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Man Sentenced for Lewdness with Children

BINGHAM COUNTY - Eighteen-year-old Marcus Ian Medina has been sentenced on three counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16. On Wednesday, Medina appeared before Seventh Judicial Court District Judge Darren Simpson. Two of the original five counts of lewd conduct were dismissed on motion of the prosecutor. The victim's father, LeRoy DeVar Saline II, gave a victim's impact statement. Medina was ordered to reimburse the county $1,500 for his psycho-sexual examination and he must register as a sex offender. Medina's fines total $21,076.50.


http://www.am-news.com/content/man-sentenced-lewdness-children 

Reader's View, Domestic Violence: Many Thanks for Making VAWA a Reality

On March 7, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 into law. As executive director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, I had the honor of attending the White House signing and was thrilled to see firsthand President Obama and Vice President Biden recognize Sen. Mike Crapo for his leadership as co-sponsor of the bill and his instrumental work to secure the passage of this bipartisan and inclusive law. Sen. Crapo has our sincerest gratitude for his consistent, unwavering support to end violence against women and girls as well as Rep. Mike Simpson for his vote for the inclusive version of the bill in securing this bipartisan victory for all survivors of violence.

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Census: Hundreds of Idaho Domestic Violence Victims Helped in One Day, But Scores of Other Requests for Services Go Unmet 

A study released this morning from the National Network to End Domestic Violence offers hope to the untold number of women, men and children who are victims of domestic violence. The study, Domestic Violence Counts, indicates 688 victims of domestic violence and their children across Idaho received what NNEDV called "life-saving services" in one 24-hour period. But the despairing news is that while advocates answered 255 emergency hot line calls in that 24-hour period, it's estimated that 72 requests for services went unmet, largely due to lack of funding, according to the organization. "Funding is now more vital than ever to ensure that Idaho domestic violence service providers can provide essential services for victims fleeing violence-safe and accessible housing, counseling for victims and their children, economic stability, and often civil legal assistance," said Kelly Miller, executive director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. "Every day of the week, Idaho's domestic violence service providers struggle to meet the increasing and complex needs of victims of domestic violence and their children." The statistics come from a once-a-year national census of domestic violence shelters and services. The latest report chose Sept. 12, 2012, to conduct the survey.


http://www.boiseweekly.com/CityDesk/archives/2013/03/25/census-hundreds-of-domestic-violence-victims-helped-in-one-day-but-scores-of-requests-for-services-go-unmet 

Sexual Assault Reported on Boise Greenbelt 

BOISE - Boise Police are investigating a report of a sexual assault early Tuesday morning on the Boise Greenbelt. olice said the female victim was walking alone on the Greenbelt near the entrance to Veterans Memorial Park, when a man grabbed and sexually assaulted her. The suspect, in his 30s, was described as a light-skinned male with short brown hair, unshaven and a scar beneath his lower lip. He was wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans and western-style boots. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS.

http://www.boiseweekly.com/CityDesk/archives/2013/02/27/sexual-assault-reported-on-boise-greenbelt 

Man Sought for Battery, Stalking

KOOTENAI COUNTY - The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking information leading to the arrest of James Louis Baker. Baker, 30, is being sought based on a Kootenai County felony warrant charging him with felony aggravated battery, attempted strangulation and second-degree stalking. This is a $25,000 bond warrant with Western States extradition. 


http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_ea6ec56c-e489-5b8c-893c-c1b06e888cd8.html 

Habitual Cd'A Offender Gets 25-year Prison Term

COUEUR D'ALENE - A 38-year-old Coeur d'Alene man, a habitual violence offender, was sentenced Monday to a fixed prison term of 25 years in prison. Kenneth E. Schleining was sentenced in Kootenai County to 15 years for attempted strangulation plus 10 years for being what's considered by the courts to be a habitual offender. This was his third felony offense, the Kootenai County prosecutor's office said. He was sentenced by 1st District Court Judge Fred Gibler. Schleining admitted to the charge, which related to a Sept. 25 incident involving his then-girlfriend. The incident included Schleining choking his girlfriend while telling her that he was going to kill her, the prosecutor's office said in a news release Tuesday. He has an extensive criminal record, including convictions while a juvenile, felony aggravated battery, unlawful sexual activity with a minor, and a no-contact order violation. The aggravated battery conviction arose from an incident where he slit the throat of a girlfriend who was trying to break up with him, the prosecutor's office said. After serving a five-year prison term ending in 2005, Schleining was released on parole and five months later he committed the unlawful sexual activity with a minor offense. He was imprisoned in Utah until 2009, when he was returned to Idaho to complete a sentence on the aggravated battery charge. 

