Utah News - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/News Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Q&A: Exploring the fatal shooting of Dillon Taylor http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58477963-78/taylor-police-cruz-gun.html.csp Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill ruled this week that the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Dillon Taylor on Aug. 11 by a Salt Lake City police officer was justified. Here are several questions the decision has raised. Q: Why was the shooting ruled justified even though Taylor had no gun? A: Utah’s use-of-force law says police are “justified in using deadly force when ... the officer reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury... Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill ruled this week that the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Dillon Taylor on Aug. 11 by a Salt Lake City police officer was justified. Here are several questions the decision has raised. Q: Why was the shooting ruled justified even though Taylor had no gun? A: Utah’s use-of-force law says police are “justified in using deadly force when ... the officer reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58477963@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:58:02 MDT BYU: Utah dinosaur had giant schnoz http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58476651-78/nose-byu-utah-huge.html.csp A dinosaur with a huge nose roamed Utah 75 million years ago, researchers at Brigham Young University say. The Rhinorex condrupus, or “nose king,” had a duck bill, according to scientists from BYU and North Carolina State University. At least they think it did: Paleontologists can’t tell for sure what the beast’s nose looked like, but they know it had huge nasal openings, said Rodney Scheetz, curator of BYU’s Museum of Paleontology. They also believe it ate only plants, lived in swamps and wei... A dinosaur with a huge nose roamed Utah 75 million years ago, researchers at Brigham Young University say. The Rhinorex condrupus, or “nose king,” had a duck bill, according to scientists from BYU and North Carolina State University. At least they think it did: Paleontologists can’t tell for sure what the beast’s nose looked like, but they know it had huge nasal openings, said Rodney Scheetz, curator of BYU’s Museum of Paleontology. They also believe it ate only plants, lived in swamps and wei... 58476651@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:38:52 MDT Bicyclist hit by alleged drunken driver dies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58478808-78/lake-salt-hit-drunken.html.csp A South Salt Lake man who was critically injured last week when he was struck by a car driven by an allegedly drunken motorist died early Wednesday, police said. Mitchell L. Bennett, 50, suffered severe injuries to his spine, neck and head when he was hit about 11 p.m. Sept. 25 and thrown off his bike, South Salt Lake police spokesman Gary Keller said. Bennett was riding north on 900 West at 3160 South when Peter Vance Wilcox hit the rear of the bike with his 2001 Saturn, then swerved out of his... A South Salt Lake man who was critically injured last week when he was struck by a car driven by an allegedly drunken motorist died early Wednesday, police said. Mitchell L. Bennett, 50, suffered severe injuries to his spine, neck and head when he was hit about 11 p.m. Sept. 25 and thrown off his bike, South Salt Lake police spokesman Gary Keller said. Bennett was riding north on 900 West at 3160 South when Peter Vance Wilcox hit the rear of the bike with his 2001 Saturn, then swerved out of his... 58478808@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:38:33 MDT Uinta Basin cooks up bad winter air http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58477367-78/ozone-basin-emissions-uinta.html.csp A new study led by federal scientists is shedding light on the complex photochemical reactions that often push wintertime ozone concentrations in the Uinta Basin over the federal limit. Data gathered over the past three years shows colder, snowier conditions lead to more ozone formation, according to a paper published Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. The basin does not have a lot of people and cars, but it is awash in volatile organic compound (VOC) e... A new study led by federal scientists is shedding light on the complex photochemical reactions that often push wintertime ozone concentrations in the Uinta Basin over the federal limit. Data gathered over the past three years shows colder, snowier conditions lead to more ozone formation, according to a paper published Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. The basin does not have a lot of people and cars, but it is awash in volatile organic compound (VOC) e... 58477367@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:37:59 MDT Just one bird reported killed in Utah’s first crow hunt http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58478399-78/hunt-utah-crow-wildlife.html.csp The first month of Utah’s new American crow hunt seems to have been quiet. “I’ve only heard of one [killed],” said Blair Stringham, migratory game bird coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The bird was shot for depredation in a Roosevelt apple orchard. It is possible more crows were killed because hunters are not required to report successful outings. The birds are not likely to generate much post-hunt bragging. Stringham said he had heard of at least two groups that went o... The first month of Utah’s new American crow hunt seems to have been quiet. “I’ve only heard of one [killed],” said Blair Stringham, migratory game bird coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The bird was shot for depredation in a Roosevelt apple orchard. It is possible more crows were killed because hunters are not required to report successful outings. The birds are not likely to generate much post-hunt bragging. Stringham said he had heard of at least two groups that went o... 58478399@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:37:47 MDT Utah’s Sen. Lee calls for conservative war on poverty