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    A student at the University of Utah was taken into custody Wednesday after she allegedly threatened to detonate a nuclear reactor kept inside one of the campus' science buildings - if the school's football team didn't win its game last week. The 21-year-old female suspect, identified as Meredith Miller, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Wednesday for the reported offense, on charges of making a threat of terrorism. The bizarre bomb threat came ahead of the No. 13 Utes’ home game against San Diego State on Saturday, where Utah was a heavy -2000 favorite. However, Miller still seemed wary that her team may not take home a win, and decided to take matters into her own hands - albeit in an ill-advised manner. According to police, on the eve of the game, Miller 'posted threats of violence' on Yik Yak - a community billboard app where users to anonymously engage with others within a 5-mile radius. Those threats, police said, saw the student assert  that she would 'detonate the nuclear reactor that is located in the University of Utah causing a mass...
    The complaints caused SUU to launch an investigation into Bugg five days later. In the meantime, the nonbinary student encouraged others attending Bugg's class to boycott the course. The student requested that the school offer students a substitute "shadow class." As a result of the investigation, university leaders concluded in January 2022 that Bugg had allegedly violated school policy by discriminating and harassing a student based on gender identity. Three months later, the university accused the professor of sexual harassment for refusing to use the nonbinary student's preferred pronouns. University officials considered it "conduct based on sex" that was "objectively offensive" and violated the student's access to equal education, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Kevin Price, the university's assistant vice president of human resources, issued sanctions against Bugg. The professor was ordered to attend a course on gender-neutral language. Price ruled that if Bugg continued to refuse to use "they/them" to refer to the student, additional sanctions would be implemented, including his termination. The university also stated that his pay would be reduced if the school had...
    A 26-year-old Chinese graduate student at the University of Utah has been arrested for allegedly killing his 19-year-old girlfriend by injecting her with a fatal dose of heroin as part of a botched 'suicide pact,' according to Salt Lake City police. Haoyu Wang sent an email to a school staff member explaining that he and his girlfriend, Zhifan Dong, ordered heroin and fentanyl on the 'dark web' and planned to take their own lives by overdosing on the drugs, reads an arrest affidavit obtained by the Washington Post. Wang reportedly told the staff member that he had already injected Dong with a lethal amount of heroin to 'relieve her suffering.'  Police said in a press release that they pinged Dong's cell phone and traced the couple to a Quality Inn about a 10-minute drive west of the Salt Lake City campus.  Officers and university authorities conducted a welfare check at a room Wang had rented, where paramedics found Dong's lifeless body, police said. Meanwhile, Wang was alive and in no need of medical treatment.  Haoyu Wang, 26, a Chinese graduate...
    In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, a photograph of University of Utah student and track athlete Lauren McCluskey, who was fatally shot on campus, is projected on the video board before the start of an NCAA college football game between Oregon and Utah in Salt Lake City. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey, 21, was fatally shot by her ex-boyfriend, 37-year-old Melvin Rowland on October 22, 2018. Rowland later died by suicide. McCluskey had broken up with Rowland after learning he had lied about his age, name, and criminal history, and voiced concern about him to University of Utah campus police. Her parents later sued the school, saying it hadn't done enough to prevent McCluskey's death. The University of Utah agreed to settle the lawsuits on Thursday, saying it would pay the McCluskeys $10.5 million and donate $3 million to the Lauren McCluskey Foundation. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The University of Utah has agreed to pay $13.5 million to settle a lawsuit from the parents of a student whose ex-boyfriend...
    By Mallika Kallingal and Jennifer Henderson | CNN The University of Utah has settled two lawsuits with the parents of Lauren McCluskey, a 21-year-old student who was killed by an ex-boyfriend she had complained about to police more than 20 times. McCluskey’s body was found in the back seat of a car on campus two years ago. She had been shot and killed by 37-year-old Melvin Rowland, a convicted sex offender who had spent more than a decade in prison. He killed himself hours later after a police chase, university police had said. Lauren McCluskey’s parents, Jill and Matt McCluskey, filed a $56 million lawsuit last year alleging the University of Utah had failed to protect their daughter. “The university acknowledges and deeply regrets that it did not handle Lauren’s case as it should have and that, at the time, its employees failed to fully understand and respond appropriately to Lauren’s situation,” University of Utah President Ruth Watkins said in a statement on Thursday. “As a result, we failed Lauren and her family.” The university will pay the McCluskeys...
    The University of Utah on Thursday agreed to pay out $13.5 million to the parents of Lauren McCluskey, the 21-year-old track athlete who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend on campus two years ago. The settlement was announced by McCluskey’s parents and University of Utah President Ruth Watkins at a joint news conference in Salt Lake City. It comes on the second anniversary of her death. University of Utah President Ruth Watkins, right, looks on as Jill McCluskey, the mother of slain University of Utah student-athlete Lauren McCluskey speaks during a press conference announcing they have reached a settlement. (AP) McCluskey, 21 of Pullman, Washington, had contacted university police more than 20 times to report harassment by the man she had dated before she was found fatally shot in a car near on-campus student housing in October 2018. An independent review commissioned by the university found multiple missed warning signs before McCluskey was killed by 37-year-old Melvin Shawn Rowland after she dumped him because she discovered he had been lying about his name, age and status as a...
