Idaho woman had brother hack husband to death after he discovered her affair, threatened to take kids: cops

An Idaho woman accused of holding her husband down as her brother hacked him to death in a Las Vegas street had been cheating on him and feared he'd take their kids, police say. The stunning new allegations against Maria Hernandez, 33, come two days after her husband's body was found lying in a road with his head nearly severed. Hernandez and her husband, Enrique Hernandez, 43, were visiting relatives in Nevada for Memorial Day when the two-timing wife's month-long murder plot finally came to fruition, authorities allege in a police report obtained by KTVB. After Maria's affair had been discovered by her husband, he hired someone to beat her lover up. He then talked about taking custody of their four kids, police claim. Fearing she could lose her children, the mother allegedly sought help from her 22-year-old brother, Hector Guiterrez, to stage a deadly carjacking — one he wouldn't walk away from. While the unsuspecting father checked on their van's engine around 2:30 a.m. Monday, that's when police say Guiterrez launched a surprise attack that hacked his body to shreds. Maria told authorities that she tried to save her husband by grabbing both of his arms to pull him away. But instead of pulling him, police believe she was holding him down. Once the grisly deed was done, police say Gutierrez sped off in the van and ditched it about 10 miles away. It was described as having a half-mile trail of blood leading to a car registered to Gutierrez. Gutierrez was reportedly later found in a Las Vegas hospital seeking treatment for a non-life-threatening stab wound — one he claimed to have obtained during a robbery. When questioned by investigators, he allegedly confessed to killing his brother-in-law in an attack he felt obligated to carry out for his sister. The siblings face charges of murder with a deadly weapons and conspiracy to commit murder. Continue Reading

Four people die, 3 others injured after boat capsizes in Bear Lake on Idaho-Utah border: police (VIDEO)

A Utah doctor and three children died Monday night after their boat capsized in the frigid waters of Bear Lake during a ski boat outing with family and friends, police said. Ogden physician Lance Capener, 46, his daughters Kelsey, 13, and Kilee, 7, and family friend Siera K. Hadley, 13, succumbed to their injuries after spending at least two hours in 53-degree water when 10-foot waves and 76-m.p.h. winds overturned their vessel, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Capener’s wife Kathy, 42, and two other friends on board - Tiffany Stoker, 14, and Tylinn Tilley, 14 - were hospitalized but survived the accident, the Associated Press reported. The two teens received treatment for hypothermia before being released, according to the Tribune. Details about the incident, which is under investigation, are murky. But Capener's mother Pauline Capener, also of Ogden, told the Tribune that the husband and wife swam to land before her son, a marathon runner, jumped back in. "He would not come back without his children," she said. "I feel that's why he died, trying to save the others." Everyone was wearing life jackets, but authorities searched a wide area under difficult conditions in the 112-mile lake on the Utah-Idaho border. Sheriff’s deputies received a report of a boat that hadn’t returned to shore on schedule at around 6:15 p.m. Monday, according to the Rich County Sheriff’s Office. The rescue team later found them six miles north of the Bear Lake Marina across the Idaho border, police said. Capener was dead at the scene, but ambulances and helicopters rushed the six remaining passengers of the boat to nearby hospitals, where his daughters and their friend were pronounced dead. “This is the single worst tragedy that I have seen on this lake,” Rich County Sheriff Dale Stacey told KSTU-TV. The family released a statement on Tuesday thanking first responders and grieving Continue Reading

Girl, 10, who suffers from rare form of epilepsy may lead Idaho to approve marijuana oil for medical use

BOISE, Idaho - Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up will pass or turn fatal. Her Boise, Idaho, family learned that oil extracted from marijuana had helped other children and wanted to see if it would help Alexis too. "Parent to parent, when you're in a small community and 10 people that you know are all having success, that's no longer anecdotal," Clare Carey, her mother, said. "That's hope." But Idaho's stringent marijuana laws do not allow for medicinal use. The family began lobbying lawmakers to decriminalize the oil almost two years ago. Now, they've got some legislative backers and an upcoming hearing, as Idaho joins a larger movement to loosen laws to allow the use of marijuana extract oil. Twelve states have legalized the oil while still banning medical marijuana. Virginia legalized the oil Feb. 26. In Utah, lawmakers have given initial approval to let those with chronic and debilitating diseases consume edible marijuana products, while still banning smoking. Marijuana extract oil first received attention when a Colorado family fought and won for access for their daughter who also had Dravet Syndrome. It is similar to hemp oil, which is legal in Idaho and can be bought in grocery stores. With no known cure for Dravet Syndrome, children are often prescribed a cocktail of medications to counter the seizures. However, the heavy drugs often come with side-effects that can permanently damage a child's developing liver, kidneys and other organs. Proponents of cannabidiol oil, a non-psychotropic extract of marijuana, argue that it reduces the amount and length of seizures in children. Over time, Carey hopes that the oil would also reduce the number of medications her daughter relies on. "Like any parent, you never give up hope that you can get Continue Reading

