(KUTV) More and more, Utah Police officers are relying on electronic warrants or "E-Warrants" to search crime scenes or suspects.
E-Warrants are much easier to obtain. Rather than present their affidavit and probable cause to a judge face-to-face or over the phone, officers now fill out the paperwork then send it to a judge on their patrol car computers. A judge can approve the warrant over the computer. Jeff Gray, Assistant Attorney General for Utah, said E-Warrants are a great tool when officers don't have much time to get to a judge in person. "It's really no different except it is remote. It allows for a quicker warrant system," he said.
Defense attorney Joseph Jardine doesn't agree that E-Warrants are always valuable. He's asked the Utah Supreme Court to determine whether they are constitutional. Specifically, whether it is legal for an officer to take the oath of truth electronically it's usually administered by the judge face-to-face or on the phone as the officer presents the request for the search warrant.
Jardine argues an officer is more likely to tell the truth when he takes the oath directly from the judge and it makes him or her more accountable to the truth. The electronic oath, he argues, is not what the constitution intended. "When we cheapen the system it makes it more likely innocent people will have warrants drawn against them," he said.
Both parties agree the high court needs to set some ground rules for E-Warrants. Other states also use electronic warrants, but not many courts have issued opinions on their use.
Utah weather for the
evening of December 10, 2013: Skies are clear this evening, with
temperatures already dropping into the single digits in many locations,
especially northeast Utah. Winds are light and variable statewide.
for the Wasatch Front: Tonight: Clear and cold. Lows from 5-10.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny with increasing urban haze. Highs in the low
20s. Winds light and variable.
(KUTV) Recently we addressed a new statement released by the LDS church concerning Race and the Priesthood. Now we take a look at why the church is making a practice of releasing statements on sensitive topics long debated by its members.
The first discussed was multiple versions of the "First Vision" as told by Joseph Smith. There will be more on sensitive topics in the coming months likely including the history of Polygamy.
If you're asking why the LDS church is making the move to dig into its past now, the answer is fairly simple. Bottom line, the internet has changed the world as a whole and that includes the LDS church and how its members study their faith and its beginnings.
A new generation of Mormons is going online to find answers to historical questions long avoided in Sunday school classes. The new statements slowly being released by the church are the official answer to those searches. If you talk to Historians that have spent their lives studying the LDS faith you will hear different ideas. In the end there is one consensus, some members of the LDS faith are "becoming convinced that they have been betrayed, or they believe they have been lied to.
"It causes a crisis of faith, and some of them are leaving," said Associate Professor of History at the University of Utah Paul Reeve, who can understand why the church is making a move now. "For a church that puts so much emphasis on missionary work and growth --- losing those already in the flock is not a good thing."
Philip Barlow, Ph.D. is a Professor of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University and he says that, "The church feels it has a responsibility to foster faith." While solely fostering faith in Jesus Christ may have worked in the past, the LDS church admits they must change.
In a new video released this afternoon Elder Steven Snow from the first quorum of the 70 or the upper levels of church seniority states it is in a similar manner. "We have understandably in the past not spent a lot of time worrying about these issues because our mission is to promote faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. But-- as the information age is now upon us we feel with all this information out there we owe it to the rising generation to provide good reliable information."
Official statements like the latest released on "Race and the Priesthood" attempt to address the pock marks of church history head on. Barlow thinks, "The church learned you can't fight the internet, in the sense ignore the internet or tell people not to listen." Barlow points out, the internet has provided members with doubts or questions a host of information not easily obtained in the past. Barlow believes, "this is not going to put to bed criticism, but it does provide an official and prominent source that people can be referred to, to say look we're not hiding anything."
Reeve, believes this will open a new chapter for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and how they will be taught in Sunday school, Seminary and Institute classes about their history.
As Reeve stated, "once you let the genie out of the bottle, there's no putting the genie back in. This will mark a new direction is the way the church teaches its members, its own history."
(KUTV) Salt Lake City is home to the oldest working pipe organ in three surrounding states. The musical work of art has blessed Sunday morning services at First United Methodist Church since 1906.
Church officials say the organ is in bad shape, and desperate for renovation. Scott Mills, who plays the elaborate instrument in church, says there are thousands of musical pipes, but nearly half of them don't work or get stuck.
The church raised about $150,000 a few years ago in an effort to restore the historical instrument, but getting the pipes and the church in tip-top musical shape is no small undertaking, and will cost $350,000.
"We want to restore it to its original glory," says church member Becky Buxton. "We want to restore the woodwork and the cabinets to be like it was in 1906."
Realizing they had exhausted fundraising resources within the church, they recently adopted a new strategy, by launching a crowdfunding campaign.
"Many of our members have very meager financial resources," says Buxton. "I would say at least once a year we struggle to pay bills somewhere."
Since the crowdfunding effort went public last Sunday, they're already added another $56,000, which is more than halfway to their goal.
"I can't believe... I absolutely can't believe the response that we got," says Tricia Kritzberg, the church's finance and stewardship coordinator. "It shows the people living in Salt Lake City have such a rich love for cultural activities and the arts."
The church plans to open for smaller venue performances once the renovation is complete, to give back to those who generously donated. They expect the organ renovation project to take two years once they begin work.
(KUTV) A Sandy, Utah man has an interesting job that has led to an interesting situation, an 8 foot tall trinket that is now gracing his living room.
Sam Demke, an artist who works in the movies, created a gigantic mockup of the legendary Bigfoot for a local commercial. When he completed the statue and the shooting on the commercial ended, he decided to take his work of art home.
Now he is trying to sell the Sasquash on Ebay for about $5500.
Demke says he made it from scratch and would love to help it find a good home. His wife, Allison agrees.
She says at first two of her three children ages 8 and 5 where a little taken aback by the giant statue, but she says they are now getting use to the creation, but she says she hopes they don't get to use to it.
She'd like to see the visitor gone by Christmas so the family can replace Sassy, with a Christmas tree.
(KUTV) A male nurse is behind bars in Duchesne County for allegedly sexually assaulting a patient who had just come out of surgery in a hospital in Roosevelt.
Investigators say, 26-year-old Joshua Shumway visited the adult woman's room five different times throughout the night in April of 2013.
"It's unusual and shocking to all of us," said Duchesne County Attorney Stephen Foote.
Foote says the crime took place the night of April 16th at the Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt.
Court documents say the woman had just gotten out of surgery when Shumway came into her room.
"During the course of the evening that night he entered the room approximately five times, each time committing various offenses mostly involving sex and threatening her," said Foote.
According to court documents those threats included using a needle to threaten her saying he could put her in cardiac arrest and putting his hand across her throat.
You have a victim that was extremely vulnerable. She had undergone surgery she was in the care of the hospital; the person who is supposed to be giving care of this person is taking advantage of them. Incredibly disturbing and unsettling based upon those facts.
Court documents say the victim was not able to call out for help because Shumway had injected more morphine into her.
According to the medical center Shumway started working for them as a registered nurse in June of 2012. A statement from the hospital says he underwent a complete and thorough back ground check which came back clean.
The victim did not report the crime until last week, December 5th.
Meanwhile Shumway had left the medical center in October of this year and went to work at St. Mark's hospital in Salt Lake.
