Month: January 2020

Local auto business forced to close following theft of cars, keys and dozens of titles

MURRAY, Utah — A Murray car dealership owner is warning buyers to be aware after thieves made away with five of their cars, keys and dozens of titles.

Police recovered one of the vehicles Tuesday, but said they have no leads.

When Mark Bass moved his business in April of 2019, he said he was drawn to Murray.

“We really love this area and felt like it’s a secure area,” said Bass, the owner of M3 Auto Sales in Murray.

In their nine months of operation at the new spot, they never had any issues. Then, it happened in what seemed like an instant.

“Five vehicles were stolen in total, we estimate between 50 and 60 titles,” Bass said.

Thursday night thieves struck, and they hit hard.

“They pulled in, went this direction, came straight back,” Bass said as he pointed towards a white garage door. “They used the ball of the hitch to push the garage in just enough to where they could climb through and get into the building.”

“It’s one of those things where people go through your personal space, you know you feel secure where you live, where you work, so I definitely felt violated,” Bass continued.

Bass said inside, the thieves took anything of value – a computer, their box full of keys and dozens of titles — pretty much anything a thief would need to come back and take more cars.

“We can’t actually operate because we don’t have keys and titles,” Bass said. “We can’t send someone on a test drive with no keys and we can’t sell a car without a title.”

Surveillance footage, captured by a business across the street, catches it all. Just before 9 p.m., a pick-up truck pulls into the M3 Auto Sales lot and backs into the garage door. A few minutes later, headlights beam from one of the dealership’s cars and both trucks leave.

“Doesn’t look like they turned lights on even,” a man can be heard saying as the surveillance footage plays.

A few hours later around 11:45 p.m., the thieves return with the stolen truck in tow and extra people.

“That’s your truck, right?” one man asks as the footage continues, the stolen truck in the frame. “That’s my truck, yeah.”

A little while later you can see the cars pull out of the lot one-by-one, making a clean getaway with the five cars, keys and titles — bringing the small business down in a matter of minutes.

“At this point we’re having to close down until we can get those things resolved,” Bass said.

Bass said they do have insurance, which covers the retail cost of the stolen cars (an estimated $45,000 value).

However, any damage or theft which occurred inside of the building is on them. Bass estimated it will cost $1,200-2,000 to have new keys made, and about $6 per title (roughly $300 total) for replacements — he didn’t have a number on the cost of the physical damage at this time.

Bass hopes to partially reopen in the coming weeks but does not think they will be fully operational again for another one to two months. He estimated they will also lose $10,000-15,000 in revenue during the closure, making it hard for them to cover bills.

Despite the costs, they want car buyers to beware.

“You meet up with these guys, you think you’re getting a screaming deal, they have the truck, they have the title, you go to the DMV and then you find out that it’s stolen,” Bass said. “We’re trying to get the word out, so people see these vehicles and don’t get scammed, don’t get hurt, because of these people.”

Police were able to recover one of the cars, a 2003 Acura MDX, which was left at a Sapp Brothers truck stop off I-215 and California Avenue early Tuesday morning.

However, four vehicles are still missing: a red 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500, a purple 2005  PT cruiser, a silver 2012 Ford Focus and a black 2011 Audi A6.

Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to call Murray City Police.

Edgium

January 15th, 2020 was the day Microsoft Edge went Chromium. A drop in browser engine diversity. There is a strong argument to be made that’s not good for an ecosystem. Looked at another way, perhaps not so bad:

Perhaps diversity has just moved scope. Rather than the browser engines themselves representing diversity, maybe forks of the engnies we have left can compete against each other. Maybe starting from a strong foundation is a good place to start innovating.

It’s awesome when browsers compete on features that are great for users but don’t affect web standards. Great password managers, user protection features, clever bookmarking ideas, reader modes, clean integrations with payment APIs, free VPNs, etc.

That’s sort of the road that Opera went down when they went Chromium, then they turned into a payday loan company. (WTF, right?!) The layoffs at Mozilla don’t seem dire, but don’t signal anything particularly good either.

I’d say it’s also significant that Microsoft’s deprecated engines were not open source while Chromium is. While it may be in Google’s hands, open source is still a good thing and opens the door to outside involvement, which had done great things, like bringing us CSS grid.

Jeremy Keith, paraphrasing Amber Wilson:

The bar of unity is being raised. Now, a number of separate browser makers—Google, Samsung, Microsoft—not only collaborate on standards but also on implementation, sharing a codebase.

So these browsers are still competing, but the competition is no longer happening at the level of the rendering engine.

