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Jessica Miller

Reporter, Justice and safety

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  • Former SLC firefighter union treasurer pleads guilty to stealing funds
    A former Salt Lake City firefighters union treasurer accused of illegally taking more than $100,000 from the union pleaded guilty Friday. Joshua Diamo...
    Updated Jul 22 2017 04:20 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Martin MacNeill,  a doctor accused of murdering his wife appears in Judge Sam McVey’s Fourth District Court in Provo Wednesday October 10 for his preliminary hearing. Prison death of former Utah doctor and convicted killer Martin MacNeill was a suicide, police officially rule
    Investigators have confirmed that the prison death of convicted murderer Martin MacNeill in April was a suicide, according to recently released invest...
    Updated Jul 22 2017 08:41 pm   |     |   Share

  • |  Courtesy Utah County Sheriff’s Office   Colby Wilde. Utah County couple arrested after police say they gave their newborn daughter drugs
    A Utah County couple are in jail after police say they gave their newborn daughter drugs on the day she was born to mask withdrawal symptoms from hosp...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 11:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Photo courtesy of the Unified Police Department)  Unified Police K-9 Office “Dingo” was shot and killed during a fugitive arrest early Thursday morning. The dog’s handler was Sgt. Chad Reyes. Utah man charged with shooting and killing Unified police dog Dingo
    A Utah man accused of shooting and killing a police dog earlier this month was charged Thursday with a number of felonies related to the shooting. Tor...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 10:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Lauren Devries, the new point of contact for the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) group introduces the new information line during a press conference on July 19, 2017 at the DPS Crime Lab in Taylorsville. The Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) and the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) have established a group dedicated to pursuing justice for victims of sexual assault. A new information line has been set up for victims to connect directly to a victim advocate. Sex assault victims in Salt Lake County can now get information about the status of their rape kits
    Taylorsville • As work continues to eliminate Utah’s backlog of untested sexual assault kits, state officials announced Wednesday a new hotline and su...
    Updated Jul 22 2017 09:21 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)    The police offices on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo Wednesday June 1, 2016. Investigation into how BYU police access other agencies’ records is complete — now state prosecutors will review
    After a year-long inquiry, Utah’s Department of Public Safety has completed their investigation into “possible violations” regarding how Brigham Young...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 09:52 am   |     |   Share

  • photo by Marc Weaver  |  KSL Brandy K. Jaynes, 36, pleaded guilty as charged Tuesday in 5th District Court to three counts of second-degree felony child abuse. Utah mother pleads guilty to child abuse after malnourished son was found locked in a bathroom
    A Toquerville mother who was accused of leaving her severely malnourished son locked in a bathroom has pleaded guilty to child abuse charges. Brandy K...
    Updated Jul 18 2017 09:48 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)   Revelers play with sparklers before the Sugar House fireworks on July 4, 2015. Due to the impact of fireworks on air quality, Donna Spangler, a spokeswoman for the Department of Environmental Quality, suggested residents skip individual or neighborhood fireworks this year in favor of large commercial or community displays. Planning to shoot off fireworks for Pioneer Day? Think again if you live in these areas of Salt Lake City
    The Salt Lake City Fire Department on Monday narrowed the list of places to ignite fireworks over the Pioneer Day holiday week. The restrictions will ...
    Updated Jul 22 2017 08:50 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Former Daggett County Sheriff Jerry Jorgensen, front left, huddles with lawyers and former jail commander Lt. Benjamin Lail, right, in Third District Court in Park City on Monday July 17, 2017. The men were before Judge Kent Holmberg on charges connected to the abuse of jail inmates at the Daggett County jail. A third person charged at far left is Deputy Joshua Cox. September evidence hearing set for Daggett County sheriff, two employees accused of inmate mistreatment
    Silver Summit • Evidence detailing alleged mistreatment of Daggett County jail inmates is to be presented in court in early September as the criminal ...
    Updated Jul 22 2017 09:22 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A new murder trial begins for Douglas Anderson Lovell, 57, center, charged with aggravated murder for allegedly kidnapping and killing 39-year-old Joyce Yost in 1985 to keep her from testifying against him in a rape case. Lovell who appeared in 2nd District Court, in Ogden on Monday, March, 16, 2015, is seen facing into the courtroom gallery where the jury was being selected for his trial. Attorney representing Utah death row inmates says he’s not being paid adequately — and he’s not the first to raise concerns
    An appellate attorney for a Utah death row inmate is asking the state’s highest court to follow through on a promise made nearly a decade ago: The jus...
    Updated Jul 16 2017 06:00 am   |     |   Share

