Law & Justice

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A teen arrested in connection with a threatening message saying a school shooting would take place earlier this week at Skyview High in Nampa says he watched videos about the 1999 Columbine school shooting.

Eighteen-year-old Martin Soto was arraigned Wednesday on a felony count of possessing a stolen weapon. Both he and a 16-year-old student who also was arrested are thought to have played roles in the message saying a shooting would take place at Skyview Tuesday.

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The first of three trials in the case of Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy has gone to the jury. The six defendants include four from Idaho.

Testimony has been going on for two months. The six defendants, from Idaho, Arizona and Oklahoma, are accused of a variety of charges, including conspiracy and assault on a federal agent. They are accused of using guns as they stopped federal agents from rounding up Cliven Bundy’s cattle in 2014. States’ rights supporters say this is really a case about federal control of public land in the West.

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President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration enforcement in January has put a spotlight on the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE. But according to acting Idaho U.S. Attorney Rafael Gonzalez, President Trump’s executive order has not changed how his office handles immigration cases.

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During a hearing yesterday in New York City, the man accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering Sierra Bush declared his innocence before being extradited to Idaho.

Bruce Marchant arrived back in the Gem State just after midnight Thursday to face charges in connection with the rape and killing of Boise State student Sierra Bush.

Wednesday, as authorities led Marchant out of a Manhattan court room, he asked if anyone present was a reporter. He then declared he wasn't guilty of rape and murder.

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At least 17 investors who sunk money into a project to convert an old power station near downtown Boise into an event space say they were taken for a ride by a scam artist.

The group of investors claim Jeffrey Jerome took their funds to transform the old brick power station into a cultural venue through his sham business and spent the money to repay debts and personal expenses like his mortgage. The Idaho Statesman reports Jerome raised more than $238,000 for the project.

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Authorities in southwest Idaho are investigating after a shooting that wounded a man as law enforcement officers attempted to serve a felony warrant at a home in Boise.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office says events escalated quickly as three deputies made contact Tuesday at the Boise home of 65-year-old Robert Coy. The Idaho Statesman reports that Coy was wanted on a $10,000 warrant for falsifying a public document.

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 UPDATE March 24: The Idaho Department of Labor says America's Job Link will offer victims a year of credit monitoring services.

The Department of Labor has set up a phone number for victims who have questions. That number is 1-844-469-3939.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Idaho Department of Labor says around 170,000 of the department's 530,000 job-seeker accounts have been hacked.

A Capitol Tragedy: Idaho History That Hits Home

Mar 22, 2017
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The Idaho State Capitol in Boise attracts many visitors with its historic paintings and artifacts. And then there are the stories. The tale of the boy who falls to his death strikes some as an urban myth. But if you step into the offices of the Attorney General, there’s some evidence to back it up.

 

 

It’s a couple of newspaper articles from 1926, framed side by side and hanging in the office of Janet Carter, an executive assistant. The article is from the Idaho Statesman and is dated December 19, 1926. It reads:

Police are searching for a suspect in a string of armed robberies across the Treasure Valley. Following another crime yesterday, authorities have provided a description of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in apprehending him.

Monday’s robbery was the sixth in a string of hold ups across the region. Around 3:20 in the afternoon, the suspect held up a hotel in the vicinity of the Boise Airport. Authorities say the crime was committed at gun point but didn’t reveal whether or not the thief successfully made off with cash or valuables.

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The Superintendent of Schools in Dietrich, Ben Hardcastle, announced his resignation yesterday. His announced departure is just the latest fallout from the court case involving two Dietrich High School football players.

Hardcastle’s resignation comes in the wake of a scandal centering on John Howard. The white football player was accused of assaulting a mentally disabled black teammate and forcibly penetrating him with a coat hanger.

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Employees at a sugar factory in Nampa may have had their personal information stolen by hackers.

Amalgamated Sugar bills itself as the second largest manufacturer of sugar from sugarbeets in the U.S. The factory is a familiar landmark off Interstate 84 in Nampa.

Last Thursday, the company found out it had been hacked. The hacker pretended to be Amalgamated’s CEO and mimicked his company email address. The hacker sent a phishing email to an employee asking for copies of personal information of workers.

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Senator Jim Risch proposed a novel idea for protecting the nation's power grid from cyber threats. The senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee thinks we should rely less on electronics and more on humans to manage the nation's electricity.

The Republican senator cited a 2015 cyber attack on Ukraine's power grid as evidence for his proposal. Power was cut to some 215,000 Ukranians in the incident, but the outage would've been even more widespread had humans not still been in physical control of some elements of the grid.

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A former regional manager for private prison company Corrections Corporation of America says top employees at a private prison in Idaho were given yearly bonuses if they cut costs on salary, wages and other operational expenses and met other company goals.

CCA, which has since changed its name to CoreCivic, operated the Idaho Correctional Center under a $29 million annual contract with the state of Idaho until chronic understaffing, violence and other problems prompted Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to order the state to take over the facility in 2013.

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St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bonners Ferry burned to the ground last spring. At the time, the loss of the building was estimated to be worth $1 million. Investigators found signs of vandalism in the church after the fire was put out, including a broken statue of Jesus they say was smashed before the fire brought the building down.

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Jury selection begins Tuesday in the second trial involving people who took part in last winter's armed takeover of a wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon.

Jurors last fall acquitted occupation leader Ammon Bundy and six others who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to protest the federal control of Western lands and the imprisonment of two ranchers convicted of setting fires.

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It’s been 25 years since the Ruby Ridge siege in North Idaho. Randy Weaver and his family faced off with federal agents in a shocking stand-off on a mountain top not far from Bonners Ferry.

The siege began on August 21, 1992 and lasted 11 days. In the end, Weaver and a friend were shot and injured, and three people were dead, including Weaver’s wife and young son and a federal agent. Moreover, the incident became a rallying cry for those who felt law enforcement had overstepped its bounds.

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State auditors say Idaho's child welfare system is overwhelmed, with too few foster parents, too heavy caseloads for social workers and not enough infrastructure to hold it all together.

The study from the Legislature's Office of Performance Evaluations found that the number of foster parents has decreased by 8 percent since 2014, while social workers are dealing with 28 to 38 percent more cases than they can reasonably handle.

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President Donald Trump's campaign-trail condemnation of Bowe Bergdahl — the army sergeant charged with desertion while serving in Afghanistan — won't prevent the soldier from getting a fair trial, according to military prosecutors.

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Idaho’s Attorney General says Western Union has agreed to a settlement that involves a series of scams and more than 2,000 Idahoans.

AG Lawrence Wasden says scams are very active in Idaho right now, and especially affect the elderly. Scammers contact their victims and often pose as relatives or officials from the IRS. They demand payment from the victim in the form of a wire transfer, such as through Western Union.

Wasden found more than 2,000 complaints by Idahoans to Western Union between 2004 and 2015. Victims reported losses of $2.4 million dollars.

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Leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon were driving to a public meeting a year ago when police shot and killed one of them at a roadblock.

Now, LaVoy Finicum's widow and their children are planning to hold that meeting later this month in the same town, John Day. Speakers are slated to talk about the Constitution, property rights and other issues.

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