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(KUTV) Cheryl Meyer, of Wright State University in Ohio, has literally written the book on women who have murdered their children.  Meyers has interviewed dozens of women, and reviewed more than 1,000 cases about the subject.  She details her work in the books, "Mothers Who Kill Their Children," and "When Mothers Kill."

We spoke to Meyer Tuesday via telephone; she classifies woman who kill in several different categories, including those who kill their children through neglect.  Then, she says, there are those who deny and conceal that they are even pregnant, and then kill their children within the first 24 hours of the infant's life. 

Meyer says Megan Huntsman, the woman who Pleasant Grove police say admitted to giving birth to, then killing six babies, falls into this category.

However, she says Huntsman is not typical of this categorization, " the average case is, they are 17-years-old, they have sex for the first time, they get pregnant for the first time, they are either denying they are pregnant or they are concealing it," says Meyer. 

Meyer goes on to say, almost all women who kill their infants within the first day of their life feel that they do not have any support from the people in their lives. One thing that crossed all our cases, no matter what category, was the amount of social support they have, most of the women did not think they had social support, even though you might have," says Meyer.

Meyer says there are only two cases that come even close to the amount of carnage allegedly left behind by Huntsman. She cites a case in Ocean City, Maryland, where a woman was charged with killing one of her infant children and keeping three older sets of fetal remains - but those charges were eventually dropped.  Another similar case involves Kenisha Berry, a Beaumont, Texas woman who bound and dumped her four day old baby boy in 1998, who later died.  Then, five years later, she attempted to do the same thing to a new born baby girl, the baby survived and Berry is currently on death row in Texas.

Meyer says Huntsman is somehow able to distance herself from the fact that she was pregnant, and Meyer says, it appears so was everyone else in Huntsman's life, including her estranged husband, Darren West.

"He's also somehow able to deny this and conceal that his wife is pregnant, and he is able to deny and conceal that these pregnancies ended. We don't know what she was telling him, but we also don't know how he could fail to notice that," says Meyer.

Meyer says other cases pale in comparison to Megan Huntsman's case, "What strikes me about her is that I can understand that you can do this, dissociate for one child, but to do that repeatedly over time.  Somewhere in there you would have had some moments of clarity, it strikes me that you would really have to have a capacity to, beyond anything that I can imagine, to just dissociate," says Meyer

By: Chris Jones

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(KUTV) President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' First Presidency was among a group of faith leaders who met with President Obama at the White House to discuss immigration reform. 

Uchtdorf said while the LDS Church has views that are very different from the president on some issues, on immigration there is common ground.  Uchtdorf said all the faith leaders present told the president they support immigration reform that honors common principles.  "I'm grateful we've focused on principles of our Christian faith to love our neighbor, our fellow man wherever they are regardless of place, nation, or time," he said. 

Uchtdorf also expressed hope that immigration reform would not be further delayed "by small things which can be resolved through common consent and common sense."  Last year, after the president proposed a plan that would give undocumented immigrants a chance to obtain citizenship, the Senate passed and immigration reform plan.  The matter though, was stuck in the House of Representatives.

By: Cristina Flores

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Prosecutors say a dash-cam video shows the moments a fugitive fatally shot a Utah deputy and fled in a pickup truck driven by a teenage girl now facing murder charges in the case.

Prosecutors played the video from slain Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride's car in a Provo courtroom Wednesday while trying to convince a judge there's enough evidence for 17-year-old Meagan Grunwald to stand trial.

The teenager is the only surviving suspect from the Jan. 30 chase and shootout with police and faces 12 charges, including murder and attempted murder.

Authorities say Grunwald's boyfriend, 27-year-old Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, fatally shot Wride and wounded another deputy during the multi-county police chase.

Garcia-Juaregui later died from wounds he suffered in a shootout with police.

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(KUTV) In one month the Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point will open its doors to the public. Crews broke ground a year and a half ago on the 28.5 million project. The museum feature five exhibits and more than 400 interactive experiences.  Holly Menino got a chance to experience it for herself.

By: Holly Menino

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a Utah woman accused of concealing seven pregnancies before allegedly strangling or suffocating her newborns gave birth each time in her home.

Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts said Wednesday that investigators have determined that 39-year-old Megan Huntsman did not go to a hospital to have the babies. He didn't say if anybody helped her give birth.

Huntsman acknowledged to police that she killed six of the babies. One was stillborn.

She was arrested Sunday on six counts of murder and is being held on $6 million bail.

Roberts said Huntsman also hid her pregnancies with her two oldest daughters, now in their early 20s, from extended family until she was at the hospital.

Roberts said investigators have a theory on her motive but aren't discussing it publicly.

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Steven Powell wants the state of Washington to pay for court-ordered sex offender treatment he says was denied while serving time in prison for voyeurism.

Powell filed a motion in Pierce County Superior Court that will be heard on Friday.

The News Tribune reports  a response to the motion filed by a state lawyer for the Department of Corrections says Powell did not qualify for treatment in prison under the way he was sentenced.

The 64-year-old Powell was released last month after serving a 30-month sentence for taking photographs of two young neighbor girls.

Powell is the father-in-law of Utah mother Susan Cox-Powell, who disappeared in 2009. His son, Josh Powell, was a suspect before he killed himself and his two children in an explosive house fire in 2012.

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(KUTV) The Stericycle company, responsible for incinerating medical waste, says they've been holding public meetings with residents of Tooele County, to educate them about what they do.

Wednesday's meeting at Grantsville High School was only attended by about a dozen people.

"It seems almost secretive to me and some of the meetings have been in the middle of the day when people are at work," said Grantsville resident, Laura Bullock-Hill, who admits her friends had no idea Stericycle was holding public meetings.

While Wednesday's meeting was scarcely attended, executives were grilled by an informed group of residents, concerned about the incinerator moving to their county.

"I want to know that they care about our health and they're not just in it for the money or in it for the economy," said Bullock-Hill.

The current Stericycle location in North Salt Lake has been a hotbed of controversy, primarily because the facility is surrounded by homes.

State Lawmakers recently approved moving the facility to Tooele County. The proposed location is in an isolated industrial zone, north of I-80.

"Near a single house, we're probably about 11 miles," said Selin Hoboy, Stericycle's VP of Legislative Affairs. "Probably to the nearest neighborhood, about 20 miles."

If the move does go through, Hoboy says it's several years away. Stericycle is currently trying to obtain licenses and permits. "We started moving forward to get the engineering drawings together so we can start applying for the conditional use permit and the solid waste permit and the air permit," she said.

In the meantime, Stericycle will remain active in its North Salt Lake location and will be required to meet new regulations and emissions standards that will take effect in October.

"This is still the best available technology for things like chemotherapy, drug waste and pathological waste," said Hoboy.

Stericycle says the next public meeting will be held at the Tooele County Building, on Wednesday, May 7, at 4pm.

By: Chris Miller

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
DONETSK, Ukraine (CNN) Pro-Russian militants appeared to tighten their grip on Ukraine's eastern town of Slaviansk on Wednesday as Ukrainian military forces massed nearby in an uneasy standoff.

On a day of fast-moving events in the restive region, officials in Transnistria, a separatist region in Moldova on Kiev's other border, turned to Moscow for recognition -- taking example from Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine last month.

In Donetsk, six armored vehicles sent into the nearby city of Kramatorsk in the morning later showed up carrying Russian flags in Slaviansk.

Ukraine's Defense Ministry said the vehicles had been seized by militants after they were "blocked by local residents, including representatives of Russian labeled subversive and terrorist groups."

As of mid-afternoon local time, the vehicles were located "near an administrative building in the center of Slaviansk, surrounded by men in armed uniform not related to the Armed Forces of Ukraine," it said. It was not immediately clear what had happened to the personnel in the cars.

State-run Russian news agency RIA Novosti said the crew of the vehicles had switched sides to join the protesters, while other reports said they had been seized by militants.

In Slaviansk, north of Kramatorsk and about 100 miles from the border with Russia, pro-Russian militants now appear to be firmly in control of the town, according to CNN's Nick Paton Walsh on the ground.

The atmosphere seemed more relaxed than it was a few days ago, with many residents apparently welcoming the presence of pro-Russian forces and their seized military vehicles.

At the same time, on the road toward Slaviansk, CNN's Phil Black encountered a heavily fortified and well organized police checkpoint -- and saw signs of a large military buildup. Attack helicopters passed overhead while armored vehicles and troop carriers rumbled by.

But despite the heightened military activity, there has so far been no effort to move into the town itself, he said, where the pro-Russian protesters are digging in and consolidating their power.

The unrest is a major test for the new interim government, as it seeks to hold Ukraine together ahead of elections scheduled for next month and to avoid bloodshed.

Putin: 'Brink of civil war'

The dramatic scenes in eastern Ukraine come a day after armored columns rolled through the farmland of eastern Donetsk province, proudly flying Ukrainian flags as residents watched and wondered what might come next.

Putin warned then that the escalating conflict in Ukraine "essentially puts the nation on the brink of civil war."

Although Ukraine has been more subdued in its characterization -- no doubt in part because of concerns that Russia might use violence as a pretext to intervene directly -- it's clear that the leadership's patience is wearing thin.

After days of urging pro-Russian militants to vacate buildings they have seized, on Tuesday they sent in troops.

Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov, announcing what he called an "anti-terrorist operation" to restore order to the country's east, said its aim was to "stop attempts to tear Ukraine to pieces."

Some success followed -- the President's office said Ukrainian special forces had taken control of the airfield in Kramatorsk by the end of the day. Witnesses had reported hearing gunfire and the sound of aircraft apparently coming from the airfield.

But the latest events in Donetsk province suggest the government strategy may be losing momentum.

Nearly 30 armed people seized the mayor's administration building in Donetsk city on Wednesday, spokesman Maksim Rovinskiy said. They are demanding federalization and a new law that paves the way for a local referendum, Rovinskiy said, adding that there had been no violence.

In addition, two Ukrainian soldiers, one of them an officer, have been taken hostage by "extremists," the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

The soldiers were seized Tuesday near the town of Krasny Luch, in the Luhansk area, as they tried to fix a military vehicle by the roadside, the ministry said. It is working to secure their release.

Some locals gathered near Kramatorsk airfield Tuesday evening to see for themselves what was going on -- and to voice their unhappiness over the actions of the interim government in Kiev, which took power after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted following weeks of street protests.

One man told CNN the arrival of soldiers from elsewhere in the country would only deepen the divisions within Ukraine.

"We don't recognize that government's authority," he said. "We're normal people without arms; they came in on helicopters, shot at peaceful people. After all this, it's unlikely west will be friends with east."

Many protesters are calling for greater federalization, or devolution of power to the regions -- a demand Russia has also voiced and which Kiev has said it will consider. However, the Ukrainian government is determined to prevent the country from breaking up.

At the same time, while there is a strong pro-Russian sentiment in the region, it is not as widespread as was seen in Crimea -- annexed last month by Russia after a controversial referendum.

Breakaway Transnistria

Separately, Russia's state ITAR-Tass news agency reported that authorities in Moldova's breakaway Transnistria region had asked Russia to recognize the enclave as a sovereign independent state.

The request put forward by Transnistria's separatist parliament was addressed to the Russian Federation Council and President Vladimir Putin.

It was not immediately possible for CNN to independently confirm the report.

"Transnistria does not legally differ from the Crimea, and the process of reunification with Russia should be held on the Crimean scenario," Itar Tass quoted lawmaker Vyacheslav Tobuh as saying.

The report said a delegation of lawmakers from Transnistria would travel to Moscow on Thursday.

Until now, Russia has officially recognized Transnistria as being part of Moldova. Landlocked Transnistria is far from Russia, wedged between Moldova and Ukraine, with about 30% of its population ethnic Russian. A 2006 referendum in Transnistria produced a 97.2% vote in favor of joining Russia.

During a trip last month to Moscow, the speaker of Transnistria's separatist parliament urged Russia to incorporate the region. Moldova warned Russia not to consider any move to take over Transnistria in the same way it wrestled Crimea away from Kiev.

Ukrainian leaders and commentators have compared events in Crimea to what happened in Georgia in 2008. Then, cross-border tensions with Russia exploded into a five-day conflict that saw Russian tanks and troops pour into the breakaway territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as well as Georgian cities. Russia and Georgia each blamed the other for starting the conflict.

Diplomatic efforts

Amid mounting international concerns regarding eastern Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday the alliance had agreed on a package of further military measures to reinforce the Western military alliance's "collective defense" in light of the events in Ukraine.

"We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water and more readiness on the land," Rasmussen said, speaking after a meeting of NATO ambassadors in Brussels, Belgium. He stressed NATO backs a political solution to the crisis and urged Russia to stop destabilizing Ukraine.

"Our decisions today are about defense, deterrence and deescalation. They are entirely in line with our international commitments," he said.

"They send a clear message NATO will protect every ally and defend against any threat against our fundamental security. This is our firm commitment."

Rasmussen said NATO fully backs talks due to take place Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland, between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The West has repeatedly called on Russia to withdraw some 40,000 troops that NATO says it has massed near Ukraine's border. Moscow insists they are merely conducting military exercises.

Asked if Russia was likely to be angry about NATO ground defense measures, Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe, told reporters: "It will be very hard to see them as anything except for defensive measures, and they will be measures designed to assure our allies."

Lavrov: 'They are spreading lies'

The pro-Russian uprising in Ukraine's east follows Moscow's annexation of Crimea, a move that emboldened other pro-Russian Ukrainians in the country's east. Russia has said it reserves the right to intervene to protect the rights of ethnic Russians in the region.

But Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaking Tuesday in Beijing, rejected accusations from the West that Russia is fomenting the unrest and supporting the militants.

"They make up lies to justify their aggressive plans. They are spreading lies, things that Russian Federation intended or not intended to do, alleging that Russia organized it all," he said.

"I have never heard such nonsense. What it means is to refuse one's own people the right to express their opinion and protest against lawlessness and discrimination."

By Laura Smith-Spark and Tim Lister

CNN's Tim Lister reported from Kramatorsk and Laura Smith-Spark wrote in London. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh, Kellie Morgan, Susannah Palk, Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Chelsea J. Carter, as well as journalist Azad Safarov, contributed to this report.


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(KUTV) Spring breakers are hitting up America's hot spots this time of year, and many come home regretting excessive drinking and the awful feeling of their first hangover.

University of Utah neuro-scientists say that the feeling of regret can be a good thing. Researchers are studying the brains of rats to see if they can make any headway in figuring out the human brain and how it reacts to excess alcohol, since rats have a very similar brain structure to humans.

While current studies are being done on rats you have to think about the human comparison. Teens and college students will often drink to excess, get sick, pass out and do one of two things: drink more the next time or stop because it's not fun to get sick. 

Sharif Taha a professor of brain behavior notes that "two people can have very different responses to the same dose of alcohol." 

Taha may have pin pointed a part of the brain that controls the response to binge drinking; explaining that "we need brain circuits that teach us to avoid potentially dangerous outcomes."

The lateral habenula found in both humans and rats may just be the Holy Grail to end addictive drinking. In a control group of rats with functioning habenula's, too much drinking and the ensuing hangover can prove to be a good thing. Taha says during the next drinking session "the rat will likely remember that awful feeling and suppress how much they're willing to drink."  The rats with a steady drip of alcohol and no habenula act like crazy teens on spring break. As opposed to the control group of rats that drink, but can sense their limits.

Taha says that his researchers find that the rats without the use of the habenula will drink the equivalent of four or five beers in half an hour. The inebriated rats with little to no self-control, had one thing in common, they were missing the habenula. Rats without this important part of their brain drink twice as much as the control group. 

Taha says of his study, "In the animals where this brain region has been deactivated, they escalate much more rapidly and maintain a higher rate of consumption than the control group." It is important to note, that because the tiny habenula seems to be invaluable in a rat's self-control with alcohol.  In the end that tiny region of the brain seems to act "as a brake pedal to regulating alcohol intake."

So what does this mean for the average human? Taha looks to the future saying, "this could provide a new target for therapeutics down the road, new medicines in treating alcohol addiction." This research will continue so scientists can figure out if this part of the brain makes the rats learn from their hangovers and not repeat the bad behavior or if it controls how sick or well you feel after drinking. That answer will help them find treatments for alcoholics and help people figure out how to gain control before getting to that point.

For more on the study: http://brain.utah.edu/research/taha/

By: Heidi Hatch

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(CNN) Military dive teams worked the dark, cold waters of the Yellow Sea night in a desperate effort to find nearly 300 people who remained missing after the ferry they were taking to a South Korean island resort sank with breathtaking speed.

Officials said four people were known dead and at least 164 had been rescued after the ferry Sewol swiftly listed and then capsized off the southwest coast of South Korea.

Nearly 300 others are missing, authorities said, but the exact number of passengers aboard the ferry was unclear amid the confusion of the rescue effort.

The bulk of those aboard were students and teachers from Seoul's Ansan Danwon High School heading to a four-day trip to Jeju, a resort island considered the Hawaii of Korea. More than 300 students and more than a dozen teachers from the school were on board, according to officials.

It was not immediately clear if the dead -- three males and a female -- were students, teachers, crew members or other passengers from the ferry.

The ship sank within two hours of its first distress call, which came just before 9 a.m., the semiofficial Yonhap News Agency reported. It's not known what caused the incident.

Helicopters, military vessels and fishing boats swarmed to the scene to help rescue passengers.

Survivors told CNN affiliate YTN that announcements on board the ferry, which also carries cars and shipping containers, ordered passengers to remain where they were after the ship began to violently list.

Others told passengers to jump into the water. Rescued student Lim Hyung Min was among those told to jump.

He told CNN affiliate YTN that he heard a loud bump just before the ship began to list and several off his classmates were flung off their feet. The crew ordered them to don life jackets and jump into the ocean, he said.

"I had to swim a bit to get to the boat to be rescued," he said. "The water was so cold and I wanted to live."

Water temperatures in the area are between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit (about 10 to 13 degrees Celsius), CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.

Passenger Kim Seung Mok said that despite his efforts and those of others, he couldn't get to several passengers on one of the decks.

"I stayed till the last to rescue people at the hall," Kim told YTN. "But the water was coming in so fast (that) some didn't make it out."

Water temperatures, swift currents and low visibility appeared to be complicating the massive rescue operation, which involved dozens of South Korean military divers, sailors, marines and police officers.

