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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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A former sheriff's deputy in central Idaho accused of stealing from a police program intended to create positive relationships with local youths has been charged with six counts of felony misuse of public funds by a public employee.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that 40-year-old Chad R. Schiermeier was charged Monday in 5th District Court.

Authorities say Schiermeier stole money from the Blaine County Sheriff's Department on several occasions between 2009 and 2015.

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The College of Southern Idaho has agreed to pay a former vice president $650,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit.

The Times-News reports in a story on Tuesday that the settlement with Edit Szanto was made through the college's insurer, the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program.

The college in a statement denies any liability or wrongdoing, but says it is settling to limit the costs and distraction of litigation.

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In the nine months since the Moscow Police Department created an internet crime position more than a dozen cases have been investigated.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Capt. Roger Lanier says there has been a national trend of using electronics in crimes, and Latah County is no exception. He says the Moscow Police Department has seen an increase of more than 300 percent in the amount of electronics officers need to process since 2013.

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Northern Idaho law enforcement officials are considering having officers carry a heroin overdose reversal drug.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug met with other local law enforcement officials on Monday to discuss the possibility of having officers carry Narcan spray, which is an FDA-approved spray for the emergency treatment of opioid-related overdoses.

Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White and Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger were also at the meeting about Narcan on Monday.

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It’s been two weeks since the Boise Police Department began investigating a missing persons case involving 18-year-old Sierra Bush. Since then, very few details about the case have been released publicly.

In a turnaround, the face of the occupation at a national wildlife refuge denied leading the standoff over federal control of public lands and defended receiving a government loan to help his business.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight pressed Ammon Bundy on his claim that he wasn't the leader, pointing to earlier testimony in which he said he was "sort of" in charge.

Bundy told Knight he teaches correct principles and lets people govern themselves.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's lawyers want a military appeals court to consider whether U.S. Sen. John McCain unfairly swayed the soldier's desertion case.

They appealed Thursday to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals after the trial judge rejected their request to dismiss the charges.

McCain said last year that if Berghdahl isn't punished, his Senate Armed Services Committee would hold a hearing. Legal experts have said that McCain's comment could be seen as a threat to the careers of military officers who decide otherwise.

That’s according to the people behind the podcast “Serial,” which spent its second season exploring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s disappearance from his base in 2009, capture by the Taliban and subsequent return to the U.S.

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After police in Ferguson, Mo., used armored vehicles during protests two years ago, researchers at the University of Idaho began looking into the distribution of military equipment to police departments.

Their recently released study looks at what’s called the 1033 program between 2006-2013. The program transfers excess military equipment to local police agencies for free, including Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, better known as MRAPs.

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A military judge has rejected efforts to dismiss the desertion case against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl over comments made by U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Berdahl's lawyers argued that McCain improperly influenced the case by telling a reporter in 2015 that his Senate committee would hold a hearing if Bergdahl weren't punished.

Bergdahl walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and wound up in captivity of the Taliban and its allies for five years.

He is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Trial is scheduled for February 2017 at Fort Bragg.

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.

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