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A tr... A Mormon missionary from West Jordan is on life support following an Oklahoma accident. Nancy Ann Vea, 19, was “critically injured [Friday] in an automobile accident,” said Jessica Moody, spokesperson for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a statement. A van that Vea was a passenger in was traveling south on the Muskogee Turnpike in Wagoner County when the driver tried to make a U-turn using the barricade turnaround about 8:30 a.m., according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. A tr... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58326959@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:22:56 MDT Rock slide causes six accidents in Sardine Canyon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58327642-78/canyon-com-twitter-boulders.html.csp Two boulders about the size of sedans came crashing down the Sardine Canyon mountainside, causing six crashes and shutting down the highway. As heavy rain came down Friday evening, the boulders rolled onto U.S. Highway 89/91 about 9:50 p.m., said Utah Highway Patrl Sgt. Mary Kaye Lucas. The boulders landed between mile markers 4 and 5, just west of Mantua on the Box Elder County side of the canyon. The rock slide led to six accidents, three of which caused minor injuries, Lucas said. One boulder... Two boulders about the size of sedans came crashing down the Sardine Canyon mountainside, causing six crashes and shutting down the highway. As heavy rain came down Friday evening, the boulders rolled onto U.S. Highway 89/91 about 9:50 p.m., said Utah Highway Patrl Sgt. Mary Kaye Lucas. The boulders landed between mile markers 4 and 5, just west of Mantua on the Box Elder County side of the canyon. The rock slide led to six accidents, three of which caused minor injuries, Lucas said. One boulder... 58327642@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:22:56 MDT Utah County man who shot wife convicted of first-degree murder http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58325234-78/scott-wife-tracy-jury.html.csp Provo • There’s no question that on March 23 of last year, Scott fired his gun three times and killed his wife. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys told a jury he did. Scott himself took the witness stand during his week-long trial and detailed how he “snapped” and shot 45-year-old Teresa Scott. The question before a 4th District jury: Was Tracy Scott under “extreme emotional distress?” The six-man, two-woman jury wrestled with the question for nearly eights of deliberation before finding Sc... Provo • There’s no question that on March 23 of last year, Scott fired his gun three times and killed his wife. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys told a jury he did. Scott himself took the witness stand during his week-long trial and detailed how he “snapped” and shot 45-year-old Teresa Scott. The question before a 4th District jury: Was Tracy Scott under “extreme emotional distress?” The six-man, two-woman jury wrestled with the question for nearly eights of deliberation before finding Sc... 58325234@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:31:14 MDT Some Utahns with home loans may be eligible for payments http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58322707-78/loans-eligible-settlement-utahns.html.csp Utah homeowners who had home loans through Bank of America or Countrywide Financial may be eligible for compensation as part of a settlement announced Thursday by federal agencies. Utahns with loans that were not part of a 2012 settlement and who had federally backed loans may be eligible for balance reductions or new loans for the low-income, said Wade Farraway, an assistant Utah attorney general. For Utahns with loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, “th... Utah homeowners who had home loans through Bank of America or Countrywide Financial may be eligible for compensation as part of a settlement announced Thursday by federal agencies. Utahns with loans that were not part of a 2012 settlement and who had federally backed loans may be eligible for balance reductions or new loans for the low-income, said Wade Farraway, an assistant Utah attorney general. For Utahns with loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, “th... 58322707@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:32:25 MDT Brookside man sentenced in crash that killed teen http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58326428-78/bike-dirt-killed-atv.html.csp A 27-year-old Washington County man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail on a misdemeanor stemming from an ATV-dirt bike crash that killed a teenager. Mackay Thomas Stephens, of Brookside, who originally was charged with a third-degree felony count of automobile homicide while driving under the influence, pleaded guilty to a DUI-related class A misdemeanor as part of a plea bargain. The sentence was imposed Thursday by 5th District Judge Eric Ludlow in St. George. According to the Utah Highway... A 27-year-old Washington County man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail on a misdemeanor stemming from an ATV-dirt bike crash that killed a teenager. Mackay Thomas Stephens, of Brookside, who originally was charged with a third-degree felony count of automobile homicide while driving under the influence, pleaded guilty to a DUI-related class A misdemeanor as part of a plea bargain. The sentence was imposed Thursday by 5th District Judge Eric Ludlow in St. George. According to the Utah Highway... 