Police Resume Investigation of Double Homicide in White City
(KUTV) There are renewed efforts to find the suspect or suspects in a double homicide investigation in White City.
Police initially responded to a house fire on Ksel Drive but that house fire turned into a double homicide investigation. It's been one year since the bodies of Ralph Salazar and Alice Griego were found inside the home.
For At a press conference Friday morning, the children of Alice Griego came forward offering a reward to help find their mother's killer.
If you know anything about this case, call Unified Police at 385-468-9817.
Griego's kids decided to cash out their mother's 401K and offer that as a reward. They wouldn't say the exact amount of money they are offering, but they did say that it is substantial.
Utah weather for the afternoon of December 13, 2013: Another frigid afternoon with unhealthy air quality across the Wasatch Front for sensitive groups. Afternoon highs will linger below freezing for most of the state, with light snow possible across northern Utah.
Forecast for the Wasatch Front: Today: Hazy & high twenties for the valleys. Some light snow possible this afternoon and evening. Could make the evening commute slick in some spots. Tonight: Lows dropping to the teens with patchy fog possible. Light snow coming to an end overnight.
(KUTV) Get out the ornaments; it's that time of year. But for some, decorating for Christmas is a tall order, and a full-time job. The same company has decorated the National Christmas Tree since 1954. Earl Hargrove Jr. started out as a window dresser after World War II. It didn't take long for the white house, political parties and corporate leaders to start calling. This year will mark the company's 59th lighting of the National Christmas Tree, an honor repeated with 11 presidents and counting.
Charging Documents Show Close Ties Between Lawson, Shurtleff and Swallow
(KUTV) The first charges stemming from the investigation into the attorney general's office were filed Thursday. 45-year-old Tim Lawson of Utah County was booked into jail on multiple felonies. He remains in jail on $250,000 bond.
While the charges are against one man only, what is striking after reading the charging documents is how closely tied John Swallow, Mark Shurtleff and Tim Lawson allegedly were.
In this filing Kirk Torgenson, Chief Deputy of the Criminal Division of the AG's office is quoted as saying "Lawson is the guy that is going to bring the house of cards down." Torgenson said that he "went to Shurtleff and said Lawson is saying that he is representing the AG's office and this is inappropriate," The behavior however continued.
Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill states clearly that the charges only involve Lawson, but the joint investigation into Shurtleff and Swallow continues. Lawson is charged on six counts including tax evasion, retaliation against a witness or informant, and obstruction of justice.
According to Gill, "Mr. Lawson represented himself as having access to Mr. Shurtleff and the Attorney General's office." That-- is the crux of this case. Tim Lawson was known as the "fixer" or the middle man for then Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.
In 2008 Lawson allegedly met Marc Jenson who was charged with securities fraud. Lawson according to the charges wrote up a plea deal behind the backs of the prosecutors and went directly to former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff who presented that deal to the judge. The judge decided the plea deal was to light on restitution and made some changes.
Lawson according to court filings was paid well by Jenson. Jenson transferred $120,000 dollars to him in 18 separate payments. One " payment of $6,190 to arrange a trip for Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow to Pelican Hill a high end resort in California."
That trip included Lawson and his wife, Mark Shurtleff, John Swallow and his wife. Jenson who was on probation after his alleged AG brokered plea deal was there too and picked up the tab for "massages, golf, food, and clothing."
During another alleged incident Lawson threatened Utah businessman Darl McBride saying he had to take down a website going after an associate of Jensen.
Lawson claimed he was like "Porter Rockwell" and took care of things for the Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. Charging documents say Lawson claimed he had "guns and 'Polynesian friends' who liked to 'bust people up'."
Shurtleff did not respond to our calls and e-mails for a response Thursday.
Swallow's attorney said there is nothing in these documents that suggests his client did anything illegal. Interestingly enough the information filed shows that Swallow and Lawson were pretty tight. They had an ongoing text and phone relationship with more than 600 contacts talking about holiday plans, wire taps and the FBIi investigation.
Authorities Investigate Lawson's Home Looking for Evidence
(KUTV) The man widely regarded by some as the personal "fixer" for former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, was arrested Wednesday at his spacious home in Provo, Utah.
A joint investigation by prosecutors in Davis and Salt Lake Counties concluded with charges against Timothy Lawson.
Lawson is accused of avoiding paying taxes on money he received from a business associate to continue trying to influence Shurtleff while he was in office, according to charging documents. He is also accused of threatening people who were doing business with jailed businessman Marc Jenson.
Thursday night, about a dozen agents from the FBI and the Utah Department of Public Safety, swarmed around Lawson's home after arresting him and serving a search warrant. Agents could be seen from the street looking through documents and records inside Lawson's home.
They left just after 6PM with several boxes and bags of records.
(KUTV) A Utah man has created a hobby business by coining a digital currency in his basement, and the feds have taken notice.
Mike Caldwell gave a face to the world's most popular digital currency, Bitcoin. Caldwell fixes tiny random numeric codes onto small tokens he orders by the box-full. He matches that numeric code to Bitcoin amounts, that people email him from all over the world - people who like the novelty of a coin that represents a faceless digital currency.
"Think of me sitting in a hobby craft room doing some sort of hobby craft, because that's really what it was," says Caldwell. "When I first started doing this, the idea that Bitcoins were money was laughable; it might as well have been Star Trek money. The whole idea that this would be considered as legitimate money was pure fantasy."
Today, one digital Bitcoin is worth $861. Having a physical representation of that worth, has become a booming business.
"It sounds crazy, but the truth of the matter is that people have an interest in collecting these," says Caldwell.
Recently, he got a letter from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a federal agency telling him he needs to submit to government regulations for transferring money.
"At some point between September 2011 and today, someone has changed their mind and decided, 'nah, we want you to register'," says Caldwell.
For now, Mike has stopped taking orders for his Bitcoin coin-minting business. He's looking into other ways to promote his interest in digital currency.
"It is difficult to understand and the more everyone understands it, that raises the demand for [Bitcoins] all across the board," he says.
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