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A Searching Question

07/24/06, 21:15, Missing Child Located, 518 E. Elwood Pl.

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“Investigators developed information that led them to the address listed and a search warrant was served. The body of a deceased child, assumed to be that of Destiny Norton, had been secreted in the residence. The resident of the address, Craig Gregerson, 3-12-86, was booked into jail for Child Kidnapping and Homicide.nn

Around 5 p.m. on July 24, the Salt Lake City police held a press conference to announce their first promising lead since Destiny disappeared from her back yard a week ago Sunday. A Farmington gas station clerk thought he saw the missing 5-year-old riding in a truck with a man, but that glimmer of hope proved fleeting. Within hours of police circulating a composite sketch of the mystery man, Destiny’s body was found only a stone’s throw from her Salt Lake City home in Gregerson’s basement.

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Hundreds gathered outside Rickey and Rachael Norton’s place late Monday and early Tuesday, many outraged that police weren’t more aggressive when, early in the rush to find Destiny, Gregerson refused a police request to search his home. Police Chief Chris Burbank explained to the gathering, reportedly on the verge of riot, that no probable cause existed to compel a thorough search of Gergerson’s home. As it turned out, Gregerson was more than just a stickler for the Fourth Amendment'he had an awful secret to hide.

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A Measure of Solace

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07/20/06, 14:15, Stolen Vehicle with child inside, 680 E. 400 South, Tesoro

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“The mother left her 2003 silver Pontiac Grand Prix running with her 5-year-old child in the back and went inside the store. As she came out to return to the car, she saw it leaving the parking lot southbound on 700 East. She pursued on foot, screaming that her child was in the car. The stolen vehicle pulled over at 500 South and the suspect pushed the child out and then continued fleeing. The child is physically fine after the short ordeal.nn

Stage Fright

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07/21/06, 12:44, Bank Robbery, 290 S. 1300 East, Key Bank

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“The victim/clerk was approached by the suspect who demanded money. The suspect pushed a note to the clerk, but when she attempted to read the note, the suspect fled from the bank without taking anything. The suspect was last seen running south on Douglas Street from 300 South. The suspect is described as a male white adult, approximately 40 years old, brown goatee, wearing a white t-shirt, light blue jeans, a black baseball cap and dark sunglasses. The suspect was also observed carrying yellow flowers and wearing gloves.nn

An Offer to Refuse

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07/21/06, 19:05, Robbery, 909 E. 2100 South

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The 21-year-old male suspect “entered the Walgreens and secreted some rechargeable batteries on his person. He then attempted to leave the store, but was intercepted by the manager. He offered to stab the manager and then fled to his vehicle. The officer tracked the [suspect] to his home, where he was taken into custody. Incident to the arrest, measurable amounts of narcotics were found on the [suspect’s] person. He was arrested for robbery and possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute.”