November 3, 2004 

Vandals nabbed for tagging marathon

At least $1,000 worth of graffiti damage was inflicted upon the Boise Greenbelt last Thursday, October 28, in what Boise Police have called the most significant vandalism rampage in recent Boise history. Underpasses, curbs and bridges from Garden City to Parkcenter Blvd. were slathered with a barrage of words, symbols and streaky gibberish, including a large patch on the south side of the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.

Officers were quick to note that the vandalism did not appear to be motivated either by gang or hate-crime ideologies and was merely an example of "tagging" for public attention. The same officers were just as quick to make arrests for the crimes, thanks to citizen tips and an excess of physical evidence left along the three-mile long crime scene. By Thursday evening, two suspects were already being held in Ada County Jail: Jared Scott McCusker, 20, of Nampa and Jay Patrick O'Leary, 22 of Boise. Both could face up to five years in prison and $1,000 in fines on charges of felony malicious injury to property. Restitution payments may also be ordered by the courts.

"The sight we say yesterday was offensive to this community," said Police Chief Jim Tibbs at a press conference on Friday. "Solving this crime and cleaning it up quickly is the best example of citizens and officers working together to keep this community clean and safe." Boise City Parks employees, the Idaho Human Rights Education Center and the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau all contributed to the significant effort and costs of the cleanup.

Panty pincher caught with pants down

A 44-year-old man from the unfortunately named Pocatello suburb of Chubbuck has been arrested for stealing women's underwear from a student laundry room at Idaho State University. The man, who has not been identified, was wearing a stolen thong when a security guard spied his passionate rummaging on a dorm security camera. When cornered, the man admitted to not being a student, and to having a long-standing affinity for women's undergarments. He has been charged with unlawful entry and petit theft.

Desert no longer bone dry

Late on a spooky Halloween night, two photographers hanging out at the remote landmark of Initial Point, 11 miles south of Kuna, found all the makings of a great Arthur Conan Doyle mystery. Two human skulls coated in mysterious writing lay on the dusty slopes of the isolated butte. Scattered around them were other assorted bones (though not a complete skeleton's worth), the desiccated remnants of a moccasin and a single bright red Monopoly game piece--a hotel. Questions erupted like eggs thrown by a jilted trick-or-treater. Where are the rest of the bones? Is this a case of Russian-Monopoly-Roulette-gone-haywire? And what demonic presence could draw these "photographers" to a legendary Southern Idaho party spot in the middle of a freezing cold holiday night?

An investigation could not proceed in the dark, so Ada County sheriffs waited until November to pass judgment on what has been called a "makeshift burial site." But come morning, officers were little closer to understanding the ritual leading to the creation of that site. A forensic pathologist identified the skull and bones as being several decades old and likely from a medical laboratory. Ada County Undersheriff Gary Raney surmised that the bones were likely dumped in the desert in recent weeks or months, probably by someone who held onto the bones as part of a collection. There has been no word on the significance of the moccasin and hotel (although we suspect that Sherlock Holmes would have little trouble connecting the dots).

Anyone with information about the site is advised to contact the Ada County Sheriff's office. Although possessing human remains is a crime in Idaho, Raney claims that no charges will be filed, and that officers are only interested in learning more about the deceased in order to arrange for a proper burial. :

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