Elmore County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Elmore County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 2255 East 8th North, Mountain Home, 83647 ID
  • Chief:
Phone: 208.587.3370
Fax: 208-587-2118

Elmore County Sheriff's Office is located at 2255 East 8th North, Mountain Home, 83647 ID. The Elmore County Sheriff's Office phone number is 208.587.3370.

Elmore County Sheriff's Office News

We had a great time at the Trunk or Treat, thanks for the invite. There are some really neat costumes out there. Happy Halloween 🎃 Sheriff Hollinshead

Good luck and congratulations to the MHHS football team.

What a great evening. It’s an honor being a part of this fantastic community - thank you

Thank you for so many great memories. The country music festival will be greatly missed.

C.L. “Butch” Otter GOVERNOR NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ​​​ CONTACT: Jon Hanian August 30, 2018 ​​ (208) 334-2100 DMV TO RESUME ISSUING DRIVERS’ LICENSES STAKEHOLDERS CONVENE TO ADDRESS AND RESOLVE ISSUES (BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s Office facilitated a productive meeting today with the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association, the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association, Idaho State Police, Idaho Association of Counties, the Idaho Transportation Department and other stakeholders to discuss ongoing problems at the Division of Motor Vehicles. “This is currently one of the highest priorities in state government,” said Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter. “We have agreed to work closely with our partners in law enforcement and other affected stakeholders to identify, prioritize and resolve the issues creating backlogs and frustration at the Division of Motor Vehicles. To that end, my office is committed to getting the system up and running efficiently in the interim and ensuring the problems are fixed over the long-term.” The interim step allows counties to bypass software problems and resume issuing drivers’ licenses. “We apologize to the citizens of Idaho,” said the Director of the Idaho Transportation Department Brian Ness. “Our focus going forward is to restore acceptable, consistent service. We appreciate everyone’s patience. We are committed to partnering with all stakeholders to identify and develop an immediate and long-term solution that will resolve these issues.” “We appreciate the Governor calling this meeting and identifying this issue as a top priority,” said Canyon County Sheriff Kiernan Donahue, President of the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association (ISA). “The ISA is hopeful the interim step will be successful. We look forward to a strong partnership with the Governor’s Office and all the stakeholders on a long-term solution to restore the best possible driver’s license service to Idaho.” “The Idaho Chiefs of Police Association appreciates the invitation to be a part of today’s meeting and wants to thank Governor Otter for his ongoing leadership and giving the Chiefs of Police from across the state an opportunity to voice their perspective and concerns. We look forward to collaborating and partnering with all the stakeholders to develop a workable solution that will serve law enforcement and the citizens of Idaho going forward,” said Craig Kingsbury, President of the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association. Beginning tomorrow, county DMV offices will have the ability to start issuing drivers’ licenses again using the interim step developed by ITD. However, customers should anticipate delays as county staff adjust to system changes and a backlog of customers. To address this backlog the Idaho DMV has implemented an emergency extension through October 31, 2018, for all Idaho drivers with licenses or identification cards that have or will expire between July and September of 2018. Questions or requests for documentation to support an extension should be directed to the ITD Division of Motor Vehicles at 208-334-8000. ——————————————————————- We are working with all parties and ask that you please be patient as we work through this issue. Sorry for any and all inconvenience this is causing.

Elmore County will not be issuing drivers licenses at this time due to a software malfunction with IDT. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to get this issue resolved. We will update as soon as we can. ******updated information in comments*******

***PRESS RELEASE*** Sheriff Mike Hollinshead On Saturday August 18, 2018, at 3:45 p.m. Elmore County Sheriff’s Dispatch received an emergency call reporting a small group of people who had become lost in the Danskin Mountains between Mountain Home and Boise. The caller told Elmore County Sheriff’s Dispatch that they had been lost overnight, had run out of water, and one of the them was now having a medical emergency. Elmore County Sheriff’s Deputy, Elmore County Search and Rescue, and Elmore Ambulance Service responded to the area and began searing. Using the GPS coordinates provided by the 911 cellphone call to determine an approximate location to begin searching. Search teams in off road vehicles and the Elmore County Search and Rescue drone searched the area. During a second call the caller stated that the medical condition of one the people had worsened. Due to the worsening medical condition, Life Flight responded to the area to assist with the search. Life Flight was able to locate the lost individuals, address the medical concern, and then transport the hikers to safety.

