Another bit of old commentary unearthed:
This valley has a virus called 'selective amnesia'
In the Express article “Ketchum Store hit in rare robbery” it’s written, “The robbery appears to be a rare event in Ketchum history”. While categorically this may be true, countless other instances of high-drama crimes have occurred in recent valley history.
Here is a Mountain Express story written by the same reporter less than a year ago, likely a robbery attempt and with injuries:
Here is a Mountain Express story about Olympic racers in
Another Mountain Express story about a man convicted of a brutal beating outside the Casino bar in Ketchum: Idaho mountain express : Furlott sentenced to six months in work center : May 1 - 7, 2002
One of two
Twice, escaped fugitives have hidden behind the same bush in Dorothy’s yard on
Three fugitives if you include this feller: idaho mountain express : Beef, it's in your front yard : May 8 - 14, 2002
Perhaps the city of
Another fugitive, this one in
But worse things have happened in
Another incident six months earlier at the same spot:
Crimes don’t happen every week. They are more the exception than the rule. That’s why they are news. Amazingly sometimes they take place at a level just often enough to keep the newspaper delivery people chasing around trying to keep enough papers out there. Here are some stories that helped newspapers fly off the stands:
For more news on local fugitives see: Idaho Mountain Express: Down and out in Blaine County
There also have been a few burglaries. Here are two Mountain Express stories of men who burglarized the
Someone also broke into the
But looking back at Carey I did discover that sometimes its still the Wild West there: idaho mountain express : Man cleared in shooting incident : november 7 - 13, 2001
Here is a Mountain Express story about a woman convicted of burglary and aggravated assault upon a
Here is a Mountain Express story about an armed fugitive who was finally apprehended after breaking into nineteen Baker Creek cabins: idaho mountain express : Manhunt nabs elusive burglar — Three-day search ends in suprise capture : Wednesday, May 12, 2004
A Mountain Express story about Thieves breaking into the
Here is a Mountain Express story about two high speed chases in the same week:
Here is a story about two men caught breaking into a car at the trailhead of the same road where a police car chase had taken place two weeks prior : idaho mountain express : Suspicious hikers tip police, two Russians nabbed as credit card theives : Aug 7 - 13, 2002
Here is a Mountain Express story about two rapes reported in the same week: idaho mountain express : Two rapes reported this week — Prior Hailey rape investigation ongoing : For the week of September 17 - 23, 2003
The fact is that criminals are attracted to flashy resort areas around the world.
There are some precautions that most people never even consider taking. It’s only a matter of time before someone leaves their car running up at the Ohio Gulch recycle bins -inviting someone on work release to jump in and take a runaway romp down the road to freedom –endangering law-abiding citizens along their escape route.
What usually happens right after one of these events hits close to home is that people lock their doors for a few weeks. Then slowly the old habits return and citizens become lax. They mightn’t be so laidback though if they knew that events like these embezzlement cases were occurring at their workplaces: Idaho Mountain Express: Hailey woman sentenced in embezzlement case
Then of course there’s this: Idaho Mountain Express: Cops investigate jail rape claim - July 8, 2005 Sarah Johnson is in jail for the double murder of her parents. I believe this case is an exception –one that most people actually remember.
A lot of crimes are never reported –for various reasons. Scores of crimes that are reported never result in convictions –even through they actually occurred. We do have some great police officers working on some very tough cases. Sometimes it’s a thankless job too. Not to mention how difficult it is to try live here and get ahead financially.
idaho mountain express : Hailey man faces charges in road-rage cases : Sept 11 - 17, 2002 Another “road rage” driver in 2000 had an article written about him entitled “Early Morning Donuts”
An electricity blackout caused by vandalism: Idaho Mountain Express: Six-hour blackout slated Monday - October 6, 2004
Airplanes buzzing townspeople: idaho mountain express : Judge dismisses 'Risky Business' case - FAA accused pilot of dangerous flying : august 8 - 14, 2001
Then there are some problems at the jail:
What else is going on at jails that we don’t know about?
Here’s a Murder / Suicide most people seem to have forgotten about: idaho mountain express : Two men shot to death in Hailey : July 3 - 9, 2002 This of course happened in the Meth infested Woodside area.
Another attempted murder suspect lurking around town: idaho mountain express : Man is arrested on Colorado warrant for attempted murder : For the week of January 7 -13, 2004
Another murder charge:
There was also the case of the Ketchum Police officer and Mr. Universe body-builder Jerry Englehart who was kidnapped by gunpoint in the not so distant past. Also of course the Odiaga drive by shootings in June of 1990.
I also, would sometimes like to forget many of these bad things that have happened. Putting together an archive for a subject like this is a somewhat joyless task. The tricky thing is trying to keep ones psyche in some sort of middle ground. An area where you’re not required to be hyper-vigilant every second, yet are still capable of enjoying the great opportunities this area offers.
Archives like this could be modified and expanded on, as tools for reporters on tight deadlines, for quickly finding information they need for more complete and accurate coverage. Again it is not a delight researching about events like these. But, choosing to forget about everything bad that has ever happened, destines us to repeat history.
Safe & secure behind a (usually) locked door in Hailey