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Tiffany Frandsen

Reporter, Justice and safety

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  • Park rangers recover body believed to be missing 14-year-old’s
    Park rangers recovered a body from the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park on Friday, and they believe it is that of a 14-year-old who was re...
    Updated Apr 28 2017 09:27 pm   |     |   Share

  • No charges in death of inmate whose spleen was almost severed from blunt force trauma, says A.G.’s office
    The Utah attorney general’s office announced Friday that it would not consider charges in the December death of an inmate whose spleen was nearly cut ...
    Updated Apr 28 2017 10:17 pm   |     |   Share

  • Multiple crashes caused delays on I-15 in Bountiful area
    Multiple crashes involving 14 vehicles initially blocked all but one lane of southbound traffic on Interstate 15 at 2600 South in Bountiful on Friday ...
    Updated Apr 28 2017 04:07 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Friends embrace as they attend a vigil at Draper City Park on Sunday evening, Nov. 20, 2016, in remembrance of teens Lexie Fenton and Ethan Fraga, both 16, who were killed in a single-car accident in Draper Saturday night. Utah teenager charged with negligent homicide for crash that resulted in two deaths
    A teenager is facing negligent homicide charges for a November crash in Draper crash that killed two teenagers and injured three others, police said F...
    Updated Apr 28 2017 05:48 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, meets with members of Utah’s Islamic Community in Salt Lake City, Wednesday February 8, 2017. Chaffetz recovering from surgery
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, was recovering in a University Hospital room Thursday after getting foot surgery to address complications from a previous...
    Updated Apr 28 2017 04:57 pm   |     |   Share

  • Teenager charged with auto homicide in crash that killed two Moab teens
    A Moab teenager was arrested and booked into jail on Wednesday for allegedly driving while under the influence during a March car crash that killed tw...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 10:47 pm   |     |   Share

  • Robert Hilder Robert Hilder, a former Utah judge who drew ire from Utah’s gun lobby, dies
    Summit County Attorney Robert Hilder — who emigrated to the United States from Australia and later served 16 years as a 3rd District Court judge — die...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 09:47 pm   |     |   Share

  • Police search for suspects connected with shooting at Harrisville motel
    Police are looking for three suspects in connection with a shooting Wednesday morning at a motel in Harrisville. The victim, a male in his late 20s,...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 02:08 pm   |     |   Share

  • 76-year-old man falls off ledge at Toquerville Falls
    A 76-year-old man was hospitalized after falling off a ledge at Toquerville Falls. The man hit his head when he fell off a ledge at the falls, a popu...
    Updated Apr 25 2017 09:03 pm   |     |   Share

  • West Valley City Police Department launches public-safety alert system
    West Valley City • The West Valley City Police Department on Tuesday launched a system to alert residents about public-safety situations. The notific...
    Updated Apr 25 2017 08:28 pm   |     |   Share

  • Fight like a girl? This camp shows that ladies can fight fires just as well as men
    These girls know the sky’s the limit when it comes to what they can be when they grow up. Just one option: firefighter. And Camp Athena on Saturday he...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 10:06 pm   |     |   Share

  • Mike Trabert Family of Utahn who survived helicopter crash trying to bring him home from Russia
    Utahn Mike Trabert was on a heli-skiing trip down a volcanic mountain in Kamchatka, Russia, when a gust of wind crashed the helicopter carrying him an...
    Updated Apr 25 2017 09:00 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Amanda Mikesell, left, and her mother Vicki Summers man the pumps near 125 North 1650 West in Tremonton to pump standing water away from homes into the street Monday Feb. 20 before the next storm drops more rain.  Wellsville Mountains in the distance still hold much of the winter’s snow. Parts of Box Elder County have seen surface flooding from the rapid snow melt and rain over the weekend.  Luckily these homes do not have basements but water rose nearly to the front doors of some homes.  Main Street in Tremonton from 1000 to 2000 West was closed last night to pump out the area. Trump declares disaster over northern Utah’s February flooding
    President Donald Trump on Friday declared that “a major disaster exists” in northern Utah after the region was socked by severe winter storms and floo...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 08:46 pm   |     |   Share

  • Hurricane teacher arrested for inappropriate relationship with student
    A Hurricane High School teacher and baseball coach was charged Friday for having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Aaron Karl Esplin, 40,...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 09:00 pm   |     |   Share