Fire crews rush into burning Idaho home after hearing parrots crying out ‘fire’ and ‘help’ (VIDEO)

Call the parrot-medics! Fire crews raced into a burning Idaho home on Friday night after hearing what they thought was an elderly woman crying out "fire" and "help". But they were left stunned after they realized no humans were inside the property — and it was actually two talkative parrots who were calling out for assistance. Emergency crews were scrambled to the house in rural Boise, Canyon County, at 9:30 p.m., reports KBOI. They put out the blaze, which was contained to only one room. "Once the captain did his walk-around, he could hear something or someone inside yelling, 'help, fire, help, fire,' " said Middleton Fire Department's Victor Islas. Firefighters entered the property and were confused to find no-one inside, according to NBC News. They used thermal imagery technology and quickly detected the male and female parrot. Islas said that the more lively female parrot was given oxygen and started to imitate the sounds of the sirens after she perked up No-one was injured in the blaze. The cause of the fire is still being investigated. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Teen stabbed with a pitchfork during fight in Idaho church garden: cops

An Idaho teenager doing court-ordered work in a Garden City church garden got stabbed by a fellow teen with a pitchfork. The greenery grudge got going as several juveniles were working at the Vineyard Christian Church Saturday afternoon, the Idaho Statesman reported. The two boys got into a verbal altercation that climaxed with the younger one impaling his rival with a pitchfork. Three of its fine tines got stuck in the boy’s upper body, police said. The victim, who remained conscious after the tool attack, was rushed to a hospital and had the pitchfork surgically removed. The other boy was taken to a juvenile detention center and charged with aggravated battery. Garden City Police did not immediately return requests for further comment. Follow @jaysunsilver With News Wire Services Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

2,000 migrating snow geese drop dead from sky in Idaho

Some 2,000 migrating snow geese have died recently in eastern Idaho, likely from a disease that comes on quickly and can kill birds in midflight, wildlife officials say. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says staff and volunteers collected the dead birds over the past several days at wildlife management areas near the towns of Terreton and Roberts. The cause of death likely was avian cholera, which can cause convulsions and erratic flight, the agency said. Authorities said the geese, known for their distinctive white bodies and black wingtips, were migrating from the Southwest and Mexico to breeding grounds on Alaska's north coast. It's unclear where they picked up the bacteria, said Steve Schmidt, a regional Fish and Game supervisor. "Outbreaks of avian cholera have occurred sporadically in the region over the past few decades," he said in a news release. "The important thing is to quickly collect as many of the carcasses as possible, to prevent other birds from feeding on the infected birds," Schmidt said. Biologists at the Mud Lake Wildlife Management Area near Terreton said about 20 eagles also were in the area, though it's unclear if they were exposed. According to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center, avian cholera spreads so quickly in infected birds that some with no previous signs of illness can die while in flight and fall out of the sky. Health experts say humans are not at a high risk of infection from the bacteria that causes avian cholera. Schmidt estimated that up to 10,000 snow geese pass through eastern Idaho each March to rest at its wildlife areas. They spend a week or two and make short flights to feed on waste grain in nearby wheat fields before continuing north. He said Tuesday he had no reports of deaths of other snow geese from similar areas in other states. Schmidt said among the dead birds was a trumpeter swan, which he said likely also died of avian cholera. ON A MOBILE Continue Reading

BASE jumper rescued from Idaho bridge where she dangled 500 feet up

A daredevil BASE jumper was left dangling 500 feet above an Idaho river after her parachute got caught on a bridge. Carla Jean Segil was leaping from Perrine Bridge in Snake River Canyon on Tuesday afternoon when a sudden gust of wind blew her off course, reports the Twin Falls Times-News. The 26-year-old's parachute snagged on the bottom trestle, and she was left hanging for a terrifying 30 minutes. Emergency crews arrived and debated how best to save the suspended BASE jumper. A Magic Valley Paramedics Special Operations Reach and Treat Team crew member was lowered over the bridge's rail. He reached Segil, secured her to his rescue line and cut her out of her parachute. Twin Falls County Search and Rescue responders then hauled her back to safety on a catwalk under the bridge. Segil, from Big Bear, Calif., was uninjured in the incident, which comes a week after 73-year-old BASE jumper James Hickey was killed when he leaped off the same bridge, reports the Twin Falls Times-News. His parachute didn't deploy in time and he crashed into the canyon's river. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

