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February 8th, 2012
(AP) A 911 call recording reveals a social worker's attempts over a more than six-minute call to get a dispatcher to send authorities quickly to the home of Josh Powell after he locked himself and his two sons in the home he then set ablaze.
The social worker seemed to try repeatedly to relay the gravity of what was going on to dispatchers. Josh Powell was scheduled for a supervised visit with his sons Sunday. Authorities said he locked the door, used a hatchet on his kids, and lit the house on fire, killing all inside.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â Basic American Foods donated 92,000 pounds of food Tuesday to the Dump Hunger food drive, a substantial contribution to help meet the goal of 300,000 pounds for the campaign.
Dump Hunger, a local food drive sponsored by Western States Equipment, Albertsons and Wells Fargo, seeks to secure enough food to fill the bed of four CAT 730 dump trucks, which hold 75,000 pounds each. The food and donations are distributed to food banks throughout Southeast Idaho.
The food drive began in January and ends Friday. The donation from Basic American Foods has provided a substantial boost.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County high school students had the opportunity to explore career and college options at the Bingham County Career Exploration Fair Tuesday at Blackfoot High School.
Fifty-three representatives from employers, higher education, armed forces and trade unions were in attendance at the event. High school students from schools throughout Bingham County attended the event, which is designed to allow students to explore potential career opportunities and to discuss with employers the training and education they may need.
Items of note from Jan. 30 - Feb. 6.
PORNOGRAPHY: Jan. 30, 10:03 a.m.: A woman said she believes there is sexual pornography going on in her daughter's boyfriend's home and his parents are aware of the activity in the home.
RUNNING WITH THE BULL: Jan. 30, 12:12 p.m.: A caller said a truck driver let a bull run loose and they need assistance getting the bull back to the livestock.
Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson had a full calendar Monday.
BRIAN KEITH BLACK, age 45 from Gillette, Wyo., was sentenced to at least four years and no more than nine years in the Idaho Department of Corrections (IDOC) on a felony charge of burglary. He will pay an $800 fine, court costs of $225.50 and $36.86 restitution to WalMart.
Black was credited 120 days served on this charge.
In Blackâ€™s case, Judge Simpson had rejected the plea deal agreed to by the state and the defense.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Latino Economic and Development Center was granted a charter from the Boy Scouts of America as the sponsoring organization for Venturing Crew 256.
Venturing is a Boy Scouts of America youth development program for young men and women who are 14-20 years old. Students from Blackfoot High School, Independence Alternative High School and Mountain View Middle School currently participate in the after-school program.
There are several aspects to the venturing program including leadership development, service, outdoor adventures and citizenship.
GRAHAM, Wash. (AP) â€” Josh Powell's boys were coming for a visit, and he had preparations to make.
He boxed up their books and toys and took them to a charity. He carried heavy cans of gasoline inside his house and set aside a hatchet.
He thought about what to write in the final emails he'd send out: where people could find his financial accounts, how they could shut off his utilities. He didn't mention his wife, Susan Powell, missing for the past two years.
An automated call from Blackfoot High School went out Monday afternoon stated that school has been cancelled tomorrow. That call is incorrect. There will be school at Blackfoot High School tomorrow.
According to Blackfoot School District officials there will be school at Blackfoot High School tomorrow and they are looking into the problem.
A second automated call was sent at approximately 2:25 p.m. apologizing for the mistake and said "they were testing the system."
Growing up, Sara Thompson enjoyed attending her brother Josh's boxing matches.
Since her freshman year at Blackfoot High School, the tables have been turned. Now Josh attends his 20-year-old sister's matches.
Thompson has had a dozen bouts, the most recent one for the Women's Intermountain Bantomweight Championship in Pocatello on Jan. 28.
She battled 29-year-old Mary Vellinga of Salt Lake City, Utah, and beat her, winning a large championship belt. It was her third win in a row. She is now 9-3 although, she pointed out, two were walk-throughs. That means her opponent didn't show up.