[Morning Briefs] Death, Arrest, Closure and Ron Paul in SE Idaho

16 Feb

On the left is Snake River Junior High School principal Christopher Cox, arrested for sexual abuse. On the right is the Chubbuck Post Office, which will close by the end of March. (Photos via Local News 8)

There’s some trouble in southeast Idaho, from a downed search and rescue helicopter to a post office closure to a principal arrested for sexual abuse. For some, there is hope in Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul, who is visiting Twin Falls today. If Idaho’s straw poll results hold, Paul could see a win in Idaho’s caucus on March 6.

  • One person is dead after a search and rescue helicopter crashed near Togwotee Mountain Lodge in Jackson yesterday. Ray Schriver, 63, died when the helicopter went down as it was trying to rescue 53-year-old snowmobiler Steven Anderson, who also died. The accident happened between 1 and 2 p.m. Wednesday, about seven miles from the lodge. According to officials, the helicoter was out of contact for about 45 minutes, prompting the search and rescue team to mobilize another helicopter. The Teton County Sheriff’s Office said information is slow to come in since the area is so remote. [LN8]
  • People were worried about area post offices closing, and that concern has become a reality. The Chubbuck Post Office was notified yesterday that it will be closing by the end of March. The post office is owned by a contracting company, not the U.S. Postal Service.  The USPS agreed to close down contracted offices before cutting union jobs. The closures have been affecting thousands of post offices around the country, but this is the first actual closure in the area. The P.O. boxes from that office will be transferred to the Gateway Station processing center in Pocatello. That center, along with the  post office in Old Town Pocatello, is also slated for a possible closure in the near future. [LN8]
  • The principal of Blackfoot’s Snake River Junior High School was arrested yesterday on two counts of felony sexual abuse of a minor child. According to Bingham County Sheriff Dave Johnson, they arrested Christopher Cox, 38, after investigating a complaint from a student who now lives in Wyoming. Cox, who has been the principal of the junior high for four years, is now in jail and will be arraigned arraigned this morning. If convicted, he will face up to 25 years in prison on each count, as well as a fine of $50,000. [LN8]
  • Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will be in Twin Falls today, trying to court voters before the Super Tuesday caucus on March 6, in which Idaho will be participating. Paul CRUSHED the competition in Idaho’s straw poll back in January, winning 73.53 percent of the vote. While that vote didn’t mean anything and saw a small turnout, it still could mean that Paul could see a large audience in the state. Paul will speak at a public town hall meeting at Twin Falls High School today. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. and Paul is scheduled to speak at 12:12 p.m. [TN]
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