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Utah Highway Patrol troopers located a missing Idaho man’s car, and then found his body in the nearby Logan River Thursday morning. The Oneida County (Idaho) Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the body had been identified as Bert Singleton, a 62-year-old Malad man reported missing late Wednesday after failing to return from a photography outing in the mountains around Bear Lake. The sheriff’s office said initial evidence indicated that Singleton “died from falling in a mountainous area.” While an i... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58429126@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:16:01 MDT South Dakota man arrested after drug-related I-80 chase http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58427970-78/suspect-chase-drug-scene.html.csp A Utah Highway Patrol trooper was grazed but unhurt when a drug suspect decided to speed away from a traffic stop on Interstate 80 early Thursday morning. UHP Sgt. Todd Royce said a 1998 Buick LeSabre with South Dakota plates was stopped on eastbound I-80 near State Street in Salt Lake City at 2:13 a.m. Troopers summoned a narcotics dog to the scene. Before the K-9 unit could arrive, though, a male passenger — who turned out to be innocent hitchhiker — exited the car and the driver sped from the... A Utah Highway Patrol trooper was grazed but unhurt when a drug suspect decided to speed away from a traffic stop on Interstate 80 early Thursday morning. UHP Sgt. Todd Royce said a 1998 Buick LeSabre with South Dakota plates was stopped on eastbound I-80 near State Street in Salt Lake City at 2:13 a.m. Troopers summoned a narcotics dog to the scene. Before the K-9 unit could arrive, though, a male passenger — who turned out to be innocent hitchhiker — exited the car and the driver sped from the... 58427970@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:05:07 MDT Suspicious death reported in west Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58428521-78/amp-lake-salt-death.html.csp Police rushed to the scene of a suspicious death Thursday morning in west Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City police Detective Veronica Montoya said that about 7:30 a.m., a passerby noticed a man lying in the park strip between the sidewalk and street on the northwest corner of Indiana Avenue (900 South) and Pueblo Street. (1400 West). The man called 911 from the nearby Acapulco market to report a man down. Paramedics confirmed the man was deceased. Police arrived and cordoned the area. As of 9:15 a.... Police rushed to the scene of a suspicious death Thursday morning in west Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City police Detective Veronica Montoya said that about 7:30 a.m., a passerby noticed a man lying in the park strip between the sidewalk and street on the northwest corner of Indiana Avenue (900 South) and Pueblo Street. (1400 West). The man called 911 from the nearby Acapulco market to report a man down. Paramedics confirmed the man was deceased. Police arrived and cordoned the area. As of 9:15 a.... 58428521@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:05:07 MDT Seventh suspect nabbed in Utah County kidnapping case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58428577-78/suspect-county-utah-arrested.html.csp A seventh suspect is in custody and one remains at large in the alleged gang-related kidnapping of a teenage girl and stabbing of her purported abductor last weekend in Utah County. Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said the latest suspect, a 20-year-old Heber City man, was arrested by officers from multiple law enforcement agencies Wednesday night in Payson. Cannon said Payson police, acting on a tip, confirmed the suspect was at a home in the southern Utah County town. However, when of... A seventh suspect is in custody and one remains at large in the alleged gang-related kidnapping of a teenage girl and stabbing of her purported abductor last weekend in Utah County. Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said the latest suspect, a 20-year-old Heber City man, was arrested by officers from multiple law enforcement agencies Wednesday night in Payson. Cannon said Payson police, acting on a tip, confirmed the suspect was at a home in the southern Utah County town. However, when of... 58428577@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:05:07 MDT Hunter killed in Rich County shooting identified http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58428840-78/amp-county-rich-shot.html.csp The man shot and killed during a hunting accident during the weekend has been identified as 49-year-old James Townsend, of Weber County. Townsend had been accidentally shot in the head by his older brother during an antelope hunt in northeastern Utah’s Little Creek Reservoir Area on Sept. 13. In a Facebook posting, Rich County Sheriff Dale Stacey said his deputies, along with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Utah Attorney Generals Office, had completed their investigation. “Invest... The man shot and killed during a hunting accident during the weekend has been identified as 49-year-old James Townsend, of Weber County. Townsend had been accidentally shot in the head by his older brother during an antelope hunt in northeastern Utah’s Little Creek Reservoir Area on Sept. 13. In a Facebook posting, Rich County Sheriff Dale Stacey said his deputies, along with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Utah Attorney Generals Office, had completed their investigation. “Invest... 