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Sanford — described as a member of a violent prison gang with prior arrests for assault, robbery and drug violations — was listed as an escapee from a federal halfway house, according to a news relea... Hours after the Unified Police Department’s Metro Gang Unit announced Thursday that it had named Charley Louis Sanford its “Public Enemy Number One,” he was arrested in Ogden. Sgt. Paul Barker said numerous tips from the public led to the capture of Sanford, who was taken to the Weber County Jail. Sanford — described as a member of a violent prison gang with prior arrests for assault, robbery and drug violations — was listed as an escapee from a federal halfway house, according to a news relea... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58323985@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:08:08 MDT Suspect arrested in Saratoga Springs high school bomb threat http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58324138-78/bomb-suspect-threat-arrested.html.csp The FBI and Saratoga Springs police have arrested a suspect in a bomb threat that led to the cancellation of classes on Tuesday at Westlake High School. The law enforcement agencies served a search warrant at a home in the city Thursday evening and arrested the suspect there, according to police spokesman Owen Jackson. No details about the suspect were released Thursday night. More information is expected to be released Friday. The bomb threat, made on what was supposed to be the first day of c... The FBI and Saratoga Springs police have arrested a suspect in a bomb threat that led to the cancellation of classes on Tuesday at Westlake High School. The law enforcement agencies served a search warrant at a home in the city Thursday evening and arrested the suspect there, according to police spokesman Owen Jackson. No details about the suspect were released Thursday night. More information is expected to be released Friday. The bomb threat, made on what was supposed to be the first day of c... 58324138@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:03:59 MDT Utah woman expected to survive poison tea episode http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58321516-78/jim-jan-tea-harding.html.csp Jan Harding’s life no longer is threatened by burns caused by a cleaning chemical mixed into her iced tea. But late at night, her mind slips back to the caustic drink she took Aug. 10 at a South Jordan barbecue joint. “Her memory is taking that sip and her mouth and her throat being on fire,” her husband, Jim Harding, said at a news conference Thursday. “When she goes to sleep at night, that’s the thing that her mind surfaces.” For the first time since Jan Harding swallowed the lye solution in ... Jan Harding’s life no longer is threatened by burns caused by a cleaning chemical mixed into her iced tea. But late at night, her mind slips back to the caustic drink she took Aug. 10 at a South Jordan barbecue joint. “Her memory is taking that sip and her mouth and her throat being on fire,” her husband, Jim Harding, said at a news conference Thursday. “When she goes to sleep at night, that’s the thing that her mind surfaces.” For the first time since Jan Harding swallowed the lye solution in ... 58321516@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:45:24 MDT Rally protests police use of deadly force in Utah, Missouri http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58317040-78/taylor-police-lake-salt.html.csp Protesters who rallied Wednesday night against police use of force in Utah and Ferguson, Mo., demanded more transparency from investigators who are reviewing last week’s fatal shooting of 20-year-old Dillon Taylor in South Salt Lake. “There’s two sides to every story, but they know they can’t get a story out of a dead person,” said Taylor’s aunt Gina Thayne, who joined about 80 protesters at the federal building on State Street at 100 South. The group hopes to see clear answers as to what led ... Protesters who rallied Wednesday night against police use of force in Utah and Ferguson, Mo., demanded more transparency from investigators who are reviewing last week’s fatal shooting of 20-year-old Dillon Taylor in South Salt Lake. “There’s two sides to every story, but they know they can’t get a story out of a dead person,” said Taylor’s aunt Gina Thayne, who joined about 80 protesters at the federal building on State Street at 100 South. The group hopes to see clear answers as to what led ... 