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Courtney Tanner

Reporter, Justice and safety

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  • This Jan. 20, 2016, photo, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during news conference, in Salt Lake City. Chaffetz says he’ll vote for Donald Trump, despite withdrawing his endorsement. The Republican chairman of the House oversight committee said in a tweet on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, he’d doing it because he believes Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is bad for the country, but he won’t defend or endorse the Republican nominee. A spokeswoman confirmed the tweet Thursday. Chaffetz says a third-party candidate wouldn’t have a serious chance of winning. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Chaffetz won’t launch ‘fishing expedition’ into Trump’s finances
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz has no plans to dig into President-elect Donald Trump’s business dealings, including potential ties with Russia, saying to do so w...
    Updated Jan 15 2017 10:53 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Sarita Gaytan poses for a photo on her porch in Salt Lake City. Gaytan plans to attend Trump’s inauguration and the women’s march in D.C..  Friday, January 13, 2017. Meet the Utahns going to Washington to celebrate — and protest — Trump’s inauguration
    Hundreds of thousands of Americans will descend on Washington, D.C., this week to celebrate — and to protest — the inauguration of President-elect Do...
    Updated Jan 15 2017 09:18 am   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Bears Ears Buttes are located near Comb Ridge, a few miles from Bluff. The area is part of the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument. Hatch prods Interior nominee to help ‘repair damage’ of national monuments
    After meeting with President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Interior Department on Thursday, Sen. Orrin Hatch said he sees in the nominee a pot...
    Updated Jan 13 2017 12:15 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin / Tribune file photo)     Rep. Chris Stewart talks with he media during Republican Party Election Night Victory Party at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City Tuesday November 8, 2016. Utah Rep. Chris Stewart selected to lead House subcommittee on intelligence
    Rep. Chris Stewart, a former Air Force pilot, has been named chairman of a House intelligence subcommittee that oversees the Department of Defense. S...
    Updated Jan 11 2017 09:09 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Backpacker explores an unknown Anasazi ruin under a sandstone alcove in a canyon on Cedar Mesa in San Juan County.  The area is included in the Bears Ears National Monument. Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee push to rein in presidential power in wake of Bears Ears
    Little more than a week after President Barack Obama’s designation of Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, Republicans in the U.S. Senat...
    Updated Jan 10 2017 11:45 am   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah State Prison librarian, Christie Jensen, shows one of the well-loved books with a semi-circled spine. Jensen and her staff maintain and repair books on site. Why are these two books banned at the Utah State prison?
    For the inmates locked up at the Utah State Prison, copies of John Grisham’s “A Time to Kill,” the classic “Crime and Punishment” and each installment...
    Updated Jan 09 2017 11:52 am   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy  |  Utah Highway Patrol  A woman is dead after a crash in Box Elder County on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Woman dies in Box Elder County crash
    After losing control on a strip of slush, a driver in Box Elder County struck two cars Saturday evening, leaving one woman dead and another with minor...
    Updated Jan 07 2017 07:42 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin /  Tribune file photo)     Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah. Utah’s Chris Stewart walks back ‘BS’ comment on Russian hacking, says information was withheld
    The findings of a newly released intelligence report contradict, in part, statements from Utah Rep. Chris Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence ...
    Updated Jan 06 2017 10:41 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Jeremy Harmon  |  Tribune file photo)    Sgt. Todd Royce, of the Utah Highway Patrol, says a contingent of 40 UHP troopers will be dispatched to Washington, D.C., for the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. Utah Highway Patrol will send troopers to D.C. to aid security forces at Trump’s inauguration
    The Utah Highway Patrol is sending 40 troopers to Washington, D.C., to provide security at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration later this mont...
    Updated Jan 05 2017 01:20 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)   A snowboarder hucks into the air at Snowbasin Ski Resort in this file photo. Skier dies after apparent crash at Utah’s Snowbasin Resort
    A skier died at Snowbasin Resort on Saturday afternoon after he apparently collided with a tree. Ski patrol members came across the man’s body about ...
    Updated Dec 31 2016 07:45 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Police confer with each other at the intersection of Stockton St. (5290W) and Westslope Dr. (4985S) in Kearns, Wednesday, December 29, 2016. Condition improves for 9-year-old boy struck by bullet in Kearns drive-by shooting
    A 9-year-old boy shot Wednesday in an apparent drive-by shooting in Kearns is expected to live. “He is more stable,” said Unified police Detective Ke...
    Updated Dec 31 2016 08:53 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah woman arrested for allegedly arranging death of ex-husband and his new wife
    A Herriman woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly arranging to have her ex-husband and his new wife killed. Linda Gillman, 69, apparently planned t...
    Updated Jan 09 2017 08:41 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Meri Brown, left, from the TV program ’Sister Wives’ carries on a conversation with a friend near the starting line of the 5K run to benefit Holding Out Help, a group that helps people leaving polygamy. The run started at 9 a.m. from Draper City Park, Saturday, September 22, 2012. ‘Sister Wives’ case should not go to U.S. Supreme Court, argues Utah A.G.’s office
    The polygamists who starred in the reality television show “Sister Wives” should not have their case reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, argues the Ut...
    Updated Jan 05 2017 03:27 pm   |     |   Share

