Oct. 20, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Without mentioning President Donald Trump by name, former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama each stood before a microphone Thursday and took the Trump era to task for a lack of civility, its divisive nature and how it compromises American ideals. 

    "I haven't been commenting a lot on politics lately, but here's one thing I know: If you have to win a campaign by dividing people, you're not going to be able to govern it," Obama told a campaign rally for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ralph Northam. "We're at our best when we're not trying to put people down, but when we're trying to lift everybody up."

    Meanwhile, in an address in New York City Thursday, Bush said, "Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication. We need to recall and recover our own identity. Americans have a great advantage. To renew our country, we only need to remember our values."

click to enlarge COURTESY BOISE POLICE
  • Courtesy Boise Police
  • Boise Police are looking for the public's help in their investigation into a string of vandalism that has targeted a number of downtown windows. BPD says several windows were damaged or shattered this week by what appears to be shots from a BB gun. Witnesses said suspects with a BB gun were apparently shooting at random windows from a vehicle in the area of 1st and State streets at around 9:20 p.m. on October 18. More calls of similar vandalism came into dispatch a short time later from the 5000 block of State Street. Police said at least 10 businesses had been targeted. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.
click to enlarge Shane Williams, 34 - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Ada County Sheriff's Office
  • Shane Williams, 34
  • Meanwhile, a Boise man was booked into the Ada County Jail Thursday following a nine-hour standoff at a residence on Chester Lane. Police said they were called to the residence following the reported violation of a no contact order. Children and staff at two nearby daycare centers were asked to shelter in place, and Pennsylvania Street was shut down between Parkcenter Boulevard and Boise Avenue during the incident. A police K-9 ultimately entered the home with BPD and found the suspect hiding in the attic. 34-year-old Shane Williams is charged with felony counts of burglary and stalking in addition to violating his probation and a no contact order.

  • It's election season, and that means early voting begins Monday, Oct. 23 in a number of communities. In Ada County, election officials are set to offer early voting at Boise City Hall, Meridian City Hall and the Ada County Elections Office on Benjamin Lane. Additionally, the popular Ada County mobile voting unit will be visiting several sites for the next couple of weeks. On Monday, the unit will be outside the Albertsons on Avalon Street in Kuna. For more information on locations and hours for early voting, click here.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series, sending the Dodgers to the World Series for the first time in nearly 30 years. Tonight, the New York Yankees could clinch a World Series berth if they beat the Houston Astros.
  • There's a Spam crime wave in Hawaii... no, really. The Washington Post reports that so much Spam is being stolen at Hawaii stores that retailers are beginning to put the canned meat in locked cases. If you know a native of Hawaii, you're probably familiar with how wildly popular Spam is among Hawaiians. The Post says "the demand for Spam knows no bounds." In the wake of the rash of Spam thefts, the canned meat is joining other typical shoplifting targets such as electronics in plastic cases under lock and key.

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