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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge is lifting a $2.8 million bond on Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson, who faces Internet fraud charges. A court order issued Monday shows federal judge Paul Warner still thinks there is some flight risk, and left in place travel restrictions that bar Johnson from leaving the state without permission. Johnson's lawyers say 16 people helped post the bond to secure Johnson's release in the case in 2011, and they've had financial difficulties. He is scheduled to go on trial in September.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman will likely serve the maximum five-year prison sentence for her role in death of a teenage baby sitter after night of sex and drugs. The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole decided yesterday that Dea Millerberg will serve the full sentence , though they may consider early release if she completes drug treatment. The 41-year-old Millerberg said during her first parole hearing last week she was sorry and would accept her full sentence.
PRICE, Utah (AP) — A judge has rejected a proposed plea deal for a Utah mayor accused of threatening university officials over his daughter's grade. KSL-TV reports that Judge Steven Stream of the Emery County Justice Court denied the plea yesterday for Price Mayor Joe Piccolo and sent the case back to prosecutors. Piccolo is charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the December incident. KSL reports that Piccolo acknowledges losing his temper, but denies making any threats.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker has revived a proposal to raise the age for legal tobacco purchases to 21, despite the bill's failure in the state Senate last year. Rep. Kraig Powell, a Heber City Republican, was a co-sponsor of last year's proposal. Although the bill narrowly passed a committee vote and later died in the Senate, Powell said he is optimistic about its chances this time if his fellow legislators resist influence from tobacco companies.