[ {"id":"a73b6596-7851-596e-a966-4f8dfd9afd38","type":"article","starttime":"1614286800","starttime_iso8601":"2021-02-25T14:00:00-07:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"local":"news/local"},{"provo":"news/local/central/provo"}],"flags":{"editors_pick":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"Provo Police officer in stable condition following shooting with suspect","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/article_a73b6596-7851-596e-a966-4f8dfd9afd38.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/provo-police-officer-in-stable-condition-following-shooting-with-suspect/article_a73b6596-7851-596e-a966-4f8dfd9afd38.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/provo-police-officer-in-stable-condition-following-shooting-with-suspect/article_a73b6596-7851-596e-a966-4f8dfd9afd38.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Ryne Williams\nDaily Herald","prologue":"A Provo Police officer, as well as a suspect, were involved Thursday afternoon in a shooting, according to the Provo Police Department dispatch. During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Provo Police Department PIO Sergeant Nisha King said that officers were dispatched to 900 East and 80 South near Memorial Park in Provo at approximately 12:51 p.m.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["officer","shooting","involved","provo","provo police department","utah county"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"f778d4c3-34e7-54c9-8954-55070dc3b95e","description":"Officer John Oseguera, of the Provo Police Department, was shot twice in his lower extremities during a shootout with a suspect in Provo on Thursday. Officer Oseguera continued to be listed in stable condition on Friday.\u00a0","byline":"Courtesy of the Provo Police Department","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"931","height":"740","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/77/f778d4c3-34e7-54c9-8954-55070dc3b95e/60384c8809b5b.image.png?resize=931%2C740"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"79","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/77/f778d4c3-34e7-54c9-8954-55070dc3b95e/60384c8809b5b.image.png?resize=100%2C79"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"238","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/77/f778d4c3-34e7-54c9-8954-55070dc3b95e/60384c8809b5b.image.png?resize=300%2C238"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"814","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/77/f778d4c3-34e7-54c9-8954-55070dc3b95e/60384c8809b5b.image.png"}}}],"revision":17,"commentID":"a73b6596-7851-596e-a966-4f8dfd9afd38","body":"

A Provo Police officer, as well as a suspect, were involved Thursday afternoon in a shooting, according to the Provo Police Department dispatch.

During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Provo Police Department PIO Sergeant Nisha King said that officers were dispatched to 900 East and 80 South near Memorial Park in Provo at approximately 12:51 p.m.

The department received numerous reports from third-party callers that a male was acting erratically and reportedly had a firearm. One call reported there was a window shot out on scene, according to King.

\u201cAs officers arrived, there was a confrontation, gunshots were exchanged and one of our officers sustained a gunshot wound as well as the suspect,\u201d King said. \u201cMy understanding is that the suspect barricaded at some point, but shortly thereafter, officers made contact and took him into custody.\u201d

Both the suspect and officer were transported to the hospital following the incident. King confirmed that the wounded officer walked out of the building and was talking before being transported.

The suspect is believed to have some connection to the apartment building and is in custody at the hospital.

\u201cAs things progress, obviously the investigation will continue,\u201d King said.

In a press conference on Thursday at 5 p.m., Provo Police Department Chief Rich Ferguson recounted the events that occurred leading up to the shooting.

Officers reportedly encountered the suspect at his residence in an apartment building. The suspect then retreated into his home, where Ferguson said the suspect was in possession of at least two automatic weapons. He then began firing those weapons at the officers.

Officers returned fire and Officer John Oseguera, a two-year veteran of the department, was struck twice in his lower extremities. The suspect was also shot, with both being transported to the hospital afterward.

Abby Jensen, a resident of the apartment complex, said that she was in her room when she heard some loud sounds and shouting from outside. She believed it was maintenance or some machinery falling down the stairs.

\u201cThen I looked outside my window and saw police cars out in the parking lot, and I realized the noise must have been gunshots,\u201d Jensen said. \u201cA few minutes later I saw an officer standing outside my window with his gun out, and I saw other officers surrounding the area, some of them were running. I heard a loud pounding on an apartment nearby and heard (a shout of), \u2018Police, open up!\u2019 \u2014 which I figured may have been someone they were looking for.\u201d

After the incident, Jensen said she had an officer knock on her door and evacuate her from the building. She added that she also saw an officer carrying an assault rifle away from the area.

Officer Oseguera is in stable condition at this time, according to Ferguson.

\u201cAt this time the Utah County OICI (officer involved critical incident protocol) is in charge of the investigation,\u201d Ferguson said. \u201cI would expect that there will be more details that will come forward as facts are known. At this time I\u2019d like to thank the support that we have received from our neighboring agencies, our city, our mayor and I would like to express my absolute appreciation and admiration for every man and woman who puts on the uniform to defend this city every day.\u201d

Ferguson added that Oseguera\u2019s wife is in shock, but handling it well with her young family and a team from the Provo Police Department. He continued, saying that the officer called his wife on the way to the hospital to tell her he loved her.

Mayor Michelle Kaufusi spoke at the press conference as well, thanking police officers for swiftly containing the scene to make sure there was no immediate danger to the public.

\u201cWe are well served by our police department,\u201d Kaufusi said. \u201cI am proud of their actions today and every day.\u201d

When asked about his emotions over the day, Ferguson said, \u201cI\u2019m angry, I\u2019m proud and I\u2019m concerned.\u201d

"}, {"id":"8d1fcc92-bdce-56b1-8b28-37a4618d0454","type":"article","starttime":"1614740400","starttime_iso8601":"2021-03-02T20:00:00-07:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"precollegiate":"news/local/education/precollegiate"},{"springville":"news/local/south/springville"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Springville council gives permission slip for new high school, land swap","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/article_8d1fcc92-bdce-56b1-8b28-37a4618d0454.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/springville-council-gives-permission-slip-for-new-high-school-land-swap/article_8d1fcc92-bdce-56b1-8b28-37a4618d0454.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/springville-council-gives-permission-slip-for-new-high-school-land-swap/article_8d1fcc92-bdce-56b1-8b28-37a4618d0454.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":4,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Ryne Williams\nDaily Herald","prologue":"During the Springville City Council\u2019s meeting on Tuesday night, the council signed off on plans for the new Springville High School. The next step in the process is for the Nebo School District Board of Education to do the same next week. The plans lay out that the school district plans to begin construction in 2024, with a projected completion date in 2026.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["springville","high school","new location","construction","city","nebo school district","springville city","city council","softball","school","politics","highway","sport","rick nielsen","field","pony","baseball","springville high school"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"49023278-24b2-51c8-9c24-44d41293abb2","description":"The current Springville High School campus was constructed in 1968 and will remain working as construction begins on a new campus in 2024.","byline":"By Craig Conover","hireswidth":2016,"hiresheight":1512,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/90/49023278-24b2-51c8-9c24-44d41293abb2/603efd1d3c6c6.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1662","height":"1247","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/90/49023278-24b2-51c8-9c24-44d41293abb2/603efd1d2c315.image.jpg?resize=1662%2C1247"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/90/49023278-24b2-51c8-9c24-44d41293abb2/603efd1d2c315.image.jpg?resize=100%2C75"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"225","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/90/49023278-24b2-51c8-9c24-44d41293abb2/603efd1d2c315.image.jpg?resize=300%2C225"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"768","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/90/49023278-24b2-51c8-9c24-44d41293abb2/603efd1d2c315.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C768"}}},{"id":"8135381f-d394-5097-8359-e0a33eb022c2","description":"The current Springville High School campus was constructed in 1968 and will remain working as construction begins on a new campus in 2024.","byline":"By Craig Conover","hireswidth":2016,"hiresheight":1512,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/13/8135381f-d394-5097-8359-e0a33eb022c2/603efd1d575c8.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1662","height":"1247","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/13/8135381f-d394-5097-8359-e0a33eb022c2/603efd1d47821.image.jpg?resize=1662%2C1247"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/13/8135381f-d394-5097-8359-e0a33eb022c2/603efd1d47821.image.jpg?resize=100%2C75"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"225","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/13/8135381f-d394-5097-8359-e0a33eb022c2/603efd1d47821.image.jpg?resize=300%2C225"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"768","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/13/8135381f-d394-5097-8359-e0a33eb022c2/603efd1d47821.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C768"}}},{"id":"aace7ebf-7ebe-500d-8649-9ceaf5c427cb","description":"The Bird Park baseball and softball fields, seen here, will be relocated to the northwestern side of the property as a part of the new Springville High School project.","byline":"By Craig Conover","hireswidth":2016,"hiresheight":1512,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/ac/aace7ebf-7ebe-500d-8649-9ceaf5c427cb/603efd1d79016.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1662","height":"1247","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/ac/aace7ebf-7ebe-500d-8649-9ceaf5c427cb/603efd1d6546e.image.jpg?resize=1662%2C1247"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/ac/aace7ebf-7ebe-500d-8649-9ceaf5c427cb/603efd1d6546e.image.jpg?resize=100%2C75"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"225","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/ac/aace7ebf-7ebe-500d-8649-9ceaf5c427cb/603efd1d6546e.image.jpg?resize=300%2C225"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"768","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/ac/aace7ebf-7ebe-500d-8649-9ceaf5c427cb/603efd1d6546e.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C768"}}},{"id":"19a8e4c8-d7ea-52c0-9686-724d932a97de","description":"The existing Springville High School football field, pictured here, is where most of the new campus is planned to be built in 2024. The original campus was constructed in 1968.","byline":"By Craig Conover","hireswidth":2016,"hiresheight":1512,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/9a/19a8e4c8-d7ea-52c0-9686-724d932a97de/603efd1d97660.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1662","height":"1247","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/9a/19a8e4c8-d7ea-52c0-9686-724d932a97de/603efd1d85ff3.image.jpg?resize=1662%2C1247"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/9a/19a8e4c8-d7ea-52c0-9686-724d932a97de/603efd1d85ff3.image.jpg?resize=100%2C75"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"225","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/9a/19a8e4c8-d7ea-52c0-9686-724d932a97de/603efd1d85ff3.image.jpg?resize=300%2C225"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"768","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/9a/19a8e4c8-d7ea-52c0-9686-724d932a97de/603efd1d85ff3.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C768"}}}],"revision":10,"commentID":"8d1fcc92-bdce-56b1-8b28-37a4618d0454","body":"

