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Weber County disputes allegations in jail death lawsuit

OGDEN — Weber County has filed court documents denying wrongful-death allegations by the husband of a woman who died while undergoing heroin withdrawal in the county jail.


Police & Fire

$2M death claim filed against Davis jail over allegedly withheld medications

FARMINGTON — Davis County is facing a $2 million wrongful-death claim over allegations that the county jail deprived a woman of life-sustaining prescription medications after she was booked on a traffic-related offense.


Police & Fire

Maggots, mold and dirt reported in Weber jail food

Over the past three years, Weber County Jail inmates reported maggots, mold, and dirt in their meals, and health inspectors cited the food service contractor with an unrelated series of critical violations, according to county records.


Police & Fire

Police investigate death of man in Davis jail's booking area

FARMINGTON — Police are investigating the death of a 33-year-old man who collapsed in the Davis County Jail’s booking area on Dec. 14, 2017, law enforcement officials say.


Police & Fire

New Utah law encourages police not to destroy confiscated or unclaimed firearms

A new law sets up a state-sponsored sales channel for police agencies to dispose of confiscated or unclaimed firearms while still allowing authorities the option of destroying guns used in notorious crimes.


Police & Fire

Davis jail death plaintiff blasts secrecy and 'callousness'

SALT LAKE CITY — Their lawsuit targets only the Davis County Jail, but Cynthia Farnham-Stella and her attorneys hope it will catalyze improvements to prevent inmate deaths throughout Utah.


Government

County auditor takes control of Davis sheriff's finance functions

FARMINGTON — Davis County officials are transferring three finance positions out of the sheriff’s office, a follow-up step threatened by commissioners after a series of audits spotlighted questionable spending practices.


Police & Fire

Lawsuit: Traumatic death in Davis jail result of civil rights violation

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal lawsuit alleges the Davis County Jail negligently handled the care of a woman who died of a massive blunt-force spleen injury several hours after she fell from a cell bunk.


Courts

Utah drug courts decline, an unwelcome symptom of system reform

Nathan Marion thanks Kathy Morris and drug court for salvaging his life.


Police & Fire

2016 FBI hate crime report inaccurate for N. Utah; clerical errors to blame

OGDEN — An attacker charged toward a jogger on an Ogden foothills trail, screaming about stolen water and Mexicans.


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