Ex-legislator von Ehlinger booked into Ada County jail on rape accusation

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Law enforcement booked the ex-legislator accused of raping a House intern into Ada County Jail on Friday, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s website.  Aaron von Ehlinger was initially arrested and booked into jail in Clayton County, Georgia on Sept. 25 after an Ada County warrant was issued on Sept.Continue reading “Ex-legislator von Ehlinger booked into Ada County jail on rape accusation”

IDOC requests judgement in Pizzuto case as execution date looms

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Attorneys filed a variety of legal actions in both federal court and at the Idaho Supreme Court in recent months while Gerald Pizzuto Jr. awaits a decision on his potential execution. Pizzuto, 65, has been on death row in Idaho for more than 35 years after he was convicted ofContinue reading “IDOC requests judgement in Pizzuto case as execution date looms”

Idaho prisons continue to combat COVID infections among staff, residents

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Department of Correction houses more than 8,000 people in custody and the latest updates show coronavirus infection numbers are again increasing.  In a COVID update posted Thursday, IDOC deputy director Bree Derrick wrote about how the Delta variant has changed the game. “First and foremost, please remain vigilantContinue reading “Idaho prisons continue to combat COVID infections among staff, residents”

Former legislator accused of rape arrested in Georgia

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Authorities arrested former legislator Aaron Von Ehlinger, who is accused of raping a legislative intern, in Clayton County, Georgia. A warrant was issued for Von Ehlinger’s arrest on Sept. 9 in Ada County on charges accusing him of rape and sexual penetration with a foreign object. He was booked intoContinue reading “Former legislator accused of rape arrested in Georgia”

Jane Doe, alleged rape victim, files tort claim against Idaho Legislature; von Ehlinger charged

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The former legislative intern who claimed a state representative sexually assaulted her and faced an ethics hearing has taken the first step in civil litigation. On Sept. 3, attorney Erika Birch filed a tort claim with the state on behalf of the 19-year-old woman, identified as Jane Doe.  Idaho ReportsContinue reading “Jane Doe, alleged rape victim, files tort claim against Idaho Legislature; von Ehlinger charged”

Governor, law enforcement say growing fentanyl trade threatens ‘Idaho way of life’

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little and law enforcement officers this week described growing drug availability as a threat to the region, and pointed to the U.S.-Mexico border as the primary source of those drugs. Officials spoke in a press conference at the Idaho State Police headquarters in Meridian following a roundtable discussionContinue reading “Governor, law enforcement say growing fentanyl trade threatens ‘Idaho way of life’”

Idaho one step closer to receiving millions in opioid settlement funds

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Thursday that Idaho expects to receive approximately $21.6 million as part of a proposed resolution of a multistate lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family over their role in the opioid epidemic. The proposal was submitted to federal bankruptcy court by a mediator onContinue reading “Idaho one step closer to receiving millions in opioid settlement funds”

Bundy found guilty after trial, several Idaho legislators testified

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Several state lawmakers including House Speaker Scott Bedke testified in the trespassing trial of Ammon Bundy and Aaron Von Schmidt this week, in which both men were found guilty. Bundy, who has announced plans to run for governor, is charged with misdemeanor trespassing and resisting or obstructing arrest after anContinue reading “Bundy found guilty after trial, several Idaho legislators testified”

Ammon Bundy requests trespassing charges be dismissed, claims Brady violation

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Ammon Bundy, who announced his run for governor on Saturday despite being banned from the Idaho Statehouse, has hired an attorney and is demanding that his criminal charges connected to allegedly trespassing at the state capitol be dismissed. In a motion filed on June 17, just 11 days before theContinue reading “Ammon Bundy requests trespassing charges be dismissed, claims Brady violation”

Some Idaho prisons have higher vaccination rates than the general public, National Guard offering help

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports At the height of the pandemic, coronavirus ripped through the Idaho prisons, spreading among the more than 8,400 people housed in state facilities. As of Friday, the current infection rates in the Idaho Department of Correction facilities remained relatively low, like rates in the rest of the state, but vaccinationContinue reading “Some Idaho prisons have higher vaccination rates than the general public, National Guard offering help”