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MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017

Teacher, 2 students shot at San Bernardino school 

An apparent murder-suicide inside an elementary school classroom in San Bernardino left two adults dead, including a teacher, and two students wounded, police and school officials said. Investigators believe “the suspect is down” and that North Park School faces no further threat, Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said on Twitter.

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UI, Benoit Family Settles Over Killing

University of Idaho officials and the family of a graduate student who was killed by a professor she had dated have agreed to a financial settlement in a claim against the school over the 22-year-old’s death, sources told the Associated Press on Tuesday. A settlement...

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Images from the service for Katy Benoit Aug. 30, 2011 at Boise High School.  CHRIS BUTLER The Idaho Statesman (Chris Butler / The Spokesman-Review)

Benoit Family Sues UI For $3 Million 11 

Images from the memorial service for Katy Benoit Aug. 30, 2011, at Boise High School. (Idaho Statesman/AP photo: Chris Butler) By filing the claim, Katy Benoit’s family has taken the first step toward suing the University of Idaho over its hiring, supervision and retention of...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2012

Hate Church To Protest Boys' Funerals 

A notorious anti-gay church known for protesting military funerals says members will be at Saturday’s memorial service for Charlie and Braden Powell, claiming their deaths are payback from God over the state Legislature's support of gay marriage. An online campaign is already under way to...

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KPerry: TMI On Powell Case 

KPerry: (RE: Latest on Powell murder-suicide): When I saw the information on the “chopping injuries” in the news yesterday it made me wonder if we really needed that bit of information. It doesn’t change that they are dead. It doesn’t change that he had them...

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MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2012

Gramp: Boys Happy Before Fatal Visit 

The maternal grandparents of Josh Powell's two sons say the boys were playing happily Sunday and didn't want to visit their father. Charles and Judy Cox tell KIRO-TV that the grandmother talked them into a supervised child custody visit with their father. When the boys...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011

UI Shooting Yet To Prompt Changes 

The murder of a University of Idaho graduate student quickly spurred security reviews at other local and regional campuses this fall, but little change has been instituted. To date, only Boise State University has signaled a policy shift, emphasizing security and safety over the privacy...

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Edit: What UI Should Have Told Police 

In his blog today, editorialist Kevin Richert of the Idaho Statesman focuses on UIdaho's failure to report to Moscow police that associate professor Ernesto Bustamante had pointed a gun three times at eventual victim Katy Benoit: "Would this have made any difference? Would this have...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2011

Firm Didn't Talk To UI re: Bustamante 

The New Jersey company that offered Ernesto Bustamante a job as he was being investigated by the University of Idaho for sexual harassment never called the university for references, a company spokeswoman said today. “The references he provided were not from the University of Idaho,”...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2011

UI Stiffens Faculty-Student Date Ban 

The University of Idaho is strengthening its ban on faculty-student relationships after the slaying of a 22-year-old graduate student by her professor, who then killed himself. University President M. Duane Nellis announced the changes Wednesday in Moscow, Idaho, as the university released employment and other...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2011

Bustamante: UI Releases Timeline 

UI releases detailed timeline in Bustamante case/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise In response to questions from reporters, UI President Duane Nellis said former professor Ernesto Bustamante was allowed to resign rather than fired because it was “the fastest way to make that happen.” He said,...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2011

Benoit Feared For Life For 2 Months 

More than two months before her death, Kathryn “Katy” Benoit told an official at the University of Idaho that she was frightened by her professor, who carried weapons “everywhere, including to campus,” and that she also worried about the safety of fellow students. Benoit, 22,...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2011

UI Murder-Suicide Raises Questions 

Along with his body, police found Ernesto Bustamante’s Moscow hotel room filled with guns, bullets and pills. There were drugs to ward off depression, to take care of bipolar disorder and epilepsy, to treat anxiety, to help him sleep. It’s unknown if any of these...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2011

Docs: Bustamante Menaced Another

Ernesto Bustamante once threatened to kill a woman other than Katy Benoit, and had sexual relations with at least one other University of Idaho student while he was a professor there, according to court documents. Bustamante and Benoit, a UI graduate student, had a sexual...

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Trillhaase: Murder Strikes Home 

From the time Benoit contacted the UI on June 10 with her concerns, the university appeared fully engaged. It investigated. It contacted police. It prodded Benoit to take precautions. It severed ties with Bustamante six weeks after Benoit made her complaint - virtually the speed...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 27, 2011

UI Pledges Complete Review After Slaying 

University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis responded Friday to demands from the public and the family of slain graduate student Katy Benoit for an explanation about how the university handled her complaint against the professor who killed her Monday. The school’s account said it...

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Trib: Hagedorn's 15 Minutes Of Shame 

In an editorial today, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune lambastes state Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, (pictured) for his insensitive remark that a gun safety class might have prevented the murder-suicide at the University of Idaho that claimed the life of grad student Katy Benoit:...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2011

Richert: UI Owes Parents Explanation 

I got my first clue, as many parents do, on Facebook. My oldest son, a senior at the University of Idaho, had written a post asking if anyone else had taken a class from Ernesto Bustamante, the former assistant professor who is believed to have...

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Statesman: UI Leaves Unanswered Qs 

Over the past two days, the story of Katy Benoit’s slaying has unfolded — in slow and unsettling detail. According to a police affidavit, the Boise High School graduate and University of Idaho psychology student had been threatened several times over a period of months....

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2011

Docs: UI Prof Had Threatened Victim 10 

A psychology professor who shot and killed a graduate student at the University of Idaho had threatened the young woman in the past, according to court documents filed in the case.Police say Ernesto Bustamante shot and killed Katherine Benoit Monday night on the front porch...

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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

INW: 5 Dead In Idaho Murder-Suicide

Members of the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office investigate the death of two adult women and two small children today in Ammon. Authorities say five people are dead after a man shot two women, two young children and then himself in a house in eastern Idaho....

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FRIDAY, OCT. 29, 2010

Post Falls Police ID's 2 Bodies 

Police have identified two people who were found dead inside a Post Falls home Thursday evening. Christina K. Mandriguez, 38, and Jeffrey A. Hayes, 54, each died of a single gunshot wound to the forehead in a homicide/suicide, said Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug....

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.