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A Lego toy brick has helped Utah police crack a 23-year-old cold case, Fox 13 reported.
Police recovered some Legos while investigating the 1991 murder of 78-year-old Lucille Johnson, who was bludgeoned inside her Holladay, Utah, home.
The Legos seemed unimportant at the time, but now have become key evidence in the case against John Sansing, who has been charged in Johnson?s murder. Sansing, 47, is currently on death row in Arizona for a 1998 murder.
?While in that home, it is clear Mr. Sansing bludgeoned Lucille to death, leaving his 5-year-old apparently in the living room to play with Legos. On those Legos were the fingerprints of Mr. Sansing?s juvenile son,? Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder said at a news conference last week, Fox 13 reported.
Police say there is no known motive for the murder, although some jewelry was missing from the home.
Shirley England, Johnson?s daughter, told the station she believes Sansing used his own son to get into her mother?s home. She said she does not think her mother knew him.
?He had a child with him. He probably had some kind of story; I?m just speculating,? she told Fox 13.
Prosecutors are expected to extradite Sansing to Utah to face the murder charge.
FARMINGTON, Utah ? A 76-year-old man who police say was sunbathing nude in his backyard next to a church parking lot in Utah has pleaded not guilty to lewdness charges.
The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports (http://bit.ly/1uLJW30 ) that Myron Lee Kipp was in a Farmington, Utah, court Tuesday. Kipp pleaded not guilty to four counts of lewdness involving a child and three counts of lewdness.
Court documents show a police officer called to Kipp's house by neighbors on March 5 could see the man from the church parking lot. The backyard fence is chain link with no privacy slats.
When confronted, a completely nude Kipp told the officer it was his property and he could do what he wanted.
Several parents said they and their children could see the man from the parking lot.
from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net
A woman is in critical condition after taking a simple sip of toxic iced tea at a Utah restaurant.
Jan Harding, 67, was eating at a Dickey's Barbecue Pit with her husband, Jim. She sipped her tea and started gagging and coughing, Jim Harding said.
"I said, what is wrong?" Jim Harding said. "She said, 'I just drank acid.'"
The tea contained a heavily toxic industrial cleaner. The cleaner, made up of sodium hydroxide, or lye, is known to cause severe burns to the mouth, throat and stomach if swallowed -- chemical burns that Harding suffered from one drink.
Her husband watched as emergency crews tried to help.
"There was terror in her eyes," he told ABC News. "I said, 'I love you.' And she couldn't talk at that point, just mouthed, 'I love you, too.'"
Police were interviewing employees and checking surveillance cameras, but authorities initially believed it was an accident -- that the powdered cleaner may have been mixed in by an employee who mistook it for sugar, which has a similar appearance.
Harding underwent an endoscopy Thursday, which revealed more extensive burns than the family expected, according to a statement from Harding?s attorney.
"The scope revealed deep ulcerated burns covering the upper area of her esophagus. There are also severe burns throughout her mouth and throat," Paxton Guymon said in a statement. "The news was very disappointing and disheartening for the family."
Barbara Insley Crouch, the executive director of Utah's Poison Control Center, said Harding's suffering is profound.
"You can imagine it would burn the tissues in your mouth and down into your esophagus and down into your stomach," Crouch said.
The franchise owner of the restaurant released a statement following Harding's hospitalization expressing concern.
"At this time we are fully involved in cooperating with all parties," the statement read.
Health Department officials said despite the situation, the restaurant was safe for customers, and remained open for business. Police said no one else was hurt -- that it was a fresh batch of iced tea and Harding seemed to have been the first person to try it.
Jim Harding hoped a lesson is learned from his wife's situation.
"If the people in the restaurant industry could just be made aware of the potential danger, it's worth it," he said.
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PROVO, Utah, July 2 (UPI) -- Next time it might be wise to go with a gift certificate or a nice card. :huh:
A Utah woman was arrested by Provo police after she allegedly attempted to purchase methamphetamine from an off-duty police officer.
During the attempt, Heather Rodriguez allegedly pulled a glass pipe that was coated with meth residue from her brassiere.
When officers who were on the clock arrived, the 46-year-old allegedly told police that she was trying to buy meth for her sister for her birthday because she requested the illegal substance as a gift.
The suspect also said that she was holding the meth pipe for a friend and it didn't belong to her, the Daily Herald reported.
Rodriguez was booked on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug-free zone and attempted possession of meth for distribution.
Utah?s main utility, Rocky Mountain Power, has proposed a new fee on its residential solar customers. While solar users make up a small percentage of RMP?s customer base ? only about 2,000 people ? that number is growing quickly and the prospect of paying an additional $4.25 a month is not sitting well with residents and solar installers.
Utah?s fight is indicative of a rapidly escalating tension: As rooftop solar becomes more and more mainstream, driven largely by middle class customers, utility companies across the country are looking to soften the blow to their business model by charging solar customers a monthly fee.
On the surface, it?s a heated debate over the immediate value of solar power ? who pays, who benefits, and how to make the situation equitable ? but the core issue is really the increasing likelihood that distributed generation sources, like rooftop solar, will completely upend the traditional utility business model.
Rocky Mountain Power argues that as more households go solar, it might be saving them on their monthly electricity bills but it?s costing the company more because those customers still use the utility?s transmission and distribution infrastructure. ?We?ve seen a significant increase in [residential solar] over the years and we expect those increases to continue so we need to design a rate structure for those customers,? said David Eskelsen, company spokesman.