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Posted on: November 25, 2020

Idaho Power Transmission Line Project - Survey Results

During the week of November 23, 2020, Blaine County conducted a survey to learn more about the county resident's opinions of the proposed transmission line. The County Commissioners will use these results to inform their decision regarding the transmissio...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Blaine County COVID-19 Resources

UPDATED November 13, 2020

Idaho Governor Brad Little Moves Idaho From Stage 3 to Stage 2 

On November 13, 2020, Governor Little announced that he is issuing a public health order rolling Idaho back to a modified Stage 2 of Rebound Idaho. This means...

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Posted on: November 26, 2020

2020 Property Taxes are Due December 20th

2020 property taxes are due December 20th, however, the Treasurer’s Office will be accepting payments current if they are postmarked by December 21st, due to December 20th landing on a weekend this year. Property tax payers are encourag...
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Posted on: November 14, 2020

Trail Creek Summit is CLOSED.

Trail CK Summit Closed

Trail Creek Summit is closed for the season effective November 14, 2020. The road is closed from the gates east of Sun Valley over Trail Creek Summit. Custer County side is also closed. Please respect closures and do not attempt travel beyond barriers.

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Posted on: November 12, 2020

Blaine County Clean Energy Resolution

The Blaine County Board of Commissioners recently passed the Clean Energy Resolution. This means that the County will be moving to clean, renewable energy by 2045, with the following goals:

  • 100% clean energy electricity used by 2030 and at least 75% clean ...
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Posted on: March 3, 2020

COVID-19 Updates & FAQs

For the latest information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Posted on: November 9, 2020

Press Release–Call for Help Results in Felony Arrest

Jason G. Dana

On Friday, November 6, 2020, at approximately 4:36 a.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a report of an individual calling for help from a vehicle on Main Street in Ketchum, Idaho.

Deputies located the individual a short time later in connection with a crash on Highway 75 near East Fork Rd. at milepost 123. Crash scene investigation determined that Jason Glenn Dana, age 38, was driving a tan 1998 Mercury Mystique southbound on Hwy 7...

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Posted on: November 9, 2020

Press Release – NET Arrests Two for Drug Trafficking in Bellevue

On Thursday, November 5, 2020, at approximately 7:50 am, the Blaine County Narcotic Enforcement Team (NET) executed a search warrant at a residence in Bellevue, Idaho based upon an ongoing investigation.

Multiple controlled substances including cocaine, methamphetamine, and approximately 6.2 lbs. of marijuana were found. Detectives also located paraphernalia, large amounts of cash, and evidence of drug trafficking. The occupants of the residence, Kevin Ho...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

Press Release –Felony Drug Arrest

Matthew M Job

On Sunday, November 1, 2020, at approximately 1:39 a.m., a Blaine County Sheriff deputy initiated a traffic stop on East Fork Rd and Audubon, south of the city of Ketchum, Idaho.

Upon investigation, Matthew Morgan Job, age 34 of Hailey, Idaho, was arrested for misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence, I.C. 18-8004(1)(A), and felony Possession of a Controlled Substance Marijuana(more than 3 oz.), I.C. 37-2732(E).

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

Press Release – Search Suspended for Lost Hiker

Blaine County Sheriff Search and Rescue are suspending the search for the lost hiker, Fern L. Baird.

The decision was made after one last major search was conducted on Friday, October 30, 2020. BCSAR airlifted seven K9 teams into the search area, ranging from 7,100 – 9,200 feet, along with teams of ground searchers, with no results. 

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Posted on: October 26, 2020

Press Release – Lost Hiker Search Update

Blaine County Sheriff Search and Rescue are continuing the search for the lost hiker, Fern L. Baird, in the Prairie Peak area, north of Ketchum, Idaho.

Although early winter conditions have challenged the high elevation search with below freezing night-time temperatures and covering the ground with a fresh blanket of mountain snow, we are still actively investigating her whereabouts.

Baird, age 63 of Park...

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Posted on: October 24, 2020

Press Release – Public Information Assistance Requested for Lost Hiker

On Thursday, October 22, 2020, at approx 1:00 p.m., the Blaine County Sheriffs Office received information about a possible missing hiker in the Prairie Creek Area, north of Ketchum, Idaho.

