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GRANGEVILLE — Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) administrative services were suspended on Tuesday, Oct. 13, following notification that a currently incarcerated inmate has tested positive for Covid-19.

July 26, 2020 to Aug. 1, 2020 Accident- RP ADV One Vehicle Crash 6 miles West of Kamiah, Blocking, Transferred. Battery- RP ADV Inmate on Inmate Assault, Arrested. Accident- WHI FD PK Tipping over the Embankment, Arrested. Found Property- RP ADV Left Wallet at Pit Stop/2103 Has Wallet and will Attempt Contact, Assisted. Trespass- RP […]

Monday, July 20 Grangeville/Riggins – Loose horses Mt Idaho Grade Road; Lost person Salmon River to Dixie area; Suspicious activity, possible trespassing Old Pollock Road; Extra patrol Fish Hatchery Road; Report of dog being shot Hoots Lane; Overdue rafters Salmon River; Report of Protection Order Violation Highway 95 MP 245; Threatening Highway 95 MP 185; […]

Sunday, July 19 12:26 – Caller would like to report phone harassment. 20:37 – Caller states a local business is doing construction and is dumping rocks, metal, and other things on their property and on top of their water well. 21:33 – Medical. Monday, July 20 19:39 – Harassment by phone. Tuesday, July 21 13:02 […]

Sunday, July 12 17:19 – Death. Black male has shot himself and was found by sister in the storage unit. 21:27 – Car vs. deer. Deer perished. Car wounded. Monday, July 13 13:20 – Caller would like to speak to an officer about her neighbor harassing her. Tuesday, July 14 12:29 – Caller states she […]

The following are Second Judicial District Court – Lewis County records for June 19-July 3. Betty J. Allen, speeding, May 27, $98.50 fine, $56.50 costs. Arielle E. Baldwin, speeding, May 18, $33.50 fine, $56.50 costs. Stephen Jason Dahlin, driving on wrong side of highway, June 8, $33.50 fine, $56.50 costs. Tyler Kenlee Hert, operate vehicle […]

Michael Steven Allmon, 18, Alcoholic Beverage-Under 21 YOA Unlawful to Purchase, Consume or Possess, $487.50; Sidney Jo Beckman, 25, Driving Under the Influence, $850, 90 Days Driver’s License Suspended, 24 Mo. Supervised Probation; Jerome Thomas Boucher, 62, Drug Paraphernalia-Use or Possess with Intent to Use, $403; Jerome Thomas Boucher, 62, Controlled Substance-Possession of Marijuana, $300; […]

A Riggins man remains hospitalized following a shooting incident last Saturday morning, and a joint state and federal investigation continues concerning the incident. Sean L. Anderson, 52, is undergoing medical treatment, with his current condition unknown. No law enforcement officers were injured in the July 18 incident. According to Capt. Jim Gorges, ICSO, Anderson was […]

Monday, July 13 Grangeville/Riggins – Reckless driving Golden Acres Drive and Golden Hills Drive; Abandoned vehicle Old Pollock Road; Medical Ole Okie Lane; VIN Highway 162; Traffic stop resulting in the cite and release of a 31-year-old Missoula, Mont. male for Reckless Driving Highway 95 MP 205; Report of loud music, resulting in the cite […]

Monday, July 6 Grangeville/Riggins – Reckless driving Highway 95 MP 250/Transferred to ISP; Harassment Gregory Creek Road; Agency assist Race Creek Road; Medical W Main Street; Possible rockslide French Creek Road; VIN Moughmer Point Road; Rental problem S Main Street; Custodial interference Grangeville Salmon Road; Reckless driving Highway 95 MP 194; Traffic stop resulting in […]

A 36-year-old Kamiah man was uninjured last week when his vehicle rolled over on Highway 12. On July 7 at approximately 5:29 a.m., Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office, along with Orofino Fire and Orofino Ambulance, responded to a vehicle rollover at milepost 46 on Highway 12. Wesley L. Oatman of Kamiah rolled his 1994 Honda Accord. […]

