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On the October 2013 flight, the teenager awoke from a nap and... A former Utah airline pilot has been sentenced to just over two years in prison for groping a 14-year-old fellow passenger girl when he was off-duty on a flight from Detroit to Salt Lake City. Michael James Pascal, 46, of Park City, appeared in federal court Wednesday in Salt Lake City. “Whatever the sentence is, I will accept it,” he told U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball, saying he hoped to be a good father during his time in prison. On the October 2013 flight, the teenager awoke from a nap and... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58241641@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:42:07 MDT Utah man shot during emergency room incident pleads guilty http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58238365-78/burr-emergency-attorney-report.html.csp Logan • When Jason James Burr brandished two handguns in a North Logan emergency room one day in May, it was a cry for help, his attorney said Wednesday. He went to that emergency room in pain, attorney David Perry told reporters after his client pleaded guilty to reduced charges. He was suicidal and thought a police officer might kill him. “His behavior in the emergency room — he did have the guns out,” Perry said. “He was not pointing them at people. He was not threatening. It was basically a ... Logan • When Jason James Burr brandished two handguns in a North Logan emergency room one day in May, it was a cry for help, his attorney said Wednesday. He went to that emergency room in pain, attorney David Perry told reporters after his client pleaded guilty to reduced charges. He was suicidal and thought a police officer might kill him. “His behavior in the emergency room — he did have the guns out,” Perry said. “He was not pointing them at people. He was not threatening. It was basically a ... 58238365@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:01:09 MDT Millard County deputies shoot man who rammed several cruisers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58242069-78/county-sheriff-finlinson-office.html.csp Utah Highway Patrol and Utah County investigators are looking into the late Tuesday night shooting and wounding of a fugitive by Millard County sheriff’s deputies. A statement Wednesday from Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker’s office said the incident began about 7 p.m. Tuesday when deputies, accompanied by a Utah Adult Probation and Parole agent, tried to pull over a pickup truck driven by 42-year-old George Finlinson. Finlinson’s family and mental health workers reportedly had requested the... Utah Highway Patrol and Utah County investigators are looking into the late Tuesday night shooting and wounding of a fugitive by Millard County sheriff’s deputies. A statement Wednesday from Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker’s office said the incident began about 7 p.m. Tuesday when deputies, accompanied by a Utah Adult Probation and Parole agent, tried to pull over a pickup truck driven by 42-year-old George Finlinson. Finlinson’s family and mental health workers reportedly had requested the... 58242069@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:57:01 MDT Rainbow Gathering's 'Hitler' waves preliminary hearing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58242088-78/charged-garcia-novak-hearing.html.csp A Rainbow Gathering attendee accused of stabbing two men during the June-July camping fest in the mountains east of Heber has waived her right to a preliminary hearing. Leilani Novak-Garcia, 33, also known as “Hitler,” is charged in 4th District Court with a second-degree felony attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a man in the head and shoulder who was trying to get her to stop honking her car horn at about 1 a.m. on June 23. During the same episode, Novak-Garcia allegedly stabbed another ma... A Rainbow Gathering attendee accused of stabbing two men during the June-July camping fest in the mountains east of Heber has waived her right to a preliminary hearing. Leilani Novak-Garcia, 33, also known as “Hitler,” is charged in 4th District Court with a second-degree felony attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a man in the head and shoulder who was trying to get her to stop honking her car horn at about 1 a.m. on June 23. During the same episode, Novak-Garcia allegedly stabbed another ma... 58242088@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:56:01 MDT Salt Lake City police nab violent ex-con in alleged RV kidnap http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58241017-78/chaney-felony-police-lake.html.csp An ex-con with a history of domestic violence — including a 1996 incident where he shot and wounded his then-wife — has been arrested by Salt Lake City police for allegedly holding another woman against her will in his RV. SLCPD Detective Veronica Montoya said William Steven Chaney, 53, was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping; second-degree felony domestic violence/aggravated assault; and third-degree felony counts ... An ex-con with a history of domestic violence — including a 1996 incident where he shot and wounded his then-wife — has been arrested by Salt Lake City police for allegedly holding another woman against her will in his RV. SLCPD Detective Veronica Montoya said William Steven Chaney, 53, was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping; second-degree felony domestic violence/aggravated assault; and third-degree felony counts ... 