Deputies responded to the area and located a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek with the Utah Plate YOPABAG at the Prairie Creek trailhead that belongs to the missing person, Fern L. Baird, age 63 of Park City, Utah.

While investigating the circumstances, it was determ...

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

Press Release - Domestic Volence leads to Attempted Strangulation Arrest

John Keith Tobin

On Monday, October 12, 2020, at approximately 10:21 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in Ketchum, Idaho. Upon investigation, John Keith Tobin, age 47 of Ketchum, Idaho, was arrested.

Tobin was charged with a felony count of Attempted Strangulation, I.C, 18-923, and one misdemeanor count of Domestic Battery, 18-918(3)(B).

Tobin was arraigned Tuesday in Magistrate Court where a no-contact order was issued for the victim and a bond was se...

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

Press Release – Technical Rescue in Slaughter House Canyon

On Saturday, October 10, 2020, at approximately 3:51 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a technical rescue involving a motor vehicle accident near Cove Creek off Slaughter House Creek in Blaine County, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that Terry J. Williams, age 64 of Caldwell, Idaho, lost control of a four-wheel offroad vehicle while navigating a downward slope and exited the trail into a draw. Williams was ejected from the vehicle and sustained in...

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Posted on: September 28, 2020

Press Release – Motorcycle Crash Near Galena

Galena Motorcycle Crash

On Sunday, September 27, 2020, at approximately 11:36 a.m., Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a motorcycle crash on State Highway 75 and milepost 155, just north of Galena Lodge.

Crash scene investigation determined that Ryan Michael Jensen, age 37 of Hailey, Idaho, was riding north on Hwy 75 when he lost control of a 2015 blue Honda CBR650 motorcycle. Jensen’s motorcycle began to wobble, he failed to correct and left the highway,...

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

Press Release –Aggravated Assault Arrest

Felix Bud Gonzalez

On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at approximately 1:15 a.m. deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office received a delayed battery report.

Upon investigation, Feliz Bud Gonzalez, age 41 of Ketchum, Idaho, was arrested and charged with felony Aggravated Assault, I.C. 18-905, misdemeanor False Imprisonment, I.C. 18-2901, misdemeanor Resisting and Obstructing an Officer, I.C. 18-705, and misdem...

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

Press Release – Theft Investigation Results in Four Felony Charges and Two Misdemeanors

Tony Lopez Sanchez

A Ketchum man has been arrested on four felony charges and two misdemeanors following a theft investigation by the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.

On September 9, 2020, a baseball card collection worth more than $20,000 was reported stolen from a storage unit in Ketchum, Idaho. A crime tip led deputies and detectives to investigate Tony Lopez Sanchez, age 40 of Sun Valley, Idaho. Sanchez was arreste...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Press Release – Attempted Strangulation and Domestic Battery in the Presence of a Child Arrest

Luis Alberto Velasquez-Reyes

In the early hours of Sunday, September 20, 2020, Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded twice to the same residence in Ketchum, Idaho. The first time, at approximately 3:00 a.m. for a verbal argument.

The second time, at approximately 4:12 a.m. for a report of a domestic battery in progress.

Upon investigation, Luis Alberto Velasquez-Reyes, age 30, of Ketchum, Idaho, was arrested and charged with felony Attempted Strangulation, I.C. 18-923, and misdemea...

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Posted on: September 14, 2020

Press Release – Felony DUI Arrest

Justin J. Rumpeltes

On Saturday, September 12, 2020, at approximately 8:21 p.m. deputies of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office performed a traffic stop on State Highway 75 and Serenade Lane in Ketchum, Idaho.

Upon investigation, Justin James Rumpeltes, age 48 of Ketchum was arrested and charged with felony Driving Under the Influence, I.C. 18-8004(F). Rumpeltes has two prior DUI convictions in 2014 and 2017, making this his third in ten years which constitutes...

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Press Release –Missing Child Report Leads to two Felony Arrests

On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at approximately 2:50 a.m., deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office received a walk-in report of a missing child at the Ketchum Police station.

