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Idaho Governor: Plan for Tax Relief & Strategic Investments in 2021
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Idaho Governor: Plan for Tax Relief & Strategic Investments in 2021

Gov. Little highlights plan for tax relief, strategic investments in 2021 State of the State and Budget Address Boise, ID (STL.News) During his State of the State and Budget Address today, Governor Brad Little reflected on the events in Washington, D.C., last week and the historic year before detailing his plan to put more money back in the pockets of Idahoans while making strategic investments to propel Idaho even further ahead in prosperity. Idaho’s responsible approach to governing, strong economy, and quick action during the pandemic have resulted in a record (amount) surplus in the state budget, while other states face budget cuts of 20- to 40-percent and more. “Together, we laid the groundwork before the pandemic to rebound quickly during tough times, proving once again that c...
Idaho: Shoshone Dairy Farm and Its Owner Andrew Fitzgerald Plead Guilty
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Idaho: Shoshone Dairy Farm and Its Owner Andrew Fitzgerald Plead Guilty

Idaho: Shoshone Dairy Farm and Its Owner Andrew Fitzgerald Plead Guilty to Clean Water Act Violation (STL.News) – 4 Brothers Dairy, Inc. (4 Bros.) and its owner, Andrew Fitzgerald, 60, of Shoshone, Idaho, pleaded guilty to unlawful discharge of pollutant into a water of the United States, a misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act, announced U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis today. According to court records, 4 Bros. is a dairy and concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) operating in Shoshone with at least 1,000 head of cattle.  It maintains waste-water lagoons that are adjacent to the Milner-Gooding Canal, which flows to the Malad River and on to the Snake and Columbia Rivers.  In the winter season of 2017, record precipitation, record snowpack, and flooding occurred, leading to extre...
Idaho Governor Little Appoints Lamont Berecz To The First Judicial District
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Idaho Governor Little Appoints Lamont Berecz To The First Judicial District

Boise, ID (STL.News) Governor Brad Little announced today the appointment of the Honorable Lamont Berecz to the First Judicial District. "Idaho’s justice system is made stronger with the appointment of capable and compassionate judges such as Judge Berecz who have a strong understanding of and respect for the Constitution,” Governor Little said.  “The First Judicial District will be well served with his appointment.” Berecz received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.  He has served as a magistrate judge for 12 years, the last eight in Valley County.  Berecz was appointed to serve as an adjunct member of the Idaho Judicial Council in December 2018. "I am honored by Governor Little's appointment,” Berecz said.  “I look forward to continuing my public service as ...
Raleigh, N.C: Arrests Made in Conspiracy to Illegally Manufacture Firearms
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Raleigh, N.C: Arrests Made in Conspiracy to Illegally Manufacture Firearms

(STL.News) – On Oct. 20, 2020, three co-conspirators were arrested on the federal charge of conspiracy to unlawfully manufacture, possess, and distribute various weapons, ammunition, and suppressors.  Liam Montgomery Collins, 21, and Paul James Kryscuk, 35, recently of Boise, Idaho, were charged via an indictment, while Jordan Duncan, 25, currently residing in Boise, was charged via a complaint, both obtained in the Eastern District of North Carolina.  Collins and Duncan are former Marines assigned previously to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. According to court documents, Liam Montgomery Collins, 21, and his co-defendant, Paul James Kryscuk, 35, from Boise, used the conspiracy to enrich themselves and others by manufacturing and selling hard to obtain firearms and firearm p...
Idaho AG: As Cases Spike, Be Cautious When Presented with COVID-19-Health Products
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Idaho AG: As Cases Spike, Be Cautious When Presented with COVID-19-Health Products

Boise, ID (STL.News) The Idaho Attorney General released the following statement: With ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and Idaho’s sharp increase in cases, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is warning residents to use caution when shopping for healthcare products online.  Some sellers falsely claim that colloidal silver, essential oils, supplements, and immunity-boosting therapies can prevent COVID-19 infections or treat other health conditions that pose a risk to consumers’ health. “My office has contacted several sellers in the past eight months about their deceptive and unsubstantiated health claims,” Wasden said.  “Ads for fake coronavirus cures are particularly troubling and should be reported to my office.” Idahoans may file complaints with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protectio...
Idaho Governor Little: Majority of Idaho property taxpayers will be benefitted
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Idaho Governor Little: Majority of Idaho property taxpayers will be benefitted

