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But these Utah believers — as converts, women, Americans or gays — sometimes feel like outsiders in their own faith. “We pray alone, fast alone and worship alone,” says... They regularly declare their faith in Allah as God and Muhammad as his prophet. They pray five times a day. They give to the poor. They travel at least once in their lives to Mecca. And, like more than a billion Muslims worldwide, they have been fasting from sunup to sundown for a monthlong religious obligation known as Ramadan. But these Utah believers — as converts, women, Americans or gays — sometimes feel like outsiders in their own faith. “We pray alone, fast alone and worship alone,” says... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58225129@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:02:56 MDT Man ordered to stand trial in Utah teen’s 1995 death http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58233487-78/simpson-according-death-injuries.html.csp Heber • After two days of testimony, a judge ordered a man accused of killing a teenage girl nearly 20 years ago near Heber to stand trial on homicide charges. Joseph Michael Simpson, 47, is charged in Wasatch County’s 4th District Court with aggravated murder, a first-degree felony. Prosecutors have opted not to seek the death penalty against the man, according to court records. After hearing evidence from several law enforcement officials about Krystal Lynn Beslanowitch’s December 1995 death, ... Heber • After two days of testimony, a judge ordered a man accused of killing a teenage girl nearly 20 years ago near Heber to stand trial on homicide charges. Joseph Michael Simpson, 47, is charged in Wasatch County’s 4th District Court with aggravated murder, a first-degree felony. Prosecutors have opted not to seek the death penalty against the man, according to court records. After hearing evidence from several law enforcement officials about Krystal Lynn Beslanowitch’s December 1995 death, ... 58233487@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:16:48 MDT Salt Lake, San Diego comic con feud would set precedent http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58229373-78/comic-con-salt-diego.html.csp A legal battle brewing between the behemoth San Diego Comic-Con and Salt Lake City’s young and burgeoning counterpart could have lasting ramifications for dozens of others. San Diego Comic-Con is warning Salt Lake Comic Con to change its name or face legal repercussions, arguing that the similar name can confuse people into thinking the two are affiliated. If the issue lands in court, Salt Lake City organizers say dozens of other events that use the same name will be threatened. “If they win thi... A legal battle brewing between the behemoth San Diego Comic-Con and Salt Lake City’s young and burgeoning counterpart could have lasting ramifications for dozens of others. San Diego Comic-Con is warning Salt Lake Comic Con to change its name or face legal repercussions, arguing that the similar name can confuse people into thinking the two are affiliated. If the issue lands in court, Salt Lake City organizers say dozens of other events that use the same name will be threatened. “If they win thi... 58229373@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:16:36 MDT Compound built for Warren Jeffs becomes bed and breakfast http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58215703-78/amp-hildale-dockstader-jeffs.html.csp A spacious compound in Hildale was built to provide privacy for a polygamous sect leader. Now you can call and make a reservation. Warren Jeffs’ refuge has become America’s Most Wanted Suites — a reference to Jeffs’ time on the FBI’s list of 10 most wanted fugitives. New owner Willie Jessop is a former Jeffs protector and confidant who later sued his Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and won, purchasing the home with a $3.6 million credit bid during an April 2013 auctio... A spacious compound in Hildale was built to provide privacy for a polygamous sect leader. Now you can call and make a reservation. Warren Jeffs’ refuge has become America’s Most Wanted Suites — a reference to Jeffs’ time on the FBI’s list of 10 most wanted fugitives. New owner Willie Jessop is a former Jeffs protector and confidant who later sued his Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and won, purchasing the home with a $3.6 million credit bid during an April 2013 auctio... 58215703@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:16:36 MDT Downtown Salt Lake streetcar coming later, but what about now? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58224425-78/bus-circulator-council-downtown.html.csp Although the Salt Lake City Council has been wishing for a downtown transit circulator for years, it remains just that — an unfulfilled dream. But on Tuesday, the council will consider a proposal by Mayor Ralph Becker’s administration for a streetcar in the central business district. The plan is to run a streetcar line from the University of Utah west on 100 South or 200 South to 400 West, where it would turn south and continue to 900 South. The cost is estimated at $100 million to $200 million.... Although the Salt Lake City Council has been wishing for a downtown transit circulator for years, it remains just that — an unfulfilled dream. But on Tuesday, the council will consider a proposal by Mayor Ralph Becker’s administration for a streetcar in the central business district. The plan is to run a streetcar line from the University of Utah west on 100 South or 200 South to 400 West, where it would turn south and continue to 900 South. The cost is estimated at $100 million to $200 million.... 