58428840@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:05:07 MDT Utah lawmakers support sending military weapons to police http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58393675-78/police-lowe-utah-fuhr.html.csp Two Utah legislators on Wednesday defended local police using surplus military weapons and equipment obtained through a federal program. The legislators were responding to Marina Lowe, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. She told lawmakers during a hearing at the Capitol the weapon transfers, called the 1033 Program, were helping to “militarize” local police by giving them what “war fighters” use to combat an enemy. (Click here to see what weapons were sent to yo... Two Utah legislators on Wednesday defended local police using surplus military weapons and equipment obtained through a federal program. The legislators were responding to Marina Lowe, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. She told lawmakers during a hearing at the Capitol the weapon transfers, called the 1033 Program, were helping to “militarize” local police by giving them what “war fighters” use to combat an enemy. (Click here to see what weapons were sent to yo... 58393675@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:23:08 MDT Utah police chief charged with stalking women http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58422110-78/butterfield-chief-cooper-police.html.csp Myton’s new police chief has been charged with stalking three women. Thomas Wade Butterfield was charged Tuesday in Duchesne County with three counts of stalking, one count of unlawful detention and one count of criminal trespass, all misdemeanors. Butterfield, 44, this year became the first chief of Myton’s newly formed police department. “People are innocent until proven guilty,” said Myton Mayor Kathleen Cooper. “At this point, we stand behind our chief, and we’ll defend him until we find out... Myton’s new police chief has been charged with stalking three women. Thomas Wade Butterfield was charged Tuesday in Duchesne County with three counts of stalking, one count of unlawful detention and one count of criminal trespass, all misdemeanors. Butterfield, 44, this year became the first chief of Myton’s newly formed police department. “People are innocent until proven guilty,” said Myton Mayor Kathleen Cooper. “At this point, we stand behind our chief, and we’ll defend him until we find out... 58422110@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:30:42 MDT $500K in damage from Weber Fairgrounds fire http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58423490-78/amp-fire-com-fairgrounds.html.csp A blaze that caused an estimated $500,000 in damage at the Weber County Fairgrounds remains under investigation, though it is believed to have been accidental. Weber Fire District Fire Marshal Brandon Thueson said district and Ogden City Fire Department crews rushed to the fairgrounds, at 1000 N. 1200 West in Ogden, just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. About 15 firefighters were able to douse the flames before midnight and contained the blaze to a storage building that housed a variety of fairgrounds ge... A blaze that caused an estimated $500,000 in damage at the Weber County Fairgrounds remains under investigation, though it is believed to have been accidental. Weber Fire District Fire Marshal Brandon Thueson said district and Ogden City Fire Department crews rushed to the fairgrounds, at 1000 N. 1200 West in Ogden, just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. About 15 firefighters were able to douse the flames before midnight and contained the blaze to a storage building that housed a variety of fairgrounds ge... 58423490@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:26:45 MDT West Valley City mom charged for allegedly stabbing children http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58422593-78/charged-stabbed-charges-galvis.html.csp A West Valley City mother has been charged with attempted murder on allegations she stabbed her two children. In charges filed Tuesday, police wrote that they arrived at the home of Mary Galvis, 47, on Saturday morning to find her 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son bleeding from multiple stab wounds. Galvis’ husband was holding her down on the floor, yelling: “She stabbed my children. She was going to kill them herself,” police wrote. The 10-year-old, identified in charges as C.P.J., had... A West Valley City mother has been charged with attempted murder on allegations she stabbed her two children. In charges filed Tuesday, police wrote that they arrived at the home of Mary Galvis, 47, on Saturday morning to find her 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son bleeding from multiple stab wounds. Galvis’ husband was holding her down on the floor, yelling: “She stabbed my children. She was going to kill them herself,” police wrote. The 10-year-old, identified in charges as C.P.J., had... 58422593@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:18:55 MDT Woman dies of injuries in Park City auto-pedestrian accident http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58424322-78/amp-park-canyons-resort.html.csp A woman reportedly employed as a nanny has died of injuries sustained when she was hit by a pickup truck near Park City’s Canyons Resort earlier this month. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce on Wednesday confirmed the woman, 38-year-old Javier Arlyn Yusi, a citizen of the Philippines, succumbed early Tuesday after being taken off life support at University Hospital in Salt Lake City. She had been in a coma since the Sept. 7 accident. Royce said no charges had yet been filed, as the case remai... A woman reportedly employed as a nanny has died of injuries sustained when she was hit by a pickup truck near Park City’s Canyons Resort earlier this month. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce on Wednesday confirmed the woman, 38-year-old Javier Arlyn Yusi, a citizen of the Philippines, succumbed early Tuesday after being taken off life support at University Hospital in Salt Lake City. She had been in a coma since the Sept. 7 accident. Royce said no charges had yet been filed, as the case remai... 