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(Click here to see what weapons were sent to yo... Two Utah legislators on Wednesday defended local police using surplus military weapons and equipment obtained through a federal program. The legislators were responding to Marina Lowe, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. She told lawmakers during a hearing at the Capitol the weapon transfers, called the 1033 Program, were helping to “militarize” local police by giving them what “war fighters” use to combat an enemy. (Click here to see what weapons were sent to yo... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58393675@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:23:08 MDT Utah police chief charged with stalking women http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58422110-78/butterfield-chief-cooper-police.html.csp Myton’s new police chief has been charged with stalking three women. Thomas Wade Butterfield was charged Tuesday in Duchesne County with three counts of stalking, one count of unlawful detention and one count of criminal trespass, all misdemeanors. Butterfield, 44, this year became the first chief of Myton’s newly formed police department. “People are innocent until proven guilty,” said Myton Mayor Kathleen Cooper. “At this point, we stand behind our chief, and we’ll defend him until we find out... Myton’s new police chief has been charged with stalking three women. Thomas Wade Butterfield was charged Tuesday in Duchesne County with three counts of stalking, one count of unlawful detention and one count of criminal trespass, all misdemeanors. Butterfield, 44, this year became the first chief of Myton’s newly formed police department. “People are innocent until proven guilty,” said Myton Mayor Kathleen Cooper. “At this point, we stand behind our chief, and we’ll defend him until we find out... 58422110@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:30:42 MDT $500K in damage from Weber Fairgrounds fire http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58423490-78/amp-fire-com-fairgrounds.html.csp A blaze that caused an estimated $500,000 in damage at the Weber County Fairgrounds remains under investigation, though it is believed to have been accidental. Weber Fire District Fire Marshal Brandon Thueson said district and Ogden City Fire Department crews rushed to the fairgrounds, at 1000 N. 1200 West in Ogden, just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. About 15 firefighters were able to douse the flames before midnight and contained the blaze to a storage building that housed a variety of fairgrounds ge... A blaze that caused an estimated $500,000 in damage at the Weber County Fairgrounds remains under investigation, though it is believed to have been accidental. Weber Fire District Fire Marshal Brandon Thueson said district and Ogden City Fire Department crews rushed to the fairgrounds, at 1000 N. 1200 West in Ogden, just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. About 15 firefighters were able to douse the flames before midnight and contained the blaze to a storage building that housed a variety of fairgrounds ge... 58423490@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:26:45 MDT West Valley City mom charged for allegedly stabbing children http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58422593-78/charged-stabbed-charges-galvis.html.csp A West Valley City mother has been charged with attempted murder on allegations she stabbed her two children. In charges filed Tuesday, police wrote that they arrived at the home of Mary Galvis, 47, on Saturday morning to find her 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son bleeding from multiple stab wounds. Galvis’ husband was holding her down on the floor, yelling: “She stabbed my children. She was going to kill them herself,” police wrote. The 10-year-old, identified in charges as C.P.J., had... A West Valley City mother has been charged with attempted murder on allegations she stabbed her two children. In charges filed Tuesday, police wrote that they arrived at the home of Mary Galvis, 47, on Saturday morning to find her 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son bleeding from multiple stab wounds. Galvis’ husband was holding her down on the floor, yelling: “She stabbed my children. She was going to kill them herself,” police wrote. The 10-year-old, identified in charges as C.P.J., had... 58422593@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:18:55 MDT Utah teacher accused of sex abuse resolves criminal case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58420262-78/supp-student-plea-agreement.html.csp A former Clearfield High School teacher accused of forcing a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old student has resolved her criminal case. Gaile Kristine Supp, 25, entered an Alford plea last week to one count of third-degree sexual battery. With an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but concedes enough evidence exists to likely secure a conviction at trial. A four-day trial had been set to begin Monday for Supp, who was originally charged in 2nd District Court with first-degree felon... A former Clearfield High School teacher accused of forcing a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old student has resolved her criminal case. Gaile Kristine Supp, 25, entered an Alford plea last week to one count of third-degree sexual battery. With an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but concedes enough evidence exists to likely secure a conviction at trial. A four-day trial had been set to begin Monday for Supp, who was originally charged in 2nd District Court with first-degree felon... 58420262@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:38:15 MDT Woman dies of injuries in Park City auto-pedestrian accident http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58424322-78/amp-park-canyons-resort.html.csp A woman reportedly employed as a nanny has died of injuries sustained when she was hit by a pickup truck near Park City’s Canyons Resort earlier this month. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce on Wednesday confirmed the woman, 38-year-old Javier Arlyn Yusi, a citizen of the Philippines, succumbed early Tuesday after being taken off life support at University Hospital in Salt Lake City. She had been in a coma since the Sept. 7 accident. Royce said no charges had yet been filed, as the case remai... A woman reportedly employed as a nanny has died of injuries sustained when she was hit by a pickup truck near Park City’s Canyons Resort earlier this month. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce on Wednesday confirmed the woman, 38-year-old Javier Arlyn Yusi, a citizen of the Philippines, succumbed early Tuesday after being taken off life support at University Hospital in Salt Lake City. She had been in a coma since the Sept. 7 accident. Royce said no charges had yet been filed, as the case remai... 58424322@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:38:15 MDT SLCPD: Angry, guitar-swinging panhandler terrorizes McDonald’s http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58424448-78/guitar-car-woman-lake.html.csp Salt Lake City police say a panhandler, enraged when restaurant drive-through customers rejected his demands for cash, turned his guitar into a weapon — and a ticket to jail. Officers were called to the McDonald’s at 210 W. 500 South just before 7 p.m. Tuesday. They were told that the suspect had snapped, striking a car with his guitar when the occupants refused to give him money. He then allegedly opened the passenger’s side door of the car, pulled a woman out and struck her in the chest befor... Salt Lake City police say a panhandler, enraged when restaurant drive-through customers rejected his demands for cash, turned his guitar into a weapon — and a ticket to jail. Officers were called to the McDonald’s at 210 W. 500 South just before 7 p.m. Tuesday. They were told that the suspect had snapped, striking a car with his guitar when the occupants refused to give him money. He then allegedly opened the passenger’s side door of the car, pulled a woman out and struck her in the chest befor... 58424448@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:38:15 MDT Trial scheduled for Utah inmate accused of murdering cellmate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58425151-78/crutcher-prison-cardona-gueton.html.csp A trial was scheduled Wednesday for a prison inmate accused of murdering his cell mate last year. Steven Crutcher, 33, is charged in Manti’s 6th District Court with first-degree felony aggravated murder for the death of 62-year-old Rolando Cardona-Gueton. A 10-day trial is scheduled to begin on June 1. Sanpete County Attorney Brody Keisel said last year that Cardona-Gueton was found on April 20, 2013 at the prison in Gunnison “as if he had [hanged] himself.” “Further investigation has led us to... A trial was scheduled Wednesday for a prison inmate accused of murdering his cell mate last year. Steven Crutcher, 33, is charged in Manti’s 6th District Court with first-degree felony aggravated murder for the death of 62-year-old Rolando Cardona-Gueton. A 10-day trial is scheduled to begin on June 1. Sanpete County Attorney Brody Keisel said last year that Cardona-Gueton was found on April 20, 2013 at the prison in Gunnison “as if he had [hanged] himself.” “Further investigation has led us to... 58425151@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:22:01 MDT Scammers now ‘spoofing’ police caller I.D. to extort funds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58424224-78/money-slcpd-police-victims.html.csp A persistent telephone con extorting bogus fees or fines under threat of arrest has taken a particularly brazen turn: scammers are “spoofing” the caller I.D. of the Salt Lake City Police Department Dispatch Center. Police Sgt. Robin Heiden says that when targeted victims answer the calls, the connection shows as an SLCPD number, lending purported legitimacy to the scam. Investigation of this new twist on an old con game has the full attention of SLCPD’s Financial Crimes Unit. An unspecified, but... A persistent telephone con extorting bogus fees or fines under threat of arrest has taken a particularly brazen turn: scammers are “spoofing” the caller I.D. of the Salt Lake City Police Department Dispatch Center. Police Sgt. Robin Heiden says that when targeted victims answer the calls, the connection shows as an SLCPD number, lending purported legitimacy to the scam. Investigation of this new twist on an old con game has the full attention of SLCPD’s Financial Crimes Unit. An unspecified, but... 58424224@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:14:48 MDT Trial set for Utah man accused in police bomb plot http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58424306-78/huggins-explosive-police-bomb.html.csp A Utah man charged with wanting to kill police officers and bomb a police station in Tremonton is scheduled to go on trial in two months. A federal judge on Monday set the Nov. 24 trial date for John Huggins, 47. Huggins is charged with possessing an unregistered destructive device, possessing an explosive device and sharing information about making bombs. Huggins kept detailed logs of Tremonton police activity and had explosive materials and a homemade explosive device inside his trailer home, ... A Utah man charged with wanting to kill police officers and bomb a police station in Tremonton is scheduled to go on trial in two months. A federal judge on Monday set the Nov. 24 trial date for John Huggins, 47. Huggins is charged with possessing an unregistered destructive device, possessing an explosive device and sharing information about making bombs. Huggins kept detailed logs of Tremonton police activity and had explosive materials and a homemade explosive device inside his trailer home, ... 