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(KUTV) Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah should appeal a court ruling that is in favor of the family on the reality show ‘Sister Wives.’

A judge finalized a ruling in favor of Kody Brown and his four wives earlier this week. It strikes down key parts of a law criminalizing polygamy, saying they violated religious freedom.

Gov. Herbert told reporters he believed allowing plural marriage is not a good policy and that laws on the books should be defended until all appeals are exhausted.

The attorneys general office has 30 days to decide whether the state will appeal.

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(KUTV) James LaBuy drove to Utah from Washington State after he heard his 14-month-old daughter Kenzie was beaten to death. 

"I'm angry that someone would be willing to hurt a small child that couldn't defend herself," said LaBuy after spending several hours with investigators at the Ogden Police Department.

LaBuy would like Washington State to be his daughter's final resting place. 

"I feel I deserve at least that," he said.

According to police, Kenzie was beaten to death by 23-year-old Adam Joseph Barney.  Police said he confessed to the crime and charged him with aggravated murder.  They upgraded the charge after learning more about the toddler's violent death. 

Charging documents say that on August 24, Barney was watching Kenzie and her two siblings for their mother, who was also his girlfriend.  Barney allegedly told police that he was frustrated over the dirty living conditions and the victim crying.  The document says Barney threw the child on the bed, then, because she was sticky from food, he got in the shower with her and dropped her. 

The document says, "out of frustration, he punched her in the face twice."  Barney then allegedly punched her in the stomach and squeezed her "really hard." 

Ogden Police Lt. Danielle Croyle said after the beating, even though the child was short of breath and lethargic, Barney put her in the stroller and took her and the other two kids out. 

"There was no assistance given to that child to administer first aid or to get her treatment," said Croyle.

LaBuy said before his daughter was born he was lost.  He said Kenzie helped turn his life around. 

"She was my princess," he said. 

LaBuy said he wants Barney to pay for what he allegedly did to his child. 

"He needs to pay for taking my daughter away from me," he said.  

La Buy's family has started a Facebook Page called "Justice for Kenzie."

By: Cristina Flores

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(KUTV) A man accused in a nearly 20 year old murder case will be arraigned in court Friday.

Joseph Simpson is accused of killing Krystal Beslanowitch, 17, in 1995. He was arrested last September after police say new DNA technology gave them a lead.

Simpson will hear the charges against him and enter a plea Friday. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

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(KUTV) Crews are cleaning up after a semi crash sent gallons of diesel fuel into Echo Creek in Summit County.

A semi-truck and SUV crashed on WB I-80 in Echo Canyon around 5:00 p.m. Thursday. Officials say no one was hurt, but around 30 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the creek.

Crews placed booms in the creek to stop the fuel from spreading while cleanup is underway.

If you see any potential contamination downstream, call the Summit County Health Department.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Kaelin Clay had two returns for touchdowns and Devontae Booker rushed for two more scores to boost Utah past Idaho State 56-14 on Thursday evening.

Utah posted three touchdown drives of less than 42 seconds and added two other scores on kick returns.

Clay returned a punt 46 yards for his first touchdown. In the second half Clay broke away for a 100-yard kick-off return.

The game marked the return of Utah quarterback Trevor Wilson, who was discovered to have a damaged intracranial artery while recovering from a concussion last season. Wilson missed the final three games but was cleared to play.

Wilson looked sharp against the overmatched Bengals and had 265 yards passing, while playing the first half. Dres Anderson caught four of Wilson's tosses for 111 yards.

Booker, a transfer from Washington State by way of Fresno State and American River college, had 78 yards on 10 carries.

By MATTHEW COLES, Associated Press

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(KUTV) A state audit of the Utah Transit Authority earlier this week revealed the head of the agency makes $402,000 a year in total compensation, which has raised a lot of serious questions.

According to research, UTA General Manager Michael Allegra's total compensation is in fact $50,000 more than the head of Denver's transit authority and about a $100,000 more than the man who runs the transit authority for Portland. Both of these cities have larger populations and twice as many riders as UTA.

"I think he's ripping off the state," said Clair Geddes, a long time UTA critic.

