Update: The Unified Police Department identified the victim as Dennis Robbins, 70. Robbins son, Christopher Robbins, 29, is the suspect and has been booked into jail.
(KUTV) A homicide investigation is underway in the usually quiet community of Olympus Cove, after a 70 year old man was found dead and his 29 year old son was taken into custody.
Unified Fire is now on the scene as police try to clear the crime scene of any possible dangers, after family members reported a threat made by the suspect that he planned to 'blow the house up". Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder told 2News, "There's at least one room that's secured from the rest of the home and that is the room that is concerning. We just don't know what's inside of it."
Officials were waiting for a warrant to get access the locked room, but were able to get that by noon Friday. The initial call of a domestic incident in progress was received by Unified Police at 6:15 Friday morning. Sheriff Winder said, "Officers arrived rather quickly and upon doing so, discovered that a 70 year old male was the victim of what appears to be a violent assault. That individual is deceased."
His son was also found in the home and was taken into custody. There's no word on a motive or on what was used in the attack, but police say it appeared to be blunt force trauma.
Neighbors described the suspect as "polite, but odd". Some told 2News there was a history of mental illness. 2News was able to confirm the identity of the suspect, but is not releasing that information until police are able to notify family members of the death. We did use that information to find the suspect has a previous record. He is listed on a sex offender registry with a 2004 conviction for enticing a minor over the internet. He was sentenced to 6 months behind bars and 3 years probation. He also served 30 days in jail, after failing to register as a sex offender in 2011.
Neighbor Kelly McKean told 2News reporter Amy Nay Friday word of the crime has left him stunned, "Oh, wow. It's like - really, here? Because we hear about this stuff everyday on the news, but when it's a few houses down the street, it's a surprise. Tragic, especially when we found out who was involved... someone we kind of knew."
Unified Fire Authority's Bomb Squad had cleared the home at the scene on Matthews Way and did not find any explosives devices. Residents are now allowed to leave their homes as it is safe. Detectives will now begin to process the scene for evidence related to the homicide.
(KUTV) More than six weeks after a Salt Lake City police officer shot and killed a dog in the animal's own fenced-in backyard during a missing child search, two separate investigations have cleared him.
Salt Lake City's Police Civilian Review Board released a statement on Friday saying the panel had exonerated Officer Brett Olsen following the "improper force" allegation brought by the animal's owner.
"It is apparent that [Olsen] believes two of the situations described in law as being triggers for 'Exigent Circumstances' existed, those being: when officers are reacting to an immediate life-threatening emergency; where there is danger of physical harm to officers or other persons," the document reads.
Olsen and 25 other officers responded to the June 18 report of a missing child in a Sugarhouse neighborhood. Olsen opened Sean Kendall's gate about a block and a half from the missing boy's home and entered the backyard. He encountered Geist, a 110-pound Weimaraner. According to the officer's statement and the findings of both investigations, the dog threatened Olsen, who fired his gun and shot the animal in the head.
Kendall, who described his two-year-old dog as gentle and goofy, has called for the officer's removal and a policy change. He believes the officer illegally trespassed on his property.
"When Brett Olsen opened my gate, he violated my constitutional and protected right to privacy, and he then illegally seized and killed Geist," Kendall said. "It's been over six weeks and there has not been any action. My confidence in Chief Burbank is at an all-time low."
The department has since received numerous death threats and has been the target of public outrage following the shooting.
In a press conference on Friday morning, Police Chief Chris Burbank announced similar results at the conclusion of the department's internal affairs investigation. Kendall's complaint was deemed 'not sustained.'
"Similar to the findings released by the independent Civilian Review Board this morning, the department's internal review found the subject officer reasonably believed that deadly force was necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury to himself from a dangerous animal under 'SLCPD Policy III-310 Force, Use of' and 'SLCP Policy III-300 Firearms,'" the statement reads.
Burbank said he himself considered the shooting appropriate and justified.
"It is never the intent of the police department to use deadly force," Burbank said. "The officer reacted to a dog that was charging towards him, and in fact the distance was very small. Physical evidence indicates that the dog was within three feet of the officer when he responded with his firearm."
As for the trespassing allegation, Burbank, too, said the urgent circumstances required quick action, especially considering the deaths of abducted children often occur within the first 30 minutes of their disappearance.
"Officer Olsen knocked on the residence in the neighborhood, received no answer, appropriately, under the community caretaker standard and the exigency that potentially exists in a missing child or an abducted child [case], entered the backyard," Burbank said. "Circumstances that provide for warrantless searches exist and have been determined and upheld by the Supreme Court."
But Kendall denies the officer had any reason to step on his property.
"The was no reason to believe the child was in the backyard," Kendall said. "Therefore, he violated my Fourth Amendment right."
The missing toddler was found sleeping under a pile of blankets in his own basement less than an hour after Geist was shot. Asked whether the police search of the home had been thorough, Burbank said officers had conducted a search of the home but also expected the panic-stricken parents to have searched the house thoroughly. He said officers spread out and searched everywhere in the area simultaneously and with urgency.
Kendall turned down a $10,000 settlement he was initially seeking from the agency. But at one point, in a Facebook post that he quickly deleted, he announced he would accept the settlement.
"For a moment, I was selfish and didn't want to take on the responsibility of continuing to fight, but given the public support, I decided that no amount of money is going to make what Brett Olsen did okay," he explained.
Kendall said he would rather see the department change its policy.
Burbank said in the Friday press conference that the department attempted to compensate Kendall for his loss within a couple days of the shooting by offering to pay for the dog's cost and burial. Kendall apparently declined.
"Negotiations never focused on policy and procedure, never focused on the officer involved," Burbank said. "It simply focused on the dollar amount."
Burbank said the department will evaluate policy and procedure and add more training for officers in interacting with dogs. Olsen had no specialized training in working with large dogs. The police department is working with the Humane Society of Utah, Best Friends Utah and the Department of Justice to provide specific officer-animal training.
The Humane Society of Utah released a statement on Friday afternoon, reinforcing the need for more training.
"In response to the Salt Lake City Police Department’s internal review of the case involving 'Geist,' as well as a Police Civilian Review Board’s findings regarding the tragic shooting death of this family pet, the Humane Society of Utah is strongly urging all law enforcement agencies throughout the state to provide additional training and tools for officers to use when they encounter a dog in the course of their duties," the statement reads in part.
(KUTV) A 31-year-old male is in serious condition after an officer involved shooting in Taylorsville Friday morning.
Officers say conflict was occurring prior to them arriving on scene at 5514 S. Ridge Crest Dr. When they did arrive on scene the 31-year-old male was in possession of a firearm which he brandished at officers.
Shots were exchanged; one officer fired and struck the male. No officers were injured.
An investigation is underway. Ridge Crest Dr. (3410 W.) at 5470 S. will be closed for several hours.
2News will update the story as more information becomes available.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans revived their bill on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis in dramatic fashion Friday, preparing to pass it after winning over conservatives with tough new provisions that could threaten deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants already working in this country legally. President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action and said he'd act unilaterally, as best he could.
A day after GOP leaders pulled the border bill from the floor in a chaotic retreat, tea party lawmakers were enthusiastically on board with the new $694 million version and a companion measure that would shut off a program created by Obama granting work permits to immigrants brought here illegally as kids. The second bill also seemed designed to prevent the more than 500,000 people who've already gotten work permits under the program from renewing them, ultimately making them subject to deportation.
Votes on both measures were expected later Friday.
"It's dealing with the issue that the American people care about more than any other, and that is stopping the invasion of illegal foreign nationals into our country," said Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. "And we got to yes."
But Obama said no. "They're not even trying to solve the problem," the president said. "I'm going to have to act alone, because we do not have enough resources."
Obama said he would reallocate resources where he could, while making clear his options were limited without congressional action.
The moves in the House came on what was to have been the first day of lawmakers' five-week summer recess, delayed by GOP leaders after their vote plans unexpectedly collapsed on Thursday. Senators had already left Washington after killing their own legislation on the border crisis, so there was no prospect of reaching a final deal. But three months before midterm elections, House Republicans were determined to show that they, at least, could take action to address the crisis involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence and poverty in Central America to cross illegally into South Texas.