58424306@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:34:01 MDT SLCPD: Charred shell of stripped, stolen car found http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58424111-78/car-charred-police-remims.html.csp Police and arson experts are investigating after the charred shell of a stolen car was found in a west Salt Lake City industrial park. The vehicle had been stripped of parts and then torched about 11 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters quickly doused the blaze near 2300 N. Warm Springs Road (800 West). Police did not release further details, as detectives and fire investigators had just begun processing evidence in their search for suspects. remims@sltrib.com Twitter: @remims Police and arson experts are investigating after the charred shell of a stolen car was found in a west Salt Lake City industrial park. The vehicle had been stripped of parts and then torched about 11 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters quickly doused the blaze near 2300 N. Warm Springs Road (800 West). Police did not release further details, as detectives and fire investigators had just begun processing evidence in their search for suspects. remims@sltrib.com Twitter: @remims 58424111@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:47:02 MDT Another rejected candidate wants on Utah state school ballot http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58421790-78/ballot-candidates-rejected-election.html.csp A third rejected candidate for the Utah State Board of Education asked a federal judge on Tuesday to order that his name be placed on the November election ballot. Joel D. Wright, a Utah County resident and an attorney, is asking U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups to order his name on the ballot just as Waddoups did last week for two other applicants. They had sued when their names were rejected by the committee that screens candidates or by Gov. Gary Herbert, who makes the final decision on who... A third rejected candidate for the Utah State Board of Education asked a federal judge on Tuesday to order that his name be placed on the November election ballot. Joel D. Wright, a Utah County resident and an attorney, is asking U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups to order his name on the ballot just as Waddoups did last week for two other applicants. They had sued when their names were rejected by the committee that screens candidates or by Gov. Gary Herbert, who makes the final decision on who... 58421790@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:01:02 MDT Utah attorney, sons accused of drug crimes are on path to trial http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58420495-78/robinson-drug-possession-degree.html.csp A former attorney for Salt Lake City government and his two sons were ordered to stand trial Tuesday on charges accusing them of running a drug operation out of their Sugar House home. James Wesley Robinson and his two adult sons — 21-year-old Alexander Jordan Robinson and 18-year-old Zachary Ryan Robinson — appeared in court Tuesday just long enough to decline a preliminary hearing where prosecutors would have been required to show there was enough evidence to proceed to trial. Often, defenda... A former attorney for Salt Lake City government and his two sons were ordered to stand trial Tuesday on charges accusing them of running a drug operation out of their Sugar House home. James Wesley Robinson and his two adult sons — 21-year-old Alexander Jordan Robinson and 18-year-old Zachary Ryan Robinson — appeared in court Tuesday just long enough to decline a preliminary hearing where prosecutors would have been required to show there was enough evidence to proceed to trial. Often, defenda... 58420495@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:59:35 MDT Box Elder County official in counseling after DUI http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58421060-78/tingey-arrest-police-guilty.html.csp Brigham City • A Box Elder County commissioner who pleaded guilty to drunk driving last month said this week that he was going through a difficult time and made poor choices. Commissioner Ryan Tingey, 47, said that he’s somewhat relieved the news of his April arrest is now public after spending months waiting for media to report it. “It’s been like waiting for the other shoe to drop,” Tingey told The Standard-Examiner on Monday. Tingey was arrested in April after running a red light in Riverdal... Brigham City • A Box Elder County commissioner who pleaded guilty to drunk driving last month said this week that he was going through a difficult time and made poor choices. Commissioner Ryan Tingey, 47, said that he’s somewhat relieved the news of his April arrest is now public after spending months waiting for media to report it. “It’s been like waiting for the other shoe to drop,” Tingey told The Standard-Examiner on Monday. Tingey was arrested in April after running a red light in Riverdal... 58421060@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:02:08 MDT Appeals court: Hateful poem sent to professor a form of free speech http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58417752-78/court-heineman-email-poem.html.csp Aaron Michael Heineman wrote a University of Utah professor a poem filled with threats and hate. On Monday, a federal appeals court found that he was well within his rights to do so, and that merely threatening to kill someone isn’t necessarily a crime. “The district court found that [Heineman] knowingly sent an email that caused the recipient to reasonably fear bodily harm,” the court wrote. “[Heineman] argues that his conviction violated the First Amendment because the court did not also find... Aaron Michael Heineman wrote a University of Utah professor a poem filled with threats and hate. On Monday, a federal appeals court found that he was well within his rights to do so, and that merely threatening to kill someone isn’t necessarily a crime. “The district court found that [Heineman] knowingly sent an email that caused the recipient to reasonably fear bodily harm,” the court wrote. “[Heineman] argues that his conviction violated the First Amendment because the court did not also find... 58417752@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:38:48 MDT Appeal likely to slow case against man accused of killing Utah