Allegra told 2News that during his time at UTA, he has helped build 140 miles of fixed track in less than seven years.

"I'm proud that we have come in two years ahead of schedule, $300 million under budget," said Allegra.

UTA's Board Chair Greg Hughes says Allegra is valuable and was on a short list to run the transit system in Denver.

"We don't want our skilled staff, a GM who started at UTA in the 70's, to be pulled away by rival or a different state's transit authority," said Hughes.

Geddes argues Allegra is not the only qualified bureaucrat around.

"I don't think this is the only man in America that knows how to go out and spend money and that's what they are good at," said Geddes. "That doesn't impress me one bit."

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(KUTV) UTA is giving riders more time to purchase its discounted annual pass, the 'Hive Pass.'

The ‘Hive Pass’ will now be available for purchase through September at least. It is good on Trax, buses and the front-runner, and costs $350, two-thirds less than a regular annual pass.

Right now, the ‘Hive Pass’ is a pilot program, but if it is successful UTA could make it a permanent option for riders.

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(KUTV) A man accused of groping women on the BYU campus last fall was in court Thursday, along with one of his female accusers.

"There was a man jogging toward us and as he passed us," said the victim, recalling an incident last spring on the BYU campus. "He reached out and groped me on the breast."

The victim admitted to the courtroom that she did not know the man and the contact was unwelcome.

"How did it make me feel? Kinda like being punched in the face, only it's worse, because it's not my face," she said.

Nathan Fletcher, 23, faces two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery for that incident and as well as another similar incident.

Altogether, there were 16 groping incidents reported, but prosecutors say there was only enough evidence for Fletcher to be officially charged with two of them. If convicted, he could serve one year behind bars for each count.

The primary evidence in the cases are surveillance videos that recorded the groper in the act. BYU track coach Ed Eyestone says the suspect appeared to be wearing official BYU track gear.

Eyestone testified that some members of the team think the man in the video is Nathan Fletcher, who was once a member of the BYU track team.

"I was just kinda crestfallen as well, my stomach kinda gave way, because I've seen Nate wear a bandana like that," said Eyestone.

Fletcher's attorney says the video is not enough to prove his client should stand trial. "I've looked at the video 100 times and I've met with my client that many times," said attorney John Allan. "I can't tell it's Nathan Fletcher, so I think there's a lot of assumptions going on."

The preliminary hearing for Nathan Fletcher will resume on September 25 at 1:30pm in Provo court.

By: Chris Miller

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(KUTV) Police are looking for a man who led them on a chase Thursday morning in a stolen car.

The car was spotted about 9000 South at around 10 a.m., Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division Lt. Allan Shinney said. The chase ended near downtown Salt Lake City where the driver ran away. He was still on the loose Thursday evening.

The driver is described as Hispanic, in his late 20s, with a black baseball cap and gauges in his ears, Shinney said. 

The police who spotted the stolen car are Motor Vehicle Enforcement officers dedicated to solving this type of crime. The force includes 24 officers, who spend their days prowling for stolen cars.

“We recover about 80 percent of the stolen vehicles in the state right now,” said Lt. Shinney.

The officers typically work in undercover cars that are equipped with four cameras. The cameras take pictures of surrounding vehicles and their license plates. If something is wrong, such as an expired registration or a reported stolen car, these officers can act.

During a ride along Thursday with 2News, Investigator Brian Jeffs came across a vehicle at a hotel parking lot that appeared to be stolen. Upon closer inspection, though, Jeffs determined that wasn’t the case.

“This car is not stolen, but the plates come back to a stolen vehicle,” he said. “The criminal, in an effort to hide their stolen vehicle, will steal plates from similar vehicles, which looks like that’s probably what happened in this case.”

Jeffs decided to remove the stolen plates from the vehicle and leave the driver a note.

“Hopefully that owner's going to call me and get their plates reported stolen,” Jeffs said. Doing so will make it easier for officers to work to find the real stolen vehicle, he said.

Motor vehicle enforcement is a job Jeffs loves, and one he says makes a difference. Last year, Jeffs and his fellow officers recovered more than 600 stolen vehicles. 

