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In the nine months since the Moscow Police Department created an internet crime position more than a dozen cases have been investigated.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Capt. Roger Lanier says there has been a national trend of using electronics in crimes, and Latah County is no exception. He says the Moscow Police Department has seen an increase of more than 300 percent in the amount of electronics officers need to process since 2013.

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A Republican candidate says Democratic Rep. John McCrostie stole campaign literature and then lied about doing so while being recorded.

First-time GOP challenger Ryan McDonald, who is running for a House seat in District 16, says he was campaigning in Garden City last week when he saw McCrostie also out going door-to-door.

McDonald decided to approach McCrostie after noticing the Democratic incumbent was carrying the same campaign plastic bags McDonald had just dropped off at homes.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho said through a spokesman that he is confident in the state's election process and will respect the results of next month's election.

Crapo's statement Thursday followed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump refusal during Wednesday's debate to say whether he would accept the outcome of the election.

However, campaign senior adviser Todd Cranney added in an emailed statement that Crapo believes officials should take every legal possibility to protect the integrity and fairness of all elections.

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A northern Idaho prosecutor has asked the state Attorney General to look into complaints of voter intimidation and interference.

Chief Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane said Wednesday that the office is currently reviewing the case and could not yet comment.

The Idaho Democratic Party announced earlier this month that it had pulled a volunteer from campaign work in District 1. The district includes Bonner and Boundary counties, where many residents support far-right Republican candidates.


Northern Idaho law enforcement officials are considering having officers carry a heroin overdose reversal drug.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug met with other local law enforcement officials on Monday to discuss the possibility of having officers carry Narcan spray, which is an FDA-approved spray for the emergency treatment of opioid-related overdoses.

Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White and Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger were also at the meeting about Narcan on Monday.

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A central Oregon man who put poison on a deer carcass in a central Idaho wilderness leading to the death of a wolf and a dog has been sentenced to 10 days in jail and ordered to pay $10,000 to reimburse the state for investigative costs.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that Tim Clemens of Hines, Oregon, pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of poisoning animals and one count of unlawful take of big game.

Southern Idaho's agriculture community was happy to welcome a major Clif Bar production facility recently, but the company's "Mr. Seed" video that criticizes conventional agriculture has been less well received.

The Capital Press reports that the animated video, which is for the Clif Bar Family Foundation, features a foul-mouthed organic seed complaining that conventional agriculture is ruining the world with pesticides, performance-enhancing chemicals and genetically modified organism seed.

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A homeowners association has purchased parts of the long-troubled Tamarack Resort near Donnelly, Idaho.

The Tamarack Municipal Association purchased the property from the bank group Newtrac, and will now control all skiing operations. The golf course and other parts of the resort are still owned by other entities.

Tamarack opened in 2004, but the original owners went bankrupt a few years later and the resort has struggled ever since.


A tornado struck an Oregon beach town as strong winds and heavy rain walloped the Pacific Northwest, leaving thousands without power as utility crews prepare for what's expected to be an even rougher storm on Saturday.

The Idaho Transportation Department says the number of crashes involving teen drivers is on the rise.

The Post Register reports that in every category of crashes tracked by the department, the number involving teens increased between 2014 and 2015.

According to the department, drivers aged 15 to 19 were two-and-a-half times more likely to be involved in a crash.

Fatalities were up 70 percent from 2014, and serious injury crashes rose by 36 percent statewide.

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A conservation group has filed a lawsuit contending the U.S. Forest Service is violating environmental laws by issuing grazing permits to central Idaho livestock growers with a long history of violating permit restrictions.

Western Watersheds Project in the lawsuit filed Wednesday says the Forest Service is issuing the permits knowing cattle grazers aren't following guidelines in the area that also includes the newly-formed White Clouds Wilderness.

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The Northwest's first tribal eagle aviary is opening on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation.

The Spokesman-Review reports the Coeur d'Alene Tribe is partnering with the nonprofit Birds of Prey Northwest to create The House of the Bald Eagle for birds that have been injured and can't survive in the wild.

Seven other tribes have U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permits to operate eagle aviaries, but they are all in the Southwest.

A University of Idaho fraternity has been suspended and is under investigation due to undisclosed allegations.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that university officials said Tuesday that the chapter of Delta Sigma Phi is accused of engaging in behavior that is inconsistent with the university's policies.

Fraternity officials did not respond to requests for comment.

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Amid financial questions, the board president and interim executive director of the West Valley Humane Society have resigned.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the shelter announced the resignation of Board President Brenda Cameron and interim Executive Director Susan Woodward on Monday afternoon.

The resignations come after governmental entities, including the cities of Nampa and Caldwell and Canyon County, began considering a financial audit of the shelter after a number of late invoices.

A legislative panel will not submit a recommendation to the Idaho Legislature on whether or not the state's law allowing families to cite religious reasons for medical decisions without fear of being charged with a crime should be repealed, punting any chance for change back to individual lawmakers who have previously failed to gain traction inside the religiously conservative Statehouse.

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Idaho officials say livestock depredations by wolves appear to have reached a low point, showing that the program is on the right path.

The Capital Press reports that Idaho Wildlife Services Director Todd Grimm says his office killed 70 wolves in Fiscal Year 2016, which ended Oct. 1, 50 of the wolves were tied to livestock depredations. The recent numbers were about the same as during FY 2015 and slightly down from 2013.

Grimm says he believes depredation cases have gotten about as low as they will be.

Another Republican has rescinded his endorsement of Donald Trump after a video tape surfaced Friday that captured him making vulgar and sexually charged comments about women.

Republican Mike Crapo of Idaho posted a statement on Twitter on Saturday morning saying Trump's pattern of behavior left him no choice but to drop his endorsement.

In a turnaround, the face of the occupation at a national wildlife refuge denied leading the standoff over federal control of public lands and defended receiving a government loan to help his business.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight pressed Ammon Bundy on his claim that he wasn't the leader, pointing to earlier testimony in which he said he was "sort of" in charge.

Bundy told Knight he teaches correct principles and lets people govern themselves.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's lawyers want a military appeals court to consider whether U.S. Sen. John McCain unfairly swayed the soldier's desertion case.

They appealed Thursday to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals after the trial judge rejected their request to dismiss the charges.

McCain said last year that if Berghdahl isn't punished, his Senate Armed Services Committee would hold a hearing. Legal experts have said that McCain's comment could be seen as a threat to the careers of military officers who decide otherwise.

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A lumber mill in northern Idaho has closed down, leaving about 40 people without work.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Tri-Pro Forest Products closed its Orofino mill on Tuesday. Resource Manager Mike Boeck says a lack of cedar logs forced the company to curtail operations at the Clearwater County mill over the past few weeks.