Springville Police Department
110 South Main Street
Springville, UT 84663
Tel 801 489-9421
Emergency Dial 911
Springville Officer Named “Best of State – 2015”
Springville Police Officer Ray Flores was named “Best of State – 2015” recently for his work on the Major Crimes Task Force. Flores, who began his career in Springville in 2007, was noted for his hard work and diligence, and for his quick action in a life or death situation that unfolded before him.
While Flores and his partner were investigating a drug trafficking organization in Utah, when they learned the suspect had kidnapped someone and were threatening his life. Flores and his partner called for assistance, but before SWAT arrived on scene, the situation became critical.
In the end, Flores and his partner rescued the man and took four suspects into custody. The case garnered attention of law enforcement in surrounding states and law enforcement were able to take action in Utah and Nevada.
These sorts of higher profile cases are not unusual for Flores, who was also credited with the seizure of seven pounds of methamphetamine and $23,000 in drug money. Eventually a number of Flores’ cases were turned over to federal officers as the suspects were found to be both smuggling drugs into the United States and transporting them across state borders.
We are proud of Officer Flores, and commend him for his efforts. He is part of a great public safety team here in Springville.
SPRINGVILLE’S PUBLIC SAFETY SUPPORTING SPRINGVILLE SCHOOLS
As each school year begins, officers in Springville begin to plan out both their work and their personal schedules. A variety of events involving the many schools here in Springville, as well as City sponsored events and sports teams, are key in their plans. One such event was held last evening at Springville High School, as Springville’s Department of Public Safety participated in the FFA’s Annual Donkey Basketball Tournament. And while this may not be the NCAA or the NBA, the teams and players are just as competitive and want to win just as much as any of the big-name stars you might see on television. This was the third year of the competition, and it was just as much fun this year as it was the previous two!
First up on the court were the Springville High School Faculty team and the Springville Student team. In a hotly contested, yet low scoring game, the student defeated their in-school rivals to move to the Championship Game. Game two was equally hotly contested, as the Police Department faced their in-city rivals… the Fire Department… to see which team would move on. The evenly matched game had to be decided by sudden-death overtime, where the officers tossed in the winning bucket! This set up the final game with the SHS Students facing the Springville Police Department.
One of the great things about Donkey Basketball is the unpredictability. For example, donkeys that calmly walk from one end of the floor to the other may suddenly bolt from under the rider just as the rider lines up to take a shot at the basket! Other times the donkeys will refuse to be led anywhere… and especially toward the ball or the basket. And in the end, just making a single basket becomes a great accomplishment!
This year, the Police Department outscored the Student team in the Championship Game. But the students, faculty, policemen and firemen… as well as every spectator in the building… were all winners. Our two teams from the Department of Public Safety are looking forward to next year’s “March Madness – Springville Variety” when we take to the floor, riding our donkeys to victory!
So a hearty thank you goes out to the Springville High School FFA for allowing us to participate with you again this year! We’re all looking forward to next year!
Police Receive Dozens of Calls about Scam!
Springville Police Dispatchers have reportedly been receiving dozens of calls in recent weeks from people asking about fraudulent phone calls. According to these callers, someone is calling them and claiming to be from the IRS. The caller then demands money, and threatens the victims with arrest if they fail to pay immediately.
Officers want to warn everyone that these calls are a scam, and that they should never give financial or other personal information to anyone over the telephone. The Internal Revenue Service does not have local police officers arrest anyone, and they don’t solicit information or payment over the telephone.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and demanding payment, HANG UP!
OFFICERS CAPTURE ROBBERY SUSPECT
Officers from Springville were able to capture an armed robbery suspect shortly after he had robbed a local convenience store at gunpoint. The suspect, a 20 years-old Springville resident, Kamden Lee, reportedly entered the store shortly before midnight (on January 22nd) while brandishing a handgun. After demanding cash and cigarettes, the suspect forced the clerk into the business’ restroom before fleeing.
Officers immediately responded and began searching for the suspect, described as white male, wearing a gray hoodie with a blue bandana covering his face and fingerless gloves. He was located just a few blocks from the store. When officers approached the suspect he attempted to run away. As he tried to jump over a fence, the suspect’s pants caught on something and were pulled down. Unable to free himself from the fence, the suspect was easily caught by the officers. The gun, which he claimed to have thrown away, was located in his pants. His cell phone, which he had thrown away, was located in a nearby yard.
