A lot of violence today, folks, so sorry in advance. A Nampa woman is accused of killing her mother with a hammer, which is about as horrible as it gets. In Pocatello, a man was attacked by a couple people who allegedly broke into his home. Four more people are in the hospital after a three-car accident north of Jerome. In non-violent news, a controversial online sales tax bill has been officially killed in a state House committee. Well I guess even that one’s a little violent too.
- A Nampa woman has been accused of killing her 69-year-old mother with a hammer Tuesday night. According to Nampa police, Kelly Singh said she was drinking large glasses of wine that night when her mother, Ruth Ann Collins, confronted her about her drinking. Collins told her daughter that they would talk about it in the morning and that Singh, who had lived with her mother since September, would have to leave. Singh got upset and got into Collins’ face, when Collins grabbed her daughter by the arms, said police. Later, after Collins went to sleep, Singh allegedly grabbed a hammer from her mother’s closet and repeatedly hit her in the head “because that was the only thing showing” above the covers, she said in an affidavit. Police have charged Singh with first-degree murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison or the death penalty. [IDS]
- A Pocatello man is in the hospital after a break-in and attack Wednesday afternoon. Police said they responded to 855 1/2 North Garfield Avenue just after 2 p.m. They were responding to a call from the victim in which he said he was attacked with a knife, before hanging up the phone. According to the victim, an unknown number of suspects entered the home and actually attacked him with a blunt instrument. He was immediately taken to the Portneuf Medical Center for severe blunt trauma injuries. Police have been able to identify possible suspects, but nobody has been arrested yet. Apparently the victim has been answering questions with conflicting information. [LN8]
- A four-vehicle crash north of Jerome on Wednesday morning has left three people injured. The accident was triggered by Rodney Gilly, 53, who was driving a semi down U.S. 93, too fast for the weather conditions, said Idaho State Police. A pickup truck driven and BMW in front of the semi had already slowed for traffic, but the semi couldn’t stop in time, hitting the pickup, which spun, somehow colliding with the semi again, said police. Linda Payne, a passenger in the BMW, was airlifted to the St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise with serious injuries. The driver of that car, Oliver Payne, was taken to St. Luke’s Magic Valley, along with Preston Buckley, the driver of the pickup, and his passenger, Danny Scholl.
- Idaho lawmakers have officially dropped the Streamlined Sales Tax bill, which would have established a system to collect the state’s six percent sales tax on Internet and other remote purchases Idahoans make. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee officially killed the bill with a 9-9 vote (a tie is a loss), which has been debated and refined for the last five years. Proponents hoped the bill would level the playing field for small businesses, who lose revenue to customers who simply buy their products online. Wayne Hoffman, of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, was the only person to testify against the legislation, arguing that taxing physical sales makes sense because customers get government services, like roads and police, along the way. The same is not true online, he said. [TN]