The U.S. Navy ship USS Bonhomme Richard, on routine patrol in the area, diverted to the scene and was standing by in case South Korean officials ask for help, said Lt. Arlo Abrahamson, spokesman for the U.S. Navy in South Korea.

"The Republic of Korea has done a great job in their rescue efforts thus far," he said.

Divers from the South Korean navy searched three of the ship's compartments but found no survivors or bodies, Yonhap reported.

At Ansan Danwon High School, parents clutched their cell phones in an agonizing wait for a call from their children. Officials posted a list of names. Once a confirmation of a rescue came, they circled that name.

At one point, the school announced that all students had been rescued but soon backtracked, to the parents' wrath.

What could have caused the ship to sink so rapidly remained a mystery. The weather was clear at the time of the accident.

Peter Boynton, a retired U.S. Coast Guard captain, said the speed with which the ship sank suggested it had sustained "major damage." He also said that if the ferry's car deck had been breached, it could have quickly swamped the ship.

Battling against darkness, cold, swift currents and trying to find their way through a damaged, upturned ship, rescuers are "up against every sort of obstacle," said David Gallo, director of special projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

"It's just an absolutely, positively horrific situation," he said. "It's nightmarish."

By Michael Pearson, Euan McKirdy and Stella Kim

CNN's Paula Hancocks contributed from Seoul; CNN's Frances Cha, Madison Park, Judy Kwon and Holly Yan also contributed to this report.


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(KUTV) The federal government is after Jeremy Johnson in connection to a criminal case in Utah, and a civil case in Nevada.

In court Tuesday, prosecutors and the judges noted Johnson's two cases have gone on more than three years, with no trial in sight.

In his Utah trial, Johnson is accused of 86 counts of defrauding customers on the internet and also of defrauding banks; judges have ordered him not to talk to reporters.

In Nevada he is also accused of some of the same fraud charges, but in a civil case.  The Federal Trade Commission has seized $21.2 million dollars of Johnson's money. 

Without a trial, they have already spent $5.8 million dollars of Johnson's money on receivers to administer his money.  Even if Johnson is eventually found to have done nothing wrong, he may never get his money back.

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(KUTV) Syracuse Police are searching for a man who robbed a Dairy Queen at gunpoint Tuesday night.

Police say the robber went into the Dairy Queen located at 1700 S. 901 W. around 10:30pm. He pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded cash. After getting an unspecified amount of cash, police say the suspect fled.

Syracuse Police, with the help of officers from Davis County and Clinton, set a perimeter and searched for the man but have yet to find him.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, 5-foot-6-inches tall, and wearing dark sweat pants, a black athletic jacket, and a black beanie with yellow and red detail on the front.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Syracuse Police at 801-825-4400.

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(KUTV) West Jordan Police have arrested two men accused of stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from a Lenscrafter store.

Police say tips from the public led them to Joseph Welch, 33, and Travis Dominguez, 34. Tipsters provided police with shots of one of the suspect’s Facebook pages where he was trying to sell some of the stolen merchandise.

Welch was located during a traffic stop over the weekend and, according to police, had some of the stolen sunglasses on hand. 

His accomplice was picked up the following morning.

Both men are in the Salt Lake County Jail on felony theft charges.

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(KUTV) Crews were called out to a fire at the San Mortiz apartments in Midvale early Wednesday morning.

Officials say the received a call just before 4:00am to 966 W. Powder Hill road in Midvale. Firefighters say two barbeques started on fire at the clubhouse at the apartment building.

The blaze damaged the barbeque’ s a vending machine, and part of the club house.

Officials believe it was an accident but are investigating. Damage is estimated at around $50,000.

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(KUTV) Jeremy Johnson appeared in court again Tuesday.

The Federal Government had two cases against him at once – a criminal case in Utah and a civil case in Nevada.

In his Utah trial, Johnson is accused of 86 counts of defrauding customer banks.

In Nevada he is also accused of some of the same frauds – but in a civil case.

In the civil case the Federal Trade Commission has seized $21.2-million of Johnson’s money. Without any trail, they have already spent $5.8-million of Johnson’s money on receivers to administer his money.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
(KUTV) The wife of a man convicted of killing Lexi Rasmussen, 16, will appear in court Wednesday.

Dea Millerburg is charged with desecration of a human body in relation to the case. Millerburg’s husband, Eric, allegedly gave the 16-year-old baby sitter a lethal dose of heroin.

Prosecutors say the Millerburg’s then hid Lexi’s body up a canyon in Morgan County where police found her over a month later.

Wednesday will be a pre-trial hearing in the case.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City police are looking for a man who robbed a Key Bank on South Foothill Boulevard.

Police say the white man in his mid-20s entered the bank about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday and gave a teller a note demanding money. He then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money in a white BMW believed to be a 3 series built in the early 2000s.

The suspect is described as being about 6-foot-1, between 190 and 200 pounds with a stocky build, scruffy facial hair and yellow teeth.

He was wearing blue jeans and an off-white hooded jacket with a darker geometric pattern.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 801-799-3000.

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) -- Chickens may soon be coming home to roost in urban parts of West Valley City where they've been banned in the past.

The City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday night that defines female chickens as "household pets" -- a designation that allows hens in residential neighborhoods for the first time.

Until now, chickens have been permitted only in agricultural areas of the city.

The ordinance permits each household to have a total of four pets. Roosters are still banned.

The council approved the measure on a 4-3 vote after hearing sharply divided public comment on the issue at previous meetings.

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(KUTV) Crews evacuated a Provo building after a crane collapsed on top of it Tuesday.

According to the Daily Herald, the accident happened around noon at 70 E. and 1700 S.

The crane was moving an air conditioner when it tilted off of one of the jacks and fell over.

Questar evacuated the building to shut off the gas and make sure everything was okay. Crews did not find anything dangerous.

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(KUTV) A Brigham City doctor convicted of illegally prescribing pain pills could receive a new sentence.

Dewey MacKay, 66, is serving 20 years in a federal prison in California, convicted in 2011 on 38 counts of illegally prescribing controlled narcotics, including hydrocodone and oxycodone, and two counts of providing drugs resulting in death.

MacKay's patient, David Wirick, died of an overdose.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld MacKay's sentence in April 2013 but sent the case back to a federal judge in Salt Lake City to clarify the sentence and explain the reasoning for deviating from sentencing guidelines.

MacKay had appealed his sentence based on what his attorney called an excessive term and insufficient evidence.

MacKay waived his right to appear in federal court on Tuesday afternoon. His attorney, Peter Stirba, argued that a new Supreme Court case, Burrage v. United States, now requires proof, in order to get a penalty enhancement, that - when applied to this case - either hydrocodone or oxycodone individually caused the death.
"In order to get a penalty enhancement in a drug case like this or in any other drug case, you can't have a combination of proof that results in death," Stirba said. "You have to prove that the individual drug was the sole cause of the cause of the death."

Stirba said not one expert testified during the trial that just one drug caused Wirick's death.

Victims and friends of MacKay packed the courtroom on Tuesday.

"At his age, he was actually given a death sentence for something that was a non-violent crime," said Jeff Keate, a close friend who said MacKay is diabetic. "I think if he was guilty of anything, it may have been his compassion for people and his caring nature. And maybe he got a little bit careless at times."

MacKay maintained during the trial that he was trying to help people with chronic pain.

Prosecutors said he prescribed at least tens of thousands of pills to patients over a few years. He would see 100 to 120 patients in an 8-hour day, charging $70 per patient, they said.

The U. S. Attorney's Office declined to comment.

Judge Dee Benson took the matter under advisement, promising to hasten the process.

By: Christine McCarthy

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(KUTV) After several months of debate over using the title of "Utes" as the official name of the University of Utah's sports teams, a decision has been made to keep the name.

A deal over the name was made Tuesday during a special meeting between the university's president and members of the Ute Tribe at their headquarters in Ft. Duchesne, Utah.

Both parties signed what's known as a memorandum of understanding, meaning that the tribe gives its full support of the name, as long as certain terms are kept.

Following a traditional Ute prayer ceremony, both sides discussed the terms of the agreement which include better scholarship opportunities for Ute tribal members and the creation of more classes for them to purse a college degree. 

"It was just nice to have a day like this where we can solidify the relationship, honor the past, and look forward to an on-going relationship," says Vice President of the University Of Utah Board Of Trustees, Michele Mattsson.

As part of the agreement, the university will also appoint a special advisor to University of Utah President David Pershing on Native American affairs.

The term of the agreement is for five years and will be reviewed annually.

There is still debate among students over the Ute name. While some are happy to see the name stay the same, others say they're not okay with it.

"Even if they do make an effort to try to educate people about the actual Ute Tribe, I don't think that's going to work very well, because this is such a big school.  And honestly, I think using a group of people as a mascot is just not okay," says U of U sophomore Dianna Cornett.

Meanwhile, other minority students like freshman Wonho Lee say the agreement is a step in the right direction. "It's unique compared to other college names. Other colleges have animals, but we have something special to Utah itself."

According to 2012-2013 data, the U of U has almost 200 students who identify themselves as American Indians, making them the smallest minority group on campus.

