Leader of Aryan Knights Prison Gang Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for RICO Conspiracy

USAO Press Release

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BOISE – Harlan Hale, 55, a leader of the Idaho prison gang known as the Aryan Knights, or “AK,” was sentenced to life in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of participating in a RICO (the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act) conspiracy and one count of committing a violent crime in furtherance of racketeering activity, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr. announced today. In imposing this sentence, Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye ordered that it be served after Hale’s existing sentences from a State of Idaho case and a federal case in the District of Wyoming.

Fraudulent Purchasing Claims Disguised as Official U of I Business

U of I press release.

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MOSCOW, Idaho — April 1, 2021 — The University of Idaho has recently become aware of an internet scam involving someone improperly impersonating the university’s purchasing department in an effort to purchase large quantities of various types of goods. Emails have been sent to numerous vendors from email addresses ending in “unidaho-edu.com,” which is NOT a University of Idaho email address. The emails use names of people associated with the university, but who are not purchasing department employees. These emails do not represent U of I, or its associates, in any manner. 

WARDEN MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING AND PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

U.S. Department of Justice

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Spokane – Joseph H. Harrington, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Carlos Salgado Velasquez, age 30, of Warden, Washington, pleaded guilty on March 31, 2021 pursuant to a plea agreement to one count of Production of Child Pornography and one count of Child Sex Trafficking.  In the plea agreement, Velasquez and the United States agreed to a sentence of 23 years in prison.  Senior District Judge Wm. Fremming Nielsen will decide whether to accept the plea agreement during the sentencing hearing set for July 6, 2021.

Timmy Kinner, the Boise Mass Stabbing Suspect, Pleads Guilty to 2018 Murder of 3-Year-Old Girl

Kinner also plead guilty to eight counts of aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of use of a deadly weapon.

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BOISE, ID - Timmy Kinner, the Boise man who was arrested back in 2018 after he killed a three-year-old girl at her birthday party, has plead guilty to her murder, as well as numerous other charges. 

2021 MELALEUCA FREEDOM CELEBRATION TO LIGHT UP THE SKY WITH LARGEST INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS SHOW WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Melaleuca Freedom Celebration Press Release

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Idaho Falls, Idaho – April 1, 2021 – The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration, which is the largest Independence Day fireworks show west of the Mississippi River, will return with a bang in 2021 at Snake River Landing after it was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

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