Sorry, folks, today’s news continues to be a little harrowing, albeit not without a bit of hope for some. A former BYU-Idaho student is fresh out of hope after was convicted of rape and promptly sentenced to prison yesterday. Occupy Pocatello protesters are hoping for some support from the City Council on a national resolution, while Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is hoping to surge his way to the nomination. The sad news comes out of Washington again, as more terrifying details come out about the Josh Powell double murder/suicide from this past weekend.
- A Brigham Young University-Idaho student from Ghana was sentenced Monday to two to 10 years in prison for the rape of a teenage girl last year. Isaah A-Jalil Kappah, 21, raped the girl at about 12:30 a.m. on June 1, 2011 in Rexburg. After his arrest, he was charged with the rape of a woman under the age of 16 and forcible sexual penetration by use of a foreign object, both felonies. The victim was acquainted with the man. [LN8]
- The double murder/suicide over the weekend, involving Josh Powell and his two young sons, got even more gruesome after preliminary autopsy results. The Pierce County medical examiner announced yesterday that the two boys, ages 7 and 5, suffered “chop” injuries to the neck and head, likely with a hatchet. Despite his efforts, the boys survived the initial attack and died instead of smoke inhalation from the massive blaze Powell set to the home. [ABC]
- Occupy Pocatello protesters presented a petition to the City Council last night, urging them to support a resolution that says the city supports an amendment to reverse the Supreme Court ruling Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission. The controversial ruling allows political candidates to align with so-called “super PACs” that are free to take donations of any amount, leading to a massive surplus of political spending. Council member Steve Brown said it’s up to the mayor whether or not the resolution appears on the agenda, but said it could potentially split the council in a vote. [LN8]
- It’s not over just yet—Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has suddenly surged in polling in three primary states, Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, and it could be enough to give him a win in each. Although no delegates will be awarded in the states, wins could help relaunch Santorum’s campaign, which has slumped since his close win over Mitt Romney in Iowa. The Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling results show Santorum with a 17-percentage-point lead over Romney in Missouri and an 11-percentage-point lead in Minnesota. He still has some ground to make up in Colorado, where he is down by 10 percentage points. [USA]