Public Safety

KUER Local News stories about public safety.

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Advocates for criminal justice reform rallied at the state capitol Tuesday, and a Republican lawmaker announced he would run a bill to bring what he called an “epic shift” in Utah’s correctional process.

The Office of the Utah State Auditor has completed a performance audit of the state’s Adult Felony Drug Courts.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has issued an executive order directing the Civilian Review Board to modify its policy on public disclosure.

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Concealed firearms will not be allowed at Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor’s upcoming speech at the University of Utah.

Whittney Evans

West Valley City Police Chief Lee Russo is ready to revive the departments defunct Neighborhood Narcotics Unit. But it’s a brand new crew of investigators with a new name and a new mission.

Police have released a video capturing the officer-involved shooting that took place in Draper Wednesday morning.  34-year-old Jeffrey Nielson was shot and killed after he broke free from the custody of police officers who were arresting him on drug possession.

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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has revealed his participation in a human trafficking sting operation last fall in Cartagena, Colombia.

Tim Slover

Draper police have identified the 34-year-old Sandy man who was shot and killed Wednesday morning by a West Valley City Police Officer.

Tim Slover

A West Valley police officer shot and killed a man in a Draper neighborhood on Wednesday morning.

Whittney Evans

Dozens of people gathered at the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building Saturday afternoon to voice concern over the death of James Dudley Barker, an Avenues man who was shot by a Salt Lake City Police Officer on Thursday.

Whittney Evans

An Avenues man is dead and a Salt Lake City Police Officer is on paid administrative leave with injuries after an altercation Thursday. Police say 42-year-old James Barker attacked the police officer with a snow shovel and was then shot and killed by officer.

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A Utah state lawmaker wants to keep the state prison in Draper even though he voted for moving it.

Tim slover

  The family of 22-year-old Darrien Hunt, who was killed by two Saratoga Springs police officers last September, filed a lawsuit in a Salt Lake City federal court Friday morning.

Whittney Evans

Salt Lake City Police are asking the public for help finding the person or people responsible for vandalizing a Roman Catholic high school and church over the weekend.

Officers responded on Sunday afternoon to reports of vandalism at Judge Memorial High School as well as Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church just south of it.  When they arrived, Police Sgt. Robin Heiden says there was spray paint on large areas of both buildings that included anti-religious phrases, swear words, an upside down cross and the words West High.

Brian Grimmett

A winter storm brought a white Christmas to many Utahns, but it also caused havoc on the roads. The Utah Highway Patrol is reporting that on Christmas day there were 63 accidents in Salt Lake County, 61 in Utah County, and 16 in Davis County.

Brian Grimmett

The Prison Relocation Commission has narrowed the list of potential prison sites down to three. 

After doing a more detailed assessment of the six top rated potential prison sites, the commission has chosen to move forward with three. One is located at I-80 and 7200 West, another is on the southern boundary of Eagle Mountain, and the third is in Tooele County next to the Miller Motorsports Park.

Tim Slover

The Salt Lake City Council and Mayor Ralph Becker expressed their opposition to relocating the state prison to Salt Lake’s west side today.

Brian Grimmett

North Salt Lake City officials say they are very close to a final remediation plan for the landslide that happened in August, but many questions still remain.

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The group Volunteers of America is almost finished raising money for its new homeless youth resource center and overnight shelter. The non-profit is launching a campaign called “Home for the Holidays” to make the final push for public support.

Carbon County Sheriff Facing Felony Charges

Dec 5, 2014
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  Carbon County Sheriff James Cordova has been charged with felony counts of theft and misuse of public funds. 

Court documents filed by the Utah Attorney General’s office accuse Sheriff Cordova of using a county trailer to move his personal belongings to a home in St. George and with charging two thousand dollars’ worth of gasoline to a county credit card.

Whittney Evans

The University of Utah Chapter of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity is partnering with The Rape Recovery Center to move the conversation about sexual assault and rape culture forward. And the fraternity’s sexual assault prevention forum Thursday night got students talking.

Brian Grimmett

The state’s prison relocation commission has voted to move forward with further assessment of six sites located in Salt Lake, Utah, and Tooele Counties. 

The Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting program provides federal dollars for local home visitation programs. One operating in Salt Lake County is the Nurse-Family Partnership. Kami Peterson is a supervisor there. She says home visitations make a difference in young mothers’ lives.

“It mattered to the 15-year-old, who was struggling with her baby and trying to stay in school, to have the nurse’s support to finish high school and become the first person in her family to go to college,” she says.

Brian Grimmett

As winter weather nears, Utah Department of Transportation tow plow truck drivers are preparing to tackle snow when it falls.

A tow plow is a 30 ft long trailer that a regular plow truck pulls. It works by swinging out into another lane, effectively doubling the amount of snow a plow can move. It’s also one of the most difficult things to drive on the road.

“You know, you’ve got your front plow, your sanders, your spreaders, the tow plow, you’re shifting gears.”

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The trespassing suspect who was shot and killed by police in South Jordan Saturday has been identified.

Police were called Saturday afternoon to a private residence in South Jordan following reports of trespassing.

Brian Grimmett

A group of Utahns is asking Governor Gary Herbert to lead out on the issue of restricting guns on college campuses.

Chelsi Archibald is a young mother who represents the advocacy group Moms Rising. She says she’s asking for sensible gun safety measures on college campuses because she wants people to be able to attend classes and assemblies without fear.

“We don’t necessarily have an issue on guns, but we want kids on campus to be safe and to have the freedom to learn as they want and not have to worry about their safety,” she says.

Tim Slover

The project encourages parents of children with Autism to provide the Unified Police Department with information—like an Autistic child’s name, physical description, and known triggers. Those facts would be passed to the officers responding to an emergency. The goal is to create humane interactions between

   officers and individuals with disabilities. Jon Owen is president of the Utah Autism Coalition. He says a large percentage of children with Autism are prone to wander.  The roster could help those missing be found faster.

Brian Grimmett

North Salt Lake city officials say they are closing in on a final plan to mitigate the effects of the landslide that happened last August. 

North Salt Lake City Mayor Len Arave says a final approved mitigation plan should be made public in 2 – 3 weeks.

“The plan is getting pretty close to being final," he says. "There are just a few things that we’re talking about that people have issues in a few locations.”

Brian Grimmett

A legislative committee has given its approval to a bill that would bring back the firing squad as an option for inmates on death row.

The drugs used in the lethal injection cocktail are manufactured by a European company that is refusing to sell it to Utah and other states. Rep. Paul Ray, R - Clearfield, says his proposed bill making the firing squad a fall back option is a preventative measure in case the state does not have or cannot buy the drugs the next time they need them.

via Darrien Hunt Facebook page

A police report confirms an officer involved in the September shooting death of 22-year-old Darrien Hunt was wearing a body camera at the time of the incident. But officials say the camera was not on.

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