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A California man died Sunday afternoon during a fall while climbing in Zion National Park. Christopher H. Spencer, 47, of San Jose, Calif., was with a fellow climber when they started “Iron Messiah,” a difficult 5.10 climb in Zion Canyon. The pair was on an approach pitch in easy fifth class terrain when the climber apparently fell backward, tumbling approximately 80 feet down the steep slope, striking a series of ledges, according to a park news release. The cause was under investigation by th... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58542203@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:54:56 MDT Today: Closing arguments in trial of Utah man accused in wife’s murder http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58544812-78/truman-wife-conrad-heidy.html.csp Provo • Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Tuesday morning in a jury trial that began three weeks ago for Conrad Mark Truman, who is accused of murdering his wife in their Orem home in 2012. Truman, 32, is charged with first-degree felony murder and second-degree felony obstructing justice in the death of his 25-year-old wife, Heidy Truman. The Orem man took the witness stand in his own defense Thursday, telling the jurors several times that he did not kill his wife. The first question ask... Provo • Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Tuesday morning in a jury trial that began three weeks ago for Conrad Mark Truman, who is accused of murdering his wife in their Orem home in 2012. Truman, 32, is charged with first-degree felony murder and second-degree felony obstructing justice in the death of his 25-year-old wife, Heidy Truman. The Orem man took the witness stand in his own defense Thursday, telling the jurors several times that he did not kill his wife. The first question ask... 58544812@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:54:56 MDT Utah forecast: Tuesday’s rain to give way to mild midweek weather http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58544442-78/weather-com-utah-http.html.csp Northern Utah’s midweek forecast calls for partly cloudy, but dry weather after a Tuesday punctuated by rain showers and thunderstorms. The National Weather Service credits the departure of a Pacific cold front for ushering in Wednesday’s Wasatch Front daytime highs in the mid-60s, and the arrival of southwesterly dry air flow will sustain mild weather through the remainder of the week. Overnight lows will dip into the 40s in northern Utah as more typical, autumnal patterns deepen. Southern Utah... Northern Utah’s midweek forecast calls for partly cloudy, but dry weather after a Tuesday punctuated by rain showers and thunderstorms. The National Weather Service credits the departure of a Pacific cold front for ushering in Wednesday’s Wasatch Front daytime highs in the mid-60s, and the arrival of southwesterly dry air flow will sustain mild weather through the remainder of the week. Overnight lows will dip into the 40s in northern Utah as more typical, autumnal patterns deepen. Southern Utah... 58544442@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:54:56 MDT Partial solar eclipse to take a bite out of the sun Thursday afternoon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58541520-78/eclipse-solar-utah-viewing.html.csp A partial solar eclipse will darken the skies over Utah Thursday afternoon. The moon will move between the Earth and the sun, off-center, making it look like the moon has taken a bite out of our closest star. The eclipse will begin at 3:06 p.m., reach its maximum at 4:27 p.m. and end at 5:39 p.m. The best times to view the eclipse are from 4:15 p.m. to 4:40 p.m., according to the Clark Planetarium. As seen from the Beehive State, the sun will be about half covered by the moon. Special viewing e... A partial solar eclipse will darken the skies over Utah Thursday afternoon. The moon will move between the Earth and the sun, off-center, making it look like the moon has taken a bite out of our closest star. The eclipse will begin at 3:06 p.m., reach its maximum at 4:27 p.m. and end at 5:39 p.m. The best times to view the eclipse are from 4:15 p.m. to 4:40 p.m., according to the Clark Planetarium. As seen from the Beehive State, the sun will be about half covered by the moon. Special viewing e... 58541520@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:10:29 MDT Report: Tossed Salt Lake City school lunches a protocol breach http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58541137-78/district-report-lake-parents.html.csp The Salt Lake City School District is reiterating that a school cafeteria worker broke district protocol in January when she “arbitrarily and capriciously” plucked lunches from 17 students, giving them milk and fruit instead. School district officials on Thursday evening