[Morning Briefs] A Gruesome Shooting and Chobani Yogurt

20 Dec

At left is a man charged with a gruesome second degree murder, and at right is a delicious cup of Chobani yogurt, soon to be produced in Twin Falls. No, they have nothing in common. Or DO they?

I gotta say, this upcoming Chobani yogurt factory is pretty exciting, not just because it means 400 new jobs and a better economy for Twin Falls and southeast Idaho, but also because it’s a yogurt factory. I don’t even like yogurt, but how cool is that? In other news people are maybe horrible murderers and the government is continuously awful and a great man in Idaho Falls won a bunch of money. But how about that yogurt factory? Man, it’s exciting.

  • A Burley man is being held on a $500,000 bond for a second degree murder charge after a Saturday night shooting that left one man dead. According to the Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office, an officer pulled over a pickup truck for a possible DUI. When the officer got to the car, the female driver jumped out covered in blood. Inside was another female, the body of 21-year-old Michael Kenneth Blair, and the alleged shooter, 24-year-old Michael Jared Thompson. Police believe the four were on their way back from a bar when somehow, for some reason (or maybe not) Thompson allegedly shot Blair. Whatever the case may be, officials in Minidoka County don’t want Thompson out of their sight. [TN]
  • Chobani officially broke ground on its new yogurt plant in Twin Falls yesterday, marking the official start of the construction on the plant that will mean jobs for about 400 Idahoans in 2012. In fact, at least one local construction company us already hiring people to get started on constructing the plant. So now Twin Falls will be known as a yogurt town! Awesome! Chobani enthusiasts will undoubtedly flock from all over the world to see the famed plant where their beautiful, delicious Greek yogurt is made. Is it too soon to start thinking about bringing in a major yogurt-themed sports team? [TN]
  • A disabled Idaho Falls man is surely all smiles after he won $200,000 in the PowerBall lottery. Donald Jones works as the head chef at the Hometown Kitchen in Idaho Falls, after working his way up from dishwasher. It’s a job he loves and is not looking to quit after his big win, simply because he loves the place. So what’s he doing with that $200K? “I’m going to pay most of my bills all off and then go from there.” OK, fine. The responsible route, I see. Some of us might have bought a new car or fancy smart phone, but bills, sure. To each his own. [LN8]
  • In Washington, D.C. Republican members of the House of Representatives are set to vote down the much-debated payroll tax cut, an odd move for the vicious tax cutters. The Republican representatives are complaining that the two-month extension of the tax break doesn’t do enough. The Senate already approved the measure, with 89-10 bipartisan approval, in an attempt to move the debate two months down the road, after the holidays. If the House of Representatives does not approve the extension, the payroll tax will increase by two percent on January 1, and could raise taxes by $1,000 on the average American family. [WP]

13 Responses to “[Morning Briefs] A Gruesome Shooting and Chobani Yogurt”

  1. stephanie 12/20/2011 at 12:47 pm #

    U have got to be joking me this is the most screwed up thing I have read about anyone. First off u don’t know what happen that night and u don’t know jared so before u mark some one as a murder stop and think about all the ppl involed. He has not even went on trail for this and u arleady have him marked y not next time u just right the facts and keep ur own thoughts to ur self.

    • Not your mom. Thank God. 12/20/2011 at 4:50 pm #

      I think they’re just reporting the news. HE WAS CHARGED WITH 2ND DEGREE MURDER. That’s a fact. They don’t need to know the person to write about it. That’s the glory of the media. Now calm down lady.

    • kim 02/06/2012 at 4:51 am #

      It is hard to take someone who is unable to puncututae a sentence seriously. The grammer and general inability to to spell make you look ignorant which leads one to dismiss your point.

  2. Andi Self 12/20/2011 at 1:25 pm #

    As you can see Staff of the Bannock alternative you screwed up. I don’t know where you got your information but its wrong. I think you should pull this article and issue an apology to the people of minidoka and cassia counties, especially the to families of the people directly named in your “story”. You have no idea how badly this event has shaken the town and you make a mockery of it. That’s my home, people i know, and families that are in pain over this. I stand behind Jared Thompson 100%, this is not in his character and there is more to this story. Until you find out the truth, the whole truth don’t print this shit. Feel free to write about yogurt all you like but don’t pair it with something that has broken hearts and think it’s funny. I am ashamed of you people and you should be ashamed of yourselves.

    • Not your mom. Thank God. 12/20/2011 at 4:51 pm #

      Oh please. I understand backing up your friend. But he was charged, they are simply reporting the news.

      • Andi self 12/20/2011 at 5:12 pm #

        Apparently you can’t read. Their information is wrong. Go read about it in todays ISJ. They at least got the amount of people in the car right.

    • Not your mom. Thank God. 12/20/2011 at 5:35 pm #

      I read ISJ today, and I also clicked the link they provided. They summed it up quite nicely. Now like I said, I understand this being your friend and your hometown and all…but honestly…there is no mockery in this story. So I suggest you relax, take a chill pill or whatever it is you kids are doing these days and stop reacting to a completely legit story like a 14-year-old.

  3. Eileen Weech 12/20/2011 at 3:46 pm #

    You heartless sons of bitches!!! God forbid you find yourself in those families places and see an article written as shitty as the one you printed. (Or maybe not)

  4. stephanie 12/20/2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Well let’s just say that the facts that r printed in this are to not true I understand that the press has there rights but they need to respect the familes and not make a joke about this this has brought this whole town down and ppl need to learn to respect us and let us get thorugh this tough time with out the rude shit

  5. Thorough Reader 12/20/2011 at 6:48 pm #

    Are you are referring to this sentence?
    “Police believe the four were on their way back from a bar when somehow, for some reason (or maybe not) Thompson allegedly shot Blair.”

    Because I am pretty sure it says right here “allegedly” and “for some reason” –(or maybe not)– meaning maybe accidental? maybe no reason? Maybe he didn’t?
    MAYBE you shouldn’t jump to quick conclusions. Maybe if someone gets shot, people are going to report on it.
    AND maybe people who are not these people’s friends or family are going to think that there is a little something strange when there are four people in a car and one of them has been shot dead. Just maybe.

  6. stephanie 12/21/2011 at 8:39 pm #

    No I am talking about the fact that there were only 2 ppl in the car the girl and the mike blair

  7. Haley 12/21/2011 at 8:49 pm #

    Thank god for the freedom of the press, for the freedom of speech. Whether you like the writing style of this particular article of not, you being offended has absolutely no bearing on anything.
    In the words of Stephen Fry: “It’s now very common to hear people say, “I’m rather offended by that”, as if that gives them certain rights. It’s no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. “I’m offended by that.” Well, so fucking what?”

  8. Brandon 01/20/2012 at 1:26 pm #

    you guys are all fucking stupid. mike was my brother.

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