Crime

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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Two Boise men have been indicted on federal hate crime charges for allegedly assaulting an African-American man last year. U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson says the victim, known in court documents as D.L., was severely beaten in October 2013 at the Torch 2 Lounge in Boise. Authorities are not releasing the victim's name or age to protect his privacy.

Jonathan Henery, 28, and Beau Hansen, 30, both of Boise, have been charged with a hate crime. Olson says the assault was racially motivated. She says her office, the FBI, and the Boise Police Department have been partners in this case.

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Federal and state prosecutors say FBI agents acted reasonably when they shot and killed kidnapping and murder suspect James DiMaggio in the Idaho wilderness last summer.

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson and Valley County Prosecutor Jay Kiiha made the announcement Wednesday, saying the two FBI agents who shot DiMaggio acted reasonably and should not face charges.

The Montana Supreme Court has overturned a 30-day prison sentence handed to a former high school teacher who was convicted of a raping a 14-year-old student.

We told you last year about the case. Here's a brief summary:

Noting that 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted in college, the White House is releasing new guidelines to help victims of that violence and improve the way schools handle such cases. Campus sexual assaults are notoriously underreported, and schools' disciplinary processes vary widely.

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A group of citizens in the small Idaho town of Filer started gathering signatures this week to recall the mayor and the entire city council.

Their grievance is over the February shooting of a pet dog and the city's decision to retain the police officer who did it.

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