Kristen Zalak, age 38 of Rockmart, Georgia, and a companion, Harold Lamont Thomas, age 52 of Ogden, Utah, reported that when they returned to their campground located in Custer County, they found Zalak’s eleven-year-old son and his service dog w...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Press Release – Horse Trailer Collides with Truck in Carey

Taylor Nielson Crash

On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at approximately 6:13 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision with injuries on Highway 93 and Durfee Road in Carey, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation indicated that Sherie L. Taylor, age 51 of Carey, Idaho, traveling southbound on  Hwy 93 in a white 2016 Chevrolet truck had stopped for flaggers working on the road. Clayton Lloyd Nielson, age 78 of Kimberly Idaho, also...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Press Release – Felony DUI Arrest

Rodolfo Lee Chavez

On Sunday, September 6, 2020, at approximately 3:53 a.m., a Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol initiated a traffic stop on State Highway 75 near Gimlet Road, south of Ketchum, Idaho.

Rodolfo Lee Chavez, age 24 of Hailey, Idaho, was driving a white 2007 Mazda CX5 with two passengers.

Upon investigation, Chavez was arrested and charged with felony Driving Under the Influence, I.C. 18-8004(F), misdemeanor Driving without Privileges, I.C. ...

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Posted on: August 24, 2020

Press Release – Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Drug Arrest

Sophia Lynn Bowlin

On Friday, August 21, 2020, at approximately 9:00 p.m. deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office performed a traffic stop in Hailey, Idaho which resulted in a felony drug arrest.

Sophia Lynn Bowlin, age 44 of Burley, Idaho, was stopped driving a black 2014 Cadillac ATS on Highway 75 near Countryside Boulevard.  During the traffic stop, BCSO K9 Eric performed a free air sniff and alerted on the passenger door. Upon investi...

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Posted on: August 17, 2020

Press Release – Aggravated Assault Arrest in West Magic

Larry Lee Finstad

On Sunday, August 16, 2020, at approximately 8:41 a.m., deputies of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a Landlord/Tenant altercation at West Magic.

Larry Lee Finstad, age 56, of Shoshone, Idaho was arrested and charged with one felony count of Aggravated Assault, I.C. 18-905, and one misdemeanor count of Possession of Paraphernalia, I.C. 37-2734A(1). Finstad will be arraigned in Blaine County Magistr...

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Posted on: August 3, 2020

Press Release –Single Vehicle Motorcycle Crash

Connell Motorcycle Crash

On Sunday, August 2, 2020, at approximately 1:15 p.m. deputies of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single motorcycle crash on Highway 75 near Deer Creek Rd. north of Hailey, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that the driver Calvin D. Connell, age 56 of Twin Falls, Idaho, was traveling southbound on Hwy 75 on a 2008 Suzuki motorcycle when the vehicles in front of him slowed for a herd of elk crossing the highway. Connell wa...

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Press Release –Felony Drug Arrest

John H. Boehner

On Monday, July 27, 2020, at approximately 12:36 p.m. a Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on Main Street in Bellevue, Idaho that resulted in a felony drug arrest.

John Hans Boehner, age 60 of West Magic, Idaho was arrested and charged with one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), I.C. 37-2732(C)(1), one misdemeanor count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, I.C. 37-2724A(1), and o...

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Posted on: July 13, 2020

Press Release –Concealed Vehicle Leads to Multiple Felony Arrest

Phillip Ronald Baker

A concealed vehicle led to three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge this weekend. On Sunday, July 12, 2020, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Blaine County Sheriff Idaho deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle off of Spud Patch Road.

The vehicle was reported to be covered in sagebrush to attempt to conceal it well off the roadway. Upon further investigation, deputies were able to locate the vehicle at another location and determine the owner to be Phillip R. Baker, age 49 of Challis, ...

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Posted on: July 9, 2020

Message from Sheriff Steve Harkins: Mask Ordinance Enforcement

Sheriff Steve Harkins

As your Sheriff, I want to explain our enforcement strategy on the newly adopted ordinances requiring masks in public places.

Blaine County Ordinance 2020-03, which was adopted by the Board of Commissioners on July 7, 2020, requires that when social distancing is not possible, every person shall wear a face covering that completely covers the person’s nose and mouth wh...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Press Release: Man arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine

Taylor,Steven

On June 25, 2020 at approximately 4:19 PM deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the junction of US Highway 20 and State Highway 75 for a report of a possible domestic battery.

