In-N-Out Burger will be the first business to locate in a new 4-acre development in Spanish Fork that was once home to a Gold’s Gym and a Storehouse Market.
“Spanish Fork is a fantastic community and we definitely look forward to having this great location in the Utah Valley to serve our customers,” said Carl Arena, vice president of real estate & development for In-N-Out Burger.
Located at 795 E. 800 North, the property is owned by RRBC Leasing, a company owned by brothers Ron and Randy Dallin. Buildings that were on the property have been razed and work has begun on infrastructure that will support the new development coming to the now-empty land.
Ron Dallin said the development will be known as “795,” a name referring to its address. The development has room for four building sites.
“We’re going to maintain all of the property and we’ll lease some of the pads out, and then we’ll have some build-to-suit property as well,” Dallin said. “But we plan on keeping the property.”
Buildings constructed on the property will have a “high-class, high-end architectural look,” Dallin said, and the area will be nicely landscaped.
“We want to bring very strong retailers into it,” he said, “and hopefully it will benefit the people of Spanish Fork and the whole southern Utah County community.”
Arena said it is too early in the process to say when construction will begin on the Spanish Fork In-N-Out Burger. However, once construction begins on a new In-N-Out location, it generally takes about five months to build the restaurant and open for business.
In-N-Out Burger currently operates 10 locations in Utah.
Ron Dallin said the brothers have several parties interested in locating in the 795 development and hope to have a couple of businesses open in the development by the end of the year.
The Dallins have owned the property at 795 E. 800 North for nearly 50 years. It was vacant land until the Dallins built Storehouse Market there.
“When we built that back in 1977, there really wasn’t anything around us. The people that put in the fire sprinkling system, they asked us about two days before we opened, ‘Where are all the people?’” Ron Dallin said. “We just said, ‘Well, they’ll come.’ And they did.”
Storehouse Market closed on Dec. 31, 1999. In June of 2000, Gold’s Gym began operating in the building, and that business continued to lease the property from the Dallins until the fall of 2018.
Over the years, the Dallins have purchased an additional five pieces of property adjacent to the Storehouse Market. Four of those properties had houses that have been torn down.
The brothers have long anticipated they would redevelop the property, and when the gym decided to leave their building, they decided to move forward with their plans in earnest.
“It became clear the best thing to do was just clear the building and start fresh,” Ron Dallin said.
The Dallins have roots in Spanish Fork; their parents, Jay and Marie Dallin, were raised in the city and their grandparents lived here as well.
“We’ve just got a long history in Spanish Fork. We’ve always kind of considered it kind of our home,” Ron Dallin said, who moved to Provo when he was 5 years old.
He thanked Spanish Fork Mayor Steve Leifson and city staff for their help as the Dallins made plans for redeveloping their property.
“How grateful we are for their support and guidance over the years,” Dallin said.
An Orem man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of 13 felony and five misdemeanor charges.
According to the probable cause statement filed in support of the arrest, 40-year-old Richard Scott Carlson was observed on surveillance footage entering into the Vivint Training Center after his employment was terminated by the company over a year prior.
The property manager told Orem police that Carlson had unlawfully entered the building several times since his termination, taken items that belonged to the company, and had disabled security systems to access the facility. The manager told police he had entered the building after hours and found Carlson and another individual inside.
When the manager attempted to make contact with the individuals, according to arrest documents, they ran out of the building. The manager went to check the new security system that he had installed only to find it was disconnected and compromised. The cameras did capture Carlson entering the building, however.
Orem police reviewed the footage where they observed a black BMW sedan pull up to the entry door and a Caucasian man wearing gray shorts, a white shirt, flip flops and a black hat exit the vehicle. The man, identified as Carlson, entered the building by using what appeared to be an access key, causing the door to beep before unlocking, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Upon entering the building, police watched as Carlson walked straight toward a locked closet door and attempted to enter a code into the door several times. Having no success in accessing what was in the closet, Carlson approached another locked closet and did the same thing but was also unsuccessful.
When Carlson entered the back of the building, the alarm sounded and startled Carlson, who ran out of the building.
