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KUER Local News stories about public safety.

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Richard Mauro has been a public defender for nearly three decades, representing people who can’t afford an attorney. So he knows, if you can’t make bail, it can really screw you over.

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Emergency agencies counted 1,100 fires last July, during the peak season for fireworks in Utah. And, even though fireworks caused only some of those blazes, state lawmakers are getting new restrictions ready before next summer.

Whittney Evans

Leaders say the long-term crime and drug crackdown in Salt Lake, Operation Rio Grande, is moving into a new phase. The focus now is getting people to work.

Whittney Evans

A Justice Department program that tackles heroin, prescription drug abuse and violent crime is coming to Utah.

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A former sheriff’s deputy will spend four months in jail for his role in abusing inmates at the Daggett County Jail. Twenty-seven-year-old Joshua Cox admitted to Tasing inmates in exchange for soda.

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Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has ruled that a Cottonwood Heights police officer who shot a 17-year-old two months ago had good reason to use his weapon.

Erik Neumann / KUER

University of Utah nurse Alex Wubbels whose aggressive arrest by a Salt Lake City police officer went viral in late August reached a settlement with law enforcement yesterday.

The Salt Lake Tribune

In a tape from August of this year, Salt Lake City police stop a 50-year-old black man named Patrick Harmon. He was riding his bicycle without a taillight and swerving into multiple lanes of traffic. When police discover he has warrants and try to arrest him, Harmon bolts and threatens them with a knife.

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Nine people are on death row in Utah right now. And they could be the last if Republican opposition to the death penalty continues to grow, as a new study finds.

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Homeless people in Salt Lake City will be able to access emergency shelter, meals and other services at The Road Home this winter, even if they don’t sign up for the state’s new homeless identification card.

Erik Neumann / KUER

Utah officials presented an update of Operation Rio Grande on Wednesday. That’s the initiative to crackdown on crime and drug activity in downtown Salt Lake City.

Cameron Gull

About a dozen more Utah fire engines and crews are now in California.

Erik Neumann / KUER


New valley-wide protocols for how police officers and hospital staff should interact were announced on Thursday.

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Experts and organization leaders gathered this week to talk about homeless services at the 14th annual Homelessness Summit in downtown Salt Lake. One of the main topics included trauma among homeless individuals.

UPDATE: DA Requests FBI Review Of SLCPD Shooting

Oct 10, 2017
Salt Lake City Police Department

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has requested the FBI investigate a recent police shooting death of Patrick Harmon. 

Erik Neumann / KUER

From hurricanes to mass shootings to forest fires, multiple disasters have struck the United States in recent months. Earlier today, hospital systems, local law enforcement and EMS did a mass-casualty training drill in Salt Lake City to test how Utah would fare in a disaster. 

Salt Lake City Police Department

The fallout from the recent police shooting of a Utah man continues. District Attorney Sim Gill found a Salt Lake City police officer justified in his use of deadly force after he shot and killed Patrick Harmon in mid-August. The DA’s report is one of several legal responses that could come from Harmon’s death.

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Salt Lake’s needle exchange program has a new home, at least temporarily. 

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Two public open houses are scheduled this week to give Salt Lake City residents a peek at what the city’s two new homeless shelters will look like.

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A Utah nurse is charged with negligent homicide in the death of a 21-year-old inmate at the Duchesne County Jail. 

The president of the Salt Lake Police Association is accusing Salt Lake City’s mayor and police chief of tainting an investigation into University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels’ arrest. 

Lee Hale / KUER

Jail records show few arrests in the Rio Grande neighborhood have been for violent, high-level offenses.

Whittney Evans / KUER

This week, people who were arrested during Operation Rio Grande went before a judge and asked for help. By agreeing to avoid drugs and alcohol, get treatment and check in once a week, they were offered a spot in Salt Lake County’s new drug court.

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Salt Lake County’s new specialty drug court will operate the same as existing drug courts. What makes the new court different is the population it serves.

Utahns Aid Irma Recovery

Sep 11, 2017
Jeff Allred / Rocky Mountain Power

More Utahns are headed to the Southeast to help with the Hurricane Irma recovery.

A caravan of Rocky Mountain Power utility trucks and bucket trucks left over the weekend. Irma has knocked out power to around 6 million customers, and the Utah crew – which includes 30 linemen -- will help restore their electricity.

The FBI has been called in to help the Salt Lake County District Attorney in the case of the police officer who arrested a University Hospital nurse on July 26. 

Tim Slover

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has signed a lease agreement with the state of Utah to close off a portion of Rio Grande Street to cars and pedestrians. At the same time, state officials are preparing to implement a new identification system that will limit access to the street to people receiving services. 

Utah Fire Info

Fire crews are keeping the Uintah Fire from growing beyond its 619 acres despite gusty morning winds.

Nicole Nixon, KUER

Salt Lake City officials have closed the crime-plagued street near one of downtown's busiest homeless shelters.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski and House Speaker Greg Hughes announced on Thursday that Rio Grande Street would close to vehicle traffic, after a week of back-and-forth bickering over how soon to barricade it.  

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