Jeremy isn’t convinced though. We’re down to essentially a two-party political system, but with one side having a crushing majority.

Checks and balances exist, but they’re in peril.

Just as the world is pouring one out for dying browsers, a new totally-from-scratch browser comes out of nowhere: Flow. PPK has an interview with the creator, Piers Wombwell. It’s not open source. You can’t even download it. But it exists! If I was a betting man I would have lost a lot of money on a bet that nobody would ever seriously try to take on building another browser from scratch.

I’m not even sure what I think about all this. Part of me thinks about Walmart. I feel like I’ve spent the last 25 years listening to everyone around me be so mad about Walmart. They open up on the outskirts of an old town and sell their cheap shoes and cheap bikes and the nice little shoestore and long-standing bike store downtown go out of business. The face of business just kind of changed. The face of browsers has changed too, and I don’t have the energy to be mad about it for another 25 years. That’s not to excuse companies that have done and do foul crap, it’s more to say all this is complicated and tiring.

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Bloomberg calls for Trump’s removal in new impeachment ad

NEW YORK – Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg launched a new impeachment-focused television ad Tuesday urging the Senate to remove President Donald Trump from office.

The ad will run in 27 states, including states represented by vulnerable Republican senators, and be Bloomberg’s only ad on television in the next few days. It comes as the Senate begins its impeachment trial against Trump based on charges he abused his power and obstructed Congress.

“It’s time for the Senate to act and remove Trump from office, and if they won’t do their jobs this November, you and I will,” Bloomberg says in the ad, which appears to use footage from a recent campaign stop.

Bloomberg has focused his campaign more on Trump than his Democratic primary rivals have. The billionaire businessman and former New York City mayor has promised to continue spending his own money to defeat Trump even if he loses the Democratic nomination.

Forbes on Tuesday increased Bloomberg’s estimated net worth to $60 billion, up from $50 billion previously and making him the nation’s eighth richest person. He’s already spent more than $200 million of his own money on his primary campaign, by hiring staff and running television ads in several dozen states.

Bloomberg’s impeachment-focused ad will run in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas, as well as 19 other states, including some that have first-term Republican senators who could be defeated in November. Five of those key states also vote on March 3, known as Super Tuesday, where Bloomberg is focusing his attention in the primary contest.

The ad also highlights Bloomberg’s spending to boost Democratic candidates in key U.S. House races in 2018, when the party took back control of the lower chamber.

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Dispute over rules erupts on impeachment’s first full day

WASHINGTON – A rancorous dispute over rules marked the first full day of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

Highlights of Tuesday’s session and what’s ahead as senators conduct just the third impeachment trial of a president:

RULES REVERSAL

A proposal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would have imposed a tight two-day schedule for opening arguments by each side. The plan, an apparent bid by McConnell to get the trial moving quickly, also would have forced senators to vote affirmatively to consider evidence compiled by the House during its impeachment proceedings.

The proposal drew immediate protests from Democrats, and some Republicans made their concerns known in private during a GOP lunch. The initial plan, they argued, would have helped Democrats cast Republicans as squeezing testimony through in the dead of night.

McConnell quickly added an extra day for opening arguments and stipulated that evidence from the House proceedings be included in the record.

FROM EUROPE, A PRESIDENTIAL TWEET

Trump, attending a global leaders conference in Davos, Switzerland, made his feelings about impeachment clear. “READ THE TRANSCRIPTS!” he tweeted from overseas. The tweet referred to a rough transcript of Trump’s phone call in which he asked new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for “a favour.”

The call sparked a whistleblower’s complaint that led to an investigation culminating in a House vote to impeach Trump on a charge of abuse of power for pushing Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden while withholding military aid from Ukraine. The House also voted to impeach Trump on a charge of obstruction of Congress.

DEMOCRATIC REQUESTS REJECTED

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York offered the first amendment to the rules – a proposal to issue a subpoena to the White House for “all documents, communications and other records” relating to the Ukraine matter. In a prelude to other Democratic requests, Republicans promptly rejected Schumer’s amendment on a 53-47, party-line vote. Republicans defeated a series of other Democratic motions on identical party-line votes as senators debated late into the night.

CHARGES OF Coverup

Amid the partisan back and forth, House prosecutors and White House lawyers offered initial arguments. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and lead prosecutor, said the rules package proposed by McConnell was “a process for a rigged trial” and a “coverup.”

Schiff and other Democrats cite the White House transcript as evidence of Trump’s political pressure campaign on Ukraine, although the president repeatedly describes the call as “perfect.”

