Prosecutor clears state detectives in Pocatello shooting
POCATELLO (AP) — A county prosecutor has cleared three Idaho State Police detectives of wrongdoing in a March 2017 shooting of a woman in southeast Idaho.
The Idaho State Journal reports Minidoka County Prosecutor Lance Stevenson cleared the detectives Tuesday after conducting an investigation into the shooting of 21-year-old Shaylee Williamson, who survived the encounter in Pocatello.
State police say Williamson was a passenger in the vehicle that 25-year-old Rocco Chacon was driving. Chacon, who was wanted on felony warrants, was attempting to flee from police and hit a detective with the car.
State police say the detectives then opened fire on the vehicle, striking Williamson by accident.
Chacon was arrested on multiple felony charges. Williamson was not charged.
Possible marriage plans for pair charged in double murder
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Two Montana residents charged with killing two people whose dismembered bodies were found in tubs of chemicals may be taking steps to get married.
An application for a search warrant reviewed by the Missoulian showed Augustus Standingrock wrote to his mother thanking her for sending him the marriage paperwork and asking if she also sent paperwork to his co-defendant, Tiffanie Pierce.
Standingrock and Pierce have pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide in the deaths of 15-year-old Marilyn Pickett and 24-year-old Jackson Wiles.
Their bodies were found in the basement of Pierce’s Missoula residence in August.
Standingrock and Pierce are jailed with bail set at $2 million each.
Separate trials are set for later this year.
It’s not clear how they’d be able to get married. A judge’s order bans them from having any contact with each other.
Appeals court gives green light to ‘climate kids’ lawsuit
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal appeals court has given the green light to a lawsuit filed by young activists who say the U.S. government is failing to protect them from climate change.
The lawsuit brought by 21 children and young adults asserts the government has known for decades that carbon pollution causes climate change but has failed to curb greenhouse gas emissions. They are seeking various environmental remedies.
A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected the government’s request for an order directing a lower court to dismiss the case.
Julia Olson, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said in a statement that the group will put the federal government’s “dangerous energy system and climate policies on trial.”
Law makes it easier for Hanford workers to get worker comp
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill designed to make it easier for workers on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to qualify for worker compensation benefits.
The state Legislature recently passed a bill to ease the standards Hanford workers, who for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons, must meet in order to receive such benefits.
The bill, signed Wednesday, creates a “presumption of causation” in state law, which is a presumption that some Hanford workers who become ill are sick because of the many chemicals that pollute the site.
The bill relieves Hanford workers of the difficult task of proving the exact chemical they may have been exposed to that caused an illness.
But the presumption can be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence that something else caused an illness.
Lab confirms crows killed by poison
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Lab tests confirm that poison killed the crows seen falling from the Portland sky in late January.
Witnesses also saw crows suffering seizures on the ground, and the Oregon State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife say it was because of a neurotoxin known as Avitrol, which is marketed as a bird-control solution.
The Audubon Society of Portland first reported the lab findings.
The group says the pesticide is highly toxic and should only be administered by a licensed applicator. It describes the poisonings as irresponsible and probably illegal.
It’s unknown how many birds died, but it was at least 10.
Thousands of crows swirl through the sky on winter afternoons and settle in or near downtown. Though some Portlanders are fascinated by the ritual, others consider the noisy birds and their droppings a nuisance.