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Kevin Cottrell. “Harrison’s a very busy road, and that’s when people are getting off work and coming home,” Cottrell said. “So, yeah, there’s a substantial a... A day after being struck by a car while crossing a busy intersection in Ogden, a 67-year-old woman remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon. The woman was in the crosswalk making her way across 24th Street at 5:47 p.m. Wednesday when a vehicle making a left turn onto Harrison Boulevard collided with the woman, said Ogden police Lt. Kevin Cottrell. “Harrison’s a very busy road, and that’s when people are getting off work and coming home,” Cottrell said. “So, yeah, there’s a substantial a... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58248210@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:26:02 MDT Woman who shot boyfriend to death has not been arrested http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58247697-78/office-release-news-shot.html.csp A woman who shot her boyfriend to death during a domestic dispute has not been arrested but is keeping police appraised of her whereabouts, the Uintah County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday in a news release. Just before midnight Tuesday, gunfire was reported at an address just north of Vernal, near 2600 North 500 East, according to Undersheriff John E. Laursen. Deputies arrived at a house where they found Curtis Dale Hardinger, 34, of Vernal, with a gunshot wound in his chest. He was rushed ... A woman who shot her boyfriend to death during a domestic dispute has not been arrested but is keeping police appraised of her whereabouts, the Uintah County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday in a news release. Just before midnight Tuesday, gunfire was reported at an address just north of Vernal, near 2600 North 500 East, according to Undersheriff John E. Laursen. Deputies arrived at a house where they found Curtis Dale Hardinger, 34, of Vernal, with a gunshot wound in his chest. He was rushed ... 58247697@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:54:42 MDT Salt Lake City cops nab knife-wielding robber http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58246298-78/suspect-lake-salt-knife.html.csp Salt Lake City police subdued and arrested a man moments after he allegedly tried to rob an eastside Big Lots store at knifepoint late Thursday morning. SLCPD Sgt. Robin Heiden said the 59-year-old suspect, believed to be a transient, walked into the store at 300 E. 200 South about 10:15 a.m. After picking up a large kitchen knife from one of the aisles, he went to the female clerk and, brandishing the weapon, demanded money. The store’s male manager was standing nearby and immediately got on th... Salt Lake City police subdued and arrested a man moments after he allegedly tried to rob an eastside Big Lots store at knifepoint late Thursday morning. SLCPD Sgt. Robin Heiden said the 59-year-old suspect, believed to be a transient, walked into the store at 300 E. 200 South about 10:15 a.m. After picking up a large kitchen knife from one of the aisles, he went to the female clerk and, brandishing the weapon, demanded money. The store’s male manager was standing nearby and immediately got on th... 58246298@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:06:20 MDT Four arrested in man’s fiery death at Utah drug house http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58246822-78/barnes-swink-fire-pendleton.html.csp Two men and two women have been arrested on charges stemming from the fiery death of Brian William Swink inside what police characterized as a “known drug house” in Price. Price police Capt. William Barnes said Thursday that preliminary results from an autopsy by the State Medical Examiner’s Office had determined the 32-year-old Helper man had died from asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation during the Tuesday morning blaze at 423 S. 200 West. Barnes said that one of the home’s occupants, James Wi... Two men and two women have been arrested on charges stemming from the fiery death of Brian William Swink inside what police characterized as a “known drug house” in Price. Price police Capt. William Barnes said Thursday that preliminary results from an autopsy by the State Medical Examiner’s Office had determined the 32-year-old Helper man had died from asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation during the Tuesday morning blaze at 423 S. 200 West. Barnes said that one of the home’s occupants, James Wi... 58246822@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:00:10 MDT ‘Slap Game’ graffiti trend hits Utah city http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58246385-78/lynes-graffiti-slap-taggers.html.csp West Valley City police detectives are cracking down on a recent graffiti trend they’ve seen in their city: the “Slap