"It would be irresponsible and unstatesmanlike to head home for the month without passing a bill to address this serious, present crisis on the border," said Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
To reach a deal, GOP leaders had to satisfy the demands of a group of a dozen or more conservative lawmakers who were meeting behind the scenes with Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and taking their cues from outside groups such as the Heritage Foundation that opposed earlier versions of the legislation.
These lawmakers objected to sending any more money to Obama without a strong stance against his two-year-old deportation relief program, which Republicans blame for causing the current border crisis by creating the perception that once here, young migrants would be allowed to stay — a point the administration disputes.
House GOP leaders agreed earlier in the week to hold a separate vote to prevent Obama from expanding the deportation relief program, but that didn't satisfy conservatives who held out for stronger steps.
Thursday night, those lawmakers huddled in the basement of the Capitol with new House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., until coming up with a deal ending funding for the deportation relief program as well as making changes to the border bill aimed at ensuring the faster removal of the Central American migrant youths.
Friday morning, as the full Republican caucus met in the Capitol, conservative lawmakers were declaring victory.
"I'm very satisfied," said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, the leading immigration hardliner in the House.
The GOP plans met with howls of protest from immigration advocates and Democrats, who warned Republicans that they'd be alienating Latino voters for years to come.
"If you tell people that you think they're criminals, that you think they're simply bringing diseases, that they're bringing drugs, then you treat them as invaders, they kind of think you don't like them," said Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. "They're going to believe you don't like them, and they're not going to vote for you."
The new GOP border bill adds $35 million more for the National Guard, which would go to reimburse states for guard deployments. Like earlier versions, it would increase spending for overwhelmed border agencies, add more immigration judges and detention spaces, and alter a 2008 anti-trafficking law to permit Central American kids to be sent back home without deportation hearings. That process is currently permitted only for unaccompanied minors arriving from Mexico and Canada.
The bill would pay for strapped border agencies only for the final two months of this budget year, falling far short of the $3.7 billion Obama initially requested to deal with the crisis into next year. More than 57,000 unaccompanied youths have arrived since October, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, plus tens of thousands more migrants traveling as families.
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BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) Not too many people can say they're happy about being pulled over by police.
Not too many people can say they enjoy getting a ticket, either.
Tana Baumler was attending a wedding in Idaho Falls. Like most people on vacation she got a little behind schedule and tried to get to Yellowstone National Park with her husband and two granddaughters.
She was caught by Trooper Mike Nielson going almost 95 mph in a 75 mph zone on Interstate 15.
Baumler was so moved by the trooper's professionalism and kindness, she just had to say thank you. On Wednesday, ISP shared a thank-you note from Tana that she wrote last week.
"He was giving the kids stickers, and little sheriff badges -- he was just really nice to them," said Baumler. "I thought that it was kind of nice just because then the four year old wasn't scared."
Trooper Nielson said during his interactions with the public he likes to treat people how his family would like to be treated.
"(I) usually just talk to the kids," Nielson said. "Kids are always really inquisitive when the guy with the big hat walks up to their car on the side of the highway so sometimes they are a little nervous."
The trooper gave Baumler her "own" sticker as well -- a $150 ticket. Tana said she was speeding and deserved the citation.
As a restaurant owner herself she notes that her servers don't always get the recognition they deserve. She appreciates when people go out of their way to do so.
That's why she wanted to write a letter to ISP letting them know what a good job Trooper Nielson did. She wrote the letter while she was writing the check for her ticket.
Here is what she said in the letter:
"Dear Idaho State Police, Recently I was on vacation with my grandchildren and was pulled over for speeding. Officer Mike Nielson made it a good experience for my grandchildren by talking with them calmly and giving them stickers. He didn't leave me out and I got my very own STICKER SHOCK :) Thanks for a great attitude."
ATLANTA (CNN) When a plane took off from Georgia to meet two American missionaries fighting to survive Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa, social media in the United States lit up with fearful reactions.
Many posts called for keeping the infected patients out of the country.
The medical charter flight that departed Cartersville on Thursday could bring Nancy Writebol or Dr. Kent Brantley back to a treatment facility around the corner from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Their conditions are worsening, says faith-based charity Samaritan's Purse, which the two work with.
Their best chance to survive is to get back to the United States, says virologist Dr. Charles Chiu from the University of California San Francisco.
If the plane returns with them lying in the microbial containment system erected in its bay, it will be the first known time that someone infected with Ebola has crossed into the United States.
That news echoed back in a wave of concern ranging from worry to Hollywood "Outbreak" scenarios and conspiracy theories.
"As much as I respect the Samaritan's Purse workers with Ebola, I really don't want it anywhere near the US," a user posted to Twitter under the hashtag #EbolaOutbreak.
"Atlanta is 6 hours away & I know at least 2 people there. How many degrees of separation are between you and #ebola?" another asked.
Articles and Facebook pages have popped up claiming to reveal secrets about Ebola readers are not supposed to know -- to protect clandestine interests.
On the website of conspiracy talker Alex Jones, who has long purported that the CDC could unleash a pandemic, and the government would react by instituting authoritarian rule, the news has been a feast of fodder.
"Feds would exercise draconian emergency powers if Ebola hits U.S.," a headline read on infowars.com.
But the arrival of people infected with Ebola is virtually inevitable, with the proliferation of daily international air travel, many experts have said.
It takes a while for symptoms to break out, so an infected person can get onto a plane feeling fine then fall ill after landing.
It is conceivable that an infected passenger has landed the country before. There has already been one known close call.
American Patrick Sawyer died in Nigeria of Ebola before he could make it back to Minnesota.
He worked in Liberia and was in a plane to Lagos, when he became violently ill and was taken to a hospital.
If an infection were detected, Western healthcare professionals would quickly contain patients and quell the possible spread of the virus, which, though very deadly, is fortunately not very contagious.
Its rate of spread pales when compared to the flu -- even though the current outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is the worst in recorded history, according to World Health Organization.
There have been more than 1,300 known cases, says Doctors Without Borders, since the outbreak began about five months ago. More than 700 people have died.
The virus has spread through some of the world's most impoverished communities with no knowledge or means to fight or prevent it on their own.
By contrast, between 5% and 20% of Americans contract a flu every year, according to flu.gov. That works out to 15 - 62 million people, despite flu shots and widespread education on how to avoid it.
To contract Ebola, one has to come into direct contact with a sick patient's bodily fluids: things like saliva, excrement, blood.
Ebola's symptoms start out like those of many diseases, including common flus, with headaches, fever, nausea, diarrhea but progress to abdominal pain and bleeding.
"That's usually the blood loss and the fluid loss results in organ failure, which is how most patients actually succumb to the disease," Chiu said.
As inevitable as it is that some infected person will land within our borders, experts say it is equally unlikely that Writebol or Brantley would trigger an outbreak here, if they make it home.
"The risk of secondary transmission -- for them to actually infect other health care workers here in the United States or other people in the United States -- the risk is very, very low," Chiu said.
The isolative pod aboard the Gulfstream jet is called an Aeromedical Biological Containment System and looks like a tent. It contains multiple layers of isolation to prevent the patient from coming into contact with anyone -- including caregivers inside the pod.
Upon arrival in Atlanta, the patient would be transferred to a special isolation room at Emory University that is separate from patient areas.
At least one of the missionaries is to be brought to Emory, hospital officials told CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Healing the healers
Brantly and Writebol came down with Ebola while working to save the lives of sick patients in Liberia.
There is no cure for it. But caregivers can nurse the ill in hopes they will survive, while the body's immune system fights the disease. The treatment success rate in the current outbreak is around 45%.
Medical workers in Liberia, who are caring for the missionaries, gave Writebol an experimental serum this week. There was only one dose available, and her colleague, Dr. Brantly, insisted she receive it, Samaritan's Purse said.
Brantly was given a blood from a patient whose life he had helped to save.
If time is merciful, the best possible treatment in the United States could save the life of one of the heroic aid workers.
The fight against Ebola
There is currently no vaccine available to prevent Ebola's spread, but one is in the works.
The National Institutes of Health announced it will begin testing an experimental Ebola vaccine in people as early as September. Tests on primates have already been successful.
