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A new state audit of the evidence collected in Idaho's sexual assault investigations shows that law enforcement officials didn't submit nearly half of the rape kits to be tested.

Officials say that's largely because the cases were no longer being investigated or the agency determined no crime had been committed.

The Idaho State Police released its findings last week as required under a state law enacted earlier this year.

A longtime office manager at the exclusive Arid Club in Boise is charged with embezzling thousands from the well-heeled organization.

The Arid Club is popular with the Treasure Valley’s elite and political class. Office manager Paula Marcelin was in court yesterday and waived her right to a preliminary hearing. She’s scheduled to be arraigned in early January.

Bowe Bergdahl
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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s lawyers want President Obama to pardon their client. The attorneys filed the request earlier this month, in a last-ditch effort to get Bergdahl off the hook before a new administration takes over.

 

Military law expert Richard Rosen of the Center for Military Law and Policy says the request for a presidential pardon is the equivalent of a Hail Mary pass.  

“So I’ve not heard of a case like this, but this is a highly unusual case,” says Rosen. 

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The Idaho State Police and other law enforcement agencies are pushing for new rules for 911 and emergency dispatchers.

Idaho does not currently require training or hiring standards for 911 dispatchers.

ISP, the Idaho Sheriff’s Association and the Idaho Chiefs of Police want to change that. They’ve drafted legislation that would require a week of either academy or online training in the field of emergency dispatching.

Dispatchers would also have to take a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education classes every two years.

Boise Police Department

Boise Police K-9 Jardo, who was injured in a firefight last week on the Boise Bench, has died.

Boise Police Chief Bill Bones said Jardo died due to complications from the wounds he received during the manhunt. Two police officers, Corporal Chris Davis and Corporal Kevin Holtry were both injured, along with Jardo. Davis is recovering at home and Holtry remains at St. Alphonsus. Parolee Marco Romero was killed.

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A former deputy fire chief in the southwestern Idaho city of Nampa has ended his federal lawsuit against the city after reaching a settlement.

The Idaho Press-Tribune newspaper reports former Nampa Deputy Fire Chief Doug Strosnider and the city reached a $750,000 settlement. In exchange, Strosnider agreed to dismiss the wrongful termination lawsuit he brought against the city after he was fired from the job in 2014.

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Idaho police have identified a Boise officer who was seriously injured in a shooting last week as Corporal Kevin Holtry, a 17-year veteran of the department.

Holtry was shot multiple times in the Friday shootout and has remained hospitalized since, though officials have said his condition has improved slightly each day.

Boise police officer Corporal Chris Davis and a police dog were also injured in the shooting, and 33-year-old parolee Marco Romero was killed.

The names of two men in a south-central Idaho murder-suicide that authorities say involved jealousy over a woman have been released.

The Twin Falls County coroner on Monday says 36-year-old Troy Anderson shot and killed 42-year-old Benjamin Day on Saturday in Twin Falls and then shot himself.

Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs says it appears the ex-boyfriend killed the current boyfriend.

Idaho National Guard

A judge will hear more arguments Tuesday about whether injuries to soldiers on a search mission should be allowed as evidence that U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan.

Prosecutors are arguing that two wounded soldiers' injuries should be allowed as evidence to show that Bergdahl's disappearance effectively put other military members in harm's way.

Bergdahl, who's from Hailey, Idaho, is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the latter of which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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Idaho State Police have arrested a California man after finding 125 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle he was driving.

The Idaho State Journal reports that troopers stopped the 37-year-old man's Ford Explorer on Interstate 15 near Pocatello on Friday. During the stop, 125 pounds of marijuana were seized.

The man, who is from Fresno, California, was arrested and taken to the Bannock County jail for marijuana trafficking over 25 pounds. The estimated street value of the seized marijuana is $500,000.

Authorities in eastern Idaho are searching for a man after his fiancee was found dead and buried in the basement of their Idaho Falls home.

Bonneville County Sheriff Paul Wilde said a nationwide warrant was issued for the arrest of Jeremy White on a charge of second-degree murder. The 39-year-old is considered armed and dangerous. Authorities believe he left the Idaho Falls area and is traveling with another woman, who may be in danger.

BPD

One of two Idaho police officers who were shot during a search for a fugitive was released from the hospital over the weekend, while the other remains in critical condition.

The Boise Police Department said in a news release Saturday that a 17-year veteran of the department, who was not identified, is in critical condition at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. He was shot multiple times.

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A gold mine located near the headwaters of the Boise River is again the subject of legal action by environmental groups.

In 2012, the U.S. District Court of Idaho ruled that the Atlanta Gold Corporation violated the Clean Water Act by dumping high levels of arsenic and iron into a creek that feeds the Boise River. The company took over control of the historic mine in the 1990s, and was ordered to pay two million dollars and reduce pollutants.

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The leaders of an armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon have been found not guilty of conspiracy and possession of firearms at a federal facility.

A jury on Thursday exonerated brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others of conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Some of the defendants also were charged with possession of firearms at a federal facility and were acquitted on that count as well.

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By looking at FBI crime stats and census data, SafeWise ranked Idaho just behind Nevada and Michigan when it comes to how overworked police officers are. The report critiqued the ratio of police to residents, and found there’s one police officer to every 483 residents.

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