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Two people face felony charges for allegedly helping a prisoner escape from a work detail at the Landmark Inn at Kimball Junction last week.

Salt Lake resident Tonya Downs, 40, is charged with unauthorized control of a vehicle, a third-degree felony. Her alleged accomplice, Nicholas Justin Anderson, 32, faces two third-degree felony charges of criminal activity and obstruction of justice.

The two stand accused of aiding in the escape of 26-year-old Charles Val McGurdy, who left the work detail April 10 around 3 a.m.

The prisoner was rearrested in Salt Lake County around 10:30 a.m. after he attempted to cash a check in Midvale, authorities say. When he escaped, the prisoner was helping do laundry at the hotel as part of a work-release program offered to inmates.

According to Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds, within weeks of his escape McGurdy was slated for release.

McGurdy was charged last week with escape from official custody, a third-degree felony, Summit County Attorney David Brickey said.

"Mr. McGurdy had worked to obtain privileges that our society doesn’t readily give to people who are incarcerated and he needs to be held accountable for whether or not he escaped," Brickey said.

He is the first inmate to escape from a work-release program during Edmunds’ administration.

Other calls received last week by Summit County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers include:

On April 10, a case of vandalism was reported to the Sheriff’s Office after a window was damaged at a house in Silver Creek.

No injuries were reported as a result of a hit-and-run traffic crash reported from the Snyderville Basin on April 10 at 2:15 p.m.

On April 10, a Marion woman told a dispatcher a group of kids killed a rabbit and "strung it across her driveway" around 2:30 p.m.

A domestic dispute was reported after a 16-year-old girl bit her mother in Summit County on April 10 at 3:39 p.m.

Two motorists were allegedly racing their cars on a frontage road near U.S. 40 in Snyderville on April 10 at 5:32 p.m.

An employee at a business at Kimball Junction allegedly stole $500 from the establishment on April 11.

On April 11, a man claimed somebody shot windows out of his home that is under construction in Silver Springs.

No injuries were reported as a result of a hit-and-run traffic crash reported to the Sheriff’s Office from the Tanger Outlet Center on April 11.

On April 11, a Snyders Mill woman claimed someone charged $1,000 worth of fraudulent items on her credit card.

A motorist allegedly stole $13.50 worth of gasoline from a convenience store in Silver Creek on April 11 at 10:02 p.m.

Several cows were reportedly loose on a road near Creamery Lane in North Summit on April 12 at 12:52 a.m.

On April 12, a Snyderville Basin woman claimed someone stole $2,128 from her bank account.

A marijuana bong was found on the side of the road in North Summit on April 12 at 6:07 p.m.

On April 13, a Lindon woman told a dispatcher roughly $4,500 worth of her checks had been forged at stores in Snyderville.

No injuries were reported as a result of a hit-and-run traffic crash that occurred in a parking lot at Kimball Junction on April 13 at 1:32 p.m.

Tools were allegedly stolen from a garage in Henefer on April 13 at 2:02 p.m.

No injuries were reported as a result of a hit-and-run traffic crash reported to the Sheriff’s Office from Kimball Junction on April 13 at 4:18 p.m.

An 11-year-old boy allegedly admitted to a motorist that he threw a rock at the car in Snyderville on April 13 at 7:55 p.m.

A construction trailer was reportedly burglarized while parked inside a gated subdivision in Snyderville on April 14 at 9:22 a.m.

No injuries were reported as a result of a brush fire reported to the Sheriff’s Office from eastern Summit County on April 14 at 10:44 a.m.

Kids were reportedly riding all-terrain vehicles on streets in Jeremy Ranch on April 14 at 3:14 p.m.

Four cows were loose on a street in Echo on April 14 at 7:38 p.m.

No injuries were reported as a result of a traffic crash that involved a Lexus and Honda at the Tanger Outlet Center on April 15 at 12:24 p.m.

On April 15, a South Summit man told the Sheriff’s Office a cabin in Weber Canyon had been burglarized.

No injuries were reported as a result of a traffic crash that reportedly involved a Chevrolet pickup truck and Nissan SUV in a parking lot at Kimball Junction on April 15.

Deputies were called to respond to a domestic dispute in Silver Creek on April 15 at 11:13 p.m.

On April 16, a pile of wood was reportedly engulfed in flames near house on Hoytsville Road in North Summit.


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