Tag Archives: Idaho

IDAHO: 2018 Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Is Suspected In 1984 Denver Murder Of 12-Year-Old Girl

The Idaho Statesman reports: A former candidate for Idaho governor says he is under investigation in the cold-case killing of a 12-year-old girl in Colorado 35 years ago. Authorities last week searched the Twin Falls home of 68-year-old Steve Pankey, serving him a warrant that said investigators had probable cause to believe he kidnapped and killed Jonelle Matthews in 1984. …

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IDAHO: New Charges For Former GOP State Chairman After June Arrest For Stalking And Public Masturbation

The Idaho Statesman reports: Former Idaho GOP chairman and lobbyist Jonathan Parker now has three pending criminal charges. The latest charge, misdemeanor unlawful entry, stems from Parker allegedly entering a woman’s Meridian home without her consent. Parker pleaded not guilty to that charge on July 3, marking his third court appearance on three separate charges over the course of about …

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IDAHO: Former GOP State Chair Arrested For Stalking, Allegedly Masturbated In Bushes While Wearing Wig

The Idaho Statesman reports: Boise Police on Thursday arrested Jonathan Parker — a lobbyist and former Idaho Republican Party chairman — and booked him into the Ada County Jail on a felony first-degree stalking charge. According to the criminal complaint, on or between May 16 and May 30, Parker “did knowingly and maliciously engage” in conduct that “seriously alarmed, annoyed …

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IDAHO: GOP Group Calls On Feds To Allow US Entry For Austrian Extremist Linked To New Zealand Terrorist

The Spokesman-Review reports: The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee unanimously passed a resolution Thursday urging the federal government to reinstate travel privileges for a leader of an Austrian nationalist movement who planned to marry his fiancée, an alt-right YouTube pundit, in Idaho this summer. Martin Sellner, a leader of Generation Identity who campaigns against Islam and mass immigration, said last …

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IDAHO: Pedophile Catholic Priest Gets 25 Years In Case That Prosecutors Called Among “Worst Ever Seen”

The Idaho Statesman reports: The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, a longtime priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise who pleaded guilty to five felony crimes, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole and will be required to register as a sex offender. Faucher, 73, was accused of amassing thousands of child porn images and videos on …

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IDAHO: Wildlife Official Faces Resignation Calls For Boasting That He Killed An “Entire Family Of Baboons”

Do not scroll down if the photos will upset you. The Idaho Statesman reports: Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer shared photos of his guided hunting trip in Africa with friends and colleagues when he returned last month, expecting they’d appreciate his success. Instead, several former Fish and Game commissioners are pushing for his resignation — with a photo …

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Payback For Neo-Nazi Robocaller: Accordion Clowns

Boise’s NBC affiliate reports: A Charlottesville, Virginia man is hoping to get some revenge on a Sandpoint man who he says has been making racist robocalls across the country. But, the payback may not be what you expect. Justin Beights says the idea was spurred after the “Unite The Right” rally that happened in his hometown of Charlottesville. Then came …

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Hate Crime Charge For Man Who Screamed Racist And Anti-Gay Slurs At Christian Youth Group [VIDEO]

The Idaho Inlander reports: A Hayden, Idaho, man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime stemming from an incident at a McDonald’s in Coeur d’Alene on July 12. Richard Sovenski, 52, was booked into Kootenai County jail Tuesday on one count of misdemeanor battery and one count of felony malicious harassment, Idaho’s hate crime statute, according to Coeur …

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IDAHO: Catholic Diocese Has 10-Person Exorcism Crew Cleanse Home Of Priest Arrested For Child Porn

The Idaho Statesman reports: The house where a retired Boise priest lived for 15 years — until he was accused in February of sharing child pornography online and of drug possession — has been cleaned out, freshened up and blessed by an exorcist, according to the priest preparing the property for sale. “We bless houses all the time,” said Father …

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IDAHO: GOP Rep Behind Anti-LGBT “Defense Act” Loses Gubernatorial Bid, Gambled Away His US House Seat

The Idaho Statesman reports: Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little won Tuesday’s Republican primary to replace Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, who is retiring after three terms. Little, 64 and Otter’s handpicked successor, defeated a handful of challengers, most prominently Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist. Labrador is the fourth Republican member of Congress to gamble on statewide office …

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Idaho Lawmaker Commits Suicide Amid Sex Probe

CBS News reports: A former Republican state lawmaker from Idaho who was facing a sexual abuse investigation has shot and killed himself, authorities said Tuesday. Brandon Hixon died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at his home, the Canyon County Coroner’s office told CBS affiliate KBOI. A family member discovered his body. Officials have released no details about …

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IDAHO: GOP Rep Tells Audience “Nobody Dies Because They Don’t Have Access To Health Care” [VIDEO]

The Idaho Statesman reports: A statement made by U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador during a town hall meeting Friday morning has drawn criticism by those challenging his stance on health care. After a woman suggested that the lack of health care was essentially asking people to die, Labrador had a controversial answer at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston. “That line is …

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IDAHO: 28 Year Hate Crime Sentence For Man Who Kicked Gay Man To Death With Steel-Toed Boots

The Associated Press reports: An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to a hate crime for his role in the death of a gay man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison. Kelly Schneider, 23, was sentenced in federal court Thursday in connection with last year’s death of Steven Nelson, KTVB-TV reported. The sentence for the hate crime charge of …

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IDAHO: Federal Hate Crime Charges For Man Who Admits To Murdering Gay Man After Posing As Escort

The Associated Press reports: An Idaho man has been charged with a federal hate crime after prosecutors said he lured a gay man to a remote location and then beat him to death. Kelly Schneider, 23, was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month, but the case was kept under seal until he was taken into federal custody, U.S. …

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Ted Cruz Wins Idaho, Trump Wins Hawaii

From the Los Angeles Times: Michigan was the day’s big prize, not only because it offered the largest number of delegates, 59, but because it presented the first test of the candidates’ appeal in the industrial Midwest, a traditional fall battleground. If nominated, Trump hopes his protectionist talk could win over blue-collar workers skeptical of foreign trade deals and put …

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15 AGs To Supreme Court: Same-Sex Marriage Will Cause Incalculable Damage

The attorneys general of fifteen states have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which they predictably argue that a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage will “irretrievably” destroy their right to self-government. From the brief:  The Constitution takes no sides on same-sex marriage, and therefore leaves the issue up to the free deliberations of state citizens. The …

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: “It’s been nearly two months since marriage was supposed to start in Alabama, and the state still doesn’t have its act together. Texas just filed a lawsuit to prevent gays and lesbians from taking family medical leave. And it’s going to take at least five different bills to overturn Michigan’s marriage ban.”

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IDAHO: House Votes To Impeach Any Judge That Rules For Same-Sex Marriage

By a vote of 44-25 on Friday the Idaho House approved a resolution calling for the impeachment of any federal judge that rules in favor of same-sex marriage. “I think somehow, someday we’ve gotta take a stand,” GOP Rep. Paul Shepherd told the House. A sixth-term state representative from Riggins who owns a sawmill and log home company, Shepherd was …

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IDAHO: 25 Activists Arrested In Another “Add The Four Words” Protest

Via the Associated Press: Gay rights activists once again returned to the Idaho Capitol to protest lawmakers’ refusal to pass anti-discrimination protections, this time by refusing to leave the state’s bill-drafting offices. Idaho State Police made 25 arrests, including six people who were arrested twice, Monday for trespassing in the Statehouse. Protesters staged three different demonstrations Monday. Activists taking part …

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Headline Of The Day

Via the Associated Press: An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam. The question Monday from Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors …

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