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2013 news in review: Knapp capture, Atwood trial
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2013 news in review: Knapp capture, Atwood trial
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tiffany SANPETE COUNTY-- A review of news for Sanpete County for 2013 includes the capture of Troy Knapp, known as the Mountain Man. He was arrested near Ferron Reservoir in April.cheap tiffany The 45-year-old Knapp is suspected of being an armed and dangerous recluse who spent more than five years breaking into dozens of mountain cabins across central and southern Utah.tiffany and co Police say he had been living off the comfort of cabins in winter and retreating to makeshift camps deep in the forest in warm weather. He had been spotted by a surveillance camera in Sanpete County in 2012.replica tiffany The capture operation was a success due to team work and cooperation between law enforcement. Emery County had been tracking Knapp for a number of days. An observation located Knapp and more law enforcement teams converged.tiffany There was approximately four feet of snow, making the only access by snow vehicles, snow shoes and helicopter. He was flushed from a cabin by a police helicopter which he allegedly fired upon several times and also fired at one officer on the ground.cheap tiffany He was finally convinced it was in his best interest to surrender. He later disclosed details about himself and allegedly laughed with officers and ate pizza. He said he does not hate people and lived in the mountains because he does not like living with others.Knapp is currently in the Sanpete County Jail and has also been charged in Kane, Garfield, Emery, Piute and Wayne counties. Federal charges were filed weapons charges against him in October for assaulting a federal officer, use of a gun during a crime and felon possession of a firearm. He made an appearance in federal court Oct. 15 where he pled not guilty.Angela Marie Atwood Hill, age 27, pled guilty to first degree kidnapping and to two other charges of burglary and robbery in an Elko, NV; court. She had been charged with attempted murder in a case involving a West Wendover resident, Rattanahom Keomavong, who was taken at gunpoint from a parking lot.Hill was driving the car when an altercation broke out ending with the two falling out of the vehicle. Keomavong ran back to her vehicle and testified she felt a car bump her, which she believed to be driven by Logan Welles McFarland, age 25. She said Hill then shot her in the head as she left the scene and managed to drive herself to the police station.Hill and McFarland were arrested in January 2012 after being spotted by Elko County Commissioner Demar Dahl and Randy Stowell, a rancher who were flying a plane and called authorities. McFarland faces trial on multiple charges and Hill will not be required to testify as a state witness in that case, as part of a plea deal.Hill was sentenced to serve up to 30 years in prison at her trial held Oct. 17. She will be eligible for parole after serving 11 years. Hill and McFarland are persons of interest in the killing of Leroy Woody and Dorothy Ann Fullwood, Mt. Pleasant, who were found dead in their home on New Year's Eve 2011. Hill's guilty plea in Nevada has no bearing on the Utah case. McFarland is scheduled to appear before a judge in January 2014.Casino Star Theater, Gunnison, celebrated the 100th birthday celebration with an extravaganza that featured Amy Nay, Sam Penrod, Mary Kay Knaphus, Heather Bosshardt, and many more. The theater opened to a sellout crowds Jan. 13, 1913.Wasatch Academy held an open house for the renovated Studio Arts building, formerly Ron Greene Sports. The facility houses most of the art classes taught by faculty. Head of School Joseph Loftin said the building underscores the school's emphasis on providing students with a well-rounded education that encourages creativity.Ice skaters enjoyed the new ice rink at Ephraim City Canyon View Park. The rink is a result of efforts of the city council to bring various activities to residents at no cost.New Year's baby was Alison Mosqueda Vazquez, daughter of Victor and Maria Vazquez, Ephraim. She was born Jan. 8, in the Sanpete Valley Hospital.Ivan and Carole Mathews, Gunnison, were named Ephraim LDS Institute 'Sweetheart Couple of the year. They were the 36th couple to be honored.The Harlem Globetrotters entertained everyone in attendance at Snow College Feb. 12. The players not only play a good