TWIN FALLS — The city has found a new fire chief.
City Manager Travis Rothweiler will recommend at Monday’s City Council meeting that the Council hire veteran firefighter Les Kenworthy to replace former Chief Tim Soule, who resigned in October after having been on administrative leave for weeks.
Kenworthy was raised in the Seattle area and became a firefighter in 1977. He most recently served as deputy chief of the Mercer Island Fire Department in Mercer Island, Wash., where he spent more than 37 years overseeing department operations, training divisions, and management of the Fire Marshal’s Office.
He was one of 32 applicants for the job, the city said on its website. A team of Council members, city firefighters and staff selected and interviewed finalists for the position.
Kenworthy and his wife have been married for 36 years. They have two adult children and two grandchildren, the city said.
“I had the pleasure of meeting with community leaders in Twin Falls and I sensed a genuine desire from each person to deliver quality services to all residents,” Kenworthy said. “They are professional and supportive and work together as a team with surrounding communities. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with this team to develop visions and goals for the future.”
TWIN FALLS — A man who went into a tattoo shop to claim a reward from Super Bowl Sunday was attacked and threatened with a pocketknife, police say.
Court documents say the man walked into Ascension Tattoo, 1862 Addison Ave. E., on Tuesday afternoon and got in an argument with his ex-brother-in-law, Shane T. House. House, 53, of Twin Falls reportedly pushed him and claimed the victim had been saying bad things about him.
According to House’s Facebook page, he works as a tattoo artist at Ascension Tattoo. The man told police House had pushed him into a couch, threatened him with a pocketknife, and spit in his face.
House later admitted to an officer that he “may have” displayed a knife during the altercation, court records said. He consented to a search, and police found three knives on House’s person — two folding pocketknives and a fixed-blade knife. The knives were seized as evidence.
House was arrested on charges of aggravated battery and battery, and was booked on a $10,000 bond. He posted bail and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 16.
BOISE — A California man has been convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm for a Twin Falls incident.
On Monday, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced that a federal jury convicted Eric Courtney Hunter, 38, of Victorville, Calif., on two counts of the charge. The trial started Jan. 31 and lasted through Monday.
According to evidence presented at trial, on Dec. 6, 2016, Twin Falls police officers responded to a 911 call reporting shots fired at a Twin Falls residence. Officers found evidence that a gun had been fired, including a hole in the window and shotgun shells on the ground. Witnesses at trial confirmed it was Hunter who fired the shotgun.
On Jan. 6, 2017, a woman reported to Twin Falls police that Hunter stole her BMW and $27,000. When police found the BMW, Hunter was driving the vehicle and had $27,100 in his pocket. During a search of the car, police found the aforementioned shotgun and ammunition in Hunter’s suitcase. Hunter was prohibited from possessing firearms because he was convicted of felony crimes — including witness intimidation in Twin Falls County — on May 29, 2015.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 11 before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise. Being a felon in possession of a firearm is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release. However, Hunter may receive a sentence of up to life in prison if three or more of his prior felony convictions qualify as crimes of violence under federal law.
The case was investigated by the Twin Falls Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office.
Ann Marie Seed, 21, Twin Falls; frequenting a place where a controlled substance is used, manufactured, cultivated, held, delivered or given, own-recognizance release, public defender appointed, pretrial Mar. 27.
Jesus Salazar Jr., aka Jesse Salazar, 42, Burley; theft of property, labor or services, own-recognizance release, public defender appointed, pretrial Mar. 27.
Jeremy A. Sligar, 41, Twin Falls; grand theft by deception, violation of vehicle identification numbers by altering, defacing or obliterating, conspiracy to grand theft by deception, conspiracy to violation of vehicle identification numbers by altering, defacing or obliterating, bond previously posted, private counsel, preliminary hearing Feb. 16.
Geneen Marie Gillogly, 41, Twin Falls; possession of a controlled substance, $35,000 bond, public defender appointed, preliminary hearing Feb. 16.
Joann Carol Dudley, 36, Twin Falls; possession of a controlled substance, $50,000 bond, public defender appointed, preliminary hearing Feb. 16.
Thane Allen Shaw, 34, Twin Falls; possession of a controlled substance, $5,000 bond, public defender appointed, preliminary hearing Feb. 16.