Crime

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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.

South-central Idaho police officers say they are investigating after someone shot at the front entrance of a newspaper building.

The Times-News reports that someone shot the front window at their Twin Falls building on Oct. 25.

Police stopped by two days later to take pictures of the damage and interview reporters who were in the building over the weekend.

Reporter Mychel Mathews says she was working at the time the bullet fired into the building but thought the sound was a rock hitting the window.

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After several weeks of reported prowler sightings on and around the Boise State University campus, officials will host an information session Wednesday for those in the campus community who may be concerned with their safety.

The university announced the forum in an email Tuesday morning. Police again investigated calls early Tuesday regarding suspicious people on and around campus.  A prowler has been reported in women's bedrooms.

A polygamous man who oversaw an Idaho home where nine boys were sent on repentance missions by Warren Jeffs has pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse.

The Idaho State Journal reports that Nathan C. Jessop entered his plea Thursday in Pocatello. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and two years' probation.

The nine boys were pulled out of a Pocatello home last month after the alleged abuse was reported by a boy who escaped.

Michael Martin

Rick and Tess laugh a lot. After 22 years together, they finish each others sentences and tease each other constantly. “I’ve got the one-in-a-million,” says Rick of his wife. “Yeah, me too,” laughs Tess. The pair's marriage hasn't always been easy, three years ago Rick was arrested on domestic violence charges.

Rick and Tess didn’t want to use their real names, but they did want to talk about their experience with Ada County’s domestic violence court. This special court has become a model for judges around the country in the fight against domestic violence.

A north Idaho teenager accused of killing his father and brother is no longer being held in solitary confinement at an adult county jail.

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This week marks the one-year anniversary of a multi-state AMBER Alert involving a kidnapped California teenager.

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A map from mic.com shows the places in the U.S. with the highest numbers of reported hate crimes. It names Boise County, Idaho as having the highest number of hate crimes per capita, by a very wide margin. But it’s wrong.

When I first saw the post, I assumed an unusually high number of hate crimes combined with Boise County’s tiny population had skewed the 2012 results.

The ACLU of Idaho has joined the fight to move an accused teenage killer out of solitary confinement and back into juvenile detention.

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe in Idaho is asking for information that will lead to the person who wrote “white power” and other racist messages on a reservation historical marker over the weekend.

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More Idaho police officers are being assaulted on the job at the same time the state's overall crime rate ticked down. That's according to the latest crime report compiled by the Idaho State police.

Montana resident Markus Kaarma pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of murdering a German exchange student last month. Kaarma shot the 17-year-old while the student was trespassing in his garage. The case has attracted international scrutiny to the contentious debate over how far Americans may go when defending their homes.

A new law will give the Idaho attorney general's office additional staff and resources to investigate public corruption and capital crimes cases.

The office's special prosecutions unit averaged just 30 cases a year in the past three years, compared to taking 144 cases in 2005.

A $617,000 budget increase will allow the unit to hire an additional lawyer and two investigators.

But the Idaho Statesman reports the new law that takes effect July 1 also may mean an increase in the number of investigations.

A south-central Idaho man police say forcibly kept a woman as a sex slave for 18 months has been charged with first-degree kidnapping and rape.

The Times-News reports that 36-year-old Oscar Ayala-Arizmendi is also charged in 5th District Court with possession of a controlled substance. Bail on Wednesday was set at $1 million.

Authorities say the 27-year-old woman escaped from the house in Buhl on April 8, and made a report on April 26.

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