Boise man who fled traffic stop, hit a car, and jumped into Boise River to avoid arrest will be charged with multiple crimes

33-year-old Boise man had to go to the hospital Thursday afternoon because he swallowed narcotics after he drove away from a traffic stop and tried to elude Ada County Sheriff’s deputies for almost an hour in east Boise.

The man eventually drove his truck into a car stopped at the Park/ParkCenter boulevards intersection — and then drove on two flat tires for a short distance before crashing his truck into a wooden post on Cesar Chavez Lane right next to Albertson’s Stadium.

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He then ran into the Boise River to try to avoid arrest. He didn’t get very far and soon surrendered to Boise and Idaho State police officers on the Greenbelt.

Deputies are recommending the man be charged with felony counts of aggravated assault, eluding arrest, and possession of a controlled substance when he is released from the hospital. We are also recommending a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. Investigators know who he is. We will identify him publicly when he is charged.

The incident began just after 11 a.m. Thursday when an ACSO K9 deputy pulled over the driver of a white Chevy pickup truck for a traffic signal/lane change violation on Interstate 84.

The driver pulled off the highway and stopped on the side of Federal Way, near the Gowen Road intersection.

It was about 10 minutes into the traffic stop when the deputy found evidence of drugs in the pickup — but before he could get his K9 dog out to sniff around the truck, the man drove away.

The deputy then followed the man, who was driving the speed limit and stopping for red lights but refusing to pull over.

This went on for a while in the Federal Way, Broadway Avenue, Pennsylvania Street, and Boise Avenue area. Other deputies and Boise Police were in the area and monitoring the situation.

After about 10 minutes — around 11:30 a.m. — the man started driving erratically, so deputies and police stopped following him for safety reasons.

They backed off but continued to track his movement.

An ACSO deputy got behind the truck several minutes later but backed off again when the man continued to drive erratically.

At that point, all ACSO deputies and Boise police pulled back. Officers kept an eye out for the pickup but didn’t get behind it.

The next report of activity was at 11:52 a.m. when the man drove his pickup into a car stopped at the Park Center/Park boulevards intersection and kept going.

The driver of that car did not appear to be badly injured in the crash.

The man kept driving the truck, despite two flat tires from the previous crash, getting as far as Cesar Chavez Lane, before he drove into a wooden post and couldn’t drive any farther.

Police arrived at the crash scene moments later and found the man in the river. Officers coaxed him out of the water and to the shore, where he was taken into custody.

When paramedics were treating the man he admitted to swallowing drugs. Paramedics then took him to a local hospital.

Deputies searching the truck then found a small amount of cocaine in some plastic wrap on the floorboard and cocaine residue on some paper towels strewn about the truck.

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ACSO teaches implicit bias training to POST academy

When the Ada County Sheriff’s Office began working with the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge several years ago, one of our shared priorities was to work together to promote social justice — and to be a good example for other Idaho communities.

We got to realize a big piece of that ambition last week when Chris Saunders, the data analytics and intelligence manager at the ACSO, taught implicit bias training to Idaho’s newest batch of law enforcement patrol officers.

Notice that we didn’t say Ada County’s newest batch of patrol officers.

Saunders’ class was comprised of 36 rookie officers from all over the state, who just started work on their basic patrol certification from Idaho’s Peace Officers Standards & Training (POST) Academy.

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It marked the first time implicit bias training was taught at POST for any class or level of certification – and it was our honor and pleasure to be part of the process.

Saunders – joined by Emergency 911 dispatcher Jeffrey Austin and patrol sergeant Ryan Wilke — have taught implicit bias training for hundreds of employees in Ada County, including patrol and jail deputies, prosecutors, court employees, and sheriff’s administration employees over the last two years.

Last week’s POST training marked the first time we were able to extend outside of our agency and into to the community.

So what is implicit bias? The short version is something like this: It’s a preconceived belief about people that you aren’t conscious of.

The Kirwan Institute For The Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State defines implicit bias as “the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.

“These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated voluntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control.”

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The training helps people identify and be conscious of their biases so they can control how they respond.

While much of the discussion about implicit bias focuses on racial relations, there are also elements of gender and age issues to consider

Our MacArthur team analyzed several different implicit bias training programs before selecting the “Balancing our Biases – Facts, Myths, Strategies, and Solutions” created by the Calibre Press.

Saunders, Austin, and Wilke were trained thanks to funding from the Safety and Justice Challenge.

It can be a pretty intense class. There is discussion about racial profiling, how white and minority officers are dealing with the current climate, and the history of racism in the law enforcement profession. Check out https://secure.calibrepress.com/balancingourbias/ if you want to learn more.