Officers reported that they recovered the stolen cash, as well as cigarettes and other evidence from the suspect. But the evening wasn’t quite over.
On the way to jail the suspect attempted to escape from the officer’s vehicle by beating his head against the rear side window of the car. Doing this he managed to cut his forehead and had to be taken to the emergency room for medical treatment. Because he was continuing to fight with the officers and continued pounding his head against the window and vehicle partition, officers determined it best to have an ambulance respond to assist. The suspect was strapped to a gurney to prevent him from further injuring himself. Hospital staff treated his cut and he was again transported to the Utah County Jail.
While at the jail, he head-butted a sheriff’s deputy and began spitting at and assaulting officers. He also managed to kick out the rear side window of the police car during his ‘crime spree.’ He now faces multiple charges including robbery, kidnapping, assault and a variety of other charges.
OFFICER DELIVERS EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT
Police officers are sent to a wide variety of calls and events in a career. They also participate in some pretty great events. Local sporting events, the annual Shop with a Cop, the Annual Special Olympics Torch Run… but few, very few, can compare with what Sergeant Warren Foster was called upon to do this past month!
It seems that a little boy by the name of “Kaiden James” was pretty anxious to make his entrance into this world. That’s right, Sergeant Foster (some of his colleagues now call him “Doc”) was in the right place at the right time to welcome little Kaiden to his home in Springville!
At about 2:26 a.m. on the morning of November 27th, Sergeant Foster arrived just in time to deliver a 6 pound 3 ounce, 18 ½ inch long bouncy baby boy! His mother, Sandy Camphuysen and his dad, Andy Vogt, were pretty glad the veteran officer showed up in time! And so was his big sister, 2 ½ year old Emile Elizabeth. She is pretty excited about having a baby brother too.
We were finally able to get mom, baby and Sergeant “Doc” Foster together for a couple of photos and wanted to share the great news with everyone. Foster said, “It was like delivering an early Christmas present.” Mom and baby are doing fine, and according to Foster, it looks like he might have even grown a little bit since he welcomed him to his new home! Foster also said that it wasn’t a big deal… he is, after all a father and a grandfather himself, so holding little babies is second nature! Okay, he also said helping one come into the world was a new experience, one that was really exciting. He added, “It was a great honor to be able to help little Kaiden.”
There are additional photos of Kaiden on Springville’s facebook page as well!
The United States Attorney’s Office released this information today on a case that was turned over to them for prosecution in the Federal Courts.
UTAH COUNTY MAN FACES JANUARY TRIAL DATE ON FEDERAL CHARGES OF POSSESSION OF 42 STOLEN FIREARMS, STEALING FIREARMS FROM A FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSEE
SALT LAKE CITY – A Jan. 26, 2015, trial date has been set in U.S. District Court for Shawn Phillip Hansen, age 32, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, who has been charged in an indictment with stealing 42 firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) in Springville. Hansen was an employee of the FFL at the time the alleged thefts took place.
Hansen was charged in a two-count indictment returned in November. The first count of the indictment alleges that beginning on an unknown date and continuing through Sept. 24, 2014, Hansen had 42 stolen firearms in his possession. The second count of the indictment charges him with stealing the firearms from the FFL.
The 42 firearms include a variety of rifles, revolvers, pistols, handguns, and shotguns, including two Taurus International .410 caliber revolvers; two Winchester rifles; six Colt pistols; three U.S.A. Military Surplus .30-06 rifles; and two Browning shotguns. The estimated value of the stolen firearms is around $100,000.
The case came to law enforcement’s attention after the owner of the business determined that a firearm was missing from his inventory. Further investigation identified 42 missing firearms. The case is being investigated by the Springville Police Department and special agents of the ATF.
According to Acting U.S. Attorney Carlie Christensen, the case is being prosecuted federally as a part of the Utah Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) initiative. PSN, which includes partnerships between local, state and federal police officers and prosecutors, is designed to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in crime associated with gang and gun violence.
