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He was released late last month a... Tacoma, Wash. • A judge has rejected Steven Powell’s request to have taxpayers pay for his court-ordered sex offender treatment after a voyeurism conviction. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper agreed Friday with the state attorney general’s office that Powell cited the wrong statute when he made his request. The News Tribune reports that Powell conceded the point in court, saying he wasn’t able to go to a law library after he got out of prison. He was released late last month a... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57840443@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:52:01 MDT South Salt Lake standoff ends with explosion, no one hurt http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57840244-78/amp-lake-salt-keller.html.csp A large South Salt Lake apartment complex was evacuated for hours Sunday, until police could take a barricaded man into custody. The man’s mother called police about 11:45 a.m. after he made threats involving a knife to his girlfriend, said South Salt Lake police spokesman Gary Keller. The man, 23, had been taken for a mental health evaluation about a month ago after making similar threats, Keller said. Officers went to his apartment at the Wedgewood Willows apartment complex, at 3514 S. 300 Eas... A large South Salt Lake apartment complex was evacuated for hours Sunday, until police could take a barricaded man into custody. The man’s mother called police about 11:45 a.m. after he made threats involving a knife to his girlfriend, said South Salt Lake police spokesman Gary Keller. The man, 23, had been taken for a mental health evaluation about a month ago after making similar threats, Keller said. Officers went to his apartment at the Wedgewood Willows apartment complex, at 3514 S. 300 Eas... 57840244@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:37:08 MDT Teen arrested in murder of Taylorsville woman http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57840341-78/police-steffey-arrested-news.html.csp Police on Saturday arrested a man suspected of murdering a woman in her Taylorsville home. A Unified Police Department news release said detectives arrested Bryan Steve Quintanilla, 18. The news release said he used Margaret Steffey’s ATM card and police found other evidence linking him to Steffey’s suffocation. Police found Steffey’s body Wednesday at her home. The Tribune will update this story as more information is available. Police on Saturday arrested a man suspected of murdering a woman in her Taylorsville home. A Unified Police Department news release said detectives arrested Bryan Steve Quintanilla, 18. The news release said he used Margaret Steffey’s ATM card and police found other evidence linking him to Steffey’s suffocation. Police found Steffey’s body Wednesday at her home. The Tribune will update this story as more information is available. 57840341@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:35:08 MDT Expect street closures in downtown Salt Lake City for marathon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57836426-78/east-south-marathon-street.html.csp Police warn that when it comes to navigating street traffic and Saturday’s Salt Lake City Marathon, you may have to crawl before you can watch the run. Extensive road closures are planned along the marathon route Saturday morning, with 208 police officers being stationed at 197 traffic-control posts. While SLCPD will strive to accommodate motorists and residents when possible, both should expect the marathon-related events to delay trips through affected areas. The starting times for various e... Police warn that when it comes to navigating street traffic and Saturday’s Salt Lake City Marathon, you may have to crawl before you can watch the run. Extensive road closures are planned along the marathon route Saturday morning, with 208 police officers being stationed at 197 traffic-control posts. While SLCPD will strive to accommodate motorists and residents when possible, both should expect the marathon-related events to delay trips through affected areas. The starting times for various e... 57836426@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:13:22 MDT Two-car accident in West Valley City sends two people to hospital http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57837386-78/amp-bangerter-4100-accident.html.csp A two-car crash snarled traffic Friday afternoon in West Valley City and sent two people to the hospital. The crash happened at 1:16 p.m. when a northbound Honda car jumped the center median on Bangerter Highway near 4100 South, according West Valley City police Sgt. Chad Evans. The Honda then collided head on with a southbound SUV. The driver of the Honda, a man in his 20s, was in critical condition following the accident. The SUV driver, a woman, suffered serious but non-life threatening inj... A two-car crash snarled traffic Friday afternoon in West Valley City and sent two people to the hospital. The crash happened at 1:16 p.m. when a northbound Honda car jumped the center median on Bangerter Highway near 4100 South, according West Valley City police Sgt. Chad Evans. The Honda then collided head on with a southbound SUV. The driver of the Honda, a man in his 20s, was in critical condition following the accident. The SUV driver, a woman, suffered serious but non-life threatening inj... 57837386@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:13:22 MDT Chicago man stabbed to death in downtown Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57839216-78/amp-gonzalez-police-ramos.html.csp Police say Joaquin Gonzalez had just gotten out of a movie and into his car when a complete stranger stabbed him to death. By Saturday evening, Salt Lake City officers tracked down and arrested Harlin Ramos, 30, under suspicion of murdering Gonzalez, who has a Chicago address. The 33-year-old man left The Gateway movie theater with a female at 1:20 a.m. and returned to his car, at 515 W. 100 South, when Ramos approached Gonzalez “in an aggressive manner,” said Sgt. Robin Heiden. Ramos immediate... Police say Joaquin Gonzalez had just gotten out of a movie and into his car when a complete stranger stabbed him to death. By Saturday evening, Salt Lake City officers tracked down and arrested Harlin Ramos, 30, under suspicion of murdering Gonzalez, who has a Chicago address. The 33-year-old man left The Gateway movie theater with a female at 1:20 a.m. and returned to his car, at 515 W. 100 South, when Ramos approached Gonzalez “in an aggressive manner,” said Sgt. Robin Heiden. Ramos immediate... 