OGDEN -- A woman who embezzled almost a quarter-million dollars from her employer over three years while she was office manager was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail.
Susan Hall Franco, 49, was charged with a single count of second-degree felony theft last fall for stealing close to $250,000. Utah has no first-degree felony theft charge.
A $200,000 restitution figure was agreed upon as part of a plea bargain in June when Franco pleaded guilty to the charge without reduction. Franco had worked for Felt Spencer Physical Therapy, South Ogden, for almost 10 years.
MORGAN -- An organizer of the ATV rodeo at the Morgan County Fair claims his right to free speech was violated when a petition he initiated was seized and later rewritten by county officials.
Kurt Stapley's petition originally was written to complain to the county council about the policy it adopted in June that moved motorized events away from the main rodeo arena. Stapley placed the petition papers on the ticket table at the high school rodeo arena on the fairgrounds, where the ATV rodeo was moved after several successful seasons in the main arena.
LAYTON -- A potential showdown over higher taxes in Utah is taking form as lawmakers look to fill a state budget deficit estimated to be more than $600 million for 2010.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, in Davis County on Tuesday for the groundbreaking of the south Layton interchange project, made it clear that he was initially against tax increases on tobacco and alcohol products.
LOS ANGELES -- "Take my mother-in-law -- please," isn't a joke you're likely to hear often these days from Sunda Croonquist. The veteran comic is being sued by her mother-in-law after making her the punchline of too many jokes.
The mother-in-law is accusing Croonquist of spreading false, defamatory and racist lies with in-law jokes that have become a staple of her routine in nightclubs and on television channels like Comedy Central.
To Croonquist, the in-law jokes seemed like a natural routine after living through one comical culture-clash moment after another: She is half-black, half-Swedish, grew up Roman Catholic and married into a Jewish family.
KAYSVILLE -- The city council is not happy with the new south Layton interchange. Driving along Main Street from one city to the other has always been convenient and an easy way to visit downtown in each city. That will no longer be an option after the bridge over I-15 is demolished this week and Kaysville's Main Street and Layton's Main Street will no longer be connected.
Andy Nef, from Langdon Group, a public involvement company that is a subsidiary of JUB Engineering of Kaysville, said a study was done in the area from 200 North in Kaysville to Hill Field Road in Layton to find the best design for the new interchange.
Some excerpts from speeches by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.
-- Addressing Democratic National Convention, August 2008.
WASHINGTON -- In the quiet of a Capitol elevator, one of Edward M. Kennedy's fellow senators asked whether the Massachusetts senator had plans for a family Thanksgiving away from the nation's capital. No, he said shaking his head in reply, and mentioned something about visiting his brothers' gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery.
In his half-century in the public glare, Kennedy was, above all, heir to a legacy -- as well as a hero to liberals, a foil to conservatives, a legislator with few peers.
Alone of the Kennedy men of his generation, he lived to comb gray hair, as the Irish poet had it. It was a blessing and a curse, as he surely knew, and assured that his defeats and human foibles as well as many triumphs played out in public at greater length than his brothers ever experienced.
LAYTON -- State officials are thrilled the South Layton Interchange project is finally under way, but not everyone shares their enthusiasm.
Gov. Gary Herbert jumped behind the wheel of a large excavator and broke ground in a field near the Fort Lane Plaza on Tuesday afternoon, signifying the official beginning of the $97 million construction project transportation and city officials believe will alleviate traffic and revitalize old downtown Layton.
Major construction is expected to begin this week by a team of builders led by the Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company.
OGDEN -- An illegal turn on an Ogden street put Betty Campbell on the path toward rewarding volunteer service.
In July, Campbell, a 53-year-old city resident, was convicted in Ogden Justice Court of making an improper left turn.
She wasn't able to pay a $90 fine, so to avoid spending five days in jail she agreed to complete 11 hours of community service at the Golden Hours Senior Citizens Center.
Campbell spent two days last week at the facility sweeping floors, washing windows and serving meals to elderly patrons.
BOSTON aEU" Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was a DemocrataEU(tm)s Democrat, so much so that he became a rallying point for those in his party and an object of derision for Republican opponents.
Yet his affability and capability to span the partisan divide on an array of legislative matters prompted an outpouring of condolences from those in the GOP as well as the Democratic Party following his death Tuesday at age 77 from brain cancer.