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    Salt Lake County mayor asks DABC to move downtown liquor store to help reduce crime near the Rio Grande homeless shelter

    Salt Lake County mayor asks DABC to move downtown liquor store to help reduce crime near the Rio Grande homeless shelter


    Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has asked the state to relocate the liquor store in downtown Salt Lake City to help reduce criminal activity among the homeless. Government and private stakeholders believe that closing the store at 205 W. 400 South...

    Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has asked the state to relocate the liquor store in downtown Salt Lake City to help reduce criminal activity among the homeless. Government and private stakeholders believe that closing the store at 205 W. 400 South “would help reduce the flow of alcoholic beverages into the neighborhood surrounding the Rio Grande shelter,” McAdams wrote in the letter addressed to John T. Nielsen, chairman of the state liquor commission, and Sal Petilos, executive director of t...

    Herbert defends special elections, urges lawmakers to ‘count to 10’ to cool heated rhetoric


    Gov. Gary Herbert sought Thursday to throw water on an intensifying fight with the Legislature over the legality of his plan to quickly elect a replacement for outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz. “Emotions are probably a little high here, and we need to...

    Gov. Gary Herbert sought Thursday to throw water on an intensifying fight with the Legislature over the legality of his plan to quickly elect a replacement for outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz. “Emotions are probably a little high here, and we need to count to 10 and think methodically about what is good policy,” he said at his monthly news conference on KUED. “I don’t want this to overshadow the fact that we get along very well with the Legislature and create good policy,” he said, including passin...

    Police find bodies of three Utah men in a truck in the Green River, a month after they were reported missing


    A truck and the bodies of three Vernal men reported missing nearly a month ago were recovered from the Green River in Uintah County on Wednesday morning, police reported. The vehicle matched the description of the pickup truck carrying 33-year-old Robert...

    A truck and the bodies of three Vernal men reported missing nearly a month ago were recovered from the Green River in Uintah County on Wednesday morning, police reported. The vehicle matched the description of the pickup truck carrying 33-year-old Robert Alan Spoon, 33-year-old Jason Ralph Tilt and 29-year-old Jacob Douglas Tilt when they were last seen May 22, Uintah County Sheriff Vance Norton said. Authorities were confident that the three bodies inside were those of the missing men, Norton ...
    Man who shot wife tells police he thought the gun wasn’t loaded

    Man who shot wife tells police he thought the gun wasn’t loaded


    Police have arrested a man who told police he shot his wife by accident. The 26-year-old man told police he had been watching television in the couple’s Bluffdale home Monday when he had the idea to clean his 25-year-old wife’s revolver, according to...

    Police have arrested a man who told police he shot his wife by accident. The 26-year-old man told police he had been watching television in the couple’s Bluffdale home Monday when he had the idea to clean his 25-year-old wife’s revolver, according to a probable cause statement. The man told police he was sitting on his bed with the gun when his wife came into the bedroom, standing directly in front of him. The man “said he pointed the gun at her, thinking it was unloaded, and pulled the trigger,...
    Behind the Headlines: Utah’s new DUI law, Gov. Herbert vs. the legislature — and Mike Lee vs. the GOP health care bill

    Behind the Headlines: Utah’s new DUI law, Gov. Herbert vs. the legislature — and Mike Lee vs. the GOP health care bill


    Utah’s hotly-debated DUI law comes under scrutiny during the legislature’s interim session. The race for Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s soon-to-be-vacant House seat spurs a conflict between the Utah legislature and Gov. Gary Herbert. And Senate Republicans...

    Utah’s hotly-debated DUI law comes under scrutiny during the legislature’s interim session. The race for Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s soon-to-be-vacant House seat spurs a conflict between the Utah legislature and Gov. Gary Herbert. And Senate Republicans release the draft of their health care bill, drawing fire from Democrats and some Republicans, including Utah Sen. Mike Lee. On Friday at 9 a.m., Salt Lake Tribune reporters Kathy Stephenson and Emma Penrod, government and politics editor Dan Harrie an...

    Man drowns after swinging on rope at Farmington Pond


    Police say a 23-year-old Farmington man has drowned after jumping off a rope swing into a pond. The Ogden Standard-Examiner reports that authorities say the man apparently cramped up in cold water at Farmington Pond, 750 N. 75 West, in Farmington, on...