By: Jonelle Merrill

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(KUTV) Illegal dumping and undisciplined shooting continue to be a concern of South Saratoga Springs - and this week, volunteers removed bags and bags of trash from the area.

Brittany Tait was on-site for Tuesday's massive clean up. Watch the video for more.

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(KUTV) There is a new recreation center in Salt Lake City and pets are allowed! We are talking about Barley's Canine Recreation Center. The facility recently opened and offers everything from indoor swimming, daycare and agility.

Heather Newport is the owner of Barley's Canine Recreation Center. She recently gave us a tour of the new facility. Heather tells us the swimming pool is heated. "It is 98% chemical free so there is no chlorine or there is not salt. It is heated and it is basically fresh, clean water for them to swim in." If you aren't sure if your dog can swim, there are even life jackets available. Before any dog can swim, there is an orientation to the pool. "Sometimes just getting the life jacket on and getting them on the swim deck is all they can handle for the day. And that is fine. We don't want to terrify the dogs."

You are encouraged to play with your dog while you are at the rec center. You can throw a ball into the pool or chase your dog around the agility course. Studies show that having a dog will reduce your stress and increase the amount of physical activity that you will get on a weekly basis. "We want to encourage the owners to come and play with their dogs," said Heather. "And just help the relationship that they have together. Keeping them happy and keeping dogs in the homes and out of the shelters."

You can bring your dog to Barley's to swim during open swim periods. You can even reserve your own time. For the schedule and information on pricing, visit: http://www.swimatbarleys.com/

You can also call them at 801-467-6069.

On April 19, Barley's will be hosting its grand opening celebration. The celebration will be held from 10AM - 2PM. There will be goodie bags and free t-shirts for the first 20 people.

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(KUTV) Utahns heading south for a trip this summer can hit a free concert on the way.

It's all part of the new open-air classical music concerts at Utah's national parks.

This summer you can take a trip down south and enjoy music at the 'Mighty-Five' national parks in Utah.

Musical Director Thierry Fishcer says the Utah symphony is touring Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion national parks.  Tourists will like the sound this even more, the concerts are free.

The concert series celebrates a big milestone for the Utah symphony.

The concerts will take place in outdoor venues throughout the communities and there will be other free concerts and events inside the parks.

For more information visit: http://utahsymphony.org/concerts/1019-mighty-5-parks

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BOSTON (AP) Police say a man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line had a rice cooker in his backpack and is being charged with possession of a hoax device.

Police Superintendent Randall Halstead says the man was stopped Tuesday by an officer who saw him acting suspiciously. He says the man dropped the backpack.

Halstead says the man also faces charges of disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.

The backpack was blown up by the bomb squad as a precaution as was a second unattended backpack found nearby. Halstead won't say what was in the second backpack or who owned it. He says police are investigating.

The backpacks rattled nerves on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, which two pressure cooker bombs in backpacks killed three people.

PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP)  When it comes to raising campaign cash, Republican Mia Love continues outpace her opponents in her bid to win the seat held by outgoing Democratic congressman Jim Matheson.

The latest campaign finance reports released Monday show Love raised $450,000 from Jan. 1 through April 6 this year.

Love spent even more money during that time on campaign, using about $551,000 to pay for campaign staff, mailers and other expenses.

Love still has $631,000 on hand to spend heading into the state GOP nominating convention later this month, where Republican delegates will choose their candidate.

Bob Fuehr, the other Republican in the race, raised only $500 during that same period and loaned his campaign $91,000.

Democrat Doug Owens raised about $133,000 in the first quarter of the year, and spent only $15,000.

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(CNN) Time to try this again.

The first attempt to use a U.S. Navy underwater vehicle in the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended early, after the probe got close to waters deeper than it is rated to go, setting off safety protocols that sent it swimming back to the surface.

The Navy's Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle didn't find anything of interest in that first deployment, which a source said lasted less than eight hours. It had been expected to be underwater for 20 hours, but returned to the surface as soon as it dropped to its 4,500-meter maximum, officials said.

Crews planned to move to a shallower area and try again Tuesday, weather permitting.

The aborted mission doesn't indicate anything wrong with the probe, which is designed to fly about 30 meters (100 feet) above the ocean floor and use sound waves to draw a three-dimensional map of what lies below.

"The vehicle's tracking the floor, so when the floor dives, so does the vehicle. And the vehicle goes, 'Uh oh, I'm not supposed to be here' and punches up," said David Gallo, director of special projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

And while it's disappointing the vehicle returned to the surface early, it's not unusual , said David Kelly, CEO of Bluefin Robotics, the company that makes the Bluefin-21.

"We've operated these vehicles around the globe. It's not unusual to get into areas where the charts aren't accurate or you lack information," he said.

U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Mathews of the Bluefin search team said the initial launch Monday night took place "in the very far corner of the area it's searching, so they are just shifting the search box a little bit away from that deep water and proceeding with the search."

It is unclear how much of the area -- 5 kilometers by 8 kilometers (3 miles by 5 miles) -- the Bluefin scanned during its first attempt. It could take up to two months to scan the entire search area.

The aborted mission is the latest glitch in a 39-day search for the missing jetliner, which vanished March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bound for Beijing.

Surface and satellite searches have turned up nothing conclusive -- and confusing, sometimes conflicting details from investigators have muddied the public image of the search and angered relatives of the missing.

On Tuesday, the Malaysian Cabinet agreed to set up an international investigation to look into the plane's disappearance. Teams will look at the plane's airworthiness, operational issues and human factors that may have played a role, officials said.

Malaysia's acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein also said Tuesday that if searchers are able to recover the plane's vital black boxes, it matters less which country takes control of them than does "finding out the truth."

The co-pilot's cell phone

Meanwhile, a new detail emerged from the flight on Monday.

A U.S. official told CNN on Monday that co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid's cell phone was on and made contact with a cell tower in Malaysia about the time the plane disappeared from radar.

However, the U.S. official -- who cited information shared by Malaysian investigators -- said there was no evidence Fariq had tried to make a call.

The official told CNN's Pamela Brown on Monday that a cell phone tower in Penang, Malaysia -- about 250 miles from where the flight's transponder last sent a signal -- detected the first officer's phone searching for service roughly 30 minutes after authorities believe the plane made a sharp turn westward.

The details do appear to reaffirm suggestions, based on radar and satellite data, that the plane was off course and was probably flying low enough to obtain a signal from a cell tower, the U.S. official said.

U.S. officials familiar with the investigation told CNN they have been told that no other cell phones were picked up by the Penang tower.

Pilots are supposed to turn off their cell phones before pushing back from the gate.

When the plane first went missing, authorities said millions of cell phone records were searched, looking for evidence that calls had been made from the plane after it took off, but the search turned up nothing.

The suspected oil slick

Another possible clue into the plane's disappearance appeared Monday.

Australian officials announced the Australian ship Ocean Shield had detected an oil slick Sunday evening. It is unclear where the oil came from; a 2-liter sample has been collected for examination, and was on its way Tuesday to western Australia for analysis. Test results could be days away.

CNN aviation analyst Les Abend, who flies a Boeing 777, said the engines on the plane have about 20 quarts of oil each.

"It could be slowly dripping up to the surface," he told CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360." "They're saying an oil slick. I'm wondering if it's just some sort of a fluid slick. It could be (from) hydraulics."

If it is oil, it's not the first oil slick detected as part of the search. A similar find in the first days of the search was determined to be fuel oil from a freighter.

Surface search nearing end

While air and sea surface searches continued Tuesday some 2,170 kilometers (1,350 miles) west of Perth, Australia, those searches are likely nearing an end.

"The air and surface search for floating material will be completed in the next two to three days in the area where the aircraft most likely entered the water," retired Australian Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, head of the country's Joint Agency Coordination Centre, said Monday.

With no debris found after weeks of searches and no possible pings from the plane's black boxes detected in a week, Houston said it was time to focus the search underwater.

By Holly Yan and Michael Pearson

CNN's Elizabeth Joseph, Erin Burnett and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.


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(CNN) "United, we will always persevere." That was the message Massachusetts shared with the nation and the world Tuesday, on the anniversary of twin bombings that turned last year's Boston Marathon from a celebration into a day of horror.

The state tweeted those words, along with an image of both the U.S. and Massachusetts flags, and the hashtag #BostonStrong.

Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Martin Walsh and former Mayor Tom Menino are expected to echo that message Tuesday afternoon at a tribute marking the anniversary. The Boston Pops and a children's choir will take part.

Three survivors are scheduled to speak: Patrick Downes, David Yepez and Adrianne Haslet-Davis. Downes was a newlywed at the time of the attack. He and his wife, Jessica Kensky, each lost a leg. Yepez, a teenager, was injured. He'll be joined at the ceremony by his father, Luis. Haslet-Davis, a dancer, lost her left foot in the attack.

Near the end of Tuesday's ceremony, at 2:49 p.m. ET, will be a moment of silence, followed by church bells tolling and a flag-raising ceremony.

On April 15, 2013, the Patriots Day bombings killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and wounded at least 264 others. The city then underwent days of fear as the two identified suspects, the Tsarnaev brothers, were on the run. Police say they killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer in the process, and then Tamerlan Tsarnaev was run over by his younger brother, Dzhokhar, as they battled police. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts and is scheduled to go on trial in November.

