Information on the following cases was provided by Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Bates.
Christine Ann Havener, 45, of Park City, was charged with obstructing justice and theft of lost or mislaid property. According to charging documents, Havener is alleged to have taken an iPhone 5 that she found in the parking lot of the Silver Mountain Sports Club on Nov. 19. After getting a report from the iPhone’s owner that her phone was missing, Park City police officers used the iPhone’s location tracking services to track the iPhone to Havener’s apartment. Upon seeing the officers, Havener allegedly threw the iPhone outside in an attempt to conceal it.
Christopher Tuerk, 33, and Michael Whelpley, 32, both of Roseville, Minnesota, were charged with narcotics trafficking. On Aug. 26, Tuerk and Whelpley were stopped on Interstate 80 in Summit County by a Utah Highway Patrol Trooper for a minor traffic violation. During the stop, the trooper searched their car and found 52 pounds of marijuana.
Courtney C. Orgill, 21, of Coalville, was charged with marijuana possession and having an open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle. On Oct. 27, Orgill was stopped on I-80 in Summit County by a Utah Highway Patrol Trooper for a minor traffic violation. During the stop, the trooper smelled the odor of marijuana coming from Orgill’s car. He searched the car and found approximately two ounces of marijuana and a half-full opened bottle of rum in a backpack behind the driver’s seat.
Dianne Christine Johnson, 63, of Kamas, was charged with driving under the influence and other alcohol related traffic violations. On the evening of Oct. 31, a Summit County Sheriff’s deputy stopped Johnson on State Road 224 in Summit County because her rear license plate was not illuminated. While speaking with Johnson, the deputy noticed a strong odor of alcohol. Johnson submitted to a blood test, which revealed that her blood alcohol level was .11. Johnson has previously been convicted of a felony level DUI, so the instant DUI charge was enhanced to a felony.
Jason Shea Nunley, 41, of Murray, with drug possession and possession of stolen property. On Nov. 12, 2013, a Summit County Sheriff’s deputy stopped Nunley driving a truck with an expired registration. The deputy impounded the truck. While inventorying the truck’s contents, the deputy found marijuana, methamphetamine, glass pipes, a used syringe and a set of checkbooks and U.S. Savings Bonds that had been recently stolen in a home burglary.
K. Carol Rodas Velasco, 49, of Tacoma, Washington, and Timothy Bluehorse, 24, of Box Elder, South Dakota, were charged with narcotics trafficking. On Nov. 20, the pair were stopped by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper on I-80 in Summit County for speeding. During the stop, the trooper smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car. The trooper searched the car and found a pound of marijuana, a pound of methamphetamine and three grams of cocaine.
Mark E. Boren, 46, of Gosport, Indiana, and Ryan David Houpt, 33, of Bloomington, Indiana, were charged with drug trafficking. On Nov. 5, Boren and Houpt were stopped on I-80 by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper for driving on an expired registration. While speaking with the pair, the trooper smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car. He searched the car and found 23 pounds of marijuana in the trunk.
Ryan O’Neill Bertagnole, 50, of Park City, was charged with possession of drugs in a drug-free zone and possession of firearm by a restricted person. On Nov. 14, detectives with the Park City Police Department served a search warrant on Bertagnole’s residence at 1600 Lucky John Drive in Park City. During the search they found cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana along with pipes and other paraphernalia used to ingest drugs. Detectives also found a 6 mm bolt action rifle in Bertagnole’s closet. Bertagnole has previously been convicted of a felony and is prohibited from possessing any firearms. Bertagnole’s home is directly across the street from Park City High School and is therefore in a drug-free zone.
Pancho Alviar, Jr., 36, of Monona, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty and was sentenced for drug trafficking. On Nov. 13, a Park City Police Officer assisting with a drug interdiction effort on I-80 in Summit County stopped Alviar for several traffic violations. During the stop, a police canine indicated an odor of drugs in the car. The officers searched Alviar’s car and found 51 pounds of marijuana. The court sentenced Alviar to serve 45 days in jail and 12 months probation.
Shelley Sargent, 48, of Henefer, pleaded guilty to theft. Sargent admitted that between 2007 and 2010, she embezzled approximately $66,000 from an elderly neighbor in Henefer. During that time, Sargent was a signatory on the neighbor’s bank accounts so that she could assist the neighbor with paying bills and maintaining her finances. While assisting her neighbor, Sargent began to withdraw money from those bank accounts to pay her own mortgage and for other personal expenses. The court will sentence Sargent on Feb. 24, 2014.
Summit County and Park City’s elected leaders celebrated Earth Day by attending the signing of the Community Renewable Energy Act.