An Oregon man faces a felony offense of possession of methamphetamine and several misdemeanors after Blaine County deputies were called for a report of a battery in progress, just north of Timmerman Junction on state Highway 75 in late June.

Hailey resident Sergio Diaz-Rodriguez was sentenced to three years of supervised probation on May 11 for witness intimidation; three days later, he was taken back into custody by the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office for violating probation by allegedly possessing methamphetamine during a routi…

A Ketchum man was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with one day credited, and two years of probation following reduction of a felony charge to a misdemeanor for an altercation that occurred last summer.

Drivers can expect extra Idaho State Police patrolling statewide this weekend, looking for impaired drivers. Beginning on Wednesday, ISP increased its patrol on state highways and roads and will continue the heightened patrol through July 7 in an effort to keep drunk drivers off the road.

A Hailey man faces a felony DUI charge and two misdemeanors of driving without privileges and of possessing an open container of alcohol following a traffic stop last Tuesday night.


After nearly two years of legal conferences with affected parties, the man who ignited a wildfire that burned nearly 65,000 acres from the Little Wood Reservoir north of Carey to the southern slopes of Swede Peak in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in 2018 was sentenced on Monday.

The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office announced four department promotions at the end of May. From left to right, the patrol promotions are Captain Bryan Carpita, Corporal Dina Mitma, Lieutenant Fabrizio Lizano and Sergeant Philip Rummel. In a post on Facebook, the Sheriff’s Office wished congr…


The Bellevue man charged with starting the Sharps Fire, which burned some 65,000 acres in the summer of 2018, will face more than $300,000 in restitution if he pleads guilty to the crime, court documents show.

A civil lawsuit against the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office was dismissed Tuesday after the plaintiff failed to provide notice of a new attorney or that he was going to be representing himself.

A Hailey man has been sentenced to 300 days in jail and six years of probation following a guilty plea to a felony aggravated battery charge in January.

A Blaine County man has been sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty to one felony count of possession of methamphetamine.

A Blaine County man has been sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty to one felony count of possession of methamphetamine.

A Blaine County resident has been sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years’ probation following a February guilty plea to driving under the influence.

A Fairfield man pleaded guilty to three counts of felony vehicular manslaughter and one count of aggravated driving under the influence this week stemming from a crash last August that killed three sisters under the age of 7. Sentencing is scheduled for July 29.

The coronavirus outbreak has largely frozen Blaine County’s court system in place—and those working through its mechanisms will likely see delays in their cases well into the summer.

Former Lincoln County Sheriff Rene Rodriguez was scheduled to be sentenced today, April 24, on convictions for six felony counts of sexual abuse, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the defense and prosecution agreed to postpone the sentencing hearing to May 22.

Residents of Hailey, Ketchum, Bellevue and unincorporated areas of Blaine County are now prohibited from leaving the county for nonessential reasons, after local governments voted earlier this week to add their own restrictions to Idaho’s statewide shelter-in-place order.

With bars closed, events cancelled and social gatherings on hold, the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office says that a statewide self-isolation order is not only helping to flatten the curve of coronavirus. It’s helping to flatten the county’s crime rate, too.

Churches in Blaine County are cancelling public services and/or going to online sermons and meetings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Spiritual leaders are offering inspiration and scriptural references during this period of uncertainty and risk, on websites, Instagram and Facebook.

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court decision requiring the U.S. Forest Service to wait 30 days before authorizing the use of helicopters to conduct wildlife-management operations in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness to allow time for public challenges. 

Hailey Mayor Martha Burke, third from right, swore in the city’s new police chief, Steve England, center, during a City Council meeting Monday as a crowd of local law enforcement and fire personnel looked on. “With the promotion of Steve England, I pledged to protect and serve the community …

A Ketchum woman was sentenced to six months’ probation and ordered to complete 40 hours of community service and pay a $500 fine after taking an Alford plea to a misdemeanor battery charge on Feb. 25.

According to defense attorney Doug Nelson, a plea agreement is in the process of being negotiated on behalf of his client, Matthew Richard Park, who faces five felonies following a fatal car accident in August.

A Ketchum woman faces four felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance for allegedly selling lysergic acid diethylamide—LSD—and marijuana to a confidential informant working on behalf of the Narcotics Enforcement Team, a multi-agency law enforcement team in Blaine County.


The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that a man convicted of rape more than 10 years ago will have the opportunity to argue that his attorney was ineffective in his defense following a decision made last week by the highest court in Idaho.