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Taylor W. Anderson

Reporter, Justice and safety

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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, talks about the during the two newly proposed shelter sites, during the final open house, hosted by Salt Lake County officials at the Salt Lake County Gov’t Center, Monday, March 27, 2017.   Stay away from Main, South Salt Lake residents say of proposed homeless shelter sites
    One of the final pieces of public input Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams got before he and a committee will rank the seven sites that may host a new...
    Updated Mar 27 2017 11:06 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     West Valley City citizen Angela Brooks expresses her concern about proposed homeless shelters in her city as she talks with Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams during an open house at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City Tuesday March 21, 2017. Location change: Tonight’s final public homeless-shelter meeting moves to Salt Lake County Government Center
    Salt Lake County has changed the location of the final open house Monday on two properties in South Salt Lake that could host a homeless shelter. The ...
    Updated Mar 27 2017 03:34 pm   |     |   Share

  • The newly expanded Davis County Jail in Farmington, as seen on Dec. 13, 2006. Dying behind bars: Exploring a series of questionable deaths in Utah jails
    During her four days in jail, Madison Jensen begged for help that never came. Jensen, 21, was taken to the Duchesne County Jail at the request of her ...
    Updated Mar 26 2017 10:44 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     West Valley City citizen Angela Brooks expresses her concern about proposed homeless shelters in her city as she talks with Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams during an open house at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City Tuesday March 21, 2017. South Salt Lake protests as city lands two more possible homeless shelter sites
    West Valley City • South Salt Lake already holds two jails, two juvenile detention facilities and a sewage treatment plant, but its residents learned ...
    Updated Mar 22 2017 10:52 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  Tribune file photo)   Hikers walk during ’March For The Park’ earlier this month as part of an effort to work against a $4 Million 3-mile asphalt trail through Dimple Dell Regional Park in Sandy. Residents opposing paved Dimple Dell trail deliver over 6,000 signatures
    Sandy and Salt Lake County leaders can’t easily ignore opponents of a plan for a 3-mile stretch of pavement in a portion of the 646-acre Dimple Dell R...
    Updated Mar 22 2017 04:22 pm   |     |   Share

  • Rare bear-tranquilizer mishap ‘will be remembered’
    The Utah biologist who was shot in the hand while researchers were working in a bear den in a remote stretch of wildlands was lucky to escape serious ...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 12:03 am   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Summit County government officials have given tenants two weeks to vacate a building that housed nearly 60 workers this season. The building, a former bed and breakfast and school off Highway 224 outside Park City limits, was home this winter to 56 people, many of them foreign workers in low-paying seasonal jobs in the resort town. Thursday, March 16, 2017.   Park City fire marshal orders dozens of seasonal workers to vacate former school
    Park City • Summit County government officials have given tenants two weeks to vacate a building that housed nearly 60 seasonal workers, apparently ag...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 08:43 am   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy of Ogden Fire Department An Ogden home was destroyed by a fiery explosion Tuesday night. The homeowner was taken to the hospital with leg burns. Natural-gas blast killed Ogden man, investigators say
    An Ogden man died after he was inside a house when a natural-gas explosion blew the roof off the home and nearly burned it down, the Ogden Fire Depart...
    Updated Mar 16 2017 06:29 pm   |     |   Share

  • In this image taken from a Facebook Live video, Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, is shown drinking liquor and swishing mouthwash before taking a test to monitor his blood-alcohol content. Dabakis and friends shared the video, filmed at a Salt Lake City bar, to urge Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a bill that would lower Utah’s DUI blood-alcohol limit. Video: Dabakis drinks to see how quickly he can reach Utah’s proposed blood-alcohol limit
    Sen. Jim Dabakis sought Wednesday to show anyone who would watch what it takes to get drunk in Utah. In a push to ramp up pressure on Gov. Gary Herbe...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 11:35 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah wildlife employee drugged while working with bears
    A biologist for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources was flown to a hospital in Provo on Tuesday after reportedly being drugged while working on be...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 05:17 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy of Ogden Fire Department An Ogden home was destroyed by a fiery explosion Tuesday night. The homeowner was taken to the hospital with leg burns. Man dies after Utah house explosion
    A man who was injured in an explosion in his Ogden home last week died of his injuries Tuesday, the University of Utah confirmed. Bobby J. Orris, 42, ...
    Updated Mar 14 2017 11:38 pm   |     |   Share

  • Provo police investigate fatal shooting
    Police say they’ve identified a possible suspect in a shooting death that happened overnight in Provo. Provo police Sgt. Brian Taylor said investigato...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 09:38 pm   |     |   Share

  • Sex assault charges against former Utah daycare operator dropped
    A state judge on Thursday dismissed a charge alleging a South Jordan man who operated a daycare facility in the 1990s sexually abused a 5-year-old gir...
    Updated Mar 11 2017 09:42 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   West Valley City resident Jule Erickson vents her frustration with the choice of the site at 2249 South Winston St. (1070 W), Friday, March 10, 2017. During an interview at the site she explained that she feels strongly about the Chesterfield area since some of it was once owned by her Grandfather in the 1920’s. New shelter to be in West Valley or South Salt Lake — cities already bearing plenty of state burdens, residents say
    As promised, Salt Lake County officials invited the public to scrutinize the five sites they’re considering for a new homeless shelter. Early indicat...
    Updated Mar 13 2017 03:58 pm   |     |   Share

