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News Briefs for 31 January 2014

Article Date: 
31 January, 2014 (All day)

County approves interlocal recreation agreement
The issues surrounding the interlocal recreation agreement tossed around for years among Morgan County, Morgan City and the Morgan County School District may actually be coming to an end now that the school district has removed a claims and liabilities section.
“The school board has asked to remove it in an effort to get it passed in the city and county,” said County Councilman Robert Kilmer.
The three entities had haggled over liability insurance and who would pay out on any claims that may come before the three in relation to recreation programs held on school property.
Everything else in the agreement, including guidelines of how recreation programs are to function, remained the same.  
“The controversy has been removed,” said County Councilman Lyle Nelson before the entire council voted unanimously to approve the agreement. 
Car burglaries, vandalism on the rise
Morgan County Sheriff Blaine Breshears has noticed an uptick in car burglaries and vandalism throughout the county lately.  The rash of vandalism includes the egging of at least two vehicles.  Breshears said his department is investigating the vandalism cases, and wouldn’t be surprised if the cases are connected to the same person or group of friends.
“It is senseless, and downright destruction,” Breshears said, noting that eggs can damage vehicle paint.  He said egging a car can be considered criminal mischief under state statutes.  Charges can increase as damages increase in value.
Egging is not something new to the county, he said.  Every year there seems to be a rash of them, and 90 percent of the time perpetrators are teens.  Breshears said he works with local grocers, who keep an eye on teens buying eggs.
Breshears advises residents against leaving valuable belongings in their vehicles or leaving their cars running unattended.
If your car has been vandalized, or something has been stolen from inside it, call the sheriff’s department immediately.  Breshears said that way, his department can immediately start collecting evidence, which often involves talking to neighboring land owners.
“If it is suspicious to you, we want to hear from you,” he said.
Morgan deputy found at fault
After an internal investigation, Morgan County Deputy Ryan Dearden was issued a letter of reprimand and put on leave for 40 hours without pay.
On Dec. 16, the Morgan County deputy was in a two-car accident involving four juveniles at State Street and 100 South.  Dearden was headed to a call and did not have his overhead lights on when he ran a stop sign.
Morgan County Sheriff Blaine Breshears said Dearden admitted the accident was his fault, and the Utah Highway Patrol found the same after an investigation.  Dearden has returned to his department duties.
“We hate that it happened,” Breshears said.   “As many miles as we put on our vehicles, it is inevitable that accidents happen.”