Creating implicit bias training for our employees and working with POST to incorporate it into their curriculum is just a small part of what we are doing with the $1 million grant we got from the MacArthur Foundation in 2017.

While the goal of reducing our jail population has proved tougher than we hoped, we have made some progress – which we will be detailing in stories to come.

We’ve added a text notification system to help people from missing court dates. We’ve added employees to Ada County’s Clerk of Courts and Public Defender offices to work with people who do get arrested so they can navigate the criminal justice system more efficiently.

We’ve got a lot more to tell you about in the weeks and months to come about those plans — and other innovative ideas to come as our MacArthur plans come to fruition. So be sure to check back.

Phone scammers latest trick involves fake civil judgment

Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies will never call and threaten to arrest you because you have an outstanding civil judgment — or missed jury duty — or have a federal arrest warrant — or anything like that.

Deputies will also never ask you to place funds for payment on a pre-paid credit card to “cancel the arrest warrant” for the fake civil judgment, or having a phony federal arrest warrant, or some other made-up charge.

Scammers will do that. In fact, they are doing it to Ada County citizens right now. They use phone numbers with a 208 area code and use the names of current ACSO employees to sell the ruse. The most prevalent version of the scam used to be about missing jury duty, but the latest version involves phony civil judgments.

The scammers pretend to be sergeants from the ACSO and tell people they need to pay a civil judgment.

They usually tell their victims to go to a store, get a pre-paid credit card (like a Green Dot), load it up with money, and then call a phone number with the card information.

In reality, if one of our deputies had to file a civil judgment, they would try to find you in person and leave cards with call-back numbers on them several times before calling – and that would be to set up a meet so they can serve the judgment.

They will never ask you to wire or transfer money electronically. That is a sure sign of the scam.

Several Ada County residents reported getting the phone calls over the last month or so.

The scammers get the numbers and make the calls over the internet with burner cell phones, making them very hard to trace.

The Better Business Bureau is aware of the scam and says people can protect themselves from becoming victims of identify theft by never giving out any personal information when getting an unsolicited phone call.

Giving out sensitive information over the phone — both personal and financial — can put you at risk for fraud.

If you have received one of these scam phone calls, contact the Ada County Sheriff’s Office at (208) 377-6790 or the Better Business Bureau  for more info.

 

 

Man found deceased on bank of retention pond near Boise River identified

Ada County Coroner’s officials identified a man found Saturday deceased on the banks of a retention pond next to the Boise River as 59-year-old Grant L. Young.

Young is listed as having no fixed address. Investigators found evidence of a makeshift campsite several hundred feet away from where Young was found, with evidence that indicates he may have been living there.

A citizen looking for his dog near the Greenbelt, just south of W. Pebble Brook Lane and near the east end of Eagle Island, called 911 after spotting a body on the bank of a retention pond just south of the Boise River around 1 p.m. Saturday.

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Deputies arrived and found the body about 40 feet down the steep bank of the pond, above the waterline. Ada County paramedics and Eagle Fire Department employees arrived moments later.  Everyone then worked to recover the body and take it to the Ada County Coroner’s Office.

Coroner’s officials conducted an autopsy Monday morning and were able to identify Young. His cause of death is listed as pending. It does not appear that he was under water at any time. There does not appear to be any sign of foul play.

Coroner’s officials will wait until toxicology results are back before establishing an official cause and manner of death.

Off-duty deputy arrested on DUI charge

An Ada County Sheriff’s deputy was immediately placed on administrative leave after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Sunday night.

Boise Police pulled over Jason Jones after an officer saw Jones, who was off-duty, driving a personally-owned sports-utility vehicle the wrong way on Capital Boulevard, between Main and Front streets, just before 9:45 p.m.

Officers detected the odor of alcohol during the traffic stop and asked Jones to do field sobriety tests.

Jones failed one test and then refused to take any others. He also declined to provide a breath sample. A blood draw was then performed to determine if he was under the influence of alcohol and, if so, his level of impairment at the time he was pulled over.

Boise Police then cited Jones on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

A court date for Jones will be set for later this month.

The 44-year-old Jones, who was hired by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office in 2003, has worked as a patrol and civil deputy since that time.

He will remain on administrative leave until the results of the toxicology report are available.

Deputy rescued family whose truck got stuck in the Foothills on Shaw Mtn. Road

An ACSO deputy drove over six miles up the snow and ice-covered Shaw Mountain Road late Thursday afternoon to find a 47-year-old Boise man and five pre-teenage children who were stuck after the man’s pickup truck slid off the road earlier in the day.

The man and the kids with him were not uninjured. They had food with them and they were able to stay in the truck to keep warm until deputies arrived.