game of basketball, but they tie in a theatrical performance that keeps everyone in awe.Gaitlin Peterson, son of Greg and Kerri Petersen, Mt. Pleasant, took first place in the 135 weight class during the Super State Wrestling Championship held in Heber City.Snow College forensic team participated in the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence and returned home ranked #1 in Northwest Conference Division 3.Dr. Kim Christison, widely known as Dr. K, retired from the theater department at Snow College after 35 years. During his career at Snow, he directed between 70-to-75 productions.He said, "I feel personally about leaving Snow College in the way I feel about leaving a good show. I regret nothing. I am very comfortable with the whole prospect of leaving after 35 years. It's been a good show. We've all worked very hard. We were all very dedicated. We did what we needed to do."Dr. K touched the hearts of the students around him regardless if they were in theater or not. He impacted the school with love and talent and was loved by many.Two teenage boys, 15 and 17, allegedly stole a vehicle from a boys home in Moroni, but were recaptured following a high-speed chase of up to 100 miles per hour on I 15. The vehicle, driven by the 15-year-old was spotted as it came out of Nephi Canyon and the chase continued northbound until it left the interstate on the Santaquin Main Street exit, apparently to avoid tire spikes placed on the highway.The vehicle traveled across the intersection and crashed into an embankment. The uninjured teens attempted to run but were captured and taken to a youth correctional facility.Vehicle break-ins kept law enforcement busy in Mt. Pleasant and Ephraim in February. Items taken from vehicle included electronics, purses with personal information, alcohol, knives, hand tools and a portable DVD player.Mt. Pleasant Carnegie Library was awarded special recognition by being selected by the Library Journal magazine as an "All Star Library." The library was recognized from 7,570 public libraries nationwide.Only 111 other libraries of all sizes have reached the distinction of winning the award for five years. Mt. Pleasant Library was one of only 262 libraries that received "All Star" designation in 2012."The example you have set for all libraries in Utah through this achievement in excellence in visits, circulation, program attendance and public internet computer use, is a major achievement at the core of public library service" Said Donna Jones Morris, state librarian division director.Sanpete County Attorney Ross Blackham retired from a career that spanned more than 30 years, serving as county attorney for 28 years. He had been elected eight times, more than any other county attorney in the state.The last two years, he spent as deputy county attorney, since he opted not to run in the last election. In his career, Blackham lost only two cases and tried the first murder case in the county in the 1980s.He was responsible for bringing the drug court program to the county, helping individuals with drug-related issues get help that otherwise was not available here at the time.ElectionsSanpete voters elected city officials in a general election held Nov. 7. In Fairview, Jeff Cox was elected Mayor and Casey Anderson and Bawb Nielsen as city council members.Mt. Pleasant, David Blackham will serve as mayor with Kevin Stallings and Justin Atkinson as city councilmen. Moroni elected Luke Freeman as mayor with Jennifer Wood and Tyler Bailey, city council.Ron Ivory will be the new mayor in Fountain Green. Incumbent city councilmen ran unopposed. Spring City also had a close mayor race, with Jack Monnett defeating Mayor M. Eldon Barnes. Keith Coltharp and Douglas Durfey will be new city council members.Wales residents elected Keith Jensen as mayor. Ephraim elected Richard Squire as new mayor and Margie Anderson and Alma Lund as new council members. Manti also has a new mayor, Korry Soper. Neil VanLeeuwen and Jason Maylett will take four-year seats.Mayfield Mayor John Christensen retained his seat as did Centerfield Mayor Thomas Sorensen. David Beck and Travis Leatherwood were elected to the city council.More newsNorth Sanpete High School named Dustin Allred, who took top honors in trade and technical education; Teletta Robinett, in foreign language; Casey Lamb, speech and drama; and Taylor Purcell took all the honors in the music category, as Sterling Scholars.Spring City passed an ordinance that supports and encourages those citizens