Officials located Carlson at his residence in Orem where he was detained and read his Miranda Rights. According to the probable cause statement, Carlson waived his rights and told police he had been entering the Vivint Training building at least twice each month since his termination.
Carlson allegedly told officials he was entering the building to take soda and had also “borrowed” a popcorn machine several months earlier without permission. After giving officers consent to search his vehicle, Orem police discovered the key card he had used to gain access to the building.
After Carlson was transported to the Utah County Jail and during law enforcement’s investigation, officers obtained additional information regarding stolen property located inside his residence. Officials obtained a search warrant that was served on Sunday.
Police allegedly discovered several stolen pieces of security equipment from Vivint as well as “mass quantities of multiple illicit substances and paraphernalia,” according to arrest documents. The stolen equipment was valued at over $5,000.
Officials found cultivation kits for producing Psilocybin and several containers of vaping oil containing THC as well as buyer lists, receipts and transaction information containing information as to whom Carlson was selling to.
Large amounts of money with illicit substances, scales, packaging and distribution supplies were also located throughout Carlson’s residence. Throughout the search, police also discovered purity tests and anti-detection kits for illicit substances.
According to the probable cause statement, all illicit substances were found in Carlson’s master bedroom and master bathroom with only one access door to which Carlson was the only resident. Among the illicit substances, officials found yellow powder consistent with MDMA, white powder matching the description of cocaine and several packages of Buprenorphine.
While continuing their search, authorities also allegedly discovered seven firearms, including a 9mm Ruger handgun and several rifles with ammunition found in the master bedroom closet and in a locked closet in the basement.
Carlson was arrested on suspicion of 13 felony charges and five misdemeanor charges. The Orem Police Department has requested that he be charged with a second-degree felony charge of theft, three second-degree felony charges of distribution of a controlled substance, three second-degree felony charges of knowingly producing a controlled substance, a third-degree felony charge of burglary, a third-degree felony charge of possession of a firearm by a restricted person, two third-degree felony charges of distribution of a controlled substance and two third-degree felony charges of knowingly producing a controlled substance.
Orem police are also requesting Carlson be charged with a class A misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance and four class B misdemeanor charges of theft, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Florida couple that moved across the country to found an independently-owned, men-oriented wedding band company is looking to expand operations. The expansion would allow them to hire more Utah County residents and include women’s rings and bands.
Throughout the entirety of the company’s life, the couple has remained involved and united, offering aspiring entrepreneurs advice on how to get through the hard times when a business and a marriage are on the line. The pair discovered the need for more men-centered wedding band options while preparing for their own happily ever after.
“When it was my turn, there were four or five different options, and they were all way too much money, and there really wasn’t anything I could connect with,” co-founder Johnathan Ruggiero said.
Within 30 days, the couple tied the knot, moved across the country and started a business — Manly Bands. After two years in Florida operating their new business out of a garage, Ruggiero and his wife, Michelle Luchese, were ready for a change.
The couple set off in search of new scenery, permanently parking in Utah County and making a home and a company based out of their Class A RV. Ruggiero and Luchese chose Utah because of great pricing, kind people, and a booming entrepreneurial scene. The couple said they stumbled upon the wedding capital of the world by making the move.
The company currently calls Vineyard home with a dozen employees based locally and 24 employees overall. Since it was founded in 2016, the company has grown by leaps and bounds, selling tens-of-thousands of rings with over eight figures in year-to-date sales.
About 50% of the company’s inventory is sourced and manufactured in Utah County, although the remainder of the products and materials are found internationally.
Ruggiero said the extreme change furthered their relationship as newlyweds and business partners. Overall, however, their secret to running a successful business and maintaining their marriage is ultimately giving each other space.
“We have different personalities, obviously, and we love being together, but sometimes you need your space,” Ruggiero said. “We work together, 24/7, so it’s important that we’re able to do the things that fulfill us even if it’s separate from each other.”
In terms of work, Ruggiero and Luchese both fulfill the role of chief executive officer for the company, but oversee different aspects of Manly Bands’ operations. The couple is trying to bring that unique business dynamic to their customers’ experiences.
