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Judge Throws Out Case Against Central Station Manager

A judge threw out a case filed against a central station manager who was charged under Salt Lake City’s verified response ordinance. Jeff Howe, Peak Alarm’s central station manager, had faced up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for what Salt Lake City officials said was the filing of a false police report after police were dispatched to a school and determined that the alarm was false.

Salt Lake City police had said Howe violated the city’s verified response policy that went into effect December 2000. Judge Paul Iwasaki dismissed those arguments.

‘Weird Al’ Pushes for CO Detectors After Parents’ Passing

Musical parody performer “Weird Al” Yankovic says people need to seriously consider carbon monoxide (CO) detectors after his parents Nick and Mary Yankovic died of CO poisoning in their Fallbrook, Calif., home April 9.

“One thing I would like to ask everybody to do, though … please, go out and get carbon monoxide detectors for yourself and your loved ones,” Yankovic says. “If my parents had had one in their home, there’s a very good chance that they would still be with us today.”

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