The man called 911 just after 3 p.m. Thursday. His initial call went to Boise County Sheriff’s 911 dispatchers. They told him Boise County deputies could not get to where he was because Shaw Mountain Road was not plowed on the Boise County side.

Then the call went to our dispatch center. A short time later, ACSO deputy Zach Helbach and vehicle shop employee Rob Scherzer were on their way to find the group.

They had to stop to chain up the tires just past where Shaw Mountain Road switches from pavement to a dirt road.

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On their way up the road, they were met three recreationists on four-wheelers, who led our deputy to where the truck was stuck – over the summit and headed downhill — just after 5 p.m.

Because the man’s truck was stuck so far up the hill and over the summit, Deputy Helbach borrowed one of the four-wheelers to check out how far they woud have to go north to get to plowed roads in Boise County, instead of trying to turn around and back the way they came.

It turns out the plowed road was only 2 miles north of where the truck was stuck.

So Helbach and Schrezer loaded everyone into the ACSO truck and drove through to Boise County, via Robie Creek Road, where they met two Boise County Sheriff’s deputies. The all three  drove the man and the children back to Boise.

This was the second call in two weeks were someone got stuck on Shaw Mountain Road and had to call 911 for help. In the other case, a man had to walk downhill to call 911. Our deputy in that case could not get all the way to where the car was because of road conditions.

We really need people to be careful if they decide to drive on remote roads in the Foothills and other far-flung areas of the county this winter.

Having to send deputies on to snow and ice-covered road to get people who are stuck puts those deputies in danger and keeps them from being able to respond for calls for service here in town.

We also aren’t equipped to dislodge or tow out trucks or cars that are stuck.

People who do get stuck have to hire a tow truck service to go up to those areas and tow out their vehicles, a process that can cost hundreds of dollars or more.

So our best advice is to be careful, and don’t drive on remote snow and ice-covered roads this winter unless you absolutely have to.

Deputy uses NARCAN to save the life of someone who overdosed on heroin – for the second time in the last three weeks

An ACSO deputy was able revive a 30-year-old Kuna man who overdosed on heroin and methamphetamine by treating him with NARCAN early Sunday morning.

It marked the second time one of our patrol deputies used NARCAN (naloxone) nasal spray to reverse the effect of an opioid overdose since they began carrying it in some patrol cars in 2017.

It was also the second time in less than a month that our deputies had to use NARCAN to treat an overdose. In late November, deputies used naloxone to save the life of a 16-year-old girl who overdosed on heroin. We really hope having those cases so close together is a coincidence — not a sign of a developing trend.

Kuna Police were sent to an apartment in the 200 block of E. 2nd Street just after 5:30 a.m. Sunday after dispatchers got a 911 call reporting a possible overdose.

While Kuna Police officer Bryce Bienz drove directly to the apartment building, Ada County Sgt. Derek Savage, who was close by, went to the Kuna Police station on Boise Street to grab two doses of NARCAN.

Both arrived at the apartment building just before 5:40 a.m. and found an adult man lying on the ground. His skin was pale, his lips were purple, and he was barely breathing – all common signs of an opioid overdose.

Savage quickly deployed two doses of NARCAN to the man. His breathing began to improve moments later. It took about 13 minutes for the man to regain consciousness.

A Kuna Fire crew, who arrived moments after Savage and Bienz, took over care of the man and transported him to a local hospital for treatment.

There has been a lot talk about the “opioid epidemic” in Idaho and Ada County – but what that means can be hard to define. We know heroin, fentanyl, and prescription painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone are widely abused by all kinds of people – young and old, at all levels of society.

It’s rare that cases of people who survive overdose rise to the level of news because those cases are usually handled by paramedics or get treated in emergency rooms. They often don’t result in any kind of criminal charge, as the main focus is to save lives.

It’s hard to define the scope – although our deputies say they are becoming more and more common.

Just this past Wednesday morning, our deputies were called to investigate a report of an overdose in the 4000 block of Lonesome Lane in south Ada County. Paramedics arrived before our deputies and they had to apply NARCAN to revive a 27-year-old man who overdosed on heroin.

Ada County Paramedics don’t keep specific stats on opioid overdose calls, but have had to administer NARCAN over 70 times in 2018 on drug-related calls.

So far in 2018, 105 people died from drug overdose in Ada County, with 65 of those being strictly from opioids, according to Ada County Coroner’s Office reports.

The other 40 overdose deaths involved a combination of drugs, like opioids with methamphetamines or cocaine.

That’s why Ada County Sheriff Steve Bartlett decided to equip all nine K9 Deputies with NARCAN last year, and have it placed at the Kuna and Eagle police substations.

