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3:07 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Senate Aims to Prevent Another Stericycle Situation From Happening in the Future

Children play in backyards that are less than a football field away from Stericycle
Brian Grimmett

The Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that aims to prevent another controversy like the one surrounding the Stericycle medical waste incinerator from happening again in the future.

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Public Safety
2:48 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

House Okays Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Bill

Elizabeth Smart addresses the media outside the House chambers.
Brian Grimmett

A bill that aims to protect children from sexual abuse through education got unanimous support on the House floor today despite some initial concerns.

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Public Safety
6:20 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Speed-limit Bill Headed to Governor

More miles on Utah highways may soon have a 80 mph speed limits, thanks to the passage Friday of HB80.
Credit Flickr Creative Commons

It’s now up to Governor Gary Herbert now to decide if more of Utah highways should be considered for 80 mile per hour speed limits.

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Public Safety
4:57 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

House Bill Could Mean Higher Speed Limits

The House passed a bill Friday by Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, that may mean more 80 mph highways in Utah. The bill goes next to the Senate for consideration.
Credit Utah Department of Transportation

    

The Utah House has passed a bill that could mean higher speed limits on more of Utah’s interstate highways.

Close to 400 miles of Utah’s highways already allow drivers to go 80 mph. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, says more areas of interstate freeway should be considered for higher speeds. His bill would allow the Utah Department of Transportation to study divided highways where it might make sense to let drivers go faster. He says the Utah Division of Air Quality told him that faster driving does not lead to more pollution.

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Public Safety
3:03 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Bill Aims to Limit Liability of Police Officers in Car Chases

File: Rep. Brad Dee, R-Ogden, on the House floor
Brian Grimmett

A bill aimed at removing a police officer’s liability for the injury or death of a fleeing suspect passed out of the Utah House today.

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Public Safety
4:56 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Lawmaker Aims to Consolidate 9-1-1 System Statewide

House Majority Leader Brad Dee joins Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Graviet, Draper Mayor Troy Walker, Draper City Councilman Jeff Stenquist and Riverton Mayor Bill Applegarth.
Whittney Evans

Utah House Majority Leader Brad Dee announced today he is crafting legislation that he hopes will get every jurisdiction in Utah on a single 9-1-1 emergency response system. The Ogden Republican was joined by Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams who’s been trying to do the same thing at the county level.

Riverton Mayor Bill Applegarth says it’s time to change the 9-1-1 system in the Salt Lake Valley.  

“I don’t feel safe frankly, totally safe with the dispatch system, the way it’s set up now,” Applegarth says.

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Public Safety
1:13 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Stericycle In Talks with County and State Officials to Move Incinerator to Tooele County

Stericycle Medical Waste Incinerator in North Salt Lake
Brian Grimmett

UPDATE: Since the broadcast of this story, Stericycle has confirmed in a written statement to KUER that it is seriously considering the option of moving, and that the company has taken steps to secure property in a remote area of Tooele County. The company's Vice President for Legal and Regulatory Affairs Selin Hoboy says the details are still being finalized.  

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Public Safety
12:32 am
Fri January 24, 2014

West Valley City Police Chief Holds First Monthly Public Forum

West Valley City’s new police chief spoke candidly with members of the community Thursday night about the future of the long-embattled agency. It was the first in a series of monthly community meetings Chief Lee Russo says he plans to hold. 

Lori Bailey is part of the Solomon Farms Neighborhood watch in West Valley City. She told Russo, she’s not getting a timely response from the police when she report crimes like drug deals and graffiti. Russo took Bailey’s information assuring her he’d follow up. Bailey says she’ll come to every community meeting from now on.  

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Public Safety
2:26 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

PRADA Takes Public Comment On Study to Move State Prison

The Utah State Prison in Draper
Bryan William Jones | http://prometheus.med.utah.edu/~bwjones/

The consultant hired by the Prison Relocation and Development Authority, or PRADA, held an informal meeting at the State Capitol Thursday.  At the event, people had a chance to voice their opinions on their master plan for moving the State prison in Draper.

Deborah Reithmuller is the founder of the Utah Prison Support Group. She was one of the few people that showed up to weigh in on why she thinks the State prison should not be moved.

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Public Safety
2:50 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Public Caution Issued Over Sick Eagles in Northern Utah

Bald Eagle in the care of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden
Credit File: WRCNU Facebook page.