The NIH announcement came the same day as the CDC issued a Level 3 alert for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, warning against any nonessential travel to the region.
As of now, the outbreak has been confined to West Africa, but it is getting worse there. Although infections are dropping off in Guinea, they are on the rise in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
As infection accelerates, some aid groups are pulling out to protect their own.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, said that even in a best-case scenario, it could take three to six months to stem the epidemic in West Africa.
By Ben Brumfield and Chelsea Carter
CNN's Millicent Smith, Caleb Hellerman and Jason Hanna contributed to this report.
GAZA CITY (CNN) A cease-fire in Gaza unraveled Friday only hours after it took effect, with both sides accusing each other of violating the fledgling truce and the Israeli military saying one of its soldiers possibly was kidnapped.
Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said an Israeli attack on Rafah in southern Gaza killed at least 27 people and wounded more than 100.
The official Palestinian news agency WAFA said assault involved Israeli artillery shelling, calling it a "violation of the cease-fire."
Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan told CNN that the latest cease-fire attempt between Israel and Hamas made it clear that there was to be no military action whatsoever, and Israel violated it by attacking houses in Rafah. Hamas is still committed to the cease-fire, but will protect itself, he said.
Israeli forces were attacked in a "brutal incident" in the Rafah area that required them to defend themselves, Israeli spokesman Mark Regev told CNN. At the same time, rockets were launched into southern Israel from Gaza, he said.
"This clearly is Hamas violating this U.N.-sponsored cease-fire," he said.
Israel's military said it was working on an operation to decommission a tunnel when it was attacked. It was during this attack that the soldier was apparently kidnapped. The Hamas spokesman said the group has heard reports, but could not confirm that any soldier has been captured.
Hamas has been attacking Israeli forces inside Gaza on Friday morning, which an Israeli official described as "a grave violation" of the cease-fire.
In fact, Regev told CNN, he does not know if a cease-fire can be revived. "You cannot have a situation where (Hamas) are shooting at us, and we are taking a time-out," he said.
The Israeli military says that one of its soldiers is missing after an attack by militants in Gaza. It is possible that the soldier has been kidnapped, according to a statement by Israel Defense Forces.
If the Israeli-Palestinian clash in Rafah is corroborated, it would be a violation by Gaza militants of the cease-fire that had been in place, said Robert Serry, U.N. special coordinator for the Middle East peace process. The violation would be "condemned in the strongest terms," he said.
The humanitarian truce had been announced Thursday by the United Nations and United States, after weeks of fighting and more than 1,500 deaths in Gaza, most of them civilians. It came into effect at 8 a.m. Friday in Gaza (1 a.m. ET).
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, said the halt to hostilities was planned to last for 72 hours and provide an opportunity to seek a more lasting solution to the conflict.
"During this time, the forces on the ground will remain in place," a joint statement by the United Nations and United States said.
Many Gaza residents have seen their neighborhoods hit hard and loved ones killed or wounded since Israel began Operation Protective Edge against Hamas on July 8.
Around a quarter of a million people in the small, impoverished territory have been displaced by the conflict, according to the United Nations. That's about 14% of Gaza's population of 1.8 million.
The cease-fire allows food and medical supplies to come and in, better care for the injured and burial of the dead.
Under the truce, Israeli and Palestinian officials are expected to meet in Cairo to try to reach "a durable cease-fire," the U.N. and U.S. statement said. "The parties will be able to raise issues of concern in these negotiations."
Tunnel demolition to continue
It remains to be seen whether the two sides, which are bitterly opposed on key issues, will be able to reach a breakthrough.
Previous cease-fire attempts in the conflict have failed to take hold or lasted only briefly.
Hamas has said it wants an end to Israel's blockade on Gaza, which restricts the movement of goods and people. It also wants the release of prisoners detained by the Israelis.
Israel, meanwhile, has says it is aiming for the demilitarization of Hamas-controlled Gaza, removing the threat that militant weapons pose to Israeli civilians.
Before the cease-fire plan was announced, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said Israeli troops would continue destroying Hamas' network of tunnels that run under the border into Israel with or without a truce.
While "neither side will advance ... Israel will be able to continue its defensive operations for those tunnels that are behind its lines," Kerry explained.
'A difficult road'
Animosity between the two sides, which have gone to war three times in the past six years, runs deep. Israel, like the United States, designates Hamas as a terrorist organization. Hamas is committed to armed struggle against Israel.
Kerry called planned the talks "a lull of opportunity ... to try to find a way to ... obtain a sustainable cease-fire," but admitted there are "no guarantees." The negotiations will be mediated by Egypt and to include a small American delegation.
As Kerry noted, "Everyone knows it has not been easy to get to this point, and everyone knows it will not be easy to get beyond this point."
Saeb Erakat, a senior official in the Palestine Liberation Organization, a separate group from Hamas, said the talks will include "all Palestinian factions."
"It's a difficult road. It's a bumpy road," said Erakat, a veteran Palestinian negotiator. "I am hoping against hope that we can do every possible effort with the help of everyone out there in order to ensure that we can reach a permanent cease-fire."
U.N. official talks of potential war crimes
At least 1,452 people have been killed in Gaza, and 8,360 wounded, during the current conflict, Gaza Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said. That's more than the 1,417 Palestinians that the Palestinian Center for Human Rights said died in the 22 days of Israel's Operation Cast Lead, which spanned 2008 and 2009.
Those killed in the current hostilities include 327 children and 166 women, the Gaza health ministry reports.
The bloodshed prompted the United Nations' top human rights official to warn that war crimes may have been committed, accusing Israel of "deliberate defiance of obligations (to) international law."
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay referred to the shelling of homes, schools, hospitals and U.N. premises, while insisting, "We cannot allow this impunity, we cannot allow this lack of accountability to go on."
"None of this appears, to me, to be accidental," Pillay said.
Pressure is coming from around the world over the growing civilian casualties in the conflict, which Israel says it tries to limit.
Chile, Peru, Brazil and Ecuador have pulled their ambassadors out of Tel Aviv to protest the Israeli offensive. Even the United States -- an ally of Israel -- believes "the Israelis need to do more" to prevent civilian deaths, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters.
'So much loss of life'
Israel has been protected from many of Hamas' rockets by its Iron Dome defense system, though some have still hit populated areas. That includes a rocket that struck a neighborhood Thursday in Qiryat Gat, about 20 miles from Gaza, seriously injuring a man and setting a car afire, Israeli police said.
Three civilians have been killed in Israel since the conflict began, while many more have been forced to take shelter as rockets rained overhead. Sixty-one Israeli soldiers have been killed during the hostilities, with five of those deaths occurring Thursday evening.
In Gaza, the situation is dire.
Clean water is inaccessible for most. And some 3,600 people have lost their homes.
"We cannot supply electricity" for hospitals, sewage treatment or domestic use, said Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil, deputy chairman of the Palestinian Energy Natural Resources Authority in Gaza. "This is a disaster."
Sakher Joham is among those Palestinians hoping for an end to the misery.
The violence forced him to flee his home, with his five children and "just the clothes on my back."
"We are tired, and we have had so much loss of life," Joham, 32, said of himself and fellow Palestinians. "We want to live with our children a life of dignity, like the rest of the world."
By Jethro Mullen, Mariano Castillo and Karl Penhaul
CNN's Karl Penhaul reported from Gaza City; Mariano Castillo and Greg Botelho reported and wrote from Atlanta; and Jethro Mullen reported and wrote from Hong Kong. CNN's Mariano Castillo, John Vause, Steve Almasy, Tim Lister, Kareem Khadder, Samira Said, Tal Heinrich and Larry Register contributed to this report.
(KUTV) Several stores have been hit, and it appears the crooks are pushing a certain type of bill.
Jamie Reynolds manages the Arctic Circle on North Temple. Twice recently, customers have tried to pay with fake $10 bills. One of them got away with it. The other did not.
"We had a young lady come in with a $10 bill and try to say that we gave it to her, and we didn't," said Reynolds. "We basically called the police and filed a report with them."
Police say the Arctic Circle isn't the only place counterfeiters have hit over the past few days. They've also tried to pass fake money at a Payless Shoe Store, Chevron, and two 7-11 convenience stores. All of them are located in and around downtown.