  • One year in jail ordered for former Utah teacher who had sexual encounter with teen student
    A former Cottonwood High School teacher will spend a year in jail for having a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old student. Corbin Vance Robinson, 38,...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 07:54 pm   |     |   Share

  • Dustin Evans Unified police agree to pay $1.2 million to innocent bystander who was shot and wounded by officer
    The Unified Police Department said Friday it has agreed to pay $1.2 million to a bystander who was shot and wounded by an officer in 2015. The officer...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 11:00 pm   |     |   Share

  • Kailey Vijil  courtesy of the Vijil family State officials get more time to work on competency issues with teen accused in killing of 12-year-old girl
    State officials have been granted extra time to work on competency issues with a now-17-year-old West Valley City boy accused in the sexual assault an...
    Updated Jul 13 2017 09:30 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office  James Michael Harvie Former Utah officer sentenced to probation for domestic violence episode
    A former West Jordan police officer has been sentenced to probation with Utah’s veterans’ court this week after he pleaded guilty to domestic violence...
    Updated Jul 13 2017 09:30 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah prosecutors deciding whether criminal charges are warranted in police dog’s death
    The Cache County Attorney’s Office is now investigating the death of a sheriff’s office police dog. Few details have been released about how the Cache...
    Updated Jul 13 2017 07:50 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    U.S. Attorney John W. Huber talks about  the case where a northern Utah emergency room nurse has been federally indicted for illegally obtaining controlled substances--dilaudid and morphine--tampering with them and then administering them to hospital patients. Thursday, July 13, 2017. Federal indictment: Utah nurse stole hospital drugs, exposed patients to hepatitis C
    Federal prosecutors this week filed charges against a former Utah nurse believed to have stolen hospital painkillers and exposed patients to hepatitis...
    Updated Jul 13 2017 09:56 pm   |     |   Share

  • Spenser Heaps  |  File photo Conrad Truman prepares to leave the courtroom for transport to the Utah State Prison following his sentencing at 4th District Court in Provo in Feb. Conrad Truman, Utah husband convicted then acquitted of murdering wife, files lawsuit
    An Orem man who was convicted then later acquitted in his wife’s shooting death filed a civil rights lawsuit Wednesday against the police department a...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 11:02 pm   |     |   Share

  • Richard Simon Garcia Utah man pleads guilty in 2014 rape case after DNA match to sexual-assault kit evidence
    A Utah man has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a rape case police say they solved two years after the crime thanks to a DNA match to sexual-assau...
    Updated Jul 12 2017 09:43 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy Weber County jail Brenda Emile, left, Miller Costello Charges: Ogden couple beat their child to death, then covered her in makeup before calling police
    Prosecutors allege an Ogden couple charged Tuesday in the death of their toddler beat the young girl to death, then covered her in makeup to hide the ...
    Updated Jul 11 2017 11:49 pm   |     |   Share

    (Jessica Miller  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Clyde Lake in the Uinta Mountains. Utah Hike of the Week: Clyde Lake in the Uintas
    If you are in the Uintas and looking for a path that will take you past a lake, try the trail to Clyde Lake. You won’t get just one lake view — you ca...
    Updated Jul 11 2017 03:43 pm   |     |   Share

