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But on Tuesday, she was ordered to stand trial for allegedly lying to investigators about what happened on the morning of Sept. 1, 2013 — when Timothy Troy Walker killed... West Jordan • She was shot by her boyfriend in a apparent homicide-suicide attempt that left a Draper police officer dead, a bullet lodged in her abdomen and police officers guarding her bedside, but, prosecutors said Tuesday, Traci Lee Vaillancourt still lied to protect the man who shot her. She was, by all accounts, a victim. But on Tuesday, she was ordered to stand trial for allegedly lying to investigators about what happened on the morning of Sept. 1, 2013 — when Timothy Troy Walker killed... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58472337@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:54:10 MDT Lawsuit: Utah pizza worker with Down Syndrome illegally fired http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58474069-78/bonn-job-lawsuit-coach.html.csp A federal agency that polices workplace discrimination is suing a Papa John’s franchise company over allegations it illegally fired a worker in the Farmington restaurant because he has Down Syndrome. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing the companies that own and operate the store for alleged violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Civil Rights Act. Scott Bonn, who has Down Syndrome, began working at the Farmington restaurant in September of 2011 folding boxes,... A federal agency that polices workplace discrimination is suing a Papa John’s franchise company over allegations it illegally fired a worker in the Farmington restaurant because he has Down Syndrome. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing the companies that own and operate the store for alleged violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Civil Rights Act. Scott Bonn, who has Down Syndrome, began working at the Farmington restaurant in September of 2011 folding boxes,... 58474069@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:00:07 MDT DA says Dillon Taylor officer-involved killing was justified http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58472404-78/taylor-cruz-hands-gill.html.csp Dillon Taylor was not armed when a Salt Lake City police officer shot him to death outside a convenience store. But in that moment on Aug. 11, Officer Bron Cruz had good reason to think Taylor was pulling a gun out of his pants, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill ruled on Tuesday. Taylor, 20, and the two men he was with matched the descriptions of a 911 caller who said three men had “flashed” a gun. And Cruz saw them “making a scene” on their way to the 7-Eleven near 2100 S. State Str... Dillon Taylor was not armed when a Salt Lake City police officer shot him to death outside a convenience store. But in that moment on Aug. 11, Officer Bron Cruz had good reason to think Taylor was pulling a gun out of his pants, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill ruled on Tuesday. Taylor, 20, and the two men he was with matched the descriptions of a 911 caller who said three men had “flashed” a gun. And Cruz saw them “making a scene” on their way to the 7-Eleven near 2100 S. State Str... 58472404@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:33:59 MDT Judge won’t toss charges against man accused of killing deputy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58473818-78/federal-roman-court-fox.html.csp A judge has ruled that the man acquitted of killing Millard County Deputy Sheriff Josie Greathouse Fox is not being charged with the same offenses in federal court for which he previously stood trial in state court. U.S. District Judge David Nuffer in a ruling released Tuesday said Roberto Miramontes Roman says the federal government is not subjecting him to what is known as double jeopardy. Roman’s attorney, Stephen McCaughey, said he planned to appeal the ruling that came on his motion to tos... A judge has ruled that the man acquitted of killing Millard County Deputy Sheriff Josie Greathouse Fox is not being charged with the same offenses in federal court for which he previously stood trial in state court. U.S. District Judge David Nuffer in a ruling released Tuesday said Roberto Miramontes Roman says the federal government is not subjecting him to what is known as double jeopardy. Roman’s attorney, Stephen McCaughey, said he planned to appeal the ruling that came on his motion to tos... 58473818@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:58:01 MDT Jury selection begins for Utah man accused of murdering wife http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58469895-78/truman-conrad-heidy-orem.html.csp Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial for an Orem man accused of fatally shooting his wife in 2012, but opening statements in the four-week trial are not expected until Wednesday. Conrad Mark Truman, 32, is accused of killing Heidy Truman in 2012. His motive, prosecutors have claimed, was to collect nearly a million dollars in life insurance benefits. According to testimony at a preliminary hearing last year, Conrad Truman has offered a number of theories of how his wife died. He told police... Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial for an Orem man accused of fatally shooting his wife in 2012, but opening statements in the four-week trial are not expected until Wednesday. Conrad Mark Truman, 32, is accused of killing Heidy Truman in 2012. His motive, prosecutors have claimed, was to collect nearly a million dollars in life insurance benefits. According to testimony at a preliminary hearing last year, Conrad Truman has offered a number of theories of how his wife died. He told police... 