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    Polygamist's defense attorney hopes 'abuse of process' filing will shut down prosecution


    Cranbrook, British Columbia • A lawyer for a Mormon fundamentalist leader says he will be seeking a stay of a polygamy charge because the evidence being used in the trial was already presented in a previous constitutional reference case. Blair...

    Cranbrook, British Columbia • A lawyer for a Mormon fundamentalist leader says he will be seeking a stay of a polygamy charge because the evidence being used in the trial was already presented in a previous constitutional reference case. Blair Suffredine, the defense counsel for Winston Blackmore, said he intends to file an application for abuse of process next week based on the Crown’s reliance on evidence that was collected before a constitutional reference test in 2011 that deemed polygamy a ...

    Utah teenager charged with negligent homicide for crash that resulted in two deaths


    A teenager is facing negligent homicide charges for a November crash in Draper crash that killed two teenagers and injured three others, police said Friday. Draper police announced that the 16-year-old was charged Friday morning in 3rd District Juvenile...

    A teenager is facing negligent homicide charges for a November crash in Draper crash that killed two teenagers and injured three others, police said Friday. Draper police announced that the 16-year-old was charged Friday morning in 3rd District Juvenile Court with two counts of negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor. The driver apparently lost control of an SUV while driving north on Highland Drive near Ellerbeck Lane in Draper at about 11 p.m. on Nov. 19. Police have not released specifics a...
    Utah forecast: Christmas in April? Snowy Friday gives way to clearing, warmer weekend

    Utah forecast: Christmas in April? Snowy Friday gives way to clearing, warmer weekend


    Maybe Ellen DeGeneres should tackle northern Utah’s forecast. After all, with near-freezing overnight temperatures and Friday morning snowfall, it looked a lot more like Christmas than spring. Kind of like her daytime TV programming of late, where the...

    Maybe Ellen DeGeneres should tackle northern Utah’s forecast. After all, with near-freezing overnight temperatures and Friday morning snowfall, it looked a lot more like Christmas than spring. Kind of like her daytime TV programming of late, where the comedian has reprised her “Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaways” with an April version, complete with a dancing reindeer mascot. South and east of the Great Salt Lake, 1-3 inches of snow fell Friday morning. The forecast was for continued wind-blown ...

    Herbert worries calling session would allow lawmakers to game special election


    Washington • Gov. Gary Herbert says he is wary of calling the Utah Legislature into special session to flesh out state law on electing a U.S. House member midterm because a number of lawmakers might have a vested interest in boosting their own chances...

    Washington • Gov. Gary Herbert says he is wary of calling the Utah Legislature into special session to flesh out state law on electing a U.S. House member midterm because a number of lawmakers might have a vested interest in boosting their own chances to win the seat. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he won’t run for office in 2018 and may step down early, and there’s no shortage of potential candidates, including several state lawmakers. “We don’t want anyone gaming the system,” Herbert said in an in...

    Man tries to stop car, then shoots as it speeds from West Valley City strip mall


    A West Valley City man faces numerous felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident in which he allegedly tried to stop a passing car and then fired a handgun at the vehicle as it sped away from a crowded strip mall. The 41-year-old man, who...

    A West Valley City man faces numerous felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident in which he allegedly tried to stop a passing car and then fired a handgun at the vehicle as it sped away from a crowded strip mall. The 41-year-old man, who had a record of past misdemeanor drug possession and distribution convictions, was booked into the Salt Lake County jail Sunday afternoon on suspicion of third-degree felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of public intoxication, disorde...

    'We still love you': Despite suing West Jordan, South Jordan hopes cities can remain good neighbors


    “Arbitrary,” “capricious” and “illegal.” That’s how South Jordan describes West Jordan’s actions in a lawsuit it filed to force a resolution to the two cities’ ongoing property dispute. “West Jordan has always been a good neighbor,...

    “Arbitrary,” “capricious” and “illegal.” That’s how South Jordan describes West Jordan’s actions in a lawsuit it filed to force a resolution to the two cities’ ongoing property dispute. “West Jordan has always been a good neighbor, and we work well with them,” said Tina Brown, South Jordan spokeswoman. “So hopefully this matter will be taken care of soon.” Brown said she couldn’t discuss specifics because the litigation is pending. However, she said the suit so far has not damaged the good wor...

