Public Safety

KUER Local News stories about public safety.

A man has been charged with two felonies, after Utah authorities raided massage parlors across the Wasatch Front, but Attorney General Sean Reyes says more charges may be coming as the investigation continues.

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Social workers might soon join forces with police officers to manage crime on Salt Lake City streets. The city council agreed last night to fund the new positions, and some new police officers.

North Salt Lake City Reaches Deal to Fix Landslide

Jun 8, 2015
Brian Grimmett

The North Salt Lake City Council has finally struck a deal that will allow work to begin on permanently stabilizing the hill where a landslide caused severe damage last August.

Whittney Evans

The officer who shot and killed 21-year-old Danielle Willard has resigned from the West Valley City Police Department. Former narcotics detective Shaun Cowley reached a settlement with West Valley City over the weekend that includes more than $100,000 in back pay and benefits.

South Salt Lake Police Department

Authorities continue their search for two 17-year-olds who escaped from the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center in South Salt Lake Saturday.

West Valley City

West Valley City officials are trying to determine in what capacity former narcotics detective Shaun Cowley will return to work.

Brian Grimmett

The developer of the properties impacted by the North Salt Lake landslide has responded to a lawsuit against him by making some counter claims of his own.

Whittney Evans

Members of the Salt Lake City Council say Police Chief Chris Burbank took too long to respond to sustained allegations of sexual harassment within the police department. Now, one member of the council wants to pass a rule to require department heads respond to such complaints more quickly.

Four Dead After Boat Capsizes on Bear Lake

Jun 2, 2015
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Four people are dead, including three children, after a boat capsized in rough water on Bear Lake Monday night. At about 9 p.m. Monday night, members of the Rich County Search and Rescue were able to locate the overturned boat and its seven passengers.

A Department of Defense lab at the Dugway Proving Ground facility in Western Utah inadvertently sent live samples of anthrax to private labs in nine states.

Should Child Sex Traffickers Be Put to Death?

May 26, 2015

Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield , is drafting legislation that, if passed, would punish child traffickers with the death penalty.

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Three female Salt Lake City police officers plan to sue the city and the police department for claims of sexual harassment by a supervisor.

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This weekend marks the beginning of what the Utah Department of Transportation calls the state’s 100 Deadliest Days on Utah Roads.

Advocacy Groups Band Together to Push for New Prison

May 21, 2015
Brian Grimmett

As the controversy heats up over relocating the State Prison new coalition calling itself “People Not Prisons” is making the case why that might be a good idea.

Whittney Evans

A state prison relocation open house last night in Salt Lake City drew a couple of hundred people—many of whom questioned why the Utah Prison can’t remain at its existing location in Draper.

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Recent heavy downpours are causing driving hazards due to street flooding.

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The first of three information sessions on a new state prison site is Wednesday night at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City. The co-chairs of the Prison Relocation Commission say the meetings are not intended for collecting public comment, but they expect to hear it anyway.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

The Utah Department of Corrections officially launched a new intervention program Thursday to keep female offenders out of jail.

Buckle Up or Be Pulled Over

May 12, 2015

Starting Tuesday police can now pull over motorists in Utah for not wearing seat belts.

Brian Grimmett

The City of North Salt Lake will take public comment on their proposed landslide remediation plan during their city council meeting on Tuesday . And those who live next to the slide, plan to speak out.

Jail Pond Helps Preserve Utah Species

May 1, 2015
Andrea Smardon / KUER

Salt Lake County jail inmates are getting involved in an effort to repopulate a threatened species in Utah. The County Corrections Bureau held a grand opening Friday for a new pond next to the jail, releasing 5,000 native Utah least chub into the water.

Brian Grimmett

The Eagleridge Tennis Club impacted by the landslide in North Salt Lake has filed a lawsuit against the developers and the city.

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The public got a glimpse Wednesday night of the work Salt Lake City’s Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission has done so far.

Whittney Evans

Officials say chronic homelessness is down 91 percent in Utah since the state implemented a "housing first" model a decade ago.

Provo Police

The family of a missing 26-year-old woman from Mexico is asking the public for help in finding her. Elizabeth Salgado arrived in Utah a month ago to study English in Provo, but hasn’t been heard from in more than a week.

Brian Grimmett

It’s been more than eight months since a landslide destroyed a home in North Salt Lake , but remediation efforts have yet to begin. But why is fixing the hill taking so long, and what does it mean for a local business owner affected by the slide?

Utah Prison Inmate Death is a Homicide, Autopsy Finds

Apr 22, 2015
Utah Department of Corrections

The Utah Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of state prison inmate Christopher Lee Lucas a homicide. The death occurred last fall after corrections officers used pepper spray to break up a fight between Lucas and another inmate.

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The Disability Law Center in Utah is conducting an investigation into the death of Ramon Estrada, a state prisoner who died Sunday of apparent cardiac arrest due to renal failure. According to the Utah Department of Corrections press release, inmate Ramon Estrada was scheduled to receive kidney dialysis at the Olympus facility’s treatment center on Friday. However, a contracted technician failed to show up as anticipated on Friday and also on Saturday. Estrada died Sunday evening as prison...

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert ceremoniously signed the state’s sweeping criminal justice reforms into law on Thursday.

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Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who exposed Edward Snowden’s top-secret documents on US government surveillance, made an appearance in Salt Lake City Tuesday. He was the keynote speaker for the University of Utah’s Secrecy Week .

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