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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Unified Police Department Sheriff James Winder, center, works with other officers at the scene of an officer involved shooting near 6200 south and 5800 west in Kearns, Utah Wednesday October 5, 2016. Utah man shot by police during escape attempt sentenced to probation
    A Utah man who survived being shot by a police officer during a foot chase last year, was sentenced Monday to probation and time served on an escape c...
    Updated Mar 27 2017 08:30 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)   This photo from 2014 shows Tony Yapias answering questions from Utah Latinos gathered at Centro Civico Mexicano following the historic announcement by President Barack Obama to transform immigration policy and spare 5 million from deportation. Those orders have now been thrown out by the courts. Trial date set for Utah Hispanic activist Tony Yapias, charged with rape
    A trial date has been set for Utah Latino activist Tony Yapias, who is charged with sexually assaulting a woman last March after she had broken off th...
    Updated Mar 27 2017 08:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • DA: Salt Lake City police officer ‘justified’ in shooting — missing — man who appeared to point a gun
    A Salt Lake City police officer who last year fired at a man — and missed — believing the man was pointing a gun at him, was justified in using deadly...
    Updated Mar 26 2017 07:23 pm   |     |   Share

  • Four charged with murder for gang-related robbery, shooting at Provo home
    Three men and a woman have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a man during an alleged gang-related robbery at a Provo home last wee...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 07:38 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah shooting defendants sentenced: one to prison, the other to jail
    Two men who last summer shot up a Taylorsville home, then drove to the Millcreek area where they fired bullets into several cars, tried to carjack a v...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   Share

  • Employees settle with Utah school district and supervisors over alleged sexual harassment
    Eight female employees who sued the Iron County School District in federal court, claiming they were subjected to years of sexual harassment, have rea...
    Updated Mar 16 2017 09:06 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah man sentenced to jail for causing fatal crash while driving with THC in his system
    A Layton man has been sentenced to jail time and probation for running a red light and causing a fatal crash last year while driving with a measurable...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 09:38 pm   |     |   Share

  • Man ordered to stand trial for aggravated murder in Park City man’s shooting death
    A man has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly fatally shooting another man inside the victim’s Park City home during a fight last February. Jame...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 09:38 pm   |     |   Share

  • Man and woman charged with murder, robbery in death of man at Salt Lake City apartment
    A man and woman have been charged in the shooting death of a man last month at a Salt Lake City apartment during an alleged robbery. Brody Richard Ols...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 07:36 pm   |     |   Share

  • Driver who was ‘high’ during crash that killed Utah restaurateur sentenced to prison
    A 22-year-old man was sentenced to prison Monday for being under the influence of marijuana when he caused a traffic accident last year that killed th...
    Updated Mar 07 2017 06:21 pm   |     |   Share

  • Patrick Michael McCabe Florida man returned to Utah to face charges in 1977 murder of 16-year-old girl
    A 59-year-old Florida man has been extradited to Utah for raping and murdering a 16-year-old Salt Lake City girl in 1977. Patrick Michael McCabe, of B...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 06:10 pm   |     |   Share

  • Patrick Michael McCabe Capital murder charge filed against Florida man in 1977 Salt Lake City homicide
    A 59-year-old Florida man was charged Friday by Utah authorities with murder in the first degree — a capital offense punishable by death — for alleged...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 06:09 pm   |     |   Share

  • |  Courtesy  Thomas James Zajac. Appeals court affirms conviction of man who exploded pipe bomb at Salt Lake City library in 2006
    A federal appeals court on Friday affirmed the conviction of an Illinois man who detonated a pipe bomb at the downtown Salt Lake City Library in 2006 ...
    Updated Mar 03 2017 11:14 pm   |     |   Share

  • Boy, 17, charged as an adult with killing Magna man during alleged gang-related drug rip-off
    A 17-year-old boy has been charged as an adult in the shooting death of an 18-year-old Magna man last month during an alleged gang-related drug rip-of...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 06:40 pm   |     |   Share