    SLCPD: Mohawk-haired suspect sought in break-ins, knifepoint car theft


    Police are looking for a knife-wielding man who fled one east Salt Lake City break-in only to enter another home, terrorize a woman and steal her car. The suspect — described as a Latino or “olive-skinned” man in his mid-20s, sporting a spiky...

    Police are looking for a knife-wielding man who fled one east Salt Lake City break-in only to enter another home, terrorize a woman and steal her car. The suspect — described as a Latino or “olive-skinned” man in his mid-20s, sporting a spiky Mohawk haircut and clad in dark clothing and a camouflage jacket — initially was spotted in the area of 1300 South and Emigration Street (about 1750 East). The suspect was meandering through the neighborhood, glancing into cars and entering into residential...

    Salt Lake investor may be appointed vice chairman of the Federal Reserve


    The director of a Salt Lake City-based investment firm is expected to land a position in President Donald Trump’s administration overseeing the largest U.S. banks. The Wall Street Journal, which spoke with a senior official “familiar with the...

    The director of a Salt Lake City-based investment firm is expected to land a position in President Donald Trump’s administration overseeing the largest U.S. banks. The Wall Street Journal, which spoke with a senior official “familiar with the matter,” reports that Randal Quarles is the president’s anticipated pick as the Federal Reserve’s vice chairman for bank supervision. Quarles previously served in President George W. Bush’s administration as undersecretary of the Treasury for two years, t...

    Bambi's gone, but it may prove tough to pawn this fawn


    Bambi’s gone, or at least the bronze version of a baby deer that was sawn away from a Holladay sculpture and carted away by thieves. But the Unified Police Department, in releasing photos of the work by the late artist Miles Metzger, hopes the make it...

    Bambi’s gone, or at least the bronze version of a baby deer that was sawn away from a Holladay sculpture and carted away by thieves. But the Unified Police Department, in releasing photos of the work by the late artist Miles Metzger, hopes the make it difficult to pawn this fawn. In a work Metzger called “Tranquility,” the baby deer formerly gazed up at an adult deer, shown in a vigilant stance as another deer feeds nearby. Then, sometime between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday, the fawn w...

    Heavy congestion expected on westside I-215 this weekend


    The Utah Department of Transportation is warning drivers to expect delays and heavy traffic congestion this weekend on Interstate 215 in western Salt Lake County because of lane narrowing and a ramp closure for construction there. The freeway will be...

    The Utah Department of Transportation is warning drivers to expect delays and heavy traffic congestion this weekend on Interstate 215 in western Salt Lake County because of lane narrowing and a ramp closure for construction there. The freeway will be reduced to two lanes in each direction beginning 7 p.m. Friday until Monday morning between 4700 South and State Road 201. That will allow crews to shift traffic into new configurations for ongoing construction there. It will allow crews to begin re...
    Non-politician emerges as surprise favorite in 3rd District poll

    Non-politician emerges as surprise favorite in 3rd District poll


    In a hypothetical primary among five Republicans whose names have been floated to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz, there’s an unexpected winner: Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland. Holland also has the highest approval from 3rd Congressional...

    In a hypothetical primary among five Republicans whose names have been floated to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz, there’s an unexpected winner: Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland. Holland also has the highest approval from 3rd Congressional District Republicans among other prominent members of the GOP, with an average rating of 77 out of 100. That outpaces the favorability of Utah Gov. Gary Herbert at 72, Chaffetz at 71 and President Donald Trump at 64. “His numbers are surprising con...

    Ogden lawyer urges WSU graduates to embrace differences


    Ogden • Corporate attorney Karla Bergeson challenged graduating Weber State University students Friday to embrace three lessons she said shaped her life and career. Never underestimate the power of hard work, Bergeson said in her commencement address....

    Ogden • Corporate attorney Karla Bergeson challenged graduating Weber State University students Friday to embrace three lessons she said shaped her life and career. Never underestimate the power of hard work, Bergeson said in her commencement address. Always open the doors of opportunity and, above all, she said, diversity is power. “It’s my high honor to share this amazing occasion with you,” the Ogden native told graduates, friends and family members gathered at the Dee Events Center. “This ...