Sunday, July 5 11:11 – Caller states girlfriend trashed the house then took off. 18:15 – Wanted subject. Monday, July 6 11:08 – Abandoned vehicle. 11:36 – Caller requests lift assist for wife. 11:43 – No contact order violation. 12:54 – Vehicle hit stump that was blocking lane. 14:33 – Reckless driving. Tuesday, July 7 […]

By David Rauzi Idaho County Free Press The body of the victim in a Saturday morning vehicle accident was recovered from the South Fork of the Clearwater River late Sunday evening, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. Tyler Cochrell, 20, of Weippe, died following a July 4 crash reported at approximately 1:45 a.m. on […]

On July 5 at about 6:42 p.m., Clearwater County Sheriff Deputies responded to the intersection of Highway 12 and Hazen Lane for a report of a vehicle having run out of gas. When Deputies arrived, they met with George W. Garrett, 54, of Kamiah. Garrett had run out of gas in the middle of Hazen […]

When Kooskia resident Connie Williams’ 1994 Toyota Corolla went into the Clearwater River in the early morning hours of June 6 near milepost 71.6 along Highway 12, rescuers could not see her car in the high and swift waters of a river swollen with spring snowmelt runoff. Even using a helicopter to look for the […]

As of July 1, a new state law makes talking on a handheld cell phone while operating a vehicle illegal. From now on, Idaho drivers can only use their phones in the hands-free mode when behind the wheel, which includes when stopped at a red light or stop sign. “Education of motorists is going to […]

Monday, June 22 Grangeville/Riggins – Traffic Hazard Highway 95 MP 210; Abandoned Vehicle Highway 95 MP 218/Tagged for tow; Cow Problem Johnson Cutoff Road; Theft Highway 95 MP 250; Missing Person Hells Canyon/located; Cow Problem Highway 95 MP 263; Trespassing Denver Cemetery Road; VIN Inspection Old Pollock Road; Suspicious Whitetail Drive; Traffic Offense Highway 95 […]

Sunday, June 14 11:29 – Report of 27-year-old male bleeding from lower extremity. Monday, June 15 3:34 – Suspicious circumstance. Tuesday, June 16 10:07 – Caller advises guests are concerned about the amount of traffic coming and going from another room. Wednesday, June 17 8:59 – Caller states they had things stolen from their porch […]

The following are Second Judicial District Court – Lewis County records for June 5-19. Nadia Briyith Alvarado Urbano, failure to sign registration card, Feb. 28, $10.50 fine, $56.50 costs. Lance Charles Anderson, resisting or obstructing officers (misdemeanor), Dec. 4, 2019, dismissed on motion of prosecutor. Luciano C. Arzate, speeding, June 1, $33.50 fine, $56.50 costs. […]

Monday, June 15 Grangeville/Riggins – Rocks in roadway Highway 95 MP 197/Transferred to ITD; Vandalism of mailbox Grangeville Salmon Road; VIN Rolling Hills Road; Non-injury one-vehicle accident Highway 95 MP 186; Report of people shooting a shotgun in town S Main Street Riggins; Report of injured horse Graves Creek Road; Welfare check Secesh; Tire debris […]

By David Rauzi Editor, Idaho County Free Press A prison sentence is pending for an Orofino man, sentenced this month on a felony vehicular manslaughter charge stemming from a 2019 fatality accident outside Kamiah. At a June 3 sentencing hearing in District Court at Nezperce, Wayne M. Hodges, 23, was ordered to serve a minimum […]

Monday, June 8 Grangeville/Riggins – Fraud Riggins; Theft of fencing Sawmill Road; Citizen dispute over vehicle Main Street White Bird; Traffic stop resulting in the cite and release of a 24-year-old Post Falls male and a 24-year-old Post Falls male both for Possession of Marijuana/Possession of Paraphernalia Highway 95 MP 234 Kooskia/Elk City – Weapons […]