During the Springville City Council\u2019s meeting on Tuesday night, the council signed off on plans for the new Springville High School. The next step in the process is for the Nebo School District Board of Education to do the same next week.

The plans lay out that the school district plans to begin construction in 2024, with a projected completion date in 2026.

Currently, Springville High School is surrounded by city property, with Bird Park and Spring Acres Park being owned by the city. The agreed-upon property exchanges involve the district taking on 6.38 acres of Bird Park and 6.94 acres of Spring Acres Park while the city receives areas currently used for the Springville campus, property near Memorial Park, and Meadow Brook Elementary School.

The properties that the city will be receiving are planned to be improved by the district to include a Pony baseball and softball field with lighting, a snack shack, six pickleball courts, turf, trees, irrigation, playgrounds, a pavilion, a parking lot, benches, tables, curbs, gutters, trails and more.

The new Pony baseball and softball fields will be moved to the northwest side of the property, with a new soccer field near the intersection of 900 South and 1350 East.

All of the properties involved in the exchanges, as well as the improvements, achieve fundamental fairness and equity between the parties, according to the joint resolution.

For the district, the new campus is one that is needed. The current site for the high school was built over 50 years ago and the new construction looks to have the school built almost directly on top of the existing football field with parking and parent drop-off areas bordering 800 South. While the campus will be moving toward the southwest corner, where Bird Park currently is, the city will still keep the trail on the north side of Hobble Creek.

A new street, Red Devil Drive, will connect 900 South to 400 South, giving the campus a north to south thoroughfare with access to the campus and the parking lots. This was something the city and the district discussed the need for with less access to the campus on the northern side.

Plans for the new Springville High School also include new tennis courts, a new softball field, a possible field house, a new gym, an auditorium and more.

There is no estimated fiscal impact at this time, according to documents from the city, with the city possibly taking on some future costs.

Some approval processes to the site plan may require some changes to be made, but both the city and the district will work together during the design phase to make sure that the plans meet the needs of the city, the district and the residents.

During the council meeting, Springville Mayor Richard Child said the approval of the resolution was the next step in the process to get the ball rolling. Child continued, stressing that the resolution also shows the great relationship that the city and the Nebo School District have with each other.

Nebo Superintendent Rick Nielsen echoed a similar sentiment with the resolution moving the process along.

\u201cWe envision that this could be the marquee high school site in the state of Utah,\u201d Nielsen said. \u201cIf you think about the amenities that are going to be there, what this is going to look like, I cannot think of a more beautiful site, but it can\u2019t happen without the city and the school district working together.\u201d

With the Springville City Council passing and approving the plans for the new high school on Tuesday unanimously, the next step will involve the Nebo School District Board of Education signing off on the plans in its meeting on March 10.

A design phase will come next, with some possible changes and things being done. There were continued talks that the school district and the city will work together moving forward with the process, with construction planned to begin in 2024.

"}, {"id":"f2ab0aa1-2e69-5ee7-9ac5-a62c4dc592cb","type":"article","starttime":"1614438000","starttime_iso8601":"2021-02-27T08:00:00-07:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"provo":"news/local/central/provo"}],"flags":{"featured":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"Netflix docuseries 'Murder Among the Mormons' examines Hofmann forgeries, bombings","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/article_f2ab0aa1-2e69-5ee7-9ac5-a62c4dc592cb.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/netflix-docuseries-murder-among-the-mormons-examines-hofmann-forgeries-bombings/article_f2ab0aa1-2e69-5ee7-9ac5-a62c4dc592cb.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/netflix-docuseries-murder-among-the-mormons-examines-hofmann-forgeries-bombings/article_f2ab0aa1-2e69-5ee7-9ac5-a62c4dc592cb.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":8,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Genelle Pugmire\nDaily Herald","prologue":"One of the most prolific forgers of documents pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is now the center of a Netflix documentary \u2013 \u201cMurder Among the Mormons\u201d \u2013 which will begin streaming on Wednesday. In 1985, Mark Hofmann set off a series of pipe bombs that killed two people and severely injured another. More than that, it sent reverberations through the highest levels of the LDS Church.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["netflix documentary murder among the mormons","mark hofmann","brent ashworth","gordon b. hinckley","steve christensen","salt lake bombings","crime","criminal law","social services","police","netflix","forgery","murder among the mormons","dan lafferty","shirley paxman"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"acce6a8f-3aca-51f2-9824-d7796d5654e6","description":"Brent Ashworth (Historical Document Collector) in episode 3 of \"Murder Among the Mormons.\" c. Courtesy of Netflix \u00a9 2021","byline":"Courtesy Netflix","hireswidth":1920,"hiresheight":1080,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/cc/acce6a8f-3aca-51f2-9824-d7796d5654e6/603976e84837a.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1920","height":"1080","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/cc/acce6a8f-3aca-51f2-9824-d7796d5654e6/603976e837d8f.image.jpg?resize=1920%2C1080"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/cc/acce6a8f-3aca-51f2-9824-d7796d5654e6/603976e837d8f.image.jpg?resize=100%2C56"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/cc/acce6a8f-3aca-51f2-9824-d7796d5654e6/603976e837d8f.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/cc/acce6a8f-3aca-51f2-9824-d7796d5654e6/603976e837d8f.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C576"}}},{"id":"7d2957fc-e802-59aa-8d9a-81435606a8f4","description":"A scene from \"Murder Among the Mormons,\" episode 1. c. Courtesy of Netflix \u00a9 2021","byline":"Courtesy Netflix","hireswidth":1920,"hiresheight":1080,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/d2/7d2957fc-e802-59aa-8d9a-81435606a8f4/603976e88c02b.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1920","height":"1080","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/d2/7d2957fc-e802-59aa-8d9a-81435606a8f4/603976e879fe2.image.jpg?resize=1920%2C1080"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/d2/7d2957fc-e802-59aa-8d9a-81435606a8f4/603976e879fe2.image.jpg?resize=100%2C56"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/d2/7d2957fc-e802-59aa-8d9a-81435606a8f4/603976e879fe2.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/d2/7d2957fc-e802-59aa-8d9a-81435606a8f4/603976e879fe2.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C576"}}},{"id":"19e97e95-eb6d-54ff-a5d1-2184dd94bd90","description":"A scene from \"Murder Among the Mormons,\" episode 3. The docuseries will be available for streaming on Netflix beginning Wednesday. c. Courtesy of Netflix \u00a9 2021","byline":"Courtesy Netflix","hireswidth":3840,"hiresheight":2160,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/9e/19e97e95-eb6d-54ff-a5d1-2184dd94bd90/603976e8262f8.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1920","height":"1080","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/9e/19e97e95-eb6d-54ff-a5d1-2184dd94bd90/603976e8126a7.image.jpg?resize=1920%2C1080"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/9e/19e97e95-eb6d-54ff-a5d1-2184dd94bd90/603976e8126a7.image.jpg?resize=100%2C56"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/9e/19e97e95-eb6d-54ff-a5d1-2184dd94bd90/603976e8126a7.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/9e/19e97e95-eb6d-54ff-a5d1-2184dd94bd90/603976e8126a7.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C576"}}},{"id":"5c612dc0-01ed-5a08-a836-71ee06bdb234","description":"A scene from \"Murder Among the Mormons,\" episode 3. The docuseries will be available for streaming on Netflix beginning Wednesday.","byline":"Netflix","hireswidth":3840,"hiresheight":2160,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/c6/5c612dc0-01ed-5a08-a836-71ee06bdb234/603976e869423.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1920","height":"1080","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/c6/5c612dc0-01ed-5a08-a836-71ee06bdb234/603976e852529.image.jpg?resize=1920%2C1080"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/c6/5c612dc0-01ed-5a08-a836-71ee06bdb234/603976e852529.image.jpg?resize=100%2C56"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/c6/5c612dc0-01ed-5a08-a836-71ee06bdb234/603976e852529.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/c6/5c612dc0-01ed-5a08-a836-71ee06bdb234/603976e852529.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C576"}}},{"id":"63554448-1c5d-53b2-8ab7-cb1fc547ae84","description":"A scene from \"Murder Among the Mormons,\" episode 1. The docuseries will be available for streaming on Netflix beginning Wednesday.","byline":"Netflix","hireswidth":3840,"hiresheight":2160,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/35/63554448-1c5d-53b2-8ab7-cb1fc547ae84/603976e8b6e71.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1920","height":"1080","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/35/63554448-1c5d-53b2-8ab7-cb1fc547ae84/603976e8a1ab9.image.jpg?resize=1920%2C1080"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/35/63554448-1c5d-53b2-8ab7-cb1fc547ae84/603976e8a1ab9.image.jpg?resize=100%2C56"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/35/63554448-1c5d-53b2-8ab7-cb1fc547ae84/603976e8a1ab9.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/35/63554448-1c5d-53b2-8ab7-cb1fc547ae84/603976e8a1ab9.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C576"}}},{"id":"c697891c-802f-58fa-a3d9-652fcc663f4f","description":"Michael George (Salt Lake City Chief Investigator) appears in episode 2 of \"Murder Among the Mormons.\" c. Courtesy of Netflix \u00a9 2021","byline":"Courtesy Netflix","hireswidth":3840,"hiresheight":2160,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/69/c697891c-802f-58fa-a3d9-652fcc663f4f/603976e8e9212.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1920","height":"1080","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/69/c697891c-802f-58fa-a3d9-652fcc663f4f/603976e8d512e.image.jpg?resize=1920%2C1080"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/69/c697891c-802f-58fa-a3d9-652fcc663f4f/603976e8d512e.image.jpg?resize=100%2C56"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/69/c697891c-802f-58fa-a3d9-652fcc663f4f/603976e8d512e.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/69/c697891c-802f-58fa-a3d9-652fcc663f4f/603976e8d512e.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C576"}}},{"id":"61cb9767-2cdf-5688-b69d-6afa4f6bad86","description":"Shannon Flynn (Mark Hofmann's colleague) appears in episode 2 of \"Murder Among the Mormons.\" c. Courtesy of Netflix \u00a9 2021","byline":"Courtesy Netflix","hireswidth":3840,"hiresheight":2160,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/1c/61cb9767-2cdf-5688-b69d-6afa4f6bad86/603976e91b3f4.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1920","height":"1080","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/1c/61cb9767-2cdf-5688-b69d-6afa4f6bad86/603976e907d9c.image.jpg?resize=1920%2C1080"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/1c/61cb9767-2cdf-5688-b69d-6afa4f6bad86/603976e907d9c.image.jpg?resize=100%2C56"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/1c/61cb9767-2cdf-5688-b69d-6afa4f6bad86/603976e907d9c.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/1c/61cb9767-2cdf-5688-b69d-6afa4f6bad86/603976e907d9c.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C576"}}},{"id":"4678785d-1aea-5f63-99e5-64fc6028a762","description":"Steve Christensen (Mormon Businessman and Collector of LDS Antiquities) in episode 3 of Murder Among the Mormons. c. Courtesy of Netflix \u00a9 2021","byline":"Netflix","hireswidth":2826,"hiresheight":2160,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/67/4678785d-1aea-5f63-99e5-64fc6028a762/603976e93ef60.hires.jpg","presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1647","height":"1259","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/67/4678785d-1aea-5f63-99e5-64fc6028a762/603976e92b235.image.jpg?resize=1647%2C1259"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"76","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/67/4678785d-1aea-5f63-99e5-64fc6028a762/603976e92b235.image.jpg?resize=100%2C76"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"229","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/67/4678785d-1aea-5f63-99e5-64fc6028a762/603976e92b235.image.jpg?resize=300%2C229"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"783","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/67/4678785d-1aea-5f63-99e5-64fc6028a762/603976e92b235.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C783"}}}],"revision":17,"commentID":"f2ab0aa1-2e69-5ee7-9ac5-a62c4dc592cb","body":"

