ST. GEORGE – A Las Vegas resident convicted in 5th District Court of running a sex slavery operation avoided a prison sentence Wednesday under probation terms that will require him to serve additional time in the Washington County Jail.
31 year old Leroy Haley III will serve 180 days in Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane with no credit for the 340 days he has already been incarcerated. The charges arose from a sting last August at a St. George hotel. Haley and 20 year old Francis Mary Uhrhan, also of Las Vegas, were accused of pimping a 17-year-old girl in Utah for sex with paying clients.
– Firefighters responded to an early morning blaze that torched part of a home Wednesday. Between 3:30 and 4 a.m., the Washington City Fire Department responded to a fire at a tri-level home on the 100 North block of 200 East. A garbage can by the side of the home in the carport area somehow caught fire and managed to burn up through the carport’s ceiling and then make it’s way into the attic over two bedrooms. The home has sustained structural damage, along with smoke damage. The home’s occupants, a family with young children, have been displaced by the fire. Two fire engines and around 15 firefighters responded to the scene.
(Salt Lake City, UT) – John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are proclaiming their innocence. The former Utah attorneys general appeared together in court yesterday on a slew of corruption charges. After the brief hearing, both said they will be cleared of the charges, which include bribery and evidence tampering. Their next court appearance is scheduled for August 18th.
(Undated) – Utah ranks high when it comes to health-related return on investment. A WalletHub study places Utah in second place in the nation. Researchers calculated the ROI by looking at both the quality of health ranking and health care costs. Minnesota ranked number one.
(Salt Lake City, UT) – Nearly 70 kids who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without a parent or guardian are being placed with sponsor families in Utah. Governor Gary Herbert was informed over the weekend that the children in question were placed with sponsor families in Utah sometime between January 1st and July 7th of this year. The notification to Herbert was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and did not include any further information.
(Salt Lake City, UT) – A former Utah-based pilot with Delta Air Lines is being sentenced for groping a teenager on a flight. Michael Pascal of Park City was off-duty the day he groped the 14-year-old seated next to him as she was asleep. Pascal told the judge he would accept whatever sentence is handed down. The judge then sentenced Pascal to more than two-years behind bars.
(Salt Lake City, UT) – Politicians from both sides of the aisle believe Utah should keep the controversial Common Core school standards. A survey by Utah Policy found that 88-percent of Democratic insiders and 49-percent of Republican insiders believe Utah should continue using the standards. Common Core sets standards for minimum English and math skills students should learn at every grade level.