Non-LDS, former BYU professor defends the Honor Code

In the wake of student protests calling for changes to Brigham Young University’s Honor Code, Damon Linker, former BYU assistant professor, who isn’t LDS, came to its defense. In Linker’s opinion article, published Friday morning, he called on his experience as a BYU assistant professor of political science in the 1990s to support his opinion that BYU should keep […]

UV crime: Guilty plea in rape, new reward for missing woman

SWAT standoff Spanish Fork police arrested a man Thursday morning after a standoff that lasted a few hours. Someone had called 911 earlier to report that the man was drunk and throwing things, then later that he left the house with a gun, according to police. When police arrived they reportedly heard a gunshot come […]

Mayors, firefighters will walk a mile in women’s shoes Saturday

At 10 a.m. Saturday, people from all over Utah County — including Provo firefighters, Provo Mayor John Curtis and Orem Mayor Richard Brunst — will don women’s shoes to walk a mile at The Shops at Riverwoods in Provo. The event is a fundraiser for The Center for Women and Children in Crisis, an organization […]

UV crime: Upcoming sex assault trial, spitting drugs

Child rape case The man charged with the 2014 sexual assault of a girl who was on her way to Cherry Hill Elementary School in Orem was in court on Monday for a pretrial conference. Jayson Johnson’s trial is set to begin on April 14, but he’ll be back in court on April 13 for […]

UV crime: Drugs, forgery and rape

Drug bust Orem police arrested two men at a hotel after reportedly finding nearly 300 grams of meth on them and in the room. A third person in the room was a minor and was turned over to his parents, though charges will be referred to court for him. Roberto Lopez-Alejandre, 22, was booked into […]

Utah lawmakers and universities aid victims of sexual violence

Five years ago Tiffany Turley was sexually assaulted, becoming living proof that the traumatic and life-changing experience can happen to anyone at any time. “It rocks your emotional and physical foundation,” said Turley, who now works as the manager of BYU’s Women’s Services and Resources office. “It’s one of the hardest situations a person can […]

UV crime: Suspect arrested in tip jar thefts, man shot by illegal hunter

Coffee tip bandit Provo police say they’ve arrested the man responsible for taking a tip jar at the Coffee Pod in Provo and a donation jar for a child with cancer from the Delipan Bakery in Provo. Chad Washburn, 30, of Provo was arrested on Tuesday on two charges of theft. He’s also being held […]

UV crime: Alleged BYU groper in court, police standoff ends in death

BYU groper A judge ruled on Thursday that there is enough evidence for Nathan Eric Fletcher to stand trial in the BYU groping case. Fletcher faces two class A misdemeanor charges of sexual battery. He has been banned from Brigham Young University’s campus and kicked out of school. Fletcher has been charged in two groping […]

UV crime: Murder, rape, kidnapping — and huffing

Provo murder Sixty-year-old Belen Perez was found strangled to death in her house, at about 2000 West and 50 North, by her adult son on Wednesday afternoon. Police haven’t released a lot of information about the murder, but have said that the son returned home and found his mother dead; he is not a suspect. […]

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, […]