Shinney said all the license plate information they gather goes into a database for nine months. After that, the law requires the agency to get rid of the information.

By Daniel Woodruff

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(KUTV) Attorneys for three local gay and lesbian couples are formally asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up Utah’s same-sex marriage case.

In a brief filed Thursday, the attorneys say that despite dozens of lower courts striking down the same-sex marriage bans, gay couples across the country will continue to live in uncertainty until the Supreme Court decides if the bans violate the Constitution.

Utah filed its appeal to the high court in early August. Virginia and Oklahoma have also filed appeals.

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(KUTV) An Idaho man accused of beating and neglecting nine boys in the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) pleaded guilty to three child abuse charges Thursday.

A Bannock County Sheriff's report obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune indicates that a high-ranking member of the FLDS Church took nine unruly boys away from their families and sent them to live with 47-year-old Nathan Carter Jessop for "repentance missions." One boy told authorities he believes Warren Jeffs made the decision.

Jeffs is serving a life sentence and an additional 20 years in Texas for sexually abusing his child brides.

The boys were living with Jessop most recently in a home on a private road in Pocatello, Idaho. Some lived away from their families for up to two years and none had regular contact with their parents, the documents state.

Colton Anderson, 10, who lives a few houses away, said he played with the teen and pre-teen boys before officers took them away earlier this summer. He said they confided in him about physical abuse and neglect. The report states that Jessop withheld food and left the boys outside at times during the winter.

"He'd either kick them in the butt or he'd pick them up by their hair and start slapping them," Colton said. "They told me that if they did anything, like to walk out of the yard, he would just hit them."

Colton often swam with the boys in his pool, he said. The boys would jump in fully clothed. Jessop couldn't know the boys were playing, he said. The boys were supposed to be making and selling furniture and mowing lawns for money, both Colton and authorities said.

"If they weren't up by 10 they were not allowed to eat anything. If they're not up by six, they don't get breakfast. If they're not up by like eight, then they don't get lunch," Colton said. "They had this pantry that they have to lock up, and the kids had to sneak in the pantry, lock themselves in the closet, wait until [Jessop] got out of there and then go get food."

Jodi Neal, Colton's mother, said she often took care of the boys. The kids whittled sticks for her children and made the family a wooden wishing well. They were polite, she said.

"They would sneak out at night and they would come over here," Neal said. "I would feed them because they were hungry."

The abuse investigation began in July when an organizer of the non-profit Holding Out Help, which supports runaways from polygamous communities, contacted authorities. One of the boys had fled to the Salt Lake City organization and three others called hoping to join him, the report states.

The state of Idaho took in eight boys, eventually releasing six of them to their parents once court proceedings began, KUTV's news partner, the Tribune, reported. Two boys asked not to return to the polygamous community and are living in foster care.

Some of the boys had not been able to contact their families for nearly a year, according to documents.

On Thursday, Jessop's attorney, Ron Tyler Bird, and Bannock County prosecutors agreed to Jessop's guilty plea to all three charges in exchange for 10 days in jail and two years of supervised probation.

Bird refused to talk to reporters after Thursday's hearing.

Several females in the traditional dress of the FLDS community were seen in the home on Thursday. They also declined to speak to the charges.

Jessop's landlord, however, denied the abuse allegations.

"I didn't see anything that would even concern me," said Todd Anderson, whose children play with Jessop's. "Never seen any type of physical abuse or even verbal abuse. He just seemed like a good guy."

The boys can offer victim impact statements at Jessop's September sentencing hearing.

By: Christine McCarthy

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(KUTV) Utah Gov. Herbert's plan to use federal money to cover more people on Medicaid still is not certain, but a woman who said she was denied coverage through the program after a cancer diagnosis, made an impassioned plea before lawmakers to make some sort of expansion happen.

"When I was trying to get on Medicaid, I was told I simply made too much," said Charlotte Lawrence, a single mother of four, who claimed she lived on child support payments from an ex-husband and from income her teenage kids made on part-time jobs. "When I asked 'what do I do,' she (Medicaid worker) said, 'Well sweetie, people die of cancer every day.'"