58317040@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:17:40 MDT Some Utahns with home loans may be eligible for payments http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58322707-78/loans-eligible-settlement-utahns.html.csp Utah homeowners who had home loans through Bank of America or Countrywide Financial may be eligible for compensation as part of a settlement announced Thursday by federal agencies. Utahns with loans that were not part of a 2012 settlement and who had federally backed loans may be eligible for balance reductions or new loans for the low-income, said Wade Farraway, an assistant Utah attorney general. For Utahns with loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, Freddie Mae or Freddie Mac, “t... Utah homeowners who had home loans through Bank of America or Countrywide Financial may be eligible for compensation as part of a settlement announced Thursday by federal agencies. Utahns with loans that were not part of a 2012 settlement and who had federally backed loans may be eligible for balance reductions or new loans for the low-income, said Wade Farraway, an assistant Utah attorney general. For Utahns with loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, Freddie Mae or Freddie Mac, “t... 58322707@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:39:23 MDT Utah woman sentenced to prison in death of baby sitter http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58318999-78/millerberg-dea-alexis-eric.html.csp Ogden • Nearly three years after she helped hide the body of her teenage baby sitter, Dea Millerberg stood before the girl’s mother in court and apologized. “I just want to say that I am appalled and disgusted by what I’ve done,” a weeping Millerberg said Thursday. “I’ve hurt your family in a way I can’t fix. … I hope one day, you’ll be able to forgive me.” Though Millerberg was remorseful for her role after Alexis Rasmussen, 16, died of an apparent drug overdose in September 2011, and had coope... Ogden • Nearly three years after she helped hide the body of her teenage baby sitter, Dea Millerberg stood before the girl’s mother in court and apologized. “I just want to say that I am appalled and disgusted by what I’ve done,” a weeping Millerberg said Thursday. “I’ve hurt your family in a way I can’t fix. … I hope one day, you’ll be able to forgive me.” Though Millerberg was remorseful for her role after Alexis Rasmussen, 16, died of an apparent drug overdose in September 2011, and had coope... 58318999@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:59:08 MDT Teen sons testify against dad in Utah murder trial http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58322104-78/scott-tracy-testified-dad.html.csp Provo • Two teenage boys took the witness stand Thursday to testify against their father, who is on trial for killing their mother a year-and-a-half ago at their Salem home. Tracy A. Scott, 48, is charged in 4th District Court with first-degree felony murder for fatally shooting 47-year-old Teresa Scott on March 23, 2013. Both boys testified their parents had a rocky relationship. Both said they feared their mother was dead when they heard from a neighbor there had been a shooting. And both sa... Provo • Two teenage boys took the witness stand Thursday to testify against their father, who is on trial for killing their mother a year-and-a-half ago at their Salem home. Tracy A. Scott, 48, is charged in 4th District Court with first-degree felony murder for fatally shooting 47-year-old Teresa Scott on March 23, 2013. Both boys testified their parents had a rocky relationship. Both said they feared their mother was dead when they heard from a neighbor there had been a shooting. And both sa... 58322104@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:58:15 MDT Utah officers put dent in heroin distribution http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58321511-78/heroin-gill-lake-salt.html.csp Utah officers have seized 31 pounds of heroin in Salt Lake County since April, putting a dent in the rising tide. The Metro Narcotics Task Force, made up of officers from nine local agencies, announced their success against the Mexican cartel-supported enterprise Thursday, including the arrests of 21 people, with more on the way. To give a scope of the victory, Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank pointed to a chart explaining how it would have taken street-level busts a quarter century t... Utah officers have seized 31 pounds of heroin in Salt Lake County since April, putting a dent in the rising tide. The Metro Narcotics Task Force, made up of officers from nine local agencies, announced their success against the Mexican cartel-supported enterprise Thursday, including the arrests of 21 people, with more on the way. To give a scope of the victory, Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank pointed to a chart explaining how it would have taken street-level busts a quarter century t... 58321511@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:37:06 MDT Family says Utah man killed after stepping in front of semi was suicidal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58321253-78/semi-front-killed-relatives.html.csp Relatives of a 23-year-old man who was instantly killed after stepping in front of a