Idaho News

Idaho Man to Serve Jail Time for ‘Crash And Buy’

An Idaho man was sentenced to jail over an alleged “crash and buy” auto insurance fraud scheme. Nicolas Thorne of Jerome County was sentenced for insurance fraud in violation of Idaho code. On Dec. 14, 2017, Thorne’s vehicle was reportedly …

Idaho Woman Acknowledged She Sought Auto Coverage After Vehicle Hit Deer

An Idaho woman has been charged for insurance fraud over damage to her vehicle from a deer. Callene Zink, of Jefferson County, was charged and pled guilty to insurance fraud in violation of Idaho code 41-293(1)(c). Zink reportedly purchased an …

Idaho Insurance Agent Sentenced for Mishandling Funds

A licensed insurance producer from Emmett, Idaho, has been sentenced for misappropriation of fiduciary funds. Casandara H. Aune admitted to receiving cash for a client’s premium payment but reportedly did not apply the payment to the client’s account. Aune admitted …

Woman Sues Idaho Church After Church Van Crashes in Oregon

A young woman from Idaho who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a 2018 van crash while traveling to a Christian conference in Portland, Ore. with her youth group is suing the church and the youth pastor who was driving …

Rural Fire Departments in Idaho Learn Equipment Isn’t Insured

Several rural volunteer fire departments in north-central Idaho are in danger of losing much of their equipment after officials learned it was uninsured. The Lewiston Tribune reported Idaho County officials previously believed the fire trucks and other equipment loaned to …

Idaho Man Sentenced for Insurance Fraud With Fictitious Golf Club Receipts

An Idaho man has been nailed for insurance fraud using fictitious golf club receipts. David Gress appeared at the Canyon County District Court this week and was sentenced for insurance fraud. Gress pled guilty in August to one count of …

Idaho City Bans Handheld Phone Use While Driving

One of the largest cities in Idaho has banned the use of a hand-held phone while driving. Meridian’s city council approved the ordinance last week, prohibiting the use of hand-held devices any time a vehicle is in a traffic lane. …

Idaho Crop Insurance Company Will Pay $3.48M in Lawsuit

A crop insurance company has agreed to pay a southwestern Idaho farming family $3.48 million following a lawsuit. The Idaho Statesman reported that the Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Idaho agreed to pay Nate and Kristin Pancheri for damage …

Idaho Law Requiring Drunk Drivers to Use Interlock Takes Effect

An Idaho law has gone into effect that requires ignition interlock devices to be installed on the vehicles of first-time convicted drunken drivers. Beginning Jan. 1, all first-time DUI offenders were required to have the device on their vehicles for …

Idaho’s High Court Considering Defamation by Inference Suit

The Idaho Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case that could determine whether individuals have the right to sue if they think someone implied, but didn’t outright say, something defamatory. The issue arose in a lawsuit brought last year …