According to St. Mark's interim CNO Sandy Osmond, Shumway was removed from the hospital's work schedule after they learned about the arrest over the weekend. They also say they did a complete and thorough back ground check and came back clean.
"I would hate to find out new victims, but would want them to come forward," said Foote.
Osmond says they doubled checked and have had no complaints from any patients. Osmond also says Shumway was currently in an internship and orientation program and was under constant supervision and did not work alone with patients.
(KUTV) A new emergency medical service for the western Utah and eastern Nevada region is taking off in Tooele.
AirMed helicopters began operations on Tuesday at a new base in Tooele.
"This is a huge deal for us," said AirMed program manager Frankie Hurst. "This is something that we've been working on for over a year, and we're just happy to actually have it up and operational today."
Tooele city officials approved the deal with University of Utah Health Care to allow an AirMed helicopter to be permanently stationed on city land.
"We purchased this property a few years ago for our new fire station that will be built here soon and we thought it would be a perfect location for them," said Tooele Mayor Patrick Dunlavy. "To have them here, their expertise is just a win for us."
The chopper, at its new location at 145 East 1000 North in Tooele, will cover an area that desperately needs the service.
"We've seen an increase in our flight volume in the last couple of years here in Tooele," Hurst said. "What this does is bring critical care access here to the community in a more timely fashion."
A pilot, flight nurse and paramedic are on the property all day and night. The medical team works 24-hour shifts, while pilots work 12-hour days.
Upon being dispatched, the team can pick up a patient in downtown Tooele or a remote area near the Utah-Nevada border and transport them to a Salt Lake City medical center, cutting 10 to 15 minutes off the arrival time.
"Response time obviously could be the difference between life and death," Mayor Dunlavy said. "We're very happy for this day."
At 160 miles per hour, the emergency flight couldn't get much faster for the area, but it's a service that's a long time coming.
(KUTV) A court hearing took place Tuesday for a man accused of having sex with his teenage babysitter, then overdosing her with drugs and ditching her body.
Eric Millerberg went before a judge in Ogden. Millerberg is headed for trial in just a couple months and there's a lot of work going into preparing for that trial. At the Tuesday hearing, the judge wanted to see how that work is progressing and lay some ground rule for the case. The judge worked through some of the mechanics of the murder trial set for February.
The judge will start with a pool of 100 potential jurors and work with attorneys to seat a jury in the first two days.
The judge also set some rules for attorneys from both sides. Prosecutors asked, and the judge approved, that any evidence bound to show up in court, show up for all to review at least four weeks before the trial.
Prosecutors say they know where the burden rests and they're putting in the time to be ready.
"We have the burden to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, so we're moving forward, making sure we have evidence and witnesses lined up so we can make our case," explained Weber County Attorney, Dee Smith.
Millerberg's trial starts February 10th.
Right now, the judge plans to start screening jurors on that Monday, possibly Tuesday as well, if a jury isn't already seated and attorneys will start their opening arguments that Wednesday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two companies are being recognized by a trade association for overcoming obstacles to build an expensive geothermal power plant in Utah.
The Geothermal Energy Association is giving an award to developer ENEL Green Power North America and manufacturer Ormat Technologies Inc. for taking over the old Cove Fort power plant site north of Beaver.
It was once operated by the Utah Municipal Power Association. The developer built a new generating station in a better location over the same geothermal field and is producing 25 megawatts of power. It plans to expand further the plant to achieve 65 megawatts of total power.
Rocky Mountain Power also operates a geothermal plant near Milford. The Blundell geothermal plant has been operating since 1984 and was recently upgraded to produce 34 megawatts of continuous power.
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City police are investigating after a body was found in the sub-freezing weather at Memory Grove Park.
Detective Rick Wall says a person walking through the park spotted the body a little after 5 p.m. Monday. Wall says the person who died appears to be an adult male, but it wasn't clear how old he was, where he lived, or what caused his death.
Police say they aren't releasing his name until they notify relatives.
It's not clear whether the weather contributed to the death, but conditions have been harsh. Temperatures in Salt Lake City ranged from 4 degrees to 19 degrees on Monday.
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(KUTV) Lorien Harker is not a massage therapist but for some reason, people keep calling Lorien requesting a massage. And then there are those with darker requests.
"I started getting text messages asking for happy endings," Lorien said.
Lorien says she was fielding a few calls a week, never sure how her number got out there, until she finally had had enough and responded to one texter. She says that the texter pointed her to an online ad for a company called Royalty Retreats. The ad appeared on a classified website called Utah Super Ads. The Ad offers "sensual" by "all beautiful specialists in bikinis."
"It makes me feel dirty," Lorien said. "I don't want men calling me with the idea that I am a massage specialist in a bikini that may or may not offer happy endings. I'm not that kind of person at all."
Lorien says she immediately contacted the company and asked that her number be removed. But to no avail.
"Weeks went by [and] I'm still getting these embarrassing phone calls," Lorien said. "Nothing is happening. The ad is still up."
Frustrated and wanting the calls to stop, Lorien decided to Get Gephardt.
Get Gephardt tried contacting Utah Super Ads through their email but got no response. So we dug a little further and figured out that the company who owns the website is GB Internet Solutions based in Canada. We emailed GB Internet Solutions but again got no response. However it seems someone got our message.
After several months of getting nowhere with the company on her own, the ad with Lorien's phone number has now been removed from the web.
By Matt Gephardt Produced by Cindy St. Clair Edited by Aaron Colborn Photography by David Yost
(KUTV) In most criminal cases, when a suspect is confronted by a police dog, there's an immediate surrender, but a naked man in a West Valley City parking lot decided he wasn't going down without a fight.
On October 24, Officer Todd Zahlmann and his K-9 partner, Lobo, were called to the Costco in West Valley, where Zahlmann confronted a naked man pulling on the gas pumps.
"I said, 'I've got a police dog, get on the ground, you're gonna get bit by the dog'," said Zahlmann. "He kept coming at me in a very threatening manner, so I released Lobo."
Zahlmann says Lobo came out of his police truck and bit the naked man in the chest, as he fell to the ground. Rather than surrender, Zahlmann says the man pulled Lobo close, and started biting his neck.
"[Lobo] is now getting assaulted, so now I had to go in and help, to prevent him from getting hurt and injured," says Zahlmann, who's worked with Lobo for 18 months.
Other officers arrived on scene and tazed the man and arrested him. Lobo's injuries were not serious. Zahlmann says this incident is a reminder of the unique bond he shares with his K-9 partner. "We're a team, that's what we do, we go to battle together."
According to court documents, Erasmo Garcia-Serna was arrested and is charged with interfering with a police service animal, lewdness, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Court documents do not specify if the man was under the influence of a mind altering substance and police are still unsure at this time what caused the man to act so erratically.
JOHANNESBURG (CNN) -- Presidents and prime ministers, celebrities and royals joined tens of thousands of South Africans to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, in a memorial service celebrating a man seen as a global symbol of reconciliation.
In what has been billed as one of the largest gatherings of global leaders in recent history, world leaders from U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuba's Raul Castro gathered alongside street sweepers, actors and religious figures to pay tribute to the revered statesman who died last Thursday, aged 95.
Despite the pouring rain, the atmosphere inside Johannesburg 's FNB stadium was celebratory, with people dancing, blowing vuvuzela plastic horns and singing songs from the anti-apartheid struggle.
