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MAGAZINE CARTEL BROKEN UP

Boise Police made examples of three outlanders caught selling magazines door-to-door without a license on Monday, May 24, after the trio were accused of pushing their way into several West Boise homes. Kevin R. Haggarty of Monassas, Virginia, was the first such menace cited, as it was proven by officers that no one currently has a license to sell magazines door-to-door in Boise.

Some rogues just won't learn, though. A short time after the citation, more complaints were made to officers about a man fitting Haggerty's description leering into cars and apartments before jetting away in a "white van"--a telltale sign of knavery if ever there was one. The van was soon tracked down and Haggerty was both placed under citizen's arrest for Disorderly Conduct and cited for Marijuana Possession. His clan, made up of van driver Melissa R. Wright of Richmond, Virginia, and Lacey M. Dunn of Bend, Oregon, were also cited for soliciting without a license.

MISSING BOISE WOMAN NOT MISSING

A Boise woman went missing for four days last week after heading out on an extended "personal night" that ultimately ended in Kalispell, Montana. Telling family that she was headed to a mall-area bookstore, bead store, grocery store or movie theater, the deeply religious 28-year-old mother of four and home-school teacher instead baffled authorities and family alike by turning her Dodge Caravan toward the wild marches of northern Montana. The woman had no history of mysterious disappearances, and was seen at a local gas station before embarking on her trek. After four days of tense waiting and extensive law enforcement and media efforts, the woman's family finally made telephone contact with her on May 27, at which point detectives were able to determine that no foul play was involved.

CAR CHARGES UnSUSPECTING PEDDLER

Boise Police are looking for the automotive perpetrator of a hit and run accident with a cyclist on Bench. The collision occurred about 1:50 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, at the corner of Latah and Meadow Drive. The driver failed to yield, struck a woman riding a bicycle and then left the scene of the acciddent. The cyclist was wearing a helmet, which prevented serious injury, but was still hospitalized. Early news reports indicated a white Ford Taurus station wagon driven by a young woman may have been involved. That driver has since come forward with more information: the new suspect car is small tan Nissan or Toyota, newer model with metallic finish. Anyone with information on the vehicle or accident is asked to call Crimestoppers at 343-COPS.

ARSENIC, OLD LACE AND ALPO

West Boise dog owners contacted authorities on May 28 to report that the dog responsible for making them "dog owners" had been callously poisoned while in its own yard. Officers determined that poisoning was indeed the cause of doggie's departure, and are looking to identify the person responsible for the crime. Poisoning animals is punishable in Idaho by up to three years of imprisonment and fines upward of $5,000.

HOME ALONE: THE DOG VERSION

The Idaho Humane Society Animal Control Division received a report on May 24 of two terrier-mix dogs abandoned in a residence on 39th Street in Garden City. Officers responded by ensuring that the dogs had food, water and shelter before leaving a 24-hour notice of impound on the residence. After no one contacted authorities to claim forlorn Fido and chum, the two friendly dogs were apprehended by officers. If located, the dogs' owner will be cited for animal abandonment, but the dogs are currently available for adoption.

RED EYE OWNER GETS SMOKED

The former owner of three Red Eye Hut head shops in Boise, Nampa and Ontario, Oregon, will forfeit more than $300,000 in assets after being convicted of selling illegal materials and laundering the proceeds. Allen Lawrence Pieper, 50, one of 17 local business owners arrested in February 2003 as part of the national head shop crackdown "Operation Pipe Dream," admitted to prosecutors that devices being sold as "smoking accessories" in local shops were in fact paraphernalia intended to aid the sale and use of illegal drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine. The illicit items included bongs, water pipes, crack pipes, hookahs, scales and urine cleansing kits.

Operation Pipe Dream was a joint effort between state and local police, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Internal Revenue Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Attorney's office. Most of the business owners targeted by the crackdown have pleaded guilty, but U.S. Attorney Tom Moss warns that investigations are ongoing. "Criminal prosecutions and forfeitures will occur if violations of the law are discovered," he said.

SMALL BUSINESS BANDIT APPREHENDED

A man believed to be behind the robbery of four Boise businesses was arrested on May 22, just hours after the most recent of the incidents. Mark T. Renick, 50, is accused of walking into Best Cleaners on Overland Road and demanding an undisclosed amount of cash, although he did not display a weapon. Police spotted the suspect's vehicle driving northbound on Cole near the site of the robbery one hour later, and after a traffic stop Renick was taken into custody. Other charges against Renick may soon follow relating to similar thefts at Uniformity in the Cole Village Shopping Center, Stacey's in Hillcrest Shopping Center and Baird's Cleaners on Vista Avenue.

FBI FUGITIVE OF THE MONTH

James C. Kaufmann

Wanted for unlawfully fleeing to avoid prosecution and burglary of a habitation

Dates of birth used: February 25, 1951, February 25, 1953

Place of Birth: Unknown

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Height: 5'9"

Weight: 170 to 180 pounds

Sex: Male

Race: White

Occupations: Contractor/Roofing repairmen

Scars and Marks: Kauffman has a scar above his right eyebrow

Remarks: Kauffman has ties to the states of Wyoming and Arizona. Additionally, he may be residing in New Mexico or Colorado. Kauffman is allegedly a member of a group that travels across the country to defraud the elderly. In December 1999, Kauffman allegedly participated in home repair scams that cheated elderly citizens out of tens of thousands of dollars. On February 14, 2003, a state arrest warrant was issued in El Paso County, Texas, charging Kauffman with four counts of burglary of a habitation. Subsequently, on October 3, 2003, a federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court of El Paso, Texas, charging Kauffman with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

RICHARD SIMMONS SWEATIN' UNDER THE LIGHTS

Assault charges against fitness guru Richard Simmons have been dismissed by a Phoenix judge following a settlement with plaintiff Chris Farney. Simmons was arrested following an episode in Phoenix International Airport in which Farney, an ex-cage wrestler who has spent three years in prison for aggravated assault, spotted Simmons and shouted out, "Look, Richard Simmons! Let's drop our bags and rock to the 50s!"

According to a Phoenix Police Department incident report, Simmons walked over to Farney, slapped him forcefully on the cheek and said, "It's not nice to make fun of people with issues." The physical confrontation did not further escalate, although Farney desired legal action to be taken against Simmons. Details of the pair's legal agreement were not disclosed.

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