who choose to own firearms, to do so and citizens who can legally own a firearm can do so legally and exercise their Second Amendment rights.The ordinance also states officials recommend firearm owners be professionally trained in the safe operation, legal use and safe storage of any firearms in their possession.Mark Allen resigned as administrator at Sanpete Valley Hospital to take a position as operations officer at McKay-Dee Hospital, Ogden. Randall Probst was appointed interim administrator.According to Dr. Robert Armstrong, Allen's focus on quality is a means to an end, not an end unto itself. "Mark's emphasis was always on the patient and on what we could do to improve the patient experience at our hospitals and clinics. I met with him weekly and it came up in every meeting I ever attended. He really is an extraordinary leader," Dr. Armstrong said.Zip Kit Homes was honored with the presentation of a Utah Business Success Award in a ceremony at the Utah State Capital. The presentation was made by Utah Small Business development Center on behalf of all economic development stakeholders in Utah.Zip Kit Homes is a division of Timberhawk homes, which has built over 500 homes throughout the western U.S., and pride themselves on developing a more efficient way of building homes.After three years of preparation, the final touch to complete the restoration of the 1915 Facade of the Casino Star Theater was mounted about the windows April 30. The Winged Victories, known in local lore as the 'Angels," was strapped to Lynn Pickett's bucket-lift and raised into place.The sculpture was done by Snow College professor Brad Taggert as a gift to the Casino Star Theater Foundation. They are reinforced with steel to withstand exposure to wind and weather.The tragic death of Carolyn Christensen, 85, long-time resident of Mt. Pleasant, saddened residents. She was allegedly beaten to death with a golf club by her grandson-in-law June 20, at her granddaughter's home in Sandy.Reports said the granddaughter called the police and said her husband was having a psychotic episode and beating a female in the house. Two teenage children were in the house, but their mother had instructed them to go to the neighbors when she called 911.When police responded, they found the body of Christensen and arrested Kevin Cuillard, 41, on the charge of homicide. He was later charged with the crime. Christensen had been living with her granddaughter due to health issues.Christensen graduated from Wasatch Academy and was also an employee at the school for a number of years. She was a member of the local First Presbyterian Church, where she devoted much of her life in service.She was recalled as a giving person, always helping in spite of physical limitations. She was always well dressed and well groomed, with beautiful thick hair and always looked nice wherever she went.SportsFour North Sanpete athletes received state and region honors. Jake Bailey, Fountain Green, was recognized for his prowness by being voted to the Honorable Mention All-state team and as a Region 12 representative.Taylor Gordon led the Lady Hawks in scoring, averaging over 13 pints per game. She was selected to the All-state second team and All-region team for Region 12. Keisha Jorgensen was voted to the state's Honorable Mention squad and was also part of the All-region team and Ashley Nuttall was chosen to represent the Lady Hawks, averaging 7.5 points per game from the forward position.Miriam Galecki, age 14, daughter of Gregg and Cindy Galecki, Fairview, won a silver medal in the U.S. Open for Taekwondo, held in Las Vegas, NV. The event is the largest Olympic-style Taekwondo in the E.S., with over 70 countries participating.She also returned home with a gold medal from the U.S. Cup international Taekwondo event with athletes from numerous Central American, South American and Caribbean teams in attendance.Galecki studied with Master Gaydene Montoya, Ephraim for many years and currently trains with Master Augustine Torkornoo in Saratoga Springs.Two brothers from Sanpete County were among the 354 Utah runners in the 117th Boston Marathon when explosions killed three and maimed many others.One runner from Utah had stopped for a bottle of water and thought someone had shot off some kind of ceremonial cannon. One more water stop and he wold have been standing where the first explosion went off. He said it was horrifying.Snow College announced development of an intercollegiate rodeo team which began competition in the fall. Kendra