Alleged drug-ring leader pleads not guilty in opioid death

  A Utah man accused of running a multimillion operation selling powerful opioids disguised as prescription drugs has pleaded not guilty to new charges filed in an overdose death.

Court records show Aaron Michael Shamo entered the plea Tuesday. Prosecutors say a person identified as R.K. died in June 2016 after taking fentanyl Shamo sold disguised as the less-powerful drug oxycodone.

Man sentenced for sexual misconduct in the work place.

Jurors have convicted a 54-year-old Utah nurse of sexual misconduct against three women who were in his care in medical facilities in Salt Lake County.

Adam Tae Kyun Lim faces up to life in prison on each of two counts of first-degree felony object rape and up to 15 years on one count of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse.


State regulators have denied a Salt Lake City-based nuclear waste processing company an exemption to bury thousands of tons of depleted uranium munitions at its site.

The Utah Waste Management and Radiation Control Board on Thursday voted unanimously to reject the military ordnance after EnergySolutions had petitioned the Department of Environmental Quality for an exemption to Utah's provisional prohibition on burying the radioactive munitions.

South-Western United States is experiencing severe drought.

Climatologists say conditions are right for development of an El Nino weather pattern that could bring wetter than normal conditions this winter in drought-stricken area of the southwestern U.S.

But weather researchers said Wednesday that even if an El Nino occurs, that doesn't assure that parched areas of the Southwest will receive more rain and snow. They also say higher-than-average precipitation is not likely to make up for rainfall deficits in the region over the past year.

Utah man pleads guilty to child abuse homicide in hanging.

A Utah man accused of helping a teenage girl kill herself and filming the act because he was fascinated with death has pleaded guilty to child abuse homicide.

In accepting a plea deal Tuesday in a Provo court, prosecutors say, 19-year-old Tyerell Joe Przybycien of Spanish Fork avoided a possible murder conviction that could have brought a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

Pop singer Taylor Swift donates money to help fan with mounting medical bills.

  Taylor Swift has donated $15,500 to a GoFundMe account of a fan whose family is struggling with medical bills.

Sadie Bartell's mother has been in a coma for three years, and the family is worried about losing their Orem, Utah, home because of mounting medical bills. The 19-year-old tweeted that her mother became ill two days before she went to see Swift in a concert.

Melvin Rowland, the man accused of murdering a University of Utah student.
Sex Offender Registry

A sex offender who killed a University of Utah student he briefly dated once said at a parole hearing that he was a womanizer who manipulated women to get what he wanted.

Melvin Rowland said he was attracted to teenage girls and vulnerable women, and sought to manipulate those he met in person or online, according to a recording of the 2012 hearing released by Utah state authorities.

Pando: the world's largest single organism.

A new study finds a Utah aspen grove considered the world's largest living organism is continuing to decline despite new fencing designed to keep out mule deer whose appetites are blamed its deterioration.

Two Utah State University professors found that some fencing constructed in 2013 is keeping the deer from eating the trees, but additional barriers put up in 2014 don't seem to have protected the colony known as Pando.

Univeristy of Utah campus

The University of Utah police chief says a female student who was fatally shot on campus by a man she dated had filed a complaint against him earlier this month.

Chief Dale Brophy said Tuesday that Lauren McCluskey had filed a police report on Oct. 12 against Melvin Rowland.

Gunnison Valley High School

A Utah mother is accusing school officials of brushing aside an alleged sexual assault of her son by his football teammates as "boys being boys" and hazing that went too far.

The woman said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that her 14-year-old son was pinned down by two teammates while a third rubbed his genitals on her son's face on Sept. 17 in the small Utah city of Gunnison as several other players watched and laughed.

Court charges man for selling disguised fentanyl that caused death.

  A Utah man accused of running a multimillion operation selling powerful opioids disguised as prescription drugs has been charged in an overdose death.

Prosecutors say in court documents Thursday that a person identified as R.K. died in June 2016 after taking fentanyl, which Aaron Michael Shamo sold disguised as the less-powerful drug Oxycodone.

Utah Supreme Court

Four women want the Utah Supreme Court to assign a special prosecutor to bring their sexual assault cases to court.