    Police say a 23-year-old Farmington man has drowned after jumping off a rope swing into a pond. The Ogden Standard-Examiner reports that authorities say the man apparently cramped up in cold water at Farmington Pond, 750 N. 75 West, in Farmington, on Tuesday night. Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson says witnesses reported that the man was swimming back to shore when he started to struggle and went under the surface. Richardson says the water in the spot where the man landed about 30 feet from...
    Herbert nominates two to fill vacancies on Utah Court of Appeals

    Herbert nominates two to fill vacancies on Utah Court of Appeals


    Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday appointed attorney Diana Hagen and Judge Ryan Harris to fill vacancies on the Utah Court of Appeals. Herbert said in a Thursday news release that Harris, whom he appointed to the 3rd District Court six years ago,“has...

    Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday appointed attorney Diana Hagen and Judge Ryan Harris to fill vacancies on the Utah Court of Appeals. Herbert said in a Thursday news release that Harris, whom he appointed to the 3rd District Court six years ago,“has demonstrated a superior intellect and has become known for his writing and thorough legal analysis.” Before his appointment, Harris’ law practice focused on civil litigation and appellate advocacy, according to the release. Harris said in the release th...

    Police identify man who drowned in Farmington Pond


    A man who drowned Tuesday night in Farmington Pond was identified by police on Thursday as 23-year-old David Senatus. Senatus was with friends when he used a rope swing to enter the pond, located at 750 N. 75 West in Farmington, reported the Davis...

    A man who drowned Tuesday night in Farmington Pond was identified by police on Thursday as 23-year-old David Senatus. Senatus was with friends when he used a rope swing to enter the pond, located at 750 N. 75 West in Farmington, reported the Davis County Sheriff’s Office. Senatus surfaced once, appeared to be struggling and then sank below the surface, according to a news release. The man’s friends tried to rescue him, but were unable to locate him. The sheriff’s office was contacted at 9:50 p....

    As nation debates health care, few show up to hear about Utah’s request to limit Medicaid


    With all eyes on Washington as Senate Republicans revealed their health care bill, few Utahns weighed in on their state’s request that its Medicaid expansion be tied to lifetime coverage limits and work requirements. A Thursday public input session...

    With all eyes on Washington as Senate Republicans revealed their health care bill, few Utahns weighed in on their state’s request that its Medicaid expansion be tied to lifetime coverage limits and work requirements. A Thursday public input session before the state’s Medical Care Advisory Committee drew only three public comments, and when attendees were invited to take the seats of the 10 absent committee members so that they could better hear the discussion, there were still empty spots at the...

    Former teacher arrested for alleged child sex abuse in Orem


    An 81-year-old retired teacher has been arrested on suspicion of sexual abusing a girl in Orem. On June 12, the Utah Division of Child and Family Services reported to police that a 14-year-old girl said she had been sexually abused by Kenneth Higa,...

    An 81-year-old retired teacher has been arrested on suspicion of sexual abusing a girl in Orem. On June 12, the Utah Division of Child and Family Services reported to police that a 14-year-old girl said she had been sexually abused by Kenneth Higa, according to a news release from the Orem Police Department. A detective investigated the report and arrested Higa on Wednesday, the release said. He is being held at the Utah County jail on suspicion of six counts of aggravated forcible sex abuse, a ...

    New Mormon buildings in New Zealand paint a bright future, but some members lament loss of the past


    Mormons in New Zealand gathered in Hamilton on June 17 for the dedication of a massive new LDS building — the David O. McKay Stake and Cultural Events Centre — whose purpose is both spiritual and cultural. The new center sits on the edge of historic...

    Mormons in New Zealand gathered in Hamilton on June 17 for the dedication of a massive new LDS building — the David O. McKay Stake and Cultural Events Centre — whose purpose is both spiritual and cultural. The new center sits on the edge of historic Temple View — a community of around 2,000 people, according to an LDS Church news release — “which received its name after the Latter-day Saints’ New Zealand Temple was dedicated and opened in 1958.” Several other buildings were dedicated last week, ...

    Fences mended, nonprofit signs off on architect for new homeless shelters, adds new members


    With an assist from a well-known developer, Salt Lake City’s mayor landed her preferred architect for two new homeless shelters. Wednesday’s meeting of Shelter the Homeless — a nonprofit board that will own and oversee four shelters in the...

