Public Safety

KUER Local News stories about public safety.

West Valley City

The attorney for Shaun Cowley filed a lawsuit Monday in 3rd District Court against West Valley City. The former West Valley detective wants to recoup legal fees he accrued while fighting a manslaughter charge for 2012 shooting death of Danielle Willard.

University of Utah

Lawmakers are considering moving Utah closer to being a hands-free state when it comes to drivers using cell phones.

It’s already against the law to text while driving in Utah. A bill in the Senate would require motorists in motion to use Bluetooth or other voice-activated features. Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, calls it “hands-free lite.”

The Legislature has passed a bill that will create a registry of people convicted of white collar crimes.

Brian Grimmett

A bill that would bring back the firing squad as an execution option for inmates on death row moved through its first hurdle in the Utah Senate Thursday.

Brian Grimmett

The Utah House has passed a bill that would make sweeping reforms to the state’s criminal justice system.

Program Manager Scott Morrill of the AG's Office says it's the only website of its kind in the country.
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Officials in the Utah Attorney General’s Office Thursday announced the opening of the new “ID Theft Central” website.

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A bill that more clearly defines the boundaries of sexual consent passed the Utah Senate Friday and now heads to Governor Gary Herbert’s desk for his signature.

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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.

Volunteers of America

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.

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