One of the most prolific forgers of documents pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is now the center of a Netflix documentary \u2013 \u201cMurder Among the Mormons\u201d \u2013 which will begin streaming on Wednesday.

In 1985, Mark Hofmann set off a series of pipe bombs that killed two people and severely injured another. More than that, it sent reverberations through the highest levels of the LDS Church.

Netflix promotion materials indicate, \u201cThe murders sent further shockwaves through the community when a trove of early Mormon letters and diaries were found destroyed in the vehicle of the victim, Hofmann, a renowned collector of rare documents, including the infamous \u201cWhite Salamander\u201d letter \u2013 an artifact whose contents threatened to shake the very foundations of the LDS Church.\u201d

Directed by Jared Hess (\u201cNapoleon Dynamite,\u201d \u201cNacho Libre\u201d) and Tyler Measom (\u201cAn Honest Liar\u201d), both raised LDS, \u201cMurder Among the Mormons\u201d is the first comprehensive look at one of the most shocking crimes to have ever taken place among the LDS community and the criminal mastermind behind it all, according to Netflix.

One of those people who knew Hofmann, dealt with him on a weekly basis and was a possible mark for death is Brent Ashworth, a long-time collector himself for the LDS Church and a resident of Provo. He owns B. Ashworth\u2019s on University Avenue.

The letter

The center of the concern for the LDS Church, beyond the many forged documents purchased, was the \u201cWhite Salamander\u201d letter. The letter claimed that instead of the Angel Moroni leading Joseph Smith to the gold plates containing the Book of Mormon, a white salamander lead him.

According to Ashworth, Hofmann sold the letter to Steven Christensen for $40,000. Christensen intended to give the letter to the church.

It appears the salamander story evolved from speculation that when Joseph Smith moved the rock to collect the plates from the Hill Cumorah outside of Palmyra, New York, a toad jumped out, according to Ashworth.

\u201cIt was one of a few items I thought was a forgery,\u201d Ashworth said.

In his biography, \u201cShow and Tell: A Unique Journey Through History,\u201d Ashworth tells about his relationship with President Gordon B. Hinckley, who at the time was a member of the First Presidency of the LDS Church and later became president.

In his book, he recalls meeting with Hinckley, which he did often, to discuss documents. When it came to the Hofmann documents, Hinckley told Ashworth the church went to several highly trained and professional collectors to verify authenticity.

Hinckley said the church had actually used the Federal Bureau of Investigation lab for some of the documents they had acquired, which shocked Ashworth.

\u201cHinckley then said, \u2018You know, Brent, we even went to the University of California, the Davis campus, where they had an electron cyclotron test,\u2019 \u201d Ashworth revealed in his book.

\u201cThe test was able to measure the migration of the electrons in the ink, indicating to a decade or so, how long that ink had been on a particular page of paper, thereby exposing recent forgeries of historical documents,\u201d Ashworth said.

Ashworth later noted the reason he knew about the test was because Hofmann told him about it. Ashworth presumed Hofmann was aware of the procedure and had engineered around it.

During his meeting with Hinckley, the church leader said, \u201cI\u2019m pretty familiar with Joseph Smith\u2019s writings and letters. I\u2019m familiar with Joseph Smith\u2019s handwriting. Not only did Hofmann have his handwriting down, Brent, he had his sentence structure down.\u201d

Ashworth continues in the book, \u201cAt that point, he (Hinckley) paused and it was really the first time that Brent spoke saying, \u2018Yes, President, it\u2019s kind of like the guy was possessed. He was so good.\u2019 When he said that, President Hinckley looked straight at him gently tapped his desk, leaned forward and said, \u2018Well he was possessed.\u2019 As if to say, \u2018Are you just picking up on this now\u2019?\u201d

Ashworth said those words rang true to him. He felt Hofmann had help from the wrong side, and President Hinckley had confirmed it.

Netflix story

Netflix promotion of the Hess/Measom production sets up the three-part documentary in very focused and compelling content.

\u201cMurder Among the Mormons\u201d starts in episode one with the story beginning on the morning of Oct. 15, 1984, when a pipe bomb explodes in downtown Salt Lake City, killing Steven Christensen, a financial consultant and known collector of LDS artifacts.

Just one hour later, another bomb explodes in a nearby town unintentionally killing the wife of an associate of Christensen\u2019s.

The following morning, Hofmann is nearly killed in a car bombing.

Though Hofmann survives, the rare Mormon documents and artifacts in his trunk are destroyed.

Episode two starts with investigators digging into the origins of the documents as they begin to realize that something is very wrong.

Promising leads turn into dead ends and the investigation almost grinds to a halt, until a single clue breaks the case wide open, revealing a shocking coverup.

Episode three covers Hofmann\u2019s motives and methods, which continue to haunt people and communities today.

The documentary interviews a number of interested parties, investigators and collectors who dealt with Hofmann, including Ashworth.