58469895@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:29:53 MDT Utah ‘sovereign’ citizen arrested on fraud charges http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58472741-78/wray-kiel-von-arrested.html.csp Federal officers have arrested a 75-year-old Wayne County man on charges he had helped a Pennsylvania doctor avoid paying taxes and repaying student loans he had defaulted on. Robert G. Wray, of Torrey, was arrested on a grand jury indictment that charges him with 34 counts of conspiracy to defraud, wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud and aiding and abetting. Wray claims to be a “sovereign” citizen exempt from U.S. laws and uses various names such as Robert-George of the Wray Clan and Robert-George: Wr... Federal officers have arrested a 75-year-old Wayne County man on charges he had helped a Pennsylvania doctor avoid paying taxes and repaying student loans he had defaulted on. Robert G. Wray, of Torrey, was arrested on a grand jury indictment that charges him with 34 counts of conspiracy to defraud, wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud and aiding and abetting. Wray claims to be a “sovereign” citizen exempt from U.S. laws and uses various names such as Robert-George of the Wray Clan and Robert-George: Wr... 58472741@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:29:40 MDT Flood: Road to Kodachrome Basin State Park remains closed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58468337-78/closed-couple-road-kodachrome.html.csp A bridge over the rain-swollen Paria River in southcentral Utah, which partially collapsed this weekend and sent an Italian tourist couple’s car plunging into the water, remained closed Monday. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said engineers were assessing the damage from the collapse, which was blamed on heavy Saturday storms and floodwaters that undercut the road. There was no immediate estimate for when repairs could be made to the primary route to the popular Kodachrome Basin State Park,... A bridge over the rain-swollen Paria River in southcentral Utah, which partially collapsed this weekend and sent an Italian tourist couple’s car plunging into the water, remained closed Monday. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said engineers were assessing the damage from the collapse, which was blamed on heavy Saturday storms and floodwaters that undercut the road. There was no immediate estimate for when repairs could be made to the primary route to the popular Kodachrome Basin State Park,... 58468337@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:08:38 MDT Utah school district settles with family of boy who killed himself http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58468958-78/david-family-phan-district.html.csp The parents of a Bennion Junior High student, who killed himself in front of his peers in 2012 amid allegations of bullying, reached a settlement Monday with the Granite School District that the family hopes will result in improved school practices. David Phan was 14 years old on Nov. 29, 2012, when he grabbed a gun and shot himself in front of his friends on the pedestrian bridge at 6200 South. Since then, his family has worked tirelessly to press lawmakers, school district officials and the p... The parents of a Bennion Junior High student, who killed himself in front of his peers in 2012 amid allegations of bullying, reached a settlement Monday with the Granite School District that the family hopes will result in improved school practices. David Phan was 14 years old on Nov. 29, 2012, when he grabbed a gun and shot himself in front of his friends on the pedestrian bridge at 6200 South. Since then, his family has worked tirelessly to press lawmakers, school district officials and the p... 58468958@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:15:26 MDT Ogden man in serious condition after being hit by pickup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58472022-78/ogden-pickup-scott-condition.html.csp An Ogden man was seriously hurt when he was run down in a crosswalk by a pickup truck Tuesday morning, police said. Ogden police Lt. Tim Scott said the 49-year-old man was crossing the intersection of 30th St. and Washington Blvd. about 6 a.m. Tuesday when a northbound white, 1995 Ford F-150 struck him while making a left turn onto 30th St. The pedestrian was thrown to the asphalt and sustained “a significant head injury,” Scott said. The man was rushed to McKay-Dee Hospital. He was reported to ... An Ogden man was seriously hurt when he was run down in a crosswalk by a pickup truck Tuesday morning, police said. Ogden police Lt. Tim Scott said the 49-year-old man was crossing the intersection of 30th St. and Washington Blvd. about 6 a.m. Tuesday when a northbound white, 1995 Ford F-150 struck him while making a left turn onto 30th St. The pedestrian was thrown to the asphalt and sustained “a significant head injury,” Scott said. The man was rushed to McKay-Dee Hospital. He was reported to ... 58472022@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:52:39 MDT Man severs foot in crash on Bangerter Highway http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58472051-78/bangerter-crash-driver-foot.html.csp A man’s foot was severed in a Monday night crash on Bangerter Highway in West Valley City. The man lost a large amount of blood after the crash near 3500 South, but as of Tuesday afternoon was expected to survive, said West Valley City police Lt. LaMonte Cox. The man was driving a pickup south on Bangerter about 11:15 p.m. when he tried to turn left onto 3500 South, police said. The truck collided with a northbound car whose driver allegedly ran a red light. The driver of the pickup was critica... A man’s foot was severed in a Monday night crash on Bangerter Highway in West Valley City. The man lost a large amount of blood after the crash near 3500 South, but as of Tuesday afternoon was expected to survive, said West Valley City police Lt. LaMonte Cox. The man was driving a pickup south on Bangerter about 11:15 p.m. when he tried to turn left onto 3500 South, police said. The truck collided with a northbound car whose driver allegedly ran a red light. The driver of the pickup was critica... 