Sunday, October 12, 2003
Mayoral candidate Topham arrested on outstanding warrant
Tuesday September 16, 2003
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Salt Lake City mayoral hopeful Lawrence Rey Topham was arrested last month on an outstanding warrant from 1998, and is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail.
Deputy Salt Lake County District Attorney Kent Morgan said Monday that Topham, 67, was arrested Aug. 22 at City Hall.
Topham, a perennial candidate for various offices, is being held in lieu of $2,500 bail, said Paul Cunningham, sheriff's administrator of the Adult Detention Complex in South Salt Lake.
Topham allegedly entered the Capitol near midnight on Jan. 5, 1998, told guards that he was the secretary of state and had a right to be there and that he was there to ``seize the Capitol.''
The guards attempted to arrest him for criminal trespass, but Topham allegedly resisted, was subdued with pepper spray and was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
A warrant was issued when he didn't appear in court.
The city recorder's office recently asked the district attorney to investigate whether Topham actually lived in the city, because it hadn't been able to mail material to him.
Morgan said investigators then learned of the outstanding warrant.
The city is deciding whether Topham's name will be on the ballot for the Oct. 7 primary.
It is interesting to note that the original arrest was for criminal trespass, but the charges shown on the docket
is interfering with an arresting officer. What's up with that I wonder?