Game.” Taggers in the area are using postal service mailing labels and other stickers to draw graffiti, then stick it on buildings or poles throughout the city. Detective Mike Lynes said Thursday that the goal with the “slap game” is to get a tagger’s name or crew name throughout the community. “It’s a whole subculture,” Lynes said. “You want to get your name out. It’s about get... West Valley City police detectives are cracking down on a recent graffiti trend they’ve seen in their city: the “Slap Game.” Taggers in the area are using postal service mailing labels and other stickers to draw graffiti, then stick it on buildings or poles throughout the city. Detective Mike Lynes said Thursday that the goal with the “slap game” is to get a tagger’s name or crew name throughout the community. “It’s a whole subculture,” Lynes said. “You want to get your name out. It’s about get... 58246385@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:50:46 MDT Salt Lake City cops want ‘Augie,’ and his screwdriver http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58245977-78/lake-salt-screwdriver-suspect.html.csp Where’s “Augie?” Salt Lake City police want to know and ask the public to be on the lookout for the screwdriver-wielding stabbing suspect who put a man in the hospital during a street dispute late Wednesday night. SLCPD says the 25-year-old male victim had stopped on his bike for a traffic light near 800 West and North Temple at 11:23 p.m. That was when he was approached by the suspect — a short, white man in his 30s, about 200 pounds, wearing glasses and blue jeans, a blue shirt and a silver ch... Where’s “Augie?” Salt Lake City police want to know and ask the public to be on the lookout for the screwdriver-wielding stabbing suspect who put a man in the hospital during a street dispute late Wednesday night. SLCPD says the 25-year-old male victim had stopped on his bike for a traffic light near 800 West and North Temple at 11:23 p.m. That was when he was approached by the suspect — a short, white man in his 30s, about 200 pounds, wearing glasses and blue jeans, a blue shirt and a silver ch... 58245977@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:40:03 MDT Floodwaters cleared from Sandy school, damages may be less than feared http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58246199-78/cook-toomer-damage-damages.html.csp Water that gushed from a broken irrigation sprinkler into Sandy’s Eastmont Middle School had been cleared and many of the initial fears about extensive damages alleviated as of Thursday. Canyons School District spokeswoman Jennifer Toomer-Cook said insurance representatives had yet to complete damage assessments from the flooding that occurred in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, but district officials were optimistic about having classrooms ready when students return on Aug. 20. The school, located... Water that gushed from a broken irrigation sprinkler into Sandy’s Eastmont Middle School had been cleared and many of the initial fears about extensive damages alleviated as of Thursday. Canyons School District spokeswoman Jennifer Toomer-Cook said insurance representatives had yet to complete damage assessments from the flooding that occurred in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, but district officials were optimistic about having classrooms ready when students return on Aug. 20. The school, located... 58246199@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:40:03 MDT USU police seek groping suspect http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58244320-78/vahsholtz-police-university-suspect.html.csp Utah State University police are seeking a man suspected of groping a female student as she exercised on campus Saturday. The victim told police she was preparing to run up and down the Old Main Hill stairs at about 9:15 p.m. when she was approached by a man in a dirty, sweat-stained T-shirt who had been pacing nearby, said Utah State University police Sgt. Jessica Vahsholtz. The stranger tried to make small talk, but when the student told him she was going to keep running, he grabbed her and tr... Utah State University police are seeking a man suspected of groping a female student as she exercised on campus Saturday. The victim told police she was preparing to run up and down the Old Main Hill stairs at about 9:15 p.m. when she was approached by a man in a dirty, sweat-stained T-shirt who had been pacing nearby, said Utah State University police Sgt. Jessica Vahsholtz. The stranger tried to make small talk, but when the student told him she was going to keep running, he grabbed her and tr... 58244320@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:06:04 MDT Last of Utah wildfires conquered, thanks to rain and shovel work http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58245902-78/fire-harvey-levan-utah.html.csp Crews were packing up