Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-02-141
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J Recycling available in residence halls Sec pae 4 ft Ogden policeman describes squaring off with Trolley gunman By Heather Carter sr. news reporter The Signpost Trolley Square's shooting spree took many people by surprise, including off-duty Ogden City Police Master Officer Ken I lammond, who was celebrating Valentine's Day two days early with his wife, Sarita I lammond, at Rodizio Grill. "I don't think that I did anything different that the rest of the guys that I work with wouldn't have done given the same time, the same situation," Hammond said at a press conference Tuesday at the Ogden City Police Department's "I went out of romantic-date mode intoI-need-to-protect. I switched just that fast. It went from good times and laughter to I need to do a job Ken Hammond Ogden City Police Master Officer headquarters. "I just happened to be the one who was there." At first, Hammond said he thought the popping noises that he had heard were construction sounds, and it was not until he saw seriously injured people lying on the ground that he realized he was hearing gunfire. Student, psychologist 'shattered' By Heather Carter, Deborah Ramsay and Cynthia Loveland news writers The Signpost Monday's massacre at Trolley Square left six people dead, several injured and many people bewildered and wondering what had happened that night. "I have never been that close to death and it scared the crap out of me," said Ion Schade, Weber State University communication senior who was across the street from Trolley Square working at the sports radio station 1280 Trustees Land previously proposed for gondola project inspires ideas for construction, including roads and 10 buildings J M l, s - . L .J '.i i The Weber State University-owned area east of Skyline Drive is outlined in yellow. The purple figures represent buildings and the blue and red lines are possible spots for roads. Nearly a half of the total area is buildable. The kB i! "I looked up and that is when I saw the guy with the shotgun," I lammond said. "I went out ofromantic-date mode intoI-need-to-protect. I switched just that fast. It went from good times and laugh ter to I need to do a job." Hammondsaid his primary concern was to make sure his pregnant wife was safe. He told Sarita to return to Rodizio Grill, call 911 and lockdown the restaurant. Hammond explained that his second concern was the possibility of more victims. "It's one thing to come out here and strap this uniform., on and be expecting it or prepared for that," Hammond said. "I'm on a Valentine's date with my wife I'm not ready for that; I'm not expecting that.". Although Hammond was unable to reveal the specific details of what occurred, he said that the suspect, Sulejmen Talovi, did engage him in a gunfight, and Hammond safety after "The Zone" when the shootings occurred. Witnesses said chaos and confusion began as 18-year-old Sulejmen Talovic climbed out of his car parked outside the Hard Rock Cafe and started shooting around 6:45 p.m. Schade said he noticed that something was terribly wrong when he left the radio station to get some food around 6:55 p.m. and saw that police cars and fire trucks had descended upon Trolley Square. After Schade returned to die area weigh possibility of hillside development - jk .'If Y t is MIL Ktt.UbL WtOi KtLAilUSS O WEBER ite fired back. As other officers began to arrive at the scene, Hammond said he was afraid that they would think that he was a suspect. As he exchanged fire with the suspect, he said he yelled numerous times to the other officers that he was an Ogden City police officer so he was not mistaken as the shooter. "It is going to be forever with me," Hammond said. "I saw things that I wish I wouldn't have seen ... we were there for a reason. I had my gun on me for a reason." According to Assistant Chief of die Salt Lake City Police Depart- ' mentTerry Fritz, it is hard for a community, especially in Salt Lake City, to cope with an incident like this. "This is not something that we usually see in Salt Lake City," Fritz said. "You wouldn't even envision something like this happening." You can reach reporter Heather Carter by calling 626-7655. respond to shootings from his lunch break around '7:15 p.m., he said 5th South was totally blocked off, more police cars were coming from every direction and helicopters were hovering overhead. Schade said he was shocked when he turned on the TV and discovered what was taking place across the street from him. "I was literally 200 feet from a bunch of dead people on the floor," Schade said. "I was that See 'Shattered' page 10 gnposi 1 MI! Mi By Cassie Adams sr. news reporter The Signpost The "what if" process involving the undeveloped land owned by WSU began during Tuesday's Weber State University Board of Trustees meeting. There is no set date as to when the master planning process for the development of die new land will begin, but there has been exploration as to the possibilities available. "The master plan will take one year and involves hiring consultants and other things," said Weber State University President F. Ann Millner. "What we have done so far has just been to find out what was usable." Keith Stephan, director of the Division of Facilities, Construction