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Former UI Communications Professor Arrested in Lewiston on Drug, Burglary Charges

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Denise Bennett has been sprung from the Nez Perce County jail, The Argonaut reports.

The former University of Idaho communications professor was arrested without a warrant on Sept. 20 on felony charges of burglary and possession of a controlled substance, and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She posted $5,000 bail on Sept. 23, and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Nez Perce Magistrate Court on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Earlier this year, Bennett attracted statewide headlines when a Vandal Alert, the university's most serious campus-wide alert, was issued, barring her from campus after she sent an incendiary email to school administrators, appeared in a controversial video online and issued a "manifesto." Popular with students, Bennett was ultimately fired in mid-September by UI President C. Scott Green, who sided with a dismissal panel's recommendation to terminate her employment.

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