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

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Kara Noakes had a heart condition and needed life-sustaining medicine, an attorney for her family says. But in a $2 million claim, the family blames the Davis County Jail for her death, alleging the jail withheld the vital medicine and she died behind bars less than two days after being arrested on...

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

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Gregory Leigh Hayes, 33, died Dec. 14 in the Davis County Jail. He was the jail’s first death in 2017. Six people died in the jail in 2016.


Court hearing postponed for Ogden couple accused of killing 3-year-old

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Miller Costello, 25, and Brenda Emile, 23 — who are each charged with one count of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony — recently had a preliminary hearing canceled.

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Davis jail death plaintiff blasts secrecy and 'callousness'

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“If a dog had fallen off the bunk, they would have taken it to the vet,” said Tad Draper, the attorney of Cynthia Farnham-Stella. Heather Miller’s death after a fall from her Davis County Jail bunk in December 2016 has been followed by institutional secrecy, they say.

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

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The mother of a Davis County Jail inmate, Heath Miller, who died of a ruptured spleen in late 2016, has filed a federal lawsuit against the county, Sheriff Todd Richardson, a nurse and the jail nursing supervisor. The suit alleges nurses didn’t check Miller’s vital signs and left...


Utah drug courts decline, an unwelcome symptom of system reform

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A successful drug court participant can achieve substance abuse recovery and have criminal charges dismissed. But an unintended side effect of Utah’s 2015 justice system reforms has driven down drug court enrollments.


Ogden's presiding judge retires after nearly 34 years on the bench

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After almost three and a half decades of dealing with crimes, marriages, adoptions and other court proceedings, the presiding judge over Utah’s 2nd District Court is hanging up his robe.

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Layton spa owner charged with prostitute exploitation, money laundering

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The investigation began when the Davis County Attorney’s Office received an anonymous letter stating that “illegal activity” was happening at Layton’s Golden Day Spa, charging documents say.


Embezzlement charges result in secret agreement for former S. Weber councilman

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A former South Weber City councilman charged with embezzling more than $200,000 from a Bountiful assisted living facility resolved his case by entering into a non-public agreement.

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Layton man charged with automobile homicide after fatal November crash

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A Layton man has been indicted after a set of crashes left a woman dead near West Weber in November.

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