New tool for Utah judges brings high hopes for better bail decisions

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A new evidence-based tool called the Public Safety Assessment gives Utah judges more information about a criminal defendant’s past. Officials say it will mean better bail decisions, including more low-risk defendants being bailed out rather than staying in jail.

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Man accused of soliciting sex from teen while his 4-year-old was in backseat

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Police say the man talked on social media with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl from June 1 through June 28, according to a probable cause statement.

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Former National Guardsman from Ogden accused of having 1,000 child porn files

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Local law enforcement was contacted by the National Guard’s Criminal Investigation Command regarding a former guardsman who was found with child porn on April 5 while stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado.


Negligence, malpractice lawsuit filed against Davis Hospital for hep C outbreak

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The lawsuit — which was filed Thursday in Farmington’s 2nd District Court — states that a Weber County woman became infected with the virus while she was admitted to the Layton hospital on Oct. 3, 2011.

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Convicted Ogden killer among 5 charged in Utah State Prison assault

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Five state prison inmates with Ogden ties have been accused of stabbing another inmate in March.


Man sent to prison for sex assault, was convicted as juvenile for similar crime

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A South Willard man with a prior sex crime conviction when he was a juvenile was given a prison sentence Wednesday for sexually assaulting a girl in 2016.

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Davis County disputes ex-deputy's $1M damages claim

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Davis County wants a 2nd District Court judge to dismiss a $1 million lawsuit filed by a former sheriff’s deputy.


2 men guilty of polygamy given get house arrest in Canada

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A British Colombia Supreme Court judge has imposed conditional sentences on two men who belong to a breakaway Mormon sect after convicting them of polygamy, sparing them jail time

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Scouts settle suit over motorcyclist killed by chopped-down tree

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Children of a Colorado motorcyclist, Edgar Riecke, 69, have settled out of court with the Boy Scouts, the LDS Church, two teen Scouts and five Scout leaders. The family filed suit after Scouts chopped down a tree next to a highway and it killed the motorcyclist.


Insurer says 'suicide by cop' justified denial of life insurance claim

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American General Life Insurance says Vincent Farrand’s death amounted to “suicide by cop,” so it is asking a federal judge to justify denying the claim by his wife.

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