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The Ada County Sheriff’s Office says it will use drones for limited purposes while investigating crimes.

The Sheriff’s Office has created a new drone policy and picked nine deputies to operate and fly the unmanned crafts. The office stresses that it will not violate the privacy of citizens.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

Authorities in southwest Idaho are investigating after a shooting that wounded a man as law enforcement officers attempted to serve a felony warrant at a home in Boise.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office says events escalated quickly as three deputies made contact Tuesday at the Boise home of 65-year-old Robert Coy. The Idaho Statesman reports that Coy was wanted on a $10,000 warrant for falsifying a public document.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Two Ada County sheriff’s deputies last week shot and killed 53-year-old Lee Easter in his southwest Boise home. Easter was, at the time, reportedly suicidal. The deputies say they tried to talk to him but that Easter pointed a handgun at them and they fired. That shooting is being investigated by the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force and being led by the Boise Police Department.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

On any given day, several hundred prisoners of the state of Idaho are housed in county jails. For the last half year it averages to more than 630, and the state paid the counties about $1 million a month to keep them. They’re there for short stays, like if someone violates parole or has just been sentenced and it might take some time to get his or her spot ready at the state prison. 

A pair of Meridian parents has been arrested for investigation of felony injury to a child after police say they left their toddler in a hot car while they went grocery shopping.

KBOI-TV reports 32-year-old Paula Opyd and 43-year-old Frayne Hutton were shopping Saturday in Meridian for about an hour before they realized they had left their 18-month-old child in the car.

Officials say by the time the pair went to get the boy he was unresponsive. Employees and other witnesses poured cold water on his face to help cool down his body.

Ada County Sheriff's Office

 The Ada County Republican Central Committee has selected its first and second choices to replace Sheriff Gary Raney, who will resign at the end of June.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the committee has chosen Randy Folwell as its first choice and Stephen Bartlett as its second. The committee could have selected up to three names to forward to Ada County commissioners, but nominated only two.

Folwell spent 28 years with the Ada County Sheriff's Office, retiring as a captain in 2011.

A judge has entered a not guilty plea for a 22-year-old Idaho man charged with killing a former Arizona power company executive, his wife and their adult son at a Boise home.

Adam Dees of Nampa appeared Thursday in 4th District Court but declined to enter a plea.

He's charged with three counts of first-degree murder as well as robbery and other crimes.

Prosecutors allege Dees killed 80-year-old Theodore M. Welp, 77-year-old Delores Elaine Welp, and 52-year-old Thomas P. Welp on March 8 or 9.

A southwest Idaho sheriff says a man arrested in connection with the killings of a former Arizona power company executive, his wife and their adult son is officially a suspect in the triple homicide.

Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney in making the statement on Thursday also repeated his belief that any ongoing threat to the community was eliminated when officers took 22-year-old Adam Dees of Nampa into custody March 11.

An Idaho sheriff says new evidence makes him confident there is no ongoing threat to the community following the arrest of a 22-year-old man connected to a triple killing.

Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney gave few details Friday about the active investigation into the killing of an Arizona power company executive, his wife and their adult son but says a diamond engagement ring taken from the home where the killings occurred has been recovered.

Detectives for several days had been trying to connect the ring to Adam M. Dees of Nampa.

Bail is set at $2 million for a 22-year-old southwest Idaho man prosecutors say is involved in the killings of a former Arizona power company executive, his wife and their adult son in the foothills outside Boise.

Adam M. Dees, of Nampa, appeared alert and relaxed during his appearance Thursday in Ada County Court via video feed from jail.

Prosecutors say police arrested Dees on Wednesday at an electronics store after he bought a car stereo using one of three credit cards belonging to the victims.

He's accused of grand theft and forgery but not murder.

Authorities in southwest Idaho say one person is in custody and police are searching for other suspects after finding two men and a woman dead amid a violent crime scene in a home in the Boise foothills.

Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney calls the killings "heinous" and says he's never seen anything as bad in his 31 years in law enforcement.

Raney said at a news conference Wednesday that the killings occurred sometime between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning.

He says police are looking for people connected to a 2003 gold Subaru.

Officials in highly populated Ada County in southwest Idaho are looking for a new phone alert company.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office tells the Idaho Statesman that the system hasn't been working as promised by My State USA.

Spokeswoman Andrea Dearden says that two out of three alerts have failed this year.

On Jan. 28 an alert went out on landlines in some neighborhoods in Boise about a missing teenager but the alert contained no message.