NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Law enforcement officials in southwestern Idaho are renewing efforts to stop a resurgence of gang-related violence. KTVB-TV reports that Nampa city officials say they want all of their 116 officers to re-focus on fighting gang crimes. Police say Nampa had 76 crimes classified as gang-related in 2014. The number is still lower than the 317 gang-related crimes reported in 2011, but officers are seeing an uptick which is worrisome.
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A Blackfoot man has been sentenced to 17 months of time already served for assaulting a federal officer at the Fort Hall Correctional Center. The Idaho State Journal reports that Dude Galloway was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release. Galloway pleaded guilty in March.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ada County is applying to use a small commercial drone to collect valuable geographical data, starting with the region's landfill. The county's information technology director says the county currently spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to fly manned aircraft to gather information about land use in the county. For example, the county can only afford to take aerial photos of the landfill expansion once a year. He says drones can be used at a lower cost.
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — About 40 car seats are sitting in a Pocatello Police Department storage room waiting for parents in need. KPVI-TV reports that thanks to a $9,000 grant from the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the state transportation agency, the police department will add 120 more car seats to their offerings.