semi-trailer rig exiting Interstate 15 late Wednesday near Clearfield have told investigators he was suicidal, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. In addition, the relatives said the man, who lived in the area, was suffering from a severe mental illness, the UHP said in a news release. UHP said the man was walking on the ramp heading north to 700 South when the big rig struck him about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Init... Relatives of a 23-year-old man who was instantly killed after stepping in front of a semi-trailer rig exiting Interstate 15 late Wednesday near Clearfield have told investigators he was suicidal, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. In addition, the relatives said the man, who lived in the area, was suffering from a severe mental illness, the UHP said in a news release. UHP said the man was walking on the ramp heading north to 700 South when the big rig struck him about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Init... 58321253@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:03:26 MDT Woman in serious condition after 3-vehicle crash in St. George http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58322097-78/george-mitsubishi-vehicle-woman.html.csp A woman was in serious condition Thursday, the day after she allegedly triggered a three-vehicle accident in St. George. The 9:15 a.m. Wednesday accident occurred when the woman’s southbound blue Mitsubishi SUV swerved into the northbound lane of Dixie Drive near Parkside Circle. St. George police Sgt. Sam Despain said the vehicle then sideswiped an oncoming red Mazda SUV before crashing head-on into a red Hyundai Sonata. While the driver of the Mitsubishi, who regained consciousness at the cras... A woman was in serious condition Thursday, the day after she allegedly triggered a three-vehicle accident in St. George. The 9:15 a.m. Wednesday accident occurred when the woman’s southbound blue Mitsubishi SUV swerved into the northbound lane of Dixie Drive near Parkside Circle. St. George police Sgt. Sam Despain said the vehicle then sideswiped an oncoming red Mazda SUV before crashing head-on into a red Hyundai Sonata. While the driver of the Mitsubishi, who regained consciousness at the cras... 58322097@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:24:02 MDT Salt Lake City’s fallout shelters remain hidden relics of Atomic Age http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58254138-78/fallout-amp-shelter-shelters.html.csp Beyond the sphinxes of the Salt Lake Masonic Temple’s stone steps — through the giant wooden doors and amid the hushed halls and secretive sanctuaries — is a fallout shelter. “This building would have come down like a house of cards,” said Larry Fairclough, the Masonic society’s secretary, walking into a high-ceilinged lounge with tall windows that an atomic blast could have shattered. Fairclough was unsure what part of the Masonic building would act as a shelter, but he figures it might have b... Beyond the sphinxes of the Salt Lake Masonic Temple’s stone steps — through the giant wooden doors and amid the hushed halls and secretive sanctuaries — is a fallout shelter. “This building would have come down like a house of cards,” said Larry Fairclough, the Masonic society’s secretary, walking into a high-ceilinged lounge with tall windows that an atomic blast could have shattered. Fairclough was unsure what part of the Masonic building would act as a shelter, but he figures it might have b... 58254138@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:07:22 MDT Ogden hit-run suspect found, victim improves http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58321829-78/ogden-police-suspect-hit.html.csp Police confirmed on Thursday that they had contacted an Ogden hit-and-run suspect who allegedly left a motorcyclist in the hospital. Ogden police would not identify the male suspect, who had not been charged, but did say a white hatchback car matching the description of the hit-and-run vehicle from the Tuesday night accident had been found in Harrisville and its driver contacted Wednesday afternoon by police officers. “The suspect was located and charges are pending, awaiting results to come bac... Police confirmed on Thursday that they had contacted an Ogden hit-and-run suspect who allegedly left a motorcyclist in the hospital. Ogden police would not identify the male suspect, who had not been charged, but did say a white hatchback car matching the description of the hit-and-run vehicle from the Tuesday night accident had been found in Harrisville and its driver contacted Wednesday afternoon by police officers. “The suspect was located and charges are pending, awaiting results to come bac... 58321829@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:05:02 MDT East Salt Lake City couple surprise, detain alleged burglar