Former BYU quarterback arrested, faces charges for cocaine possession, alleged shoplifting
(KUTV) Former BYU quarterback and Arizona Cardinal Max Hall is facing charges of drug possession and shoplifting.

Police in Gilbert, Ariz., say Hall had a "personal-use quantity of cocaine" on him as well as stolen items from Best Buy and Walmart. He was arrested and released from jail pending "long-form charging."

Radio co-hosts Spencer Checketts and Gordon Monson of 1280 The Zone urged the public to have some empathy for the former star.

"I don't understand our societal need for a pound of flesh when somebody makes a mistake like this," Checketts said, referring to Hall's mug shot attached to offensive comments circulating on social media. "Look, if this is a kid has a [drug] problem, people need to reach out to him. They don't need to judge him. They don't need to laugh at him."

Hall had a short-lived stint with the Arizona Cardinals. Some consider him one of the top five BYU quarterbacks, he said.

College football fans likely remember Hall's rant in 2009, when said that he hated Utah and that the Utes were "classless." Checketts urged Utes fans to be respectful despite the opportunity for an easy insult.

"My hope is everybody - BYU fan, Utah fan, whatever - can look at this as a life situation that needs to be handled, not a comedic situation," said Checketts, who emphasized the need to address addiction.

Hall was most recently a high school football coach in Gilbert and was planning to start a training academy, Checketts said.

By: Christine McCarthy

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(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)

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Violent crime conference to discuss connection between heroin use and robberies in Utah
(KUTV) Despite a decline in nationwide crime, Utah authorities say they are seeing a rise in the number of business robberies, which they believe could be linked to an increase in local heroin use.

The FBI and Salt Lake, West Valley and Unified police are planning to meet for a violent crimes conference to discuss the issue Wednesday in Salt Lake City.

“Bank robberies were up almost 200 percent from the year before to now,” said FBI Special Agent Adam Quirk. “Probably over 90 percent are related to heroin addiction.”

Officials say the rising rate of heroin addiction in Utah is troubling and likely linked to a local crackdown on legal opioids like Vicodin, Oxycontin and Percocet.

“When that becomes too expensive or the prescription runs out, these offenders or people go to heroin,” said Salt Lake City Police Det. Matt Evans.

Evans says when these offenders run out of money, some of them rob banks to get cash quickly. He says they then give that cash to a dealer for another hit of heroin. Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank notes that about 90 percent of individuals who commit bank robbery are arrested.

The conference, authorities say, will help establish good relationships between agencies and the FBI and help prevent robberies.  

The violent crimes conference will run for three days and will also discuss homicide and missing person investigations, including the Susan Powell case.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)

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