    With an assist from a well-known developer, Salt Lake City’s mayor landed her preferred architect for two new homeless shelters. Wednesday’s meeting of Shelter the Homeless — a nonprofit board that will own and oversee four shelters in the county’s revamped homeless service model — was a cheerier occasion than the group’s May gathering. Then, City Mayor and board member Jackie Biskupski had questioned the board’s transparency after feeling ambushed when it tabled a vote on the city’s proposed ar...

    Judge stops Utah’s EnergySolutions from buying rival nuclear-waste disposal company


    Dover, Del. • A federal judge in Delaware has blocked Salt Lake City’s EnergySolutions from buying a competing Texas-based nuclear waste disposal company. The judge on Wednesday ruled in favor of the U.S. Justice Department in an antitrust lawsuit...

    Dover, Del. • A federal judge in Delaware has blocked Salt Lake City’s EnergySolutions from buying a competing Texas-based nuclear waste disposal company. The judge on Wednesday ruled in favor of the U.S. Justice Department in an antitrust lawsuit aimed at blocking Salt Lake City-based EnergySolutions’ planned $367 million acquisition of rival Waste Control Specialists, based in Dallas. The Justice Department filed suit in November, claiming that the proposed acquisition would combine the only t...

    Guv says more fireworks bans likely with Utah’s tinder-dry conditions


    With tinderlike conditions in Utah — shown by the huge, quickly spreading Brian Head fire — Gov. Gary Herbert warns that more bans on fire and fireworks are likely coming, including the possibility of a statewide fireworks ban. “That remains to be...

    With tinderlike conditions in Utah — shown by the huge, quickly spreading Brian Head fire — Gov. Gary Herbert warns that more bans on fire and fireworks are likely coming, including the possibility of a statewide fireworks ban. “That remains to be seen,” he said during his monthly news conference on KUED. “I don’t know whether we’ll have an all-out ban [on fireworks]. I have no plans for an all-out ban right now, but there may be restrictions on where you can have fireworks” locally — and some l...

    Here we go again — more major freeway delays this weekend at mouth of Parleys Canyon


    For the third weekend in a row, road construction and closures are expected to cause major delays on freeways near the mouth of Parleys Canyon. This weekend, westbound Interstate 215 will close between Foothill Drive and the westbound Interstate 80...

    For the third weekend in a row, road construction and closures are expected to cause major delays on freeways near the mouth of Parleys Canyon. This weekend, westbound Interstate 215 will close between Foothill Drive and the westbound Interstate 80 junction near 2300 East from 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. During the closure, drivers will be detoured onto eastbound I-80 at Exit 2. They will need to continue east up Parleys Canyon to Exit 132 (Mount Aire Road), where they may turn around o...

    New Census data point to a new Utah: a ‘mixed-heritage, multicultural tapestry’


    New census estimates show that Utah’s minority populations continue to be younger and grow faster than whites — signaling a state shift to what one demographer calls “a mixed-heritage, multicultural tapestry of people and cultures.” “That’s...

    New census estimates show that Utah’s minority populations continue to be younger and grow faster than whites — signaling a state shift to what one demographer calls “a mixed-heritage, multicultural tapestry of people and cultures.” “That’s the new Utah,” not the old one that was nearly homogeneous and white, said Pam Perlich, director of demographic research at the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. For example, new estimates released Thursday show that minorities now accoun...

    Two Utah women dead in possible domestic violence-related murder-suicide in Taylorsville


    Two women were dead in Taylorsville in what police believed to be a murder-suicide on Thursday morning. Police found 47-year-old Richelle Horsley dead of multiple gunshot wounds, and nearby they found the body of 49-year-old Fransiska Dastrup, dead of...

    Two women were dead in Taylorsville in what police believed to be a murder-suicide on Thursday morning. Police found 47-year-old Richelle Horsley dead of multiple gunshot wounds, and nearby they found the body of 49-year-old Fransiska Dastrup, dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke. Police received multiple calls at 6:35 a.m., reporting gunshots at a complex near 2500 West and 4100 South, Lohrke said. When police arrived, they saw an SUV ...
    Tattoo parlor settles lawsuit brought by student with HIV

    Tattoo parlor settles lawsuit brought by student with HIV


    A 27-year-old Utah college students with HIV has reached a legal settlement agreement with a Clearfield tattoo parlor that had denied him service based on his medical condition — a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to a...