deputy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58420709-78/roman-court-federal-fox.html.csp A likely appeal is expected to slow the prosecution of federal charges against the man who was acquitted in state court of the murder of Millard County Sheriff’s deputy Josie Greathouse Fox. Attorneys for Roberto Miramontes Roman have argued that the federal charges are based on the same crimes for which he was tried in state court and amount to violation of constitutional protections against double jeopardy. A 4th District Court jury acquitted Roman in August of 2012 of an aggravated murder ch... A likely appeal is expected to slow the prosecution of federal charges against the man who was acquitted in state court of the murder of Millard County Sheriff’s deputy Josie Greathouse Fox. Attorneys for Roberto Miramontes Roman have argued that the federal charges are based on the same crimes for which he was tried in state court and amount to violation of constitutional protections against double jeopardy. A 4th District Court jury acquitted Roman in August of 2012 of an aggravated murder ch... 58420709@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:11:02 MDT West Valley City cops seek suspects in Wal-Mart slashing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58420261-78/suspects-valley-victim-west.html.csp West Valley City police are looking for suspects in an attempted parking lot robbery that left a 52-year-old man with a slashed face. WVCPD spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said police were called late Tuesday night by staff at Pioneer Valley Hospital after the man showed up in their emergency room. Investigating officers learned that the victim, who suffered a knife wound to his left jaw, had just finished shopping at the Wal-Mart store, 3180 S. 5600 West, and had gotten into his car when two men ... West Valley City police are looking for suspects in an attempted parking lot robbery that left a 52-year-old man with a slashed face. WVCPD spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said police were called late Tuesday night by staff at Pioneer Valley Hospital after the man showed up in their emergency room. Investigating officers learned that the victim, who suffered a knife wound to his left jaw, had just finished shopping at the Wal-Mart store, 3180 S. 5600 West, and had gotten into his car when two men ... 58420261@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:48:02 MDT Salt Lake City man killed in crash in Hawaii http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58420319-78/amp-hawaii-kohala-north.html.csp Police in Hawaii have identified a man killed in a single-vehicle crash last week as Christopher A. Sprecher, 60, of Salt Lake City. The Hawaii Police Department said Sprecher was driving an SUV on a road in the Kohala Ranch gated subdivision in North Kohala on Sept. 10 when he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the right shoulder and hit a tree. Sprecher was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to police. pmanson@... Police in Hawaii have identified a man killed in a single-vehicle crash last week as Christopher A. Sprecher, 60, of Salt Lake City. The Hawaii Police Department said Sprecher was driving an SUV on a road in the Kohala Ranch gated subdivision in North Kohala on Sept. 10 when he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the right shoulder and hit a tree. Sprecher was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to police. pmanson@... 58420319@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:37:20 MDT Evidence disputed in Saratoga Springs shooting http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58417540-78/police-hunt-shooting-family.html.csp While national attention is now focusing on whether two Saratoga Springs police officers shot and killed a young black man because of his race, the various sides sparred Monday over which version of what happened is supported by emerging evidence. Randall Edwards, attorney for the family of Darrien Hunt, said more witnesses came forward to support the family’s version that the 22-year-old was trying to flee police Wednesday when he was shot in the back. He said no witnesses — nor independent aut... While national attention is now focusing on whether two Saratoga Springs police officers shot and killed a young black man because of his race, the various sides sparred Monday over which version of what happened is supported by emerging evidence. Randall Edwards, attorney for the family of Darrien Hunt, said more witnesses came forward to support the family’s version that the 22-year-old was trying to flee police Wednesday when he was shot in the back. He said no witnesses — nor independent aut... 58417540@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:15:20 MDT Utah teen accused in deputy’s death gets February trial date http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58407716-78/county-utah-grunwald-trial.html.csp Provo • A two-week trial was set Monday for the Draper teen charged in connection to a January shooting, in which she and her boyfriend allegedly tore through two counties as he shot and killed one police officer and wounded another. Meagan Dakota Grunwald, now 18, is charged as an adult with aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, and 11 other charges related to the Jan. 30 death of Utah County Sgt. Cory Wride near Lehi and the wounding of Utah County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Sherwood in Santaq... Provo • A two-week trial was set Monday for the Draper teen charged in connection to a January shooting, in which she and her boyfriend allegedly tore through two counties as he shot and killed one police officer and wounded another. Meagan Dakota Grunwald, now 18, is charged as an adult with aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, and 11 other charges related to the Jan. 30 death of Utah County Sgt. Cory Wride near Lehi and the wounding of Utah County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Sherwood in Santaq... 58407716@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:05:30 MDT