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Law enforcement officials from Eastern Idaho are searching for a remaining carjacking suspect that ran from them over the weekend.  Two of the three were found in the mountains north of Inkom.  They attempted to carjack a vehicle around five pm Friday in the TJ Maxx parking lot in Ammon.  Fortunately all the doors were locked and the woman driver was able to speed away.  Police caught up with the suspects’ vehicle after a high speed chase.

Fire from a lightning strike on Saturday continues to burn BLM land in Southern and Eastern Idaho.  Over 5-thousand acres in Southern Idaho and over 15-thousand acres in Eastern Idaho have burned.  The national Weather Service says more storms are expected and fire departments in the area are under a red flag warning.  Scattered thunderstorms are expected today and this evening.

The son of an Idaho woman whose body was discovered wrapped in plastic has been arrested and could face additional charges.  65-year-old William Randall Rhoton faces a felony charge of failure to report a death.  Foul play has not been ruled out in the death of 97-year-old Barbara Rhoton.  Her body was found last month in a parked SUV more than a mile from her home in Eagle.  She had been dead anywhere from a few months to three years.

35-year-old Cedric Sebastian Mitchell has been charged with 1st degree murder.  He has been accused of causing a fatal crash on Blue Lakes Boulevard North Court records said Mitchell on June 7 was traveling between nearly 80 mph 79 on Heyburn Avenue in a pickup when he slammed into a Dodge pickup carrying Dwayne and Maryann Steiner. Maryann Steiner died of her injuries.  Dwayne Steiner remains hospitalized. Two other cars were involved in the collision, with occupants suffering multiple injuries.

Officials with Heritage school in Jerome have officially requested an investigation of the state education commission responsible for Charter Schools.  They say a deep rooted bias exists against certain schools and that calls into question the fairness of their oversight.  Chairman Alan Reed can be heard advocating against the renewal of Heritage’s charter and suggesting students would be better served in Jerome District’s standard schools.  One commissioner told Reed to open an ice cream shop in Jerome, to which Reed countered: “Ice cream doesn’t make brain cells.”


 In sports from around the area, Ryan Lundgren is moving from the Boise area to coach at the College Of Southern Idaho.  Lundgren will be leaving Vallivue as the head boys basketball coach to assist coaching with the eagles.  He is a BSU alumni and later coached at Boise State University.  When asked why he was leaving his high school position he said he wanted to move on to the college level. 

20 year old Pete Bradshaw will be in district court following last week’s preliminary hearing.  The former cowboy for the College of Southern Idaho Rodeo team was arrested Tuesday, April 23 on a felony warrant. He bonded out Wednesday, April 24.   The female victim told authorities on March 7, 2019 she might have been drugged and raped. This is due to some of her clothing being removed and vaginal bleeding.  A police affidavit shows she went to St. Luke's Magic Valley where the nurse discovered evidence of trauma.


TODAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms mainly after 1 pm in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. 

TONIGHT:  Expect more gusty winds upwards to 21 mph.  Lows will be around 53

TOMORROW: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. High: 86 Low: 60 Mountains: 75 Low: 53

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 94 Low: 64 Mountains: 83 Low: 56

THURSDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 94 Low: 62  Mountains: 84 Low: 56

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 92 Low: 62   Mountains: 84 Low: 56

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 92 Mountains: 85

July 8th: On this day

Born on this day in Clinton, Oklahoma, was Toby Keith, country music singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. His debut "Should've Been a Cowboy", topped the US country charts and was the most played country song of the 1990s. The song has received three million spins since then, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated.

Born on this day in Brownwood, Texas, was Drew Womack, singer, songwriter with Sons Of The Desert. Womack wrote Kenny Chesney's "She's Got It All", from his 1997 album I Will Stand, which became Chesney's first #1 single on the country charts.

Kris Kristofferson was at #1 on the Country charts with "Why Me." The single features backing vocals by soon-to-be wife Rita Coolidge and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin and was included on the album, Jesus Was a Capricorn. The song became the biggest hit of his career.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country charts with "Natural High", (which featured harmony vocals by Janie Fricke). It became Haggard's thirty-third #1 Country single.

Garth Brooks and wife, Sandy, had their first child, Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks. The couple first met in May 1986 when Garth was working as a bouncer at a bar.

Connie Smith married 1990s country artist Marty Stuart. The couple met while writing songs together for Smith's 1998 comeback album.

Country singer Steve Wariner asked for a restraining order against Linda Marie Shinn, who he claimed had been stalking him since 1989, when he performed at RodeoHouston. Wariner alleged that she had sent him countless letters he characterized as, ‘absurd and frightening’ as well as emails and Facebook posts.