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NATHAN SLOOP at a previous court appearance. His preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 1-3. Pool photo
NATHAN SLOOP at a previous court appearance. His preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 1-3. Pool photo
Preliminary hearings set for Sloops

FARMINGTON — Separate preliminary hearings for Nathan and Stephanie Sloop have been set for November.

The couple are each facing aggravated murder charges in the death of Stephanie’s son Ethan Stacy last May.

Nathan Sloop’s preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 1-3, while Stephanie’s is set for Nov. 15-17.

Four-year-old Ethan came to Utah on May 1 from West Virginia, to spend the summer with his mother.

Eleven days later his body was found near Powder Mountain, after the couple reported him missing from their Layton apartment.

In addition to the aggravated murder charges, Nathan Sloop also faces charges of second-degree felony inflicting serious physical injury on a child intentionally, second-degree felony obstructing justice, third-degree felony desecration of a body and third-degree damage to jails.

Stephanie is also charged with second-degree felony inflicting serious physical injury on a child intentionally, second-degree felony obstructing justice and third-degree felony desecration of a dead human body.

Wilson and son plead not guilty

SALT LAKE CITY — Bountiful-based Bugman Pest and Lawn Care owner Ray Wilson and his son and employee Ray Wilson Jr., pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges separate from those filed in February 2010.

A three day trial was set in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City beginning July 26.

The misdemeanor charges came last month, and accuse the company and Wilson Jr., 21, of “knowingly” using a registered pesticide “in a manner inconsistent with its labeling to wit: applying Fumitoxen into a burrow system that is within 15 feet of a building that may be occupied by humans,” at homes in Salt Lake City, Park City and Sandy in August and September 2009.

The new charges are separate from those filed against the company and employee Coleman Nocks, who pleaded not guilty, and will go to trial in October, for allegedly misusing the pesticide at a home in Layton in February 2010.

At that time, two sisters, Rebecca Toone, 4, and Rachel, 15 months died, Nathan and Brenda Toone, parents of the girls filed a wrongful-death suit in March against the company and Nocks.

On Tuesday, Bugman attorney Dennis James said it seemed his client was targeted because of the Toone case.

‘Suspicious’ home fire investigated

BOUNTIFUL —State and local fire marshals and Bountiful Police were investigating an early morning fire Tuesday, which they are calling “suspicious.”

The fire began about 4:30 a.m. at the home near 30 S. 600 East. By time fire crews arrived, they were seeing smoke and flames, South Davis Metro Fire Agency chief Jim Rampton said.

SDMFA deputy chief Jeff Bassett said investigators brought in accelerant-sniffing dogs, because “there are things around the house we need to check out,” the likes of which he wouldn’t discuss.

Rampton said they had a difficult time getting into the house and had to pull back a couple of times because of debris in the house.

Bassett said a father and three sons live in the home. Only the three sons were at home at the time of the fire and all were able to get out safely.

Bassett estimates about $100,000 in damage was caused by the blaze.

Safe Kids F.I.T. Fair set for Saturday

KAYSVILLE — Fun and safety are the themes for Saturday’s free Safe Kids F.I.T. Fair at Barnes Park in Kaysville, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

About 50 booths and interactive activities will be offered, and 350 bicycle helmets will be given away to the first arrivers.

For more information, call 801-525-5076.

Registration open for city recreation

CENTERVILLE — It may still be raining outside, but Centerville City’s recreation program is already dreaming of summer.

Registration for summer recreation classes is currently open at, with individual classes open until they have been filled.

Classes for kids include archery, basketball, arts and crafts, and bowling. Classes for teens include digital photography and lacrosse.

In-person registration starts Monday, May 23 at the Centerville City Hall (250 N. Main).

For more information, please call 801-295-3477.
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