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Fairclough was unsure what part of the Masonic building would act as a shelter, but he figures it might have b... Beyond the sphinxes of the Salt Lake Masonic Temple’s stone steps — through the giant wooden doors and amid the hushed halls and secretive sanctuaries — is a fallout shelter. “This building would have come down like a house of cards,” said Larry Fairclough, the Masonic society’s secretary, walking into a high-ceilinged lounge with tall windows that an atomic blast could have shattered. Fairclough was unsure what part of the Masonic building would act as a shelter, but he figures it might have b... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58254138@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:01:03 MDT Trio charged with murder in Price house fire death http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58320076-78/swink-pendleton-charged-degree.html.csp Three people were charged with murder Wednesday in the fiery death of Brian William Swink last month in Price. James William Pendleton, 39, Michael John Dees, 38, and Ashley Ann Platt, 19, are accused of beating 32-year-old Swink and locking him in the basement of a drug house in Price on July 29. The house subsequently caught fire, and Swink, of Helper, died from smoke inhalation, an autopsy determined. The three suspects were charged with one count each of first-degree felony murder, first-de... Three people were charged with murder Wednesday in the fiery death of Brian William Swink last month in Price. James William Pendleton, 39, Michael John Dees, 38, and Ashley Ann Platt, 19, are accused of beating 32-year-old Swink and locking him in the basement of a drug house in Price on July 29. The house subsequently caught fire, and Swink, of Helper, died from smoke inhalation, an autopsy determined. The three suspects were charged with one count each of first-degree felony murder, first-de... 58320076@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:07:14 MDT Rally protests police use of deadly force in Utah, Missouri http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58317040-78/taylor-police-lake-salt.html.csp Protesters who rallied Wednesday night against police use of force in Utah and Ferguson, Mo., demanded more transparency from investigators who are reviewing last week’s fatal shooting of 20-year-old Dillon Taylor in South Salt Lake. “There’s two sides to every story, but they know they can’t get a story out of a dead person,” said Taylor’s aunt Gina Thayne, who joined about 80 protesters at the federal building on State Street at 100 South. The group hopes to see clear answers as to what led ... Protesters who rallied Wednesday night against police use of force in Utah and Ferguson, Mo., demanded more transparency from investigators who are reviewing last week’s fatal shooting of 20-year-old Dillon Taylor in South Salt Lake. “There’s two sides to every story, but they know they can’t get a story out of a dead person,” said Taylor’s aunt Gina Thayne, who joined about 80 protesters at the federal building on State Street at 100 South. The group hopes to see clear answers as to what led ... 58317040@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:06:52 MDT Suspect in Utah Target sex assault turns himself in http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58318843-78/police-target-store-suspect.html.csp Sandy police have arrested a man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a girl at a Target store earlier this month. The victim was shopping with a friend about 4 p.m. Aug. 7 at Target, 10130 S. State St., when the man approached her, police have said. He allegedly spoke briefly to her and then assaulted her inside the store. Police received several tips after media posted photos of the suspect. A 47-year-old man turned himself in to police Wednesday after learning they were looking for him, office... Sandy police have arrested a man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a girl at a Target store earlier this month. The victim was shopping with a friend about 4 p.m. Aug. 7 at Target, 10130 S. State St., when the man approached her, police have said. He allegedly spoke briefly to her and then assaulted her inside the store. Police received several tips after media posted photos of the suspect. A 47-year-old man turned himself in to police Wednesday after learning they were looking for him, office... 58318843@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:22:48 MDT Ogden motorcyclist critical, hit-and-run driver sought http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58317197-78/motorcyclist-critical-condition-driver.html.csp Ogden police on Wednesday asked for the public’s help in locating a hit-and-run driver who left a motorcyclist in critical condition. Police Lt. Tim Scott said no arrests had been made or suspects identified in the 10 p.m. Tuesday incident at 1000 N. Washington Blvd., where a northbound vehicle described only as a white hatchback car struck the motorcyclist and drove away. The unidentified motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday. Anyone w... Ogden police on Wednesday asked for the public’s help in locating a hit-and-run driver who left a motorcyclist in critical condition. Police Lt. Tim Scott said no arrests had been made or suspects identified in the 10 p.m. Tuesday incident at 1000 N. Washington Blvd., where a northbound vehicle described only as a white hatchback car struck the motorcyclist and drove away. The unidentified motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday. Anyone w... 58317197@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:43:25 MDT After week on the lam, fugitive Utah felon treed, arrested http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58317721-78/stout-officers-police-car.html.csp West Valley City police say the luck of a fugitive felon on the run for the past week ran out when he, literally, was chased up a tree. WVCPD spokeswoman Roxanne Vainuku said that 26-year-old Jason Val Stout, a career criminal sought on numerous felony warrants, was traced by detectives to