Ashworth\u2019s story

\u201cI\u2019d been dealing with him for about four years,\u201d Ashworth said of Hofmann. They met every Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Crossroads Mall in Salt Lake City.

Ashworth purchased several of the forgeries Hofmann was peddling, but one in particular was supposed to be a letter written by Lucy Mack Smith, mother of Joseph Smith, in 1829 to her sister-in-law.

\u201cThe church thought it to be one of the earliest letters about the church,\u201d Ashworth said. \u201cI traded $30,000 worth of documents for it; one of (George) Washington\u2019s last letters and a (Abraham) Lincoln letter.\u201d

Ashworth noted that because he believed Hofmann knew about the cyclotron test and the ink movement, Hofmann did many of his forgeries in pencil. Pencils cannot be traced the same way.

After Hofmann was sentenced, he gave an interview at the state prison about the bombings, etc.

\u201cMark said I was supposed to be part of the bombings,\u201d Ashworth said. They were to meet at the Crossroads Mall that day.

Ashworth said his wife asked him not to go, so he didn\u2019t. He holds to the fact that his wife saved his life.

\u201cI got four calls, three from attorneys that saw the explosion and told me to get out of town. The fourth came from Jay Todd, executive editor of the Ensign, an LDS magazine.

\u201cThe brethren said to get you and your family out of town,\u201d Ashworth said. \u201cWe went to St. George.\u201d

However, for Ashworth it was short-lived because Salt Lake\u2019s Chief of Police Bud Willoughby wanted to talk to him. Eventually Ashworth went back to Salt Lake City and helped with the investigation and eventually turned state\u2019s evidence against Hofmann.

During the investigation, officials brought some of the burned and singed documents from Hofmann\u2019s car for Ashworth to look at.

\u201cI told them, \u2018I think he\u2019s a killer,\u2019 \u201d Ashworth said.

Ashworth had purchased somewhere between 30 or 40 forgeries from Hofmann. The LDS Church had purchased about 50 forgeries.

Time has passed since Hofmann\u2019s incarceration in January of 1987. Ashworth has little tidbits of interest about Hofmann during his time in prison, but there is one that makes Ashworth a bit curious.

Ashworth has hundreds of books, including several older ones he was looking to donate. He gave hundreds to the LDS Church, but the warden at the Gunnison Prison in Central Utah was wanting to build a library for the prisoners.

\u201cOne week the church would send a truck for books and the next week the prison,\u201d Ashworth said. \u201cIn all, there were about 2,000 boxes. They even brought prisoners to help with loading.

\u201cA few years later, Hofmann was transferred to Gunnison,\u201d Ashworth chuckled. \u201cHe\u2019ll see my name in those books. There is some justice in this universe.\u201d

Of his friendship with President Hinckley, Ashworth said they met weekly. They would authenticate and discuss things. Hinckley was interested in collecting.

\u201cPresident Hinckley loved church history,\u201d Ashworth said.

As for being a marked man, Ashworth said it never really dawned on him how scary that was until a friend of his brought it up years later.

\u201cI didn\u2019t consider Hofmann was going to kill me until my friend Shirley Paxman blurted out, \u2018Brent how does it feel to have your life saved?\u2019 \u201d

Ashworth said he has had some interesting moments with the notorious. When he was studying to be a lawyer, Ashworth took a criminal law class where the students were assigned to sit in alphabetical order. It was Ashworth and then next to him was Ted Bundy.

Ashworth was mad at Bundy because he stole his expensive criminal law book, but laughed it off saying he was arrested halfway through the semester anyway.

Ashworth also noted that Hofmann had been a cellmate of Dan Lafferty\u2019s for several years. Lafferty was involved with the murder of his sister-in-law and niece, who was just a toddler at the time.

Lafferty claimed to receive revelations for the church. Ashworth mused about what Hofmann\u2019s and Lafferty\u2019s discussions would have been like.

While he\u2019s not one to languish on his Hofmann days, Ashworth said he does intend to watch the Netflix documentary. He is mostly featured in episode three.

"}, {"id":"072c0f1a-729a-5b1d-ae03-00ba2151ad60","type":"article","starttime":"1614042000","starttime_iso8601":"2021-02-22T18:00:00-07:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"vineyard":"news/local/central/vineyard"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Vineyard mother of 5 becomes finalist in race to become 2021 Inked Magazine covergirl","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/vineyard/article_072c0f1a-729a-5b1d-ae03-00ba2151ad60.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/vineyard/vineyard-mother-of-5-becomes-finalist-in-race-to-become-2021-inked-magazine-covergirl/article_072c0f1a-729a-5b1d-ae03-00ba2151ad60.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/vineyard/vineyard-mother-of-5-becomes-finalist-in-race-to-become-2021-inked-magazine-covergirl/article_072c0f1a-729a-5b1d-ae03-00ba2151ad60.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":3,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Genelle Pugmire\nDaily Herald","prologue":"Christina De La Cruz, a 36 year-old single mother of five, carries a lot of beauty and passion in her 5-foot-2-inch body. Now, she is hoping her story will earn her a position on the front page cover of Inked Magazine. Inked Magazine is a trade magazine featuring all things tattoo, and it\u2019s popular.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["inked magazine contest","christina de la cruse","cruse tatoos","vineyard","christina de la cruz","sport","tattoo","inked magazine","vote","competition","henna","lot"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"100d86e5-0403-5aad-a60a-309e7d2500c5","description":"Christina De La Cruz, 36 from Vineyard is in the running to be the cover for Inked Magazine. Now in the quarter finals, Cruz, as she prefers, is hoping to get the votes needed to move on to the finals. Feb. 22, 2021.\u00a0","byline":"Courtesy Christina De La Cruz","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1080","height":"1075","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/00/100d86e5-0403-5aad-a60a-309e7d2500c5/6034368431b0f.image.jpg?resize=1080%2C1075"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"100","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/00/100d86e5-0403-5aad-a60a-309e7d2500c5/6034368431b0f.image.jpg?resize=100%2C100"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"299","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/00/100d86e5-0403-5aad-a60a-309e7d2500c5/6034368431b0f.image.jpg?resize=300%2C299"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1019","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/00/100d86e5-0403-5aad-a60a-309e7d2500c5/6034368431b0f.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1019"}}},{"id":"ac056c7d-2dd9-555f-8af4-0ba96e6c424c","description":"Christina De La Cruz, is hoping her six tatoos and her friends on social media can get her to the finals and become the cover for Inked Magazine.\u00a0 Feb. 22, 2021.\u00a0","byline":"Courtesy Christina De La Cruz","hireswidth":1440,"hiresheight":1440,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/c0/ac056c7d-2dd9-555f-8af4-0ba96e6c424c/6034368453c96.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1440","height":"1440","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/c0/ac056c7d-2dd9-555f-8af4-0ba96e6c424c/6034368443eb9.image.jpg?resize=1440%2C1440"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"100","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/c0/ac056c7d-2dd9-555f-8af4-0ba96e6c424c/6034368443eb9.image.jpg?resize=100%2C100"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"300","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/c0/ac056c7d-2dd9-555f-8af4-0ba96e6c424c/6034368443eb9.image.jpg?resize=300%2C300"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1024","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/c0/ac056c7d-2dd9-555f-8af4-0ba96e6c424c/6034368443eb9.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1024"}}},{"id":"0ced9371-4ec7-5a18-81dc-924409f57908","description":"While she only has six tatoos, Christina De La Cruz is hoping her friends will help her get past the quarter finals in a contest that could make her the front cover of Inked Magazine and the winner of $25,000.\u00a0 Feb. 22, 2021.","byline":"Courtesy Christina De La Cruz","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"640","height":"640","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/ce/0ced9371-4ec7-5a18-81dc-924409f57908/60343683ddaff.image.jpg?resize=640%2C640"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"100","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/ce/0ced9371-4ec7-5a18-81dc-924409f57908/60343683ddaff.image.jpg?resize=100%2C100"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"300","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/ce/0ced9371-4ec7-5a18-81dc-924409f57908/60343683ddaff.image.jpg?resize=300%2C300"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1024","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/ce/0ced9371-4ec7-5a18-81dc-924409f57908/60343683ddaff.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":10,"commentID":"072c0f1a-729a-5b1d-ae03-00ba2151ad60","body":"

Christina De La Cruz, a 36 year-old single mother of five, carries a lot of beauty and passion in her 5-foot-2-inch body. Now, she is hoping her story will earn her a position on the front page cover of Inked Magazine.

Inked Magazine is a trade magazine featuring all things tattoo, and it\u2019s popular.

Cruz, as she likes to go by, has six tattoos. That\u2019s not much in the world of tattoos, but they all have personal meaning to her. So, once in a while, she\u2019ll scroll through social media and see what the new ink is out there.

\u201cI was scrolling across social media and ran into this contest,\u201d Cruz said. \u201cI decided to go for it.\u201d

As easy as that, she entered the contest, and to her surprise, she started getting noticed.Cruz has gained lots of new friends that have voted for her online, but it is her personal story that is most compelling.

