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NAMPA — The recently resigned football coach at Columbia High School was arrested Friday on charges of solicitation to deliver a controlled substance and obstructing an officer, according to a Nampa Police press release.

Jon Helmandollar resigned May 22, the Idaho Press previously reported. He was part of a police investigation in March after his wife, Brooke Helmandollar, left the state with their 10-year-old daughter, according to police, prompting an Amber Alert.

Police found Brooke Helmandollar and the girl in Cheney, Washington, after receiving a phone tip. The girl was unharmed.

Brooke Helmandollar was charged with criminal mistreatment after police say she planned to inject her daughter with bleach, according to the Spokesman-Review. According to a probable cause affidavit, Brooke Helmandollar had made comments to a school counselor in March that her daughter was infested with parasites and was trying to treat the parasites by having her daughter drink charcoal and possibly administer enemas.

Nampa police said Jon Helmandollar initially provided false information to officers about where his daughter was, according to a department press release Friday. According to a probable cause affidavit, police met with Jon Helmandollar on March 20, when he signed a safety plan for his daughter, which stipulated she could only be around her mom when he was around. During that interview, the girl was not at school and was reportedly home sick, the affidavit claims. Jon Helmandollar allegedly changed his story about where his daughter was several times before police learned which Nampa hotel Brooke Helmandollar had been staying at.

Police did not find Brooke Helmandollar or the girl at the hotel and issued an Amber Alert that same day. Inside the hotel room, they found bleach, flea and tick powder, and laxatives, according to the affidavit.

Prior to the Amber Alert, on March 12, Jon Helmandollar told police that he believed his wife was having a “mental breakdown” and believed it “was all in Brooke’s head,” according to the probable cause affidavit.

During the investigation, police also obtained evidence that Jon Helmandollar was attempting to illegally obtain prescription drugs, according to the release. He sent hundreds of texts to his wife trying to obtain her prescription medications, such as Xanax, starting in August 2018, according to the probable cause affidavit.

On Aug. 16, one of his texts read, “Please just get me some (medications) so I can focus on the task at hand this week. I have students Wednesday and a huge game Friday. Would be nice not to worry about anything else,” the affidavit states.

In February, Brooke Helmandollar allegedly texted her husband “I am not going to contribute anymore to you abusing (medication). I am not going to (let you) drive on Xanax.”

He continued to text throughout football and track seasons, asking for more prescription drugs, including Xanax and Adderall, according to the affidavit. The texts continued until March 19, the day before the Amber Alert was issued.

Following a review of the case from the Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office, a warrant was issued for Jon Helmandollar’s arrest.

He was taken into custody Friday morning in the 4600 block of Stamm Lane on charges of solicitation to deliver a controlled substance, which is a felony, and obstructing and delaying an officer, a misdemeanor.

Helmandollar, a former Boise State football player, was hired on as Columbia’s head football coach in January 2018.


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