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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...

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Lawsuit seeks expanded freedoms for Utah's intellectually disabled adults

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The Disability Law Center accuses Utah’s Department of Health, Division of Medicaid and Health Financing, Department of Human Services and the state’s Division of Service for People with Disabilities of fostering a system that restricts residents in intermediate care facilities (ICFs)...


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Heras-Corrales gets prison sentence for murdering girlfriend in 2008

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Nearly a decade after killing his girlfriend and fleeing to Mexico, Gutberto Heras-Corrales has been sentenced to prison for the December 2008 murder of Noemi Rodriguez.


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Weber County disputes allegations in jail death lawsuit

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In documents filed in U.S. District Court, attorneys for Weber County dispute claims that jailers and nurses were negligent in the care of theft suspect Marion Herrera, 40, of Ogden, who died May 22, 2016, while withdrawing from heroin.


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

062716 Kara Noakes Submitted 02-1

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

Gregory Hayes jail death

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.


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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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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.


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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...


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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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