\u201cI didn\u2019t think I\u2019d last the first day,\u201d Cruz said. \u201cI\u2019ve been blown away. So many people have reached out.\u201d

Her most visible tattoo is the Phoenix bird on her left wrist. It has orange coloring and represents her fight with Multiple Sclerosis, symbolizing her own journey as she rises from the ashes.

Of the six tattoos Cruz has, her most favorite is the large feather across her lower back on her right hip. The shaft of the feather is a thin blue line, representing law enforcement.

Cruz said the feather bends but does not break and represents those who have passed on. She also has five dangling diamonds from the feather, representing her children.

\u201cThe last tattoo I got was representative of trials I\u2019ve had to face last year,\u201d Cruz said. \u201cIt is Henna inspired and is a symbol of being reborn, of beauty and strength. It is attached to the feather.\u201d

Cruz said the incident was incredibly hard to deal with and the Henna tattoo represents strength which she has need and will continue to need.

The contest started Jan. 10 for public voting, and Cruz made it through four levels. She has officially been named as a semi-finalist, and this Thursday will mark the end of the final voting stage, the quarter finals.

If she makes it to the final spot, Cruz will have earned an all-expenses-paid photo shoot with a world renowned photographer and her face on the cover of Inked Magazine. The final announcement is set for March 11.

Among the many people supporting her bid for the front cover of Inked Magazine are her five children, who are between the ages of 8 and 16 years old.

\u201cThey love it,\u201d Cruz said. \u201cIt\u2019s so exciting for them. They are the best part of being involved with this.\u201d

She said her kids are constantly asking where she is in the rankings.

It\u2019s not just for her children, although it has brought them closer. It\u2019s for Cruz herself.

Cruz said she has had body image issues all of her life.

\u201cMy childhood wasn\u2019t great,\u201d Cruz said. \u201cI was abused and felt unloved.\u201d

Cruz said she has adopted this philosophy, \u201cit\u2019s not what you gain in life, but what you give.\u201d

\u201cI know what it\u2019s like to be beaten,\u201d Cruz shared, adding that vying for this opportunity has made her stronger.

As of Monday afternoon, Cruz was running tenth in her group. Residents who wanted to participate in the competition can sign in and vote for Cruz, identified by her Instagram handle, \u201c@limited.edition.cruz.\u201d

"}, {"id":"3b264322-4097-53c8-9002-3c68634b7b9e","type":"article","starttime":"1614691800","starttime_iso8601":"2021-03-02T06:30:00-07:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"football":"sports/college/byu/football"}],"flags":{"editors_pick":"true","featured":"true","top_story":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. not ready to go all in on BYU's Zach Wilson","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/sports/college/byu/football/article_3b264322-4097-53c8-9002-3c68634b7b9e.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/sports/college/byu/football/espn-draft-expert-mel-kiper-jr-not-ready-to-go-all-in-on-byus-zach/article_3b264322-4097-53c8-9002-3c68634b7b9e.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/sports/college/byu/football/espn-draft-expert-mel-kiper-jr-not-ready-to-go-all-in-on-byus-zach/article_3b264322-4097-53c8-9002-3c68634b7b9e.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":4,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Jared Lloyd\nDaily Herald","prologue":"ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has seen a lot of quarterbacks buzz up draft boards only to end up falling short of expectations. \u201cFrom 2000 to 2016, there were 44 quarterbacks taken in the first round of the draft and only three are with the team that drafted them: Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh), Aaron Rogers (Green Bay) and Matt Ryan (Atlanta),\u201d Kiper said in a conference call on Monday. \u201cIt\u2019s very difficult to try to figure out these quarterbacks and where they\u2019re going to end up.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["mel kiper jr.","zach wilson","quarterback","sport","american football","nfl","james empey","team","lot"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"14f55763-3031-5690-b55e-27d022b5663e","description":"BYU junior quarterback Zach Wilson stands on the sideline during\u00a0the 49-23 Cougar win over UCF in the 2020 Boca Raton Bowl at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida, on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.","byline":"BYU Photo","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/4f/14f55763-3031-5690-b55e-27d022b5663e/603da32ebb406.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/4f/14f55763-3031-5690-b55e-27d022b5663e/5fe2b97feff76.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/4f/14f55763-3031-5690-b55e-27d022b5663e/5fe2b97feff76.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/4f/14f55763-3031-5690-b55e-27d022b5663e/5fe2b97feff76.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/4f/14f55763-3031-5690-b55e-27d022b5663e/5fe2b97feff76.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}},{"id":"0ebb90c2-e780-5fa8-b7aa-f88af60e538d","description":"BYU junior quarterback Zach Wilson throws a pass during the 49-23 Cougar win over UCF in the 2020 Boca Raton Bowl at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida, on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.","byline":"BYU Photo","hireswidth":3648,"hiresheight":2432,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/eb/0ebb90c2-e780-5fa8-b7aa-f88af60e538d/5fe4149d5328e.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/eb/0ebb90c2-e780-5fa8-b7aa-f88af60e538d/5fe2c606cd4ee.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/eb/0ebb90c2-e780-5fa8-b7aa-f88af60e538d/5fe2c606cd4ee.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/eb/0ebb90c2-e780-5fa8-b7aa-f88af60e538d/5fe2c606cd4ee.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/eb/0ebb90c2-e780-5fa8-b7aa-f88af60e538d/5fe2c606cd4ee.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}},{"id":"0432a2cb-27d4-5d9d-8869-b4ef30934c12","description":"BYU junior quarterback Zach Wilson throws a pass during the 22-17 Cougar loss to Coastal Carolina at Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C. on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.","byline":"BYU Photo","hireswidth":3143,"hiresheight":2169,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/43/0432a2cb-27d4-5d9d-8869-b4ef30934c12/5fcc5ddd76e11.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1733","height":"1196","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/43/0432a2cb-27d4-5d9d-8869-b4ef30934c12/5fcc5ddd635fe.image.jpg?resize=1733%2C1196"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"69","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/43/0432a2cb-27d4-5d9d-8869-b4ef30934c12/5fcc5ddd635fe.image.jpg?resize=100%2C69"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"207","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/43/0432a2cb-27d4-5d9d-8869-b4ef30934c12/5fcc5ddd635fe.image.jpg?resize=300%2C207"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"707","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/43/0432a2cb-27d4-5d9d-8869-b4ef30934c12/5fcc5ddd635fe.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C707"}}},{"id":"8e1960a0-bc7d-53cf-b3f2-bdf807b83bdd","description":"BYU junior quarterback Zach Wilson signals a play during the Cougar win over North Alabama at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.","byline":"BYU Photo","hireswidth":3648,"hiresheight":2432,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/e1/8e1960a0-bc7d-53cf-b3f2-bdf807b83bdd/5fb9b197c060d.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/e1/8e1960a0-bc7d-53cf-b3f2-bdf807b83bdd/5fb9b197a9e9a.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/e1/8e1960a0-bc7d-53cf-b3f2-bdf807b83bdd/5fb9b197a9e9a.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/e1/8e1960a0-bc7d-53cf-b3f2-bdf807b83bdd/5fb9b197a9e9a.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/e1/8e1960a0-bc7d-53cf-b3f2-bdf807b83bdd/5fb9b197a9e9a.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}}],"revision":8,"commentID":"3b264322-4097-53c8-9002-3c68634b7b9e","body":"

ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has seen a lot of quarterbacks buzz up draft boards only to end up falling short of expectations.

\u201cFrom 2000 to 2016, there were 44 quarterbacks taken in the first round of the draft and only three are with the team that drafted them: Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh), Aaron Rogers (Green Bay) and Matt Ryan (Atlanta),\u201d Kiper said in a conference call on Monday. \u201cIt\u2019s very difficult to try to figure out these quarterbacks and where they\u2019re going to end up.

\u201cThe league has changed a lot over the years. It\u2019s not like you have a quarterback once you add one like it was back in the day. John Elway, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, Brett Farve, Joe Montana, they were with their teams pretty much all the way or till the end of their careers when they moved on. That\u2019s not the case anymore. It\u2019s kind of crazy.\u201d

That fluidity at the quarterback position makes Kiper hesitant to get too high on a player like former BYU star Zach Wilson, a guy whose stock has skyrocketed to the point where he is expected to be one of the first two or three quarterbacks selected.

\u201cZach Wilson was great for one year against a cupcake schedule,\u201d Kiper said. \u201cPlaying pitch-and-catch against inferior opposition is the concern. When Coastal Carolina is the best team you play, that\u2019s what you\u2019re looking at.\u201d

The draft guru was quick to point out that he knows why Wilson has earned such interest from NFL teams but that when he looked at Wilson\u2019s overall body of work as a Cougar, there are some issues.

\u201cThere is no question about the arm strength or his release,\u201d Kiper said. \u201cThere\u2019s a lot to like about Zach Wilson. I have a high grade on him but he didn\u2019t have it over a three-year period of time.