a home in Woods Cross Tuesday night. Stout, inside a car parked in the residence’s driveway, sped away when approached by officers from the Unified Police Department’s Metro Gang Unit. “He took off, ramming in... West Valley City police say the luck of a fugitive felon on the run for the past week ran out when he, literally, was chased up a tree. WVCPD spokeswoman Roxanne Vainuku said that 26-year-old Jason Val Stout, a career criminal sought on numerous felony warrants, was traced by detectives to a home in Woods Cross Tuesday night. Stout, inside a car parked in the residence’s driveway, sped away when approached by officers from the Unified Police Department’s Metro Gang Unit. “He took off, ramming in... 58317721@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:43:25 MDT Driver who killed bicycling Utah judge quietly pleaded guilty http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58317868-78/quinn-bertelson-case-gill.html.csp After a New Mexico man ended up pleading guilty to a misdemeanor in the traffic death of 3rd District Judge Anthony Quinn, the Salt Lake County district attorney says legislators may consider changing the law so the punishment better matches the crime. David E. Bertelson, 79, of Albuquerque, quietly pleaded guilty May 27 in connection with Quinn’s 2013 death in Mill Creek Canyon. Bertelson is now halfway through his six months’ probation sentence. Bertelson pleaded guilty to a class B misdemean... After a New Mexico man ended up pleading guilty to a misdemeanor in the traffic death of 3rd District Judge Anthony Quinn, the Salt Lake County district attorney says legislators may consider changing the law so the punishment better matches the crime. David E. Bertelson, 79, of Albuquerque, quietly pleaded guilty May 27 in connection with Quinn’s 2013 death in Mill Creek Canyon. Bertelson is now halfway through his six months’ probation sentence. Bertelson pleaded guilty to a class B misdemean... 58317868@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:43:25 MDT Video: Two sought in West Valley City 7-Eleven holdup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58317253-78/suspects-west-6400-blue.html.csp West Valley City police are looking for two armed robbery suspects who burst into a 7-Eleven store late Tuesday night, grabbed cash and fled in a pickup truck. WVCPD spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said the suspects entered the store at 6400 W. 4100 South about 10:20 p.m. One of them pulled out a handgun and as the clerk and three customers backed away, he and his partner emptied the cash register. “The men were seen jumping into the back of a late 80s to early 90s extended cab Ford pickup, colored... West Valley City police are looking for two armed robbery suspects who burst into a 7-Eleven store late Tuesday night, grabbed cash and fled in a pickup truck. WVCPD spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said the suspects entered the store at 6400 W. 4100 South about 10:20 p.m. One of them pulled out a handgun and as the clerk and three customers backed away, he and his partner emptied the cash register. “The men were seen jumping into the back of a late 80s to early 90s extended cab Ford pickup, colored... 58317253@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:41:10 MDT Brush fire sparks near Weber Canyon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58317584-78/fire-weber-canyon-homes.html.csp A brush fire that threatened two homes near the mouth of Weber Canyon appears to be under control. Firefighters from five agencies, along with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the fire about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. The fire was burning near where homes at the mouth of the canyon “meet nature,” said Weber County Fire Marshal Brandon Thueson, so firefighters deployed a lot of resources to protect the homes “right off the bat.” The firefighters were able to protect the homes while they... A brush fire that threatened two homes near the mouth of Weber Canyon appears to be under control. Firefighters from five agencies, along with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the fire about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. The fire was burning near where homes at the mouth of the canyon “meet nature,” said Weber County Fire Marshal Brandon Thueson, so firefighters deployed a lot of resources to protect the homes “right off the bat.” The firefighters were able to protect the homes while they... 58317584@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:40:01 MDT Scouts make it out of Utah hills on own, after major rescue effort launched http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58317051-78/rescue-effort-search-smithfield.html.csp A group of Boy Scouts made it safely out of the rugged hills east of Smithfield just hours after triggering a major search and rescue effort. Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Doyle Peck confirmed Wednesday that search and rescue crews, along with a helicopter, were dispatched to the Flat Top area late Tuesday afternoon after receiving a 911 call at 4 p.m. Dispatchers were told that a 13-year-old scout had fallen onto a ledge and was trapped and hurt, about 3 miles east of Smithfield. “Initial reports ... A group of Boy Scouts made it safely out of the rugged hills east of Smithfield just hours after triggering a major search and rescue effort. Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Doyle Peck confirmed Wednesday that search and rescue crews, along with a helicopter, were dispatched to the Flat Top area late Tuesday afternoon after receiving a 911 call at 4 p.m. Dispatchers were told that a 13-year-old scout had fallen onto a ledge and was trapped and hurt, about 3 miles east of Smithfield. “Initial reports ... 