Man charged with tire slashing and robbery

Summit County Deputy Andy Crnich was asked to help keep the peace on Feb. 2 between Francisco Chula Torres, 53, from Park City, and a former roommate.

Crnich discovered Torres was a suspect in two unsolved criminal investigations. When asked for his birth date, Torres gave conflicting answers, and was taken to Summit County jail to determine his identity.

Torres admitted to slashing tires on Dec. 12 and a robbery incident on Feb. 2, when Torres threatened a former roommate with a knife and demanded money.

Following Torres' arrest, his property was searched and a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamines was found. Torres admitted to having used the pipe.

Torres was charged on Feb. 6 with second-degree robbery, class B misdemeanor criminal mischief and class B misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Man charged with firearm and drug trafficking

On Nov. 30 last year, a deputy pulled a pick-up truck over on Interstate 80 in Summit County for lane travel violations. As the deputy spoke with the driver, Tyler R, Herring, 27, of Tulsa, Okla., he smelled marijuana coming from inside the truck.

Herring admitted to having a small amount of marijuana in his backpack, and that he had smoked it two hours beforehand. He said he had a Colorado medical marijuana card.

The deputy searched the truck and found 40 pounds of marijuana in a toolbox in the truck bed and a glass pipe in the ashtray. He also found a .22 caliber rifle, along with several thousand dollars.

Herring was charged with third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, third-degree felony possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, class B misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, class C misdemeanor improper lane travel.

Herring pled guilty on Monday, Feb. 11 to drug trafficking and possession of a firearm and was placed on probation for 24 months and 40 days in jail.

Two men charged with drug trafficking

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Thomas Simpson pulled a black truck over in Summit County for following too close to a red SUV. During the stop, Simpson learned Trooper Neil Ekberg had stopped the red SUV for a traffic violation and found 22 pounds of marijuana. The driver of the truck, David Allen Fillpic, 21, of Chincoteague, Va., told Simpson he was traveling alone. The driver of the SUV, Drew Allen Conklin, 26, told Ekberg he owned the black truck. Conklin's name was on the truck's registration.

Simpson searched the truck and found a marijuana vaporizer, several containers of marijuana seed, zip lock bags, rolling papers and a metal grinder. He also found three containers of open alcohol.

Fillpic and Conklin were charged on Feb. 8 with third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute class B misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and class C misdemeanor open container in a vehicle.

The initial appearance for both men is Feb. 25.

Man charged with reckless endangerment after fallen wood injures a driver

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Stephen Matthews responded to an injury accident westbound on I-80 in Summit County on May 2. A semi-tractor and trailer had rolled in the westbound lanes.

When Matthews arrived on scene, he found the occupants were both trapped in the tractor and in serious condition.

Matthews learned the semi was originally traveling eastbound on I-80 when it hit a piece of wood that had dropped into the lane, causing damage to the tractor.

The driver lost control of the tractor, which drove across the median and into the westbound lanes, before hitting an embankment and rolling onto its side.

The driver sustained serious internal injuries and broken bones. Two other vehicles traveling eastbound were damaged by the wood pieces on the freeway, as the drivers were unable to maneuver the vehicles around them.

While Matthews was en route to the scene, dispatch received several calls that wood pieces had fallen out of a vehicle traveling eastbound on I-80 near the site of the accident.

One caller provided the license plate numbers for the vehicle and trailer. It was located on S.R. 224. The driver, Paul Anthony Butkovich, 62, from Park City, returned to the scene. He was driving a suburban and a trailer loaded with wood, which Butkovich admitted was not secured in the trailer bed.

Five pieces of wood, three to four feet in diameter, and three to four feet long, along with several smaller pieces of wood, had fallen out of his trailer.

Butkovich told deputies he was unaware of the wood falling onto the freeway. He was charged on Feb. 8 with class A misdemeanor reckless endangerment and class B misdemeanor failing to secure a load.