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Paxton said a nearby canal had overflowed because of debris buildup, and be... Water overflowing from a canal in West Jordan came dangerously close to flooding homes on Wednesday morning, but officials say sandbags and debris removal helped minimize damage. West Jordan Battalion Chief Duane Paxton said Wednesday that crews were called to a home at 9300 S. Betty Drive, near 4000 West, just before 5 a.m. after a homeowner was awakened by a newspaper deliverer who told her water was flooding her yard. Paxton said a nearby canal had overflowed because of debris buildup, and be... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57854296@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:45 MDT West Valley City police help evacuate two families from burning home http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57854408-78/fire-robinson-attic-able.html.csp West Valley City police officers helped evacuate 10 people from a burning home in Kearns early Wednesday. Unified Fire Capt. Zack Robinson said officers were in the area near 4800 South and 4400 West at around 4:15 a.m. on a separate matter when they began smelling smoke. They found a home with an attic on fire, and called firefighters before rushing inside to help evacuate the two families who lived there. When fire crews arrived, it took them less than 15 minutes to put out the fire, Robinson ... West Valley City police officers helped evacuate 10 people from a burning home in Kearns early Wednesday. Unified Fire Capt. Zack Robinson said officers were in the area near 4800 South and 4400 West at around 4:15 a.m. on a separate matter when they began smelling smoke. They found a home with an attic on fire, and called firefighters before rushing inside to help evacuate the two families who lived there. When fire crews arrived, it took them less than 15 minutes to put out the fire, Robinson ... 57854408@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:20:02 MDT Job hearing begins for West Valley City cop who shot Danielle Willard http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57850861-78/cowley-willard-salmon-commission.html.csp The police officer who fired the shot that killed Danielle Willard began his quest Wednesday morning to reclaim his job. West Valley City’s civil service commission is holding a five-day hearing to decide if Shaun Cowley should be reinstated. The hearing is scheduled to continue through Thursday then resume Monday. It is scheduled to conclude April 30. Willard died Nov. 2, 2012. Cowley and another narcotics detective, Kevin Salmon, saw what they thought was a drug deal and approached Willard as... The police officer who fired the shot that killed Danielle Willard began his quest Wednesday morning to reclaim his job. West Valley City’s civil service commission is holding a five-day hearing to decide if Shaun Cowley should be reinstated. The hearing is scheduled to continue through Thursday then resume Monday. It is scheduled to conclude April 30. Willard died Nov. 2, 2012. Cowley and another narcotics detective, Kevin Salmon, saw what they thought was a drug deal and approached Willard as... 57850861@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:51:20 MDT Utahn ordered to trial in traffic death of Caffe Ibis owner http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57851348-78/henson-driving-logan-wirth.html.csp A Cache County man was ordered Monday to stand trial for allegedly driving drunk when he caused an accident that resulted in the death of the co-owner of a popular Logan coffee company. Alvin Blaine Henson, 40, was charged in Logan’s 1st District Court with second-degree felony automobile homicide, along with Class B misdemeanors related to being an alcohol restricted driver and not having a DUI interlock system in the car he was driving at the time of the April 10. Randy Wirth, 67, died April ... A Cache County man was ordered Monday to stand trial for allegedly driving drunk when he caused an accident that resulted in the death of the co-owner of a popular Logan coffee company. Alvin Blaine Henson, 40, was charged in Logan’s 1st District Court with second-degree felony automobile homicide, along with Class B misdemeanors related to being an alcohol restricted driver and not having a DUI interlock system in the car he was driving at the time of the April 10. Randy Wirth, 67, died April ... 57851348@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:57:17 MDT Coach: Man shot at Utah courthouse once had promising future http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57849722-78/angilau-siale-tenifa-trial.html.csp Siale Angilau was a likable guy who once had a promising future, according to a former high school football coach. But the 5-foot-11, 230-pound Angilau — who became a career criminal, according to prosecutors — was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal on Monday morning when he tried to attack a witness with a pen or pencil during a gang-related racketeering trial in federal court. The witness was detailing how the Tongan Crip Gang (TCG) recruited members and operated throughout the Salt Lake Valley w... Siale Angilau was a likable guy who once had a promising future, according to a former high school football coach. But the 5-foot-11, 230-pound Angilau — who became a career criminal, according to prosecutors — was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal on Monday morning when he tried to attack a witness with a pen or pencil during a gang-related racketeering trial in federal court. The witness was detailing how the Tongan Crip Gang (TCG) recruited members and operated throughout the Salt Lake Valley w... 57849722@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:17:21 MDT Court filing accuses Susan Powell’s family of ‘gamesmanship’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57850000-78/powell-susan-cox-josh.html.csp A new filing by attorneys for Josh Powell’s family accuses his in-laws of “gamesmanship,” pointing to contradictory statements about whether Susan Powell is alive. Her father, Chuck Cox, has publicly stated he believes Susan Powell is dead, but his attorneys have taken the position in court that, at least legally, she is still alive, according to a brief filed last week in Utah. The brief was filed in response to criticisms lawyers for the Coxes leveled at the Powell family. Lawyers for the C... A new filing by attorneys for Josh Powell’s family accuses his in-laws of “gamesmanship,” pointing to contradictory statements about whether Susan Powell is alive. Her father, Chuck Cox, has publicly stated he believes Susan Powell is dead, but his attorneys have taken the position in court that, at least legally, she is still alive, according to a brief filed last week in Utah. The brief was filed in response to criticisms lawyers for the Coxes leveled at the Powell family. Lawyers for the C... 57850000@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:02:50 MDT Utah inmate sentenced for ‘shanking’ Eric Millerberg http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57850140-78/millerberg-scown-prison-sentenced.html.csp A Utah State Prison inmate accused of stabbing cellmate Eric Millerberg last year, was sentenced Monday to more time behind bars, after pleading guilty to the assault. Simon Russel Scown, 30, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree felony attempted aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury in the August 2013 stabbing of Millerberg, who was recently convicted of child abuse homicide. Additional charges of obstructing justice and having prohibited items inside a correctional facility ... A Utah State Prison inmate accused of stabbing cellmate Eric Millerberg last year, was sentenced Monday to more time behind bars, after pleading guilty to the assault. Simon Russel Scown, 30, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree felony attempted aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury in the August 2013 stabbing of Millerberg, who was recently convicted of child abuse homicide. Additional charges of obstructing justice and having prohibited items inside a correctional facility ... 57850140@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:48:48 MDT Unwelcome guest tased by police on SLC front porch http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57849439-78/police-officer-porch-front.html.csp A 26-year-old man was tased by Salt Lake City police Monday after he was found allegedly intoxicated, sitting on someone’s porch without permission. According to Salt Lake City police, officers responded to 2246 S. 900 East just before midnight on Monday on reports that the homeowner had an unwelcome guest sitting on his front porch. An officer arrived and ordered the 26-year-old man to get on the ground, but the man would not respond or comply with the officer’s order. Police say that once the ... A 26-year-old man was tased by Salt Lake City police Monday after he was found allegedly intoxicated, sitting on someone’s porch without permission. According to Salt Lake City police, officers responded to 2246 S. 900 East just before midnight on Monday on reports that the homeowner had an unwelcome guest sitting on his front porch. An officer arrived and ordered the 26-year-old man to get on the ground, but the man would not respond or comply with the officer’s order. Police say that once the ... 57849439@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:29:40 MDT Salt Lake County jail inmate attacks corrections officer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57850063-78/jail-officer-inmate-monday.html.csp A Salt Lake County jail officer was briefly hospitalized Monday after an inmate attacked him. Jail officials said Tuesday that a 25-year-old inmate became upset because his phone call ended, and attacked the officer who was escorting him to his cell around 1 p.m. Monday. “As the officer was directing the prisoner to his cell, the prisoner turned on the officer and began assaulting him,” a jail press release reads. Back-up officers arrived and restrained the inmate, who was checked by medical st... A Salt Lake County jail officer was briefly hospitalized Monday after an inmate attacked him. Jail officials said Tuesday that a 25-year-old inmate became upset because his phone call ended, and attacked the officer who was escorting him to his cell around 1 p.m. Monday. “As the officer was directing the prisoner to his cell, the prisoner turned on the officer and began assaulting him,” a jail press release reads. Back-up officers arrived and restrained the inmate, who was checked by medical st... 57850063@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:29:40 MDT Utah mom accused of killing 6 babies given attorney http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57844650-78/huntsman-judge-police-court.html.csp Provo • Criminal charges against a woman accused of killing six of her babies likely won’t be filed until her court appearance next week. Megan Huntsman’s estranged husband found the body of a dead infant in their Pleasant Grove garage on April 12. 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 giving birth between 1996 and 2006, according to an a... Provo • Criminal charges against a woman accused of killing six of her babies likely won’t be filed until her court appearance next week. Megan Huntsman’s estranged husband found the body of a dead infant in their Pleasant Grove garage on April 12. 