What a buzzkill! Idaho crash forces firefighters to kill 20 million bees in bittersweet moment

The queen is dead. What looked like a flight to freedom for at least 20 million bees was really a death dance on a barren field. A semi truck hauling 400 hives lost control along an Idaho roadway and crashed Thursday, wrecking the wooden beehives in a field next to the highway and forcing responding firefighters to douse the bees with foam, East Idaho News reported. Photos from the scene show a huge swarm of bees, and several passing motorcyclists reported being stung, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. But Brian Wiggins, who owns the hives, said the bees had no chance at survival. “There is really no saving them when it is this bad,” Wiggins told the East Idaho News. “All the bees that escaped will be dead by tomorrow, because they can’t live without their colonies.” Wiggins’ company, KatieBee Honey of Meridian, Id., estimated the loss at $200,000, NPG reported. Padrino Trucking of Florida was transporting the bees to North Dakota when the accident happened along Highway 33 near Howe at 8 a.m. The truck’s driver, who was cited by cops, said he swerved to avoid an oncoming car. The Idaho National Laboratory Fire Department sprayed the bees with foam after another beekeeper was brought in and determined the colony was a total loss, according to NPG. The crash created a bittersweet buzz. “If they weren’t killed,” Sheriff Wes Collins told East Idaho News, “they’d continue to be a hazard, especially for motorcyclists.” The truck's driver took off running after the accident. Follow on Twitter @jmolinet Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Idaho man’s wife restrained him while her brother hacked him to death with hatchet during Las Vegas vacation: police

A man’s wife held him down while her brother bludgeoned him to death with a hatchet during a Las Vegas holiday trip gone horribly wrong, police said. Officers found the as-yet-unidentified Idaho man dead with multiple traumatic wounds at around 2:30 a.m. Monday near Buffalo Drive and Eldora Ave., according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Maria Hernandez, 33, also of Idaho, is accused of assisting Hector Gutierrez, 23, of California, with the murder of her husband, cops said. Authorities charged the sister-brother pair with murder with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit murder and incarcerated them in the Clark County Detention Center. Law enforcement officials told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Hernandez and her spouse were waiting on maintenance for their 2002 silver Ford Windstar when Gutierrez launched the hatchet attack. Hernandez told police that a carjacker had attacked her husband, but homicide investigators later alleged she had Gutierrez’s assistance with murdering him, KSNV-TV reported. Her brother sped away from the scene in the minivan, which officers found roughly 10 miles east of there, according to the Review-Journal. Gutierrez received treatment for a non-life-threatening stab wound at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, police said. Cops haven’t released booking photos of Hernandez and Gutierrez. The Clark County Coroner’s Office will perform an autopsy of the man on Tuesday, KTVB-TV reported. Officials in the coroner’s office plan to disclose the man’s identity, along with the cause and manner of his death, police said. Hernandez and Gutierrez are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, according to KSNV. Follow on Twitter @tobysalkc ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Mysterious good Samaritan who dragged man from car on Idaho cliff’s edge identified

A mysterious good Samaritan who bravely dragged a man from his car as it teetered dangerously on the edge of an Idaho cliff has been identified as a 29-year-old local man. Jason Warnock, who vanished from Wednesday’s harrowing scene before being formally recognized by police, is now being praised by the Lewiston police department for his heroism that saved the trapped 23-year-old driver. Warnock, speaking with officers Thursday, said he was driving along Bryden Canyon road at 8 a.m. that morning when debris in the roadway up ahead caught his attention to the dangling vehicle overhead. The Lewiston resident said he got out of his car and ran to a pedestrian foot bridge before climbing up to the cliff face. There he traversed the embankment to the vehicle’s passenger side window where he saw Mathew Sitko trapped inside. Warnock said he first tried to break the window with a Leatherman tool but it failed. While previous reports described him as using a rock to smash through the tough glass, police say Warnock instead managed to calm Sitko “enough to have him roll down the window so he could pull him out of the window to safety.” By the time officers arrived at the scene Sitko was freed from the vehicle and Warnock was nearly gone, the police department said. The selfless civilian said he was working and was unable to stay at the scene. He was also “trying to avoid attention,” the department said. "He said he had to go, and he left," Lewiston police officer Eric Olson told the Lewiston Tribune. Mathew Sitko, 23, was pulled to safety from his car as it teetered dangerously on the edge of an Idaho cliff. He received treatment for minor injuries at a local hospital. In a later interview with the fortunate driver, Sitko told police that he lost control of his vehicle along Mayfair Drive before careening through a yard, over two terraces and smashing into a Continue Reading