Crime

Author J. Reuben Appelman's breadth of writing spans from true crime to UFC coverage to poetry. His latest book, The Kill Jar, chronicles the hunt for a serial killer who haunted his Detroit neighborhood in the 1970s. Appelman joins Idaho Matters to talk about the book.

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Last June, two bail bondsmen were arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer in Caldwell. This case raised several issues, about bail agents, and what they can, or can't, do. Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue joins Idaho Matters to help clarify the issue.

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Two Montana men had their murder convictions overturned thanks to the work of Boise State University Professor Greg Hampikian. He’s the director of the Idaho Innocence Project and has analyzed the DNA in several high profile crime cases, including the Amanda Knox case in Italy.

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A retired Boise Catholic Priest facing child porn and drug charges is back in custody. Seventy-two-year-old Thomas Faucher has been charged with seven extra counts of possession of child pornography, one count of child porn distribution and an additional count of drug possession.

Idaho Statesman

Retired Boise Catholic priest W. Thomas Faucher made his first in-person appearance at the Ada County Courthouse this morning.

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Police arrested a man they say stole some 200 vases and plaques from cemeteries across the Treasure Valley.

After receiving a slew of tips from the public, authorities located and arrested the suspected graveyard thief. Twenty-two year old Aspen Curtis was taken into custody by Canyon County Sheriff’s deputies in Nampa.

Ada County Sheriff's Office

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office says it will use drones for limited purposes while investigating crimes.

The Sheriff’s Office has created a new drone policy and picked nine deputies to operate and fly the unmanned crafts. The office stresses that it will not violate the privacy of citizens.

Northern Idaho investigators say there may be hundreds of victims linked with a child pornography case recently uncovered.

Investigators found about 24,000 images of children, some who were naked, on the electronic devices of Jason McGovern of Hayden, the Coeur d'Alene Press reported. Investigator Paul Farina with the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit said it is the among the largest child porn cases he has handled in his six years working on similar cases.

Boise Police Department

An Ada County Grand Jury has handed down an indictment in the case of a Boise State University student who was raped, kidnapped and murdered last year.

Sierra Bush disappeared last September. Her body was found a month later, south of Idaho City. Police narrowed down their search for a suspect to a man who had rented a home from Bush’s father before her death.

In November, Bruce Marchant was found in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Manhattan. He told reporters then that he wasn’t guilty of rape or murder.

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A pet squirrel named Joey who gained fame as a crime fighter might be more of the lover type.

Joey, who police credited with scaring off a burglar trying to break into his home's gun safe, made his long goodbyes earlier this month, then scampered up a backyard apple tree at his Meridian, Idaho home and hasn't been seen since.

"If I had to guess, he found a girlfriend and they're off doing their squirrel thing," said Adam Pearl, who raised Joey in his home for about 10 months.

A University of Idaho scientist said that's probably right for Joey.

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A man authorities are investigating in connection to a fatal shooting has been charged with owning a gun as a convicted felon, but a judge said in court that the suspect may face other charges.

Twin Falls County Deputy Prosecutor Kiel Willmore told the judge that Billy Duane Johnson is the primary suspect in the death of William Newton Scott outside Johnson's home in the city of Twin Falls last week, The Times-News reported.

A refugee from Boise imprisoned for terror charges is now in more trouble.

Fazliddin Kurbanov is serving 25 years in federal prison for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The 34-year-old refugee fled Uzbekistan in 2009, and lived in Boise until he was arrested in 2013.

Kurbanov has maintained his innocence, telling a federal judge during his sentencing last year that he’s never been a terrorist.

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Idaho authorities have charged a Boise man with two felonies after they say he checked his two young kids out of school and fled to the Nevada mountains, leaving a burnt-out vehicle and scattered personal belongings along the way, authorities said Tuesday.

Nevada's Eureka County Sheriff Keith Logan said 29-year-old Joshua Dundon was being held in Nevada for lack of $5 million bail.

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A key legislative leader is promising to reintroduce a proposal amending Idaho's constitution to expand the rights of crime victims and their families.

Senate Majority Caucus Chair Todd Lakey said Thursday he will bring back his proposal during the 2018 legislative session after his first version was spiked by a House committee earlier this year.

Police are searching for a suspect in a string of armed robberies across the Treasure Valley. Following another crime yesterday, authorities have provided a description of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in apprehending him.

Monday’s robbery was the sixth in a string of hold ups across the region. Around 3:20 in the afternoon, the suspect held up a hotel in the vicinity of the Boise Airport. Authorities say the crime was committed at gun point but didn’t reveal whether or not the thief successfully made off with cash or valuables.

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