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A photograph from the scene shows the trailer partly submerged with several turkeys still in cr... A semitrailer truck hauling hundreds of live turkeys crashed early Thursday into Deer Creek Reservoir. The driver was traveling on U.S. Highway 189 west down Provo Canyon, when he hit a guard rail and left the road, wrote Utah State Parks spokesman Eugene Swalberg. The driver was taken to a hospital, but his condition was not known as of midmorning Thursday. The fate of the turkeys also was not known. A photograph from the scene shows the trailer partly submerged with several turkeys still in cr... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57860337@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:41:02 MDT Police: Vernal man falsely reported sexual assault, robbery http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57860259-78/police-vernal-assault-assaulted.html.csp A 40-year-old man made up a being sexually assaulted by two men outside a Vernal restaurant in early March, Vernal police said Thursday. As a result, the man has been charged in Uintah County’s 8th District Court with one count of class A misdemeanor providing a false statement, and two counts of class B misdemeanor providing false information to a police officer. The man told police he was attacked at about 10:30 p.m. on March 8, after he leaving the Quarry Steakhouse and Brewery, at 25 S. Ver... A 40-year-old man made up a being sexually assaulted by two men outside a Vernal restaurant in early March, Vernal police said Thursday. As a result, the man has been charged in Uintah County’s 8th District Court with one count of class A misdemeanor providing a false statement, and two counts of class B misdemeanor providing false information to a police officer. The man told police he was attacked at about 10:30 p.m. on March 8, after he leaving the Quarry Steakhouse and Brewery, at 25 S. Ver... 57860259@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:28:01 MDT Van owned by Nevada slaying victim found in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57860299-78/elko-filverio-http-idaho.html.csp Jackpot, Nev. • Investigators are testing blood evidence found in a van that belonged to a 26-year-old Mexican man whose body was found in February off a dirt road near the Nevada-Idaho border town of Jackpot. Elko County Undersheriff Clair Morris tells the Elko Daily Free Press (http://bit.ly/1rp45KW ) the 1996 Ford Windstar with Idaho plates belonged to Leopoldo Filverio-Martinez. It was found in Utah and was taken Wednesday to a crime lab in Reno. Detectives have said they think Filverio-Mart... Jackpot, Nev. • Investigators are testing blood evidence found in a van that belonged to a 26-year-old Mexican man whose body was found in February off a dirt road near the Nevada-Idaho border town of Jackpot. Elko County Undersheriff Clair Morris tells the Elko Daily Free Press (http://bit.ly/1rp45KW ) the 1996 Ford Windstar with Idaho plates belonged to Leopoldo Filverio-Martinez. It was found in Utah and was taken Wednesday to a crime lab in Reno. Detectives have said they think Filverio-Mart... 57860299@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:27:02 MDT University of Utah says sorry for sperm mix-up; family not happy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57856879-78/lippert-font-lab-university.html.csp The University of Utah has determined that ex-convict Thomas Ray Lippert was hired to work at its fertility clinic without a background check, that he was a frequent sperm donor, and that a Texas family deserves an apology for a mix-up involving Lippert’s sperm in 1991. What the U. doesn’t say — for certain, at least — is that the switch was deliberate. John and Pamela Branum believe Lippert purposely substituted his own sperm for John’s to impregnate his wife, Pamela, with their daughter, Anni... The University of Utah has determined that ex-convict Thomas Ray Lippert was hired to work at its fertility clinic without a background check, that he was a frequent sperm donor, and that a Texas family deserves an apology for a mix-up involving Lippert’s sperm in 1991. What the U. doesn’t say — for certain, at least — is that the switch was deliberate. John and Pamela Branum believe Lippert purposely substituted his own sperm for John’s to impregnate his wife, Pamela, with their daughter, Anni... 57856879@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:08:35 MDT DNA check clears Lippert of children’s parentage, but now mom doesn’t know who son’s father was http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57856886-78/lippert-son-mcaffee-donor.html.csp Diane McAffee wanted her children to be biologically related, so a few years after conceiving with the help of the University of Utah’s fertility services, she returned to request the same donor. For 17 years afterward, all involved believed her daughter and son were full siblings. That has changed after McAffee had her children tested as part of an investigation into former clinic employee Thomas Ray Lippert. Her daughter is 99.9985 percent likely to be the offspring of the selected donor. Her... Diane McAffee wanted her children to be biologically related, so a few years after conceiving with the help of the University of Utah’s fertility services, she returned to request the same donor. For 17 years afterward, all involved believed her daughter and son were full siblings. That has changed after McAffee had her children tested as part of an investigation into former clinic employee Thomas Ray Lippert. Her daughter is 99.9985 percent likely to be the offspring of the selected donor. Her... 57856886@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:07:34 MDT Western lands takeover: Former BLM chief, state lawmaker clash http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57855791-90/blm-debate-federal-former.html.csp A conservative state lawmaker and a liberal former director of the Bureau of Land Management argued the merits of a debate that’s sweeping the West — whether