Sagers was named head coach. She competed as a student at Snow when rodeo was a non-sanctioned sport.Spring City Eagles, a mustang little league baseball team of nine and 10-year old boys brought home a first place trophy from the Utah Boys Baseball Association State Tournament held in Payson. The team went undefeated throughout the baseball season.Wasatch Academy boy's basketball team won their second state basketball championship after defeating the Gunnison Bulldogs, finishing the season with a record of 25-1.North Sanpete seventh grade basketball team were undefeated in the CUBL Invitational Tournament. Team members included Joe Garlic, Cooper Rosenlund, Jalen Sorensen, Spencer Steadman, Shawn Taylor, Brock Bailey, Tanner Madsen, Casey Christiansen, Josh Jackson, Mitchell Miles, Riley Allred, Graiden Christensen, Oscar Rodriguez and Ignacio Vasquez. Coach was Jon Blain.Snow College announced the resignation of Head Football Coach Tyler Hughes. Hughes said he plans to pursue a master's degree in business administration. He expressed appreciation to Snow College and administration for giving him the opportunity to serve as football coach. He was replaced by Britt Maughn.Vehicle accidentsMarissa Watkings, Maopa, NV; age 20, was killed in an accident on U.S. Highway 89, near Axtell, April 1. The vehicle she was driving veered off the road, over corrected, came back onto the road and crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. She died at the scene after being thrown from the Saturn. She was not wearing a seat belt.Richard Larson, Nampa, ID; was driving a 1997 Nissan Maxima. He was transported to Gunnison Valley Hospital and later flown t o Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. Larson was wearing a seatbelt.Bradford Barton, age 30, Manti, was injured in an accident involving a 1993 Mack MR6 garbage truck. Barton was northbound on Ephraim Main Street, preparing to make a left-hand turn when his Dodge Grand Caravan was struck by the truck driven by Adam Foreman, Centerfield.The Caravan was pushed off to the left side of the road where it struck a parked travel trailer, which in turn struck a parked truck at Jorgensen Chevrolet. Barton was wearing a seatbelt but was transported to Sanpete Valley Hospital. Foreman was cited for following too close.Another accident involving a vehicle took the life of 40-year-old Ruben Maldonado April 11, in the Indianola area. Maldonado was driving a truck pulling a heavy piece of equipment. When the truck stalled on a steep hill, a passenger exited the vehicle when it started to roll backward. Maldonado also jumped and was run over by the truck and killed.Richard Winkel, Mt. Pleasant, was injured in a rollover. He was partially ejected from the vehicle and had to be extricated and transported to Sanpete Valley HospitalGlade Durrant fell asleep at the wheel of his 2005 Buick LaSabre. The vehicle rolled over an embankment into a ditch. His passenger, Janet Durrant, was transported to Sanpete Valley Hospital.Colleen Desmond, 83, Mt. Pleasant, died as a result of an accident Aug. 22, in Ephraim. She was driving northbound when Clair Finlayson, age 65, Mayfield, apparently crossed into the northbound land, striking Desmond's vehicle on the driver's side. Finlayson was transported to Gunnison Valley Hospital with undetermined injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt.An early morning crash on U.S. Highway 89 near mile post 246 resulted in the death of Kay Matthews, 42, Centerfield. Brady Simmons, 19, Manti, was flown to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in serious condition. He later succumbed to his injuries.Matthews had apparently swerved to avoid hitting a dead deer in the road and struck the Toyota pickup driven by Simmons head-on.An Orangeville couple were killed in a crash on U.S. Highway 89 near Mile Post 234, near Axtell, Dec. 12. Ken and Kathleen Stilson, both age 69, were in a 2007 Dodge Caravan when it went off the road, overcorrected back onto the road out of control and crossed over into the path of a Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Wilson Douglas, 55, Monroe. The vehicles collided nearly head-on. The truck rolled onto its side and Douglas was transported to Gunnison Valley Hospital with undetermined injuries.Beauty pageantsKearsti Butler, daughter of Scott and Sherrie Butler was crowned 2013 Miss Fairview. Her attendants are Michalya Jackson, daughter of Mitchell and Kerrie Jackson; and Katelin Day, daughter of Allen and Andrea