Police: Stolen vehicle found
with two children safe inside
IDAHO FALLS - Authorities in eastern Idaho say they're looking for whoever stole an SUV containing two small children but abandoned the vehicle about four miles away at an intersection with the turn signal on and the children safe inside.
Idaho Falls Police said a woman parked her SUV containing her 4-month-old and 2-year-old sons Wednesday at the Boy Scouts of America Building. When she came out at about 5 p.m., the vehicle was gone.
Police said that at about the same time someone reported a suspicious vehicle parked at an intersection with its turn signal on. Police found the children safe inside and unharmed.
Authorities investigate possible murder-suicide in S.W. Idaho
MERIDIAN, Idaho - Authorities in southwestern Idaho are investigating what they say appears to be a murder-suicide.
The Gem County Sheriff's Office said it was investigating Wednesday the unattended death of a man whose family asked that they check on his girlfriend.
The Meridian Police Department went to the home where they found 65-year-old Joy Lynne Frizzell deceased in her bed.
According to the Ada County Coroner's office, Frizzell died from multiple stab wounds to the chest.
Law makes it illegal for Gig Harbor drivers to stop for panhandlers
GIG HARBOR, Wash. - Drivers who stop to give money to people in Gig Harbor could be charged with a misdemeanor starting this month.
The News Tribune reported the Gig Harbor City Council passed an ordinance Monday making it unlawful for drivers to interact with pedestrians or exchange money or goods on certain roadways.
Gig Harbor Police Chief Kelly Busey said the goal is to lower the number of vehicle collisions happening when drivers stop to give panhandlers money or other items.
Anyone found guilty of violating the ordinance could be charged with a misdemeanor, held in jail for up to 90 days or fined $1,000.
Tacoma Rescue Mission spokesman Noah Baskett said it could potentially have an effect on those holding signs asking for food or cash.
The city previously passed an anti-panhandling ordinance but officials stopped enforcing it after similar measures were determined to be unconstitutional.
Montana agency plans special deer hunt to test for disease
BILLINGS, Mont. - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department is seeking 1,000 special deer licenses to issue to hunters in an attempt to test 300 deer for chronic wasting disease.
The Billings Gazette reported the Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet next week to consider granting the licenses for the special hunt planned for southern Montana.
The state agency is requesting to have the licenses go on sale by Dec. 11 for a hunt starting a few days later and lasting through mid-January. A second hunt period would occur immediately after.
Officials said the killed deer will be tested for the disease in order to determine the spread. Officials said the hunt also aims to reduce the spread by reducing the population.
Blackfoot man accused of murdering toddler pleads guilty
BLACKFOOT, Idaho - A Blackfoot man accused of killing an 18-month-old boy has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.
Prosecutors said 22-year-old Jesus Adan Castillo struck Zachary Tendoy in the head and abdominal area causing injuries that led to the boy's death on March 25. Tendoy was the son of Castillo's girlfriend.
According to court records, Castillo told investigators he "heel-kicked" Tendoy in the stomach, shook him multiple times and hit him as hard as he could.
Doctors compared the injuries the boy sustained during the attack to injuries from a 70 mph car accident.
Castillo had initially pleaded not guilty to Tendoy's death, but changed his plea to guilty Wednesday.
He faces a minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison.
His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 22.
Boise woman pleads guilty in foothills murder case
BOISE - Prosecutors say a Boise woman has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in connection with the 2016 killing of a man found dead in his vehicle in the Boise foothills.
According to the Ada County Prosecutor's Office, 45-year-old Francis M. March entered the plea Tuesday. She is scheduled for sentencing in March.
Prosecutors said March drugged 61-year-old Mark Irwin and then suffocated him with a plastic bag. Authorities said March then wrapped Irwin's body in a plastic tarp and drove the body to the Boise foothills in Irwin's vehicle and left it there.
Irwin's body was found the next day in his van in the Boise foothills.
March and 20-year-old Anthony Barclay of Boise were arrested amid suspicion they stole items from Irwin. Barclay has since pleaded guilty to three felonies related to the case.
Missoula moves on moving RVs out of street
MISSOULA, Mont. - The Missoula City Council moved forward with a law restricting people's ability to live in an RV within city limits.
The Missoulian reported the updated law applies just to recreational vehicles, and removes all references to people living in cars.
Development Services Director Mike Haynes said the RVs pose a public health risk and are a safety hazard since they don't hook up to water, electricity or sewage.
Haynes said the updated ordinance is meant to address "less than a handful of cases" where people don't comply with police and the health department.
The public hearing on the ordinance will be on Dec. 18 during the council's Monday night meeting.