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Ada County Sheriff's Office

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.

Northern Idaho investigators say there may be hundreds of victims linked with a child pornography case recently uncovered.

Investigators found about 24,000 images of children, some who were naked, on the electronic devices of Jason McGovern of Hayden, the Coeur d'Alene Press reported. Investigator Paul Farina with the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit said it is the among the largest child porn cases he has handled in his six years working on similar cases.

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An Ada County Grand Jury has handed down an indictment in the case of a Boise State University student who was raped, kidnapped and murdered last year.

Sierra Bush disappeared last September. Her body was found a month later, south of Idaho City. Police narrowed down their search for a suspect to a man who had rented a home from Bush’s father before her death.

In November, Bruce Marchant was found in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Manhattan. He told reporters then that he wasn’t guilty of rape or murder.

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A pet squirrel named Joey who gained fame as a crime fighter might be more of the lover type.

Joey, who police credited with scaring off a burglar trying to break into his home's gun safe, made his long goodbyes earlier this month, then scampered up a backyard apple tree at his Meridian, Idaho home and hasn't been seen since.

"If I had to guess, he found a girlfriend and they're off doing their squirrel thing," said Adam Pearl, who raised Joey in his home for about 10 months.

A University of Idaho scientist said that's probably right for Joey.

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A man authorities are investigating in connection to a fatal shooting has been charged with owning a gun as a convicted felon, but a judge said in court that the suspect may face other charges.

Twin Falls County Deputy Prosecutor Kiel Willmore told the judge that Billy Duane Johnson is the primary suspect in the death of William Newton Scott outside Johnson's home in the city of Twin Falls last week, The Times-News reported.

A refugee from Boise imprisoned for terror charges is now in more trouble.

Fazliddin Kurbanov is serving 25 years in federal prison for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The 34-year-old refugee fled Uzbekistan in 2009, and lived in Boise until he was arrested in 2013.

Kurbanov has maintained his innocence, telling a federal judge during his sentencing last year that he’s never been a terrorist.

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Idaho authorities have charged a Boise man with two felonies after they say he checked his two young kids out of school and fled to the Nevada mountains, leaving a burnt-out vehicle and scattered personal belongings along the way, authorities said Tuesday.

Nevada's Eureka County Sheriff Keith Logan said 29-year-old Joshua Dundon was being held in Nevada for lack of $5 million bail.

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A key legislative leader is promising to reintroduce a proposal amending Idaho's constitution to expand the rights of crime victims and their families.

Senate Majority Caucus Chair Todd Lakey said Thursday he will bring back his proposal during the 2018 legislative session after his first version was spiked by a House committee earlier this year.

Police are searching for a suspect in a string of armed robberies across the Treasure Valley. Following another crime yesterday, authorities have provided a description of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in apprehending him.

Monday’s robbery was the sixth in a string of hold ups across the region. Around 3:20 in the afternoon, the suspect held up a hotel in the vicinity of the Boise Airport. Authorities say the crime was committed at gun point but didn’t reveal whether or not the thief successfully made off with cash or valuables.

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Police in Boise say a 61-year-old man has been arrested in New York in connection with the death of an 18-year-old Boise woman whose body was found in late October.

Police say Bruce Marchant was arrested Thursday on a warrant charging him with murder, rape and kidnapping.

Idaho authorities say they will seek to extradite Marchant back to Idaho. The timing of that isn't clear.

Sierra Bush disappeared in September and her body was found in late October at an outdoor location south of Idaho City, about 40 miles northwest of Boise.

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Boise Police K-9 Jardo, who was injured in a firefight last week on the Boise Bench, has died.

Boise Police Chief Bill Bones said Jardo died due to complications from the wounds he received during the manhunt. Two police officers, Corporal Chris Davis and Corporal Kevin Holtry were both injured, along with Jardo. Davis is recovering at home and Holtry remains at St. Alphonsus. Parolee Marco Romero was killed.

Authorities in eastern Idaho are searching for a man after his fiancee was found dead and buried in the basement of their Idaho Falls home.

Bonneville County Sheriff Paul Wilde said a nationwide warrant was issued for the arrest of Jeremy White on a charge of second-degree murder. The 39-year-old is considered armed and dangerous. Authorities believe he left the Idaho Falls area and is traveling with another woman, who may be in danger.

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Sierra Bush went missing in late September. The 18-year-old Boise State student was living with her father in Boise, where she would commute to campus. Bush – who according to the Arbiter student newspaper was known as “Simon” to friends – was found dead near Highway 21 south of Idaho City on Saturday night.

Boise Police Department

It’s been two weeks since the Boise Police Department began investigating a missing persons case involving 18-year-old Sierra Bush. Since then, very few details about the case have been released publicly.

New DNA testing in a 1996 Idaho murder found genetic material belonging to an unknown man but no DNA matching that of the person currently imprisoned for committing the murder.

The Post-Register reports that DNA samples taken from the body of 18-year-old Angie Dodge didn't belong to Chris Tapp, who is currently in prison for her murder.

There was also no match to a second man who police suspect was involved with the murder.

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