Blue Haven Foundation to offer support for widows of Dallas shooting

When news of the Dallas sniper attack that left five police officers dead reached Utah County, a few women here knew all too well what the families of the fallen officers were feeling. Nannette Wride, widow of Sgt. Cory Wride of the Utah County sheriff’s office, has partnered with other widows of police officers killed on duty to […]

UV crime: Don’t send racy photos to strangers

Racy photos An Orem man filed a report about attempted blackmail on Wednesday. Police say he’d sent racy photos and videos of himself to a woman out of the area via Skype and she now wanted money from him, or would send the photos and videos to his family and friends. Police advise residents not […]

UV crime: ATM skimming device, church burglary

ATM skimming Police arrested two people after they were caught on video installing a skimming device on an ATM at a bank in Orem. A similar device was found on an ATM in Sandy. Police say 25-year-old Alexandro Stefan and Ionela Stefan, 20, picked up one of the devices and were arrested. Police are still […]

UV crime: Headstone destruction for Easter resurrection, cold cut caper

Headstone destruction Police arrested a Payson man on Monday after they say he vandalized headstones in Payson’s cemetery. Spencer Robinson, 36, reportedly said he damaged dozens of monuments to help the dead be resurrected on Easter. Authorities said some of the headstones were more than 100 years old. Robinson was booked into the Utah County […]

UV crime: Shooting in Eagle Mountain, snowball in Highland

Eagle Mountain shooting A woman reportedly shot and killed her husband in Eagle Mountain on Feb. 27. Police say Tiana Hitesman, 31, told them she shot Elwin Dale Hitesman, 33, after a domestic violence incident. Their four children were asleep at the time. Hitesman has not been arrested and no charges have been filed in […]

UV crime: Murder-suicide in Orem, police shooting in Provo

Murder-suicide Orem police say 24-year-old Riley Mecham shot and killed his grandmother’s live-in boyfriend, 64-year-old Anthony Sorenson, early Wednesday morning before killing himself. The two men lived with Mecham’s grandmother and mother and had reportedly had an argument before the shooting. Police shooting case A judge ruled on motions this week in the case of […]

UV crime: Guilty plea in dead babies case, $12,500 reward in arsons

Guilty plea in dead babies case Megan Huntsman, a former Pleasant Grove resident, pleaded guilty on Thursday to killing her six babies between 1996 and 2006. She choked or strangled all of the babies after they were born and hid their bodies in her garage. Her estranged husband discovered one of the bodies last year […]

UV crime: Provo shooting, meth lab plea

Burglary arrest An 18-year-old Provo man was arrested early Wednesday morning after police say he smashed the glass at La Dolce Vita and went inside. A witness saw the burglary, according to police, and about 15 minutes after the break-in an officer spotted Thomas Laird. He had broken glass on his back and boots. Police […]

Provo police arrest two in shooting, say fight was about gang ties

About two hours after 19-year-old Alan Ruiz-Zamora was shot at close range in the jaw while standing under a carport in Provo on Monday, police had identified, chased and caught two suspects. Orem resident Guillermo Zepeda, 20, was booked into jail on charges of attempted murder, failure to stop at command of police and possession […]

Suspect in custody for Provo shooting

One suspect remains in custody for a Provo shooting that took place Monday afternoon. Person of interest in the shooting at 700 W 300 S is currently in custody. Further details will be reported as they become available. — Provo Police (@ProvoPolice) January 13, 2015   A young adult male was taken to the hospital […]

UV crime: Top 5 crimes of 2014

Utah Valley is known for its close-knit communities and low crime rates, but that doesn’t mean there’s no crime, and 2014 saw its fair share. From a shooting spree to dead babies, 2014 was a busy year for police. Dead babies found A former Pleasant Grove resident this year was accused of a gruesome crime […]

UV crime: Mother sent to jail, foot nearly severed in crash

Sentencing in baby’s death Former Provo resident Brianna Brown was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of probation on Tuesday for child endangerment related to the November 2012 death of her 3-month-old son, Paxton. In October, Brown pleaded guilty to three charges of child endangerment. Joshua Jay Harding, who was Brown’s boyfriend […]

UV crime: Attempted murder, embezzlement, possible pervert

Attempted murder An Orem woman was arrested on May 30 after she pointed a gun at her husband’s head and pulled the trigger — twice. But she’d forgotten to load the gun. Police say 40-year-old Jennifer Waite bought the gun the day before. She pulled the gun after she and her husband had gotten into […]

UV crime: Not guilty plea in cop shooting case, major heroin ring busted

Alleged cop shooter pleads The 17-year-old girl accused of going on a shooting spree with her boyfriend pleaded not guilty this week to murder and other charges. Meagan Grunwald is charged with killing Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride and wounding Utah County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Sherwood. Her boyfriend, Jose Angel Garcia-Jauregui, was killed by […]

UV crime: Charges filed in baby-killing case, quarters missing in Provo

Charges filed against suspected baby killer The former Pleasant Grove woman arrested last month after police discovered the remains of seven babies in a garage was formally charged this week. Megan Huntsman, 39, faces six counts of murder. Officials say one of the babies was stillborn. One of the bodies was found by her estranged husband, […]

UV crime: Bodies discovered in Pleasant Grove, check recycling in Orem

Gruesome discovery A former Pleasant Grove woman admitted to killing six of her newborn babies and putting those and a seventh stillborn baby into separate containers in the garage where she lived between 1996 and 2006, police say. The woman’s estranged husband found one body while cleaning out the garage on Saturday, then called police, […]

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 […]

Orem man dead after suspicious accident

OREM — Rupert E. Miley, a 42-year-old male  from Orem, died this morning in a suspicious accident on 800 North and 100 East in Orem. At 3:15 a.m., the Orem Police Department received a call from a home owner that heard the accident. Miley, who was driving the car at the time of the accident, had a […]