Lehi OKs annexation, zone change for new high school property

LEHI — In a room packed with Boy Scouts who may be its first students, the Lehi City Council OK’d an annexation agreement and zoning for the last piece of property needed for the second high school in Lehi. The high school is scheduled to open in August 2016. The groundbreaking is scheduled for spring. […]

2014 could be year of the gas tax

Provo’s city council joined with others around the state and unanimously approved a resolution this week supporting new revenue streams to fund road maintenance. What that means: the option for an additional 3 percent gas tax. Cities say road maintenance and construction costs have gone up 75 percent over the past decade but money designated […]

UV crime: Kid with pellet gun runs from police, killer could be incompetent

It could have been a lot worse On Monday, Jan. 20, someone reported a man wearing camouflage and carrying a rifle on a trail in Highland. When a Lone Peak officer arrived, he asked the person to stop and talk to him, according to police. Instead, he took off. American Fork police joined the search, […]

No seat belt leading cause of death in 2013 fatal crashes in Utah

On Oct. 24, 2013, 23-year-old Cameron Warren Foster was driving in Springville when he lost control of his car. The 2004 Nissan 350Z hit a power pole — causing it to snap — and then a flatbed trailer that was parked on the side of the road. Foster was just one of the 71 people […]

UVU opens classroom in Santaquin

Utah Valley University students who live in southern Utah County have another location choice for classes this semester — Santaquin City Hall. Santaquin opened its public safety training room in the city building this year for UVU students to take 15 courses ranging from American Popular Music to math, according to UVU’s website. Classes are […]

UV crime: Murder-suicide in Spanish Fork, fatal crash in Provo

Murder-suicide in Spanish Fork Police in Spanish Fork discovered five bodies late Thursday night in what they believe was a quadruple murder-suicide. It appears that 34-year-old Joshua Boren — a Lindon City police officer — killed his 32-year-old wife Kelly, 7-year-old son Joshua “Jaden,” 5-year-old daughter Haley and 55-year-old mother-in-law Marie King before killing himself. Lindon […]

Lehi rep wants to ensure clergy not forced to perform same-sex marriages

Worried that courts might find that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment trumps the First Amendment, Rep. Jake Anderegg is sponsoring a bill and a resolution for a constitutional amendment to keep Utah clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages. The resolution, HJR 1, proposes to amend the state’s constitution to prevent […]

UV crime: Snake in a belly?

Illegal boa import A Lindon man and his sister are accused of illegally importing a wild-caught white boa constrictor from Brazil to the U.S., which he reportedly used to breed with other snakes at his business, Jeremy Stone Reptiles. Prosecutors say Stone discovered the snake in Brazil and schemed to get it. Though the snake […]

Utah Valley gay couples not surprised by marriage stay, but still have hope

A decision Monday morning putting a stop to same-sex marriages in Utah — at least temporarily — may have thrown some Utah Valley families into legal marriage limbo. The U.S. Supreme Court granted request by Utah to halt same-sex marriages in the state. The state asked the court to put a stop to the marriages […]

UV crime: Pets brutally killed, phone sex scam and a murderer wants a new trial

Pets killed The Risenmay family of Payson woke up to a horrific scene in their backyard on New Year’s Eve  — their duck, five chickens and two pygmy goats had all been brutally killed. The family’s children discovered their dead pets when they went outside to take care of them. Rabbits and chickens at a […]

UV crime: Mostly quiet for Christmas week

Fatal crash Police suspect a 33-year-old man was distracted while driving on Pioneer Crossing in American Fork on Sunday. His eastbound car crossed over the raised median and into westbound traffic where he was hit by a truck. He was killed in the crash. The driver of the truck wasn’t seriously injured. Burglary Wrapped presents […]

UV crime: Grinches are out and pot is in the air

Air marijuana A man from Orem was arrested after police say he flew a plane containing $1.2 million worth of marijuana — a total of 242 pounds — across the country. Authorities searched the plane in New Castle, Pa., and then let him to continue his journey. Ken Barton Burrows, 53, was reportedly delivering the drugs […]

Provo council OKs long-awaited towing changes

Starting Feb. 1, 2014 there will be some towing changes in Provo. In a packed room on Tuesday night, the Provo Municipal Council voted unanimously to make some long-awaited changes to the city’s towing law — taking towing decisions out of the tow truck drivers’ hands unless the towing company and property owner have a […]

UV crime: Modern-day Porter Rockwell arrested, killer tries to kill self

Nu Skin co-founder arrested Nedra McKell, one of the Nu Skin co-founders, was arrested this week on charges that she harassed a woman who accused McKell’s husband of sexual assault. She’s charged with three counts of witness retaliation, abuse of a vulnerable adult and violation of a protective order. The sex abuse case against her […]

To tow or not to tow: Provo council to vote on changes

In October last year Provo Mayor John Curtis announced on his blog that he was considering changes to the city’s towing law. That post ended up with 539 comments, most of which recounted booting and towing horror stories. More than a year in, and nearly a semester into a towing pilot program, the Provo Municipal […]

Provo Rec Center won’t open on Sundays

PROVO — Despite some vigorous discussion happening on social media, Provo is not considering opening the new Recreation Center on Sundays. The city is working on a Parks and Rec Master Plan, which will be considered at the municipal council meeting on Tuesday, and the issue of Sundays dovetailed off that discussion, said Provo Deputy […]

Orem City Council approves massive development at University Mall

Nearly two dozen Orem residents lined up for a chance to voice their opposition to the timeline and scale of a mixed-use development at University Mall. Most recognized that the development was going to happen, but they wanted the city to slow down and let residents have a closer look at something that could change […]

UV weekly crime report: Copper theft to stray bullet

This week police nabbed people they say are responsible for repeated returns to steal copper wire, solved the mystery of a ceiling hole and warned people not to leave criminals the gift of a warming-up car. And two men now know when a jury will decide their fate in a murder-for-hire case, and the two […]

University Mall development set for public hearing, vote on Tuesday

Orem residents will have a chance to tell the city council on Tuesday what they think about a huge mixed-use development being planned at University Mall, just before the council votes on zoning and the concept plan for the project. Woodbury Corporation has given its presentation to the city’s planning commission and city council already, […]

United Way hoping for turnout, donations on #GivingTuesday

Last year, thousands of charities and nonprofits around the country joined in an effort to get Americans thinking about the giving season on the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now in its second year, United Way of Utah County is hoping locals will honor #GivingTuesday by joining its volunteer event, donating or doing […]