Police arrested a Payson man on Monday after they say he vandalized headstones in Payson’s cemetery. Spencer Robinson, 36, reportedly said he damaged dozens of monuments to help the dead be resurrected on Easter. Authorities said some of the headstones were more than 100 years old.
Robinson was booked into the Utah County Jail on charges of criminal trespass, intentional criminal mischief and resisting arrest.
Provo High sex abuse
Donald Bills, the former Provo High School teacher charged last year with sexually abusing a student, was back in court this week. Bills told the judge on Monday that he didn’t want a preliminary hearing on charges added to his case. He also rejected a preliminary hearing last year on the original six charges.
He faces 15 counts, including forcible sex abuse, object rape, forcible sodomy, tampering with a witness and obstruction of justice. His next court appearance will be on April 30.
Police shooting case
Meagan Grunwald, charged with murder and attempted murder for her role in the 2014 shooting death of Utah County Deputy Cory Wride and the shooting of Utah County Deputy Greg Sherwood, was in court on Monday for her final hearing before her trial begins on April 28. The judge ruled on Monday that drugs found in Grunwald’s safe can be admitted into evidence.
Prosecutors say 27-year-old Jose Angel Garcia-Jauregui shot Wride through a truck window during a traffic stop near Eagle Mountain, then later during a chase shot Sherwood. Then 17-year-old Grunwald, Garcia-Jauregui’s girlfriend, was driving the truck. Her attorneys say she was an unwilling participant.
Stabbing case gets go-ahead
A judge ruled on Tuesday that two men will face trial on attempted murder and other charges in connection with the stabbing of two people at The Boulders apartment complex in Provo in January.
According to police, 37-year-old Markese Roberson of Salt Lake City and 52-year-old Gregory Anderson of Provo kicked in a door at the complex and then beat and stabbed two people inside — 43-year-old Catrina Rose of Provo and 44-year-old Christopher Dixon of Salt Lake City. During the assault 35-year-old Nicole Uhlig walked into the apartment and also was attacked by the men. Rose was able to get away and call 911 while the suspects were occupied with Uhlig.
The two men will be back in court on April 7 to enter pleas.
Cold cut arrest
Orem police arrested a man on Tuesday after he reportedly ate items at the deli at Smith’s — without paying. Usually eating food at the grocery store without paying wouldn’t warrant an arrest, but this man’s previous convictions earned him a trip to county.