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Carbon County News Briefs

Helper council approves purchase of new handguns for police department

Helper police will soon be equipped with new firearms. On Feb. 15, the city council approved the purchase of new weapons to replace the police department's aging equipment.

The department received a grant for $3,800 to cover the new equipment. The council approved the expenditure of $4,000 to cover the cost of ammunition and training with the new handguns.

Police Chief George Zamantakis said he is looking at the option of selling some of the current firearms inventory back to the distributor to further cover the cost of the new weapons.

County's 24-hour crisis hotline assists domestic violence victims in local area

Climbing domestic violence incidence rates continue to pose serious law enforcement and social concerns at locations throughout the United States.

Carbon County and Utah are not immune to the mounting problems created by domestic violence.

Fortunately, the victims of spouse abuse and domestic assault in the county may obtain assistance by making a local telephone call.

Domestic violence victims are encouraged to dial the county's 24-hour crisis line at 637-6589.

United States Supreme Court rejects defense appeal in Utah polygamy case

On Feb. 26, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of a Hildale police officer convicted of bigamy and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in 2003. The charges were filed after Rodney Holm purportedly took an underage female as his polygamous wife.

The U.S. Supreme Court justices declined, without comment, to review the defendant's appeal on Monday.

Last year, the Utah Supreme Court rejected Holm's appeal and ruled that criminal prosecution in the case did not violate the defendant's constitutional rights.

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