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The Jazz Beat the Warriors. Then Someone Found a Shoebox

Salt Lake City's Vivint Smart Home Arena evacuated after 'suspicious' package found

(Newser) - The Utah Jazz beat the Golden State Warriors Friday night 113-109, but unexpected excitement came after the last ball had been thrown. Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City was evacuated just minutes after the NBA game had ended, Fox News reports. The cause of the clear-out: Salt Lake... More »

Paper Converts to Nonprofit

Like NPR, Salt Lake Tribune will take donations

(Newser) - The Salt Lake Tribune hopes its new status as a nonprofit will ensure its long-term viability in an industry in crisis — and other newspapers suffering amid the same declines in advertising and circulation revenues are expected to watch closely. The newspaper will be governed by a board of directors... More »

Mackenzie Lueck Suspect Wrote Disturbing Novel

2 people burned to death in Ayoola Ajayi's book

(Newser) - A book by the man accused of kidnapping and murdering University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck has been pulled from sale on Amazon—and its subject matter now seems highly disturbing. In "Forge Identity," which Ayoola Ajayi started advertising last year, a teenager watches his friend and a... More »

Utah Suspect Asked Contractor to Build a Soundproof Room

Request for hooks in walls raised suspicion

(Newser) - The man charged in the slaying of a University of Utah student wanted a contractor to build a soundproof room in his house, no matter the cost, with a thumb lock, hooks on the walls and a secret entrance. "I don’t know what he wanted it for,"... More »

Ominous Development in Mackenzie Lueck Case

Police search Salt Lake City home, say there is 'nexus' between it, disappearance

(Newser) - An ominous development in the search for missing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck: Police served a search warrant on a Salt Lake City home believed to be connected to the case Wednesday—and around midnight, officers were seen carrying shovels to the backyard. Assistant Salt Lake City Police Chief... More »

New Twist in Case of Missing Utah Student

Police say Mackenzie Lueck met somebody at a park

(Newser) - A new twist in the disappearance of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck: Police say the 23-year-old met somebody at a park in North Salt Lake around 3am on Monday, June 17, soon after she returned to Utah from her grandmother's funeral in California, CNN reports. Lueck, who took... More »

Utah Student Disappears After Taking Lyft From Airport

Mackenzie Lueck hasn't been seen since June 17

(Newser) - Friends and relatives say they are extremely worried about Mackenzie Lueck, a 23-year-old University of Utah student who hasn't been seen since the early hours of Monday, June 17. Police say Lueck, who had flown home to southern California for her grandmother's funeral, texted her mother to say... More »

Warren Jeffs' Son, Who Said Dad Abused Him, Dead at 26

Roy Jeffs is said to have taken his own life

(Newser) - A son of Warren Jeffs who was one of the first to say the polygamist had sexually abused his own children has died. The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that Roy Jeffs, 26, was found dead at his Salt Lake City home on Friday. He would have turned 27 on... More »

Cops: Woman Gave Boyfriend Drano to Induce 'Eternal Sleep'

Elle Weissman, 43, was arrested in Salt Lake City

(Newser) - Utah police say a woman tricked her boyfriend into drinking Drano in the hope it would kill him—and then, oddly, she took him to a hospital. Elle Weissman, 43, was arrested in Salt Lake City on Tuesday on charges of attempted murder and surreptitious administration of a certain substance,... More »

The Cops Finally Got Him. Then He Met the 14-Year-Old

It's the final part of the 'Cincinnati Enquirer' serial on Cody Jackson

(Newser) - Kevin Grasha and Cameron Knight of the Cincinnati Enquirer are out with the final installment of their four-part story on Cody Jackson, a young Wisconsin drop-out with no job and essentially a single skill: "luring fragile young women" he often held against their will through an extreme and manipulative... More »

Family Decides on Taking In Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapper

Wanda Barzee's niece says she has to fend for herself

(Newser) - Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. Days before the 72-year-old woman is released from prison , looming fears about whether she remains a threat and... More »

David Cross Will Perform at Utah School Despite Row

The comedian tweeted what appeared to be a joke about holy undergarments

(Newser) - The University of Utah says a tweet from comedian David Cross showing him wearing undergarments sacred to the Mormon faith was "deeply offensive" but the college won't consider calls for the cancellation of his performance on campus Wednesday. College president Ruth Watkins criticized the tweet in a statement... More »

Hamilton Actor Calls Out Crowd for Using Phones

'This isn't a movie, What is up with you guys?'

(Newser) - The lead actor in a production of the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton has called out Salt Lake City theater-goers who pulled out their cellphones during performances in Utah. Soon after the show ended, Joseph Morales called the behavior shockingly rude in a tweet on Sunday, when he wrote: "SLC,... More »

Guy Attacks Jogger, Jogger Stabs Him

Multiple times, though he managed to get away

(Newser) - An attacker had the tables turned on him quite thoroughly Friday morning in Salt Lake City. He grabbed a female runner from behind and groped her, but she had a small knife in her hand and stabbed him with it, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. He turned and fled, and... More »

Suspect Hiding From Cops Calls 911 for Rescue

Utah man locked himself in church boiler room

(Newser) - A Utah man who was hiding from police and fled arrest had to call 911 to be rescued after getting stuck in his hiding spot. Salt Lake City police say 46-year-old Shane Paul Owen called dispatchers for help on Tuesday, more than six hours after he accidentally locked himself in... More »

Cop Cleared After Appearing to Shoot, Kill Man as He Ran Away

Activists and family members outraged in Patrick Harmon case

(Newser) - Two months after police in Salt Lake City, Utah, shot and killed 50-year-old black man Patrick Harmon, the Salt Lake County district attorney determined Wednesday their use of deadly force was justified. Soon after, the police department released body cam footage of the shooting, sparking outrage among many in the... More »

Patient in Utah Nurse's Arrest Controversy Dies

Nurse was arrested after refusing to draw his blood

(Newser) - A sad development in the Salt Lake City nurse arrest controversy: Bill Gray, the patient whose blood nurse Alex Wubbels refused to allow police to take without consent or a warrant, has died from the injuries he suffered in a July car crash. Gray, a reserve police officer with the... More »

Internal Affairs Report Slams Officer Who Arrested Nurse

He showed 'extremely poor judgment'

(Newser) - The Salt Lake City police detective who arrested a nurse for following hospital rules may be losing his job on the force as well as his paramedic job . An internal affairs report released Wednesday is extremely critical of both Detective Jeff Payne, who carried out the arrest, and watch commander... More »

Salt Lake City DA Wants FBI on Arrested Nurse Case

Alex Wubbels' civil rights may have been violated under 'color of law,' he says

(Newser) - The FBI has apparently gotten involved in the case of a Utah nurse arrested for not allowing a police officer to draw blood from a patient. Per KSL , Salt Lake City DA Sim Gill has reported he submitted a formal request to the agency to see if Alex Wubbels' civil... More »

Cop Who Arrested Nurse Fired From Paramedic Job

Jeff Payne 'violated several company policies'

(Newser) - The Salt Lake City police detective who arrested a nurse for simply doing her job has been fired from his other job. Mike Moffitt, president of Gold Cross Ambulance, says Jeff Payne has been fired from his part-time paramedic job because his actions "violated several company policies and left... More »

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