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State officials said Chief Armijo couldn’t carry a gun since acknowledging that he owes tens of thousands of dollars in delinquent child support payments in Texas. He also faces new felony charges after being accused of selling a town-owned rifle and pocketing the cash.

Mr. Romero said Chief Armijo is working to clear up the latest case and has not ruled out seeking the police chief’s position again if his case is resolved and the position is open.


UC agrees to pay $1M to settle pepper-spray suit

SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by demonstrators who were pepper-sprayed during an Occupy protest at UC Davis last fall, according to a preliminary settlement filed Wednesday.

The Nov. 18, 2011, incident prompted national outrage, angry campus protests and calls for the resignation of Chancellor Linda Katehi after online videos shot by witnesses went viral.

Images of a police officer casually spraying orange pepper-spray in the faces of nonviolent protesters became a rallying symbol for the Occupy Wall Street movement. The demonstrators had been protesting steep tuition hikes and police brutality.

Under the proposed settlement, UC would pay $30,000 to each of 21 plaintiffs named in the complaint and an additional $250,000 for their attorneys to split.


Police on alert ahead of neo-Nazi music festival

BOISE — The mayor’s office is fielding numerous complaints about a neo-Nazi music festival planned for early October, the city’s police department said.

Authorities have been on alert since advertisements for Hammerfest 2012 near Boise surfaced online, said Sgt. Jeff Basterrechea, who is with the police department’s gang intelligence unit. The white supremacist group Hammerskin Nation plans to hold the event Oct. 6, according to the flier circulating online.

The skinhead group is rooted in Texas and has branches in Australia and Canada, according to the SITE Monitoring Service, a private intelligence firm that searches the Internet for extremist activity.


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