Starting from the beginning, Manly Bands hoped to set themselves apart by matching the ring to the person, not the person to the ring. The company currently has over 250 different styles with several material combinations available.
Now, the company is looking to expand its operations and number of employees, with plans to hire at least nine more people in Utah already underway. In the near future, Manly Bands is hoping to launch a sister company that oversees women’s rings with the same one-of-a-kind promise.
Ruggiero also said the company is looking to become more involved in the surrounding communities. From sponsoring sports teams to volunteer events, Ruggiero and Luchese said it’s important for them to give back to the community that not only welcomed them years ago but continues to support them.
With the company’s exponential growth and success, Manly Bands announced Tuesday that the company has appointed Provo native Marshall Smith as its new president. As president, Smith is responsible for developing the company’s domestic and international online and offline expansions, according to a press release from the company.
“As Manly Bands continues to grow our presence in Utah County, we’re very excited to welcome Marshall Smith to our team,” Ruggiero said. “At Manly Bands, Marshall is joining us as president and will be overseeing our amazing team and helping us continue to grow in Utah and beyond.”
A Utah native, Smith has led the operations of several companies based in the state over the past 20 years. Most recently, he was the former chief operating officer of Taft Clothing, a luxury commerce show retailer, which increased its revenue by tens-of-millions of dollars in the past five years.
With Smith’s leadership, the company expects to continue to grow rapidly in 2020 as well as expand product lines and grow Manly Bands’ international presence. Ruggiero said the company is currently on track to double their business in 2020.
Mark Harmon is not sure if he’ll be riding into retirement sunset in his GMC truck, or on his favorite horse. Whichever one he chooses, his retirement is going to be a new road he is looking forward to traveling.
Until last Friday, Harmon was the dealer/operator of Harmon’s Buick, Cadillac and GMC Trucks in Provo. He is the third generation of Harmons to run the dealership that began with his grandfather Clarence and great uncle Ap Harmon in 1936.
In 1967 his father CJ Harmon took over the business, and in 1978 Mark Harmon and his brother Brant Harmon bought their dad out. Brant retired six years ago leaving Mark Harmon to keep the family dealership running.
From Cadillacs, Pontiacs and Oldsmobiles, to Subarus, GMC’s and Buicks, the Harmon’s dealership has been a backbone business of Provo for more than 70 years.
“It started at 100 West and University Avenue,” Mark Harmon said. “It burnt to the ground a few years later.”
By the early 1940s the dealership had moved to its current location and over the years has expanded on 100 North on the 300 and 400 West blocks in downtown.
“Because it’s been a family business for so long I felt an extra need to continue the business even when it wasn’t making much,” Mark Harmon said.
Mark Harmon said he wanted to honor his grandfather and father. “There’s nothing magical about the success of the business, it’s just hard work.”
Mark Harmon worked 12 hours a day six days a week all those years, said Robin Harmon, his wife.
“The dealership consumed most of his time and energy. He felt a tremendous amount of responsibility to his employees,” she said.
Mark Harmon was a quiet doer; he served on boards and committees around town. Sundays were a different kind of rest day for him as he served in several callings in his church.
He also served as a basketball coach for kids. “He was never home before 7 p.m.,” Robin Harmon said. “He had 10 to 12 hour days and he never missed a day.”
Besides his family, Mark Harmon says he loves trucks and he loves his family ranch up South Fork in Provo Canyon. He intends to spend a lot of time with all of them in retirement.
Mark Harmon’s son Tanner Harmon said he has countless memories of watching his dad at work.
“One of the most impressionable stories was when I was a little boy watching my dad handle a situation with a single mother one evening,” Tanner Harmon said. “I don’t recall why I was at the dealership that evening, but I do remember what happened. A young mother with little kids parked her old, barely-running, tan-colored car in front of the dealership entrance. She walked in and asked to speak to dad. She told him that she would give her car to the dealership if he would give her money to buy groceries for her family.”
Tanner Harmon said he remembers his father treating the lady respectfully and asking her to take a seat and explain her situation.