58317051@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:15:07 MDT Report shows Utah Dickey’s had problem with food labels http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58313061-78/dickey-health-tea-critical.html.csp During a routine inspection Jan. 21, the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in South Jordan — where a woman last week was seriously injured by drinking chemical-laced tea — was cited for seven health code violations, including one “non-critical” issue that involved a food container that was not properly labeled. “Food containers are not labeled with the common name of the food,” reads the 7-month-old inspection report on the Salt Lake County Health Department website. The record did not list what ingredien... During a routine inspection Jan. 21, the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in South Jordan — where a woman last week was seriously injured by drinking chemical-laced tea — was cited for seven health code violations, including one “non-critical” issue that involved a food container that was not properly labeled. “Food containers are not labeled with the common name of the food,” reads the 7-month-old inspection report on the Salt Lake County Health Department website. The record did not list what ingredien... 58313061@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:03:05 MDT FBI head says agents followed the facts in Swallow-Shurtleff probe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58314357-78/fbi-comey-investigation-department.html.csp The director of the FBI didn’t shine any light Tuesday on the federal law enforcement split over the investigation of the two former Utah attorneys general who face criminal charges in state court. FBI Director James Comey, during a visit to Salt Lake City, declined to answer a question on why the FBI had remained part of the investigation while the Department of Justice bowed out in September 2013, less than a year after jumping in. The Justice Department withdrawal left agents and local prose... The director of the FBI didn’t shine any light Tuesday on the federal law enforcement split over the investigation of the two former Utah attorneys general who face criminal charges in state court. FBI Director James Comey, during a visit to Salt Lake City, declined to answer a question on why the FBI had remained part of the investigation while the Department of Justice bowed out in September 2013, less than a year after jumping in. The Justice Department withdrawal left agents and local prose... 58314357@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:58:33 MDT Utah officer who shot Dillon Taylor was wearing a body camera http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58313255-78/burbank-police-taylor-officer.html.csp The Salt Lake City police officer who shot 20-year-old Dillon Taylor outside a convenience store last week was wearing a body camera. And that footage will be released to the public upon the completion of the investigation. “You will see on camera ... the actions of everyone involved, including up to the point where our officer utilizes deadly force and his response thereafter,” Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank told reporters during a question-and-answer session Tuesday at police headq... The Salt Lake City police officer who shot 20-year-old Dillon Taylor outside a convenience store last week was wearing a body camera. And that footage will be released to the public upon the completion of the investigation. “You will see on camera ... the actions of everyone involved, including up to the point where our officer utilizes deadly force and his response thereafter,” Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank told reporters during a question-and-answer session Tuesday at police headq... 58313255@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:35:23 MDT 30-year-journey: Mom wants lost son’s remains from Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58271918-78/lee-beeler-kathy-mary.html.csp Mary Hagadus is eager for her son’s remains to be returned to her in Michigan by the end of the month. In September, Mary is scheduled to undergo radiation treatment for breast cancer, and she wants to have the memorial service before then. The service will be down by the Flat River, which winds southward like a wet snake through Belding, Mich. As a boy, Mary’s son Lee used to fish the Flat for smallmouth bass and rainbow trout, using nothing but string and a safety pin. “He’d catch fish no mat... Mary Hagadus is eager for her son’s remains to be returned to her in Michigan by the end of the month. In September, Mary is scheduled to undergo radiation treatment for breast cancer, and she wants to have the memorial service before then. The service will be down by the Flat River, which winds southward like a wet snake through Belding, Mich. As a boy, Mary’s son Lee used to fish the Flat for smallmouth bass and rainbow trout, using nothing but string and a safety pin. “He’d catch fish no mat... 58271918@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:22:18 MDT Salt Lake City fire mystery: What ignited $20,000 blaze? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58313400-78/fire-lake-salt-20000.html.csp Salt Lake City fire investigators had a mystery in their hands Tuesday: What caused a portion of an under-construction apartment complex to ignite? Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay said the 4:37 a.m. blaze, spotted first by a passing police officer, caused about $20,000 in damage before being doused at 5 a.m. “It was suspicious because where the fire occurred there was no power going into the building and no heaters were there, as we sometimes see in apartment buildings under construction,” ... Salt Lake City fire investigators had a mystery in their hands Tuesday: What caused a portion of an under-construction apartment complex to ignite? Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay said the 4:37 a.m. blaze, spotted first by a passing police officer, caused about $20,000 in damage before being doused at 5 a.m. “It was suspicious because where the fire occurred there was no power going into the building and no heaters were there, as we sometimes see in apartment buildings under construction,” ... 