Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Monday, September 16, 2013

Ongoing dispute leads to man charged with assault & kidnapping; Squealing tires ends in DUI arrest; BPD Weekend Incident Report

Arrested: Kristine M.  Claiborne, 46, Boise 

Charged: Controlled Substance Violation (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m), Providing false information to an officer (m), Parole Violation (F)

A Boise Police officer on patrol Sunday morning just before 10:00 a.m. in the area of West State and Arthur Streets observed an older black SUV with no license plates. The vehicle also had an unsecured load on it's roof and items piled so high in the cargo area, the driver's visibility out the back window was blocked. The officer stopped the vehicle. During the traffic stop, the officer learned the driver had provided a false name. Upon learning the driver's correct name, the officer also learned the driver, now identified as Claiborne, had an outstanding felony arrest warrant. The suspect was placed under arrest. A police service dog from Garden City Police arrived to assist and alerted on the vehicle indicating the likely presence of illegal drugs. In the search that followed, officers located used syringes and a small amount of a substance that field tested positive as methamphetamine. The suspect was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges. 


Arrested: David G. Cortez, 20, Boise

Charged: Aggravated Battery (F) 2 counts, Minor in Possession of Alcohol (m)

Arrested: Michael G. McElroy, 18, Boise

Charged: Aggravated Battery (F) 2 counts

Boise Police were called by a witness to a fight with a knife in an apartment complex on the 1400 block of North Oakwood Lane Sunday morning approximately 1:14 a.m. When officers arrived, they found two men with minor cuts. Witnesses told officers the two suspects, who were known to the victims, approached them and made confrontational statements. Witnesses said one of the suspects, McElroy began making slashing motions toward them using a kitchen knife. Several witnesses came to the aid of the victims and were able to take the knife away from the suspect, who then walked away. Witnesses were able to provide the officers with a location where the suspects might be. Officers found both suspects in a nearby residence and both were taken into custody. Suspect Cortez smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage. A breath test identified the suspect as having a BrAC of .216. Both suspects were arrested on the above charges and booked into the Ada County Jail. 


 Arrested: Matthew T. Welch, 26, Boise

Charged: Kidnapping 2nd degree (F), Robbery (F), Aggravated Assault (F) 3 counts 

Arrested: Heather M. Johns, 23, Boise 

Charged: Kidnapping 2nd degree (F)

A Boise Police officer on patrol late last night spotted the driver of a Chevy Impala traveling on South Curtis Road speeding and with no tail lights. The officer could see the driver tapping the brakes and driving erratically. The officer stopped the vehicle and as she did, the driver grabbed what appeared to be a long gun and ran through a nearby carport and into the surrounding neighborhood. The officer immediately called for assistance and provided a description of the suspect and direction he was running to other officers en route. A short time later, an officer located the suspect a short distance away, on South Phillipi Street just south of Franklin Road and took him into custody. The suspect was seen by the initial officer dropping something as he ran. A 12 gauge shotgun was later found in the carport by officers tracking the suspect's path.

Inside the vehicle, officers found the driver, identified as Johns and another adult male passenger. After investigating, officers found evidence that, just a short time prior to the traffic stop, the suspect had used the shotgun to threaten three people, then forced one into the vehicle driven by Johns. All three victims told officers they feared for their safety. 

The suspects and victims are known to each other. The incident appears to be the result of an ongoing dispute. The suspects were booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.


Arrested: Silas A Reiter, 44, Boise

Charged: DUI (F)

A Boise Police Night STEP Sergeant, Night STEP being the specialized BPD DUI enforcement team, was on patrol Friday night near North Curtis Road and Interstate 184. The officer was stopped at a red light when he heard tires squealing. He looked to see the driver of a green Suzuki traveling at a high rate of speed exiting onto Curtis from the Connector. The tires of the Suzuki were squealing and the car went up onto the curb as it turned. The driver then swerved between lanes before heading west onto Fairview Avenue. The officer stopped the car and could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. The driver failed field sobriety tests and a breath test resulted in a BrAC of .101/.096. A check with Boise Police records found the driver, Reiter, has two prior DUI convictions in the last ten years, making the DUI charge a felony. 


Arrested: Gordon S. Rothwell, 53, Boise

Charged: Controlled Substance Violation (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

Boise Police were called by a neighbor reporting suspicious activity outside a home in the area of N. 27th Street and Woodlawn Avenue shortly before 9:00 p.m. Friday night, September 14th. When officers arrived, they found the suspect on scene. Further investigation found the suspect to be in possession of a wooden pipe with marijuana residue and a glass pipe with residue that tested positive for meth. The suspect was arrested and booked on the above charges.


Arrested: Kevin J. Staudinger, 49, Transient

Charged: Burglary (F)

Friday morning, Sept. 13th, Boise Police were called by employees of a retail store on the 7100 block of West State Street. Witnesses told officers the suspect entered the store. concealed alcohol and food items and left the store without paying. Thanks to a description of the suspect given by witnesses, officers were able to locate him nearby. Officers found evidence the suspect entered the store with the intent to commit the crime making the charge a felony. Officers booked the suspect into the Ada County Jail on the above charge


Arrested: Jared C. Suitter, 26, Boise

Charged: Possession of a financial transaction card (F), Providing false information to officers (m), 4 outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrants - Failure to Appear

Boise Police officers working foot patrol on West University Drive Saturday afternoon were approached by a group of citizens reporting suspicious activity including a group of three young men drinking alcohol who were possibly underage. Officers approached the young men and two were able to provide officers with identification showing they were of legal age. The third gave officers identification, including a Social Security and an Idaho Identification Card that officers soon learned was stolen. Officers were able to locate evidence of the suspect's real name, Suitter, which revealed four outstanding misdemeanor warrants for his arrest. The suspect was booked on the above charges into the Ada County Jail.   


Arrested: Brian E. Wurtz, 42, Elko, NV

Charged: DUI (F)

A Boise Police officer patrolling the South Broadway Avenue Saturday night made a traffic stop on the suspect's vehicle for failing to use a turn signal. The vehicle had also just been called into 911 dispatch by a citizen reporting a possible DUI driver after the vehicle struck a traffic cone on Interstate 84. Officers could see several cans of open and unopened beer inside the vehicle. Officers also noticed the suspect's speech was slurred and he had glassy, bloodshot eyes. The suspect failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. At the jail, a blood test was taken for further evidence testing. In a check with records, officers learned the suspect had a prior felony DUI conviction in 2010, making this charge also a felony.