“Dad ended up telling the lady that he could not take her car, but that he would give her money to buy groceries,” he said. “I remember the look of relief and gratitude on the face of the lady as she walked out of the dealership and drove away. I remember feeling so proud of my dad and, in my young mind, feeling that in some way I was a part of helping her.”
Mark Harmon knows what hardships are like, and Robin Harmon does too.
“There have been some really hard years,” Robin Harmon said. “He (Mark) is so honest, just really incredible integrity. He’s just so kind.”
At 66, Mark Harmon said it was time to retire. “I can see down the road. This dealership needs a new building and to grow.”
Mark Harmon sold the dealership to Don Jones of Spartan Automotive based in Ashland, Oregon. Jones has nine dealerships in the western United States.
The new dealership will be called Provo Buick, GMC, Cadillac with Spartan Management as the holding company.
Harmon gave out kudos to his brother, Brant Harmon, who he said kept the business running so long because of his financial acumen and his attention to detail.
He also is grateful to the many employees that have stayed with the company for so many years. They will be retained by Jones. The company averages about 30 employees. He also gave a nod to the help from Provos mayor’s office and economic development.
“We have had such wonderful employees,” Mark Harmon said. “They take such good care of our customers.”
Mark and Robin Harmon won’t be taking any cruises or big trips to Europe, they said; they are just looking forward to the trips they will make to see their children and grandchildren and then spend six days a week with the horses at the ranch. A sunset worth riding into.
California officials arrested a 19-year-old missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Pleasant Grove under suspicion of distribution of child pornography.
According to a press release posted by the Mountain View Police Department in California, Pleasant Grove resident Hayden Hunter was serving his mission in Fremont when law enforcement placed him under arrest early Wednesday morning.
In September, California authorities received a tip that an individual participating in a private Facebook group chat was involved with 20 other cyber tips for suspected child pornography. According to the statement, a number of other group chat participants were under the age of 13 years old.
Since the initial report, officials investigated several pictures and videos that were determined to be child pornography.
“These investigations take time, particularly due to the graphic nature of the imagery our teams are exposed to, along with the amount of requests that we send out to ensure we are getting as much information as possible,” the statement said.
This case is still under investigation by the Mountain View Police Department, and detectives believe there may be additional victims who interacted with Hunter online or in person. Hunter allegedly used an alias during his online interactions.
“Our investigators did a phenomenal job working this case,” Lt. Frank St. Clair said in the statement. “Their diligence and tireless efforts to stop this predatory behavior are commendable.”
Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said once the institution had learned of the allegations against Hunter, he was relieved of his position as a missionary.
“The allegations against this young man are very serious, and are completely against the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” he said in the emailed statement. “There can be no tolerance for child pornography. It is among the most serious of sins, and something for which the Church requires formal restrictions on membership, including a likely loss of membership in the Church.”
The church is cooperating fully with law enforcement, Hawkins added, and is grateful for the efforts of law enforcement personnel as they pursue the investigation against Hunter.
Two Utah residents were apprehended by Lehi police after felony warrants were issued for their arrests last month.
According to the probable cause statements filed in support of the arrests, the Lehi Police Department received a tip that 35-year-old Michael Brandon Morris of West Jordan and 21-year-old Mariah Christine Smith of Salt Lake City were staying at the Courtyard Marriott.
Officials were searching for the pair after two separate district judges signed warrants for their arrests in connection with a number of felony charges. Smith’s warrant was signed on Feb. 5 after she failed to appear for her initial appearance after being released from custody two weeks prior.
Smith was already facing a second-degree felony charge of theft by receiving stolen property and three third-degree felony charges of possessing of a forgery device, forgery and possession of a controlled substance. Smith was also wanted for two class A misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and a class B misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Morris’ warrant was signed only two days prior to his arrest on Sunday by a judge in Duchesne County for a second-degree felony charge of identity fraud and a third-degree felony charge of identity fraud.
Smith and Morris were staying at the Courtyard Marriott when an anonymous citizen called police after recognizing the pair from a local news station. Officers responded to the location and spoke with the clerk, who told police the pair had checked in the day before.
When Morris exited the room, police detained him and attempted to identify him. According to the probable cause affidavit, Morris gave police a false name and social security number, which returned to a real person.
