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Woman, 26, sentenced in fatal Ogden DUI crash

(Information in the following story is from: The Salt Lake Tribune,

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A 26-year-old woman accused of killing another driver in Ogden while her blood alcohol was nearly four times the legal limit has been ordered to prison.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Chelsey Lauran Raffield was sentenced Thursday to one to 15 years behind bars after pleading guilty to automobile homicide.

Ogden police say Raffield was going about 80 mph in a 30 mph zone when she ran through a stop sign and hit another car.

The 22-year-old driver of that car, Elsa Alonso, was killed.

Raffield suffered a broken ankle and other minor wounds.

She had previously been convicted of a DUI in November 2011.


Ex-teacher gets up to 20 years for sex with teen

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — A former teacher and basketball coach from Kaysville will serve up to 20 years in prison for carrying on a sexual relationship with his former student.

Thirty-four-year-old Stephen Paul Niedzwiecki was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty earlier this year to unlawful sexual activity with a minor and unlawful sexual activity with a 16- or 17-year-old.

He originally faced counts of forcible sodomy, attempted rape and forcible sexual abuse.

The victim, who is now 18, told police that the sexual abuse began in 2011, after she finished ninth grade at Jefferson Academy in Kaysville, and continued until the fall of 2012.

Prosecutors say Niedzwiecki "groomed" the girl while he was her teacher, but settled on lesser charges because he was no longer her teacher when the relationship turned sexual.


Teenager arrested after fight with school officer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Utah high school student who is accused of attacking a school resource officer.

Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley says the incident began Thursday at Granger High School when the teen and other students became belligerent after they were given truancy notices.

After a school district police officer arrived, a 6-foot, 200-pound junior started yelling profanities and refused to go to the administration office.

As the teen become more aggressive, Horsley says the officer used his Taser but it didn't work. The teen and the officer wrestled on the ground, with the teen trying to grab the Taser.

After the teen was finally subdued, he was booked into juvenile detention center on suspicion of resisting arrest and trying to take an officer's weapon.


Utah Gov. to voice support for overdose laws

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is scheduled to emphasize his support for a new pair of drug overdose-related laws in a Friday ceremony.

Herbert's desk is the final stop for such legislative measures before they become law.

One of the new laws encourages drug users to report a friend who has overdosed.

Under the measure, calling 911 for such a companion would help people charged in drug cases because courts would consider it a mitigating circumstance.

The other law stipulates that people acting in good faith are immune from liability in giving Naloxone to a person who is having an opiate-related overdose.

In Utah, many addicts start with prescription opiates like Oxycontin but move to heroin because it's cheaper.

State figures show heroin deaths hit a 12-year high in 2012.


Navajo Nation Council opposes NFL team's name

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation Council formally has opposed the use of the Washington Redskins name.

The council's committee of the whole voted 9-2 Thursday on the measure sponsored by lawmaker Joshua Lavar Butler. He says the word can have negative psychological effects on American Indians.

The statement of opposition also applies to what Butler says are disparaging references to American Indians in other professional sports franchises.

It does not apply to college or high school mascots. The mascot for at least one high school on the Navajo Nation is the Redskins.

The final authority for the measure rests with the committee of the whole.

The president of the Navajo Code Talkers Association had urged lawmakers not to approve the measure. Peter MacDonald says the NFL team's name honors American Indians.

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