Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, March 17, 2014

Men Arrested for trying to sell a stolen car, then steal it again; Battery leads to Marijuana Delivery Charge; Crash ends in Felony DUI; BPD Weekend Watch Log

 Arrested: Steven G. Kittelson, 53, Boise

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

 Boise Police officers were dispatched to a report of a battery at a residence near North Whitewater Park Boulevard and West Main Street on Saturday, March 15, at 9:00 p.m.  Upon arrival, officers spoke with a witness who signed a citation for battery.  During the course of the investigation, officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the suspect's residence.  With the help of Boise Police Narcotics detectives, search warrants were obtained and served. 14 pounds, 13 ounces (total package weight) of marijuana were located along with 7 grams of methamphetamine.  The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.  Kittelson was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

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Arrested: Gretchen A. Lee (AKA Cacciaguidi), 53, Meridian

Charged: DUI (F)

Boise Police officers were dispatched to a crash at the intersection of North Cole Road and West Franklin Road on Sunday, March 16, at 1:59 p.m.  The crash appeared to be caused by the driver of a Ford sedan, identified as Lee, who had rear-ended another vehicle. Upon contact with Lee, one of the drivers in the crash, officers observed significant signs of impairment including the odor of an alcoholic beverage and observing beer cans inside the vehicle. Officers found Lee had difficulty sitting upright in the driver seat, spoke with slurred speech and seemed confused and unable to answer questions. Officers also found Lee in possession of Xanex pills and found evidence Lee had been drinking alcohol and taking Xanax pills prior to the crash.  Lee was transported to an area hospital for medical clearance. A blood draw was taken for evidentiary testing.  After being medically cleared, Lee was transported to the Ada County Jail where she was booked on the above listed charge.  Lee has a prior felony conviction for DUI and this is her second DUI arrest in the past fifteen years making this a felony charge.

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Arrested: Kristopher L. Ferguson, 27, Transient

Arrested: Jeffrey L. Poteete, 44, Murfreesboro, TN

Both Charged: Grand Theft (F), Criminal Conspiracy (F)

A Boise Police officer on patrol in the 2300 block of West Airport Way this morning at 3:23 a.m. located a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a hotel with writing on the window advertising it for sale for $2,400 with no title.  A phone number was also listed.  Police officers called the phone number and talked to the seller about purchasing the SUV. When officers made contact with Poteete and Ferguson, the pair was attempting to hide a cell phone in the back seat of the car prior to the anticipated sale.  During the course of the subsequent investigation, officers found that Poteete and Ferguson had planned to sell the car, then use the hidden cell phone’s GPS function to track the phone’s location and steal the car back.  The vehicle is registered to Poteete, however officers found it was recently sold in Denver, Colorado where it is listed as stolen.  Both suspects were arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

Buying or Selling a Vehicle: The Boise Police Crime Prevention Unit recommends when buying a vehicle from a private party to always get the title of the vehicle at the same time cash is exchanged. It's also recommended buyers check the CARFAX or other vehicle history databases so you know what you're purchasing. Crime prevention experts urge sellers to immediately fill out the Release of Liability form and submit it to your local DMV.

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Arrested: Steven A. Gardner, 64, Boise

Charged: Robbery (F)

Boise Police officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery in progress at a residence near North Pierce Park Lane and West Hill Road on Tuesday, March 11, at 11:07 a.m.  Upon arrival officers spoke with witnesses who reported that Gardner approached one of the victims as she was on her front porch, He was wearing a ski mask and armed with a handgun.  Gardner allegedly pointed the gun at the victim and ordered her into her house.  A roommate came to the door and rushed Gardner, knocking him to the ground and allowing the female victim to secure the gun.  At this point a third resident came downstairs and assisted the other two until police arrived.  During the course of the investigation Boise Police detectives discovered that Gardner targeted the victims and the incident appears to be the result of an ongoing dispute.  Gardner was transported to an area hospital for injuries received during the altercation and, after being medically cleared, was booked into the Ada County Jail for the above listed charge Thursday afternoon, March 13th.

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Arrested: Lauren E. Grow, 29, Nampa

Charged: DUI (F), Driving Without Privileges (m)

A Boise Police officer on routine patrol in the area of West Main Street and North 5th Street on Friday, March 15, at 1:56 a.m. observed a vehicle traveling east bound on West Main Street unable to maintain its lane, almost striking some parked cars.  The officer stopped the vehicle and the driver was identified as Grow.  A routine records check through dispatch revealed that Grow’s out of state driver’s license is cancelled.  Grow failed the offered field sobriety tests, then provided a breath sample of .288, more than three times the legal limit.  Grow has three prior DUI convictions since 2006, making this a felony charge.  Grow was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail for the above charges.