MIT police plan to mark the death of Officer Sean Collier in a remembrance ceremony Friday.

A year after the bombings, families of the victims are struggling to come to terms with the loss.

"She had that special, I don't know what it is, that special thing about her," says Lillian Campbell, grandmother of 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, one of the three people killed. "And you felt happy around her because she was always laughing and bubbly. I loved her."

Some victims injured in the attack are showing their perseverance by planning to take part in this year's marathon, scheduled for Monday -- even victims who suffered severe injuries.

"Last year I was on the ground at the finish line. This year I'll be running across it," says Kevin White. "It kind of proves to people that evil isn't going to win." White, then 34, had shrapnel through his legs a year ago. His 71-year-old father, Bill, lost a leg.

Authorities have announced extensive security plans for this year's marathon, which is expected to bring in $176 million for the Boston area's economy.

Brothers Paul and J.P. Norden each lost a leg in the attack last year. On Tuesday, they began a trek -- walking the entire 26.2-mile marathon route, along with family and good friends. "I feel so blessed," their mother, Liz, said in a Facebook post, adding that she couldn't be prouder.

By Josh Levs


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LOS ANGELES (CNN) Sky gazers caught a glimpse of the "blood moon" crossing the Earth's shadow Tuesday in all its splendor.

The moon took on a reddish hue as it appeared in different phases between 2 and 4:30 a.m. ET.

In North and South America, where the blood moon was most prominent, observers pointed at the spectacle with binoculars, telescopes and cellphones.

Depending on time zones, it started late Monday night or in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. Showers and clouds rendered it a bust in some cities, including Atlanta.

In Los Angeles, the chance to view the total lunar eclipse lured thousands to the Griffith Observatory. Families spread out blankets on the grass to take in views from dozens of telescopes set up like a stand of small trees.

Cameras clicked while watchers cheered and pointed at the blushing moon.

"It's energizing. Look around. Everybody is here to see something rare and live," said Gene Ireland, who teaches astronomy to middle school students.

 Ireland encouraged those who reached the hilltop observatory grounds to peek through his 12-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope.

"Everyone is always looking down at their phones, their iPads," he said. "We want them looking up. Looking up, you see a whole different world. Getting away from the cities and traffic, and the sky is just beautiful."

'Blood moons'

In a total lunar eclipse, the full moon turns a coppery red as it passes into Earth's shadow. During the process, the moon's bright glow dims, taking on a red hue because of shimmers of sunlight and sunsets seeping through the Earth's atmosphere.

Dust and sulfur dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere can affect the size of the shadow. The moon has to be full for the total lunar eclipse to occur.

As more of the moon emerges from the shadow, its red tint fades as it gets lighter and transitions to its normal silver color. The entire reddening process takes about an hour.

Left out

In Tuesday's spectacle, clouds hid the view from half of the United States, but cities such as Dallas, Denver and Los Angeles had optimal, front-row seats.

"Woke up in just enough time to see half of the blood moon," tweeted LaTara Hammers of Columbia, Missouri. "It's so cool how the universe works."

South and North American residents watched the entire spectacle, while observers in the Western Pacific caught the second half of the event. Central Asia and some parts of Europe and Africa didn't see much -- the moon was setting in most of those continents during the eclipse.

"You know what's even weirder than the 'blood moon'? The entire solar system and how amazing it perpetually is always while we barely notice," Johnny Argent tweeted.

'A chance arrangement of gravity'

Ed Krupp, director of the observatory, described it as a "typical copper red" total lunar eclipse.

Though rare, it's the sky "conspiring into a special event" that helps draw crowds, he said.

"The fact that there are four lunar successions coming this year and next ... is unusual," Krupp said. "But it's not the kind of thing astronomers get worked up about. It doesn't really mean anything. It's a chance arrangement of gravity and the motions of objects in the solar system, primarily the Earth and moon."

Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to view with the naked eye and don't require special filters.

The rare sight and was virtually unheard of a few centuries ago.

Before the 20th century, there was a 300-year period when there were no blood moons, said Fred Espenak, a NASA eclipse expert.

"The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA," he said.

Three more chances

If you missed it Tuesday, there will be more opportunities.

North America will see a blood moon four times -- known as a tetrad -- between now and September of next year. In addition to Tuesday, it will make another appearance on October 8 of this year, and April 4 and September 28 of next year.

Miss those, and you'll have to wait until 2032.

By Faith Karimi and Paul Vercammen
CNN's Paul Vercammen reported from Los Angeles, and Faith Karimi reported and wrote from Atlanta.


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(KUTV) Tuesday is tax day. If you don't pay you would expect a letter from the Utah State Tax Commission. But man here in Utah who already paid his taxes got a terrifying letter.

"Important notice of a state tax lien," the title says. It says $17,186 is owed and it talks about bank levies, wage garnishments, liens, judgments and seizures all on the horizon. It's a letter that at first glance seems to be from the state.

The man sent the letter to his accountant who in turned decided to Get Gephardt. The accountant said his client's taxes are fully paid and he declared the letter to be a scam.

Charlie Roberts with the Utah State Tax Commission says the letter did not come from the commission but he stops short of calling the letter a scam. Roberts says the letter is a common marketing practice.

Tax liens are public records and debt relief companies often use those records to drum up business.

"There's nothing against the law about [sending a letter like] this," Roberts said. "It appears to be from a legitimate business that went to third district court and got the tax records and is marketing their services."

Unlike many legitimate businesses which declare their name proudly at the top of a letter, if you want to know who sent this one you have to go way down to the bottom. There, buried in the fine print it says, "This message is being sent to you by Tax Law Advocates."

Supervisor with the California based Tax Law Advocates Reem Khatim defended the practice Monday. She said that the company has been in business for 20 years and points out that the company has an A rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Tax Law Advocates specializes in helping people who owe a lot of money in taxes, says the letter.

By Matt Gephardt
Photography by Brian Morris
Edited by Stephanie Campbell

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(KUTV) Police arrested a woman accused of assaulting a group of people at a Salt Lake City bar Sunday afternoon.

Officers say Trina Davis was walking by customers sitting on the patio at “Beer Bar” located at 161 E. 200 S. when she took out a can of pepper spray and started spraying the victims.

Police say four people were hit in the face with the spray.

Davis was arrested and booked into jail on four counts of assault.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
UPDATE: Officials are reporting that one of the infants has been identified as a female.

(KUTV& AP) The woman accused of giving birth to and then killing six of her own babies may have been excited to become a grandmother.

Megan Huntsman was apparently elated that her daughter was pregnant and she was looking forward to becoming a grandma, which seems contradictory to the information investigators are detailing.

Police say Huntsman was living in West Valley City with her boyfriend when police discovered the bodies of the infants in her former Pleasant Grove home.

Authorities say the babies were born over 10 years and that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in her garage.

According to a probable cause statement released by police Monday, Megan Huntsman said that between 1996 and 2006, she gave birth to at least seven babies at her home and that all but one of them were born alive.

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(KUTV) Sylvia Greer says she wasn't sure whether to run the Boston Marathon again after last year's deadly bombings scarred the event.  "I was debating whether to go back," she said.  Over the last year, she's had a change of heart.  She'll be there next Monday, along with 36,000 other runners.  "I feel it's important for me and the thousands of other runners to go back and show we are strong and we won't back down," she said.

Taha Mahmood has been running for thirty-three years.  He's crossed many marathon finish lines.  "Somewhere around 35.  I've never counted," he said.  The Boston Marathon is one he never had any desire to do.  This year, he's changed his mind too.  "It's going to be amazing.  I'm sure there is going to be a lot of tears," he said noting that running brings people together in a good way.

Sylvia and her husband were on their honeymoon during the marathon last year, they both ran.  Sylvia said about 40 minutes after they crossed the minute line, they were on the subway when they received frantic text messages from family members asking what was going on at the finish line. 

Police evacuated all public transportation and when she was back above ground, she and her husband saw the chaos that ensued after two brothers set off bombs killing three people at the marathon event and injuring hundreds.  "It quickly became a very memorable moment for all the wrong reason," she said.  Greer said after wondering for nearly a year about all the "what ifs" she is going back to make new memories and to send a message in the company of other runners.  "It's a way for us to come together as a nation and heal and be strong for each other," she said.

By: Cristina Flores

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(KUTV) A Southern Utah man who threatened to kill a black teenager is now facing federal hate crime charges. The man was upset about a bi-racial family living in his neighborhood. The man threatened the family living in his HOA with a letter on their car and one sent to the office of the HOA inside the neighborhood.

Reporter Ladd Egan knocked on the door of the man, who was more than willing to tell 2News how he wanted to slit the boy's throat if he were to see him walking with a girl not of his race, especially if it was his daughter.

Robert Keller, 70, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of criminal interference with the right to fair housing. Keller explains himself saying that the president of the association "brought in a colored kid."

Keller says he was arrested after making threats in December, but was just now served a summons to appear in federal court. Keller regrets writing the letter though he says he should be allowed to share his opinion.  The Hurricane man claims that he was trying to let neighbors know how he felt and the entire thing was blown out of proportion.

He just wanted to "open their eyes." Keller is angry that a white family would allow an African American boy to move in with them. Describing the family he says, "The whole family is white but she claims it's a brother or something."