http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58321485-78/suspect-lake-salt-couple.html.csp An east Salt Lake City couple surprised a burglar on their front porch and then detained him until police arrived. Salt Lake City police Detective Veronica Montoya said the drama played out just before 8 p.m. Wednesday when the woman returned to her home near 1200 East and 700 South, pulled into her driveway and spotted the man on a bicycle. When asked what he was doing on the property, he quickly left. Moments later, however, she and her husband spotted the suspect getting out of a neighbor’s v... An east Salt Lake City couple surprised a burglar on their front porch and then detained him until police arrived. Salt Lake City police Detective Veronica Montoya said the drama played out just before 8 p.m. Wednesday when the woman returned to her home near 1200 East and 700 South, pulled into her driveway and spotted the man on a bicycle. When asked what he was doing on the property, he quickly left. Moments later, however, she and her husband spotted the suspect getting out of a neighbor’s v... 58321485@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:39:13 MDT Driver who killed bicycling Utah judge quietly pleaded guilty http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58317868-78/quinn-bertelson-case-gill.html.csp After a New Mexico man ended up pleading guilty to a misdemeanor in the traffic death of 3rd District Judge Anthony Quinn, the Salt Lake County district attorney says legislators may consider changing the law so the punishment better matches the crime. David E. Bertelson, 79, of Albuquerque, quietly pleaded guilty May 27 in connection with Quinn’s 2013 death in Mill Creek Canyon. Bertelson is now halfway through his six months’ probation sentence. Bertelson pleaded guilty to a class B misdemean... After a New Mexico man ended up pleading guilty to a misdemeanor in the traffic death of 3rd District Judge Anthony Quinn, the Salt Lake County district attorney says legislators may consider changing the law so the punishment better matches the crime. David E. Bertelson, 79, of Albuquerque, quietly pleaded guilty May 27 in connection with Quinn’s 2013 death in Mill Creek Canyon. Bertelson is now halfway through his six months’ probation sentence. Bertelson pleaded guilty to a class B misdemean... 58317868@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:32:01 MDT After week on the lam, fugitive Utah felon treed, arrested http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58317721-78/stout-officers-police-car.html.csp West Valley City police say the luck of a fugitive felon on the run for the past week ran out when he, literally, was chased up a tree. WVCPD spokeswoman Roxanne Vainuku said that 26-year-old Jason Val Stout, a career criminal sought on numerous felony warrants, was traced by detectives to a home in Woods Cross Tuesday night. Stout, inside a car parked in the residence’s driveway, sped away when approached by officers from the Unified Police Department’s Metro Gang Unit. “He took off, ramming in... West Valley City police say the luck of a fugitive felon on the run for the past week ran out when he, literally, was chased up a tree. WVCPD spokeswoman Roxanne Vainuku said that 26-year-old Jason Val Stout, a career criminal sought on numerous felony warrants, was traced by detectives to a home in Woods Cross Tuesday night. Stout, inside a car parked in the residence’s driveway, sped away when approached by officers from the Unified Police Department’s Metro Gang Unit. “He took off, ramming in... 58317721@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:11:32 MDT Judge orders $5 million bond in Warren Jeffs child-bride lawsuit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58314441-78/jeffs-wall-court-million.html.csp A state court judge on Tuesday ordered the United Effort Plan trust to post a $5 million bond to ensure that assets remain available while the UEP proceeds with a pre-trial appeal to the Utah Supreme Court. In May, the Utah Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in the MJ v. Warren Jeffs case, where attorneys will argue whether a polygamous trust should be held liable for what happened when a 14-year-old girl was forced to marry. “MJ” is Elissa Wall, who is suing the Fundamentalist Church of Je... A state court judge on Tuesday ordered the United Effort Plan trust to post a $5 million bond to ensure that assets remain available while the UEP proceeds with a pre-trial appeal to the Utah Supreme Court. In May, the Utah Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in the MJ v. Warren Jeffs case, where attorneys will argue whether a polygamous trust should be held liable for what happened when a 14-year-old girl was forced to marry. “MJ” is Elissa Wall, who is suing the Fundamentalist Church of Je... 58314441@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:07:25 MDT Trio charged