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Leo Greene
· July 16, 2017
Hi Sheriff, I wanted to let you know that the city of Watonga seems to have a certain Officer Tipley who seems to enjoy stalking minors. Maybe someone from your department could go contact his superv...isor and maybe get him a bit more training. I tried to go directly to the Watonga Police department, but they seem to have deleted their facebook page after getting some bad reviews over the incident.

You may also want to let them know that destruction of public records (like their own Facebook page) is a big no-no - like expensive lawsuit-losing kind of no-no.
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Diane Hanselman Clark
· July 20, 2015
I'm trying to find our local news and this is where I go. Now, having said that, what went on today-every ambulance in the county headed north up Main St Hailey at about 2pm. I care about the commun...ity and need to know what's happening, sometimes to my friends and family.....please, or is there a better way to get updates? See More
Chrissy Joseph
· July 7, 2014
On top of every situation
Barbara Jean Imboden
· December 20, 2014
Thank you for your service and keeping us informed.
Cecile Jones
July 6, 2014
Why can we not get any information on the fire burning out Croy???
Nova Lee Farworn
· July 16, 2014
He is the best leader and he does it by example! Walks the talk !
Chris Evans
· September 23, 2015
They wouldn't take a murder report from me.
And I think they are chicken
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Breaking Video from the Mammoth Fire taken by the Blaine County Sheriff's Office: The fire is currently burning in Lincoln and Blaine Counties. BLM estimates the fire is approximately 6 miles from Carey, Idaho. Unfortunately winds are providing challenges. There is possibility that transmission lines may be damaged by the fire which would shut off power to the Wood River Valley. Please make preparations to be without power for several hours to several days should this occur. If you are in danger do not wait for an evacuation order. We will Update as more information becomes available. #BlaineCoSheriffIdaho 8/5/2017 11:30 pm
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City of Ketchum has closed Picabo St and Skiway Drive in the Warm Springs area, and Wood River Drive in West Ketchum. Non-residents driving through these flooded areas to view water levels are causing waves and more damage to homes. Please avoid all flooded areas for your safety and the safety of those living in these areas. Sun 05/07/2017 9:30 am. Video is Skiway Drive at Howard Street in Warm Springs. #BlaineCoSheriffIdaho #ISWX
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Today you could trigger an avalanche like the one in this photo. Weak, sugary facets buried 2-4' deep in the snowpack will be reactive to human triggers. Visit www.sawtoothavalanche.com for more details on this avalanche and our current avalanche problems. Photo: VandenBos

Sawtooth Avalanche Center is reporting CONSIDERABLE danger out there. Fresh and wind is forming slabs in exposed terrain. You could trigger a wind slab or a persistent slab avalanche today. Conservative terrain selection is needed. 01/19/2018

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Avalanche Awareness Info...be sure to check the avalanche forecast before you go. Today’s wet weather will likely increase risks.

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Blaine County Sheriff Search and Rescue added 2 new photos.

The transceiver checker is now up and running at the south end of the Baker Creek parking area. This unit is provided by Blaine County Search and Rescue and... the Sawtooth Snowmobile Club. The Sawtooth Avalanche Center has also installed their transceiver practice park at the north end of the Baker Creek parking area. Challenge your backcountry partners in a beacon search.

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Thanks to Blaine County Sheriff Search and Rescue and Sawtooth Snowmobile Club!

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Blaine County Sheriff Search and Rescue added 2 new photos.

The transceiver checker is now up and running at the south end of the Baker Creek parking area. This unit is provided by Blaine County Search and Rescue and... the Sawtooth Snowmobile Club. The Sawtooth Avalanche Center has also installed their transceiver practice park at the north end of the Baker Creek parking area. Challenge your backcountry partners in a beacon search.

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NOW HIRING DETENTION DEPUTY: Be a part of a great team!

40 hours a week, rotating shifts including nights & weekends. $26.75 per hour; wage increase upon certification.
GREAT BENEFITS
Applicants must pass physical, written, and medical testing, background investigation, and oral interviews. ...
Experience preferred but not required.
Good Character and clean background required.
Application and hiring info available @ www.blainesheriff.com/careers or contact sheriff@co.blaine.id.us (208)788-5555. EOE.

Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Testing and Interviews February 20-22, 2017

APPLY TODAY

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Detention Deputy: Application Deadline December 29, 2017. We are currently hiring for one Detention Deputy position which will be available in January 2018. We are seeking qualified law enforcement candidates to be a part of our professional law enforcement team. This is a full time position 40 hour...
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PRESS RELEASE>January 16, 2018 4:30pm
Traffic Stop Leads to Heroin Arrest:

On January 10th, 2018 at approximately 12:51 a.m. a Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a silver 2010 Chrysler Sebring car driven by Lisa M. Letourneau, age 37 from Ketchum, Idaho. The passenger of the vehicle was identified as her sister, Shonna L. Letourneau, age 40 from Hailey, Idaho. During the traffic stop, a Hailey Police Officer assisting and providing backup found ...a bag containing needles filled with suspected heroin and other various paraphernalia laying on the ground near the passenger door.

