UV crime: Springville family may have been poisoned


Family poisoned

Details from a search warrant released this week show a Springville family found dead in their home in September may have been poisoned.

Benjamin and Kristi Strack and their three children — ages 14, 12 and 11 — were found dead by their 18-year-old son. The family was found inside the master bedroom of the home along with cups of a colored drink next to each person.

Police also found empty boxes of allergy medicine, nighttime cold and flu medication and sleep aids, used bottles of methadone, pill bottles, a pitcher of red juice, a bucket containing a yellow liquid and a bag of marijuana.

Springville police say they’re waiting on a report from the medical examiner, which should be done by the end of November.

Coffee tip bandit

On Sunday a man in his early 20s walked into the Coffee Pod in Provo, distracted the employee and put a shirt over the tip jar and walked out. The same man is also suspected of stealing from a 7-Eleven in Lindon and taking the tip jar at the Orem Juice and Java on Monday while an employee was in the back.

If you have any information about the robberies, call police in Orem — (801) 229-7070, Provo — (801) 852-6210, or Lindon — (801) 769-8600.

ATM robbery fail

A man stole a front end loader and then tore out the ATM at the Bank of American Fork in Orem early Monday morning. He used the loader to push the ATM out into the University Mall parking lot but couldn’t get the ATM open before police arrived. The man was able to get away.

If you have information about the would-be thief, call Orem police at (801) 229-7070.

Knife threat

On Monday night a man who police said has paranoid schizophrenia went to his former girlfriend’s house in Lehi with a knife and threatened to take their child. She wouldn’t give him the child and called police, and he fled on foot, according to police. Police blocked streets in the area and used K-9s to search for the man, who was found hiding in a shed. He was arrested.

No beer

On Monday a man walked into a house near 1300 S. 1000 West in Orem and asked the homeowner if he could have a beer. He not only didn’t get a beer, he was arrested. The arresting officer gave him a breathalyzer test, and his blood alcohol level was .272. The legal level for driving is .08.


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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