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Police: Girl dies in apparent accidental shooting

CHUBBUCK, Idaho (AP) - A 5-year-old eastern Idaho girl has died after being shot by another child in what police say appears to be an accident.

Lt. Bill Guiberson of the Chubbuck Police Department says the girl died Wednesday.

Police say emergency workers responded to a Chubbuck home at about 3 p.m. and took the girl to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, where she died a few hours later.

Names have not been released and police are investigating.


Southwest Idaho sheriff suspends labor detail

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - Canyon County in southwest Idaho has suspended indefinitely its inmate labor detail program due to insufficient staffing.

Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue tells the Idaho Press-Tribune that 23 employees in July left for other positions, and 18 of those were detention officers at the Canyon County Jail.

He says he had to transfer the labor detail officers to the jail to maintain the federally mandated number of detention officers.

The labor detail allows non-violent offenders to perform manual labor rather than being put in jail.


Appeal by man serving 2 life sentences rejected

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho man who killed his ex-wife and her boyfriend will not get a reduction in either of his life sentences.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that 2nd District Judge John R. Stegner late last week dismissed the requests for post-conviction relief by Dale C. Shackelford.

Shackelford in 2000 was convicted of shooting Donna Fontaine and Fred Palahniuk to death in the northern Idaho town of Kendrick in 1999. He was sentenced to death.

However, the U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that juries, not judges, must hand down death sentences. At a new sentencing hearing Shackelford received two fixed life sentences.

He sought shorter sentences, but Stegner dismissed the petitions.

Shackelford appealed that decision, which has now also been rejected.


Pilot of crop duster walks away from crash

HAZELTON, Idaho (AP) - The site where a crop duster crashed in south-central Idaho is being cleaned up by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.

Authorities tell The Times-News that pilot Michael Jurak of Kimberly walked away uninjured from the Monday crash in a bean field.

Bob Spencer of the Idaho Department of Agriculture says Jurak dumped the chemicals shortly after takeoff because the plane wasn't gaining altitude.

The plane was carrying Cobalt insecticide mixed with fertilizer.


Police: Man yells 'Taze me,' officers comply

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A south-central Idaho man who authorities say refused police commands and taunted police by telling them to use a stun gun on him got exactly that.

The Times-News reports that 23-year-old Michael K. Brubaker of Twin Falls earlier this week pleaded not guilty to resisting or obstructing officers and battery on an officer.

He's been released on his own recognizance.

Twin Falls police say that on Sunday morning they saw Brubaker running from a fight and that when they confronted him he took up a boxing stance and yelled "Taze me" along with profanities.

Police say Brubaker grabbed an officer and ripped a radio from the officer's shirt.

Police say Brubaker continued to fight even after being hit with a baton, so an officer used a stun gun.

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