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Pocatello city officials say Idaho State University security officer have been overstepping their authority, even cleaning up the scene before calling police after an accidental shooting in a classroom, the Idaho State Journal reports. In the September incident, a chemistry professor shot himself in the foot when a gun in his pocket went off during a lecture. “I cannot impress upon you enough that the intent of the Public Safety Officers is to only enforce the university's rules and regulations,” city attorney Dean Transmer wrote. “For anything other than university rules and regulations, it is purely the responsibility of the Pocatello Police Department and other qualified law enforcement agencies to enforce, investigate, cite and arrest.”
Idaho State University is the only one of the three major public universities in Idaho to employ its own campus security force. Boise State and the University of Idaho contract with local city police departments to provide campus security. Click below for a full report from the State Journal and the Associated Press.
An Idaho man is facing at least 10 years in prison after acknowledging that he shot an assault rifle at the White House two years ago, the AP reports. Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez pleaded guilty today to two of the 19 charges against him as a result of the shooting. No one was injured, but the shooting left a number of bullet marks on the executive mansion. President Barack Obama and his wife were in California at the time of the shooting, but other members of the first family were there that night.
Prosecutors previously said Ortega-Hernandez, 22, a resident of Idaho Falls, told acquaintances before the shooting that President Obama was the Antichrist and “the devil” and that he needed to kill him. But one of his lawyers, Robert Feitel, told the AP today that his client's statements were “loose talk” and that he never had any intention to hurt anybody. Click below for the full report from AP reporter Jessica Grasko in Washington, D.C.
Here's a news item from the Associated Press: IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) ― Authorities in eastern Idaho say the son of a Democratic state lawmaker shot his wife accidentally with a rifle following a day of hunting. The Idaho Falls Post-Register (http://tinyurl.com/aecvczc ) reports that 31-year-old Ian Malepeai and his wife, Hailey Hodges, of Irwin, had been hunting Monday. Malepeai is one of three children of Idaho Senate Minority Leader Edgar Malepeai of Pocatello, who is retiring from the Idaho Legislature this year. According to sheriff's reports, Ian Malepeai was removing a 7 mm rifle from his pickup truck just after 7 p.m. when it discharged, sending a bullet into her buttocks. Bonneville county Sheriff's deputies say Hodges, who is also 31, was transported to a hospital in the region. After treatment, she's reported to be in stable condition.
Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: EMMETT, Idaho (AP) — A 3-year-old child was handling an Emmett Police Department officer’s weapon that discharged and injured three people on Aug. 6. The Idaho Statesman reports the agency has been accused of a cover-up in the incident, so Emmett Police Chief Steve Nebeker is now trying to eliminate some of the rumors. The incident occurred at the residence of Emmett Detective Sgt. Kim Judy. Three people, including the 3-year-old handling the gun, a 2-year-old and Judy’s roommate, Whysper Rowden, were injured. Judy took the three to a hospital, but didn’t immediately report the incident. Nebeker says Judy was probably thinking more about getting to the hospital than calling 9-1-1. The three are recovering. The Ada County prosecutor’s office is now considering possible charges. Nebeker also says there’s an internal investigation.