57839216@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:13:22 MDT Provo duplex target of serial arsons http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57840118-78/amp-provo-fire-duplex.html.csp Provo fire investigators believe a duplex blaze they extinguished Saturday morning was the third arson at the building in three weeks. About 3:48 a.m. , firefighters responded to the fire near 10 W. 4800 North and found the vacant duplex engulfed in flames, according to a news release. They fought the blaze, from the outside only, for more than two hours before extinguishing it, said Provo Fire Marshal Lynn Schofield. One firefighter suffered from minor smoke inhalation and was treated at the sc... Provo fire investigators believe a duplex blaze they extinguished Saturday morning was the third arson at the building in three weeks. About 3:48 a.m. , firefighters responded to the fire near 10 W. 4800 North and found the vacant duplex engulfed in flames, according to a news release. They fought the blaze, from the outside only, for more than two hours before extinguishing it, said Provo Fire Marshal Lynn Schofield. One firefighter suffered from minor smoke inhalation and was treated at the sc... 57840118@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:17:01 MDT Reyes says he’s turning down questionable campaign contributions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57837065-78/reyes-attorney-general-swallow.html.csp Sean Reyes knows there is more to restoring public trust in the office of Utah attorney general than being open about his finances. But, he said Friday, it’s a good place to start. The newly appointed attorney general told a group of University of Utah students and state officials that when it comes to mending the trust broken by his predecessor, John Swallow, perception matters almost as much as reality. That’s why, he said, he has refused to accept political donations for his re-election bid f... Sean Reyes knows there is more to restoring public trust in the office of Utah attorney general than being open about his finances. But, he said Friday, it’s a good place to start. The newly appointed attorney general told a group of University of Utah students and state officials that when it comes to mending the trust broken by his predecessor, John Swallow, perception matters almost as much as reality. That’s why, he said, he has refused to accept political donations for his re-election bid f... 57837065@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:55:10 MDT Utah same-sex marriage case could be thrown out on a technicality http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57836336-78/utah-case-court-county.html.csp There’s a small concern lurking beneath the surface in Utah’s same-sex marriage case, a quiet question that some experts say could derail the state’s push to permanently ban gay and lesbian unions. Although few believe it poses a serious threat to the case’s trajectory — likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court by summer — the question persists: Could Kitchen v. Herbert be thrown out on a technicality? On Tuesday, Utah’s lead counsel Gene C. Schaerr drew attention to a question posed to both si... There’s a small concern lurking beneath the surface in Utah’s same-sex marriage case, a quiet question that some experts say could derail the state’s push to permanently ban gay and lesbian unions. Although few believe it poses a serious threat to the case’s trajectory — likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court by summer — the question persists: Could Kitchen v. Herbert be thrown out on a technicality? On Tuesday, Utah’s lead counsel Gene C. Schaerr drew attention to a question posed to both si... 57836336@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:24:45 MDT Utah realtors give ‘murder homes’ another life http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57626133-200/homes-real-estate-murder.html.csp Payson • When a California couple pulled up Kay Mortensen’s winding driveway, they found the for-sale sign — peppered with bullet holes — laying in the bushes. It had been about two years since someone tied up the retired Brigham Young University professor in his Payson Canyon home and killed him. The murder was widely publicized, and while Mortenson’s family tried to move on, there was the matter of trying to get someone to buy his house with its grisly story. “A lot of people thought we were ... Payson • When a California couple pulled up Kay Mortensen’s winding driveway, they found the for-sale sign — peppered with bullet holes — laying in the bushes. It had been about two years since someone tied up the retired Brigham Young University professor in his Payson Canyon home and killed him. The murder was widely publicized, and while Mortenson’s family tried to move on, there was the matter of trying to get someone to buy his house with its grisly story. “A lot of people thought we were ... 