Kearns man dies in Taylorsville crash

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A deadly crash closed lanes on a busy street in Taylorsville Saturday.

It happened at 5400 south and 2700 west.

One car struck another car in an intersection then went airborne before it hit a pole. The car then burst into flames killing its driver.

The victim has been identified as 20 year old Bobby Tupoumalohi of Kearns.

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Taylorsville, UTAH General Society of Mayflower Descendant, Adam Paul Green (Ancestor Stephen Hopkins / Gen.No. 86,723) Announces New Geneology Support Website for Local Enthusiasts

Stephen Hopkins went with the ship Sea Venture on a voyage to Jamestown, Virginia in 1609 as a minister’s clerk, but the ship wrecked in the "Isle of Devils" (Bermuda). Stranded on an island for ten months, the passengers and crew survived on turtles, birds, and wild pigs. Six months into the castaway, Stephen Hopkins and several others organized a mutiny against the current governor. The mutiny was discovered and Stephen was sentenced to death. However, he pleaded with sorrow and tears. "So penitent he was, and made so much moan, alleging the ruin of his wife and children in this his trespass, as it wrought in the hearts of all the better sorts of the company." He managed to get his sentence commuted. Eventually the castaways built a small ship and sailed themselves to Jamestown. How long Stephen remained in Jamestown is not known. However, while he was gone, his wife Mary died. She was buried in Hursley on 9 May 1613, and left behind a probate estate which mentions her children Elizabeth, Constance and Giles.

Stephen was back in England by 1617, when he married Elizabeth Fisher, but apparently had every intention of bringing his family back to Virginia. Their first child, Damaris, was born about 1618. In 1620, Stephen Hopkins brought his wife and children Constance, Giles, and Damaris on the Mayflower (child Elizabeth apparently had died). Stephen was a fairly active member of the Pilgrim group shortly after arrival, perhaps a result of his being one of the few individuals who had been to Virginia previously. He was a part of all the early exploring missions, and was used as an "expert" on Native Americans for the first few contacts. While out exploring, Stephen recognized and identified an Indian deer trap. And when Samoset walked into Plymouth and welcomed the English, he was housed in Stephen Hopkins’ house for the night. Stephen was also sent on several of the ambassadorial missions to meet with the various Indian groups in the region.

Stephen was an assistant to the governor through 1636, and volunteered for the Pequot War of 1637 but was never called to serve. By the late 1630s, however, Stephen began to occasionally run afoul of the Plymouth authorities, as he apparently opened up a shop and served alcohol. In 1636 he got into a fight with John Tisdale and seriously wounded him. In 1637, he was fined for allowing drinking and shuffleboard playing on Sunday. Early the next year he was fined for allowing people to drink excessively in his house: guest William Reynolds was fined, but the others were acquitted. In 1638 he was twice fined for selling beer at twice the actual value, and in 1639 he was fined for selling a looking glass for twice what it would cost if bought in the Bay Colony. Also in 1638, Stephen Hopkins’ maidservant got pregnant from Arthur Peach, who was subsequently executed for murdering an Indian. The Plymouth Court ruled he was financially responsible for her and her child for the next two years (the amount remaining on her term of service). Stephen, in contempt of court, threw Dorothy out of his household and refused to provide for her, so the court committed him to custody. John Holmes stepped in and purchased Dorothy’s remaining two years of service from him: agreeing to support her and child.

Stephen died in 1644, and made out a will, asking to be buried near his wife, and naming his surviving children.

BAPTISM: 30 April 1581 at Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England, son of John and Elizabeth (Williams) Hopkins.
FIRST MARRIAGE: Mary, possibly the daughter of Robert and Joan (Machell) Kent of Hursley, co. Hampshire, prior to 1604.
SECOND MARRIAGE: Elizabeth Fisher on 19 February 1617/8 at St. Mary Matfellon, Whitechapel, co. Middlesex, England.
CHILDREN (by Mary): Elizabeth, Constance, and Giles.
CHILDREN (by Elizabeth): Damaris, Oceanus, Caleb, Deborah, Damaris, Ruth, and Elizabeth.

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The Mayflower was hired in London, and sailed from London to Southampton in July 1620 to begin loading food and supplies for the voyage–much of which was purchased at Southampton. The Pilgrims were mostly still living in the city of Leiden, in the Netherlands. They hired a ship called the Speedwell to take them from Delfshaven, the Netherlands, to Southampton, England, to meet up with the Mayflower. The two ships planned to sail together to Northern Virginia. The Speedwell departed Delfthaven on July 22, and arrived at Southampton, where they found the Mayflower waiting for them. The Speedwell had been leaking on her voyage from the Netherlands to England, though, so they spent the next week patching her up.

