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Posted on: November 19, 2018

Press Release - Multi-County High Speed Pursuit Starts in Ketchum

NORTH MARY CATHERINE

On Saturday November 17, 2018 at approximately 1:00 a.m. a deputy from the Ketchum Police Division of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office began pursuit of a vehicle traveling south at a high rate of speed on Main Street in Ketchum, Idaho.

The driver, later identified as Mary North, age 32 of Challis, Idaho, refused to pull over, and drove recklessly reaching speeds of 110 mph on Highway 75 between Ketchum and Hailey. Deputies terminated the pursuit at the Hailey City line for public safety...

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Posted on: November 19, 2018

Press Release - Burglary Arrest

James Spencer Scott

On Monday November 12, 2018 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Blaine County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary in progress report on Valley Club Drive in Hailey, Idaho.

When deputies arrived the suspect had fled the scene, but the victim had a camera system which helped identify the suspect. After a thorough investigation, James Spencer Scott, age 23 of Ketchum, Idaho was arrested and charged with one felony count of Bur...

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Posted on: November 19, 2018

Press Release - DUI Related Two Vehicle Crash

Alfonso Contreras

A two vehicle crash led to a Driving Under the Influence charge on Sunday November 18, 2018. At approximately 6:27 p.m. a two vehicle non-injury crash occurred at State Highway 75 and Buttercup Rd, north of Hailey, Idaho.

A grey 2010 Chevrolet Suburban traveling southbound was struck by a red 1999 Ford F250 driven by Alfonso Contreras-Esparza, age 51 of Ketchum, Idaho. Contreras-Esparza was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence, Idaho Code 18-8004, and late...

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Posted on: November 16, 2018

Press Release - Armed Standoff in Picabo Ends Peacefully

Dillion Dugger

A domestic situation which turned into an armed standoff with law enforcement in Picabo, Idaho ended peacefully today when the suspect surrendered.

At 10:06 a.m. November 16, 2018 Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies and officers from several assisting agencies responded to the Silver Creek Convenience Store located on State Highway 20 in Picabo in southern Blaine County. Deputies made c...

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Posted on: November 14, 2018

Press Release - Sheep Killed in Single Vehicle Collision

On November 14, 2018 at approximately 11:47 a.m., we received a report of a single vehicle collision with a small group of sheep on Highway 20 at milepost 174 near Stanton’s Crossing in Blaine County, Idaho.

An Idaho State Police Trooper in the area responded to the scene. The seven sheep killed were a group of strays ahead of the main flock traveling towards the Sheep Bridge Crossing when the collision occurred. The driver, Shannon Ferguson, age 45 of Fairfi...

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Posted on: November 13, 2018

Press Release - Single Vehicle Crash North of Hailey

On November 11, 2018 at approximately 12:16 pm Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single vehicle crash with injuries on State Highway 75 and River Bend Lane, just north of Hailey, Idaho.

Melinda Lincoln, age 48 of Nampa, Idaho, was driving a blue 2015 Ford F-150 truck southbound on Hwy 75 when according to witnesses she drifted to the right near the west side guardrail, over-corrected, crossed the center line, hit the east side guardrail ...

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Posted on: November 5, 2018

Press Release - Single Vehicle Crash over Embankment near Galena Summit

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On November 2, 2018 Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 75 near milepost 157 just south of Galena Summit. First responders discovered a blue 2014 Honda CRV approximately 100 feet down a steep embankment.

The sole vehicle occupant, Jennifer Rose, age 48 of Rosemary Beach, Florida, received medical attention by Ketchum Fire and Ambulance and was then transported to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. The accident occurred...

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Posted on: October 22, 2018

Press Release - Protective Custody Results in Felony Arrest

Angel Lira Jr.

On October 20, 2018 at approximately 2:23 a.m. a Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputy from our Ketchum Police Division responded to an intoxicated male in the backyard of a residence near Leadville Ave and 2nd Street in Ketchum, Idaho.

The deputy identified the subject as Angel Lira Jr., age 20 of Hailey, Idaho. Lira was highly intoxicated and was having difficulty responding to the deputy. Lira was unable to provide personal information, where he lives, or how he was getting home. Due ...

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

Press Release - Felony Aggravated Battery Arrest

Royer Huamani Quispe

On October 14, 2018 at approximately 2:23 a.m. Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum, Idaho for a disturbance report. Deputies witnessed a person who had just exited from a hotel side door who was yelling ...

and appeared to be angry with a large wooden plank in his hand. This person was later identified at Royer Huamani Quispe, age 24 of Ketchum, Idaho. Huamani Quispe appeared to be in some sort of confrontation with hotel employee Zynall Kumar, age 35 of Las...