A witness reported seeing a grey Toyota Sienna with Oregon license plates driving erratically and that a possible battery occurred while the vehicle was moving.  The vehicle then pulled over near the junction.

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Press Release –Three Vehicle Crash Near Gimlet

Quispe collision

On Monday, June 22, 2020, at approximately 5:53 pm deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a multiple-vehicle crash on State Highway 75 near Gimlet.

The three-vehicle collision occurred approximately three miles south of Ketchum, Idaho. Crash scene investigation determined that Milton L. Woolf, age 30 of Hailey, Idaho, was driving southbound on Hwy 75 in a 1999 white Chevy 4500 truck when he glanced t...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Press Release – Single Vehicle Rollover Crash at Timmerman Junction

Castillo crash photo

On Sunday, June 14, 2020, at approximately 1:51 a.m. Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single-vehicle rollover at the State Highway 75 and US Highway 20 junction south of Bellevue, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that Monserrat Garcia Castillo, age 20 of Hailey, Idaho, was driving a 2018 black Buick Enclave in the northbound lane when her vehicle went off the right shoulder, started to turn sideways, impacted a delineator post ...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Press Release – Ketchum Business Burglarized

Eric A. Friedmann

On Friday, June 5, 2020, deputies of the Ketchum Police Division of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a burglary at the Warfield Distillery in Ketchum, Idaho.

Deputies found an outside door had been pried open and two cash drawers had been stolen containing approximately $2,500.

Upon investigation, Eric Aleksander Friedmann, age 28 of Sun Valley, Idaho, was arrested and charged with one felony count of Burglary,...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Press Release – Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Drug Arrest

Abel Dominguez-Rivera

On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at approximately 11:07 p.m., as part of a Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) investigation, a Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop.

A white 2012 Chevrolet Malibu with four occupants, including a female driver, a male passenger, and two minor children was stopped on Highway 75 near Woodside Blvd. in Bellevue, Idaho. Upon investigation, the front seat passenger, Abel Dominguez Rivera, a...

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

Press Release – Felony Driving a Vehicle without Owner’s Consent Arrest

Pio Rotilio Aquino Inga

On Saturday, May 30, 2020, at approximately 6:38 p.m. deputies from the Ketchum Police Division of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a drunk driver in possession of the wrong vehicle at Lefty’s Bar and Grill in Ketchum, Idaho.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered a tan 2003 Acura had been driven down a grass embankment and crashed by someone other than the owner of the vehicle. Upon investigation, Pio Rotilio Aquino Inga, age 52 of Ketchum, Idaho, was arrested and charged with mis...

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

Press Release – Motorcycle Crash near Quigley Pond

On Friday, May 29, 2020, at approximately 6:35 p.m., deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Quigley Road and East Gulch Road in Hailey, Idaho.

Upon investigation, deputies determined that Stephanie Louise Carlson, age 32 of Hailey, Idaho, was riding motorcycles with a friend on a second motorcycle. The motorcycles were traveling out Quigley Rd. when the lead motorcycle slowed to turn onto East G...

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

Press Release –Motorcycle Crash near Queens Crown Summit

On Sunday, May 31, 2020, at approximately 6:34 p.m. deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 20 near milepost 194 near Queens Crown Summit.

Braelin M. Linker, age 22 of Rexburg, Idaho, was identified as the driver and sole passenger of a 2000 black Honda Shadow motorcycle. Crash scene investigation revealed that Linker was traveling eastbound on Hwy 20 when he lost control on a curve in the r...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Press Release –Broken Headlight Leads to Felony Drug Arrest

Faviola Ruiz-Worthington

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at approximately 10:17 p.m. Blaine County Sheriff’s deputies initiated a traffic stop for a broken headlight on Hwy 75, approximately one mile north of Picabo Desert Rd, which resulted in a felony drug arrest.

Faviola Ruiz-Worthington, age 25 of Bellevue, Idaho, was charged with one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Methamphetamine), I.C. 37-2732A(1), and one misdemeanor count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, I.C. ...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Press Release – Crash Leads to Felony DUI

Emily M Talbert

On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at approximately 4:23 p.m. deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single-vehicle non-injury crash on U.S. Highway 20 near Moonstone Landing.