Read full coverage: http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_39648274-6976-5556-b145-9e4d9b183dce.html 

Domestic Abuse Service Seeks Increase

CALDWELL - A domestic abuse program in Caldwell has seen an increase in need for in-house counseling and other services this year because of rural and teen outreach programs. Even with 6,758 individuals served last year, Advocates Against Family Violence has a waiting list of 26 people, the organization's director told Canyon County Commissioners on Wednesday. Kim Ivacek reported to commissioners after the county allocated $50,000 to her organization this budget year. "What that's telling us it that people are becoming aware of our services," Ivacek said about the waiting list. "I would love to say yes" to eliminating the waiting list for survivors of domestic violence who cannot afford private assistance. That might mean building a new shelter, but there are no plans to do so. Advocates Against Family Violence shelter Hope's Door has 29 rooms. And while Advocates Against Family Violence lost $136,000 in funding last year, the shelter has 49 residents and the program has served 500 women and children so far this budget year in all its programs and classes. Part of the county money is used for counseling survivors. The work the advocates do saves taxpayer money, Ivacek said, because it decreases the need for hospital stays and other more expensive care. "Yes, it is impacting the community," Ivacek said. "Their tax dollars, whether they realize it or not, are spent on domestic abuse." 

http://www.idahopress.com/members/domestic-abuse-service-seeks-increase/article_bb405238-9762-11e2-8fef-001a4bcf887a.html 
Bullying Cited in Idaho Student 'Kill List' Case

IDAHO FALLS - An eastern Idaho junior high school student who was taken into custody after allegedly compiling a list of students and police officers he planned to kill, and gathering weapons for that purpose, had been bullied at school and online, authorities say. "This is a juvenile reacting to that bullying, trying to take matters into his own hands," said Robin Dunn, Jefferson County prosecutor. The boy appeared in juvenile court Wednesday facing a charge of misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight at the school Monday. Police said bullying led to the fight started by the boy. No charges have been filed based on the list or weapons. The boy's parents called police Monday evening after finding a list he made. Police found a bag containing guns, ammunition and knives. Investigators believe no one else was involved in planning the possible attack. Keith Hammon, Rigby police chief, said a police officer was looking into reports of bullying at the school before the parents reported their concerns. "The officer felt that there was more to what was going on with this young man and decided he needed to be evaluated," Hammon said. 


Read full coverage: http://www.idahopress.com/news/state/bullying-cited-in-idaho-student-kill-list-case/article_ac7d3c8c-9d25-5cca-b7e4-396113589787.html 

Crapo, Simpson Instrumental in Helping Protect Abuse Victims

On Thursday, March 7, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 into law. As executive director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence (Idaho Coalition), I had the honor of attending the White House signing and was thrilled to see firsthand President Obama and Vice President Biden recognize Sen. Mike Crapo for his leadership as co-sponsor of the bill and his instrumental work to secure the passage of this bipartisan and inclusive law. Sen. Crapo has our sincerest gratitude to for his consistent, unwavering support to end violence against women and girls as does Rep. Mike Simpson for his vote for the inclusive version of the bill in securing this bipartisan victory for all survivors of violence.

Read full opinion piece: http://www.idahopress.com/members/crapo-simpson-instrumental-in-helping-protect-abuse-victims/article_ba48d2fe-9340-11e2-8818-001a4bcf887a.html 

Boise Police: 27-year-old Emmett Woman Arrested for Sexual Battery of a Minor
BOISE - Amanda R. Sheets is being held in the Ada County Jail on a felony charge of sexual battery of a minor between the ages of 16-to-17 after police say she had illegal sexual contact with a teenager at a West Boise home in January 2012. Boise police began their investigation into the 27-year-old Sheets after getting a call from a third party on Feb 29. Police say Sheets and the teen are known to each other. Police turned over the results of that investigation to Ada County prosecutors, who issued an arrest warrant for Sheets earlier this month. Sheets was booked into the jail just before 6 p.m. Tuesday. The crime of sexual battery of a minor between the ages of 16-to-17 is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. 