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

Press Release - Horse Trailer Crash on Galena Summit

On October 14, 2018 at approximately 9:38 a.m. Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a two vehicle accident on Hwy 75 at Milepost 158, near the top of Galena Summit. The driver of a 2007 silver Chevrolet pickup, Ann M. Wartman,

....age 50 of Meridian, Idaho, told deputies she was traveling southbound when she lost control at the top of the summit and slid into the northbound lane, striking a 2006 white Ford F350 pickup, with a 18’ long horse trailer with horses inside, driven by...

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

Press Release - Head on Collision in Picabo

On October 11, 2018 approximately 6:09 p.m. Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a head on collision on Highway 20 in Picabo, Idaho. Martin Weck, age 31 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was traveling east on Hwy 20 in...

a 2008 Dodge Caravan, when he attempted to turn left into the gas station at the Picabo Country Store. Weck failed to yield to McKenna Nebeker, age 27 of Moore, Idaho driving westbound in a 2010 black Nissan Murano. Nebeker was extricated from her vehicle...

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

Press Release - Fatality Accident Near SNRA

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On October 13, 2018 at approximately 1:41 p.m. Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a single vehicle rollover crash with injuries at milepost 137.5 on State Hwy 75 north of Ketchum, Idaho. Deputies discovered a 1999 silver BMW

...laying on it roof off the southbound side of the highway. The driver and sole occupant, Douglas D. D’Andrea, age 62 of Ketchum, Idaho, was found deceased at the scene. Witnesses reported that D’Andrea was traveling northbound at a h...

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Posted on: October 11, 2018

Press Release - Burglary Arrest

Hunter Dean

On October 10, 2018 detectives from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office served an arrest warrant on Hunter David Dean, age 21 of Hailey, Idaho, for felony Burglary,

I.C. 18-1401 following an investigation into a theft on September 24 or 25, 2018 at Webb Nursery, located south of Bellevue, Idaho.

The investigation showed that Dean, a former employee of the nursery, allegedly used a lockbox code to gain entry into the m...

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Posted on: October 1, 2018

Press Release - Grand Theft Arrest

Michael Barbee

Following an investigation, Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Michael A. Barbee, age 32 of Hailey, Idaho, on September 27, 2018 for felony Grand Theft, I.C. 18-2407.

Barbee is allegedly to have stolen a Fuji Film Sonosite Ultrasound machine and probe valued at approximately $60,000 from a medical conference held at the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum on 09/22/2018. Barbee was released from custody on a $2,500 bond.&nbs...

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Posted on: October 1, 2018

Press Release - Felony Drug Arrest

Douglas Allen

On 09/28/2018 at approximately 6:32 p.m. deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of a suspicious vehicle located near 173 Foothill Rd. in Carey, Idaho.

Deputies located Douglas L. Allen, age 24 of Hailey, Idaho, in a silver 1997 Infiniti. It was determined Allen had an outstanding warrant to failure to appear on a previous charge. During a search of his person incident to the warrant arrest, deputies loc...

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Posted on: September 24, 2018

Press Release North Fork Trailer Park Arrest

Morton L. Zerby

On September 21, 2018 at approximately 2:24 a.m. deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff Office were dispatched to reports of possible shots fired and an individual disturbing the peace at the North Fork Trailer Park located at 13574 Highway 75,

 north of Ketchum, Idaho. Witnesses reported what they believed to be the sound of firing of a rifle coming from an individual near a bonfire.

When located, Morton Lee Zerby, age 59 of Bellevue, Idaho, was confrontational and non-complaint. Zerby ...

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Posted on: September 19, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Gannet Rd. Crash Investigation Leads to Felony Arrest

A crash scene investigation by the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office into an August 8, 2018 rollover injury crash on Gannett Rd. south of Labrador Lane in Bellevue, Idaho has resulted in the identification of the actual driver of one of the vehicles.

Calub Carl Castle, age 23 of Bellevue, Idaho, allegedly fled the scene immediately after the crash.

The investigation determined that two white trucks were traveling south side by side at speeds well above the posted speed limit. The other vehicle was driv...

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Posted on: September 20, 2018

Press Release - Timmerman Motorcycle Crash

On September 20, 2018 at approximately 12:04 p.m. Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a report of a single motorcycle crash on Highway 75 near milepost 97 approximately ¼ mile south of Timmerman in Bellevue, Idaho.

George J. Benfit, age 43 of Fullerton, California, was traveling south when he lost control of a 2016 Triumph Tiger motorcycle as he attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle. Benfit who was wearing a helmet and protective riding clothing was thrown ahead...

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