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Sex crime victims rejoice after ‘Lonnie’s Law’ enacted

PROVO — Victims of sex crimes are celebrating a law Governor Herbert recently signed. The law closes a loophole for pedophiles who are considered incompetent to stand trial.

House Bill 14 was inspired by the Lonnie Johnson case. Johnson is accused of sexually assaulting two relatives but is incompetent to stand trial. Last year, doctors ruled he was not a physical danger to society so the judge had to release him.

But now that the new law has passed, that may be a thing of the past.

Nicknamed “Lonnie’s Law,” it was a tool attorneys used to defend accused perpetrators of sex crimes. Instead of going to prison, because of doctors would determine some as incompetent, they would be committed to a state hospital.

The mother of one of the alleged victims in the Lonnie Johnson case learned for the first time Wednesday that this law passed.

Magna man arrested after high-speed chase

A Magna man was arrested for taking police on a dangerous chase through Utah County.

Officers say Michael Micek refused to stop for a Utah County Sheriff's deputy in Spanish Fork Canyon on Wednesday, hitting speeds of 100 miles per hour.

The 29-year-old reportedly tried hitting a Carbon County deputy as he set spike strips on the road.

Micek eventually abandoned his rental car but was found and arrested. He faces charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer, reckless driving and possession of methamphetamine.

Spanish Fork Police Chief decertified

Spanish Fork Police Chief Dee Rosenbaum was decertified for four years after a police standards review committee determined he had shoplifted clothing at the Provo Towne Center in 2010, then lied about it to investigators.

Rosenbaum had been chief of the department for 25 years.

Second teen pleads guilty to Santaquin church arson

The second of two teenagers accused of burning down a church in Santaquin has pleaded guilty.

The 16- and 17-year-old suspects are accused of starting a fire in the chapel at the church located at 200 East and 100 South. Police arrested the pair in December on suspicion of arson, burglary and theft for the Dec. 15 fire that caused $2 million in damages.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of second degree arson, third degree burglary and misdemeanor theft.

Provo suspect in hit and run comes forward

PROVO –The suspect in a hit-and-run incident in a Provo parking lot has turn himself in to police.

Michael Roubideaux turned himself in after seeing the story on the news Tuesday.  He was booked into the Utah County Jail.

The incident happened on Monday in a parking lot of a Walker’s Convenience store near 2000 West and Center Street in Provo.  Surveillance cameras show the victim, who is a Provo police dispatcher, getting hit by a van and dragged nearly 20 feet.

Bryan Heath said he witnessed what happened in front of the convenience store at 2045 W. Center Street and is still in shock. He watch in horror as the woman was backed over and dragged by a minivan.

Suspect pleads not guilty in death of BYU prof

Martin Cameron Bond pleaded not guilty to capital murder in an American Fork courtroom on Wednesday.

Bond is charged with kidnapping, burglary and robbery in connection with the death of Kay Mortensen, a former BYU professor.

Mortensen was found dead in teh bathtub of his Payson home with his throat slit in Nov. 2009.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Bond. Benjamin Rettig already pleaded guilty to Mortensen's murder but is now trying to withdraw his plea.

Man accused of sexually assaulting BYU roommates denied bail

A former BYU charged with sexually abusing two roommates was denied bail on Thursday.

Police say 18-year-old Antonio Lacy assaulted his roommates while they were sleeping.

They say the first incident happened in October 2011 at the Wyview Dorms. The first victim moved out and never reported the abuse. A second roommate moved in and Lacy allegedly assaulted him. That roommate came forward, sparking the investigation.

Lacy faces six secondary felony forcible sexual abuse charges. If convicted, he could serve up to 30 years in prison.

A preliminary hearing is set for April 16.