UV crime: Bomb threat in Provo, baby killer sentenced

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Provo City Center received a bomb threat on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy provomayor.com)

Provo City Center received a bomb threat on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy provomayor.com)

Arson arrest

A man has been charged with arson in a 2013 fire that caused $500,000 in damage to former Payson mayor Gordon Taylor’s house.

A judge issued an arrest warrant for Shawn M. Balzly, 44, on Wednesday. Balzly faces charges of aggravated arson and obstructing justice, and the court notes the case involves domestic violence.

According to police, Balzly was upset after Taylor told him he was no longer restoring the Huish Theatre in Payson and that he couldn’t live on his property anymore.

Provo bomb threat

The Provo city building was evacuated — including the Provo Municipal Council, which was in the middle of a meeting — late Tuesday afternoon after a man called police to say he had put a bomb in the building and was inside with a gun.

Police got everyone out of the building, closed the block around the structure and then searched. Nothing was found. Detectives are looking for the man who made the call.

Baby killer gets up to life

Megan Huntsman, 39, (Photo courtesy Utah County Jail)

Megan Huntsman, 39, (Photo courtesy Utah County Jail)

Megan Huntsman, the former Pleasant Grove resident who admitted to killing six of her newborn babies and hiding their bodies in her garage, may spend the rest of her life in prison. On Monday a judge sentenced her to five years to life in prison on each of six counts of murder. Three of those terms will run consecutively and three will run concurrently. The judge gave her credit for the 372 days she’d already served in jail.

Huntsman, 39, was arrested last year after her estranged husband discovered one of the bodies in the garage. Huntsman choked or strangled the babies after they were born, between 1996 and 2006.

Rape arrest

A man from Saudi Arabia accused in a rape in Orem was arrested at the Mexican border on April 17. Monsour Alshammari was first arrested in March on $100,000 cash-only bail and charged with rape and obstructing justice. He posted the bail and was released.

After he was stopped at the border, a 4th District Court judge in Provo issued a warrant for his arrest and then on Tuesday ordered that his bail be forfeited. His next court hearing is set for May 5.

Cat beating

A 19-year-old Saratoga Springs man was arrested on April 17 after reportedly being caught on camera beating a cat. Jordan Lindquist was booked into the Utah County Jail on a charge of cruelty to animals. Police say the video shows Lindquist hitting the cat in the head and throwing it to the ground. The cat survived.

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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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