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  • Boy Scout Leaders Topple Ancient Rock Formation, Could Face Felony Charges

    Three boy scout leaders, while visiting Goblin State Park, decided to record one of themselves toppling a rock formation. The jovial adult leaders celebrating in unison as the rock formation, which took millions of years to form, posted the video on FaceBook. Why did they do it? Well, according to them, the rock posed as a danger to others. Authorities are now investigating and say the three men could face felony charges.

    Source: http://fox13now.com/2013/10/17/man-w...was-dangerous/




    GOBLIN VALLEY STATE PARK, Utah — Three Utah County men could face felony charges after a 200-million-year-old rock formation was toppled in Goblin Valley State Park.

    One of them filmed the incident, and it surfaced on the internet. Click here to see the video.

    Critics call the act vandalism, but the culprits claim there’s more to the story.

    In the video you can hear David Hall from Highland reciting a phrase from a popular pop song: “wiggle it just a little bit.”

    Then his buddy Glenn Taylor topples the boulder, known as a “Goblin”, as his son watches.

    The three erupt in laughter, giving each other high fives.

    “We have modified Goblin Valley,” Dave Hall said in the video.

    State park officials don’t find it funny. Those “goblins” date back to the Jurassic period. Jeff Rasmussen, deputy director of Utah State Parks and Recreation, said they are worried about the incident.

    “It’s a valley full of these rocks that are perched up on these earth platforms, and obviously we’re very concerned and upset that someone would come and destroy this natural wonder that took millions of years to be formed,” he said.

    The three Boy Scout leaders were on a church camp-out last weekend. They said the video doesn’t tell the whole story.

    “You look at the video and you say ‘Oh, those guys are hemming and hawing and having fun,’ that’s one minute,” Glenn Taylor said.

    They insist, before the camera rolled, the goblin was loose and could’ve fallen on a family that just walked by.

    In the video, Hall exclaims: “That’s crazy that it was held up by that little bit of dirt. Some little kid was about to walk down here and die, and Glenn saved his life by getting the boulder out of the way.”

    “We decided the best and smartest thing is, push it over so it can’t fall on top of somebody,” Hall told FOX 13 News.

    Parks officials said, regardless of whether the rock was loose, the men had no business toppling the boulder. Glenn Taylor said he regrets his actions.

    “I wish we would have been smart enough to go get a ranger cause it was wrong of us to be vigilantes, and I’m sorry I did that,” he said.

    It may be too late. The Emery County Attorney could file felony charges, and the matter still needs to go before the Boy Scouts.

    “If you’re a felon, you can’t be a scouter and that would break my heart, but I did the crime,” Taylor said.

    District Director John Gailey with the Boy Scouts of America issued a press release Friday in response to the video, which stated:

    “We are shocked and disappointed by this reprehensible behavior. For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in conservation—from stewardship to sustainability. We teach our 2.6 million youth members and 1.1 million adult members, who collectively spend more than 5.5 million nights outdoors, the principles of ‘Leave No Trace.’ These principles stress a commitment to maintaining the integrity and character of the outdoors and all living things.

    The isolated actions of these individuals are absolutely counter to our beliefs and what we teach. We are reviewing this matter and will take appropriate action.”

    State park officials learned of the video Wednesday and are still investigating. It’s unclear exactly what kind of charges they’ll recommend or when they’ll turn over their case to the Emery County Attorney.

    Meanwhile, court records show the man pushing the rock, Glenn Taylor, recently filed a personal injury lawsuit over a car crash in Provo. The accident happened in 2009, but the suit was filed just last month. According to the court documents, Taylor claims he’s still incurring medical fees. FOX 13 News called him again for comment on that matter. We’re still waiting to hear back.
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  • #2
    My opinion is throw the book at them and then shout to the heavens when they are sentenced. There is no deterrent if nobody knows the outcome. Let the world know what happens to vandals of National Monuments.

    As an aside, the clown pushing the rock over had recently sued a motorist for "disability" after a traffic accident. The video hardly bolsters his case.
    When you are dead, you don't know you're dead. It is difficult only for the others around you.

    It is the same when you are stupid.

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    • #3
      So, pushing over a rock in the desert is a crime?
      The views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.

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      • #4
        So, pushing over a rock in the desert is a crime?
        No more of a crime than stealing petrified wood from a National park, artifacts from an ancient ruin, or using the Grand Canyon as a landfill. If this is allowed what is next?

        Goblin Valley is a Utah State park. Take only photos, leave only footprints.
        I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.