Lawrence's testimony before the Utah Legislature's Health Reform Task Force came amid discussion at the Capitol on Medicaid expansion options.

Since her diagnosis in 2012, she said friends raised money for surgery and she has worked two jobs including one that offers medical insurance.  She said the plan is costly and that she hasn't been able to afford a check-up with her oncologist for nearly a year.

"I bleed for her problem," said Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden.  "She has a tremendous load to carry."

Christensen, the task force chair, said while the governor's proposal is the best of any expansion options, he is still opposed to additional Medicaid coverage.

"As a government official, I can't tell you that you have to be charitable and you have to give up your hard-earned money for someone else's problems," he said. "I do have a heart.  It does touch my soul, but I do have to draw the line on dictating who is going to provide that care."

For many, it may be understood that federal money is already being collected, is already on the table for the states to use in broadening Medicaid, and if they don't take advantage---then the people of the state lose.

Christensen, a retired pediatric dentist, said an expansion here would come with "a lot of strings attached."

"Be careful where you bite the cheese; there's a hook inside of it," he said.  "It's not free.  We're going to be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars of state money in addition to what the feds are paying."

By Brian Mullahy

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(KUTV) The Unified Police Department cracked a 23-year-old cold case homicide after a very long and detailed investigation.

Formal charges were filed on Thursday by the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office against John Sansing for the 1991 murder of Lucille Johnson.

The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene of a homicide on Feb. 2, 1991. Johnson, 78, was found dead by a family member with significant trauma to her head. While investigating detectives found Legos on the floor of the living room, in the home entryway and in the driveway. Knowing Johnson would not leave her grandchildren's toys around the house, they were collected as evidence.  An autopsy concluded Johnson died from blunt force trauma and strangulation.  Detectives were never able to solve the case.

The case was reopened several months ago by the Unified Police Department. Material from under Johnson's fingernails was sent for DNA testing. Results showed matches for John Sansing. Another DNA sample was taken from Sansing and it matched the material under Johnson's fingernails.

The Lego toys that were collected as evidence during the initial investigation had fingerprints on them and investigators compared them to the children on Sansing. Two prints matched one of Sansing's children who was 5-year-old at the time.  Sansing's wife recently told UPD detectives Sansing had admitted to her around 1991 that he killed an elderly lady in Holladay.

Officials say Sansing lived in Utah until 1995 then moved to Arizona where he is currently in prison for a murder he committed in 1998.

UPD says they are committed to solving cold cases and this case is the last unsolved homicide in the City of Holladay.

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(KUTV) Police are asking for the public's help in locating a man suspected of peeping at several women in the dressing room of a Kohl's department store in West Jordan.

At about 6:15 p.m. on August 21, police say the suspect entered the store at 7292 S. Plaza Center Drive in the Jordan Landing shopping center. They say he was observed looking underneath dressing room stalls at several women while they were trying on clothing.

According to officers, one of the women inside the stalls confronted the the man and he quickly fled from the store. Surveillance video shows the man was zipping up his shorts as he left.

The suspect is described as a white male who is balding and appears to be 40 to 50-years-old. Police say he was wearing a yellow T-shirt, light colored cargo style shorts, and sandals/flip-flops. They say he left in what appears to be a late 90's model Ford pick-up truck, which is white in color and likely an extended cab F-150.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts about the suspect is asked to call the West Jordan Police Department at 801-840-4000.

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(KUTV) Thirteen people arrested after a protest pushing lawmakers to pass a bill outlawing discrimination against gay people have been officially charged.

The group spoke out about the charges Thursday.

"We are here to say the time is now. 2014," said Troy Williams, the protest organizer. "It's time for us gay and transgender Utahns to take our rightful place."

The protestors were arrested back in February for blocking entrance to a legislative meeting. The bill they were calling on lawmakers to pass eventually died in a closed door meeting. Lawmakers said they did not want to interfere with the appeal on Utah's gay marriage ban.

All 13 protestors were charged with disrupting a meeting. If convicted, they could face up to six months in jail.

