Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Victim helps officers locate suspect in felony hit & run; Woman arrested for stealing checks from an unlocked car; BPD Daily Watch Log

 Arrested: Kawanda N. Holtmeyer, 34, Boise

 Charged: Leaving the Scene of an Injury Accident (F), Reckless Driving (m)

Boise Police were called to the scene of an accident that occurred near the intersection of West Fairview Avenue and North Maple Grove Road on Tuesday, February 25, at 9:00 p.m.  A witness reported that his pick-up was rear ended by the driver of a Chevy Monte Carlo. The Chevy driver then passed his vehicle on the right shoulder, side swiping the victim's vehicle, then pulled ahead, veering to the left and crossing diagonally in front of his car causing another collision. The suspect driver then pulled to the right and quickly drove into the parking lot at the corner. The witness stated that he followed the suspect driver but she sped out of the lot, turning north bound onto North Maple Grove Road at a high rate of speed. The witness followed as he called 911. The witness reported that he located the suspect vehicle in a field on West Sunflower Lane where he saw the driver, later identified as Holtmeyer standing next to the vehicle checking its damages.  When she saw the witness, Holtmeyer reportedly got back into her vehicle and sped off, but not before the witness was able to note the license plate number.  The reporting party in this case received minor injuries during the original crash, making this a felony charge.  Officers later located the Holtmeyer standing outside her home and arrested her for the above charges.  Holtmeyer was booked into the Ada County Jail.

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Arrested: Philip M. Clay, 57, Rigby

Charged: Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver – Methamphetamine (F)

Arrested: Toni Lee Day, 36, Boise

Charged: Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine (F), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m)

A Boise Police drug K9 assisted Probation and Parole officers with a K9 sniff during a home check of a probationer’s residence near the area of South Curtis Road and West Franklin Road on Tuesday, February 25, at 9:06 p.m.  The home was occupied by three people when officers arrived.  Evidence obtained during the visit indicated that all three were under the influence of methamphetamine.  Clay, who was visiting and does not live at the residence, was found to be in possession of seven baggies with a white crystal substance which field tested positive for amphetamine.  The total package weight was seven grams.  The baggies were in a pill container with Clay’s name on it.  With the pill container was $340.00 in cash.  Day, who lives at the residence, was found to be in possession of a white crystal substance which field tested positive for amphetamine.  The total package weight was almost a gram.  Numerous razor blades, syringes, and other drug paraphernalia were located in Day’s room in the house.  Day and Clay was arrested for the above charges and booked into the Ada County Jail. 

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Arrested: Brandi L. Elser (a.k.a. Newell), 31, Boise

Charged: Burglary (F), Forgery (F), Grand Theft (F)

Boise Police officers were dispatched to a residence near West Fairview Avenue and North Shamrock Street on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:42 a.m. for a report of a theft.  A witness told officers that an unknown person had stolen some of her checks, then forged her name and paid for some merchandise with one of the stolen checks at a local store.  Patrol Officers routed the report to detectives whose investigation revealed that Elser stole the calling party’s wallet out of her unlocked car, then forged the owner’s name on several checks.  Elser also used the calling party’s library card to check out over a dozen DVD’s, then threw away all of the movie jackets, indicating that she did not intend to return the movies.  Elser was arrested on Tuesday, February 25 and booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

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Arrested: Ronald W. Rice, 40, Montgomery, TX

Charged: Warrant – Burglary X2 (F), Warrant – Grand Theft (F), Warrant – Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (F), Fugitive to Idaho (F)

Rice is charged in connection several felony crimes first reported February 1, 2014. Rice is accused of breaking into a vehicle parked in a lot near North Five Mile and West Overland Road and stealing items valued at more than $1000 including electronics, clothing and personal identifying information belonging to two victims. Rice is also accused of entering Idaho driving a pick-up stolen from a Utah dealership. Rice is currently wanted out of Colorado for two warrants, one for burglary and one for dangerous drugs. Rice is a convicted felon which prohibit possession of firearms. Officers located a loaded a rifle inside the passenger compartment of the stolen pick-up Rice was driving. 

Rice was later apprehended in Bliss, Idaho. He was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above warrants Monday, February 24.  