states should take control of federal lands and would they manage them better. Their exchange, which included a few pointed barbs, during Wednesday’s Trib Talk may just be round one. Former BLM Director Pat Shea challenged state Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, to a formal debate at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, and... A conservative state lawmaker and a liberal former director of the Bureau of Land Management argued the merits of a debate that’s sweeping the West — whether states should take control of federal lands and would they manage them better. Their exchange, which included a few pointed barbs, during Wednesday’s Trib Talk may just be round one. Former BLM Director Pat Shea challenged state Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, to a formal debate at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, and... 57855791@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:03:49 MDT Report card: Draper, West Jordan praised, Murray panned http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57856654-78/lake-salt-store-wednesday.html.csp Cities in the Salt Lake Valley vary wildly on how friendly and cost effective they are for real-estate developers proposing new retail, office and industrial projects, says a new report card. Draper and West Jordan both ranked high for developer relations, according to the industry-commissioned study. The two rapidly growing cities earned A-minuses in a composite score for customer service, website access, ease of use, timeliness of approval and lack of red tape for new developments. Murray dr... Cities in the Salt Lake Valley vary wildly on how friendly and cost effective they are for real-estate developers proposing new retail, office and industrial projects, says a new report card. Draper and West Jordan both ranked high for developer relations, according to the industry-commissioned study. The two rapidly growing cities earned A-minuses in a composite score for customer service, website access, ease of use, timeliness of approval and lack of red tape for new developments. Murray dr... 57856654@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:03:42 MDT Police: Elderly Tooele parents beaten, not given bathroom access http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57858457-78/wrote-police-son-adult.html.csp A Tooele man is accused of abusing and neglecting his parents, beating his 82-year-old father and leaving his immobile, 76-year-old mother to defecate in a bucket. The father was taken to an emergency room April 17 after he reportedly fell and hit his head on a coffee table, police wrote. But the father and mother both said the son hit the father; a CT scan showed possible bleeding on the brain due to past head trauma, police wrote. The father also had a fractured rib and infections because his... A Tooele man is accused of abusing and neglecting his parents, beating his 82-year-old father and leaving his immobile, 76-year-old mother to defecate in a bucket. The father was taken to an emergency room April 17 after he reportedly fell and hit his head on a coffee table, police wrote. But the father and mother both said the son hit the father; a CT scan showed possible bleeding on the brain due to past head trauma, police wrote. The father also had a fractured rib and infections because his... 57858457@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:03:42 MDT More Utah high schools including ninth grade http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57836225-78/ninth-graders-grade-schools.html.csp West Valley City ­• Jenny Olsen did a lot of driving when her oldest son was in ninth grade. Most days, she shuttled him from Valley Junior High to Granger High, either for his advanced math class, basketball or baseball practice. But now that ninth grade is part of the high school, the Granger PTA president won’t have to do that for her younger children. “They’re already there, and they can start taking AP [Advanced Placement classes] and doing some of those things,” Olsen said. The change, she... West Valley City ­• Jenny Olsen did a lot of driving when her oldest son was in ninth grade. Most days, she shuttled him from Valley Junior High to Granger High, either for his advanced math class, basketball or baseball practice. But now that ninth grade is part of the high school, the Granger PTA president won’t have to do that for her younger children. “They’re already there, and they can start taking AP [Advanced Placement classes] and doing some of those things,” Olsen said. The change, she... 57836225@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:47:24 MDT Utah forecast: Thursday will be the calm before the storm http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57859598-78/weather-degrees-rain-calm.html.csp Another spring storm will bring rain and possibly some snow to parts of Utah this weekend. While more wet and windy weather is coming, the National Weather Service predicts that Thursday will be another calm, but cloudy, day with highs near 67 in northern Utah. The high temperature on Friday will inch toward 69 degrees, but what will likely start as slightly windy weather may turn to rain storms by that evening. Rain is expected throughout Saturday. Farther south, residents will also have a calm... Another spring storm will bring rain and possibly some snow to parts of Utah this weekend. While more wet and windy weather is coming, the National Weather Service predicts that Thursday will be another calm, but cloudy, day with highs near 67 in northern Utah. The high temperature on Friday will inch toward 69 degrees, but what will likely start as slightly windy weather may turn to rain storms by that evening. Rain is expected throughout Saturday. Farther south, residents will also have a calm... 57859598@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:28:00 MDT Charges: Duchesne man fractured toddler’s skull http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57858433-78/wrote-child-deputies-girlfriend.html.csp A Duchesne man