58472051@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:52:39 MDT Man, hit twice dashing across S. Salt Lake street, in critical condition http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58472199-78/lake-salt-condition-critical.html.csp A man struck twice by cars as he attempted to dash across State Street in South Salt Lake was in critical condition Tuesday. South Salt Lake police dispatchers said a 911 call reporting the incident came in at 9:38 p.m. Monday. The man reportedly was trying to run across State Street at 2929 South — an area with neither a crosswalk nor traffic signal — when it was hit first by one car, and then a second vehicle. Suffering serious head injuries, the unidentified man was rushed to Intermountain Me... A man struck twice by cars as he attempted to dash across State Street in South Salt Lake was in critical condition Tuesday. South Salt Lake police dispatchers said a 911 call reporting the incident came in at 9:38 p.m. Monday. The man reportedly was trying to run across State Street at 2929 South — an area with neither a crosswalk nor traffic signal — when it was hit first by one car, and then a second vehicle. Suffering serious head injuries, the unidentified man was rushed to Intermountain Me... 58472199@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:52:39 MDT Violent assault ruled out in death of Utah family, but not foul play http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58469901-78/ruled-caron-family-death.html.csp Springville • A preliminary autopsy has ruled out a violent assault as the cause of death of five Springville family members, including three children, found in the parents’ bedroom over the weekend, authorities said. The examination found no evidence of gunshot wounds, stabbing or other visible injuries, investigators said Sunday. The causes of death will not be known until an analysis of blood samples is concluded, police Lt. Dave Caron said. The medical examiner’s office provided no time fra... Springville • A preliminary autopsy has ruled out a violent assault as the cause of death of five Springville family members, including three children, found in the parents’ bedroom over the weekend, authorities said. The examination found no evidence of gunshot wounds, stabbing or other visible injuries, investigators said Sunday. The causes of death will not be known until an analysis of blood samples is concluded, police Lt. Dave Caron said. The medical examiner’s office provided no time fra... 58469901@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:34:51 MDT Man charged for allegedly spraying man in face with lye http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58470714-78/lye-police-gilmore-victim.html.csp For the second time in two months, a Utahn was burned by the chemical lye — but this time it was sprayed in a man’s face in an attack that left the man blind in one eye, police said. In charges filed Monday, police in Tooele wrote that a man early on Sept. 7 reported that someone knocked on his door and, when he answered, the knocker punched him in the eye and sprayed a substance at his face, which was causing his skin to peel off. When police arrived, the man’s face, neck and upper chest were ... For the second time in two months, a Utahn was burned by the chemical lye — but this time it was sprayed in a man’s face in an attack that left the man blind in one eye, police said. In charges filed Monday, police in Tooele wrote that a man early on Sept. 7 reported that someone knocked on his door and, when he answered, the knocker punched him in the eye and sprayed a substance at his face, which was causing his skin to peel off. When police arrived, the man’s face, neck and upper chest were ... 58470714@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:38:37 MDT Utah school locked down, but report of man with gun unverified http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58469568-78/report-hansen-gun-locked.html.csp Taylorsville Elementary School was locked down briefly on Monday afternoon due to a report of a man with a gun — a report which remained unsubstantiated nearly an hour later. Granite School spokesman Ben Horsley said the brief lock down — which was lifted at 3 p.m. — was precautionary and based on an unverified report. Nevertheless, Unified Police Det. Ken Hansen said the officers would remain at the school until all students had left for the day. Hansen said that at about 2:30 p.m., someone ca... Taylorsville Elementary School was locked down briefly on Monday afternoon due to a report of a man with a gun — a report which remained unsubstantiated nearly an hour later. Granite School spokesman Ben Horsley said the brief lock down — which was lifted at 3 p.m. — was precautionary and based on an unverified report. Nevertheless, Unified Police Det. Ken Hansen said the officers would remain at the school until all students had left for the day. Hansen said that at about 2:30 p.m., someone ca... 58469568@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:04:49 MDT Ex-FBI agent pleads guilty in Utah federal court to conspiracy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58468823-78/lustyik-taylor-guilty-fbi.html.csp A former FBI counter-intelligence agent suddenly reversed course and pleaded guilty on Monday just as a trial was to begin on charges he accepted money and promises of riches in return for trying to derail an investigation into fraud on a military contract in Afghanistan worth tens of millions of dollars. Robert G. Lustyik Jr., 52, of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., pleaded guilty to all 11 counts of an indictment handed up in 2012 that charged he and two others with conspiracy, fraud and obstruction of ... A former FBI counter-intelligence agent suddenly reversed course and pleaded guilty on Monday just as a trial was to begin on charges he accepted money and promises of riches in return for trying to derail an investigation into fraud on a military contract in Afghanistan worth tens of millions of dollars. Robert G. Lustyik Jr., 52, of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., pleaded guilty to all 11 counts of an indictment handed up in 2012 that charged he and two others with conspiracy, fraud and obstruction of ... 