Monthly Archives: June 2016

Idaho U.S. Attorney Isssues Statement in Twin Falls Case

The United States Attorney for Idaho has issued a statement in the Twin Falls assault case, encouraging community members to remain calm and supportive and “to pay close attention to the facts that have been released by law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney, and to avoid spreading false rumors and inaccuracies.”
Authorities are investigating the June 2 assault of a five year old girl at an apartment complex in Twin Falls. The case has drawn national attention in social media and online, with accusations about a cover-up and a knife-point gang rape of the victim by Syrian refugees.
The City of Twin Falls released this statement on June 21st:
“On Monday, June 20, 2016, Twin Falls Police Chief Craig Kingsbury addressed the City Council regarding the current investigation of a sexual assault that occurred at the Fawnbrook Apartments in Twin Falls on June 2, 2016.

“On June 2, 2016 the Twin Falls Communications Center was contacted by a mother who reported that her juvenile daughter had been urinated on by some boys who lived in their apartment complex. Minutes later the mother called the communications center to report that it was a sexual assault. Paramedics and law enforcement were dispatched and TFPD detectives responded. At the time of the report the victim was safe inside her apartment with her mother.

“The individuals responsible for the crimes against this victim have been charged in juvenile court. Two juveniles were taken into custody and booked into the Snake River Juvenile Detention Center last Friday. The cases against them have been sealed.

“Due to State law as it pertains to juvenile offenders as well as protocol for dealing with victims of sexual assault cases, Chief Kingsbury could not address any further facts regarding this incident.

“Chief Kingsbury stated the first and most important priority is the safety of the victim. The PD along with medical personnel always make sure that any and all medical needs are met prior to any investigation. It is not general police practice to have officers/detectives conduct extensive interviews with the victims. Rather, specially trained forensic interviewers, usually with St. Luke’s Children At Risk Evaluation Services (CARES), interview the victim. CARES also offers other services to victims and their family members. In fact, in some investigations involving young offenders, CARES may be used to conduct interviews with those offenders. In cases where translation is needed, there are interpreters available to CARES either through the hospital, CSI or other entities.

“CARES investigations of this nature rely on physical evidence as well as evidence obtained by specially trained forensic interviewers, Chief Kingsbury affirmed. CARES works with the victims and their families to make sure a proper safety plan is in place. CARES interviewers are trained to ask questions that are developmentally appropriate to each child so that the child can comprehend and answer the question in a safe, neutral facility.

“The Twin Falls Police Department, in partnership with the Twin Falls Prosecutor’s Office, Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office, Magic Valley Paramedics, Health and Welfare, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, and CARES have worked together during this case to ensure the safety of the victim and to charge the perpetrators of this crime accordingly.

“Chief Kingsbury further stated that law enforcement and medical personnel responded in a timely manner, there is no evidence to support that a knife was used during the crime, there is no evidence that the suspect’s father was “high fiving” the suspect after the incident, and absolutely no merit to the claims that the City Council “covered up” the incident.”

On Friday, June 24th, the U.S. Attorney’s office said it “extends its support to the five-year-old victim of assault, and her family, at the Fawnbrook Apartments in Twin Falls.”
“Grant Loebs is an experienced prosecutor, and Chief Craig Kingsbury is an experienced law enforcement officer. They are moving fairly and thoughtfully in this case,” Wendy J. Olson, the U.S. Attorney for Idaho, said in the statement.
“As Mr. Loebs and Chief Kingsbury informed the public, the subjects in this case are juveniles, ages 14, 10 and 7,” Olsen said. “The criminal justice system, whether at the state or federal level, requires that juveniles be afforded a specific process with significant restrictions on the information that can be released. The fact that the subjects are juveniles in no way lessens the harm to or impact on the victim and her family. The spread of false information or inflammatory or threatening statements about the perpetrators or the crime itself reduces public safety and may violate federal law. We have seen time and again that the spread of falsehoods about refugees divides our communities. I urge all citizens and residents to allow Mr. Loebs and Chief Kingsbury and their teams to do their jobs.”
Posted June 24, 2016
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Bee Research Center Proposed at WSU

A new bee research facility is being proposed at Washington State University in Pullman. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (1:05)

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WSU scientists say bees are vital to our food systems, and that’s why they’re trying to raise awareness about honey bee health and raise private funding for a new Honey Bee and Pollinator Research Center in Pullman.

Steve Sheppard, chair of the WSU Department of Entomology and a bee scientist, says the new building would help support the health of the bee population and improve Washington agriculture:

Steve Sheppard: “A bee research facility here at Washington State University that will allow us to have some new innovative facilities, including cold storage controlled atmosphere storage, which is a new way that beekeepers in Washington state have started over-wintering their bees.”

Sheppard says the facility would host visiting scientists from around the world, as well as pull all of the Pullman facilities together into one location.

The proposed facility will cost $16 million, and the goal is to raise all of that money from private donations. A $50,000 donation was received at a campaign kick-off on June 17th.

I’m Glenn Mosley.

Online:

http://bees.wsu.edu/

Copyright 2016 Idaho Public Radio

Posted June 20, 2016

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After Orlando Shooting, Idahoans Come Together for Love and Support

Following the shooting in Orlando, Idahoans came together in several communities Sunday to show their love and support. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports on the community vigil in Moscow. (:46)

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Friendship Square in Moscow has been the gathering point for many such community vigils over the years. Sunday evening residents of the Palouse region came together to show love and support for victims and families in Orlando, and for each other:

Speaker: “It reverberates throughout our community. That even though it feels like Orlando is a long ways away, it isn’t. It’s about as far as you can get in the United States, but within our community we are family. It’s one of the things that we call each other.”

Another speaker said it was important that grief and anger not be misdirected toward the Muslim community, telling the crowd– remember who the real enemy is here…bigotry, hatred, and homophobia.

I’m Glenn Mosley.

Copyright 2016 Idaho Public Radio

Posted June 12, 2016

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International Aquaculture Symposium in Idaho

An international symposium on aquaculture this week in Sun Valley is drawing scientists and researchers from more than 35 countries. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley has more. (:58)

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The big conversation in aquaculture these days is making alternative feeds that will allow aquaculture production to grow in a sustainable fashion– that’s according to Ron Hardy, director of the Aquaculture Research Institute at the University of Idaho.

Hardy says it’s a big challenge facing aquaculture not only in Idaho and elsewhere.

Farmed fish have traditionally been fed feeds containing fish-meal, which is produced from non-edible fish, but the global aquaculture industry already consumes nearly 75 percent of annual fish-meal production.

Idaho produces more than 70 percent of the farmed trout in the United States, and Idaho’s aquaculture industry generates $100 million every year.

Hardy is chairing the International Symposium on Fish Nutrition and Feeding this week in Sun Valley, and the University of Idaho is hosting the conference. More than 350 people will be there at the Sun Valley Resort through June 10th.

I’m Glenn Mosley.

Online:

International Symposium on Fish Nutrition and Feeding– Schedule

http://www.isfnf.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/ISFNF2016-SCHEDULE.pdf

U-Idaho Aquaculture Research Institute

http://www.uidaho.edu/research/entities/aquaculture

Copyright 2016 Idaho Public Radio

Posted June 6, 2016

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