Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Drugs & kids result in felony charges; 2 felony DUI's; Prescription drug fraud; BPD weekend incident report

09-06-11 Drugs & kids result in felony charges; 2 felony DUI's; Prescription drug fraud; BPD weekend incident report

Arrested: Shane L. Atkins, 25, Kuna
Charged: Injury to a Child (F), Possession of a Controlled Substance - Meth (F), Possession of a Schedule II Drug without a Prescription - Methadone (F), Carrying a concealed weapon (m), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

Arrested: Matthew D. Berry, 24, Kuna
Charged: Injury to a Child (F), Possession of a Schedule II Drug without a Prescription - Heroin (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m),  outstanding arrest warrants

Arrested: Brianne P. Stradley, 20, Star
Charged: Injury to a Child (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

    Boise Police were dispatched to a neighborhood park on the 6100 block of W. Northview Street Monday, Sept. 5th at approx. 4:47 p.m. Citizens had called police saying they saw three adults with four small children possibly doing or selling drugs in the park. The citizens reported the adults had been inside the SUV for approx 40 minutes while keeping the children outside on a blanket. When officers arrived, the suspects standing were near the SUV, most of the children were still on the nearby blanket.

    Officers first identified one of the adults, Atkins as being on felony probation for a previous drug delivery charge. As officers spoke with Atkins, they also could see beneath his shirt a knife clipped to his pants. being on felony supervised probation, Atkins does have a 4th Amendment search waiver. In a search of Atkins backpack, officers found several items of drug paraphernalia, a liquid substance labeled methadone and a white crystal like substance that tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.

    Officers also discovered the second male, Berry, had an outstanding arrest warrant. Boise officers called for assistance from an Ada County Deputy - K9 team. The K9's search of the vehicle revealed the likely presence of drugs. Officers found a dark tar-like substance that tested positive for heroin, as well as a spoon and a needle where suspect Berry had been in the drivers seat of the SUV.  

    Because the children were present, including at the park and in the vehicle where drugs and drug paraphernalia was present, all three adults were charged with felony injury to a child. A search revealed the suspect Stradley was in possession of scales, resulting in the additional paraphernalia charge.

    The four children present, ages 5 and under, were in the custody of the suspects at the time of the suspects arrest. Officers made sure the children were released into safe custody. Child custody is protected under state and federal laws. For the protection of the children, their identities, relationship to the suspects, and their current custody status is not available for release.

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Arrested: Stacy L. Ferrell, 41, Boise
Charged: Obtaining a Prescription by Fraud (F), Possession of a Schedule IV Drug without a Prescription - 2 counts (m)

    Boise Police were called to a pharmacy on the 10,000 block of W. Overland Monday morning, Sept. 5th where employees were reporting a possible fraud in progress. Officers arrived and located the suspect, Ferrell near her vehicle. After investigating, officers found evidence the suspect had called in the prescription for Hydrocodone and Diazepam (Schedule IV), both pain meds, under false pretenses. She had already paid for the prescription and was leaving the store when officers contacted her. She was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

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Arrested: David A. Schimelpfenig, 34, Boise
Chared: Grand Theft (F), Possession of burglary tools (m)

Arrested: 17 year old male
Charged: Grand Theft (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m), Possession of tobacco (m), Possession of spice (m)

    Boise Police were called by employees of a retail store in the area of Franklin Rd and N.Milwaukee St. Monday afternoon, Sept. 5th. When officers arrived the suspect  Schimelpfenig, a 17 year old male and two small children were leaving the store. All were detained by officers. Soon officers discovered evidence that Schimelpfenig and the 17 year old had taken clothing and hunting merchandise valued at more than $1,000 from the store without paying. Officers also found Schimelpfenig in possession of a knife officers believe the suspect used to help him conceal the items. The teenager is charged with assisting Schimelpfenig in the theft. The teen was also in possession of cigarettes, two spice containers and drug paraphernalia used for smoking spice.

    Officers made sure the two small children were released into safe custody. Child custody is protected under state and federal laws. For the protection of the children, their identities, relationship to the suspects, and their current custody status is not available for release.

