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DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF-HARASSMENT

Salt Lake City deputy chief accused of harassment

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank has confirmed that a deputy chief has been on paid administrative leave since November for allegedly violating the city's harassment policy.

Burbank says the matter concerning Deputy Chief Rick Findlay has not been concluded.

But the chief declined to elaborate in a statement issued Friday, citing confidentiality rules in personnel matters.

The Salt Lake City Police Department has seven deputy chiefs. Findlay is chief of the investigative bureau that oversees most major crimes in the city.

Findlay joined the police department in 1994.

Under city policy, harassment based on a person's sex, race, age, religion, disability, ancestry or national origin is forbidden.

TRIBAL MEMBER DEATH

Judge: Officer didn't kill Ute tribal member in UT

(Information in the following story is from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a Ute tribal member was not murdered by a Vernal police officer after a 2007 chase.

U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell of Salt Lake City, in a decision handed down Friday, says Todd Murray died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in northeastern Utah. His family claimed in a lawsuit that he was murdered.

Campbell found Murray's family members offered speculation to support their claim that detective Vance Norton killed him.

The Deseret News reports the judge dismissed claims against Norton of assault and wrongful death, and concluded Murray's civil rights weren't violated.

The family's $6 million suit claimed police lacked jurisdiction to pursue Murray onto the reservation and multiple violations of his civil rights occurred.

UPSET OVER SHIRTS

Utah city won't file charges over risque T-shirts

(Information in the following story is from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com)

OREM, Utah (AP) — A clothing store that featured risque T-shirts in its display windows won't face charges from a Utah city.

The decision by officials in Orem, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, came three weeks after resident Judy Cox saw some of the shirts in the window of a PacSun store at University Mall and bought every last one in stock so the clothing she found offensive would be removed from display.

The shirts featured pictures of scantily dressed models in provocative poses.

City Manager Jamie Davidson told The Daily Herald of Provo that courts have ruled in similar cases that such displays are not illegal.

The decision came after Cox filed a complaint with the Orem Department of Public Safety.

Cox spent $567 on Feb. 15 to buy the 19 T-shirts, saying the images on the clothing were offensive to the community's standards. She says she plans to return them later, toward the end of the chain store's 60-day return period.

The shirts cost about $28 each on the website for PacSun, which sells beach clothes for teenagers and young adults.

Though charges were not filed against the store, Cox said she's glad she spoke up for standards in her community.

AVALANCHE KILLS SNOWMOBILER

Sheriff names snowmobiler killed in Utah avalanche

(Information in the following story is from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah sheriff's officials have released the name of the snowmobiler who died after he was buried by an avalanche.

Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds tells the Salt Lake Tribune that 39-year-old Ryan Noorda of Honeyville was snowmobiling near Whitney Reservoir in the Uintah-Cache National Forest east of Salt Lake City about 6 p.m. Friday when he was buried. He says the man's family pulled him out of the snow, but medical responders declared him dead at the scene.

A cause of the slide hasn't been released yet.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says 20 other people have died in a snow slide this winter.

E-CIGARETTES

Senate panel snuffs out e-cigarettes bill

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Senate committee has snuffed out a bill to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes in Utah.

The Senate Business and Labor Committee unanimously voted Friday against the measure, saying further study of it is needed.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Sen. Deidre Henderson suggested studying the issue for a year, citing concerns over the bill's provisions and a desire not to interfere with the rights of adults for the devices.

Electronic cigarettes are metal or plastic battery-powered devices resembling traditional cigarettes that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. Users get nicotine without the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.

Last September, 40 attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration saying e-cigarettes are being marketed to children through cartoon-like advertising characters and by offering fruit and candy flavors, much like cigarettes were once marketed to hook new smokers.

The letter said the health effects of e-cigarettes have not been adequately studied, and the ingredients are not regulated.

UTAH-STANFORD

Stanford holds off Utah to boost Pac-12 position

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Dwight Powell made a go-ahead free throw with 36.1 seconds remaining, and the Stanford Cardinal held on Saturday to beat Utah 61-60.

Chasson Randle delivered key shots in crunch time on the way to 22 points and forced Brandon Taylor into a turnover with 1.8 seconds left as Utah couldn't get a shot off in the waning seconds with a chance to win.

Stefan Nastic added 14 points for the Cardinal, who along with Utah began the day in a four-way tie for fifth place in the Pac-12 standings. The seeding for next week's conference tournament in Las Vegas still had to be worked out based on Saturday's results, but with the win Stanford will be seeded no worse than sixth and could be as high as fourth.

The Cardinal were outshot 55 to 48 percent but held a 28-23 rebounding edge and did enough right to snap a three-game losing streak after falling at home Wednesday night 59-56 to Colorado.

Taylor scored 14 points and Delon Wright 12 for Utah, which was denied a Bay Area sweep after a 63-59 win at California on Wednesday night that gave coach Larry Krystkowiak (krist-KOH'-vee-ak) his first 20-win season in three years at the school. The Utes had their three-game winning streak snapped.

WCC-LOYOLA MARYMOUNT-BYU

BYU handles Loyola Marymount 85-74 in WCC quarters

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kyle Collinsworth had career-highs of 23 points and 16 rebounds, helping No. 2 seeded BYU knock off 10th-seeded Loyola Marymount 85-74 in the West Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals on Saturday.

Despite going 0-for-12 from the 3-point line, BYU shot 46.2 percent from the floor. Tyler Haws finished with 22 points and Anson Winder had 16 with six of the Cougars' 12 steals.

LMU was held to 23-of-62 shooting and committed 16 turnovers. Anthony Ireland scored 19 points and Gabe Levin added 18 with 10 boards.

BYU jumped to a 16-point lead near the midway mark in the first half, as Collinsworth had three layups and a jumper during a 14-0 run. The Lions cut their deficit to seven at halftime, but trailed by double digits for most of the second half.

The Cougars advance to the semifinals, where they will face third-seeded San Francisco on Monday.

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