58241017@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:54:44 MDT Preliminary hearing begins for ex-Utah bus driver charged with sex abuse http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58238266-78/carrell-bus-abuse-sandy.html.csp Former Canyons School District bus driver John Martin Carrell — accused of molesting two 5-year-old Sandy girls — went through training that included a no-contact policy, the school district’s human resources director testified Wednesday morning during a preliminary hearing. Steven Dimond testified that school bus drivers can high-five, knuckle-bump, and help kids into seats, but no other contact. “[Conduct] is respectful, it’s courteous, it’s kind, but there’s no hugging, no sitting on laps — i... Former Canyons School District bus driver John Martin Carrell — accused of molesting two 5-year-old Sandy girls — went through training that included a no-contact policy, the school district’s human resources director testified Wednesday morning during a preliminary hearing. Steven Dimond testified that school bus drivers can high-five, knuckle-bump, and help kids into seats, but no other contact. “[Conduct] is respectful, it’s courteous, it’s kind, but there’s no hugging, no sitting on laps — i... 58238266@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:16:12 MDT Utah man who traded gunfire with deputies ordered to stand trial http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58241919-78/biedermann-ordered-counts-court.html.csp A man who exchanged gunfire with Iron County Sheriff’s deputies last December was ordered Wednesday to stand trial. Grant Louise Biedermann Jr., 41, was charged in 5th District Court with two counts of first-degree felony attempted aggravated murder, two counts of third-degree felony assault by a prisoner and one count of class B misdemeanor carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. On Wednesday, following a preliminary hearing, Judge John Walton ordered Biederma... A man who exchanged gunfire with Iron County Sheriff’s deputies last December was ordered Wednesday to stand trial. Grant Louise Biedermann Jr., 41, was charged in 5th District Court with two counts of first-degree felony attempted aggravated murder, two counts of third-degree felony assault by a prisoner and one count of class B misdemeanor carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. On Wednesday, following a preliminary hearing, Judge John Walton ordered Biederma... 58241919@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:12:01 MDT UHP: Bizarre chase over 2 freeways, 2 counties http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58241916-78/car-troopers-chase-northbound.html.csp A 50-year-old man was hospitalized in serious condition Wednesday, the day after his veering car led Utah Highway Patrol troopers on a bizarre chase stretching over two freeways and two counties. About 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, a Utah Department of Corrections officer spotted the man’s 2005 Dodge Neon driving erratically northbound on 2700 West near 4100 South in Salt Lake County. The vehicle hit a curb and blew out its right front tire, but kept going. Alerted by the officer, troopers spotted the car... A 50-year-old man was hospitalized in serious condition Wednesday, the day after his veering car led Utah Highway Patrol troopers on a bizarre chase stretching over two freeways and two counties. About 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, a Utah Department of Corrections officer spotted the man’s 2005 Dodge Neon driving erratically northbound on 2700 West near 4100 South in Salt Lake County. The vehicle hit a curb and blew out its right front tire, but kept going. Alerted by the officer, troopers spotted the car... 58241916@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:10:02 MDT Semi overturns, blocks two lanes on westbound I-80 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58241879-78/lanes-remims-semi-westbound.html.csp A semi-trailer truck overturned on Interstate 80 near Lambs Canyon early Wednesday afternoon, closing two westbound lanes and causing heavy delays in traffic. The Utah Department of Transportation did not immediately report any injuries in the single-vehicle accident. What caused the big rig to overturn, landing on its side, was under investigation. UDOT gave an updated estimated clearance time of about 5:15 p.m., and suggested drivers use I-84 as an alternate. The Tribune will update this story... A semi-trailer truck overturned on Interstate 80 near Lambs Canyon early Wednesday afternoon, closing two westbound lanes and causing heavy delays in traffic. The Utah Department of Transportation did not immediately report any injuries in the single-vehicle accident. What caused the big rig to overturn, landing on its side, was under investigation. UDOT gave an updated estimated clearance time of about 5:15 p.m., and suggested drivers use I-84 as an alternate. The Tribune will update this story... 58241879@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:41:01 MDT ICE agent indicted for Constitutional rights violation appears in Utah court http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58241658-78/agent-indicted-martinson-rights.html.csp An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent indicted in Utah for allegedly slamming a man’s face into the floor pleaded not guilty during a Wednesday appearance in federal court. The agent, Jon Martinson Jr. was indicted in June with violating the man’s Constitutional rights while acting as an officer. The alleged victim is only identified by his initials in the indictment, which does not confirm whether he was in the country illegally. On July 3, 2013, “[Martinson] slammed F.M.P. onto the conc... An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent indicted in Utah for allegedly slamming a man’s face into the floor pleaded not guilty during a Wednesday appearance in federal court. The agent, Jon Martinson Jr. was indicted in June with violating the man’s Constitutional rights while acting as an officer. The alleged victim is only identified by his initials in the indictment, which does not confirm whether he was in the country illegally. On July 3, 2013, “[Martinson] slammed F.M.P. onto the conc... 58241658@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:52:02 MDT Price cops i.d. dead man in fire at ‘known drug house’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58241483-78/barnes-drug-known-swink.html.csp Price police on Wednesday identified a man found dead at the scene of a suspicious fire in a