Utah

A 30-year-old woman was arrested Monday on suspicion of murder after police were informed by the medical examiner that her husband died as a result of blunt force trauma.

According to arresting documents, officers with Unified Police responded on an unconscious male near 4800 S Townsend way in Kearns on March 11.

After police and Unified Fire arrived, they found Carlos Vizcarra-Corona, 33, deceased.

Investigators said his wife, Veronica Vizcarra, told them her husband had a serious alcohol problem and takes too much Tylenol. Corona had been in the hospital for the alcohol abuse about 4 months ago, documents state.

Officers noticed Corona had healing bruises found on his chest, back and face and his wife told them he had been in a fight at work about 2 weeks ago but Corona’s sister said she had a dispute with Veronica Vizcarra on scene and that her brother had not been in a fight at work, according to documents.

The Medical Examiner told investigators that Corona did have some serious medical issues due to alcohol use, however, his cause of death was blunt force trauma with a ruptured spleen and would be ruled a homicide, documents state.

The M.E. said the injury was in a stage of healing but was unable to heal due to the extensive damage.

Detectives continued their investigation and talked to several known witnesses who had spoken to Corona between February 27 and March 11. All of the witnesses said Corona had told them his wife had beaten him with a staple or nail gun on February 27.

Some of the witnessed were able to provided photos of the man’s injuries that were consistent with the healing injuries located on his body the day he died.

Two of the known witnesses who work with Corona said he did not get into a fight with any co-workers as his wife had told police, documents state.

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33-year-old teacher’s aid in the Wasatch School District was arrested Tuesday for allegedly providing alcohol to students and encouraging them to have sexual contact with each other, according to police.

Ashley Ann Morgan, of Park City, was booked into the Summit County Jail for investigation of child abuse, witness tampering and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She posted bail by Tuesday afternoon.

On Sept. 20, Morgan had “multiple Wasatch County School District students” at her house, according to a prepared statement from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

One 17-year-old student told investigators that Morgan, who used to be an employee with the Division of Child and Family Services, invited her and two male students to her home to drink alcohol.

“The female student said Morgan provided alcohol to her and the male students and encouraged the female student to have sexual contact with one of the males,” according to the statement.

Investigators say Morgan later texted the female student “telling her if she was interviewed by the authorities or police to tell them she was never at Morgan’s house and nothing ever happened” and “threatened to disclose personal information of the student” she obtained from being a DCFS worker if she did tell police, according to the statement.

A spokeswoman with the Wasatch School District said that Morgan has been with the district for less than a year. In a statement, the district confirmed Morgan has been placed on administrative leave.

“The district can confirm the employee, who was hired at the beginning of this year, passed the extensive background check standard for all new employees. As this is an ongoing investigation, the district cannot make any further comments. Any parents with specific concerns about this case should contact their principal or law enforcement,” the statement said.

A DCFS representative said Morgan was employed as a case social worker from 2016 until 2018, when she voluntarily resigned. She underwent an extensive background check before she was hired.

While DCFS would not comment specifically about Morgan’s case, the division said it puts a lot of trust in its case workers, and the allegations are saddening.

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The swat team was called thinking there was an “Active Shooter” only to arrive on scene to see Alexander Peace, 26, of Millcreek, shooting at imaginary objects.

Residents in the nearby apartments sheltered in place, and police thought they may have been dealing with an active shooter at one point so they called for backup from multiple agencies.

A SWAT team responded and several roads were closed in the area.

Sgt. Melody Gray of the Unified Police Department said they ultimately determined there was not an active shooter.

He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail and faces “numerous felony charges.”

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McKenna Newell, 21, of West Valley City, will severe 30 days in jail and spend 36 months on probation after pleading guilty to a reduced count of child abuse

The Utah babysitter who was caught on nanny cam kicking, hitting and covering the mouths and noses of five-month-old twins was sentenced to just a month behind bars for the vile abuse.

McKenna Newell, 21, of West Valley City, will serve 30 days in jail and spend 36 months on probation after pleading guilty to a reduced count of child abuse, a court heard earlier this month.

As part of her sentence she will also be forced to pay a fine of $5,000, complete 500 hours of community service and attend anger management classes.

A warrant for her arrest was first issued on January 5 after the children’s father saw footage of Newell attacking his two girls on a nanny camera that he’d set up in his home.

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A woman was arrested Tuesday night for child endangerment and abuse when she left her young child in a hot car as “punishment” in Draper.

Jesica Brown, 28, was arrested for child endangerment and child abuse when police found her child left in a hot car.

According to the probable cause statement, a Draper City Police officer was dispatched to a welfare check at the Draper City Park at approximately 9 p.m.

Dispatch advised the officer that the complainant called to report that a child between 4-to-5 years old was in a “time out” inside a vehicle with the windows rolled up for “punishment purposes.”

The officer stated in the probable cause statement that the outside temperature was approximately 82 degrees at the time of arrival. The officer then determined that the vehicle was not turned on and that the windows were in fact not rolled down, according to the probable cause statement.

The officer then spoke to the child’s mother – later identified as Brown – who advised that her son was 4 years old and told police that she put her son inside the vehicle as punishment for “acting out,” according to the probable cause statement. The officer also confirmed with Brown that the child was placed inside the vehicle alone, with the car turned off and no windows rolled down for ventilation.

An assisting officer made contact with Brown’s son and placed her hand on the child’s head, which was hot to the touch and that he was sweating and had puffy eyes, according to the probable cause statement. The assisting officer then spoke with Brown, who admitted to using meth and heroin, according to the probable cause statement. The assisting officer then received consent from Brown to search her purse and found a used syringe.

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A Utah woman has been arrested for pretending that her own husband had killed her.

Rebbecca Spring Nielson was taken into custody on Tuesday and is now facing charges of criminal mischief and making a false police report involving death.

Police say the 44-year-old Bluffdale resident became embroiled in a fight with her husband in the early hours of Tuesday morning after learning that he was texting another woman.

She purportedly wrote: ‘I have shot my wife and don’t know what to do’.

The woman replied and asked whether the text message was serious, to which Spring Nielson responded that it ‘wasn’t a joke’.

According to the police report, published in Gephardt Daily, ‘the woman continued to receive text messages informing her that the wife was dead and not breathing’.

She then asked whether she should call an ambulance to couple’s Bluffdale home, to which a text came through saying: ‘Yes’.

The woman called 911, and police promptly arrived at Spring Nielson’s residence, demanding that the husband come outside.

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A Utah woman was busted for allegedly trying to kill her live-in boyfriend with Drano pipe cleaner — and told investigators she hoped “he would go into eternal sleep.” Elle Weissman, 43, told South Salt Lake City cops that she deliberately gave her 50-year-old beau a spoonful of the drain-cleaning chemical to drink Monday night — knowing full well it would kill him