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Idaho Briefs April 5, 2010

| April 5, 2010 9:00 PM

Weather cited in 2 dozen wrecks in Elmore County

MOUNTAIN HOME - The Elmore County sheriff's office says the rainy and snowy weather that blew through the valley is to blame for at least a dozen road accidents.Dispatchers say there were 24 wrecks in less than two hours late Friday.

The office started getting 911 calls around 6:15 p.m. Friday when the weather started turning bad.Those wrecks included slide-offs, roll-overs and one fatality.

Arts official to visit Idaho

BOISE - The chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts is scheduled to visit Boise on Monday.

Rocco Landesman is traveling to various cities as part of his "Art Works" tour to learn about the nation's arts scenes.He is coming to Idaho at the invitation of Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, a ranking member of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the National Endowment for the Arts.

Simpson tells the Idaho Statesman that he wants Landesman to see how the arts can benefit people in small, rural communities.Besides Boise, Landesman is also scheduled to make trips to Jerome and Twin Falls.

Reward offered in death of Jack Russell terrierWEISER - The Idaho Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever beat and killed a 3-year-old Jack Russell terrier.

The dog named Rugger missing since March 6 was found dead March 28 in the Snake River in Washington County bound with fishing line and with multiple broken bones.The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Nine-year-old boy killed in crash

JORDAN VALLEY, Ore. - Oregon State Police are investigating an accident in which a boy was killed.

Authorities say the alcohol-fueled single vehicle accident occurred Saturday night.Police say 33-year-old Rigoberto Martinez-Perez of Nampa, Idaho was driving a pickup truck north on Highway 95 near milepost 12 at a high rate of speed. The truck careened off the right shoulder and the driver overcorrected. The truck rolled several times off the opposite left shoulder and down a 40-foot embankment.

Police say Martinez-Perez's 9-yer-old son, Gerado Martinez, was seated in the right rear of the truck. Martinez-Perez has been cited for driving under the influence of alcohol.- The Associated Press

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