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The Boise Police are planning to crack down on underage drinking around this Saturday's BSU home football game against Colorado State, including both underage consumption and adults who provide alcohol to people under age 21. In addition, the police will be patrolling for open-container violations on public streets and sidewalks, in city parks and within 250 feet of the river; parking violations; driving under the influence; and littering. "Officers want citizens to celebrate responsibly," the BPD announced in a news release; you can read it here. "For public safety, Boise Police will be checking for illegal alcohol use in the campus area. Increases in people on neighborhood streets, parks and parking lots in the Broadway area on game days has resulted in increased complaints and concerns about illegal alcohol use and related problems like disorderly conduct, underage drinking, drunk driving, assaults, urinating in public, loud parties and littering."
Moscow Fire Chief Ed Button (pictured) is calling the citation of two underage resident volunteer firefighters caught drinking at a city fire station early Sunday morning an isolated incident that should not affect the public's vision of the agency. University of Idaho students Nicholas Turco, 20, and John Westberg, 18, were found drinking alcohol in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department's Station No. 3 on North Main Street around 2:45 a.m. Sunday and cited for minor in possession, according to Moscow Police Chief David Duke, who said no other firefighters were contacted during the incident/Brandon Macz, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.
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The Boise Police say area businesses are getting better about refusing to sell alcohol to minors; the BPD's latest alcohol compliance check yielded just a 7 percent failure rate, down from 20 percent in checks in late August and late September. Of 59 businesses checked over the weekend, only four failed, BPD reports, by selling alcohol to 18- or 19-year-olds who offered their real Idaho state I.D. Violations can bring fines and business license suspensions.