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LeBaron pleads guilty to contempt charge

The one-time fugitive daughter of polygamist leader Ervil LeBaron was back in Utah Thursday.

Jacqueline Tarsa LeBaron pleaded guilty in federal court to a contempt charge stretching back 20 years. She's accused of disappearing from a federal halfway house.

LeBaron was sentenced Thursday to a time served.

She was a fugitive for decades until being captured last year. LeBaron pleaded guilty to her role in a series of killings in Texas.

Immigration audit a trend of "e-raids?"

In years past, federal agents have raided businesses and rounded up suspected illegal immigrants into buses and hauled them off to detention centers. But in the latest employment enforcement action at Salt Lake City's Grand America Hotel, Latino community activists say they focused on paperwork.

"I don't think it would look good to have ICE agents and Homeland Security buses in front of the Grand America, saying 'Let's round 'em up,' " said Tony Yapias, the director of Proyecto Latino de Utah.

The immigration audit that wrapped up Wednesday at the hotel focused on I-9s, forms that every employee has to fill out. In a statement, the hotel said that those who provided sufficient identification to the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security were able to continue their employment. Those who could not provide documentation of their right to work in the U.S. could no longer be employed after Wednesday, hotel representatives said.

Utah woman charged in fraudulent license scheme

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake County prosecutors on Thursday filed criminal charges against a former state worker who authorities say helped illegal immigrants get fraudulent Utah driver's licenses.

Evevia Nez was charged with four third-degree felony counts of receiving or soliciting a bribe. Each charge is punishable by up to five years in prison.

The 47-year-old Kearns resident declined to comment. She remained free and had not yet been arrested.

Investigators say Nez worked at a Salt Lake City driver's license office and was paid $150 for each license she provided in 2008 and 2009. To obtain a license, people would come to Nez's window without taking a service ticket and say they had been referred to her by a third party -- a man named Pablino Gomez-Plancarte, who is charged as a co-defendant in the case.

American Red Cross first aid station robbed

The American Red Cross was the victim of theft of numerous items over the weekend.

Police say that someone stole eight jackets with Red Cross identification on them from a first aid station car at the Headquarters, located at 555 E 300 S, in addition to first aid supplies, food items and two automatic defibrulaters valued at $1500 each.

They say the theft of the jackets are of particular concern.

"If they are wearing them they can get into venues, or represent the Red Cross in a negative light, so obviously the coats are most important to get back if we can," said Bart Tapp, Director of Health and Safety Services for the Utah Region.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Salt Lake City police.

Homeless man charged for stalking LDS president

A homeless man has been charged with stalking the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

36-year-old Benjamin Tucker Staples was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail last night.

Police say has been to the Church Office Building several times in the past week asking to speak with President Thomas S. Monson. According to charging documents, Staples told officers he intends to keep returning to the offices until he meets President Monson.

Staples is being held on $25,000 bail.

AJs Kwik Mart, employees indicted on fraud scheme

A federal Grand Jury has indicted five people and a Salt Lake City convenience store in a $1.3 million food stamp fraud scheme. The US Attorney's Office says AJs Kwik Mart on Main Street is accused of cheating the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. 

The indictment alleges that people would redeem their SNAP cards for cash and employees would take a cut. Over the course of four years, federal prosecutors claim the convenience store redeemed $1.3 million in benefits. 

The store's five employees have been issued summons to appear in federal court.

Pursuit ends with officers hoping suspect will turn himself in

A pursuit across two counties ended with a suspect inside his house with police asking him to turn himself in.

Pursuit of the vehicle began in Bountiful after officers attempted to stop the suspect, identified as 47-year-old Angelo Giron, suspected of stealing items from an Ogden Market. The pursuit ended in Salt Lake City at Giron's residence near 375 N 600 W.

Police set up a containment area and tried to make contact with Giron. No one responded so officers left and impounded the suspect vehicle. Inside the vehicle, officials found the stolen goods and suspect information.

Bountiful police are asking Giron to turn himself in. He is described as Hispanic with curly hair, dark shirt and shorts.