Around them, huge poster pictures of Mandela hung inside the stadium.
Many people carried banners honoring "Madiba," Mandela's traditional clan name. Others were draped in materials covered with his face or the green, yellow, black, red and blue colors of the South African flag.
Some had skipped work and lined up for hours to secure seats so that they could pay their respects at the stadium where Mandela delivered his first major speech after his release from 27 years in prison.
The four-hour service, coinciding with U.N. Human Rights Day, was the centerpiece of a week of mourning and was expected to bring much of South Africa to a stop.
It began with the national anthem before South Africa's presidents -- past and present -- were introduced. There was a loud cheer from the crowd for F.W. de Klerk, the last leader of white South Africa, who shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela for helping to end apartheid.
The joyous cries died down as speeches from Mandela's family and friends, members of the African National Congress, as well as a fellow Robben Island prison inmate, began.
Anguished faces listened quietly as a sorrowful chant to "Tata Madiba" filled the air. "Tata" means "father" in Mandela's Xhosa tribe.
'The world has lost a beloved friend and mentor'
Mandela's gift for uniting foes across political and racial divides was still evident at the service.
Walking up the stairs onto the stage to deliver his speech, Obama shook hands with Castro, an unprecedented gesture between the leaders of two nations that have been at loggerheads for more than half a century.
Obama, who like Mandela was his nation's first black president, has cited Mandela as his own inspiration for entering politics.
"To the people of South Africa -- people of every race and every walk of life -- the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us," he said, calling him a "giant of history."
To roaring applause, he said Mandela's death should prompt self-reflection.
"With honesty, regardless of our station or our circumstance, we must ask: How well have I applied his lessons in my own life?" Obama said.
"It is a question I ask myself -- as a man and as a president. We know that like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. As was true here, it took sacrifice -- the sacrifices of countless people, known and unknown -- to see the dawn of a new day."
The presidents of Brazil, Namibia, India, Cuba and South Africa were designated speakers.
"South Africa has lost a hero, they have lost a father. The world has lost a beloved friend and mentor," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said to loud cheers.
"Nelson Mandela was more than one of the greatest leaders of our time, he was one of the greatest teachers. And he taught by example."
The stadium, which can seat around 90,000 people, was not full, and speeches were hard to hear at times.
In the keynote speech, South African President Jacob Zuma hailed Mandela as a global icon.
"Everyone has had a Mandela moment when this world icon has touched their lives," he said.
"There is no one like Madiba. He was one of a kind."
Presidents and celebrities
Foreign guests included British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Prince of Wales, French President Francois Hollande and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and members of The Elders, a group of retired statesmen founded by Mandela and others, were also in attendance, including former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
The crowds cheered loudly and clapped as a huge screen showed famous faces.
The world of entertainment also was well represented, with South African actress Charlize Theron and U2's Bono in attendance. Celebrity guests also included Oprah Winfrey and Naomi Campbell.
Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, and his former wife Winnie Mandela embraced and kissed as they arrived.
Paying tribute to his uncle, Gen. Thanduxolo Mandela gave thanks for the outpouring of respect from around the world.
"This universal show of unity is a true reflection of all that Madiba stood for -- peace, justice, unity of all mankind," he said.
"Let us pledge to keep Madiba's dream alive."
With 91 heads of state attending, security was tight.
Working off plans developed for years in secret, the South African government planned to use an elite military task force, sniper teams and canine teams to help secure the stadium, CNN's Arwa Damon reported Monday. In addition, helicopters and military jets frequently fly overhead.
"Should anybody, anything dare to disturb or disrupt this period of mourning and finally taking and accompanying the former president to his last resting place, then that person will be dealt with," Brig. Gen. Xolani Mabanga said Monday.
South African officials wouldn't give details about their security plans -- how many police officers, how many troops, precautions to keep the stadium weapons- and explosives-free.
"But we can assure that all necessary steps have been taken, and that is why the leadership of the world and former leaders of the world have confidence to come to our country at this time to share with us this moment," said Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane.
U.S. officials said they were satisfied with security arrangements.
The event rivaled other significant state funerals in recent decades, such as that of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1965 and the 2008 funeral of Pope John Paul II, which attracted some 2 million people to Rome -- among them four kings, five queens, at least 70 presidents and prime ministers and the leaders of 14 other faiths.
Security was also stepped up outside Mandela's home, where crowds showed up with umbrellas to show their appreciation for a man they said represented unity. Some even enjoyed the rain, jumping into puddles.
"We want to respect our father of the nation, our father of the country. That is why we left work to pay that respect to him," one South African told CNN.
State funeral on Sunday
While Tuesday's memorial is the first major event honoring Mandela since his death, it won't be the last.
A state funeral will be held Sunday in Mandela's ancestral hometown of Qunu in South Africa's Eastern Cape province.
Crews worked overtime Monday to prepare the stadium for the service.
The government set up overflow locations at stadiums and other facilities throughout the country.
With private vehicles banned from the area around the stadium, the government pressed buses from around the country into service and stepped up train service to move the crowds.
In Soweto township, where Mandela lived before he was imprisoned, people waited for three hours for buses to take them to the stadium. Unfazed by the wait, they sang and danced.
Out of the public eye, friends who had not seen each other in years have been coming together with Mandela's family in his home, said Zelda la Grange, Mandela's longtime personal assistant.
Mandela called la Grange his "rock," even though she seemed an unlikely confidante. She was a white Afrikaner and an employee of the former apartheid government.
In her first interview since Mandela's death, she described the mood in his home to CNN's Robyn Curnow on Monday.
"Obviously there's sadness in the house," she said, but also, "People are celebrating Madiba's life. They are grateful."
CNN's Michael Pearson, Athena Jones, Holly Yan, Chris Cuomo, Kim Norgaard, Robin Curnow, Arwa Damon and David McKenzie contributed to this report.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah will receive $8.5 million from a drug maker accused of making misleading claims about a new drug for diabetes.
GlaxoSmithKline admitted no wrongdoing in agreeing to settle a lawsuit filed by the Utah Attorney General's Office.
The Utah Attorney General's Office alleged GlaxoSmithKline marketed Avandia nationwide as a "wonder drug" offering a "significant advance" in diabetes treatment, despite evidence it increases the risk of heart attacks for certain users.
Assistant Attorney General Robert Morton represented the state in the negotiations with help from private law firms.
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(KUTV) A man accused of shooting and killing two people in a Sandy garage will appear in court Tuesday.
The final pre-trial hearing for Alexander Vasquez is expected to happen Tuesday afternoon. Prosecutors say that Vasquez shot and killed his Uncle, Simon Vasquez, and Paul Giovale while they were hanging out inside the garage of a Sandy home.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Vasquez has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A backcountry skier dragged into a ravine by an avalanche that was caught on video was saved by a special air bag she deployed in a bid to stay afloat in the roiling snow.
It was the first avalanche burial of the season in Utah.
Other skiers were on hand to rescue the woman Monday from under a foot of snow in Grizzly Gulch just outside Alta ski area. They say she could have been trapped longer under deeper snow without the air bag.
A detailed report on the website of the Utah Avalanche Center says the woman was dragged 100 feet into a known terrain trap.
