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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Boise.

Tuesday
Jul292014

Mexican National Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Drug Conspiracy

(BOISE, Idaho) -- A Mexican national was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

According to the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Idaho, Hernan Gomez-Gutierrez, 31, pleaded guilty to the charge in January.

Additionally, Gomez-Gutierrez was present when one of his co-defendants shot a man in March 2013, "in furtherance of the drug conspiracy, because of a dispute with that person about the quality of the methamphetamine."

Gomez-Gutierrez, along with 10 other individuals, was charged in the conspiracy, indicted in July 2013, and all 11 pleaded guilty. He is believed to have been the leader of the organization and the source of the drugs. The 11 defendants have been sentenced, receiving between 33 and 247 months in jail.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Mosquito Trap in Northwest Ada County Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

(BOISE, Idaho) -- A mosquito trap in northwest Ada County tested postive for West Nile, marking the virus' first appearance in the area this year.

Officials say the instance, found between Highway 16 and N. Star Road, could be a localized incidence of the virus since it has not been found in other nearby traps.

“We constantly work to stay on top of the county’s mosquito population, and when we have a positive result like this we address it immediately," said Weed, Pest & Mosquito Abatement Director Brian Wilbur.  "We will continue to keep a close eye on this location, in addition to our regular treatment efforts throughout the county."

West Nile virus is potentially deadly and officials advise citizens to protect themselves from mosquitoes by covering exposed skin and getting rid of standing water on nearby property.

For more information on protection and prevention, visit the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare website.


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Monday
Jul282014

Boise National Forest Fires Contained, Most Evacuations Lifted

(BOISE, Idaho) -- The Whiskey Complex and Mack fires in the Boise National Forest are both fully contained on Monday, with fire crews completing their work ahead of forecasted lightning on Tuesday.

According to the National Wildfire Control Group, the fires covered more than 9,000 acres. Rehabilitation work is still needed, and nearly all evacuations were lifted.

Forest Road 395 remains closed and Grimes Pass Road and South Fork Payette River Road are both open only for local residential traffic.


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Monday
Jul282014

Pennsylvania Man Arrested in Connection with May Double Murder

(BOISE, Idaho) -- Police arrested a man on Monday morning in connection with a May double homicide in Idaho.

John Douglas, 44, was taken into custody near his Reading, Pennsylvania home on Monday on a warrant related to the May murders.

On May 9, police arrested Samari Winn, 34, in connection with the same incident, but noted that another suspect remained at-large.

Winn and Douglas allegedly shot three people on South Orchard Street in May. Two of the victims later died of their wounds.

Boise police hope to extradite Douglas back to Idaho. The case is being handled by the Twin Falls Prosecutor's Office.


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Monday
Jul282014

One Dead in Nampa Crash 

(NAMPA, Idaho) -- A Sunday crash claimed the life of a Caldwell man after his car rolled over on Interstate 84.

Idaho State Police said Michael Garner, 47, was driving in a 1967 Ford Pickup, when the car veered off of I-84 near Northside Boulevard, then back into the eastbound lanes of travel. During the attempt to correct the vehicle, the pickup rolled off the right side, according to officials.

Garner was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.


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