-million dollars.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that Pulos-Nassos was vacationing with her family in January 2014 when she, her husband, daughter and sister boarded a horse-drawn wagon ride from Trail Creek Cabin back to the Sun Valley Lodge. Pulos-Nassos alleges that she fell from the wagon when the driver unexpectedly commanded the horses to begin, causing her to hit the concrete ground. Pulos-Nassos says he suffered a fractured wrist and continues to suffer from pain in her wrist and shoulder and persistent headaches. She accuses the resort of negligence.

The Mountain Express reports that Pulos-Nassos is suing the Sun Valley Co. for at least $250,000 for medical expenses, mental anguish and emotional distress.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Video: Federal Lawsuit Alleges Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Benefits Being Granted to Non-Members

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 9:35 AM

A lawsuit filed in eastern Idaho March 25 alleges that the Fort Hall Bureau of Indian Affairs has been defrauding members of the Shoshone-Bannock tribe.

KIDK-TV reports that the suit, filed in U.S. District Court, names Randy Thompson, superintendent of the Fort Hall BIA, and the claimant, tribe member William Beasley, argues that outsiders have been admitted to the tribe and allowed to collect tribal benefits.

"They're not born here," Beasley told KIDK. "They don't have the Shoshone-Bannock descendency."

Beasley is asking that federal funding to the Shoshone-Bannock tribe be suspended pending intervention from the U.S. government.

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Online Date + Remote Idaho Cabin + Butcher Knife = Felony Charge

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 9:13 AM

The Bonner County police blotter includes a cautionary tale of online dating.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that a Spokane, Wash. woman was put behind bars March 23 on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after her online date told authorities that she attacked him with a butcher knife.

The alleged victim, a 55-year-old man, told law enforcement that he met 48-year-old Bethany Ann Gomez online and that the two decided to spend some time at a cabin in the remote town of Coolin. But the man also said that Gomez polished off about three-quarters of a fifth of rum, then became upset when she couldn't find her phone. The man said he went into the bedroom to look for the phone, but the woman followed him with a butcher knife in her hand and allegedly tried to stab him.

The man said when he tried to drive Gomez somewhere else, she began damaging his vehicle's interior. Law enforcement eventually found the woman passed out by an an outbuilding. Her story is a bit different than his: Gomez says the man attempted to touch her before things got out of control.

Gomez is set for an April 1 court hearing.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Video: Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Misbehavior Before the Enemy

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Idaho native and U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy in connection with his 2009 disappearance and ultimate five-year captivity by the Taliban.

Bergdahl's attorney Eugene Fiddell confirmed that his client had been handed a so-called "charge sheet" March 24. 

The charges announced Wednesday mean that Sergeant Bergdahl will first receive an Article 32 hearing, which is like a civilian grand jury inquiry. It is designed to determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed to court-martial.

While many civilians have heard of "desertion," a charge of "misbehavior before the enemy" is a bit more uncommon. According to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, it is the charge given to any US troop who, first and foremost, “before or in the presence of the enemy runs away.”The misbehavior before the enemy charge can also be levied against anyone who “causes false alarms in any command, unit, or place under control of the armed forces.”

The 28-year-old Bergdahl went missing from Paktika Province June 30, 2009, and was held captive in Pakistan until May 2014, when he was freed as part of a controversial prisoner swap. Bergdahl has been stationed in Texas since his release.

In May 2014, President Obama called it a "good day" when Bergdahl was freed, but critics, including some high-ranking Republicans, loudly denounced the deal, likening it to negotiating with terrorists. Also, lawmakers complained that Congress had not been consulted about the exchange, as they said the law requires.

Earlier this month, a report published by the office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) said that one of the 17 agencies under the directorate judged that one of the prisoners released from Guantanamo in the last year had re-engaged with the Taliban.

"That detainee’s status will be continually evaluated and may be reflected in future reports, depending on the information available and the views within the Intelligence Community at that time," the DNI report said.

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FEMA : Climate Change-Denying Governors Risk Withheld Funding

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the first federal agency that a governor usually calls in time of natural disaster, has gone on record that more Republican governors need to get on board when it comes to climate change, otherwise they risk not getting federal disaster-preparedness funds.

Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has previously said that he doesn't support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change. He joins a list of GOP governors, including Chris Christie (New Jersey), Rick Scott (Florida), Bobby Jindal (Louisiana), Greg Abbott (Texas) and Pat McCrory (North Carolina) who have waffled or flat-out denied climate change.

But under a new policy from FEMA, which goes into effect in March 2016, the state's risk assessments must include consideration of the changing of climate conditions that could impact the state vulnerability to hazards. Simply put, if a state wants federal disaster preparedness money, they'll be required to consider how climate change threatens their communities.

"An understanding of vulnerabilities will assist with prioritizing mitigation actions and policies that reduce risk from future events,” the agency said.