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Arrested: Summer R. Brock, 20, Boise

Charged: Harboring a Person Charged with a Felony (F)

Arrested: Lance T. Taylor, 29, Boise

Charged: Warrant – Failure to Appear (F)

Boise Police officer responded to a residence in the area of North Orchard Street and West Emerald Street on Wednesday, February 26, at 6:03 p.m. to check for Taylor, who had an outstanding warrant.  Officers had credible information leading them to believe that Taylor was in the residence.  Officers made contact with Brock at the front door, who for a half an hour denied that Taylor was in the house.  Officers apprehended Taylor, however, as he tried to sneak out the back.  Both Brock and Taylor were arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

*Idaho State Code 18-205. All persons are accessories who, having knowledge that a felony has been committed: (1) Willfully withhold or conceal it from a peace officer, judge, magistrate, grand jury or trial jury; or (2) Harbor and protect a person who committed such felony or who has been charged with or convicted thereof.

*Idaho State Code 18-206. Except in cases where a different punishment is prescribed, an accessory is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not exceeding five (5) years, or by fine not exceeding fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), or by both such fine and imprisonment.

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Arrested: Taber L. Smith, 27, Fruitland

Charged: DUI (F), Driving Without Privileges (m), Warrant – Probation Violation (m)

A Boise Police officer on routine patrol Tuesday, February 25 at 1:10 a.m. observed a vehicle driving in the area of West Overland Road and South Vista Avenue while the driver was revving the engine excessively.  With his attention drawn to the vehicle, the officer watched as it parked in a parking lot.  The officer watched as Smith got out of the driver’s side and a female exited the passenger side.  While the officer watched, the two became very animated and the officer felt that the argument was going to escalate.  The officer quickly intervened and identified Smith, discovering that Smith has a suspended driver’s license and a confirmed probation violation warrant.  Information obtained during the investigation led officers to suspect that Smith was DUI.  Smith failed a portion of the field sobriety tests.  Smith also failed the offered breath test and was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.  Smith has two previous DUI convictions in the last ten years making this charge a felony.

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Arrested: Eric A. Davis, 19, Transient

Charged: Warrant – Contempt of Court (F)

A Boise Police officer made contact Davis and the other male in front of a convenience store near the area of South Broadway Avenue and West Boise Avenue on Wednesday, February 26, at 1:32 a.m. Both provided their names and birthdays to officers.  Since the subjects weren’t being detained for a crime, they were free to leave, and did so before a warrant check was completed.  The officers then learned that one of the subjects had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Police contacted the subjects again and arrested Davis for the warrant. He was booked into the Ada County Jail.

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Arrested: Ciara R. Hansen, 28, Boise

Charged: Burglary (F), Petit Theft (m)

Boise Police officers were dispatched to a store in the 3600 block of South Federal Way on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 12:19 p.m. for a report of a theft.  Store employees reported to officers that on Monday, October 21, between 10:05 p.m. and 10:06 p.m., someone entered the closed business, disabled the alarm, took $165.00 in cash, then rearmed the alarm and left.  Evidence obtained during the investigation indicated that Hansen, an employee of the store, had stolen the money.  Evidence was also discovered indicating that earlier on the same day Hansen also failed to turn in some cash during a run to the bank, keeping $291.00.  Since Hansen allegedly entered the closed business with the intent to commit the theft on the evening of the 21st, she was charged with a felony.  Warrants were issued for both crimes on February 10th.  Officers located Hansen on Tuesday, February 25 at her residence as she was trying to leave out a back door.  Hansen was booked into the Ada County Jail on both warrants.

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Arrested: Brandy L. Bigness, 39, Boise

Charged: Warrant – Possession of a Controlled Substance (F), Warrant – Failure to Appear (m)

A Boise Police officer was dispatched to do a welfare check on a female in the area of North Maple Grove Road and West Ruth Street on Tuesday, February 25, at 5:12 p.m.  A Witness reported that the woman, Bigness, appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug as she was waving her hands, talking to herself and wandering in the street.  Officers contacted Bigness and discovered that she had two outstanding warrants for her arrest.  Bigness was medically cleared at an area hospital before being booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

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Arrested: Jeffrey William Leonard, 23, Boise

Charged: Possession of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine (F)

A Boise Police officer on routine patrol stopped a car Tuesday morning, February 25 at 2:46 a.m. near South Orchard Street and I-84 for expired registration.  A Boise Police Drug sniffing K9 lead officers to discover that Leonard was in possession of a rolled up dollar bill with cocaine residue on it.  The residue field tested positive for cocaine.  Leonard was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charge.

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Arrested: Eugene E. Spaur, 57, Transient

Charged: Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer (F), Trespassing (m)

Boise Police officers were dispatched to a business in the 4100 block of South Broadway Avenue on Monday, February 24, at 2:25 p.m. for a report of a problem subject.  Witnesses reported that Spaur has previously been trespassed from the property, that he’d returned that day and was currently passed out.  Spaur was placed under citizen’s arrest for trespassing. While the officer was gathering information from Spaur, he spat, striking the officer.  Spaur was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.