During the investigation and an immediate review of the in car camera footage recording of the stop, deputies discovered the passenger had thrown out the suspected drugs just after being stopped. Both subjects were transported to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.

Shonna Letourneau later stated she had been handed the bag by Lisa Letourneau and tossed it out the vehicle window. Lisa Letourneau admitted she had just purchased the heroin in the Nampa/Caldwell area and was driving back to the Wood River Valley. Lisa Letourneau was charged with one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin, I.C. 37-2731(C)(1), one felony count of Concealment of Evidence, I.C. 18-2603, one misdemeanor count of Driving without Privileges, I.C. 18-8001(3), one misdemeanor count of Failure to Maintain Insurance (Second Offense or more within 5 years), I.C. 49-1232, and one misdemeanor count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, I.C. 37-2734A(1). Letourneau was booked into the Blaine County Detention Center and later released on a $3,000 bond. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on January 19, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Shonna Letourneau was released without charges.

Sheriff Steve Harkins

Pictured: Lisa Letourneau

For current information follow us on:
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Website Information: www.blainesheriff.com

CONTACT: Holly Carter –Blaine County Sheriff’s Office
(208) 788-5536
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Blaine County Sheriff
Law Enforcement Agency

PRESS RELEASE
JANUARY 16th, 2018 11:00 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Rape Arrest-

On January 14th, 2018 at approximately 9:47 a.m. the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a sexual assault which had occurred at the Carey Hot Springs along State Highway 26/93 east of Carey, Idaho. The 16 year old victim alleged she had been raped by Marco A. Martinez-Reyes, age 19 of Hailey, Idaho on the previous night January 13, 2018.

The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office investigated the report, and subsequently arrested Martinez-Reyes for one count of Rape, a felony under Idaho Code 18-6101. The arrest occurred in Hailey on January 14th, 2018 at approximately 11:00 PM.

Martinez-Reyes will be arraigned in the Blaine County Magistrate Court in Hailey today at 1:30 PM.

Sheriff Steve Harkins

Pictured: Marco Antonio Martinez-Reyes

For current information follow us on: Facebook @BlaineCountySheriff
Twitter @BlaineCoSheriff
Website Information: www.blainesheriff.com
CONTACT: Holly Carter –Blaine County Sheriff’s Office
(208) 788-5536
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Law Enforcement Agency

Today’s Avalanche Update: The avalanche warning has expired. However, very dangerous avalanche conditions remain at upper elevations and travel in or under avalanche terrain is not recommended. Numerous natural avalanches were observed yesterday that failed during or on the tail-end of the storm. Skiers and riders were also able to trigger avalanches (photos). Some of these slides were triggered remotely - one from 1000' away.

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Sawtooth Avalanche Center added 3 new photos.

The avalanche warning has expired. However, very dangerous avalanche conditions remain at upper elevations and travel in or under avalanche terrain is not recom...mended. Numerous natural avalanches were observed yesterday that failed during or on the tail-end of the storm. Skiers and riders were also able to trigger avalanches (photos). Some of these slides were triggered remotely - one from 1000' away.

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BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING
FOREST SERVICE SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER KETCHUM ID
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE POCATELLO ID
644 AM MST FRI JAN 12 2018

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THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE FOREST
SERVICE SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER.

THE FOREST SERVICE SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER IN KETCHUM HAS ISSUED A BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING.

* TIMING...IN EFFECT UNTIL 730 AM MST TOMORROW

* AFFECTED AREA...THE
SAWTOOTH...PIONEER...SOLDIER ...SMOKY... BOULDER...AND WHITE CLOUD MOUNTAINS INCLUDING THE MOUNTAINS NEAR BANNER SUMMIT
FAIRFIELD...KETCHUM...GALENA SUMMIT...SMILEY CREEK...AND
STANLEY.

* AVALANCHE DANGER...THE AVALANCHE DANGER FOR THE WARNING AREA IS HIGH.

* REASON/IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW AND WIND ARE COMBINING TO OVERLOAD A WEAK SNOWPACK. WIDESPREAD AVALANCHING WILL OCCUR.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...VERY DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS EXIST. TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT RECOMMENDED.
AVALANCHES MAY RUN LONG DISTANCES, INTO FLAT AREAS AND CAN RUN INTO MATURE FORESTS. STAY OFF OF AND OUT FROM BELOW STEEP SLOPES...SLOPES STEEPER THAN ABOUT 30 DEGREES.

