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County Sheriff’s Report

A woman says she heard noises around her home in Coalville about one hour before her house caught on fire leading detectives at the Summit County Sheriff’s Office to suspect arson.

The fire occurred Aug. 20 at 675 E. Chalk Creek Road, Sheriff’s Office Capt. Sherm Farnsworth said.

"She was getting ready for bed and heard a noise [and] ended up ignoring the noise," he said, adding that a neighbor reported a fire at the home about an hour later.

Firefighters arrived around 10:20 p.m. as the woman tried to extinguish the blaze with a hose, Farnsworth said.

The fire’s origin was a pile of burnt wood and ashes investigators found on the porch, he added.

"Most of the ash pile was what was left of her flower pot," Farnsworth said, adding that forensics experts haven’t determined whether an accelerant was used to start the fire.

Though no arrests have been made, Farnsworth insisted, "[Detectives] have several suspects or leads that they are following."

If a person started the fire they could face a second-degree felony charge of arson punishable by a $10,000 fine and one to 15 years in prison.

"This is a very serious offense and they need to be concerned," Farnsworth said. "The people of interest are from the Coalville area."

Other calls received last week by Sheriff’s Office dispatchers include:

A man was arrested at Home Depot in Snyderville after fleeing from a deputy on S.R. 248 in a Subaru.

"He was inside the store," said Farnsworth, adding that the 28-year-old suspect from Park City, whose driver license was revoked, was charged with a third-degree felony for "fleeing or evading."

Deputies were investigating a motorist for allegedly driving under the influence in western Summit County on Sept. 3.

At least one man reportedly suffered injuries when a fight broke out during a party in the Uinta Mountains east of Kamas on Sept. 3 at 1:53 a.m.

A bicycle was allegedly stolen from a garage in Snyderville on Sept. 3.

A motorist driving a black Chevrolet Avalanche reportedly left a gas station in Coalville without paying for fuel on Sept. 3.

Kids were reportedly racing their automobiles and disturbing the peace in Henefer on Sept. 3 at 11:14 p.m.

Construction materials were stolen when a building site near The Canyons resort was allegedly burglarized Sept. 4 at 8:46 a.m.

A Pinebrook woman told a dispatcher someone had slashed a tire on her Hummer on Sept. 4 at 9:27 a.m.

A 23-year-old man was injured while riding an all-terrain-vehicle in South Summit on Sept. 4 at 12:36 p.m.

On Sept. 4, a grass fire burned roughly an eighth of an acre of land on Interstate 80 when sparks from a passing vehicle likely started on fire in the median near Coalville, Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer said.

"It was just a little one," Boyer said. "We’ve had probably six or eight of them that have been started along the interstate or in the median (this summer)."

No injuries were reported when two vehicles crashed in western Summit County on Sept. 4 at 3:11 p.m.

A Henefer man told a dispatcher someone broke his windshield and stole items from his Honda Accord on Sept. 4 at 4:11 p.m.

No injuries were reported as a result of a traffic accident that involved two vehicles near Kimball Junction on Sept. 4 at 4:48 p.m.

On Sept. 5, a woman allegedly broke into an apartment in the Snyderville Basin and assaulted a man.

Computer equipment was allegedly stolen from an office on Sun Peak Drive on Sept. 5 at 9:40 a.m.

A ParkWest man told a dispatcher nothing was missing after his home on Holiday Curve Drive was burglarized on Sept. 5 at 5:15 p.m.

A resident on Sagebrush Place in Silver Creek complained that motorists were speeding in the neighborhood on Sept. 6 at 10:53 a.m.

No injuries were reported as a result of a traffic accident that involved a Volvo and Chevrolet Cavalier in western Summit County on Sept. 6 at 3:45 p.m.

Holladay resident Hugh Steele, 72, was found dead Sept. 6 near Marion after he died of natural causes while volunteering at a youth camp in eastern Summit County, Farnsworth said.

No injuries were reported as a result of a traffic accident that involved a Chevrolet pickup and Dodge minivan on Sept. 7 at 2:39 p.m.

An alleged shoplifter was in custody at Redstone Towne Center on Sept. 7 at 4:36 p.m.

On Sept. 7, a contractor in western Summit County claimed a $780 check and $600 in cash was missing after his wallet was stolen from his vehicle.

An empty container of nitrous oxide was found near Matterhorn Drive on Sept. 7 at 4:26 p.m.

A 2003 Chevrolet Yukon reportedly stolen Sept. 8 from a campground near Coalville has not been recovered.

A motorist driving a white pickup truck allegedly stole $67.16 worth of gasoline from a service station in Coalville on Sept. 9 at 1:59 p.m.

A 25-year-old woman reportedly injured her back when she crashed on an ATV near Tollgate Canyon on Sept. 9.

Two men allegedly caught Sept. 9 while riding on a train east through Summit County near Echo could face misdemeanor charges for trespassing.

On Sept. 9, a medical helicopter rescued a man suffering from altitude sickness in the Blacks Fork area of the Uinta Mountains.

According to Farnsworth, the man contacted rescuers on a satellite telephone and provided his coordinates.

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