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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.

The preliminary hearing for a 22-year-old southwest Idaho man charged in connection with the killings of a former Arizona power company executive, his wife and their adult son has been postponed after the defense attorney withdrew.

An Ada County judge on Thursday then approved Adam M. Dees' request for a public defender after Dees said he had no significant assets or a job.

Dees is charged with grand theft and forgery in connection with the killings of 80-year-old Theodore M. Welp, 77-year-old Delores E. Welp and their son, 52-year-old Thomas P. Welp.

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Family members of three people found dead inside their home in the Boise foothills earlier this month say they are filled with sadness deeper than words can express.

The family made the statement Wednesday shortly before a funeral mass at St. Paul's Catholic Student Center on the Boise State University campus.

Police on March 10 found 80-year-old Theodore M. Welp, 77-year-old Delores Elaine Welp and their son, 52-year-old Thomas P. Welp, dead in the home.

Theodore Welp is a former Arizona power company executive.

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.

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Tax identity theft is increasing across the country and Idaho is no exception. The number of cases of people using someone else’s name and social security number to file a false tax return more than quadrupled last year in Idaho.

In 2013, there were 74 cases of tax identity theft. Last year, that number jumped to 352 says Idaho Tax Commission's Doreen Warren.

In the Tri-Cities, new facts are emerging in the police shooting of 35-year-old Mexican farmworker Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

Authorities in southwest Idaho have identified the man shot and killed by a Boise police officer.

The Ada County Coroner's Office in a statement Tuesday says 26-year-old Michael K. Casper of Boise died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Authorities say Officer Jason Green fired at Casper after Casper pointed a weapon at another officer.

Green has been placed on leave, and the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force is investigating.

This post was updated at 9:12 a.m.

Boise Police now say it appears a shot fired by Officer Jason Green hit the suspect.  The man's name isn't being released.  Police also say there's now evidence the suspect had fired shots from the home into the neighborhood. 

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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is calling for a moment of silence to remember three Moscow victims killed in a north-central Idaho shooting.

Otter on Tuesday called for the moment of silence at 1 p.m. Mountain Time on Wednesday.

Twenty-nine-year-old John Lee is in custody in Whitman County, Washington.

Authorities say Lee shot and killed three Moscow residents and wounded another man before leading police on a chase that ended in Whitman County.

Investigators say a laptop computer from the vehicle of a man suspected in a deadly shooting spree in western Idaho could yield clues to a motive for the violence.

Moscow Police Chief David Duke said investigators searched the car of 29-year-old John Lee, recovering two semi-automatic pistols, a revolver, a shotgun and a rifle, along with the laptop.

Lee was arrested following a high-speed chase in nearby Washington state in the hours after the shootings Saturday afternoon.

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Jack works undercover, buying drugs from Boise dealers. He is a Boise Police Department detective, and he's seeing a troubling increase in the number of people overdosing on synthetic drugs.

BPD has found that these new man-made chemicals are replacing better known street drugs, like ecstasy or LSD. And officers are worried that users are being duped into taking the more potent synthetics.

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Idaho resort towns like Coeur d’Alene, Sun Valley and McCall had higher crime rates than most of the state’s other towns and cities according to the FBI’s annual report of crime stats released this week.

Kevin Wolff, who teaches criminal justice at John Jay College in New York, says many resort towns are in the same boat.

New statistics out Monday from the FBI show violent crime continues to decrease in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

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