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(KUTV) Game makers and former Disney employees Manfred Neber and Shane Smit believe they have just created a hit, a game that will stand out from the rest.  It's called "Drop the Soap."

"You are a kid strapped to a soap dropping yourself into a giant tub floating in the middle of space," said Neber. "And he's just having a wild ride."

First, that kid is hatched from a giant chicken. 

"You don't know who you are going to get. The kids are random," said Neber.  "You can drop him anywhere in the tub. The goal is to get those gold points."

Neber and Smit say the game is different in a good way.

"We wanted to try and make a big bang up front," said Neber. "Like we just wanted to do something totally off the wall. Something that hasn't been done before."

"We need to rise above the crowd. We need to be something that people remember," said Smit.

The idea for the game came two years ago and for the past nine months the two men have been putting in thousands of hours to build that one video game they are hoping adults and kids will fall in love with, or better yet, get addicted to.

"I think the key to a successful game is having a bunch of addictive traits. Having a leveling up, having great rewards for the players," said Neber.

They are also planning to integrate social media into the game.

"If you sign in with Facebook [your game kid] will actually take your last name so he's actually part of your family," said Neber.

Neber and Smit are not newcomers to the industry. Both are actually former game makers for Disney. Neber says he worked for Disney for six and a half years and was the major designer for Disney's Infinity Game and Cars 2 video game.  Smit says he worked for Disney for five years as a gaming programmer.

Why would they leave a company like Disney to go out on their own?

"I think the number one reason is expression of creativity," said Neber. "At Disney, it was a great company to work for, but we were held to their properties and franchises."

"It's always good to be your own boss, right? You stay home and work in your pajamas," said Smit.

Smit and Neber say though that it is still scary to venture out on your own.

"Oh I'm very scared. It was very nice to have all that money come in from Disney," said Neber. "I've actually cut my living expenses more than half."

The release date for "Drop The Soap" is scheduled for September 6 during the Salt Lake Comic-Con Convention.

The app for the game will cost $0.99 to download.

For more information on the game and the company they have created called Sheepleware you can visit http://sheepleware.com/DtS/.

By: Dan Rascon

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(KUTV) Legislative leaders are considering a tax increase for Utah schools but Gov. Gary Herbert opposes it.

Gov. Herbert says he is unenthusiastic about any tax increase for schools and that they are getting more money as the economy grows so things should be left alone.

Utah schools are currently the worst funded in America.

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(KUTV) A man accused of killing a 14-month-old Ogden girl has been officially charged with first-degree felony aggravated murder.

According to a probable cause statement, Adam Joseph Barney, 23, told police he was frustrated with the dirty living conditions and the baby's crying. He told police he "lashed out" at the baby.

The baby was found dead at the Western Colony Motel on 24th Street in Ogden Monday night.

The child's mother Kaci Rupert , who was working at a Home Depot call center at the time of the incident,  is devastated by the news.

"I'm just lost, I don't know what to say or do," said Rupert. "I don't know how to move on from this point."

When Rupert left work she had multiple messages from Barney saying the child was unresponsive. She had a friend give her a ride home and that is when officers told her the child had died.

The Division of Child and Family Services was notified due to two additional children in the home ages five and three.  Both children have been removed from the home and are in the care of DCFS.
 
The children were in the care of  Barney, who the mother met at a local LDS church, confessed to striking the child several times and squeezing her substantially.

Police booked Adam Joseph Barney on suspicion of child abuse homicide and two misdemeanor warrants out of Ogden.

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(KUTV) On Wednesday night, the Murray Police Department put out an attempt to locate for a U-Haul truck that fled from police.

Around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, a West Valley City Police Officer spotted that truck. Officers attempted to stop the truck, but the driver took off.

Officers then spiked the vehicle's rear tires and a chase ensued.  At one point, the driver backed into a patrol car and a K-9 unit. 

Officers then spiked the front tires and the driver Everett Eichbower, 50, surrendered to police.  Inside the U-Haul police found stolen goods.

“We found approximately $10,000 worth of stolen truck parts, tires, radiators, rims from heavy and large diesel trucks,” said Sergeant Todd Gray.

