February 12, 2014
Information on the following cases heard in Third District Court was provided by Summit County Attorney David Brickey.
Alberto G. Ramirez, 43, of Heber City, was charged with three counts of identity fraud. On Sept. 5, 2013, a Park City police detective opened an investigation into Ramirez at the request of his former employer, Compass Management. During that investigation, the detective discovered that Ramirez had used the Social Security number of a juvenile female in Vernal to obtain employment. Ramirez used the number to earn over $200,000 since 2001.
Cassandra Penegar, 28, of West Valley City, was charged with fleeing and resisting arrest. On Jan. 23, Park City police officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute on Stone Bridge Circle. On arriving, they saw Penegar fleeing from the scene. The officers identified themselves and yelled at her to stop, but Penegar continued to run. Officers eventually caught and detained her. Penegar continued to struggle and the officers had to take her to the ground and handcuff her.
Colby Fallon, 26, of Midvale, was charged with fleeing. On Jan. 24, deputies with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office were notified of a 1990 gray Ford Mustang stolen in Heber that was headed toward Summit County on US 40. Deputies located the Mustang traveling westbound on US 40 in Summit County with Fallon driving. They signaled Fallon to stop, but he ignored the signal and lead deputies on a high speed pursuit that ended with Fallon spinning out into a traffic sign.
David Gonzalez, 24, of Ogden, Frankye Joshua Franko-Aguilar, 21, of West Valley City, and Joaquin Enrique Verduzco-Castro, 19, of Salt Lake City, were charged with auto burglary and theft. On Jan. 9, deputies with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a recently occurred auto burglary in the Jeremy Ranch area. The homeowner had captured the burglary on a video surveillance system. Deputies set up containment on Jeremy Ranch and located a car leaving the neighborhood that was similar to a car seen in the video. Verduzco-Castro was driving and was wearing a backpack stolen in the auto burglary. Gonzalez and Franko-Aguilar were passengers and were dressed in clothes matching the clothing worn by the burglars on the video. Items taken in the burglary were also found in the car.
Dominic Cattadoris, 30, of Park City, was charged with sexual battery. On Jan. 20, two women reported that Cattadoris spanked them hard while they were walking on Main Street. Several other witnesses reported that Cattadoris was groping women as he walked down Main Street in Park City.
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Imran Tanveer, 35, of Palantine, Ill., was charged with drug possession. On Jan. 25, a deputy with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office stopped Tanveer on I-80 in Summit County for failing to signal before changing lanes. During the stop, a drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs in Tanveer’s car. Deputies searched the car and found more than four pounds of marijuana and five ounces of hashish.
Julie Therese Christensen, 51, of Rush City, Minnesota, was charged with drug trafficking. On November 13, 2014, a Utah Highway Patrol trooper stopped Christensen for speeding on Interstate 80 in Summit County. During the stop, the trooper’s drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the car. The trooper searched Christensen’s car and found 60 pounds of marijuana. Christensen later admitted to investigators that she was being paid $4,500 to transport the marijuana and that she had done so twice before.
Justin Richard Swope, 36, of Terrebonne, Ore., was charged with narcotics trafficking. On Jan. 20, a Utah highway Patrol trooper stopped Swope for speeding. During the stop, the trooper smelled the odor of marijuana coming from Swope’s car. He searched the car and found 56 pounds of marijuana and drug paraphernalia that appeared to have been used to ingest methamphetamine.
Zachary Weston Hansen, 23, of Herriman, was charged with DUI, drug possession and other alcohol-related traffic offenses. On Jan. 17, a Summit County Sheriff’s deputy stopped Hansen on suspicion for DUI while driving on State Road 224. Hansen smelled of alcohol and performed poorly on field-sobriety tests. A subsequent chemical test indicated that his breath alcohol level was .292, more than three times the legal limit. Hansen has twice before been convicted of alcohol-related driving offenses, making the instant offense a felony.
James T. Atkinson, 27, of Kamas, was sentenced to 12 months probation, three days jail, seven days home confinement and a $1,520 fine for driving under the influence. The charges arose after Atkinson was caught driving on SR 32 in Wanship with his two children in the car and with a breath alcohol content of .19, more than twice the legal limit.
Steven Winslow Yates, 50, of Coalville, was sentenced to three years probation, 180 days home confinement, a $1,500 fine and 50 hours of community service for fleeing from police, driving on a suspended license and other alcohol-related driving offenses. In September 2012, a jury found Yates guilty of leading police on a high speed chase up Tollgate Canyon after a Utah Highway Patrol trooper caught him driving away from a bar on a suspended license.
Wesley Ray Richardson, 50, of Harrisville, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and was sentenced to one year in jail. The charges arose after Richardson was caught driving in the Kamas area with a blood alcohol level of .12, well above the legal limit of .08.
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