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(KUTV) A rockslide has shut down SR-89/91 in Sardine Canyon in both directions and has caused multiple car accidents, sending five people to the hospital with injuries.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Nelson says at about 9:00 p.m. Friday, a few boulders the size of vehicles fell from the mountain in Sardine Canyon, which caused the accidents. He says the incident caused a total of six accidents, including three injury crashes and three property damage crashes.

Ambulances arrived on scene and took five people with injuries to a nearby hospital. Nelson says none of the injuries were life-threatening.

SR-89/91 is now closed in both directions on Sardine Canyon in the area of milepost 5.

Nelson says the road is damaged and UDOT is on the scene investigating. He says rain caused the rockslide.

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(KUTV) Authorities arrested a male suspect after a SWAT standoff at a home in Magna Friday afternoon.

The suspect was arrested without incident and no injuries were reported.  At least three other people are now in police custody.

Police say the suspect barricaded himself inside a home at 2278 S. Cyprus Grove Circle. Nearby homes were evacuated as police tried to communicate with the man. Officers used flash bangs, an attempt usually used to startle people inside a home.

The incident started around 2:30 p.m. when a Unified police officer was going to serve an arrest warrant in Magna. The officer saw the male suspect outside a home on Spencer Ave. talking to another man who was with a 8-year-old child. The two men saw the police officers and ran inside the home and left the child behind.

Police say the child belongs to the man they wanted to arrest. The child is with police now and is okay.

Police say the suspect has several felonies ranging from drug possession to resisting arrest to having a firearm as a restricted person. Police say they did not see a weapon on the man as he ran into the house.

Authorities say the last time they ran into the suspect, they saw a gun, which is why they called in a SWAT team.

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(KUTV) A missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from West Jordan is in critical condition and on life support after a car accident in Oklahoma.

The crash happened in Wagoner County, Oklahoma Friday morning. According to the CBS station in Tulsa, 19-year-old Sister Nancy Ann Vea was ejected from a van after it was hit from behind by a semi truck.

Troopers say the van was trying to make a U-turn at the time of the crash.

Several other people were taken to the hospital, but are expected to be okay.

Vea has been serving in the Oklahoma, Tulsa Mission since May of this year.

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(KUTV) A teenager has been arrested and faces terrorist charges after police say he threatened to set off a bomb Tuesday at Westlake High School.

Saratoga Springs Police arrested the teen, a 16-year-old, at his home at around 5:00 p.m. Thursday. Officers say the teen's home is a short distance from the high school.

Investigators say this is not the only time he has made bomb threats. Police are not releasing the suspect's name because he is a minor.

"That's crazy," said Westlake High student Sage Plott when learning about the arrest. "That kind of shocked me. I thought he would be older and someone looking for money. But a 16-year-old kid?"

"I was pretty shocked. Wasn't expecting that from a student," said Ari Espinosa, another Westlake High student. "It's pretty scary. I wouldn't even be able to come up with something like that."

"I think it's stupid, really immature on his part," said student Alec Medina.

Saratoga Springs police say they arrested the boy after hundreds of man hours, which included help from the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Police did not find any explosives or weapons in the home, but they say they did find evidence that the boy had been making similar bomb threat calls to other states.

Investigators say the teen tried to hide his identity by using Skype to call 911.

"The student had employed some pretty sophisticated techniques to actually cover up his tracks and mask his Skype account and IP address," said CPL Matt Schauerhamer with Saratoga Springs.

"It scares me," said neighbor Melanie Wride, who says the boy kept to himself. "He would just go out of his car and into the house. I didn't see him very often."

2News Dan Rascon knocked on the door of the boy's home and spoke to his mother. She did not want to discuss the matter and told Rascon, "considering he is a 16-year-old minor, this shouldn't even be public."

Investigators say they had been to the home before, but on other matters they say had nothing to do with the case.

"This suspect we had never dealt with ever. We had no indications in the past," Schauerhamer said.

Federal and state prosecutors will decide if he will be charged as an adult.

By: Dan Rascon

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(KUTV) Olympus High School senior and kicker on the varsity football team Mohammad Mousavi admits until this summer he did not know much about football. 

"Nothing at all," he said when asked what he knows about the game.

Mohammad, who came to Utah as a refugee with his family from Afghanistan nearly two years ago, knows the other football, soccer, really well, but not American football.  In fact, when he first saw the ball, he thought it looked strange because it's not round.  When he finally watched a game on TV, he thought the football was a misnomer.

"It's not football, it's handball," Mohammad said. "They are holding the ball."

Still, Mohammad, who often spent time around the football field with friends, told head coach Aaron Whitehead that he could kick.
 
"I said 'okay, let's see you kick,'" said Whitehead.  "He's got a leg on him."

Whitehead invited Mohammad to join the team for the team's first game of the season against Cottonwood High School. Mohammad's mother and three siblings were in the stands cheering him on. 

"It's a big deal," said his sister Karimeh.

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(KUTV) Salt Lake City has shifted the lines for bike lanes on busy 300 South downtown, but not everyone is rolling with the changes.

"It's disbelief for me," said Bruce Tanner, owner of Classic Cleaners on the corner of 300 South and 500 East, a business that's been in his family for the better part of a century.  "No one brings their clothes in on a bicycle."

To draw new dedicated boundaries for bikes, Tanner says the city took away several street parking spaces outside his business.

The manager of the long-standing Su Casa restaurant, Jim Barlow, said he attended bike lane meetings with city officials and came away thinking there might be more street parking outside his eatery.  Instead, there's less, and the configuration is "not exactly" what he had envisioned.

Over a series of blocks, drivers can no longer park cars next to the curb. That area is reserved for bicyclists headed east and west.  Parking spaces have been moved into the street where a lane of traffic used to be, reducing the vehicle thoroughfare to just one lane each direction.

"I have a few safety concerns about that," said attorney Robert Sykes, who had lunch on a patio near 300 South on Friday. 

Sykes said he is "pro-bike," an avid cyclist, and that he toured parts of Europe on a bicycle, but questioned Salt Lake's new design.

A colleague, Karra Porter, called the system "disastrous," saying people cannot tell if they should "park between the marks" or "in the marks."

At nearby Dick and Dixie's, bartender Katie Selin said she's heard confusion from customers about parking geography and geometry.

"They'll come in and say, 'Where should I park?'" said Selin.  "'I see a triangle, a square.  I don't know if I should be by the curb.'"

"I think right now there's a little bit of confusion with the new design," said Salt Lake City Transportation Director Robin Hutcheson.  "We have some signage out there along the street to help people understand where they should be parking, where they should be riding their bikes.  It's something that we fully anticipated."

Hutcheson said dedicated bike lanes have been a boon to businesses in other cities, and that the same will likely happen here, a notion that could be a hard sell to some.

Bike commuter Brandon Fratto tried the new 300 South bike lane for the first time on Friday.

"So far I like it," he told 2News, specifically mentioning the width of the lane.  "I like that it's dedicated, and separated with parking spaces."

By Brian Mullahy

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(KUTV) A panel of seven teenagers hears the charges against one of their peers, before they determine an appropriate sentence for the accused.
 
This is how the Peer Court system works in Salt Lake City. The police department, in cooperation with local school officials, refer certain youth offenders to the Peer Court, rather than sending them through the juvenile court system.
 
"They'll say, 'okay juvenile court is not going to work for this kid, this kid needs positive intervention,'" says Tyler Bugden, program director for the Salt Lake Peer Court.
 
Bugden says crimes for the youth offenders are considered to be less extreme than those dealt with through the criminal justice system. Typically issues like truancy, vandalism, fighting and first time drug offenses like tobacco, are dealt with in Peer Court.
 
The students are volunteers from local high schools and are often recruited by their teachers to participate in the Peer Court program.
 
Friday was the final day of training for the Salt Lake Peer Court. More than 100 volunteer students have been equipped to serve as judge and jury. They will hand down sentences for public service and counseling.
 
"We kinda know what they're going through, so I feel like we have a better understanding of how they could come back from that," says Dalu Gondwe, a volunteer student from the Academy for Math, Engineering and Science.
 
After a sentence is handed down, a student on the panel will offer to mentor each peer offender. "I just really wanted to get involved in my community and help somebody out," says Magdalene Gamvroulas, from Highland High School.
 
Students that volunteer will receive academic credit for their participation and are required to serve 72 hours over the course of the next year.
 
Peer Court hears cases at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Monday evenings beginning in late September.

By: Chris Miller

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(KUTV) Three teens have been arrested and one is still on the loose after the four broke into Logan High School and stole food,  computer equipment and set off fire extinguishers throughout the building.

The break-in was on August 14 and caused more than $1,500 in damage from vandalism. Police say the teens stole more than $15,000 worth of equipment.

Police posted stills from surveillance video on their Facebook page and that led to tips resulting in the arrest of three of four suspects.

One suspect was arrested on August 19, one on August 20, and another August 22. The fourth has not been arrested, but police have identified the individual and are working on locating him.

Two of the suspects are 16-years-old, one is 15 and the other 17.

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(KUTV) After years of sitting dormant, an area of Holladay is seeing new signs of life. New developments are popping up and there are promises of more to come.

"There are a lot of exciting things happening in Holladay right now," Mayor Rob Dahle said.

He says three areas of development are all starting to come together in what he says should be a real plus for Holladay residents.

"With this area (where the Village now stands) being run down and Cottownwod Mall being torn down, we had to go outside our community for things we would like to do, like for restaurants and entertainment," Dahle said.

With the recent additions to the southeast business district known as Millrock or Canyon Slope and the brand new retail development in the center of town boasting upscale boutiques and popular restaurants called The Village, plus promises of a new Smith's grocery store, a Larry H. Miller Megaplex theatre and some 600 units of housing coming to the old Cottonwood Mall site, he says there will no reason to go elsewhere.

"It is all of a sudden starting to take shape and at the same time, so it is pretty exciting," Dahle said.