58224425@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:16:01 MDT Utah man upset by fireworks shoots up yard, police say http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58233482-78/siufunua-suspect-fireworks-police.html.csp A man was arrested about 10:30 Friday night after he allegedly shot up his own yard because he was aggravated about the noise from neighbors’ fireworks. The 51-year-old suspect allegedly got into a fight with his wife about the fireworks that were being ignited around his house in Provo, said Provo police Lt. Mathew Siufunua. The suspect’s wife was worried that his shouting would wake her sister’s children, who were asleep in their house near 1200 West and 500 North, and she asked him to keep it... A man was arrested about 10:30 Friday night after he allegedly shot up his own yard because he was aggravated about the noise from neighbors’ fireworks. The 51-year-old suspect allegedly got into a fight with his wife about the fireworks that were being ignited around his house in Provo, said Provo police Lt. Mathew Siufunua. The suspect’s wife was worried that his shouting would wake her sister’s children, who were asleep in their house near 1200 West and 500 North, and she asked him to keep it... 58233482@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:51:02 MDT Attorney: FBI did ‘reasonable’ search for OK City bombing records http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58232255-78/fbi-trentadue-records-search.html.csp As a three-day bench trial begin Monday in Utah’s federal court, a lawyer for the FBI said the agency searched for weeks for records from its Oklahoma City bombing investigation. Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking documents and videotapes from the 1995 bombing investigation, including one tape he believes shows two men exiting a Ryder truck parked in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and the detonation of expl... As a three-day bench trial begin Monday in Utah’s federal court, a lawyer for the FBI said the agency searched for weeks for records from its Oklahoma City bombing investigation. Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking documents and videotapes from the 1995 bombing investigation, including one tape he believes shows two men exiting a Ryder truck parked in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and the detonation of expl... 58232255@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:13:31 MDT Utah ex-cop charged in shooting files motion to dismiss http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58233274-78/cowley-motion-valley-west.html.csp Embattled former West Valley City Detective Shaun Cowley appeared in court Monday afternoon — his first appearance since a former federal judge announced he would be joining Cowley’s defense team. Paul Cassell, a law professor at the University of Utah, wrote a letter last week in which he asserted that the manslaughter charge against Cowley is unwarranted. “My concern that a guilty verdict in this case will jeopardize the safety of the community by making police officers fearful of defending th... Embattled former West Valley City Detective Shaun Cowley appeared in court Monday afternoon — his first appearance since a former federal judge announced he would be joining Cowley’s defense team. Paul Cassell, a law professor at the University of Utah, wrote a letter last week in which he asserted that the manslaughter charge against Cowley is unwarranted. “My concern that a guilty verdict in this case will jeopardize the safety of the community by making police officers fearful of defending th... 58233274@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:06:00 MDT Salt Lake City police nab not-so-bright druggie http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58233360-78/lake-salt-officers-police.html.csp Except for a brief foot chase, it may have been one of the easiest drug arrests ever for Salt Lake City police. About 12:30 a.m. Sunday, while officers were talking with another man on the street near 200 South and 500 West, the 23-year-old suspect walked to a nearby group seeking drug paraphernalia. When the group pointed out the police presence, the suspect ran. Officers pursued and apprehended him behind an adjacent building moments later. The man was booked into Salt Lake County Jail, where ... Except for a brief foot chase, it may have been one of the easiest drug arrests ever for Salt Lake City police. About 12:30 a.m. Sunday, while officers were talking with another man on the street near 200 South and 500 West, the 23-year-old suspect walked to a nearby group seeking drug paraphernalia. When the group pointed out the police presence, the suspect ran. Officers pursued and apprehended him behind an adjacent building moments later. The man was booked into Salt Lake County Jail, where ... 58233360@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:17:01 MDT Sidewalk gunfire has cops seeking W. Salt Lake City suspect http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58233224-78/suspect-black-police-red.html.csp Police were seeking leads in a weekend incident where a youth fired multiple gunshots at two men following him as he walked on a street in west Salt Lake City. The incident occurred 5:12 p.m. Sunday at 309 S. 1000 West. No one was hurt, but at least one of the bullets struck a nearby home. Police say a boy told two neighborhood men he had seen the suspect with a firearm. They in turn approached the suspect, who was walking with a female, and asked him if he had a gun. The suspect said he did not... Police were seeking leads in a weekend incident where a youth fired multiple gunshots at two men following him as he walked on a street in west Salt Lake City. The incident occurred 5:12 p.m. Sunday at 309 S. 1000 West. No one was hurt, but at least one of the bullets struck a nearby home. Police say a boy told two neighborhood men he had seen the suspect with a firearm. They in turn approached the suspect, who was walking with a female, and asked him if he had a gun. The suspect said he did not... 58233224@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:08:39 MDT Women claim to be ‘agents,’ steal W. Salt Lake City man’s car http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58233261-78/women-lake-salt-agents.html.csp Two women claiming to be law enforcement officers duped a pair of west Salt Lake City men