On August 5, the two ships finally set sail for America. But the Speedwell began leaking again, so they pulled into the town of Dartmouth for repairs, arriving there about August 12. The Speedwell was patched up again, and the two ships again set sail for America about August 21. After the two ships had sailed about 300 miles out to sea, the Speedwell again began to leak. Frustrated with the enormous amount of time lost, and their inability to fix the Speedwell so that it could be sea-worthy, they returned to Plymouth, England, and made the decision to leave the Speedwell behind. The Mayflower would go to America alone. The cargo on the Speedwell was transferred over to the Mayflower; some of the passengers were so tired and disappointed with all the problems that they quit and went home. Others crammed themselves onto the already very crowded Mayflower.

Finally, on September 6, the Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England, and headed for America. By the time the Pilgrims had left England, they had already been living onboard the ships for nearly a month and a half. The voyage itself across the Atlantic Ocean took 66 days, from their departure on September 6, until Cape Cod was sighted on 9 November 1620. The first half of the voyage went fairly smoothly, the only major problem was sea-sickness. But by October, they began encountering a number of Atlantic storms that made the voyage treacherous. Several times, the wind was so strong they had to just drift where the weather took them; it was not safe to use the ship’s sails. The Pilgrims intended to land in Northern Virginia, which at the time included the region as far north as the Hudson River in the modern State of New York. The Hudson River, in fact, was their originally intended destination. They had received good reports on this region while in the Netherlands. All things considered, the Mayflower was almost right on target, missing the Hudson River by just a few degrees.

As the Mayflower approached land, the crew spotted Cape Cod just as the sun rose on November 9. The Pilgrims decided to head south, to the mouth of the Hudson River in New York, where they intended to make their plantation. However, as the Mayflower headed south, it encountered some very rough seas, and nearly shipwrecked. The Pilgrims then decided, rather than risk another attempt to go south they would just stay and explore Cape Cod. They turned back north, rounded the tip, and anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor. The Pilgrims would spend the next month and a half exploring Cape Cod, trying to decide where they would build their plantation. On December 25, 1620, they had finally decided upon Plymouth, and began construction of their first buildings.

The Pilgrims did not leave behind any lists of the items they brought with them on the Mayflower, but historians have used a provision list put together by Captain John Smith (of Pocahontas fame) to take an educated guess. However, in 2012, Caleb Johnson, Simon Neal, and Jeremy Bangs started transcribing and studying a rare manuscript (a page of which is here illustrated) in the possession of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, that was written by one of the investors in the Pilgrims’ joint-stock company. This manuscript actually contains several lists of suggested provisions the colonists should bring with them. It is the closest thing we can get to a list of what the Pilgrims would have actually brought.

A summary of some of the key items on the provision lists:

-Food and Drink: Biscuit, beer, salt, (dried) beef, salt pork, oats, peas, wheat, butter, sweet oil, mustard seed, ling or cod fish, "good cheese", vinegar, aqua-vitae, rice, bacon, cider.

-Clothing: Monmouth cap, falling bands, shirts, waistcoat, suit of canvas, suit of cloth, Irish stockings, 4 pairs of shoes, garters. Slippers, plain shoes, little shoes, French soles, sewing needles.

-Bedding: Canvas sheets, bolster "filled with good straw", rug and blankets.

-Arms: Light armor (complete), fowling piece, snaphance, sword, belt, bandoleer, powder horn, 20 pounds of powder, 60 pounds of shot.

-Household: Iron pot, kettle, frying pan, gridiron, two skillets, spit, platters, dishes, spoons of wood, napkins, towels, soap, hand mill, mortar and pestle.

-Tools: Broad hoes, narrow hoes, broad axe, felling axe, steel handsaw, whipsaw, hammers, shovels, spades, augers, chisels, gimlets, hatchets, grinding stone, nails, locks for doors.

Taylorsville, UTAH General Society of Mayflower Descendant, Adam Paul Green (Ancestor Stephen Hopkins / Gen.No. 86,723) Announces New Geneology Support Website for Local Enthusiasts

Adam Paul Green was born to a multi-talented beauty queen Mother and a Father who, in addition to being a US Army Spy and a Counter-Intelligence Special Agent, was also a highly accomplished entrepreneur. Adam was taught at a young age that, in both life and business, loyalty is a requirement for success. He’s had the honor of working directly with his father in several of the family businesses. In fact, this is where he learned crucial entrepreneurial skills and honed his talents with international business strategies and venture capitalism. ,

Adam earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in International Business and Marketing from the University of Utah. He was hand-picked by the President of the University’s renowned School of Business to compete with dozens of other ambitious nationwide-graduates for the opportunity to secure a lucrative job within a prestigious Fortune 100 company.