Many residents had only positive things to say about the new Village development located on 2300 East and Murray Holladay Road, but some took issue with the plans at the Cottonwood Mall site. Some say the building should never have been demolished, while others say more public input should have been involved in the planning.

Mayor Dahle told 2News there were big plans in place, but the economy simply got in the way, adding he remains optimistic plans are back on track and the city's future is looking bright.

By: Amy Nay

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(KUTV) Iron County will soon be home to the largest solar facility in Utah.
 
"This will be the largest project in the state of Utah. It comprises of about 327,000 solar panels,” said Luigi Resta, CEO of Scatec Solar, a company based in California.

The panels will be set on a square mile of farm land just right outside of Parowan, strategically placed next to and right across the street from a substation.

Resta says they expect to break ground on the project in October and along with that comes economic benefits in the job market.

"This is going to create construction related robs,” said Resta. “It'll range from 12 to 14 months of direct jobs of between 120 to 200 people. Most of those we're going to source from Iron County."

The panels themselves will be agriculturally friendly and help farmers continue work as usual after installment.

"We're going to leave it as it is. Drive the piles directly into the ground now so that the grass that's here will be perfect for grazing," said Resta.

Kelly Stowell, whose family owns some of the land where panels will be installed, says this will bring big benefits.

"It serves as model for other communities to make corporate projects like this,” said Stowell.

"The primary intention is to make this a solar project and convert sunlight into electricity, which will then be put into the local grid." Said Resta.

Resta says there is an educational value to the project as well with a visitor’s center.

"We could have a sit where people could come out and actually see, feel and touch what the system does," says Resta.

By reducing the carbon footprint and building this site, Resta says it will push things in the right direction.

"We're going to now take the state and out it on the map as far as being a solar friendly environment," said Resta.

For consumers, there will be no change to their energy bills.

When you look at the price tag on this project, Resta says at the very end when everything has been installed it could cost about $150 to $170 million.

By: D.J. Bolerjack

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(KUTV) The Salt Lake City and County Building has played the backdrop to countless event and festivals, but how close a look have you ever really taken at the landmark?

Etched into the sandstone are dozens animals, plants and faces including one demonic looking face with four tongues and a fierce scowl.

It prompted Brandon Shaffer of Logan to write, "What is the origin of the somewhat disturbing face on Salt Lake City's city hall?"

It's a good question and we found the perfect person to ask: Kirk Huffaker is the executive director of the Utah Heritage Foundation. It is his group which gives tours of the historic building.

Huffaker says there are roughly 100 faces, all different, and he admits they do not know what all of the faces are.

"We don't know what many of them are,” said Huffaker. “We can only look at them and assume that they were people from the time or animals or gargoyles."

Some they do know.

"Over the west doors are carved busts of three men who were in public office at the time of construction and oversaw the project," Huffaker said. "Mayor George Scott is at the upper left; he authorized the project. 

Federal Judge Jacob Blair is at the top; he represented the county and approved its participation.  Mayor Robert Baskin is at the upper right; he was in office when the building was completed."

As for the "somewhat disturbing" face Shaffer noticed, Huffaker says it is a portrait of the lead sculptor, Oswald Linde, with some artistic liberties added.

Kirk says that the work of the two men, "symbolizes the early history and heritage of the community including a sun rising behind a beehive flanked by two pioneers, marine monsters from ancient Lake Bonneville, fleur-de-lis friezes, faces of dignitaries, an American eagle, an owl, a mountain lion, an eel, a crocodile, roses and the sun representing the seasons."

By Matt Gephardt

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(KUTV) On 2News Tuesday, a Salt Lake City man who has ALS challenged Mitt Romney to take the Ice Bucket Challenge.

On Friday Romney accepted that challenge.

Mitt posted the video on his Facebook page and gave a special shout out to Creighton Rider, who 2News Heidi Hatch did a story on earlier this week. (Watch here.)

The video has caused a lot of talk about Romney running again, especially with the cameo from his old running mate Paul Ryan.

Romney passed the challenge on to his wife Ann and comedian Jason Sudeikis.

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(KUTV) Salt Lake Police arrested a man for robbery and kidnapping early Friday morning.

Officers were at 400 S. 200 W. at 12:35 a.m. on a traffic stop when a car suddenly pulled up and stopped behind them.

The driver jumped out and ran up to the officers, telling them he was being kidnapped by the male passenger.

Officers approached the car and handcuffed Damon Greenberry, 34, while they investigated.

The victim said he was parked, talking on his cell phone when Greenberry got in the car’s passenger seat, indicated he had a handgun and told the victim to drive.

Greenberry forced the victim to withdraw money at a nearby ATM and give it to him.

As they continued driving downtown, the victim saw the police cars in front of him and raced up to them.

Greenberry is booked for robbery, kidnapping and other charges. No one was injured during the incident.

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(KUTV) A section of NB I-15 will be completely shut down for construction Friday night.

From 11:00 p.m. Friday to 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, the road will close at the Riverdale Rd. exit, 339.

Traffic will be routed west along Riverdale Rd. to I-84, then north to return to I-15.

The NB ramp at 5600 S. in Roy, exit 338, will also be closed.

Sunday night to Monday morning traffic on SB I-15 will be reduced to a single lane.

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(KUTV) Police have arrested a man they say was in possession of hundreds of images of child pornography in Logan.

Logan Police Department Chief Gary Jensen says his investigators received a tip from Utah's Internet Crimes Against Children division about 38-year-old William Larson.  Police say after interviewing Larson, they served a search warrant on his electronic devices and found literally hundreds of pictures and videos of children in "disturbing pornography."

At least two of the images, police say, were produced by Larson. 

Police don't know if he distributed any of those images, but they think they have tracked down the victim who was featured in the images.

Larson is in jail tonight, charged with possession and manufacturing of child pornography.  Police say it is possible there are other children out there who have been victimized by Larson. 

Anyone who feels like a family member may have been victimized by Larson is asked to call police at 435-716-9459.

By: Chris Jones

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(KUTV) The Metro Gang Unit has announced that public enemy No. 1, 28-year-old Charley Louis Sanford, has been arrested in Ogden.

Metro Gang Unit Sgt. Paul Barker told 2News Sanford numerous tips led to his capture. He will be booked into the Weber County Jail.

Sanford is a member of a violent prison gang. He is a convicted felon and multi-state offender. He is listed on NCIC as an escapee from a federal halfway house.

Sanford has prior arrests for assault, aggravated robbery and several drug charges.

Sanford is a white male, 6'0'' and 185 lbs. He has brown eyes and brown hair. He has numerous tattoos including several on his neck. Some of the tattoos are lightning bolts on his left cheek, a swastika on his right cheek and small horns above his eyebrows. His earlobes have been gauged.

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(KUTV) The family of the woman who was critically injured after she drank a toxic iced tea at a Dickey's Barbecue held a news conference Thursday afternoon to announce "Life or death has been taken off the table."

Meanwhile, the family's attorney is also speaking out, saying Jan Harding was not the first person to ingest acid at the same restaurant.

Attorney Paxton Guymon says weeks before Jan was burned, a Dickey's manager tasted the powder that was mixed into the sugar bin. She was burned and went to the hospital. Weeks later, the same sugar mixture was used in Jan Harding's tea.

"Why nothing was done after that to make sure that poisoned sugar was not disposed of, that's the angle I'm looking into," said Guymon.

At the news conference, the woman's husband, Jim Harding, gave an update on his wife's condition after a highly toxic industrial cleaning chemical was accidentally mixed with her iced tea drink on Sunday, August 10.
 
The family says Jan's condition is improving, but she has a long road to recovery.

"I'm grateful for each day. Grateful she has a voice, grateful the life and death thing is off the table," said Jim at the news conference.

Jim said doctors removed her breathing tube on Friday, they were hearing whispers on Saturday and she began to speak on Sunday. He says the first words Jan spoke to him after he told her he loved her were, "I love you too."

"Now she is speaking to us, doing some walking, she is doing so much better," said Jim.

Jim says he can't worry about lawsuits and criminal charges right now and is focusing on the positive and his wife's recovery.

"Whatever is involved legally, not concerned about that," said Jim. "I'm concerned about getting my wife well and home."

The last week and a half has been a whirlwind for the Harding family. Police were called to the restaurant Sunday, August 10 at 683 W. South Jordan Pkwy after Jan drank the tea while at lunch with her husband. They took the woman from Sandy to a local hospital. She was then flown to the University of Utah Medical Center Burn Unit in critical condition.

"I thought they were going to give her a magical mouth wash and it was all going to be okay," said Jim Harding. "I had no idea it was that serious."

The Hardings are regulars at Dickey's Barbecue. The yellow cup Jan was drinking from is one people receive for coming so often.  Officials did a test on the chemical level of the tea in the cup. Jan's drink was as far on the alkaline scale as battery acid would be.

"I asked a nurse, 'Is this life threatening?'" Jim said. "She just looked at me."

Initially, doctors were afraid the chemical would burn holes in Jan's esophagus, but additional tests gave them good news and that was not the case.  Jan is improving, but Jim says she has nightmares.

"Her memory is taking that sip and her mouth and throat being on fire, spitting and gagging, doing everything she could to get that out of her mouth," said Jim.

Jim says he can't forget the moment his wife sipped the tea.

"I was just flabbergasted," he said. "I went to her and said, 'What's going on?'  And she said 'I think I drank acid.'"

The Harding family wants people to know they are not mad at Dickey's Barbecue.

"I'm not mad at anybody," Jim said. "I think everyone involved in this is sad."

It is still a long road for Jan Harding. Doctors still need to perform tests and other procedures to determine her prognosis.

Jim says he hopes his wife's ordeal serves as a wake up call to all restaurants and workers, reminding them that the meals and drinks they prepare could have a big effect on someone's life.

The investigation into the case is still ongoing.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The attorney for a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking toxic iced tea at a Utah restaurant says an employee at the eatery burned herself a month earlier on the same chemical cleaning compound.