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 giving birth between 1996 and 2006, according to an a... 57844650@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:04:52 MDT Utah mom charged with meth use while pregnant http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57847739-78/baby-police-pregnant-woman.html.csp A St. George woman was charged with second-degree felony child endangerment on accusations that she used meth while pregnant. In charges filed Monday, police wrote that the woman, 24, delivered the baby last week after 39 weeks of pregnancy. “Being that her child was only 39 weeks gestational age, it was surmised that the use of methamphetamine caused [the woman] to go into labor,” police wrote. The baby was delivered by emergency C-section due to medical problems. The mother admitted to medic... A St. George woman was charged with second-degree felony child endangerment on accusations that she used meth while pregnant. In charges filed Monday, police wrote that the woman, 24, delivered the baby last week after 39 weeks of pregnancy. “Being that her child was only 39 weeks gestational age, it was surmised that the use of methamphetamine caused [the woman] to go into labor,” police wrote. The baby was delivered by emergency C-section due to medical problems. The mother admitted to medic... 57847739@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:25:25 MDT Three ‘suspicious’ fires doused in Provo early Tuesday morning http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57849147-78/fire-fires-jolley-abandoned.html.csp Fire officials are investigating whether three small fires set overnight in Provo are connected to a number of previous arson attempts in the last few weeks. Provo Fire Chief Gary Jolley said fire crews doused fires set Tuesday morning inside a vehicle and outside two abandoned buildings. He said firefighters were first called out at about 3:40 a.m. on a report of a fire that had been set near a boarded-up abandoned building located at 5085 W. Center St. While the fire, which was set outside th... Fire officials are investigating whether three small fires set overnight in Provo are connected to a number of previous arson attempts in the last few weeks. Provo Fire Chief Gary Jolley said fire crews doused fires set Tuesday morning inside a vehicle and outside two abandoned buildings. He said firefighters were first called out at about 3:40 a.m. on a report of a fire that had been set near a boarded-up abandoned building located at 5085 W. Center St. While the fire, which was set outside th... 57849147@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:07:07 MDT Gang defendant shot, killed at new Salt Lake City federal courthouse http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57844841-78/angilau-witness-cardwell-defendant.html.csp Perry Cardwell took his daughter to the new federal courthouse Monday morning to watch his mother testify in a decade-old robbery in a racketeering trial for an alleged Tongan Crip Gang member. “It was a normal court case,” daughter Sara Jacobson said Monday. “You don’t expect anything to happen.” But Cardwell’s mother never had the chance to take the witness stand. At about 9:25 a.m., the defendant charged a witness, who was reportedly testifying about life in the Tongan Crip Gang (TCG), and w... Perry Cardwell took his daughter to the new federal courthouse Monday morning to watch his mother testify in a decade-old robbery in a racketeering trial for an alleged Tongan Crip Gang member. “It was a normal court case,” daughter Sara Jacobson said Monday. “You don’t expect anything to happen.” But Cardwell’s mother never had the chance to take the witness stand. At about 9:25 a.m., the defendant charged a witness, who was reportedly testifying about life in the Tongan Crip Gang (TCG), and w... 57844841@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:47:36 MDT Man suffers critical injuries in Utah County car wreck http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57847269-78/car-utah-troopers-county.html.csp A man was critically injured in a car wreck Sunday evening on Redwood Road in Utah County. The man was the passenger in a Saturn passenger car that was traveling south about 5:30 p.m. on Redwood Road north of Elberta “at a very high rate of speed,” Utah Highway Patrol troopers wrote in a press statement. The driver lost control going around a curve, troopers said. The passenger, 22, was not using a safety belt and was thrown from the car. He was critically injured and flown to Utah Valley Regio... A man was critically injured in a car wreck Sunday evening on Redwood Road in Utah County. The man was the passenger in a Saturn passenger car that was traveling south about 5:30 p.m. on Redwood Road north of Elberta “at a very high rate of speed,” Utah Highway Patrol troopers wrote in a press statement. The driver lost control going around a curve, troopers said. The passenger, 22, was not using a safety belt and was thrown from the car. He was critically injured and flown to Utah Valley Regio... 57847269@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:04:24 MDT Teen shoots himself in the face at Provo High http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57847514-78/chambers-provo-police-teen.html.csp A student shot himself in the face Monday at Provo High School but survived with relatively minor injuries. The 14-year-old left class shortly before school was to be dismissed and went behind a secondary building on the school campus, said Provo police Detective Chris Chambers. The boy shot himself in the cheek with a .22-caliber pistol; the bullet went through his mouth and chipped a tooth before exiting his other cheek, Chambers said. The boy then went into a bathroom in the secondary buildi... A student shot himself in the face Monday at Provo High School but survived with relatively minor injuries. The 14-year-old left class shortly before school was to be dismissed and went behind a secondary building on the school campus, said Provo police Detective Chris Chambers. The boy shot himself in the cheek with a .22-caliber pistol; the bullet went through his mouth and chipped a tooth before exiting his other cheek, Chambers said. The boy then went into a bathroom in the secondary buildi... 