sent parents a second outside report detailing that the Uintah Elementary lunch worker sidestepped district guidelines in directing payments for thousands of student meals into the wrong accounts last year. The district in rec... The Salt Lake City School District is reiterating that a school cafeteria worker broke district protocol in January when she “arbitrarily and capriciously” plucked lunches from 17 students, giving them milk and fruit instead. School district officials on Thursday evening sent parents a second outside report detailing that the Uintah Elementary lunch worker sidestepped district guidelines in directing payments for thousands of student meals into the wrong accounts last year. The district in rec... 58541137@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:10:29 MDT Robert Kirby: Caravan of the damned http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58541982-78/kirby-behind-robert-actually.html.csp I left St. George early Sunday afternoon. The sun was bright and high, as was the hope in my heart that I would make it home in time for my granddaughter’s birthday party. I had to solve a math story problem. With 293 miles between the parking lot of the hotel and my driveway in Herriman, it would take some serious tactical driving to get home in 3½ hours. In broad terms, my plan was to fly as low as possible under UHP radar so as to merely flirt with getting stopped/cited/Tasered/booked withou... I left St. George early Sunday afternoon. The sun was bright and high, as was the hope in my heart that I would make it home in time for my granddaughter’s birthday party. I had to solve a math story problem. With 293 miles between the parking lot of the hotel and my driveway in Herriman, it would take some serious tactical driving to get home in 3½ hours. In broad terms, my plan was to fly as low as possible under UHP radar so as to merely flirt with getting stopped/cited/Tasered/booked withou... 58541982@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:29:57 MDT Air Force pitches 700,000-acre Utah training range expansion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58537219-90/amp-robinson-test-range.html.csp Partoun • The U.S. Air Force on Monday told residents of west Juab County it needs to expand its training range to accommodate the new F-35 and asked for community cooperation. Chris Robinson, the director of operations for the Utah Test and Training Range, said adding 700,000 acres around the perimeter of the Utah Test and Training Range will create more ground and air space for F-35 pilots to test the aircrafts’ missiles. No missiles or bombs will be dropped on the expanded areas, Robinson to... Partoun • The U.S. Air Force on Monday told residents of west Juab County it needs to expand its training range to accommodate the new F-35 and asked for community cooperation. Chris Robinson, the director of operations for the Utah Test and Training Range, said adding 700,000 acres around the perimeter of the Utah Test and Training Range will create more ground and air space for F-35 pilots to test the aircrafts’ missiles. No missiles or bombs will be dropped on the expanded areas, Robinson to... 58537219@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:29:57 MDT Man killed in I-15 crash was moving to be near Utah family http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58544003-78/pickett-pickup-utah-crash.html.csp An elderly Challis, Idaho man, who died when his pickup truck was rearended on Interstate 15 last week, has been identified by Utah Highway Patrol. UHP Sgt. Todd Royce said release of the identity of James P. Pickett, 83, had initially been delayed due to difficulties notifying his next-of-kin. A relative told The Salt Lake Tribune on Monday that Pickett was in the process of moving to Ogden from Idaho to be closer to his extended family in Utah. Pickett was driving south on Interstate 15 about... An elderly Challis, Idaho man, who died when his pickup truck was rearended on Interstate 15 last week, has been identified by Utah Highway Patrol. UHP Sgt. Todd Royce said release of the identity of James P. Pickett, 83, had initially been delayed due to difficulties notifying his next-of-kin. A relative told The Salt Lake Tribune on Monday that Pickett was in the process of moving to Ogden from Idaho to be closer to his extended family in Utah. Pickett was driving south on Interstate 15 about... 