  • Al Hartmann  |  The Salt LakeTribune Family members of fallen West Valley City police officer Cody Brotherson,  Alex, 9, (brother), left, Jenny, (Mother), and Jeff Brotherson, (Father), talk to the media upon leaving court in Salt Lake City, Monday July 10, 2017.  Three teenage boys who admitted responsibility for the November death of West Valley City police Officer Cody Brotherson were ordered by a juvenille judge to serve time in a secure juvenile care facility for as long as possible.  West Valley Police officer Cody Brotherson, 25, was killed Nov. 6 when he was struck by a stolen vehicle ó in which the three teens were riding ó while laying down a set of spike strips. Three teens ordered locked up ‘for as long as possible’ in death of West Valley City police officer
    As 3rd District Juvenile Court Judge Kimberly Hornak sent three teenagers to lockup for their roles in running over and killing a West Valley police o...
    Updated Jul 15 2017 10:29 pm   |     |   Share

  • Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ‘ag gag’ law as unconstitutional
    A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah’s “ag gag” law, siding with animal-rights activists that the statute — which prohibits unauthorized filming...
    Updated Jul 08 2017 01:33 pm   |     |   Share

  • Teen boy ordered to stand trial for allegedly shooting and killing another teen in a drug-buy rip-off
    Before he was shot in the back in February, 18-year-old Tristen Mogadam shook hands with the teen who authorities say fired the fatal shots. Mogadam a...
    Updated Jul 08 2017 11:07 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)   Dereck James ’DJ’ Harrison was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the kidnapping and killing of UTA worker Kay Ricks. Federal judge sentences Utah man to life in prison for kidnapping, killing of UTA worker
    For the third time in the last eight months, Dereck James “DJ” Harrison on Thursday stood in a courtroom, his hands and feet shackled, as a judge pron...
    Updated Jul 06 2017 09:33 pm   |     |   Share

  • Heidi Rutchey ï Pleads guilty but mentally ill in 2-year-old son’s death. Utah woman pleads guilty, but mentally ill, in her 2-year-old son’s 2013 death
    A Cache County woman whose 2-year-old son was found dead in their River Heights home in 2013 admitted this week that she caused the boy’s death. Heidi...
    Updated Jul 06 2017 02:21 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   An unburned structure near the wildfire burning north of the southern Utah ski town of Brian Head Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The Brian Head Fire — which forced the evacuation of about 750 residents and visitors on Saturday — was started by someone using a weed torch in dry conditions, Gov. Gary Herbert tweeted Tuesday, ahead of a 1 p.m. news conference. The maximum criminal penalty for accidentally starting a Utah wildfire? A year in jail
    Maybe you just wanted to burn some garbage, weeds or those old leaves. You didn’t mean for the fire to escape your backyard, but it did. But whether ...
    Updated Jul 04 2017 05:15 am   |     |   Share

  • Memorez Rackley Domestic violence deaths: Utah advocates hope a growing risk-assessment program will help save lives
    As the number of Utahns who die in domestic violence situations this year continues to rise, advocates hope a program aimed at assessing risk can help...
    Updated Jul 01 2017 09:16 am   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Family members of fallen West Valley City police officer Cody Brotherson, Jeff (father), Jenny (mother), and Alex Brotherson (brother) leave court in Salt Lake City, Wednesday June 28, 2017. Utah officer’s family calls for harsher penalties against teens who ‘took his life for no reason’
    As the teens responsible for the November death of West Valley City police officer Cody Brotherson admitted to charges Wednesday, the slain officer’s ...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 11:22 pm   |     |   Share

  • Child porn charges filed against Utah bounce house operator already accused of sexually assaulting boys
    A Heber bounce house operator accused of sexually assaulting several young boys is now facing even more charges after police say they found child porn...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 08:49 pm   |     |   Share

  • Lawsuit dismissed: No excessive force was used in 2015 traffic stop, judge says
    A federal judge in Utah has dismissed an Ogden woman’s civil rights lawsuit saying a Utah Highway Patrol trooper used excessive force when he violentl...
    Updated Jun 27 2017 10:36 pm   |     |   Share