"They're not sticking to the same establishments," said Salt Lake Police Detective Veronica Montoya. "They're just trying to pass them anywhere they can."
Salt Lake police don't know yet if these cases are connected.
"It sounds like we're getting some different descriptions," said Montoya. "We've got video we need to go back and review. Hopefully we'll get some good suspect information."
But police say whoever is doing it is following a pattern
"In every case they are ten dollar bills," said Montoya. She said they believe the crooks are focusing on those bills because they typically don't get checked.
Back at Arctic Circle, employees now have to scrutinize all the small bills, thanks to the counterfeiters.
"We use the counterfeit pens to check them, and we also check them to make sure that the feel of it is right," said Reynolds.
Meanwhile, police continue to investigate the fake funds.
"We're just trying to pinpoint where it's coming from," said Montoya, adding the perpetrators will "be doing some serious jail time if they do get caught." Knowingly passing counterfeit money is a felony.
If you have any information about this case, give Salt Lake police a call at 801-799-3000. You can also tip them anonymously on their website at http://slcpd.com/.
(KUTV) The Utah Pride Center held a grand opening ceremony Thursday for its new Community Counseling and Wellness Center at 255 East 400 South in Salt Lake.
Joshua Bravo, one of three licensed clinical social workers at the center said it's a goal "to find a safe space for our clients to be themselves."
Bravo said LGBT people have high rates of suicide and depression. Many struggle with alcohol and drug addiction too. He said coming out often causes stress for LGBT people and their families.
A new hotline will also offer help to loved ones of LGBT people including parents, who are not sure how to deal with a child when he or she comes out. Spanish-speaking counselors who not only speak the language, but understand Latino culture are also available. That Hotline is (801)580-4304.
The center will also help people with non-LGBT issues. The Community Counseling and Wellness Center accepts most insurances, Medicaid & Medicare and offers reduced fees for those who are uninsured and on limited incomes.
To make an appointment you can call (801)539-8800 Ext. 116 or 136
(KUTV) A Utah bride is using social media to help track down her one of a kind wedding dress after it was apparently donated to a local thrift store.
Anna Dunn says she dropped her designer gown off to be cleaned and boxed, but when she went back to pick it up --- the dress was gone. The owners of the cleaners say they donated the dress because she took too long to pick it up.
It was just three weeks ago when Dunn realized her dress was gone and possibly for good. She was running errands with her daughter when she realized she was by the dry cleaners where she had dropped off her wedding dress. It wasn't her usual cleaner and wasn't in a spot she frequented. She took her dress to this specific cleaner on recommendation from friends who said this specific business was very good at taking care of wedding dresses. That cleaner, which she does not want to name, underwent a recent ownership/management change and isn't the friendly local cleaner it once was.
Devastated by the news her dress had been given away, Anna posted her story and pictures of her dress on Facebook and Instagram. She made a plea to the social media universe to spread her story and so far it has worked. She has 5,000 shares and has been given many tips, but so far none have panned out.
Anna is sick about her dress, she says it was a gift from her parents and an extravagant one. Her family was not one to spend a lot of money, but her parents helped her with the $1000 she needed for her Maggie Sottero gown.
She describes it as "very flattering," with rushing down to the knees and Swarovski crystals. The dress was strapless, but she purchased fabric to have sleeves made for the dress. Anna realized this is a "first world problem" and she lives a blessed life, but with that said she would love to get her dress back.
Anna can't remember exactly when she dropped her gown off to be cleaned. She says "it's all kind of a blur" she's been married four years and didn't get around to cleaning the dress until after her daughter Evelyn was born. Evelyn is now almost two and the dress was likely dropped off in the last year. She calls it a busy time as a new mom and admits she forgot, saying it wasn't like she was thinking about it.. Anna wants people to know she is "completely in the wrong" she says it is her own fault and that she was the one who left it, but she calls it an innocent mistake.
In hindsight Anna says she did receive one call about the dress, there was a message saying come and get your dress. The message didn't mention a business name or that the dress in question was her wedding dress and would soon be given away. Anna says the, "hardest thing --- is that it's not a men's dress shirt, it's a wedding dress." She adds that something of such value "merits more than one vague phone call."
Anna doesn't want to name the cleaners, she just wants her dress and the memories it holds. She gets emotional looking back at her own childhood and looking at her mom's dress in the back of her closet saying, "it wasn't anything special, but I thought it was so magical."
She's hoping someone will help her get the dress back if not for her, for her daughter. Anna says she still looks "forward to sharing the dress with her whether she wears it or not." She wants her daughter, who is just a toddler, to someday know "about how special that day was to me and her dad."
The dress could have been sold online if the cleaner knew its value. The business does however say it was donated to a local Deseret Industries in the past few months. If you know who bought it Anna would love a chance to buy it back. She recognizes the dress may now have memories and meaning for someone else now too, even still she hopes they can chat and work something out.
The best case scenario would be someone who bought the dress and stuck it in a closet for someone down the road. No matter what, Anna wants to track down this piece of her history.
If you know anything concerning the whereabouts of this gown please email Heidi at email@example.com and we will get you in contact with Anna. The dress is a size 4 maybe size 6 and is a party in the back. You'll know it when you see it!
(KUTV) Recently a Utah veteran, who served in World War II flying missions on D-day in Normandy, received considerable recognition.
Sergeant Dean Larson was recently appointed the prestigious title Knight of the Legion. He received this distinguished French Legion honor for years of service and dangerous flights through French territory.
Sergeant Larson was just 20-years-old when he was called to war. His duties included managing the gun turret on a B-17 fighter plane, known to be a dangerous job. "Maneuver and fire the fifty caliber machine guns and protect the plane from its most vulnerable spot, below."
He flew 33 missions over French territory, including Normandy during the historic D-day push, "The entire operation Overlord led to the freeing of France from occupation and the eventual end of the war."
Sergeant Larson says he was just one out of hundreds of thousands serving his country during that dangerous time.
The French Legion of Honor medal is the highest French recognition; it was established during the French Revolution by Napoleon Bonaparte as a replacement for the French Orders of Chivalry. It can be received by both civilians and soldiers based on merit. A small number of Legion of Honor medals are awarded each year in the United States.
(KUTV) St. George police are reporting that a woman has been apprehended after robbing a US Bank located at 791 S Bluff, St.
Police say she was dressed in dark pants, a blue hoodie, sunglasses and a surgical type mask when she handed a teller a note demanding money. No weapon was used during the incident; however the note did threaten bodily harm if demands were not met.
The woman then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money and drove away in a Nissan Maxima with a dealer plate.
St. George police were able to locate a vehicle matching the description on I-15 southbound near mile marker 4. When Officers attempted to stop the vehicle it fled and accelerated to high rate of speed.
St. George officers continued to pursue the vehicle into Arizona where Arizona Highway Patrol took over the pursuit.
According to reports the suspected vehicle was later stopped by Arizona and Nevada officers near mile marker 92 in Nevada, where the woman was taken into custody.
We will have more on the story as details become available.
(KUTV) A Utah woman wants to thank the good Samaritans who came to her aid after a wreck that nearly killed her in Spanish Fork Canyon.
"Thank you for saving my life pretty much, and thank you so much for being there," said 23-year-old Lacey Austin of the complete strangers she hopes to reunite with. "I just want to hug these people and tell them thank you."
On July 14, Austin was sleeping in the backseat of her car as her friend drove and another friend sat in the passenger seat. The driver attempted to pass another car near mile marker 196 and rolled the Saturn partially onto train tracks, Austin said.
"That's when I looked over and [saw] the train coming," Austin said. "I couldn't feel my hands at all. I couldn't move. I couldn't pull myself anywhere out of the car."
Austin's friends pulled her from the window of the car just before the approaching train hit the back end.
Austin suffered a concussion and a broken neck. Doctors later said she came one centimeter from being paralyzed.
A man and a woman pulled over and ran to Austin's aid, keeping her calm and keeping her neck and back stable.
"He held my neck the entire time, and she kept taking my pulse and pinching my feet," Austin said. "When she told me, 'Stay awake. I know you're tired, but you need to stay awake,' I just kept remembering that."
Once the ambulance arrived, the couple left.
