Third District Court

Court Overturns Motocross Approval

Mar 2, 2017

Summit County has again issued a Cease and Desist Order against a motocross track near Wanship. That's the result of a recent Third District Court ruling which overturned the County Council's rationale, allowing the track to remain. Judge Kara Pettit ruled in favor of about 20  neighboring landowners who filed suit against the track. The county's new order says that the owner of the land, Steve Luczak, just cease any use of the track, including personal use and has to restor and revegetate the land by this summer. Rick Brough has more.

Park City Film Studios

The legal fight over the Park City film Studios continues in Third District Court. A recent ruling from Judge Kara Pettit has the attorneys for film studio developer Greg Erickson claiming they'v won a significant victory. But the lawyers for the studio's financier, Gary Crandall, say that is just the beginning. Rick Brough reprorts.

On Friday, Summit County Third District Juvenile Court heard motions in the case involving a Park City teenager who is charged with distributing a controlled or counterfeit  substance and reckless endangerment related to the September overdose deaths of Grant Seaver and Ryan Ainsworth. Carolyn Murray attended the hearing and has this:

A Third District Court judge gave a prison sentence of up to 15 years to a defendant who barged into the home of long-time county resident Nadine Gilmore, stole more than a million dollars' worth of valuables and cash, and assaulted Mrs. Gilmore in January 2016.

Gilmore and her relatives say she was physically and emotionally shaken by the actions of 40-year-old Ricky Joseph Archuleta. But supporters of the defendant say he had been dealing with mental issues, substance abuse problems, and a devastating death in his family. Rick Brough has more.

Park City Film Studios

Third District Court Judge Kara Petit Tuesday heard a variety of legal  motions and oral arguments involving the Park City Film Studios fight. Behind the details - involving case law, competing motions and disputes over history - there are two competing narratives from movie studio developer Greg Ericksen and financier Gary Crandall. Each party is saying that he was taken advantage of by the other. Rick Brough has more.

Bates Steps Up to Bench

Jun 22, 2016

Summit County's chief criminal prosecutor, Matthew Bates, is stepping up to the bench of the Third District Court.  The Utah Senate confirmed his appointment by a unanimous vote.    Governor Gary Herbert appointed Bates to fill a vacancy on the bench left by the retirement of Judge Charlene Barlow.  The Third District covers Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.  Bates has served with the Summit County Attorney's office since 2011.  Before that, he was an appellate attorney in both criminal and civil matters at the Utah State Attorney General's office from 2006 to 2008.

graphic by Monika Guendner / KPCW

The legal fight over the Park City Movie Studio has taken a dramatic new turn. The financier for the project, Gary Crandall, has dropped his claim that he is a partner in the development, and says he will pursue his remedies as a lender.

Meanwhile, the attorney for studio developer Greg Ericksen says they expect Crandall will try to hold a trustee's sale of the property as soon as late May. KPCW's Rick Brough has more.

As we've reported, many charges and counter-charges were made as the Park city Film Studios lawsuit went back to Third District Court for oral arguments. Among those, the attorney for studio developer Greg Ericksen said his client has been gratuitously defamed by the financier for the development, Gary Crandall. The attorney emphatically denied that Ericksen sought to establish a position of trust with Crandall based on their mutual membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rick Brough has more.

Opposing attorneys in the Park City Film Studios lawsuit appeared in Third District Court Monday. Judge Kara Pettit heard charges and counter-charges in the case between studio developer Greg Ericksen and his financier Gary Crandall. The judge took the arguments under advisement and will issue a written ruling later. Rick Brough has more.

Opposing lawyers went to Third District Court last week to argue a lawsuit that is still pending after four years - an outgrowth of a trial in 2011, when the then operator of the Canyons, American Skiing Company of Utah, won a massive jury award against Wolf Mountain, the principal owner there. Afterwards, ASCU attorneys filed suit, alleging that the principals of Wolf Mountain carried out an insider land sale to keep a subdivison property at Canyons out of the jury award,d After arguments last week, Judge Paige Petersen didn't make a decision, but a ruling is scheduled for this week.

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