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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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North Logan man sentenced on drug charges

By Melissa Salcedo

November 18, 2008 | First District Court was the scene Monday where a North Logan man pleaded guilty to distributing controlled substances.

Antonio Escareno, 30, pleaded guilty to distribution of or arranging to distribute marijuana and cocaine. Both are third-degree felonies carrying a punishment of up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

In 2007, Escareno was placed on six months probation for another violation. Prior to that, he had been on parole for five years. When asked by Judge Thomas L. Willmore what he has learned from these experiences he answered that he takes full responsibility for his actions. He also understands that he is getting older and has four kids and has to get out to support his family. Escareno is currently employed.

Prosecuting attorney Bruce G. Ward said Escareno has been given substantial leniency and added, "This defendant knows how to be a law-abiding citizen. He just chooses not to."

Judge Willmore ended the sentencing by telling Escareno, "I hope you're getting older and wiser. There comes a time when enough's enough."

In addition to serving time in prison and paying a fine, Escareno will pay a $200 restitution and will have to participate in a drug and alcohol program at the Utah State Prison.


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