Idaho boy charged in shooting death of 10-year-old girl

MONTPELIER, Idaho — Authorities say an Idaho boy has been charged with a felony in the deadly shooting of a 10-year-old girl.

The Idaho State Journal reported the Bear Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday the involuntary manslaughter charge in the death last month of Ariel May Gerstlauer.

Authorities said the Blackfoot third-grader was shot once in the head while visiting family at a camper trailer near Montpelier.

Bear Lake County Sheriff Bart Heslington said the boy will not be prosecuted as an adult.

He said the boy is younger than 17, but did not give his age or name.

Heslington said authorities do not believe the boy intentionally shot Gerstlauer, but he declined to provide additional details about the shooting.

Hiker found dead after fall from cliff near Snoqualmie Pass

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. — Authorities say the body of a hiker who was last seen July 4 has been found at the bottom of a cliff near Snoqualmie Pass.

The King County Sheriff’s Office said the 46-year-old man was reported missing to Renton police Tuesday by family members.

A detective soon after found the man’s car at the Snow Lake trail head and crews began looking for him.

The search resumed Wednesday morning when crews found the body at the bottom of a 300-foot cliff. The sheriff’s office said it appears the man slipped and fell.

The King County Medical Examiner will release his name and cause of death.

Seattle-area health department expands vaccination program

SEATTLE — Seattle-area public health officials say they are expanding their hepatitis A vaccination program to help prevent an outbreak of the highly contagious disease among people who are homeless.

The Seattle Times reported the Seattle and King County health department announced Wednesday a $375,000 commitment to expand the free vaccination program.

Department health officer Jeff Duchin said the program is geared for homeless people who are at an increased risk of contracting the disease.

UW Medicine viral hepatitis expert John Scott said the disease can spread through contaminated food or water.

He said people experiencing homelessness are vulnerable because of crowding and lacking access to sanitation.

Duchin said King County officials have vaccinated 2,200 people against hepatitis A in the past 18 months.

Teen sentenced to six years in youth facility for armed robbery attempt

SALEM, Ore. — A 17-year-old was sentenced to six years in a youth facility for firing a gun at a car during a robbery attempt. Two teens were inside, but not injured.

The Statesman Journal reported Stefone Querns, of Salem, Ore., was charged as an adult and sentenced by Judge Tracy Prall Wednesday in Marion County Circuit Court.

Querns pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping. He will be able to have a “second look” hearing halfway through his sentence to determine whether he is eligible for early release.

Querns was arrested in April on two counts of attempted aggravated murder with a firearm, two counts of first-degree armed robbery and one count of second-degree kidnapping.

Man who threw girlfriend across room, killing her, sentenced

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Gresham man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing his girlfriend, after he admitted to throwing her face-first into his bedroom floor, then waiting nearly 18 hours before bringing her to a hospital.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Jose Funes-Zelaya originally offered various explanations to police about how 29-year-old Shay Martinez was injured. He told detectives Martinez suffered bruises from her job at FedEx, where the couple met and started dating about one year earlier, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Funes-Zelaya eventually admitted that he threw Martinez about across his bedroom at about 5 a.m. on Sept. 10, 2017. She died two days later.

In June, Funes-Zelaya pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter constituting domestic violence.

Man who escaped homicide charge gets 12 years on drug charge

KALISPELL, Mont. — A Montana man who escaped a deliberate homicide charge after prosecutors said they no longer had a “viable case” has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine.

The Flathead Beacon reported James Quen, of Martin City, was sentenced Wednesday in Missoula. He pleaded guilty in March to the drug charge, three months after Flathead County prosecutors dropped the homicide charge days before his trial.

Quen was accused of shooting 33-year-old Bradley Winters to death in Hungry Horse in April 2018. His attorney planned to argue self-defense, but the charge was dismissed after prosecutors said a key witness refused to cooperate.

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