More downers today, both out of Idaho. In Bellevue, the former Mayor of the city was found dead next to his wife in an apparent murder-suicide. In Boise, a man was arrested after beating his wife’s ex-husband so badly he broke bones in his face. While he’s in hot water, the Pocatello City Council is trying to avoid it with a decision on their support of a new state bill that would eliminate franchise fees cities collect on cable companies. In the presidential race, Rick Santorum has a lot more to smile about today, after three impressive primary wins Tuesday night. What, is it just Idaho that has problems?
- The former Mayor of Bellevue, Idaho was found dead Tuesday, along with his wife, in what local police are calling a murder-suicide. Hailey Police responded to a home at 320 Walnut St. in Bellevue around 9 a.m. Tuesday, where they found the body of 58-year-old Linda Vaughn, the victim of an apparent homicide. Lying next to her body was the body of 55-year-old Jon Anderson, the former Mayor of the town, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There was a note left, but police aren’t releasing the details. However, Vaughn was in advanced stages of multiple sclerosis while Anderson was struggling to become sober, two factors that could have played into the deaths. [KTVB]
- The state legislature is finally looking to adopt a bill that would change the ways franchise fees work, and it could be bad for some Idaho cities. Cities currently collect a five percent franchise fee on general revenues of cable companies, amounting to about $80,000 in Pocatello, but a new bill aims to take those fees from cities and give them to the state. Cities would also lose the ability to regulate cable companies when they do things like dig up the streets to lay new lines. Pocatello City Council member Steve Brown said the city could go against the measure, but would miss out on any potential deals with the state and cable companies. The bill is being pushed by CenturyLink, who said they won’t bring their new TV service to Idaho with the franchise fee in place. [LN8]
- Police arrested a 30-year-old Boise man after Ada County Sheriff’s deputies say he beat his wife’s ex-husband so severely he broke several bones in his face. Deputies say Goyo Hilaria Ayllon found his wife at her ex-husband’s house just after 7:30 p.m. Monday. He started pounding on the door and eventually began punching the man in the face. An ambulance transported the victim to the hospital while deputies arrested Ayllon for aggravated battery, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. [IDS]
- Rick Santorum met his high polling numbers and then some in yesterday’s Republican Presidential primaries in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado. The former Pennsylvania Senator bested frontrunner Mitt Romney by nearly six percentage points in Colorado, 28 in Minnesota and 30 in Missouri. Although no delegates were awarded in Tuesday night’s primaries, the victories will likely give Santorum a boost in both his confidence and the polls, helping solidify him as the true anti-Romney candidate.