\u201cEarlier in his career, he was holding the ball. He had four fumbles (three lost), he had some bad interceptions and made some bad decisions. Then it got better. It got better from a physical standpoint as he added strength, added some weight and got better just in terms of recognition and figuring out what the defense is doing. He improved in every aspect of playing the quarterback position, so he had a great, great year. That\u2019s what made him a Top 5 or even a Top 2 pick.\u201d

But Kiper doesn\u2019t believe Wilson should be in the conversation of being the No. 1 selection, where Clemson\u2019s Trevor Lawrence is the overwhelming favorite. Kiper believes Ohio State\u2019s Justin Fields has shown more than Wilson over his career as well, which is why Kiper ranks Wilson as the third best quarterback this year.

But while Wilson is certainly the Cougar draftee getting the most attention, Kiper said their were a number of BYU players that helped Wilson get where he is and who will likely reap the rewards on draft day.

\u201cBrady Christensen, the left tackle, really helped him and James Empey, the center, as well,\u201d Kiper said. \u201cReceivers like Dax Milne were catching the football, giving him a good target there. Those offensive players certainly did help. It wasn\u2019t like Zach Wilson was dealing with inferior supporting depth. He had some really good players around him both on the offensive line and at wide receiver. They had some balance as well. Zach took his game to another level this year, no question about it, but he did get some help.\u201d

The NFL draft is scheduled to begin with the first round being selected on April 29.

"}, {"id":"9db4a327-f4bc-5871-a812-cbc1c9eca9c4","type":"article","starttime":"1614572100","starttime_iso8601":"2021-02-28T21:15:00-07:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"men":"sports/college/byu/basketball/men"},{"women":"sports/college/byu/basketball/women"}],"flags":{"editors_pick":"true","spotlight":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"Gonzaga No. 1, BYU No. 2 in WCC Tournament seedings","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/sports/college/byu/basketball/men/article_9db4a327-f4bc-5871-a812-cbc1c9eca9c4.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/sports/college/byu/basketball/men/gonzaga-no-1-byu-no-2-in-wcc-tournament-seedings/article_9db4a327-f4bc-5871-a812-cbc1c9eca9c4.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/sports/college/byu/basketball/men/gonzaga-no-1-byu-no-2-in-wcc-tournament-seedings/article_9db4a327-f4bc-5871-a812-cbc1c9eca9c4.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Darnell Dickson\nDaily Herald","prologue":"The numbers have been crunched and the computers are silent. The regular season for the West Coast Conference is complete and the league tournament in Las Vegas (March 4-9) is set. As expected, Gonzaga is the No. 1 seed in both the men\u2019s and women\u2019s tournaments with BYU second. The Cougar men will have a bye until the semifinals at 10 p.m. MT on Monday, March 8 where they will play the winner who emerges between Portland, Santa Clara, Pacific and Pepperdine. Gonzaga will get the San Francisco-San Diego-Loyola Marymount-Saint Mary\u2019s survivor in the earlier semifinal.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["tournament","gonzaga","sport","conference","seeding","bye","semifinal","seed"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{"label":"BYU Basketball"},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"af95287f-1a69-5a43-8048-2d455140e078","description":"BYU head coach Mark Pope directs his team during a men's college basketball game against top-ranked Gonzaga at the Marriott Center in Provo on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021.","byline":"BYU Photo","hireswidth":3648,"hiresheight":2432,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/f9/af95287f-1a69-5a43-8048-2d455140e078/6022da8aa84f6.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/f9/af95287f-1a69-5a43-8048-2d455140e078/6022da8a94a75.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/f9/af95287f-1a69-5a43-8048-2d455140e078/6022da8a94a75.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/f9/af95287f-1a69-5a43-8048-2d455140e078/6022da8a94a75.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/f9/af95287f-1a69-5a43-8048-2d455140e078/6022da8a94a75.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}}],"revision":6,"commentID":"9db4a327-f4bc-5871-a812-cbc1c9eca9c4","body":"

The numbers have been crunched and the computers are silent.

The regular season for the West Coast Conference is complete and the league tournament in Las Vegas (March 4-9) is set. As expected, Gonzaga is the No. 1 seed in both the men\u2019s and women\u2019s tournaments with BYU second.

The Cougar men will have a bye until the semifinals at 10 p.m. MT on Monday, March 8 where they will play the winner who emerges between Portland, Santa Clara, Pacific and Pepperdine. Gonzaga will get the San Francisco-San Diego-Loyola Marymount-Saint Mary\u2019s survivor in the earlier semifinal.

The BYU women will also have a bye to March 8\u2019s semifinals.

As previously announced, the tournament will be played in an empty Orleans Arena to keep the athletes safe from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The tournament seedings were determined as follows, per the WCC:

\u201cDue to the unbalanced nature of the conference schedule due to COVID interruptions, the WCC teamed with Ken Pomeroy to develop a model that uses a proprietary algorithm that best reflects conference games completed and yields an adjusted conference winning percentage for each men\u2019s and women\u2019s basketball team. The adjusted conference winning percentage accounts for the strength of the opponent and the location (home/away) of the game played. The offensive and defensive efficiency metric is not utilized in the algorithm to determine a team\u2019s adjusted conference winning percentage.\u201d

Got it?

San Diego, the 2020 WCC women\u2019s tournament runner-up, earned the four seed but will not compete due to a COVID pause announced by the program on Thursday. With the Toreros out of the field, all of the teams behind them moved up one position.

For the eighth straight year, every game from the 2021 University Credit Union West Coast Conference Tournament will be nationally televised. Seven women\u2019s games can be seen live in well over 60 million homes nationwide via cable and satellite on BYUtv. Those games will also be streamed live on the WCC Network, the West Coast Conference\u2019s digital platform.

These broadcasts can also be seen on FOX Sports Prime Ticket, FOX Sports San Diego, NBC Sports Bay Area and ROOT Sports Northwest.

The winner of the conference tournament is awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. On the men\u2019s side, top-ranked Gonzaga could be the No. 1 overall seed and it appears BYU is in no matter the outcome of the tournament. The other eight teams competing would have to win the title to get to the NCAAs.

On the women\u2019s side, 21st-ranked Gonzaga is going to be in the field. BYU\u2019s position seems to be good but a couple of wins in the WCC Tournament would certainly help.

"}, {"id":"e28ba4fe-5746-54c2-a8f8-075e98727ffa","type":"article","starttime":"1614493800","starttime_iso8601":"2021-02-27T23:30:00-07:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"baseball":"sports/college/byu/baseball"},{"women":"sports/college/byu/basketball/women"},{"other":"sports/college/byu/other"},{"soccer":"sports/college/byu/soccer"},{"volleyball":"sports/college/byu/volleyball"}],"application":"editorial","title":"BYU Roundup: Men's volleyball sweeps Grand Canyon","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/sports/college/byu/baseball/article_e28ba4fe-5746-54c2-a8f8-075e98727ffa.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/sports/college/byu/baseball/byu-roundup-mens-volleyball-sweeps-grand-canyon/article_e28ba4fe-5746-54c2-a8f8-075e98727ffa.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/sports/college/byu/baseball/byu-roundup-mens-volleyball-sweeps-grand-canyon/article_e28ba4fe-5746-54c2-a8f8-075e98727ffa.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Darnell Dickson\nDaily Herald","prologue":"PHOENIX \u2014 No. 1 BYU bounced back from a loss on Thursday to sweep No. 9 Grand Canyon (25-19, 25-19, 25-13) to complete the four-match series. The Cougars avenged Thursday\u2019s loss with a dominant sweep of GCU in Phoenix. This was the fourth time in a row the Cougars (6-2) and \u2018Lopes (2-4) faced off, with BYU coming out of the series with three wins.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{"":"","label":"BYU Athletics"},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"74852783-a651-5e7b-ae50-6dcc66d207e9","description":"BYU men's volleyball players watch the action on the court.","byline":"BYU Courtesy Photo","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/48/74852783-a651-5e7b-ae50-6dcc66d207e9/603ae93282206.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/48/74852783-a651-5e7b-ae50-6dcc66d207e9/603ae93281929.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/48/74852783-a651-5e7b-ae50-6dcc66d207e9/603ae93281929.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/48/74852783-a651-5e7b-ae50-6dcc66d207e9/603ae93281929.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/48/74852783-a651-5e7b-ae50-6dcc66d207e9/603ae93281929.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}}],"revision":8,"commentID":"e28ba4fe-5746-54c2-a8f8-075e98727ffa","body":"

PHOENIX \u2014 No. 1 BYU bounced back from a loss on Thursday to sweep No. 9 Grand Canyon (25-19, 25-19, 25-13) to complete the four-match series.

The Cougars avenged Thursday\u2019s loss with a dominant sweep of GCU in Phoenix. This was the fourth time in a row the Cougars (6-2) and \u2018Lopes (2-4) faced off, with BYU coming out of the series with three wins.

Serving and blocking was the key to success for the Cougars. In total, BYU had 12 blocks compared to GCU\u2019s one, and in the ace category, BYU had eight with three for GCU.

