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Idaho Briefs April 21, 2010

| April 21, 2010 9:00 PM

Man sentenced in animal cruelty case

TWIN FALLS - A 41-year-old south-central Idaho man who pleaded guilty to neglecting 43 head cattle that starved to death has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation and ordered to pay $2,200 in restitution and fines.

Jorge Reyes of Jerome was sentenced Monday by 5th District Magistrate Judge Thomas Borresen, who also ordered Reyes to spend 10 days on the sheriff's work program and serve 100 hours of community service.

The investigation into Reyes began in mid-January after someone called to report dead cattle on the property within a quarter mile of a public stream.

Reyes was charged with permitting animals to go without care, failure to remove carcasses and providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

Authorities seized 20 remaining cattle, which were sold. The proceeds were to be used to pay the fines and restitution.

CEO of Twin Falls hospital resigns

TWIN FALLS - The CEO of St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center has resigned after nearly three years with the hospital.

The resignation of Mark Schwartz was announced Monday by David Pate, the CEO of St. Luke's Health System, The Times-News reported. Pate said he would fill in for Schwartz over the next several weeks before naming an interim leader for the hospital.

The reason for Schwartz's resignation was not given. The hospital board held a closed-door meeting Monday night and board chairman Russ Newcomb said Schwartz's departure had been "in the works" for a couple of weeks.

Schwartz helped St. Luke's Magic Valley through a number of issues, including the ongoing construction of a new hospital building in northwest Twin Falls and a disagreement with Twin Falls County over the lease and remodeling of a downtown clinic building.

Otter remains in hospital with illness

BOISE - Gov. Butch Otter's campaign manager says the governor remains hospitalized and will not be able to attend a scheduled dinner with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Otter campaign manager Debbie Field told The Associated Press that Idaho first lady Lori Otter will fill in for her husband and host the $1,000-a-plate campaign dinner with Giuliani on Tuesday night.

The 67-year-old governor was taken to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center on Monday and admitted for dehydration and flu-like symptoms.

Field says Otter is in good spirits and will likely be released today.

- The Associated Press

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