  • Man who started 2015 Mill Creek wildfire must pay cost of putting it out
    The man who admitted to starting a small Mill Creek Canyon wildfire in September 2015 was sentenced Thursday to five years of federal court probation ...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 10:32 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah high court affirms life sentence for 2007 Salt Lake City murder
    Relying on four witnesses and a handwritten letter confessing to the crime, the Utah Supreme Court affirmed the life sentence of a man convicted of a ...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 09:16 pm   |     |   Share

  • Patrick Michael McCabe Utah woman recalls finding body of 16-year-old daughter, 39 years before DNA cracked cold case killing
    Sharon “Lecia” Schollmeyer was an independent girl who lived alone in a Salt Lake City apartment and worked at Lamb’s Grill downtown when she was kill...
    Updated Mar 08 2017 11:37 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Crystal Hern·ndez, right, and Amy Dominguez speak during a meeting at Salt Lake City School District Tuesday March 7, 2017. Salt Lake City schools seek more input before vote on immigration-enforcement policy
    The Salt Lake City Board of Education declined Tuesday to pass a resolution that lays out what school district employees can do to protect students fr...
    Updated Mar 07 2017 11:25 pm   |     |   Share

  • Second person convicted in 2015 Millcreek-area homicide
    A jury Wednesday found a defendant guilty of murdering a man in a Millcreek-area apartment in 2015. After a two-day trial, jurors found Francisco Ric...
    Updated Mar 05 2017 09:57 pm   |     |   Share

  • Soaked north braces for more watery weather
    Northern Utah is already a wet sponge, and the bad news is there’s more water on the way. With the region’s ability to absorb more water limited, resi...
    Updated Mar 04 2017 08:54 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utahn’s mental health issues led to his violent threats against Obama, prosecutors say
    A Washington County man who has repeatedly made bomb threats has been sentenced to probation after admitting to saying he would kill President Barack ...
    Updated Mar 06 2017 08:15 am   |     |   Share

  • Utah man gets 15 years for manslaughter, up to life in prison for robbery
    A Salt Lake City man was sentenced to prison for up to life Friday after pleading guilty to a homicide and another charge his attorney said stemmed fr...
    Updated Mar 14 2017 09:40 pm   |     |   Share

  • |  Courtesy of Office of the Utah Attorney General   The Utah Attorney General’s Office (AGO) announced today that AGO investigators, in a joint operation with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, executed warrants to seize evidence of an alleged statewide enterprise related to illegal gambling machines. The operation identified over an estimated 500 machines or more at over 130 locations across the state. Attorney general’s office raids Utah stores suspected of hosting gambling machines
    In an attempt to snuff out what investigators say is a wave of gambling machines that have popped up across Utah, the attorney general’s office this w...
    Updated Mar 02 2017 08:23 pm   |     |   Share

  • Car falls off jack, fatally crushes man in Salt Lake City
    A Salt Lake City man died after the car he was working on apparently fell off the jack and crushed him Wednesday night. Neighbors found 49-year-old Ma...
    Updated Mar 02 2017 07:36 pm   |     |   Share

  • |  Courtesy of Utah Department of Public Safety  A crash involving multiple vehicles and injuries briefly closed Sardine Canyon as a quick snow storm swept through the area around rush hour Tuesday. Crash closes Sardine Canyon’s southbound lanes
    A crash involving multiple vehicles and injuries to more than a dozen people briefly closed southbound lanes on U.S. Highway 89/91 through Sardine Can...
    Updated Mar 01 2017 10:07 am   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show for outdoor industry’s manufacturers and retail buyers, August 3, 2016, at the Salt Palace Convention Center. ‘We’re going to have to part ways,’ Utah guv told Outdoor Retailer execs after Bears Ears ‘ultimatum’
    For almost an hour on the phone Feb. 16, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert rattled off reasons he believed executives from the outdoor industry should keep their...
    Updated Feb 27 2017 05:57 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Gracie Velasquez scans ballots at the Salt Lake County clerk’s office in a past election. Vote-by-mail is expected to handle most balloting in this year’s primary and general election. Proposal would make voter records private
    Voter records would become private under a bill awaiting action Monday committee at the Utah Legislature, a seismic shift from current law. Election l...
    Updated Mar 01 2017 02:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • Provo city ordinance prohibits homeless campers in public areas
    After hearing from the police department that more residents and businesses were calling to complain about a rise in homeless campers in public areas,...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 10:21 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Amanda Mikesell, left, and her mother Vicki Summers man the pumps near 125 North 1650 West in Tremonton to pump standing water away from homes into the street Monday Feb. 20 before the next storm drops more rain.  Wellsville Mountains in the distance still hold much of the winter’s snow. Parts of Box Elder County have seen surface flooding from the rapid snow melt and rain over the weekend.  Luckily these homes do not have basements but water rose nearly to the front doors of some homes.  Main Street in Tremonton from 1000 to 2000 West was closed last night to pump out the area. Utah National Guard tends to Box Elder County flooding
    The Utah National Guard went to Box Elder County on Wednesday to help with flooding problems that also brought out the lieutenant governor to view the...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 09:53 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah business owners, Democrats decry loss of Outdoor Retailer shows
    On the steps of the Salt Palace Convention Center, business owners lamented Tuesday that the departure of the biannual Outdoor Retailer shows will hur...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   Share