Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Vehicular Manslaughter Parolee Arrested for DUI; Attack with a baseball bat ends in felony arrest; Overnight incident report

12-09-10 Vehicular Manslaughter Parolee Arrested for DUI; Attack with a baseball bat ends in felony arrest; Overnight incident report

Arrested: Patience C. Smith, 26, Boise

Charges: DUI (m), Agents Warrant - felony parole violation

    A Boise Police officer on patrol around midnight just south of the intersection of Franklin Rd. & S.Orchard Street observed a vehicle traveling with a nonfunctioning tail light. During a traffic stop on the vehicle officers smelled the distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming the driver, identified as Patience Smith. A records check of the driver showed she was on probation following a conviction of vehicular manslaughter in Lemhi County in Nov., 2006. Information given to Boise Police is Smith was released from prison on the vehicular manslaughter charge on March 10th of this year. The Lemhi County case involved a crash that occurred in March of 2006 killing a passenger in Smith's car. Investigators in Lemhi County had evidence the deadly crash involved alcohol.

    As a parolee, Smith had a 4th Amendment search waiver. During a search, officers found a bottle of Smirnoff vodka nearly empty inside the driver's purse. After conducting field sobriety tests, the driver, Smith was placed under arrest for DUI. She blew a  .121/.128 on the intoxilyzer at the Ada County Jail. Smith was charged with a second offence DUI (prior conviction of DUI in Valley County in 2005) and booked into the Ada County Jail.

    Boise City Prosecutors are reviewing this case. City Prosecutors say it's possible the case will be sent to Ada County Prosecutors and reviewed for potential felony charges considering the previous alcohol related vehicular manslaughter conviction.

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   Arrested: Sherry Bowman, 48, no known address

   Charges: Aggravated Battery (F)

    Boise Police arrested Sherry Bowman yesterday, December 8th, after a detailed investigation into an alleged attack that took place on December 7th at a home near Five Mile and Ustick. On that date, the adult female victim tells police she returned to her home to find the suspect screaming and making threats with a baseball bat. The victim tells police the suspect, who is an acquaintance, struck her in the head with the bat. The victim was able to walk to a neighbors house before being taken to a local hospital. The victim was able to report the attack to officers later that day at the hospital. Officers located the suspect yesterday and took her into custody. The suspect was transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges.

TITLE 18 CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS CHAPTER 9 ASSAULT AND BATTERY18-907.Aggravated battery defined. (1) A person commits aggravated battery who, in committing battery: (a)  Causes great bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement; or (b)  Uses a deadly weapon or instrument is guilty of a felony

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  Arrested: Simon Ntamuhoza, 22, Boise

   Charges: Aggravated Battery (F)

    Boise Police responded to a citizen report of a fight on the street at 6th and Main early this morning, December 9th, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Officers located three adult males who had been involved in a physical fight. Witnesses tell police the suspect had at one point during the altercation punched and kicked the victim in the head while he was on the ground. The victim was transported to a local hospital with what appeared to be non life threatening injuries at the time. Officers believe alcohol was a factor in this incident. The suspect was transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges.

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  Arrested: John K. Baker, 42, Eagle

   Charges: Impersonating a Police Officer (F), Disturbing the Peace (m), Parole Violation Charges

    Boise Police responded to a request for assistance from Idaho Probation and Parole agents at the district Probation and Parole Offices on the 8700 block of West Fairview yesterday morning, December 8th, at approximately 11:00 a.m. The victim, an adult female employee at the office, tells police the suspect approached the counter in the lobby, presented himself as a law enforcement officer and challenged the clerk to fight. The woman determined the suspect was not a police officer and was in fact a parolee. She contacted police and the suspect was taken into custody in the lobby of the parole office. The suspect was transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges.

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    Arrested: Gary J. Bicandi, 33, Boise

    Charges:Driving Under the Influence (DUI)(F)

  Boise Police responded to a citizen report of a drunk driver who failed to stop at a stop sign and drove on the sidewalk yesterday, December 8th, at approximately 6:00 p.m. Officers located the vehicle at Curling and Bogus Basin road. The suspect, who appeared to be very intoxicated at the time, refused to do field sobriety tests and a blood draw was performed for later evidentiary testing. A check through Ada County records indicated the suspect had prior convictions for DUI making this charge a felony. The suspect was booked at the Ada County Jail on the above listed charges.

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 Warrant Arrested: Natasha R. Smith, 28, Tacoma Washington

  Warrant Charges: Burglary (F)

    The suspect was taken into custody on an outstanding felony warrant for Burglary yesterday.

   The arrest warrant stems from an ongoing investigation into a credit card used to defraud a local bank. Evidence indicates the suspect was involved in the theft on May 20th of this year. That investigative information was forwarded to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and resulted in the felony warrant.

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Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure
Boise Police Public Information