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County Sheriff’s Report

compiled by Patrick Parkinson

A jury trial for former Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy John Tom James has been postponed to Oct. 25.

The trial was slated this summer for James, who is 37 years old, a Salt Lake City Justice Court clerk said.

According to court documents filed by prosecutors, James’ blood alcohol content was .08 grams or greater when he was stopped by an officer while driving near 615 S. Main Street in Salt Lake City June 11, 2005.

James has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, failure to signal and having an open container of alcohol inside a vehicle, which are all misdemeanors.

James was one of the county’s top narcotics detectives when he left the department following the arrest, according to Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds.

According to Walter Budgen, an attorney for the ex-deputy, James was not driving his patrol car when he was arrested.

Budgen said James looks forward to a trial.

Deliveryman’s death was natural

The sudden death of a Federal Express driver in Francis was due to natural causes, investigators have declared.

Davis County resident Gary Egnew, 56, likely died inside his truck in a driveway at a home in Francis, said Alan Siddoway, a death investigator with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

A South Summit woman contacted a dispatcher after Egnew’s truck did not move from the driveway for about three hours, he added.

Nobody injured in boat fire

Nobody was injured when a motorboat caught fire at Rockport State Park Aug. 13, Utah State Park rangers say.

"It was fully engulfed," ranger Joe Donnell said.

People on roughly 12 boats gathered to watch around 2:30 p.m. as the roughly 20-foot inboard/outboard vessel burned on the lake for about a half hour, he added.

The five people on board at the time escaped safely, Donnell said.

"They had shut off the boat and were swapping out skiers," he said, adding that the fire began when the boat was started. "The vessel exploded a couple of times."

Donnell believes a fuel leak started the blaze. Rangers were eventually able to tow the boat to shore where crews from the North Summit Fire District extinguished the fire, he said, adding, " then there was nothing left of the boat."

Meanwhile, calls received this month by Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies include:

A woman complained that motorists were speeding 45 mph along Pinebrook Road on Aug. 13 at 11:07 a.m.

Two horses were reportedly loose near Bitner Road on Aug. 13 at 3:15 p.m.

Flames were showing but no one was injured when a fire reportedly started Aug. 14 at a lot in The Colony when a construction vehicle ran into an electrical box, a Sheriff’s Office incident report states.

No injuries were reported as a result of two separate traffic accidents that occurred near Kimball Junction on Aug. 14 at 11:01 and 11:14 a.m.

No injuries were reported as a result of a hit-and-run traffic crash that occurred in the parking lot of a hotel at Kimball Junction on Aug. 14.

On Aug. 14, a group of juveniles allegedly painted a Nazi symbol on a driveway on Flint Way in Jeremy Ranch while vandalizing the house with toilet paper.

A Pinebrook woman on Aug. 14 told a dispatcher her house sitter stole some of her clothes.

On Aug. 14, a man reported a case of check fraud to the Sheriff’s Office after some of his checks were written fraudulently at a grocery store at Kimball Junction.

A western Summit County man reportedly recovered his stolen Honda Civic parked near Wal-Mart at Kimball Junction on Aug. 15.

On Aug. 15, a Snyderville man reported a case of debit-card fraud to the Sheriff’s Office.

On Aug. 15, a woman in western Summit County told a dispatcher she was sexually assaulted by her boss on Aug. 12.

Tools were allegedly stolen when a construction site was burglarized in Silver Creek on Aug. 16 at 10:59 a.m.

A Francis man told a dispatcher 15 stray cows were in his yard on Aug. 16 at 5:10 p.m.

On Aug. 16, a group of children allegedly started a fire in Pinebrook.

A man driving a moving van allegedly stole gasoline from a Coalville convenience store on Aug. 17.

A man allegedly stole shoes from a store at Tanger Outlet Center on Aug. 18 at 4:09 p.m.

On Aug. 19, a motorist allegedly stole $22.01 worth of gasoline from a gas station in Silver Creek.

A motorist allegedly left a child alone in car seat inside a charcoal Land Rover at Tanger Outlet Center on Aug. 19 at 3:37 p.m.


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