before driving off in a car belonging to one of them. Salt Lake Police Sgt. Robin Heiden said the men were approached by the women at 962 W. 200 South about 9 p.m. Sunday. After claiming to be “agents,” the women ordered the men to sit on the curb, saying that uniformed police were on the way to the scene. Meantime, the women — one a Latina about 30 years old, heavily built, with black hair and wearing a bl... Two women claiming to be law enforcement officers duped a pair of west Salt Lake City men before driving off in a car belonging to one of them. Salt Lake Police Sgt. Robin Heiden said the men were approached by the women at 962 W. 200 South about 9 p.m. Sunday. After claiming to be “agents,” the women ordered the men to sit on the curb, saying that uniformed police were on the way to the scene. Meantime, the women — one a Latina about 30 years old, heavily built, with black hair and wearing a bl... 58233261@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:02:02 MDT Doug Owens says a poll shows he can beat Mia Love http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58233068-90/campaign-candidate-democratic-district.html.csp Mia Love has a strong lead in Utah’s 4th Congressional District race, but a poll commissioned by Doug Owens has given the Democratic challenger renewed hope that he can close the gap. Owens’ poll, released to reporters Monday, shows that Love is ahead 50 percent to 41 percent in the open-seat contest and some respondents were inclined to switch their support to the Democrat when short positive bios were read. This is the first survey of this race to be released to the public. “There is a path to... Mia Love has a strong lead in Utah’s 4th Congressional District race, but a poll commissioned by Doug Owens has given the Democratic challenger renewed hope that he can close the gap. Owens’ poll, released to reporters Monday, shows that Love is ahead 50 percent to 41 percent in the open-seat contest and some respondents were inclined to switch their support to the Democrat when short positive bios were read. This is the first survey of this race to be released to the public. “There is a path to... 58233068@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:30:41 MDT Utah man taken for $43,000 in fraudulent business scheme, police say http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58233176-78/police-fire-martinez-orem.html.csp Ignoring the Great Commandment to love thy neighbor as thyself, a Lindon man was arrested Friday on suspicion of defrauding his neighbor instead. The victim of the alleged fraud told Orem police his neighbor had bilked him out of $43,000 over a three-year period to purportedly start a business that sold “a fire suppression system,” Orem police said in a press release. The product, said Orem police Lt. Craig Martinez, would detect when a house was on fire and suck up water from the homeowner’s sw... Ignoring the Great Commandment to love thy neighbor as thyself, a Lindon man was arrested Friday on suspicion of defrauding his neighbor instead. The victim of the alleged fraud told Orem police his neighbor had bilked him out of $43,000 over a three-year period to purportedly start a business that sold “a fire suppression system,” Orem police said in a press release. The product, said Orem police Lt. Craig Martinez, would detect when a house was on fire and suck up water from the homeowner’s sw... 58233176@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:27:01 MDT Is your city, county raising property taxes? 40 are http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58223976-90/tax-215000-county-increase.html.csp Property valuation notices arriving this week contain some pricey news for many Utahns: 40 local governments are seeking tax hikes. That is slightly less than the 42 that raised them last year, but double the number that had boosted them in 2012. During the Great Recession and its aftermath, many governments tried to hold down tax increases. That may be over now, judging from the past two years. Utahns with the worst news are the 250 residents in tiny Rockville, Washington County, near Zion Nat... Property valuation notices arriving this week contain some pricey news for many Utahns: 40 local governments are seeking tax hikes. That is slightly less than the 42 that raised them last year, but double the number that had boosted them in 2012. During the Great Recession and its aftermath, many governments tried to hold down tax increases. That may be over now, judging from the past two years. Utahns with the worst news are the 250 residents in tiny Rockville, Washington County, near Zion Nat... 58223976@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:20:55 MDT Fake bomb left at Utah bank http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58233142-78/device-scott-explosive-package.html.csp A bomb squad was called to an Ogden credit union Monday morning after someone left what proved to be a fake explosive device at the drive-up window. Ogden police officials said someone placed a package in the “retractable teller window” at Wasatch Peaks Credit Union, 975 Washington Blvd., at about 10:30 a.m. Monday. With the package was a note saying the item was an explosive device, said Lt. Tim Scott. Scott said the Davis County bomb squad was called to the scene, and by 1:15 p.m., were able t... A bomb squad was called to an Ogden credit union Monday morning after someone left what proved to be a fake explosive device at the drive-up window. Ogden police officials said someone placed a package in the “retractable teller window” at Wasatch Peaks Credit Union, 975 Washington Blvd., at about 10:30 a.m. Monday. With the package was a note saying the item was an explosive device, said Lt. Tim Scott. Scott said the Davis County bomb squad was called to the scene, and by 1:15 p.m., were able t... 58233142@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:15:32 MDT Utah trial centers on FBI’s Oklahoma City bombing records http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58211323-78/trentadue-fbi-bombing-building.html.csp