Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, January 18, 2013

Marijuana and a baby lead to felony charges; a witness helps officers make DUI arrest; BPD Daily Incident Report

Arrested: Britany R. Korom, 18, Boise

Charged: Felony Injury to a Child, Possession of Marijuana (m), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

Boise Police were called to do an emergency welfare check on the residents of a home on the 10,000 block of W. Cory Street yesterday, Thursday, January 17th, at approx. 1:42 p.m. Officers were called by a citizen who had gone inside the house and found a man, woman and an infant child all seemingly unresponsive. Boise Firefighters and ACEMS were also called to the scene.  

When officers arrived, they found a man and woman in a bedroom. It took officers several tries to wake up the pair, who very slowly regained consciousness. Officers could see several items of drug paraphernalia lying in plain view in the bedroom. They also saw a mason jar on the floor with what appeared to be baggies filled with a green leafy substance that nearly filled the jar. Officers later confirmed two baggies inside the jar, both containing marijuana, one with a total package weight of 13 grams, the second with a total package weight of 31 grams. The adults, Korom and the male, Joshua R. Pedroza, 20 of Boise were arrested. Pedroza was charged with possession of marijuana (m) and found to have three outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrants. Officers also found a naked infant in a portable crib in a front room. Officers had the child taken to a nearby hospital and treated for what appeared to be severe diaper rash. The infant was declared to be in imminent danger and turned over to the protective custody of agents with the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare. 

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Arrested: Shawna F. Mason, aka Shawna F. Ross, 46, Boise

Charged: DUI (F)

Boise Police want to give thanks to a citizen who followed a drunk driver, allowing officers to locate and arrest the suspect.

Officers were called by a citizen at approximately 3:30 this morning reporting she was following a suspected drunk driver near S. Federal Way and E. Amity Road. The witness reported that she observed the suspect's vehicle driving in two lanes of traffic, speeding up and slowing down and not using her turn signals. At one point, the witness told officers when the suspect turned onto Amity from Federal Way, she nearly hit the witness's vehicle. The witness was able to follow the suspect to a nearby home and watched her get out of the car, fall to the ground, then enter the home. When officers arrived, they found evidence the woman was intoxicated and had driven the car to the location just moments before. The suspect failed field sobriety tests and scored a .268/ .281 blood alcohol content. Officers found the suspect has had two previous DUI's, in April, 2007 and July, 2008 making this arrest a felony.

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Arrested: Chad E. Pomerenke, 29, Garden City

Charged: Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (F), Destruction of evidence (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

Boise Police served a search warrant yesterday morning at a home on the 500 block of E. 52nd Street in Garden City. After entering, officers found the suspect attempting to flush baggies of a green leafy substance down a toilet. The substance tested positive for marijuana. Officers also found the suspect in possession of a weight scale, pipes and more than $1,300 in cash. He was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges. At this time, the amount of actual marijuana seized is not available. 

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Arrested: Michael J. Woods, 21, Emmett

Charged: Possession of Heroin (F), DUI (m), Possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Boise Police Officer on patrol on S. Vista Ave. north of Overland Road late last night stopped the driver of a vehicle after the officer saw him fail to stop before entering the roadway and swerve out of his traffic lane. As the officer contacted the driver, identified as Woods, he could tell the driver's speech was slow and slurred and could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage. While searching the driver for weapons, the officer found the man in possession of a syringe containing heroin. The suspect failed field sobriety tests. He was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges. A blood sample was taken for evidentiary purposes.