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Will Cragun, whose department is testing demo cameras from several manufacturers. “We want to go down this road.” In Salt Lake County, body cameras are so desired that some Unified Police Department officers have bought them on their own, said UP... As police face heightened scrutiny nationwide after controversial officer-involved shootings, law enforcement agencies and the public agree on at least one thing: Body cameras would be a big help. “That’s the thing of the future,” said Ogden Police Lt. Will Cragun, whose department is testing demo cameras from several manufacturers. “We want to go down this road.” In Salt Lake County, body cameras are so desired that some Unified Police Department officers have bought them on their own, said UP... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58326416@www.sltrib.com Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:01:06 MDT Black tenant alleges racism at Utah apartment building http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58321513-78/coleman-friendship-manor-housing.html.csp A 66-year-old black man has filed a housing-discrimination complaint against the management of a Salt Lake City apartment building for the elderly and disabled. In the complaint, filed Aug. 15 with the Antidiscrimination Division of the Utah Labor Commission, Jack Coleman asserts that he was the victim of repeated racial and religious discrimination at Friendship Manor, a federally subsidized apartment building at 1320 E. 500 South. Coleman’s complaint further alleges that the management of Frie... A 66-year-old black man has filed a housing-discrimination complaint against the management of a Salt Lake City apartment building for the elderly and disabled. In the complaint, filed Aug. 15 with the Antidiscrimination Division of the Utah Labor Commission, Jack Coleman asserts that he was the victim of repeated racial and religious discrimination at Friendship Manor, a federally subsidized apartment building at 1320 E. 500 South. Coleman’s complaint further alleges that the management of Frie... 58321513@www.sltrib.com Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:01:03 MDT Mormon missionary critically hurt in Oklahoma crash http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58326959-78/vea-oklahoma-church-according.html.csp 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... 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... 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 Lockhart’s bid to lead Utah schools draws mixed reactions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58326552-78/board-lockhart-superintendent-state.html.csp House Speaker Becky Lockhart’s bid to be the state’s next schools chief — rather than taking a run at governor in 2016, as had long been speculated — is inspiring strong reactions from politicians and educators, with some embracing the idea and others worrying about her lack of experience in public education. Lockhart confirmed Friday that she has applied for the job of state superintendent, aiming to replace retiring superintendent Martell Menlove. The state school board will decide whom to ap... House Speaker Becky Lockhart’s bid to be the state’s next schools chief — rather than taking a run at governor in 2016, as had long been speculated — is inspiring strong reactions from politicians and educators, with some embracing the idea and others worrying about her lack of experience in public education. Lockhart confirmed Friday that she has applied for the job of state superintendent, aiming to replace retiring superintendent Martell Menlove. The state school board will decide whom to ap... 58326552@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:25:53 MDT Riverton reverses decision, OKs plasma-donor center http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58326484-90/attorney-biolife-clinic-council.html.csp The Riverton City Council this week reversed its earlier denial of a request to locate a plasma-donation center near a residential area. The council, acting on the advice of its attorney, approved the site plan for the proposed BioLife Plasma Services clinic at 13503 S. Hamilton Road (3600 West). The approval will settle a lawsuit filed by BioLife’s developer against Riverton. Councilman Paul Wayman represents District 3, where neighbors complained that such a facility does not belong so clos... The Riverton City Council this week reversed its earlier denial of a request to locate a plasma-donation center near a residential area. The council, acting on the advice of its attorney, approved the site plan for the proposed BioLife Plasma Services clinic at 13503 S. Hamilton Road (3600 West). The approval will settle a lawsuit filed by BioLife’s developer against Riverton. Councilman Paul Wayman represents District 3, where neighbors complained that such a facility does not belong so clos... 58326484@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:33:36 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 Court decision delayed on Marine’s Iraq vanishing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58326758-90/hassoun-military-lebanon-2004.html.csp Camp LeJeune N.C. • A defense attorney said Thursday that a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq was kept in Lebanon for eight years while he faced a military trial there. The Marine officer presiding over the hearing for Cpl. Wassef Hassoun adjourned the proceeding for at least a week to allow defense attorneys to translate Lebanese documents they say support his case. The hearing officer, Lt. Col. Scott W. Martin, will eventually recommend whether Hassoun, who lived in Wes... Camp LeJeune N.C. • A defense attorney said Thursday that a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq was kept in Lebanon for eight years while he faced a military trial there. The Marine officer presiding over the hearing for Cpl. Wassef Hassoun adjourned the proceeding for at least a week to allow defense attorneys to translate Lebanese documents they say support his case. The hearing officer, Lt. Col. Scott W. Martin, will eventually recommend whether Hassoun, who lived in Wes... 58326758@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:15:26 MDT Sen. Bramble becomes president-elect of national group http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58326038-90/acaprimer-award-becomes-bramble.html.csp Utah Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, was elevated Friday to president-elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures, setting him up to become the president next year. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that acts as a policy clearinghouse and research center, sharing information with 7,383 state lawmakers nationwide and their 20,000 staff members. Bramble served as vice president of the organization during the past year. He now succeeds Debbie Smith, a Democrat from Nevada, who becomes the gr... Utah Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, was elevated Friday to president-elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures, setting him up to become the president next year. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that acts as a policy clearinghouse and research center, sharing information with 7,383 state lawmakers nationwide and their 20,000 staff members. Bramble served as vice president of the organization during the past year. He now succeeds Debbie Smith, a Democrat from Nevada, who becomes the gr... 58326038@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:28:59 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 Mitt Romney accepts Ice Bucket Challenge from Utahn with ALS http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58325275-90/romney-bucket-ice-als.html.csp A Salt Lake City resident who hasn’t let Lou Gehrig’s disease stop him from accomplishing his life’s goals inspired former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to take the Ice Bucket Challenge. Romney posted the video on his Facebook page early Friday. It shows him standing on the rooftop of a Chicago building, wearing a dark blue suit with a red tie and his always-present American Flag pin. He thanked Utahn Creighton Rider for challenging him, along with Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman... A Salt Lake City resident who hasn’t let Lou Gehrig’s disease stop him from accomplishing his life’s goals inspired former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to take the Ice Bucket Challenge. Romney posted the video on his Facebook page early Friday. It shows him standing on the rooftop of a Chicago building, wearing a dark blue suit with a red tie and his always-present American Flag pin. He thanked Utahn Creighton Rider for challenging him, along with Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman... 58325275@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:26:06 MDT Jazz fans answer Karl Malone’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58323346-78/challenge-jazz-ice-als.html.csp Former Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone threw down an ice bucket challenge to fans via social media on Wednesday. On Thursday, they took up the challenge and had buckets of ice water thrown over their shivering selves at EnergySolutions Arena. Jazz executives Jim Olson and Don Stirling were among those who accepted the challenge. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge trend has been raising awareness of and funds for ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Former Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone threw down an ice bucket challenge to fans via social media on Wednesday. On Thursday, they took up the challenge and had buckets of ice water thrown over their shivering selves at EnergySolutions Arena. Jazz executives Jim Olson and Don Stirling were among those who accepted the challenge. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge trend has been raising awareness of and funds for ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. 58323346@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:25:12 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 Despite concerns, school board confirms Utah interim superintendent http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58323953-78/board-coleman-superintendent-state.html.csp The state school board voted to officially appoint Joel Coleman as interim state superintendent Thursday night despite objections about his wife’s pending lawsuit against education officials and his lack of public school teaching experience. Board leaders decided last week to appoint Coleman — current superintendent of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind — spurring criticism from some that the full board should have made that call in a public meeting. In response to those concerns, board... The state school board voted to officially appoint Joel Coleman as interim state superintendent Thursday night despite objections about his wife’s pending lawsuit against education officials and his lack of public school teaching experience. Board leaders decided last week to appoint Coleman — current superintendent of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind — spurring criticism from some that the full board should have made that call in a public meeting. In response to those concerns, board... 58323953@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:02:10 MDT Kirby: Scary times in Mormon seminary http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58321484-78/seminary-church-kirby-brother.html.csp I graduated from LDS seminary at Skyline High School in May 1971. I got a certificate of graduation. It’s signed by Joseph Fielding Smith, then the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the seminary principal, John F. Heidenreich. There’s no chance I’d graduate seminary today. The LDS Church announced that it will soon start keeping better track of seminary performance. It’s doing away with certificates and going with actual testing and diplomas. While I don’t rememb... I graduated from LDS seminary at Skyline High School in May 1971. I got a certificate of graduation. It’s signed by Joseph Fielding Smith, then the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the seminary principal, John F. Heidenreich. There’s no chance I’d graduate seminary today. The LDS Church announced that it will soon start keeping better track of seminary performance. It’s doing away with certificates and going with actual testing and diplomas. While I don’t rememb... 58321484@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:40:55 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 Dinosaur footprints set for public display in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58325314-78/tracks-dinosaur-footprints-foster.html.csp A dry wash full of 112-million-year-old dinosaur tracks that include an ankylosaurus, a dromaeosaurus and a menacing ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus rex, is set to open to the public this fall near Moab. There are more than 200 tracks in an area smaller than a football field from 10 different ancient animals that lived during the early Cretaceous period, said Utah Bureau of Land Management paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-Foster. They were first discovered in 2009 by a resident. Since then, paleontolog... A dry wash full of 112-million-year-old dinosaur tracks that include an ankylosaurus, a dromaeosaurus and a menacing ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus rex, is set to open to the public this fall near Moab. There are more than 200 tracks in an area smaller than a football field from 10 different ancient animals that lived during the early Cretaceous period, said Utah Bureau of Land Management paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-Foster. They were first discovered in 2009 by a resident. Since then, paleontolog... 58325314@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:47:09 MDT