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Posted on: May 19, 2022

JOINT PRESS RELEASE: Wood River Middle School Lockdown

SHERIFF STEVE HARKINS
CHIEF STEVE ENGLAND, HAILEY POLICE
On May 17, 2022 at approximately 10:15 AM the Blaine County Emergency Communications Center received an electronic Lockdown message from Wood River Middle School in Hailey, Idaho.

At approximately 10:16 AM the Hailey Police Department, the Hailey Fire Department and Wood River Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the school for the report of a Lockdown.  

At approximately 10:17 AM a Wood River Middle School staff member calle...

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Posted on: May 16, 2022

Press Release – Bicycle Versus Bicycle Crash Victim Life Flighted

On Sunday, May 15, 2022, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Blaine County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a bicycle versus bicycle collision on the bike path near Warm Springs Rd. in Ketchum, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that Cole Ross Wells, age 33 of Hailey, Idaho was riding his bicycle southeast on the bike path headed into Ketchum from Warm Springs with his headlamp light on when an oncoming vehicle with its headlights on made it d...

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Posted on: May 16, 2022

Press Release – Flying Rock Causes Injury Accident

BC22050031 crash photo

On Thursday, May 12, 2022, at approximately 3:10 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single motor vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 26 near Lava Lake Rd. and the Blaine County / Butte County line.

Crash scene investigation determined that Daniel Robert Wallace, age 22 of Sterling, Virginia, was driving a blue 2019 Dodge Ram truck westbound on Hwy 26 when a rock fell off a gravel truck driving eastbound in the opposite lane. The rock flew directly t...

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Posted on: April 26, 2022

Press Release – Crash Leads to Felony DUI

CENARRUSA, JOHN RANDAL

On Monday, April 25, 2022, at 1:56 p.m. Blaine County Sheriff’s deputies responded to assist an Idaho State Police Officer with a vehicle that had gone off the road, crashed through a metal railing, and hit a tree on Main St. in Carey, Idaho.

Upon investigation, John Randal Cenarrusa, age 50 of Hailey, Idaho, was arrested for felony Driving Under the Influence, I.C, 18-8004 (1)(A)(F). Cenarrusa has had five prior DUI convictions since 2008. Cenarrusa was also cited with two infractions for Fai...

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Posted on: April 18, 2022

Press Release – Felony Domestic Battery with Traumatic Injury

YANCAN GUILLEN, MYLEE XIOMARA

On Sunday, April 17, 2022, at approximately 1:21 p.m. Blaine County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a battery on State Highway 75 at milepost 101.

Upon investigation, Mylee Xiomara Yancan Guillen, age 18 of Hailey, Idaho was arrested and charged with felony Domestic Battery with Traumatic Injury, I.C. 18-918. Yancan was arraigned on Monday afternoon in Magistrate Court where the Judge ordered she be...

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Posted on: April 18, 2022

Press Release – Crash Results in Felony DUI Arrest

FITZPATRICK, LAURIE JEAN

On Sunday, April 17, 2022, at approximately 6:24 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of Warm Springs Road and Saddle Road in Ketchum, Idaho.

Upon investigation, Laurie Jean Fitzpatrick, age 59 of Sun Valley, Idaho, was arrested and charged with Felony Driving Under the Influence, I.C. 18-8004(1)(A)(F). Fitzpatrick has two prior DUI convictions from 2016 and 2020, making this, her third arrest ...

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Posted on: April 11, 2022

Press Release – Felony Rape Arrest

CHONA BLANCO, JORGE ULISES

On Thursday, April 7, 2022, Blaine County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a delayed report of a Domestic Battery at a residence in Carey, Idaho.

Upon investigation, Jorge Ulises Chona Blanco, age 44, of Hailey, Idaho, was arrested and charged with one felony count of Rape, I.C. 18-6101. Chona Blanco was arraigned in Magistrate Court on Friday, April 8, 2022, where a bond of $30,000 was ordered. Ch...