58544003@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:24:01 MDT Utah police chief accused of stalking makes first court appearance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58542279-78/police-butterfield-court-chief.html.csp Myton police chief Thomas Wade Butterfield, accused of stalking three women, made his initial appearance in court on Monday. Butterfield, 44, is charged in Duchesne County’s 8th District Court with three counts of stalking, one count of criminal trespass and one count of unlawful detention — all misdemeanors. A preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 8, according to the county attorney’s office. At that hearing, prosecutors will present evidence and a judge will decide whether there is probable cau... Myton police chief Thomas Wade Butterfield, accused of stalking three women, made his initial appearance in court on Monday. Butterfield, 44, is charged in Duchesne County’s 8th District Court with three counts of stalking, one count of criminal trespass and one count of unlawful detention — all misdemeanors. A preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 8, according to the county attorney’s office. At that hearing, prosecutors will present evidence and a judge will decide whether there is probable cau... 58542279@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:14:28 MDT Farmington police nab burglary suspects on I-15 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58540610-78/police-burglary-farmington-suspects.html.csp Farmington police, aided by an observant burglary victim’s neighbor, took two suspects into custody at gunpoint on Interstate 15. Farmington Police Chief Wayne Hansen said the victim drove home about 2:30 p.m. Sunday to find two men toting pillowcases full of his property to a white Ford Taurus parked in his driveway, near 500 East and 200 South. When the homeowner confronted the two, they got in their vehicle and backed out, slamming into the man’s car in the process. A neighbor, witnessing t... Farmington police, aided by an observant burglary victim’s neighbor, took two suspects into custody at gunpoint on Interstate 15. Farmington Police Chief Wayne Hansen said the victim drove home about 2:30 p.m. Sunday to find two men toting pillowcases full of his property to a white Ford Taurus parked in his driveway, near 500 East and 200 South. When the homeowner confronted the two, they got in their vehicle and backed out, slamming into the man’s car in the process. A neighbor, witnessing t... 58540610@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:14:28 MDT Wrongway driver on I-15 dies, kills another in crash http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58544153-78/bertine-driver-troopers-crash.html.csp A Layton man, careening along Interstate 15 at more than 100 mph while repeatedly dousing his lights to elude police, was killed along with another driver when he plowed into two vehicles late Monday night in Weber County. The Utah Highway Patrol said the driver, 28-year-old Cory S. Bertine, was dead at the scene of the 9:40 p.m. Monday crash, near Pioneer Road (400 North) in Slaterville. Carlos Valdez, 56, of Davis County, was rushed to McKay-Dee Hospital in critical condition but later died of... A Layton man, careening along Interstate 15 at more than 100 mph while repeatedly dousing his lights to elude police, was killed along with another driver when he plowed into two vehicles late Monday night in Weber County. The Utah Highway Patrol said the driver, 28-year-old Cory S. Bertine, was dead at the scene of the 9:40 p.m. Monday crash, near Pioneer Road (400 North) in Slaterville. Carlos Valdez, 56, of Davis County, was rushed to McKay-Dee Hospital in critical condition but later died of... 58544153@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:14:28 MDT Doc tells Utah audience more Ebola test vaccines needed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58542571-78/ebola-health-disease-africa.html.csp When it comes to Ebola, there is such a thing as too much caution. That’s the view of a U.S. Navy infectious-disease expert who spoke Monday at a University of Utah conference about the economic future of Africa. Health care officials must toe a fine line between informing and scaring the public, said Daniel Bausch, who was in west Africa last spring and is working with the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Health officials have scared people with an over-the-top r... When it comes to Ebola, there is such a thing as too much caution. That’s the view of a U.S. Navy infectious-disease expert who spoke Monday at a University of Utah conference about the economic future of Africa. Health care officials must toe a fine line between informing and scaring the public, said Daniel Bausch, who was in west Africa last spring and is working with the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Health officials have scared people with an over-the-top r... 58542571@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:14:28 MDT Ogden police break down door, arrest knife-wielding woman http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58540750-78/police-woman-ogden-apartment.html.csp Ogden police forced entry to an apartment early Monday morning and subdued a woman who allegedly had abducted and slashed her estranged