    Two years to the day after student-athlete Lauren McCluskey was brutally murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend, the University of Utah announced that it will pay the victim's family a total of $13.5million to settle two separate lawsuits.  As part of the agreement that was reached on Thursday, the university acknowledged for the first's time that McCluskey's killing in October 2018 was 'preventable.'  University of Utah President Ruth Watkins previously said that there was not 'any reason to believe this tragedy could have been prevented.' Lauren McCluskey's parents have reached a $13.5million  settlement with the University of Utah stemming from her October 2018 murder on campus  Matthew and Jill McCluskey, Lauren's parents, will receive $10.5million, and an additional $3million will go to a foundation they have started in their daughter's name  News of the settlement comes a week after Salt Lake City's top prosecutor announced that former University of of Utah campus police officer Miguel Deras will not face criminal charges for sharing McCluskey's explicit photos with his co-workers after she complained she was being blackmailed by her ex-boyfriend, 37-year-old...
    (CNN)The man charged with killing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and desecration of a human body Wednesday, according to Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill.The plea deal takes the death penalty off the table, Gill said."Part of the plea agreement is that Ayoola Ajayi will spend his life in prison without the possibility of parole," Gill said. Utah man charged with murder in Mackenzie Luecks killingLueck was last seen on June 17, 2019. Her body was found tied up in a canyon with a hole in the side of her head. Lueck died of blunt force trauma to the skull, the medical examiner said.Prosecutors say photos of Lueck were found on Ajayi's phone, although he claimed not to know her. Police found burned items in his backyard believed to be Lueck's.Read MoreLueck also pleaded guilty to a charge of Forcible Sex Abuse in a separate case, Gill said. CNN has reached out to an attorney for Ajayi for comment.Final sentencing is scheduled for October 23.Lueck's parents were informed of the plea deal. "The...
    A UTAH cop has been fired from the Logan City PD after sharing explicit photos of a murdered victim who was being exploited. Officer Miguel Deras was sacked on Wednesday after he allegedly showed off explicit pictures of the 21-year-old victim who was being blackmailed by her sex-offender ex before he killed her, according to reports. 5Lauren McCluskey, a 21-year-old student at the University of Utah, told campus police she was being blackmailedCredit: Facebook Lauren McCluskey, a student at the University of Utah, told campus police she was being blackmailed over the photos by 37-year-old Melvin Rowland - only to be exploited by the officer she turned to for help. Scared by the demand, she paid the money and then sent copies of the messages and the pictures to Deras as evidence for her case on October 13 2018. She was murdered outside her dorm room nine days later. An internal investigation concluded that Deras, who worked as an officer at the University of Utah at the time, had "mishandled sensitive evidence". According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Deras...
    A University of Utah police officer showed off explicit photos of slain student Lauren McCluskey at least four times, including on the night of her death at the murder scene on campus, an investigation shows. McCluskey, 21, was shot several times by her ex-boyfriend Melvin Rowland, 37, on October 22, 2018, outside her dorm room in Salt Lake City. He later died by suicide.  Rowland was a registered sex offender who lied to her about his name and age and she reported to police saying he was extorting her for money using her explicit photos.   In May the Salt Lake Tribune revealed McCluskey reported the case to Officer Miguel Deras and provided her intimate photos as evidence, and Deras inappropriately showed off those images to his peers.  On Wednesday Utah’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) released findings in their investigation into police misconduct in the case and found that Deras showed her photos to at least three of his male co-workers without a work-related reason.   One staffers said Deras commented about getting to 'look at them whenever he wants', according...
    The University of Utah is refusing to release the counseling records of murdered student-athlete Lauren McCluskey, who had spoken to a school psychologist hours before she was murdered, claiming they're confidential even in death.  McCluskey, 21, was shot several times by her ex-boyfriend Melvin Rowland, 37, on October 22, 2018 outside her dorm room in Salt Lake City. He later died by suicide. They met at a bar and their relationship crumbled when she learned Rowland lied about his name, age and status as a registered sex offender. She had confided in campus police that he was extorting her and threatened to release personal images of her if she didn’t pay him $1,000.   McCluskey went to the counseling center twice. Once on October 15, 2018, three days after she first talked to campus police about Rowland, and again on October 22, 2018, mere hours before she was killed. The University of Utah is refusing to release the counseling records of murdered student-athlete Lauren McCluskey, 21, who was killed in October 2018. The school says the records are confidential, even...
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