  • Salt Lake City fire crews quickly douse small fire at tire shop
    Crews quickly contained a fire at a Salt Lake City tire shop Tuesday afternoon. The small blaze ignited about 1:45 p.m. after the outlet for a stove ...
    Updated Dec 27 2016 03:34 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Alex Gallivan | Special to the Tribune) Christmas with Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Rolando Villazón at The LDS Church Conference Center  in Salt Lake City, Thursday,Dec 082016 Twitter hums with jokes at news the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will sing at Trump’s inauguration
    After Thursday’s announcement from the LDS Church, Twitter users wasted no time in suggesting alternative hymns for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to per...
    Updated Dec 22 2016 09:41 pm   |     |   Share

  • Man shot in chest at Orem apartment
    A man was shot in the chest at an Orem apartment complex Thursday evening, police say. Officers responded to Village Park Apartments, 1080 N. State S...
    Updated Dec 22 2016 08:24 pm   |     |   Share

  • |  courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol  A vehicle slid off the roadway and struck a UHP trooper’s patrol car in Millard County on Thursday, December 22, 2016. Utah Highway Patrol trooper’s car hit, no injuries
    A car slid off a snow-covered freeway in Millard County and struck a Utah Highway Patrol trooper’s car Thursday afternoon. The trooper, who was outsid...
    Updated Dec 22 2016 09:47 pm   |     |   Share

  • Police ID body found in field near SLC airport
    Though initially concerning, police now say no foul play was involved in the death of a Salt Lake City man whose body was found lying in a field near ...
    Updated Dec 20 2016 07:43 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Presidential candidate Evan McMullin speaks during a press conference at his  campaign headquarters in Salt Lake City Wednesday October 12, 2016. ‘Evan McMuffin’: Trump gives former competitor and Utah native a new nickname
    Having previously referred to his former rival as just “some guy” from Utah, Donald Trump has a new nickname for Evan McMullin after a rally in Florid...
    Updated Dec 17 2016 09:07 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Mike Hubertz, left, and his friend Saul Arrington share a cigarette and talk in Pioneer Park, Thursday, December 15, 2016. Homeless services — and some people they help — plan to stay downtown
    Mike Hubertz is busy folding his nine fleece blankets and stuffing them into gray plastic garbage bags when his friend walks over. “Michigan is Michig...
    Updated Dec 16 2016 08:52 am   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     David Litvack, Salt Lake City deputy chief of staff, talks with citizens about their concerns on the newly announced locations for the four new homeless shelters, one of which is in their neighborhood, during the Liberty Wells Community Council meeting at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City Wednesday December 14, 2016. Salt Lake City officials get earful over homeless shelter distribution
    When Salt Lake City finishes the four new homeless shelter sites announced Tuesday, Pam Moritz will live within 2 miles of three of them. Moritz descr...
    Updated Dec 16 2016 08:25 am   |     |   Share

  • Man who made noises ‘like a zombie’ during fatal Utah attack is sentenced to prison
    William Dearing’s small silver hoop earrings shook as he yelled at the man who killed his father. With a booming voice at the front of a courtroom Tue...
    Updated Dec 14 2016 07:56 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Family members of James Swift mourn their loss as they attend a candle light vigil during the ’Homeless Persons Memorial Day’ gathering for all the homeless people who died in the past year, at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City Tuesday December 13, 2016. Vigil commemorates 97 people who died in Utah after experiencing homelessness
    Anthony Washington’s breath turned into white swirls in the nearly freezing air Tuesday evening. It reminded him of similar cold nights, sleeping unde...
    Updated Dec 14 2016 01:48 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy  |  USDA Forest Service  The Mahogany Fire broke out and consumed about two acres Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, in Utah County. Utah had worst wildfire season since 2012
    One wildfire in Utah this season consumed twice as many acres as the total amount of land burned across the entire state last year. Though that’s more...
    Updated Dec 12 2016 08:06 am   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Patrick Willie performs a hoop dance at the 2016 Human Rights Day Celebration at the Sorenson Unity Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday December 10, 2016. Salt Lake City champions human rights with day of celebration
    Something about wearing her traditional sari with its red and gold sequin flowers has felt different to Aarati Ghimire since Donald Trump was elected ...
    Updated Dec 11 2016 09:08 am   |     |   Share

  • Police find in Bluffdale a man who had been missing
    Police found a 28-year-old man about five hours after he was reported missing from Sandy on Friday night. The man, whom police were concerned about be...
    Updated Dec 09 2016 10:50 pm   |     |   Share

  • Artist asks thief to return Festival of Trees centerpiece
    Sandy police say someone swiped a centerpiece — which had been auctioned off for $1,650 to go to Primary Children’s Hospital — at the Festival of Tree...
    Updated Dec 11 2016 08:21 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy  |  St. George Police  David Grant Torrey Police find missing, mentally ill southern Utah man
    Police on Friday found a missing 24-year-old southern Utah man with a history of mental illness and making deadly threats. David Grant Torrey had last...
    Updated Dec 09 2016 12:26 pm   |     |   Share

  • After fatal attack, Utah woman trades her car keys for children’s safety
    Alicia Keller was not scheduled to work Tuesday morning. She usually had just a few nights a week at the rehab facility near Escalante, clocking in la...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 11:19 pm   |     |   Share

  • Staffer at Utah youth rehab facility allegedly is killed by teen student
    A 61-year-old staff member at a rehab facility near Escalante was killed early Tuesday morning after a teenage student allegedly attacked him. The 17...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 10:24 pm   |     |   Share