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Posted on: March 22, 2022

Press Release – Felony Driving Under the Influence

STOBER, SHARD ANTONY

On Monday, March 21, 2022, at approximately 6:12 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a crashed vehicle on the west side of Highway 75 near the Hospital bridge south of Ketchum, Idaho.

Upon investigation, Shard Antony Stober was arrested and charged with felony Driving Under the Influence, I.C. 18-8004(1)(A)(F).

Stober has prior DUI convictions from 2017 and 2019, making his third arrest in ten years a felony. Stober remains in the custo...

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Posted on: February 2, 2022

Press Release – Felony DUI Arrest

MENDOZA CRUZ, HERIBERTO

On Monday, January 31, 2022, at approximately 10:31 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies performed a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 20 near Moonstone Landing Rd. in Bellevue, Idaho.

Upon investigation, Heriberto Mendoza Cruz, age 29 of Fairfield, Idaho, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence.  

Mendoza Cruz has two previous DUI convictions in 2014 and 2017, making the third charge a felony, I.C. 18-8004(1)(A)(F). Mendoz...

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Posted on: January 26, 2022

Press Release – Felony DUI Arrest

VROMAN, LESLIE WREN

On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at approximately 9:27 p.m. a Blaine County Sheriff deputy conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy 20 near Stanton Crossing (milepost 177) south of Bellevue, Idaho.

Upon investigation, Leslie Wren Vromen, age 56 of Fairfield, Idaho, was arrested for felony Driving Under the Influence, I.C, 18-8004 (1)(A)(F). Vroman has two prior DUI convictions in 2013 and 2017, making her third arrest in 10 years a felony. Vroman is...

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Posted on: January 24, 2022

Press Release: 2021 In Review

Sheriff Steve Harkins

2021 brought a prolongation of challenges to all of our lives. Yet despite the challenges, we would like to take a moment to let our citizens know how the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office continued to serve our community last year.

Our patrol and detention teams continued to perform their duties 24/7. Our entire staff has admirably continued to serve, protect, and fulfill our legal mandates. We remain committed to providing the highest level of professional law enforcement to our ci...

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Posted on: January 19, 2022

Press Release – NET Team Yields Another Arrest

VAZQUEZ, JESSICA ANNE

As part of a Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team operation, another individual has been arrested on drug-related charges.

Jessica Anne Vazquez, age 39 of Boise, Idaho, was arrested in Ada County on January 13, 2022, on a Blaine County warrant and transferred to the Blaine County Detention Center on January 18, 2022, to face local charges. Vasquez is charged with one felony c...

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Posted on: January 18, 2022

Press Release – NET Team Operation Arrest Three

On Thursday, January 13, 2022, the Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested three individuals on drug-related charges as part of NET investigation.

Priscilla Barrientes, age 39 of Boise, Idaho was charged with two felony counts of Trafficking in Methamphetamine, I.C. 37-2732B, and one felony count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance Fentanyl, I.C. 37-2732(A)(1)(A).  Barrientes was arraigne...

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Posted on: January 18, 2022

Press Release – Noise Disturbance Results in Three Felony Charges

SELLARS, JASON BRADLEY

On Friday, January 14, 2022, at approximately 10:04 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a noise disturbance on River St. in Ketchum, Idaho. Witnesses reported that an intoxicated male was parked in a vehicle honking his horn and screaming.

Upon investigation, Jason Bradley Sellars, age 36 of Ketchum, Idaho, was arrested for felony Driving Under the Influence, I.C. 18-8004(1)(A)(F), misdemeanor Resisting and Obstructing an Officer, I.C. 18-705, and two felony counts of Aggravated Battery Upo...

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Posted on: January 11, 2022

Press Release – Felony Attempted Strangulation Arrest

ARCE ZUNIGA, CARLOS ANTONIO

On Monday, January 10, 2022, at approximately 2:49 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a delayed report of domestic violence at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center in Ketchum, Idaho.

