What a crazy weekend! A horrible car crash, an Idaho Falls manhunt, a fallen leader and a tearful goodbye! All of these happenings make me wish I did something more productive this weekend than making a good dent in my second viewing of Arrested Development. Well you can’t always be a local newsmaker or an influential world power, right?
- A 26-year-old woman is dead after a Saturday afternoon car accident ejected her from her car. Desiree Bramwell, of Lewisville, was driving east on U.S. 26 in Bonneville County in her Jeep Liberty on Saturday, while Jacqueline Hamilton, 50, was driving north in 45th East in her Plymouth Voyager. Hamilton blew through a stop sign at the intersection of the two roads, hitting Bramwell’s car, rolling it. Bramwell, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from her car and pronounced dead at the scene. Hamilton, who was wearing a seatbelt, was uninjured in the accident.
- Idaho Falls police had a pretty exciting night Saturday, as they handled a drive-by shooting, a manhunt and an arrest all within six hours. It started on the 400 block of 12th Street in Idaho Falls, at about 5:30 p.m. where police responded to a report of gunshots fired at a house. Officers must have received some pretty good tips, because by 11:30 p.m, they arrested 24-year-old Edgar Chavez-Melendez at gunpoint for the shooting. Idaho Falls police said he gave no resistance to the arrest and actually already had a pretty lengthy rap sheet of 22 cases in Bonneville County alone. It’s important to note that Chavez-Melendez is only a suspect. After all, just because he knows the people in the house and they probably said he did it and he already has a lengthy rap sheet, doesn’t mean anything. [LN8/ISJ]
- Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s controversial and often-mocked leader, died Saturday of a heart attack at 69 years old. While the country mourns the loss of their enigmatic leader, his son, Kim Jong Un, who is in his 20s, is preparing to take over the country. Of course, the U.S. government, who has had anything but a smooth relationship with Kim and North Korea in the recent past, responded with a little less sympathy. “The president has been notified, and we are in close touch with our allies in South Korea and Japan. We remain committed to stability on the Korean peninsula, and to the freedom and security of our allies,” said an official White House statement. I guess that means we’re not on the refreshments list for the funeral? [IDS]
- Just as our relationship with North Korea is getting a little iffy, our relationship with Iraq is ending! Well we’re going long-distance at least. The last U.S. troops left Iraq Sunday morning, officially ending the bitter, nine-year war. The U.S. first went into Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein back in ’03, but troops stayed for the next nine years to combat terrorism and try to instill a Democratic government in the country. The cost of the war has been 4,500 American lives, 100,000 Iraqi lives and $800 billion. So where does that put Iraq on the win/loss chart? Let’s go to President Obama: “I would describe our troops as having succeeded in the mission of giving to the Iraqis their country in a way that gives them a chance for a successful future.” We’ll just leave that one off the chart, I guess. [IDS]