Crime

A man who supplied decorative stone to Boise-area lawns was sentenced to nine months in prison on Monday for rock theft.

An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to firing an assault rifle at the White House in 2011 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

A federal judge in Washington sentenced Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez on Monday.

Prosecutors had asked he spend 27 ½ years in prison for the shooting. No one was injured, but prosecutors say Ortega-Hernandez hit the executive mansion about eight times and did nearly $100,000 in damage.

The head of Idaho's Department of Correction is taking a leave of absence as his grandson faces a murder charge in southern Idaho.

Brent Reinke has led the department since 2007. Department spokesman Jeff Ray said in a prepared statement that Reinke is taking two weeks' leave, effective immediately, to address his grandson's criminal prosecution.

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A south-central Idaho man has been convicted of shooting at a crop duster.

The Twin Falls Times-News reports that a jury on Thursday found 42-year-old Christopher V. Lewis of Filer guilty of felony discharging a firearm at an aircraft.

Prosecutors say the pilot told police he saw someone holding a shotgun below him at about 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 24.

Authorities say that at about the same time, someone called the spraying company saying the pilot was flying too low over home and threatened to "dust the pilot with his 10-gauge shotgun."

A former prosecutor from southwestern Idaho has been indicted by a federal grand jury on felony charges after prosecutors said he tried to hide assets and obstruct justice in his bankruptcy case.

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson says former Canyon County prosecutor John Bujak was indicted Tuesday on charges of bankruptcy fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice. The U.S. Attorney's office says Bujak tried to hide the fact that he and his wife owned a Rolex watch from bankruptcy court officials, and that he sold the watch and a ring to an out-of-state jewelry store for $26,000.

An unprecedented rash of credit card fraud in one corner of the Northwest is forcing banks to put limits on card purchases – just in time for the busiest shopping season of the year.

Idaho Legislature

Update, 4:30 p.m.: Some Republican leaders in Boise have drafted a resolution calling for Rep. Mark Patterson's resignation and may meet on the matter next Tuesday.

Officials in District 15, which Patterson represents, say they're still mulling plans to discuss Patterson's future. Dan Luker, District 15's secretary, said the situation remains "fluid" and that no meeting agenda has been finalized.

A federal judge has ruled that a man convicted of murder and kidnapping two northern Idaho children in 2005 was mentally fit when he waived the right to appeal his death sentence.

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge issued the ruling Friday in the case of Joseph Edward Duncan III.

Duncan was convicted of killing several members of a Coeur d'Alene family in 2005 so he could kidnap the family's two youngest children.

He tortured both kids in Montana for weeks before killing one of them and convicted and sentenced to death in 2008 for those crimes.

A former mob associate who spent over a decade posing as a cattle rancher in Idaho has been convicted of federal charges including the attempted murder of a man who became the boss of the New England Mafia.

Enrico Ponzo was convicted Wednesday after a monthlong racketeering trial.

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An organization that researches violence and advocates for tougher gun laws has released a study that shows Idaho has the seventh-highest rate of women killed by men in the nation.

The Violence Policy Center released its annual report analyzing homicide data Wednesday. The organization found that in Idaho, 14 females were murdered by males in 2011. That translates to a rate of 1.77 per every 100,000, higher than the national average of 1.17 per 100,000.

Table: Emilie Ritter Saunders | Data: FBI

Idaho's crime rates, like the nation's, are on the decline according to the FBI's annual crime statistics report. But a closer look at the recently released data show it's not Idaho's population centers that are posting the highest rates of violent and non-violent crimes -- it's small towns.

Police have arrested the second teenager accused of beating to death an 88-year-old World War II vet in Spokane. The two 16-year-old males have been charged with first degree robbery and first degree murder in case that's attracted national attention.

Delbert Belton was beaten beyond recognition while he waited in his car outside the Eagles Lodge in north Spokane last week. Belton, known as "Shorty" to his friends, served in the Army and had survived injuries in the battle of Okinawa.

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