Lawyer Paxton Guymon said Thursday the former Dickey's Barbecue employee burned her tongue July 5. He says she stuck her finger in a sugar container and licked it to see if it contained any of the chemical cleaner.

Guymon says he's appalled that the South Jordan restaurant didn't get rid of the sugar container mixed with the chemical lye before it ended up in the tea that Jan Harding drank Aug 10.

Her husband, Jim Harding, says she is recovering well. He says he's not upset and doesn't want retribution for what happened.

Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants Inc. has said the customer's injuries were an isolated incident.

By BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

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(KUTV) Getting the family together for dinner is hard, and grocery shopping with kids can be nearly impossible.

Debbie Worthen gives us a look at KUTV’s Simplify Supper feature to help make things easier.

With the help of Simplify Supper, created by Krista Numbers, you can get in and out of the grocery store within half an hour.

Check out the Simplify Supper section of our website here.

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(KUTV) Some drama is brewing in a Utah County political race.

A write-in candidate has thrown his name into the race for county commissioner.

Bill Freeze, a Realtor and father of five married daughters, said his decision to run stems from his opponent's character. He doesn't like Greg Graves' past behavior and history with money.

"I felt a necessity to enter the race," said Freeze during an interview at his Highland home, adding he's never been a politician. "I would love to be known as a public servant."

On Thursday, Freeze announced he is running for Utah County commissioner as a write-in candidate.

"Other business leaders came to me and said, Bill, would you consider running?" said Freeze.

Graves was running unopposed in the race. He knocked off incumbent Gary Anderson in the Utah County Republican Convention in April. But after the convention, information surfaced that Graves had filed several times for bankruptcy. He had also been charged with theft in 2000, although he paid a fine and the charge was later dismissed.

"These are serious character flaws that we feel like basically should disqualify him for this kind of position," said Freeze.
 
Utah County GOP leaders are careful not to cast any stones at their nominee.

"Our nominee has gone through that process. He filed to run, he ran a campaign," said Utah County GOP Chairman Casey Voeks, adding he didn't even hear about Freeze's candidacy until Thursday.

Graves agrees he won the nomination fair and square. He told 2News he was open and honest with delegates during the nomination process.

But discontent about Graves has been simmering since then. In June, the party's central committee was set to vote on a "no confidence" motion for Graves. That vote never happened, though, as the party's bylaws have no provision for getting rid of a candidate.

Freeze said he's ready to charge ahead, even though the task is enormous.

"It's basically a David and Goliath situation," said Freeze. "But in Utah County I believe that principle still trumps party."

During a phone conversation late Thursday, Graves told 2News he acknowledges his past, but he said it will help him be a more compassionate public servant.

Graves also said he feels he will still win this race.

By Daniel Woodruff

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(KUTV) A suspect's car comes to a screeching halt near a field in Cottonwood Heights with two patrol cars hot on the trail. Two suspects jump out of the lead vehicle and make a break for it.

After a stern warning from an officer with his gun drawn, a K9 is let loose, running down a suspect and subduing him for an arrest.

This was a controlled scenario, created by the Unified Police Department, in collaboration with a few other agencies. They were demonstrating the effectiveness of dogs in the business of crime fighting. A group of more than 100 civilians attended the event Thursday night at Mt. View Memorial Estates, in Cottonwood Heights.

"I think it's a very effective tool for us to be able to use in appropriate situations, where we use less force than we [could] by using a K9," said Unified Police Lt. Jake Petersen.

Petersen admits that police dogs are often perceived as ferocious attack animals. He says that's why events like this are important to show them how cooperative and effective man's best friend can be in crime-fighting.

"If you were going to clear a high school, it would take six or seven police officers six or seven hours, to completely render a high school safe for people to go in, if there was a suspect inside." says Petersen. "You could do that with a K9 in a matter of 30 to 45 minutes."

As demonstrated Thursday night, tracking down evidence or catching up with a hiding suspect, is a breeze with the help of a trained police bloodhound.

"Very efficient to use, very efficient for manpower," says Petersen. "In this day and age that is what the public is requiring of us, that we be efficient, so it really reinforces the need for our K9 friends."

Petersen says most officers that work with police dogs train more than 500 hours each year to develop a close working relationship.

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(KUTV) Debbi Kartchner's father-in-law passed away two years ago. After his death, Debbi contacted Etched In Stone to have a headstone designed, built and installed.

"His artwork is really good so we went with him," Debbi said.

Debbi paid the company $1,200 up front, but more than a year and a half went by and Debbi says Etched In Stone has continued to miss deadlines for the stone's completion.

Debbi says that getting a headstone was a way to honor her father-in-law and provide closure for her family so these delays are especially burdensome.

Debbi is not alone in her frustrations with Etched in Stone. Sheila Garcia and her sister Teenie are also waiting on a headstone from the Ogden monument maker to place on their brother's grave.

Several months after the promised installation date, the sisters continue to wait.

"[Etched in Stone] just gave us, kept giving us excuses," Sheila said. "One time it was he lost all of his help, then he was sick, then he had allergies. It was just one thing after another."

"We just want to have the stone put where it's supposed to be," Teenie said.

Both families, tired of waiting, decided to Get Gephardt.

When Get Gephardt attempted to contact Etched in Stone it took several phone calls to finally hear back from owner, Wallis Burnside. He told us he's been very busy and said he has lost employees over the last several months. He also claims he is creating and installing headstones seven days per week.

Burnside did promise he would make it right for his customers and, sure enough, shortly after our calls to Etched in Stone, both families saw their loved one's headstones finally installed.

Our investigation found that Etched in Stone has been slapped with an "F" rating by the Better Business Bureau.

The company was also fined and placed on the "Buyer Beware" list by the Utah Division of Consumer Protection back in 2007 for violations relating to the Consumer Sales Practices Act.
(KUTV) A Utah woman who helped dump her babysitter's body and cover up her death apologized to the teen's mother in an Ogden courtroom on Thursday, before a judge sentenced her to up to five years in prison.

"I'm appalled and disgusted by what I've done," a sobbing Dea Millerberg said to Alexis Rasmussen's mother. "I hope one day you'll be able to forgive me."

In September 2011, Dea Millerberg picked up the 16-year-old and brought her to the North Ogden home where she and husband Eric Millerberg lived.

All three got high and engaged in sexual activity. Eric injected Alexis in the neck with meth and heroin three times. After the last dose, Alexis began experiencing overdose symptoms, so the Millerbergs arranged for her to have a bath and to go to bed.  They later found her dead.

Defense Attorney Michael Bouwhuis told 2nd District Judge W. Brent West on Thursday that Dea had wanted to call an ambulance for Alexis, but her husband would not let her involve authorities because he was on probation.

"She was a trained nurse and she kept checking on her vitals," Bouwhuis said. "She got her down on the floor and started chest compressions."

The couple ended up driving to a remote area of Morgan County off Interstate 84, where they dumped Alexis' body. They implored the help of Eric Millerberg's friend to help move her body. He eventually led investigators to the girl's body the following month.

Dea Millerberg ultimately cooperated with police and agreed to a plea deal that included testifying against her husband. She pleaded guilty in June to abuse or desecration of a human body, obstruction of justice and illegally obtaining a prescription.

Bouwhuis claimed his client's judgment was clouded by drugs and that she feared objecting to a violent Eric Millerberg. He and her family members asked for probation.

Dea Millerberg's aunt told the court that her niece, whom she helped raise, has been drug-free for three years and needed to stay out of prison in order to mother her young children.

Weber County Attorney Dee Smith admitted Dea Millerberg cooperated with police even without a promise from investigators that she wouldn't be charged.

Asked his opinion on sentencing, "That's your call," he said to Judge West.

West, however, sentenced Millerberg to the maximum recommended sentence of three concurrent terms of zero to five years, with 62 days served. The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole will ultimately determine how long she serves.

"Burying this young girl's body and hiding it from the police, you've got to balance that," West said as Millerberg loudly wept.

Eric Millerberg is currently serving up to life in prison for his role in the crime.

Alexis' mother, Dawn Miera said she is thankful for Dea Millerberg's testimony, without which prosecutors admitted they may not have been able to convict Eric Millerberg.

Miera also said she wonders what Alexis saw in Dea Millerberg that she as a mother could not provide.

"I go back over and over again, thinking what I could have done to make things different, and I wonder if she does the same," Miera said. "As a parent your job is to protect your child, and I failed."

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(KUTV) The Drug Enforcement Administration said it was hidden in soles of shoes, pop-up car cup holders---but now, 31 pounds of heroin linked to a Mexican drug cartel are no longer headed to feed Utah addictions.

"This is a big deal," said Nicki Hollmann, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Utah.  "There are significant supplies of heroin coming into Utah than were coming in a decade ago."

Hollmann joined with local police on Thursday morning to announce busts of 21 people over several months, and the seizure of the drugs, allegedly linked to the Sinaloa Cartel, an organization the Log Angeles Times dubbed "Mexico's most powerful" of its kind.

The arrests, according to Hollmann, include Mexican Nationals, some of whom have lived in the U.S. legally, and others who had previously been deported.

As big as the bust may be, a police chief seemed to acknowledge Utah heroin use is bigger---agreeing with a reporter, that fighting heroin is akin to a "whack a mole" game.
2News spoke to several people at Pioneer Park, site of recurring drug busts for decades, and asked if the announced seizure and arrests would make a difference in the drug trade.

"31 pounds will be here in an hour," said one man, who would not give his name, but claimed he was a twelve year heroin user.  "When one gets arrested, ten more show up that same day."

"There might be a momentary lapse (of the heroin supply)," said another man, who added "Utah is pretty much a crossroads" for drugs.

Another man, who described himself as a recovered heroin addict, pointed to the ground near a sidewalk, at what looked like candy wrappers.  The small pieces of paper and plastic, he said, were likely discarded packaging for drugs.

