Local thug-in-training given a 10-spot • Search continues for North End groper • Weapons of Mass Intoxication Found in Nampa 

Local thug-in-training given a 10-spot

Three months after participating in a Halo-esque shootout in the neighborhoods around Boise State, a young Boise man is facing a decade in the pokey. Frank Hernandez, 18, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with three years fixed and a $500 fine, for a felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. No charges for the gunplay, you notice? That's because on September 22, bullets proved to be the most legal of the many implements in Hernandez's arsenal.

The initial incident transpired in a matter of seconds. At the ripe crime hour of 11:25 a.m., Hernandez was standing in the front yard of his home on Rossi St., just a half-mile from Boise State when an ominous 2002 black Lincoln sedan trolled slowly by. As is occasionally the case with new black Lincolns, this boat was full of weapons, one of which fired several quick shots at Francisco and three of his friends. The four targeted thugs returned fire, lobbing as many as five shots from a .357 magnum at the car before tossing the smoking cannon into a nearby dumpster. Unfortunately for Hernandez, the prying eyes of nearby officers proved more difficult to dodge than a few 9mm rounds.

Boise Police, suspecting that the standoff may have been drug-related, quickly obtained a search warrant for Hernandez's bullet-addled home and made many unpleasant discoveries. First, and most troubling, a one-year-old child. Second, $1,800 cash and a loaded 9mm, both on Hernandez himself. And last but not least, five grams of heroin, two ounces of cocaine and two pounds of marijuana. Hernandez was quickly arrested, as were his fleeing enemies. Hernandez plead guilty on October 28 to being a bourgeoning narcotics retailer and was sentenced on December 8.

Search continues for North End groper

Boise Police are still looking for a man who sexually battered and frightened a 13-year-old girl in Boise's North End on the morning of December 6. The victim, who was walking to school with a friend at the time, told police that the incident occurred on Resseguie Street between 19th and 20th at 7:20 a.m. when a man walked toward them on the sidewalk. The girls stood aside to let the man pass, but as he strolled by he grabbed one of the girls from behind, put an arm around her chest and made a quick but presumably nasty comment. The suspect then walked away, while the girls ran to the house of a nearby friend to call police.

The suspect is described as white, in his late 30s, six feet tall and wearing a bright yellow and black ski jacket. Anyone with information, or who recognizes the composite sketch, is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

Weapons of mass intoxication found in nampa

Police officers and emergency crews in Nampa turned out with bells on--not to mention guns, dogs and robots--to the parking lot of WinCo Foods on December 5 to investigate a mysterious pair of boxes. All they found was booze. But at least they got to use all their toys.

According to the Idaho Press-Tribune, the spectacle started at 11 p.m. when a concerned WinCo employee notified police of two unexplained packages covered with duct tape and plastic on a far side of the store's property. Officers responded by cordoning off a large section of the parking lot in order to give plenty of room to the seldom-utilized Nampa bomb squad. To identify the nature of the threat, the squad first employed an explosive-sniffing dog, who did not find the packages to be particularly suspicious or interesting. After adding an X-ray machine to the arsenal, little more information was gleaned--only the existence of some bottles and a mysterious bulge. Finally, officers revved up the department's bomb-neutralizing robot, which proceeded to obliterate both packages with a water cannon.

Inside the boxes officers discovered only beer and a roll of duct tape, neither of which is explosive--unless, of course, one shakes the beer forcefully before opening it. No Nampans have been charged.

Tell BW your true crime stories. Call Nicholas Collias at 344-2055 or e-mail Nicholas@boiseweekly.com.

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