Three Cougar blocks in a row, followed by a GCU attack error, allowed BYU to take an 18-16 lead in Set 1. Gabi Garcia Fernandez came through with the Cougars first of eight aces in the match, next to a BYU block would force a \u2018Lopes timeout at 21-18.

The Stanley brothers ended the set with a serve by Jon and an overpass kill by Wil for a 25-19 victory.

Back-to-back blocks by BYU in Set 2 gave the Cougars the lead that they would keep for the rest of the way. BYU hit .600 for the best team percentage of the match out of both teams, with 13 kills on 20 attempts and only one error.

Set 3 was a clinic in serves with BYU recording six aces. Gardini\u2019s ace in the middle of the set provided a momentum shift at just the right time, giving the Cougars a 9-7 lead and the push to complete the sweep. A kill by Garcia Fernandez, followed by a double block from Jauhiainen and de Brito Ferreira, put the Cougars in set point position at 24-13. Wil Stanley secured the W with a service ace to end the match.

Next, BYU will travel to California to take on Concordia Irvine and USC on Thursday and Friday.

USF ends Cougars\u2019 8-game winning streak

SAN FRANCISCO \u2014 Despite a 25-point, eight-rebound performance from Shaylee Gonzales, BYU women\u2019s basketball fell 86-72 to San Francisco in the Cougars\u2019 final game of the regular season.

\u201cHopefully we can regroup and learn from this,\u201d said BYU head coach Jeff Judkins. \u201cWe didn\u2019t do as well as we could have at guarding the three-point line or cutting off their drives to the basket. We weren\u2019t quite as mentally prepared as we needed to be. But we\u2019re looking forward to resting up next week and preparing for the (West Coast Conference) tournament.\u201d

Gonzales dropped a team-high 25 points on 10 of 19 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal in 35 minutes of action. Paisley Johnson Harding backed Gonzales with 17 points, five assists and three rebounds, while Maria Albiero scored a season-high 14 points.

Lauren Gustin pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds while Sara Hamson added eight points for BYU (17-4, 13-3).

The Cougars trailed by as many as 15 points in the second quarter before fighting back to within four in the third. The Dons (14-9, 10-7), fueled by freshman guard Ioanna Krimili\u2019s 27 points, shot 57% from the floor and 47% from three on the game to keep BYU at bay and seal the win.

The Cougars begin their preparations next week for the upcoming WCC Tournament, which will take place in Las Vegas from Thursday to March 9. The final WCC standings, which are based on an adjusted winning percentage system this season, were unveiled on Sunday and determined tournament seeding.

Baseball finally takes one from Texas

AUSTIN, Texas \u2014 BYU scored five runs in the fifth inning, grabbing the lead on a 2-run single from Brock Watkins to edge Texas 5-4 on Saturday.

Reid McLaughlin earned the win for the Cougars, pitching three innings of scoreless relief.

BYU finished 3-5 on their Texas swing, splitting four games with Texas State and dropping three of four to the Longhorns.

The Cougars will play a three-game set at Oregon State beginning next Thursday.

Women\u2019s soccer scores shorthanded goal to beat USF

HERRIMAN \u2014 BYU women\u2019s soccer made its West Coast Conference debut for the 2020-21 season with a nail-biting 3-2 win over the University of San Francisco at the Zions Bank Real Academy on Saturday.

All-American Mikayla Colohan scored what ended up being the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute to breaking BYU\u2019s two-game losing streak and solidify BYU\u2019s third consecutive win over San Francisco.

\u201cWe came back and did what we needed to do and closed it out,\u201d head coach Jen Rockwood said. \u201cEvery conference game has to be earned and fought for. It\u2019s not going to be easy.\u201d

In the 16th minute, a little chip shot went a long way for BYU forward Makaylie Moore Call as she secured the first goal of the night. The score was Call\u2019s seventh of her career.

In the 55th minute, San Francisco\u2019s Ashley Humphrey, assisted by Cassidy George and Kalena Teufel, put the teams on even playing ground, snagging a goal.

Folino reentered the game in the 58th and scored two minutes later, upping BYU\u2019s lead to 2-1.

The Dons equalized off a penalty kick, following Josie Guinn Gelalich\u2019s red card due to a handball in the box in the 70th.

The Cougars, down a player, recovered within minutes. Colohan notched BYU\u2019s third goal in the 72nd.

Up next, BYU faces Missouri at 7 p.m. CST on Wednesday in Columbia, Missouri. The game will be carried live on the BYU Sports Network \u2014 BYUradio 107.9 FM/BYU Cougars App.

Cougars track athletes move into BYU top 10

BYU track and field had nine athletes move up the program\u2019s all-time list as both the men\u2019s and women\u2019s teams concluded the indoor regular season.

At the Husky Classic in Seattle, senior All-American Courtney Wayment clocked an NCAA-leading 4:30.47 to win her race, the second-fastest mile in BYU history.

Senior Olivia Hoj Simister now ranks No. 3 all-time at BYU in the mile and No. 3 in the NCAA this season with a time of 4:31.73. Junior Heather Hanson ran a 4:36.49, senior Kate Hunter ran a 4:37.17 and freshman Simone Plourde ran a 4:37.24. The trio\u2019s times rank 6-8 in BYU history and 13-15 in the NCAA.

The entire BYU Top 10 list in the women\u2019s indoor mile has now been completely rewritten over the last five years, with the earliest time on the list being from the 2017 season. The list now only consists of athletes coached by BYU associate director of track & field/cross country Diljeet Taylor.

Freshman Lucas Bons ran a 3:55.45 in the men\u2019s mile, joining school record holder Miles Batty (3:54.54 \u2014 2012) as the only two Cougars to run a sub-3:56 mile. Ranking No. 2 on the BYU Top 10 list, Bons has the fifth-fastest mile time in the NCAA this season.

At the Championships at the Peak in Colorado Springs, senior Halley Folsom Walker got things started for the Cougars in the pentathlon at the Championships at the Peak on Thursday. Folsom Walker won the event with a career-best 3,954 points, the fourth-best pentathlon performance in school history and the 14th-best score in the country this year.

The senior recorded personal bests in both the 60m hurdles (8.88) and shot put (12.01m/39-5) while also recording season-best marks in the high jump (1.69m/5-6.5) and long jump (5.23m/17-2). Folsom Walker capped off the pentathlon with a 2:15.02 in the 800m.

Sophomore Cierra Tidwell-Allphin was the eighth Cougar to move up the BYU Top 10 board this weekend, clearing 1.80m/5-10.75 in the women\u2019s high jump. She is now tied for the 10th-best mark in school history.

"}, {"id":"1f1927e1-e616-5f0e-8a6a-e30ac333ad1e","type":"article","starttime":"1614682800","starttime_iso8601":"2021-03-02T04:00:00-07:00","priority":0,"sections":[{"obituaries":"lifestyles/announcements/obituaries"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Meiganne Mignon MacArthur McPhee","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/lifestyles/announcements/obituaries/article_1f1927e1-e616-5f0e-8a6a-e30ac333ad1e.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/lifestyles/announcements/obituaries/meiganne-mignon-macarthur-mcphee/article_1f1927e1-e616-5f0e-8a6a-e30ac333ad1e.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/lifestyles/announcements/obituaries/meiganne-mignon-macarthur-mcphee/article_1f1927e1-e616-5f0e-8a6a-e30ac333ad1e.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Meiganne Mignon MacArthur McPhee 1981 ~ 2021 Meiganne was born Sept 23, 1981 and was welcomed with great joy into the home of A Creig MacArthur and Suzanne Holfert Shreeve. At that time she had 6 brothers and sister, Cindy. She grew up in the Oak Hills area of Provo, Utah. She attended school at Wastach Elementary. She was loved by everyone who knew her.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["cindy","meiganne","mark mcphee","school","worship","musical instruments","photography","larkin","suzanne holfert shreeve","creig macarthur","graveside"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"d8531b2e-3ff9-52fd-b820-082705f86819","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"479","height":"576","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/85/d8531b2e-3ff9-52fd-b820-082705f86819/603d71fd8b904.image.jpg?resize=479%2C576"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"120","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/85/d8531b2e-3ff9-52fd-b820-082705f86819/603d71fd8b904.image.jpg?resize=100%2C120"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"361","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/85/d8531b2e-3ff9-52fd-b820-082705f86819/603d71fd8b904.image.jpg?resize=300%2C361"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1231","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/85/d8531b2e-3ff9-52fd-b820-082705f86819/603d71fd8b904.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":2,"commentID":"1f1927e1-e616-5f0e-8a6a-e30ac333ad1e","body":"

Meiganne Mignon MacArthur McPhee

1981 ~ 2021

Meiganne was born Sept 23, 1981 and was welcomed with great joy into the home of A Creig MacArthur and Suzanne Holfert Shreeve. At that time she had 6 brothers and sister, Cindy. She grew up in the Oak Hills area of Provo, Utah.

She attended school at Wastach Elementary. She was loved by everyone who knew her.

