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Christopher Smart

Reporter, Government

801-257-8795, csmart@sltrib.com


  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Charlie Scriver’s friends and classmates at Bennion Junior High rush to the stage to congratulate Scriver, left, Thursday, May 25, 2017, after he was awarded Granite School District’s Absolutely Incredible Kid Award – an annual recognition that shines a spotlight on those who rise above hardships in their lives to learn, serve and succeed. Homeless teen student surprised with ‘Absolutely Incredible Kid’ award
    Taylorsville • He’s humble and helpful. He’s generous. And he loves to read and learn. Charlie Scriver, 14, is an “Absolutely Incredible Kid” — an ann...
    Updated May 25 2017 11:44 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Officers and investigators at the scene where West Valley City officer Cody Brotherson was struck and killed by a vehicle near 4100s, and 2200w in West Valley City, Sunday, November 6, 2016. Officer Brotherson’s car is at right with it’s trunk open. Preliminary information suggests that he may have been trying to lay tire spikes in the roadway when he was hit. Defense to get more evidence in case of teen accused of killing West Valley City policeman
    A 3rd District Juvenile Court judge has ordered prosecutors to provide more evidence to a 15-year-old defendant charged in the death last year of West...
    Updated May 24 2017 10:14 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    People camping on public property move their belongings, as workers from the Salt Lake County Health Department and Salt Lake City Waste and Recycling Division clean up remnants of the camps on 500 West, Friday, March 31, 2017.   Safer, cleaner, less chaotic — changes coming to the Rio Grande neighborhood
    A new three-pronged strategy is aimed at making the area surrounding downtown’s homeless shelter safer and cleaner in the coming months. It includes s...
    Updated May 20 2017 08:55 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo)    Martha Ellis is sworn in after being promoted to the rank of division chief for Salt Lake City, becoming the Salt Lake City Fire Department’s first female fire marshall on May 7, 2009. Ellis has filed a lawsuit, alleging fraud, fire code violations and cover-ups at SLC Fire Department. Demoted Salt Lake City firefighter wins appeal to return her rank
    The first female battalion chief for the Salt Lake City Fire Department was wrongly demoted a year ago after alleging misconduct, the Salt Lake City C...
    Updated May 19 2017 09:50 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Members of the Salt Lake City Council Tuesday November 15, 2016. Is the Salt Lake City attorney protecting the City Council from itself?
    Transparent it isn’t. Confusion reigns on the north end of City Hall’s third floor where the Salt Lake City Council does the people’s business. It now...
    Updated May 16 2017 10:52 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |   Tribune file photo)   Patricia Smith-Mansfield, Utah State Records Committee member asks questions during a 2015 hearing before the panel. Split vote keeps records of homeless shelter site discussions secret
    Records of the Salt Lake City Council’s closed meetings last fall to determine locations for new homeless shelters will be available to the public in ...
    Updated May 11 2017 11:17 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski announces sites of four planned homeless shelters, Tuesday December 13, 2016. Records of closed-door council shelter site debate should remain secret, SLC mayor's office says
    Salt Lake City continues to fight to protect the secrecy surrounding the selection of homeless-shelter sites. In early November, the City Council dete...
    Updated May 11 2017 04:27 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Inmates play games and spend time out of their cells in a common area in the Aspen unit at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison Monday March 23, 2015. Ranked high in suicides, Utah State Prison seeks to reduce solitary confinement
    From 2000 to 2013, Utah had a disturbing, even deadly, distinction: It carried the highest suicide rate in the nation among state prisoners. In 2014, ...
    Updated May 06 2017 10:36 pm   |     |   Share

  • Sydney Oliver  |  Special to The Tribune  Silvia Avelar-Flores is comforted by her 3 children, Adrian, 10, Jazira, 8, and Ariana, 2, after being released from the Cache County Jail. Avelar-Flores has been detained since Friday, April 28, 2017 after being arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents In West Valley, Utah. Utah mother detained by immigration officials gains temporary stay
    Silvia Avelar-Flores has returned home after being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents last week. The 31-year-old mother...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:22 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Ariana Juarez, 2, who’s mother was detained by ICE agents and taken to an undisclosed location last week, stands in silence during a rally by Mormon Women for Ethical Government and other concerned citizens who gathered at the Department of Homeland Security field office in West Valley City on Wed. May 3, 2017, in a show of solidarity for the young mother, Silvia Avelar-Flores, who was arrested. ‘Every night, we just cry together’: Young family heartbroken after ICE detains 31-year-old mother
    A 31-year-old mother of three young children was swept up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Friday in the parking lot of a retail shop as ...
    Updated May 04 2017 01:53 pm   |     |   Share

  • Eight-month-old Lincoln Penland (Roy City Police) 3-year-old brother — not Utah day care operator — caused baby’s fatal injuries, defense says
    Ogden • Who caused the death of 8-month-old Lincoln Penland at a Roy day care in February 2014? Prosecutors insisted Monday in opening statements in J...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:46 pm   |     |   Share

  • President Donald Trump Utah ACLU sues Trump administration over travel ban
    The ACLU of Utah, along with affiliates in northern California and Hawaii, has filed a lawsuit demanding documents related to the implementation of Pr...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 08:40 pm   |     |   Share

  • Paralyzed inmate is the latest statistic in Utah’s mental health care crisis
    Matthew Ryan Hall probably will never move his legs or arms again. On Feb. 24, while on suicide watch, the 31-year-old jumped or fell from a sink in a...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 09:38 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Homeless woman breaks down her camp near 500 W. and 350 S. in Salt Lake City. ACLU: Utah sheriff’s homeless plan fraught with constitutional issues
    Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder’s 21-point plan to deal with homelessness downtown has grabbed the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:55 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mikala Manzanares and Josiah Beerle lived in a 2-bedroom apartment they originally got through Rapid Rehousing, a federal HUD program administered by The Road Home. The place flooded ruining much of their furniture.  They have just moved their belongings into this new apartment with  Manzanares’s three children, including eighteen-month-old Alayna Utah landlords cash in on federal money with questionable rentals
    In Salt Lake County, landlords get top dollar for federally subsidized rentals that often provide less-than-stellar living conditions. Federal guideli...
    Updated Apr 03 2017 11:48 am   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder reads from an action plan that was submitted to the Pioneer Park Coalition and the Downtown Alliance. The plan, which was under development for nearly two years, is intended to help restore the downtown area and provide services to the homeless population of Salt Lake County. Winder outlined the plan during a news conference at the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office in Salt Lake City Thursday March 30, 2017. Search homeless at shelter, keep out sex offenders, confiscate bikes — all part of sheriff's plan for Rio Grande
    The Rio Grande neighborhood surrounding the Road Home shelter is in crisis and Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder says it is time for an emergency re...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:55 pm   |     |   Share