(Salt Lake City, UT) — Tax incentives offered by The Governor’s Office of Economic Development are expected to bring about 300 new jobs to Utah. The “Salt Lake Tribune” reports one offered to Lehi-based software company Entrata would lead to an expansion and about 190 new positions. San Francisco-based travel company Peek is being offered incentives to set up a regional office in Utah and create 100 jobs.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — The driver of a semi-truck is uninjured after escaping a blaze that ignited in his trailer. Utah Highway Patrol says the driver managed to detach the semi-cab from the trailer as flames spread through the load of paper products this morning. The fire closed down U.S. 6 through Spanish Fork Canyon and damaged some nearby power lines.
(Provo, UT) — A Mars rover is heading to international competition. The rover was created by an engineering team at BYU. The machine will compete with 30 colleges in the Mars Society’s University Rover Challenge. BYU’s entry is called “Hal” after the robot in the “Space Odyssey” series. The goal is to light a fire under NASA to send another mission to the Red Planet.
(Logan, UT) — A football player at Utah State is accused of seven felonies. Police say Christopher Steven Copier is facing cases of possessing and using controlled substances. USU is checking for additional penalties against the tight end who finished his junior season in 2015. Copier was booked yesterday, but is out of jail after posting a 55-thousand-dollar bond.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — A man arrested last year for posing as a federal agent to get into the Salt Lake Comic Con will plead guilty in a deal with federal prosecutors. Jonathon Wall agreed to plead guilty to impersonating a federal officer yesterday in exchange for the dismissal of a second count making a false statement. Wall claimed to be a member of an Air Force Special Investigations unit chasing a wanted fugitive in order to gain entry into a special VIP room at last year’s Comic Con. He faces a maximum of three years in prison when he is sentenced in June.
Salt Lake City, UT) — Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow is asking a state court to give him a second chance for a preliminary hearing in the corruption case against him. Swallow’s attorneys are asking a judge to withdraw his previous decision to waive a preliminary hearing because they feel prosecutors withheld statements from the defense. They believe those statements could lead to the dismissal of the case before it goes to trial. Swallow and former AG John Shurtleff are facing trial for accepting gifts and donations from people who were facing investigation by the Attorney General’s Office.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — The Delicate Arch is going to be on a new U.S. postage stamp. The U.S. Postal Service announced today the image will be one of 16 new “forever stamps” celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service. The postal service is unveiling a stamp a day over the next few weeks as part of the centennial.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — Highway fatalities in Utah are trending down for the first time in three years. U-DOT officials say fatalities rose from 217 reported four years ago, to 275 reported last year. They say there were 41 highway deaths in the first quarter this year compared to 53 the same time last year.
(Parowan, UT) — Iron County sheriff’s deputies are calling off their search for a missing father of four. Daniel Brown disappeared one week ago near Kane Springs. Deputies say he left his wife and kids after their vehicle got stuck on a mountain road. Brown’s family was found in good condition. They say they’re hopeful he is alive.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — Salt Lake City police are launching a homicide investigation after a woman was found shot to death in her apartment. Fire crews made the discovery yesterday afternoon after responding to a 9-1-1 hang-up call. The victim’s body was found at an apartment complex near Redwood Road and 17-hundred South. Detectives are not sure whether the woman made the phone call, or if someone else made it.