    Chaffetz recovering from surgery


    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, was recovering in a University Hospital room Thursday after getting foot surgery to address complications from a previous injury. He’ll remain at the hospital for a few days, according to a news release from Chaffetz’s...

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, was recovering in a University Hospital room Thursday after getting foot surgery to address complications from a previous injury. He’ll remain at the hospital for a few days, according to a news release from Chaffetz’s office, just as Congress is negotiating a spending bill in an attempt to avoid a government shutdown. Chaffetz expects to be sidelined for three or four weeks while he recovers from the surgery, in which 14 screws and a metal plate were removed from hi...

    No charges in death of inmate whose spleen was almost severed from blunt force trauma, says A.G.'s office


    The Utah Attorney General’s Office announced Friday that it would not consider charges in the December death of an inmate whose spleen was nearly cut in half from blunt force trauma, declaring that it did not find any criminal conduct. Heather Miller...

    The Utah Attorney General’s Office announced Friday that it would not consider charges in the December death of an inmate whose spleen was nearly cut in half from blunt force trauma, declaring that it did not find any criminal conduct. Heather Miller died Dec. 21, a night after police arrested her and took her to Davis County jail. Police say they found a bag of heroin in her purse and a meth pipe in her bra. The medical examiner’s report said Miller suffered from blunt force trauma, “sustained ...

    Huntsman education award winner an 'immovable force' who refuses to give up on her students


    Sandy • Although she’d just received a Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education on Friday, Altara Elementary teacher Joani Richardson said it was hard to see herself as one of the state’s elite educators. “That is for really great people,”...

    Sandy • Although she’d just received a Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education on Friday, Altara Elementary teacher Joani Richardson said it was hard to see herself as one of the state’s elite educators. “That is for really great people,” Richardson said. “And I’m just an ordinary teacher.” But Richardson is far from ordinary, according to Altara Principal Nicole Svee Magann. She described Richardson as an “immovable force” who refuses to give up on her students. “They can come in not knowin...
    St. George man charged with rape after meeting Tinder date for coffee

    St. George man charged with rape after meeting Tinder date for coffee


    A St. George man was charged Thursday with raping a Dixie State University student who met up with him after chatting on the dating application Tinder. Dixie State police arrested Samuel Heber Butler, 21, on Wednesday for the incident that allegedly...

    A St. George man was charged Thursday with raping a Dixie State University student who met up with him after chatting on the dating application Tinder. Dixie State police arrested Samuel Heber Butler, 21, on Wednesday for the incident that allegedly occurred the evening of January 9. He was charged Thursday in 5th District Court with one count of rape, a first-degree felony. Butler was released from the Washington County jail Thursday evening after posting $20,000 bail, officials said. Simila...
    Wasatch Front home prices going through the roof as supply slips

    Wasatch Front home prices going through the roof as supply slips


    Far fewer homes on the market made the first three months of 2017 a good time to sell a house — and a tough time to buy one. “This is the strongest seller’s market ever,” Salt Lake Board of Realtors President Troy Peterson said Thursday in...

    Far fewer homes on the market made the first three months of 2017 a good time to sell a house — and a tough time to buy one. “This is the strongest seller’s market ever,” Salt Lake Board of Realtors President Troy Peterson said Thursday in releasing his group’s quarterly report on home sales in five Wasatch Front counties. “To be a buyer right now is brutal,” he added. “Competition is fierce for homes priced under $500,000. Many sellers are making the sale of their home contingent on them findin...
    Records indicate inmate begged for help before dying in Duchesne County jail

    Records indicate inmate begged for help before dying in Duchesne County jail


    Madison Jensen told Duchesne County jail staff she’d been vomiting for four straight days. She had diarrhea. She needed help. “Can’t hold anything down,” she wrote in a medical request. “Not even water.” The medical request was mistakenly...