Austin was hospitalized for a week and underwent two major surgeries. She has some memory loss and pain in her fingers. Her staples were removed on Wednesday, and she will be able to take off her neck brace in a few months. Austin is expected to make a full recovery and return to work in October.
Austin hopes to reunite with the couple because she believes they are the reason she is walking again.
"I believe if they weren't there holding my neck, making sure that I wasn't moving and that I was still awake, that I would've tried to be moving, tried to be up and walking," Austin said. "I was in shock. I don't think I would've known that I needed to be [lying] down."
Most of all, though, she is grateful to be alive to take care of her four-year-old daughter, Whitley.
"I'm very blessed to be able to still see my daughter every day. I mean I should have died," Austin said. "I know that everything happens for a reason, and I know everyone at that wreck was there for a reason."
Austin was initially told the couple who helped her are husband and wife and they may be paramedics. Besides that unconfirmed information, she knows nothing of the pair.
Austin said she also learned a lesson everyone has heard: to wear her seatbelt and take extra safety precautions in the car.
If you are one of the good Samaritans or have information about them, please contact the 2News tip line at (801) 839-1222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
(KUTV) It was one of the worst cases of terrorism in U.S. history, the Oklahoma City bombing that killed nearly 170 people---and a Salt Lake lawyer insisted Thursday there's more to it than we know.
"The government spent 20 years, and who knows how much money, to cover up this ugly story," said attorney Jesse Trentadue outside federal court. "And the ugly story is the government knew at least four months in advance the Murrah Building was going to be blown up, and didn't stop it."
His comments came after a four day trial before U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups at the new 'cube' federal courthouse, in which Trentadue pressed his case for access to video he believes showed convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh and another person, just several minutes before the blast---or for records that pertain to those images.
For Trentadue, the hunt for information is personal.
His brother, Kenneth, was arrested soon after the bombing, because Jesse suspects Kenneth looked like the other individual on the video. Kenneth died while in federal custody, a death that was reportedly determined to be a suicide---but Jesse said his brother did not take his own life.
"I think (eventually) we'll have a motive for my brother's murder," said Trentadue. " It was the government's involvement in the Oklahoma City bombing."
Specifically, Trentadue said he suspects the other person in the images was a government operative.
"They had infiltrated the operation," said Trentadue. "They didn't stop it. Now, there are only two reasons you don't stop it---you want it to happen, and I'm not saying that---or you screwed up; but it's just as bad for the FBI, whichever one is the answer."
In court Thursday, during an open discussion over a Trentadue allegation of witness tampering in the case by the FBI, a government lawyer called the assertion "another wild theory of the plaintiff."
In a "Joint Pretrial Order" from the judge, he recounted the FBI's positions surrounding video and records. Among the agency's apparent claims: in response to Trentadue's initial request, it identified nearly 250 videos and 200 pages of documents---that after Trentadue narrowed his request, it released 30 videotapes---and that it 'performed reasonable searches' for the information.
Judge Waddoups gave the government roughly two months to submit a written summary to the court, and another month beyond that for Trentadue to reply. A decision on the video and records will follow.
Also, near the end of August, Waddoups said he wants to hear an FBI testify under oath about the witness tampering allegation.
(KUTV) Tens of thousands of children without parents have come from Central America to the United States' border. Now Utah has learned that a few of them have been sent there to possibly live with family members.
Governor Gary Herbert's office got an email from the federal government Saturday saying 67 of the unaccompanied children, who have come to America from Central America are now in Utah.
Governor's spokesman Marty Carpenter says, "There's not enough information being shared."
About 50,000 kids without parents from Central America have shown up at the United States' border, most of them are kept in big shelters. Some have been sent to family members in various states, including the 67 that are presumably with family members in Utah.
"We're concerned that the kids are taken care of, healthy and safe," added Carpenter.
Governor Herbert would like to know where they're located and what state services the children might need, his office is asking questions of the federal government.
By comparison Utah has received only a few of these children. Texas, California, New York and Florida have more than 3,000, but it is presumed that more will be coming to the beehive state.
(KUTV) A family from Modena, Utah is in mourning after a special member of their family was trapped and left to die. Now they're looking to raise awareness of a growing issue of animal trapping throughout the state.
One Spring evening Modena resident John Etzler let his dogs out to run around some public property near his home, but the dogs strayed too far from the property and never returned home.
Etzler and his wife became concerned and went searching for them, but found nothing. What they found nearly four days later can be only described as tragic.
This used to be a place where dogs used to run free and the area was considered a backyard that all animals dream of. But in the past few months things changed.
"It's like living in the Gaza strip. Since last Thanksgiving we have been under siege basically," explains Etzler.
Etzler and his wife have lived in Modena for 15 years and just recently they lost one member of their family. "He was the most kind, respectful animal I've ever been around and the mental anguish; I mean my wife is still having a hard time dealing with her everyday job because of the idea of the loss of Brody."
Prior to his death Brody had already been trapped and the other dogs, Isabel and Half-Face, have experienced that pain as well. One of the traps severely injuring a paw and the other caused the loss of a toe.
Etzler believes that, "Statements that these steel jawed traps do not hurt people, children, dogs or the animal that they're after for the first 48 hours is ludicrous."
Lynn Chamberlain with the Utah Division of Wildlife and Resources says it is the law to check traps, "If they are not returning to their trap every 48 hours there are some fairly stringent criminal charges that can be filed against them."
The Etzler family has experienced tragedy and now they are demanding changes to trapping laws, but Chamberlain says it's an issue they're trying to fix.
"It's our responsibility to try as best as we can to check on those trappers. When we meet them in the field our officers and biologists have the opportunity to check with them and make sure their traps are all registered and are checking them," said Chamberlain.
Until things are changed Etzler is saying public lands are no longer safe. "If you live in a rural area like we live here and you've got BLM land contiguous to your property they can legally put their traps ten inches from your property line. As far as I'm concerned, they killed one of my family members."
Etzler says now his dogs won't really leave the property and veterinarians say Isabel could lose her paw because of the extensive damage done to it.
WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) The attorney for a former Utah bus driver charged with child sexual abuse says surveillance video doesn't show enough to convict his client.
Ron Yengich said in Utah court Wednesday the camera's view is often blocked by bus seats and captures only inadvertent touching.
Prosecutors say the 61-year-old John Martin Carrell repeatedly touched two 5-year-old special needs students inappropriately while buckling and unbuckling them on his bus to and from Sandy's Altara Elementary School.
Yengich says even if Carrell's behavior breached school policy, that does not necessarily mean it violates state laws.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports a judge is hearing the evidence to decide if Carrell should stand trial.
Carrell has not yet entered a plea.
He was on leave after allegations surfaced in April. He later resigned.
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(KUTV) Police are up against a new trend known as the 'Slap Game'. It involves taking large amounts of shipping labels from the Post Office, drawing on them and then ‘slapping’ the stickers everywhere.
The rising graffiti trend is spreading in West Valley City. Vandals are using the labels as a quick way to get their ‘tag’ up in a variety of places.
The labels are intended to be used for mailing packages.
Though some may consider it a harmless prank, misusing labels which are federal property is a felony.
(KUTV) Crews worked into the evening clean up a busted water pipe that flooded a school in Sandy on Thursday.
An irrigation pipe at Eastmont Middle School burst open and sent water spewing down a hill and into the building.
The lower level was filled with about an inch of water and nearly a foot of water collected in the auditorium. Crews quickly began mopping up the water to minimize damage to the floor.
"All the water is now out we are using dehumidifiers to try and dry everything out. Our number one goal now is to get it all cleaned up and all dried out so we can get ready for school to start," said Jennifer Toomer-Cook of the Canyons School District.
In all, the school estimates about 750,000 dollars in damage was caused. Crews will continue to clean up the damage before the first day of school for the Canyons School District, which is on August 20th.
(KUTV) Four people have been arrested following a homicide investigation in Price, Utah.
Police say James William Pendelton, 39, beat a man inside of a home before calling police.
Police say sometime after the beating took place the home went up in flames.
Pendelton is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated kidnapping.
Three accomplices have also arrested Michael John Dees, 39; Ashley Ann Platt, 22; Amee Lavon Averett, 23, they are all facing charges for their involvement. P0lice have not yet said what the charges may be filed.