with murder in Price house fire death http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58320076-78/swink-charged-fire-pendleton.html.csp Three people were charged with murder Wednesday in the fiery death of Brian William Swink last month in Price. James William Pendleton, 39, Michael John Dees, 38, and Ashley Ann Platt, 19, are accused of beating 32-year-old Swink and locking him in the basement of a drug house in Price on July 29. The house subsequently caught fire, and Swink, of Helper, died from smoke inhalation, an autopsy determined. The three suspects were charged with one count each of first-degree felony murder, first-d... Three people were charged with murder Wednesday in the fiery death of Brian William Swink last month in Price. James William Pendleton, 39, Michael John Dees, 38, and Ashley Ann Platt, 19, are accused of beating 32-year-old Swink and locking him in the basement of a drug house in Price on July 29. The house subsequently caught fire, and Swink, of Helper, died from smoke inhalation, an autopsy determined. The three suspects were charged with one count each of first-degree felony murder, first-d... 58320076@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:07:14 MDT Suspect in Utah Target sex assault turns himself in http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58318843-78/police-target-store-suspect.html.csp Sandy police have arrested a man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a girl at a Target store earlier this month. The victim was shopping with a friend about 4 p.m. Aug. 7 at Target, 10130 S. State St., when the man approached her, police have said. He allegedly spoke briefly to her and then assaulted her inside the store. Police received several tips after media posted photos of the suspect. A 47-year-old man turned himself in to police Wednesday after learning they were looking for him, office... Sandy police have arrested a man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a girl at a Target store earlier this month. The victim was shopping with a friend about 4 p.m. Aug. 7 at Target, 10130 S. State St., when the man approached her, police have said. He allegedly spoke briefly to her and then assaulted her inside the store. Police received several tips after media posted photos of the suspect. A 47-year-old man turned himself in to police Wednesday after learning they were looking for him, office... 58318843@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:22:48 MDT Salt Lake hires California attorney to fight San Diego Comic-Con lawsuit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58317908-78/salt-lake-diego-comic.html.csp In its legal battle with San Diego Comic-Con, Salt Lake Comic Con has armed itself with a lawyer right from their persecutors’ own coast. Salt Lake announced Wednesday that they have hired Sterling Brennan, of the law firm Maschoff Brennan, to represent them in their trademark infringement dispute with San Diego. The flagship pop culture convention sued Salt Lake earlier this month, arguing that their similar name confuses people into thinking the two events are associated. Brennan happens to b... In its legal battle with San Diego Comic-Con, Salt Lake Comic Con has armed itself with a lawyer right from their persecutors’ own coast. Salt Lake announced Wednesday that they have hired Sterling Brennan, of the law firm Maschoff Brennan, to represent them in their trademark infringement dispute with San Diego. The flagship pop culture convention sued Salt Lake earlier this month, arguing that their similar name confuses people into thinking the two events are associated. Brennan happens to b... 58317908@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:53:22 MDT Ogden motorcyclist critical, hit-and-run driver sought http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58317197-78/motorcyclist-critical-condition-driver.html.csp Ogden police on Wednesday asked for the public’s help in locating a hit-and-run driver who left a motorcyclist in critical condition. Police Lt. Tim Scott said no arrests had been made or suspects identified in the 10 p.m. Tuesday incident at 1000 N. Washington Blvd., where a northbound vehicle described only as a white hatchback car struck the motorcyclist and drove away. The unidentified motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday. Anyone w... Ogden police on Wednesday asked for the public’s help in locating a hit-and-run driver who left a motorcyclist in critical condition. Police Lt. Tim Scott said no arrests had been made or suspects identified in the 10 p.m. Tuesday incident at 1000 N. Washington Blvd., where a northbound vehicle described only as a white hatchback car struck the motorcyclist and drove away. The unidentified motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday. Anyone w... 58317197@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:43:25 MDT