You know how everybody likes to tell you to take life by the horns? “Don’t just sit there and accept your fate, take control of your life!” they like to say. Well one local teen has done just that. She wasn’t about to sit around and let the police tell her what to do! Instead of continuing her work release program and going to rehab, like she was supposed to do, she just walked away. “I don’t need this,” she probably said as her ugg boots clopped away down the road. Say what you will about escaping police custody, at least this girl is in charge of her own destiny! Now, the American Falls coach who got physical with a student? As it turns out, the judge is in charge of her destiny.
- The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a teen who up and walked away from a work release program Thursday. The 17-year-old girl, whose name has been withheld, was in custody for a probation violation and was waiting to enter a rehab course. At the time of the “escape” she was working in the area of the driver’s license division, and wearing a black hoodie with “ugg-type boots.” A review of the security cameras showed that she walked away from the area, which IS allowed, and simply didn’t come back. Now, she’s considered a fugitive, albeit a harmless one. [KPVI]
- A former American Falls coach who was charged with felony sexual battery after a relationship with a student is now in jail. Zenna Galeria was placed on five years probation and given 45 days in jail for the relationship, which started at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. Galeria conducted a five-month relationship with a 17-year-old student that apparently got physical (hence the sexual battery charge). The high school romance started like all the rest start these days, with a few harmless texts. [LN8]
- Idaho Falls Mayor Jared Fuhriman gave his state of the city address Thursday night, outlining a set of ambitious goals for 2012. He said the remodeling of Memorial Drive, one of the city’s hotly anticipated projects, will begin after the Fourth of July. The other planned 2012 projects, while not glamorous, are needed in the city. They include construction on the D Street underpass and on the Pancheri bridge over I-15, upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant, upgrades on city sidewalks and a remodeling of the library. Fuhriman’s lofty goals mirror those of Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad’s, who gave a similarly optimistic state of the city address earlier this month. Don’t worry, southeast Idaho, everything good ever is going to happen in 2012! [LN8]
- Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter got a four percent pay raise from the state of Idaho, increasing his salary from $110,700 to $115,300. If that sounds like a lot to you, then you might not want to look at the salaries of the 261 state employees who make more than that. Boise State University head football coach Chris Peterson, who is officially a state-employee, makes $1.17 million a year, giving him the title of highest-paid Idaho state employee. Welcome to 2012, where people who make five times as much as you are still pretty low on the totem pole. [LT]