We will have more on the story as details are made available.
(KUTV) The Salt Lake City Police Department is offering a cash reward for information leading to the apprehension of serial robbery suspect Marshall James Roberts.
Roberts is believed to have robbed four separate locations since July 25th, the latest being a Deseret Federal Credit Union on July 30th.
In addition to the four robberies, detectives believe Roberts may be the primary suspect in at least two more cases in Salt Lake City.
Roberts is described as a 25-year-old Caucasian male who is 6'1" with a thin build and curly hair. Police say he may have cut his hair shaved since the latest photos were released.
Those that know him say he is a heroin addict and frequents the shelter as well as local motels.
If you have information about Roberts' location, please call local law enforcement at (801) 799-3000.
Police advise everyone to not approach him. He is considered to be a danger to himself and others. You can also text the keyword TIPSLCPD plus any relevant information to 274637. Reference: coffee noir or case #14-124866.
(KUTV) Police are investigating an attempted robbery at a Salt Lake City Big Lots store Thursday morning.
Police say Michael Hardgrove, 59, walked into the store at 370 E. 200 S., grabbed a kitchen knife, went up to the clerk and demanded money.
The manager happened to be at the front of the store and was able to pick up the knife after Hardgrove put it down on the counter.
"That manager was really heads up," said Sgt. Robin Heiden with the Salt Lake Police. "The minute he put that knife down the manager jumped on that chance and grabbed that knife and at that point the robbery was over."
Along with picking up the knife, the manager was on the phone with dispatch giving them a full description of Hardgrove as the robbery was happening.
Police say Hardgrove appears to be homeless. He will most likely be charged with aggravated robbery.
(KUTV) Libertas Institue announced they will file a new lawsuit in the Third Judicial District Court over Common Core's adoption in Utah.
"Two weeks ago, Governor Herbert announced he had asked the Attorney General to investigate legal issues surrounding Common Core," said Libertas Institute president Connor Boyack. "We have been conducting our own investigation since January and have identified several violations of the law."
The lawsuit features six plaintiffs denied an opportunity to be consulted before establishing new education standards in Utah, which they say they are entitled to by state law.
Libertas' six-page brief petitions the judge for an "order enjoining the Board from further implementing Common Core in Utah's public schools, from requiring Utah's public school to further adopt or abide by Common Core and from enforcing Common Core in Utah's public schools."
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal employee who managed operations at the building bombed in Oklahoma City in 1995 is set to testify Thursday about surveillance cameras as the FBI attempts to show there are no unreleased videos of the attack.
The federal trial in Salt Lake City will determine whether the agency must do additional searches for security camera videos.
The trial stems from a lawsuit brought by Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue. He believes a video exists showing Timothy McVeigh was not alone in detonating the bomb, and that the FBI has not adequately searched for the video.
Trentadue says his brother bore a resemblance to a police sketch released after the attack of a second suspect. He believes that explains why his brother was flown to Oklahoma after the bombing, where he died in a federal holding cell.
BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press
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(KUTV) The cases against former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow may be the highest profile prosecutions in the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office in years and they are happening at the same time as a political race for DA.
Incumbent Sim Gill is seeking his second term. A lawyer in the DA's Office, Republican Steve Nelson, is going after the boss' job. Gill, a Democrat, has teamed with Davis County Attorney, Republican Troy Rawlings, to prosecute ex-prosecutors Shurtleff and Swallow, both Republicans.
Asked if the cases against Shurtleff-Swallow will become a campaign issue in the DA's race, challenger Nelson said, "It is, because so many people are talking about it."
Nelson is not privy to details, but that he is choosing not to comment on the case, though he said people ask him about it every day.
"And I tell them exactly what I've told you," said Nelson. "I want them (Shurtleff-Swallow) to get a fair trial."
Would he have charged the two, if he were sitting in the DA's Office now? "I have no way of answering that, without knowing the facts of the case," said Nelson.
Further, he said he is "concerned" about some public statements made by Gill surrounding the former attorneys general, suggesting those comments might not be appropriate material for potential jurors. Nelson did not specify an instance in which the DA's public comments compromised legal proceedings.
"I think that Sim Gill spends significantly more time in front of the camera and with newspaper reporters than I ever would," said Nelson.
Throughout his tenure, Gill has been the principal spokesman for the DA's Office, a role his predecessors had often delegated. But in some quarters, and perhaps on a wide basis, the DA is thought to be open and accessible. Still, an attempt by 2News to reach him Wednesday night for response to his challenger was not successful.
Nelson, a first time public office seeker, said he expects the race to be close.
(KUTV) First appearances were made in court for the trial of two former Utah attorneys general in Salt Lake City Wednesday morning.
Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow appeared together in court. The hearing was brief and ultimately ended with a scheduling conference set for August 18 at 9:00 a.m.
Both men were arrested July 15 for numerous charges following a two-year investigation. Swallow faces eleven felony charges and two misdemeanor charges, while Shurtleff faces 10 felony charges.
According to documents released by Salt Lake District courts, charges against Shurtleff and Swallow were "...associated with a group of individuals to conduct or participate in, directly or indirectly, a pattern of unlawful activity...The activities include multiple instances of witness tampering, obstructing justice, soliciting bribes, money laundering and accepting gifts by a public officer or public employee."
The men said they look forward to trial and proving their innocence.
"The facts will show I am innocent of all the things they said I've done," Swallow said outside the courtroom.
Swallow only briefly spoke, as per request of his lawyer who he said told him not to comment.
The goal of Shurtleff in these trials is to seek justice.
"So far the truth hasn't been told in any way, shape or form," said Shurtleff. "...We are going to go and prove the truth."
Shurtleff is seeking a separate trial. Shurtleff's attorney did not speak as to why, but said no strategy will be discussed with the public.
(KUTV) Salt Lake police say a woman was held against her will in an RV for four days, all while suffering serious abuse.
The woman's boyfriend, William Chaney, 53, is now in jail facing charges including aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, and mayhem.
“He was found to have meth on his person,” said Salt Lake Police Detective Veronica Montoya. “I believe that that may have been a factor in this case.”
The case spans several days. Salt Lake police say Chaney held his 36-year-old girlfriend in an RV.
“He wouldn't let her out,” said Montoya.
Montoya said Chaney abused the woman verbally, mentally, and physically, including kicking her in the jaw.
“I know we had some reports of her missing some teeth where he had kicked her,” said Montoya.
Chaney also cut the woman’s finger, according to police.
“There had to be stitches put on that,” Montoya said.
Police say the RV sat parked in the area of 2100 S. and 900 W. for four days, from Friday to Tuesday. That morning, police say, Chaney took the victim to a local hospital and then took off.
Officers later arrested Chaney near 2100 S. and 200 E. He is now in jail.
“When somebody is held against their will and they're not free to leave, it definitely brings the crime up to a felony level,” said Montoya.
This is not Chaney's first run-in with the law. He went to prison in 1996 after pleading guilty to attempted murder and other charges. He was released in 2004, but went back to prison several times for violating his parole.
At the end of June, his parole ended. Now, one month later, he is back in police custody.
Police, meanwhile, are working to help the victim.
“We're just happy that we were able to get her help at the doctor's office,” said Montoya. “She could have been killed.”
As this investigation continues, police have a message for other victims of domestic violence.
“Don't wait for it to be to this extent if you are in this sort of abusive relationship,” said Montoya. “We have resources that can help you.”
Specifically, police say domestic violence victims can go to the YWCA and speak with police, a representative from the prosecutor's office, a victim's advocate, and a counselor. Police tell 2News they would like to see more victims get help in this manner before a violent situation escalates.
(KUTV) Uintah County detectives are investigating the homicide of a man whose children were home during the Tuesday night shooting.
Shortly before midnight, first responders found Curtis Dale Hardinger, 34, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest at his home near 2600 North 500 East, north of Vernal. An ambulance rushed him to Ashley Regional Medical Center, where he died.
A woman who was at the home was also hospitalized. Uintah County Sheriff's Chief Deputy John Laursen declined to say what injury or medical condition she suffered.
"The doctor hasn't given us authorization to talk to her based on her medical needs and the fact that she's been chemically induced," Laursen said.