The woman pulled a rip cord on an air bag-equipped backpack — a European-style safety device that is becoming more common in the Rocky Mountain backcountry.
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(KUTV) A rare weekend snowstorm followed by record-low temperatures had St. George residents Monday navigating snow and ice covered streets.
"This was a unique situation for St. George," said Sgt. Sam Despain with the city's police department. "Most police officers can't remember the roads being that slick."
The unusual storm dumped between 6 to 9 inches of snow on the area Saturday, forcing the closure of a section of Interstate 15 along with St. George's airport.
"It just came down so fast," said St. George resident Bob Skomal while shoveling the snow off of his driveway. "It just makes me feel like we're back in Colorado."
According to the National Weather Service's office in Salt Lake City, the storm's unofficial total of 8 inches ties for the third-highest daily snowfall for St. George. The highest total snowfall happened in January, 1894, with 15 inches recorded.
"It snowed all day long," Despain said. "Typically in St. George when it snows the snow doesn't stick around very long."
The city's lone snowplow belongs to the airport, Despain said, so the road department had to use road graders and backhoe loaders to clear snow off of streets.
The city received some help from its northern neighbor, Iron County, which sent snowplows to focus on critical thoroughfares.
"We don't see it very often," Despain said of the accumulated snow. "Our city doesn't stockpile salt or sand or anything like that."
Without snow-clearing equipment, neighborhoods were left to fend for themselves as the snow-packed roads quickly became icy in the bitter cold temperatures. The dangerous conditions forced the cancellation of businesses, church services and other activities.
Just south of St. George in the Virgin River Gorge in Arizona, an estimated 300 vehicles were trapped on I-15 overnight Saturday into Sunday because of a series of chain-reaction crashes on the narrow stretch of roadway.
"The corners had upwards of two inches of ice," said Deputy Darrell Cashin with the Washington County Sheriff's Department. "As soon as people hit them, with or without chains, they were sliding off."
Cashin heads the county's search and rescue operations and sent seven volunteers in four-wheel-drive vehicles to assist the motorists with food, water and extra fuel.
"Both directions were completely blocked," Cashin said. "In those types of temperatures it doesn't take long to really start having some major issues."
Arizona Highway Patrol was finally able to clear the accidents and get traffic flowing again by midday Sunday.
Most residents rode out the storm safely inside their homes, surprised and marveled by the unusual white surroundings.
"It was just beautiful," said St. George resident Shirley Anderson. "I couldn't stop looking outside."
By Monday morning, the main roads in St. George were mostly passable while most residential streets remained covered with patches of snow and ice.
Washington County School District held school Monday, but said that tardies would be excused.
(KUTV) The men accused of shooting an Orem driver and causing a car crash are expected to waive their preliminary hearings Tuesday.
Travis Waldron and Mason French will appear in court in American Fork Tuesday afternoon. Police arrested Waldron and French in November after Rupert Miley was killed after being shot in the back while driving.
Police believe French pulled the trigger, but Waldron may have handed him the gun. Should Waldron and French waive their preliminary hearings; their case will go directly to trail.
(KUTV) A rape suspect mistakenly let out of jail earlier
this year has pled guilty to sexually assaulting a woman.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Anthony Santos Moultry,
28, faces 15 years in prison for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in February.
For the guilty plea, the prosecution dropped burglary, theft, and lewdness
charges against him.
Police mistakenly released Moultry from jail in August after
72 hours passed without a formal charge. Police caught him again after a
several hours-long search.
(KUTV) A 19-year-old driver has officially been charged in a deadly hit-and-run accident.
Deryk Robledo is facing a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death and a misdemeanor charge of failure to stop or yield. Police say on November 25, Robledo was driving near 1000 West and 1700 South when he hit 73-year-old Genero Zaragoza Valencia. Valencia was taken to the hospital where he later died.
Robledo was arrested after police found the car he was allegedly driving at a home in woods cross.
According to charging documents, the car’s windshield was shattered and there was evidence of blood and hair on the glass.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The public health director for five southwest Utah counties says the department's clinics do not offer the vaccine for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, because of high costs and low demand.
The vaccine is not required but the Utah Department of Health has recommended it for preteen girls since 2006 and boys since 2011.
Southwest Public Department of Health director David Blodgett says he decided not to offer the vaccine at the clinics in Beaver, Iron, Garfield, Kane and Washington counties years ago.
He says it's too expensive and there's little public appetite in the area for the vaccine.
Blodgett says a federal program pays the cost for some patients at the clinics but the clinics still incur other costs.
Patients can still get the vaccine at private clinics.
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(KUTV) The LDS church is making a huge step in releasing a new statement that "disavows" all racism in the history of the church.
Historically, black members of the Mormon Church were not able to be full participants in the faith until holding the Priesthood and participating in temple ceremonies until 1978. While church founder Joseph Smith openly opposed slavery and gave the Priesthood to blacks in the first decade of the church, it was changed with Brigham Young the 2nd President of the church.
The new statement released Friday by the LDS Church says that Presidents --- from Brigham Young up until President Kimball who made the change -- fell victim to the racist divide in the country.
The statement begins by saying: "In theology and practice, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints embraces the universal human family. Latter-day Saint scripture and teachings affirm that God loves all of his children and makes salvation available to all. God created the many diverse races and ethnicities and esteems them all equally. As the Book of Mormon puts it, "all are alike unto God."
Monday we sat down with a Utah couple who has watched as the church has changed on the topic of blacks and the Priesthood. Asking Don and Jerry Harwell about their thoughts on first reading the new statement? Both were ecstatic that what they have believed to be true is finally in writing. The Harwell's both active members of the LDS church have read the following paragraph from the statement many times already.
"Today, the church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects actions in a premortal life; that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else. Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form."
Jerry says that while the LDS church of which she belongs, "may disavow racism now they get to live it, eat their words, swallow their pride and change." Jerry calls it a "giant step", but for her this is only the beginning.
She joined the church in 1977 when blacks did not have the priesthood and she could not go on a mission, something she dearly wanted to do. She was unable to go because she was not able to go through a Mormon Temple. Her first reaction was, "what have I got myself into, I have joined a racist church- God is racist- I have to get out of this."
Before leaving she prayed and wound up staying because she believed the LDS church was true. She explains saying, "during that prayer I heard a voice say- 'I have never given a reason.'" Jerry says she knew it was not God's will to keep her at a distance.
Today, she is happy to hear the LDS church say it too. Jerry's husband, Don, joined the Mormon Church in the 80's missing a very racist time. Don simply says, "I was never going to put myself in the position to be a second class citizen." After joining he has never looked back, but he says there have been some tough times--- Sunday school lessons with neighbors preaching the "curse of Cain." He says, "When they would bring it up I would put it down."
The hope for the Harwell's now is simple; they hope they can move forward as real equals. Jerry sees that equality as true diversity in the Mormon Church leadership. She says, "Until the church leadership looks like the makeup the ethnic, racial makeup of the world we are really not there."
This is the 2nd of its kind statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and sources say it will not be the last. A handful of other topics dealing with church history will be addressed in the coming months and posted online.
