Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, September 24, 2012

Officers investigate arson; report of shots fired outside nightclub; BPD Weekend Incident Report

Arrested: Ronald W. Swier, 72, Boise

Charged: Arson 3rd degree, ISC 18-804

Boise Police were called to an apartment complex on the 1500 block of W. Jefferson St. at 6:50 Sunday morning, Sept. 23rd by a witness who reported seeing a man take a bottle of lighter fluid, use a rag to set it on fire and throw it between the apartment building and an adjacent storage unit.  The witness told officers they ran outside to put out the small fire, then called 911. The witness was able to provide officers with a description of the suspect who was no longer on scene. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. A short time later, the witness called officers again reporting the suspect was back. Officers arrived quickly and found the man, later identified as Swier. After investigating and questioning the suspect, he was arrested on the above charge and booked into the Ada County Jail. Officers found the man lives in the neighborhood. Officers were able to determine a possible motive for the crime, however, additional information will be released by prosecutors.

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 Arrested:  Brieanne M. Haggard, 28, Boise

Charged: Possession of a Controlled Substance – Meth (F), Possession of a schedule IV drug without a prescription (m), Possession of drug paraphernalia

A Boise Police officer on patrol near W. Ustick Road and N. Milwaukee St. at 1:08 this morning saw a vehicle driving westbound on Ustick with a loud, possibly illegally modified muffler. The officer stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver identified as Haggard. During the traffic stop, officers found the driver to be in possession several items of drug paraphernalia. The items, inside baggies, contained a white residue that field tested presumptively positive for methamphetamine. At the jail, the suspect Haggard was also found to be in possession of two schedule IV anti-anxiety pills without a prescription. She was booked into the Ada County jail on the above charges.

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Shots Fired: Boise Officers were called at 2:17 this morning to a nightclub on the 10200 block of W. Fairview Ave. for a report of shots fired. Officers arrived and found several people standing outside the club as it was closing time. Witnesses said there had just been a physical fight outside the bar. As the fighting parties separated one man pulled out a gun and fired it into the air. Witnesses report one shot followed by possibly three more. Officers found no evidence anyone was injured or that the shots were aimed at any one. Witnesses say the man with the gun was a dark skinned male who appeared to be in his mid-20’s. The incident remains under investigation.