Copy Editor, Community Newspaper

 

The award-winning Sanpete Messenger, a weekly newspaper based in Manti, UT, seeks a person living in Utah within 150 miles of Manti to help us provide technically clean, clear and complete news and feature stories to our 2,000 readers. This is a part-time, home-based job, although you will be required to come into the Manti office (at our expense) for initial training, and, periodically, for special projects. We have had difficulty finding the skills required in our rural area, but have had success through the years with remote copy editors.

 

Job duties

  • Edit copy, much of it written by people who are sincere and intelligent but have no previous writing training, to conform to conventional punctuation, grammar, usage, spelling and AP style.
  • Clear up problems with organization and syntax, and tighten up wordy discourse, while preserving the writer’s words and style to the greatest extent possible.
  • Recognize factual errors and inconsistencies, and instances where an article leaves unanswered questions. Use references that will be provided and the Internet to clear things up. As needed, get on the phone, call sources, correct the facts and fill in the gaps. Some items require a top-to-bottom rewrite.
  • Write some items fresh. Often these are routine items such as photo captions, synopses of high school sports games, a community calendar, and our “Senior Style” column (lunch menus and events at senior citizen centers).

The important thing is: You need to be willing to go well beyond proof reading to sharpening up copy to make it tight, crystal clear and readable.

 

Desired qualifications

  • Exceptional writing ability.
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in English, journalism, communication or related field.
  • Working understanding of government and public policy since many items are about local government. For instance, you will be editing stories about the county, municipal and school-district budgets, about federal-local programs such as PILT (payment in lieu of taxes), Class B & C roads and court proceedings.
  • Previous paid newspaper or technical writing experience

 

Desired availability:

Work 15-25 hours per week. Edit up to half a dozen stories through the weekend on your own time. Need to be available Monday afternoons and evenings, and Tuesdays during the day, but copy flow is not continuous, so you can do other things at home between editing episodes.

 

Culture:

  • Work with interesting stories about everything from kidnapping to sheepherders to historic homes.
  • Fun staff deeply committed to community service and high quality community journalism. No office politics here. One copy editor worked for us for eight years and another for four years.
  • Owner/publisher has master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism. Paper has taken the Utah “General Excellence” award (first place) 10 out of the past 15 years.
  • Pay is negotiable and competitive.

 

Email resume, including writing samples, to Suzanne@sapetemeesenger.com, and/or call Suzanne Dean, publisher, at (801) 541-3181. If you are interested but do not or cannot meet all of the requirements, please call the publisher to discuss. We’re flexible, and we need somebody.

 

 

Crime and Justice Log

Editor’s note: The crime and justice log is compiled from public court  and police records.

 

Sentencing

 

Joel Richard Breinholt, 52, was sentenced on Nov. 30, 2016 on two cases. In case No. 161600084, Breinholt, after being found guilty of obstructing justice, a third-degree felony, was sentenced to a suspended term of prison, not to exceed five years. Instead of a prison term, Breinholt was sentenced to a jail term of 54 days, with credit for 54 days previously served, to a $950 fine and 24 months of probation. In case No. 161600112, Breinholt, after being found guilty of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a Class A misdemeanor, was sentenced to one year in jail, suspended. Instead of a jail term, Breinholt was sentenced to 24 months’ probation, to run concurrently with case No. 161600084.

Justin Rick Dye, 27, was sentenced on Nov. 30, 2016, after being found guilty of attempted knowingly producing, dispensing, or manufacturing a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, to a term in prison not to exceed five years. The prison term is to run concurrently with the prison sentence that he was already serving.

Juan Jimenez, 37, was sentenced on Nov. 30, 2016, after being found guilty of attempted theft, a third-degree felony, to a suspended term of prison not to exceed five years. Instead of a prison term, Jimenez was sentenced to 105 days in jail, with credit for 75 days already served, a fine of $950 and 36 months of probation.

Marcos Torres, 27, was sentenced on Nov. 30, 2016, on two cases. In case No. 161600129, after being found guilty of attempted aggravated assault, a Class A misdemeanor, and interference with an arresting officer, a Class B misdemeanor, was sentenced to a term of 365days in jail, with 215 days suspended, a $950 fine and 36 months of probation. In case No. 161600172, after being found guilty of assault by prisoner, a third-degree felony; propelling a substance or object at an officer, a Class A misdemeanor; interference with an arresting officer, a Class B misdemeanor; and driving with a suspended or revoked license (alcohol related), was sentenced on the felony to a suspended term in prison, not to exceed five years, and on the misdemeanors to 365 days in jail, with 215 days suspended and 36 months of probation. The sentences in the two cases are to run concurrently.