The following are Second Judicial District Court – Lewis County records for May 22-June 5. Aaron Leonard Boyles, following too closely, May 2, $33.50 fine, $59.50 costs; speeding, May 4, $33.50 fine, $56.50 costs. Keith A. Darrell, speeding, May 12, $33.50 fine, $56.50 costs. Jeremy A. Gibson, failure to stop for damage accident or leaving […]

Sunday, May 31 16:28 – Agency assist with felony arrest. Monday, June 1 0:20 – Caller hit a cow with a vehicle. Tuesday, June 2 13:44 – Report of vehicle on fire. Wednesday, June 3 20:14 – Caller hit deer. Thursday, June 4 12:25 – Aggressive dog attacked child, but did not bite. Friday, June […]

The following are Second Judicial District Court – Lewis County records for May 8-22. Sean Estrada, failure to provide proof of insurance, April 19, $75 fine, $59.50 costs. Melinda Marie Frost, failure to maintain liability insurance, April 25, dismissed. Keith Alan Havens, speeding in a work zone, May 8, $50 fine, $56.50 costs. Leonard Joseph […]

A 1996 Dodge Ram pickup owned by Lewiston residents Larry and Karon Schlieper caught fire near the Wa-A’Yas Community Center in Kamiah early last week. According to Kamiah Fire Chief Dan Musgrave, the fire most likely occurred due to problems with the choke. The Schliepers, former residents of Kamiah, keep the Dodge at their property […]

The Idaho State Police is searching for a woman who went missing Saturday following a vehicle crash near Kamiah. At approximately 5:51 a.m., Connie Williams was travelling eastbound on US12 in a 1994 Toyota Corolla when she left the roadway and went into the Clearwater River near milepost 71.6. The vehicle was briefly seen and […]

Monday, June 1 Grangeville/Riggins – Deer Stuck in fence Old Pollock Road/Transferred to Fish and Game; Injury one-vehicle accident Highway 95 MP 205; VIN N Main Street; Welfare check, subject OK Mt Idaho Grade Road Kooskia/Elk City – Agency assist for backup Idaho Street Kamiah; Agency assist Kamiah area; Threatening Mill Street; Domestic dispute Mill […]

Sunday, May 24 12:02 – Report of kids ages 9-12 racing quads and motorcycles up and down the street. Caller believes this is dangerous and they are too young. 23:35 – Death. Monday, May 25 3:44 – Commercial building alarm. 12:41 – Caller states her husband has taken the car keys. She is extremely upset […]

Monday, May 25 Grangeville/Riggins – Extra patrol Mt Idaho Grade Road; Reckless motorcycle Highway 95 MP 174; Report of abandoned dog Shorts Bar; Medical Race Creek Road; Harassment via social media Country Court; Overdue travelers Riggins area Kooskia/Elk City – Report of camper dumping sewage on main road Lightning Creek Road; Trespassing Highway 12; Overdue […]

Monday, May 18 Grangeville/Riggins – Disabled vehicle Highway 95 MP 259.5; Phone harassment McKenzie Creek Road; Reckless driving Highway 95 MP 225; Suspicious activity Vollmer Street Fenn Kooskia/Elk City – Report of vehicle driving slow Highway 12 MP 72; Loose dog Highland Road Harpster GPD – Threatening E South 3rd Street; Abandoned vehicle Truck Route […]

Sunday, May 17 14:21 – Alarm at bank. Monday, May 18 14:31 – Caller reports his sister is a felon and has guns in the house. Tuesday, May 19 15:15 – Caller claims that someone is coming into her house when she is not at home. 17:24 – Suspicious circumstance. Wednesday, May 20 5:57 – […]

Monday, May 11 Grangeville/Riggins – Citizen assist Fenn area; Threatening Greencreek Road; Vandalism 2nd Street Ferdinand; Medical S Elk Lake Road; VIN Key Lane; Weapon offense Powerline Road; Non-injury one-vehicle accident Highway 95 MP 187; Non-Injury one-vehicle accident Highway 95 MP 205; Fender bender Highway 95 MP 238; Medical Rapid River Road; Fire Highway 95 […]