The gubernatorial approval clause was included in the new guidelines to "raise awareness and support for implementing the actions in the mitigation strategy and increasing statewide resilience to natural hazards," said FEMA spokeswoman Susan Hendrick.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Police: Idaho Family Triggered Deadly Melee at Arizona Walmart

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 9:26 AM

Arizona law enforcement say six members of an Idaho family are behind bars in connection with a deadly brawl at a Cottonwood, Ariz., Walmart. Police said the family had been camping in the store's parking lot and had been playing music for passersby. The March 21 melee left one man dead and 10 others seriously injured.

The incident began when police received a 911 call from a citizen saying one of the family members had assaulted a woman who worked at the store. When police arrived on the scene, eyewitnesses said someone opened fire, leaving three people shot including a police officer. One of the family members died of a gunshot wound. Ultimately, six members of the Gaver family, of Boise, were taken into custody. 55-year-old Peter Gaver, 52-year-old Ruth Gaver, 28-year-old Jeremiah Gaver and 27-year-old Nathaniel Gaver were taken to jail. And two Gaver children, ages 11 and 15, were taken to a juvenile detention center. A seventh family member, David Gaver, is being treated for a gunshot wound and will be charged when he's released from a hospital. Two more suspects are also in custody.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

IDOC Looking for Walkaway Idaho Inmate

Posted By on Sun, Mar 22, 2015 at 8:28 AM

The Idaho Department of Correction is on the lookout for an inmate who walked away from an eastern Idaho facility.

IDOC reports that Raymond Ross, 38, was last seen Saturday night at a work-release assignment on Lindsay Boulevard in Idaho Falls.

Ross was sentenced in 2008 to 2-10 years behind bars for delivery of a controlled substance. He was scheduled to complete his sentence in February 2018 and was eligible for parole. He had been assigned to IDOC's Idaho Falls community reentry facility at the time of his disappearance on March 21.

Ross has brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion. He is 6-feet, 6-inches tall and 225 pounds.
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Buhl Herald to Stop the Presses After 106 Years

Posted By on Sat, Mar 21, 2015 at 12:13 PM

A month after the death of Buhl Herald Publisher Sandra Wisecarver, her husband, Joe Wisecaver, said he plans to stop publishing the 106-year-old newspaper next week.

Wisecaver told the Twin Falls Times-News that his wife was the heart and soul of the Buhl Herald and had no choice but to stop publishing.

"It was just too much," he told the Times-News. "We just wore everybody out after Sandra passed."

Sandra Wisecaver began working at the newspaper when she was in high school and, 10 years ago, she and her husband purchased the Buhl Herald. She died after a two-year battle with cancer on the day of the 10th anniversary of the Wisecarver's purchase of the newspaper.

Joe Wisecaver told the Times-News that, after publishing the final issue next week, he'll be going fishing.
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Eastern Idaho Hospital Target of Federal Probe

Posted By on Sat, Mar 21, 2015 at 12:05 PM

An eastern Idaho hospital is in trouble and could be forced to close its doors in June if it doesn't correct its errors.

KIFI-TV is reporting that according to a letter from Bingham Memorial Hospital CEO Louis Kraml to the hospital's board of directors, the facility is the target of an investigation by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

A CMS spokeswoman confirmed the investigation to KIFI-TV. Kraml has cautioned hospital staff and board members not to comment to the media and, instead, direct them to the hospital's public relations department.

KIFI reports that the investigation is focused on the possible violation of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, which prevents hospitals from sending emergency room patients or women in labor with no ability to pay to other hospitals without treating them first.

It's not the first time Kraml has been in the news. In the summer of 2013, following a probe by the Idaho attorney general and a grand jury indictment, he pleaded guilty to a charge of stalking and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, a year of probation and 100 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. The jail time was suspended and a withheld judgment was entered.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Sun Valley Mayor Accused of Stalking, Violating Protection Order in Case Involving Former Fiancee'

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 10:34 AM

Dewayne Briscoe
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A nasty lawsuit between the mayor of Sun Valley and his former fiancee is heading to a jury trial.

This week's Idaho Mountain Express reports that the trial, set to begin Tuesday, April 28, centers on Dewayne Briscoe's loan to former fiancee Leslie Little. Briscoe claims he lent Little a total of $106,000 on two occasions, but she has only repaid $65,000. Little insists that the debt has been forgiven.

Additionally, Little accuses Briscoe of invading her privacy by allegedly tapping her phone and logging onto her computer. Further, she says Briscoe engaged in "physical stalking" for months between the fall of 2014 and the spring of 2014, according to the Mountain Express. Little points to five police reports filed with the Ketchum Police Department that allege Briscoe violated a protection order.

The Mountain Express reports that an outside judge, Jonathan Brody, of Minidoka County, has been brought in to hear the case.
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