 

Teresa Ruth Lewis, 49, of Mt. Pleasant, was charged on Nov. 22, 2016 with four counts of possession or use of a controlled substance (internal), a Class A misdemeanor; and one count of driving with a measurable controlled substance in the body, a Class B misdemeanor.

According to the Probable Cause (PC) statement, on Nov. 19, 2016 Officer Nathan Taylor of the Mt. Pleasant Police Dept. responded to a report of a female passed out in the driver’s seat of a green Ford Mustang in the parking lot of the Maverick convenience store on State Street in Mt. Pleasant. When Taylor arrived, he found a woman asleep in the car as described, whom he personally knew as Teresa Lewis. Taylor asked Lewis to exit the car, and had her perform field sobriety tests. While Lewis was doing so, her driver’s license showed that she was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Utah County Justice Court.

Lewis was taken into custody, transported to the Sanpete County Jail, and booked into custody. While there, she was given a urinalysis, which showed the presence of amphetamine, methamphetamine, OxyContin, and opiates. Lewis was then booked on new charges.

Mikaela M. Olsen, 19, of Manti, was charged on Dec. 12, 2016 with one count of possession of forged writing or device for writing, a third-degree felony; and one count of written false statement, a Class B misdemeanor. Olsen was charged as an accomplice with Belinda M. Cravens.

Belinda M. Cravens, 40, was charged on Dec. 12, 2016 with one count of possession of forged writing or device for writing, a third-degree felony.

According to the PC statement, on December 2, 2016 Officer L. Golding of the Ephraim Police Dept. responded to the Cache Valley Bank located in Ephraim on a report of a fraudulent check. Golding met with bank employees, and was presented with a copy of a check issued by LKQ Corp. to Margaret Bailey in the amount of $924.65.

Mikaela Olsen and Belinda Cravens made an initial attempt to cash the check at the Ephraim branch of Cache Valley Bank. Olsen and the Cravens, claimed that Olsen was attempting to deposit the check in her account because Cravens, who claimed her name was Margaret Bailey, did not have a local bank account.

Olsen was not able to deposit the check in Ephraim but on Nov. 17, 2016, Olsen and Cravens deposited the check at the Cache Valley Bank branch in Nephi, whereupon the check was returned to the Cache Valley Bank in Ephraim. The bank wrote a letter to Olsen telling her that the check was fraudulent and Olsen need to come to the bank to take care of it. Olsen did not respond to the letter and the bank called the police on Dec. 2, 2016 to report the incident.

Golding contacted Olsen on Dec. 2, and after multiple attempts to deceive him, she ultimately gave him information leading to Cravens whereabouts.

Cravens was then brought in for questioning, however she refused to answer and asked for her attorney.

Olsen and Cravens were arrested on Dec. 6, 2016, transported to the Sanpete County Jail, and booked into custody.

Delbert Howard Larsen, 36, of Ephraim, was charged on Dec. 13, 2016 with two counts of possession or use of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor; and one count of driving with measurable controlled substance in the body, a Class B misdemeanor.

According to the PC statement, on Dec. 9, 2016 Officer Darren Pead of the Ephraim Police Dept. became aware of arrest warrants for Larsen. Pead traveled to Larsen’s residence in Ephraim and observed him exit his home and enter his truck. Pead approached Larsen, who was in the truck with the engine on and running. Pead informed Larsen that there were warrants for his arrest, and then Pead arrested Larsen, transported him to the Sanpete County Jail, and booked him into custody. While there, Larsen was given a urinalysis, which showed the presence of amphetamines and methamphetamines.

Jose Pascual, 34, of Ephraim, was charged on Dec. 13, 2016 with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, personal injury, a Class A misdemeanor: one count of unsafe lane travel, a Class C misdemeanor: one count of driving without a license, an infraction; and one count of failure to wear a seatbelt, an infraction.

