Mitt Romney has reason to celebrate today after all but locking down the Republican Presidential nomination. Romney destroyed main competitor Newt Gingrich in yesterday’s primary, making him the overwhelming frontrunner after months of contentious back-and-forth competition. Who else can celebrate? Why, Pocatello resident Babygirl Sarporloh, of course. Or rather, the people searching for her can celebrate. No word on whether or not she actually wanted to be found.
- Don’t worry, everybody, Babygirl has been found. Last night Pocatello Police issued a missing person alert for 22-year-old resident Babygirl Sarporloh (yes that is her real name). She had last been seen on the night of Jan. 28, but the PPD didn’t mention why she might be missing. But not to worry, police sent out another message eight hours later announcing they had located Sarporloh and everything was fine.
- Idaho State Police are investigating a crash between a car and a semi truck that injured one on U.S. 93 yesterday evening. According to the ISP, the car, driven by Charisse Stenerson, 50, of Lynwood, Wash., traveled across the center lane near mile marker 15 in Twin Falls County. The car collided with the semi truck, rolled and came to stop on the shoulder of the road. An Ambulance transported Stenerson to Saint Luke’s Magic Valley Regional Medical Center in Twin Falls. It is unclear at this point whether or not alcohol was a factor in the crash. Southbound traffic was blocked for about an hour yesterday evening during the investigation.
- A coalition of 25 groups across the state have been inundating Idaho lawmakers to raise the current cigarette tax rate of 57 cents per pack by $1.25, putting the issue up for discussion in the statehouse. Health officials insist the products are highly addictive and highly dangerous to public health, while many smokers naturally beg to differ. Local News 8 talked to a few local smokers who called the tax raise idea “outrageous.” However, the state already taxes cigarettes at a lower rate then 41 other states, and well below the national average of $1.45. [LN8]
- Mitt Romney came away victorious in Florida’s Republican Presidential Primary yesterday, securing a landslide victory with 46.4 percent of the vote. Romney’s primary rival, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, walked away in second with 31.9 percent of the vote, despite a mid-January surge to first place in most of the polls. Second place, however, isn’t good enough in Florida, where Romney, as the winner, takes all 50 of Florida’s delegates.
[Photo of Mitt Romney via his Flickr stream]