  • Former employee sentenced to jail for stealing $67,000 from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind
    A former financial analyst for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind has been sentenced to jail time and ordered to repay $67,000 she stole from sc...
    Updated Mar 02 2017 12:55 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah woman who acted as unwitting robbery getaway driver sentenced to jail
    A woman who acted — at least initially — as an unwitting getaway driver for her former husband as he robbed numerous Salt Lake Valley businesses last ...
    Updated Mar 01 2017 10:07 am   |     |   Share

  • Michael Hepworth Former Utah crime lab scientist admits sexually abusing two children
    A former state forensic scientist has pleaded guilty to five felonies in connection with sexually abusing two children. Michael Hepworth, 54, of Woods...
    Updated Mar 01 2017 07:14 am   |     |   Share

  • (Nicholas Charles Leippe  Courtesy photo)  Utah man charged with tying up, raping woman at his home
    A Utah County man has been charged with drugging a woman at his home, then tying her up and raping her, before she managed to text a friend to summon ...
    Updated Feb 27 2017 10:06 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah man sentenced to prison for causing woman’s death while driving drunk, trying to photograph sunset
    A 31-year-old Salt Lake City man has been sentenced to prison for driving drunk and trying to photograph the sunset when his SUV rear-ended a car last...
    Updated Feb 28 2017 07:57 am   |     |   Share

  • Jeanette Miner (left) and Jesse Searle have been arrested for murder, robbery and obstruction of justice. (West Valley Police photos) Second of three defendants sentenced to prison in Utah trailer-theft homicide
    The second of three people charged in the death of West Valley City man who was run over while trying to stop the defendants from stealing a trailer h...
    Updated Feb 27 2017 10:20 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah man sentenced to prison for gang-related murder
    A man who shot and killed a Magna man two years ago after a gang-related argument has been sentenced to prison for up to life. Joe Perez, 19, was fou...
    Updated Feb 27 2017 10:26 pm   |     |   Share

  • Cassandra L. Richards Utah woman sentenced to prison in daughter’s heroin overdose death
    A 33-year-old Provo woman has been sentenced to prison in connection with the 2015 death of her 13-month-old daughter from a heroin overdose. Cassandr...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 08:50 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah businessman pleads guilty in connection with Ponzi scheme
    A West Jordan businessman and his cousin have pleaded guilty in connection with a Ponzi scheme that raised more than $140 million from more than 600 i...
    Updated Feb 26 2017 08:41 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy of Carbon County Sheriff’s Office  Seth Gordon Peterson Prosecutors not seeking death penalty for Utah man accused of killing mother, brother
    Prosecutors have decided not to seek the death penalty for a 25-year-old Emery County man accused of killing his mother and brother last year. Seth Go...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 10:47 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Department of Corrections)  Siale Angilau Lawsuit: Courtroom video exonerates marshal who fatally shot Utah defendant on first day of trial
    Accounts that a U.S. marshal who fatally shot a defendant in a federal courtroom three years ago kept firing, even after the victim had fallen to the ...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 11:38 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol Three were killed in a head-on collision along Highway 40 on Tuesday. ‘Impairment’ a possible factor in head-on crash that killed 3, injured 2, Utah Highway Patrol says
    Impairment may have been a factor in a triple-fatality crash Tuesday — caused when the driver of one car crossed the centerline and collided head on w...
    Updated Feb 15 2017 09:40 pm   |     |   Share

  • Brandon Perry Smith, center, listens while his defense attorney Gary Pendleton, right, discusses a trial date with Judge G. Michael Westfall in 5th District Court Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. The Washington County Attorney’s office announced during the hearing they would no longer be seeking the death penalty at Smith’s murder trial. Utah man convicted of lesser count of homicide in 2010 slaying
    A jury on Friday convicted a man of a lesser count of homicide in the 2010 slaying of a woman in a St. George apartment. Brandon Perry Smith, 35, was ...
    Updated Feb 11 2017 09:23 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah man charged with trying to kill police officer
    An American Fork man has been charged with trying to kill a police officer last month following a domestic violence episode at the man’s home. Seth St...
    Updated Feb 04 2017 08:25 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah couple sentenced to jail in connection with death of baby
    A Cache County couple has been sentenced to jail in connection with the death last year of their 11-week-old daughter, which occurred after the parent...
    Updated Feb 02 2017 09:32 pm   |     |   Share