Thursday after having finally tamed central Utah’s stubborn Levan Wildfire, an effort that took a week’s grueling work by hundreds of firefighters, a fleet of water- and fire retardant-dumping aircraft and timely rainstorms. In all, said Fire Information Officer Dorothy Harvey, the blaze about a mile south of the town of Levan consumed 4,343 acres of Juab County’s steep and remote high desert and cost nearly $4 million to subdue. “We did infrared flights overnight and no he... Crews were packing up Thursday after having finally tamed central Utah’s stubborn Levan Wildfire, an effort that took a week’s grueling work by hundreds of firefighters, a fleet of water- and fire retardant-dumping aircraft and timely rainstorms. In all, said Fire Information Officer Dorothy Harvey, the blaze about a mile south of the town of Levan consumed 4,343 acres of Juab County’s steep and remote high desert and cost nearly $4 million to subdue. “We did infrared flights overnight and no he... 58245902@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:06:04 MDT Salt Lake City police nab violent ex-con in alleged RV kidnap http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58241017-78/chaney-felony-police-lake.html.csp An ex-con with a history of domestic violence — including a 1996 incident where he shot and wounded his then-wife — has been arrested by Salt Lake City police for allegedly holding another woman against her will in his RV. SLCPD Detective Veronica Montoya said William Steven Chaney, 53, was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping; second-degree felony domestic violence/aggravated assault; and third-degree felony counts... An ex-con with a history of domestic violence — including a 1996 incident where he shot and wounded his then-wife — has been arrested by Salt Lake City police for allegedly holding another woman against her will in his RV. SLCPD Detective Veronica Montoya said William Steven Chaney, 53, was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping; second-degree felony domestic violence/aggravated assault; and third-degree felony counts... 58241017@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:07:00 MDT Crews near full containment of Levan Wildfire http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58241182-78/fire-harvey-levan-crews.html.csp Crews expected to complete digging containment lines around central Utah’s Levan Wildfire by week’s end, thanks to timely rainstorms and painstaking labors by an army of nearly 500 firefighters. Fire Information Officer Dorothy Harvey said the blaze had blackened 4,343 acres of Juab County’s rugged high desert terrain since beginning July 24 about a mile south of the town of Levan. By Wednesday evening, it was 95 percent contained. Harvey said the rainfall had helped douse hot spots overnight, t... Crews expected to complete digging containment lines around central Utah’s Levan Wildfire by week’s end, thanks to timely rainstorms and painstaking labors by an army of nearly 500 firefighters. Fire Information Officer Dorothy Harvey said the blaze had blackened 4,343 acres of Juab County’s rugged high desert terrain since beginning July 24 about a mile south of the town of Levan. By Wednesday evening, it was 95 percent contained. Harvey said the rainfall had helped douse hot spots overnight, t... 58241182@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:07:00 MDT Tips lead to arrest of S. Jordan Wal-Mart robbery suspect http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58245362-78/monard-police-west-jordan.html.csp In the end, an “armed and dangerous” fugitive who eluded police for three days after allegedly pointing a gun at a South Jordan Wal-Mart employee surrendered peacefully — with a little canine encouragement. South Jordan police spokesman Samuel Winkler said detectives were tipped that known gang member Dennis James Monard had returned to his West Valley City residence. WVCPD officers were dispatched to surround the home about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. The 27-year-old Monard, also known by the street m... In the end, an “armed and dangerous” fugitive who eluded police for three days after allegedly pointing a gun at a South Jordan Wal-Mart employee surrendered peacefully — with a little canine encouragement. South Jordan police spokesman Samuel Winkler said detectives were tipped that known gang member Dennis James Monard had returned to his West Valley City residence. WVCPD officers were dispatched to surround the home about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. The 27-year-old Monard, also known by the street m... 58245362@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:07:00 MDT Charges filed against 69-year-old Utah man suspected of baseball bat attack http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58244252-78/victim-bat-baseball-bluffdale.html.csp A 69-year-old