“As the result of hard work by Springville detectives and agents from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, led by Springville Detective Jeff Ellsworth, over 40 weapons have been recovered and removed from the streets of Springville. Removing stolen guns from the streets reduces crime in our community, makes the dealer who had the guns stolen whole, and increases the safety of our citizens. We are pleased the U.S. Attorney’s Office is working with us to keep our communities safe,” Springville Police Chief K. Scott Finlayson said today.
The potential maximum penalty for each count in the indictment is 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Hansen was released with conditions following an initial appearance on the charges.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. Individuals charged in indictments are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in court.
#SpringvilleDPS on Twitter Now Nearing 1,000 Followers!
Springville, UT – Monday, November 17, 2014
Launched in 2012, Springville’s Department of Public Safety “Twitter” page is rapidly approaching one thousand followers! And we’d love to hit that goal before the year’s end! We’re hoping to enlist the help of all of our “followers” by encouraging friends and family to join us.
So some might be wondering what exactly is the benefit of following Springville’s Department of Public Safety on twitter… Well, the Twitter page is one of the many ways Springville Police, Fire and EMS hope to keep our community informed of what can be rapidly changing events! For example, had you been “following” our “tweets” on November 12th, you would have known to avoid the north end of Main Street when the fire broke out at the old Cragun Store building across from Sonic! Or, on August 19th you’d have gotten a reminder about school starting… the day after the “new” round-about opened at 1300 East 400 South!
You’d also have been some of the first to know about the fire on the east bench on August 2nd… and those are just a few of the tweets we’ve sent out!
Twitter is one of those new “social media” phenomena that have erupted worldwide in the past decade, along with websites and facebook and instagram. With Twitter, our public safety officials can send out short bursts of texts and even small photographs, called “tweets” to “followers” of our “Twitter feed” or page. Sometimes those feeds link to our website, www.springville.org/police/ where more in depth information can be posted. Springville City also has its own facebook page, where a variety of announcements can also be found. The Department of Public Safety and the City of Springville have also recently begun using a “reverse 911” or automated notification system that can make phone calls, send text messages and send e-mails to our residents.
It is our hope that by using these amazing new tools, our community will stay well informed and connected to the men and women who serve as public safety officers. So again, come join us… and if you are already a twitter follower, invite your friends and family to follow us as well! We can be found at #SpringvilleDPS on Twitter.com!
FIRE DESTROYS OLD BUILDING ON MAIN STREET
Firefighters from Springville Fire Department responded to what callers reported as heavy smoke coming from an old building at approximately 700 North Main Street.
The call came in at one minute after seven, and by the time the first police officers arrived on scene a minute or two later, flames were roaring from the front of the building.
Firefighters worked quickly to knock the fire down, and to protect the old brick home next door, as well as nearby power lines.
Back in the early 1960’s the building was known as “Cragun’s Market” and was a small grocery store that specialized in locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables. The store owners lived in the old brick home next door. The market was later converted into apartments, before being abandoned. It has been empty for many years. The building was a hardwood-framed structure, and the fire was proving difficult to extinguish.
Firefighters were still on scene hours later “mopping up.” They returned Thursday morning in an effort to determine the cause of the fire. Investigators believe it was likely an intentionally set fire.
There is no estimated value for the damage to the old building.
MAN HUNTING ILLEGALLY IN CITY INJURES WORKER
Officers from the Springville Police Department scoured the area near 1086 North 450 West this past Saturday afternoon looking for a suspect who was hunting illegally inside the City limits. Shortly before two o’clock, emergency personnel received a telephone call that a man had been injured while he was at work. The caller said three colleagues were in the parking lot when they heard a shotgun blast. One of the men, a 37 year old military veteran who has served in the Middle East, was hit in the neck.
Fortunately the injury was not terribly serious, and he was treated and released with just a flesh wound. When asked he, said he thought it was ironic that he could serve in a war zone (in the Middle East) and not be injured, but back home in Utah he gets shot by a hunter while in a parking lot!
The witnesses said they saw a man calling his large black dog that was running toward them. The dog returned to the owner and the suspect left the area before officers arrived on scene. Saturday apparently was the opening day of the pheasant hunt in Utah.
Those who wish to participate need to be reminded that the discharge of a firearm within City limits is illegal.
And shooting an innocent bystander then running away?
Well no matter where you are, that’s even worse.
