May 16, 2014 in City

In brief: Bonners Ferry Middle School student arrested on bomb threat


A 12-year-old Bonners Ferry Middle School student was arrested Thursday in connection with a bomb threat that cleared the campus late Wednesday afternoon.

The handwritten threat was discovered on a bathroom wall around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Bonners Ferry Police Department.

Students were immediately evacuated from the school as police, the Boundary County Sheriff’s Department and fire officials searched lockers, classrooms and storage rooms for explosive devices. No bomb was found.

Investigators returned to the school Thursday and interviewed several students. Based on evidence recovered at the school, officers arrested the suspect, said police Chief Robert Boone.

The student was released to the custody of his parents. The case will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney for possible charges of making a false bomb threat, which is a felony, Boone said.

The incident followed a string of bomb threats that disrupted classes at both Bonners Ferry High School and the middle school over the past two years.

Becky Kramer

Top baby names listed for Idaho, Washington

Liam and Emma are Little Mister and Miss Popularity in Washington and Idaho.

The names were the top baby names in 2013 in both states, according to the Social Security Administration.

For Washington, the rest of the top five popular names for boys were Mason, Alexander, Ethan and Noah. For girls, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella and Abigail rounded out the list.

In Idaho, the next most popular boy names were Wyatt, William, Samuel and Carter. The next most popular girls’ names were Olivia, Sophia, Ava and Isabella.

Nationwide, the top names were Noah and Sophia. Liam and Emma were both second nationwide.

Kenny Ocker

Shooting of brother results in man’s arrest

A man was jailed on Thursday after he allegedly shot his brother.

Police say the victim, who was dropped off at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center at 2 a.m. Thursday with a gunshot wound in his arm, was arguing with his brother at a home at 1119 E. Newark Ave. Police say he put his arm up to defend himself from a punch when he heard a loud bang, according to court documents. The man has non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Jy Jy Jones, 30, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was ordered held on $100,000 bond during a brief court appearance Thursday. Jones’ previous criminal history includes convictions for burglary, robbery and attempting to elude police.

Jones told witnesses that the shooting was an accident and he didn’t mean to shoot his brother, court records say.

A witness to the shooting said Jones gave him the gun and said to get rid of it. The witness told police he buried the gun near the Office Depot parking lot on Third Avenue, court documents say. The gun was recovered.

Nina Culver

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