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Two Salt Lake County men have been charged with the murder of a man who was shot to death last month inside a car in a South Salt Lake alley In court documents filed Monday, police wrote that Irving Nunez, 20, of Kearns, and 19-year-old Ernesto Navarro, of West Valley City, were riding in a Mazda passenger car with two other men June 23 when they got in a dispute with the occupants of a silver Chevy Avalanche. Investigators did not describe the topic of the dispute, but passengers in the Avalanc... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58208874@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:12:02 MDT Wildfire forces evacuations in Tooele County http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58205836-78/fire-monday-county-homes.html.csp Wildfires threatened homes in Tooele and travel in Morgan County on Monday. East of Tooele City, the Anaconda fire had burned more than 50 acres and was approaching homes on Churchwood Lane and a nearby gun range, fire officials said. Crews were trying to protect houses, and residents of 10 homes had been evacuated to a nearby church. Evacuations were lifted late Monday night, but residents were asked to stay alert overnight. This is the second time in two weeks a wildfire has forced evacutions... Wildfires threatened homes in Tooele and travel in Morgan County on Monday. East of Tooele City, the Anaconda fire had burned more than 50 acres and was approaching homes on Churchwood Lane and a nearby gun range, fire officials said. Crews were trying to protect houses, and residents of 10 homes had been evacuated to a nearby church. Evacuations were lifted late Monday night, but residents were asked to stay alert overnight. This is the second time in two weeks a wildfire has forced evacutions... 58205836@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:53:40 MDT Wildfire forces evacuations in Tooele County http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58207850-78/wildfire-forced-tooele-county.html.csp A wildfire forced evacuations and was threatening a gun range east of Tooele City. The Anaconda fire had burned more than 50 acres as of 4:30 p.m. Monday, and was being spread by shifting winds, fire officials reported. Residents on Churchwood Lane were evacuated to an LDS church at 751 North 520 East. This is the second time in two weeks a wildfire has forced evacutions in Tooele County. Some residents of Stockton were forced out of their homes Wednesday when a wildfire damaged three homes and ... A wildfire forced evacuations and was threatening a gun range east of Tooele City. The Anaconda fire had burned more than 50 acres as of 4:30 p.m. Monday, and was being spread by shifting winds, fire officials reported. Residents on Churchwood Lane were evacuated to an LDS church at 751 North 520 East. This is the second time in two weeks a wildfire has forced evacutions in Tooele County. Some residents of Stockton were forced out of their homes Wednesday when a wildfire damaged three homes and ... 58207850@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:49:35 MDT Armed robberies around Salt Lake Valley likely linked, police say http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58207830-78/police-robbery-cottonwood-heights.html.csp Police investigators from South Salt Lake and Cottonwood Heights are working together to locate a suspect they believe committed at least two armed robberies since last Wednesday. In each of the robberies, a man brandished a black handgun and concealed his face beneath a baggy, purple-and-yellow hooded sweatshirt. “It’s a pretty distinct hoodie. Especially when it’s 90 degrees outside, you’re not going to see somebody dressed like that,” said Cottonwood Heights Sgt. Corbett Ford. “I’m sitting he... Police investigators from South Salt Lake and Cottonwood Heights are working together to locate a suspect they believe committed at least two armed robberies since last Wednesday. In each of the robberies, a man brandished a black handgun and concealed his face beneath a baggy, purple-and-yellow hooded sweatshirt. “It’s a pretty distinct hoodie. Especially when it’s 90 degrees outside, you’re not going to see somebody dressed like that,” said Cottonwood Heights Sgt. Corbett Ford. “I’m sitting he... 58207830@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:05:02 MDT Vets say 10 horses found in Utah field likely died of thirst or hunger http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58207575-78/horses-utah-field-state.html.csp The 10 horses found dead in a field in Magna likely died of thirst or hunger, according to a preliminary examination by the Utah State Veterinarian’s Office. The horses were found in a private, fenced off field near Pleasant Green Cemetery, around 3500 S. 9200 West. Police and witnesses said the