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By The Associated Press | Updated - Oct. 8, 2019 at 9:20 p.m. | Posted - Oct. 8, 2019 at 3:20 a.m.


Rock climber dies after falling from Black Cliffs in Boise

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Ada County Sheriff's Office says a man in his 30s has died in a climbing accident at a popular rock climbing spot in Boise.

KTVB-TV reports the Ada County Sheriff's Office received a call just after 4 p.m. Tuesday about an injured rock climber at the Black Cliffs.

Deputy Jeremy Seibert told KTVB that four friends were rock climbing when a man fell about 40 feet (12 meters) down the cliff.

Paramedics and deputies started first aid and administered CPR, but the man died at the scene.

An investigation is underway but Seibert says the fall is believed to have been related to an equipment issue. He added that the climbers had safety harnesses and proper gear with them.


Police: 13-year-old student charged with making a threat

(Information from: The Times-News,

RUPERT, Idaho (AP) — Police in southern Idaho say prosecutors are charging a 13-year-old student with threatening violence at a Rupert middle school.

The Times-News reports that investigators believe the child made the threats Aug. 29 in an online chatroom on the social media platform Instagram. Police say the alleged threats were made against individuals at East Minico Middle School, not against the entire school.

Still, because of the nature of the threats, officials temporarily increased the presence of law enforcement officers at all of the schools in the district.

Rupert Police Chief James Wardle said in a prepared statement that law enforcement takes threats against schools seriously and will always err on the side of caution to ensure students are safe.



Boise closes day shelter, shifts funds to another shelter

(Information from: Idaho Statesman,

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The city of Boise has closed a day-shelter for homeless families and plans on moving some of the funding to Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter, which will begin offering day-shelter services seven days a week later this month.

Interfaith Sanctuary Jodi Peterson-Stigers told the Idaho Statesman that shelter officials hope to reduce the trauma families experience from having nowhere to go on the weekends. Interfaith Sanctuary currently operates a day shelter Monday through Friday, along with an overnight emergency shelter.

Boise spokesman Mike Journee says attendance at the city day shelter has been declining since Interfaith Sanctuary opened its day shelter in late 2017, so it made sense to close the city facility and rely on Interfaith Sanctuary for the service.

The city plans to lease the site of its former day shelter to Jesse Tree, a private non-profit organization that provides assistance to low-income people who are struggling to pay rent or facing eviction.



State wildlife officials investigate bull elk poaching case

OROFINO, Idaho (AP) — Idaho wildlife officials are investigating after someone shot a bull elk and then left it to waste near Orofino.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says a local landowner reported hearing a gun shot on Oct. 1, and then found a wounded bull elk in a nearby field early the next morning. It wasn't elk season at the time.

The Fish and Game Department says a law enforcement officer put the elk down, and conservation officers determined it had been shot in the spine with a rifle.

The department is asking anyone with information to call the Idaho Department of Fish and Game or the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999.


Court date set over Idaho lawmakers, treasurer office space

(Information from: Idaho Press,

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho legislative leaders have filed a civil lawsuit against the treasurer over office space at the state capitol building.

The Idaho Press reported that an Oct. 31 hearing is scheduled to decide if state Treasurer Julie Ellsworth could stay in the capitol building.

Legislators claimed in June that Ellsworth violated state statute when she refused to move her office at the Legislature's request to make room for more House members and staff offices.

Ellsworth's attorney David Leroy claims her office location is necessary for her and her staff members to do their job.

Leroy's August motion says legislators are not able to sue the treasurer and it would require a resolution from both houses of government.

Officials say the hearing is necessary to resolve the dispute.



Former Idaho GOP chairman proposes plea agreement

(Information from: Idaho Statesman,

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The former chairman of the Idaho Republican Party has agreed to plead guilty to stalking his estranged wife and unlawfully entering the home of a female colleague in exchange for three other charges being dropped by prosecutors.

The Idaho Statesman reports Jonathan Parker proposed the plan to settle five pending criminal cases during a court hearing on Monday. Under the agreement, Parker would receive probation, a five-year no-contact order with his estranged wife and the female colleague whose home he entered, and possibly restitution.

If the judge doesn't accept the plea agreement, Parker faces up to five years in prison for the felony stalking charge.

Parker resigned from his GOP post in February with more than two years left in his term. He was arrested on suspicion of stalking on May 30 and was later also charged with three other misdemeanors and felony witness intimidation.


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