She was an excellent student, loved the piano and music, later played percussion at Spanish Fork High School- following in her brother, Cameron's footsteps

She graduated from Spanish Fork High School and LDS Seminary. She began to prepare her life to work in the health care profession She became a CNA working various places until she found her niche at IMC in Murray on the cardiology floor where she was loved by everyone. She even helped take care of 2 of her fathers close friends.

She met and fell in love with Mark McPhee. They were married in 2013. Mark was intensely devoted to Meiganne and theirs was a sweet love relationship.

When she became ill with Covid, Mark never left her side. And ministered to her every need. He was the picture of a perfect husband.

She loved being a step mom and step grandma-her cheerfulness never left her even as she became more ill. She braved attending her Uncle Steven's funeral a month before her passing.

She leaves behind her beloved husband Mark, her stepsons and step grandbaby and of course, her precious fur babies.

She also leaves behind her parents A Creig and Lisa MacArthur, and Suzanne and Steve Shreeve. Her siblings, Cindy and Phil Ballif, Alan and Christina MacArthur, Andrew MacArthur, Bruce and Becky MacArthur, Barry and Donnalynn MacArthur, Clay and Krista MacArthur, Cameron and Cassidy MacArthur, Brent and Megan Castagnetto, Bryce and Lori Castagnetto, Angelina and Lane Seegmiller, Emy and Jake Chrisman. 34 nieces and nephews and 13 great nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held beginning at 12 noon on Tuesday March 2, 2021 at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery, 1950 East Dimple Dell Rd in Sandy. A public viewing will be held prior to the services at Larkin Sunset Gardens beginning at 11am. Masks required and social distancing. The service will also be virtual via zoom

"}, {"id":"8d5628ae-b8c3-5ad7-a5d0-c0ea61a343c4","type":"article","starttime":"1614337200","starttime_iso8601":"2021-02-26T04:00:00-07:00","priority":0,"sections":[{"obituaries":"lifestyles/announcements/obituaries"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Peter Marek Trombly","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/lifestyles/announcements/obituaries/article_8d5628ae-b8c3-5ad7-a5d0-c0ea61a343c4.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/lifestyles/announcements/obituaries/peter-marek-trombly/article_8d5628ae-b8c3-5ad7-a5d0-c0ea61a343c4.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/lifestyles/announcements/obituaries/peter-marek-trombly/article_8d5628ae-b8c3-5ad7-a5d0-c0ea61a343c4.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Peter Marek Trombly October 30, 1993 ~ February 19, 2021 On Friday February 19, 2021, the light of our lives, our beloved son, brother and grandson, Peter Trombly died unexpectedly at home. Peter was born on October 30, 1993 in Provo, Utah to Ewa and Michael Trombly. Peter loved his family most of all. He enjoyed going to see movies with his mom, and talking about his trips to New York City with his father. He spent many happy hours talking and playing with his dear brother Adam and kind sister Monika. Peter also enjoyed visiting with his grandparents Wallace and Maureen, and Scott, his brother-in-law. We all enjoyed being together as a family, and hiking in Provo Canyon. Peter liked animals (dogs, cats, seals), especially Blizzard, Tiger and Cookie, and they liked him. He was interested in movies, rocks and minerals and airports.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["peter trombly","sweden","zoology","university","poland","jadwiga","utah","orem","marek trombly"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"39378d89-2e0f-5339-82d7-23c4f14ac1ad","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"479","height":"470","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/93/39378d89-2e0f-5339-82d7-23c4f14ac1ad/60382f880c6a0.image.jpg?resize=479%2C470"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"98","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/93/39378d89-2e0f-5339-82d7-23c4f14ac1ad/60382f880c6a0.image.jpg?resize=100%2C98"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"294","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/93/39378d89-2e0f-5339-82d7-23c4f14ac1ad/60382f880c6a0.image.jpg?resize=300%2C294"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1005","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/93/39378d89-2e0f-5339-82d7-23c4f14ac1ad/60382f880c6a0.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":1,"commentID":"8d5628ae-b8c3-5ad7-a5d0-c0ea61a343c4","body":"

Peter Marek Trombly

October 30, 1993 ~ February 19, 2021

On Friday February 19, 2021, the light of our lives, our beloved son, brother and grandson, Peter Trombly died unexpectedly at home. Peter was born on October 30, 1993 in Provo, Utah to Ewa

and Michael Trombly.

Peter loved his family most of all. He enjoyed going to see movies with his mom, and talking about his trips to New York City with his father. He spent many happy hours talking and playing with his dear brother Adam and kind sister Monika. Peter also enjoyed visiting with his grandparents Wallace and Maureen, and Scott, his brother-in-law. We all enjoyed being together as a family, and hiking in Provo Canyon. Peter liked animals (dogs, cats, seals), especially Blizzard, Tiger and Cookie, and they liked him. He was interested in movies, rocks and minerals and airports.

Peter graduated from Timpanogos High School in Orem, and Utah Valley University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He spent the summer of 2011 traveling through Europe with his family visiting Austria, Poland and Sweden. While in Poland and Sweden he visited his grandma Jadwiga, aunts, uncles and many cousins who mourn his passing.

There are no words to describe the pain and the sorrow we feel by losing our dear Peter way too soon.

We will endure knowing we will be reunited one day.

It is better to have loved and lost, then never to have loved at all. - Tennyson.

Love forever. Your family.

On Monday, March 1, 2021 a viewing will be held from 10am to11am. Funeral services from 11am to 12:00am at Chapel Located at 1000 North Main St. Orem, Utah. Interment to follow in

Lindon Cemetery 600 North @00 East in Lindon, Utah.

"}, {"id":"323b87b4-077c-5e64-a324-a77d4bdbe188","type":"article","starttime":"1614205800","starttime_iso8601":"2021-02-24T15:30:00-07:00","priority":50,"sections":[{"springville":"news/local/south/springville"},{"local":"news/local"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Springville man arrested on alleged sexual exploitation of a minor charges","url":"http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/south/springville/article_323b87b4-077c-5e64-a324-a77d4bdbe188.html","permalink":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/south/springville/springville-man-arrested-on-alleged-sexual-exploitation-of-a-minor-charges/article_323b87b4-077c-5e64-a324-a77d4bdbe188.html","canonical":"https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/south/springville/springville-man-arrested-on-alleged-sexual-exploitation-of-a-minor-charges/article_323b87b4-077c-5e64-a324-a77d4bdbe188.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Ryne Williams\nDaily Herald","prologue":"Nicholas Kerby, a 31-year-old resident of Springville, was arrested on Tuesday for an alleged connection with three different social media accounts that uploaded and distributed child pornography. Upon being arrested, Kerby was reportedly found to be in possession of over 1,000 files of child pornography.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["springville","child porn","pornography","arrest","male","attorney general","utah county","child pornography","nicholas kerby","criminal law","law","crime","social media","forensics","felony","exploitation","charge"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"324d63f2-5a03-5b5c-85ee-8478e060fa8f","description":"31-year-old Nicholas Kerby of Springville appears in this Utah County Sheriff's Office photo.","byline":"Courtesy of the Utah County Sheriff's Office","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"520","height":"390","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/24/324d63f2-5a03-5b5c-85ee-8478e060fa8f/6036cafa7e856.image.jpg?resize=520%2C390"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/24/324d63f2-5a03-5b5c-85ee-8478e060fa8f/6036cafa7e856.image.jpg?resize=100%2C75"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"225","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/24/324d63f2-5a03-5b5c-85ee-8478e060fa8f/6036cafa7e856.image.jpg?resize=300%2C225"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"768","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/24/324d63f2-5a03-5b5c-85ee-8478e060fa8f/6036cafa7e856.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":4,"commentID":"323b87b4-077c-5e64-a324-a77d4bdbe188","body":"

Nicholas Kerby, a 31-year-old resident of Springville, was arrested on Tuesday for an alleged connection with three different social media accounts that uploaded and distributed child pornography.

Upon being arrested, Kerby was reportedly found to be in possession of over 1,000 files of child pornography.

According to the probable cause statement, two social media companies filed three CyberTipline reports on three different accounts that had posted and distributed child pornography.

The IP addresses linked to those accounts and the reports were traced back to a home in Utah County. On Tuesday, the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted a search of the home in Springville after a warrant was issued.

Kerby was then arrested, and after being given his Miranda warning, Kerby reportedly admitted to owning the three social media accounts and distributing child pornography in an effort to obtain more.

According to the probable cause statement, Kerby also admitted to viewing child pornography for about a year. He reportedly would save the child pornography on his digital devices and would look at it often, which he admittedly knew was illegal.

After looking at Kerby\u2019s devices on the scene, forensics allegedly showed over 1,000 files of child pornography on a computer tower in his bedroom. Those same forensics on other devices matched the usernames reported to the CyberTipline.

According to the probable cause statement, the child pornography found on his devices and social media accounts allegedly includes files of female children being raped, sodomized and sexually abused.

In an interview with officers on the scene, Kerby reportedly admitted to owning the social media accounts and the child pornography files found on his electronic devices.

Kerby was booked into the Utah County Jail with 10 counts of felony sexual exploitation of a minor. He is being held without bail.

"} ]