CONSULT WWW.SAWTOOTHAVALANCHE.COM FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION.

SIMILAR AVALANCHE DANGER MAY EXIST AT LOCATIONS OUTSIDE THE
COVERAGE AREA OF THIS OR ANY AVALANCHE CENTER.

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An AVALANCHE WARNING is in effect for all zones. Over a foot of new snow and wind are combining to overload a weak snowpack. Widespread avalanching will occur, and very dangerous conditions exist. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. Stay off of and out from below all steep slopes - slopes steeper than about 30 degrees. Visit www.sawtoothavalanche.com for more info.

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An AVALANCHE WARNING is in effect for all zones. Over a foot of new snow and wind are combining to overload a weak snowpack. Widespread avalanching will occur, ...and very dangerous conditions exist. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. Stay off of and out from below all steep slopes - slopes steeper than about 30 degrees. Visit www.sawtoothavalanche.com for more info.

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Scam Alert: We have received a report of an old scam where the caller claims to be "Captain Davis" from the Blaine County Sheriff's Office. The caller told the person they had warrant for their arrest but if they sent prepaid gift cards the warrant would be taken care of.

We do have a Captain Davis, but he, nor any other BCSO employee would call you to advise of warrant or ask for money to take care of it.

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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS
MORNING TO 9 AM MST FRIDAY ABOVE 6500 FEET.

* WHAT...Snow expected, heavy at times with blowing snow during
the overnight hours. Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the evening commute. Tree branches could fall as well. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 11 inches are forecast with 12 to 20 inches possible above 8000 feet. Valley locations are expected to see 1 to 3 inches of snowfall.

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* WHERE...Primarily above 6500 feet from Ketchum north into the Stanley Basin.

* WHEN...From 9 AM this morning to 9 AM MST Friday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities due to blowing and drifting snow.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
National Weather Service Pocatello ID
153 AM MST Thu Jan 11 2018

Sawtooth Mountains-Big and Little Wood River Region-
153 AM MST Thu Jan 11 2018

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Congratulations to Patrol Deputy Taylor who recently received her Advanced Certificate from the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy.

Deputy Taylor has over 1200 hours of POST certified law enforcement training, a Masters Degree in Human Services, and worked for Blaine County for 5-1/2 years.

We are proud to have dedicated employees such as Deputy Taylor as part of our team at the Blaine County Sheriff's Office. ...
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Law Enforcement Agency

PRESS RELEASE January 10, 2018 6:30 pm

Icy road conditions contributed to two early morning motor vehicle accidents in Blaine County, Idaho today. Deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to both accidents.

The first crash occurred at approximately 7:36 a.m. at the intersection of State Highway 75 and Buttercup Road, just north of Hailey. Pedro Garcia, age 17 of Ketchum, Idaho was driving southbound on Hwy 75 with a minor passenger in a black 2003 Pontiac A...ztek. Garcia reportedly entered the turn lane to make a left onto Buttercup when a gold 2003 Ford Explorer driven by Roger R. Lapa, age 37 of Emmett, Idaho came sideways into the turn lane. Lapa was making a right hand turn onto Hwy 75 from Buttercup Road. As Lapa accelerated into the turn he lost control of his vehicle on the icy road, causing the Explorer to go sideways into Garcia’s vehicle. All three individuals involved were wearing seat belts and had airbags deploy. Lapa was transported by ambulance to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center for possible injuries. Garcia and his minor passenger, Hector Garcia, age 12 of Ketchum, Idaho, were transported to the hospital by a private party to be checked out. Both vehicles received extensive damages. Lapa was cited for failure to possess a valid driver’s license and speed too fast for conditions.

The second crash occurred approximately 8:58 a.m. near the intersection of State Highway 75 and Aspen Lakes Drive, south of East Fork Rd. Melba J. Rodriguez, age 57 of Hailey, Idaho driving a dark green 2015 Jeep Cherokee was rear ended by Omar Olmos Gonzalez, age 35 of Bellevue, Idaho driving a black 2011 Ford Edge. Both vehicles were traveling north on Hwy 75 when traffic slowed and Olmos Gonzales was unable to stop in time to avoid the collision. There were no passengers in either vehicle. Rodriguez and Olmos Gonzalez were transported by ambulance to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center for possible injuries. Both vehicles received extensive damages. Both drivers were cited for failure to possess a valid driver’s license. Olmos Gonzalez was also cited for following too closely.

Blaine County Sheriff Steve Harkins reminds drivers that road conditions are icy and the best way to avoid an accident is to slow down and increase your following distance.

For current information follow us on:
Facebook @BlaineCountySheriff
Twitter @BlaineCoSheriff
Website Information:
www.blainesheriff.com

CONTACT: Holly Carter – Blaine County Sheriff’s Office - (208) 788-5536
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