Truth Squad updates: Foreclosure oops, ISP crime lab, bodies

Truth Squad updates: Foreclosure oops, ISP crime lab, bodies »Play Video
BOISE, Idaho - The Truth Squad covers a wide variety of stories - sometimes there's an easy fix, but sometimes the story takes months or years to unfold.

For this week's Truth Squad, we're updating a few stories that have struck a nerve with our viewers.

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Donne Lee of Boise bought her townhouse back in June of 2008, but two years later discovered there was a mix-up in paperwork. It shows Lee and her neighbor owning different units than they actually live in. The developer went bankrupt and his bank, Intermountain Community Bank foreclosed on the property.

Lee was facing eviction even though she never missed a payment.

At this point, settlement documents have been exchanged among all parties. Lee and her neighbor will receive correct titles to their units. They hope to get it all wrapped up within the next couple of weeks.

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Back in May, 2News investigated unclaimed bodies in Canyon and Ada counties. As it turns out, taxpayers footing the bill for burials through indigent services happens all the time.

We showed you the tallies for the past few years and it's in the tens of thousands of dollars. So how are the numbers stacking up this year? With two months left in the fiscal year, in Canyon County $15,750 of taxpayer money was spent on burials, while in Ada County, the number is at $36,093.

Ada County seems to be on pace with previous years, however, Canyon County has already topped its average over the past few years.

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Earlier this year, Idaho State Police announced three of its drug crime lab workers were busted for breaking policies and procedures. Among the violations, illegal drugs hidden in ceiling tiles and some were intentionally hidden from auditors. The state public defender's office said up to 1,100 cases could be affected, which is not counting defendants who hired a private attorney.

In July, Boise criminal defense attorney George Patterson said the violations cause reasonable doubt into every drug conviction. Canyon County prosecutor Bryan Taylor wasn't concerned - saying the violations had nothing to do with testing.

But the anticipated flood of appeals to overturn prior drug convictions isn't happening.

Taylor told KBOI-TV that he hasn't seen a single case come up yet and Patterson's office said it's only received a handful of calls from people looking for information.

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