According to the PC statement, on Dec. 3, 2016, Trooper Eric Heywood of the Utah Highway Patrol responded to a head-on crash that occurred in Ephraim. While speaking with the driver of one of the vehicles, Heywood could smell the odor of alcohol coming from his breath. The driver, later identified as Pascual, admitted that he had had two beers prior to the accident. Pascual complained of pain from his chest at the scene, and was transported to the Sanpete Valley Hospital.

Heywood traveled to the hospital, and conducted a portable breath test on Pascual, which read .315, over the legal limit.

Brody Paulson Livingston, 25, of Manti was charged on Dec. 13, 2016 with one count of possession of motor vehicle, trailer, semi-trailer, or parts without identification number, a third-degree felony; one count of interference with an arresting officer, a Class B misdemeanor; one count of no insurance on motor vehicle (second offense), a Class C misdemeanor; one count of driving on suspended or revoked operator’s license, a Class C misdemeanor; one count of license plate and/or registration card violation, a Class C misdemeanor; one count of no registration, an infraction; and one count of failure to remove license plates upon transfer of vehicle, an infraction.

According to the PC statement, on Dec. 11, 2016 Officer Darren Pead of the Ephraim Police Dept. observed Livingston driving a pickup truck and trailer that had no visible license plate or temp tag. Pead pursued Livingston, and Livingston tried to evade the stop. However, Pead was able to affect a stop on Livingston, and in spite of Livingston’s efforts to resist arrest, placed Livingston in custody.

Livingston then admitted that the truck he was driving had no current registration, and no insurance, and that his license was suspended. Pead searched the trailer that Livingston had been pulling, and found that the VIN had been removed from it.

Livingston was arrested, transported to the Sanpete County Jail, and booked into custody. The vehicles were impounded.

Leonard Rafael Telford, 31, was charged on Dec. 20, 2016 with one count of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; and one count of reckless endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor.

At the time of publication, the PC statement was not available, however, the charging documents state that on Aug. 31, 2016, within Sanpete County, Telford committed assault, using a dangerous weapon with force likely to produce death or serious injury.

Justin Owen, 34, of West Jordan, UT, was charged on Dec. 27, 2016 with giving false information to a peace officer, a Class A misdemeanor; one count of interference with an arresting officer, a Class B misdemeanor; one count of driving on suspended or revoked operator’s license, a Class C misdemeanor; one count of no insurance on motor vehicle, a Class C misdemeanor; and one count of no registration, an infraction.

According to the PC statement, on Dec. 23, 2016 Officer Darren Pead of the Ephraim Police Dept. was on patrol, and noticed a Jeep Cherokee being driven by Justin Owen, with whom Pead was familiar from previous arrests in Sanpete County. Pead researched Owen, and found that he was driving on a suspended license and had a warrant out for his arrest out of the 3rd District court.

Pead stopped Owen, and asked him for his identification. Owen denied that he was Justin Owen, instead saying that he was Chris Sanders. Owen would not provide identification, and Pead determined to place Owen in custody. Owen refused to cooperate, and Pead had to forcibly place Owen in custody and in the back of his patrol vehicle.

Pead determined that Owen should be arrested. Pursuant to arrest, Pead searched Owen and found his identification. Owen then admitted that he was the Justin Owen that Pead was searching for. Pead also found that the vehicle had no current registration, and no insurance.

Owen was arrested, transported to the Sanpete County Jail, and booked into custody.

 

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Centerfield

City Hall
130 South Main
Centerfield, Utah
84622
City Hall Phone: (435) 528-3296
Fax: (435) 528-4867
Website: www.centerfieldcity.org

Ephraim

City Hall
5 South Main
Ephraim, Utah
84629
City Hall Phone: (435) 283-4631
Fax: (435) 283-4867
Website: www.Ephraimcity.org

Fairview

City Hall
85 South State
Fairview, Utah
84627
City Hall Phone: (435) 427-3858
Fax: (435) 427-3275
Website:  www.fairviewcity.com

Fayette

Town Hall
100 East Center Sreet
Fayette, Utah
84630

Fountain Green

City Hall
260 West 100 North
Fountain Green, Utah
84632
City Hall Phone: (435) 445-3453
Website: www.fountaingreencity.com

Gunnison

City Hall
38 West Center
Gunnison, Utah
84634
City Hall Phone: (435) 528-7969
Fax: (435) 528-7958
Website: www.GunnisonCity.org

Manti

City Hall
50 South Main Suite 1
Manti, Utah
84642
City Hall Phone: (435) 835-2401 or (435) 835-4631
Fax: (435) 835-2632
Website: www.MantiCity.org