The crash scene investigation determined that Emily M. Talbert, age 34 of Idaho Falls, was traveling westbound in a blue 2004 Nissan 350 on Hwy 20 when her vehicle left the roadway on the right shoulder, overcorrected crossing the west and eastbound lanes...

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Posted on: May 19, 2020

Press Release – Felony Drug Arrest

Sergio Diaz Rodriguez

Upon the request of an Idaho Department of Correction Felony Probation Officer, deputies and K9s of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office assisted with a residence check on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at approximately 8:00 p.m.

Sergio Diaz Rodriguez, age 26 of  Hailey, Idaho was arrested for one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), I.C. 37-2732, and one misdemeanor count of Possession of Paraphernalia, I.C. 37-2734A. Diaz Rodriguez was...

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Press Release – High-Speed Pursuit Ends with Felony Arrest

Jayson S. Mitchell

A high-speed pursuit stretching from Blaine County to Lincoln County on Saturday, May 16, 2020, involving officers from seven law enforcement agencies ended in a felony arrest.

At approximately 6:36 p.m. a deputy from the Ketchum Police Division of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a silver 2006 Dodge Dakota on Main Street near Serenade Lane in Ketchum, Idaho for traveling 40 MPH in a 25 MPH zone. Th...

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

Press Release – Felony Aggravated Assault Arrest

Silvano Riveros Pereira

On Sunday, April 26, 2020, at approximately 2:25 a.m., Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a battery in progress in Ketchum, Idaho.

Upon investigation Silvano Riveros Pereira, age 25 of Sun Valley, Idaho was arrested and charged with one felony count of Aggravated Assault, I.C. 18-905(B), and two misdemeanors, Possession of a Controlled Substance, I.C. 37-2732(c)(3), and Possession of...

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

Press Release – UTV Crash in Muldoon Canyon

Muldoon UTV crash photo

On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a UTV vehicle crash east of Bellevue, Idaho in Muldoon Canyon.

The driver Berta Alicia Tejeda-Chacon, age 33 of Bellevue, and two juvenile female passengers were riding in the white 2014 Polaris two-seat Razor. The crash occurred approximately 3.4 miles east of the end of the payment and the intersection of Bay Horse...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Important Message from Governor Little

Today Governor Brad Little Amended and Extended the Statewide Stay in Place Order until April 30, 2020. You can read the Amended Order here.

Statewide Stay-Home Order

  • View a PDF of the order here.
  • View Frequently Asked Questions on the order here.
  • View list of Essential Services and Businesses here.
  • View Additional Guidance on the order here.

IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE ORDER OF THE DIRE...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Important Message from Sheriff Steve Harkins

Sheriff Steve Harkins

I am reaching out to the residents of Blaine County, Idaho to stop the spread of rumors about the enforcement of the temporary statewide COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order. We want to reassure our community with the facts.

We want to be very clear. We ARE NOT stopping cars on the highway and there are NO CHECKPOINTS to determine if your travel reasons are essential. We encourage you to read the order and interpret the language in the best interest of your family, friends, n...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

Important Message - Commissioners Address Travel Restrictions

BLAINE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS URGE RESTRAINT ON ALL
TRAVEL OUTSIDE BLAINE COUNTY

On March 26, 2020, the Blaine County Board of Commissioners issued a press release urging restraint on all travel outside of Blaine County. The press release is available in both English and Spanish by clicking HERE.

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Important Message- Idaho Statewide Stay at Home Order

On March 25, 2020, a statewide Stay at Home Order was issued by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare at the direction of Governor Brad Little.

Read it here....

Idaho Statewide Stay at Home Order

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Press Release – Two Charged with Burglary in Blaine County

On Friday, March 13, 2020, two men were arrested in connection with burglaries that occurred on at least two ranches in Carey, Idaho.

Leslie A. Mabrey, age 59 of Elk Bend, Idaho and Shawn C, Horner, age 38 of Linton, North Dakota were stopped in a white 2003 Chevrolet Suburban and arrested in Lincoln County, Idaho by the Idaho State Police after a witness reported seeing one of the thef...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Important Message - Backcountry Rescues

Blaine County Sheriff Search and Rescue are aware that many people are heading into the backcountry. Due to the unprecedented effects that COVID-19, there is currently a shortage of backcountry rescue personnel.