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/03/20/2500018/boise-police-27-year-old-emmett.html 
Nampa Man Held on $250K Bond in Sex-Abuse Case
A Nampa man who held police at bay in a four-hour standoff before being arrested on child sex-abuse charges is being held on $250,000 bond. Magistrate Judge James Schiller set bond Monday for 52-year-old Patrick Michael Massie on charges of lewd conduct and sexual abuse of a minor. Massie told the judge during his video arraignment that he is a "stand-up guy" who made a bad choice. Prosecutors say in court documents the alleged victim said Massie inappropriately touched her between 2009 and early this year, and that she had become pregnant. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports ( http://bit.ly/ZrLyzV) the girl told investigators that Massie purchased pills to terminate the pregnancy. The court documents say Massie denies ordering the pills and says there was no sexual contact besides some inappropriate touching. 

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/03/19/2498314/nampa-man-held-on-250k-bond-in.html 
Mountain Home Airman Charged with First-Degree Murder in Connection with Beating Death of 22-month-old Stepson
Richard Ryan Laubach is charged with first-degree murder after Elmore County prosecutors say he is responsible for fatal injuries suffered by his 22-month-old stepson - including a broken leg and a fractured skull. The Ada County Coroner's office said Joseph Wayne Graham died at Saint Luke's Boise Medical Center Wednesday morning from what appear to be "trauma-related" injuries. Ada County prosecutors said the boy also had significant bruising and brain swelling in addition to the broken bones. Coroner's officials say the cause of death is abusive head injury and the manner of death is homicide. Laubach was originally charged with felony injury to child, but Elmore County prosecutors changed that to first-degree murder before he made his first court appearance Thursday. Laubach is now being held in the Elmore County Jail on no bond. Laubach's next court appearance is set for Friday. Mountain Home police arrested Laubach in September on misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and injury to child. The child in that case was Joseph Wayne Graham, the same boy who died Wednesday.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/03/13/2490034/22-month-old-boy-from-mountain.html 
Orozco Given Fixed Life Sentence for Killing His Girlfriend and Her Two Sons, Setting Bodies on Fire
Jorge Orozco will spend the rest of his life in prison for the brutal shooting deaths of his girlfriend, Rebecca Ramirez, and two of her children more than a decade ago. Orozco, who spent time on the FBI's Most Wanted list and avoided arrest for seven years by hiding in Mexico, was supposed to be sentenced in January by 4th District Judge Timothy Hansen on three counts of first degree murder. Orozco's attorneys wanted more time to work on the case and asked for a delay, which was granted. Ramirez' family and friends filled the courtroom Monday morning. A clean shaven Orozco, dressed in a Elmore County Jail uniform, sat quietly at the defense table while one of Ramirez surviving kids, Noemi Ramirez, fought back tears as she made her victim impact statement. "I want him to look at me and see my mom's face," Noemi Ramirez said. "I just hope you suffer in (prison)." An interpreter is translating for Orozco, who appears lucid. Elmore County Prosecutor Kristina Schindele asked Hansen to put Orozco in prison for three fixed life terms - one term for each murder. Schindele told Hansen Orozco has never shown any remorse for what he has done and needed to be put in prison for life, without parole, for such a callous and heinous crime.

Read full story: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/03/11/2486597/orozco-to-find-out-fate-today.html 

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/03/12/2487558/senseless-crime-of-violence.html   
44-year-old Boise Man Accused of Sexually Abusing 16-year-old
BOISE - Shawn D. McFarlane is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $100,000 bond after Boise police say he had illegal sexual contact with a 16-year-old earlier this month. A preliminary hearing for McFarlane on a charge of sexual battery of a minor between 16 and 17 years old is now set for March 25 in front of 4th District Magistrate Theresa Gardunia. Boise police began their investigation after contacted by a third party earlier this month. Police say the McFarlane and the teen are well known to each other but did not define their relationship, or say if the illegal sexual contact occurred while the business was open. Police say they developed the evidence needed to arrest McFarlane Friday. McFarlane made his initial court appearance Monday. The crime of sexual battery of a minor between the ages of 16 and 17 is punishable by up to life in prison. 