Upon investigation, deputies determined that the domestic incident occurred on January 9, 2022, at a residence on Peregrine Dr. in Ketchum. Carlos Antonio Arce Zuniga, age 24 of Ketchum, Idaho, was subsequently arrested and charged with one felony count A...

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Posted on: January 11, 2022

Press Release –Indiana Woman Faces Felony Drug Charges

RUIZ, TRISTAN REYANN

On Monday, January 10, 2022, an Indiana woman was arraigned in Blaine County Magistrate Court on three felony drug-related charges.

Tristan Reyann Ruiz, age 41 of Indianapolis, IN, was charged with two felony counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, I.C. 37-2732(a)1(A), and one felony count of Intimidating a Witness, I.C. 18-2604. The charges stem from a Narcotics...

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Posted on: January 6, 2022

Press Release – Single Vehicle Rollover

McKenna  Dodge Rollover

On Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at approximately 3:42 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a single-vehicle rollover crash on Highway 75 at milepost 97 near Picabo Desert Rd. in southern Blaine County, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that two juveniles were driving northbound in a 2002 blue Dodge Ram Truck on State Highway 75 when a snowplow was traveling southbound. After the snowplow passed the Dodge, snow from the plow carried by the wind tempor...

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Posted on: January 3, 2022

Press Release – Ketchum Brawl Results in Felony Arrest

QUINONEZ TAMAYO, JOSE P

On Saturday, January 1, 2022, at approximately 1:26 a.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies interceded in a fight involving at least four men outside the Casino Bar on Main Street in Ketchum, Idaho.

Witnesses reported that the brawl began when Jose P. Quinonez Tamayo, age 21 of Hailey, Idaho, was removed from the bar by an employee for being belligerent and striking another employee. Several others became involved in the fight on the sidewalk includi...

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Posted on: December 27, 2021

Press Release –Felony Aggravated Battery Arrest

LARSEN, JESSIKA PARKER

On Monday, December 27, 2021, at approximately 1:07 a.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to an incident at a residence in Ketchum, Idaho.

Upon investigation, Jessika Parker Larsen, age 38, was arrested and charged with one count of felony Aggravated Battery, I.C. 18-907. Larsen is in the custody of the Blaine County Detention Center pending arraignment Monday afternoon in Magistrate Court.

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Posted on: December 22, 2021

Press Release –Felony Embezzlement Arrest in Ketchum

MARTENS, JESSICA ANNALEIGH

On Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at approximately 10:00 a.m. Blaine County Sheriff deputies arrested a Hailey woman for embezzlement of a Ketchum business.

Following an investigation by Blaine County Sheriff detectives, Jessica Annaleigh Martens, age 29 of Ketchum, Idaho was charged with one felony count of Grand Theft.

Martens is accused of embezzling approximately $6,000 from Thunderpaws Pet Shoppe in Ketch...

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Posted on: December 20, 2021

Press Release – Snowplow Tractor Fatality

On Thursday, December 16, 2021, at approximately 4:52 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a technical rescue with North Blaine County Fire Dept. and Ketchum Ambulance to a single-vehicle accident on Cold Springs Gulch Rd. in Ketchum, Idaho.

Upon investigation, it was determined that Alexander MacDonald II, age 75 of Ketchum, Idaho, was plowing snow on his driveway on a green John Deere 640 tractor with a plow attachment when the tractor came close to the edge of the driveway, slid off the ed...

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Posted on: December 15, 2021

Press Release –Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Drug Arrest

DE LOERA RUIZ, ISAIAS

On Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies initiated a traffic stop on South Main Street in Bellevue, Idaho which resulted in a drug arrest.

Isaias De Loera Ruiz, age 39 of Bellevue, Idaho was arrested and charged with one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, I.C. 37-2732(C)1, and one misdemeanor count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, I.C. 37-2734A. De Loera R...