58468823@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:48:32 MDT Martin MacNeill to appeal murder conviction in wife’s death http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58468962-78/macneill-martin-case-murder.html.csp Martin MacNeill — sentenced earlier this month to prison for up to life over his wife’s murder — on Monday filed a notice that he plans to take his case to the Utah Court of Appeals. On Sept. 19, a 4th District Court judge sentenced MacNeill, 58, to spend 15 years to life in prison for murdering his wife, Michele MacNeill, plus another one to 15 years in prison for obstruction of justice. Judge Derek Pullan ordered the sentences in the murder case to run consecutively to a one-to-15 year prison... Martin MacNeill — sentenced earlier this month to prison for up to life over his wife’s murder — on Monday filed a notice that he plans to take his case to the Utah Court of Appeals. On Sept. 19, a 4th District Court judge sentenced MacNeill, 58, to spend 15 years to life in prison for murdering his wife, Michele MacNeill, plus another one to 15 years in prison for obstruction of justice. Judge Derek Pullan ordered the sentences in the murder case to run consecutively to a one-to-15 year prison... 58468962@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:29:09 MDT Semi-tanker dodges deer, rolls on US-6 near Spanish Fork http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58467276-78/tanker-deer-driver-fork.html.csp A semi-tanker truck driver, reportedly trying to avoid hitting a deer, overturned early Monday morning on US-6, about 20 miles east of Spanish Fork. The Utah Highway Patrol said the westbound big rig toppled after it slammed into a concrete barrier wall about 3:30 a.m. The driver escaped with minor injuries, but the accident completely closed down the highway for nearly three hours. As of 6 a.m., traffic flow was restored to one lane, with eastbound and westbound motorists taking turns getting t... A semi-tanker truck driver, reportedly trying to avoid hitting a deer, overturned early Monday morning on US-6, about 20 miles east of Spanish Fork. The Utah Highway Patrol said the westbound big rig toppled after it slammed into a concrete barrier wall about 3:30 a.m. The driver escaped with minor injuries, but the accident completely closed down the highway for nearly three hours. As of 6 a.m., traffic flow was restored to one lane, with eastbound and westbound motorists taking turns getting t... 58467276@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:27:04 MDT Manhunt on for suspect in assaults on woman, UHP trooper http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58468564-78/howard-suspect-uhp-neff.html.csp The Utah Highway Patrol and Salt Lake City police on Monday were hunting for a violent, methamphetamine-smoking suspect in two weekend assaults — one on a woman and another against a trooper. Police say the suspect, Daniel Neil Howard, 39, allegedly used a baseball bat to attack his ex-girlfriend at the Top Stop store, 1309 Foothill Drive, about 7 p.m. Saturday. The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. A short time later, UHP Sgt. Chamberlin Neff, unaware... The Utah Highway Patrol and Salt Lake City police on Monday were hunting for a violent, methamphetamine-smoking suspect in two weekend assaults — one on a woman and another against a trooper. Police say the suspect, Daniel Neil Howard, 39, allegedly used a baseball bat to attack his ex-girlfriend at the Top Stop store, 1309 Foothill Drive, about 7 p.m. Saturday. The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. A short time later, UHP Sgt. Chamberlin Neff, unaware... 58468564@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:27:04 MDT Zion National Park flash flood victim identified as California hiker http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58468701-78/river-zion-companion-narrows.html.csp Zion National Park officials on Monday identified a hiker who drowned in a weekend flash flood as Douglas Yoshi Vo, 34, of Westminster, California. Zion spokesman David Eaker said Vo and a male companion had attempted a hike in the Zion Canyon Narrows on Saturday morning, when heavy rainstorms suddenly triggered flash flooding. The companion swam out, but Vo was trapped and unable to escape. The two had entered the Narrows early Saturday morning, when the river was reportedly flowing at about 4... Zion National Park officials on Monday identified a hiker who drowned in a weekend flash flood as Douglas Yoshi Vo, 34, of Westminster, California. Zion spokesman David Eaker said Vo and a male companion had attempted a hike in the Zion Canyon Narrows on Saturday morning, when heavy rainstorms suddenly triggered flash flooding. The companion swam out, but Vo was trapped and unable to escape. The two had entered the Narrows early Saturday morning, when the river was reportedly flowing at about 4... 58468701@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:27:04 MDT