is accused of fracturing the skull of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son. The man, 23, was to care for the boy March 8 while his girlfriend was at work, deputies wrote in charges filed Wednesday in 8th District Court. Instead the man left the child’s aunt in charge and spent most of the day drinking at his girlfriend’s brother’s house, investigators wrote. The man went home to put the child to bed, deputies wrote. The man later told investigators he spilled beer on the toddler, so h... A Duchesne man is accused of fracturing the skull of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son. The man, 23, was to care for the boy March 8 while his girlfriend was at work, deputies wrote in charges filed Wednesday in 8th District Court. Instead the man left the child’s aunt in charge and spent most of the day drinking at his girlfriend’s brother’s house, investigators wrote. The man went home to put the child to bed, deputies wrote. The man later told investigators he spilled beer on the toddler, so h... 57858433@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:59:01 MDT Utah's political parties to prune candidates http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57850201-78/convention-delegates-democratic-democrats.html.csp Delegates to the Republican and Democratic state conventions Saturday will work to narrow the field of candidates in all four of Utah’s U.S. House districts and will also select a new chairman of the Utah Democratic Party. They will vote on potential nominees in a dozen multicounty seats in the Legislature. And because some of those races have only Republican candidates, delegates to the GOP convention could determine some final winners. The state Republican convention is Saturday at 10 a.m. at ... Delegates to the Republican and Democratic state conventions Saturday will work to narrow the field of candidates in all four of Utah’s U.S. House districts and will also select a new chairman of the Utah Democratic Party. They will vote on potential nominees in a dozen multicounty seats in the Legislature. And because some of those races have only Republican candidates, delegates to the GOP convention could determine some final winners. The state Republican convention is Saturday at 10 a.m. at ... 57850201@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:23:24 MDT Comic Con crowds help UTA set ridership record http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57856975-90/bond-bonds-convention-debt.html.csp The Utah Transit Authority received two bits of good news Wednesday — the Comic Con’s FanX convention last weekend helped it set a new three-day ridership record, and its somewhat worrisome credit rating has been upgraded. “In three days — Thursday, Friday, Saturday — we had a quarter million trips on TRAX and FrontRunner. That’s a record,” UTA General Manager Michael Allegra told the UTA board. FanX operated those three days, which organizers said was attended by more than 100,000 people and s... The Utah Transit Authority received two bits of good news Wednesday — the Comic Con’s FanX convention last weekend helped it set a new three-day ridership record, and its somewhat worrisome credit rating has been upgraded. “In three days — Thursday, Friday, Saturday — we had a quarter million trips on TRAX and FrontRunner. That’s a record,” UTA General Manager Michael Allegra told the UTA board. FanX operated those three days, which organizers said was attended by more than 100,000 people and s... 57856975@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:46:58 MDT Reward offered for information on Provo arsonist http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57855214-78/fire-fires-abandoned-firefighters.html.csp After another three suspected arson fires were started in Provo city on Tuesday, a $5,000 reward is being offered to anyone who has a tip that could lead investigators to whomever has started the fires over the last few weeks. Mayor John Curtis asked Provo residents on Wednesday for their help in identifying the arsonist who has started at least six fires since March 24. “I need the eyes and ears of our 115,000 residents to assist in our boots-on-the-ground operation,” Curtis wrote on his blog.... After another three suspected arson fires were started in Provo city on Tuesday, a $5,000 reward is being offered to anyone who has a tip that could lead investigators to whomever has started the fires over the last few weeks. Mayor John Curtis asked Provo residents on Wednesday for their help in identifying the arsonist who has started at least six fires since March 24. “I need the eyes and ears of our 115,000 residents to assist in our boots-on-the-ground operation,” Curtis wrote on his blog.... 57855214@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:25:35 MDT ‘Bachelorette’ contestant dies in Utah paragliding accident http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57856009-200/hill-eric-brian-com.html.csp A contestant on the upcoming season of “The Bachelorette” died Wednesday from injuries he suffered in a Utah paragliding accident. Eric Jonathan Hill, 31, crashed Sunday in Draper at the popular paragliding spot at Point of the Mountain, his family confirmed Wednesday. One of Hill’s brothers, Brian Hill, said doctors at University Hospital removed him from life support Tuesday night. Eric Hill died early Wednesday. Brian Hill said his brother’s chute deployed, then collapsed. “When he pulled ... A contestant on the upcoming season of “The Bachelorette” died Wednesday from injuries he suffered in a Utah paragliding accident. Eric Jonathan Hill, 31, crashed Sunday in Draper at the popular paragliding spot at Point of the Mountain, his family confirmed Wednesday. One of Hill’s brothers, Brian Hill, said doctors at University Hospital removed him from life support Tuesday night. Eric Hill died early Wednesday. Brian Hill said his brother’s chute deployed, then collapsed. “When he pulled ... 