Laursen said investigators are working to confirm the relationship between the woman, who is also from Vernal and in her thirties, and Hardinger, but neighbors said she was Hardinger's girlfriend.
Hardinger's two children, both minors, were also home, Laursen said.
Investigators found a pistol believed to be used in the incident, and they have a person of interest whom they are not yet publicly identifying. Laursen would not say whether the hospitalized woman is that person of interest.
Deputies had responded to Hardinger's home on more than one occasion before Tuesday.
"His wife committed suicide in that house about two years ago," Laursen said. "We had responded to the residence previously on a domestic with the wife [and Hardinger]."
Jeremy Smith, whose mother lives next door, is shocked by the second shooting death within about two years. He knew both Hardinger and his wife.
"I went to school with him, grew up with him, worked for him for a couple years," Smith said. "Just a tragic incident."
(KUTV) A Utah school district official says bus surveillance video shows a driver charged with child sexual abuse was touching students inappropriately.
Lorraine Miles, a special education coordinator with Canyons School District, testified at an evidence hearing Wednesday that driver John Martin Carrell knew there were cameras on the bus.
"There were four cameras on bus 250, John Carrell's bus," Miles said. "The cameras record in color and have audio capability. The video shows there was inappropriate touching of students."
Prosecutors showed hours of the video taken from March and April.
Sandy police say the 61-year-old repeatedly sexually abused two 5-year-old special needs students after driving them to Altara Elementary School.
Detective Andrea Hansen with Sandy City was the fourth witness to take the stand.
"The video shows Mr. Carrell pulling the same female student in between his legs, while he is sitting down in the driver's seat," Det. Hansen said. "The student remains there, sometimes as long as 8 minutes before her teacher comes to the bus to get her."
Prosecutors claim the bus video shows Carrell spending just seconds to unbuckle the seatbelts of three children, but taking nearly two minutes bent over one of the alleged victims while attempting to unbuckle her seatbelt.
Carrell has not yet entered a plea. His attorney says Carrell is innocent and devastated by the accusations. Carrell leaned over to talk to his attorney a few times during day one of the preliminary hearing, at some moments, smiling.
The mother of one of the alleged victims was in court along with members of the group Bikers Against Child Abuse.
Carrell faces more than 30 first degree felonies, and if convicted, he faces up to life in prison.
Carrell was placed on leave after allegations surfaced in April. He later resigned.
The preliminary hearing will resume Thursday to determine if there is enough evidence to order Carrell to stand trial.
(KUTV) Officers shot a man in Millard County in fear for their safety Tuesday evening.
Around 7:00 p.m. Millard County Sheriff's deputies and a Utah Adult Probation and Parole agent attempted to pick up George Finlinson of Oak City. This was a request of the man's family and mental health workers.
An officer initiated a traffic stop, but Finlinson refused to pull over. Finlinson rammed into a patrol vehicle, disabling it and continued to strike and damage other patrol vehicles. Officers say Finlinson attempted to hit one deputy on foot.
Officers fired shots at Finlinson in fear for the safety of the officers on scene. He continued to resist the officers after being struck, but eventually was taken into custody. Police say Finlinson injured one officer in the process.
Finlinson was transported to a local hospital after being treated at the scene.
The Utah County Sheriff's Office will conduct an investigation for the shooting and the Utah Highway Patrol will investigate the patrol cars struck by Finlinson.
(KUTV) A former polygamist compound built in Hildale for FLDS leader Warren Jeffs and his family has been transformed into a bed and breakfast.
Some say it is the first step in a long process of change for a community that has faced struggle after their religious leader, Warren Jeffs, was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison. It is called America's Most Wanted Bed & Breakfast and owner Willie Jessop says so far things are looking good for the business.
"The bed and breakfast is a very natural fit, but how do we take the no trespassing signs all down and replace them all with welcome home signs?" asked Jessop.
The 14 bedroom compound has multiple kitchens and living rooms. Jessop says in the beginning nothing said keep away more than this building.
"To have it be used in the opposite of that, well, it's a personal satisfaction," said Jessop. "Anything that can promote that whether it be a bed and breakfast or class reunions or people that need a place to stay. That's what it's all about."
The mansion was built back in 2011 and Jeffs and family never slept a night in it. The 14 foot wall around the compound was built to keep people out. Jessop says, now they are a reminder of where the community used to be in the past.
"This was ground zero for some very tragic things that could have taken place here. Now it's life after Jeffs for people here in Hildale," said Jessop.
For some, it is now about moving forward and forgetting the past, starting with the bed and breakfast.
"There are big changes coming and those changes are a sense of something of welcome a decor that makes people comfortable," said Jessop.
Jessop says this is just the beginning, the first public school in over a decade will opening in Hildale in the coming months.
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(KUTV) Police have released the name of man burned to death inside a home in Price.
Officers say William Swink, 33, was found the basement of the burning home Tuesday morning. Police have a person of interest in custody, but are not identifying the person at this time.
Officers are calling the case a "suspicious death investigation," and say the person of interest lives in the home. They say he is violent and just got released from jail a few days ago.
"It is a well-known drug house," said Bill Barnes of the Price City Police Department. "The person that is a main person of interest here has a history of 41 arrests and 30 convictions, many of them having violence."
Police are not releasing the name of the man at this time, but neighbors say Jimmy Pendleton, a man with dozens of violent crimes to his name, was hauled off in cuffs this morning as his house went up in flames.
Authorities were dispatched to the home at 423 S. and 200 W. at 10:57 a.m. Tuesday on reports of an armed person hiding inside. Officers arrived at about 11:00 a.m. and discovered the home was filled with smoke and that the flames had spread to the attic.
In the process of fighting the fire, Price City Fire crews discovered the body of the adult male in the basement of the home. Police are not releasing the name of the deceased man at this time. The body has been sent to the State Crime Lab for a determination on the cause of death.
"We are not ruling out that a number of people may have had a part in this," said Barnes.
Jimmy Pendleton, the man neighbors believe made the 911 call, is in custody, but has not been arrested or charged. 2News looked up his criminal history, which includes violent crimes such as rape, burglary and assault of a prisoner.
Neighbors hope that if Pendleton is responsible, he will back behind bars for a very long time.
Police are in the process of interviewing several witnesses and say the investigation is still ongoing at this time.
2News will continue to update this story with more developments as soon as they become available.
(KUTV) A semi-truck overturned on west bound Interstate 80 at Lambs Canyon, blocking two lanes of traffic Wednesday.
The driver of the truck was traveling westbound on I-80 when the brakes failed. He over corrected near mile-marker 135 and the truck swerved across all lanes of traffic before hitting a cement barrier. The truck tipped over on its side and slid for about 700 feet before it stopped.
Crews used a tow truck to haul the semi away.
There were no injuries to the driver or anyone else from the accident.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A Utah man is set to bring at least four witnesses to the stand Wednesday in his quest to persuade a federal judge that the FBI has not adequately searched for security-camera videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
Attorney Jesse Trentadue's witnesses include a police officer who was at the bomb scene and a former FBI agent. Trentadue filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI in 2008.
He believes there is an unreleased video showing that a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb that killed 168 people. The government says McVeigh was alone.
FBI employees testified during the first two days of trial that they have done everything they can to find the videos.
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(KUTV) A Salt Lake man whose dog was shot and killed by police in Sugar House in June took to social media to unleash his frustration.
Sean Kendall, 27, says he is frustrated with how long it has taken for a report to be released on the killing of his dog, Geist. The incident happened in June as Salt Lake Police were searching for a missing child in Sugar House.
On Monday night, Kendall went to the "Justice for Geist" Facebook page to share some of his feelings, but he got a little more than he bargained for.
"It was a poor decision on my part," said Kendall.
In the post, he wrote, "SLCPD has offered a generous settlement as compensation for the loss of Geist. I believe this is an attempt to placate me and buy me off. I would rather a public apology and non-lethal policy change than any amount of money."
The proposed settlement Kendall was referring to in his statement was $10,000.
A little later, Kendall posted again, saying he planned to accept the settlement. He said he would use the money to build a memorial for Geist and other pets killed abruptly. That post was later removed.