Blaine County Search and Rescue will do our best to respond to any rescues, but we urge folks to consider that any backcountry rescue will tax resources. At this time we are discouraging people from going into the backcountry unless they are fully prepare...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

IDHW Issues Isolation Order for Blaine County

Click here to read the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Isolation Order for Blaine County, Idaho issued 3/20/2020.

IDHW Blaine County Isolation Order

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Press Release – COVID-19 Mitigation

The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office is committed to protecting the public safety of our community. We want to reassure the public our Patrol Division will continue to provide essential law enforcement operations to serve and protect Blaine County, Idaho.

 In light of the current global situation, we feel a deep responsibility to do our part to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for the protection of the public, our staff, and the inmates in our custody. In response, BCSO has adopted the fo...

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Posted on: March 9, 2020

Press Release – Crash Results in Felony DUI

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, at approximately 7:51 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff”s Office deputies responded to a motor vehicle collision on Broadford Road and Trout Lane in Bellevue, Idaho.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered a white Ford Ranger resting on the north side of the roadway which had crashed into the east side of the Broadford Bridge. The Bellevue Marshal was already on the scene. The driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle, was i...

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Posted on: February 18, 2020

Press Release – Traffic Stop Leads to Felony DUI Arrest

Kimberly A. Koch

On Friday, February 14, 2020, at approximately 10:34 a.m., Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped a Bellevue woman for excessive speed on Broadford Road near Mammoth Gulch Road in Bellevue, Idaho.

Upon identification of the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Kimberly Ann Koch, age 54, was arrested for misdemeanor Driving without Privileges–Second Offense, I.C. 18-8001(2), and felony Driving Under the Influence, I.C. 18-8004(1)(A).&a...

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Press Release – Single Vehicle Accident Near Hospital

Syferd crash

On Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at approximately 3:04 p.m. first responders from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, the Ketchum Fire Department, and the Sun Valley Fire Department responded to a crash on Hwy 75 near Hospital Dr., south of Ketchum, Idaho.

David Neil Syferd, age 74 of Ketchum, Idaho, was driving a grey 2011 BMV X5 south on Highway 75 when for an unknown reason, his vehicle crossed over the center turn lane and both northbound lanes. Syferd’s vehicle came to rest after striking tre...

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Posted on: February 11, 2020

Press Release – Felony Burglary Arrest

Preston Clark

On Monday, February 10, 2020, at approximately 2:00 p.m. deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Ketchum man on charges connected to several recent burglaries on Sandy Lane in the Warm Springs area, west of Ketchum, Idaho.

Upon investigation, Preston Alexander Clark, age 33, was charged with one felony count of Burglary, I.C, 18-1401, and one misdemeanor count of Possession of Stolen Property, I.C. 18-2403(b). Items recovered in the investigation include a Kawasaki KDX200 m...

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Posted on: February 11, 2020

Press Release – Injury Accident

Craig crash

On Monday, February 10, 2020, at approximately 3:14 p.m. Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies observed a single-vehicle roll-over crash on State Highway 75 near Sage Road, north of Ketchum, Idaho.

The crash scene investigation determined that John Allen Craig, age 64 of Ketchum, Idaho, was driving a silver 2004 Volvo XC70 traveling southbound on Hwy 75 when he failed to negotiate a turn in the road. Craig’s vehicle traveled onto the shoul...

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Posted on: February 10, 2020

Press Release –Felony DUI Two-Vehicle Crash

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, at approximately 11:27 p.m. Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash that occurred on State Highway 75 near milepost 140, approximately 10 miles north of Ketchum, Idaho.

Upon investigation, a Boise man was arrested for felony Driving Under the Influence.

Cody Ray Grimm, age 31 of Boise, Idaho was driving northbound on Hwy 75 in a grey 2011 Audi A4 when his vehicle crossed the center line into the southbound lane. ...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

Press Release – Felony Drug Arrest

Luke Schutte

On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at approximately 11:38 a.m., detectives from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office arrested Luke M. Schutte, age 31 of Sun Valley, Idaho, on a warrant for two felony drug charges in Ketchum, Idaho.