(KUTV) New federal numbers show nearly half of all babies born using in-vitro fertilization are multiples, mostly twins. While twins can be double the joy, they can also come with serious complications; higher blood pressure and blood sugar for mom, prematurity and growth issues for babies. In new guidelines from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, fertility experts are now pushing a new goal for women under 35 and that's having one baby or a so-called singleton pregnancy. Better ways to screen, store and test embryos to determine which are most likely to succeed have resulted in fewer miscarriages and healthier babies.
(KUTV) A special fundraising event that began as an Eagle Scout project is helping raise money for children who suffer from cerebral palsy.
Dozens of volunteers donated skates and gear, while raising money for a good cause Saturday.
Volunteer and Eagle Scout candidate Eric Robertson wanted to give the children who suffer from this disease a chance to do what kids like to do, like ice-skate with friends.
The ice-skating rink at Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center was full of smiling faces and that was all Eric wanted to see.
"They may appear disabled from appearance, but inside they're just like the rest of us, so having an experience like this is really, really special," said Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore. "You can tell by the looks of their faces it's really special."
Many of the volunteers are from Olympus High School. They were brought in by the non-profit organization Opportunity Foundation of America.
Chip Hopkins teaches at Olympus High and works with the Eagle Eyes Project, which is a benefactor in the fundraising event. They provided a new technology for disabled children.
"We put sensors on the faces of those communicative challenged kids and it's a mouse replacement, so they move their faces and it moves the cursor on the computer screen," Hopkins explains.
"A lot of these kids are able to get out of their comfort zones and are able to get into the world and really feel as though they can play a part - a vital part in society," he said.
Only 150 of the devices are currently in use, but many don't realize the technology is available. That's something the Eagle Eyes Project is trying to change. To find out more information about this organization click on the link. .bc.edu/schools/csom/eagleeyes/
(KUTV) A Sandy chiropractor who stole thousands of dollars from elderly patients that were seeking treatment for serious health issues was sentenced Tuesday afternoon.
Brandon Babcock was originally charged with ripping off nearly a dozen senior citizens, but a jury only convicted him for six of them.
Babcock pleaded for mercy just before the judge sentenced him to six month in jail.
"I think they let him walk," said Norm Rowe as he left the courtroom. "Im very upset."
"Baloney, not enough [time]," said 78-year-old Joe Montoya who says Babcock wrongfully charged him $7,200.
Babcock was found guilty back in September of secretly having senior citizens sign up for a credit card and then charging them $6,500 dollars for his so called miracle health program.
Prosecutors say the average age of his victims is 76-years-old.
"We strongly recommend he never be able to practice again," said Brenda Tuttle whose mom was one of the victims.
Tuttle's mom passed away a short time ago and she blames her mom's death on the stress caused by Babcock. "In her weakened condition she suffered a devastating fall down the stairs leading to her demise," said Tuttle in court during Babcock's sentencing. "It's our belief that Babcock had no concern for the well-being of his patients, rather he preyed on innocent vulnerable people."
Babcock who is the father of four kids pleaded to not go to jail. "I want you to know that I'm terribly sorry. This is not something I would wish on anybody. I do feel remorseful," said Babcock to the judge. "I didn't intend to do any of this I would just plead for your mercy."
The judge had some serious words for Babcock.
"I think you Mr. Babcock took advantage of these elderly people, that you used practices that were exploded," said District Judge Terry Christiansen.
The judge then sentenced Babcock to jail for six months.
(KUTV) The arrival of 72 new, stealth fighter jets in the fall of 2015 will secure a future for Hill Air Force Base, according officials, after talk of shutting bases around the country due to Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).
"I think it means another 30 years of airpower over the Great Salt Lake for sure," said Col. Bryan Radliff, commander of the 419th Fighter Wing, U.S. Air Force Reserve. "It brings good jobs and stability to the community."
Officials on base announced on Tuesday that Hill would receive the new fleet of F-35A Lightning IIs, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, to a flurry of emails from an elated community.
"We're very proud, and we're very happy to be named as the first operational wing for the F-35," said Col. Lance Landrum, commander of the 388th Fighter Wing, the active duty component.
The decision to select Hill as home to six-dozen of the Air Force's premier jets was made after a four-year process, including an extensive Environmental Impact Statement. The proximity to the Utah Test and Training Range in the West Desert helped secure the opportunity for Hill, officials said.
Major maintenance on the high-tech, strike aircraft will also require decades of work at the local depot facility. But a result of the new fleet that Hill officials can't put a price tag on is increased safety.
"It also gives us the capability to operate in an environment of emergency and future threats that are going to be significantly greater than what we have today, and in operations and in areas that the F-16 just could not go into safely," Landrum said. "The F-35, with its integrated computer systems, integrated sensors and very capable radar, will have the ability to reduce the enemy's opportunity to see us via stealth. It will have the ability to reduce the opportunity to shoot at us."
The F-35 isn't much faster than the F-16, but it's smarter, combining all data into one integrated package and allowing airmen to focus on their missions.
"As the threats get more dense, it takes more of the attention to go in and operate safely, and this airplane will allow us to have that battle space awareness to deal with it more effectively," Radliff said.
The F-35s will eventually phase out the F-16 Fighting Falcons that arrived in 1979. In two years, pilots will begin retraining into the 72 jets across three squadrons.
(KUTV) The Federal Corps of Engineers gave permission to start work last Friday, but the railroad still needs permission from Utah.
The causeway has been there 50 years or so, it lets some water flow from the salty north arm, to the less salty south arm. Brine shrimp and birds that eat the shrimp have become to depend on the flow levels.
It's a delicate balance; we need to maintain it like that.
The Union Pacific Causeway divides the lake in two, and allows some flows through holes in the dike.
Union Pacific wants to fill in the holes temporarily and then build a new bridge to keep the causeway safe for trains.
Union Pacific said if work doesn't start soon, the causeway may become unsafe and trains would have to be rerouted, many of them would come through Salt Lake City.
It's a feeding ground for the avian community out there. Millions of migratory birds come to the lake and feed.
If the new holes in the repaired dike are too big or too little, the shrimp and birds will suffer. Utah's water quality people will try to make sure the repairs leave the lake about the way it is.
(KUTV) Its a massive and diverse week for DVD releases as Universal Pictures worldwide smashes Despicable Me 2 and Fast & Furious 6 share space with the BBC's Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor, Disney's Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition and Paramounts Sundance alum Adore starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as childhood friends who have affairs with each others' sons.
Elsewhere Well Go USA brings legendary Chinese director Ronny Yu's (The Bride with White hair) latest epic Saving General Yang to home video along side Keanu Reeves' (directs and acts) martial arts film Man of Tai Chi, Billy Bob Thorton's southern drama Jayne Mansfield's Car with Robert Duvall, John Hurt and Kevin Bacon, horror festival favorite The Seasoning House and the eighth volume of cult television show Futurama.
Also released this week is the 2-movie collection of The Great Muppet Caper and Muppet Treasure Island on Blu-ray for the first time, the 25th Anniversary Edition of the classic Tom Hanks film Big, the Christmas film Angels Sin, based on Turk Pipkin's novel When Angels Sing about a history professor (Harry Connick, Jr.) who no longer enjoys the holiday season and a pair of Criterion Collection releases in the form of Grey Gardens, the classic documentary about "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" Beale and six-film box set Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project.
(KUTV) Emilie Parker was one of the 26 victims killed in the Sandy Hook shootings that occurred almost one year ago. Family and loved ones mourned her death and are celebrating her life with a video tribute.