horses appeared to have died of thirst, but the official cause of death will not be known until the state veterinarian’s office completes necropsies of the animals. Seven of the ten horses were too deco... The 10 horses found dead in a field in Magna likely died of thirst or hunger, according to a preliminary examination by the Utah State Veterinarian’s Office. The horses were found in a private, fenced off field near Pleasant Green Cemetery, around 3500 S. 9200 West. Police and witnesses said the horses appeared to have died of thirst, but the official cause of death will not be known until the state veterinarian’s office completes necropsies of the animals. Seven of the ten horses were too deco... 58207575@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:36:17 MDT Utah Supreme Court justice to retire http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58207163-78/court-nehring-utah-supreme.html.csp Justice Ronald E. Nehring has announced his retirement after more than 11 years on the Utah Supreme Court bench. Nehring, who will leave his post in February, according to an announcement, had served eight years as a judge in 3rd District Court before he was appointed to the state’s high court by Gov. Mike Leavitt in May 2003. At the time of his appointment, Nehring was the presiding judge of 3rd District Court. The court will be accepting applications for Nehring’s replacement to the Supreme C... Justice Ronald E. Nehring has announced his retirement after more than 11 years on the Utah Supreme Court bench. Nehring, who will leave his post in February, according to an announcement, had served eight years as a judge in 3rd District Court before he was appointed to the state’s high court by Gov. Mike Leavitt in May 2003. At the time of his appointment, Nehring was the presiding judge of 3rd District Court. The court will be accepting applications for Nehring’s replacement to the Supreme C... 58207163@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:46:02 MDT Two brothers from Utah died in Arizona Strip plane crash http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58206188-78/daulton-utah-brothers-jaxon.html.csp Mourners in Davis County held a memorial Monday night for two teenage brothers who died this weekend when their plane crashed near the Utah-Arizona border. Daulton Whatcott, 19, and his brother, Jaxon Whatcott, 16, both of Clinton, were the two occupants of a single-engine Cessna 172 that was flying from Beaver, Utah, to Mesquite, Nev., when it went down about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to sheriff’s officials in Mohave County, Ariz. Daulton had recently received his pilot license and was flyi... Mourners in Davis County held a memorial Monday night for two teenage brothers who died this weekend when their plane crashed near the Utah-Arizona border. Daulton Whatcott, 19, and his brother, Jaxon Whatcott, 16, both of Clinton, were the two occupants of a single-engine Cessna 172 that was flying from Beaver, Utah, to Mesquite, Nev., when it went down about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to sheriff’s officials in Mohave County, Ariz. Daulton had recently received his pilot license and was flyi... 58206188@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:43:49 MDT Uintah deputies arrest anti-tar sands activists http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58206716-78/sands-tar-utah-oil.html.csp Twenty-one activists were arrested Monday during a “blockade” of a tar sands company’s construction equipment in eastern Utah, according to anti-tar sands groups who accused Uintah County sheriff’s deputies of “brutality.” The Sheriff’s Office declined to confirm the arrests Monday afternoon, except to say that all of its available deputies were at the site about 50 miles south of Vernal. By Monday night, the Sheriff’s Office still had not commented on the arrests. Beginning at 6 a.m., 80 prot... Twenty-one activists were arrested Monday during a “blockade” of a tar sands company’s construction equipment in eastern Utah, according to anti-tar sands groups who accused Uintah County sheriff’s deputies of “brutality.” The Sheriff’s Office declined to confirm the arrests Monday afternoon, except to say that all of its available deputies were at the site about 50 miles south of Vernal. By Monday night, the Sheriff’s Office still had not commented on the arrests. Beginning at 6 a.m., 80 prot... 58206716@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:43:49 MDT Nearly-electrocuted Murray man’s condition improves http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58207100-78/murray-condition-gaipher-monday.html.csp A 62-year-old man had been upgraded from critical to serious condition on Monday, two days after accidentally touching a 12,000-volt power line in the backyard of his Murray home. Deputy Murray Fire