Caution to Drivers on Highway 55 and Highway 95 - March 10, 2014

BOISE -- Watch out if you're headed up Idaho State Highway 55 or U.S. Highway 95 anytime soon.

Drivers on Idaho State Highway 55 are urged to use extreme caution while driving on the section from Horseshoe Bend to New Meadows.

The Idaho Transportation Department reported a large rock fall over the weekend in the area of Smiths Ferry Drive, High Valley and Round Valley roads.

ITD also wants drivers to be aware of rock fall danger on U.S. Highway 95 between Cambridge and White Bird.


West Central Mountains Areal Flood Watch - March 5, 2014

... Flood Watch remains in effect from 11 am MST this morning through late Thursday night...

The Flood Watch continues for:

* a portion of west central Idaho. This includes the following areas... Boise Mountains... upper Weiser river basin and west central mountains.

* From 11 am MST this morning through late Thursday night.

* A mild westerly flow will bring warmer temperatures to the region... resulting in increased low and mid elevation snowmelt. Additionally... moist storm systems will bring significant rainfall to the area. Snow levels will rise to between 7000 and 8000 feet tonight... then gradually lower to around 5000 feet Thursday night.

* Rainfall and snowmelt may lead to flooding of creeks... ditches...and storm drains. Additionally... mud and rock slides... or debris flows may occur in steep terrain and on burn scars. Main Stem river flooding is not expected at this time... but rivers will be running high.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to  flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.


Man Indicted for McCall ATM Robbery - January 15, 2014

A north Idaho man has been indicted on federal charges for his role in a violent ATM robbery at a bank in McCall last Friday.

U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced that Nathan Paul Davenport, 34, of Bonners Ferry, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Boise for bank larceny by use of a dangerous weapon and use of a deadly weapon during a felony offense.

According to the indictment, on Jan. 10, 2014, Davenport broke into and stole around $26,120 from an ATM located at the Idaho First Bank in McCall. It alleges that he used a Ruger assault rifle and shot at law enforcement officers during the crime.

“Those who use firearms to commit violent crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted,” said Olson. “The FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office will move swiftly and decisively where evidence shows that those individuals attempt to injure law enforcement officers who themselves are trying to keep our communities safe. Along with our local law enforcement partners, we will continue to investigate this incident.”

Davenport and Matthew Taber Annable, 39, were arrested on Jan. 12 in Orem, Utah, in connection with another ATM robbery in Douglas, Wyoming on Dec. 8 , 2013. Both men appeared in federal court in Salt Lake City Monday on the Wyoming charges.

Prosecutors say the bank larceny by use of a dangerous weapon is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. The charge of use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony offense is punishable by a mandatory minimum of 10 years up to life in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

The case is being investigated by the FBI, the Idaho State Police, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office, and the McCall Police Department.


Operations Lieutenant & Public Information Officer

Dan Smith