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FRIDAY 070519

Idaho’s overall crime rate dropped slightly according to the latest Idaho State Police crime in Idaho report.  Overall, the crime rate in 2018 dropped by nearly 2% compared to the previous year.  Violent crime reports increased by nearly 2%, and property crime reports dropped by about 6.5%.  Hate crimes also decreased, with 26 hate crimes reported in 2018. That's a 49% decrease from the number of hate crimes reported in 2017.  Thirty-one murders were reported last year, with 17 arrests.

The Buhl Police department is asking for your help in solving a brazen theft at Ace Hardware.  About 400-dollars was removed from the store earlier this week.  A store employee tried to stop the suspects.  Photos from store cameras can be found on the Buhl Police Facebook page.

Workers at the Twin Falls Public Library are reminding parents to encourage their children to continue reading over the summer.  Erica Littlefield with the library said students who don’t read and continue math skills are behind when school starts back in the fall.

Salary negotiations between the city of Pocatello and the city’s Police union are on a rocky road.  This after several police officers and members of other unions walked out of a meeting.  The latest proposal from the union calls for a 5-percent increase in base salary.  The city countered with 4 percent. 

Two people are safe after Portneuf Medical Center’s air ambulance spotted them after they were stranded overnight in the mountains near Pocatello.  The couple’s vehicle battery had died.  Rescue workers located their SUV, jump started it and they able to drive out of the area. 

21 year old Enrique Vielmas of Twin Falls is being held on a million dollar bond.  He has been charged with firing a gun at least 11 times at a house and vehicles last Saturday night.  The shootings took place in the 400 block of Diamond Avenue.  No reports of any injuries. 

Federal officials are revising a 1999 plan as part of a strategy to recover endangered white sturgeon in the Kootenai River in northern Idaho and western Montana.  Sturgeons have been around since the dinosaurs. They have armor-like scales, and in the Kootenai River system have been recorded up to 10 feet long.  But the population has struggled since the completion of Libby Dam in Montana in 1974, which altered the natural cycle of the river.

Sports

In sports closer to home, on the first day of play for the Legion Baseball Cowboy Classic Tournament held at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, found the Twin Falls cowboys winning over Taylorsville Utah 3 to 1 yesterday. 

Boise State’s Curtis Weaver has earned his second preseason All-America Honor ahead of the 2019 campaign being named to the Sporting News’s Second Team.  Weaver made the Athlon Sports' fourth team in late June.  He ranked second in the Mountain West and 20th in the FBS in sacks last season with 9.5.

The Kyle Collingsworth Basketball Camp is headed to the Jerome High School July 18 and 19th.  The BYU basketball Legend will instruct and teach the camp.  He’s currently a free agent who last was affiliated with the Toronto Raptors. 

Weather

Today:  Plentiful sunshine. High 86F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 58F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Hot, mostly sunny, isolated chance of a storm. Winds: Light East. High: 92 Low: 60  Mountains – Very warm, sun and clouds, chance of PM storm. High: 83 Low: 53

SUNDAY: Mix of sun and clouds, hot. High: 90 Low: 57  Mountains – Mix of sunshine and clouds. High: 82 Low: 51

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies, chance of pm storms. High: 85 Low: 54   Mountains – Clouds and sunshine, chance of showers and storms. High: 77 Low: 48

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 88 Low: 58  Mountains – Mostly sunny, isolated storms. High: 79 Low: 53

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and hot. High: 93 Low: 59   Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 85 Low: 54

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and hot. High: 94 Low: 61  Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 86 Low: 57

July 5th: On this day

1969
Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Doug McClure and The Cowsills. Johnny performed a version of ‘Custer Don't Ride Very Good Any’ with Buffy Sainte-Marie.

1970
Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "He Loves Me All the Way." Written by Billy Sherrill, Norro Wilson, and Carmol Taylor, it became Tammy Wynette's seventh #1 solo hit on the country charts.

1980
George Jones' classic track, "He Stopped Loving Her Today" was at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. The melancholy song, written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman has been named in several surveys as the greatest country song of all time.

1982
Born on this day in Augusta, Georgia, Dave Haywood, country music singer-songwriter with Lady Antebellum, who scored the 2009 US #1 Country hit ‘I Run To You.’ The group won five awards at the 2011 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Need You Now". Lady Antebellum was also awarded the "Best Country Album" award at the 54th Grammy Awards.

2003
Johnny Cash made his last ever live performance when he appeared at the Carter Ranch. Before singing "Ring of Fire", Cash read a statement about his late wife that he had written shortly before taking the stage: ‘The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has.’ Cash died on Sept 12th of this year.

2009
Mickey Gilley was seriously injured in a fall in Branson, Missouri. The 73 year-old was helping a neighbor move some furniture when he fell, with the 'love seat' falling on top of him, crushing four vertebrae. The incident left him temporarily paralyzed from the neck down . After intense physical therapy he was able to walk again and returned to the stage a year later. However, he still lacks the hand coordination necessary to play the piano.