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About, the Internet’s most complete and accurate website dealing with the Mayflower passengers and the history of the Pilgrims and early Plymouth Colony. The website was first created back in 1994 (when the web was still mostly text!) as a simple, but complete, passenger list of the Mayflower. It has grown over the past twenty years as the author, historian Caleb Johnson, has researched and compiled material.

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UTA official relieved new task force not on a ‘witch hunt’

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

FILE— Jerry Benson, president and CEO of the Utah Transit Authority, center, looks up as U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber announces a deal with UTA that means it will not be prosecuted in connection with an investigation of financial and ethical issues. The announcement was made during a press conference on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — After the first meeting Tuesday of a new legislative task force looking at the governance and funding of transportation entities, a Utah Transit Authority official expressed relief the group wasn’t on a "witch hunt."

UTA government relations director Matt Sibul said there had been concern the task force would target the agency, which is cooperating with a federal investigation into transit development projects as part of a nonprosecution agreement.

But he said UTA has been reassured that’s not the case by lawmakers and others on the task force. The committee was established by the 2017 Legislature through a bill that initially had called for restructuring UTA’s board and establishing a separate citizens advisory panel.

"We were more buoyed that this is not some sort of UTA witch hunt and this was going to be a really comprehensive, thoughtful process," Sibul said. "We feel pretty confident about that."

Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville, the committee co-chairman, said he expects "a lot of discussion on UTA and how it’s governed" by the task force that will be "broader than just the investigation" led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah.

Harper, who sponsored the task force legislation, said he believes there will be a recommendation made about changing UTA’s 16-member board of trustees appointed by state and local officials.

"Everything is on the table. We’re going to take a look at everything to make sure it’s operating properly," Harper said, including the possibility of putting UTA under state control.

He said the task force will look at how various transportation entities are governed in other states at its next meeting on June 14, as well as take what could be several hours of public suggestions.

Sibul said UTA is "optimistic that they’ll come to the right answer" about oversight. "They’ll discover this, most transit boards across the country are appointed by local government because transit fundamentally was born out of serving cities."

The task force heard about three hours of presentations Tuesday from UTA, the Utah Department of Transportation, the Salt Lake City Department of Airports, the Wasatch Front Regional Council and other entities.


Robert McKinley, UTA board chairman, told the task force members that the agency has made significant changes since a 2014 legislative audit raised concerns about transit-oriented development and executive compensation and bonuses.

McKinley said the agency’s difficulties came during a time of rapid expansion and, "if there’s a silver lining to all of this," has since become a "much different, much improved organization."

Still, the board chairman said, "I acknowledge that we have a long road ahead of us to rebuild public trust and support. We’re committed to do that" through being good stewards of public funds and conducting business in an open and ethical manner.

Sibul pointed out during the presentation Utah is one of only three states that doesn’t provide ongoing state funding for transit. Federal funds make up 16 percent of the agency’s revenues.

But nearly two-thirds of UTA’s revenues come from local option sales taxes, which now range from $0.004 cents in Tooele County to $0.0068 cents in Salt Lake County, even though regional transportation plans count on collecting 1 cent.

Task force members asked UTA to bring back details of the transit portion of the long-range regional plans, including the projected costs and what new money would be needed.

"We’re tapped out," Sibul said after the meeting. "We can’t afford to do anything new without new resources."

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Former South Fort Myers football player stabbed in parking lot

A former South Fort Myers High School player was stabbed after an altercation at a bar in Boone, North Carolina, near his college, Appalachian State University, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

Teh’Ron Fuller, 21, suffered the stab at an off-campus apartment complex.

Fuller’s is listed in good condition.

No arrests have been made.

The junior linebacker had 21 tackles and three sacks in 13 appearances for the Mountaineers. For the Wolfpack, Fuller recorded 83 total tackles.

Car catches fire outside Winston-Salem apartments


One person is without a car after it caught on fire.

The fire happened on Ramsgate Circle in Winston-Salem around 5:30 a.m. Friday.

No one was hurt, but there was mild damage done to the car, next to the car that was on fire.

Winston-Salem Fire Department reported the fire to be under control around 5:45 a.m. via Twitter. Firefighters report no nearby structures were damaged.

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Winston-Salem woman on trial on charges she forced 12-year-old into prostitution

A Winston-Salem woman forced a 12-year-old girl into prostitution over a two-year period, driving the girl to adult men at houses and apartment complexes so she would have sex with them, a Forsyth County prosecutor said Wednesday.

