UV crime: Accused killers in courts, Orem account frozen

A Orem man died in an accident at 800 North and 100 East in Orem Tuesday morning. Orem police are investigating the case. (Photo by Alisha Gallagher)

Rupert Miley was shot while driving at 800 North and 100 East in November 2013. The men accused for Miley’s death are considering pleading guilty. (Photo by Alisha Gallagher)

800 North shooters in court

The men accused in the shooting death of Rupert Miley in Orem late last year are considering a plea deal.

Miley was shot in the back as he drove along 800 North in November. After Miley was shot he continued driving down the street, causing damage for several blocks. The gun used to shoot Miley was found at the scene.

Mason French and Travis Waldron are charged with Miley’s murder, which police say was over a drug debt.

Orem bank account

Orem’s bank account was frozen this week after discovering two people were passing checks on the city’s account.

Police are looking for 36-year-old Shawn R. Laroque and 36-year-old Amanda Dixon. The city first noticed a problem when the amount on a check written to a business was changed from $500 to $1,800 and the name on the check changed. Then other checks started showing up with problems.

Police ask anyone with information about the suspects or checks to call Orem police at (801) 229-7070.

Bail same for accused killer

A judge refused this week to reduce the bail for an Orem man accused of killing his wife last year.

Conrad Truman is charged with murder and obstruction of justice. He pleaded not guilty this week and asked that his bail be reduced from $1 million cash to $250,000 cash or bond.

Prosecutors say Truman killed his wife Heidy to collect on her life insurance policy.

Former Provo councilman in court

Steve Turley, a former Provo city councilman, was in court this week for a preliminary hearing on seven second-degree felonies.

The hearing lasted three days, and when it was over the judge told the attorneys they would have three weeks to submit final arguments. They likely will be back in court in March, when the judge will decide whether there’s enough evidence for Turley to stand trial on charges of communications fraud, pattern of unlawful activity and exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

Turley was charged in the case in July 2011 and resigned from the city council in September 2011.

Sex solicitation

This week an Orem woman called police to report a man had called her and offered her money to have sex with him. Officers decided to have her set up a meeting with him, to see if he would show up. He did, and police arrested the 67-year-old Provo man on a sex solicitation charge.


Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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