US FOREST SERVICE TO BEGIN CONTROLLED BURN
Bartholomew Canyon – Northeast of Springville
The US Forest Service will begin what they call a “Prescribed Burn” in Bartholomew Canyon, about 7 miles north-east of Springville. The burn will begin sometime between October 21st and November 30th. (See photograph and map below.)
The USFS advised Springville Public Safety that the burn should cover about 380 acres of land. The purpose is to improve critical habitat for mule deer, moose, elk, mountain goats and wild turkeys. It should also minimize the risk of large scale wildfires in the area that might damage private property.
A “Prescribed Burn” won’t occur unless certain conditions exist (temperatures, relative humidity, fuel moisture, wind speed and direction are among those conditions).
During the burn, roads and trails in the area will be temporarily closed to the public. (Landowners will have access to their property.)
Undoubtedly Springville residents will see smoke in the area during the burn, however every precaution will be taken to make sure the weather cooperates and blows smoke away from our City.
PUBLIC URGED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
Springville’s Department of Public Safety is urging citizens to take precautions against a deadly and silent danger that may be lurking in their homes.
Each year in America, more than 150 people die from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning associated with consumer products. These products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fire places.
Keeping with the old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” we would like you to know that there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself from the deadly carbon monoxide fumes.
First understand what CO is. It is often called the “silent killer”, because you cannot see it, taste it, or smell it. It can be created when fossil fuels, such as kerosene, gasoline, coal, natural gas, propane, methane or wood do not burn properly. CO poisoning can result from faulty furnaces of other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers or cars left running in garages.
Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, nausea and drowsiness. Exposure to undetected high levels of carbon monoxide can be fatal.
Protect yourself and your family by installing a laboratory tested CO detector like “UL” or others, these detectors provide early warning of carbon monoxide.
Follow the manufacturer recommendation for installation and placement but they should be installed in a central location outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home.
CO alarms are not a substitute for smoke alarms, however there are some models that perform both smoke and CO detection.
Test your detector monthly and replace if they are faulty, sensors in CO detectors have a limited life.
Know the difference between a low-battery alarm and the sound of CO alarm. Usually an intermittent beep is an indicator of a low battery, if you change batteries and the sound persists, gets to a fresh air location and call 911.
Note: a Detector (Smoke or CO) in full alarm will emit a steady loud tone. Intermittent beeps usually indicate the battery is low or the detector is dirty or worn out and needs replacement.
Precautions you can take:
- Have fuel-burning equipment (fireplaces, furnaces, water heaters, wood stoves, coal stoves, space heaters and portable heaters) and chimneys inspected by a professional every year.
- Open the damper for proper ventilation before using the fireplace.
- Never use your oven or stove top to heat your home. The CO gas might kill people and pets.
- When purchasing new heating and cooking equipment, select products tested and labeled by recognized testing laboratories.
- Make sure all fuel-burning vented equipment is vented to the outside to avoid CO poisoning, keep vents clear and unobstructed.
- If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it.
- Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open.
- Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice or other material. The CO gas might kill people and pets inside the vehicle.
- Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.
- Only use barbecues grills outside, away from all doors, windows, vents and other building openings. Never use grills inside the home or the garage.
- Use portable generators outdoors in well-vented areas away from all doors, windows, vents and other buildings to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home.
If your CO alarm sounds:
- Immediately move to a fresh air location (outdoors or by an open window or door).
- Make sure everyone in the home is accounted for.
- Call 911 from a fresh air location.
- Remain at a fresh air location until emergency personnel arrive to assist you!
Let’s all have a safe, warm autumn and winter this year!
NEW EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
FOR SPRINGVILLE AND MAPLETON
Springville Utah – August 6, 2015
During the past few weeks, Springville City has begun the roll-out of a new notification system. We here at the Department of Public Safety are excited to see this great new way for us to deliver emergency alerts to our community. Our system uses a couple of methods to deliver important information to citizens of Springville and Mapleton.
The first line of notification uses technology from a company called “Everbridge.” “Everbridge” allows the Department to send out voice emergency notices to your home and/or cell phones. It also allows those same messages to be sent via text messages and email! And while we are still working some of the bugs out of the system, it is growing daily! Our “emergency notice” listings now include more than twenty-thousand names and phone numbers!