Officers were also able to detain Smith as she left the room, as well, although she refused to identify herself to police, according to arrest documents. Authorities were able to identify Smith using the ID found on her person and the hospital wristband she was still wearing.
After obtaining a search warrant, officers discovered a card skimmer with blank cards with magnetic strips as well as a book containing credit card numbers, dates and three-digit numbers similar to a CVC code found on the back of a credit card. Some of the cards had identical numbers with different names.
Multiple cards with different names and card numbers were also located in the room, and none of the cards had Smith or Morris’ names on them, according to the probable cause statement. Several checks with different names and information, four printers, pictures of blank checks and several small bags containing a crystal substance were also found. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.
Officers also discovered drugs and paraphernalia while conducting a search of Smith’s person.
Smith and Morris are currently being held at the Utah County Jail. Along with their previous charges, the two are facing a number of additional potential charges.
Morris was arrested on suspicion of two third-degree felony charges of possession of a forgery device and unlawful acquisition of a financial card, two class A misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance and giving officials false information with the intent to be another person, a class B misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia, and a class C misdemeanor of giving false personal information to a peace officer.
Smith is being held on suspicion of two third degree felony charges of possession of a forgery device and unlawful acquisition of a financial card, a class A misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance, and two class B misdemeanor charges of failure to disclose identity and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Utah Valley University’s new mental health clinic has found a home in the campus’s former presidential house.
“It feels like a place of growth and healing and (where) people can feel confident and comfortable receiving quality services,” said Todd Spencer, the clinic’s director.
The UVU Community Mental Health Clinic opened its doors earlier to both students and the community this semester as a way to provide training for the students in the university’s Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program.
“We are very much building the bridges we are working on in terms of the program is really brand new,” Spencer said.
Students therapists are supervised by faculty and provide individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy and premarital therapy to students and the community.
The home has traditionally been used to house the university’s presidents and their families. The home was built after Kerry Romesburg was appointed president in 1988 and housed his family before going on to be the home for Matthew Holland and most recently Astrid Tuminez, who temporarily stayed in it before moving off-campus.
The home includes spaces for classrooms and sessions.
While the cohort of 24 students will do individual therapy — most offer for conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar and schizophrenia — they will also offer family therapy.
Spencer said the students can help with premarital therapy and with couples who want to go to therapy before making a decision about their relationship’s future.
“People think that the goal of marriage therapy is to keep relationships together,” Spencer said. “The reality is you want people to have the information they need to make decisions for themselves.”
Students are able to take what they’ve learned in class and apply it in a clinical session the same day, all while getting feedback on those sessions, which Spencer said is considered the gold standard for clinical training.
Undergraduate students will also have the opportunity to volunteer in the clinic.
With a shortage of therapists in the community, Spencer said the program and the clinic will help to meet needs. He said most mental health providers have a waitlist, which can range from one to two months for new patients to get an appointment. If someone calls a clinic and discovers it has a waitlist, Spencer said that could discourage the client from making another call.
The clinic will work separately from UVU’s student health services and hopes to help expand the support offered to students.
“We are sort of uniquely equipped to address some of the relational strains that some of our students are experiencing as a result of school,” Spencer said.
Although clinic staff cannot prescribe medication, Spencer said it can diagnose the majority of mental health conditions and can work in conjunction with a medical doctor or a psychiatrist.
The clinic can work with individuals experiencing suicide ideation, but is not a crisis clinic.
The clinic has the ability to complete 105 client hours a week, and has the opportunity to expand its hours.
Sessions cost $10 for students and $15 for non-students. Spencer said the clinic will not turn people away due to their financial situation.
The word from Wil Stanley’s mom is that the Stan Sheriff Center is sold out today.
She would know: She raised Wil in Hawaii and he went to dozens of games at the Stan Sheriff Center as a kid to watch his older brother Clay play for the Warriors.
Now Stanley returns with the undefeated and No. 2 BYU men’s volleyball team to Honolulu for two huge matches today and Friday against undefeated and No. 1 Hawaii.
