Rolly: Call to arms backfires on man in stolen car
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Here's a story that could fit in the "be careful what you wish for" category:

Two weeks ago, a Utah Highway Patrol trooper shot and wounded David A. Searle in Sanpete County after he was spotted in a truck that had been reported stolen by a Spring City farmer.

Officers say Searle was shot after he ignored commands to exit the truck and drove toward a trooper in a threatening manner. He was treated and is now in the Sanpete County Jail. A month ago he was charged with possession of methamphetamine.

A rifle and a handgun were in the truck when it was stolen, officers say, so Searle was armed, thanks to the owner of the truck he allegedly stole.

The owner? Spring City Councilman Neil Sorensen.

That is the same Neil Soren­sen who earlier this year proposed an ordinance requiring all Spring City households to possess a gun. The motion was amended to just encourage residents to have a firearm.

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The day the music died • For several years, Steve Wright has featured a Saturday "open mic" night at his High Point Coffee shop in West Jordan so wannabe musicians can play their tunes before an audience.

It's been good for upstart bands and customers. It also gets the kids off the streets on Saturday nights, Wright says, and keeps them in a safe place.

Each band can play three songs from 7 to 11 p.m.

But that practice has been severely limited lately. BMI, an international musicians' rights organization, has sent several letters to Wright threatening to sue if he allows the teenage musicians to play covers of established hits without paying several thousand dollars for a license agreement.

Wright, a small-business owner, can't afford the license or an attorney to fight a lawsuit, so he has asked his upstart musicians to play only original tunes in his shop. Either that or he'll have to pull the plug on the popular event.

Other area establishments with similar open events already shut down the practice.

Copyright lawyers tell me that BMI and other musician unions have become more aggressive against small clubs or coffee shops that allow amateurs to perform because online downloads have cut into royalties.

There's still time • Some Republican activists may behave like victims of a bait and switch by their own party, but a state GOP boss says they just need to be patient.

When the party unveiled the renovation of its new Salt Lake City office at the corner of State Street and South Temple, it used the occasion to say goodbye to its outgoing chairman, Thomas Wright.

It also used the occasion as a fundraiser, inviting boosters to email pictures of themselves, along with a $30 donation, and their likenesses would be placed on the mosaic GOP logo planned for the front lobby of the remodeled headquarters.

That was in May. There still is no logo, and those who donated the $30 wonder where their photos went.

But Jeff Peterson, the state GOP executive director, said the party hasn't received enough photos yet to make it work.

About 30 people sent in photos and the $30, and the party was hoping for hundreds of small pictures to make the mosaic presentable.

Otherwise it would contain a few large pictures and look more like the dedication room of a hospital.

Peterson says plans for the mosaic are still in the works, and the party is collecting pictures, with the $30, of course.

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