ST. GEORGE The Utah Highway Patrol has identified the man who died after crashing a semi into an apartment building.
Troopers said 54-year-old Ernest Edward George King of Canada was in a semi headed north on I-15 about 6 p.m. Thursday when he came around a bend in the road but drove off the shoulder. He went through a chain-link fence, troopers said, hit two parked cars and then slammed into two apartment units.
Two people in one of the apartments suffered minor injuries. The UHP said it is still investigating why King's truck left the road.
Hearing delayed as man faces federal sex counts
A court hearing for a man facing 24 counts of second-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor has been delayed pending the outcome of federal charges.
The preliminary hearing for Harold Lincoln Hensley, 47, was continued this week to March 27 because he is facing similar charges in federal court. According to a grand jury indictment charging him with production of child pornography, Hensley is accused of recording sexual conduct involving two underage children.
A federal trial is scheduled to begin in that case on Feb. 19.
Vegas man found dead at Hurricane plant
HURRICANE Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in an industrial park.
Police were called to the Gateway Industrial Park on Thursday night by someone who found a man unconscious outside the Pace American Inc. trailer manufacturing plant.
"When officers arrived at the scene, they found a 60-year-old Las Vegas area man already deceased," Hurricane police spokesman Ken Perkins said.
Police said it does not appear the man is a victim of foul play. Rather, it appears he died of a medical condition. The man's body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office to determine an exact cause of death.
The man's name is not being released. Police said he worked as a truck driver and was preparing to leave when he died.
Man accused of having sex with teen runaway
ST. GEORGE Police have arrested a man they allege had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old runaway from a center for troubled teens.
Police said the girl was allowed to leave the Cinnamon Hills youth crisis center to visit her family earlier this month and ran away from them. She contacted a 25-year-old staff member of the center, officers said.
"They were friends, and she called him and they went and had a sexual encounter that afternoon," St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding said Thursday.
The girl was returned to her parents several hours later. During their investigation, police said the girl disclosed the sexual encounter. Harding said the man then corroborated it. The man was booked into the Purgatory Jail on investigation of unlawful sexual conduct by a person in a position of trust.
Police said there is no evidence the two had a sexual relationship while the girl was at the center.
Trial set for W.V. mom in death of baby son
A West Valley woman charged with killing her 14-month-old son is scheduled to go on trial Feb. 4-7 in 3rd District Court.
Mesepa Heimuli, 29, is charged with first-degree felony murder for allegedly killing her child Dec. 2, 2007, in her home when her two other children, ages 2 and 4, were present.
Heimuli's husband came home later and Heimuli said she believed there was something wrong with the child. The man found the boy dead, but neither adult called police for several hours, according to court documents.
The child died from a closed head injury, according to court documents, and police also said there were other bruises and scratches on the body.
Man facing April 1 trial in killing of salon owner
The man police say was the getaway driver in the slaying of a Salt Lake hair salon owner is headed for trial.
Jesus Alarcon Jimenez, 22, made a brief appearance in 3rd District Court Friday for what was scheduled to be a final pretrial conference.
Defense attorney Kimberly Clark told Judge Deno Hemonas she did not foresee any resolution to the case prior to trial. A three-day trial was set to begin Tuesday but on Friday was moved to April 1.
Another pre-trial conference is set for March 28.
Jimenez is charged with murder and aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies. Prosecutors say he was the getaway driver in the Aug. 15 shooting death of 24-year-old Faviola Hernandez, the owner of The Shop hair salon, 1329 W. California Ave. She was shot during a robbery attempt, according to police.
Jimenez did not say anything during his brief appearance Friday.
Police were still looking Friday for the man believed to be the gunman, 19-year-old Miguel Mateos-Martinez.
100 pounds of pot, cash seized in traffic stop
More than 100 pounds of marijuana have been seized in a traffic stop near the Salt Lake City International Airport.
A Utah Highway Patrol trooper said he stopped a van for drifting into another lane on I-80 near the Bangerter Highway interchange about 11 p.m. Thursday.
"I noticed a white blanket covering several duffle bags in the cargo area, and the third-row seats had been removed," UHP trooper David Moreno wrote in an e-mail to the Deseret Morning News. "I noticed a young Asian/Hispanic male in his 20s driving a grandma van alone, a wireless cell phone still in the box, a pre-paid calling card, nervous behavior, hands shaking, lips quivering, defensive body language, short responses, road atlas, single occupant, rental vehicle and not to mention the overwhelming odor of marijuana coming from the inside of the van."
The man refused to answer questions, the UHP said. After a search of the van, police found seven duffel bags filled with marijuana. Troopers also seized $2,500 in cash. The man was booked into jail on drug charges, the UHP said.