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Posted on: December 13, 2021

Press Release – Traffic Stop Leads to Six Criminal Charges

LENTZ, KAIYA LEE

On Sunday, December 12, 2021, at approximately 8:10 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies initiated a traffic stop on First Avenue near First Street in Ketchum, Idaho which resulted in five misdemeanor charges and one felony charge.

Upon investigation, it was determined that the driver and sole occupant of the 2016 gray Dodge Journey, Kaiya Lee Lentz, age 27 of Ketchum, Idaho had sideswiped a Ketchum Street Department vehicle and struck a School Speed Limit sign earlier in the evenin...

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Posted on: November 22, 2021

Press Release – Felony Attempted Strangulation Arrest

DOBOS, JAMES BRIAN

On Saturday, November 20, 2021, at approximately 11:04 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a residence in north Hailey, Idaho for a possible domestic violence situation and 911 hang-up.

Upon investigation, James Brian Dobos, age 51 of Hailey, Idaho, was arrested and charged with one felony count of Attempted Strangulation, I.C. 18-923. Dobos is in the custody of the Blaine County Detention Center, pending arraignment in Magistrate Court ...

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Posted on: November 15, 2021

Press Release – Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Drug Arrest in Ketchum

ALZAGA, PEYTON LUKAS

On Friday, November 12, 2021, at approximately 8:30 p.m., a Blaine County Sheriff deputy initiated a traffic stop on Main Street and Emerald Street in the City of Ketchum, Idaho which resulted in two felonies and two misdemeanor drug charges.

Peyton Lukas Alzaga, age 21 of Eagle, Idaho, was arrested and charged with felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana more than 3 oz., I.C. 37-2732(E), felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Hydrocodone, I.C. 37-2732(C)(1), misdemeanor P...

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Posted on: November 9, 2021

Press Release – Vehicle vs. Sheep Collision

On Monday, November 8, 2021, at approximately 7:23 p.m. Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a single-vehicle versus sheep collision on Gannett Rd. at Kingsbury Lane, south of Bellevue, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that April Lopez Pina, age 33 of Hailey, Idaho, was traveling south on Gannett Rd., in a blue 2007 Audi Q7, when a large band of sheep came running down Kingsbury Lane onto Gannett Rd. Pina was not able to stop her veh...

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Posted on: November 2, 2021

Press Release – Halloween Weekend Arrests Reflect Driving Under the Influence Concern

The Blaine County Sheriff Office is concerned about increases in Driving Under the Influence arrests.

“This past Halloween weekend we saw five DUI arrests countywide, one of which was a felony and another was connected to felony drug charges,” Sheriff Steve Harkins said. Four of the five arrests were made by BCSO deputies.

On Sunday, Oc...

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Posted on: November 1, 2021

Press Release – Pedestrians Struck in Ketchum Crosswalk

On Saturday, October 30, 2021, at approximately 4:52 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrians collision on Sun Valley Rd. at Leadville Avenue in Ketchum, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that Aldo Quinones Inga, age 38 of Bellevue, Idaho, was driving a 2004 red F-150 truck west on Sun Valley Rd with a passenger. Aldo told police that as he approached the intersection with Leadville Rd., the sun was shi...

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Posted on: October 27, 2021

Press Release – Good Samaritan Struck by Vehicle

On Tuesday, October 26, 2021, starting at approximately 6:08 a.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a series of slide-offs which resulted in an injury to a good samaritan on Highway 75 near the bridge north of Hospital Drive in Ketchum, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that Alejandro Ponce Valladares, age 43 of Ketchum, Idaho, was traveling northbound on Hwy 75 when he lost control of a red 2006 Toyota Tacoma due to icy road conditions, crossed the center lane divider, and crashed in...