    Madison Jensen told Duchesne County jail staff she’d been vomiting for four straight days. She had diarrhea. She needed help. “Can’t hold anything down,” she wrote in a medical request. “Not even water.” The medical request was mistakenly dated Dec. 31, 2016, about a month after she was found dead on the floor of a holding cell. Likely, Jensen made the plea for help Dec. 1, hours before the end. Newly disclosed medical records say she had lost at least 17 pounds during her short jail stay. A U...
    U. Health Care CEO Vivian Lee resigns

    U. Health Care CEO Vivian Lee resigns


    University of Utah Health Care CEO Vivian Lee has resigned from her post after weeks of turmoil that began with her firing of Huntsman Cancer Institute leader Mary Beckerle, who was later reinstated by the university’s president. In an email Lee sent...

    University of Utah Health Care CEO Vivian Lee has resigned from her post after weeks of turmoil that began with her firing of Huntsman Cancer Institute leader Mary Beckerle, who was later reinstated by the university’s president. In an email Lee sent Friday to colleagues, she said she decided to step down from her roles as senior vice president for health sciences, dean of the medical school and CEO of the health system, “effective today.” Lee will remain on staff as a tenured professor of rad...
    Mayor Biskupski dismisses city's longtime UTA rep, saying he did nothing for city

    Mayor Biskupski dismisses city's longtime UTA rep, saying he did nothing for city


    After telling him he did nothing for Salt Lake City, Mayor Jackie Biskupski asked for and received the resignation of the city’s longtime representative on the Utah Transit Authority board — two years before his term would expire. It also comes as...

    After telling him he did nothing for Salt Lake City, Mayor Jackie Biskupski asked for and received the resignation of the city’s longtime representative on the Utah Transit Authority board — two years before his term would expire. It also comes as Keith Bartholomew warns that something could undermine city arguments that UTA should pay for a $68 million TRAX expansion at the Salt Lake City International Airport. He says the city converted what had been an early inexpensive proposal — agreed to ...

    Ask about those opioids, Utah health officials say


    Pharmacists across Utah will begin placing red stickers atop opioid pill bottles next month as part of a new Utah Department of Health program aimed at warning customers about the dangers of addiction. UDOH’s new Talk To Your Pharmacist Month in May...

    Pharmacists across Utah will begin placing red stickers atop opioid pill bottles next month as part of a new Utah Department of Health program aimed at warning customers about the dangers of addiction. UDOH’s new Talk To Your Pharmacist Month in May will encourage pharmacists to start a dialogue with customers about the risks of opioids amid rising abuse of the prescription drugs. “Given the high number of deaths associated with prescription opioids, understanding the risks of opioids is vital t...
    LGBTQ students discuss challenges faced at Mormon-owned BYU in first-ever forum

    LGBTQ students discuss challenges faced at Mormon-owned BYU in first-ever forum


    How has your mental health been affected as an LGBTQ student? On a college campus in 2017, the question might not raise many eyebrows. But that it was asked during a public forum on the campus of LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University? “Huge …...

    How has your mental health been affected as an LGBTQ student? On a college campus in 2017, the question might not raise many eyebrows. But that it was asked during a public forum on the campus of LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University? “Huge … historic,” Addison Jenkins said. Jenkins was one of four student panelists asked the question as part of the LGBTQ Mental Health Forum on April 7 in the Wilkinson Student Center. The event was the first campuswide, school-sanctioned event held specific...
    Judge: Mentally ill Utah man not guilty by reason of insanity in woman's stabbing death

    Judge: Mentally ill Utah man not guilty by reason of insanity in woman's stabbing death


    A mentally ill man accused of killing a 57-year-old Bountiful woman more than nine years ago has been found not guilty by reason of insanity by a judge, who this week committed the man to the Utah State Hospital. Phillip Joseph Simmons, 45, was charged...

    A mentally ill man accused of killing a 57-year-old Bountiful woman more than nine years ago has been found not guilty by reason of insanity by a judge, who this week committed the man to the Utah State Hospital. Phillip Joseph Simmons, 45, was charged in 2nd District Court with first-degree felony murder for allegedly stabbing Susanne Redd Fry more than 20 times at her home on Jan. 19, 2008. Despite prior treatment at the hospital — including being forced to take psychotropic medications — Judg...

    Multiple crashes caused delays on I-15 in Bountiful area


    Multiple crashes involving 14 vehicles initially blocked all but one lane of southbound traffic on Interstate 15 at 2600 South in Bountiful on Friday afternoon. The crashes occurred at 1:22 p.m., according to the Utah Highway Patrol. By 4:30 p.m., the...