Following a Blaine County Narcotics Team investigation, Schutte was charged with Aid and Abet Trafficking in Heroin, I.C. 18-204, 37-2732B(a)(6), and Aid and Abet Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine, I.C. 18-204, 37-2732(a)(1)(A), both felonies. Ba...

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Posted on: January 16, 2020

Press Release –Avalanche Fatality

Baker Creek Avalanche

On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Blaine County Emergency Communications received a report of an avalanche with snowmobilers possibly buried in the Baker Creek area, approximately 20 miles north of Ketchum, Idaho.

Blaine County Sheriff Search and Rescue, Sun Valley Fire Department, Ketchum Fire Department, Ketchum Ambulance, Wood River Fire and Rescue and Sun Valley Heli-Ski were dispatched to the coordinates provided. 

Deputies were able to determine that ...

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Posted on: January 13, 2020

Press Release – Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Drug Arrest

Sonya Hall

On Saturday, January 11, 2020, at approximately 11:06 p.m., deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on Main Street near the intersection of Bullion Street in Hailey, Blaine County Idaho.

During the stop, BCSO K9 Eric performed a free air sniff and alerted on the vehicle which resulted in a felony drug arrest. 

After an investigation, Sonya Juanita Hall, age 40 of Camden, South Carolina, a back seat passenger, was charged with one ...

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Posted on: January 13, 2020

Press Release – Grand Theft Arrest

Virgil Penalva

An investigation into fraudulent charges on a company credit card has resulted in felony charges for a vacationer.

Deputies of the Ketchum Police Division of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office began the investigation after an employee of a property rental business with a company-issued credit card reported finding charges on his card that he did not make.

The...

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Posted on: January 6, 2020

Press Release – Two Power Pole Collisions Leave Residents in Dark

Two separate power pole collisions occurred this past week leaving some Blaine County, Idaho residents without electricity for various amounts of time.

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at approximately 4:00 a.m., deputies from the Ketchum Police Divison of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash on Sage Road in the Warm Springs area of Ketchum, Idaho. Deputies discovered a power pole hangin...

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Posted on: January 6, 2020

Press Release – Two-Vehicle Collision at Lake Creek Trail Head

Lake Creek Crash

On Monday, December 30, 2019, at approximately 1:30 p.m. deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 75 at the entrance to the Lake Creek Trail Head, north of Ketchum, Idaho.

The crash scene investigation determined that Patrick M. Spalding, age 37 of San Francisco, California, was driving northbound on Highway 75 in a 2019 Jeep Compass when he struck a 2006 GMC Canyon driven by Gabriel J. Martinez, age 26 of Nampa, Idaho, fro...

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Posted on: January 6, 2020

Press Release – Lost Wallet Leads to Felony Arrest

Jonathon Hunt

On Friday, January 4, 2020, at approximately 1:40 p.m, a deputy from the Ketchum Police Division of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded a theft report at the Brass Ranch River Run Store, located at the Sun Valley Ski Resort in Ketchum, Idaho.

After investigation and review of surveillance footage, the deputy was able to determine that Jonathan Daniel Hunt, age 44 of Minneapolis, Minnesota, had picked up the victim’s lost wallet, that had been dropped near the ski racks, used the debi...

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Posted on: December 16, 2019

Press Release –Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision

On Sunday, December 15, 2019, at approximately 10:24 a.m. deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash on Baseline Road in Bellevue, Idaho.

The crash scene investigation determined that Manuel A. Chavez-Silva, age 72 of Bellevue, Idado, was hit by a silver 2006 Ford Explorer driven by Sergio Vallepasillas, age 22 of Bellevue, Idaho. Vallespasillas was traveling west on Baseline Road. As the E...

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Posted on: December 10, 2019

Press Release – Cattle Truck Crash

Cattle Truck Crash

On Monday, December 9, 2019, at approximately 12:40 p.m. Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a cattle truck crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Gannett. Rd. in southern Blaine County, Idaho.

The driver and sole occupant of a red 2002 Kenworth semi-truck tractor with a TSI livestock trailer was Juan C. Deleon Alvarado, age 31 of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The crash scene investigation determined that Deleon Alvarado was traveling south on Gannett Rd....

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