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Boise County commissioner charged with stalking

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Idaho State Police arrested Boise County Commission Chairman Alan Darrel Ward on two misdemeanor counts of second-degree stalking, and he was booked into, and then released from, the Ada County Jail on Thursday afternoon.

Ward, 61, also is chairman of the Garden Valley School District Board of Directors.

“ISP detectives served a warrant and arrested Mr. Ward this morning in the Garden Valley area, without incident,” Idaho State Police spokesman Tim Marsano told the Statesman on Thursday. “The warrant for his arrest was issued after an investigation into alleged incidents of stalking.”

ISP would not release the alleged victim’s name, and the Idaho Attorney General’s Office would not say whether it is investigating Ward.

If a county prosecutor has a conflict of interest in investigating a case, he or she can ask the AG’s office to take on the case.

“Our office will not have comment, as the Office of the Attorney General’s policy is to refrain from commenting on pending investigations or prosecutions,” spokesman Scott Graf said.

As of Friday afternoon, Boise County court records on the case remained sealed.

Once an arrest warrant has been served and the defendant booked on the charges, the court typically unseals the case.

The Statesman filed a public record request with Boise County for a copy of the criminal complaint under which Ward is charged.

“Unfortunately, this case is currently sealed and all filings are unavailable to the public at this time,” responded Boise County Deputy Clerk Olen Leader.

Idaho Statesman investigative reporter Cynthia Sewell was named Idaho Press Club reporter of the year in 2017 and 2008. A University of Oregon graduate, she joined the Statesman in 2005. Her family has lived in Idaho since the mid-1800s.
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