The last few calls demonstrate why that decision was so important. Any day we can keep somebody off the coroner’s list is a good day.

3-year-old girl dies in tragic accident

A pickup truck collided with a 3-year-old girl in a south Ada County neighborhood late Saturday afternoon, resulting in fatal injury to the toddler.
Deputies are investigating what happened. The crash appears to be an accident.
The collision occurred outside a home in the 9500 block of Littlewood Drive just after 5:15 p.m. Saturday.
It appears the driver of the truck had just pulled out of the driveway where the girl lives and was moving slowly down the street and did not see the girl was running alongside the truck when the collision occurred.
The driver stopped and called 911 immediately. Ada County deputies and paramedics arrived moments later. Paramedics took the girl to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
Deputies were still collecting evidence and doing interviews Saturday night. Traffic will be restricted in that area for the next several hours.

Texas man sentenced to 44 years in prison in connection with 2017 Idaho/Colorado murder mystery

When deputy Tim Cooper pulled over a 27-year-old man for erratic driving on Interstate 84 last September, he didn’t realize he was about to unlock a disturbing murder mystery over 800 miles away.

A year and a half later, we have a few more answers – but still don’t know exactly why Jeffrey Maynard killed John Cumby Jr. in rural Colorado, stole his van (and all his belongings), and drove to Idaho.

What we do know is Maynard has admitted to killing the 63-year-old Cumby – and will spend up to 44 years in prison for the murder.

The case was resolved thanks to some excellent investigative work in two states — by Cooper and other members of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division here in Idaho, and by law enforcement in Gilpin and Jefferson counties in Colorado.

When Cooper pulled Maynard over for cutting off a semi and driving between 40-to-60 mph on I-84 on Sept. 10, 2017, Maynard didn’t have a driver’s license or any kind of identification at all – and couldn’t explain why he was driving a van filled with someone else’s stuff.

In just a short amount of time, while pulled off on the side of I-84, Cooper was able to determine who Maynard was, that he had two active arrest warrants out of Texas, figure out the van actually belonged to John Cumby, figure out Cumby was reported missing by his family almost two weeks before, and make contact with several of Cumby’s family members trying to figure out what was going on.

When talking to Cumby’s family, Cooper found out Cumby left Illinois to go camping in Colorado in August — and family members hadn’t heard from him at all for about two weeks. Maynard then told Cooper he had just been camping with Cumby in Colorado but didn’t know where he was.

Deputies then brought Maynard back to our station and interviewed him. He was lucid until asked about Cumby. Then Maynard would act confused or say he didn’t know where Cumby was.

Detectives used information gathered from Cumby’s van and cell phone, including pictures, to find his last known location – a campground near Rollinsville, Colorado.

Ada County Sheriff’s investigators also found evidence Maynard did internet searches for topics including “How to plead insanity,” “how to act insane,” “fake being insane,” “how people who fake insanity give themselves away,” and “10 uses of insanity defenses” – searches detectives later determined were done right after Cumby’s death.

Detectives called Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office detectives and explained what was going on. Colorado investigators found Cumby’s body near the campground, covered in debris, on Sept. 13, 2017.

Maynard stayed in the Ada County Jail for a few months before transferring to jail in Gilpin County, Colorado, where he was charged with murder.

Maynard eventually pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, identity theft, and aggravated motor vehicle theft  in connection with the case earlier this fall.

He will have to spend at least the next 33 years in prison before he can ask for parole.

We are just glad Deputy Cooper was patrolling I-84 that day — and doggedly pursued the truth until he figured out what was going on. Had he not been out there, who knows when the crime would have discovered?

Thanks to that effort, the Cumby family knows what happened, and the man responsible won’t be able to harm anyone else for at least the next three decades.

 

51-year-old Utah man charged with marijuana trafficking

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies seized about two pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop last week on Interstate 84.

Fifty-one year-old Navor Bustos, who was driving the car deputies pulled over, is charged with a felony count of trafficking in marijuana.

Deputies also found about eight ounces of hash oil – a concentrated form of THC found in marijuana – and a pound of Kief, a concentrated dried form of marijuana resin, in the trunk of the car.

Bustos bust

Deputies pulled Bustos over for turn signal violations while he was driving eastbound on I-84, near the Eisenman Road exit, just before noon on Friday.

It was during that investigation deputies determined Bustos, who is from Roy, Utah, was driving without a valid license.

Bustos then told deputies he was carrying a handgun. When deputies were searching Bustos for more weapons, they found a syringe in his pocket. That led to a search of the car, where a K9 drug-sniffing dog found the drugs in the trunk.

Bustos was then taken to the Ada County Jail and arrested.

The crime of trafficking in marijuana is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison.