Crime Briefs


BY BECKY GINOS

Kaysville councilman under investigation

KAYSVILLE—City Council member Dave Adams is embroiled in yet another controversy. A recently unsealed search warrant affidavit filed in 2nd District Court last week shows Adams is allegedly being investigated for possible extortion regarding a Layton sod farmer, according to a Deseret News report.

The owner of the sod company alleges in the affidavit that Adams demanded $250,000 from him in 2016 over a trailer dolly Adams accused the sod owner of taking. Adams’ claims of theft were investigated by the Farmington police but did not result in any criminal charges.

However, the police asked the Davis County attorney to investigate Adams because his demand for money over a dolly that was not reported stolen and was not damaged could possibly be extortion, the affidavit said.

Last year, state auditors determined Adams had inappropriately used city funds for repairs on his personal fire truck. Adams paid back the nearly $6,000 he allegedly used. Recently, Adams filed a $10,000 lawsuit against his neighbor over plowing his driveway, claiming the man damaged his driveway. The suit has since been dismissed.

A civil trial is scheduled for Jan. 18, according to the Deseret News report.

Spa owner accused of exploiting a prostitute

FARMINGTON—A woman who owns a Layton spa has been charged with money laundering and exploiting a prostitute in connection with the business.

The Davis County Attorney’s Office started the investigation into Zehong Wang and her business after receiving a letter alleging “illegal activity” taking place at Layton’s Golden Day Spa, according to charging documents.

A Layton police officer took part in an undercover operation on three different occasions and was “solicited for sexual acts in exchange for money,” the document stated. Wang allegedly attempted to solicit the officer for sex as well.

During police surveillance of the business it appeared that Wang and other workers lived at the business, charging documents said.

Wang made her initial appearance last week in 2nd District Court and is out on bail. Her next court date is set for Feb. 2, 2018.

Charges filed in automobile death

OGDEN—A Layton man was charged with negligent automobile homicide in connection with multiple crashes that let to a woman’s death in November.

Derek Lyle Hendricks was charged by the Weber County Attorney’s Office last week with negligent automobile homicide, open container/drinking alcohol in a vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage.

According to police, the incident took place on the afternoon of Nov. 21 and was initially reported as a hit-and-run in Marriott-Slaterville. Hendricks allegedly hit the back of another vehicle then continued on. No injuries were reported but police received another call minutes later of a crash about three miles from the first accident. Hendricks’ Toyota had rolled and police determined he was going close to 90 mph when the crash occurred, according to an affidavit arrest warrant.

Amber Lawrence, 32, a passenger in Hendricks’ car was pronounced dead at the scene.

Court documents state that emergency personnel at the accident site could smell a “strong odor of alcohol” on the suspect’s breath and they also found an open whiskey bottle. Hendricks’ blood alcohol level tested nearly three times the legal limit, the document said.

Poff gets agreement deal for embezzlement

FARMINGTON—William Michael Poff, accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from an assisted living center in Bountiful, settled his case recently with a nonpublic agreement.

Poff, a former South Weber City Council member, was accused of stealing the money from Welcome Home Assisted Living Center between 2008 and 2010 while working there as an administrator. He allegedly charged several thousand dollars to credit cards in his own name then used funds from the center to pay them off, court documents state.

Judge Robert Dale dismissed the charges Dec. 17, 2017 without prejudice, which allows the state to bring charges again in the future. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Police search for thief

BOUNTIFUL—The Bountiful Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate the suspect pictured in this video surveillance of a trailer theft. Please contact BPD at 801-298-6000.

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