58326428@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:56:12 MDT Utah man found guilty of killing acquaintance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58325332-78/saenz-olsen-uintah-according.html.csp Following a week-long trial, a Uintah County man was convicted by a jury Friday of murdering an acquaintance last year. Jesse Anthony Saenz, 24, was charged in 8th District Court with murder, a first-degree felony, for the April 2013 shooting death of 22-year-old Elvis Zachary Olsen. Saenz also was charged with theft and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, both second-degree felonies. An 8th District Court jury deliberated for less than three hours before finding Saenz gui... Following a week-long trial, a Uintah County man was convicted by a jury Friday of murdering an acquaintance last year. Jesse Anthony Saenz, 24, was charged in 8th District Court with murder, a first-degree felony, for the April 2013 shooting death of 22-year-old Elvis Zachary Olsen. Saenz also was charged with theft and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, both second-degree felonies. An 8th District Court jury deliberated for less than three hours before finding Saenz gui... 58325332@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:50:32 MDT Utah SWAT negotiating with man barricaded in house http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58326498-78/swat-hoyal-police-custody.html.csp A man who barricaded himself in a Magna home is now in custody after a stand-off with SWAT team members Friday afternoon. The 30-year-old man has eight outstanding arrest warrants for misdemeanors and felonies stemming from drug and weapons possessions, obstructing justice and resisting arrest, said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal. A police officer tried to arrest the man about 2:30 p.m. at his home at 2778 S. Cyprus Grove Circle; but the man raced into his house, leaving his 8-year-old son in... A man who barricaded himself in a Magna home is now in custody after a stand-off with SWAT team members Friday afternoon. The 30-year-old man has eight outstanding arrest warrants for misdemeanors and felonies stemming from drug and weapons possessions, obstructing justice and resisting arrest, said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal. A police officer tried to arrest the man about 2:30 p.m. at his home at 2778 S. Cyprus Grove Circle; but the man raced into his house, leaving his 8-year-old son in... 58326498@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:19:21 MDT Attorney requests mental evaluation for Utah teen charged with murder http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58326106-78/teen-court-canfield-according.html.csp An attorney for a Toquerville teen charged as an adult in the death of a neighbor woman has asked a judge to order a competency review for the teen. Joshua David Canfield, 18, is accused of shooting and killing 58-year-old Geraldine Bommarito on March 18 or 19. Canfield appeared in 5th District Court on Thursday, where defense attorney Aric Cramer asked for an evaluation to determine whether his client is competent to stand trial. According to a motion filed in court, Cramer said this request w... An attorney for a Toquerville teen charged as an adult in the death of a neighbor woman has asked a judge to order a competency review for the teen. Joshua David Canfield, 18, is accused of shooting and killing 58-year-old Geraldine Bommarito on March 18 or 19. Canfield appeared in 5th District Court on Thursday, where defense attorney Aric Cramer asked for an evaluation to determine whether his client is competent to stand trial. According to a motion filed in court, Cramer said this request w... 58326106@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:05:50 MDT Crews rush to 2-alarm food warehouse fire in SW Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58325748-78/alarm-fire-lake-salt.html.csp Firefighters rushed to the scene of a two-alarm blaze early Friday afternoon in southwest Salt Lake City. No injuries were reported. Damage, initially feared heavy, turned out to be minor for the Reser’s Fine Foods Inc. warehouse at 1811 W. 1700 South. By 12:20 p.m., the flames was contained to a section of sub-roofing space and had been doused. Additional crews dispatched by the second, precautionary alarm were released. Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay said the cause of the... Firefighters rushed to the scene of a two-alarm blaze early Friday afternoon in southwest Salt Lake City. No injuries were reported. Damage, initially feared heavy, turned out to be minor for the Reser’s Fine Foods Inc. warehouse at 1811 W. 1700 South. By 12:20 p.m., the flames was contained to a section of sub-roofing space and had been doused. Additional crews dispatched by the second, precautionary alarm were released. Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay said the cause of the... 58325748@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:09:16 MDT Ex-student arrested for bomb threats at Utah County high school http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58324820-78/police-threats-schauerhamer-westlake.html.csp A former student has been arrested on felony charges for allegedly making technologically “sophisticated” bomb threats that canceled the first day of classes at a Saratoga Springs high school earlier this week. Authorities also are checking to see if the 16-year-old boy made other threats nationwide. Saratoga Springs police Cpl. Matt Schauerhamer said the teenager was taken into custody at his home — located within a mile of the targeted Westlake High — at about 5 p.m. Thursday. The arrest, at ... A former student has been arrested on felony charges for allegedly making technologically “sophisticated” bomb threats that canceled the first day of classes at a Saratoga Springs high school earlier this week. Authorities also are checking to see if the 16-year-old boy made other threats nationwide. Saratoga Springs police Cpl. Matt Schauerhamer said the teenager was taken into custody at his home — located within a mile of the targeted Westlake High — at about 5 p.m. Thursday. The arrest, at ... 