known drug house. Capt. William Barnes said the official cause of death for Brian William Swink, 32, awaited results of an autopsy. Firefighters discovered Swink’s body in the basement of the house at 423 S. 200 West about 11 a.m. Tuesday. Barnes said Swink’s last known address was not in Price, but nearby Helper. However, he cited the ongoing nature of the investigation in declining to discuss further d... Price police on Wednesday identified a man found dead at the scene of a suspicious fire in a known drug house. Capt. William Barnes said the official cause of death for Brian William Swink, 32, awaited results of an autopsy. Firefighters discovered Swink’s body in the basement of the house at 423 S. 200 West about 11 a.m. Tuesday. Barnes said Swink’s last known address was not in Price, but nearby Helper. However, he cited the ongoing nature of the investigation in declining to discuss further d... 58241483@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:14:02 MDT Woman testifies of cameras that faced bombed OK federal building http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58238617-78/building-trentadue-federal-bombing.html.csp An Oklahoma City woman who lost her two young grandsons in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building testified Wednesday that her nearby apartment building had exterior surveillance camera facing the federal building. Jannie Coverdale also testified that an Oklahoma City police officer and an FBI agent came to her apartment building about six months after the bombing. The police officer told her the two were going to the fifth floor to review the surveillance tapes, she said. Coverdale is ... An Oklahoma City woman who lost her two young grandsons in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building testified Wednesday that her nearby apartment building had exterior surveillance camera facing the federal building. Jannie Coverdale also testified that an Oklahoma City police officer and an FBI agent came to her apartment building about six months after the bombing. The police officer told her the two were going to the fifth floor to review the surveillance tapes, she said. Coverdale is ... 58238617@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:52:30 MDT Early Wednesday northwest SLC blaze leaves 12 homeless http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58241413-78/blaze-lake-salt-apartment.html.csp An early Wednesday morning fire left 12 residents of a northwest Salt Lake City apartment complex without homes. Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay said the blaze near 800 West and 700 North was declared under control shortly after midnight, but firefighters remained on the scene until about 4 a.m. While the flames were contained to the apartment of origin, smoke and water damage also left neighboring units uninhabitable. The Utah chapter of the Red Cross was assisting the displ... An early Wednesday morning fire left 12 residents of a northwest Salt Lake City apartment complex without homes. Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay said the blaze near 800 West and 700 North was declared under control shortly after midnight, but firefighters remained on the scene until about 4 a.m. While the flames were contained to the apartment of origin, smoke and water damage also left neighboring units uninhabitable. The Utah chapter of the Red Cross was assisting the displ... 58241413@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:34:01 MDT Uintah County shooting leaves one man dead http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58241278-78/condition-county-dead-laursen.html.csp The Uintah County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday it is investigating as a homicide a shooting incident that left a man dead and a woman hospitalized. Undersheriff John E. Laursen said that just before midnight Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to an address just north of Vernal, near 2600 North 500 East, on a report of gunfire. They found Curtis Dale Hardinger, 34, of Vernal, with a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported in very critical condition to Ashley Regional Medical ... The Uintah County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday it is investigating as a homicide a shooting incident that left a man dead and a woman hospitalized. Undersheriff John E. Laursen said that just before midnight Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to an address just north of Vernal, near 2600 North 500 East, on a report of gunfire. They found Curtis Dale Hardinger, 34, of Vernal, with a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported in very critical condition to Ashley Regional Medical ... 58241278@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:14:02 MDT Man dies when SUV slams into Taylorsville home http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58240767-78/crash-hoyal-caused-damage.html.csp Unified Police were trying Wednesday to determine what caused a man to lose control of his SUV and fatally crash into a home in Taylorsville. UPD Lt. Justin Hoyal said William Nichols, 51, of South Jordan, was critically injured in the 10:30 p.m. Tuesday crash at 3627 W. Christy Ann Drive (5460 South). Nichols later died at the hospital. Two people inside the home were unhurt. The house sustained a cracked foundation when the white Chevrolet Suburban collided with a corner of the residence, but ... Unified Police were trying Wednesday to determine what caused a man to lose control of his SUV and fatally crash into a home in Taylorsville. UPD Lt. Justin Hoyal said William Nichols, 51, of South Jordan, was critically injured in the 10:30 p.m. Tuesday crash at 3627 W. Christy Ann Drive (5460 South). Nichols later died at the hospital. Two people inside the home were unhurt. The house sustained a cracked foundation when the white Chevrolet Suburban collided with a corner of the residence, but ... 