Marshal Pat Killian confirmed the man was improved and expected to survive the 7:30 p.m. Saturday near-electrocution at 5341 Allendale Drive (600 West). Clinton Gaipher reportedly touched the line with a metal pole while attempting to put anti-bird netting over his apple trees. The jolt knocked him ... A 62-year-old man had been upgraded from critical to serious condition on Monday, two days after accidentally touching a 12,000-volt power line in the backyard of his Murray home. Deputy Murray Fire Marshal Pat Killian confirmed the man was improved and expected to survive the 7:30 p.m. Saturday near-electrocution at 5341 Allendale Drive (600 West). Clinton Gaipher reportedly touched the line with a metal pole while attempting to put anti-bird netting over his apple trees. The jolt knocked him ... 58207100@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:29:01 MDT Vernal cops nab Californian in child-sex sting http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58206971-78/police-sex-vernal-campbell.html.csp Vernal police arrested a California man on Monday as part of a child-sex solicitation sting. Police Lt. Keith Campbell said the 34-year-old Loomis, Calif., man was being held without bail in the Uintah County Jail on suspicion of traveling to the eastern Utah community to have sex with what he thought was a 12-year-old girl. Over a period of several months, the man also allegedly sent pornographic materials over the Internet to the uncover police officer who posed as the girl. “These communicati... Vernal police arrested a California man on Monday as part of a child-sex solicitation sting. Police Lt. Keith Campbell said the 34-year-old Loomis, Calif., man was being held without bail in the Uintah County Jail on suspicion of traveling to the eastern Utah community to have sex with what he thought was a 12-year-old girl. Over a period of several months, the man also allegedly sent pornographic materials over the Internet to the uncover police officer who posed as the girl. “These communicati... 58206971@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:19:23 MDT Former Utah rodeo chairman gets probation in theft case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58206661-78/rodeo-harmon-account-committee.html.csp Mere hours before the Days of ‘47 Rodeo was set to kick off its first bull-riding event in Salt Lake City, the rodeo’s former chairman was sentenced Monday to probation and ordered to repay thousands of dollars he unlawfully rerouted from the event into his own account. Brad Floyd Harmon, 55, pleaded guilty in May to unlawful dealing with property by fiduciary — a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. But on Monday, 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg suspended the prison... Mere hours before the Days of ‘47 Rodeo was set to kick off its first bull-riding event in Salt Lake City, the rodeo’s former chairman was sentenced Monday to probation and ordered to repay thousands of dollars he unlawfully rerouted from the event into his own account. Brad Floyd Harmon, 55, pleaded guilty in May to unlawful dealing with property by fiduciary — a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. But on Monday, 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg suspended the prison... 58206661@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:15:01 MDT Thieves evade police after Utah coffee shop robbery http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58206924-78/coffee-police-suspects-foot.html.csp Two suspects remained at large Monday after robbing a Salt Lake coffee shop Sunday night. The suspected thieves, a man and a woman, entered Coffee Noir at 1035 E. 200 South about 8:21 p.m. The female suspect passed a note across the counter indicating they had a weapon and demanding money. A young woman working behind the counter gave the suspects money, and they fled on foot, according to police and a Coffee Nior barista. Police dogs tracked the suspects from the scene but lost the scent near S... Two suspects remained at large Monday after robbing a Salt Lake coffee shop Sunday night. The suspected thieves, a man and a woman, entered Coffee Noir at 1035 E. 200 South about 8:21 p.m. The female suspect passed a note across the counter indicating they had a weapon and demanding money. A young woman working behind the counter gave the suspects money, and they fled on foot, according to police and a Coffee Nior barista. Police dogs tracked the suspects from the scene but lost the scent near S... 58206924@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:54:02 MDT Change-of-venue: Defense cites publicity of slain Utah officer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58206625-78/county-utah-trial-zabriskie.html.csp Provo • Attorneys will argue next month in front of a judge whether 17-year-old Meagan Grunwald