The Latest: 3 in Idaho to remain held pending move to Nevada

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Posted: Mar 09, 2016 7:20 PM
The Latest: 3 in Idaho to remain held pending move to Nevada

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on criminal charges in separate standoffs in Nevada and Oregon (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

A federal judge ordered three Idaho men to remain in custody at least until they appear in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas on charges stemming from an armed standoff with federal agents during a public lands dispute in April 2014.

A U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman says a judge in Boise on Wednesday ordered Orville Drexler and Eric Parker kept in federal custody pending their transfer to Nevada to face charges with rancher Cliven Bundy.

The judge left it up to a jurist in Nevada to decide whether to release Steve Stewart with conditions.

Records show that Todd Engle's detention hearing is Thursday.

The four from Idaho are among 19 people from at least seven states facing conspiracy, assault and other charges in the armed confrontation over Cliven Bundy grazing cattle on U.S. land near his ranch.


3:15 p.m.

A Utah member of the Bundy ranching family will stay behind bars while he awaits trial on charges in a 2014 armed standoff over grazing fees in Nevada.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells in Salt Lake City decided Wednesday that 39-year-old Dave Bundy could still be dangerous to federal agents and others.

Lawyer Vanessa Ramos says Bundy was a peacemaker in Nevada and has kept his head down for the last two years. He was arrested at a home he was building in Delta, Utah.

Prosecutors argued that Bundy played a central role in recruiting people to participate in the armed standoff to stop a roundup of cows from public land near a ranch that belongs to his father, Cliven Bundy.

Dave Bundy, his father and three brothers are among 19 people charged in the case.


12:45 p.m.

Dozens of armed occupiers who took over a national wildlife refuge in Oregon have been indicted on additional charges.

An indictment unsealed Wednesday reveals new counts against group leader Ammon Bundy and more than two dozen other defendants who were indicted last month on a federal conspiracy charge.

A grand jury indicted Bundy and most of his co-defendants on a charge of firearms possession in a federal facility, and some of those people face another weapons charge.

Three members of the occupation are accused of stealing government property. Two others are charged with damaging an archaeological site deemed sacred to the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Bundy and others who appeared in court Wednesday pleaded not guilty.

The group took over the nature preserve in January to oppose federal land restrictions.


8:40 a.m.

A New Hampshire man facing charges in a 2014 armed standoff in Nevada by ranchers opposed to federal control of public lands has been denied bail.

Rochester resident Gerald DeLemus is accused of being a "mid-level leader" and organizer of a conspiracy to recruit, organize, train and provide support to armed men and other followers of rancher Cliven Bundy. He was among a dozen people in five states arrested last week.

A U.S. magistrate judge said Tuesday while DeLemus didn't act unlawfully in the last two years, there's no evidence that that he abandoned his beliefs "with regard to his willingness to engage in armed confrontation with government officers." The judge ordered him extradited to Nevada to face charges.

DeLemus' lawyer said his client had nothing to do with the confrontation.


7 a.m.

Oregon investigators have concluded that state troopers who shot and killed a key figure of the weekslong occupation of a national wildlife refuge were justified in doing so.

But an FBI team that was also on the scene is under federal investigation for not disclosing they fired two shots that missed Robert "Lavoy" Finicum.

An investigation by Oregon law officials concluded Finicum was going for a gun during the Jan. 26 confrontation with state troopers and FBI agents on a remote road.

But investigators also discovered that FBI agents failed to disclose that they had also fired two shots, neither of which hit Finicum.

The U.S. Justice Department's Office of Inspector General said it is investigating the FBI team's actions, working with Oregon officials.