UV crime: Blackmail scam, murder appeal

Fireworks started a fire in SCERA Park. (Photo courtesy Orem city)

A homemade firework started a fire in SCERA Park in Orem on Pioneer Day. (Photo courtesy Orem city)

Firework fire

A homemade firework started a fire at the playground at SCERA Park in Orem on July 24, according to police. Police officers on patrol saw the fire and put it out with their extinguishers. The fire did minimal damage.

Skype scam

Orem police say they have been getting an increasing number of calls about a scam on social media. A person is lured into Skyping with a suspect, who then claims to record the inappropriate video chat. The suspect says the video will be posted online unless the victim pays up.

Up-skirt photo

A woman in Orem reported to police that she caught a man taking a picture up her skirt at a store on July 23. The suspect took off when she discovered him. If you have information about the suspect, call police at (801) 229-7070.

Murder appeal

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

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

The woman convicted and sentenced for her role in killing Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride and shooting Utah County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Sherwood is appealing her case. She claims the court was biased.

Meagan Grunwald, 18, was sentenced earlier this month to spend at least 30 years in prison. A jury convicted Grunwald in May of aggravated murder, attempted murder, robbery and other charges.

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 argued that she was an unwilling participant.

Laser shining

Around 1 a.m. on July 25 Lone Peak police reportedly caught teenagers in Highland shining a laser into passing cars. Police had had other reports of the laser shining in this area in the past few weeks.

The responding officer found two 16-year-olds and a 14-year-old. He called and woke their parents, who had to pick them up. The kids weren’t charged.


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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