With the help of a production company, Alissa Parker--Emilie's mother-- released a video to honor Emilie and the victims of the shooting.
The focus of the video is on the outpouring of support the former Ogden family has received over the past year. The Parker family says this support has allowed them to work through their tears and accomplish things they believe Emilie would have wanted.
Connecticut's governor is calling for houses of worship to mark the first anniversary of the Newtown school shooting by ringing their bells 26 times once for each of the victims killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Last year Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked for bells to toll exactly one week after the Dec. 14 shooting.
He writes in an op-ed piece this weekend that he hopes houses of worship and other organizations will do the same thing at 9:30 a.m. next Saturday for people to grieve and to find the "spirit of compassion and togetherness" that emerged in the days after the tragedy.
On the anniversary the governor is urging people to donate to a charity, volunteer in their communities or appreciate time spent with friends and family. The Associated Press Contributed to this report.
(KUTV) One week after a small plane carrying five people went down in a remote area of central Idaho, the families of the missing hope a construction worker who claims he heard the plane go down in the backcountry can guide them to their loved ones, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
"I was working right here at Stibnite, and I think it's just right in here. I really think it's just right in here," the man says in a YouTube video, pointing out the area on a map before family members. "I heard it. So it has to be, you know, somewhere, probably within my hand radius."
As he guides searchers to that area, a "billionaire from Sun Valley" is lending his helicopter to help the search efforts, according to a family statement to the newspaper.
Dozens have been searching the frozen ground by foot and air, since pilot Dale Smith radioed a Salt Lake City air tower on Sunday afternoon to report having engine trouble and get the coordinates of the nearby Johnson Creek Airstrip, just south of the Valley County village of Yellow Pine. The plane never landed there.
On board with Smith were his son and daughter-in-law, and his daughter Amber Smith and her fianc, Jonathan Norton, who grew up in Salt Lake City. The young couple had just sent out invitations to their Jan. 4 wedding.
"They went missing on Sunday afternoon. I got their wedding invitation on Monday," Norton's uncle, Matt Dayton, told KUTV on Tuesday. "We still have a lot of hope. You know, people survive these things all the time. But yeah, every hour goes by we feel a little bit [of] helplessness. We're worried. We're extremely worried. It's cold. There are freezing temperatures."
The Beech Bonanza aircraft was heading from Baker City, Oregon to Butte, Montana. Weekend storms suspended the official search efforts.
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Authorities say they will wait until family members have had 24 hours' notice before releasing the name of a 22-year-old Hill Air Force Base airman who was killed in a snowmobiling accident Sunday.
Officials have not yet said whether they've notified the man's next-of-kin, but Weber County sheriff's officials reported the man died Sunday afternoon when the snowmobile he was riding rolled down a steep embankment in the Monte Cristo Range.
The man was snowmobiling with two other airmen and a civilian.
Officials say the rest of the group reached a road but couldn't find their friend. They later found him pinned under a snowmobile and not breathing.
Sgt. Lane Findlay says the group had proper safety equipment and appeared to be doing everything right when the accident happened.
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(KUTV) Arthritis keeps 54-year-old Cynthia Cook in a wheelchair and her COPD makes it tough to breathe, but Cynthia's biggest challenge is that she is homeless.
"This is only the second time I've actually been homeless," said 54-year-old Cynthia Cook.
Fortunately, for Cynthia there is one thing she doesn't have to worry about and that's her medical care.
"I just found out now they have a therapist that I can go to, to help me with my emotional problems that I have," said Cook.
Cynthia's been a patient at the 4th Street Clinic in downtown Salt Lake for about a year. To receive services here, there's just one requirement.
"The only eligibility criteria to get services at 4th Street Clinic is that you are homeless," said Jennifer Hyvonen the External Affairs Director for 4th Street Clinic.
4th Street is currently under construction while still serving patients. A six month long remodel here has doubled the size of the clinical space, adding more exam rooms, group therapy rooms and some community rooms.
"We'll be fully integrated with both the health care side, as well as, mental health services, substance abuse services, case management, pharmacy services and then coming soon the dental," said Hyvonen.
The added space is greatly needed as the clinic experiences a shift in the demographic of patients served. More young women are seeking services at 4th Street, many of whom have children.
"We go out into the community and really try to build trust with these women and link them immediately into an appointment, so it's not delayed care," said Hyvonen.
With the remodel comes a rare opportunity for the homeless population; a chance for dental care. A dental clinic will open this January.
"Dental services are very hard to come by for people who are poor and don't have insurance and that can really affect your overall physical health as well," said Hyvonen.
All much needed services for a population that is need of a helping hand.
"Hopefully, they can help me in the way I need it. I've got like five teeth that are starting to break apart," said Cook.
4th Street Clinic is funded through donations and various fundraising efforts. If you give now your donation will be matched. The *Give One Raise Two Campaign* goes through December 10th.
(KUTV) More than a thousand refugees from all over the world gathered at Saint Vincent DePaul Parish Sunday evening to celebrate the holidays together.
Catholic Community Services hosted the annual event, which provides refugees a chance to meet and connect with others who are in a similar situation.
Foods from all over the world were served, games and prizes were also given out. Danielle Stamos of Catholic Community Services says some very thankful families received items they can use in these cold winter temperatures.
"To have a pair of gloves and a hat is something they've never even imagined." Stamos told 2News.
She also said that volunteering your time or donating warm clothing, such as hats, coats and gloves would help these families in need.
(KUTV) The holiday season is here, but some may not have Christmas gifts without your help.The Angel Tree program helps thousands of needy kids and seniors. Mark Koelbel has more on how you can adopt an angel and help fulfill those Christmas wishes.
(KUTV) Frustrated motorist trapped on Interstate-15 near the Utah-Arizona border are finally free. Some 300 vehicles were reportedly stuck overnight in Arizona due to Saturday's snowstorm, which produced icy and dangerous road conditions.
According to media reports, the Arizona Highway Patrol closed both northbound and southbound traffic of the Virgin River Gorge due to icy conditions, leaving hundreds of motorist trapped overnight. The road was then reopened Sunday afternoon.
The slick roads in Northern Utah caused plenty of problems for drivers as well.
The Utah Highway Patrol says more than a 100 crashes occurred this weekend, most of the accidents occurring between 7:00pm and 11:30pm Saturday night. UHP reported more than 40 crashes in Salt Lake County Sunday afternoon.
(KUTV) The Weber County Sheriff's Office reports that an adult male was killed Sunday afternoon in a snowmobile accident. Authorities say the snowmobile rider died near the Monte Cristo area of Weber County.
According to a press release, a group of airmen from Hill Air Force Base had been riding snowmobiles since early Sunday morning.
As the group descended down the mountain one of the snowmobilers crashed and was found pinned underneath his snowmobile. He was not breathing and did not have a pulse.
When emergency personnel were able to make it to the victim, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans flocked to houses of worship for a national day of prayer and reflection to honor former President Nelson Mandela, starting planned events that will culminate in what is expected to be one of the biggest funerals in modern times.
At the famous Regina Mundi Church that was near the epicenter of the Soweto 1976 against white rule, Father Sebastian J. Rossouw described Mandela as "moonlight," saying he offered a guiding light for South Africa. Hundreds of people attended mass in the small church that still bears the scars of the conflict.