Sunday, May 10 11:36 – CPOR violation. Caller advises that protection order was broken on Wednesday and Thursday and again yesterday and would like to speak with an officer to make a report. 23:27 – Guy with machete. Kids are screaming in the background. Monday, May 11 1:43 – Walk-up report of battery. Individual needs […]

The following are Second Judicial District Court – Lewis County records for April 24-May 8. Mark R. Durham, speeding, April 12, $33.50 fine, $59.50 costs; operating vehicle without registration or assigned license plate or sticker, $44.50 fine, $56.50 costs. Donna Mae Fisk, speeding in a work zone, April 21, $50 fine, $56.50 costs. Dennis Charles […]

Monday, May 4 Grangeville/Riggins – Citizen contact resulting in the arrest of a 31-year-old New Meadows male for Possession of Paraphernalia Allison Creek; Business alarm Keuterville Road; VIN Highway 95 MP 200; Cows in highway Highway 95 MP 230 Kooskia/Elk City – Deer vs. vehicle Highway 12 MP 69; Traffic stop resulting in the cite […]

Sunday, May 3 11:18 – Report of a pickup hauling a trailer broke down on a blind corner. 11:27 – Caller advises of an automobile accident. Unknown vehicle, lost contact with caller. 13:26 – Caller states a person came in, grabbed two bags of ice, and left without paying for them. 21:27 – Disabled vehicle […]

Monday, April 27 Grangeville/Riggins – Rockslide Highway 95 MP 188; Threatening East Road; Possible gunshots Water Street Kooskia/Elk City – Agency assist Pine Road; Medical Thenon Street; Agency assist 3rd Street Kamiah; Suspicious subject Elk City area; Attempt to Locate, located and OK Lightning Creek Road; Theft of radio/chainsaw Valley Drive; Report of neglected horses […]

Sunday, April 26 12:50 – Caller advises pickup has been on road for three days and they would like it checked out. 21:57 – Big black cow on road. A cited warning has been issued already. 22:08 – DUI resulting in arrest. Monday, April 27 8:51 – Theft of wallet, drills, and hats. 9:48 – […]

Human remains found last week above Bernard Creek are believed to be those of a man missing since 2010. The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho County Coroner were notified April 26 that a hunter found what appeared to be remains of a human skull, as well as a pack containing camping equipment and […]

On April 17 at approximately 5:42 a.m., Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office, Timberline Rescue, and Weippe Ambulance responded to a logging truck accident at mile marker 28 on Highway 11. The truck belonging to Skinner Trucking was being driven by Mason L. Cobb, 25, out of St. Maries, Idaho. Mason did not appear to have any […]

On April 25, at approximately 2:50 p.m., Idaho State Police responded to a fatal crash on SB US95 at milepost 183, south of Riggins.  Jack H. Hurley, 88, of Pollock, was riding a bicycle southbound when he turned left into the northbound lane of travel. A silver 2006 GMC Sierra driven by James L. Payne, 75, of Middleton swerved […]

By David Rauzi Editor, Idaho County Free Press A suspect in several Clearwater Valley area burglaries was arrested following a high-speed pursuit up U.S. Highway 12 involving multiple agencies. A preliminary hearing was set for April 23, for Clayton Robertson, 30, of Kooskia. He is charged with eluding a police officer, possession of a controlled […]

Monday, April 20 Grangeville/Riggins – Non-injury one-vehicle rollover Highway 7 and Reservation Line Road; Reckless Driving Highway 95 MP 234; Death Rainbow Road; Medical Mt. Idaho Grade Road; Theft of wallet Main Street; Gas can on fire Vollmer Street Fenn Kooskia/Elk City – Property damage Highway 14 MP 5; Citizen assist Kamiah area; Trespassing Lightning […]

Tuesday, April 14 15:45 – Caller states there were dogs in the back of someone’s Jeep that were unleashed and not muzzled. The dogs got out of the Jeep and started a fight with dogs in a fenced yard. 17:30 – Possible DUI. Friday, April 17 0:50 – Intoxication. A 76-year-old male is in a […]