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2A i Wednesday,May6,2015THE SPECTRUM & DAILY NEWS LOCAL #utahwater Water Future Utah’s Uncertain A KUED/KUER Collaboration Wed. May 6, 7PM Mon. May 18, 8:30PM Sat. May 30, 5:30PM The latest UtahNOW production foreshadows the struggle over securing this essential resource in the nation’s second driest state. The half-hour program is written and produced by KUER’s award-winning environmental reporter Judy Fahys in partnership with KUED’s Emmy-winning producer Joe Prokop. FUNDED BY • Vince and Janet Mancini • Cleone Peterson Eccles Endowment Fund • George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation • The Nature Conservancy • Larry S. and Allyson Smith Challenge Fund • Robert D. & Areva L. Huish Trust SPRING IS HERE See our wide variety of NEW SANDALS! $10 OFF * a purchase of $100 or more on shoe and arch support. 362 West St. George Blvd., St. George, UT 84770 • Tel: (435) 652-0100 • www.footsolutions.com/stgeorge * Offer valid at the above location only. Cannot be combined with other offers or insurance purchases Expires 05/30/15 AMexican man living illegally in the United States was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday in St. George’s federal court for his role in a drug trafficking ring. Jesus Eduardo Wirichaga-Landavazo, 3 3, pleaded guilty in February to helping t ransport a large amount of methamphet- a mine between southern Arizona and n orthern Utah as part of a drug pipeline operation. He was arrested with three other people who face similar charges and are awaiting resolution of their cases. Under the agreement, which was held as a provisional plea until U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart accepted it Tuesday, Wirichaga-Landavazo pleaded guilty to counts of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and illegal re-entry of a deported alien in exchange for the prosecution’s agreement to dismiss two gun- related charges and an additional drug possession charge. The 180-month sentence falls within the advisory range for sentencing under federal law of 168 to 210 months, and allowed Wirichaga-Landavazo to avoid the risk of the maximum possible prison term. “It is a good and reasonable settle- m ent, given what could occur,” Salt Lake C ity federal public defense attorney Robert Hunt told Stewart. Wirichaga-Landavazo, speaking comfortably in English, told Stewart, “I’m c ontent with the proceedings.” S tewart agreed to forward a recom- m endation to the Federal Bureau of Prisons that Wirichaga-Landavazo be incarcerated in the Safford, Arizona, federal prison facility. Hunt said Wirichaga-Lan- d avazo has relatives in Phoenix, where h is home is also located, but that the Saff ord facility would allow Wirichaga-Lan- davazo to be held in a low-security facility as opposed to the government’s medium-security prison in Phoenix while still w ithin a distance reasonable for his relatives to travel. T he two cities are about 165 miles apart. S tewart said he will also recommend to the prison bureau that Wirichaga-Lan- davazo be turned over to immigration officials after he completes his prison term f or deportation proceedings. According to arresting documents f iled in Utah’s 6th District Court by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Wirichaga- Landavazo and co-defendant James Wilbert Matheson, 29, of Ogden were arrest- e d Sept. 13 after the rental car Wirichaga- Landavazo was driving nearly struck a U tah Game and Fish officer and “ran him off the roadway.” After investigating the incident, officers determined Wirichaga-Landavazo and Matheson were driving a decoy or sec urity vehicle ahead of another car trans- p orting 9 pounds of methamphetamine to O gden. Wirichaga admitted driving under the influence of marijuana while using an invalid driver’s license, and officers reported finding marijuana as well as metham- phetamine in the car, plus paraphernalia for using t hem and a money bag. T he officers also reported that they f ound ammunition for 9mm Ruger hand- g un in the car, and later found the gun along the roadside at mile post 66.5 where it had apparently been tossed from the car shortly after the incident involving the game officer. Jesus “Jessie” Martinez Jr., 23, of Phoenix, was arrested the following morning after officers stopped the second vehicle near the state line, reportedly with a kindergarten-aged boy in a rear passenger seat. Officers reported finding the 9 pounds