57847514@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:04:22 MDT Child run over in Kearns identified http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57847518-78/identified-kearns-laloulu-run.html.csp Police have identified a 1-year-old who died this weekend after being run over in his Kearns driveway. James Laloulu was playing with other children in his fenced-in yard, near 5400 West Planada Way (4885 South), about 1 p.m. Saturday when a family member opened a gate before backing out of the driveway. Laloulu got behind the man’s Chevy Tahoe and was struck, said Unified Police Department Lt. Justin Hoyal. Laloulu was taken to Intermountain Medical Center, where he died. Erin Alberty Police have identified a 1-year-old who died this weekend after being run over in his Kearns driveway. James Laloulu was playing with other children in his fenced-in yard, near 5400 West Planada Way (4885 South), about 1 p.m. Saturday when a family member opened a gate before backing out of the driveway. Laloulu got behind the man’s Chevy Tahoe and was struck, said Unified Police Department Lt. Justin Hoyal. Laloulu was taken to Intermountain Medical Center, where he died. Erin Alberty 57847518@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:00:02 MDT Hearing set for man accused of killing elderly Murray woman http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57846004-78/aggravated-spencer-sharp-allegedly.html.csp A three-day preliminary hearing has been set to begin Nov. 18 for a man charged with killing an elderly Murray woman and setting fire to her home earlier this year. Christen James Spencer allegedly killed Shirley Sharp, 84, on Jan. 25. Spencer, 49, is charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated murder — which is potentially punishable by death — aggravated burglary, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated arson and failure to stop at the command of police. According to court doc... A three-day preliminary hearing has been set to begin Nov. 18 for a man charged with killing an elderly Murray woman and setting fire to her home earlier this year. Christen James Spencer allegedly killed Shirley Sharp, 84, on Jan. 25. Spencer, 49, is charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated murder — which is potentially punishable by death — aggravated burglary, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated arson and failure to stop at the command of police. According to court doc... 57846004@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:47:33 MDT Provo firefighters see pattern in arson fires http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57846185-78/provo-fire-homes-property.html.csp Provo • Fire investigators say a pattern is emerging, and they suspect one or more arsonists is responsible for a series of blazes at a neighborhood of vacant duplex homes in north Provo. Provo Fire Marshal Lynn Schofield told the Daily Herald that one firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation after a Saturday blaze at the complex near the Shops at Riverwoods. A fire a week earlier destroyed several buildings, and two duplexes burned March 24. Schofield says the homes have been vacant for at... Provo • Fire investigators say a pattern is emerging, and they suspect one or more arsonists is responsible for a series of blazes at a neighborhood of vacant duplex homes in north Provo. Provo Fire Marshal Lynn Schofield told the Daily Herald that one firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation after a Saturday blaze at the complex near the Shops at Riverwoods. A fire a week earlier destroyed several buildings, and two duplexes burned March 24. Schofield says the homes have been vacant for at... 57846185@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:47:33 MDT Courtroom attacker had long criminal history in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57845351-78/angilau-assault-federal-charges.html.csp Siale Angilau was a get for law enforcement. A career criminal and known member of the Tongan Crip Gang, Angilau helped wreak havoc throughout the Salt Lake Valley before he was shot and killed Monday inside a federal courtroom by a U.S. marshal. Federal prosecutors alleged that the man committed and aided in crimes that ranged from assault to armed robbery to murder, according to court documents. In 2010, federal, state and local officials charged Angilau and 16 of his fellow TCG members in fe... Siale Angilau was a get for law enforcement. A career criminal and known member of the Tongan Crip Gang, Angilau helped wreak havoc throughout the Salt Lake Valley before he was shot and killed Monday inside a federal courtroom by a U.S. marshal. Federal prosecutors alleged that the man committed and aided in crimes that ranged from assault to armed robbery to murder, according to court documents. In 2010, federal, state and local officials charged Angilau and 16 of his fellow TCG members in fe... 57845351@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:18:10 MDT Davis County questionnaire asks Utah cops if they are liars http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57779822-78/lake-police-questionnaire-salt.html.csp For police officers in Salt Lake City and in Davis County, this question could soon appear on the standard paperwork they have to complete: “Has any judge or prosecutor made any allegations or findings that reflect on your truthfulness or bias? Yes or No.” The Davis County attorney’s office last week started issuing questionnaires to police officers that ask whether they have been caught lying or done something else that could jeopardize court cases in which they might be called to testify. ... For police officers in Salt Lake City and in Davis County, this question could soon appear on the standard paperwork they have to complete: “Has any judge or prosecutor made any allegations or findings that reflect on your truthfulness or bias? Yes or No.” The Davis County attorney’s office last week started issuing questionnaires to police officers that ask whether they have been caught lying or done something else that could jeopardize court cases in which they might be called to testify. ... 57779822@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:18:10 MDT