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Two Utahns who are serving lengthy prison sentences in separate drug cases received commutations Thursday in President Barack Obama’s final round of clemency grants. David Andrew Mortensen and Tonya B...

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  • Julio Garza. A convicted rapist-murderer was killed at Gunnison prison and his cellmate was the prime suspect. (DOC photos) Utah prison inmate charged with aggravated murder in cellmate’s death
    A Utah prison inmate has been charged with aggravated murder, accused of fatally assaulting his cellmate in August. Julio Cesar Garza, 26, was charged...
    Updated Jan 19 2017 09:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Ute Tribe member charged with murder in federal court
    A member of the Ute Indian Tribe has been charged with shooting and killing a man in August. Trent Sowsonicut, 27, of Ft. Duchesne, Uintah County, was...
    Updated Jan 19 2017 10:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • Herbert Landry Katrina evacuee who was granted new trial on Utah arson charge will not be prosecuted again
    A Katrina evacuee who was granted a new trial last year by the Utah Court of Appeals on an arson charge will not be retried. The Utah County Attorney...
    Updated Jan 19 2017 10:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office  An American Fork man suspected of using a BB gun to steal a car allegedly crashed into a deputy’s truck while fleeing police. Armed carjacking suspect crashes into sheriff’s deputy
    An American Fork man suspected of using a BB gun to steal a car before crashing into a deputy’s truck while fleeing police is in the Utah County jail ...
    Updated Jan 19 2017 01:36 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Courtesy  |  Utah County Jail  Chelsea Fuller Utah woman sent to prison for DUI crash that killed infant
    A Utah County woman was sent to prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to driving drunk and hitting a tree — a crash which resulted in the death a 4-m...
    Updated Jan 19 2017 10:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)   Madi Barney’s willingness to go public about Brigham Young University’s handling of her rape case changed the discussion on campus sexual assault across the state. Citing ‘reputation and employment implications’ of deputy who gave rape report to BYU, Utah county appeals document release
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  • Orem man charged in federal machine-gun converter case
    Ogden • An Orem man is facing federal charges accusing him of making machine-gun converter devices for AR 15-style rifles. The Standard-Examiner repor...
    Updated Jan 19 2017 01:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah man plants bomb threat in plane bathroom, authorities say
    A West Jordan man was arrested Tuesday in Denver after the FBI says he wrote a bomb threat on his flight from San Diego. Cameron E. Korth, 20, allege...
    Updated Jan 19 2017 10:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Rick Koerber, his family and attorney Marcus Mumford, held a news conference the day after a federal judge tossed out 18 charges against Koerber that had alleged he operated a giant Ponzi scheme through his real estate company, Friday, August 15, 2014. Utah's 'free capitalist' Koerber faces reindictment over Ponzi scheme
    Once freed and crowing after having beaten federal criminal charges, the self-styled “free capitalist” and former Utah County real estate investment g...
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    The attorney for a Toquerville mother charged with child abuse after her 12-year-old son was allegedly found malnourished and weighing just 30 pounds ...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 09:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Dept. of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires, left, and UHP Colonel Michael Rapich stand next to markers representing the 280 lives lost on Utah roads in 2016 placed on the stairway at the Utah State Capitol rotunda on Wednesday. It is a memorium to serve as a reminder to put safety first while driving. Number of fatalities on Utah roads rises for 4th year in a row
    Despite efforts to cut down on fatalities on Utah roads, the number has risen for the fourth year in a row. In 2016, there were 280 deaths because of ...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 09:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • Man shot woman at Midvale apartment during argument over money exchanged for sex
    A man who shot and wounded a woman at a Midvale apartment on Tuesday did so after the two arranged to meet through an online escort ad, Unified police...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 10:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Alicia Englert, accused of throwing her baby in the trash, makes her initial appearance in Judge Ann Boyden’s courtroom in Salt Lake City in September 2014. Her defense lawyers Susanne Gustin, left, Melissa Fulkerson, right. She is charged with attempted murder. Judge to decide whether Utah woman accused of leaving newborn in trash should continue receiving training to restore competency
    A judge has ruled that a Kearns woman accused of abandoning her newborn daughter in a trash can in 2014 is mentally incompetent and will remain so int...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 09:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow, charged with public corruption, at a pre-trial hearing in Salt Lake City, Friday January 6, 2017. Swallow says judge is biased, wants her off case as trial looms
    Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow is asking the state judge presiding over his public corruption case to recuse herself from a February trial,...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 10:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rocky Mountain Power offers $5,000 reward for information on copper thieves in southern Utah
    Rocky Mountain Power is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of thieves who stole copper at a substation in La Sal last ...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 01:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • Federal inmates in Utah and nationwide hope for commutations before Obama’s term ends
    Pauline K. Blake, a West Valley City woman who was serving a 24-year drug sentence in federal prison, was released last month after President Barack O...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 02:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • Obama reduces Utah man’s life term to 20 years
    An Ogden man serving a life sentence for distribution of methamphetamine was among the 209 federal prisoners granted commutations Tuesday by President...
    Updated Jan 17 2017 07:04 pm   |     |   Share
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    Midvale • Unified police are investigating a Midvale shooting Tuesday that injured a woman, allegedly at the hands of a male acquaintance. The episod...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 11:14 am   |     |   Share
  • Kailey Vijil  courtesy of the Vijil family Efforts begin to restore competency of Utah teen accused of raping, killing 12-year-old girl
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    Updated Jan 17 2017 07:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • Spanish Fork man dies after being hit by car while crossing street
    A 95-year-old man was killed after being hit by a car while crossing North Main Street at an uncontrolled intersection Monday night, Spanish Fork City...
    Updated Jan 17 2017 08:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah man wounded by Nevada police had crude bomb in vehicle
    Ogden • Charges allege that a 30-year-old Utah man who was wounded in a police shootout near the Nevada-Utah state line also had a homemade bomb in hi...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 09:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • The scene Sunday at Willow Park in Lehi after a body was discovered that police say has been identified as Michael Darrin Lowe, suspected in what police say was a shooting in American Fork on Dec. 24 that left a woman in serious condition. Photo courtesy American Fork Police Department. Body of Utah man suspected of shooting estranged wife found in park
    The body of a man who allegedly shot and wounded his estranged wife at an American Fork convenience store last month was found Sunday morning in a Leh...
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  • (Jeremy Harmon  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Sheriff Jim Winder listens during a press conference on Monday, August 8, 2016, with Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. Sheriff Jim Winder: Jail is a poor backstop for the mentally ill
    Mentally ill inmates charged with crimes, but who have not been tried, languish in jail cells for months because Utah does not provide enough hospital...
    Updated Jan 15 2017 09:14 am   |     |   Share
  • ADVANCE FOR USE SATURDAY, JAN. 14 - In this Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 photo, inmates go about their business in the dorms at the South Idaho Correctional Institution in Kuna, Idaho. A new mentor program through the Idaho Department of Correction is keeping parolees on the straight and narrow. But now, it needs more volunteers, according to The Times-News. (Drew Nash/The Times-News via AP) Idaho looking for volunteer mentors for ex-inmates
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