Courts + Policing

Craig Rowland

Idaho AG’s office charges sheriff with felonies after allegedly threatening youth group with gun

BY: - December 15, 2021

BLACKFOOT — A local sheriff faces serious felony charges for allegedly threatening a youth group with a gun in November. The Idaho Attorney General’s Office charged Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland on Tuesday with felony aggravated battery, felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor exhibition of a gun. Referring to the incident on Nov. 9, Rowland told […]

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Judges in Idaho can set their own COVID rules again, court says

BY: - November 24, 2021

Following the end of crisis standards of care for most of Idaho, the Idaho Supreme Court will return to allowing local judicial districts to set their own COVID-19 rules, according to an order issued Tuesday. “In light of the improving circumstances … we have concluded that further modification of our safety protocols is now warranted,” […]

Former Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger in court

Former Idaho Rep. Von Ehlinger pleads not guilty to rape, forcible penetration charges

BY: - November 8, 2021

Former Idaho state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger pleaded not guilty to felony charges of rape and forcible penetration by use of a foreign object during his arraignment Monday afternoon.  Following the not guilty pleas entered by von Ehlinger’s attorney Jon Cox, District Judge Michael J. Reardon scheduled a jury trial in the matter for April […]

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U.S. Supreme Court justices skeptical about New York gun control law

BY: - November 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court expressed skepticism Wednesday after listening to two hours of oral arguments on a New York law that imposes strict limits on carrying a gun outside the home — a case that will test how far states can go when crafting their own laws. In New York […]

Former Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger in court

Rape case against former legislator proceeds to district court

BY: - October 29, 2021

Ada County Magistrate Judge Kira Dale found sufficient probable cause in the case against former Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger at his preliminary hearing Friday to continue the case in Fourth District Court. Von Ehlinger, 39, is charged with rape and forcible penetration by use of a foreign object, both felonies. A no contact order […]

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland

U.S. attorney general defends FBI probe of threats against school board members

BY: - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland for more than four hours on Wednesday about a Justice Department investigation into threats made to local school board members in multiple states. Garland at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing declined to revoke a memo he wrote asking the FBI to meet with local law […]

The Idaho State Correctional Institution

Idaho Department of Correction replaces prison health care provider

BY: - October 26, 2021

As coronavirus continues to rage across Idaho’s unvaccinated population, the Idaho Department of Correction has changed health care providers. IDOC is responsible for the health care of roughly 8,000 people in the department’s custody. For more than 10 years, the department contracted with Corizon Health. Corizon was established in 2011, after merging with two other […]

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Boise State report: 75% of missing Indigenous people in Idaho are women

BY: - October 25, 2021

Hundreds of people go missing across Idaho every year for many reasons, and among non-Native people, the majority are over the age of 21 and about 60% are males. Among missing Native people in Idaho, approximately half are under the age of 21 and 75% of them are women.   Those findings are part of a […]

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Idaho’s track record does not bode well for COVID-19 vaccination rollout for kids

BY: - October 13, 2021

Originally posted on on October 13, 2021 It’s a problem Dr. Kenny Bramwell would love to see: A shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, as parents flock to pharmacies and clinics to get their children the jab. But Bramwell, medical director for the St. Luke’s Health System children’s hospital, is realistic, based on Idaho’s vaccination track record. […]

Preliminary hearing scheduled for former Idaho legislator accused of rape

BY: - October 13, 2021

A preliminary hearing for former legislator Aaron von Ehlinger will be held at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 29, following his arraignment before a judge Wednesday morning. Von Ehlinger, 39, is charged with rape and forcible penetration by use of a foreign object, both felonies. A no contact order was also issued. The charges are based on […]

Boise State University, Boise police agree on law enforcement contract

BY: - October 12, 2021

Originally posted on on October 12, 2021 Boise State University and the Boise Police Department have agreed on a five-year law enforcement contract extension. If the State Board of Education and the Boise City Council approve the deal, the new contract would go into effect on Nov. 1, the day after the current police […]