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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

A 23-year-old Murray woman was arrested in the Snyderville Basin Dec. 25 after a Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy allegedly found methamphetamine in her vehicle.

According to court information filed by Summit County prosecutors, deputy Brody Taylor pulled Jenny L. Anderson over following a case of domestic violence. Anderson was reportedly driving with a suspended driver license and had three warrants issued for her arrest.

Amphetamines were located after Anderson gave Taylor permission to search her vehicle. She has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, and a misdemeanor for driving with a suspended license.

Anderson remained in the Summit County Jail this week. Her bail was set at $14,051. Librarian attends leadership conference

Summit County Library Director Diana Skousen recently attended the fourth annual Leadership Institute Ghost Ranch.

Thirty candidates from 12 states attended the event, sponsored by the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA).

According to a Summit County Library press release, applicants for the leadership conference undergo a rigorous screening process. Those who attend must have master’s degrees in library science and be members of their state library associations.

The MPLA is a 12-state organization that helps groom library professionals in the West. Ghost Ranch is an adult education center in New Mexico made famous by Georgia O’Keefe. Street parking prohibited

Drivers who park vehicles on the street and impede snowplows this winter run the risk of having their cars towed by Summit County Public Works. It is illegal to park on any county road between November and April. Contact Public Works at 615-3970 for more information about the ordinance. Judge nominations begin this week The Third District Judicial Nominating Commission has a meeting scheduled Jan. 4 at 9 a.m. to nominate candidates to fill the post of Third District Court Judge Pat Brian who retires Jan. 16. The meeting will be held at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse, 450 South State Street in Salt Lake City. The beginning of the meeting is open to the public at which time commission members will take comments. The nominating commission will not take testimony on individual applicants. Following the public hearing, the meeting will be closed to allow commission members to begin the process of selecting a minimum of five candidates whose names will be forwarded to Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. to consider for appointment. Individuals interested in appearing before the commission should contact the court at (801) 578-3800. Top investment scams to watch out for in 2006 The Utah Division of Securities at the Utah Department of Commerce estimates Utahans lose more than $50 million a year in investment scams, and recently released a list of the investment scams it has determined will be most prevalent in Utah during 2006: 1. Instant messaging stock tips — promoters of penny stock companies send text messages to your cell phone. 2. Iraqi currency — advertisements in newspapers promise wealth by purchasing the new Iraqi dinar. What investors are not told is the dinars can be redeemed only in Iraq and the sellers already have doubled their money. 3. Antique foreign bonds — a Utah man sold Paraguayan bonds issued in the 1930’s claiming they still were valid and paid interest. Other exotic foreign investments include buying land in South American resort cities and Latin American mines excavating valuable stone used in construction. 4. Advance fees — this scam targets businesses offering to arrange large loans at low interest rates after payment of an advance fee. In the end, promoters use the fee for personal expenses and no loans are ever made. 5. Fake regulatory agencies — some scam artists have created bogus investment-related Web sites to add legitimacy to their ploys. At least one of these is headquartered in Utah. Fake Internet pages are set up to look like the official Web sites of regulatory agencies. 6. Promissory notes/factoring — you will be asked to loan money to fund a company’s operations, getting a promissory note in return. These offerings have been unusually successful because they often are offered by insurance or real estate salespersons who don’t realize the promissory notes are worthless. 7. Foreign currency trading — advertisements seek to convince Utah residents they can earn huge profits by buying and selling the euro, the yen, Russian ruble, or the Canadian dollar. 8. Senior specialists — some salespersons have begun calling themselves "senior specialists" in an effort to sell financial products to seniors. They hope this designation will give them more credibility with customers. 9. Prime bank — in this scam you are told certain secret European banks offer higher profits than are available at U.S. banks. 10. Affinity fraud — this is a catchall phrase for the many types of investment scams that are pitched to certain groups of victims. Often they target employees at one company or members of a church. Investors are encouraged to check out any investment opportunity and verify the salespersons are licensed by calling (801) 530-6600. More information about these and similar scams can be found at the division’s Web site, http://www.securities.utah.gov.


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