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Selleneit transferred to hospital

FARMINGTON — Meloney Toone Selleneit, will be transferred to the Utah State Hospital for treatment after being found incompetent to stand trial.

Selleneit, 54, of Centerville allegedly told her husband, Michael, to shoot their neighbor last October, after the neighbor allegedly “telepathically” threatened the couple.

Meloney Selleneit is charged with criminal solicitation, a first-degree felony and purchase, transfer or possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony.

Trial date set for Puffpaff

FARMINGTON — The woman accused of helping a man who allegedly shot his father will go to trial on Sept. 5.

Karla Jean Puffpaff, 48, of Layton, is charged with one second-degree obstructing justice count, for allegedly picking up Joseph Allen Nance, 29, shortly after he allegedly killed his father, Gregory Nance at the Far West Motel in Kaysville on March 19, 2010.

Nance has been charged with first-degree felony murder and third-degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person.

Puffpaff’s trial is expected to last two days.

Tingey sentencing continued

FARMINGTON— Sentencing for a man who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a child was continued until May 1, after his attorney said the law ordering additional time for someone previously convicted of sex abuse was not on the books when his client abused a child from 2005 to 2007.

Steven Shane Tingey, 42 was convicted in 1999 of unlawful sexual intercourse. He pleaded guilty in February to one count of third-degree felony attempted aggravated sex abuse of a child, after he sexually abused a child under 14 from Jan. 1, 2005, to Dec. 10, 2007.

Tingey’s case was filed in 2009.

In 2007, the state Legislature passed a law requiring convicted sex offenders to serve an additional five years to whatever sentence is imposed if they are convicted of another sex crime.

Because the charges were not filed until 2009, Tingey’s attorney Mark Arrington said the law should not apply to his client.

Second District Judge David Connors agreed to the continuance to allow attorneys more time to examine the issue and allow Adult Probation and Parole time to work on the presentence report if needed.

Couple arrested in robbery

LAYTON — Police have arrested a married couple in connection with a robbery at a loan company in Layton.

The couple, both 23, were arrested late last week, after a witness said a man matching the man’s description entered Loan Max, 1339 N. Main Street with his face covered. Police say the suspect had a handgun and demanded cash.

After getting the money, the suspect got into a white BMW. Police found the car later at an apartment complex.

The witness said he saw the man enter the store and thought it was suspicious. He gave police the car’s description and a license number.

The case is now being reviewed by the Davis County Attorney’s Office for possible charges.

Wanted woman arrested

DAVIS COUNTY— A woman wanted by Centerville, North Salt Lake and Layton police departments as well as several Salt Lake area agencies, was arrested over the weekend in Salt Lake County on numerous charges.

Julia Amelia Higbee, 41, also known as Julia Herzog, was arrested on Saturday on charges of DUI, possession of heroine and drug paraphernalia, as well as outstanding warrants, and was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.

Centerville Police Lt. Paul Child said Higbee allegedly burglarized vehicles and used stolen credit cards and other personal identity to victimize people, by allegedly shopping using the stolen credit cards until they were cut off by financial institutions.

She also allegedly created counterfeit checks and identifications from the stolen identifications and continued shopping.

Garden plots available

CENTERVILLE — South Davis residents wishing to have a small garden plot, may find just what they’re looking for at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 1131 S. Main, Centerville. The church has developed a community garden to the east of the church and is offering small plots to area residents on a first-come, first-served basis.

Gardeners are expected to keep their plots well groomed and to be respectful of the garden as a whole, including participation in periodic work parties and an end-of-the season clean-up.

It is suggested that a percentage of the produce grown on each plot should be donated to the Bountiful Community Food Pantry.

Monetary donations to help defray the expense of the garden will be gratefully accepted, organizers say. Checks should be made out to the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection.

For more information or to request a plot, contact Wim Ray at 801-298-1077.

Man dies while dirt biking

NORTH SALT LAKE — A Park City man died in a dirt bike accident in North Salt Lake on April 5.

Chris Minneci, 38, died in the crash at the Jordan River Off-Highway Vehicle Park, 2800 N. Rose Park Lane, about 11 a.m., while trying to make a 50-foot jump with his dirt bike.

Witnesses told Davis County Sheriff’s deputies that Minneci landed with the bike on top of him. He was wearing protective gear and a helmet, but suffered massive head injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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