58424322@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:38:15 MDT SLCPD: Angry, guitar-swinging panhandler terrorizes McDonald’s http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58424448-78/guitar-car-woman-lake.html.csp Salt Lake City police say a panhandler, enraged when restaurant drive-through customers rejected his demands for cash, turned his guitar into a weapon — and a ticket to jail. Officers were called to the McDonald’s at 210 W. 500 South just before 7 p.m. Tuesday. They were told that the suspect had snapped, striking a car with his guitar when the occupants refused to give him money. He then allegedly opened the passenger’s side door of the car, pulled a woman out and struck her in the chest befor... Salt Lake City police say a panhandler, enraged when restaurant drive-through customers rejected his demands for cash, turned his guitar into a weapon — and a ticket to jail. Officers were called to the McDonald’s at 210 W. 500 South just before 7 p.m. Tuesday. They were told that the suspect had snapped, striking a car with his guitar when the occupants refused to give him money. He then allegedly opened the passenger’s side door of the car, pulled a woman out and struck her in the chest befor... 58424448@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:38:15 MDT Scammers now ‘spoofing’ police caller I.D. to extort funds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58424224-78/money-slcpd-police-victims.html.csp A persistent telephone con extorting bogus fees or fines under threat of arrest has taken a particularly brazen turn: scammers are “spoofing” the caller I.D. of the Salt Lake City Police Department Dispatch Center. Police Sgt. Robin Heiden says that when targeted victims answer the calls, the connection shows as an SLCPD number, lending purported legitimacy to the scam. Investigation of this new twist on an old con game has the full attention of SLCPD’s Financial Crimes Unit. An unspecified, but... A persistent telephone con extorting bogus fees or fines under threat of arrest has taken a particularly brazen turn: scammers are “spoofing” the caller I.D. of the Salt Lake City Police Department Dispatch Center. Police Sgt. Robin Heiden says that when targeted victims answer the calls, the connection shows as an SLCPD number, lending purported legitimacy to the scam. Investigation of this new twist on an old con game has the full attention of SLCPD’s Financial Crimes Unit. An unspecified, but... 58424224@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:14:48 MDT SLCPD: Charred shell of stripped, stolen car found http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58424111-78/car-charred-police-remims.html.csp Police and arson experts are investigating after the charred shell of a stolen car was found in a west Salt Lake City industrial park. The vehicle had been stripped of parts and then torched about 11 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters quickly doused the blaze near 2300 N. Warm Springs Road (800 West). Police did not release further details, as detectives and fire investigators had just begun processing evidence in their search for suspects. remims@sltrib.com Twitter: @remims Police and arson experts are investigating after the charred shell of a stolen car was found in a west Salt Lake City industrial park. The vehicle had been stripped of parts and then torched about 11 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters quickly doused the blaze near 2300 N. Warm Springs Road (800 West). Police did not release further details, as detectives and fire investigators had just begun processing evidence in their search for suspects. remims@sltrib.com Twitter: @remims 58424111@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:47:02 MDT West Valley City cops seek suspects in Wal-Mart slashing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58420261-78/suspects-valley-victim-west.html.csp West Valley City police are looking for suspects in an attempted parking lot robbery that left a 52-year-old man with a slashed face. WVCPD spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said police were called late Tuesday night by staff at Pioneer Valley Hospital after the man showed up in their emergency room. Investigating officers learned that the victim, who suffered a knife wound to his left jaw, had just finished shopping at the Wal-Mart store, 3180 S. 5600 West, and had gotten into his car when two men ... West Valley City police are looking for suspects in an attempted parking lot robbery that left a 52-year-old man with a slashed face. WVCPD spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said police were called late Tuesday night by staff at Pioneer Valley Hospital after the man showed up in their emergency room. Investigating officers learned that the victim, who suffered a knife wound to his left jaw, had just finished shopping at the Wal-Mart store, 3180 S. 5600 West, and had gotten into his car when two men ... 58420261@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:48:02 MDT Salt Lake City man killed in crash in Hawaii http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58420319-78/amp-hawaii-kohala-north.html.csp Police in Hawaii have identified a man killed in a single-vehicle crash last week as Christopher A. Sprecher, 60, of Salt Lake City. The Hawaii Police Department said Sprecher was driving an SUV on a road in the Kohala Ranch gated subdivision in North Kohala on Sept. 10 when he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the right shoulder and hit a tree. Sprecher was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to police. pmanson@... Police in Hawaii have identified a man killed in a single-vehicle crash last week as Christopher A. Sprecher, 60, of Salt Lake City. The Hawaii Police Department said Sprecher was driving an SUV on a road in the Kohala Ranch gated subdivision in North Kohala on Sept. 10 when he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the right shoulder and hit a tree. Sprecher was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to police. pmanson@... 