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/03/11/2487242/44-year-old-boise-man-accused.html 
Woman Killed at Boise Motel Identified
It was just before 7 a.m. Tuesday when Thomas Lee Herman called 911 to tell Boise police he had possibly just killed somebody inside a room at the Cabana Inn. When police arrived moments later, they found a naked woman lying on the ground, covered with bruises and "stomp pattern" injuries all over her body. Blood was on the carpet and walls, according to police. Herman, who met officers outside the room before going in, told Boise police he did it, according to court records obtained by the Idaho Statesman. 
On Wednesday, Herman was in a jail uniform and bound to a wheelchair for security when he made his initial court appearance on a first-degree murder charge for Mamokete Folkes' death. Herman appeared lucid but said little. His court-appointed attorney did not argue when prosecutors asked that Herman remains in jail with no bond.

Read full coverage: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/03/07/2480335/woman-killed-at-boise-motel-identified.html 
Nampa Man, 82, Accused of Sexually Abusing Child 
An 82-year-old Nampa man was arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct with a minor on Friday, and police are trying to determine if he has more possible victims. Paul Cotner is accused of sexually abusing two children on two occasions in summer 2008. The Nampa Police Department arrested him Friday at 3:10 p.m. for two felony counts of lewd conduct with a minor, which carry potential life sentences. A woman who answered the phone at his home identified herself as his wife of "more than 50 years" and said she couldn't comment. Detective Norm Corder said the victims, a boy and a girl who were about 11 at the time, were acquaintances of Cotner. He declined to release details about how the investigation started, citing its ongoing nature. Anyone with information of Cotner or other possible victims is asked to call Corder at (208) 475-5708.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/03/01/2473119/nampa-man-82-accused-of-sexually.html 
Reader's View, Domestic Violence: Many Thanks for Making VAWA a Reality
On March 7, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 into law. As executive director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, I had the honor of attending the White House signing and was thrilled to see firsthand President Obama and Vice President Biden recognize Sen. Mike Crapo for his leadership as co-sponsor of the bill and his instrumental work to secure the passage of this bipartisan and inclusive law. Sen. Crapo has our sincerest gratitude for his consistent, unwavering support to end violence against women and girls as well as Rep. Mike Simpson for his vote for the inclusive version of the bill in securing this bipartisan victory for all survivors of violence.

Read full opinion piece: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/03/20/2498869/many-thanks-for-making-vawa-a.html#storylink=cpy 
Twin Falls Man Convicted of Rape in Moscow
MOSCOW - A jury found a Twin Falls man guilty of rape Friday, March 22, after a four-day trial in Moscow. Jesse Vierstra was arrested in Moscow in early October on a charge of rape after he was accused of raping a woman near the Sigma Chi fraternity house. The trial started Monday. According to the Lewiston Tribune, the jury deliberated for four hours over two days and delivered its verdict Friday morning. According to the Tribune, Second District Judge Carl Kerrick ordered a pre-sentence report and a psycho-sexual evaluation for Vierstra, but did not set a sentencing date. Further details of the trial were not available from Latah County court staff Friday afternoon. In Idaho the maximum sentence for rape is life in prison. Moscow Police Chief David Duke told the Times-News in October that the victim told police Vierstra, a former University of Idaho student, asked her to go for a walk outside. She went with him and the two went to a small bench behind the fraternity house, Duke said. According to Duke, the woman told police the two kissed. After several woman walked by, the woman said Vierstra then forced her to the ground and sexually assaulted her, Duke said. Duke said the alleged victim said she knew Vierstra from working together at a Twin Falls restaurant.

http://magicvalley.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/twin-falls-man-convicted-of-rape-in-moscow/article_413baf9c-934c-11e2-a62d-0019bb2963f4.html 
Rape Charge Dropped, New Sex Charges Filed Against Murtaugh Man
MURTAUGH - Prosecutors said a Murtaugh man sexually assaulted a 21-year-old developmentally delayed woman. Manuel Orozco, 23, was originally charged with rape in connection with the alleged March 2 incident. Prosecutors dropped the charge on March 15 and filed charges of sexual abuse or exploitation of a vulnerable adult and sexual penetration by forcible use of a foreign object. According to a report by detectives, police learned from the alleged victim's father that she has a diagnosed medical condition that causes her to need assistance with many of her daily tasks. She doesn't have the maturity level of her age, police say. According to the report, Orozco allegedly admitted to police that he touched the woman's breast and performed sexual acts on her. Police collected hair, saliva and swabs from Orozco's body, and he was booked into the Twin Falls County Jail. He's being held on $50,000 bond.