58313400@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:26:44 MDT UHP: California man identified as I-84 fatal crash victim http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58312761-78/arzaga-crash-minivan-california.html.csp The Utah Highway Patrol has identified a California man who died Monday in a crash on Interstate 84 near Snowville. Troopers say Albert Arzaga, 54, of Chula Vista, Calif., was a passenger in a 2013 Chrysler minivan that rolled at 6:16 p.m. Monday. The UHP said Tuesday that Arzaga was ejected as the vehicle first went off the westbound shoulder, overcorrected, spun sideways across both lanes and then rolled off the shoulder and landed on its roof. Arzaga was pronounced dead at the scene of the ... The Utah Highway Patrol has identified a California man who died Monday in a crash on Interstate 84 near Snowville. Troopers say Albert Arzaga, 54, of Chula Vista, Calif., was a passenger in a 2013 Chrysler minivan that rolled at 6:16 p.m. Monday. The UHP said Tuesday that Arzaga was ejected as the vehicle first went off the westbound shoulder, overcorrected, spun sideways across both lanes and then rolled off the shoulder and landed on its roof. Arzaga was pronounced dead at the scene of the ... 58312761@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:39:29 MDT Utah protesters demand justice for Dillon Taylor, others killed by police http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58304981-78/police-taylor-lake-salt.html.csp Protesters lined the sidewalk across the street from Salt Lake City police headquarters Monday afternoon to express their outrage at a spate of recent police shootings of unarmed people. Among the demonstrators were friends of Dillon Taylor, the 20-year-old man who was shot dead by Salt Lake City police outside a 7-Eleven last Monday. Police were responding to a report of a man with a gun, but Taylor’s supporters say he was unarmed. “It didn’t make sense to me when I first heard everything, and... Protesters lined the sidewalk across the street from Salt Lake City police headquarters Monday afternoon to express their outrage at a spate of recent police shootings of unarmed people. Among the demonstrators were friends of Dillon Taylor, the 20-year-old man who was shot dead by Salt Lake City police outside a 7-Eleven last Monday. Police were responding to a report of a man with a gun, but Taylor’s supporters say he was unarmed. “It didn’t make sense to me when I first heard everything, and... 58304981@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:32:11 MDT Duchesne sheriff identifies man who died in fall from Jeep roof http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58312084-78/langley-roof-argyle-died.html.csp An eastern Utah man who died after falling from the roof of a moving vehicle has been identified as 24-year-old Anton Langley of Myton. The Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday that Langley was pronounced dead on Saturday, shortly after he apparently crawled out a backseat window and onto the roof of a Jeep Cherokee being driven by Braxton Argyle, 28, of Vernal. Argyle told deputies when he saw Langley fall, about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, he stopped near the intersection of 8000 S. 299... An eastern Utah man who died after falling from the roof of a moving vehicle has been identified as 24-year-old Anton Langley of Myton. The Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday that Langley was pronounced dead on Saturday, shortly after he apparently crawled out a backseat window and onto the roof of a Jeep Cherokee being driven by Braxton Argyle, 28, of Vernal. Argyle told deputies when he saw Langley fall, about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, he stopped near the intersection of 8000 S. 299... 58312084@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:07:33 MDT Bomb threat, ransom demand cancel first day for Utah school http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58312166-78/threat-bomb-jackson-saratoga.html.csp A bomb threat, accompanied by a $10 million cash ransom demand, canceled classes Tuesday on what was supposed to be the first day of the new school year for West Lake High School in Saratoga Springs. A caller at about 2:55 a.m. claimed that multiple bombs had been planted at the school, at 99 N. Thunder Blvd. (200 West) and threatened “an armed response” if his ransom was not paid, said Saratoga Springs police spokesman Owen Jackson. “Law enforcement and school and school district officials fel... A bomb threat, accompanied by a $10 million cash ransom demand, canceled classes Tuesday on what was supposed to be the first day of the new school year for West Lake High School in Saratoga Springs. A caller at about 2:55 a.m. claimed that multiple bombs had been planted at the school, at 99 N. Thunder Blvd. (200 West) and threatened “an armed response” if his ransom was not paid, said Saratoga Springs police spokesman Owen Jackson. “Law enforcement and school and school district officials fel... 58312166@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:07:21 MDT ‘Cat burglar’ nabbed in South Jordan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58310482-78/jordan-south-cat-garages.html.csp A man who South Jordan police say committed nearly a dozen burglaries since June was arrested at his home Monday morning. The 32-year-old South Jordan man allegedly stole computers, credit cards and purses from cars and garages in the Daybreak neighborhood. The man was discovered on multiple occasions by South Jordan residents but managed to escape from their garages by telling them he was searching for his cat. “We had all these unusual calls from homeowners about a person in their garages loo... A man who South Jordan police say committed nearly a dozen burglaries since June was arrested at his home Monday morning. The 32-year-old South Jordan man allegedly stole computers, credit cards and purses from cars and garages in the Daybreak neighborhood. The man was discovered on multiple occasions by South Jordan residents but managed to escape from their garages by telling them he was searching for his cat. “We had all these unusual calls from homeowners about a person in their garages loo... 58310482@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:55:02 MDT