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Inmate escapes from Ada jail

Compiled from wire reports The Spokesman-Review

Boise An Ada County Jail inmate charged with attempted murder and assaulting a police officer escaped Saturday and got away after car-jacking a vehicle.

Jail officials released few details about the escape Saturday, including the time of the escape.

But they said Harlan Hale, 39, escaped from the jail and ran into a parking lot at a hospital next door, where he took a 2002 gold Honda Civic from a woman and drove away.

Officers said the woman who owned the car was not injured.

Hale was being held on charges of first-degree attempted murder and assault on a police officer stemming from a Feb. 28 traffic stop.

Court documents said Hale was sitting in the rear seat of the car that day when he opened fire on the two officers who were making the stop.

Hale got away, but came into contact with officers again nine days later. Police said Hale tried to run an officer down with his car in an attempt to flee. Officers fired at least 22 shots at the suspect, who had two handguns with him when he was finally arrested. Hale was not injured in the gunfight.

Dad finds bombs in son’s bedroom

Nampa, Idaho Police in this southwestern Idaho town cordoned off a neighborhood for six hours after a father discovered several pipe bombs in his son’s bedroom.

The largest bomb was 12 inches long and contained shrapnel designed to spray in all directions when it exploded, Nampa Police Department officials said, calling it an “anti-personnel” bomb.

The father moved three of the devices to the backyard Friday afternoon. A fourth was later discovered inside the home.

Three of the devices were disabled by members of Nampa’s bomb unit outside the home, while the fourth was disabled inside the residence, according to a statement.

Police are looking for a 25-year-old man on parole from a federal prison.

Teams search river for son of trooper

Idaho Falls, Idaho Eastern Idaho search and rescue teams continue to search in the Snake River for a 14-year-old boy believed drowned, the son of an Idaho State Police trooper.

Dozens of divers, boaters, and watercraft riders searched for Zakk Hanson Friday and Saturday by the upper power plant on the greenbelt near the city’s downtown.

The search began Thursday afternoon after Zakk Hanson got caught in the current while swimming, Bonneville County Sheriff Byron Stommel said.

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