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Judge OKs Ogden police search that yielded meth and stolen gun

SALT LAKE CITY — An Ogden man now faces trial on three felony charges after a federal judge upheld a warrantless search that yielded a handgun and methamphetamine from a black bag in front of the suspect’s home.


Police & Fire

Ex-bank manager pleads guilty to stealing $565K to buy house

SALT LAKE CITY — A former Bountiful bank manager pleaded guilty to money laundering after embezzling more than $565,000 and buying a house with the diverted sum.


Police & Fire

3 USU officials freed from civil liability in fraternity rape lawsuit

Three Utah State University officials have been dismissed as defendants in a former student’s lawsuit that alleges the institution failed to act on reports of sexual assaults at two fraternity houses before she was beaten and raped.


Police & Fire

Utah minority offenders now even more likely to get prison sentences

Minority offenders are increasingly likely to be sentenced to prison in Utah since major justice system changes were implemented in 2015, and officials are trying to determine how implicit biases may be creeping into arrests, prosecutions and sentencings.


Courts

Utah reports to feds omit inmates 'released' from custody after deadly incidents

Another name has been added to the unofficial list of people who’ve died after entering a Northern Utah jail, but whose demise was not considered a federally reportable “in-custody” death because he expired later at a hospital.


Police & Fire

As lawsuits accumulate, Utah jail inmate screening gains life-or-death focus

What happens in the first minutes or hours after a person arrives at a county jail can determine the course of the new inmate’s life.


Courts

Man convicted of defrauding at least 14 Utah disabled people loses appeal

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Court of Appeals has upheld eight felony convictions against a man who prosecutors said diverted $11,000 from disabled clients over a two-year period and used the money for personal purchases, including a Las Vegas vacation, concert tickets, televisions, jewelry and expensive shoes.


Police & Fire

Ogden airport's 15-year safety streak ended with 2 fatal crashes in 2017

Fifteen years passed without a fatal plane crash involving flights from Ogden-Hinckley Airport, but the safety streak ended in 2017 with a pair of crashes in which a total of six people died.


Courts

State official objects to justice reform critics, says drug courts are thriving

Drug courts continue to operate effectively as a key component of Utah’s 2015 justice system reforms, a state official says, contrary to assertions by prosecutors that some people who should be behind bars are slipping through the net.


Police & Fire

Judge dismisses wrongful-death claim in 2014 Roy SWAT standoff

SALT LAKE CITY — A judge threw out major portions of a lawsuit filed by the widow and mother of a man killed after police entered his Roy home to end a SWAT standoff in 2014.


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