Great news for Idaho State University fans! The women’s basketball team won big over the weekend, and will now represent Pocatello in the NCAA Division I tournament. Let’s hope they can get past the first round this time. In more dour news, authorities have recovered the body of a missing Idaho Falls man in the Snake River. Another man is dead after a car accident in Jerome, as are 16 civilians in Afghanistan after a U.S. soldier went crazy Sunday morning. No, it’s probably not good for U.S.-Afghanistan relations.
- The body of an Idaho Falls man who disappeared back in December while walking his dogs has finally been found. Bonneville County deputies recovered the body of 46-year-old David Finnegan from the Snake River near the 65th South bridge Sunday afternoon. Authorities had already suspected Finnegan had drowned after his wife found his abandoned car and his two dogs, both soaking wet, at his usual parking spot at the Gem Lake Marina along the river. Police believe the dogs might have fallen through the ice, leading Finnegan out to their rescue, where he succumbed to the icy water. Foul play is not suspected. [LN8]
- One person is dead after a rollover on 600 North in Jerome County. According to Idaho State Police, Daniel Acuna-Cosio was driving a Chrysler PT Cruiser near the intersection of 300 East and 600 North when, for unknown reasons, he lost control of the car. His car hit the guardrail of a bridge and rolled. Acuna-Cosio was transported to St. Alphonsus in Boise, but was later pronounced dead. Police do not know whether or not alcohol was a factor in the accident. Acuna-Cosio was not wearing a seatbelt.
- The Idaho State University’s women’s basketball team won the Big Sky conference this weekend, with a 49-46 victory over Northern Colorado. The Bengals claimed their second ever tournament title at home in Pocatello, and will now go on to the NCAA Division I tournament. The women’s team last played in the tournament in 2007, when they were knocked out in the first round by Stanford. This year’s bracket will be released tonight at 7 p.m. [KPVI]
- There’s no sign of violence yet, but the Taliban has vowed revenge for the Sunday killing of at least 16 Afghan civilians by a rogue U.S. solider, with the country’s parliament saying they have run out of patience with foreign forces. The incident happened just after dawn Sunday, when the soldier walked off the base in a remote southern Afghanistan base and opened fire on civilians inside their homes. He turned himself in upon returning to the base. The Taliban has since called the killings a “blood-soaked and inhumane crime” by the “sick-minded American savages” and has vowed to “take revenge from the invaders and the savage murderers for every single martyr.” [WP]