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

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Her death, and the deaths of three others in similar situations, were not included in federal reports because law enforcement officials argue they weren’t “in-custody” when they died.


Medical examiner says Angelina Costello had brain hemorrhages, cigarette burns

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A forensic pathologist from the state Medical Examiner’s Office testified that he found cigarette burns on Angelina Costello’s face, lower back and several fingers. 


Lawsuit against Weber County highlights larger issue in Utah court system

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Samuel Newton, a Montana-based attorney, claims in a lawsuit filed Jan. 21 that Weber County terminated his contract after he expressed frustrations with the county to the court and local media outlets.


Ogden 3-year-old’s death a ‘horrifying story’ of parental abuse, prosecutor says

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The first preliminary court hearing for a couple accused of killing their daughter included evidence detailing the alleged abuse and the arrest of a defendant’s mother.

Police & Fire

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

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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.  


Jayzon Decker sentenced in plot that left Deserae Turner shot in head

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A teenage boy convicted in a plot that left a 14-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the head will serve at least 15 years and up to life in prison.


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

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Jordan Jack, now 32, was accused of stealing more than $11,000 for personal expenses, including a trip to Las Vegas, concert tickets, televisions, jewelry and expensive shoes, in a fraud scheme in 2012-14.


Weber sheriff's deputy credited for aiding Maryland child porn investigation

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With the help of a skilled deputy at the Weber County Sheriff’s Office, a Maryland man was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison on a child porn charge.


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

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Utah’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative, which cut prison populations and reduced penalties for some nonviolent crimes, is receiving fierce criticism from local prosecutors, two years after the reforms kicked in.

Police & Fire

Judge dismisses wrongful-death claim in 2014 Roy SWAT standoff

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Jose Calzada’s survivors filed suit accusing the local SWAT Team of illegally searching the Roy man’s home and shooting him to death in his garage on Oct. 21, 2014. 

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