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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

Summit County prosecutors have dropped a firearms charge against Erik Low, who is serving one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison for second-degree felony manslaughter, for killing Park City resident Michael Hirschey after he received a "wedgie" from the man on May 8, 2003.

Summit County Attorney David Brickey also claimed Low was illegally in possession of the gun he used to kill Hirschey in the victim’s Park City apartment. But a separate trial that was scheduled to begin for Low on Dec. 8 was cancelled Nov. 23 after Brickey dismissed the charge.

According to a motion filed by Brickey, the firearms felony is also a violation of federal law. The U.S. Attorney’s Office could now screen the case, court documents state.

The men were allegedly drinking and using drugs the night Low shot Hirschey. Meeting to discuss cost increase at Summit Water Distribution Co.

Summit Water Distribution Company officials are blaming Summit County for a cost hike planned for shareholders by the private Snyderville Basin water provider.

But the company, which serves thousands of people in western Summit County, is delinquent on its personal property tax, Summit County Assessor Barbara Kresser said. The county demanded payment by Nov. 30 "under threat of seizure and sale of Summit Water assets," a recent notice mailed to Summit Water’s shareholders by the company states.

A one-time special assessment is planned to cover the costs. The Summit Water board of directors is scheduled to discuss the levy with its shareholders Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at 2950 West Rasmussen Road. The board claims a case is pending in Third District Court that could resolve the tax debt. According to board members, the county "breached a prior agreement between Summit County and Summit Water forbearing payment of the disputed amounts pending final resolution by the court." "It’s just the end of the year and we’re closing out our books," Summit County Assessor Barbara Kresser said. Road delays near White Pine Canyon

To accommodate growth in The Colony and around The Canyons resort the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District is installing new lines west of S.R. 224 near White Pine Canyon.

This week, crews intend to cross White Pine Canyon Road and traffic will be restricted to one lane in the area as crews complete the project, a sewer district press release states.

For more information contact project manager David Actor at 214-5235.


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