NO CRIME, NO IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE

Trump’s legal team does not dispute his actions in the July 25 call. But White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, the president’s lead lawyer, said the charges against the president don’t amount to impeachable offences and that Trump committed no crime. They also say there’s no evidence that aid to Ukraine was tied to a request for an investigation of Biden and his son Hunter, a former board member of a Ukrainian gas company.

AVOIDING A SENATE CIRCUS

“Just because the House proceedings were a circus that doesn’t mean the Senate’s trial needs to be,” tweeted Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. He supports holding a vote after hearing arguments on both sides to determine whether additional witnesses or documents should be considered by the Senate.

WHAT’S NEXT?

More legal skirmishes are expected Wednesday, and White House lawyers may move to call for the case to be dismissed, although it was not clear if they planned to pursue that option. Some Republicans have said they would oppose a dismissal vote.

Absent another unexpected delay, opening arguments by both sides are likely to resume.

Matthew Daly, The Associated Press



Mexico begins flying, busing migrants back to Honduras

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico – Hundreds of Central American migrants who entered southern Mexico in recent days have either been pushed back into Guatemala by Mexican troops, shipped to detention centres or returned to Honduras, officials said Tuesday. An unknown number slipped past Mexican authorities and continued north.

The latest migrant caravan provided a public platform for Mexico to show the U.S. government and migrants thinking of making the trip that it has refined its strategy and produced its desired result: This caravan will not advance past its southern border.

What remained unclear was the treatment of the migrants who already find themselves on their way back to the countries they fled last week.

“Mexico doesn’t have the capacity to process so many people in such a simple way in a couple of days,” said Guadalupe Correa Cabrera, a professor at George Mason University studying how the caravans form.

The caravan of thousands had set out from Honduras in hopes Mexico would grant them passage, posing a fresh test of U.S. President Donald Trump’s effort to reduce the flow of migrants arriving at the U.S. border by pressuring other governments to stop them.

Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said 2,400 migrants entered Mexico legally over the weekend. About 1,000 of them requested Mexico’s help in returning to their countries. The rest were being held in immigration centres while they start legal processes that would allow them to seek refuge in Mexico or obtain temporary work permits that would confine them to southern Mexico.

On Tuesday afternoon, Jesus, a young father from Honduras who offered only his first name, rested in a shelter in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, with his wife and their baby, unsure of what to do next.

“No country’s policy sustains us,” he said in response to hearing Ebrard’s comments about the situation. “If we don’t work, we don’t eat. (He) doesn’t feed us, doesn’t care for our children.”

Honduran officials said more than 600 of its citizens were expected to arrive in that country Tuesday by plane and bus and more would follow in the coming days.

Of an additional 1,000 who tried to enter Mexico illegally Monday by wading across the Suchiate river, most were either forced back or detained later by immigration agents, according to Mexican officials.

Most of the hundreds stranded in the no-man’s land on the Mexican side of the river Monday night returned to Guatemala in search of water, food and a place to sleep. Late Tuesday, the first buses carrying Hondurans left Tecun Uman with approximately 150 migrants heading back to their home country.

Mexican authorities distributed no water or food to those who entered illegally, in what appeared to be an attempt by the government to wear out the migrants.

Alejandro Rendn, an official from Mexico’s social welfare department, said his colleagues were giving water to those who turned themselves in or were caught by immigration agents, but were not doing the same along the river because it was not safe for workers to do so.

“It isn’t prudent to come here because we can’t put the safety of the colleagues at risk,” he said.

Mexican President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador said Tuesday that the government is trying to protect the migrants from harm by preventing them from travelling illegally through the country. He said they need to respect Mexican laws.

“If we don’t take care of them, if we don’t know who they are, if we don’t have a register, they pass and get to the north, and the criminal gangs grab them and assault them, because that’s how it was before,” he said. “They disappeared them.”

Mexican Interior Minister Olga Snchez Cordero commended the National Guard for its restraint, saying: “In no way has there been an act that we could call repression and not even annoyance.”

But Honduras’ ambassador to Mexico said there had been instances of excessive force on the part of the National Guard. “We made a complaint before the Mexican government,” Alden Rivera said in an interview with HCH Noticias without offering details. He also conceded migrants had thrown rocks at Mexican authorities.

An Associated Press photograph of a Mexican National Guardsman holding a migrant in a headlock was sent via Twitter by acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli with the message: “We appreciate Mexico doing more than they did last year to interdict caravans attempting to move illegally north to our southern border.”