"I felt like it was necessary to delete the post, to think things through a little bit more," said Kendall in an interview with 2News. He chalked up both of those posts to stress.
"I had been speaking with family, friends, my legal counsel, and everybody was recommending kind of a different action," said Kendall. "Given the time crunch and the situation, as stressful as it was, I made a very rash decision."
Kendall says he now regrets that decision.
"I acted very emotionally out of stress from the situation, and we'll move forward," said Kendall.
In response to Kendall's posts, Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank released a statement Tuesday, saying, "Due to Mr. Kendall's premature Facebook posts and desire to negotiate through the press, the police department has ended our attempts to meet his financial demands. To clarify, this was his request for a settlement, not our offer. We continue to press ahead with our internal process and expect to conclude our investigation this week. The department reserves further comment until that time."
"If they choose not to negotiate any further with me, that's understandable as well, and I'll see what other options are available," said Kendall in response to that statement.
For now, it seems this already charged case has taken another negative turn.
"Pretty much the stress kind of got to me, and I made a poor decision by voicing that on social media," Kendall said.
Kendall said he hopes his lawyer and the police can continue to negotiate. He told 2News this is not about the money. He said he wants the police department to change its policy regarding the shooting of pets.
(KUTV) Police have two people in custody after they broke into a West Valley City elementary school early Wednesday morning.
Authorities say the found Zane Walton, 26, and Eliki Fonua, 18, inside of a portable classroom after they received a call from the Granite School District around 2am. District officials told police that an alarm had gone off at Pioneer Elementary School.
After police arrived on the scene they checked the main building, but there was no sign of entry. Upon further investigation a K-9 officer found a window open at one of the portable classrooms.
Police yelled inside and then sent a K-9 officer in to investigate. The dog bit Walton on the left ear and he was taken to the hospital for treatment. Shortly after Fonua was found inside and also taken into custody.
According to police a female, who is believed to be the get away driver, was found in a near by car waiting for the two men.
There is no word on what charges will be filed, but we will update the story as more information becomes available.
(KUTV) Some startling statistics out now about skin cancer that shows Utah is at the top of the list when it comes to deadly melanoma cases.
"We are 61% higher than the national average for melanoma compared to other states in the country and that translates to a 30% higher death rate for melanoma," says Lynne Nilson with the Utah Department of Health.
Health officials say any tan is skin damage. They say Utah's high elevation outdoor recreation and the popularity of tanning all contribute to the risk.
(KUTV) A North Logan man, who was accused of brandishing two handguns while walking into the emergency room at Cache Valley Hospital back in May, has plead guilty to charges Wednesday afternoon.
Jason James Burr, 34, was shot by an adult probation and parole officer after hospital security tried to talk him down.
Burr, who plead guilty to two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (2nd degree felony & 3rd degree felony) and a charge of purchase, transport, possession and use of a firearm by a restricted person; reportedly pointed his weapons toward the agent and was shot.
According to reports the incident began at about 8:10 a.m. when Burr entered the hospital and made unspecified demands before displaying two handguns.
Hospital security officers rushed to the scene even as the facility was locked down.
North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes told the Salt lake Tribune that it is uncertain if any shots were fired by Burr or if his gun was loaded, but the chief said that only Burr was wounded.
(KUTV) Hundreds are expected to rally this weekend against rape and sexual assault in an event called "SlutWalk 2014."
The event will occur Saturday, August 2 in Salt Lake City at Washington Square from noon to 5 p.m. The event will include a rally/march to raise awareness about sexual assault in Utah.
When it comes to violent crimes, Utah usually ranks low compared to other states, except when it comes to sexual violence. Utah actually has one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the nation.
Survivors of rape will participate in the event as well as others who want to spread the message the victims of rape and sexual assault should not be blamed for the crime.
Tiffany Thorne, Executive Director of SlutWalk, said the event also aims to call attention to why our culture wants to hush victims of rape, rather than help them. She said by doing so, perpetrators, who are often serial offenders are allowed to continue with their behavior.
"We need people to report that offender so they don't go out and do it again," Thorne said.
(KUTV) Police have released surveillance pictures of a woman wanted in connection with what is believed to have been an botched robbery at a credit union in Ogden.
A teller at the Wasatch Peaks Credit Union on Washington Blvd. sounded the alarm after she saw a car pull through the drive-up and send in a package with the word "bomb" sprawled on the top inside.
The car took off and a bomb squad was called in to investigate. The credit union was evacuated while they investigated the contents of the package. An officer decked out in armor x-rayed and sprayed the package with water.
The package was deemed inert, so it was not detonated.
(KUTV) A 26-year-old man was injured Tuesday afternoon after police say he apparently rode his bike into oncoming traffic.
It happened around 5:30 p.m. at 3100 South 300 East in South Salt Lake. Traffic was blocked on that road for about an hour.
South Salt Lake Police spokesman Gary Keller said witnesses saw the man drive into oncoming traffic. He ran into a car, breaking the windshield and damaging the roof.
The man, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to the hospital. Police initially said he was critically hurt, but late Tuesday they said his condition had improved and he was expected to be released soon.
Keller said the car that hit the bicyclist tried to avoid the collision. The exact nature of the crash is still under investigation, he said.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Two former Utah attorneys general have made their first appearance as criminal defendants, vowing to beat a slew of bribery charges and other counts.
Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow appeared together for less than five minutes Wednesday in front a state judge in Salt Lake City.
Between the two, Shurtleff and John Swallow spent nearly 13 years running Utah's top law enforcement office. They have not yet entered pleas but told reporters Wednesday they're looking forward to proving their innocence.
Both men face numerous charges that prosecutors say stem from cozy relationships with businessmen who offered gold coins, luxury vacations and use of a private jet, among other allegations.
Legal experts say the case could take years to resolve.
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(KUTV) An unbelievable piece of mail arrived at a Salt Lake City senior living center.
The letter was written 70 years ago by a Marine serving during World War II and was addressed to the love of his life, who is still alive. The letter was written in May of 1944 by Lt. David Bassler for his sweetheart Jane Bassler. David has since passed away, but he suddenly came to life again, just as he was 70 years ago.
David was a Marine and Jane was a student at Brigham Young University. The two wrote every week during his five years of military service. It was through these letters that David and Jane fell in love.
When David returned, they were married September 9, 1948 and after 52 years of marriage David passed away. Just last month, Jane went to her mailbox and got something inside that just about knocked her over, which was a letter from David written May 8, 1944.
"It really made me miss him," said Jane. "I could not believe it. Then I turned and pulled it out and found the letter, and I still couldn't believe it. So I went to the last page because I knew I would know it there, and there is his initials. He says 'nuff said love,' that's the way he signed it."
The letter was not in its original envelope. It appeared someone had it and then put it in another envelope and mailed it off.
"I kept thinking to myself Dave has handed this letter to some one of his men to post for him and it was okay we will take care of it and the kid has been sidetracked for some reason and put it in his locker box," Jane said.
The question becomes: Where did the letter come from? Jane did not know and did not recognize the return address.
2News tracked the letter down to a nephew. Apparently, the letter had been sitting in a box in a storage room for years and was not found until recently and then mailed off.
(KUTV) Heavy rainfall in Eagle Mountain caused some flash flooding Tuesday afternoon.
Crews were able to save several homes, but others were not so lucky.
Matt Stevens lives in Cedar Pass Ranch off SR-73. Unfortunately his home was in the path of destruction. "When we came out of the backyard there was probably an 18-inch wall of water coming through the back."
Steven's basement is flooded and some of the ground floor too. "I've never seen it rain as hard as it did out here today," he said.
For the Muhlestein family, destruction was narrowly avoided.
"They said your yard is flooding we're gonna start sandbagging," said Avalie Muhlestein, who had more than 100 workers placing sandbags around her home. "I got a phone call at the dentist from my children and they were like our house is flooding and they're here to help," she said.
Even the Eagle Mountain Mayor was there to lend a hand.
"It happened so quick I didn't even look at the time," said Mayor Christopher Pengra. "We've probably been out here a few hours or so."
The rain came and went quickly, but now the long cleanup process is underway and residents are worried about the next round of rain storms.
"We've had a lot of fires out here in the last couple years so most of the mountains don't have the foliage to contain the water," said Stevens.
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