boyfriend and was threatening further harm to him. Police Lt. Tim Scott said officers had rushed to the apartment, in a complex at 2543 Madison, just before 4 a.m. Monday. When negotiation efforts failed to convince the 24-year-old woman to come out and surrender, officers broke down the door and arrested her. The 5-foot-7, 210-pound woman was booked into the We... Ogden police forced entry to an apartment early Monday morning and subdued a woman who allegedly had abducted and slashed her estranged boyfriend and was threatening further harm to him. Police Lt. Tim Scott said officers had rushed to the apartment, in a complex at 2543 Madison, just before 4 a.m. Monday. When negotiation efforts failed to convince the 24-year-old woman to come out and surrender, officers broke down the door and arrested her. The 5-foot-7, 210-pound woman was booked into the We... 58540750@www.sltrib.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:24:17 MDT Preliminary hearing set for Utah mom accused of killing 6 babies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58540654-78/huntsman-six-babies-dna.html.csp Provo • A December preliminary hearing has been set for a Pleasant Grove woman accused of killing six of her newborn children. Megan Huntsman — who appeared in court briefly on Monday morning — will hear the evidence against her on Dec. 11, when 4th District Judge Darold McDade will determine if there is probable cause to advance the case to trial. Prosecutors contend that Huntsman, 39, choked or smothered the six infants shortly after birth during the period from Jan. 1, 1996, to Dec. 31, 2006... Provo • A December preliminary hearing has been set for a Pleasant Grove woman accused of killing six of her newborn children. Megan Huntsman — who appeared in court briefly on Monday morning — will hear the evidence against her on Dec. 11, when 4th District Judge Darold McDade will determine if there is probable cause to advance the case to trial. Prosecutors contend that Huntsman, 39, choked or smothered the six infants shortly after birth during the period from Jan. 1, 1996, to Dec. 31, 2006... 58540654@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:03:30 MDT Bail reduced for Utah woman accused of tossing baby in trash http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58540886-78/englert-police-baby-bail.html.csp A judge reduced bail Monday for a Kearns woman charged with attempted murder for allegedly dumping her newborn into a trash can in August. Alicia Marie Englert, 23, on Monday night posted bail, which had been reduced to $25,000. Englert had been held at the Salt Lake County jail in lieu of $500,000, cash-only bail. But based on a stipulation between prosecutors and the defense, 3rd District Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills reduced the bail to $25,000, which is bondable. Englert must comply with a li... A judge reduced bail Monday for a Kearns woman charged with attempted murder for allegedly dumping her newborn into a trash can in August. Alicia Marie Englert, 23, on Monday night posted bail, which had been reduced to $25,000. Englert had been held at the Salt Lake County jail in lieu of $500,000, cash-only bail. But based on a stipulation between prosecutors and the defense, 3rd District Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills reduced the bail to $25,000, which is bondable. Englert must comply with a li... 58540886@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:02:52 MDT Poll: Most Utahns against same-sex marriage, but opposition declining http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58542678-78/marriage-sex-percent-poll.html.csp A new poll shows a majority of Utahns oppose same-sex marriage, but support is rising. Results of a UtahPolicy.com poll conducted Oct. 14-16 by Dan Jones and Associates shows 61 percent of Utahns oppose same-sex marriage, which became legal this month due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear appeals from several states whose same-sex marriage bans were struck down in lower courts. That is down slightly from the 63 percent who said they opposed same-sex marriage in a similar poll in Augus... A new poll shows a majority of Utahns oppose same-sex marriage, but support is rising. Results of a UtahPolicy.com poll conducted Oct. 14-16 by Dan Jones and Associates shows 61 percent of Utahns oppose same-sex marriage, which became legal this month due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear appeals from several states whose same-sex marriage bans were struck down in lower courts. That is down slightly from the 63 percent who said they opposed same-sex marriage in a similar poll in Augus... 