Hollmann said when drug cartels infiltrate Utah, "then our families are at risk."

To the notion that this bust might not have a significant impact, she replied, "If I had a heroin distributor living next to me, and the DEA and the Metro Narcotics Task Force arrested him, it would make a big difference in my life."

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(CNN) Dr. Kent Brantly walked around the room at Emory University Hospital on Thursday, hugging staff members and shaking hands.

It was like he wanted everyone to know: I'm no longer infectious. The virus is out of my system. Ebola didn't beat me.

Brantly and Nancy Writebol, another American missionary infected with Ebola in Liberia, have been discharged from the hospital. Writebol was released Tuesday and is choosing not to make public comments, according to the hospital.

"Today is a miraculous day," Brantly said at a news conference Thursday. "I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family."

Emory's staff is confident that the American patients' discharges pose "no public health threat," said Dr. Bruce Ribner, director of Emory's Infectious Disease Unit. He said the reason the public was not made aware of Writebol's release immediately was that she requested her discharge not be publicly announced.

"Nancy is free of the virus, but the lingering effects of the battle have left her in a significantly weakened condition," her husband, David Writebol, said in a statement. "Thus, we decided it would be best to leave the hospital privately to be able to give her the rest and recuperation she needs at this time."

But Brantly passed along gratitude from the woman with whom he has shared a harrowing journey.

Both patients were evacuated from Liberia this month, in a plane specially equipped with an isolation tent, and accompanied by medical staff outfitted in head-to-foot protective clothing. The plane was able to take only one patient at a time and made two trips. The patients were taken to an isolation unit at Emory, where they'd been treated for the last few weeks.

As she walked out of her isolation room Tuesday, Brantly recalls Writebol saying, "To God be the glory."

"We are tremendously pleased with Dr. Brantly and Mrs. Writebol's recovery," Ribner said at the news conference. "What we learned in caring for them will help advance the world's understanding of how to treat Ebola infections and help, hopefully, to improve survival" in other parts of the world.

"There may be some recovery time because this is a fairly devastating disease," but in general, Ebola patients who survive without organ damage are expected to "make a complete recovery," he said.

Brantly and Writebol's releases are historic, says CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. They were the first humans with Ebola to ever arrive in the United States. And they were the first humans to receive an experimental Ebola drug called ZMapp, which may have saved their lives.

Treating Ebola

There is no known cure for Ebola, no proven treatment and no vaccine. Treatment consists of giving fluids, monitoring vital signs and responding to acute medical crises. Symptoms include fever, aches, diarrhea and bleeding.

Left untreated, infections can be deadly in up to 90% of cases. But around half the patients receiving medical care in the current outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Guinea are surviving.

The Ebola virus spreads via direct contact with bodily fluids, like blood, sweat and feces. For Ebola patients to leave isolation, Ribner said, two blood tests done in a two-day period must come back negative.

There is a slight possibility that the virus could linger for up to three months in vaginal fluid and semen, according to the World Health Organization. Ribner said that there is no evidence Ebola has ever been transmitted in this way but that the risk was discussed with both patients.

Asked about the role the experimental drug may have played in their recoveries, Ribner said doctors "do not know whether it helped them, whether it made no difference" or whether it might have delayed their recovery.

ZMapp was also given to three health care workers in Liberia who have shown "very positive signs of recovery," the Liberian Ministry of Health said this week. But more human cases must be analyzed to determine whether the drug is having a significant effect or if it will help others in the region.

Ribner said he also did not know whether Brantly was helped by a blood transfusion he received from a young Ebola survivor in Liberia.

A deadly outbreak

More than 1,350 people have died in the West African Ebola outbreak since the first cases drew attention in March, the WHO said Wednesday.

Aid workers are fighting an uphill battle to stop the disease as it continues to spread. Financial and human resources have been stretched.

An emergency research "all call" was issued Thursday by medical charity Wellcome Trust and the United Kingdom's Department for International Development to find a drug to stop the outbreak.

They are making $10.8 million available to fund research. Wellcome Trust is committing another $66.5 million to the development of health research scientists in Africa, who are studying many deadly diseases there.

Canada's public health agency had 800 to 1,000 doses of a vaccine known as VSV-EBOV delivered to health officials in Liberia last week. It's unclear if anyone has been given the vaccine.

But there has been a glimmer of hope: The World Health Organization has seen "encouraging signs" from Nigeria and Guinea that positive action can rein in the deadly disease.

The situation in Lagos, Nigeria, where the country's first case was detected in July, "looks reassuring," WHO said.

"At present, the city's 12 confirmed cases are all part of a single chain of transmission. Those infected by the initial case include medical staff involved in his treatment, a patient in the same hospital, and a protocol officer in very close contact with the patient," the organization said.

One of those 12 has made a full recovery, the WHO said, which "counters the widespread perception that infection with the Ebola virus is invariably a death sentence." Evidence suggests early detection and therapy can help people survive, it said.

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(KUTV) Nathan Bringhurst is not one to shy away from showing off all the unusual things he's collected over the years.

The items are all scattered in the basement in his home in Logan.

"Here's my first part of my collection," said Bringhurst to 2News Dan Rascon as he took him to his first stop where he opened his bathroom drawer to show it full of soap.

"Here's a bottle of Dial," said Bringhurst. 

"Why do you collect soap?" asked Rascon.

"Because it's my favorite thing to do," said Bringhurst.  "It's just funny when people wash their hands fast." 

The bathroom drawer is nothing compared to his real collection of soap that's in buckets and huge storage containers throughout the house.

Next stop is Bringhurst's room where he collects basketballs and ceiling fans.

"Why do you like basketballs?" asked Rascon.

"Because when they do the free throws, it's funny," said Bringhurst.
 
"Why do you like ceiling fans?" asked Rascon.

"Because when I was little, my mom was holding me up and I looked at a ceiling fan," said Bringhurst.

Bringhurst was born with Williams Syndrome.

"It's a chromo zonal defect that like down syndrome, it just happens randomly," said Nathan's mother Kerry Bringhurst. "One thing that is unique about Williams Syndrome is that they have what they refer to as a cocktail personality they are very social."

They also have very sensitive ears, and are usually scared of things that are loud, but Bringhurst has actually turned his fear of loud noises into something positive.  Hence why he also collects blenders, but his favorite collection and the one he's known for is vacuums.

And each one of his vacuums in his collection has a unique sound.
                
"Why do you like vacuums?" asked Rascon. "Because when I was little I would always plug my ears to vacuum. It doesn't bother me because I'm older."

"It's more of a comforting thing he figures out what the loud noise is and realizes he's not going to hurt him then he continues to be obsessed with that," said Kerry.

Bringhurst loves vacuums so much that he actually wrote a song about the Winsor vacuum. They sent it off to the company and the company liked the jingle so much that they came out to his house and presented him with his own vacuum.

For Bringhurst, it's not just about collecting things. It's also about hanging out with friends and getting out into the community to meet new people.

"What he has collected more than anything have been friends and relationships," said Kerry.

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(KUTV) Utah Sen. Mike Lee says America is too tough on some crimes, especially non-violent drug crimes.

Lee says he wants some minimum mandatory sentences reduced and fewer men in prison.

"The federal sentencing guidelines need to be reformed," said Sen. Lee.

In the 1980s, America got tough on crime and drugs and enacted minimum mandatory sentences so judges weren't forced to hand out long prison terms.

"Since 1980, our federal prison population had increased ten-fold," said Lee.

Lee says America went too far and he is trying to reduce minimum mandatory sentences. From 1970, violent crime in the United States more the doubled and then as more criminals were sent to prison, crime went down.  Could crime go back up?

"If you go soft on crime, that could happen," said Lee.

Lee says his bill is careful and still allows judges to hand out harsh sentences when needed.

"The maximum penalty would be the same," said Lee.

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(KUTV) Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn wants a constitutional convention and says the states should demand one.

“A constitutional convention of the states, to change, to reaffirm what the founders' intended,” said Sen. Coburn.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee doesn’t want a convention, but he is sponsoring a bill to keep federal bureaucrats from making unnecessary rules.

“[We should] require new rules to be passed by Congress before they would take effect,” said Sen. Lee.

Lee and Coburn spoke at the Utah Solutions Summit sponsored by Sen. Lee and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. They say the federal government isn’t working and needs change.

“Confidence in government is at an all-time low,” said Sen. Lee.

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(KUTV) The Humane Society of Utah has increased their reward to $10,000 to find the person responsible for shooting a pit bull with an arrow in Southern Utah.

The reward was originally set at $5,000 on Tuesday, but the organization decided to double the offer on Wednesday.

A Washington County Sheriff's Deputy rescued the dog, Sarge, after finding him wandering on a highway near the Arizona strip on Friday. The dog was shot by an arrow in his stomach. He had surgery and is now recovering with a foster family.

The Humane Society is offering the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Prosecutors say they need more time to determine if criminal charges are warranted against employees of a Utah restaurant where a woman nearly died after unknowingly drinking toxic tea.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said it will likely take several more days to review evidence and interviews.

The woman who drank the tea, 67-year-old Jan Harding, has been improving and is in good condition.

Her husband and one of their adult sons are scheduled to speak publicly Thursday afternoon about what happened and how she's doing.

Authorities say a worker at Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan unintentionally put a chemical cleaning compound that contained lye in a sugar bag last month. The substance ended up in the iced tea Aug. 10 after an employee mixed it into a beverage dispenser.

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(KUTV) Two Idaho women were taking video of a storm Wednesday night when they were nearly hit by lightning.

Meteorologists recorded over 1,600 lightning strikes in Northern Idaho Wednesday.

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(KUTV) West Valley City police are searching for suspects who robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store Tuesday night.

The robbery happened near 6400 W. and 4100 S. and was caught on surveillance video.

The video shows the men came in with a gun and ordered the clerk to give them money. They ran off and jumped into a truck, driven by a third suspect.