“They absolutely must be satisfied with (Mexico’s) actions because in reality it’s their (the United States’) plan,” said Correa Cabrera, the George Mason professor. “They’re congratulating themselves, because in reality it wasn’t Lpez Obrador’s plan.”

She said it is an complicated issue for Mexico, but the National Guard had no business being placed at the border to handle immigration because they weren’t trained for it. The government “is sending a group that doesn’t know how to and can’t protect human rights because they’re trained to do other kinds of things,” she said.

Mexico announced last June that it was deploying the newly formed National Guard to assist in immigration enforcement to avoid tariffs that Trump threatened on Mexican imports.

Darlin Ren Romero and his wife were among the few who spent the night pinned between the river and Mexican authorities.

Rumours had circulated through the night that “anything could happen, that being there was very dangerous,” Romero said. But the couple from Copan, Honduras, spread a blanket on the ground and passed the night 20 yards from a line of National Guard troops forming a wall with their riot shields.

They remained confident that Mexico would allow them to pass through and were trying to make it to the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, where his sister lives.

They said a return home to impoverished and gang-plagued Honduras, where most of the migrants are from, was unthinkable.

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Associated Press writer Maria Verza reported this story in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, and AP writer Sonia Prez D. reported from Tecun Uman, Guatemala. AP writer Marlon Gonzlez in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, AP videojournalist Diego Salgado in Tecun Uman and AP writer Christopher Sherman in Mexico City contributed to this report.

MarA Verza And Sonia PRez D., The Associated Press



















Salt Lake City Council announces new member to replace now-Mayor Mendenhall

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Council selected a replacement Tuesday for former councilwoman Erin Mendenhall, who was sworn in as the city’s new mayor earlier this month.

Council members chose Darin Masao Mano to fill Mendenhall’s vacant seat in District 5, which encompasses Ballpark, Central Ninth, East Liberty Park and Liberty Wells neighborhoods.

According to an announcement from the city, Mano was one of 28 candidates who applied for the position.

Mano is an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Utah and is a principal architect and co-founder at RAW Design Studio, according to LinkedIn.

He was sworn in on Tuesday. The remainder of the term lasts through January 2022.

“I join the Council with enthusiasm and pride,” Mano said in the announcement. “I’m thrilled to serve District 5 residents and our City as a whole.’’

Mano was chosen after an application and interview process including four rounds of voting by the current members.

“We had a great pool of qualified candidates to represent the District. It was a very tough choice,” Council Chair Chris Wharton said. “We welcome Darin to the Council as we continue to help make the Capital City an even better place to work and live.”

Southeast Polk Dance Team Wasn’t Fazed During Mid-Routine Power Outage

ALTOONA, Iowa – Southeast Polk High School’s dance team placed first overall at a competition Saturday despite having the power shut off midway through a performance.

On Saturday, the RhythAMetteS participated in the MA Dance Regionals that was hosted at Southeast Polk High School.

Head coach Marianne Peterson said, “When the lights were flickering off and on, we kind of just said if something were to happen, just make sure that you keep dancing.”

Halfway into the routine you see the lights begin to flicker and then not come back on.

RhythAMetteS Captain Kennedy Albertson said, “We all thought it was so much fun. I looked around the other people on my team and we all just started kind of laughing and then we started singing because we were just like hey why not. We just made the most out of it.”

According to MidAmerican Energy, there were over 5,000 power outages on Saturday.

Peterson said when the dancers learn a new routine, they train to dance counts, individual words and music.

“Some people do a really good job learning it with counts and that that’s how they need to learn the dance. Other people need to hear the music and that kind of works for them, and other people need to hear the words,” Peterson said.

Albertson said the obstacles didn’t faze the team during the competition.

“We were like let’s just do it no matter what. We’ve got to keep going. You know we are being judged, so we just got to keep going and do our best,” Albertson said.

The team recently placed first at its state competition and will compete at nationals later in March.

Off-leash dog attacks leashed dog and owner on popular Ogden hiking trail

OGDEN, Utah — A local hiker is recovering from injuries sustained during a dog attack on Monday morning.

Ogden Police confirmed the report made by Denielle Schow, who says she and her dog were attacked by an off-leash dog on the Waterfall Canyon trail near the 29th Street Trailhead.

Schow says she was near the top of the trail with her German shepherd on a leash when an unleashed white husky came running toward them.

“I was holding my dog back and then they [both dogs] just went at it in front of me, and my leg was just fair game in middle,” Schow said.

