UV crime: Provo shooting, meth lab plea

Thomas Laird (Photo courtesy Provo police)

Thomas Laird (Photo courtesy Provo police)

Burglary arrest

An 18-year-old Provo man was arrested early Wednesday morning after police say he smashed the glass at La Dolce Vita and went inside.

A witness saw the burglary, according to police, and about 15 minutes after the break-in an officer spotted Thomas Laird. He had broken glass on his back and boots. Police say Laird was involved in five business burglaries since Dec. 20, and after his arrest, they recovered stolen items.

Thomas was booked into the Utah County Jail for five counts of burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools.

Shooting arrests

Provo police arrested 20-year-old Guillermo Zepeda and 19-year-old Severo Vine on Monday after they say Zepeda shot a man in the jaw. Vine was with Zepeda at the time of the shooting.

Police say the shooting was over a dispute about gang ties. The shooting victim, 19-year-old Alan Ruiz-Zamora was stable at the hospital.

Meth lab plea

Bryce Cazier turned himself in to police on Wednesday. Cazier allegedly had a meth lab in his Provo apartment. (Photo courtesy Provo police)

Bryce Cazier turned himself in to police on Wednesday. Cazier allegedly had a meth lab in his Provo apartment. (Photo courtesy Provo police)

BYU student Bryce Cazier pleaded guilty on Wednesday to operating a clandestine lab. The charge was reduced from a first-degree felony to a second-degree felony as part of a plea deal.

Cazier turned himself in to police on Nov. 12, days after he accidentally started a fire in his room, which led to his roommates breaking into his locked room and the discovery of the lab. Police have said they found chemicals used to make meth at his room at Riviera apartments, including acetone, lighter fluid, blister packs of medication containing pseudoephedrine and batteries. They also reportedly found meth on his laptop.

Cazier will be sentenced on March 25.

Murder sentencing

Chaelisa Nielsen, who pleaded guilty to killing a man at a Payson gas station in November 2012, was sentenced on Tuesday to 15 years to life in prison. She got credit for 781 days already served in jail.

Nielsen was in the car with her boyfriend Stephan Sutton, who shot Jeffrey Jensen.

Sutton will be sentenced on Jan. 30.

Police chase

Police arrested 39-year-old James Barney on Tuesday after they say he led them on a chase — and his two children were in the car with him.

An officer recognized Barney and knew there was a warrant out for his arrest; Barney wouldn’t pull over. The chase ended at Barney’s house and officers reportedly had to pull Barney out of the car. Inside they discovered the 6-year-old and 9-year-old.

Barney was booked into the Utah County Jail on charges including driving with a measurable controlled substance in the body, evading police, possession of meth in the body, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cocaine in the body, possession of heroin, child endangerment and possession of marijuana.


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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