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Posted on: October 26, 2021

Press Release – Unattended Death on Hiking Trail

On Sunday, October 24, 2021, at approximately 10:22 a.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a report of a deceased male off the Long Gulch Trail at the end of Corral Creek Rd., north of Ketchum, Idaho.

Deputies were able to identify the deceased as Robert Worling Wallace, age 59 of Portland, Oregon. Wallace’s vehicle, a black 2015 Toyota Tundra, was located nearby. The cause of death has not been determined, but foul play does not appear to be...

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Posted on: October 18, 2021

Press Release – Welfare Check Results in Felony Drug Arrest

MCLAUGHLIN, RACHEL AMINE

On Friday, October 15, 2021, at approximately 2:41 a.m., a Blaine County Sheriff deputy performed a welfare check on the occupant of a 2004 red Toyota Corolla in the barrow pit on Gannett Rd.

The driver and sole occupant, Rachel Amine McLaughlin, age 39 of Picabo, Idaho, was subsequently arrested for misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence, I.C. 18-8004.

During an inventory of her vehicle before towing, controlled substances were located. McLau...

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Posted on: October 13, 2021

Press Release – Hit and Run Fatality

On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a person lying in the road on State Highway 75 at Golden Eagle Drive.

Deputies found Dylan James Heuring, age 30 of Triumph, Idaho, deceased in the roadway.

Crime scene investigation, debris found at the scene, and Heuring’s injuries were consistent with being struck by a vehicle. The initial evidence at the scene ...

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Posted on: September 27, 2021

Press Release – Car vs. Cow Collision

Callery crash photo

On Monday, September 27, 2021, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a motor vehicle versus cow collision on U.S. Highway 20 at milepost 179, approximately one mile east of the State Highway 75 intersection.

Crash scene investigation determined that Arthur Francis Callery, age 70 of Picabo, Idaho, was driving a silver 2002 Audi A6 traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 20 with a passenger, Carla Ann Koeplin, age 57 of Bellevue, Idaho.

Callery collided with a blac...

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Posted on: September 22, 2021

Press Release – Two-Vehicle Crash Sends Two to the Hospital

Moonstone crash

On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at approximately 7:50 a.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 20 at milepost 171 near Moonstone Ranch.

Crash scene investigation determined that a juvenile male, driving a white 2000 Chevrolet truck, struck the rear of a white 2006 Chevrolet truck, driven by Johnny Lee Fields, age 65 of Fairfield, Idaho. Both vehicles were traveling eastbound on U.S. Highw...

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Posted on: September 14, 2021

Press Release – Felony Drug Arrest

KOLSEN, JUSTIN THOMAS RAY

On Monday, September 13, 2021, at approximately 9:31 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies initiated a traffic stop on State Highway 75 and Serenade Lane in Ketchum, Idaho which led to a felony drug arrest.

Justin Thomas Ray Kolsen, age 43 of Gooding, Idaho, was arrested and charged with felony Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), I.C. 37-2732(1)(A), felony Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver (Psilocybin Mushrooms...

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Posted on: September 13, 2021

Press Release – Four Vehicle Crash

4 vehicle crash

On Friday, September 10, 2021, at approximately 4:36 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to the intersection of State Highway 75 and U.S Highway 20 for a multi-vehicle crash with ejection, south of Bellevue, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that Milton Paul Blackburn, age 45 of Nampa, Idaho, was traveling west on Highway 20 in a 2007 black Honda Pilot with a juvenile female passenger. The Pilot stopped at the junction of State Highway 75, then proceeded i...

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Posted on: September 9, 2021

Press Release – Felony Domestic Violence Arrest

SHEPHERD, MASON JOHN

On Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at approximately 10:52 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a report of a domestic battery in progress at a residence in Ketchum, Idaho.

Upon investigation, Mason John Shepherd, age 31 of Ketchum, Idaho, was arrested for felony Domestic Violence in the Presence of a Child, I.C. 18-918(4), felony Aggravated Assault, I.C. 18-905, misdemeanor Intentional Destruction of a Telecommunication Ins...