should go to trial in Utah County or another county. The teen is charged in connection with a January shooting spree, in which she and her boyfriend allegedly tore through two counties as he shot and killed one police officer and wounded another. Defense attorney Dean Zabriskie has asked for a change of venue in her case, arguing that Grunwald will be unable to get a fair trial in Utah County because... Provo • Attorneys will argue next month in front of a judge whether 17-year-old Meagan Grunwald should go to trial in Utah County or another county. The teen is charged in connection with a January shooting spree, in which she and her boyfriend allegedly tore through two counties as he shot and killed one police officer and wounded another. Defense attorney Dean Zabriskie has asked for a change of venue in her case, arguing that Grunwald will be unable to get a fair trial in Utah County because... 58206625@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:32:42 MDT Utah woman accused of killing six of her newborns appears in court http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58206257-78/huntsman-six-court-woman.html.csp Provo • Attorneys for a Pleasant Grove woman accused of killing six of her newborn children said Monday that they need more time to look at evidence before moving forward in her court case. Megan Huntsman, 39, is charged in 4th District Court with six counts of murder. The woman, dressed in an orange and green jumpsuit, made a brief appearance in a Provo courtroom Monday, where her attorney, Anthony Howell, told the judge that they had just received all of the evidence in the case and needed t... Provo • Attorneys for a Pleasant Grove woman accused of killing six of her newborn children said Monday that they need more time to look at evidence before moving forward in her court case. Megan Huntsman, 39, is charged in 4th District Court with six counts of murder. The woman, dressed in an orange and green jumpsuit, made a brief appearance in a Provo courtroom Monday, where her attorney, Anthony Howell, told the judge that they had just received all of the evidence in the case and needed t... 58206257@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:58:28 MDT Businessman dismissed from Utah fraud lawsuit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58206705-78/lawsuit-dismissed-investors-businessman.html.csp A Connecticut businessman has been dismissed out of a lawsuit by a group of people who claim they were defrauded when they were convinced to invest in drilling oil and gas wells. Jonathan Feldman of Greenwich, Conn., owner of Patriot Exploration LLC and Millennium LLC, was dismissed from the 3rd District Court lawsuit. The investors signed a statement saying an investigation had shown Feldman did not misappropriate funds as they had alleged in the 2012 lawsuit. The investors are continuing to p... A Connecticut businessman has been dismissed out of a lawsuit by a group of people who claim they were defrauded when they were convinced to invest in drilling oil and gas wells. Jonathan Feldman of Greenwich, Conn., owner of Patriot Exploration LLC and Millennium LLC, was dismissed from the 3rd District Court lawsuit. The investors signed a statement saying an investigation had shown Feldman did not misappropriate funds as they had alleged in the 2012 lawsuit. The investors are continuing to p... 58206705@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:19:01 MDT Semis collide, close down Highway 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58206641-78/semi-canyon-fork-highway.html.csp Highway 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon was restricted to one lane of traffic for most of the day Monday after a multi-vehicle accident left a semi-trailer rig on its side, and a load of french fries on the asphalt. Spanish Fork police Lt. Matt Johnson said a series of accidents began when a passenger car attempted to enter the highway at 10:36 a.m. from Powerhouse Road, near the mouth of the canyon. The semi hauling the potatoes attempted to avoid collision, clipping the car’s front end, but the big ... Highway 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon was restricted to one lane of traffic for most of the day Monday after a multi-vehicle accident left a semi-trailer rig on its side, and a load of french fries on the asphalt. Spanish Fork police Lt. Matt Johnson said a series of accidents began when a passenger car attempted to enter the highway at 10:36 a.m. from Powerhouse Road, near the mouth of the canyon. The semi hauling the potatoes attempted to avoid collision, clipping the car’s front end, but the big ... 