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Arrested: Brian M. Ifft, 32, Star
Charged: DUI - 2nd offense (m), Eluding officers (F), Driving without privileges (m), Leaving the scene of an accident (m)

    A Boise Police officer on patrol Saturday, Sept. 3rd at approx. 2:17 a.m. was following a vehicle, a white Cadillac as it drove more than ten miles per hour slower than the posted speed limit on Interstate 84 coming off the Franklin - Milwaukee on-ramp. The officer also saw the vehicle make multiple lane changes without signaling. The vehicle turned off the interstate at W. Overland Rd and S. Entertainment Ave. As the officer went to make a traffic stop, the driver, later identified as Ifft, failed to stop and instead drove off at a high rate of speed, estimated by the officer to be approx 70 - 100 mph east on Overland toward S. Cole Rd.. The suspect ran a red light on Overland headed toward S. Curtis Rd. The officer did not pursue the vehicle but began to advise other officers of the suspect vehicle's direction of travel.

    A few moments later, dispatch advised officers a car matching the suspect vehicle description had just crashed into a house near the intersection of S. Phillippi and Cassia Streets. The driver ran and officers set up a perimeter around the area. Soon, officers saw a man matching the suspect description walk into a nearby apartment. Officers called to the suspect to surrender and Ifft soon walked out of the apartment. Ifft complained to officers of an injury. He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Officers were able to speak with Ifft at the hospital. Officers found evidence Ifft had been drinking. A blood draw was performed for further evidence testing. Officers also found Ifft was driving on a suspended license for a previous incident of eluding officers in January, 2011. Following his release from the hospital, Ifft was arrested on the above charges.

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Arrested: Joshua Smith, 19, Boise
Charges: Burglary (F), Video Voyeurism Warrant (F)

    Boise Police were called by employees of a grocery store on the 1600 block of W. State Street Thursday, Sept. 1st at approx. 8:30 a.m. Witnesses told officers they observed the suspect select items from the store and leave without paying. Officers found evidence the suspect entered the store planning to commit the crime. While doing a records check on the suspect, officers found Smith had an outstanding warrant for $25,000 for video voyeurism.  The warrant stems from a report taken by Boise Police June 27th, 2011. At that time a woman told officers she was reading a book when the suspect, unknown to the victim, used his cell phone to try and take a photo up the victim's skirt. The incident allegedly occurred in the public area of a downtown building. The suspect, Smith was unknown to the victim, but with the help of a security guard working the area, officers were able to identify Smith as the suspect and route their report to the Ada County prosecutors who issued an arrest warrant. Smith was taken into custody for the warrant and the burglary charge Thursday morning.

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Arrested: David C. Settle, 27, Idaho City
Charged: DUI (F), Leaving the scene of an accident (m)

    Boise Police were dispatched to a reported hit & run at N. 9th and W. Jefferson Streets Thursday, Sept. 1st, approx  2:45p.m. As officers were en route, dispatchers advised a witness to the hit & run was following the suspect and watching him run through several stop signs and red traffic lights without stopping. Thanks to the citizen, officers quickly caught up to the suspect at N. 28th & Main Streets. As officers made a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver drove up and over the curb and sidewalk before stopping. The suspects failed a field sobriety check and a blood draw was performed at the Ada County Jail as further evidence testing. Officers found the suspect Settle has three previous DUI convictions in 2007, 2009 and 2010.  He was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

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Arrested: Michael K. McDaniel, 51, Boise
Charged: Burglary (F)

    Boise Police were called by employees of a grocery store on the 900 block of E. Parkcenter Blvd. Thursday, sept. 1st at approx 4:00 p.m. Witnesses told officers they saw the suspect leave the store with numerous grocery items without paying. Officers found evidence the suspect entered the store planning to commit the crime. Officers also found evidence the suspect may have committed the same crime at the same store several times in the recent past. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charge

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Arrested: Brandy S. Lynch, 31, Boise
Charged: Burglary (F), Parole Violation (F)

Arrested: Samantha J. Lynch (aka Robinson), 52, Boise
Charged: Burglary (F)

Arrested: Rachel A. Pedroza, 20, Boise
Charged: Burglary (F)

    A Boise Police crime prevention specialist observed a woman acting suspiciously near a retail mall in the area of Franklin Rd and N.Milwaukee St. Thursday afternoon, September 1st. The BPD employee contacted security guards for the area. After following up, all three suspects were observed concealing merchandise from six different stores in the area. Officers found evidence the suspects had planned to enter the stores for the purpose of stealing clothing, resulting in the felony burglary charges.