"Madiba did not doubt the light," Rossouw said. "He paved the way for a better future, but he cannot do it alone."
During the service, worshippers offered special prayers for the anti-apartheid leader and lit a candle in his honor in front of the altar. Off to the side of the sanctuary was a black and white photo of Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.
A national memorial service will be held at a Johannesburg stadium on Tuesday.
The body for the man who, as the country's first black president forged a new multiracial South Africa, will lie in state at the Union Buildings, the seat of government, in the nation's capital, Pretoria, from Wednesday to Friday, followed by his funeral and burial in the village where he spent his childhood in a remote rural part of the country next Sunday.
Scores of foreign leaders and other luminaries are expected to travel to South Africa to honor Mandela.
Among those who have already indicated that they will be coming to South Africa are U.S. President Barack Obama and his two predecessors, George W Bush and Bill Clinton.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will also travel to Johannesburg for the memorial service, the United Nations said late Saturday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) A powerful storm that crept across the country dumped a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, threatening as much as a foot of snow in Delaware and New Jersey and raising concerns about a messy morning commute.
The storm forced the cancellation of thousands of flights across the U.S. and slowed traffic on roads, leading to a number of accidents, including a fatal crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Morgantown that led to a series of fender-benders involving 50 cars that stranded some motorists for up to seven hours. More than two dozen vehicles were involved in another series of crashes on nearby Interstate 78.
What was forecast in the Philadelphia area to be a tame storm system with about an inch of snow gradually changing over to rain mushroomed into a full-blown snowstorm that snarled mid-afternoon traffic along Interstate 95 in Pennsylvania from the Delaware to New Jersey state lines.
Paul Jones, 24, a youth hockey coach from Warminster in the Philadelphia suburbs, was on his way to a game in Lancaster when he got stuck along with his fiancee, another coach and three players in a major backup on the turnpike.
The roadway was "snow-covered, slick," Jones said in an interview from the car, where he was a passenger and had been at a standstill for more than an hour.
"People are in and out" of their vehicles, he said. "Kids are having a snowball fight on the side of the road, making snow angels, people are walking their dogs."
The National Weather Service said the low pressure system from North Carolina north to New England was being fed by disturbances from the southwest and moist air off the Atlantic.
The forecast called for the wintry mix to continue through Sunday, turning to rain early Monday. Total snow accumulation in some sections of southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey could reach 9 to 11 inches, while other areas could see as little as an inch or 2, said Valerie Meola, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J.
The snow fell so heavily in Philadelphia on Sunday that yard markers at Lincoln Financial Field where the Eagles beat the Detroit Lions were completely obscured. It was almost as bad in Pittsburgh, where the snow intensified after the opening kickoff.
Philadelphia fan Dave Hamilton, of Ivyland, layered up for the game, wearing an Eagles shirt topped with an Eagles sweatshirt and Eagles winter coat.
"Twenty-seven years I've been a season-ticket holder, I've never seen snow at the game like this," he said. "It just kept coming down. But we are all having fun out there."
The tracking website Flightaware.com estimates more than 2,000 flights were cancelled nationwide as of Sunday afternoon and more than 6,000 flights were delayed. That follows two days of similarly difficult travel conditions.
Philadelphia International Airport had a temporary ground stop Sunday afternoon with snow totals around 4 to 6 inches. Spokeswoman Stacey Jackson said a number of passengers were expected to remain in the airport overnight since area hotels had been full for several days. She said staff would hand out pillows and blankets to travelers to make them "feel at home even though they are not."
Air passengers in the Washington-area experienced increasing delays as the season's first real snowstorm set in. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said many flights had been delayed at Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports.
Virginia, parts of West Virginia and the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area braced for blackouts under steady freezing rain, wet snow and sleet. Parts of northwest and southwest Virginia and southern West Virginia were getting snow, while sleet and freezing rain prevailed west and north of Richmond.
In Maryland, a chain-reaction accident on Interstate 81 in Washington County involving more than 20 vehicles delayed snow removal efforts for hours. The highway was closed for more than three hours after a tractor-trailer ran into the median to avoid cars that had spun out. It was hit by another tractor-trailer that overturned and spilled its load. Several other tractor-trailers ran off the road and jackknifed as their drivers tried to avoid the crash.
North Texas started to thaw out slightly Sunday after two days of a near standstill with icy roads and low temperatures. About 400 departures from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport were canceled Sunday. It will likely be a couple of days before the ice that's coated the region melts completely.
The snowstorm raised fears about a potentially dangerous Monday morning commute, with snow-laden cars and perilous, icy roads. New Jersey's new U.S. senator, Cory Booker, tweeted a promise to a Mount Holly resident to help him shovel out his car if he still needed the help in the morning.
But the heavy snow wasn't limited to the East Coast. A snowstorm that hit along the Utah-Arizona border left hundreds of travelers stranded on Interstate 15 overnight into Sunday. The Arizona Highway Patrol said passengers in about 300 vehicles became stranded after up to 10 inches of snow and slick road conditions prompted the closure of part of the highway. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Ukraine's capital on Sunday, toppling a statue of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin and blockading key government buildings in an escalating standoff with the president over the future of the country.
The biggest demonstration in the former Soviet republic since Ukraine's pro-democracy Orange Revolution in 2004 led the government to fire back. It announced an investigation of opposition leaders for an alleged attempt to seize power and warned the demonstrators they could face criminal charges.
The West pressed for a peaceful settlement.
Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians flooded the center of Kiev, the capital, to demand President Viktor Yanukovych's ouster after he ditched ties with the European Union in favor of Russia and sent police to break up an earlier protest in the nearly three-week standoff.
"Ukraine is tired of Yanukovych. We need new rules. We need to completely change those in power," said protester Kostyantyn Meselyuk, 42. "Europe can help us."
Packing Independence Square as far as the eye could see, Ukrainians waving EU flags sang the national anthem and shouted "Resignation!" and "Down with the gang!" in a reference to Yanukovych's regime.
"I am convinced that after these events, dictatorship will never survive in our country," world boxing champion and top opposition leader Vitali Klitschko told reporters. "People will not tolerate when they are beaten, when their mouths are shut, when their principles and values are ignored."
As darkness fell, the conflict escalated further with protesters blockading key government buildings in Kiev with cars, barricades and tents.
The protests have had an anti-Russian component because Russia had worked aggressively to derail the EU deal with threats of trade retaliation against Ukraine.
About half a mile (1 kilometer) from the main square, one group of anti-government protesters toppled the city's landmark statue of Lenin and decapitated it Sunday evening.
Protesters then took turns beating on the torso of the fallen statue, while others lined up to collect a piece of the stone. The crowd chanted "Glory to Ukraine!"
"Goodbye, Communist legacy," Andriy Shevchenko, an opposition lawmaker, wrote on Twitter.
The demonstrations erupted last month after Yanukovych shelved a long-planned treaty with the 28-nation European Union to focus on ties with Russia. They were also galvanized by police violence and fears that Yanukovych was on the verge of bringing his country into a Russian-led economic alliance, which critics say could end Ukraine's sovereignty.