58324820@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:20:39 MDT Salt Lake City kidnapping foiled when would-be abductor pulled up behind cop car http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58325281-78/suspect-car-police-victim.html.csp For an alleged kidnapping victim, freedom came when he and his would-be abductor happened upon a Salt Lake City police car. About 12:35 a.m. Friday, the officers had just made a traffic stop on another vehicle near 400 South and 200 West when the victim drove up behind the police cruiser. That is when driver jumped out from behind the wheel and ran up to the officers, stating he was being kidnapped by his male passenger. The officers quickly handcuffed the 34-year-old suspect, still in the car,... For an alleged kidnapping victim, freedom came when he and his would-be abductor happened upon a Salt Lake City police car. About 12:35 a.m. Friday, the officers had just made a traffic stop on another vehicle near 400 South and 200 West when the victim drove up behind the police cruiser. That is when driver jumped out from behind the wheel and ran up to the officers, stating he was being kidnapped by his male passenger. The officers quickly handcuffed the 34-year-old suspect, still in the car,... 58325281@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:36:01 MDT Utah woman sentenced to prison in death of baby sitter http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58318999-78/millerberg-dea-alexis-eric.html.csp Ogden • Nearly three years after she helped hide the body of her teenage baby sitter, Dea Millerberg stood before the girl’s mother in court and apologized. “I just want to say that I am appalled and disgusted by what I’ve done,” a weeping Millerberg said Thursday. “I’ve hurt your family in a way I can’t fix. … I hope one day, you’ll be able to forgive me.” Though Millerberg was remorseful for her role after Alexis Rasmussen, 16, died of an apparent drug overdose in September 2011, and had coope... Ogden • Nearly three years after she helped hide the body of her teenage baby sitter, Dea Millerberg stood before the girl’s mother in court and apologized. “I just want to say that I am appalled and disgusted by what I’ve done,” a weeping Millerberg said Thursday. “I’ve hurt your family in a way I can’t fix. … I hope one day, you’ll be able to forgive me.” Though Millerberg was remorseful for her role after Alexis Rasmussen, 16, died of an apparent drug overdose in September 2011, and had coope... 58318999@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:29:43 MDT Family says Utah man killed after stepping in front of semi was suicidal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58321253-78/semi-front-killed-relatives.html.csp Relatives of a 23-year-old man who was instantly killed after stepping in front of a semi-trailer rig exiting Interstate 15 late Wednesday near Clearfield have told investigators he was suicidal, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. In addition, the relatives said the man, who lived in the area, was suffering from a severe mental illness, the UHP said in a news release. UHP said the man was walking on the ramp heading north to 700 South when the big rig struck him about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Init... Relatives of a 23-year-old man who was instantly killed after stepping in front of a semi-trailer rig exiting Interstate 15 late Wednesday near Clearfield have told investigators he was suicidal, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. In addition, the relatives said the man, who lived in the area, was suffering from a severe mental illness, the UHP said in a news release. UHP said the man was walking on the ramp heading north to 700 South when the big rig struck him about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Init... 58321253@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:29:43 MDT Suspect arrested in Saratoga Springs high school bomb threat http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58324138-78/bomb-suspect-threat-arrested.html.csp The FBI and Saratoga Springs police have arrested a suspect in a bomb threat that led to the cancellation of classes on Tuesday at Westlake High School. The law enforcement agencies served a search warrant at a home in the city Thursday evening and arrested the suspect there, according to police spokesman Owen Jackson. No details about the suspect were released Thursday night. More information is expected to be released Friday. The bomb threat, made on what was supposed to be the first day of c... The FBI and Saratoga Springs police have arrested a suspect in a bomb threat that led to the cancellation of classes on Tuesday at Westlake High School. The law enforcement agencies served a search warrant at a home in the city Thursday evening and arrested the suspect there, according to police spokesman Owen Jackson. No details about the suspect were released Thursday night. More information is expected to be released Friday. The bomb threat, made on what was supposed to be the first day of c... 58324138@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:39:26 MDT Tips lead to arrest of ‘Public Enemy Number One’ in Ogden http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58323985-78/public-sanford-enemy-gang.html.csp Hours after the Unified Police Department’s Metro Gang Unit announced Thursday that it had named Charley Louis Sanford its “Public Enemy Number One,” he was arrested in Ogden. Sgt. Paul Barker said numerous tips from the public led to the capture of Sanford, who was taken to the Weber County Jail. Sanford — described as a member of a violent prison gang with prior arrests for assault, robbery and drug violations — was listed as an escapee from a federal halfway house, according to a news relea... Hours after the Unified Police Department’s Metro Gang Unit announced Thursday that it had named Charley Louis Sanford its “Public Enemy Number One,” he was arrested in Ogden. Sgt. Paul Barker said numerous tips from the public led to the capture of Sanford, who was taken to the Weber County Jail. Sanford — described as a member of a violent prison gang with prior arrests for assault, robbery and drug violations — was listed as an escapee from a federal halfway house, according to a news relea... 