Bluffdale man is facing charges stemming from an incident in which he is accused of hitting a man in the head with a baseball bat. Charging documents filed in 3rd District Court on Wednesday state that the alleged attack occurred on July 3 when a man saw an advertisement on a trailer attached to a vehicle parked at 2240 W. 15000 South in Bluffdale. The man, for reasons that are unclear, wanted a picture of the advertisement, so he pulled out a camcorder and began to film it. That’s... A 69-year-old Bluffdale man is facing charges stemming from an incident in which he is accused of hitting a man in the head with a baseball bat. Charging documents filed in 3rd District Court on Wednesday state that the alleged attack occurred on July 3 when a man saw an advertisement on a trailer attached to a vehicle parked at 2240 W. 15000 South in Bluffdale. The man, for reasons that are unclear, wanted a picture of the advertisement, so he pulled out a camcorder and began to film it. That’s... 58244252@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:32:02 MDT Police arrest one, seek another suspect in Utah roofing scam http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58243928-78/office-sheriff-money-county.html.csp Police have arrested a 46-year-old woman they say was involved in a series of scams in Weber County, but her male accomplice remains at large. The two are suspected of operating an illegal roofing company, bilking homeowners of money for nonexistent or unfinished re-roofing work, according to a release from the Weber County Sheriff’s Office. In five reported cases, the man quoted a low price for the job before requesting money in advance to cover the cost of materials, the sheriff’s office said... Police have arrested a 46-year-old woman they say was involved in a series of scams in Weber County, but her male accomplice remains at large. The two are suspected of operating an illegal roofing company, bilking homeowners of money for nonexistent or unfinished re-roofing work, according to a release from the Weber County Sheriff’s Office. In five reported cases, the man quoted a low price for the job before requesting money in advance to cover the cost of materials, the sheriff’s office said... 58243928@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:39:02 MDT Police dog bites suspected Utah school burglar http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58243179-78/police-horsley-west-dispatchers.html.csp A man who police say was stealing technology equipment from a West Valley City elementary school, had his ear nearly bitten off by a police dog Wednesday when he refused to surrender. Granite School District Police dispatchers were alerted to the alleged burglary at Pioneer Elementary School, 3860 S. 3380 West, when an alarm was tripped at about 2:00 a.m., said school district spokesman Ben Horsley. The school’s security system enabled dispatchers to listen in on two men, aged 26 and 18, discuss... A man who police say was stealing technology equipment from a West Valley City elementary school, had his ear nearly bitten off by a police dog Wednesday when he refused to surrender. Granite School District Police dispatchers were alerted to the alleged burglary at Pioneer Elementary School, 3860 S. 3380 West, when an alarm was tripped at about 2:00 a.m., said school district spokesman Ben Horsley. The school’s security system enabled dispatchers to listen in on two men, aged 26 and 18, discuss... 58243179@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:00:24 MDT Millard County deputies shoot man who rammed several cruisers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58242069-78/county-sheriff-finlinson-office.html.csp Utah Highway Patrol and Utah County investigators are looking into the late Tuesday night shooting and wounding of a fugitive by Millard County sheriff’s deputies. A statement Wednesday from Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker’s office said the incident began about 7 p.m. Tuesday when deputies, accompanied by a Utah Adult Probation and Parole agent, tried to pull over a pickup truck driven by 42-year-old George Finlinson. Finlinson’s family and mental health workers reportedly had requested th... Utah Highway Patrol and Utah County investigators are looking into the late Tuesday night shooting and wounding of a fugitive by Millard County sheriff’s deputies. A statement Wednesday from Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker’s office said the incident began about 7 p.m. Tuesday when deputies, accompanied by a Utah Adult Probation and Parole agent, tried to pull over a pickup truck driven by 42-year-old George Finlinson. Finlinson’s family and mental health workers reportedly had requested th... 58242069@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:57:01 MDT UHP: Bizarre chase over 2 freeways, 2 counties