What set Keller off was when he saw this boy walking through the neighborhood with someone not of his race. He explains himself saying his concern is for the future, "I said what is going to happen down the road, when the black kid starts chasing these girls? What I seen set me off, when he was walking down the street with a white gal."

The man wrote a hate filled rant and left it on the boy's family car and another at the neighborhood HOA office. He said he knew it would not be anonymous and that there were cameras there to see him drop it off.  Tenille Ewing who works for the property managers read the letter and said, "There was very offensive language."  She goes on to say, "This particular letter made threats against life."  Ewing says it "hit home, because it's my ethnic background."

Keller readily admits he wrote every word saying that if "it were my daughter, I think I wrote I'd slice his throat." Ewing said the letter made its point," basically if you don't remove him I will take care of it for you." Ewing says the man has made no complaint about the boy's behavior only that he does not like the color of his skin.

Keller says his mistake was expressing his opinion and writing it down. A judge will now decide if it was an emotional mistake or a federal hate crime.  If convicted, Keller faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison on each count.

Keller's attorney called 2News and wanted to make it clear he was unaware of the fact he was facing federal charges.  Keller was aware local charges had been screened, but was notified they were on hold, had he known he was facing new charges he would not have spoken.

By: Heidi Hatch

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(KUTV) Firefighters in Cottonwood Heights battled a vacant house fire early Tuesday morning.

Officials say they received a call just after 1:00am reporting a fire at 6800 South Highland Drive.

When crews arrived on the scene they found the house burning.

Firefighters say they are not sure how the fire started or how much damaged the fire caused.

“Everything is suspicious in a vacant house like this,” said Battalion Chief Curtis Day.

Crews say because the house was vacant, they did not want to put anyone in danger and fought the fire from the outside.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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(KUTV) A man accused of driving drunk and causing a crash in Cache County is facing automobile homicide charges.

Police say Alvin Henson was driving his pickup in Millville when he lost control of the truck, hitting a car and a motorcycle.

The man on the motorcycle, Randy Wirth, was taken to the hospital where he passed away over the weekend.

Henson was booked into the Cache County Jail on DUI charges – and now, prosecutors are seeking vehicle homicide charges.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP)  Police have identified a 14-year-old skateboarder who died after colliding with a pickup truck in Salt Lake City last week.

Salt Lake City police say Juan Carlos Zuniga was riding a skateboard westbound at a high speed on Friday afternoon when he passed a stop sign, entered an intersection and struck a northbound pickup truck.

Medical personnel say Zuniga was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say there's no evidence drugs, alcohol or speed affected the driver.

Salt Lake City police say Zuniga was riding in the street and not on a sidewalk so a crosswalk crossing light was not activated.

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(KUTV) Most of us will never be able to afford a luxury mansion on the slopes of one of Utah's finest resorts, but we can dream; which is why 2News takes a peek into the lifestyle of Utah's rich and famous.
The luxurious ski-in/ski-out mansion is on the slopes of Utah's Deer Valley resort.
The property, known as the Crested Eagle Estate, goes up for auction through DeCaro Luxury Real Estate, on April 26, at 11am. It's a no-reserve auction, meaning there's no minimum bid. The home will go to the highest-bidder.
The home boasts 15,000 square feet, six bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and 10 fireplaces. It has a bar, sauna, fitness room, massage room and hot tub grotto.

By: Chris Miller

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(KUTV) Megan Huntsman, 39, confessed to giving birth to seven babies in a Pleasant Grove home and killing six of them by strangulation or suffocation over a ten-year span, according to a jail document released on Monday.

Police believe one baby was stillborn.

Investigators found all seven infants, each wrapped in towels or shirts, covered in plastic and stored in cardboard boxes on shelves and in cabinets of the garage of the home at 536 East 200 North, according to the probable cause statement for Huntsman's arrest.

A judge in Fourth District Court on Monday set Huntsman's bail at $6 million - $1 million for each count of murder she is facing.

Prosecutors will file formal charges in coming days.

Huntsman appeared dazed and barely spoke during the hearing for which she appeared by video feed from Utah County Jail.

After court, she was placed under 24-hour supervised suicide-watch based on statements she made prior to her arrest, said Pleasant Grove police Lt. Britt Smith.

The document states that Huntsman's estranged husband, Darren West, called police and reported finding a dead baby on Saturday morning.

West had recently been released from prison after serving a term of about eight years for a drug conviction.

He was cleaning out the garage of the home his family owns - where he and Huntsman had previously lived together - when he made the first grisly discovery.

"He and other family members came across a box or a package and they noticed an odor," Smith said. "We were absolutely shocked and amazed when we found the second. Just continued in amazement throughout the day."

Executing a search warrant, Pleasant Grove officers found all seven babies each in a separate box in a different stage of decomposition.

Huntsman told police she strangled or suffocated the six infants immediately after she gave birth to them between 1996 and 2006, having conceived them when her husband was present, Smith said.

Investigators are contracting a private company to conduct DNA testing to determine who the babies' fathers are. There could be multiple fathers, police said.

West told police he had no knowledge of the pregnancies.

Most neighbors said they never suspected Huntsman was pregnant as she often wore baggy clothes. But next-door neighbor, SanDee Wall, who described Huntsman as nice and quiet, said she had wondered.

"I would maybe see her walk up the driveway or out on the back deck and I'd go, 'Is Megan pregnant?'" Wall said.

Huntsman had not been living at the home since 2011. Officers found her living in West Valley City.

West, according to the papers, called Huntsman after finding the first baby. She allegedly admitted the baby had been stillborn.

Detectives searched Huntsman's current home for evidence but turned up nothing.

"I don't think there's any motive that will really explain it a way that will make any of us understand why," Smith said. "We've held our own babies. It's difficult."

The West family released the following statement:

"It is hard to express with words, the emotions surrounding our family at this time. Saturday's events have left us in a state of shock and confusion.   We are mourning this tragic loss of life and we are trying to stay strong and help each other through this awful event. We respectfully ask for privacy and decline further comment at this time."

Pleasant Grove officers have access to grief counseling. Smith said some could choose to use it after uncovering something so horrific.

"I've never seen anything like this in my career," said Det. Dan Beckstrom. "This isn't something that we ever expect to deal with."

Huntsman and West have three older daughters, two adults and one teenager who is a minor.

The medical examiner is conducting autopsies on the babies.

Huntsman is set to appear in court again on April 21.

By: Christine McCarthy

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(KUTV)  According to counselors with Utah’s Safe Haven project, babies are saved every year thanks to their program that was introduced in Utah in 2001.
The news of the arrest of Megan Huntsman, who is charged with six counts of murder, is bringing to light why the Safe Haven law exists. It is also an example of how it can help the lives of babies, while giving the mother options.

Police found seven dead infants inside Huntsman’s Pleasant Grove home over the weekend. Investigators believe Huntsman gave birth to six babies and killed them soon after birth over a ten year span, ranging from 1996 to 2006.  The seventh was stillborn, according to Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Michael Roberts

"It’s a terribly sad day for all of us here today, learning about this tragedy because we know it didn’t have to happen this way.  There were options," says Utah Safe Haven Coordinator Julia Robertson.

Counselors with Utah’s Safe Haven program are available to talk with mothers across the state every day 24/7.  Often they talk to women who are having a difficult time coping with their pregnancy due to tragic circumstances such as rape, domestic violence, and mental illness. 

A woman can call the hotline to discuss adoption possibilities.  Even if a mother doesn’t call the hotline, she has the option of leaving her newborn infant at a 24 hour hospital.  Once the baby is left, it can receive the medical care it needs, and then through the help of the Division of Child and Family Services, the baby is adopted out to a family.

Under the law, the woman is protected from arrest and prosecution.  "The hospital staff doesn’t ask any questions. There’s no police.  There’s no criminal investigation.  We want mom to leave the baby in that safe place," says Utah Safe Haven RN, Alfred Romeo. 

According to Safe Haven coordinators their program ultimately provides a safe situation where all parties are cared for.  The mother can avoid prosecution, a family can adopt, and at least one baby’s life can be saved. "You don’t have to go to these lengths. There is a safe place for the newborn," says Robertson.

The number for the Safe Haven hotline is 866-458-0058 and the website is www.utahsafehaven.org.

In addition, DCFS offers crisis care such as temporary nurseries, parenting classes, family counseling, and in-home services. 

People can anonymously report child abuse or neglect by contacting DCFS at 1-855-323-3237 or dcfsintake@utah.gov.

Information about programs/services provided by Utah Division of Child and Family Services are available online at www.dcfs.utah.gov.

Also, free 24-hour crisis nurseries are available at http://www.familysupportcenter.org/crisisNursery.php

By: Jonelle Merrill

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(KUTV) Forecasts for another dismal spring runoff in St. George have the water district calling for a renewed focus on building a pipeline to Lake Powell to bolster the area's water supply.

The proposed, $1 billion pipeline would pump Lake Powell water 138 miles to Sand Hollow Reservoir in Hurricane. The Washington County Water Conservancy District says the pipeline is needed to provide the area with another water source and keep up with the projected population growth.

"The more diverse our water supplies are the better off we are," water district general manager Ron Thompson said. "You don't want all of your straws in just one bucket; you'd like to have it diverse enough that we don't put our economy and our population at risk."