58323985@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:37:24 MDT Utah woman expected to survive poison tea episode http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58321516-78/jim-jan-tea-harding.html.csp Jan Harding’s life no longer is threatened by burns caused by a cleaning chemical mixed into her iced tea. But late at night, her mind slips back to the caustic drink she took Aug. 10 at a South Jordan barbecue joint. “Her memory is taking that sip and her mouth and her throat being on fire,” her husband, Jim Harding, said at a news conference Thursday. “When she goes to sleep at night, that’s the thing that her mind surfaces.” For the first time since Jan Harding swallowed the lye solution in ... Jan Harding’s life no longer is threatened by burns caused by a cleaning chemical mixed into her iced tea. But late at night, her mind slips back to the caustic drink she took Aug. 10 at a South Jordan barbecue joint. “Her memory is taking that sip and her mouth and her throat being on fire,” her husband, Jim Harding, said at a news conference Thursday. “When she goes to sleep at night, that’s the thing that her mind surfaces.” For the first time since Jan Harding swallowed the lye solution in ... 58321516@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:18:45 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 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:17:40 MDT Teen sons testify against dad in Utah murder trial http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58322104-78/scott-tracy-testified-dad.html.csp Provo • Two teenage boys took the witness stand Thursday to testify against their father, who is on trial for killing their mother a year-and-a-half ago at their Salem home. Tracy A. Scott, 48, is charged in 4th District Court with first-degree felony murder for fatally shooting 45-year-old Teresa Scott on March 23, 2013. Both boys testified their parents had a rocky relationship. Both said they feared their mother was dead when they heard from a neighbor there had been a shooting. And both sa... Provo • Two teenage boys took the witness stand Thursday to testify against their father, who is on trial for killing their mother a year-and-a-half ago at their Salem home. Tracy A. Scott, 48, is charged in 4th District Court with first-degree felony murder for fatally shooting 45-year-old Teresa Scott on March 23, 2013. Both boys testified their parents had a rocky relationship. Both said they feared their mother was dead when they heard from a neighbor there had been a shooting. And both sa... 58322104@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:58:15 MDT Utah officers put dent in heroin distribution http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58321511-78/heroin-gill-lake-salt.html.csp Utah officers have seized 31 pounds of heroin in Salt Lake County since April, putting a dent in the rising tide. The Metro Narcotics Task Force, made up of officers from nine local agencies, announced their success against the Mexican cartel-supported enterprise Thursday, including the arrests of 21 people, with more on the way. To give a scope of the victory, Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank pointed to a chart explaining how it would have taken street-level busts a quarter century t... Utah officers have seized 31 pounds of heroin in Salt Lake County since April, putting a dent in the rising tide. The Metro Narcotics Task Force, made up of officers from nine local agencies, announced their success against the Mexican cartel-supported enterprise Thursday, including the arrests of 21 people, with more on the way. To give a scope of the victory, Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank pointed to a chart explaining how it would have taken street-level busts a quarter century t... 58321511@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:37:06 MDT Woman in serious condition after 3-vehicle crash in St. George http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58322097-78/george-mitsubishi-vehicle-woman.html.csp A woman was in serious condition Thursday, the day after she allegedly triggered a three-vehicle accident in St. George. The 9:15 a.m. Wednesday accident occurred when the woman’s southbound blue Mitsubishi SUV swerved into the northbound lane of Dixie Drive near Parkside Circle. St. George police Sgt. Sam Despain said the vehicle then sideswiped an oncoming red Mazda SUV before crashing head-on into a red Hyundai Sonata. While the driver of the Mitsubishi, who regained consciousness at the cras... A woman was in serious condition Thursday, the day after she allegedly triggered a three-vehicle accident in St. George. The 9:15 a.m. Wednesday accident occurred when the woman’s southbound blue Mitsubishi SUV swerved into the northbound lane of Dixie Drive near Parkside Circle. St. George police Sgt. Sam Despain said the vehicle then sideswiped an oncoming red Mazda SUV before crashing head-on into a red Hyundai Sonata. While the driver of the Mitsubishi, who regained consciousness at the cras... 58322097@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:24:02 MDT