Friday, February 9, 2007

Valley men aid wounded ISP trooper

Express Staff Writer

Chris Glenn

A local Lincoln Continental that was raffled off this week raised $10,000 for an Idaho State Police trooper who was disabled in the line of duty.

The Lincoln, a pristine 1985 model that was donated by Bellevue resident Larry Plott, is likely to stay local, too. It was won by Gary Orr, the owner of Cowboy Coffee in Bellevue.

Fundraisers, including Plott, former director of the Idaho Post Academy, and Bellevue Marshal Tim Green, sold 500 tickets at $20 apiece to raise the $10,000. The drawing was held Tuesday evening at a benefit at Kimberly High School for ISP Trooper Chris Glenn, a Kimberly native.

Glenn was shot in the neck by an armed robbery suspect south of Twin Falls on Dec. 20, 2006. The prognosis is not good, and he may remain paralyzed.

Several other fund-raising efforts are going on in the Magic and Wood River valleys.

Blaine County Sheriff's Office Detective Steve Harkins, a lifelong friend of Glenn, has raised $10,000 in cash donations to a Wells Fargo Bank account set up for the Glenn family and has received nearly a dozen donations for weekend or weeklong trips that will be auctioned off at other fund-raising events.

"The response has been outstanding," said Harkins.

Some of the trips will be auctioned off at a private fund-raiser on Saturday in Wendell that is being held by the area's agricultural community.

Others are being held for a public fund-raiser scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, at The Ballroom on the corner of Shoshone and Main streets in Twin Falls. The event will include a buffet dinner, donated by Pandora's Restaurant, dancing, silent and live auctions and another car raffle.

Tickets for The Ballroom fund-raiser are two for $25. They are available through Harkins, who can be reached at the sheriff's office. His telephone number is 788-5515.

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