The truck is described as a late 1980s Ford model, red and tan in color.
Anyone who sees the suspects or has information about them is asked to call West Valley City police.

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(KUTV) A judge has ordered a trust for the FLDS church to pay a $5 million bond.

The money will be held in escrow while a court battle plays out.

Former child bride Elissa Wall is suing the FLDS church, Warren Jeffs and the United Effort Plan Trust.

Wall is seeking $30-40 million in the suit because she was forced to marry her cousin when she was 14 years old.

The Utah Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case, but that could take several years.

The judge ordered UEP to pay the bond so if the court rules in Wall’s favor, there will be money for the trust to pay the settlement.

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(CNN) Dr. Kent Brantly, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa while helping fight its largest outbreak in recorded history, will be released from Atlanta's Emory University Hospital on Thursday, spokesman Vince Dollard said.

His blood tests have come back negative for the virus.

The hospital will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. ET, where Brantly will give a statement before leaving the hospital.

Emory will also have information on fellow missionary Nancy Writebol. Her husband recently said that she is regaining strength.

Both of them were evacuated from Liberia earlier this month in a plane specially equipped with an isolation tent and accompanied by medical staff outfitted in head-to-foot protective clothing.

The plane was able to take only one patient at a time and made two trips to get them both.

The two Americans were taken to an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital, where Writebol was also treated.

Both patients were able to walk when they arrived, stepping out of the ambulance on foot, dressed in biohazard suits.

Joy and relief

Brantly was in Liberia for faith-based charity Samaritan's Purse, and its president, Franklin Graham expressed joy over the doctor's release.

"Today I join all of our Samaritan's Purse team around the world in giving thanks to God as we celebrate Dr. Kent Brantly's recovery from Ebola," he said.

Writebol's husband David, who was with her in Africa, visited her at Emory on Sunday, he said in a statement. She is recovering, he said.

He stood outside the isolation room, as they looked at each other through the glass.

"We both placed our hands on opposite sides of the glass, moved with tears to look at each other again," he said.

Experimental medication

For Brantly to leave isolation, two blood tests done in a two-day period had to come back negative.

The Ebola virus spreads via direct contact with bodily fluids, like blood, sweat and feces. Brantly's will no longer be infectious.

There is a slight possibility that the virus could linger for up to three months in his semen, according to the World Health Organization.

The virus has no known cure, and left untreated, infections can be deadly in up to 90% of cases. Nearly half the patients receiving medical care in the current outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Guinea are surviving.

Treatment consists of giving fluids, monitoring vital signs and responding to acute medical crises. Symptoms include fever, aches, diarrhea and bleeding.

Brantly and Writebol also received an experimental drug called ZMapp, which was also given to three healthcare workers in Liberia, who appear to be recovering.

Fears of U.S. outbreak

Brantly and Writebol were the first known people infected with Ebola to enter the United States.

Their arrival triggered a surge of angst on social media from people afraid the patients could spread the virus.

But experts have said that additional infected people could cross U.S. borders by happenstance, given the proliferation of international air travel and the enormity of the current outbreak.

But they have dismissed the notion that infection could spread significantly in the country, thus turning into an outbreak.

Record outbreak

More than 1,350 people have died in the West African Ebola outbreak since the first cases drew attention in March, the WHO said on Wednesday.

Aid workers are fighting an uphill battle to stop the disease, as it continues to spread. Financial and human resources have been stretched.

An emergency research "all call" was issued Thursday by medical charity Wellcome Trust and United Kingdom's Department for International Development to find a drug to stop the outbreak.

They are making $10.8 million available to fund research. Wellcome Trust is committing another $66.5 million to the development of health research scientists in Africa, who are studying many deadly diseases there.

Canada's public health agency had 800 to 1,000 doses of a vaccine known as VSV-EBOV delivered to health officials in Liberia last week.

Mapp Biopharmaceuticals, which produces ZMapp, said it has sent its entire stock of the experimental drug overseas to fight the outbreak.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah schools have received a record $39.2 million in school trust funds this year.

Trust director for the Utah State Board of Education Tim Donaldson tells the Salt Lake Tribune school community councils will see their share of trust money grow by about 5 percent.

Each year, some dividends and interest earned on a $1.9 billion fund from trust lands throughout the state go to Utah public schools. The schools can get anywhere from a few thousand dollars each to more than $100,000, depending on enrollment.

Parents and educators make up school community councils, which decide how to spend each school's share of the money. Last year, they used funds to hire teachers and aides, to buy technology, and to provide programs such as language, special needs and music.

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(KUTV) A crowd of close to 100 people gathered outside the Federal Building in downtown Salt Lake City, chanting, "No justice, no peace, no killer police!"

The crowd gathered to call attention to what they say is an epidemic of police shootings that have left civilians dead. 

"I think people are fed up.  We want answers, we want to know why these things are happening," said Fatima Badran. 

Badran and other students from Salt Lake Community College organized the rally.  She said whether it's the death of Michael Brown in Missouri or the death of Dillon Taylor in Salt Lake last week, police across the country are too violent. 

"Parents don't want to worry about their kids going to 7-Eleven and being shot," she said referring to Dillon Taylor's death. 

Police have not said whether Taylor was armed, but his brother Jerrail, who was with him, insists his brother had no weapon and that they were only at 7-Eleven buying food and a Big Gulp. 

The protestors also called attention to other Utahns who have been shot and killed by police like 21-year-old Danielle Willard, who was killed by a West Valley Officer.  The officer was fired and charged with manslaughter. 

Protestors said when police shoot and kill someone and the shooting is not found justified, they should not escape charges. 

"If the officer is found at fault, it's not simply excessive force, not manslaughter.  It's murder," said college student Gregory Lucero who also organized the rally.

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(KUTV) A man suspected of groping a 14-year-old girl in the middle of the day at a Sandy Target store has turned himself in, police said.

Sgt. Dean Carriger said James Scot Fullmer, 47, was arrested Wednesday after surrendering to police. He now faces a second degree felony charge of Forcible Sexual Abuse.
 
The incident happened August 7 around 4:00 p.m. at the Sandy Target on State Street and 10000 S. Sandy police said an adult man approached two teen girls as they were shopping and talked to them. During this time, police say the man reached down and groped one of them, a 14-year-old.

The man then left the store in a white Dodge 1500 pickup truck, Carriger said.

Carriger says Fullmer knew policer were after him and even discussed with a co-worker the fact his picture was everywhere.
 
On 2News at 4 p.m. on Monday, surveillance photos from the Target store were shown for the first time. By 5 p.m., police had a good idea of who they were after from viewers calling in tips. Two days later, he was arrested.
 
The surveillance photos were released in part out of fear the alleged attacker would strike again.

"This was a store open for business, with customers around and it occurred right in the aisle of the store, which shows a lack of regard or care that onlookers would see what he was doing," said Carriger.

Booking records state the 14-year-old victim and another juvenile were shopping when a man police believe to be James Fullmer approached them. Court documents state Fullmer told the girls to quiet down because they were drawing attention to themselves. He then allegedly touched the young girl inappropriately. According to the court documents, the victim shoved her attacker away and yelled.

Police believe it is possible there may be other victims and ask parents to talk to their children and come forward if necessary.

"With the dynamics of how this happened, there is concern there has been prior acts and possible future acts," said Carriger.

Fullmer is not a registered sex offender, but has a record of child sex abuse dating back to 1990. Fullmer was arrested by Unified Police and was charged with a first and second degree felony. The charges held the possibility of five years at the state penitentiary, but Fullmer, according to court records, made a plea deal accepting guilt for the lesser charge.He spent 20 days at the Salt Lake County Jail and served 18 months probation.

Police say they are thankful for the efforts of the public.

"The Sandy Police Department would like to thank the media and public for their help to identify this individual and enable an arrest to be made," said Carriger in a statement.

Police have said the victim and the man did not know each other.

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(KUTV) The BYU Bookstore has found itself in an awkward situation.

Greeting cards for same-sex couples ended up on the shelves there, and it took Twitter to bring it to BYU's attention.

BYU is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which opposes gay marriage. That's why Beau Sorensen was so surprised to find a picture on social media showing greeting cards for "Two Brides" and "Two Grooms," supposedly at the BYU Bookstore.

"It was kind of funny," he said.

Sorensen tweeted the picture, which came from another online user, to the BYU Store account, and BYU responded, saying, "Thanks for letting us know! Hallmark stocks the shelves and sometimes they get by us."

"I thought that other people would see the humor in the situation," Sorensen said.

Not everybody did. One Twitter user called Sorensen a "snitch."

"I was curious why he considered me a snitch because what was I snitching on? I was just letting BYU know," said Sorensen.

No one from BYU wanted to address this issue on camera, but University Spokesman Todd Hollingshead told 2News it is simply a case of Hallmark not understanding BYU's ordering preferences, and that once BYU learned the cards were on the shelf, they were quickly pulled off.

"We understand obviously this is an accident," said Samy Galvez, president of the unofficial BYU group Understanding Same Gender Attraction (USGA). He thinks this whole issue is kind of silly.

"A greeting card really doesn't mean anything," said Galvez. "What we really hope for is a healthy conversation on matters that really are important and relevant to the LGBTQ community."

Sorensen is still amazed how his one tweet blew up so quickly. He's careful to note that he really didn't care about the cards.

"If somebody wants to put those cards on the shelves, they're welcome to do that. If they don't, they're welcome to do that too," Sorensen said.

He just thought he was sharing something unusual.

"You knew that BYU didn't want it there, and it was funny that it was there," said Sorensen.

It's unclear exactly how long the cards remained on the shelf. They were stocked earlier this week, Hollingshead said, but no one on staff noticed it until they saw the tweet from Sorensen. 

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(KUTV) A 2-year-old boy is alive thanks to the actions of his 12-year-old sister who quickly called 911 after the boy starting choking.