and Management, has been a necessity in the geological study process invoking the land w hich is required to determine die developmental possibilities there. "This is a 'what if process at diis point in time," said WSU Vice President of Administrative Services NormTarbox. Now that the geologic study has yielded its results, Tarbox said there are new decisions. "The rest of it is going to be die trustees' decision, whedier tiiey want to move forward with die master planning process and there are a couple of other tilings that we w ant to briiiR in STATE UNIVERSITY tea iw$ nn 1 i I . ..." -i Nv -" 7 :: Vk- Y ' y (Top) Sarita Hammond looks up to her husband, Ken, as he speaks in a news conference about his actions Monday at Trolley Square (below) in Salt Lake City. Ogden Police Department Master Officer Ken Hammond was off duty at the time, finishing an early Valentine's Day meal with his wife when he heard gunshots. Hammond has been praised for his actions. cc: 7p!1 " Tarhox said. "But important thing we are getting from him is the description of the hillside from a physical standpoint." There are 120 acres. available on the north property, with almost 58 developable acres on the area beside the trail near the upper plateau. According to the studies that have been done on the area, there will be room near the trail for five to six buildings. "All we did, based on that, was say, 'what if,"' Tarbox said. "What if the university used this property for future development of the campus, what could it look like?" There is a question of the parking availability on the north propertv. There is no part of the east property that is flat; parking will, of necessity, be incorporated into the building footprints themselves. Shuttling to. the property will also be a possibility that will be looked over in all of the building considerations. The main buildings would remain in the area of the lower main campus. "We need to name that 'The Hill of Dreams because that is the future of the campus," said Jerry Stevensen, board member for the WSU trustees' business committee and also instrumental in putting together the WSU-Davis Campus "It's the opportunity that we have to grow and to expand without congesting ourselves w here we're at. I just think there are immense possibilities." You can leave a message tor reporter Cassie Adams by calling 626-7655. te- Y. v i PHOTO BY CYNTHIA LOVELAND IHL SICNPOSf S IT) -YY-YYY I fL i - T 7? -4 PHOTO BY DEBORAH RAMSAY THE SIGNPOST Keith's involvement is that the most 'ViJ. - -v Y . .- V, , """""t. - v II Tennis team has first w in of season See p.nje 6 !ens in Brief Three WSU professors receive honors Weber State University Clinical Laboratory Sciences Professor Yasmen Simonian, F.nglish Professor Michael Win, and Psychology Professor I-ric Amsel were chosen by W'SU's Board of Trustees to receive this year's Presidential Distinguished Professors award. "liric, Yas and Michael represent very different disciplines on campus," said WSU President P Ann Millner according to a press release," but they share an outstanding commitment to teaching, scholarship and excellence that has been demonstrated consistently throughout their careers." WSU's Presidential Distinguished Professors honor was created to acknowledge WSU faculty members who are devoted to furthering academics through quality teaching, research and community service. The three professors will receive the award along with $16,000 at WSU's spring commencement. The money awarded to the professors was donated to the program from an anonymous donor. For further information about WSU professor Yasmen Simonian, visit weber. eduCLSfacstaff.htnil; for Michael Wutz, visit faculty. weber.eduniwutz; for Eric Amsel, visit faculty.weber. edueamsel. New award for staff and professors vitios'm back to community The John A. Lindquist Award will be given to a Weber State University faculty or staff this spring semester. The award recognizes employees and professors who mentor and teach students through community involvement. Kathryn Lindquist worked to create the award to honor her father, who advocated for his support of investing into the Ogden, Weber County and WSU communities. "It's only fitting that this award, which bears my father's name, should honor and benefit individuals at WSU who are nurturing emotional investments in our community," said Kathryn Lindquist in a WSU press release, later adding that community commitments and service require extra work from those faculty and staff who take the time. The person awarded will be honored at the April 6 WSU Community Involvement Recognition luncheon. Career Fair bringing businesses to Dee The annual Weber State University Career Fair will host about 100 businesses at the Dee Events Center Thursday. The yearly event brings together employers and prospective employees. Students will be able to isit with the 101 businesses offering career and internship opportunities. The Career Fair will be held at the Dee Events Center, where parking will be free, and a shuttle will run during the event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a list of the businesses scheduled to attend, visit www.wcber. educareerservices.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-02-14, Vol. 69, No. 62|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|