Tuesday, April 14, 2015

7-Year-Old Shot by Another Child in Eastern Idaho Incident

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 9:34 AM

Eastern Idaho law enforcement are investigating an early morning shooting of a 7-year-old. Bingham County Sheriff's deputies say the child was shot in the left arm by a 9-year-old. The sheriff's office was contacted early today by Harms Memorial Hospital in American Falls, which reported that the 7-year-old had been brought in to the hospital's emergency room.

KPVI-TV is reporting that officers determined that the 9-year-old was moving a blanket which was covering a .22 caliber firearm when it discharged. The parents had already transported the shooting victim to the hospital prior to the Sheriff's office being contacted.

While an investigation continues, the Bingham County Sheriff's Office says its treating the shooting as an accident.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Study: 1 in 10 Americans Angry and Armed

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 2:08 PM

A disturbing report about impulsive behavior and access to firearms triggered a fair amount of debate early Wednesday.

CBS News reports on a study out of the Duke University School of Medicine, which reveals nearly one in 10 Americans have serious mental health issues and ready access to guns.

"There is a potentially much larger group of individuals in our society who struggle with pathological impulsive and destructive anger that would not normally turn up as serious mental illness on a background check," study author and professor in psychiatry and behavioral science Dr. Jeffrey Swanson told CBS. "More than 306,000 people have died in a domestic setting as the result of a gun shot, whether homicide, suicide or accident, over the last 10 years."

The study found 8.9 percent of admittedly short-fused people had guns at home, "which is something of a wake-up call," said Swanson.

More than 5,600 men and women were asked about tantrums and other bursts of angry behavior. They also underwent diagnostic testing for relatively common mental health conditions such as anxiety and personality disorders and were asked how many handguns, rifles, and/or shotguns they owned. All were also asked how many days they had carried a firearm outside the house in the prior month—apart from going to a shooting range.

"The idea that the solution is to simply fix our mental health care system to better identify serious mental illness is a little bit of a red herring," said Swanson.
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Officers Respond to Report of Rifle-Carrying Man on BSU Campus

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 2:19 PM

Members of the Boise State University community received a Bronco Alert Monday when Boise Police and BSU Security officers responded to a citizen report of a man carrying a firearm on campus.

The report indicated that a man carried a rifle into the Construction Management Lab on Belmont Street. Officers found the man and determined that there was no public threat or crime. The man returned the rifle to his vehicle, and officers have referred the man to the university for review of a potential university policy violation. 

The issue of firearms on public college and university campuses raised headlines during the 2014 legislative session, when lawmakers passed the so-called Guns on Campus bill, which was signed into law by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

The law's supporters said that Second Amendment rights don't end at the academy door, but its detractors—including students, staff, administrators and law enforcement—said that the law would make students and staff feel unsafe, and make enforcing campus security more complicated and expensive.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Press-Tribune: Caldwell Allows Public to Discharge Firearms Within City Limits

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 10:54 AM

If you can justify it to police, you can now fire a gun in Caldwell, the Idaho Press-Tribune reports.

During its March 2 meeting, the Caldwell City Council voted 4-2 to allow residents to discharge firearms within city limits. The ordinance, fronted by Caldwell Police Chief Chris Allgood, stemmed from worries about the recent avian flu quarantine

In January, a small Canyon County poultry flock was euthanized after testing positive for the disease. Now, commercial bird owners are asking Allgood for permission to shoot pigeons and crows that may carry avian flu, threatening their flocks. 

"The people who have made this request, this is their livelihood," Allgood told the Press-Tribune

The ordinance gives police authority to apply it on a case-by-case basis. The shooter must disclose the type of weapon used, and use that weapon only during a designated period of time. CPD hasn't decided whether residents should be notified if a neighbor was going to fire a weapon. That worried some on the City Council.

"We should have had a little more public notice of what we were doing," Council Rob Hopper said.

Hopper said he voted against the ordinance not because he disagrees with it, but because the City Council had suspended its public reading rules to pass it on its first reading. Caldwell's city rules require bills to be read at three separate meetings.

"People needed to know and have a chance to comment," Hopper said.
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Thursday, February 5, 2015

'Constitutional Carry' Bill Surfaces in House State Affairs Committee

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 2:14 PM

Members of the House State Affairs Committee heard a bill this morning that would allow Idahoans to carry concealed weapons without a permit. 

HB89—a so-called Constitutional Carry bill—would strike provisions in Idaho Code mandating licenses to carry a concealed weapon outside one's home, place of business or property in which the citizen holds a lease. It would also nix language detailing who is exempt from state licensure requirements, like retired police officers and publicly elected officials. 

Openly carrying a weapon is already legal in Idaho.

