UV crime: Orem arson, pot present

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Arson in Orem

Early Friday morning Orem police say someone started a fire at an apartment complex under construction near 900 N. State St., causing about $1 million in damage. Fire crews responded to the fire around 1:30 a.m.

If you have information about the fire, call police at (801) 229-7070.

Sex offense

On Wednesday a school resource officer in Highland investigated a case in which students were passing around explicit images via cell phone. Charges are being considered against several students, according to police.

Prison for candidate

Mark Byrge, once a Democratic candidate for the Utah Legislature, was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison on Tuesday in the pistol-whipping of a man over a drug debt. In October Byrge pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and aggravated assault.

Byrge dropped out of the race before the November election.

Pot package

Two women were arrested in American Fork on Sunday, accused of wrapping up marijuana as a Christmas present.

Nicole Hagerman and Sami McLuckie were pulled over for traffic violations, according to police. But while they were stopped a K-9 officer arrived and alerted to drugs in the car. Officers reportedly found marijuana in the car, wrapped up as a Christmas present.

Hagerman was booked into jail on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. McLuckie was booked on a charge of possession of marijuana.

Car chase

On Dec. 8, Orem police say a man fled officer in a car. The driver eventually stopped but got away; the female passenger was caught. On Sunday, the man was arrested at a home in Spanish Fork.

Chris Fausett was booked into the Utah County Jail on charges of failure to stop for police, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, driving on a denied license, evading police and improper use of lanes as well as several warrants.

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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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