Thompson said the current multi-year drought for Washington County underscores the need for the pipeline because, on the other side of the state, the water situation this spring is much better for Lake Powell.

"The forecast is that Lake Powell will come up 50 feet this year," Thompson said.

The situation is far different in Washington County where a dismal snowpack of just 47 percent of average will result in some of the lowest river flows in decades. This spring and summer, the Virgin River is expected to flow at just 20 percent of normal as it passes through Hurricane, according the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

"This river probably looks worse than I've seen it in my professional career," Thompson said of the Virgin River, the area's main water supply. "It's very, very dry. There's been no runoff. There's no snowpack to speak of in the high elevation."

Those against the pipeline argue that the current drought conditions should not be used to justify the expensive project.

"We need to quit wasting money trying to look at whether the Lake Powell Pipeline is ever going to happen," said LeAnn Skzrynski with the environmental advocacy group Citizens for Dixie's Future.

Skzrynski says the area does not need the pipeline because better water conservation alone could stretch existing sources to meet the demands of future growth. She also cautions that, while the inflows to Lake Powell look good this year, it may not be a reliable water source long term.

"With climate change it's only a temporary blip," she said of this year's high runoff in the Upper Colorado River Basin. "The overall trend is that the reliability is decreasing as we go along."

Washington County has enough water stored in reservoirs to last two years; even so, the water district is encouraging residents to conserve water.

By Ladd Egan

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(KUTV) Veterans returning from traumatic experiences overseas can sometimes struggle to connect with family and friends.

A new program from Canines with a Cause is training sheltered dogs to be companions for veterans.

Surprisingly these aren't your ordinary dog trainers, they're prisoners. The program allows them to devote countless hours to teaching these pups to obey commands and get them ready to help veterans recover.

The program doesn't just help veterans, but the focus is giving sheltered dogs a loving home.

Organizers say after the dogs are trained, Canines with a Cause also works to introduce veterans to these working pups.

Veterans interested in signing up for a companion dog can apply online: http://canineswithacause.com/

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(KUTV) The lawyer for Jack Harry Stiles says he is mentally ill, and asked for help - but instead was thrown into jail for making terroristic threats. Now, both sides are blaming the other for the failure of plea negotiations.

The charges stem from allegations that Stiles threatened to kill as many people as he could at the City Creek shopping mall.

Defense lawyer Neal Hamilton says Stiles asked for help and has been in jail ever since. He also says prosecutors have yielded to pressure in the case.
Both Hamilton and District Attorney Sim Gill agree Stiles needs mental help and tried to negotiate a plea deal that fell through.

Stiles, meanwhile has been in jail since September, and the case has hardly moved. 

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(KUTV) This week sees the release of Ben Stiller's adaptation of James Thurber's short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Open Road's surprise animated hit The Nut Job, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in the buddy film Ride Along, the Oscar nominated Philomena with Steve Coogan and Judi Dench and the second half of the first season of Angry Birds Toons.

This week also sees the release of the South Korean thriller Confession of Murder, Ralph Fiennes' tale of Charles Dickens and his secret lover in The Invisable Woman and director Mike Newell's recent adaptation of Great Expectations also starring Fiennes along with Helena Bonham Carter.

Catalogue titles making their Blu-ray debuts include two noir masterpieces in the form of Orson Welles' legendary Touch of Evil and Billy Wilder's equally revered Double Indemnity. Elsewhere Kevin Smith's Mallrats, the Generation X calling card Reality Bites starring Ben Stiller, Ethan Hawke and Winona Ryder, the Criterion Collection adds Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves and Jan Svankmajer's Alice, a brilliant stop-motion re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland.

By: Ryan Michael Painter

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(KUTV) Jazz fans, Monday is your last night to see the team at home this season!

Ron Bird goes on the run to Energy Solutions Arena for a preview of what promises to be a crazy off-season for the Utah Jazz!

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PANGUITCH, Utah (AP) A Utah father says emergency preparation helped save the lives of his two young sons after a three-hour hike turned into a multi-day ordeal.

Jason Knight of Payson, Utah was stranded for three days in a canyon with his sons after he got trapped Wednesday between tight walls. His 8- and 11-year-old sons stayed on a ledge atop the canyon with just a granola bar and some water to sustain them.

On Monday, Knight described signaling to his sons to stay put. They were too far away to hear him. He says that families must teach their children what to do in an emergency.

But he acknowledged that even with that training, his sons wouldn't have made it out without the aid of helicopter rescuers.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah legislators say they won't override a handful of vetoes from Gov. Gary Herbert.

Senate and House leaders released polls Monday revealing that 61 legislators opposed undoing the governor's action on three measures. Forty-two legislators voted in favor.

The vetoed proposals deal with legislative subpoenas, parental review of school curriculum and government fee-assessment areas.

Herbert has said the bill to bolster legislative subpoena power could violate civil rights by barring people from challenging a legislative subpoena in court.

The school-curriculum bill would have tasked an existing parent committee with reviewing complaints related to lessons and class materials, a duty Herbert says should first go to school boards.

The third bill Herbert vetoed was a technical proposal he said delayed six natural-gas projects in rural Utah that were ready to go.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Republicans and Democrats have chosen their nominees for Salt Lake County seats at separate weekend conventions.

The Republican county councilman nomination went to Micah Bruner. He is vying to replace Democrat Randy Horiuchi, who is retiring.

If Bruner defeats Horiuchi's chosen Democratic successor Jenny Wilson, city council Republicans will hold a veto-proof majority.

The day was a big one for Democratic women in the race for county seats.

Democrat Sandra Hollins advanced toward becoming the state's first black female legislator. She won the bid to replace Salt Lake City Rep. Jennifer Seelig, who is retiring.

Also at the Republican gathering, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch criticized what he said were poor domestic policies, pointing to Obamacare.

The parties' statewide conventions are two weeks away.

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(KUTV) Neighbors tell a very different story about Megan Huntsman than you'd imagine after learning of the unimaginable crimes she's accused of committing against her own children.
"She's lived here for about 15 years and was a good neighbor, as far as we knew," Kathie Hawker lived right next door to the home where Saturday Pleasant Grove police found the bodies of seven infants inside the garage. Sunday, Huntsman was charged with killing at least 6 of them.
Mrs. Hawker told 2News, "We just really loved her (Megan), and her husband. We thought they were just really good people."
Kathie's husband Aaron Hawker told 2News, "I've had a few shocks in my life, but this one was a huge one." The Hawkers say they trusted Megan and would often have her babysit their grandchildren. Aaron says he saw Huntsman's ex-husband Daren West Saturday. West was just back to town after serving some 8 years behind bars for a drug related conviction. Aaron says West was eager to start a new life with his family, "He seemed very upbeat. He was there cleaning out the garage and was taking a lot of it to the junkyard."
Police say West notified them after he found what appeared to be a body inside a cardboard box in the garage. Neighbors say they were surprised to see the multiple police cars respond to the home. They say they they were later shocked to learn why.
"It's just terrible," neighbor Sharon Chipman told 2News' Amy Nay Sunday, "Who knows what was going through her mind. Maybe she was just depressed."
Chipman says her grandson was practically part of Megan and Daren's family, even going with them on family vacations to Disneyland. She says there was never any reason to suspect anything suspicious.
Police say the babies in question were born between 1996 and 2006, but neighbors say they never thought Megan looked pregnant.
By: Amy Nay

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(KUTV) The Fourth of July celebration at Sugar House Park is no longer in Jeopardy thanks to a donation.

Last week, the event’s organizers made an announcement that the fireworks display needed funding.

Monday, the President of Apollo Burger said that he made the donation to save the fireworks because he loves the Sugar House community. He also said he would like to help in the future celebrations for up to five more years – not just 2014.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
CHALLIS, Idaho (AP) A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho, flinging items off walls and scaring residents but otherwise producing no reported damage or injuries in the sparsely populated mountain area.

USGS geophysicist Dale Grant says the earthquake was "kind of an unusual occurrence" being the first one of its strength in the area since 2005. But he said even minor damage is unlikely because of the remote location. It struck 8 miles northwest of Challis, a town of around 1,000 less than 200 miles northeast of Boise.

Custer County sheriff's dispatcher Liz Preston says besides "things falling off walls and a lot of scared people," no one was hurt. She says the area has had some quakes lately, but this one felt "pretty big" compared with the others.

She says the office shook, including the windows and computers.

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(KUTV) A 38-year-old man is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Centerville Sunday afternoon.

Officials say Davis County Dispatched received a call from Molly Farrand, the wife of Vincent Farrand. Molly told the dispatcher that her husband was upset with a mutual friend after he believed the friend had made an ‘inappropriate advancement’ towards Molly. The two had begun fighting and, according to Molly, Vincent had left their home for the mutual friend’s home with a gun. She also reported Vincent was suicidal.

Within minutes of the original call, officers were advised that Vincent had returned to his Centerville home, located at 550 South 300 East.

When officers arrived at the home, Molly came outside and an officer quickly removed her from the area. Vincent then came out of the home with a gun in his hands and when officers confronted him, asking him to put down the gun and remove his finger from the trigger, Vincent raised the gun and pointed it at the officer.

Officials say at 3:40pm officers informed Davis County Dispatch that shots had been fired and the suspect was in need of medical assistance. Only one of the officers fired shots, but officials say the number of shots fired, and how many struck Farrand, remains under investigation.

