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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Boise.

Tuesday
Jul222014

Nampa Man Gets Prison Time for Unlawful Firearm Possession 

(NAMPA, Idaho) -- A 23-year-old Nampa man was sentenced Monday to 41 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm.

Nampa Police officers found that Juan Jose Sanchez had a loaded handgun tucked in his front waistband when they responded to a complaint at a residence in January. Police recovered the .22 caliber revolver.

Sanchez is banned from possessing firearms due to his previous felony conviction of aggravated battery. He was still on parole at the time of the incident.

In addition to his prison sentence, he is subject to three years of supervised release, according to officials. Sanchez pleaded guilty to the charge on May 5.


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Tuesday
Jul222014

Boise Airport Ranked Among Least Affordable in Nation

(NEW YORK) -- Boise Airport has been ranked among the least affordable airports to depart from, according to the 2014 Airport Affordability Index by Cheapflights.com.

Boise Air Terminal was ranked 95th on the affordability list, out of the 101 most popular airports in the country, the website said.

The average airfare from Boise Airport was $536.

Charleston International Airport in South Carolina topped the list with an average airfare of $191, and Honolulu International in Hawaii was the least affordable with an average airfare of $842.

The ranking of airports was done based on user searches on the site during the month of June 2014.


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Tuesday
Jul222014

Boise Man Receives 9-Year Prison Sentence on Meth Charges 

(BOISE, Idaho) -- A 60-year-old Boise man was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday on drug charges.

Victor Luetta Guzman admitted to selling methamphetamine to an undercover police officer on eight separate occasions from August to October 2013. He distributed more than 50 grams of the drug, according to U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson.

Law enforcement also recovered a firearm from Guzman's residence, to which he admitted to possessing the weapon in connection with the drugs.

Guzman will undergo four years of supervised release following his prison sentence.


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Monday
Jul212014

Interstate Speed Limit Increase to Take Effect Thursday

(BOISE, Idaho) -- Interstate speed limits in Southern Idaho will increase to 80 miles per hour for most vehicles and 70 miles per hour for trucks on Thursday.

The change represents an increase of five miles per hour for both cars and trucks but urban sections of highway will not be affected.

Lawmakers originally voted on faster speeds to take effect July 1 but it was delayed to allow further review of the change. It is the first time since 1996 that the Idaho Transportation Department has implemented changes to its speed limits.


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Monday
Jul212014

Sandy Jones Appointed to Head Commission of Pardons and Parole

(BOISE, Idaho) -- Sandy Jones has been named as the next executive director of the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole.

Jones currently serves as the head of Jail Reentry Programs and Alternative Sentencing with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, according to the governor's office.

She'll begin in her new role as head of the commission in mid-August.

Jones will replace Olivia Craven, who's retiring from the position.


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