57626133@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:38:12 MDT Davis County stretch of I-15 due weekend restrictions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57836360-78/500-county-davis-south.html.csp Interstate 15 southbound in Davis County was due for some traffic restrictions Friday night through much of Saturday morning. The Utah Department of Transportation says southbound travelers will be squeezed into a single lane on the stretch of I-15 in Bountiful from 500 South to 1500 South 10 p.m. Friday through 9 a.m. Saturday. Construction crews will be working on reconfiguration aimed at improving traffic flow through the typically congested area — and this weekend’s interruption won’t be the... Interstate 15 southbound in Davis County was due for some traffic restrictions Friday night through much of Saturday morning. The Utah Department of Transportation says southbound travelers will be squeezed into a single lane on the stretch of I-15 in Bountiful from 500 South to 1500 South 10 p.m. Friday through 9 a.m. Saturday. Construction crews will be working on reconfiguration aimed at improving traffic flow through the typically congested area — and this weekend’s interruption won’t be the... 57836360@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:38:12 MDT Northern Utah toddler accidentally shot with rifle dies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57838033-78/amp-county-cache-gun.html.csp A 2-year-old Cache County boy died late Friday, hours after his sister shot him. Authorities said the shooting happened about 6:40 p.m. at a home near 3600 West and 2200 South, in an unincorporated part of the county. The boy’s 3-year-old sister shot him with a .22-caliber rifle that had been left in the living room, the sheriff’s office said. Cache County sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said the gun had been used earlier in the day by the children’s father, who set it down after returning home. Th... A 2-year-old Cache County boy died late Friday, hours after his sister shot him. Authorities said the shooting happened about 6:40 p.m. at a home near 3600 West and 2200 South, in an unincorporated part of the county. The boy’s 3-year-old sister shot him with a .22-caliber rifle that had been left in the living room, the sheriff’s office said. Cache County sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said the gun had been used earlier in the day by the children’s father, who set it down after returning home. Th... 57838033@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:38:12 MDT Autopsies of 7 dead Utah babies done, reports still weeks away http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57836413-78/huntsman-police-roberts-dna.html.csp Autopsies have been completed on the seven deceased infants found in a Pleasant Grove garage last weekend, but police say it could still be weeks before they receive the reports from those examinations. Megan Huntsman’s estranged husband found the body of a dead infant in the garage last Saturday. Police later discovered six more, all wrapped in plastic bags and tucked into cardboard boxes. Huntsman, 39, subsequently admitted to suffocating or strangling six of the infants immediately after giv... Autopsies have been completed on the seven deceased infants found in a Pleasant Grove garage last weekend, but police say it could still be weeks before they receive the reports from those examinations. Megan Huntsman’s estranged husband found the body of a dead infant in the garage last Saturday. Police later discovered six more, all wrapped in plastic bags and tucked into cardboard boxes. Huntsman, 39, subsequently admitted to suffocating or strangling six of the infants immediately after giv... 57836413@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:25:11 MDT Gay marriage fight recalls ‘60s mixed-race debate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57702729-78/marriage-loving-utah-sex.html.csp As the judge listened to the attorney explain the state’s interest in barring the couple from marrying, he had a question: Are you saying there is scientific evidence that shows some children will be harmed by such marriages? The question posed to R.D. McIlwaine III, assistant attorney general of Virginia, came from Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren on April 10, 1967. The case, of course, was Loving v. Virginia, which ended bans on interracial marriage. On Thursday, 47 years to th... As the judge listened to the attorney explain the state’s interest in barring the couple from marrying, he had a question: Are you saying there is scientific evidence that shows some children will be harmed by such marriages? The question posed to R.D. McIlwaine III, assistant attorney general of Virginia, came from Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren on April 10, 1967. The case, of course, was Loving v. Virginia, which ended bans on interracial marriage. On Thursday, 47 years to th... 57702729@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:06:11 MDT Utah prisoners train service dogs for veterans http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57818535-78/dogs-dog-women-program.html.csp Draper • He was found on the streets, cold and alone. He had no identification. No family. No name. Now, he lives inside the thick concrete walls of the Utah State Prison. It’s not a bad life, prison officials said. He’s given food and shelter, exercise and a place to lay his head — not to mention love. Valor, a scruffy black dog with bright eyes and dark mahogany whiskers hanging from his chin, is one of six canines being fostered by prisoners in the Timpanogos Women’s Facility as part of a n... Draper • He was found on the streets, cold and alone. He had no identification. No family. No name. Now, he lives inside the thick concrete walls of the Utah State Prison. It’s not a bad life, prison officials said. He’s given food and shelter, exercise and a place to lay his head — not to mention love. Valor, a scruffy black dog with bright eyes and dark mahogany whiskers hanging from his chin, is one of six canines being fostered by prisoners in the Timpanogos Women’s Facility as part of a n... 57818535@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:43:44 MDT Denver appeals court again considers same-sex marriage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57833142-78/marriage-court-sex-state.html.csp For the second time in a week, a state tried to persuade three federal appeals court judges that it