Crime Briefs


UHP Trooper’s quick action stops wrong-way driver on SR-89

FARMINGTON—A man traveling the wrong way on SR-89 near Legacy Highway last week was stopped after a trooper drove his vehicle into the suspect’s car.

According to the Utah High Patrol, troopers responded to a call March 19 of a vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lanes on the ramp of Legacy Highway to SR-89. The vehicle passed a trooper as he crested the ramp and continued north. UHP Trooper Jon Stanford, who was about a half mile behind the first trooper, slowed his vehicle and then drove into the right side of the suspect’s vehicle as it passed which caused it to spin and stop. Stanford’s vehicle then hit the cement barrier.

Brad Shay Blackner, 37, was taken into custody and booked into the Davis County Jail for DUI. Stanford was taken to McKay-Dee hospital with a minor knee injury.

Bountiful doctor pleads guilty to federal charge in U.S. District Court

SALT LAKE CITY—Bountiful gynecologist Nathan Ward pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography in U.S. District Court last week. He also has 11 felony charges in 2nd District Court in Farmington.

Ward could face a minimum of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison on the federal charges. Sentencing is set for May 31.

According to a plea agreement, Robert Edwin Francis said he requested sexually explicit images in November from a Yahoo user. Francis said the images came to him through a live video chat depicting a man abusing a child. He was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography.

In his guilty plea, Ward admitted he streamed video to Francis on his smartphone between June 2013 and August 2015.

Investigators opened the case after they received a tip that someone had uploaded sexually explicit images of children to the Internet, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The Davis County Sheriff’s Office and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Ward last summer after an investigation into alleged online conversations about child abuse. The Bountiful doctor has been in practice for more than 25 years.

An arraignment is scheduled in 2nd District Court for March 29.

Man suspected of package thefts

The man in the picture is a suspect in two package thefts in Bountiful. The vehicle associated with these cases is a silver Kia Soul. If anyone knows who this is, call police at 801-298-6000 or reach them on social media. Tips can be made anonymously. Reference case numbers 2018-000921 and 2018-000960.

Police search for robbery suspect

LAYTON—Police are asking for the public’s help to find a suspect in an aggravated robbery that took place at Key Bank on Hillfield Road about 11:20 a.m. March 20.

Police said a man displayed a handgun and demanded money. He left the area southbound on I-15 after he got into the passenger seat of an older Honda Civic or similar model that had faded black paint and dark wheels.

Please contact the Layton Police at 801-497-8300 with any information.

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