Flora Riano Gonzalez, 39, of the 1800 block of East 25th Street, is charged with human trafficking, sexual servitude and two counts of felony child abuse involving prostitution and sexual acts.

Assistant District Attorney Kia Chavious said in opening statements Wednesday that the girl was raped and sexually abused from January 2011 to January 2014. Gonzalez brought the girl to a man named Armando Graciano, who raped the girl and allowed other men to rape her, Chavious said.

Graciano is facing charges of felonious restraint, two counts of indecent liberties with a child, statutory rape, human trafficking and sexual servitude. His charges are still pending.

Graciano would make arrangements for the girl to have sex with men for money, Chavious said. At some point, Gonzalez was upset at the amount of money the girl was bringing in and cut Graciano out of the deal, she said.

Gonzalez drove the girl to apartment complexes, houses and motels to meet with adult men, she said.

The girl became pregnant, and Gonzalez went to Winston-Salem police to report that the girl had been sexually assaulted. Gonzalez coached the girl on what she would say to police to ensure that the girl would not tell about Gonzalez’s involvement in prostitution, the prosecution says.

Gonzalez reported the sexual abuse so that the girl would get a free abortion, Chavious said in court.

Eventually, the girl told Winston-Salem police that Gonzalez had forced her into prostitution, Chavious said.

Lisa Costner, Gonzalez’s attorney, said the girl was sexually assaulted but that Gonzalez did not have anything to do with selling the girl into prostitution. She urged the jury to consider the girl’s motivations in implicating Gonzalez.

The trial is expected to continue until the end of the week and possibly into next week.

Police identify man found dismembered in apartment


Police have identified a man who was found dead Monday night in a Winston-Salem apartment complex.

John Douglas Agnew, 75, was found dismembered at 308 Timberline Drive.

Winston-Salem police responded Monday afternoon to the apartment complex after receiving reports of a missing person.

The death is being investigated as a homicide, according to police.

Detectives are working with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and pathologists from the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine if the incident is related to human remains recovered Monday in Randolph County.

Example of 2003 Mazda Miata

Police are also attempting to locate Agnew’s silver 2003 Mazda Miata convertible with North Carolina registration plate ZNY-4120.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Winston-Salem police at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

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Renting A Winston Salem Apartment With Bad Credit

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Your credit score is a indicator of how you manage your money and how you pay back loans. If your credit score is low and you have a history of not paying your loans, your landlord isn’t going to trust you to pay your rent on time. After all, if you aren’t meeting your other obligations, why would you make an exception for your rent.

You can get a copy of your credit report for free and check it to see what it is on it. Sometimes you have negative items on your credit report that you didn’t even do, so you want to check for these things and correct them. If your credit score isn’t the best, you should take the time to fix it before you apply for an apartment.

If you don’t have time to wait for your credit score to improve, you can always find a co-signer for your rent. Make sure you have the ability to pay on time because if you fail to pay your rent, your co-signer’s credit will be ruined and they will also be on the hook for the rent.

If you have substantial savings, you could also offer to pay six or more months rent in advance. This lessens the risk for the landlord and just might get you the Winston Salem apartment you want to rent.

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Finding apartments in Winston Salem can sometimes be difficult. It depends on the type of apartment that you need, and also what time of the year you start looking. Many other factors can make it hard to find an apartment that will be exactly where you want to, at a price that you can afford. These tips will allow you to quickly discover where the best ones are, at special prices that will be more than affordable.

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Most people will begin with a cursory search of what is currently listed online. This can be done with your computer or on your phone. Local papers will always have apartments that are listed. It’s going to take you a few hours to go through what is available. Based on what you need, and the prices that they are offering them, you can then choose to submit your applications. You should only submit three or less as they will run credit checks every time. This will prevent you from offsetting your credit.

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The best deals that are typically offered will be for online specials. You may even see these advertised at the top of apartment websites. You might have to spend a few weeks looking depending upon how many are currently available. Inevitably, you will find one or two that will approve your application. It is always important to submit these as quickly as you can. It is possible that you could find one the first day. If your goal is to move there in the next few weeks, you need to get started quickly so that you can improve your chances of getting into the exact one that you need.

Winston Salem Apartments are easy to find. What may be difficult is getting one that is at the right price point in an area that you would prefer. The size of the apartment may also factor into whether or not you submit your applications. However, as long as you focus on this for several days, you will ultimately find one that is large enough at an affordable price. Always check the local papers, online classifieds, and apartment websites every day. This is the key to getting the exact apartment that you want in Winston Salem, a place that you may live for many years to come.