The women filed a petition Tuesday saying Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill's office declined to pursue charges against each of the accused men in their cases.

Utah Debate Comission


A Democrat and a United Utah Party candidate in the state's 1st Congressional District squared off against incumbent Republican Rep. Rob Bishop at the Utah Debate Commission's debate.

Bishop's opponents, United Utah Party candidate Eric Eliason and Democrat Lee Castillo, attempted Wednesday to paint the Republican as a career politician who represents special interests rather than Utah voters.

Utah Representative Mia Love

  In conservative Utah, the first black female Republican in Congress is trying to fend off a strong challenge from a well-known Democratic mayor in a largely suburban district where many are wary of President Donald Trump.

U.S. Rep. Mia Love has separated herself from the president on immigration and trade while challenger Ben McAdams criticizes her record and pitches himself as a moderate in the tight race.

South Utah Valley Animal Shelter saw and 100 animal spike during evacuations.

When thousands of people were forced to flee their homes during a wildfire last month, their pets had to crowd into an animal hospital and some went missing.

As residents evacuated the cities of Woodland Hills and Elk Ridge, the staff at the Payson Family Pet Hospital housed nearly double their normal capacity of animals.

William Clyde Allen III

A Navy veteran in Utah will stay behind bars after being charged with sending letters to President Donald Trump and other leaders containing substance from which the poison ricin is derived.

A lawyer for William Clyde Allen III said Monday the 39-year-old is needed at home to care for his sick wife and she would ensure that he obeys any court-ordered restrictions.

Mia Love and Ben McAdams

U.S. Rep. Mia Love has clashed with her Democratic challenger as she defends her seat in a tight race targeted by national Democrats in a push to regain control of the U.S. House.

Democratic challenger Ben McAdams said at a debate Tuesday that she "votes on autopilot" with President Donald Trump, but Love shot back that she stands up to the president more than other Utah Republicans on issues like immigration.

South Jordan City

Police say they're investigating a fatal attack at an Alzheimer's center that left one man dead and another resident in custody.

Search warrants show a 69-year-old man shoved another 88-year-old resident, then got on top of the fallen man and started hitting him.

Provo Canyon

Utah County authorities say a body found in Provo Canyon is believed to that of a missing 36-year-old hiker from Orem.

The Sheriff's Office says its search and rescue team with help from a state Department of Public Safety helicopter recovered the body believed to be that of Jake Routt, who was missing since Sept. 16.

Russell M. Nelson

Some woman candidates for public office, who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are worried that a recommended social media break could hurt their campaigns.

Russell M. Nelson, the president of the church, has challenged women of the faith to take a 10-day break from social media, "and from any other media that bring negative and impure thoughts to your mind."

Army Reserve Unit from Logan, UT headed to Kuwait

A U.S. Army Reserve unit based in Logan in northern Utah is deploying to Kuwait.

The 103-member 890th Inland Cargo Transfer Co. is leaving this week for a one-year deployment to support of ongoing military operations in the Middle East.

The Mormon church backed a deal that would legalize medical marijuana.

The Mormon church joined lawmakers, the governor and advocates to back a deal Thursday that would legalize medical marijuana in conservative Utah after months of fierce debate.

The compromise comes as people prepare to vote in November on a medical marijuana ballot initiative that held its ground despite opposition from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Police say a Starbucks customer shot a man and wounded who attacked a clerk outside Salt Lake City.

Authorities said the man was shot once in the chest Thursday morning after he jumped over the counter and started hitting the female employee's head with a metal object.

San Juan County

The state of Utah will send an election official to a county dogged by allegations of discrimination against Navajo voters.

Elections Director Justin Lee said Tuesday it's a major step to ensure everything goes smoothly in the politically charged situation in San Juan County, which borders Arizona and New Mexico and overlaps with the Navajo Nation.

Salt Lake City TRAX system.

Utah Transit Authority officials say sparks and an explosion on a light rail train have shut down service lines in downtown Salt Lake City.

Officials say a catenary wire that carries power and runs above the TRAX train fell onto it late Tuesday, causing the sparks and an explosion.