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Police: Child accidentally shoots, kills playmate

CHUBBUCK, Idaho (AP) - A 5-year-old girl is dead after police say another 5-year-old accidentally shot her at an eastern Idaho home.

Lt. Bill Guiberson of the Chubbuck Police Department says emergency workers responded to a Chubbuck home at about 3 p.m. Wednesday and took the victim to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. The hospital confirmed later in the evening the girl had died.

In a statement Thursday, police said adults were in the home at the time of the shooting but were in a different room.

It's unclear whether the victim lived at the residence; the statement said only that she was there "visiting with friends" when the shooting happened. Police didn't return a call Thursday from The Associated Press.

Investigators have not released the type of gun involved or said how the children got access to it.

No names or other details have been released, and police continue to investigate.


E. Idaho boys find device, both injured in blast

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Authorities in Jefferson County in southeast Idaho say an explosive device severed a 14-year-old boy's left hand and injured another 14-year-old boy after they found the object and picked it up.

Sheriff Blair Olsen tells KIFI-TV that the boys found the device Wednesday evening behind a granary.

Both boys were taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.

One was treated and released and the other transferred to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Olsen says suspicious objects should be left alone and reported to his office.


Man reports being shot by stranded motorist

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) - Police in southwest Idaho say a 39-year-old man reported being shot by a stranded driver Thursday morning after he stopped to help.

The man reported the shooting north of Caldwell occurred at about 2 a.m. when he stopped to assist a person in a silver truck.

The Canyon County Sheriff's Office says the man has been transported to a hospital where he's listed in stable condition.

His name hasn't been released.

Police say they're looking for a suspect.


Idaho GOP plans to elect new leader Saturday

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Republicans are poised to elect a new party leader after spending months entrenched in political infighting over who should have control of the state's GOP.

The state central committee, which serves as the Republican Party's governing body, will meet Saturday in Boise to vote on new party officers, including a party chairman.

So far candidates include Steve Yates of Idaho Falls, Douglas Pickett of Oakley and Mike Duff of Blackfoot, but other potential candidates could be announced at Saturday's meeting.

Earlier this week, a district judge ruled former party chairman Barry Peterson must give up his reign because his term had expired.

Peterson had claimed that Republicans agreed to extend his term another two years when they adjourned the state's chaotic GOP convention in June.


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.


SW Idaho rodeo queen facing grand theft charge

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Miss Caldwell Night Rodeo Queen and the former Boise State University Bronco girl who on games days rode out ahead of the football team on a horse has been charged with grand theft.

Twenty-three-year-old Chelsi Ann Horton of Kuna turned herself into the Ada County Jail on Wednesday and was released on $10,000 bond.

Ada County Sheriff's Office detectives say Horton embezzled $22,000 while working as a bookkeeper for a company based in Canyon County.

Detectives say she paid herself more than her salary between November 2012 and October 2013.

Detectives also say Horton may have deposited checks to her personal account meant for other businesses.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant last week.

She's scheduled to appear in court Aug. 20.


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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