58206641@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:13:15 MDT SLCPD: Couple arrested for alleged attempted strong-arm robbery http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58206556-78/attempted-police-suspect-lake.html.csp Salt Lake City police say they arrested a man and woman after each attempted rob a downtown resident early Monday morning. The male victim, who lives across the street from the Road Home shelter at 210 S Rio Grande Street, said he went toward the shelter in search of a cigarette. Instead, he was confronted by a large, 43-year-old male suspect who demanded $100. The victim told police he backed away and, as the suspect shouted and continued demands for cash, ran to a nearby TRAX light rail statio... Salt Lake City police say they arrested a man and woman after each attempted rob a downtown resident early Monday morning. The male victim, who lives across the street from the Road Home shelter at 210 S Rio Grande Street, said he went toward the shelter in search of a cigarette. Instead, he was confronted by a large, 43-year-old male suspect who demanded $100. The victim told police he backed away and, as the suspect shouted and continued demands for cash, ran to a nearby TRAX light rail statio... 58206556@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:37:01 MDT West Salt Lake drive-by leaves man in serious condition http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58206508-78/lake-salt-condition-drive.html.csp A 20-year-old, man cut down in a hail of bullets during a west Salt Lake City drive-by shooting, was in serious condition Monday. Salt Lake City police Detective Greg Wilkins said the shooting occurred at 1:26 a.m. Sunday after a homeowner tried to end a party that was getting out of control near 800 N. Morton Drive (1900 West). Two uninvited male guests had argued with other partygoers, prompting the host to order everyone to leave. As the crowd left the home, witnesses saw a male suspect in a ... A 20-year-old, man cut down in a hail of bullets during a west Salt Lake City drive-by shooting, was in serious condition Monday. Salt Lake City police Detective Greg Wilkins said the shooting occurred at 1:26 a.m. Sunday after a homeowner tried to end a party that was getting out of control near 800 N. Morton Drive (1900 West). Two uninvited male guests had argued with other partygoers, prompting the host to order everyone to leave. As the crowd left the home, witnesses saw a male suspect in a ... 58206508@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:24:01 MDT One seriously injured in Logan Canyon crash http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58204477-78/honda-perry-belts-canyon.html.csp Investigators believe seat belts likely mitigated the injuries in a head-on crash Sunday. A 2013 Honda Civic was heading south through Logan Canyon Sunday afternoon when, for some reason, it entered the northbound passing lane, said Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry. Near a curve in U.S. Highway 89, at mile marker 477, the Honda crashed head-on into a pickup truck in the same lane. “It was a fairly significant impact,” Perry said. However, only one person was seriously injured — the male passeng... Investigators believe seat belts likely mitigated the injuries in a head-on crash Sunday. A 2013 Honda Civic was heading south through Logan Canyon Sunday afternoon when, for some reason, it entered the northbound passing lane, said Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry. Near a curve in U.S. Highway 89, at mile marker 477, the Honda crashed head-on into a pickup truck in the same lane. “It was a fairly significant impact,” Perry said. However, only one person was seriously injured — the male passeng... 58204477@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:44:01 MDT Rollover crash on Mountain View Corridor critically hurts 1 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58206157-78/crash-jetta-west-corridor.html.csp A rollover crash on the Mountain View Corridor in West Jordan left a man in critical condition Monday morning. West Jordan police Sgt. Dan Roberts said the injured man was driving a black Volkswagen Jetta westbound on 7800 South at 7:17 a.m. when it ran a red light at the intersection with 6000 West. A southbound Jeep hit the Jetta, causing it to roll. Roberts said the Jetta’s driver, who was not immediately identified, was flown to a hospital by helicopter. The woman driving the Jeep was unhurt... A rollover crash on the Mountain View Corridor in West Jordan left a man in critical condition Monday morning. West Jordan police Sgt. Dan Roberts said the injured man was driving a black Volkswagen Jetta westbound on 7800 South at 7:17 a.m. when it ran a red light at the intersection with 6000 West. A southbound Jeep hit the Jetta, causing it to roll. Roberts said the Jetta’s driver, who was not immediately identified, was flown to a hospital by helicopter. The woman driving the Jeep was unhurt... 58206157@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:44:01 MDT