Day. There were 10 contestants for the title.Jadie Langford, daughter of Tom and Trish Langford, Fountain Green; was named 2013 Miss Lamb Day. Paola Hiltbrunn, daughter of Richard and Paola Hiltbrunn, Valerie Beck, daughter of Wade and Judy Beck and Tiffany Christensen, daughter of Allen and Christine Christensen were attendants..Allyson Christiansen, daughter of Dennis and Tricia Christiansen was crowned 2013 Miss Mt. Pleasant. Her attendants include Samantha Otteson, daughter of Kevin and Michelle Otteon; Julee Holgreen, daughter of Wayne and Shanna Holgreen; and Meanie Poulsen, daughter of Todd and Anne Marie Poulsen.Sanpete County Sweetheart is Megan Brotherson, daughter of Richard and Molly Brotherson, Mt. Pleasant. Attendants are Kaitlin Young, daughter of Jim and Amy Young, Manti; and Cassie Swapp, daughter of Josh and Cheryl Swapp, Fairview. Miss Congenialityt is Nicole Nunley, daughter of Kelly and Gretchen Nunley, Wales.Sanpete County Jr. Princess Royalty includes Princess Kaydence McKinney, dughter of Brad and Alesa Fulmer and Josh McKinney, Fairview; Shaylee Swapp, daughter of Josh and Cheryl Swapp, Fairview; Emma Mulder, daughter of Dave and Kimmi Mulder, Moroni; and Joscelynn Brewer, daughter of Justin and Keuta Brewer, Fairview.Brooke Anderson, daughter of Dallen and Kathy Anderson, was selected as 2013 Miss Moroni. Her attendants are Malyn Christensen, daughter of Rex and Joanne Christensen; and Samantha Shepherd, daughter of Joel and Cheryl Shepherd. Miss Congeniality is Lindee Christensen, daughter of Kent and Tammy Christensen.Allyson Pinney, daughter of Mary Ellen Palmer and Michael Pinney was crowned 2013 Little Miss Mt. Pleasant, with Jordie Kelson, daughter of Luke and Jenny Kelson; Chyna Rasmussen, daughter of Diane Rasmussen.Kristalyn Cluff, daughter of Jerry and Kimberly Cluff, Manti, was crowned 2013 Miss Sanpete, with Madison Whitaker, daughter of Melody Brogdon and Nathan Whitaker, Ephraim; Madelynn Christensen, daughter of Bruce and Alice Christensen, Gunnison; and McCall Grejek, daughter of Mike and Teddi Grejek, Gunnison.Shawnee Sagers, daughter of Dallon and Kendra Sagers, Moroni, was named 2013-14 National Little Britches Rodeo Queen. She also won categories of horsemanship, impromoptu, test and interviews.MiscellaneousRowan Hadlock, North Sanpete High School, took top honors at 'Poetry Out Loud' competition held at Casino Star Theater.Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food Leonard M. Blackham, Moroni, announced his intent to retire in January 2014, following a 25-year public service career.Search and Rescue Radio Day brought in over $15,000 during the 35th Annual Jeep Posse Radio Day. The money is used to aid in rescue efforts throughout the coming year.Francis Carlson, age 93 and Verla Marx, age 98, were honored as oldest man and woman at the Mt. Pleasant annual Pioneer Day celebration.Gunnison City was honored with Governor Leadership in the Arts Award. "I am delighted to congratulate this year's recipients of the Governor's Leadership in the Arts Award," said Governor Gary Herbert."They have tirelessly championed the arts, enhancing the lives of Utahns with their visionary leadership and dedication. They have improved the education of our children, the economy or our state and the livability of our communities."Six Boy Scouts and three adult leaders from Manti, arrived safely home after a harrowing experience in Pandora's Box in Capital Reef National Park. The area is made up of slick sandstone with some narrow sections not more than a foot wide.One leader became exhausted and stopped. The group split up, leaving behind two leaders and two Scouts, while the rest of the group continued to hike. Search and Rescue attached a roe and harness to the four and pulled them up the canon wall, where they were loaded into a helicopter and flown to safety.While the group were somewhat prepared, Wayne County Sheriff's Office cautioned other hikers that Pandora's Box is a fairly difficult canyon that requires technical equipment.Sanpete Valley Hospital opened a new surgical wing April 30. The center hopes to expand to include orthopedic, ear, nose and throat and plastic surgeons to the state-of-the-art facility.Dillon Burgess turned himself into law enforcement officials for burglarizing Moroni Feed Hardware Store. He said he and others came from the Wasatch Front because the store is isolated and there is little activity in the area late at night and figured chances of getting caught were slim. The