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Heyburn Police Chief Dan Bristol

Heyburn Police Chief Dan Bristol

Q: I was the checking the laws and noticed that Idaho Code 49-709 reads that people are not allowed to solicit rides or money. Why is this law not enforced? I see people asking for money all the time. -Pete

A: Before I answer, this is what the code reads: (1) No person shall stand on a highway for the purpose of soliciting a ride. (2) No person shall stand on a highway for the purpose of soliciting employment, business or contributions from the occupant of any vehicle, provided however, that a person may stand on a highway other than a state or federal highway to solicit contributions if authorized to do so in writing by the local authority having jurisdiction over the highway, and provided further, that any such authorization shall not be valid for more than one year from the date of issuance.

The loophole here is that the code only refers to state or federal roads. If the city or county approves it, then it is legal to solicit money or even rides as long as it is not on federal or state roads.

I have seen solicitors usually at the entrances to stores. The owners of that property can request that those people leave the property or be charged with trespassing.

I would add that you or anybody else could cite anybody seen on a state or federal highway violating Idaho Code 49-709.

Q: If a person knows of a felony crime that was committed and who committed it but did not report it, could that person get into trouble? By the way it is not me. –Scott

A: Yes, that person would be an accessory and in violation of Idaho Code 18-205 which reads; All persons are accessories who, having knowledge that a felony has been committed: (1) Willfully withhold or conceal it from a peace officer, judge, magistrate, grand jury or trial jury; or (2) Harbor and protect a person who committed such felony or who has been charged with or convicted thereof.

Punishment is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not exceeding five years, or by fine not exceeding $50,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

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It is better here to come forward and tell authorities what you or anybody else knows if a felony was witnessed.

Officer down

I’m thrilled to report that as of time of submission there were no officers down to report this week.

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Dan Bristol is the City of Heyburn Chief of Police.


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