Our second line of notification is via “Twitter.” During emergencies, and as time and manpower allow, the Department of Public Safety will send out “tweets” from our SpringvilleDPS account on Twitter. These tweets can only be received by Twitter subscribers who ‘follow’ SpringvilleDPS. We are rapidly approaching nine hundred “followers!” The advantage to the tweets we send out is that we are ‘followed’ by local news media, and they routinely ‘re-tweet’ emergency or public safety information.
Our last line of notification is our website. Once emergency conditions and manpower needs allow, we’ll be updating this news and announcements page on our website. This final step is more of a follow-up step, rather than a notification system, but we’ll be able (after the event) to provide more information to the public. Not all public safety events will be highlighted on our website, but we’ll do our best to keep the public informed.
If you haven’t done so, you can also sign up for community news alerts (non-emergency alerts) by clicking on this link: http://www.springville.org/citizen-alert/ which will take you to the “opt in” page for the Everbridge system. There you can outline your preferences as to what sorts of messages you want to receive from the City.
Our Emergency Notification Systems are dynamic. They are continually growing and we are always evaluating and trying to improve our service to the community. We hope you’ll take advantage of this new service, and that you’ll follow us… both on Twitter and on this website!
If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to contact us by clicking HERE.
Second Fire Chars Hillside
Springville, UT – Saturday, August 2, 2014
A fire broke out this afternoon, shortly before two, causing some alarm for homeowners along the east bench of Springville. According to officers on scene, a man had begun using a powered weed cutter in an effort to help his neighbor clear weeds from a vacant lot on the east end of Center Street, when a spark ignited the dry grass he was cutting.
The man immediately tried to stomp out the fire, but the extreme fire conditions caused the blaze to quickly get out of hand. As soon as he saw the hopelessness of his efforts, 911 was called and Springville Fire Department responded. They soon called for assistance from Mapleton and Utah County Fire Departments, to make certain the fire didn’t escape and race up the hillside.
Fortunately the fire was surrounded by two paved city streets, giving firefighters a man-made fire break and a great position from which to battle the fire. For a period of time, one home was in the path of the fire, reaching the scrub oak in their back yard. Firefighters quickly knocked the fire back and before long it was out.
Crews worked for some time after the blaze was extinguished to ‘mop up’ any hot spots and prevent a reigniting of the fire.
Damage was limited to the grass and shrubbery. There were no injuries reported.
~Fire Started by Fireworks~
Springville Department of Public Safety
Fire crews from five agencies responded to a fire on the east bench area of Springville during the early morning hours. Springville, Utah County, Mapleton, Spanish Fork and Salem fire fighters were called at about 2:20 this morning to a blaze burning at the east end of 400 South. According to Police, at least two teenagers were playing with fireworks just east of the city limits, when sparks ignited the tinder-dry grass nearby. The teens reportedly called for help, but the extreme fire conditions caused the blaze to spread quickly.
Here is a short series of video clips from the scene:
(There are also photographs below.)
Firefighters responded along the east edge of the City and set up a defensive line to protect the homes in the immediate area. Several residents were evacuated as a precaution, while others were put on notice to be ready to leave if winds shifted and pushed the fire toward their homes.(At least ten homes were evacuated, with another forty homes being put on ‘stand-by’.) Police officers blocked access to the area, while EMS (medical) personnel stood by in case of injury. Those evacuated were sent to a local LDS church building until they were given the all clear to return home.
According to Springville’s Fire Chief, the fire was burning toward homes in the “Spring Canyon” area, but firefighters were able to stop the advancing flames with no loss of property. Winds then shifted the fire away from those homes. The fire is currently about 1500 yards from the nearest structure, and is moving toward the Hobble Creek Canyon area.
By ten in the morning, air support had arrived. Two SEAT aircraft, with a capacity of about 800 gallons of water each, began dropping water on the fire. They were joined by a “Type 3″ helicopter that carries a 125 gallon “bucket”, a KMAX helicopter, with a 700 gallon capacity, and a large “Sky Crane” helicopter. The Sky Crane has a tank capacity of 2,650 gallons.
Two heavy air tankers (a C130 and a P2V Neptune) joined the fight as the day went on, first dropping water, then later dropping fire retardant. These tankers carry between 2,000 and 3,000 gallons of water or retardant each.
3,067 total views, 4 views today