January 17, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
Brigham House Restaurant, formerly Corbin’s Grill, was opened with a new concept that is receiving positive reviews. Owner Enrique Yescas said business has been steadily increasing, and on Tuesday morning the place was packed.
After a little over three months of re-imagining, re-designing and reconstructing, Brigham City’s Academy Conference Center complex once again houses a restaurant.
And if early reports are any indication, the new comfort food concept brought in by owner Enrique Yescas is proving to be a big hit with city residents. Since opening its doors on Jan. 9, business at the new Brigham House Restaurant has been brisk, with 20 minute wait times over the weekend.
“I could not be more happy at the response the restaurant is getting,” said Yescas. “The community is really, really embracing us. We opened on Tuesday and got busy, and since that day it’s just gotten busier and busier.”
The current state of affairs is a dramatic turnaround from October, when Yescas wasn’t sure if he’d even pursue a new restaurant in the space he’d leased from the Brigham City Redevelopment Agency, which owns the property. Upon closing Corbin’s Grill for financial reasons, Yescas was further discouraged by several negative comments left on social media regarding the former restaurant. He ultimately decided to move ahead with Brigham House, however, investing an additional $85,000 and countless hours into the venture. The new restaurant offers a more “down home” experience at lower prices, serving classic American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
BC considering billing insurance companies to recoup costs for emergency services
December 27, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
Constantly under pressure to both deliver services and hold down costs, the Brigham City Fire Department is exploring ways it can recoup at least a portion of those costs from motorists and insurance companies.
One idea, which is still in the planning stages, involves hiring an outside company to bill recipients of fire department services for costs incurred in responding to vehicle accidents and structure fires. As currently being discussed, the plan would be to bill insurance companies for costs related to responses, taking what their insurance policies already provide for without making people themselves assume the bill.
“Billing for cost recovery is nothing new, it’s been going on for over 30 years,” said Mike Rivera, a salesman at Fire Recovery U.S.A., one of the companies being considered by Brigham City. Rivera was speaking by telephone to the Brigham City Council during a Dec. 7 work session. “Almost all auto insurance policies contain language that allows you to recoup some of your costs when you provide emergency services,” continued Rivera. He went on to explain that most homeowner’s policies also provide for fire suppression costs, with auto policies paying out around $500, and homeowner’s policies paying between $500 and $750 per incident. “It’s covered in the policy. If you don’t bill them, the insurance company just keeps the money.”
Rivera stated that at its current run rate, Brigham City stands to recover about $93,000 per year, with his company taking 20 percent of that for handling all of the billing issues with insurance companies.
“I really like this,” said Councilmember DJ Bott, adding that most of the accidents along I-15 and other roadways involve people that don’t live in or pay taxes to Brigham City, and so the city is subsidizing those costs for accident response.
“It’s just putting more wear and tear on our equipment and our whole system, and we’re not collecting,” said Fire Chief Joseph Bach.
Councilmember Mark Thompson raised the question of whether the plan would result in people being charged higher premiums by insurance companies.
Police seek suspect, two others, after stealing police car while in custody
December 27, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
An attempted traffic stop in Tremonton turned into a manhunt seeking two unknown suspects and the accomplice of a woman who drove off in a police car after being arrested and handcuffed on Tuesday.
In the early morning hours of Dec. 19, a Tremonton police officer attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding. The vehicle was occupied by four subjects. The suspect vehicle fled from the officer, and after a short pursuit the female driver stopped and fled on foot.
The pursuing officer was able to apprehend the driver, identified as Ashley Quintana, 28, after a short foot chase. Before backup officers could arrive on scene, the other occupants in the suspect vehicle drove off.
A short time later, the suspect vehicle was located by a Box Elder County deputy in front of Bear River High School. The suspect vehicle was found to be occupied by a Caresa Chacon, 34. Chacon was taken into custody by the Tremonton officer. Both females were handcuffed behind their backs and secured in the Tremonton officer’s vehicle, with Chacon in the front and Quintana in the back, as the patrol vehicle could only accommodate one prisoner in the back at a time.
While the deputy left to pursue the other two missing suspects, the Tremonton officer began to inventory the suspect’s vehicle, until he noticed his patrol car moving.
“Chacon, still cuffed, had crawled into the driver’s seat and had gotten the patrol vehicle in gear. The officer attempted to stop the suspect, but she was able to drive away from the scene,” wrote Tremonton Chief of Police David Nance, in a release issued to the press. “A few minutes later the officer’s patrol vehicle was located, abandoned in the area of 300 North Main in Garland. Both female suspects had fled on foot. Officers began searching the area and with the help of citizens, Chacon was located and taken into custody again.”
Ashley Quintana is still at large. She is described as a 28-year-old Hispanic female, 5 foot 1 inch tall, weighing 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.
Officers are still working to identify the other two suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tremonton Police Department at (435) 734-3800.
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