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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Boise.

Thursday
Oct302014

Amy's Kitchen to Open Idaho Production Facility

(POCATELLO, Idaho) -- The nation's leading maker of organic and non-genetically modified food will open a production kitchen later this year in Idaho.

Amy's Kitchen has purchased a 500,000 square-foot facility in Pocatello formerly operated by Heinz, and plans to be operational by this December.

The company plans to hire 200 full-time benefited employees initially and ramp up to over 1,000 employees over the next 15 years.

Founded 27 years ago in Sonoma County, Calif., Amy's Kitchen is a major producer of natural and organic convenience foods.


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Thursday
Oct302014

State Police Warn of Phone Scam Targeting Teens

(MERIDIAN, Idaho) -- The Idaho State Police is warning residents about a phone scam that's targeting teenagers.

Police say the scammers tell the person who answers the phone that they have an arrest warrant, and that the person needs to pay money to clear the warrant or face arrest.

The number appearing on the caller ID will show up as an actual number from the Idaho State Police, but police say the calling party is deliberately falsifying the telephone number to disguise their identity.

Authorities want to remind the public that police will not call anybody to inform them that a warrant has been issued for their arrest, nor will they collect money or financial information over the phone.

Parents are asked to let their children with phones know that they too could receive such a call.

If you want to report that you have been a victim and have sent money or provided financial information,  call the Idaho State Police at (208) 846-7550. 


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Thursday
Oct302014

Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Bath Salts

(BOISE, Idaho) -- A Boise man has pleaded guilty to possessing bath salts with the intent to distribute the drug.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Brent Heinrich pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession with intent to distribute 300 grams of a mixture and substance containing the controlled substance analogue alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, also known as "bath salts."

Authorities said Heinrich, 41, ordered the drug drug from China, for it to be mailed to Idaho using a false name. According to the plea agreement, FedEx -- who was handling the shipping -- alerted authorities, who then determined that the package contained bath salts.

"When Heinrich picked up the package at the FedEx facility, he signed for it using the false name and address that was on the package. Heinrich was arrested, in possession of the bath salts, shortly after he left the FedEx facility," the U.S. Attorney's Office said.


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Wednesday
Oct292014

Police Make Arrest in Twin Falls Pharmacy Robbery

(TWIN FALLS, Idaho) -- Twin Falls Police have made an arrest in a robbery that occurred at a local pharmacy last weekend.

Billy Joe Bodenhofer was arrested Tuesday and charged with robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary, and possession of a controlled substance.

Twin Falls Police said Bodenhofer, 34, is suspected of robbing a Sav-Mor Drug Store on Main Avenue North last Saturday.


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Wednesday
Oct292014

Man in Custody for Aggravated Battery 

(BOISE, Idaho) -- A 24-year-old man has been arrested after a reported aggravated battery late Monday night.

The Boise Police Department reports that Scotty Dale Turnbull is accused of battering a woman under the overpass near 16th Street and Cooper Street on Monday.

The victim was hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Turnbull was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony aggravated battery and felony probation violation.


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