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Tips still sought in horse hit-and-run

Detectives are asking for the public's help to find a driver who seriously injured a horse and rider in a hit-and-run crash in North Idaho last week.

Lauren Johnson, 20, and Rebecca Lobato, 21, were riding horses along the side of Garwood Road between Rimrock Road and U.S. Highway 95, north of Hayden, about 8:40 p.m. Aug. 16 when Johnson's horse was struck by a speeding truck.

Johnson suffered serious injuries, her horse, Blondie, suffered cuts and bruises.

The truck is described as a dark-colored, full-sized pickup with a rack.  Anyone with information about the driver or the truck, which is likely to have body damage on its passenger side, is asked to call Detective Jason Austin at (208) 446-1300.

A fund has been set up to help with Johnson’s medical expenses. Contributions may be made at any Washington Trust Bank.

Rider, horse injured in hit-and-run

A North Idaho woman was seriously injured on Tuesday evening when a speeding pickup truck struck the horse she was riding north of Hayden. The driver fled the scene.

Lauren Johnson, 20, was in fair condition Wednesday in the intensive care unit at Kootenai Medical Center following the 8:40 p.m. hit-and-run incident.

Johnson and Rebecca Lobato, 21, were riding their horses along the side of Garwood Road between Rimrock Road and U.S. Highway 95 when they heard the sound of the speeding truck, Lobato said.

Read the rest of Kevin Graman's story here.

Man’s lack of teeth contributes to arrest

A 27-year-old man was arrested on meth charges after he raised the suspicions of feed store employees by purchasing two pounds of a substance commonly used to cut methamphetamine. 

Suspect Henry P. Bevans' dental health apparently didn't help: The complaint noted that Bevans was toothless when he purchased the methylsulfonylmethane at Aslin Finch feed store.

“The store manager advised that they carry MSM for horses but did not believe that Bevans was going to use it for horses,” according to search warrant. “The manager stated that Bevans did not have any teeth and stated he wanted to report the suspicious transaction believing that the transaction was methamphetamine related.”

Detectives used the warrant to search Bevan's room at the Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Feb. 2. They arrested him on a Department of Corrections escape warrant after a struggle and found meth in the room, as well as a scale and other drug paraphernalia.

Bevans, who has previous felony drug convictions, also had meth in his pocket, police said. He was booked into jail but released pending formal charges, which were filed Feb. 28.

He was arrested again March 9 and remains in custody after appearing in Superior Court on a drug charge. He's to be arraigned Thursday.

Thieves trim tail hair from Mont. horses

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — At least two southwest Montana horse owners are reporting thieves trotted off with tail hair from their horses.

Such hair can be valuable to makers of handcrafted horse bridles or other items or used as tail extensions for show horses.

Sandy O’Rourke tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that someone entered a Three Forks corral on Oct. 17 and cut off the tail hair of two horses and part of the mane of a third horse. The hair was cut off below the bony section of the tail. The horses were not injured.

In Dillon, Bob and Connie Riley are offering a $500 reward for information leading to whoever snipped the tail off their horse about a month ago.

“They took everything from his tail bone down to the ground,” O’Rourke said of her white appaloosa, Luke. “So they took probably a good 4 or 5 feet.”

She said they also lopped the tail off her friend’s black-and-white spotted appaloosa and black hair from the mane of a third horse (one horse, Sam, is pictured above). The Riley’s Morgan horse is missing auburn tail hair.

In both cases, the owners say the horses are gentle, used to people and easy to approach.

Bob Riley said he has given Beaverhead County Sheriff Steve Donner the descriptions of two pickup trucks and license plates, but no one has been arrested.

“We put our corrals on top of our land to keep our animals away from the roads and possible abuse,” Riley wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Wednesday. “In the end that made it possible for the thieves not be noticed.”

Riley said an unbroken rescue mare foiled a second attempted theft on his property.

“Too bad she didn’t stomp them,” he wrote.

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