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U.S.: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

WASHINGTON – U.S. officials said Thursday that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of American state and local governments in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. The warning, less than two weeks before the election, amplified fears of the potential for tampering with the vote and undermining confidence in the results.

Prosecutors charge 3 with threatening women in R. Kelly case

Federal prosecutors announced charges Wednesday against three men accused of threatening and intimidating women who have accused R&B singer R. Kelly of abuse, including one man suspected of setting fire to a vehicle in Florida.

Idaho voter intimidation case yields no criminal charges

Idaho’s top prosecutor has decided not to file criminal charges after his office was asked to review accusations of possible voter intimidation and interference during campaigning for last November’s election.

No charges in North Idaho voter intimidation case

Idaho's top prosecutor has decided not to file criminal charges after his office was asked to review accusations of possible voter intimidation and interference during campaigning for last November's election, the AP reports. A Democratic Party volunteer in Bonner County had reported harassment by backers of Rep. Heather Scott.

Prosecutors want to keep evidence secret in Bundy case, citing threats

Federal prosecutors in Las Vegas are pushing to keep evidence secret in the 2014 Cliven Bundy standoff case, arguing that Bundy backers would use names and information disclosed in evidence to target court officials and intimidate witnesses in the criminal case. Threats already have been received, they said. News media, including the Associated...

Coeur d’Alene man gets 10 years for intimidating victim

A Coeur d’Alene man was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison for repeatedly contacting a woman he was accused of assaulting. Benjamin Arthur Annaboli, 30, was sentenced Thursday for two felony counts of witness intimidation for disregarding a court’s no-contact order. First District Judge Rich Christensen sentenced Annaboli to 10 years, with parole possible only after five years.

Ex-Pasco officer charged with tampering with a witness in murder trial

A former Pasco police officer accused of killing a Spokane prostitute 29 years ago is now suspected of trying to find his former girlfriend and interfere with her cooperation with investigators. Richard Aguirre has made “concerted efforts” from jail to call a friend and a sister to find the woman, according to court documents.

Murder suspect Richard Aguirre accused of witness intimidation

Investigators say former Pasco police officer and murder suspect Richard Aguirre has made "concerted efforts" in jail phone calls to a friend and one of his sisters to contact a former girlfriend who is now a witness for the prosecution.

Taped jail calls lead to new charges

A man cleared by a jury last week of helping a friend after a Spokane Valley shooting faces new charges that he threatened to rape the lead detective’s wife. Terrence D. Riley was found not guilty Friday of first-degree rendering criminal assistance to Jarrod E. Veilleux. Veilleux, 30, was accused of shooting a man outside the Oasis Tavern on Feb. 24, 2012, and Riley was charged with helping him flee. Veilleux was exonerated of charges of attempted murder and first-degree assault, but convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Con man pleads guilty to bilking investors out of $2.25 million

A Spokane con man had such a good sales pitch that he convinced a physician and a lawyer to take part in his get-rich quick schemes. In the end, some 10 investors lost more than $2.25 million they threw at his false promises. Robert B. Hiatt, 57, pleaded guilty Thursday to eight felony fraud counts and a single count of intimidating a witness after he threatened to kill a whistleblower. Hiatt’s wide-ranging scheme promised huge returns on investments that never existed, Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Durkin said.