        Douglas MacArthur

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        • #5
          They're smug little jerks who came up with the public safety excuse after the fact.

          Hopefully the Boy Scouts will ban the culprits from their organization.
          Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

          I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq

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          • #6
            in the words of Dave Chappell "im sorry sir, i didnt know I couldnt do that"
            "Its not what you know, its what you can prove."-Training Day

            "Game on, bitches. Whoop whoop, flash the lights, pull it over."

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            • #7
              Originally posted by gopherpuckfan View Post
              So, pushing over a rock in the desert is a crime?
              Yes, it is. Your comment displays either ignorance or arrogance.
              When you are dead, you don't know you're dead. It is difficult only for the others around you.

              It is the same when you are stupid.

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              • #8
                Sadly, acts like these are becoming more common among members of the Boy Scouts. Over the last several years I've witnessed numerous "bad" and in some cases "illegal" acts by Boy Scouts and their leaders while in uniform. While I do understand that the "bad" is most likely a very small portion of the numerous "good" acts that are done by Boy Scouts, it is a trend that I would like to see reversed.

                Like LEO, the "bad" acts of Boy Scouts often become more widely talked about than the good. I sincerely hope that these two clowns are dealt with appropriately and that the Boy Scouts are able to get things in order.
                Getting shot hurts! Don't under estimate the power of live ammo. A .22LR can kill you! I personally feel that it's best to avoid being shot by any caliber. Your vest may stop the bullet, but you'll still get a nice bruise or other injury to remember the experience.

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                • #9
                  I hope that the Officer taking the report lists the victim as "God." I know from personal experience this type of humor really impresses supervisors.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by HI629 View Post
                    Sadly, acts like these are becoming more common among members of the Boy Scouts. Over the last several years I've witnessed numerous "bad" and in some cases "illegal" acts by Boy Scouts and their leaders while in uniform. While I do understand that the "bad" is most likely a very small portion of the numerous "good" acts that are done by Boy Scouts, it is a trend that I would like to see reversed.

                    Like LEO, the "bad" acts of Boy Scouts often become more widely talked about than the good. I sincerely hope that these two clowns are dealt with appropriately and that the Boy Scouts are able to get things in order.
                    +1, although it's not just the Boy Scouts. Having lived in a national park I can tell you that people will show up there with their citified attitudes & do royally stupid things (like parking in the middle of a meadow).

                    There's a reason why many of the visitors to national parks are referred to as "tourons" by the employees who work & live there...
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MIDWAY View Post
                      I hope that the Officer taking the report lists the victim as "God." I know from personal experience this type of humor really impresses supervisors.
                      Wonder if he'll show up to the court hearing, lol

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                      • #12
                        It's a Utah State Park. The victim is my State, and all the People therein.
                        I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.

                        Douglas MacArthur

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                        • #13
                          “I wish we would have been smart enough to go get a ranger cause it was wrong of us to be vigilantes, and I’m sorry I did that,” he said.
                          The smart thing to do would've been not to film a crime you're committing and post it on Facebook.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KenW. View Post
                            No more of a crime than stealing petrified wood from a National park, artifacts from an ancient ruin, or using the Grand Canyon as a landfill. If this is allowed what is next?

                            Goblin Valley is a Utah State park. Take only photos, leave only footprints.
                            +1.

                            On top of that, simply setting the example for Boy Scouts that it's OK to do something like this should be a "crime" in and of itself. I was a scout, and as far as I remember, scouting encouraged stewardship and respect for the land and taught conservation ethics - not stupidity like this.

                            I agree that the "public safety" excuse seemed to come up after the fact. If it was such a safety issue, why film it and make a game of the whole thing.

                            I read where tubby actually told some newspaper afterwards "I put my hand on a rock and it moved...". Really? That's why it appeared to take most of your weight to knock it over?

                            Idiots.

                            So, pushing over a rock in the desert is a crime?
                            Just because a given illegal act isn't well-known or doesn't make the media when it's charged (this case being an obvious exception) doesn't make it any less of a "crime." The fact that there are very few people who enforce these kinds of laws has a lot to do with that. If these morons hadn't put the video on Facebook, they probably wouldn't have been caught.
                            Last edited by GreenLine; 10-21-2013, 01:59 PM.
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                            • #15
                              It's in the news now that he filed a personal injury lawsuit a week prior to this incident because of a debilitating back injury he suffers from. Does he look debilitated in that video to you guys?
                              I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.

                              Douglas MacArthur

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