Utah investigating allegations lawmaker hired prostitute
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah House of Representatives is investigating whether a lawmaker who abruptly resigned used a state-issued cellphone and hotel room paid for with taxpayer money to arrange trysts with a prostitute.
House Speaker Greg Hughes declined to comment on a Thursday report in British newspaper the Daily Mail that former Republican Rep. Jon Stanard twice hired a prostitute in 2017.
House Chief of Staff Greg Hartley says he’s checking legislative records to see if the chamber paid for hotel stays and the cellphone that the report alleges Stanard used.
Stanard, who stepped down Tuesday night, didn’t respond to messages seeking comment Thursday.
His lawyer, Walter Bugden, declined to comment and didn’t respond to a message asking if he was denying the Daily Mail report.
Arizona ammo dealer given more time
to get rid of guns
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man accused of providing armor-piercing ammunition to the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history has been given more time to get rid of guns and ammunition in his possession.
As part of his release from custody, Douglas Haig was ordered by a judge to remove all firearms and ammunition from his possession by late Wednesday afternoon.
Magistrate Judge Michelle Burns moved the deadline to late Friday afternoon after Haig’s lawyer said his client needed more time to find someone with the proper credentials to take the items.
A criminal complaint against Haig says two unfired armor-piercing bullets found inside the Las Vegas hotel room where Stephen Paddock launched the Oct. 1 attack had Haig’s fingerprints.
Authorities say Paddock killed 58 people in the attack.
Man arrested in Wyoming on sex trafficking charge
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A 63-year-old man has been arrested in Wyoming and charged with sex trafficking.
Federal court records say David Peter Vier, a former Everett, Washington, firefighter, is charged with a single count of transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
KTWO-AM reports Vier made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne on Wednesday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Kelly Rankin ordered Vier held without bond.
Sweetwater County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Vier on Jan. 20 after receiving a report about two girls hiding from a man at a hotel.
Police say they found two female juveniles — ages 12 and 14 — with Vier. The girls were placed in protective custody.
It wasn’t immediately known whether Vier had an attorney.