‘Stalking on steroids’: Pricey pranks tormenting Utah family, multiple businesses

NORTH SALT LAKE — It began in August with a tow-truck company that showed up at Walt Gilmore’s North Salt Lake home.

“He said, ‘We’re here to take a car from your driveway,'” recalled Gilmore. “I said, ‘No, you’re not.'”

But that was just the beginning.

For the next seven months, the parade of people showing up to Gilmore’s house expecting to provide services has been nearly nonstop.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

A warning sign and a police officer’s vehicle are stationed at Walt Gilmore’s home on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

“Electricians, plumbers, people wanting to trim my trees. Tow trucks are the biggest concern to us,” he said. “I’d have up to 20 people per day coming to my home offering services and telling me that I asked them to come.”

While some might think Gilmore is the victim of someone’s ultimate prank, he said it’s no laughing matter — especially since not all of the people who are showing up are offering services or even have good intentions.

“They have police records. Criminals. Felons. Active warrants for their arrests coming to my home. They’re looking for drugs. They’re offering prostitution. And it’s pretty concerning to me, my family, and my entire neighborhood that these folks are there,” he said.

“These are individuals who come to our home in the middle of the night — 10, 11 o’clock, 1, 2, 3 in the morning. Five-thirty this morning I had another one out there, I had to call the police.”

North Salt Lake police say they have never seen a stalking case like this one before.

“Today’s technology allows him to be at my front door right now. And that is incredibly emotional for my family and me.”

Walt Gilmore

“It’s pretty vindictive in what they’re doing,” said Sgt. Mitch Gwilliam. “Stalking is stalking. But this is stalking on …read more

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Aaron Sanchez pitches six scoreless innings as Blue Jays beat Orioles

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Aaron Sanchez threw six scoreless innings, striking out three and only giving up one hit to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday in spring training action.

Justin Smoak had a solo home run and went 3 for 3 to lead Toronto’s (12-13) offence. Brandon Drury had a two-run homer.

Tim Mayza, Joe Biagini, Justin Shafer and Ken Giles came out of the Blue Jays’ bullpen for three innings of scoreless relief.

Mike Wright allowed two runs in four innings as Baltimore’s (12-14) starter. John Means gave up two more runs in two innings of relief, before Tanner Scott and Pedro Araujo each pitched an inning.

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Liberty upsets Mississippi St. for 1st tourney win

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Caleb Homesley scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half and Lovell Cabbil hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:16 to play to send 12th-seeded Liberty to its first NCAA Tournament win in school history, 80-76 over fifth-seeded Mississippi State on Friday night.

The Flames (29-6) were making their fourth tournament trip in school history, but lost twice as a No. 16 seed and once in the play-in game. This year’s team had more respect, a higher seeding and capitalized on the opportunity.

Homesley helped rally Liberty from a 10-point deficit in the second half by scoring 14 points in a span of less than five minutes. Cabbil then hit from long range to make it 72-70 and celebrated with an enthusiastic fan section that made the cross-country trip from Virginia for the game.

Liberty did the rest at the foul line to spoil the first tournament trip for Mississippi State (23-11) in a decade.

The Flames advanced to the second round of the East Region to play the winner of the game between Saint Louis and Virginia Tech.

Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 27 points to lead the Bulldogs and Reggie Perry added 21.

Cabbil finished with 18 points and Myo Baxter-Bell added 13.

Mississippi State appeared poised to take control when Peters started a 10-0 run with a 3-pointer and ended it with a layup that made it 63-53 midway through the second half.

The Bulldogs had used their superior size to control the paint on both ends and had broken open a tight game before the Flames responded. Homesley was fouled on a 3-pointer and made all three foul shots. …read more

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