http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58478493-90/poverty-lee-conservative-plan.html.csp The nation is poised to embark on a new “heroic” war on poverty, said Sen. Mike Lee, but one that rejects government welfare programs in exchange for attacking poverty traps. Lee outlined his conservative vision in an address in Salt Lake City on Wednesday sponsored by the Sutherland Institute, a Utah-based think tank, and in the process criticized the war on poverty launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. “Defenders of today’s status quo say that any critique of our welfare system is rea... The nation is poised to embark on a new “heroic” war on poverty, said Sen. Mike Lee, but one that rejects government welfare programs in exchange for attacking poverty traps. Lee outlined his conservative vision in an address in Salt Lake City on Wednesday sponsored by the Sutherland Institute, a Utah-based think tank, and in the process criticized the war on poverty launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. “Defenders of today’s status quo say that any critique of our welfare system is rea... 58478493@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:37:37 MDT Sanctity of office at issue in attorney general debate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58478496-90/reyes-office-stormont-general.html.csp Provo • Attorney General Sean Reyes’ Democratic challenger, Charles Stormont, said Reyes hasn’t done enough to reform the office in the aftermath of a massive scandal that drove his predecessor to resign. “I am increasingly frustrated by the leadership crisis that has infected the attorney general’s office,” Stormont said during the first — and likely only — debate between the two contenders. “It’s time to clean the office up with real reform, not six months from now, not a year from now, but r... Provo • Attorney General Sean Reyes’ Democratic challenger, Charles Stormont, said Reyes hasn’t done enough to reform the office in the aftermath of a massive scandal that drove his predecessor to resign. “I am increasingly frustrated by the leadership crisis that has infected the attorney general’s office,” Stormont said during the first — and likely only — debate between the two contenders. “It’s time to clean the office up with real reform, not six months from now, not a year from now, but r... 58478496@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:37:17 MDT Charges dropped against Utah firefighter in prescriptions case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58478213-78/jones-ayers-doctor-prescriptions.html.csp Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against a Unified Fire Authority assistant chief who was accused of going from doctor to doctor to obtain prescription drugs. Marlon Don Jones was charged last year with 14 counts of so-called doctor shopping, after a widespread UFA investigation into missing morphine led detectives to check state prescription records of fire employees who had been prescribed opiate drugs. On Tuesday prosecutors dismissed the case, which a judge said in May didn’t seem... Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against a Unified Fire Authority assistant chief who was accused of going from doctor to doctor to obtain prescription drugs. Marlon Don Jones was charged last year with 14 counts of so-called doctor shopping, after a widespread UFA investigation into missing morphine led detectives to check state prescription records of fire employees who had been prescribed opiate drugs. On Tuesday prosecutors dismissed the case, which a judge said in May didn’t seem... 58478213@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:37:06 MDT Coming soon to a theater near you: ‘Meet the Mormons’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58434187-78/mormons-treu-meet-documentary.html.csp On Oct. 10, in about 200 theaters around the country — including many in Utah — a documentary about Mormons will be screening next door to “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” According to Blair Treu, the director of “Meet the Mormons” — a documentary produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an introduction of the faith to nonmembers — that wasn’t always the plan. “I was part of a small group of producers who were asked to come up with an idea for ... On Oct. 10, in about 200 theaters around the country — including many in Utah — a documentary about Mormons will be screening next door to “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” According to Blair Treu, the director of “Meet the Mormons” — a documentary produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an introduction of the faith to nonmembers — that wasn’t always the plan. “I was part of a small group of producers who were asked to come up with an idea for ... 58434187@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:16:52 MDT Mormons recall sermons about prayer, women, flawed leaders http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58443166-78/church-president-lds-conference.html.csp Mormons listen to dozens of talks by dozens of LDS leaders every six months in General Conference. Sometimes the messages seem to blur together. Sometimes they are heard and quickly forgotten. Sometimes they inspire for the moment before fading into the hazy haunts of memory. But sometimes they stick forever in the minds of members, milestone markers on their paths of faith. We asked several Latter-day Saints to recall their favorite conference sermons and why those words still endure. Melis... Mormons listen to dozens of talks by dozens of LDS leaders every six months in General Conference. Sometimes the messages seem to blur together. Sometimes they are heard and quickly forgotten. Sometimes they inspire for the moment before fading into the hazy haunts of memory. But sometimes they stick forever in the minds of members, milestone markers on their paths of faith. We asked several Latter-day Saints to recall their favorite conference sermons and why those words still endure. Melis... 