(Manti, UT) — A Fairview man accused of killing an elderly couple will stand trial. Logan McFarland waived a preliminary hearing today and will be arraigned in a couple of months. Police say McFarland is charged with two counts of capital murder for the 2011 killings of Leroy and Dorothy Fullwood in their Mount Pleasant home. The suspect was extradited from Nevada to Utah last year to stand trial for these charges. In 2014, he was convicted and sentenced to 56 years in Nevada for crimes he committed on the run.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — A new trial is scheduled for former Utah Attorney General John Swallow who’s facing corruption charges. A judge last week threw out a motion to have the case dismissed. A judge today set a trial date for February 7th. Swallow has pleaded not guilty to charges including money laundering, misuse of public funds, and falsifying government records.
(Orem, UT) — An Orem man wants out of jail after a recent overturning of his murder conviction. Conrad Mark Truman was convicted of murder and obstruction of justice two years ago in the death of 25-year-old Heidy Truman. A judge ruled last week the 34-year-old can have a new trial because jurors relied on wrong measurements of the couple’s home. He was found guilty of shooting his wife in the head.
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National Park Service has announced that the Square Tower unit of Hovenweep National Monument, including the campground and visitor center, will be closed for road work on August 18, 2016.
The Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) funded project will reseal the campground, parking lot, and roads in the Square Tower unit.
In preparation for this work, the road in to the Square Tower unit of Hovenweep National Monument is expected to close early evening on Wednesday, August 17. The campground, visitor center, and Little Ruin Trail will not be accessible. Visitors will be able to re-enter the unit beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 19. Other monument units, such as Cajon, Holly, Hackberry, and Cutthroat Castle units, will remain open
The monument’s campground will close at 8:00 a.m. on August 17 and is expected to reopen at 8:00 a.m. on August 19.
Road work schedules may change due to weather or other uncontrollable circumstances.
Jeannine McElveen, Superintendent of Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments, states, “We appreciate the FHWA funding for this project to improve all Square Tower road conditions. We ask for everyone’s patience and understanding as we complete this important work as safely and efficiently as possible.”
Additional information regarding this road work will be posted on the monument’s official website, www.nps.gov/hove, as it becomes available.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — Governor Herbert is still supporting Donald Trump in his run for president, despite the candidate’s recent series of controversial remarks. Utah’s governor said in a press conference this week Trump’s stances on U.S. Supreme Court nominations and issues regarding states’ rights make him a better choice than Hillary Clinton. Herbert said he thinks Trump’s vice presidential choice Mike Pence will, quote, “bring some stability.”
(Salt Lake City, UT) — The federal government is denying nonprofit status for a Utah-based chain of private career colleges. Education officials this week dismissed the request by the Center for Excellence in Higher Education. It operates Stevens-Henager College, CollegeAmerica, California College San Diego and the online Independence University. Education officials say schools wanting to be recognized as a nonprofit must benefit the public, not just individuals.
(Cottonwood Heights, UT) — Police in Cottonwood Heights are reminding people to let them know of any activities that could cause mass confusion. That’s after several officers were called this morning to what they thought was a bank robbery, but turned out to be a movie shoot. Shots heard and voices screaming for people to get on the floor were coming from a scene being filmed at a business next door to Brighton Bank on South Highland Drive.
The Manti-La Sal National Forest is hosting Forest Plan Revision open houses in Blanding, Monticello, and Moab this week on 4, 5, and 6 August, respectively. As a reminder, these open houses are NOT related to the Public Lands Initiative (PLI) nor the discussion about a potential Bear’s Ears National Monument. Instead, the open houses will address the Forest’s Plan Revision effort, which will update the current 1986 Plan and establish strategic guidance for how the Forest will be managed to allow for multiple uses. See below for times and locations:
· Blanding – Thursday August 04, 2016 from 5 to 7:00 p.m. (Blanding City Library, 25 W. 300 S.)
· Monticello – Friday August 05, 2016 from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Canyon (County Discovery Center, 1117 N. Main St.)
· Moab – Saturday, August 06, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Grand Center, 182 N. 500 W.)
For more information about the Manti-La Sal National Forest Plan Revision, please visit the Forest’s Planning webpage at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mantilasal/landmanagement/planning. If you have questions about the open houses or the Forest Plan Revision process, contact the Manti-La Sal National Forest Plan Revision Partnership Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 435-636-3515.”
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(Draper, UT) — Firefighters are lifting an evacuation order after the Corner Canyon fire forced nearly 40 people from their Draper homes. The Unified Fire Authority says the fast-moving grass fire is contained and no homes were damaged, although the flames came very close to some. The blaze broke out early this morning near Highland Drive and Hickory Ridge Lane. Fire officials are looking for the cause of the fire.