http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58241916-78/car-troopers-chase-northbound.html.csp A 50-year-old man was hospitalized in serious condition Wednesday, the day after his veering car led Utah Highway Patrol troopers on a bizarre chase stretching over two freeways and two counties. About 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, a Utah Department of Corrections officer spotted the man’s 2005 Dodge Neon driving erratically northbound on 2700 West near 4100 South in Salt Lake County. The vehicle hit a curb and blew out its right front tire, but kept going. Alerted by the officer, troopers spotted the car... A 50-year-old man was hospitalized in serious condition Wednesday, the day after his veering car led Utah Highway Patrol troopers on a bizarre chase stretching over two freeways and two counties. About 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, a Utah Department of Corrections officer spotted the man’s 2005 Dodge Neon driving erratically northbound on 2700 West near 4100 South in Salt Lake County. The vehicle hit a curb and blew out its right front tire, but kept going. Alerted by the officer, troopers spotted the car... 58241916@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:10:02 MDT Semi overturns, causes delays on westbound I-80 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58241879-78/delays-overturned-remims-semi.html.csp A semi-trailer truck overturned on Interstate 80 near Lambs Canyon early Wednesday afternoon, temporarily closing two westbound lanes and causing heavy delays in traffic. By 8:40 p.m., the delays had ended and traffic was moving smoothly. The truck overturned and landed on its side because its trailer brakes failed, said Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Dwayne Baird, adding that no one was reported injured in the single-vehicle accident. remims@sltrib.com Twitter: @remims A semi-trailer truck overturned on Interstate 80 near Lambs Canyon early Wednesday afternoon, temporarily closing two westbound lanes and causing heavy delays in traffic. By 8:40 p.m., the delays had ended and traffic was moving smoothly. The truck overturned and landed on its side because its trailer brakes failed, said Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Dwayne Baird, adding that no one was reported injured in the single-vehicle accident. remims@sltrib.com Twitter: @remims 58241879@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:41:01 MDT Price cops i.d. dead man in fire at ‘known drug house’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58241483-78/swink-barnes-known-drug.html.csp Price police on Wednesday identified a man found dead at the scene of a suspicious fire in a known drug house. Capt. William Barnes said the official cause of death for Brian William Swink, 32, awaited results of an autopsy. Firefighters discovered Swink’s body in the basement of the house at 423 S. 200 West about 11 a.m. Tuesday. Barnes said Swink’s last known address was not in Price, but nearby Helper. He cited the ongoing nature of the investigation in declining to discuss further details a... Price police on Wednesday identified a man found dead at the scene of a suspicious fire in a known drug house. Capt. William Barnes said the official cause of death for Brian William Swink, 32, awaited results of an autopsy. Firefighters discovered Swink’s body in the basement of the house at 423 S. 200 West about 11 a.m. Tuesday. Barnes said Swink’s last known address was not in Price, but nearby Helper. He cited the ongoing nature of the investigation in declining to discuss further details a... 58241483@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:14:02 MDT Salt Lake Fire Department investigating ‘suspicious’ apartment fire http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58241413-78/fire-apartment-lake-salt.html.csp The Salt Lake City Fire Department is investigating an apartment fire that they have deemed suspicious. The early Wednesday morning fire left 12 residents of a northwest Salt Lake City apartment complex without homes. Deputy Fire Chief Brian Dale said investigators found suspicious items in the apartment where the fire originated, though he could not be more specific because he had not spoken directly with investigators. Dale added that the family that lived in the apartment where the blaze orig... The Salt Lake City Fire Department is investigating an apartment fire that they have deemed suspicious. The early Wednesday morning fire left 12 residents of a northwest Salt Lake City apartment complex without homes. Deputy Fire Chief Brian Dale said investigators found suspicious items in the apartment where the fire originated, though he could not be more specific because he had not spoken directly with investigators. Dale added that the family that lived in the apartment where the blaze orig... 58241413@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:34:01 MDT