burglars were stealing merchandise and selling it to pawn shops to make some quick money.AmericanWest Bank branches, located in Fairview, Mt. Pleasant and Ephraim changed hands. The bank was acquired by Cache Valley Bank, a highly-rated community bank operating in Logan, Layton and St. George. Branch leaderships and teams remained the same.More miscellaneousCarol Camp, a volunteer at Gunnison Valley Hospital was awarded the Silver Bowl Award. She saw the need for a gift shop at the hospital and worked on her own time to develop a plan of action to make it happen.Camp keeps the shop well-stocked, volunteers as cashier and is always friendly and helpful to customers. She loves making silk flower arrangements and spends countless hours at home preparing vases of flowers to sell at the gift shop.Besides the gift shop, Camp has chaired and contributed to other volunteer endeavors, has been in charge of the Community Health Fair and organized fundraises to raise monty for employees to receive scholarships.Intermountain Manti Clinic received two prestigious awards. The facility was recognized for exemplary care by HealthInsight, a private, non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving health and healthcare.The clinic was also awarded the SelectHealth 2013 Excellence in Healthcare Award for colon Cancer Screening. The award is given annually to clinics ranking in the top 10 percent of clinics across the state of Utah who have met a designated benchmark for preventative colon cancer screenings..Fairview City continues with Phase I of the sports park with tennis and basketball courts, kids playground area and more. Funding has been provided by grants from various private and government organizations and generous donations of funds and labor from local citizens, businesses, Boy Scouts and Friends of Fairview.After 25 years, Addam Swapp, the man who triggered a 13-day standoff at a Utah polygamous compound that ended with the death of a corrections officer was released from prison July 9.Swapp, 52, was granted parole after serving time in state and federal prison for his role as the leader of a 1988 standoff at the Singer-Swapp compound in Marion.The showdown was sparked after Swapp bombed an LDS church in nearby Kamas, claiming it would lead to the overthrow of the LDS Church and resurrect his father-in-law, who was killed by police 10 years earlier.The Utah Board of Pardons granted parole for Swapp, saying he has accepted responsibility and shown remorse for his role in the confrontation.A 14-year-old Cedar Hills Scout was killed after he was accidently run over by a trailer at Camp Tifie. He had apparently been helping with garbage pick up when the incident occurred.Zions Bank opened a new site in Ephraim, next to the library. The facility had been located inside Kent's Marketplace for a number of years.Green Polka Dot Box opened a mail, online organic grocery outlet in the building formerly owned by Kings Unlimited in Mt. Pleasant Industrial Park. The facility came to Mt. Pleasant from Utah County and plans to build massive greenhouses on 40 acres of ground west of U.S. Highway 89, between Spring City and Mt. Pleasant.A 4.5 ton aggregate rock that was buried seven stories below the World Trade Center made a stop in Mt. Pleasant Sept. 27. The rock has been on tour across the country and will find a final resting place at Fort Douglas.Bill Murray, Mt. Pleasant, was welcomed as the first veteran to become a resident at the new Central Utah Veteran's Home in Payson. Murray, age 97, served during World War II, in an engineer battalion in many parts of the world. He walked into the facility using only a cane.Utah freshman legislator Spencer Cox, Fairview, was chose as the state's new lieutenant governor. Cox served as Fairview mayor, city councilman and as a county commissioner. He was vice-president of CentraCom International. He was replaced in the legislature by Sanpete County Commissioner Jon Cox. Fayette Mayor Scott Bartholomew will fill the remainder of Commissioner Cox.USDA Service Center moved their offices from Manti to the second floor of the Ephraim City Building. Citizens are welcome drop by the office or call for information about the services provided by the three USDA federal government agencies.A 16-year-old youth, Brandon Aiken, son of Karen Jo Simons Harris, Mt. Pleasant, and the late Garth Dean Aiken was found dead in Pleasant Creek Nov. 15. Official reports have not been released.
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