58443166@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:16:52 MDT State releases status quo plan for two old, coal-fired power plants http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58477116-78/utah-plan-state-plants.html.csp Utah environmental regulators on Wednesday unveiled a revised plan for clearing the skies over the state’s national parks, but to environmentalists’ dismay it would do nothing to further cut emissions from aging coal-fired power plants. Environmental groups and national park advocates had hoped the plan would require Rocky Mountain Power to retrofit two of its biggest Utah plants with the best technology available today for capturing nitrogen oxide emissions. Instead, Division of Air Quality sc... Utah environmental regulators on Wednesday unveiled a revised plan for clearing the skies over the state’s national parks, but to environmentalists’ dismay it would do nothing to further cut emissions from aging coal-fired power plants. Environmental groups and national park advocates had hoped the plan would require Rocky Mountain Power to retrofit two of its biggest Utah plants with the best technology available today for capturing nitrogen oxide emissions. Instead, Division of Air Quality sc... 58477116@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:56:01 MDT Canyons Resort unveils its new golf course http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58477044-78/course-golf-resort-bates.html.csp A key piece in Canyon Resort’s evolution into a four-season recreation destination came to fruition Wednesday with the dedication of an 18-hole golf course. A ceremonial ribbon cutting and a shotgun-style tournament marked the debut of Canyons Golf, the 6,246-yard par 70 course that winds along the foothills on the approach to the resort village. “This is a special day in the history of Canyons Resort,” said Mike Goar, its vice president and general manager. “The resort already has an extensive ... A key piece in Canyon Resort’s evolution into a four-season recreation destination came to fruition Wednesday with the dedication of an 18-hole golf course. A ceremonial ribbon cutting and a shotgun-style tournament marked the debut of Canyons Golf, the 6,246-yard par 70 course that winds along the foothills on the approach to the resort village. “This is a special day in the history of Canyons Resort,” said Mike Goar, its vice president and general manager. “The resort already has an extensive ... 58477044@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:12:01 MDT Beer flows from Brew Pub taps as eatery gets club license http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58472951-78/wasatch-license-club-brew.html.csp The new Wasatch Brew Pub in Salt Lake City’s Sugar House neighborhood may have opened Sept. 19, but its elegant stainless-steel taps have only served conversation — not beer. “We cannot actually use the taps to pour beer until we get a dining club license,” marketing director Judy Cullen said last week. Wasatch finally got that coveted club license from the state liquor commission on Tuesday. It was one of two club licenses available in September. (Red Rock Junction in Park City received the oth... The new Wasatch Brew Pub in Salt Lake City’s Sugar House neighborhood may have opened Sept. 19, but its elegant stainless-steel taps have only served conversation — not beer. “We cannot actually use the taps to pour beer until we get a dining club license,” marketing director Judy Cullen said last week. Wasatch finally got that coveted club license from the state liquor commission on Tuesday. It was one of two club licenses available in September. (Red Rock Junction in Park City received the oth... 58472951@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:37:09 MDT Utah guv’s clean air advisers recommend cleaner-running cars, gas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58477180-78/percent-clean-emissions-team.html.csp Drastically cutting the emissions that ruin the Wasatch Front’s wintertime air quality should be a pain-free cinch, but only after Utahns start driving cleaner-burning automobiles using reduced-sulfur gasoline. Cutting the miles driven by 10 percent also would help cut pollution by up to 8 percent. Those are the leading “consensus” recommendations released Wednesday by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s Clean Air Action Team, empaneled a year ago to explore ways to confront the state’s air quality crisi... Drastically cutting the emissions that ruin the Wasatch Front’s wintertime air quality should be a pain-free cinch, but only after Utahns start driving cleaner-burning automobiles using reduced-sulfur gasoline. Cutting the miles driven by 10 percent also would help cut pollution by up to 8 percent. Those are the leading “consensus” recommendations released Wednesday by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s Clean Air Action Team, empaneled a year ago to explore ways to confront the state’s air quality crisi... 58477180@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:32:25 MDT Mother, son charged in Millcreek drive-by shooting http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58478472-78/son-charged-charges-according.html.csp A teenager and his mother have been charged in connection to a drive-by shooting. The 17-year-old son was charged as an adult Tuesday in 3rd District Court with 10 felonies, including multiple counts of felony discharge of a firearm and aggravated assault. His mother was charged Friday with 10 felonies and three misdemeanors, according to court documents. On Sept. 22, the woman allegedly drove her son to a 7-Eleven near 3900 S. 500 East after a fight at school, according to the charges. The thre... A teenager and his mother have been charged in connection to a drive-by shooting. The 17-year-old son was charged as an adult Tuesday in 3rd District Court with 10 felonies, including multiple counts of felony discharge of a firearm and aggravated assault. His mother was charged Friday with 10 felonies and three misdemeanors, according to court documents. On Sept. 22, the woman allegedly drove her son to a 7-Eleven near 3900 S. 500 East after a fight at school, according to the charges. The thre... 58478472@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:41:01 MDT Utah sheriff’s deputy accused of punching wife