of trafficked metham- phetamine taped inside the rental car’s bumper. Martinez lived with Wirichaga-Landa- vazo and allegedly told officers Wiricha- ga-Landavazo gave him cash to buy the Ruger before they left Phoenix, and that he left it in Wirichaga-Landavazo’s vehicle when they switched cars in Kanab the previous day. The officers also reported that Martin ez texted an Ogden-area resident to in- f orm him Wirichaga and Matheson had been arrested and he didn’t know what to do. Derrick Allan Gobel, 36, of Sunset is a ccused of being Martinez’s contact. Gob el allegedly told Martinez to wait and he w ould send Martinez $200 to live on for a few days while working to post bail for Wirichaga-Landavazo and Matheson, but Martinez allegedly replied he had al- r eady left the area and left the car parked a t a Kanab hotel with the keys under the s eat. According to the officers’ reports, law enforcement had set up surveillance of the car and arrested Gobel after he and s ome passengers arrived the next day to take possession of the car. A ccording to the report, Gobel admitted he oversees drug transportation from A rizona to Ogden for resale. The meth- amphetamine shipment was ordered to replace a prior shipment that had already been paid for but turned out to be “bad” p roduct, the report states. Wirichaga-Landavazo reportedly state d the group had transported six to 10 shipments of illegal drugs from the Casa Grande, Arizona area to the Ogden area during the previous two months. G obel served prison sentences six times between 2004 and 2014, and is cur- r ently facing additional federal charges of drug possession and being a felon illegally involved in transporting guns. Gobel, Matheson and Martinez have all pleaded not guilty to their charges. F ollow Kevin Jenkins, @SpectrumJen k ins. Judge hands down a15-year sentence i n trafficking case By Kevin Jenkins kevin@thespectrum.com Wirichaga An Iron County Sheriff’s Office de- t ective arrested two Southern Utah b rothers on charges linked to six thefts in a 4-week span. Ryan J. Hendrickson, 39, was arrested Thursday on charges of four counts theft, obstruction of justice, drug possession and paraphernalia possession. Scott Russell Hendrickson, 35, also was arrested Thursday on charges of two counts theft, obstruction of justice and paraphernalia possession. R yan Hendrickson is being held in I ron County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail — S cott Hendrickson was booked into jail o n $20,000 bail. T he probable cause statement filed in t he case indicated that between March 3 1and April 29, large power cables went missing from a construction plant on Desert Mound Road in Cedar City. The loss per each of the six incidents exceeded $5,000, according to the statement. The report states investigators collected clothing consistent with that captured in the photos at Ryan and Scott Hendrickson’s living space — owned by a relative. Southern Utah brothers charged, linked to 6 thefts By Payton Davis pdavis@thespectrum.com Marjorie Lee Freeman Marjorie Lee Freeman, 86, died Saturday, May 2. No funeral arrangements are made at this time. Arrangements are by Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Center Of Southern Utah, 435-9869100. Lorraine Bradshaw Campbell Davis Lorraine Bradshaw Campbell Davis, 94, died Sunday, May 3. There will be a a viewing Saturday, May 9, at 9:30 a.m. in the Hurricane 11th Ward Chapel, 452 N. 2600 West, Hurricane. The funeral will follow at 11a.m. Arrangements are by Serenity Funeral Home Of Southern Utah, 435986-9100. Lewis (Lew) LaVell Chamberlain Lewis (Lew) LaVell Chamberlain died Friday, M ay 1, in Beaver Dam, Arizona. Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 6, at noon at the LDS Church building located at 256 S. 900 West, Cedar City. Friends may call an hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are by Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454, www.spilsburymortuary.com . Mildred Ellen Sanders Thompson Mildred Ellen Sanders Thompson, 101, died Monday, May 4, in St. George. Services in Rexburg will be held later next week. Interment will be in the Rexburg City Cemetery. Arrangements are by Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454, www.spils burymortuary.com . Greg Jay Amidan Greg Jay Amidan, 62, died Wednesday, April 29, in St. George. Arrangements are by Heideman Hughes Mortuary, 435-674-5000. DEATH NOTICES

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