TWIN FALLS — An employee at Canyon Ridge High School is facing two felony counts of sexual battery of a minor and two felony counts of destroying evidence.
Kyle Anthony McClure, 24, of Twin Falls was arrested Tuesday after admitting to police that he had performed sexual acts with a minor, according to court documents.
In an affidavit in support of the arrest warrant, Twin Falls Police Detective Jason Kelly said that he had received a report of a sexual relationship between a high school student and a teacher at Canyon Ridge.
Twin Falls School District spokesperson Eva Craner told the Times-News that McClure was not a teacher but a supervisor of the in-school suspension room where his duties were to maintain order and discipline.
“McClure was placed on administrative leave without pay as soon as the district became aware of the arrest,” the district told Canyon Ridge parents in a statement. “His employment with the TFSD has since been terminated.”
McClure was in his first year working at Canyon Ridge.
During the investigation, the 17-year-old girl told police that her relationship with McClure became physical in January or February, according to the affidavit.
The girl also reported that McClure told her to delete text messages from him, the affidavit said. While in the interview, she received a message from McClure to delete her Instagram as well.
When interviewed, McClure told investigators that he and the girl were just friends, according to the affidavit. McClure also confirmed to the investigator that he had performed sexual acts with her and that he was aware she was 17.
McClure told the detective that he had deleted his text messages with the girl.
Following an initial court appearance on Wednesday, McClure posted a $50,000 bond and is on house arrest. He has been instructed to have no contact with the minor, according to court documents.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 24.
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TWIN FALLS — Fourth-grade students at Pillar Falls Elementary capped off their Idaho History unit on fur trappers and traders by holding their own rendezvous.
Students made built storefronts, complete with signs, awnings and terms of sale.
Fourth-grade teacher Alexa Messmer has been teaching school for eight years. In the past, she created a trading post within her class, and other teachers created trading posts in their classes.
This is the first time they combined all six classes for a bigger event.
“We’ve been wanting to do a big rendezvous for a long time and this year we finally got everybody on board,” Messmer told the Times-News. “So this is our first time, and we are very excited about it.”
Using beaver pelts that they had earned for participating, showing good behavior, and being helpful and kind to each other, kids had the ability to visit all the other shops and make purchases.
An abundance of homemade wares such as handmade day-glow monsters, beaded bracelets keychains and earrings, were offered for trade.
There were a lot of eye-catching trinkets offered as well, such as collectible cards, fidget toys, books of all varieties and treats.
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NEW YORK — While Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen offered firm, upbeat reassurances to rattled bank depositors and investors Thursday, 11 of the biggest banks in the country announced a $30 billion rescue package for First Republic Bank, in an effort to prevent the California-based institution from becoming the third bank to fail in less than a week.
First Republic serves a similar clientele as Silicon Valley Bank, which failed Friday after depositors withdrew about $40 billion. It appears that First Republic, which had deposits totaling $176.4 billion as of Dec. 31, was facing a similar crisis.
In a statement, the group of banks confirmed that other unnamed banks had seen large amounts of withdrawals of uninsured deposits, which are those that exceed the $250,000 level insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. First Republic’s shares dropped more than 60% Monday, even after the bank said it had secured additional funding from JPMorgan and the Federal Reserve.
On Thursday, the bank’s shares were down as much as 36%, but rallied after reports that the rescue package was in the works, and closed up nearly 9%.
JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo agreed to each put $5 billion in uninsured deposits into First Republic. Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs would deposit $2.5 billion each into the bank. The remaining $5 billion would consist of $1 billion contributions from BNY Mellon, State Street, PNC Bank, Truist and US Bank.
“The actions of America’s largest banks reflect their confidence in the country’s banking system,” the banks said in their statement.
The nation’s banking regulators also issued a statement in support of the bank rescue package.
“This show of support by a group of large banks is most welcome, and demonstrates the resilience of the banking system,” said Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael Hsu, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg.
The news could help calm the nerves of bank investors after the collapse last week of Silicon Valley Bank, which was the second biggest bank failure in U.S. history after the demise of Washington Mutual in 2008.
The shuttering of Silicon Valley Bank Friday and of New York-based Signature Bank two days later has revived bad memories of the financial crisis that plunged the United States into the Great Recession of 2007-2009.
Over the weekend the federal government, determined to restore public confidence in the banking system, moved to protect all the banks’ deposits, even those that exceeded the FDIC’s $250,000 limit per individual account.
At a hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill, Yellen told senators that the U.S. banking system “remains sound” and Americans “can feel confident” about the safety of their deposits.
Her remarks came against the backdrop of deepening concerns about the health of the global financial system.
By the time her testimony was over, First Republic had received the emergency infusion of $30 billion in deposits from 11 banks. And in Europe hours earlier, Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second-largest lender, got a promise from the Swiss central bank of a loan of up to $54 billion.
Republican senators laid a big part of the blame for the problems on Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration.
“The reckless tax and spend agenda that was forced through Congress” contributed to record high inflation that the Federal Reserve is having to compensate for through increasing interest rates, said Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho. And those surging rates have caused banks — as well as regular citizens — problems.
The Republicans also questioned Biden’s assurances that taxpayers won’t bear the brunt of the commitment to make depositors whole.
Yellen resisted that scenario, though she said, “We certainly need to analyze carefully what happened to trigger these bank failures and examine our rules and supervision” to prevent them from happening again. She defended the government’s argument that taxpayers will not end up paying the cost of protecting uninsured money at Silicon Valley and Signature.
The Treasury secretary was the first administration official to face lawmakers over the decision to protect uninsured money at the two failed regional banks, a move some have criticized as a bank “bailout.”
“The government took decisive and forceful actions to strengthen public confidence” in the U.S. banking system, Yellen testified. “I can reassure the members of the committee that our banking system remains sound, and that Americans can feel confident that their deposits will be there when they need them.”
The week has been a whirlwind for markets globally on worries about banks that may be bending under the weight of the fastest hikes to interest rates in decades, increases intended to quell rising inflation on consumer goods.
The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission have launched investigations into the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, and President Joe Biden has called on Congress to strengthen rules on regional banks.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday, “There are things that we can do in the administration, but in order to really deal with this issue we have to act. Congress needs to act.”
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RUPERT — Melting snow from recent storms is causing some flooding across Mini-Cassia.
“It’s not comparable to the flooding in 2017,” Minidoka County Sheriff Lt. Rob Cobbley said. “And so far it’s looking pretty good that we won’t reach that level.”
Cobbley said anyone who needs sand or sandbags can go to the Minidoka County Fairgrounds.
People should bring their own shovel, he said, but it is free.
At this time, the sheriff’s office has not received any reports of homes that are threatened but the flooding has closed about 10 roads.
“The flooding is definitely not county wide,” Cobbley said. “Most people can still get around.”
The flooding is affecting low-lying areas at 300 North and above, along with some side roads and many gravel roads are very soft.
“If a road is closed you should not try to go through it,” Cobbley said.
The sheriff’s office has received some reports from people who have left their vehicles after they did not make it through a flooded stretch of road.
Cassia County Sheriff George Warrell said there have been reports of flooding in the Raft River area, which has caused some road damage, including on Roller Coaster Road and some private driveways.
Warrell said any closed roads should be open by the end of Thursday.
“It’s still really early in the season and there are more storms coming,” Warrell said.
As the weather continues to warm the mountain snowpack will also start to come down, he said.
“This is a pretty normal spring occurrence,” Warrell said.