Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, January 25, 2010

Police called by clerks after seeing "toy" $100 bill; other weekend felony arrests.

01-25-10 Police called by clerks after seeing "toy" $100 bill; other weekend felony arrests.

***booking photos of all the following suspects can be found at www.adasheriff.org.

Arrested: Bret R. Smith, 49, no permanent address
Arrested: Bart J. Smith, 49, no permanent address
Charge: Forgery (F)

Boise Police were called by employees of a business near 36th & State Friday evening, Jan. 22, at 7:12 p.m. When officers arrived, employees of two separate businesses in the area told officers the suspects had entered the stores, in one store asking the clerk to make change for a $100 bill, and in the second store trying to buy alcohol with the $100 bill. The employees from both stores recognized the $100 bill as fake, one employee describing the fake bill as looking like "toy money".
Officers soon found the suspects walking a short distance away. Officers also found the fake $100 bill crumpled up on the ground near where the suspects were found.
Both suspects were also found to have outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrants for failing to obey a citation. Both were booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.
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Arrested: Sheri Lee Bensen, 42, Boise
Charges: Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (F), Driving without privileges (m).

A Boise Police patrol officer saw a motorist driving down the wrong side of the street on the 4700 blk of W, Malad Street Saturday night, Jan. 23, shortly after 11:00 p.m. The officer stopped the vehicle and found the driver, Bensen, was driving with a suspended license that restricted her from operating a vehicle on public roadways.
During a search of the suspect following the arrest officers found a plastic bag containing a white, crystal-type substance. Officers also found the suspect in possession of items commonly used to package methamphetamine. The evidence lead officers to believe the suspect was in possession of the items for the purpose of packaging and selling meth to others.
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Arrested: Leann Shelman, 43, Boise
Charges: Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (F), Driver in possession of an open container of alcohol (m).

A Boise Police patrol officer stopped at a red light at Franklin and Orchard witnessed a vehicle make an illegal left hand turn onto southbound Orchard. When the officer stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver, he noticed she had an open, nearly full container of beer in the front sear of her vehicle. The driver, Shelman, was arrested on the open container charge.
As officers searched for more open containers of alcohol, they found evidence of possible drug use. A Boise Police K9 alerted on the vehicle.
The driver was arrested for the open container charge, and a subsequent search of the suspect and her vehicle revealed additional evidence lead officers to believe the suspect was in possession of the items for the purpose of packaging and selling meth to others.
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Arrested: Aaron J. McWilliams, 22, Boise
Charge: Aggravated Assault (F)

The suspect is accused of threatening the victim with a knife during an argument at a Boise home Saturday, Jan 23 at approx. 6:52 p.m. Both the suspect and victim are known to each other.
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Arrested: Byron Bain, 32, Bellevue, ID
Charge: DUI - Felony

A Boise Police patrol officer saw a driver headed the wrong way on 15th Street near Hays in Boise's north end Sunday morning, Jan. 24, approx 3;38 a.m.. Officers stopped the vehicle and found evidence the driver had been drinking alcohol. He was taken to the Ada County jail where he was found to have a blood alcohol level of .11/.11. Boise Police found the driver, Bain had two previous DUI arrests, listed as June, 2001 and April 2005, making this his third DUI arrest in ten years, thus a felony.
Penalties for a third DUI conviction in ten years include up to ten years in prison, a $5,000 fine, and a maximum of five, minimum of one year driver's license suspension.
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Arrested: Guy E. Oakes, 37, Boise
Charge: DUI-Enhanced (F), Driving without privileges (m)

A Boise Police officer on patrol near Ustick and Curtis Friday night, Jan 22, shortly after 11:00 p.m. saw a driver weave in and out of the lane several times. When the officer stopped the car, the officer found evidence the driver had been drinking. The driver was arrested and taken to the Ada County Jail where he was found to have a blood alcohol level of .24/.24. Officers found Oakes to have three prior DUI convictions, one in 1999, and two in 2006. Oakes was also found to be driving with a suspended driver's license.
Oakes was charged with Enhanced DUI, which is a BAC of .20 or above. A second arrest within five years for Enhanced DUI is a felony, with penalties up to ten years in prison, a $5,000 fine, and a maximum of five, minimum of one year driver's license suspension.

The Boise Police Department has a traffic unit specially trained in the detection, arrest, and prsecution of drivers under the influence. For more on the Boise PD Night STEP Team, log onto: http://bit.ly/6HRAgs. On this site you'll also find definitions and penalties for drunk driving in Idaho.