State wildlife officials are warning everyone to be cautious if they come across another sick eagle.  16 bald eagles have died in recent weeks from a mysterious illness.  Leslie McFarlane, wildlife disease coordinator with the Division of Wildlife Resources, says they thought it might be lead poisoning at first, but now they know that’s not the problem.

McFarlane says it’s good that residents want to help these sick eagles when they find them, but dealing with the birds is best left to the professionals.

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Public Safety
5:15 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

West Valley Police Audit Uncovers Issues with 13 Domestic Violence Cases

West Valley City Police Chief Lee Russo
Andrea Smardon

The West Valley City Police Department has announced the results of an audit of its former sex crimes unit. The audit focused on an allegation that a large number of cases last year were left uninvestigated, and that a member of the unit had inappropriately closed cases without following protocol.

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Public Safety
3:43 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Data Breach Leaves UCard Carriers Vulnerable

http://jobs.utah.gov/ucard/

The personal information of thousands of Utah residents has been compromised.  Those who use the UCard to collect benefits from the Department of Workforce Services are affected by the data breach, DWS officials announced today.  JP Morgan Chase, the company tasked with delivering benefits through the digital payment card discovered a network breach that reportedly began in July and was contained in September.

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Public Safety
3:44 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

UTA, First Responders Stage Sugarhouse Streetcar Safety Drill

Brian Grimmett/KUER

Local police and firemen performed a safety drill this morning (Tuesday) in preparation for the opening of the new Sugar House Streetcar TRAX line.

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Public Safety
7:30 am
Thu October 31, 2013

What's Burning in the Backyard: North Salt Lake City's Options

Residents of North Salt Lake gather in the City Council chambers fora meet the candidate event.
Credit Brian Grimmett

 

North Salt Lake City residents will elect their leaders next week, and those running for office say that Stericycle’s medical waste incinerator has become a major issue in their campaigns. The company and the state Division of Air Quality are engaged in a legal battle over whether the incinerator exceeded permitted levels of pollutants in its emissions. Meanwhile, citizens are calling on city leaders to move the incinerator or shut it down. In the 2nd of our two part series we take a  look at North Salt Lake City’s options.

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Public Safety
7:32 am
Wed October 30, 2013

What's Burning in the Backyard: An Interactive Timeline

Stericycle medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake
Credit Brian Grimmett

The interactive timeline explores the events that led up to the development of the Foxboro neighborhood in North Salt Lake.

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Public Safety
7:30 am
Wed October 30, 2013

What's Burning in the Backyard: Stericycle and the Foxboro Neighborhood

Clause in the Hubrich's closing documents in regards to Stericycle.
Credit Brian Grimmett

North Salt Lake is home to one of the last medical waste incinerators in the country. Stericycle, the company that operates the incinerator, came under scrutiny this summer after state officials cited it for violating emissions standards. Residents of the Foxboro neighborhood became concerned about this plant operating next door. Many bought homes there without knowing that pollutants were being released into their neighborhood.

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Public Safety
4:17 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Many High School Athletes Not Reporting Brain Injuries

Tsutomu Takasu

New data from the Utah Department of Health show more than a third of high school students who played all kinds of high school sports, including football, say they had symptoms of a concussion and didn’t report the injury.

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Public Safety
3:35 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Bed Bugs Cause Closures at U of U Library

File: Bed Bug
CDC/ Harvard University, Dr. Gary Alpert; Dr. Harold Harlan; Richard Pollack. Photo Credit: Piotr Naskrecki

University of Utah closed down the Marriott Library over the weekend after bed bugs were discovered in the building. Pest control teams scoured the facility to prevent the spread of the insects first found on some lounge chairs. Part of the library reopened today, but other areas remained closed. Some students and staff are cautious as operations return to normal.

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Public Safety
4:42 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

UDOT Campaign Sets Its Sights on Teen Crash Fatalities

Karina Puikkonen

The Utah Department of Health and Department of Transportation announced  an initiative to decrease the number of vehicle related fatalities among youth. Car accidents remain the leading cause of teen fatalities in the state. Last year 21 of the 217 Utahns who lost their lives in car accidents were teenagers.

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Public Safety
4:05 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Utah Media Live Streams From Inside the Court Room For the First Time

Local media live streams the murder trial of Martin MacNeill
fox13now.com

The murder trial of Dr. Martin MacNeill in Provo’s 4th District Court is the first ever in the state to be broadcast and streamed live by the media. For proponents of open government, it is another milestone reached by the court’s recent rule change to allow video and audio recordings inside the courtroom.