    A 27-year-old Utah college students with HIV has reached a legal settlement agreement with a Clearfield tattoo parlor that had denied him service based on his medical condition — a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to a statement from the Salt Lake City-based Disability Law Center, the Six Feet Below tattoo shop has changed its policy to ensure that people with disabilities are not excluded from receiving tattoos or piercings. Six Feet Below also agreed to donate...

    Utah Legislature may make adjustments to controversial new DUI law


    The Utah Legislature isn’t going to repeal its new toughest-in-the-nation DUI law. But it’s open to tweaking it. In March, Utah became the first state in the country to lower its blood alcohol content limit for a DUI from 0.08 percent to 0.05...

    The Utah Legislature isn’t going to repeal its new toughest-in-the-nation DUI law. But it’s open to tweaking it. In March, Utah became the first state in the country to lower its blood alcohol content limit for a DUI from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. On Wednesday, the Legislature’s Transportation Interim Committee gave representatives from restaurants, bars, tourism and the insurance industries a chance to point out “unintended consequences” of the measure so changes could be made before the la...

    Most Mormons and evangelicals no longer support businesses that refuse to serve gays, new survey shows


    In no U.S. religious group does a majority believe it’s acceptable for businesspeople to invoke their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays. This finding from a 2016 Public Religion Research Institute survey is a first, said Robert P. Jones, CEO...

    In no U.S. religious group does a majority believe it’s acceptable for businesspeople to invoke their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays. This finding from a 2016 Public Religion Research Institute survey is a first, said Robert P. Jones, CEO of the nonprofit research group. In a 2015 PRRI survey that asked the same question, more than half of white evangelical Protestants and Mormons approved of those who cited religious belief to deny service to LGBT customers. But in the new 2016 sur...

    Man allegedly smuggled woman to Utah, forced her into prostitution for years


    A man who allegedly smuggled a woman across the U.S.-Mexico border to Utah and forced her into prostitution has been arrested and charged with human trafficking. In 2008, Mexican national Santos Moyica Mojica met the alleged victim in Guatemala,...

    A man who allegedly smuggled a woman across the U.S.-Mexico border to Utah and forced her into prostitution has been arrested and charged with human trafficking. In 2008, Mexican national Santos Moyica Mojica met the alleged victim in Guatemala, according to charges. Mojica persuaded the woman to move with him to Mexico, promising her that if she came with him, “he would see that her [four] children were brought to Mexico later.” While in Mexico, Mojica would allegedly lock the woman in the hous...
    Jury sides with ex-West Jordan cop, awards nearly $3M on claims of malicious prosecution, retaliation

    Jury sides with ex-West Jordan cop, awards nearly $3M on claims of malicious prosecution, retaliation


    A former West Jordan police officer who took the city to court after enduring a decade of harassment and subsequent retaliation for his labor and sexual harassment complaint with the state said he feels “vindicated” now that a federal jury has...

    A former West Jordan police officer who took the city to court after enduring a decade of harassment and subsequent retaliation for his labor and sexual harassment complaint with the state said he feels “vindicated” now that a federal jury has awarded him nearly $3 million in damages. The jury found the city had maliciously prosecuted and retaliated against Aaron D. Jensen, who sued West Jordan in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court in 2012, after he filed a 2008 labor and sexual harassment com...

    Utah’s Lee, three other GOP senators could doom the Senate Republican health care bill


    Washington • Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and three other GOP senators said Thursday they will oppose the Senate health care bill, likely dooming the legislation that Republicans had promised to replace Obamacare. Lee and Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson...

    Washington • Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and three other GOP senators said Thursday they will oppose the Senate health care bill, likely dooming the legislation that Republicans had promised to replace Obamacare. Lee and Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Rand Paul of Kentucky said the measure didn’t do enough to gut the policies of the Democrats’ Affordable Care Act. “Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obt...
    SLC police hope billboard ads will yield results for cold case homicides

    SLC police hope billboard ads will yield results for cold case homicides


    Travelers along the Wasatch Front may begin to see more billboards soliciting tips for Salt Lake City cold cases, police say. Funding for the billboards stems from a grant awarded to the Salt Lake City Police Department for cases in which investigators...