http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58477043-78/stubblefield-police-statement-county.html.csp A Grand County sheriff’s deputy accused of assaulting his wife claims he punched her in the face in self defense, according to police. Austin Stubblefield was arrested Sept. 20 by Moab police officers investigating a domestic violence allegation and booked into San Juan County Jail. He was released about an hour later on a $5,000 bond. Police allege Stubblefield, 35, committed domestic violence aggravated assault, a third-degree felony. The Grand County Sheriff’s Office had jurisdiction over the... A Grand County sheriff’s deputy accused of assaulting his wife claims he punched her in the face in self defense, according to police. Austin Stubblefield was arrested Sept. 20 by Moab police officers investigating a domestic violence allegation and booked into San Juan County Jail. He was released about an hour later on a $5,000 bond. Police allege Stubblefield, 35, committed domestic violence aggravated assault, a third-degree felony. The Grand County Sheriff’s Office had jurisdiction over the... 58477043@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:16:00 MDT Secret Service chief resigns after Chaffetz-led call for resignation http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58477136-90/pierson-chaffetz-security-service.html.csp Washington • Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday after a series of security lapses surfaced and members of Congress – including Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah — openly questioned her leadership. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said President Barack Obama spoke with Pierson Wednesday afternoon and concluded “a new direction is necessary.” Pierson had been with the agency for 30 years, and led it for more than a year, but came under intense scrutiny after a former Iraqi... Washington • Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday after a series of security lapses surfaced and members of Congress – including Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah — openly questioned her leadership. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said President Barack Obama spoke with Pierson Wednesday afternoon and concluded “a new direction is necessary.” Pierson had been with the agency for 30 years, and led it for more than a year, but came under intense scrutiny after a former Iraqi... 58477136@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:39:23 MDT Bobcat spotted near Oakridge Elementary http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58478063-78/bobcat-division-elementary-oakridge.html.csp Oakridge Elementary School in Millcreek was taking precautions Wednesday after a bobcat was spotted nearby early in the morning. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources was alerted that a school janitor saw the bobcat run across the parking lot about 7 a.m. A division employee investigated and did not find the animal on the grounds, according to Scott Root, a DWR outreach manager. No more sightings were reported but the school, at 4325 S. Jupiter Drive (3735 East), is taking precautions, said ... Oakridge Elementary School in Millcreek was taking precautions Wednesday after a bobcat was spotted nearby early in the morning. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources was alerted that a school janitor saw the bobcat run across the parking lot about 7 a.m. A division employee investigated and did not find the animal on the grounds, according to Scott Root, a DWR outreach manager. No more sightings were reported but the school, at 4325 S. Jupiter Drive (3735 East), is taking precautions, said ... 58478063@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:46:46 MDT Mormons’ FamilySearch reaches deal to put a billion obits online http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58477391-79/familysearch-obituaries-online-billion.html.csp More than a billion records from historical obituaries will be available online in the future, but it’s going to take a lot of volunteer help to make them searchable. FamilySearch International, a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and GenealogyBank.com, which has acquired a collections of newspapers and historical documents for family history research, announced Wednesday they have reached an agreement to make it possible to search for ancestors... More than a billion records from historical obituaries will be available online in the future, but it’s going to take a lot of volunteer help to make them searchable. FamilySearch International, a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and GenealogyBank.com, which has acquired a collections of newspapers and historical documents for family history research, announced Wednesday they have reached an agreement to make it possible to search for ancestors... 58477391@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:46:39 MDT Suicide ruled out in trial for Utah man accused of killing wife http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58477119-78/truman-conrad-heidy-wife.html.csp Provo • After Conrad Mark Truman’s wife was fatally shot at their Orem home, Truman told conflicting stories about her death and even threatened the life of a responding police officer. But defense attorney Ron Yengich told a jury on Wednesday during opening statements in Truman’s murder trial that the man’s remarks and odd behavior are not evidence of guilt. “All of these statements that were made, they are fairly stupid, at least,” Yengich said. “But they are under the influence of alcohol.” ... Provo • After Conrad Mark Truman’s wife was fatally shot at their Orem home, Truman told conflicting stories about her death and even threatened the life of a responding police officer. But defense attorney Ron Yengich told a jury on Wednesday during opening statements in Truman’s murder trial that the man’s remarks and odd behavior are not evidence of guilt. “All of these statements that were made, they are fairly stupid, at least,” Yengich said. “But they are under the influence of alcohol.” ... 58477119@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:44:34 MDT