Friday, November 30, 2018

Replacement named for Idaho official who killed baboons

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A replacement has been named for a top Idaho wildlife official who resigned following outrage over a photo of him posing with a baboon family he killed during a hunting trip to Africa.

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on Thursday announced the appointment of Tim Murphy to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.

Murphy is the former Idaho director of the Bureau of Land Management. Before that he was the director of Fire and Aviation at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

Murphy says that hunting, fishing, trapping and other wildlife-based recreation are key components to life in Idaho.

His appointment must be confirmed by the Idaho Senate.

Murphy replaces Blake Fischer, who resigned last month at Otter’s request.

Lawsuit in death of rancher settles for $2.6 million

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of an Idaho rancher who was killed by deputies was settled for $2.6 million.

The Idaho Statesman reports 62-year-old Council rancher Jack Yantis was shot by two Adams County sheriff’s deputies in Nov. 2015 following a dispute that occurred after one of his bulls was hit by a car.

Deputies claimed Yantis held his rifle in a threatening manner and refused commands to put it down. He was shot 12 times.

The lawsuit claimed Yantis did not pose a threat and that deputies didn’t ask him to lower the rifle or make any other commands.

A judge dismissed the federal lawsuit last week after the settlement was reached between the rancher’s family, Adams County, its sheriff and the two deputies.

Appeal in mutilation case denied

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has denied a Sioux Falls man’s appeal seeking to be re-sentenced for assaulting his ex-girlfriend and mutilating her breasts.

The Argus Leader reports that the state’s high court affirmed Tony Ledbetter’s 45-year sentence this week.

Ledbetter had appealed his sentence last year because it exceeded a plea agreement by 15 years. But the high court says the circuit court wasn’t bound by the plea deal, which had suggested a 30-year cap on his sentence.

Ledbetter was sentenced last November after pleading guilty to three counts of aggravated assault. Ledbetter’s sentencing judge said he went against the plea deal because he felt it was appropriate for the survivor and community.

The high court’s ruling says Ledbetter was informed that the maximum sentence for each aggravated assault charge was 15 years.

Group forms in wake of decision to close steelhead season

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Fishing outfitters, business owners and community members from two Idaho towns have come together to insert themselves into negotiations or maneuverings that could stop the pending closure of the state’s steelhead fishing season or lead to an earlier reopening.

The Lewiston Morning Tribune reports the group on Thursday collectively created the Idaho Community Alliance, elected board members and hired attorney Bill Mauk of the Boise law firm Mauk and Miller.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is closing Idaho’s steelhead season starting Dec. 8 to stave off a threatened lawsuit from six conservation organizations. The suspended season is expected to harm the economies of the two small towns — Riggins and White Bird — that depend on income from steelhead anglers in the late winter and spring.

Police report: Wyoming football player trapped hotel worker

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A police report alleges that suspended University of Wyoming defensive tackle Youhanna Ghaifan tried to kiss a hotel employee after trapping her against a wall inside a Colorado hotel room.

The team was staying at the Fort Collins Marriott before their game against Colorado State University on Oct. 26.

According to the report, the woman told police that he closed the door to the room she was cleaning and asked “if she wanted to have some fun.”

Ghaifan did not play in the game and was suspended indefinitely. He was charged with misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment and harassment.

The Fort Collins Police Department released the report after the Casper Star-Tribune submitted a records request.

Ghaifan did not immediately respond Thursday to the newspaper’s message seeking comment.

Brothers win lottery in same year

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Luck seems to run in one South Dakota family.

Brothers Patrick and Bill Rose have both hit the lottery jackpot in the past year. The South Dakota Lottery says Patrick Rose, of Pierre, claimed a Dakota Cash jackpot of $86,450 last week. That comes 11 months after brother Bill Rose, from Fort Pierre, won a $390,000 Lucky for Life prize.

Patrick Rose says he buys lotto tickets every day, but was in disbelief when he saw that he won the Nov. 21 jackpot. He says he’ll pay off some bills and visit his daughters in Texas.

The Argus Leader says he has some advice for those playing the lottery. Do it wisely in moderation.