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7 Utah jail deaths in 2017, down more than two-thirds from the year before

OGDEN — Seven people died in Utah’s county jails in 2017, down sharply from a record 25 the year before, according to records obtained from sheriff’s offices around the state.

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Ousted sheriff's deputy says he's a scapegoat for evidence problems

OGDEN — A former senior deputy says he was made a scapegoat and forced to retire amid an investigation into drug thefts and an employee’s intoxication in the Weber County Sheriff’s Office’s evidence room.


Man alleges Layton cheated him in 2 property deals

LAYTON — Kays Creek burbles behind the county library, bisecting peaceful parkway land near the Layton City offices.


Weber Sheriff's candidate stays in race despite losing job with sheriff's office

OGDEN — Weber County sheriff candidate Kevin Burns says his campaign will go on, despite his job at the sheriff’s office ending after a major breach in the agency’s handling of evidence.

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Weber County Sheriff candidate retires after evidence room audit shows violations

Editor’s note: Due to an editing error, a previous version of this story incorrectly stated Burns was fired; he later clarified he retired. 

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Chronicle of Utah jail medical emergencies: Fights, falls, overdoses

A jail nurse and a corrections deputy were distributing medications in a cell block when an inmate approached them and said, “There’s an old man on the floor.”

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Davis sheriff's business manager put on leave pending audit

FARMINGTON — The Davis County Sheriff’s Office’s business manager has been put on paid administrative leave pending an auditor’s investigation.


Archery course takes shape at Weber County's planned $4.5M outdoor gun range

OGDEN — The archery target stands are up, a boardwalk traverses the adjacent Kingfisher wetlands and new parkway trails criss-cross the old West Ogden landfill cap.

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Report: Fired Weber sheriff's evidence technician diverted, used meth

OGDEN — A Weber County Sheriff’s Office evidence custodian used methamphetamine taken from up to 20 criminal cases over the course of a year, according to county personnel disciplinary documents.

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Weber, Davis sheriff candidates tackle opioid, mental health, jail death issues

Sheriff candidates in Weber and Davis counties are espousing a variety of approaches to limit opioid addiction and mental health problems that have contributed to a series of deaths in Northern Utah’s jails.

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