Law & Justice

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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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A Nigerian woman found her Toyota Rav-4 vandalized Monday morning. The vehicle was doused in white paint, the driver’s window smashed and the radio destroyed. Scrawled in the paint poured on the vehicle were the words “Go Back.”

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Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will start his next term in Congress by joining the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Crapo already sits on four committees, Budget, Finance, Indian Affairs, as well as Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Now he joins the Judiciary Committee.

Crapo will be part of the group that has jurisdiction for judicial and executive nominations - everything from Attorney General to the nation’s highest court. Plus, many district and appeal courts. Crapo says he’s ready to weigh in on a new Supreme Court nominee, to replace Judge Antonin Scalia, who died last year.

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A Boise Police officer who was shot in November during a manhunt says he is paralyzed from the waist down.

It was November when police tracked down Marco Romero on the Boise Bench after his alleged crime spree that included a Meridian shooting and a carjacking. The manhunt ended in a shootout, leaving Romero dead and two BPD officers and one K9 officer injured.

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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.

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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.

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