"It's not just a simple revolution," Oleh Tyahnybok, an opposition leader with the national Svoboda party, told the crowd in a fiery speech from a giant stage. "It's a revolution of dignity."
Yet a solution to the crisis appeared elusive, with the government making no concessions and the opposition issuing contradictory statements on how to proceed.
Heeding the opposition's calls, thousands of protesters blocked the approach to key government buildings in Kiev by erecting barricades, setting up tents and parking vehicles, including a giant dump truck.
"We are extending our demonstration. We are going to fight until victory. We will fight for what we believe in," opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk told protesters on Independence Square, which was drowning in a sea of flags.
The West, meanwhile, scrambled to avoid violence and urged dialogue.
In a phone conversation with Yanukovych, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso stressed "the need for a political" solution and dispatched EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to Kiev next week to mediate a solution. Yanukovych also discussed the crisis with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Valery Chaliy, head of the Razumkov Center think tank in Kiev, said the West must help resolve the crisis and prevent more violence. "It is evident that without international mediation this will not be solved in a peaceful way," Chaliy said in a telephone interview.
The protest Sunday in sub-zero December temperatures took place on Independence Square, known as the Maidan, in an echo of the Orange Revolution. Those protests annulled Yanukovych's fraud-tainted presidential victory in 2004, and ushered his pro-Western opponents into power. Yanukovych returned to the presidency in the 2010 vote.
During a huge demonstration a week ago, several hundred radical protesters hurled stones and attacked police as they tried to storm the presidential office. That prompted a violent breakup by the authorities in which dozens were beaten and injured, including peaceful protesters, passers-by and journalists.
DENVER (AP) — Aron Ralston, who cut off his forearm to free himself after becoming trapped by a dislodged boulder in a Utah canyon, has been arrested in Denver for domestic violence.
The 38-year-old was booked into the Downtown Detention Center on Sunday on charges of assault and wrongs to minors. Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez tells The Associated Press she can't release any details until she speaks with a domestic violence detective.
Ralston was hiking in 2003 when he became trapped by a boulder and was forced to cut off his own arm to free himself. He went on to detail his struggles in a book, and his story was later adapted into the movie "127 Hours."
Booking documents don't indicate if Ralston has an attorney. He's scheduled to appear in court Monday.
(KUTV) This weekend's wintry weather has been a real nightmare for drivers throughout Utah. There have been numerous slide offs and car accidents reported. There have also been a number of closures and there are certain restrictions in place. Adan Carillo from UDOT joined Amy Nay on 2News This Morning Sunday with the very latest.
(KUTV) Southern Utah has been hit hard by the latest round of winter weather. The Utah Highway Patrol reported handling at least 86 property damage accidents and slide-offs from Millard County to the Arizona boarder Saturday.
UHP also reports three injury accidents from Millard to Washington County. The St. George Municipal Airport is shutdown due to the snow.
U-DOT is also keeping an eye on the winter storm and road conditions through their 900 traffic cameras that span the state.
The storm continues to cause numerous traffic problems in Weber, Davis and Utah Counties. UHP reports 166 accidents just from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and those numbers are just for Utah County and do not include vehicle slide-offs.
U-DOT officials say because of the cold temperatures, the benefits of salting the roads, take longer.
Its so cold, it takes awhile for the salt to start working, Adan Carrillo said. A lake effect hitting the Magna and Sandy bench areas of Salt Lake County will cause some severe conditions this evening.
Currently there are restrictions for Semi Truck drivers heading up or down Parleys canyon.
Chains are required in both directions, Carrillo said.
U-DOT officials warn drivers to slow down and allow extra time when hitting the roadways. As as much as 4 inches of snow has been reported in the southern Utah town of Ivins just outside of St. George.
(KUTV) Chances are you've heard it time and again after a flight: check the seat pockets in front of you and the overhead bins to make sure you have all your belongings.
But post-flight, former Utah Attorney General John Swallow apparently said he missed something---a device that contained electronic communications from his state computer in the Attorney General's Office.
"Two days ago we learned that external hard drive was lost on an airplane flight in November 2012," said Representative Jim Dunnigan, leader of the Utah House panel investigating Swallow. "Mr. Swallow indicated, he thinks he may have perhaps left it in the overhead bin."
Dunnigan told 2News Saturday investigators wanted access to the drive, "to see what communications there might have been related to individuals involved in the investigation."
Swallow, said Dunnigan, had copied information onto the storage device, before an I-T specialist "wiped" his office computer.
Meantime, House investigators issued new subpoenas on Friday, one to the Attorney General's Office and another to the Utah Department of Financial Institutions.
The subpoenas are related to the now-defunct SunFirst Bank in St. George. Jeremy Johnson, a businessman indicted for fraud, who accused Swallow of trying to arrange a bribe on his behalf, was said to be an owner of the bank.
"They (SunFirst) processed online poker money until they were shut down by the FDIC," Dunnigan said. "So we are seeking records related to that issue." He said a report being prepared by the investigative committee "will lay out more details."
The new subpoena to the AG's Office sought "all documents sent, received, created or possessed" by Swallow, his predecessor Mark Shurtleff, and two assistant attorneys general. There was a specific request for "materials related to a 2010 meeting scheduled with the Pokers Players Alliance."
In the Financial Institutions subpoena, investigators said they wanted information about online poker transactions, including "all legal opinions as to whether Utah law permits such processing." Further, they sought "all communications" related to the processing of those transactions "involving John Swallow or any personnel of the Office of the Utah Attorney General."
It's possible additional subpoenas may be coming, though the House panel has scheduled meetings just days before Christmas, to present findings of its investigation. Dunnigan said the presentation will delve into "the factual basis of allegations against the former attorney general." There may also be recommendations for changes in Utah election law.
Cost of the House probe has now reached $2.3 million, with about $800,000 spent in the last several weeks, according to Dunnigan. Some of the latest expenses, he said, related to efforts by lawyers hired by the House to compel compliance of earlier subpoenas.
Dunnigan said those requests went to a company known as Softwise---whose website calls the firm a "leader in the Check Cashing and Payday Loan software industry"---Tosh Inc., which Bloomberg noted, does business as Check City---and to companies linked to campaign consultant Jason Powers.
Dunnigan described Softwise and Tosh as "Rawle companies," a reference to the late Richard Rawle---a man who said Swallow put him in touch with Johnson, the indicted businessman, to help Johnson fend off federal regulators who were looking into one his companies. Rawle said he would need $250,000 to "lobby" on Johnson's behalf.
In what has been described as a deathbed declaration in December of last year, Rawle said, "I recently heard that Mr. Johnson is making allegations that money was used to inappropriately influence a member of Congress. I have no knowledge of any such plan."
With Swallow's resignation, Dunnigan said lawyers for the House filed a motion to withdraw subpoenas directed at Softwise, Tosh, and Powers.
Another investigation, this one by the Utah Lt. Governor's Office, found "probable cause" Swallow broke Utah election law, in not disclosing sources of tens of thousands of dollars in income on campaign forms.
Prosecutors in Salt Lake and Davis Counties have said their criminal investigation into Swallow, Shurtleff, and "multiple others" continues, with assistance from the FBI.
The U.S. Justice Department said it would not pursue charges against Swallow or Shurtleff; and the Utah State Bar turned down a complaint to investigate Swallow---though another bar complaint may still be under review.
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