Mayfield

City Hall
50 North Main
Mayfield, Utah
84643
City Hall Phone: (435) 528-7031
Fax: (435) 528-5061

Moroni

City Hall
36 North Center
Moroni, Utah
84646
City Hall Phone: (435) 436-8359
Fax: (435) 436-8178|
Website: www.Moronicity.org

Mt. Pleasant

City Hall
115 West Main
Mt. Pleasant, Utah
84647
City Hall Phone: (435) 462-2456
Fax: (435) 462-2581
Website: www.MtPleasantCity.com

Spring City

City Hall
150 East Center
Spring City, Utah
84662
City Hall Phone: (435) 462-2244
Fax: (435) 462-2654

Sterling

Town Hall
110 West 100 North
Sterling, Utah
84665
City Hall Phone: (435) 835-1799
Fax: (435) 835-1799

Wales

Town Hall
150 North State
Wales, Utah
84667
Phone: (435) 436-9345
Fax: (435) 436-9345

North Sanpete School District

220 E. 700 South

Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647

Telephone…435-462-2485

Fax…435-462-2480

Website: www.nsanpete.org

 

South Sanpete School District

39 South Main Street

Manti, UT 84642

Telephone…435-835-2261

Fax…435-835-2265

Wesbite: www.ssanpete.org

 

Fairview Elementary School

651 E. 150 North

RR1 Box 30

Fairview, UT 84629

Telephone…427-9204

Fax…427-92001

 

Fountain Green Elementary School

150 S. 300 West

PO Box 38

Fountain Green, UT 84632

Telephone…435-445-3316

Fax…435-445-3305

Principal Robyn Cox (Robyn.com@nsanpete.org)

 

Moroni Elementary School

98 N. 200 W.

PO Box 279

Moroni, UT 84646

Telephone…436-8291

Principal Stacey Peterson  (stacey.peterson@nsanpete.org)

 

Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

55 E. 100 South

Mt. Pleasant, UT 84642

Telephone…435-462-2077

Fax…435-462-3608

Principal Rena Orton (rena.orton@nsanpete.org)

 

Spring City Elementary School

451 E. 100 North

PO Box 159

Spring City, UT

Telephone…435-462-2169

Fax…435-462-3445

Principal John Thomas (john.thomas@nsanpete.k12.ut.us)

 

Ephraim Elementary School

570 S. 300 East

Ephraim, UT 84647

Telephone …283-6892

Gannon Jones (gannon.jones@ssanpete.org)

 

Manti Elementary School

150 W. 100 South

Manti, UT 84642

Telephone…835-2271

Fax…835-2278

Principal Karen Soper (karen.soper@ssanpete.org)

 

Gunnison Valley Elementary School

550 S. 300 East

Gunnison, UT 84634

Telephone…528-7880

Fax…528-7474

Principal Grant Hansen (grant.hansen@ssanpete.org)

 

North Sanpete Middle School

3000 E. 17120 North

PO Box 307

Moroni, UT 84642

Telephone…436-8206

Fax…436-8208

Principal Jason Strate (jason.strate@nsanpete.org)

 

Ephraim Middle School

555 S. 100 East

Ephraim, UT 84627

Telephone…283-4037

Fax…283-4885

Principal Tim Mill (tim.miller@ssanpete.org)

 

Gunnison Valley Middle School

PO Box 1090

271 E. 600 South

Gunnison, UT 84634

Telephone…528-5337

Fax… 528-5397

Principal Alan Peterson (alan.peterson@ssanpete.org)

Gunnison Valley High School

35 E. 600 South

PO Box 1090

Gunnison, UT 84634

Telephone…528-7256

Fax…528-3556

Principal Trevor Powell (trevor.powell@ssanpete.org)

 

Manti High School

100 W. 500 North

Manti, UT 84642

Telephone…835-2281

Fax..835-2285

Principal George Henrie (george.henrie@ssanpete.org)

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North Sanpete High School

390 E. 700 South

Mt. Pleasant, UT 84642

Telephone…462-2456

Fax…462-3112

Principal Nan Ault (nan.ault@nsanpete.org)

 

Wasatch Academy

120 W. 100 South

Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647

Telephone…462-1400

Fax…462-1450

Headmaster Joseph Loftin

joseph.loftin@nsanpete.org