The father of an 11-year-old girl who likely died of hypothermia in south-central Idaho after trying to walk 10 miles in the snow to her mother’s house has been arrested.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Saturday saying Robert Aragon was taken into custody on suspicion of second-degree murder and child endangerment.
Authorities say Sage Aragon and her 12-year-old brother were with their father when his truck got stuck in a snow drift Thursday near state Highway 75, north of Shoshone.
The Sheriff’s Office said Aragon let the children walk while he and another adult stayed behind to free the vehicle.
Blaine County search and rescue team found the girl and her brother, who survived the storm, on Friday.
Both children were taken to a Ketchum hospital, where the girl was pronounced dead. The boy was treated and released.
Teen serving in jail for peanut assault
A teenager has been sentenced to four days in jail for smearing peanut butter on the forehead of another youth he knew was allergic to peanuts.
Nineteen-year-old Joshua Hickson, of Malaga, was convicted last week of simple assault in Chelan County District Court.
Judge Nancy Harmon repeatedly asked Hickson why he committed the act before Hickson finally said he didn’t know about peanut allergies.
Investigators say that during lunch at Wenatchee High School on Sept. 8, Hickson heard a conversation in which it was mentioned that a student sitting near him was allergic to peanuts.
Hickson then grabbed someone’s peanut butter sandwich and wiped some of the peanut butter on the boy’s forehead.
The boy did not suffer an allergic reaction, but told police he had suffered a severe reaction to peanuts in the past.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho
Woman appeals restitution order
A Southern Idaho woman convicted of killing another woman with a lethal injection of insulin and methamphetamine is appealing an order requiring her to pay restitution to the state.
Fifth District Court Judge Randy Stoker has ordered 39-year-old former nurse Vicki Arlene Jensen to pay $22,500 into a state fund that provides financial assistance to victims of crimes.
Money from that fund was used to pay for the funeral of Aleta Diane Ray and help support her daughter, who was three at the time of the 1999 murder. The girl is now 13.
Jensen and two accomplices were convicted of first-degree murder in 2000 and she was sentenced to life in prison. Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs said the accomplices have agreed to pay compensation.
In a Dec. 24 appeal, Jensen argues she shouldn’t have to because Loebs didn’t file the restitution request until 2006.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo.
Quakes detected Friday, Saturday
The University of Utah Seismograph Stations report a swarm of small earthquakes in Yellowstone National Park.
The university said the quakes of magnitude 3.5 and lower have been occurring beneath Yellowstone Lake, five to nine miles south-southeast of Fishing Bridge, a park landmark. The earthquakes that began on Friday and continued on Saturday intensified during the weekend, and there were reports that people in the Yellowstone Lake area felt the quakes.
The University of Utah said they’ve been in an area of the park where swarms are common.