BYU is used to playing in its own Smith Fieldhouse, which seat almost 6,000 on a sellout night. Most of the Cougars road matches to California in the MPSF are in half-full arenas. A sold out Stan Sheriff Center — 10,300 mostly loyal Hawaii fans — will be a very different experience.
“From what I’ve heard, it’s at least sold out Thursday,” Stanley said. “My mom told me they can’t get any more tickets. This is going to be something else. We’ve played at Pauley Pavilion at UCLA and at Maples (Stanford) and those are both basketball arenas. I’d say the closest we’ve come to playing in a full basketball arena was when we played UCLA in the Final Four (2018) and there were 16,000 fans and they packed Pauley Pavilion.
“This will be a different feeling. The fans are a little further away. You get that overarching white noise of fans screaming and yelling. You don’t get the intimate trash talk you get at maybe Pepperdine where they are standing right next to you or here (Smith Fieldhouse) where they are right behind you.”
Stanley last played in the Stan Sheriff in 2018 as a serving sub for BYU. Since he stayed and trained in Provo this summer, he hasn’t been home for two years. When he comes onto the court on Thursday, it will be as the Cougars starting setter.
“We have to go into this game knowing we’re the better team. We’re not going in saying ‘we’re second place and beating Hawaii is the greatest thing in the world,’” Stanley said. “We’re BYU men’s volleyball. We’re not going in looking at it as an upset if we beat Hawaii. We’re both good teams and I’d say all-around it’s a pretty even matchup. We have to go into it with the confidence that we’re not the underdog. We’re both undefeated. We have to go into it with the mindset that we’re not thinking about it as No. 2 vs. No. 1, the underdog vs. the powerhouse. The biggest thing is having confidence in ourselves.”
The Cougars are used to playing in front of big crowds at home. Last Saturday’s meeting with Stanford in the Smith Fieldhouse drew 5,817, the largest crowd at the Smith Fieldhouse for a men’s volleyball match since 2005. Stanley said he tried to talk to teammate Davide Gardini and it was so loud Gardini just shrugged his shoulders because he couldn’t hear.
BYU (16-0) has played a more difficult schedule with 11 wins against teams currently ranked in the Top 10 including No. 3 UCSB (twice), No. 5 Lewis (on the road), No. 7 UC Irvine (also on the road), No. 8 Penn State (twice), No. 9 Pepperdine and No. 10 Grand Canyon. The Cougars are the No. 1 team in the country in blocks per set (3.00), No. 3 in team hitting percentage (.351) and have a set record of 48-8.
BYU is led offensively by junior opposite Gabi Garcia Fernandez (3.95 kills per set, .322, 42 aces) and Gardini (3.77 kps, .360).
Hawaii (14-0) is the top hitting team in the country by a wide margin (.386) and No. 2 in aces per set (1.95). The Warriors have five wins against ranked opponents (No. 5 Lewis, No. 14 Concordia, No. 7 UC Irvine and No. 13 Stanford twice).
Hawaii looks to 6-foot-9 senior Rado Parapunov (4.35 kps, .380) and senior outside hitter Colton Cowell (3.84 kps, .380) to attack full force offensively.
“Sometimes ‘it is what it is’ gets too played out these days,” BYU coach Shawn Olmstead said. “It is No. 1 vs. No. 2, it is the two undefeated teams in the country. I really like the timing of how it has worked out. We’re right about in the middle of the season and we’re going against really good competition. We believe we’re a great team and I’m sure they feel the same way.
“We told the guys this and we’ll keep preaching it to them: This is a great opportunity for us to see where we’re at. It’s really a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these young men and I’m so excited for them.”
The Stan Sheriff Center is memorable place for Olmstead: As a senior libero he helped lead BYU to a 3-2 win against Long Beach State for the 2004 national championship.
“I’m just honored that I get to be a part of this match, that I get to sit there,” Olmstead said. “I’d do anything to go play again in that gym. The last competitive volleyball game I ever played was right there on that floor. What a great environment. I’ll be an electric crowd. We look at every match as just as opportunity for us to get better. We do everything we can to be in the present, and I think the players have done a really good job of that this year.”