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Posted on: September 7, 2021

Press Release – Felony DUI Arrest

DEMUTH, PAGE ROSCHEL

On Monday, September 6, 2021, at approximately 8:00 p.m., a Blaine County Sheriff deputy conducted a traffic stop on State Highway 75 near milepost 100, approximately two miles south of the Timmerman Junction.

Page Roschel Demuth, age 58 of East Magic, Idaho, was arrested for felony Driving Under the Influence, I.C. 18-8004(9), and two misdemeanors, Possession of a Controlled Substance Marijuana Less Than 3 Ounces, I.C. 37-2732(C)(3), and Possession of an Open ...

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Posted on: September 7, 2021

Press Release – Traffic Stop Results in Felony Drug Arrest

IMSCHENETZKY-KISELEVA, EKATERINA

On Tuesday, September 7, 20201, at approximately 12:32 a.m. a Blaine County Sheriff deputy conducted a traffic stop on a silver Dodge Charger on State Highway 75 near Deercreek Rd., north of Hailey, Idaho for traveling at a high rate of speed.

As a result of interactions with the occupants of the vehicle, the passenger Ekaterina Imschenetzky-Kiseleva, age 26, a citizen of Chile, was arrested and charged with felony Possession of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), I.C. 37-2732(C)(2) and misdemean...

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Posted on: August 31, 2021

Press Release –Semi Rollover Closes Gannett Road

Benitez Crash

On Monday, August 30, 2021, at 5:37 p.m. Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a semi-truck rollover crash with lane blockage on Gannett Rd. approximately two miles east of the Gannet fire station in Blaine County, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that Tracy Lee Benitez, age 48 of Meridian, Idaho was traveling southbound on Gannett Rd. in a 2001 Peterbilt semi-tractor pulling a belly-dump trailer when his vehicle drifted onto the right shoulder, went into the so...

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Posted on: August 25, 2021

Press Release – Felony Battery on Police Officer Arrest

PIIRAINEN, REBECCA A

On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at approximately 2:48 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a report of a disturbed person inside the Village Market in Ketchum, Idaho that was refusing to leave the store.

Based upon her refusal to leave or comply, deputies placed her in custody for Disturbing the Peace, I.C. 18-6409, and Resisting/Obstructing Officers, I.C. 18-705, both misdemeanors.

During her arrest, Rebecca A. Piirainen, age 32 of Sparks, Nevada physical...

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Posted on: August 23, 2021

Press Release – Felony Aggravated Assault Arrest

YOUNG, LEVI SCOTT

On Thursday, August 19, 2021, at approximately 8:15 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a report of a man with a gun who had threatened others at a residence on Broadford Rd.

After one and half hours, deputies’ attempts to contact Levi Scott Young, age 26 of Hailey, Idaho, were unsuccessful and he was non-compliant with the officers’ instructions.

Officers closed the road to traffic for public safety. While ...

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Posted on: August 19, 2021

Press Release – Single Vehicle Crash North of Smiley Creek

Hardin-Peterson Crash photo

On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at approximately 3:03 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 75 near milepost 167, approximately 1 ½ miles north of Smiley Creek Lodge, in northern Blaine County, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that Laura Hardin-Peterson, age 61 of Corvallis, OR, was traveling southbound on State Hwy 75 in a grey 2011 Toyota Highlander. While negotiating an outside left hand curve in the roadway, the Toyota’s passenger's side...

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Posted on: August 12, 2021

Press Release – New Hispanic Liaison Team / Nuevo Equipo de Enlace Hispano

Hispanic Liaison Team

The Blaine County Sheriff is proud to announce the creation of a Hispanic Liaison Team to promote positive relationships and communication within our Wood River community.

 “We are always looking for innovative ways to continue to build trust and bridge the gap with all our citizens and visitors. It’s very important that we are not only the leader in law enforcement, but are vested and involved ...