Majority of Idaho property taxpayers will benefit from Gov. Little’s Public Safety Initiative Boise, ID (STL.News) Forty cities and counties will participate in Governor Brad Little's $124 million plan that uses federal coronavirus relief funds to cover local public safety personnel salaries and gives cities and counties the opportunity to pass on the savings to property taxpayers. Last week was the deadline for cities and counties to formally opt in to the Public Safety Initiative, which ultimately provides Idaho property taxpayers in participating cities or counties a 10- to 20-percent one-time reduction in their property taxes this year. The U.S. Treasury Department guidance gives the Governor discretion to determine expenditures that are necessary due to the public health emergency. ...
Idaho Governor Brad Little: Idaho ranks first among states for financial stability
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Idaho Governor Brad Little: Idaho ranks first among states for financial stability

Idaho ranks first among states for financial stability, August revenues come in millions ahead of forecast Boise, ID (STL.News)  Idaho’s economic rebound continues to strengthen, with Idaho leading all 50 states for best financial shape, tax revenues beating the forecast by $37 million for the month of August and Idaho’s employment rate better than 47 other states. “We’re far better off in Idaho than elsewhere, thanks to our handling of the pandemic and fiscal conservatism in state government – our management of the state budget and watchful eye on regulations. We are well positioned to handle the ongoing impacts of COVID-19,” Governor Brad Little said. Financial magazine Barron’s ranked Idaho first among states last week for creditworthiness. The Division of Financial Management releas...
Idaho Governor Brad Little Urges Idahoans to Get Flu Shots
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Idaho Governor Brad Little Urges Idahoans to Get Flu Shots

Boise, ID (STL.News) – Governor Brad Little announced today Idaho will remain in Stage 4 of the Idaho Rebounds plan for another two weeks while emphasizing the need for Idahoans to get flu shots to protect themselves and their families and lighten the burden on Idaho’s healthcare system. Overall COVID-19 hospital admissions statewide are still too high to move past Stage 4, but Governor Little said a lot of progress is being made. “Statewide, our numbers and metrics are looking pretty good.  In fact, even in many of the ‘hot spots’ we are seeing encouraging trends.  But that is not a reason to let our guard down.  As we approach fall, the opportunity for community spread will increase and we need to ramp up our personal actions,” Governor Little said. Governor Little noted dropping temp...
Idaho News: Twin Falls County Man, Saiid S. Dabestani Sentenced for Forging Environmental Tests
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Idaho News: Twin Falls County Man, Saiid S. Dabestani Sentenced for Forging Environmental Tests

73-year-old, Saiid S. Dabestani sentenced for multiple offenses Boise, ID (STL.News) Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced a Twin Falls County man was sentenced Monday, June 22, for multiple offenses after doctoring environmental tests. 73-year-old Saiid S. Dabestani, of Twin Falls, pleaded guilty in October 2019 to four counts: forgery, offering false or forged instrument for record, computer crime and an environmental quality violation.  All but the environmental quality violation are felonies. Fifth District Court Judge Roger B. Harris sentenced Dabestani to a unified sentence of ten years with two years fixed for the forgery charge and granted withheld judgments on the remaining charges.  The judge then suspended the sentences and placed Dabestani on eight years probat...
Idaho AG Investigators Arrest Bonneville County Man for Alleged Lewd Conduct with a Child
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Idaho AG Investigators Arrest Bonneville County Man for Alleged Lewd Conduct with a Child

Idaho AG Investigators Arrest Bonneville County Man for Alleged Lewd Conduct with a Child (STL.News) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced the arrest of an Ammon man after an investigation by the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit.  The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26-year-old Tyler M. Meng on an outstanding ICAC warrant on Wednesday, April 15. Meng is charged with lewd conduct with a minor child under 16 years of age.  He was booked into the Bonneville County Jail following his arrest. In addition to the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, the Idaho Falls Police Department and the Bonneville County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office assisted the ICAC Unit. Anyone with information regarding the exploitation of children is encouraged to contact local ...
Wasden Releases New Information on HIPAA Privacy and Security and Breach Notification Rules
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Wasden Releases New Information on HIPAA Privacy and Security and Breach Notification Rules

(STL.News) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has released the following statement regarding enforcement of HIPAA privacy and security and breach notification rules during Idaho’s current emergency declaration: “The Idaho attorney general, pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, has authority to enforce the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules (the HIPAA Rules) to protect the privacy and security of Idahoans’ protected health information.  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public He...
U.S. Marshals, Coeur d’Alene Police Arrest Fugitive, Ronald Whitted, Recover Missing Child
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U.S. Marshals, Coeur d’Alene Police Arrest Fugitive, Ronald Whitted, Recover Missing Child