Vincent Farrand was pronounced dead at 4:27pm while still at the scene.

The case remains under investigation.

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(CNN) Police arrested a 14-year-old Dutch girl Monday after she tweeted a terror threat to American Airlines that catapulted her into social media fame overnight.

A Twitter user calling herself Sarah with the handle @QueenDemetriax_ tweeted "@AmericanAir hello my name's Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big bye."

American Airlines responded swiftly from their official Twitter account saying "@QueenDemetriax_ Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI."

Moments later, in a series of tweets, the girl pleaded with the airline, writing "I'm just a girl" and claiming the threat was a joke made by her friend.

The teenager turned herself in at a police station in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam on Monday afternoon after authorities launched an investigation into her whereabouts, Wessel Stolle, a Rotterdam police department spokesman told CNN.

"The assumption made by her tweets was taken seriously, and I may add that it is a rather alarming threat," Stolle said.

The girl has been charged with "posting a false or alarming announcement" under Dutch law, but the consequences of the accusation remain unclear.

"She will be questioned for the next couple of hours and after that she might be sent home during the investigation," Stolle said. "We do not know yet. That will have to come out of the investigation."

Rotterdam police said they are in contact with several agencies, but did not confirm if the FBI or any other American agency may be involved in the investigation.

American Airlines stood by their actions Monday despite the girl's appeals on Twitter, including one message that reportedly read "I'm so sorry I'm scared now."

"At American, the safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority. We take security matters very seriously and work with authorities on a case-by-case basis," American spokesman Matt Miller told CNN. "American's response was taken down per our standard procedures. In this type of situation, we flag the conversation with the proper authorities and then take down the message(s)."

Twitter has suspended the account associated with "@QueenDemetriax_."

Twitter doesn't allow users to "make direct, specific threats of violence against others," according to its abusive behavior policy, which is part of its Twitter rules.

By Salma Abdelaziz


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(CNN) The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius accused him on Monday of "tailoring" his version of how he killed his girlfriend, as the grueling cross-examination of the track star went into a second week.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has accused the athlete of hiding the truth about the death of Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot last year through a closed toilet door in his luxury home in Pretoria, South Africa.

His questions have sought to undermine Pistorius' reliability and credibility and to portray the Olympic and Paralympic athlete as someone who was inventing his version of events to suit his story.

Nel, known in South African legal circles for his bulldog-like approach to questioning, has gone through minute detail regarding the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013, repeatedly challenging the double amputee over his actions that night.

On Monday, in yet another intense scrutiny of his story, the prosecutor again tried to exhaustively highlight apparent inconsistencies between Pistorius' bail application and his testimony in court to show he is "tailoring his evidence" to suit the defense case.

"I am going to point out to you how improbable your version is," Nel told the runner, who sat immobile, staring ahead at the judge as he answered questions.

The prosecution's argument is that Pistorius shot Steenkamp intentionally after a heated argument. Pistorius does not deny shooting her but insists that he mistook her for an intruder.

"I did not fire at Reeva," Pistorius told the court, his voice breaking, causing a second brief adjournment in the day's proceedings so he could gather himself.

Scrutinizing every detail

Nel took Pistorius detail by detail through what happened on the night of Steenkamp's death -- where he moved, how he moved, what he saw -- aggressively questioning him about the moments before the shooting.

On one occasion, when the runner corrected Nel, the prosecutor said this showed Pistorius was a "stickler for detail" -- and yet on many aspects of the case, he said, the athlete was being vague.

Speaking about the noise he said he thought had been caused by intruders, the athlete described how he started shouting.

Asked what he shouted, Pistorius broke down as he answered: "Get the f**k out of my house. Get the f**k out of my house."

Nel also said the fact that a pair of Steenkamp's jeans was lying on the bed showed that when she was shot, she was in the middle of getting dressed in order to leave.

Pistorius denied this, saying the jeans were inside out, meaning she'd taken them off, not that she was putting them on.

The prosecutor also pointed to forensic evidence that showed Steenkamp had eaten within a couple of hours of her death. The athlete says the couple had last eaten together about 7 p.m., around eight hours before Steenkamp was shot. He said there was no fight and they had a quiet evening together.

'I was screaming'

The prosecutor pressed on why the athlete didn't give fuller details of his account in his bail statement. Pistorius said then that there was a noise from the bathroom that caused him to think that people had broken into his house. He later explained that it was the bathroom window sliding across and slamming against the frame.

The athlete said on Monday that he was on medication and traumatized while in a jail cell at the time of his bail statement.

Nel also said it was improbable that, according to Pistorius' story, Steenkamp did not ask him why he was getting out of bed in the middle of the night to retrieve fans from the edge of the balcony.

He repeatedly asked the athlete why he fired, and if he did so intentionally.

"No, I did not," Pistorius said. "I fired because I got a fright."

Nel has openly called the athlete's version "a lie," contending Pistorius knew exactly what he was doing when he fired his gun.

"I blame myself for taking Reeva's life," Pistorius said.

Describing what happened after the shots, Pistorius' high-pitched voice wobbled. He said he went to the bed and realized Steenkamp was not there, and then felt the curtains to see if she was behind them.

"Then I was panicking, realizing she wasn't answering," the runner said. "I was screaming, I was screaming out for her."

Nel said his next line of questioning would deal with the toilet. He asked to continue on Tuesday morning and the trial was adjourned for the day.

'Emotional memories'

The prosecutor has repeatedly asked the runner why he was getting "emotional" as Nel's questioning has drawn tears.

"Is it about what happened, or the questions and your frustration with answering them?" Nel said, asking Pistorius if he was using his emotions as an escape. Pistorius said he was not.

"It's emotional memories for me," the runner replied.

Pistorius, 27, has denied he acted selfishly toward Steenkamp, who was 29 when she died.

In a bid to paint their relationship as rocky, Nel has ripped apart message exchanges between the couple.

Nel also sought to paint Pistorius as selfish and demanded to know why the athlete did not respond to his girlfriend's declaration of love. But Pistorius said he preferred to talk to his girlfriend over the phone rather than messaging. He acknowledged he never got a chance to tell her that he loved her.

"Because it was all about Mr. Pistorius," Nel said.

The trial has gripped South Africa, where Pistorius is considered a symbol of triumph over physical adversity. His disabled lower legs were amputated when he was a baby, but he went on to achieve global fame as the "Blade Runner," winning numerous Paralympic gold medals on the steel blades fitted to his prostheses.

Only those in the courtroom can see Pistorius because he has chosen not to testify on camera. His testimony can be heard on an audio feed.

Steenkamp's mother, June Steenkamp, has been in court throughout his testimony.

The trial is scheduled to continue until the middle of May.

Judge Thokozile Masipa will decide the verdict in collaboration with two experts called assessors. South Africa does not have jury trials.

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

CNN's Emily Smith, Laura Smith-Spark and Faith Karimi contributed to this report.


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(KUTV) A brush fire burning near Utah Lake forced fire fighters to evacuate the Sandy Beach area Sunday morning.The fire started in the morning and fire fighters evacuated the beach while they fought the flames.The blaze destroyed over 75 acres, but crews say the cold weather helped them extinguish the fire sooner than expected. The cause is unknown.

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(KUTV) A new report shows that the Utah Transit Authority doubled the bonus budget for its managers.

The Salt Lake Tribune says this came at the same time as UTA asked for a bump in their sales tax.

In 2012, UTA spent just under $900,000 on bonuses – and last year, that number shot up to $1.7-million.

UTA says they give good bonuses to bring in good talent – but some legislators are saying this will hurt the agency’s credibility.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
(KUTV) Part of Arches National Park has been shut down due to vandalism.

The park released a statement saying they’ve closed off access to the area southwest of the Sand Dune Arch because of excessive graffiti.

Park warnings and trail head signs have failed to prevent further damage from scratching and carving into the rocks.

Officials say it is not easy to remove the graffiti and say they’ve decided to close access for the time being.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
(KUTV) Police are looking for a suspect in a stabbing in Salt Lake City Friday.

Police say a man got into a verbal argument with Jose Gonzalez around 4:00am Friday at 1966 S. 200 E. and during the argument, the suspect pulled a knife. The victim tried to run away, but tripped and fell. Police say the suspect allegedly stabbed the victim in the abdomen.

According to officials, the two men were with their girlfriends, who are sisters, in the parking lots. The suspect and his girlfriend fled eastbound through the parking lot and the victim and his girlfriend called for help. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call police.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
(KUTV) Utah gun lobbyist Clark Aposhian will appear in court Monday afternoon in an attempt to get a case against him dismissed.

Aposhian is set to be in the Holladay Justice Court to try for the dismissal.

Last Memorial Day, Clark Aposhian got into a hostile argument on his ex-wife’s property with her new husband.

Aposhian was arrested during the incident. He is now facing charges of criminal trespass.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)

(KUTV) A father and his two sons are safe after being rescued while hiking in Garfield County.

Authorities say Jason Knight and his two sons set out for a week in the mountains last Tuesday, but did not return home.

Rescue crews searched and found the three early Sunday morning.

Knight and his sons spent three days in the wilderness. Officials say they were slightly dehydrated, but should be okay.

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