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Snyderville Basin resident Ira Sachs, 72, was not in 3rd District Court Monday when an initial hearing for the man was rescheduled.

Sachs is charged with two third-degree felonies for possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment, charging documents state. Sachs is also charged with obstruction of justice, a class A misdemeanor and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges stem from Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to Sachs’ Mahre drive home to a "suicidal female" Jan. 1, charging documents state.

Brent Gold, an attorney who represents Sachs, did not answer questions as he left the courtroom Monday.

"Do you understand no, no and no," Gold said.

Trial delayed for ex-hoops star

A judge has delayed a trial for an ex-college basketball player accused of raping a woman at Stein Eriksen Lodge.

Salt Lake County resident Teddy Dupay, 29, is charged with rape, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault, all first-degree felonies. The accusations stem from what charging documents describe as an attack June 19 in room 119-2 at 7700 Stein Way in Deer Valley.

The alleged victim, who lives in Draper, said she had dated Dupay, who played as a guard for the University of Florida when the school’s basketball team competed in the 2000 NCAA championship game.

A jury trial originally scheduled to begin in January was rescheduled Monday to March 24-25.

"We’re still talking and I expect we’ll continue to do so," Dupay’s attorney Ed Brass told 3rd District Court Judge Bruce Lubeck about the negotiations. "We should know pretty soon what we’re going to do with this."

Dupay’s legal name is Edward Raymond Dupay. He pleaded not guilty to raping the woman. A University of Florida spokeswoman said Dupay played basketball at the school from 1999 to 2001.

County could reduce energy costs

Officials in Summit County are examining how energy costs could be reduced in the County Courthouse, Sheldon Richins Building and Summit County Justice Center.

"The biggest savings that we can receive is at the courthouse," former Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme said about the building at 60 N. Main Street in Coalville.

Replacing motors and light fixtures in that building could reduce annual utility costs by $3,500, he said.

"The courthouse makes a lot of sense," Summit County spokesman Cliff Blonquist said, adding that the government would recoup the costs of the retrofit in a few years.

The savings at the Justice Center, which houses the courts and Summit County Sheriff’s Office at 6300 N. Silver Creek Drive, could result in a yearly energy savings of about $1,500, Woolstenhulme said after meeting with Rocky Mountain Power officials.

Several hundred dollars could be saved at the Richins Building at 6505 N. Landmark Drive, he added.

The cost to implement energy-saving measures is about $32,000, of which Rocky Mountain Power could agree to pay $8,000, Blonquist said.

Antler gatherers take note

People must take a free course to legally gather shed antlers between Feb. 1 and April 15, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

The course on the Internet takes about 10 minutes to complete.

"Gathering shed antlers is a fun activity that’s very popular in states across the country, including Utah," DWR spokesman Mike Fowlks said in a prepared statement. "The challenge with shed antler gathering is that it happens during the worst time of the year for the animals and the places the animals live in the winter. These animals are stressed after a long winter, and their winter habitat is wet and can easily be damaged."

Certificates, which must be carried while gathering antlers, will be given to those who successfully complete the course.

The certificate is not required for gathering antlers after April 15. Contact the Division of Wildlife Resources at (801) 538-4700 for more information about gathering shed antlers.

Mountain Regional board appointments

Two members of the Mountain Regional Water Special Service District administrative control board have been appointed to each serve another four years on the board.

New terms for Snyderville Basin residents Todd Hopkins and Julie Lawson expire in 2012.

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