58420319@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:37:20 MDT Evidence disputed in Saratoga Springs shooting http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58417540-78/police-hunt-shooting-family.html.csp While national attention is now focusing on whether two Saratoga Springs police officers shot and killed a young black man because of his race, the various sides sparred Monday over which version of what happened is supported by emerging evidence. Randall Edwards, attorney for the family of Darrien Hunt, said more witnesses came forward to support the family’s version that the 22-year-old was trying to flee police Wednesday when he was shot in the back. He said no witnesses — nor independent aut... While national attention is now focusing on whether two Saratoga Springs police officers shot and killed a young black man because of his race, the various sides sparred Monday over which version of what happened is supported by emerging evidence. Randall Edwards, attorney for the family of Darrien Hunt, said more witnesses came forward to support the family’s version that the 22-year-old was trying to flee police Wednesday when he was shot in the back. He said no witnesses — nor independent aut... 58417540@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:15:20 MDT Multi-city chase ends with drug arrest in West Valley http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58419851-78/west-chase-officers-police.html.csp West Valley City officers, aided by well-timed tire spike strip deployment and a police dog, brought a prolonged, multi-city high-speed chase to an abrupt end early Tuesday. Public safety dispatchers say that just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, a WVCPD officer was dispatched to check out a suspicious vehicle that had been parked for several hours on a residential street, its lights on and motor running. However, when he approached the vehicle, a possibly stolen Fiat rental, the driver took off. What en... West Valley City officers, aided by well-timed tire spike strip deployment and a police dog, brought a prolonged, multi-city high-speed chase to an abrupt end early Tuesday. Public safety dispatchers say that just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, a WVCPD officer was dispatched to check out a suspicious vehicle that had been parked for several hours on a residential street, its lights on and motor running. However, when he approached the vehicle, a possibly stolen Fiat rental, the driver took off. What en... 58419851@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:05:30 MDT Utah County deputies nab 6, expect more arrests in kidnapping http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58415212-78/girl-cannon-county-debt.html.csp Utah County sheriff’s deputies arrested five adults and a juvenile over the weekend after a teenage girl was allegedly abducted and a man stabbed in a gang-related dispute over a debt. More arrests were anticipated. Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said the investigation was continuing Monday into specifics about the case, which began with a search in the Orem area for the missing girl early Sunday morning. Interviews with several people led to discovery of an abandoned vehicle — in which the girl... Utah County sheriff’s deputies arrested five adults and a juvenile over the weekend after a teenage girl was allegedly abducted and a man stabbed in a gang-related dispute over a debt. More arrests were anticipated. Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said the investigation was continuing Monday into specifics about the case, which began with a search in the Orem area for the missing girl early Sunday morning. Interviews with several people led to discovery of an abandoned vehicle — in which the girl... 58415212@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:34:39 MDT One dead in central Utah coal mine accident http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58419174-78/mine-amp-accident-west.html.csp One worker died early Tuesday in a coal mining accident in central Utah. Gary Broadbent, spokesman for mine operator UtahAmerican Energy Inc., identified the victim as Alejandro Ramirez, 46, of Price. Ramirez worked for the company for six years, Broadbent said. A Carbon County sheriff’s dispatcher said the 911 call reporting the accident arrived at 1:35 a.m. from the West Ridge Mine near the community of East Carbon. Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene. No other miners were hurt. East... One worker died early Tuesday in a coal mining accident in central Utah. Gary Broadbent, spokesman for mine operator UtahAmerican Energy Inc., identified the victim as Alejandro Ramirez, 46, of Price. Ramirez worked for the company for six years, Broadbent said. A Carbon County sheriff’s dispatcher said the 911 call reporting the accident arrived at 1:35 a.m. from the West Ridge Mine near the community of East Carbon. Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene. No other miners were hurt. East... 58419174@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:34:39 MDT Rich County man shoots, kills brother in hunting accident http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58418097-78/brother-county-rich-accident.html.csp A 49-year-old Rich County man was shot to death by his brother in a hunting accident Saturday afternoon. The men, who were not immediately identified, had been stalking antelope near Little Creek Reservoir about 6:30 p.m. when one of the men took a shot at an animal, according to a statement from the Rich County Sheriff’s Office. The shooter didn’t see his brother kneeling or sitting near him. A bullet struck the victim in his head. He died immediately. No charges have been filed in the case, t... A 49-year-old Rich County man was shot to death by his brother in a hunting accident Saturday afternoon. The men, who were not immediately identified, had been stalking antelope near Little Creek Reservoir about 6:30 p.m. when one of the men took a shot at an animal, according to a statement from the Rich County Sheriff’s Office. The shooter didn’t see his brother kneeling or sitting near him. A bullet struck the victim in his head. He died immediately. No charges have been filed in the case, t... 58418097@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:41:47 MDT