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Arrested: Thomas B. Laird, 38, Gallatin, TN

Charged: Fleeing or Attempting to Elude an Officer (F), Grand Theft X3 (F), Burglary X2 (F)

A Boise Police K9 unit on routine patrol observed a vehicle he recognized as reported stolen pull in to a parking lot near North Curtis Road and West Emerald Street on Thursday, March 13, at 1:37 p.m.  The officer turned on his overhead lights, but the vehicle backed up and started to pull out of the parking lot, at which time the officer got a good look at the driver.  The vehicle accelerated rapidly, and then turned east bound onto West Emerald Street.  Due to the heavy traffic, and the vehicles excessive speeds, the officer made the decision not to pursue the vehicle.  The vehicle was located a short time later abandoned near North Orchard Street and West Emerald Street, and the driver, identified as Laird, was located walking on Morris Hill Road, where he was taken into custody.  Laird was booked into the Ada County Jail for the Eluding charge. 

On March 14th, after a thorough investigation, Boise Police property crimes detectives added the two additional burglary charges and the three additional grand theft charges. The burglary charges were filed after evidence linked the suspect to the recent theft of auto parts from two local businesses. The Grand Theft charges reference the suspect's connection to three stolen vehicles, including the vehicle he was driving when he eluded the officer.

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Arrested: Samuel P. Martinez, 61, Mountain Home

Charged: Burglary (F)

On Saturday, March 15 at 4:26 p.m. Boise Police officers were dispatched to a grocery store in the 8200 block of West Fairview Avenue for a report of a theft.  Upon arrival officers met with witnesses who observed Martinez select and conceal two items of merchandise, then pay for another item before leaving the store without paying for the concealed items.  During the investigation officers uncovered evidence that Martinez had entered the store with the intent to commit the thefts, making this a felony charge.  Martinez was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail for the above charge.

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Arrested: Joseph K. Shores, 26, Boise

Charged: Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine (F), Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer (F), DUI (m), Resisting and Obstructing Officers (m), Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana (m), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m),

An off-duty Ada County Sheriff’s deputy observed a vehicle pass another on the right, leaving the roadway to do so, and almost striking the other car, then almost read end another car in the area of South Five Mile Road and West Victory Road on Saturday, March 15, at 7:50 p.m.  The deputy called dispatch and a description of the vehicle was broadcast to nearby officers.  An Ada County deputy stopped the vehicle near South Cole Road and West Overland Road, and a Boise Police Night Step unit arrived to assist with the DUI investigation on the driver, identified as Shores. During the field sobriety tests, an Ada County Drug K9 alerted on the vehicle, which officers then discovered was locked.  Shores refused to unlock the car.  As Shores was told he was under arrest for resisting and obstructing, he resisted officer’s attempts to place him in handcuffs, swinging his elbows and striking an officer in the face.  After Shores’ arrest, officers found him to be in possession of two small baggies of marijuana (less than .5 grams total package weight), a baggie of crystal methamphetamine, and a tin foil bindle of methamphetamine, as well as two e-cigarettes with marijuana in the mouthpieces.  All substances field tested positive.  A warrant was obtained for a blood draw for the DUI investigation and the results are pending at this time.  Shores was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

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Arrested: Joshua J. Anderson, 24, Boise

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

A Boise Police officer on routine patrol in the area of West McMillan Road west of North Maple Grove Road on Thursday, March 13, at 11:24 p.m. observed a vehicle driving east bound with only one working headlight.  The officer turned around and caught up to the vehicle, which was stopped at a red light at North Maple Grove Road.  As they were waiting for a green light, the vehicle turned right on the red, causing a south bound vehicle to slam on their brakes in order to avoid a collision.  The officer stopped the vehicle and identified Anderson as the driver.  A routine records check through dispatch revealed that Anderson had a warrant for his arrest.  Anderson was taken into custody and, with the help of a Boise Police K9, was found to be in possession of a substance that field tested positive for 4.65 ounces of marijuana. Possession of marijuana in excess of 3 ounces of weight is a felony.  Anderson was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

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Arrested: Daniel A. Avila, 18, Boise

Charged: Warrant – Grand Theft (F), Providing False Information to a Police Officer (m)

A Boise Police officer on patrol in the area of South Ralfroy Street and West Salem Street on Thursday, March 13, at 1:02 a.m. stopped a vehicle for expired registration.  The front passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, verbally identified himself with a name and date of birth that did not return.  After further questioning, officers found evidence the passenger lied and that his real name was Avila.  A routine records check revealed that Avila had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  Avila was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

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Arrested: Darrell A. Cremer, 52, Boise

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

A Boise Police officer on patrol stopped the vehicle Cremer was driving for failing to stop at a stop sign near West Overland Road and South Orchard Street on Saturday, March 15, at 11:40 p.m.  During the course of the investigation, officers were discovered that Cremer was in possession of about one gram of methamphetamine (total package weight).  The methamphetamine field tested positive.  Cremer was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charge.