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DEATH PENALTY FOR MISSING CHILDREN
Couple accused of child deaths face death penalty
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Prosecutors in Idaho have said they will seek the death penalty against a couple for the murder of the wife’s two youngest children and the husband’s former wife in a complicated case involving apocalyptic religious beliefs and another suspicious death in Arizona. Prosecutors made the announcement Thursday in court proceedings. They argued that the three murders were particularly heinous and cruel, that they were committed for financial gain, and that Lori Vallow Daybell and Chad Daybell were likely a continuing threat to society. Chad Daybell has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. Lori Daybell has yet to plead and is undergoing mental health treatment.
DEADLY CRASH PARAGLIDER
McCall man killed in paragliding crash near Horseshoe Bend
HORSESHOE BEND, Idaho (AP) – The Boise County Sheriff’s Office said a man died in a paragliding accident near Horseshoe Bend. Sheriff Scott Turner told Boise television station KTVB that the crash was reported around 10 a.m. Wednesday. Turner said paragliding was a new student and went into a spiral. The man could not recover from the spin and fell on the rocks near the Payette River. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Boise County Coroner Pam Garlock identified the crash victim as Mark Matsuyama, a 31-year-old man from McCall.
CAPITOLE-SEATTLE ANTI-RIOT POLICE
Washington Supreme Court to Hear Police Public Records Case
SEATTLE (AP) – The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving six Seattle police officers who were in Washington DC during the January 6 uprising and have prosecuted several people who have filed public registration applications for disclose the names of officers. Court Commissioner Michael Johnston said the question of whether officers could remain anonymous was of considerable public interest. The officers were in Washington for a Trump rally. They claimed they were not part of the riots. But an investigation last month found that at least two of the police broke the law during their stay. The Supreme Court will set a time for oral argument in the case.
EASTERN IDAHO POLICE SHOT
Deputy shot dead suspect in eastern Idaho hit and run
BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) – A sheriff’s deputy was shot in the arm and a suspect died after a reported hit-and-run crash led to a low-speed chase in eastern Idaho on Wednesday . Law enforcement officials did not disclose what killed the suspect. The deputy was treated at a nearby hospital. Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland said a hit and run accident was reported Wednesday morning and minutes later a Blackfoot police officer spotted the suspicious vehicle. Rowland said the officer continued and the chase ended when the vehicle crashed and three suspects fled. One of the suspects then shot a deputy in the arm, and a suspect’s body was found at the scene.
Idaho health officials warn of rising COVID virus count
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Executives from some of Idaho’s largest healthcare providers on Wednesday warned residents that coronavirus cases once again threaten to overwhelm hospitals and primary care clinics as cases are increasing statewide. Senior medical officials from Primary Health, St. Luke’s Health System and Saint Alphonsus Health System urged people to wear masks indoors and get vaccinated against COVID-19 at an online press conference. Primary Health Medical Group CEO Dr David Peterman said the number of positive coronavirus tests his clinic is seeing is on par with January. Health experts attributed the increase to the highly contagious delta variant and the state’s low vaccination rate.
“We lost Greenville”: forest fire decimates California town
GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) – A raging wildfire that swept through a small northern California mountain town has razed most of its historic downtown area and left blocks of homes in ashes. The 3-week-old Dixie Fire has blackened an area larger than the city of Los Angeles. He had already burned dozens of houses before leaving on Wednesday evening and crossing the town of Greenville. There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths. Thursday’s hot and windy weather threatens to exacerbate dozens of wildfires rocking the parched California landscape.