Crime

Cases move forward against those charged in Boise car fire, fight

One of four adults arrested Monday following a car fire and a fight pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor resisting and obstructing police and underage drinking.

Adalina E. Torres, 19, of Nampa, was released on her own recognizance Monday following her arraignment. She is scheduled to go to trial June 5.

The other three adults are scheduled for preliminary hearings on April 20.

On Tuesday, Magistrate James Cawthon set bond at $50,000 for Valeria O. Madrid, 40, who is charged with battery on a police officer. During her arraignment, prosecutors said Madrid slapped two Boise police officers who responded early Monday to a report of a car fire near Cole Road and Fairview Avenue.

Two officers arrived to find flames rising 10 to 15 feet in the air and a fight in progress near the front door of the residence.

One officer was allegedly punched by a 16-year-old boy smelling strongly of alcohol as the officer approached the house in the 1700 block of North Cole Road at about 4:20 a.m., according to a report from the Boise Police Department.

A second officer was reportedly struck by a second person.

Neither of the officers suffered major injuries, police said.

Additional officers were called to the scene and they helped control the situation. A dozen people were evacuated from the home.

Investigators are still looking at the cause of the car fire, which police described as suspicious.

Amelia E. Torres, 19, of Nampa, was released from the Ada County Jail after posting $15,000 bond. She is charged with assault or battery on police and underage possession of alcohol.

Denyse Madrid, 18, remained in the Ada County Jail on Tuesday afternoon in lieu of $15,000 bond. She is charged with assault or battery on police and underage possession of alcohol.

Four juveniles were also arrested and charged with underage alcohol possession. A 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, both from Boise, were also charged with battery on a law enforcement officer. A 17-year-old boy from Homedale was also charged with resisting and obstructing police.

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