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Posted on: August 9, 2021

Press Release – Street Fight Leads to Aggravated Battery Arrest

DELVAUX, ADRIEN A

On Saturday, August 7, 2021, at approximately 3:33 a.m. Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center for a report of a male subject being treated for injuries sustained in a fight on Main Street in Ketchum, Idaho.

Upon investigation, Adrien Andre Delvaux, age 29 of Denver, CO, was arrested and charged with Felony Aggravated Battery, I.C. 18-907.

The victim was sent by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise with life-threatening injuries. Delvaux remains in...

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Posted on: August 9, 2021

Press Release – Felony Drug Arrest

LOPEZ-TORRES, FIDEL

On Thursday, August 6, 2021, at approximately 1:46 a.m. Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a residence south of Ketchum, Idaho for a welfare check.

Upon investigation, it was determined that the individual involved also had an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.

During a search incident to the warrant arrest, deputies discovered controlled substances on this person. Fidel Lopez-Torres, age ...

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Posted on: August 4, 2021

Press Release – Fatal Motorcycle Crash

On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at approximately 7:32 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash on State Highway 75 near milepost 166, just north of the Smiley Creek Store.

Crash scene investigation determined that Todd Michael Fowler, age 51 of Nampa, Idaho, was traveling southbound on Hwy 75 on a 2002 Honda motorcycle when he lost control navigating a turn in the roadway and traveled off the pavement into the sagebrush. Fo...

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Posted on: July 21, 2021

Press Release –Deer Collision Cause Vehicle Fire

On Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at approximately 10:23 p.m. Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a vehicle fire on Idaho State Highway 75 near mile marker 103, approximately 1 mile north of the U.S. Hwy 20 junction. Upon investigation, it was determined...

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Posted on: July 20, 2021

Press Release – New Vulnerable Population Registry

VPR website logo

The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce the introduction of our Vulnerable Population Registry through our website www.blainesheriff.com.

The Registry allows people to register a family member living in Blaine County, Idaho who are a part of a vulnerable population, such as those who suffer from Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Autism or other special needs. Individuals will be regis...

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Posted on: July 19, 2021

Press Release – Ketchum Burglary Arrest

MOHR, CLAUDIA CABOT

A Sun Valley woman was arrested for burglary on Thursday, July 15, 2021, following an investigation by deputies of the Ketchum Police Team of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.

Claudia Cabot Mohr, age 65, was charged with one felony count of Burglary, I.C. 18-401, in connection with missing property from a residence in Ketchum.

Mohr was arraigned in Blaine County Magistrate Court on Friday, July 16, 2021, and released on her own ...

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Posted on: July 6, 2021

Press Release – Failure to Yield Causes Timmerman Collision

Wang Orozco Collision

On Friday, July 2, 2021, at approximately 7:56 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a motorhome vs car collision at the U.S. 20 and State Hwy 75 junction.

Crash scene investigation determined that Cai Yan Wang, age 46 of Renton, WA, was driving a Coachman Motorhome with six passengers traveling westbound on U.S. Hwy 20 when Wang failed to stop at the red blinking light intersection.

Maria Del C/ Orozco Coron...

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Posted on: July 6, 2021

Press Release – Motorcycle vs Deer Collision

On Sunday, July 4, 2021, at approximately 4:01 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a motorcycle vs deer collision on Little Wood Reservoir Rd., north of Carey, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that Sherrie L. Young, age 61 of Redding, CA, was driving a 2021 KTM motorcycle when witnesses report a deer appeared directly in front of her in the roadway. Young did not have time to brake before hitting the deer at...

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Posted on: July 6, 2021

Press Release – NET Makes Two Drug Trafficking Arrests

The Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested two men for trafficking methamphetamine last week.

On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at approximately 8:14 a.m., Juan Ramirez-Martinez, age 39 of Bellevue, ID, was arrested on a warrant for one felony count of Trafficking in Methamphetamine, I.C. 37-2732B(a)(4)(A). Ramirez-Martinez was arraigned in Blai...