    Travelers along the Wasatch Front may begin to see more billboards soliciting tips for Salt Lake City cold cases, police say. Funding for the billboards stems from a grant awarded to the Salt Lake City Police Department for cases in which investigators have hit dead ends, said Detective Greg Wilking. “This is a tactic we’ve seen in other places, so we’re giving it a try,” Wilking said. One such billboard, on 600 North just east of Interstate 15, highlights the homicide case of Kerry Arbon, whose...

    Utah Congresswoman Mia Love plays softball for cancer survivor


    Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, played in the annual bipartisan Congressional Women’s Softball Game in Washington on Wednesday in honor of a breast cancer survivor back home. The congresswoman and her colleagues raised money for cancer awareness, and Love...

    Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, played in the annual bipartisan Congressional Women’s Softball Game in Washington on Wednesday in honor of a breast cancer survivor back home. The congresswoman and her colleagues raised money for cancer awareness, and Love played for Utahn Lindsay Nunez, who was diagnosed with the disease “days after learning she was pregnant,” according to a news release from Love’s staff. “Nunez was healthy, and without a family history of breast cancer at the time of her diagnosis,” ...

    If 3.2 beer disappears from grocery stores, Utah liquor stores couldn't carry lost brands


    Grocery and convenience stores in Utah sell the majority of the beer in the state — more than 94 percent, about 32.4 million gallons, annually — statistics show. But what happens in two years, if the availability of 3.2 percent beer decreases and...

    Grocery and convenience stores in Utah sell the majority of the beer in the state — more than 94 percent, about 32.4 million gallons, annually — statistics show. But what happens in two years, if the availability of 3.2 percent beer decreases and only higher-alcohol beers are available from big brands like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors? Could the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control handle the purchasing, storage and distribution of the product? No way, DABC officials said Wednesday du...

    Utah teen sentenced to prison for bloody high school locker room attack that left five classmates injured


    Provo • On the day he was sentenced to prison for violently attacking five of his classmates in a high school locker room, 16-year-old Luke Dollahite offered a simple apology. He was sorry, he said, to the five teen boys he made his victims. Sorry to...

    Provo • On the day he was sentenced to prison for violently attacking five of his classmates in a high school locker room, 16-year-old Luke Dollahite offered a simple apology. He was sorry, he said, to the five teen boys he made his victims. Sorry to his own family. Sorry to his community. “The mercy I’ve been shown,” he said Thursday, “I don’t deserve any of it.” Dollahite was sentenced 10 years to life in Utah State Prison for the Nov. 15 rampage — in which he attacked one student with a woode...

    Brian Head Fire threatens second resort community after doubling in size overnight


    Brian Head • The Brian Head Fire on Thursday threatened another resort community after racing 8 miles north and doubling in size overnight. Spurred by strong overnight winds, the blaze grew “at an unprecedented rate,” covering more than 17,000...

    Brian Head • The Brian Head Fire on Thursday threatened another resort community after racing 8 miles north and doubling in size overnight. Spurred by strong overnight winds, the blaze grew “at an unprecedented rate,” covering more than 17,000 acres and spanning Iron and Garfield counties in southern Utah, according to a Thursday night news release from Great Basin Incident Management. The wildfire was closing in on about 400 cabins near the north and west sides of Panguitch Lake, forcing the...

    Coca-Cola arrives at LDS Business College, but BYU stays on no-caffeine wagon


    It looks like Brigham Young University may be Mormonism’s last institutional holdout against what some see as “evil” cola drinks — you know, the ones with that unauthorized pick-me-up. Sometime this spring, LDS Business College in Salt Lake City...

    It looks like Brigham Young University may be Mormonism’s last institutional holdout against what some see as “evil” cola drinks — you know, the ones with that unauthorized pick-me-up. Sometime this spring, LDS Business College in Salt Lake City began selling Coke products — with caffeine — in its cafe. The church-owned Joseph Smith Memorial Building, across from downtown’s iconic Mormon temple, had long since shrugged off the supposed taboo. It makes no difference: The faith’s flagship school...