Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, December 16, 2013

5 year old left outside at midnight leads to felony charges; Man arrested for trafficking marijuana; BPD Weekend Incident Report

Arrested: Jonathan E. Ball, 29, Meridian

Charged: Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver (F)

Boise Police officers on patrol stopped the driver of a Honda sedan for making a lane change and left turn without using the required turn signal.  The stop occurred near the intersection of South Maple Grove Road and West Hackamore Drive  at 3:00 a.m. Saturday, December 14th.  Upon contacting the driver, officers smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage and could see the driver's eyes were bloodshot. Officers asked the driver, identified as Ball to step out of the vehicle so they could begin an investigation for DUI. Almost immediately, officers could smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. In a search of the vehilce, officers found the driver to be in possession of four baggies of a substance that field tested positive for marijuana with a total package weight of 122 grams, or just more than 4.3 ounces. The suspect was arrested on the above charge. The officers report has been forwarded to the Ada County Prosecutor for review for additional charges.

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Arrested: Eric A. Davis,19, transient

Krista M. Salvatore, 19, transient

Both Charged: Grand Theft (F)

A Boise Police officer on patrol late Sunday night on South Broadway Avenue saw a Dodge Stratus driving southbound without headlights, swerving and almost hit a curb, then swerve back into the road and almost hit another vehicle near the intersection of West Boise Avenue. The officer stopped the vehicle and found the driver had no identification and did not possess a driver's license. Officers were able to use law enforcement records to positively identify the driver as Davis. In plain view, officers could see a pipe and a baggie containing a substance that looked like marijuana in the car. A Boise Police drug detection dog was called. The dog alerted to the odor of drugs in the vehicle. During the investigation, officers found the vehicle the suspect was driving had been reported stolen earlier that evening from a location off Hays Street in Boise's North End. Officers found evidence the two suspects had been in the area checking cars for unlocked doors when they came across the Stratus with an unlocked door and the keys on the center console. Officers found both the driver, Davis and passenger, Salvatore had knowledge they were stealing the vehicle. Both were arrested on the charge of grand theft. 

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Arrested: Erik M. Gras, 25, Los Alametos, CA

Charged: Possession of Heroin (F), Possession of marijuana (m), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m), Possession of a Schedule IV w/o Prescription (m), Providing false information to police (m)

Arrested: Alexa C. Hoffman, 26, Westminster, CA

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

A Boise Police patrol officer driving on West Franklin Road near South Maple Grove Road Sunday night saw a small sedan driving westbound on Franklin without headlights. The officer stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Hoffman. During the stop, officers found evidence the driver may be in possession of marijuana. A Boise Police drug detection dog was called. The dog alerted to the odor of narcotics in the vehicle. The passenger of the vehicle initially identified himself with a false name but was later identified as Gras. During a search of Gras, an officer suffered a poke from a syringe found to contain heroin. A baggie containing a substance identified as heroin was also found in the car, along with pipes and a green leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana. Gras was also found in possession of several different pills all listed as schedule IV drugs in Idaho and not able to be possessed without a prescription, which Gras did not possess. Both suspects were booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

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Arrested: Jesse S. Pope, 31, Meridian

Charged: Trafficking Marijuana (F), Attempted strangulation (F)

Boise Police were called to a motel on the 2200 block of West Airport Way late Saturday night for a battery that had just occurred. Officers found evidence the suspect, Pope had attempted to strangle the victim. During the investigation, officers also found evidence the suspect may be in possession of a large amount of marijuana. A Boise Police drug detection dog alerted to the presence of narcotics inside a car which Pope had recently been in, now parked in the motel lot. A search of the vehicle revealed 7.7 pounds of marijuana packaged in numerous baggies. Officers were able to find evidence confirming the marijuana belonged to Pope. Officers took Pope for medical treatment for a split lip that reportedly occurred during the previous battery. Following treatment, Pope was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

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Arrested: Edward Quintana, 27, Boise

Charged: DUI (F), Eluding Police (m), Driving without privileges (m)

A Boise Police patrol officer witnessed a vehicle driving with it's high beams on late Saturday night in the area of South Curtis Road and Marvin Lane. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle to contact the driver and activated the overhead lights of the patrol car however the driver continued driving. The driver turned onto Marvin Lane and continuing until a second Boise Police patrol car arrived and blocked the driver in. Once the driver had stopped and officers were able to contact him, they smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.  The driver, identified as Quintana, was also found to have a suspended driver's license. Quintana was arrested for DWP and Eluding. At the Ada County Jail, Quintana failed field sobriety tests and a blood test was taken for further evidence testing. The suspect was found to have a suspended license due to a previous felony DUI with 3 previous DUI convictions, making this DUI charges a felony.

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Arrested: Amanda L. Thomas, 32, Boise

Charged: Felony Injury to a Child

Boise Police responded to a citizens call shortly after midnight Sunday, December 15th, that a small child was standing alone outside a home on the 3300 block of North 34th Street crying. Officers arrived as quickly as possible and found a five year old child standing outside wearing only pajamas. She was shivering and crying. Officers checked the temperature outside and found it to be 27 degrees. Officers determined the child had been outside for more than 15 minutes. Officers knocked on the front door and found it unlocked. Fearing for the safety of those inside, the officers entered the residence. They found the suspect passed out in a bedroom. Another small child was also in the room. Officers woke the suspect and could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Her speech was extremely slurred and she could not tell officers where her children were or who they were supposed to be with. The suspect was arrested on the above charge. Detectives with the Boise Police Special Victim's Unit were called and placed the two children into the protective custody of Idaho Health & Welfare.