http://magicvalley.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/rape-charge-dropped-new-sex-charges-filed-against-murtaugh-man/article_1f4fc976-933e-11e2-b9af-0019bb2963f4.html 
Jerome Man Charged with Child Sexual Abuse
TWIN FALLS - A Jerome man has been accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl in Twin Falls County. Steven R. Chapman, 35, was arraigned on one count of sexual abuse of a minor under 16 on Thursday in Twin Falls County 5th District Court. According to a police report, Chapman attempted to kiss and touch the girl in a sexual manner. The report states that, during a polygraph test, Chapman allegedly told Idaho State Police he kissed the girl but denied touching her. The report states that the polygraph examiners determined Chapman was being deceitful in his answers about touching the girl. "I told Steven he failed the test because in his mind, he knows he touched (the alleged victim's) breast. Steven did not say anything to my statement but began shaking his head up and down indicating the answer was a yes," an officer wrote in the report. After being told what he was being charged with, Chapman asked for an attorney, the report states. Thursday, Chapman's bond was set at $5,000 and he posted it the same day. A judge issued a no-contact order with the alleged victim, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 29.

http://magicvalley.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/jerome-man-charged-with-child-sexual-abuse/article_1f41b2f4-9330-11e2-b13a-0019bb2963f4.html 
Buhl Man Pleads Guilty to Stalking
BUHL - A Buhl man accused of stalking several people for years pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree stalking, a felony. Bob Ekrut entered an Alford plea in the case, which means he is pleading guilty but does not admit to everything he's accused of. Twin Falls County 5th District Judge Richard Bevan reminded Ekrut that despite the plea deal, he still faces up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine. If Bevan follows the plea agreement during sentencing, Ekrut won't be able to appeal the sentence. Police say Ekrut, 51, relentlessly called four Buhl residents at home and work, drove past their homes and left notes on their cars. On Jan. 23, Ekrut was charged with four counts of second-degree stalking and booked into the Twin Falls County Jail on a $5,000 bond. After bonding out, police said, Ekrut almost immediately began his behavior again. On Sunday, Jan. 27, after allegedly violating the no-contact order the four Buhl residents had against him, Ekrut was charged with one count of felony first-degree stalking and three counts of intimidating a witness. As a condition of his release, Ekrut is not allowed to be on several streets in Buhl, including some where the victims live and work. A sentencing hearing is set for May 6. In a separate case, a pretrial conference on the four counts of second-degree stalking is scheduled for April 16, according to online court records.

http://magicvalley.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/buhl-man-pleads-guilty-to-stalking/article_89f22af4-8a96-11e2-b754-001a4bcf887a.html 
Boise Man in Custody After 7-hour Standoff at Motel

BOISE - A 26-year-old Boise man is in jail after a seven-hour standoff at a Boise motel Thursday. The standoff began Thursday afternoon at the Howard Johnson's motel on Overland Road near the Boise Walmart. That's when police were called to a room on a report of a violent domestic situation. On arriving, police say they contacted a woman who had fled from the motel room in question. However, officers say suspect Dimas Robert Narvaiz, II, of Boise remained holed up in the room, threatening to harm himself and urging police to shoot him. They say it was unclear if Narvaiz had a gun. SWAT officers responding to the situation tried to coax Narvaiz out of the motel room. However, just after 10 p.m. officers broke a window to the room, and used tear gas to flush him out. Narvaiz was charged with felony attempted strangulation, felony violation of pretrial alcohol monitoring. Police say more charges are likely. During the standoff, some guests were evacuated from their rooms. Narvaiz is in the Ada County Jail.

  

http://www.ktvb.com/news/crime/Seven-hour-standoff-over-one-man-in-custody-200579161.html 

Bipartisan Legislation To Support Victims of Violence Signed Into Law
WASHINGTON, D.C.  - The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), signed into law today by President Barack Obama, will strengthen programs and policies meant to prevent domestic and sexual violence and protect victims, ensuring continued services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), the bill's lead Senate authors, both attended a White House signing ceremony Thursday, and called the bill's long overdue enactment a bright spot in a divided Congress. 
http://www.crapo.senate.gov/media/newsreleases/release_full.cfm?id=339950 

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