UV crime: Trial starts in cop-shooting case, solicitor arrested in Orem

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Meagan Dakota Grunwald, 17, (Photo courtesy Utah County)

Meagan Dakota Grunwald, 17, (Photo courtesy Utah County)

Trial starts in cop-shooting case

This week a jury started hearing the case against 18-year-old 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.

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.

Sherwood took the witness stand on Thursday. The woman who reportedly was carjacked by Grunwald and Garcia-Jauregui also testified, along with others.

Kidnapping arrest

A woman called police on Monday, reporting that a man had kidnapped her because he wanted to have a relationship with her, according to police. The call was disconnected but she was able to send text messages and Provo officers were able to find her using her cell phone’s GPS.

Officers arrested Carlos Cruz-Ortiz on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, aggravated kidnapping and possession of meth.

Door-to-door problem

On Monday Orem police got a call about an aggressive solicitor. When officers arrived they found that he had a warrant out for his arrest for soliciting without a license, so he ended up in the Utah County Jail.

Traffic stop to drug & ID theft charges

A traffic stop this week in Highland ended with a couple being arrested on drug charges as well as mail and identity theft. According to police, an officer stopped the car because of a license plate violation. During the stop, he reportedly discovered that the couple had been using heroin, and during a search of their car found stolen items.

The female passenger was booked into jail on charges of possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. The male driver was booked on charges of DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of heroin by consumption, possession of stolen property, mail theft, driving on a suspended license, possession of another’s ID, unlawful possession of a financial transaction card and identity fraud.

Meth arrests

Police arrested three people on Sunday after finding meth and drug paraphernalia in the house, along with a toddler.

Ginger Betts was booked into the Utah County Jail on charges of possession of meth with intent to distribute, child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. Loren Michael Betts was booked on charges of possession of meth, child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. Duane Alva Smith was booked on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of meth.

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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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