57856009@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:18:43 MDT Brigham Young University to graduate 5,800 students http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57822383-78/university-5800-brigham-byu.html.csp 4 p.m. Thursday • Brigham Young University will hold its main ceremony at the Marriott Center, 500 E. University Parkway in Provo. The commencement speaker will be Elder Craig A. Cardon of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The student speaker is Megan Hirschi, a native of Milton, Ga., and an honors graduate who majored in biochemistry and minored in music. Individual colleges will hold ceremonies Friday. Most popular majors 1. Business Man... 4 p.m. Thursday • Brigham Young University will hold its main ceremony at the Marriott Center, 500 E. University Parkway in Provo. The commencement speaker will be Elder Craig A. Cardon of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The student speaker is Megan Hirschi, a native of Milton, Ga., and an honors graduate who majored in biochemistry and minored in music. Individual colleges will hold ceremonies Friday. Most popular majors 1. Business Man... 57822383@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:11:01 MDT Job hearing reset for West Valley City cop who shot Danielle Willard http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57850861-78/cowley-jarvis-hearing-valley.html.csp West Valley City • The hearing to determine whether the police officer who shot and killed Danielle Willard can have his job back was postponed again Wednesday, and the fired officer’s attorneys were admonished for showing a “lack of respect” to the panel weighing the matter. West Valley City’s Civil Service Commissioner Bill Leach said the three-member panel nearly dismissed Shaun Cowley’s appeal, but instead decided to reschedule the hearing. All sides have until May 8 to review the evidence.... West Valley City • The hearing to determine whether the police officer who shot and killed Danielle Willard can have his job back was postponed again Wednesday, and the fired officer’s attorneys were admonished for showing a “lack of respect” to the panel weighing the matter. West Valley City’s Civil Service Commissioner Bill Leach said the three-member panel nearly dismissed Shaun Cowley’s appeal, but instead decided to reschedule the hearing. All sides have until May 8 to review the evidence.... 57850861@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:00:46 MDT Number of Utahns with degrees inches up, but too slowly http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57851386-78/utah-percent-college-degrees.html.csp The number of Utahns with a college degree is growing, but not fast enough, a report released this week found. The portion of working-age adults with an associate or bachelor’s degree inched up 1.1 percentage points, to 40.4 percent, between 2011 and 2012, according to an analysis of U.S. Census numbers by the Lumina Foundation. “We still have a lot of work to do,” said Utah Commissioner of Higher Education Dave Buhler. “While the statistics are improving, we’re not getting there fast enough.” ... The number of Utahns with a college degree is growing, but not fast enough, a report released this week found. The portion of working-age adults with an associate or bachelor’s degree inched up 1.1 percentage points, to 40.4 percent, between 2011 and 2012, according to an analysis of U.S. Census numbers by the Lumina Foundation. “We still have a lot of work to do,” said Utah Commissioner of Higher Education Dave Buhler. “While the statistics are improving, we’re not getting there fast enough.” ... 57851386@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:22:58 MDT Playground fire damages Spanish Fork elementary school http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57857160-78/fire-hiskey-playground-elementary.html.csp Children apparently were involved in a playground fire that caused at least $30,000 in damage Tuesday night at a Spanish Fork elementary school. The fire broke out about 6 p.m. at Park Elementary School, 90 N. 600 East, in a playground structure, said Nebo School District spokeswoman Lana Hiskey. High winds caused the flames to spread, damaging another nearby playground structure and burning an exterior wall of the school and a small part of the roof, Hiskey said. A security camera also was dam... Children apparently were involved in a playground fire that caused at least $30,000 in damage Tuesday night at a Spanish Fork elementary school. The fire broke out about 6 p.m. at Park Elementary School, 90 N. 600 East, in a playground structure, said Nebo School District spokeswoman Lana Hiskey. High winds caused the flames to spread, damaging another nearby playground structure and burning an exterior wall of the school and a small part of the roof, Hiskey said. A security camera also was dam... 57857160@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:03:40 MDT Salt Lake City trims planned impact fees http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57855223-90/commercial-development-fee-fees.html.csp The Salt Lake City Council adjusted its impact fees Tuesday, resulting in lower fees than it had originally planned for housing as well as commercial and retail development by excusing those uses from the city’s road fee. But industrial development in the city’s west-side industrial area will continue to be assessed a road fee of $2.26 per square foot. Rather than raising its residential parks fee to $3,999, the council upped it to $2,875. But in 24 months, it will raise the residential parks-i... The Salt Lake City Council adjusted its impact fees Tuesday, resulting in lower fees than it had originally planned for housing as well as commercial and retail development by excusing those uses from the city’s road fee. But industrial development in the city’s west-side industrial area will continue to be assessed a road fee of $2.26 per square foot. Rather than raising its residential parks fee to $3,999, the council upped it to $2,875. But in 24 months, it will raise the residential parks-i... 57855223@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:48:56 MDT