***PRESS RELEASE*** Sheriff Mike Hollinshead On Saturday August 18, 2018 at 2:59 P.M. Elmore County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a traffic complaint from Ada County Sheriff’s Office of a Maroon Nissan Armada who had been seen by an Ada County Deputy traveling at 120 MPH and passing vehicles on the right shoulder as it traveled east on Interstate 84; the Ada County Deputy was unable to safely pursue the vehicle. Shortly after receiving the information from Ada County Elmore County Dispatch received several emergency calls reporting the same vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and passing several vehicles, including commercial motor vehicles, on the right shoulder near mile post 78. The Maroon Armada was not being pursued by law enforcement at the time. Elmore County Deputies observed the vehicle at mile post 88 traveling in excess of the posted speed limit. The Maroon Armada then accelerated to 110 miles per hours and began passing vehicles on the right shoulder prior to the Elmore County Deputies activating their red and blue emergency lights. Several Elmore County Sheriff’s Deputies began pursuing the vehicle at speeds in excess of 120 MPH. The vehicle continued to pass vehicles by driving in the median or on the right shoulder. As the vehicle crossed into Gooding County and then Jerome County the vehicle continued at a high rate of speed passing dozens of vehicles on the right shoulder. During the pursuit, the Maroon Nissan’s speed never dropped below 100 MPH regardless of the actions of law enforcement. After several attempts, the vehicle struck a set of spike strips flattening three of four tires. The driver was taken into custody near mile post 166 without incident. The pursuit involved Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, Gooding County Sheriff’s Office, Gooding Police Department, Jerome County Sheriff’s Office, Jerome Police Department, and Idaho State Police. The vehicle had been observed driving recklessly at speeds in excess of 100 MPH in four counties and was actively pursued for eighty-eight miles. The driver is facing felony charges in at least three counties. This is an ongoing investigation. No further information at this time.

***PRESS RELEASE*** Sheriff Mike Hollinshead On 8-15-2018, Detectives from the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31 year old Michael A. McDonough from Glenns Ferry on a single count of Lewd and Lascivious behavior. The arrest stemmed from an investigation initiated when a victim came forward with the allegation. Additional evidence was later gained during a forensic evaluation. Detectives believe there may be additional victims and are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Allen at (208)587-2100.

We enjoy hearing from the community on how our Deputies are doing. We recently received a letter from a from a community member who hasn’t had the best of luck with outside law enforcement agencies (not Mountain Home or Elmore County). She was helping a friend who was in a relationship that involved domestic violence. They recently had to call the Sheriff’s Office due to the violence in the home and when our Deputy showed up, he assured them it was not acceptable for her partner to lay a hand on her, call her names, or break her personal items. It was a message that both the friend and the letter writer needed to hear. They were very thankful that our Deputy took action against the abuser, something they hadn’t had the best of luck with in the past. We appreciate our Deputies actions and made these ladies feel safe. We would also like to let anyone know that if you are in a relationship that involves violence to please reach out to the Elmore County Domestic Violence Council, they are available 24-hrs/day, at 208-587-3300.

Thanks to some pretty awesome country music artists for allowing us to take a little break and cut loose. It was a pleasure meeting you and hope you come back to visit us in Elmore County, Idaho again soon. This is NOT the lip sync challenge. Stay tuned as we MAY have one in the future.

Congratulations on your promotion Sergeant Griffin. You are not only a great asset to our county but to the ECSO.

We recently had a couple send us an email about A Deputy and her efforts to help them. On a Hot mid-summer day in late July, they were on I84 going westbound when they had a tire go flat. The gentleman in the car had just had surgery and the wife was elderly, neither of them was in any condition to change the tire themselves. They called their provider for roadside assistance but were told that it would be a minimum of 2 hours before someone would be there to help them. That is when the Deputy pulled up, as she exited her car she had the biggest smile on her face, she immediately jumped in and changed the tire for the couple. She then followed them to the next exit ensuring everything was working properly and that they made it safely. The Deputy is an asset to the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, and we thank this couple for reaching out and telling us their story. We truly pride ourselves on our professionalism and our willingness to help others, and this is the perfect example of one of our Deputies going above and beyond to ensure the safety of our community.