Introduced by Greg Pruitt, of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, the Constitutional Carry bill would make it legal for any person 21 and older to carry a concealed weapon without a license "provided that the individual meets the standards of eligibility ... within the state of Idaho." That means felons and others with criminal backgrounds, a history of mental illness, substance abuse problems, illegal immigrant status and a range of other qualifiers are still barred from carrying weapons. 

The bill also cautions that federal and state laws differ on possession of a weapon or firearm, and "a state permit is not a defense to a federal prosecution."

According to the bill's Statement of Purpose, if signed into law, HB89 would "align Idaho laws with the true meaning of the Second Amendment such that law abiding citizens may carry concealed weapons without a permit. ... This bill does not impact criminal activity."

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fatal Shooting Reported in Mountain Home

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 10:43 AM

Mountain Home police reported this morning that an unnamed 38-year-old woman died from a gunshot wound at a residence located off of Rockridge Drive the night of Feb. 3.

According to a news release, police responded to the residence after a report of a shooting at about 11:45 p.m. The woman was found by officers in the garage where she was unresponsive, not breathing and bleeding profusely from her abdominal area.

Mountain Home police were informed that the woman was talking "on the phone with a relative attempting to clean a gun when the shooting occurred," according to the release.

After officers administered life saving measures at the scene, the woman was transported to St. Luke's Elmore where she died from her injuries.

No foul play is suspected and details will be released as the investigation continues.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fourth Suspect in Boise Double Murder Extradited to Idaho

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Anthony Robins, 34, is charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Ada County Sheriff's Office
  • Anthony Robins, 34, is charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
A man suspect of arranging the murder of two Boise men in May 2014 has been transported back to Idaho. 

Prosecutors had been seeking the extradition of 34-year-old Anthony Robins Jr. from Fremont, Calif., back to Boise in connection with the shooting deaths of 28-year-old Elliot Bailey and 27-year-old Travontae Calloway on May 9, 2014, on the 1200 block of South Orchard Street that left two other people injured. Three additional suspects are also charged for the crime. 

“This continues to be a complex case that’s involved an extraordinary amount of effort from numerous officers and prosecutors literally from coast to coast. Boise Police appreciate the effort of all the assisting agencies, today including Fremont, Calif., police in helping bring justice for the families affected by this most serious crime,” said Sgt. Mark Barnett of the Boise Police Criminal Investigation Division.

Robins was arrested in Fremont, California on Jan. 6 and was transported to the Ada County Jail on Jan. 19. He faces two counts of murder, and one count of attempted murder. 
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Northern Idaho School District Cancels Classes For Funeral of Woman Shot By Toddler

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 10:16 AM

Classes are canceled at several northern Idaho schools today so that staff and students are able to attend the funeral of a woman who was accidentally shot and killed by her toddler son in December. 

Veronica Rutledge, 29, was shopping with her 2-year-old son at a Hayden Wal-Mart on the day after Christmas when the child, sitting in the front of her shopping cart, reached into Rutledge's purse, found her loaded handgun in a zippered pocket and fired the weapon. 

Rutledge was 2004 valedictorian of her graduating class at Kootenai High School near Coeur d'Alene. She attended North Idaho College, got married in 2009 and graduated from the University of Idaho in 2010, majoring in chemistry. Ultimately, she became a nuclear research scientist, working at the Idaho National Laboratory. 
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Accidental Shooting Kills Mother in Hayden Wal-Mart

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 1:37 PM

A woman was shot and killed inside a Hayden Wal-Mart this morning when her toddler son accidentally discharged a firearm concealed in her purse, KXLY reports.

According to Lt. Stu Miller of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, the woman, whose name has not been released, was shopping with several children when the 2-year-old reached into her purse, grabbed the handgun and shot her. 

KTVB reports the 29-year-old woman, who died at the scene, possessed a concealed weapons permit.

The Wal-Mart was evacuated and remains closed. An investigation into the shooting is ongoing. 
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ada County Sheriff's Office: Large Cache of Weapons Stolen From Unlocked Cars, Homes in 2014

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 1:24 PM

The Ada County Sheriff's Office reports that there have been 18 separate incidents where guns have been stolen from vehicles, homes or storage units in 2014, resulting in 23 more guns—13 handguns, seven shotguns and three high-powered rifles—ending up in criminals' hands.

The latest incident, on Nov. 29,  involved the break-in of a Ford Explorer in the Star area, where thieves stole a .40 caliber Glock pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition. Thieves also took an armored vest, a magazine for an AR rifle and 30 rounds of military-grade 5.56 mm ammunition.

Just a week before, there was another burglary near the Eagle Hills Golf Course where thieves took two shotguns from an unlocked camper shell on a pickup.

Sheriff's deputies also report that there have been six reports of guns being stolen from unlocked homes or storage units since Jan. 1.

In all, ACSO has logged 247 reports of vehicle burglaries so far this year, with 189 of those vehicles being unlocked. 29 of the burglaries involved windows being smashed in or doors pried-open.

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