  • 7-year-old in critical condition after being struck by SUV near Taylorsville school
    A 7-year-old who was struck by an SUV near John C. Fremont Elementary School in Taylorsville on Thursday afternoon is in the hospital with injuries th...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 06:04 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah civics program requires girls to wear skirts or dresses; no pantsuits allowed
    Chloe Collins canvassed for Sen. Bernie Sanders in Nevada last summer. She interns for a community organizer in Utah. But the Cottonwood High School s...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 12:13 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Classmates of Dakota Kilburn attend a candlelight vigil for their friend who died from injuries he suffered after being hit by a car then pinned under another car in front of Syracuse Junior High School in Syracuse Wednesday April 19, 2017. Hundreds of people attend the vigil at the Syracuse junior high school. ‘Football season won’t be the same without’ Dakota: Community mourns loss of Utah teen
    Syracuse • Blue and orange usually represent Syracuse Junior High School, but on Wednesday night, the Seahawks wore purple. Dakota Kilburn loved the N...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 04:02 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   FLDS leader Lyle Jeffs speaks to a small crowd in Salt Lake City after a hearing was held at the Matheson Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2009 to decide on the sale of the Berry Knoll property in the United Effort Plan (UEP) land trust. Defendants in FLDS food-stamp case attend class as part of plea deal
    Defendants who pleaded guilty in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints food-stamp fraud case have attended a class regarding ...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 11:02 pm   |     |   Share

  • Syracuse teenager dies after being pinned under a car
    A 15-year-old boy who had been pinned under a car died Tuesday, one day after being hit in a crosswalk near Syracuse Junior High School. Impact from a...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 11:02 pm   |     |   Share

  • Man falls roughly 1,000 feet while paragliding
    A man is in serious condition after falling while paragliding off a mountain near Centerville. The 50-year-old man had been paragliding off a rock ne...
    Updated Apr 16 2017 09:14 pm   |     |   Share

  • Magna man who allegedly choked a woman ordered to stand trial for murder
    A Magna man was bound over for trial Friday on charges of first-degree felony murder and second-degree felony obstructing justice for allegedly chokin...
    Updated Apr 14 2017 10:28 pm   |     |   Share

  • Strong winds cause power outages, flight delays in Utah
    Salt Lake City International Airport diverted flights, homes lost power and trees toppled because of heavy gusts of wind Thursday evening. About two d...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 10:48 pm   |     |   Share

  • Ogden fire crews knock down flames at unoccupied car dealership
    Ogden fire crews battled flames at an unoccupied car dealership through Thursday night into Friday morning. Officials declared the fire “controlled” ­...
    Updated Apr 14 2017 10:57 am   |     |   Share

  • No explosives found in suspicious package in Ogden
    A suspicious bag investigated by a bomb squad in an Ogden parking garage Thursday evening contained metal but no explosives. “It ended up just being ...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 09:55 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy  |  Utah County Sheriff’s Office  Paul Peters Gov. Herbert’s half-brother — already serving prison time for enticing a minor — charged with sexually abusing a girl
    Gov. Gary Herbert’s half brother — who is serving prison time for engaging in online chats with a police officer posing as a 13-year-old girl — has be...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 08:55 pm   |     |   Share

  • Police searching for suspect who assaulted, tied up Draper resident in his home
    Police are looking for a burglar who broke into at a house in Draper on Tuesday morning. Draper police suspect the man gained entry to the house thr...
    Updated Apr 11 2017 09:01 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Leah Lobato, director of the Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities and Business Relations, gives job advice while Chip Royce interprets in American sign language at the Work Ability Career Exploration and Job Fair at the Sanderson Center in Taylorsville on Tuesday. Job fair connects Utahns with disabilities to employment opportunities
    The Department of Workforce Services and Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) hosted a job fair Tuesday to help individuals with disabilities lo...
    Updated Apr 11 2017 10:01 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah man charged with manslaughter after FrontRunner crash kills pregnant woman
    A Salt Lake City man was charged Monday in connection with a FrontRunner crash that caused the death of a pregnant woman in July. Nephi Adelino Makaya...
    Updated Apr 12 2017 10:23 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Rizzo, a 14-year-old polar bear, at Hogle Zoo’s new Rocky Shores exhibit Wednesday May 30, 2012.  Rocky Shores exhibit set to open to the public June 1. Hogle Zoo to put polar bear Rizzo on end-of-life care
    The lone polar bear at Utah’s Hogle Zoo is dying. Rizzo, a 19-year-old polar bear, is in renal failure, and zoo veterinarians have put her on end-of-...
    Updated Apr 08 2017 09:46 pm   |     |   Share

  • Crash halts traffic, leads to additional collisions on Interstate 15
    Northbound traffic on Interstate 15 was at a standstill Saturday afternoon after a crash at 5100 South blocked all four lanes. The Utah Highway Patrol...
    Updated Apr 08 2017 10:39 pm   |     |   Share