Kootenai County

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations has been around nearly 40 years and was instrumental in the expulsion of the Aryan Nations from Hayden Lake.

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.

Idaho Legislator Takes Lessons Into Second Term

Jan 5, 2017
Idaho State Legislature

Many first-time elected officials go into office with plans to push for major changes they promised during their campaigns. Then their experience in office leads them to moderate their views. For others whose ideas were more mainstream, the evolution as an elected official is more nuanced.

 

Second-term Idaho state Representative Eric Redman is a big, soft-spoken guy who spent 44 years in private industry. Most of that was in the insurance and real estate sectors. But serving in politics?

Authorities have arrested two Idaho teenagers they say brought hit lists to school.

The Rathdrum Police Department tells the Spokesman-Review that the junior high school students were arrested Wednesday after they were each discovered with a list of three names. Investigators say these were separate incidents and no other students were involved.

The arrested students are 13 and 14 years old.

Lakeland schools Superintendent Becky Meyer says the first list contained generic first names and did not identify specific students. It was discovered Tuesday.

A northern Idaho county prosecutor says a deputy prosecutor won't be punished for posting a comment on social media that suggested genocide would occur if police officers stopped patrolling black neighborhoods.

Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh tells the Coeur d'Alene Press that education on appropriate communication with the community is needed so that the community has confidence in their work.

Deputy Prosecutor Bryant Bushling made the post Sunday on Kootenai County Bailiff Todd Hartman's Facebook page.

This post was updated Feb. 25

A Kootenai County Republican Central Committee resolution that would declare Idaho a Christian state was rejected Tuesday night.

The Spokesman-Review reports at least two-thirds of members supported a move not to vote on the resolution, tabling the idea.

The original post was created Feb. 24

The Spokesman Review based in Spokane, Washington finds itself in the middle of a lawsuit. A judge ruled Tuesday that the newspaper, which serves Idaho, must turn over any information identifying an anonymous commenter on one of the newspaper’s blogs. That’s after the person wrote a disparaging comment about the chairwoman of the Kootenai County Republican Party.  The GOP chair has since brought a libel suit.  Gary Graham is the editor of the paper.  He says the case began in February.

The paper has two weeks to decide whether to turn over information or appeal the ruling.