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Fake calls, real consequences: The public safety impact of ‘swatting’

Face criminal harassment calls aren’t just crimes, police say. They’re also an immense drain on emergency resources. The KSL investigators report on 'swatting,' the trend which has local law enforcement and the FBI concerned.
5 months ago

Why you won’t be able to watch live during Lori Vallow Daybell’s trial in Idaho

The only way to get a live glimpse of the big moments and the subtle reactions during Lori Vallow Daybell’s trial is to snag a seat in the Ada County Courthouse. Legal experts tell KSL what that means for transparency and a fair trial.
8 months ago

Will Utah’s Legislature chip in to help overwhelmed domestic violence programs?

Utah groups serving victims of domestic violence say they are already stretched to meet the need — and anticipate greater demand under a Utah bill which would refer more victims to shelters.
10 months ago

When home isn’t safe: Experts see patterns, potential warning signs in family shootings

In Utah and on a national level, mass shootings mostly happen at home. While it’s not always possible to predict this type of violence, experts tell the KSL Investigators certain behaviors may predict future violence.
11 months ago

5 things to know about Utah’s new top federal prosecutor 

Utah has a new top cop at the federal level. 
1 year ago

Police restraint under scrutiny after deaths of 2 Utahns held face-down in handcuffs

Utah banned police from using knee-on-neck chokeholds following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. But another tactic is drawing new scrutiny. The KSL Investigators examine police use of prone restraint.
1 year ago

Amid increase in youth shooting deaths, Utah pediatricians push for tougher gun laws

The number of Utah children and teens killed by gunfire reached a record high in 2020, in part because of a spike in homicides. Two Utah pediatricians are calling on the state to pass what they see as solutions to the troubling trend.
1 year ago

Before child porn arrest, lawyer retired from Utah AG’s Office amid allegations of misconduct

An internal review by the Utah Attorney General's Office sustained a 2020 report of misconduct against Gary Bell, then a lawyer in its child welfare division. But the office isn’t saying whether his recent arrest and the probe are related.
1 year ago

Conferences pull out of Utah in protest of abortion and transgender sports bans

A research organization won’t hold its planned conference in Salt Lake City later this year because of Utah laws banning most abortions and barring transgender girls from school sports.
1 year ago

Is it time for Utah to toughen its distracted driving law?

Distracted driving played a role in more than 2,300 crashes in Utah this year, killing a total of seven people. Both a longtime Utah lawmaker and a first-time candidate for state Senate say tougher enforcement is overdue.
1 year ago

Utahn working with DEA sought to tip off suspect about wiretap, but not for obvious reasons

A "well-respected," longtime interpreter working on drug cases in Utah admitted he warned a suspect’s girlfriend about a wiretap in order to lighten his own workload. The leak cost him his job.
1 year ago

The overdose-reducing drug doctors say more of us should have on hand

It can fit in your pocket and save a life. After overdose deaths from opioids climbed during the pandemic, medical workers and advocates are spreading the word about naloxone.
2 years ago

Speeding over 100 mph? Be ready to pay up, troopers say

After a pandemic spike in fatal crashes, Utahns with a lead foot now face heftier fees and a possible criminal charge under a new state law that took effect in May. Troopers cited 70 motorists for reckless driving, a misdemeanor, in the first month.
2 years ago

Did ‘poison pill’ in state’s opioid settlement leave money on the table for one Utah county?

More than $266 million from Johnson & Johnson and three major drug distributors will flow to Utah under a settlement resolving claims they fueled the opioid epidemic. But as the KSL Investigators have learned, one critic fears the state’s strategy ultimately cost us millions.
2 years ago

Community gardens at Utah hospitals help nurture good health, a sense of belonging

Three gardens at the Intermountain Healthcare hospitals in Orem, Fillmore and Park City are designed to help boost mental and physical health for community members, employees and others.
2 years ago

Teen treatment: Advice for parents seeking residential treatment options

Utah's $400 million troubled teen industry is facing renewed scrutiny as more than two dozen former residents allege mistreatment and abuse in a new lawsuit.   
2 years ago

Teens sent to Utah for treatment say they faced isolation and abuse instead

In new court filings, former residents at the Vista residential treatment centers in Sandy and Magna say they faced isolation, humiliation and abuse. Several spoke about their experiences with KSL Investigators.
2 years ago

Utah tech company scrambles to support employees in Ukraine

Utah tech companies employing software developers in Ukraine are trying to figure out how they can help members of their staff leave the country, or at least stay safe during the Russian invasion.
2 years ago

Criminal investigation reopened for ex-Cottonwood Heights officer in 2018 shooting     

Investigators are reopening their probe into whether a former Cottonwood Heights police officer was legally justified in shooting a 19-year-old man in 2018, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill confirmed Thursday.   
2 years ago

Death penalty repeal fails in narrow vote after emotional, tearful debate

A renewed push to abolish the death penalty in Utah failed to clear its first hurdle at the state Legislature. Several crime victims implored lawmakers to keep capital punishment on the books in the Beehive state.
2 years ago

‘A counterfeit promise’: Brenda Lafferty’s sister urges Utah to finally ditch the death penalty

A lawmaker is making a run at repealing the death penalty in Utah after earlier pushes to do so failed in 2016 and 2018. This year’s bill from Rep. Lowry Snow, R-Santa Clara, would take away capital punishment but add another possible sentence of at least 45 years and up to life in the Utah State Prison.
2 years ago

One year later: Where cases stand against 8 Utahns charged in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol siege

Few Utahns were arrested in the Capitol siege, but that didn’t stop some of them from making national headlines. One year later, of the eight charged, only one has a conviction on the books.
2 years ago