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Public Safety
4:05 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

UPD Investigates Jordan Valley School Principal

Unified Police are investigating complaints involving the principal of a school for special needs students in Midvale. Multiple police reports have been filed against Jordan Valley School Principal Mark Donnelly. But an internal investigation by the Canyons School District has already cleared Donnelly of wrongdoing.  

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Public Safety
6:03 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Chronic Homelessness Declining in Utah

http://rescuesaltlake.org/

The estimated number of people who are homeless in Utah has declined nearly 10 percent since 2012. In addition, homelessness among families with children dropped by 8 percent. The news came from the state’s comprehensive report on homelessness, which was released today, the same day of Utah’s 10th Annual Homeless Summit at the Sheraton Hotel in Salt Lake City.

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Public Safety
4:14 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

New App Created to Nab Pedophiles With Help from the Public

Federal law enforcement officials are now enlisting the public’s help to catch sex offenders. Homeland Security officials say the public can start by downloading Operation Predator to your iPhone. It’s a new application the department has developed to gather tips about perpetrators of child sex abuse.

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Public Safety
4:02 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Salt Lake County to Streamline 911 System

When a 9-1-1 dispatch center in Salt Lake County gets a call like this, the operator will use one of two existing software programs to locate emergency responders; and based on the location of the incident, call on the responder that’s closest to the scene.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says the problem with this scenario is when dispatchers are divided between two software systems, they’re not communicating. Depending on where the call was routed and the location of the incident, the caller may have to be transferred to another operator.

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Public Safety
5:11 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Friends, Family and Dignitaries Remember Slain Draper Police Officer

Friends and family members move the casket of slain police officer Derek Johnson into the Maverik Center before the memorial service.
Nicole Nixon

Friends and family of Sergeant Derek Johnson were joined by law enforcement officers from all over the state and country for his funeral at the Maverik Center today (Friday). Johnson was killed in the line of duty on Sunday. KUER’s Nicole Nixon reports.

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Public Safety
4:57 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Unified Police Identify People Involved in Draper Officer Shooting

Randy Johnson, father of slain Draper Police Officer Derek Johnson, speaks to the press at Draper City Hall on Monday afternoon. Members of the Johnson family were also present.
Dan Bammes

On Tuesday afternoon, Unified Police Spokesman Justin Hoyal released the identity of the two people allegedly involved in the shooting and death of Draper Police Officer Derek Johnson. They are 35-year-old Timothy Walker and 34-year-old Traci Vaillancourt.

Sergeant Johnson died early Sunday after he was shot in an apparent ambush.  Police say Walker is now considered the prime suspect in the shooting and Vallaincourt is considered a victim. Both remain in critical condition at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.

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Public Safety
9:33 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

West Valley City Selects Kentucky Chief to Lead Police Department

West Valley City officials announced Tuesday; they’ve hired a police chief out of Kentucky to lead the city’s embattled police department.  Lee Russo, former Chief of the Covington Kentucky Police Department will replace retired West Valley City Police Chief Buzz Nielson.

West Valley City Manager Wayne Pyle says Chief Russo brings a great deal of wisdom to the West Valley City police department.

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Public Safety
5:10 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Rockport Fire Burns Homes, Forces Evacuations

Summit County

*Updated at 11:00 a.m. 8/16/13

Summit County officials have removed the evacuation orders for the communities of Bridge Hollow and Promontory. Evacuation orders are still in effect for the communites of Rockport Estates and Rockport Ranches. Officials say those evacuations will remain at least through Monday.

Fire officials released an updated count of the number of homes destroyed, decreasing the original number of 14 to eight. It has also claimed several cars, boats and ATVs near the Rockport State Park. 

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Public Safety
1:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

West Valley City Police Officers Not Justified in Shooting Death of Danielle Willard

Danielle Willard
Justice for Danielle Willard Facebook Page

After a nine month long investigation Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced today that the officer involved shooting of Danielle Willard was not legally justified.

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Public Safety
4:08 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

West Valley City Police Try to Regain Trust With Latino Community Through Pact

West Valley City

Latino Community groups say they’re excited about a recent pact crafted between them and the West Valley City Police Department aimed at improving relations.

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