has the authority to define marriage as an institution that can only exist between a man and a woman. For the second time in a week, it is unclear whether the state succeeded. After nearly an hour of argument Thursday afternoon before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, the case from Oklahoma was left in the hands of three judges — Jerome A. Holmes, Paul J. Kelly Jr. and Carlos F. Lucero — who a ... For the second time in a week, a state tried to persuade three federal appeals court judges that it has the authority to define marriage as an institution that can only exist between a man and a woman. For the second time in a week, it is unclear whether the state succeeded. After nearly an hour of argument Thursday afternoon before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, the case from Oklahoma was left in the hands of three judges — Jerome A. Holmes, Paul J. Kelly Jr. and Carlos F. Lucero — who a ... 57833142@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:07:44 MDT Couple wanted in robbery of elderly Layton woman nabbed in Tennessee http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57835803-78/layton-victim-couple-knoxville.html.csp A couple suspected of breaking into an elderly Layton woman’s home, binding her with duct tape and stealing her credit cards, medications and other valuables were behind the bars of a Tennessee jail on Friday, awating extradition proceedings. Hunter Daniel Hayes, a 30-year-old transient originally from Knoxville, Tenn., and Sarah Christine Eversten, 31, of Salt Lake City, were booked into Knox County Jail in Knoxville on Thursday. Jail records note the two were being held on Utah fugitive arrest... A couple suspected of breaking into an elderly Layton woman’s home, binding her with duct tape and stealing her credit cards, medications and other valuables were behind the bars of a Tennessee jail on Friday, awating extradition proceedings. Hunter Daniel Hayes, a 30-year-old transient originally from Knoxville, Tenn., and Sarah Christine Eversten, 31, of Salt Lake City, were booked into Knox County Jail in Knoxville on Thursday. Jail records note the two were being held on Utah fugitive arrest... 57835803@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:19:47 MDT Attorney: Boyfriend forced Utah girl to flee after cop was killed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57831826-78/grunwald-garcia-jauregui-wride.html.csp Provo • If her case goes to trial, 17-year-old Meagan Dakota Grunwald will testify in her own defense that she was forced by her boyfriend to drive her truck during a high-speed manhunt while the boyfriend shot at police, her attorney said Thursday. No one has heard Grunwald’s story, defense attorney Dean Zabriskie told reporters Thursday, just moments after the girl was ordered to stand trial on 12 charges related to the murder of one police officer, and the shooting and wounding of another. Z... Provo • If her case goes to trial, 17-year-old Meagan Dakota Grunwald will testify in her own defense that she was forced by her boyfriend to drive her truck during a high-speed manhunt while the boyfriend shot at police, her attorney said Thursday. No one has heard Grunwald’s story, defense attorney Dean Zabriskie told reporters Thursday, just moments after the girl was ordered to stand trial on 12 charges related to the murder of one police officer, and the shooting and wounding of another. Z... 57831826@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:51:11 MDT Utah police enlist FBI to help in baby death case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57833011-78/police-roberts-babies-dna.html.csp Utah authorities are enlisting the help of the FBI to analyze DNA from seven babies found dead in the garage of a woman who has been arrested on six counts of murder. None of the labs in Utah can analyze the type of DNA that has been taken from the tiny corpses, which were found in various stages of decomposition, Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts said Thursday. Authorities are hoping DNA will reveal who the parents are and the sex of the babies. It’s unknown when results will be back, bu... Utah authorities are enlisting the help of the FBI to analyze DNA from seven babies found dead in the garage of a woman who has been arrested on six counts of murder. None of the labs in Utah can analyze the type of DNA that has been taken from the tiny corpses, which were found in various stages of decomposition, Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts said Thursday. Authorities are hoping DNA will reveal who the parents are and the sex of the babies. It’s unknown when results will be back, bu... 57833011@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:50:26 MDT Utah man pleads guilty to shooting at synagogue http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57833758-78/openshaw-handgun-federal-guilty.html.csp A Cottonwood area resident has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge for firing three shots from a handgun at a Salt Lake City synagogue in 2012. Macon Michael Openshaw, 21, pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights violation for the night-time attack on the Kol Ami synagogue in 2006. Openshaw fired three shots from a .22-caliber handgun at the unoccupied facility that broke windows and damaged the building, according to court documents. He also pleaded guilty to possessing a handgun with a... A Cottonwood area resident has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge for firing three shots from a handgun at a Salt Lake City synagogue in 2012. Macon Michael Openshaw, 21, pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights violation for the night-time attack on the Kol Ami synagogue in 2006. Openshaw fired three shots from a .22-caliber handgun at the unoccupied facility that broke windows and damaged the building, according to court documents. He also pleaded guilty to possessing a handgun with a... 57833758@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:47:35 MDT