For nearly 10 minutes, Jayden Pederson was struggling for his life. He  had food stuck in his throat and his condition was getting worse. Shaylee Pedersen was babysitting for Jayden and his brother Matthew. When Jayden started choking, she immediately called 911.

Dispatchers could almost tell immediately that something was wrong with Jayden.

"Tell me exactly what happened, Shaylee," the dispatcher said.

"He was eating Chicken Alfredo and he just started coughing, so I completely freaked," said Shaylee.

"Is he awake?" asked the dispatcher.

"Yes he is," replied Shaylee.

"Is he breathing?" asked dispatch.

"He makes it sound like it's hard for him to get air," Shaylee said.

Shaylee sent her brother to fetch their mother and when she arrived at the home, she noticed Jayden was struggling. His condition continued to get worse.

"When we got here, his lips were all purplely blue and he was having a hard time," said Jayden's mother Kristy Pederson.

Within nine minutes and 30 seconds, paramedics arrived on the scene and the mother, Kristy Pedersen, was talking to Jayden trying to convince him and herself that he will be okay.

"Keep breathing sweetheart," Kristy said. "Keep breathing. You're doing great. I know, I know."

Paramedics rushed Jayden away to the hospital and Kristy, knowing things will likely be okay, made a relieved prediction on the 911 call.

"Oh my daughter is never going to want to babysit for me again," Kristy said.

"You're okay and your daughter is doing great as well," replied dispatch.

Shaylee says she will babysit again and Jayden is now doing okay and is back home.

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(KUTV) A suspected felon who led officers on a dangerous chase last week has been caught.

Jason Stout, 26, was caught Tuesday night after running from police and trying to climb a tree to get away.

Last week, Stout led police on a high-speed chase on Redwood Rd. near 4100 S. but officers had to back off due to danger to bystanders.

Stout has been booked into jail and is facing several charges.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) U.S. special operations units were sent into Syria this summer to rescue American journalist James Foley and other hostages held by Islamic militants, a U.S. official told CNN.

Several dozen troops flew in by helicopters but couldn't find the hostages, including Foley -- whose grisly execution was captured on video and released this week by ISIS, the terror group that refers to itself as the Islamic State.

"Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location," Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said on Wednesday.

It's the latest revelation about Foley's final days in the hands of ISIS -- which taunted his family in an e-mail a week ago, saying he would be killed.

"The message was vitriolic and filled with rage against the United States. It was deadly serious," said Philip Balboni, CEO of the online publication GlobalPost, which employed Foley.

"Obviously, we hoped and prayed that would not be the case ... Sadly, they showed no mercy."

In the video, which CNN is not showing, Foley is seen on his knees as a man cloaked in black -- his face covered -- stands behind him.

Foley is then executed.

The video of his killing also shows another U.S. journalist, believed to be Steven Sotloff. The militant in the video, who speaks English with what sounds like a British accent, says the other American's life hangs in the balance, depending on what President Barack Obama does next in Iraq.

But the threat did little to curb U.S. military operations in Iraq, with American warplanes carrying out at least 14 airstrikes against ISIS targets.

Calling ISIS a "cancer," Obama said the United States "will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace it with a sense of hope and civility."

Foley's father: They showed no mercy

Messages from Foley's captors began last fall, Balboni of GlobalPost said. Foley, a freelance journalist, was on assignment when he disappeared on November 22, 2012, in northwest Syria, near the border with Turkey.

"The captors never messaged a lot. There was a very limited number with a very specific purpose ... They made demands," Balboni said.

Some messages were political, and some were financial.

Then came the message sent to Foley's family last week. "There was no demand," Balboni said.

Foley's family, according to Balboni, responded in an e-mail, pleading for mercy and asking for more time.

They never heard back.

The captors showed no mercy, Foley's father, John, told reporters on Wednesday, breaking down in tears.

Foley's family appears to have been among the journalist's final thoughts.

In the execution video posted Tuesday to YouTube, Foley reads a message, presumably scripted in part, if not all, by his captors. "I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope for freedom to see my family once again," he can be heard saying.

Foley's parents, flanked by one of his brothers, talked to reporters about their son's plight.

"Jim was innocent and they knew it," his mother, Diane, said. "They knew that Jim was just a symbol of our country."

His father broke down several times.

"We beg compassion and mercy" for those believed to be holding the other American journalist shown in the video, said John Foley. Sotloff, a contributor to Time and Foreign Policy magazines, was kidnapped at the Syria-Turkey border in 2013.

"They never hurt anybody," John Foley said. "They were trying to help. There is no reason for their slaughter."

James Foley, 40, previously had been taken captive in Libya. He was detained there in April 2011 along with three other reporters, and released six weeks later.

Afterward, he said that what saddened him most was knowing that he was causing his family to worry.

His parents talked about asking him why he wanted to return to conflict zones.

"Why do firemen keep going back to blazing homes?" John Foley told reporters. "This was his passion. He was not crazy. He was motivated by what he thought was doing the right thing ... that gave him energy to continue despite the risk."

His mother said she remembered him telling her, "Mom, I found my passion. I found my vocation."

Source: Foley tortured, beaten

Disturbing details about Foley's final months began to emerge Wednesday.

A source who claims to have been held last year with Foley told CNN's Bharati Naik that he, Foley and another journalist were held from March to August 2013 in a prison in the Syrian city of Aleppo near Masha al-Adfaa hospital.

At the time, the source -- who spoke on condition of anonymity -- said they were being held by al-Nusra Front, a Syrian rebel group with ties to al Qaeda in Iraq.

At one point, according to the source, there were almost 100 people -- including other European journalists -- in the prison.

The source believes Foley and the other journalist, who was not Sotloff, were transferred to an ISIS training camp.

Foley and the other journalist, according to the source, were tortured in prison -- mostly beaten.

Foley and the other journalist, who the source declined to identify, said they gave him contact numbers and e-mail addresses to pass on messages to their family members.

The source told CNN he lost the contacts and did not get in touch with the families. He says he did, however, give the information about the journalists to Western government authorities in November 2013, including details about where Foley was being held.

French journalist Nicolas Henin told France Info radio he had been held with Foley in northern Syria prior to his release in April.

Henin, who has never before spoken about Foley because he didn't want to jeopardize his safety, said he was held for seven months with the American journalist.

Hostages were held in groups. At one point, he shared a cell with Foley.

Foley "was in a difficult state," Henin said. "He already suffered a lot during his first months (of captivity) and thankfully we shared a phase (in our detention) that was less difficult."

Foley, according to Henin, said he had been initially kidnapped by a group of jihadists who were fighting in Syria.

The Committee to Protect Journalists estimates there are about 20 journalists missing in Syria, many of them held by ISIS.

Among them is American Austin Tice, a freelance journalist who was contributing articles to The Washington Post. Tice disappeared in Syria in August 2012. There has been no word of from him since his abduction.

Searching for clues

U.S. and British counterterrorism analysts are examining every frame and piece of audio of the execution video for clues about where it took place and who the executioner is, U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNN.

The voice in the video seems to have a British accent so they're trying to match any individuals known to the British government who may have gone to Syria to fight in that nation's civil war.

The analysts are looking at clothing, climate, terrain, language and wording and whether there are any National Security Agency or UK phone intercepts matching the voice, the officials said.

Foley's killing recalled the murder of Daniel Pearl, The Wall Street Journal correspondent who was kidnapped while reporting in Pakistan in January 2002. His killing was captured on video and posted online by al Qaeda.

Pearl's mother, Ruth Pearl, responded to Foley's death with a tweet posted by the Daniel Pearl Foundation Twitter account that reads: "Our hearts go out to the family of journalist James Foley. We know the horror they are going through."

Foley's death also harkened to the videotaped beheadings of Americans Nicholas Berg, Eugene Armstrong and Jack Hensley carried out by al Qaeda during the height of the Iraq War.

Barbara Starr reported from Washington, and Chelsea J. Carter reported and wrote from Atlanta. CNN's Evan Perez, Ashley Fantz, Dana Ford, Raja Razek, Kevin Liptak, Jethro Mullen, Elise Labott and Leslie Bentz contributed to this report.

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(KUTV) A new Salt Lake City sandwich shop is putting its own spin on the classics – like Sloppy Joes and grilled cheese – while donating to charity.

For each sandwich sold at Even Stevens, the company will donate one sandwich to a local non-profit. The business is working with the YWCA, Volunteers of America Youth Outreach, the Good Samaritan Program and the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake.

Within the first five weeks of opening, Even Stevens was able to donate 4,093 sandwiches to homeless and underprivileged youth and adults. Now, nearly eight weeks in, restaurant owners plan to open four more locations within the next year.

"Considering every location could be donating 50,000 sandwiches to the local community every year, the opportunities for us as a chain restaurant are really immense," said Even Stevens Creative Director, Jamie Coates. "As a sociology major up at the [University of Utah], that gives me chills."

Coates said the restaurant, located at 414 E. 200 S., doesn't have to mark up sandwich prices to be able to donate. Customers can get a sandwich and chips for under $10.

"The value is definitely there for the customer," Coates said. "We didn’t want it to be obvious to them that they're feeding two people every time they come in."

Merrilee Wallace and her family ate lunch at the sandwich shop on Wednesday afternoon primarily because of the concept behind the business.

"We came here for my sister's birthday," Wallace said. "My mom had picked the place because of the give-back philosophy that they have. Awesome."

Coates attributes the financial success of the business thus far to that very philosophy.

"I firmly believe that when you speak to the heart of the customer and the heart of the community, you create a stable insurance policy for yourself," Coates said. "Customers will be able to enjoy a great sandwich but also be able to see concrete change happening around them."

Even Stevens tallies up their sales at the end of each month and puts money into an account. The local non-profits then use those funds to order healthy ingredients to make sandwiches and hand them out to those in need.

The Salt Lake City YWCA said their sandwich needs had been met for the entire month after the Even Stevens donation, according to Coates.

The restaurant also offers salads, soups, bakery treats, beer and more. On Sundays, Even Stevens offers unlimited French toast and $3 mimosas.