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Posted on: June 28, 2021

Press Release: Two vehicle crash south of Bellevue leaves 2 dead

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On Saturday June 26, 2021 at approximately 2:33 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a two vehicle head-on collision with injuries on State Highway 75 at mile post 110, just south of Bellevue, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that Dalmiro R. Alvarez, age 74 of Hansen, Idaho, was driving a 2015 Volkswagen Passat traveling southbound on Hwy 75 with passenger Ann G. Alvarez, age 78 of Hansen, Idaho. For unknown reasons the Passat crossed into ...
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Posted on: June 24, 2021

Press Release –Multiple Injury Single Vehicle Crash on Timmerman Hill

Akwenuke crash

On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at approximately 12:03 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a single-vehicle injury crash with multiple injuries on State Hwy 75 at milepost 102 south of the U.S. Highway 20 Timmerman Junction.

Crash scene investigation determined that Samson O. Akwenuke, age 18 of Twin Falls, Idaho was driving a 2004 gold Honda Pilot traveling northbound on Hwy 75 with Andrew J. Shaw, also of Twin Falls, and a male juvenile backseat passenger.

As the vehicle des...

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Posted on: June 24, 2021

Press Release – Motorcycle vs. Vehicle Injury Accident

Jenkins motorcycle crash

On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at approximately 1:03 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a vehicle vs. motorcycle injury accident on Main Street and 5th Avenue in Ketchum, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that the driver of a 2009 red Harley Davidson motorcycle, Ronald L. Jenkins, age 67, and his passenger, Debi Sue Brown, age 39, both of Buhl, Idaho, were stopped southbound on Main Street at the 5th Avenue stoplight be...

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Posted on: June 23, 2021

Press Release – Unsafe Passing Causes Injury Accident

Rojas crash

On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a single-vehicle injury crash on State Highway 75 and milepost 94 near the Richfield canal in southern Blaine County, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that Carmen Rojas, age 55 of Shoshone, Idaho, was traveling northbound on Hwy 75 in a gold 2006 Volvo XC90. Rojas attempted to pass several cars but failed to see an oncoming truck in the southbound lane. When she swer...

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Posted on: June 21, 2021

Press Release – Stun Gun Use Results in Felony Domestic Battery

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On Thursday, June 17, 2021, at approximately 6:54 p.m., deputies from the Ketchum Patrol Team of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic argument at a residence on Lewis Street in Ketchum, Idaho.

Upon investigation, it was determined that Wendy Renae Smith, age 28 of Ketchum, Idaho, used a stun gun upon the victim during an argument. Smith was arrested and charged with felony Domestic Battery, I.C. 18-918.

On Friday, June 18, 2021, Smith was arraig...

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Posted on: June 21, 2021

Press Release – Three Vehicle Fatality Collision

Marquez collision

On Saturday, June 19, 2021, at approximately 8:36 a.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a three-vehicle fatality crash on State Highway 75 near mile marker 103, approximately one mile north of the U.S. Highway 20 junction.

Upon crash scene investigation, it was determined that Jeffrey Grondin, age 61 of Isleton, CA, was the sole occupant of a 2012 Ford E250 van-front U-Haul truck traveling northbound on Hwy 75. Jazmin G. Gutierrez, age 30 of Shoshone, Idaho, with three pass...

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Posted on: May 27, 2021

Press Release – Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Drug Arrest

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On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at approximately 12:11 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff deputies conducted a traffic stop for excess speed on US Highway 26 near milepost 206.

 Amelia Mae Stamsta, age 29 of Ashville, NC, was stopped driving a 1992 green Chevrolet S10 Blazer.

During the traffic stop, BCSO K9 Eric performed a free air sniff and alerted on the vehicle. Upon investigation, Stamsta was arrested on one felony...

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