58240767@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:04:10 MDT Crews near full containment of Levan Wildfire http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58241182-78/fire-harvey-levan-crews.html.csp Crews expected to complete digging containment lines around central Utah’s Levan Wildfire by week’s end, thanks to timely rainstorms and painstaking labors by an army of nearly 500 firefighters. Fire Information Officer Dorothy Harvey said the blaze had blackened 4,343 acres of Juab County’s rugged high desert terrain since beginning July 24 about a mile south of the town of Levan. On Wednesday, it was 72 percent contained. Harvey said the rainfall had helped douse hot spots overnight, though th... Crews expected to complete digging containment lines around central Utah’s Levan Wildfire by week’s end, thanks to timely rainstorms and painstaking labors by an army of nearly 500 firefighters. Fire Information Officer Dorothy Harvey said the blaze had blackened 4,343 acres of Juab County’s rugged high desert terrain since beginning July 24 about a mile south of the town of Levan. On Wednesday, it was 72 percent contained. Harvey said the rainfall had helped douse hot spots overnight, though th... 58241182@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:04:10 MDT Swallow, Shurtleff make historic court appearances, vow to beat charges http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58238557-78/shurtleff-swallow-charges-com.html.csp History was made Wednesday in a Salt Lake City courtroom — but not the good kind. Two former Utah attorneys general appeared in criminal court to answer to a slew of public corruption charges, ranging from accepting or soliciting bribes to tampering with witnesses and evidence. Mark Shurtleff and his protégé, John Swallow, face a combined 23 counts in what has mushroomed into the most sweeping political scandal in Utah history. The courtroom, overflowing with more than 80 onlookers, dozens of la... History was made Wednesday in a Salt Lake City courtroom — but not the good kind. Two former Utah attorneys general appeared in criminal court to answer to a slew of public corruption charges, ranging from accepting or soliciting bribes to tampering with witnesses and evidence. Mark Shurtleff and his protégé, John Swallow, face a combined 23 counts in what has mushroomed into the most sweeping political scandal in Utah history. The courtroom, overflowing with more than 80 onlookers, dozens of la... 58238557@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:27:31 MDT Man’s body found in burning Price house http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58238667-78/body-price-tuesday-fire.html.csp Firefighters in Price found a man’s body in the basement of a house where a suspicious fire broke out on Tuesday. The house at 423 S. 200 West was full of smoke, with flames spreading to the attic when crews arrived about 11 a.m., Price Police Chief Kevin Drolc reported Tuesday night. While putting out the fire, crews found a man’s body in the basement. Police were interviewing several witnesses as of Monday night. John Serfustini, editor of the Carbon County Sun Advocate, said officers were s... Firefighters in Price found a man’s body in the basement of a house where a suspicious fire broke out on Tuesday. The house at 423 S. 200 West was full of smoke, with flames spreading to the attic when crews arrived about 11 a.m., Price Police Chief Kevin Drolc reported Tuesday night. While putting out the fire, crews found a man’s body in the basement. Police were interviewing several witnesses as of Monday night. John Serfustini, editor of the Carbon County Sun Advocate, said officers were s... 58238667@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:17:28 MDT Owner of dog shot by Utah police turns down $10,000 offer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58236771-78/kendall-department-police-offer.html.csp The owner of a dog killed by a Salt Lake City police officer last month said he has turned down the department’s offer to pay him $10,000 to compensate him for his pet. Sean Kendall, owner of the dog, Geist, that was shot dead by a police officer in its own backyard last month, acknowledged the generosity of the department’s offer, but said he would not be satisfied until the department agreed to change its policy governing using force against dogs. “Even though it really is pretty enticing to... The owner of a dog killed by a Salt Lake City police officer last month said he has turned down the department’s offer to pay him $10,000 to compensate him for his pet. Sean Kendall, owner of the dog, Geist, that was shot dead by a police officer in its own backyard last month, acknowledged the generosity of the department’s offer, but said he would not be satisfied until the department agreed to change its policy governing using force against dogs. “Even though it really is pretty enticing to... 58236771@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:59:30 MDT Utah judge rules that fMRI experts can’t testify in 2015 murder trial http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58237289-78/valdes-roddy-experts-trial.html.csp Two medical experts will not be allowed to testify on behalf of accused killer Jeremy Lee Valdes’ 2015 trial, an Ogden judge ruled Tuesday. Valdes, 37, is charged in 2nd District Court with two counts of capital murder for the 2009 deaths of Matthew Roddy, 30, and Roddy’s mother, Pamela Knight Jeffries, 53. Valdes is also charged with second-degree felony obstructing justice, and joyriding and two counts of abuse or desecration of a human body, all third-degree felonies. On Tuesday, Judge Mark ... Two medical experts will not be allowed to testify on behalf of accused killer Jeremy Lee Valdes’ 2015 trial, an Ogden judge ruled Tuesday. Valdes, 37, is charged in 2nd District Court with two counts of capital murder for the 2009 deaths of Matthew Roddy, 30, and Roddy’s mother, Pamela Knight Jeffries, 53. Valdes is also charged with second-degree felony obstructing justice, and joyriding and two counts of abuse or desecration of a human body, all third-degree felonies. On Tuesday, Judge Mark ... 58237289@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:03:46 MDT