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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

A trial could occur in 3rd District Court for a Park City chiropractor accused of plotting to blow up his office to collect money from an insurance policy.

Salt Lake County resident Matthew Zarit was ordered to stand trial at a preliminary hearing in the Snyderville Basin Aug. 10.

Zarit, 36, is charged with possession of an incendiary device, a second-degree felony, and attempted arson, a third-degree felony. Zarit allegedly planned to blow up his office at 1901 Prospector Ave.

He admitted he wanted to destroy the whole building for insurance purposes, according to prosecutors in Summit County. A dentist with an office in the building called officers to the scene June 2 at about 1 a.m.

What appeared to be equipment used to make bombs was located in the office building, court papers filed June 10 state.

A scheduling conference for Zarit is scheduled in 3rd District Court Sept. 8 at 8:30 a.m.

Digital TV seminars

Three seminars scheduled in Utah will discuss the upcoming transition to digital television. People can receive important information in advance of the transition from analog to digital television in February 2009.

"Advanced preparation and awareness will help ensure a smooth transition," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said in a press release. "In Utah there are thousands of homes which rely on free analog TV signals. It is important to help clear up any misconceptions about the impact of the transition on television services, and to help encourage those who need to take action to do so now, instead of waiting until the last minute."

The senator’s staffers and national and local broadcast officials will be at the seminars to present information and answer questions. The seminars are scheduled:

— Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Weber County Commission chambers at 2380 Washington Boulevard in Ogden

— Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Sunday Anderson Westside Senior Center at 868 W. 900 South in Salt Lake City

— Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Utah County Courthouse ballroom at 51 S. University in Provo


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