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KAMIAH — Brandaan deGroot, vice chair for the Kamiah Joint School District 304 board of trustees, announced his resignation last week, just days after being charged with a felony for allegedly attempting to strangle his wife.


NEZPERCE — “Bajo, you have been a staple at the sheriff’s office. No matter how bad of a day it was, if Bajo came in, it made it better,” began deputy Phil Arnzen at the retirement ceremony for Lewis County K-9 officer Bajo, who has served the department since 2012. The brief but emotional c…

Idaho County Sheriffs Posse had their New Year for 2021 meeting with a potluck. Sheriff Doug Ulmer (right) and the posse members presented an award to Larry McPherson (left) for his years of support helping the Idaho County Sheriffs Search and Rescue / Posse in finding lost, missing and reco…

During the Monday, Jan. 11 swearing in ceremony for Lewis County elected officials, Lewis County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Davis was recognized for graduating from the POST (Police Officers Standards and Training) academy.

Idaho State Police (ISP) has been made aware of another round of telephone scams targeting Idahoans. The recent reports include somewhat new twists on long-familiar scams; however, according to the agency, scammers continue to look for specific circumstances or unique vulnerabilities that ma…


KOOSKIA — What started as a citizen driving complaint report ended in multiple charges, including one for felony eluding, for a Washington State man, alleged to have failed to yield to a county deputy during a low-speed pursuit around Kooskia last week on Thanksgiving eve.

GRANGEVILLE — Heading to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office for non-emergency business? Staff asks the public, before they make a trip to the Idaho County Courthouse, to call ahead to ensure personnel will be available or the office will be open. According to Capt. Jim Gorges, recent COVID-19…


KAMIAH — Travis D. Ellenwood, 43, has been indicted on one count of strangulation, a felony, in connection with last month’s death of an adult female at a Kamiah residence.

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 […]