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HAYDEN, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother after he reached into her purse at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart and her concealed gun fired. The Kootenai County sheriff's department has identified the victim as 29-year-old Veronica Rutledge, of Blackfoot. The shooting occurred in the Wal-Mart in Hayden, a town about 40 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Notus man has pleaded guilty to the shooting death of another man outside a southwest Idaho Walgreens store. The Idaho Statesman reports that 25-year-old James Whitewater pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last week. Pedro Martin Jr. died after being shot in his torso. Whitewater is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 9 and faces up to life in prison.
SAGLE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a Bonner County road grader stolen in northern Idaho likely on Christmas Day has been located in Montana thanks to an onboard GPS unit. A Bonner County Sheriff's spokesman tells the Bonner County Daily Bee that the Caterpillar 140M2 commercial grader was found parked behind a store in Helena. Police have arrested 62-year-old Dusty Hall on suspicion of possession of stolen property.
MIDDLETON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials are trying to find out who illegally killed a trumpeter swan on the Boise River in southwest Idaho east of Middleton. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says the swan was likely killed on Friday. There is no hunting season in Idaho for trumpeter swans. The swans can weigh more than 20 pounds and have a wingspan up to 8 feet.
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