Paighten Harkins, Salt Lake Tribune

Paighten Harkins

Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Recent articles by Paighten:

Hate crimes against Utah LGBTQ nearly doubled last year, with a big jump during Pride Month

Hate crimes against Utah LGBTQ nearly doubled last year, with a big jump during Pride Month → Read More

Utah COVID-19 case counts jump, and 12 more die — including a child, state reports

This week Utah reported more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases, more than 100 new hospitalizations and a dozen more deaths — including one girl between the ages of 1 and 14. → Read More

Salt Lake City woman, 34, dies in fall at Grand Canyon

Margaret "Meg" Osswald, 34, died during a boating trip on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, officials said. → Read More

Utah stopped its daily COVID-19 updates. Here’s how to keep tabs on metrics.

Officials are calling this next stage of the pandemic response “Steady State.” → Read More

Utah reports fewer than 100 new COVID-19 cases, test positivity rate remains low

Utah is shuttering many state testing locations and will soon stop providing daily COVID-19 updates. → Read More

COVID-19 case counts increase slightly as the state reports 37 more deaths

Utah's latest coronavirus data released from the state Department of Health. → Read More

Davis County jail staff couldn’t have known man was overdosing before death, appeals court rules

A federal appeals court Monday affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit against Davis County and its sheriff, which alleged that county jail staff didn’t give proper medical care to a man they booked as he was overdosing, who later died. → Read More

Prosecutors announce ruling in state agents’ 2020 shooting of Utah man during traffic stop

Two State Bureau of Investigation agents opened fire on a man who allegedly drove his car at one of them while trying to evade a December 2020 traffic stop. Prosecutors announced a ruling in the case Friday. → Read More

Utah’s Hogle Zoo no longer has free-roaming peacocks after bird attacked 4 kids, lawsuit alleges

Peafowl no longer freely roam Utah’s Hogle Zoo after one of the birds was accused of attacking four children over a two-day period last year, according to a recently filed lawsuit. → Read More

Utah’s COVID-19 cases declining, but some Salt Lake County residents should still mask up, health director says

Following updated masking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Salt Lake County residents should still wear a mask in some situations, says Dr. Angela Dunn — who also urged people to respect masking requests from others. → Read More

Utah reports more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, dip in hospitalizations

Utah reported 3,128 new coronavirus cases Monday as ICU beds across the state appear to be opening up after operating for months above peak capacity, state data shows. → Read More

Salt Lake City officer justified in shooting at suicidal man, prosecutors say

A Salt Lake City officer who shot at a suicidal man after the man opened fire on police last July won’t face criminal charges, prosecutors announced Friday. → Read More

Thousands of criminal records automatically wiped under Utah’s ‘clean slate’ law

Utah is the second state in the country to enact a "clean slate" law. → Read More

The Daily Buzz: How Utah County Attorney David Leavitt got stuck in Amsterdam this week

Listen to ‘The Daily Buzz’ podcast to hear the latest news each weekday morning. → Read More

Mental health crisis at center of many Utah police shootings. Are officers prepared?

A Salt Lake Tribune database shows more than 40% of the state's police shootings involve someone in mental crisis. Experts and advocates say mental health problems in the state are a systemic issue that can't be solved by law enforcement alone. → Read More

Bike theft in Utah is ‘off the charts,’ cyclists say, with bolder thieves and less police enforcement

The value of bicycles soared during the coronavirus pandemic as proactive police enforcement dropped. Cyclists say those factors make bike theft a growing problem in Utah. → Read More

Is the fear factor overblown in police shootings?

Police reform advocates, including Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, argues that police training is making officers unnecessarily fearful and that could impact police shootings. Trainers at Utah's police academy defend their worst-case scenario training saying officers need some familiarity with violent encounters before getting a badge and a gun. → Read More

Finding Frankie: How one ‘determined’ tortoise escaped his den and crossed a busy SLC street

Frankie walked out of his enclosure at the William E. Christoffersen Salt Lake Veterans Home near the University of Utah’s campus and traveled over a half-mile — perhaps across Foothill Drive — before University of Utah campus security first saw him and alerted police. → Read More

Three people stabbed in Orem; man arrested

Orem police are investigating after three people were stabbed at a home near 1400 South and 700 East. → Read More

Utah man jumps into tank to rescue petting zoo worker bitten by alligator

A Utah petting zoo employee is recovering after she was bitten by an alligator at work. Two men stepped in to save her. → Read More