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MEGALOADS LAWSUIT

Groups negotiating to end megaloads lawsuit

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Rivers United and the Nez Perce Tribe are in mediation with the U.S. Forest Service to end a lawsuit concerning megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 in northern Idaho.

Kevin Lewis of Idaho Rivers United said Wednesday the groups are seeking to have the federal agency come up with specific rules concerning gigantic loads traveling on the northern Idaho route that includes a federally designated Wild and Scenic River corridor as well as tribal land.

The groups sued the Forest Service last year, and U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in September granted a preliminary injunction halting shipments.

His ruling required the Forest Service to conduct a corridor review, and the agency on Monday released a document attempting to assess impacts the giant loads have passing through the rugged area.

JUSTICE REINVESTMENT

Gov signs Idaho's Justice Reinvestment legislation

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed a new law that proponents hope will reduce the state's high incarceration rate and save money on prison spending.

The Justice Reinvestment legislation makes several tweaks to Idaho's criminal justice system. Most of the changes focus on what happens when a person is sentenced, imprisoned or placed on parole or probation.

The law asks judges to take into account whether a defendant poses a low or high risk of reoffending and to consider placing more low-risk and non-violent offenders on probation instead of sending them to prison. The package also aims to give probation and parole officers the power to levy swift sanctions on people who violate the terms of probation, rather than having them wait months for a hearing by a judge.

IDAHO ATM LARCENY

Idaho men charged with larceny, shooting at cops

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two northern Idaho men have been charged in connection with a string of ATM break-ins and a shootout with police.

Nathan Paul Davenport and Matthew Taber Annable were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury.

They are accused of stealing cash from ATMs in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Idaho.

After a breaking into an ATM in McCall, Idaho in January, the pair shot at pursuing police officers with a semi-automatic rifle, according to the indictment.

Davenport and Annable were arrested a few days later in Utah.

They face charges of bank larceny, conspiracy and use of a deadly weapon during a felony offense.

GIRLS-VANDALISM

Girls cause about $15,000 in damages to home

(Information in the following story is from: KBOI-TV, http://www.kboi2.com)

KUNA, Idaho (AP) — Police in Kuna say three young girls caused about $15,000 in damages by throwing white and brown paint inside a southwest Idaho home under construction.

KBOI-TV reports in a story on Tuesday that the girls ages 10, 12 and 13 put the paint on walls, countertops, light fixtures, cabinets, floors, windows and ceilings.

Police say they used evidence at the home following the vandalism last month to identify the girls.

Authorities say the girls won't be charged with malicious injury to property if they and their families pay for damages and complete a diversion program.

BUS CRASH

No injuries when car rear-ends school bus

(Information in the following story is from: KTVB-TV, http://www.ktvb.com/)

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — Police in southwest Idaho say no one sustained injuries when a passenger car rear-ended a school bus with two children aboard.

KTVB-TV reports that the crash involving a Thomas Jefferson Charter School bus happened about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Caldwell.

Witnesses say the female driver of the passenger car drove into the back of the bus after it stopped.

BLACKFOOT STABBING

Blackfoot woman sentenced for stabbing death

BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) — A 23-year-old southeastern Idaho woman who stabbed to death a 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Sheree Moreno of Blackfoot received the sentence Tuesday in 7th District Court. She must serve at least 15 years before becoming eligible for parole.

Moreno in January pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime.

Prosecutors say Moreno in November stabbed Salvador Valerio of Blackfoot seven times, severing the femoral artery in his leg.

BODY UNDER HOUSE

Nampa woman sentenced to life in prison

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 22-year-old Nampa woman who killed a Garden City man has been sentenced to life in prison.

Fourth District Judge Timothy Hansen on Tuesday ordered Jordan Shaver to serve a minimum of 20 years before she's eligible for parole.

Shaver pleaded guilty in December to second-degree murder for the Oct. 16, 2012, killing of 49-year-old Brian Barton Geddes of Garden City.

Garden City police found Geddes' body on Nov. 2, 2012, wrapped in a blanket under his house. He had been shot in the back of the head

Prosecutors say Shaver lived in the house, drove Geddes' cars and spent his money for two weeks after the shooting before family members of the victim confronted her.

COUGAR ATTACK BOISE

Dog attacked by possible mountain lion in Boise

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A pet dog is recovering after tangling with what may have been a mountain lion in a southeast Boise neighborhood.

KTVB reports the dog was taken to a veterinarian Wednesday for treatment of a puncture wound.

The pet is expected to survive.

A woman who lives in the subdivision said she had spotted a cougar in her backyard the same morning.

A mountain lion attacked two dogs on the same street last May, killing one and injuring the other.

Idaho Fish and Game officials say they are investigating the attack.

Meanwhile, those who live in the neighborhood say they will be keeping a close eye on their pets.

TRAIL CLOSED-COYOTES

E. Idaho trail closed after coyote attacks dog

(Information in the following story is from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com)

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in Pocatello have closed a trail after two coyotes approached a woman walking a small dog on a leash and one of the coyotes attacked the dog.

The Idaho State Journal reports in a story on Wednesday that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is attempting to catch the coyotes following the attack on Sunday on the AMI Greenway Trail.

Fish and Game spokeswoman Jennifer Jackson says a coyote took the small terrier mix into its mouth, but soon released it.

Jackson says the dog is recovering and is going to be fine.

She says the attack is unusual in that coyotes rarely approach a dog when a human is nearby.

Jackson says it's possible the coyotes have pups in the area.

CABIN LEASING

Idaho auctions off 21 Payette Lake cabin sites

(Information in the following story is from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Lands has auctioned off 21 vacation home sites at Payette Lake as part of its plan to divest itself of the lucrative but difficult-to-manage assets.

The Idaho Statesman reports that incumbent lease holders bought all but one of the sites at the auction on Saturday in Eagle.

The site not bought by a current leaseholder was appraised at $37,000 but went for $42,000. The buyer will also have to pay the former leaseholder $68,580 for the value of a home and other improvements.

The sale raised $6.1 million for education and State Hospital South.

The State Board of Land Commissioners late last year approved holding voluntary auctions of 74 cottage sites at Priest Lake and 21 cottages at Payette Lake.

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