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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Video: Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Misbehavior Before the Enemy

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 12:22 PM

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Idaho native and U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy in connection with his 2009 disappearance and ultimate five-year captivity by the Taliban.

Bergdahl's attorney Eugene Fiddell confirmed that his client had been handed a so-called "charge sheet" March 24. 

The charges announced Wednesday mean that Sergeant Bergdahl will first receive an Article 32 hearing, which is like a civilian grand jury inquiry. It is designed to determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed to court-martial.

While many civilians have heard of "desertion," a charge of "misbehavior before the enemy" is a bit more uncommon. According to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, it is the charge given to any US troop who, first and foremost, “before or in the presence of the enemy runs away.”The misbehavior before the enemy charge can also be levied against anyone who “causes false alarms in any command, unit, or place under control of the armed forces.”

The 28-year-old Bergdahl went missing from Paktika Province June 30, 2009, and was held captive in Pakistan until May 2014, when he was freed as part of a controversial prisoner swap. Bergdahl has been stationed in Texas since his release.

In May 2014, President Obama called it a "good day" when Bergdahl was freed, but critics, including some high-ranking Republicans, loudly denounced the deal, likening it to negotiating with terrorists. Also, lawmakers complained that Congress had not been consulted about the exchange, as they said the law requires.

Earlier this month, a report published by the office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) said that one of the 17 agencies under the directorate judged that one of the prisoners released from Guantanamo in the last year had re-engaged with the Taliban.

"That detainee’s status will be continually evaluated and may be reflected in future reports, depending on the information available and the views within the Intelligence Community at that time," the DNI report said.




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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Boise Feels M4.9 Earthquake

Posted By on Sat, Jan 3, 2015 at 11:31 AM

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  • The Boise State University seismometer shows the shake.

At 10:45 a.m. Jan. 3, Twitter users across the Treasure Valley started asking each other the same question: "Did anyone just feel that earthquake in Boise?"

The 4.9 magnitude tremor hit four miles away from Challis at 10:44, and could be felt almost 120 miles away in Boise, Garden City and Mountain Home, according to the USGS National Earthquake Information Center

Not all parts of Boise felt the tremor—areas of the Boise Bench and sections of downtown remained still while some sections the east Foothills and deep North End couldn't ignore it. 
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Friday, September 14, 2012

LIVE BLOG: Anti-U.S. Protests Spread

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 11:09 AM

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Boise Weekly's international news provider, GlobalPost, started a live blog this morning, which is chronicling the anti-U.S. protests in the Middle East.

At 7:35 a.m. MDT, GlobalPost filed this update:

Demonstrators attack British, German embassies in Sudan:

Anger that has been primarily directed at the U.S. during days of protest across the Middle East, North Africa and southern parts of Asia is now extending to other Western nations. Some 5,000 protestors gathered at the two posts to demonstrate, according to Reuters.

Reuters reported that Sudanese protestors "broke into the German embassy," where they raised an "Islamic flag" and set the building ablaze.

The most recent update, at 10:35 p.m. MDT, from GlobalPost describes Afghan protests:

Hundreds of Afghans protest:

Hundreds of Afghans protested on Friday, burning the U.S. flag and an effigy of President Barack Obama during a protest near the eastern city of Jalalabad. The Associated Press reported that some shouted "Death to America," but there were no reports of violence.

Mohammad Zhirullah, a protester, said the crowd called for Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sever relations with the United States. He said, "When the movie was shown around the world, it broke the heart of every Muslim."

Follow GlobalPosts' updates throughout the day here.

Read more about today's anti-U.S. protests here.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Former Owner of Xpress Flex, Payroll America Pleads Guilty to Misappropriating Client Funds

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Michael Wayne Davis II, a former resident of Eagle, pleaded guilty today in Boise to wire fraud and filing a false tax return as part of a plea agreement.

Davis, former owner of Xpress Flex Inc., a Boise company that administered tax-free benefits, including health and child care, misappropriated more than $950,000 in clients' funds, using them to pay credit card charges and business expenses for another of his companies, Payroll America Inc., between 2009 and 2010.

He has agreed to pay restitution of $999,930.90 to Xpress Flex and $45,290 to the IRS in tax losses.

Wire fraud may land Davis in jail for as long as 20 years and a maximum fine of $250,000. Filing a false tax return may net him an additional three years in prison and a maximum $100,000 fine.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 3.

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