58542678@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:07:02 MDT Utah bounty hunters kill 7,041 coyotes in a year http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58541820-78/coyotes-deer-program-utah.html.csp Utahns killed slightly fewer coyotes in the second year of the Mule Deer Preservation Act, but the $50 bounty paid for each animal is only one piece of the state’s effort to remove the predator. The program’s second year, which concluded June 30, ended with 7,041 coyotes turned in, down from 7,160 animals the previous year. The number of people collecting bounties rose by 4 percent to 1,055, according to a Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) report issued last week. Sen. Ralph Okerlund, R-Monro... Utahns killed slightly fewer coyotes in the second year of the Mule Deer Preservation Act, but the $50 bounty paid for each animal is only one piece of the state’s effort to remove the predator. The program’s second year, which concluded June 30, ended with 7,041 coyotes turned in, down from 7,160 animals the previous year. The number of people collecting bounties rose by 4 percent to 1,055, according to a Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) report issued last week. Sen. Ralph Okerlund, R-Monro... 58541820@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:59:22 MDT Utah man gets probation in dinosaur footprint theft http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58542256-78/dinosaur-ehlers-case-federal.html.csp A 35-year-old Moab man charged with stealing a fossilized dinosaur footprint will serve a year of probation — including six months of home confinement — and pay about $15,000 in restitution, a federal judge decided Monday. Prosecutors say Jared Ehlers pried a piece of sandstone with an ancient three-toed dinosaur track from the Hell’s Revenge jeep trail near Moab on Feb. 17. Authorities believe he got nervous after being questioned in the case and dumped the print into the Colorado River in ear... A 35-year-old Moab man charged with stealing a fossilized dinosaur footprint will serve a year of probation — including six months of home confinement — and pay about $15,000 in restitution, a federal judge decided Monday. Prosecutors say Jared Ehlers pried a piece of sandstone with an ancient three-toed dinosaur track from the Hell’s Revenge jeep trail near Moab on Feb. 17. Authorities believe he got nervous after being questioned in the case and dumped the print into the Colorado River in ear... 58542256@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:37:32 MDT Homeless in Salt Lake City: ‘I like living outside’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58526393-78/schwarz-utah-homeless-sltrib.html.csp Eugene Schwarz would rather sleep outside. The 50-year-old veteran camps in the foothills south of Salt Lake City, where mice nibble on his Latin dictionary and Agatha Christie novels. A few other pests come by: Boys from the neighborhood over the ridge occasionally steal the paints for his model bomber airplane. And hikers pass through every now and then. But Schwarz, a New York native with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, has stayed in his spot for more than a decade. Utah officials aimin... Eugene Schwarz would rather sleep outside. The 50-year-old veteran camps in the foothills south of Salt Lake City, where mice nibble on his Latin dictionary and Agatha Christie novels. A few other pests come by: Boys from the neighborhood over the ridge occasionally steal the paints for his model bomber airplane. And hikers pass through every now and then. But Schwarz, a New York native with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, has stayed in his spot for more than a decade. Utah officials aimin... 58526393@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:36:13 MDT Protesters demand answers in police shooting of Darrien Hunt http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58534118-78/hunt-police-shot-family.html.csp Saratoga Springs • Demonstrators demanded answers Saturday in the police shooting death of Darrien Hunt and called for citizen review boards in Utah and throughout the nation. About 60 protesters, including members of Hunt’s family, rallied along Commerce Boulevard, then marched about a half block to the Saratoga Springs Police Department, chanting “Hey, ho, police brutality’s got to go” and “Shot in the back for being black.” Many of the demonstrators came from outside the city and had never m... Saratoga Springs • Demonstrators demanded answers Saturday in the police shooting death of Darrien Hunt and called for citizen review boards in Utah and throughout the nation. About 60 protesters, including members of Hunt’s family, rallied along Commerce Boulevard, then marched about a half block to the Saratoga Springs Police Department, chanting “Hey, ho, police brutality’s got to go” and “Shot in the back for being black.” Many of the demonstrators came from outside the city and had never m... 58534118@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:36:13 MDT