Nearly two decades after the Oklahoma City bombing, a Utah attorney who is fighting to obtain FBI records related to the attack will have his day in court. On Monday, a three-day trial is scheduled to begin in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City on a lawsuit by lawyer Jesse Trentadue. He filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking documents and videotapes from the bombing investigation — including one tape he believes shows two men exiting a Ryder truck parked in front ... Nearly two decades after the Oklahoma City bombing, a Utah attorney who is fighting to obtain FBI records related to the attack will have his day in court. On Monday, a three-day trial is scheduled to begin in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City on a lawsuit by lawyer Jesse Trentadue. He filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking documents and videotapes from the bombing investigation — including one tape he believes shows two men exiting a Ryder truck parked in front ... 58211323@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:50:16 MDT Crews struggle to tame Utah wildfires in rugged, steep terrain http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58232364-78/fire-crews-monday-acre.html.csp An army of more than 500 firefighters were slowly turning back the flames of central Utah’s Levan Wildfire on Monday, having halted its spread at 4,336 acres. Fire Information Officer Brian Reublinger said crews, aided by nine water-bearing helicopters of various sizes, 15 engine crews and a bulldozer, had contained 35 percent the blaze. However, the remote, rugged and steep high desert terrain made the going slow — and there was no estimate for when crews expected to completely hem in the flame... An army of more than 500 firefighters were slowly turning back the flames of central Utah’s Levan Wildfire on Monday, having halted its spread at 4,336 acres. Fire Information Officer Brian Reublinger said crews, aided by nine water-bearing helicopters of various sizes, 15 engine crews and a bulldozer, had contained 35 percent the blaze. However, the remote, rugged and steep high desert terrain made the going slow — and there was no estimate for when crews expected to completely hem in the flame... 58232364@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:39:04 MDT Investigation continues into fatal Utah home explosion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58232666-78/fire-broadhurst-explosion-friday.html.csp Unified Fire officials said Monday that it will likely take months to determine what caused a fatal explosion and subsequent fire at a Draper home on Friday. Paul Broadhurst, 40, died at University Hospital’s burn unit in Salt Lake City late Friday evening from injuries sustained in the early morning fire. The fire at 15082 S. Junction Circle (235 East) was reported just after 7:20 a.m. Friday and leveled the two-story home, leaving just the frame and foundation. Neighbors ran to assist Broadhur... Unified Fire officials said Monday that it will likely take months to determine what caused a fatal explosion and subsequent fire at a Draper home on Friday. Paul Broadhurst, 40, died at University Hospital’s burn unit in Salt Lake City late Friday evening from injuries sustained in the early morning fire. The fire at 15082 S. Junction Circle (235 East) was reported just after 7:20 a.m. Friday and leveled the two-story home, leaving just the frame and foundation. Neighbors ran to assist Broadhur... 58232666@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:34:37 MDT Faulty handgun may have prevented tragic end to S. Jordan standoff http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58232816-78/police-handgun-officers-suspect.html.csp South Jordan police say an apparently faulty handgun likely kept a prolonged standoff with an armed and suicidal man from ending in tragedy. Police Master Officer Samuel Winkler said officers were dispatched to a report of gun-toting suicidal man at the San Marino Apartments, 776 W. San Marino Drive (9880 South), just before 1 p.m. Sunday. Police learned than an argument between the 34-year-old suspect and his fiancée and escalated when the man first put a handgun to the woman’s head, and then p... South Jordan police say an apparently faulty handgun likely kept a prolonged standoff with an armed and suicidal man from ending in tragedy. Police Master Officer Samuel Winkler said officers were dispatched to a report of gun-toting suicidal man at the San Marino Apartments, 776 W. San Marino Drive (9880 South), just before 1 p.m. Sunday. Police learned than an argument between the 34-year-old suspect and his fiancée and escalated when the man first put a handgun to the woman’s head, and then p... 58232816@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:34:37 MDT SLC says pain worth the gain in Miller Park’s restoration http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58211711-78/park-lake-phase-east.html.csp The owls are screeching in Salt Lake City’s east-side Miller Park Bird Refuge — and so are the backhoes. After months of consulting and clashing with neighbors and the Great Salt Lake Audubon over restoration plans for the park straddling Red Butte Creek, the city has begun work on a project that will thin out non-native trees, fortify stream banks and improve trails. But city officials have taken note of the discord and have amended their plan. Crews will remove fewer trees in the short term i... The owls are screeching in Salt Lake City’s east-side Miller Park Bird Refuge — and so are the backhoes. After months of consulting and clashing with neighbors and the Great Salt Lake Audubon over restoration plans for the park straddling Red Butte Creek, the city has begun work on a project that will thin out non-native trees, fortify stream banks and improve trails. But city officials have taken note of the discord and have amended their plan. Crews will remove fewer trees in the short term i... 58211711@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:25:46 MDT