Coeur d’Alene, ID (STL.News) Late Tuesday, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department Community Action Team and the U.S. Marshals Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force arrested a fugitive and rescued a missing child in Coeur d’Alene. Ronald Whitted, 47, of Fort Worth, Texas, was arrested on charges of interference with child custody – court order.  On or around March 17, Whitted allegedly fled the state with his 6-year-old son and was believed to have attempted to flee the country.  Authorities also believed the child was in danger.  The Hurst Police Department in Hurst, Texas, requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force to help locate Whitted and his son.  Members of the task force quickly learned Whitted possibly traveled to Idaho and subsequently contacted the U....
Attorney General Investigators Arrest Canyon County Man for Alleged Sexual Battery of a Child
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Attorney General Investigators Arrest Canyon County Man for Alleged Sexual Battery of a Child

(STL.News) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced investigators with his Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit arrested a Nampa man on Wednesday, March 25, for alleged sexual battery of a minor child by solicitation. 36-year-old Francisco Javier Contreras Sanchez was booked into the Canyon County Jail.  He is alleged to have solicited a minor child to participate in a sexual act. The Caldwell Police Department, Nampa Police Department and the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office assisted the ICAC Unit with the arrest. Anyone with information regarding the exploitation of children is encouraged to contact local police, the Attorney General’s ICAC Unit at 208-947-8700, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678. The Attorney ...
Idaho Jerome County Man Sentenced for Insurance Fraud
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Idaho Jerome County Man Sentenced for Insurance Fraud

(STL.News) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced a Jerome County man was sentenced Monday, March 9, for felony insurance fraud. 27-year-old Nicholas Thorne, of Jerome, pleaded guilty in December. Fifth District Court Judge Rosemary Emory sentenced Thorne to a unified sentence of five years with two fixed and three indeterminate. She then suspended the sentence and ordered five years of probation, 60 days in jail and 150 hours of community service. Judge Emory also ordered Thorne to pay $1,260 in restitution to the Idaho Department of Insurance, $1,943 to Sentry Insurance, as well as court costs. The court also ordered and suspended a $1,000 fine. Idaho Department of Insurance investigators determined that after an auto accident, Thorne provided a false collision date as part ...
Idaho Governor Little and Legislature advance $2 million in state funds for coronavirus response
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Idaho Governor Little and Legislature advance $2 million in state funds for coronavirus response

Boise, Idaho (STL.News) The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee approved Governor Brad Little’s request today to transfer $2 million to the Governor’s Emergency Fund to help in Idaho’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “While the individual risk for coronavirus in Idaho is still low, the situation is rapidly evolving and we do expect confirmed cases in Idaho at some point,” Governor Little said.  “Idaho is prepared, and we all must do our part to prevent the spread of coronavirus by washing your hands frequently, staying home if you are sick, and avoiding others who are sick.  I commend the Legislature for acting decisively to ensure we are prepared to protect the people of Idaho,” Governor Little said. In addition, Idaho is guaranteed at least $4,568,000 in federal f...
US Department of Labor Forms Alliance with Boise School District to Promote Workplace Safety and Health
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US Department of Labor Forms Alliance with Boise School District to Promote Workplace Safety and Health

BOISE, ID (STL.News) The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a two-year alliance with the Boise School District in Idaho to teach good workplace safety and health practices to young and vulnerable employees who are entering the workforce. The new alliance between OSHA’s Area Office in Boise and the school district’s Dennis Technical Education Center will introduce youth to OSHA, and provide training on employee rights and employer responsibilities; construction hazards, such as falls, caught-in or -between, struck-by, and electrocutions; and youth employment issues related to safety and health. The OSHA Alliance Program fosters collaborative relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health.  Alliance partners help OSHA...
Idaho Department of Corrections January 2020 Visitation Closures
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Idaho Department of Corrections January 2020 Visitation Closures

Boise, ID (STL.News) Due to parole hearings, visitation is cancelled at Idaho State Correctional Center on these dates: Monday, January 6, 2020 Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Due to parole hearings, visitation seating will be limited on these days: Thursday, January 9, 2020 Friday, January 17, 2020 CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
Idaho Governor Little accepts Idaho Broadband Task Force recommendations
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Idaho Governor Little accepts Idaho Broadband Task Force recommendations

Boise, ID (STL.News) The Idaho Broadband Task Force that Idaho Governor Brad Little assembled earlier this year has completed and submitted its recommendations and full report to improve broadband connectivity for communities and businesses across Idaho. Governor Little signed an executive order in May establishing the task force. He directed the group to develop a plan to improve broadband access, speed, and infrastructure across Idaho.  Over the past six months, the task force worked diligently to come up with actionable recommendations to improve broadband level connectivity in both rural and urban Idaho. “In a data-driven society, connectivity is imperative for a vital economy. Improved broadband infrastructure ensures both urban and rural Idaho will be connected and well-positioned ...