Eye On Boise

TUESDAY, AUG. 10, 2010, 2:08 P.M.

Artifact hunter sentenced for federal crime

A 60-year-old Arco woman has been sentenced to federal probation and restitution for unauthorized excavation of archaeological resources, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Roxanne Hale was given three years probation for the federal crime, ordered to pay $9,265 in restitution, and prohibited from being present at any public-lands archaeological sites. Her artifacts and sifting and digging tools were confiscated. Hale, who pled guilty to the charges in March, was caught Sept. 12, 2008 in the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Butte County, digging at a designated archaeological site that contains remains of prehistoric human life and activity. The case was investigated by the U.S. Forest Service.

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