She says the other dog’s owner was nowhere to be found for a few minutes, until he came down the trail a few minutes later.

“I was kind of dumbfounded that he didn’t even stop, he just kept walking and talking and that was it,” Schow said. “If my dog injured a person, I would be like, ‘Oh my gosh, let me help you.’”

Schow says the man may have exchanged false information with her, including his name. FOX 13 tried to reach the man on the phone number provided to Schow and was unsuccessful. As of Tuesday afternoon, Ogden Police weren’t able to reach the other dog’s owner either.

“You know, the moral of the story here is: leash your dogs,” said Ogden Police Lt. Brian Eynon, who outlined the ‘dog leash’ ordinance according to the City of Ogden. “It’s important for the safety of the dog, it’s certainly important for the safety of those folks who are hiking up and down the trail.”

Eynon says that breaking the ordinance would involve an issued citation and result in a fine.

Schow wants the other dog owner to come forward to assist with the emergency room bills associated with her injuries.

“I had to get six stitches and some x-rays, and then I’ll have to go back in a couple of weeks to have it looked at,” she said.

Neither dog was injured during the attack.

“The guy was like, ‘My dog’s not aggressive’ … It doesn’t matter if your dog is or isn’t,” Schow said. “It’s just unfortunate that my leg is disgusting.”

The City of Ogden has leash laws posted online, which are defined as Ordinance 13-3-6A, mandating humane restraint for pets in all public areas.

“Dogs shall be leashed at all times they are off of their own property,” the law reads. “In all public areas including parks, walkways, playgrounds, streets, and common areas all dogs must be leashed. The only exception is at Ogden’s Dog Park where designated areas are completely fenced and confined to offer an off-leash experience for both large and small dogs.”

Campbell city council to vote on location of new Chick-fil-A

CAMPBELL (KRON) – A long-simmering controversy over whether to green-light a new fast food restaurant is coming to a head in Campbell.

The city council is expected to vote Tuesday night on whether to clear the way for a new Chick-fil-A restaurant amid opposition from neighbors.

Chick-fil-A is one of the fastest-growing fast-food franchises in the country but many neighbors feel that along with those tasty chicken sandwiches, a new restaurant on South Bascom Avenue would also serve up a lot of extra, unwanted traffic.

Along with those, if approved by the Campbell City Council, a Denny’s restaurant at the corner of South Bascom Avenue and Arroyo Seco Drive would be replaced by a new Chick-fil-A restaurant.  

A decision by the Cambell planning commission approving the plan was appealed by Mary Broxon and a few other neighbors.

“To put something that’s this out of character in that spot, bringing that amount of traffic will be, um, a detriment to everything else that the city’s made progress on,” Mary Broxon said.

Critics of the plan worry that popular Chick-fil-A restaurants, like the one in Concord, will mean a lot more traffic on an already busy street and worry some of that traffic will spill over into the neighborhood.  

Trying to maintain an open mind before the vote is City Councilman Rich Waterman.

“We have to be concern, just say no to everything. We have to allow certain things that are, come in that are practical and are not, you know, uh, pawn shops or massage parlors. We want something a little better, something more vibrant, but not too vibrant. That’s kind of the give and take we see here,” Waterman said.

The city council not long ago rejected a similar plan to locate an in and out burger restaurant on the site of the now-defunct Elephant Bar on Hamilton Avenue near Highway 17.  

The opposition says a Chick-fil-A could add at least 2,000 cars per day to the mix, potentially contributing to litter, noise, and emissions. 

“It’s not just that it’s a national franchise. It’s a national franchise on steroids. When you open up a Chic-fil-A, it’s the, they build it and they will come, right. And they do, in droves,” Catherine Block said.

Lamenting the looming loss of their favorite restaurant, one Denny’s customer said he would welcome a Chick-fil-A if it came without a drive-thru while others say the city should leave well enough alone.

East High School placed on lockdown after student waves airsoft gun before entering school

SALT LAKE CITY — East High School was placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after police say a student displayed a weapon in public — which police later discovered was an airsoft gun — and later entered the school.

Detective Greg Wilking with the Salt Lake City Police Department said officers responded to the school after a report that someone had waved around a gun off-campus then entered the school parking lot.

As a precaution, East High was locked so no one could get in the building.

Police later discovered that the individual had entered the school, and it was placed on lockdown.

Police located the car the student was driving and saw an airsoft gun inside. Police said they were not sure where the student waved the gun or whether it was in a threatening manner.

The lockdown was lifted at about 2 p.m.