For more information on the business, go to www.evenstevens.com.

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(KUTV) Heavy rain flooded 17 homes in West Jordan Tuesday night and some neighbors insisted the city should be doing more to stop the water.

"I'm tired of this. It's every year. Two to three times a year, maybe four times a year this happens," said Young Son, who took home video of water pouring into his basement early this morning.

Son said he and others have gone to the city and urged officials to fix the storm drain system.

"They always tell us 'It's not our fault, we can't control the rain, and we fixed it,'" he said.

"Nobody can help us," said Lindy Christensen, who also lives in the neighborhood near 3200 W. and 7000 S. and told 2News she is also frustrated with the city.

Roughly a block away, Brenda Thomas was trying to dry out her basement, which had filled with two feet of water.

"The city knows the problem," Thomas said.  "They don't care about us, because the problem is not being taken care of."

Specifically, neighbors questioned if the city shut off a manual flood control drain at nearby Constitution Park, which has a retention pond that was full of water on Wednesday. 

"From the information we have received, this system worked as it was supposed to," said West Jordan City Manager Bryce Haderlie.  "The valve was closed, which kept the water in the park."

A city spokesperson said the valve was actually shut on Tuesday morning, in anticipation of the storm.

On Tuesday at about 6:30 a.m., a woman whose yard and basement were flooded, said the water levels decreased suddenly over a ten minute period. It was as if a bathtub were draining, she said.

The city did not have an immediate explanation as to why.

Some of the homes which flooded seemed to have grades that were even with, or partially below street level. Other homes in the same neighborhoods, with slopes away from the foundations, seemed to stay dry.

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(KUTV) Two days of rain and flooding in the St. George area brought damage and some frustration.
 
The amount of moisture, however, that flowed through did help with the water issues people face in Southern Utah. Experts say there was a 10 percent decrease in water demand from people and their thirsty lawn, but areas that needed it most hardly got a drop.

"It's helped with our farmers, put a little moisture in the ground because the water has been rationed this year because the virgin rivers are so low," said Corey Cram, associate general manager with the Washington County Water Conservancy District. "It really hasn't helped a lot with putting water in our reservoirs though."

Cram says the water that flowed through the Fort Pearce Wash "went down the river so there wasn't anything we could use."
 
Cram says there are two main reservoirs they need filled in the area.

"Quail Creek Reservoir, Sand Hollow Reservoir and they're interconnected with our pipeline which captures water from the Virgin River and puts them in the two reservoirs," said Cram.

Cram added, even if the water levels do not rise, the area is going to be in serious trouble. He says the area gets most of its water from runoff in the mountains and none from the northern part of the state.
 Cram says there are plans in the making to tap into that resource.

"Through our Lake Powell pipeline project and right now we're very dependent on a very small Virgin River system," said Craim. "It's highly variable and in the summer it practically dries up. We have plans to diversify our water and pull this bigger water resource out of that."

Cram says the solution will be Lake Powell and the Colorado River because both are about 120 percent of normal runoff. It is a project that could be done soon, but until then, all rainfall is a blessing.

"We look at it as a brief reprieve," said Cram. "It helps us out in our outside landscaping. The biggest thing that still encourages and we all need to conserve, we need to make good choices with how we use our water."

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(KUTV) Back in January, Kim Page found what seemed like a great deal on mp4 players on a website called Clearance.co.

"I ordered four and tucked them away," she said.

In June, Kim says she pulled out the first player to load some music to give as her granddaughter's birthday gift, but she ran into some trouble.

"It wouldn't hold a charge," she said. "I just couldn't get it to work."

Kim was not worried. Before she purchased the mp4 players, she did her due diligence and checked the company's return policy.

"It was clearly stated that if they mis-ship or if you get a product that's defective, that you'll get a full refund," she said.

When Kim contacted the company for her refund, she was directed to a different return policy, one that says all returns must be completed 15 days from the time the merchandise is received.

"She said, ‘we're sorry, all sales are final now and you're kind of out of luck,’" Kim says she was told by Clearance.co.

Kim says she wants to be able to return the defective players and get her money back. When the company refused, Kim filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and she picked up her phone to Get Gephardt.

"Getting something inexpensive that doesn't work becomes pretty expensive," Kim said.

Our investigation found that Clearance.co does indeed have two return policies listed on their website. One is easy to access and find. It's listed at the top of the webpage under customer service. Nowhere does that policy say anything about a refund time frame.

A second, more detailed return policy can be linked to by scrolling to the bottom of the webpage. Still, clicking on that link takes a fast hand because when you scroll to the bottom of the page, within a second, more items for sale load and you have to scroll down some more to get back to the bottom.

So, this time Get Gephardt contacted Clearance.co on Kim's behalf to ask about the different return policies. We got a short, grammatically questionable response which reads, "We can not look up an order for another person for you as for privacy issues."

A short time later, Kim says she did hear from Clearance.co with good news: her $108 has been refunded without an explanation why the company changed their minds.

The Utah Consumer Sales Practices Act says refund policies must be clearly marked on the first or front page of any sales document or contract at the time of the sale.

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(KUTV) UPDATE: David Vasquez has been found safe, according to a tweet sent by the Orem Police Department.

Orem Police are searching for a missing 14-year-old autistic boy.

David Vasquez was last seen around 1100 S. 200 E. in Orem at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The boy is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and has brown eyes and black hair. David was last seen wearing a white button up shirt, gray sweater, blue jeans, and black Adidas shoes.

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(KUTV) Law officers participated in a training session Wednesday on how to spot and stop sex trafficking.

"This is happening in our communities, in our towns, and to people we know," said Madi Palmer, an anti-trafficking advocate.

Palmer recently graduated from Cottonwood High School and started a club against sex trafficking. She spoke at the training on Wednesday.

"There are 10,000 minor entering sex trafficking each year," said Palmer.

For two years in a row, the FBI has led a nationwide sweep, looking for minors trafficked in the sex trade. They found cases in almost every city, but in both years they did not find a single case of underage sex trafficking in Utah.

Details of underage sex trafficking in Utah are vague.

"We don't have statistics for Utah," said Unified Police Chief Chris Bertram. "We had a case in Utah County."

Utah has a statewide taskforce and federal grants to fight sex trafficking of minors.

"Most local lawmen haven't been trained to recognize these things," said Bertram.

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(KUTV) The federal government shutdown last fall may become a problem this fall for one Utah Republican who's fighting to keep his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, if his opponent gets her way.

Democrat Donna McAleer, who is running to oppose Rep. Rob Bishop in Utah's 1st Congressional District, is making the issue a talking point in the race because she believes the federal shutdown hurt Utah and that Bishop played a supporting role in allowing it to happen.

On Oct. 1, 2013, most federal offices and services were shut down and 800,000 federal employees were indefinitely furloughed when Congress did not enact legislation appropriating funds for fiscal year 2014. The shutdown was triggered by Republicans who attempted to piggyback onto the legislation provisions that would have stripped funding from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known informally as 'Obamacare.'
 
The shutdown affected thousands of federal employees in Utah and stifled the flow of cash into local economies, and McAleer wants voters to remember that it happened on Bishop's watch.

"He voted to shut down the government and keep it closed," McAleer said. "40,000 people in this state were furloughed."

National parks in Utah, including Zions and Bryce Canyon, had been forced to close, and Gov. Gary Herbert said at the time that local economies had been "decimated" by the shutdown. Herbert ultimately struck a deal for Utah to pay for the services itself and reopen the parks, but those funds have not been repaid by the federal government.

For 16 days, House Republicans refused to raise the national debt ceiling unless Democrats agreed to stop the Affordable Care Act. President Obama refused to negotiate and Republicans finally abandoned their efforts and reopened the government.

"All our national parks were shut down because of a political stunt by Congressman Bishop and members of our Congress who like to engage in gridlock, and not delivering results," McAleer said.

She also claimed that Bishop is especially responsible for the shutdown because he sits on the U.S. House Committee on Rules, which determines which bills are introduced to the House floor.

"He manipulated those rules so that only the Speaker or his designate could bring a vote to open the government," McAleer said.

Bishop declined a request by KUTV to address the shutdown or McAleer's remarks.

The election is Nov. 4.

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) A Colorado Marine killed in a crash in central Utah last week was on his way home to surprise his little brother on the first day of school.

Twenty-year-old Lance Cpl. Brennan Ching of Fort Collins, Colorado, died Friday in a rollover crash near Salina, Utah. He was traveling with a fellow Marine from Las Flores, California. The second Marine survived and was taken to a hospital.

The Coloradoan reports that Ching planned to take 8-year-old Alex Vicary to his first day of second grade.

Mother Sue Vicary says Alex talked about his older brother every day and came up with different wishes to try to bring him home.

The newspaper published a story about Ching coming home to surprise Alex last March after the boy sent a letter to the Easter bunny.


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(KUTV) Fire crews are responding to a grass fire that is in the Weber County.

Officials believe the fire was sparked near the mouth of Weber Canyon sometime Wednesday morning.

UDOT has closed US-89 at MP 407 while crews continue to extinguish the blaze.

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(KUTV) An employee of a Southern Utah cellular phone company was jailed Tuesday after he discovered graphic and personal photos on a customer's phone and uploaded them via the Internet, authorities said.

Joseph William Gonzales, 41, faces seven charges of distribution of pornography, a third-degree felony, the Spectrum reported. Police said he was booked into jail after an investigation determined the customer's photos had been shared via the Cloud after she visited the store for a phone upgrade.

"These were personal and private pictures this person had taken," Sgt. Sam Despain of the St. George Police Department told the Spectrum.

Gonzales was booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility on $35,000 bail.

The cellular phone company cooperated with the investigation, authorities said.

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(KUTV) West Valley Police are looking for at least two people who robbed a 7-Eleven late Wednesday night.

Police say they received a call around 10:30 p.m. concerning two men who walked into the convenience store at 5400 West 4100 South wielding handguns.