    Multiple crashes involving 14 vehicles initially blocked all but one lane of southbound traffic on Interstate 15 at 2600 South in Bountiful on Friday afternoon. The crashes occurred at 1:22 p.m., according to the Utah Highway Patrol. By 4:30 p.m., the freeway was reopended, according to the Utah Department of Transportation. UHP had said it appeared that crashes were a chain reaction following an initial crash. A few people suffered minor injuries, but nothing life-threatening, according to pol...

    Born to run: Hogle Zoo's 1st baby zebra enjoys a dashing debut


    The baby zebra bounded into public view Monday at Utah’s Hogle Zoo just as she came into life two weeks earlier — ready to gallop around and kick up her heels. “This is the ‘first howdy,’ ” animal-care supervisor Gina Phillips said of the...

    The baby zebra bounded into public view Monday at Utah’s Hogle Zoo just as she came into life two weeks earlier — ready to gallop around and kick up her heels. “This is the ‘first howdy,’ ” animal-care supervisor Gina Phillips said of the unnamed female zebra’s introduction to the big, wide world outside of her mother, Zoey, primary keeper Jill VanMilligen and a few more zoo staffers. She pranced into a corral from the pen where she’d spent most of her life since birth, her mom protectively trot...
    Salt Lake City children plant trees to celebrate Arbor Day

    Salt Lake City children plant trees to celebrate Arbor Day


    Salt Lake City’s urban forestry workers got a helping hand Friday from a group of second-graders from Parkview Elementary. The children helped plant trees at the southwest corner of Jordan Park, at 1060 S. 900 West, and received a demonstration about...

    Salt Lake City’s urban forestry workers got a helping hand Friday from a group of second-graders from Parkview Elementary. The children helped plant trees at the southwest corner of Jordan Park, at 1060 S. 900 West, and received a demonstration about the importance of trees and the best way to care for them. “Trees are assets to our city,” Tony Gliot, the city’s urban forestry manager, said in a news release. “They improve our air quality, cool our neighborhoods and promote an overall sense of g...

    Ogden schools promote dual-language immersion education


    Ogden • It was dress rehearsal in the gym at T.O. Smith Elementary School and a hesitant pair of apple trees stood onstage next to Dorothy, Toto and the Scarecrow. “Throw the apples!” teacher and director Amy Dunn said. “Go ahead, throw...

    Ogden • It was dress rehearsal in the gym at T.O. Smith Elementary School and a hesitant pair of apple trees stood onstage next to Dorothy, Toto and the Scarecrow. “Throw the apples!” teacher and director Amy Dunn said. “Go ahead, throw them!” The two little trees pulled Styrofoam apples that were attached to their shirts with Velcro and tossed them softly at their classmates. It could have been any “The Wizard of Oz” production, but it wasn’t — the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow a...

    'Behind the Headlines': Trump's monument decree, U. reinstates Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO and Jazz try to end Clippers series


    President Donald Trump signs an executive order calling for a review of all national monument designations from the past 21 years, including Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. After protests by patients, staff and the Huntsman family,...

    President Donald Trump signs an executive order calling for a review of all national monument designations from the past 21 years, including Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. After protests by patients, staff and the Huntsman family, Mary Beckerle is reinstated as Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO and director a week after being fired from the positions. And the Utah Jazz face off against the Los Angeles Clippers in what the Jazz hope will be the last game of this playoff series. On F...

    Rock on: Southern Utah grows as a climbing destination


    St. George • For Malynda Madsen, rock climbing is a moving mediation. “Your darkest stuff will come up, like fear, insecurity, self-doubt,” she says. “You have, all of a sudden, this surge of panic that you could hurt yourself. This survival...

    St. George • For Malynda Madsen, rock climbing is a moving mediation. “Your darkest stuff will come up, like fear, insecurity, self-doubt,” she says. “You have, all of a sudden, this surge of panic that you could hurt yourself. This survival instinct kicks in and you have to keep moving through it. You have to deal with it.” Madsen says this method of working through problems on the wall translates to her personal life, whether it’s a stressful job interview or a confrontation at work. As she cl...