We here at the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office know how important it is when our community gets involved. We recently had a child that needed to be placed in another family member’s care, that child expressed to our Deputy that he was worried he would be bored. In talking with this child our Deputy found out he had a handheld game system with plenty of games but he no longer had a working charging cord for it. The Deputy called around and found that MPS Electronics sold the charging cord. The Deputy was able to team up with MPS Electronics and see to it that this child would have something to keep them busy. I would like to send my sincere appreciation to MPS Electronics for supporting a member of this community. We are proud to be a part of Elmore County and this great community.

DRIVERS LICENSE OFFICES CLOSURES Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is launching a new computer program for the driver’s license system. The expected “Go-Live” date is scheduled for August 13, 2018. Employees are training to learn the new system so there will be closures in the Mountain Home and Glenns Ferry offices as they train. Also, the driver’s license system will be down statewide August 9th & 10th, 2018 for the program installation. Dates as follows: Mountain Home Office will be closed on Aug 7th, 9th &10th Glenns Ferry Office will be closed on Aug 8th, 9th & 10th When the new system goes live August 13th and for the following week or two, the wait time will be lengthy as clerks adjust to using the new program. Please avoid going to the driver’s license office during that time if possible. Any questions or concerns may be addressed to ITD at 208-334-8735. Sheriff Mike Hollinshead

Thank you Pati for the kind words. A lot of behind the scenes work does goes into this event. We appreciate you taking the time to notice and hope you had a fantastic weekend.

MHCMF kicks off today here in Elmore County DUE TO THE HEAVY TRAFFIC PLEASE USE EXTRA CAUTION IF TRAVELING ON HIGHWAY 20. We would like for everyone to be safe and have a great time. With the high temperatures please remember to apply sunscreen often and stay hydrated with water. Have wonderful weekend. http://mountainhomefestival.com/

*******UPDATE******* SHE HAS BEEN FOUND SAFE ******************************************** This is an activation of the AMBER Alert System. ACTIVE AMBER ALERT Aila Nyelle Vesterby - Caldwell,ID 07/25/2018 8:10 p.m. Mountain Time If you have any information please CALL Caldwell Police Department, Canyon County 208-454-7531 or 911 This is an activation of the AMBER Alert System. We have just received this important information regarding an abducted child in Caldwell, Idaho. Caldwell Police are looking for a child who was last seen at 2320 Carnegie Street Caldwell, Idaho, and is believed to be in danger. The child's name is: Aila Nyelle Vesterby, is a 11 years old white female with blond hair and blue eyes believed to be 5'2, weighing 70 lbs. Authorities say that the child may be in the company of Kelly James Vesterby, a 48 year old white male with brown hair and hazel eyes believed to be 5'8, weighting 210 lbs. They may be traveling in a blue/green 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, with license plate: Idaho 3292V If you have any information on the whereabouts of this child, please contact Caldwell Police Department at 208-454-7531 or 911 immediately. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ VICTIM: Aila Nyelle Vesterby Age: 11 Sex: female Race: white Hair: blonde Eyes: blue Height: 5'2 Weight: 70 lbs SUSPECT: Kelly James Vesterby Age: 48 Sex: male Race: white Hair: brown Eyes: hazel Height: 5'8 Weight: 210 lbs VEHICLE: Color: blue/green Year: 2002 Make: Hyundai Model: Santa Fe Style: SUV License#: 3292V State: Idaho Description: veterans license plates Direction of Travel: unknown destination, may be traveling to a reservation in Minnesota or Mountain Home, Idaho. INCIDENT: Caldwell, Idaho Date: 07/24/2018 Time: evening hours Missing From: Caldwell, Idaho Summary: In the evening hours of 7/24/2018, Kelly Vesterby left Caldwell, ID, with Aila Vesterby, possibly to Mountain Home or Minnesota. Aila's mother has full custody. Kelly took clothing items for himself and Aila, and left in the Hyundai. Kelly is considered armed. Family members are concerned Aila is in danger. Edited- *****Please do not attempt to approach the subject as he is considered to be dangerous. Contact local authorities or call 911 if you have any information*****

The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the official designation of the Elmore County Special Response Team (SRT). This team was created to respond to situations in the County that require a higher level of training than the normal response units may have. Over the past four months our SRT team has been enduring many hours of physical, mental and practical training. The training is finally complete and the team has been officially deployed.

It’s been an honor to have worked with you. Thank you for your assistance in joining forces to make us one big family. Myself along with the rest of your family here at ECSO will truly miss you.

ECSO would like to thank Chief Schilz for his service. It’s been a pleasure working with you sir and we wish you nothing but the best. Good luck and congratulations on your retirement.