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Giant Christmas star snatched from atop official Boise tree

BOISE (AP) — Police are investigating after a giant star at the top of Boise’s official Christmas tree vanished on New Year’s Day.

Downtown Boise Association Executive Director Lynn Hightower says they reported the theft to police Tuesday morning after a video surfaced.

KTVB-TV reports that Darrin Walton was staying in a nearby hotel and shot video at 3 a.m. on Monday after noticing movement. Lighted branches on the 30-foot tree sway as someone climbs to the top and the white light of the star goes dark.

Boise police say the $500 star is about 3 feet across.

Hightower says that on Nov. 24 about 5,000 people attended the lighting of the tree in a downtown pedestrian area called the Grove Plaza that’s close to shops and restaurants.

Idaho man pleads not guilty to firing gun at people

SANDPOINT (AP) — An Idaho man has pleaded not guilty after he was charged with firing a gun at people walking along a road.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that 75-year-old William J. Juettner was charged with a misdemeanor count of discharging a firearm at a person without causing harm following an incident on Thanksgiving Day.

Deputies responded on Nov. 23 after a man walking with a family outside Samuels told authorities Juettner came out of a home with a revolver.

The man said in court documents that he could hear the hammer striking an empty chamber as Juettner tried to fire the gun.

The documents say two gunshots were fired and the group left the area.

Juettner told authorities that a trespasser confronted him.

Court documents say Juettner said he fired out of anger into the darkness with a .38-caliber pistol.

Juettner could face up so six month in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted. A jury trial is scheduled for March.

Police: Boise pilot crashes plane after airport mix-up

NAMPA (AP) — Police say a Boise man received minor injuries after crashing a small airplane in western Idaho.

KBOI-TV reports a Cessna 150 crashed in northern Nampa Monday night while flying from Burley to Caldwell.

Nampa police say the 28-year-old pilot became disoriented and apparently believed he was landing at the Caldwell airport.

Police say the pilot realized he wasn’t at the airport, but he was unable to avoid crashing. The plane landed near Selland Way and East Terra Linda Way, about 8 miles from the airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.


ng study: People continuing to move west

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tracking statistics from the moving company United Van Lines indicate that Americans are still heading west, while parts of the Northeast and Midwest are losing people.

The suburban St. Louis-based moving company on Tuesday released its 41st annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns.

Three of the top four destination states are in the West: Oregon, Idaho and Nevada. The outlier is Vermont, a Northeast state that had the highest percentage of inbound migration in 2017. About 68 percent of state-to-state moves in Vermont were inbound last year.

At the other end of the spectrum is Illinois, which had the highest percent of outbound moves, followed by New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Kansas.

Authorities seek help in locating missing Utah airplane

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a small airplane may have flown over a steam locomotive festival in northern Utah before it went missing.

Deseret News reports that authorities are asking for help in locating the plane that was due back to the Ogden airport Friday following a short sightseeing trip.

The Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office says the pilot Denny Mansell and passenger Peter Ellis took off in a Cessna 172 and intended to fly to the Promontory Point area. They were expected to return about an hour later.

Sheriff Dale Ward says investigators believe the plane may have been spotted from the Winter Steam Festival at the Golden Spike National Historic Site late Friday afternoon.

The tail number of red and white aircraft is N4395R.

Cancer, heart disease leading causes of death in Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) — New data from the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health says cancer and heart disease are more likely to kill Nevadans than any other causes.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports other top causes of death in the state include diseases that affect the elderly or stems from risky behavior such as poor diets and alcohol and drug abuse.

According to data from the public health department, the number of suicides in Nevada increased by 13 percent from 2015 to 2016.

Washoe County’s Chief Medical Examiner and Coroner Dr. Laura Knight says the county saw a 16 percent increase in suicides from 2015 to 2016.

She expects the rising trend to continue into 2017.