The men demanded cash from the register and jumped into a truck, which police believe was driven by a third person.

The truck is described as a late 1980s Ford with a red over tan paint job.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call West Valley Police at (801) 963-3300.

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(KUTV) The city of North Salt Lake issued a statement Tuesday saying they are "not responsible or at fault" for the landslide, which destroyed a home earlier in August.

Homeowners in the neighborhood are outraged by the statement. Many found out about the statement when 2News knocked on their doors Tuesday evening. Most homeowners refused to comment, sayiing they will now be hiring attorneys. One homeowner, Steven Peterson, who is an attorney, did speak out.

"It's obvious the city has responsibility for this," said Peterson.

North Salt Lake City Manager Barry Edwards told 2 News, "we're not responsible because we were not up there doing anything."

Peterson says he believes the city should have issued a stop order last Fall when neighbors started to notice fissures and cracks. Many say they reported the issues to the city.

"Neither the city nor the developer seemed to be aware of the problem residents could see readily every day," said Edwards.

The city in its statement offers regret and sympathy, promising to find out who is at fault.

"Right now, we have a lot of people on the slide slope gathering data," said Edwards.

Neighbors believe the statement released late Monday is a bunch of "legal mumbo jumbo." Peterson calls it "the politically correct thing to do, but it's not the morally correct thing to do and in the end wrong legally as well."

The ongoing worry is of further movement and more destruction, not to mention the ripple effect of plummeting home values and inability to sell. Homeowners in the area are worried they lost money they will never see again.

The city will not completely rule out the possibility they may financially help homeowners.

"If we did pay out, it would be as the city was paying out of a humanitarian reason other than legal liability," said Edwards.

The statement reads in part, "The slide was a catastrophic event and the city expresses its deepest sympathy to those affected. We understand that there is significant work to be done to repair the damage which has been caused. The City does not believe it is responsible for or at fault for the slide. The City did not cause the slide nor could it have safely done anything to prevent the slide from occurring after it began to manifest itself."

The full statement can be read on the City of North Salt Lake's website here.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A Utah restaurant where a woman unknowingly drank iced tea mixed with chemicals, and nearly died, was cited seven months earlier for improper food labeling.

Salt Lake County Health Department records show officials issued seven violations to Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan in January. The restaurant has had no violations for improper chemical labeling.

Health department spokesman Nicholas Rupp says mislabeling of food is a common violation. Rupp says the Dickey's has maintained a better-than-average health rating since opening in 2012.

Authorities say a chemical cleaning compound ended up in the tea after a worker unintentionally put it in a sugar bag last month. The substance was then mixed it into iced tea Aug. 10.

Prosecutors are reviewing a police investigation of the incident to determine if anyone should be charged.

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(KUTV) Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank took a verbal shot at the Salt Lake City Council during a briefing with news reporters on Tuesday.

When asked what he thought about the council's plan to draft an ordinance that would seek to have all rape evidence kits tested at the crime lab, the Chief said doing so would be "a political feel-good as opposed to a true need." 

Earlier this year, a Salt Lake City Council member asked the chief to explain the backlog of hundreds of rape kits now sitting at the police department.  Many victims have no idea what's happened to the kits or their cases.

Burbank said testing all rape kits would be an extra burden on an already overloaded state crime lab.  Sometimes, the chief said, sexual assault cases are solved without a rape kit. Plus, he said mandatory testing of all kits could force him to prioritize rape case evidence or evidence from other crimes like homicide. 

"It plays politically, very sympathetic to someone who is a victim of sexual assault but I have to be sympathetic to victims of all crime," Burbank said.

Salt Lake Council Member Erin Mendenhall suggested the chief hash it out with the council in person and not through the media.  She said there has to be a policy in place that will deal with the backlog and the timely processing of future rape kits.

"I know the Chief is passionate about this but I don't think he has seen the ordinance yet," said Mendenhall.

Mendenhall said Salt Lake can model other cities in the U.S. that have developed policies that are working for them.

"We don't have to reinvent the wheel," she said.

Alana Kindness, executive director with the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault, said after the state legislature passed a bill in January, requiring victims of sexual assault be notified as to the status of their rape kits, a statewide task force has been working on rules for processing of rape kits.  Backlog exists in many Utah police departments.  Salt Lake City Police, she said, recently started working with the task force.

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(KUTV) Ogden police are searching for a driver they say hit a motorcyclist before driving off Tuesday afternoon.
 
The accident happened just before 10:00 pm at 1000 North Washington Boulevard Tuesday.

The man riding the motorcycle was taken by ambulance to the hospital.  His condition is unknown at this time, but we're told he was not wearing a helmet.

Witnesses described the car that hit the man as a white hatch back.

If you know anything about this incident please call Ogden police at (801) 629-8221.

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(KUTV) Logan police have captured the man who it is believed to be responsible for multiple counts of theft from a local scrap yard.

Logan Police Detective Robert Olson was conducting surveillance in an area where recent metal thefts had occurred. He was called away to assist patrol the area of a recent burglary and assault. When he returned to the area he observed metal missing from an area he had been watching.

Detective Olson called in patrol units and a perimeter was set up. Police K-9 handler Corporal Ryan Blau and his service dog Bas also responded. Believing the suspect was hiding in the area, officers called out for him to surrender. The suspect was given multiple warnings and told the police dog would be released into the yard.

When the suspect refused to respond, K-9 Bas was sent into the lot. A short moment later K-9 Bas located the suspect hiding under a pile of metal.

David Midyett, 44, was taken into police custody and booked into the Cache County Jail on multiple charges of theft and criminal trespassing.
(KUTV) Unified Police are searching for a man they believe stabbed his roommate in the forehead during an argument Tuesday.

Police were called to the home at 770 West Big Mountain Dr. just after 10:00 p.m.

Officers say a man living at the home was arguing with a roomate and the roommate used a knife to cut the man on the forehead, before running off.

Emergency crews took the victim to the hospital with minor injuries.

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(KUTV) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has produced a new movie, which will be released in theaters.

A top Mormon leader says this is part of a major push to put the church's message out there. Public relations experts say it could also be an effort to keep people talking about the LDS faith.

The movie is called "Meet the Mormons." It's a full-length documentary produced by the LDS Church.

"'Meet the Mormons' addresses common misperceptions about our beliefs and highlights the blessings that come from living the gospel of Jesus Christ," said Elder David A. Bednar of the church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in a devotional address Tuesday at Brigham Young University's Education Week.

Bednar said the new film aims for a much bigger audience than just the church.

"We have discovered worldwide distribution of the film is now possible," Bednar said. "First, in select theaters in the United States, and then later in visitors centers and on television, internet movie channels, and social media channels."

If you go see the movie, according to the church, you'll see the stories of six Mormons living across the world. That focus on people, experts say, has become much more common in the last few years.

"Good stories are about people, and so the more focus is on people and who they are and what makes them tick, the more interest there is," said Chris Thomas, president of Intrepid Hybrid Communications in Salt Lake City.

Thomas also said the movie seems to be an extension of the "I'm a Mormon" campaign started by the church several years ago.

"It seems like that campaign has resonated with people," said Thomas.

Seemingly, it has, to the point that the church has moved beyond just short commercials.

"It's always interesting when a movie or a book is produced because it creates discussion," said Thomas. "People talk about it around the water cooler. It brings it in to the media."

Thomas says he expects the interest in the movie to be high.

"Whether or not people see the movie, the fact that it exists, people will be talking about it and wondering about it," said Thomas. "Those who do see it will probably get a deeper understanding of the faith."

The church plans to donate the profits from this film to the American Red Cross. It hits theaters October 10. To learn more, visit www.meetthemormons.com.

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(KUTV) Salt Lake City's police chief addressed on Tuesday the militarization of police amidst protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and allegations of excessive force by his own police department.

In his open conversation with reporters, Chief Chris Burbank referred to public outcry after a Salt Lake City police officer fatally shot 20-year-old Dillon Taylor in South Salt Lake last week. His brother and cousin, who had just exited a 7-Eleven convenience store with Taylor, claim he was unarmed and did not threaten police.

Officers had been responding to a call of a man waving a gun in the area, and Taylor allegedly matched his description.

"The officer involved in this circumstance had a camera on his body, and the entire incident has been captured," Burbank said.

The chief also said that the officer who fired "is not a white officer," in response to questions about whether or not the incident involving Taylor, who is Hispanic, was race-related.

Burbank did not say if Taylor had been armed, waiting instead until five separate investigations into the shooting have been completed.

"Officers should be held to extremely high standards, but that cannot be an impossible standard," Burbank said.

Burbank also declined to say how Salt Lake City would have responded to protests like those in Ferguson, where demonstrators, a minority of whom have looted and burned local businesses, have been met in the streets by police with military equipment. Protestors are calling out police after a white officer shot and killed black teenager, Michael Brown.

"We should not respond to situations with more violence or lawlessness," Burbank said.

While President Barack Obama urged protestors to demonstrate peacefully, he also said the situation highlights the need to review federal programs that equip local agencies with surplus military gear.

"There is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement, and we don't want those lines blurred," Obama said. "That would be contrary to our traditions."

Burbank said his department has received "AR-15-style rifles," riot helmets and gas masks in past years, but barely any other surplus equipment.

He said knowing when to use that gear and when not to is critical. Burbank cited the Occupy Salt Lake City protests in 2011, when he and his officers responded in regular uniforms. Some officers, he said, asked why they were not wearing helmets. Burbank decided to take the risk.

"In some circumstances, maybe that's the only option, but is there a better way to do business?" Burbank said. "If we show up wearing riot gear - helmets and shields and everything else, it says, 'Throw rocks and bottles at us.'"

Body cameras are on 150 Salt Lake City officers currently, and, by the end of September, 259 officers who interact with the public out in the field will be trained with the technology.

By: Christine McCarthy

Follow Christine on Twitter @ReporterXtine

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)

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