Police say people often steal items like this to support a drug habit.  The patrol car and K-9 unit had minor damage. No one was hurt. Police are now working to get the stolen items back to the rightful owners.

By Holly Menino

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(KUTV) Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says the United States may have to go back to war in the Middle East.

He fears if ISIS takes over countries, they will use them to mount terror attacks on the United States.

“These are the worst people in the world,” said Sen. Hatch.

American Douglas McCain was killed in fighting for ISIS in Syria. Hatch says many Americans have joined ISIS and he fears they will bring terrorism home.

“They’ve already warned next year, they’ll see us in New York,” said Sen. Hatch. “We'll continue to take direct action as needed to protect our people and to defend our homeland.”

Sen. Hatch calls for stronger action against ISIS. He says airstrikes “won’t solve the problem. It’s a lot more serious than that.”

Sen. Hatch says America might eventually have to send troops to the Middle East.

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(KUTV) The Utah State Prison in Draper hosted a first of its kind event to give inmates a new high.

Many who spend time behind bars get there as a result of addictive behaviors including drug and alcohol abuse. A program called Addict to
Athlete is trying to change their mindset and give those involved a new way to feel on top of the world.

Early this morning, cheers were heard as inmates finished the nine laps needed around the prison yard to complete a 5K.

The Draper Invitational has been in the works for months with inmates training for the event. All race entrants have two things in common: they call the prison home and are fighting addiction one step at a time.

Addict to Athlete teaches inmates ways to cope with addiction by helping them focus on goals and offering a distraction from the things that hold them back.

"It's the energy of recovery,” says Desmond Lomax, who runs the program. “There is something good about accomplishing something you don't usually do. You face the resistance and go against things that are hard."

Setting small and achievable goals as well as meeting them are what counselors and coaches say will get these men back on track. This program is an alternative to traditional AA courses for those who deal better with team work and physical exertion instead of time in the classroom.

For the race’s 3.2 miles, Lomax said, these inmates felt free. Before the event, he advised racers to “embrace the normality. There is something wonderful about running, putting a sticker on your back and accomplishing something."

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(KUTV) Salt Lake Police arrested a man after he entered a business, produced a pair of scissors and demanded money Wednesday.

Chad Campbell attempted to rob the Jade Market at 353 W. 200 S. around 9:00 a.m. The clerk refused Campbell's demands for $200 and told him to leave.

Campbell tried to run away, but officers located him minutes after receiving the call for help. Campbell initially told police his name was Chad Carlson, because he thought he had warrants out for his arrest.

Campbell was booked into jail for aggravated robbery and false information to a police officer.

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(KUTV) A Utah mom is behind bars after police say she left her child outside while she was in a bar.

Officers say Barbara Orchard left her son in the parking lot of the bar while she went inside for a drink. When police arrived the child was sitting on the curb holding his mom's purse.

Police say Orchard tried to escape during the arrest, but they used a taser to subdue her.

Orchard now faces several charges, including child abuse.

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(KUTV) For years, one group of West Jordan homeowners have lived in fear that if it rains, their homes will be flooded.

On Wednesday night, the residents went to City Hall looking for a solution. 

"Our basement is unusable," an angry Lindy Christiansen told the West Jordan City Council. "The storm drain problem has been overlooked and brushed aside for 30 years."

The council got an earful from several angry residents complaining that their homes flooded last week due to inadequate storm drain systems in their neighborhood.

"The system is designed wrong," another resident, Steve, told the council. "There is a problem."

A large part of the frustration stems from the fact that this is not a new problem.

In 2011, Get Gephardt first reported on the flooding problems in West Jordan. At that time, several residents decided to Get Gephardt because they were angry the city was refusing to help pay for the damage to their homes caused by water that surged from city drains in their neighborhood after a relatively minor rainstorm.

Ultimately, in 2011, after calls from Get Gephardt, West Jordan city stepped up and offered homeowners money to help pay for some of their damage.

Since then, improvements have been made that are designed to relieve the overwhelmed drainage system West Jordan city officials told 2News after the most recent flood. The city contended that last week's flood could not have been avoided because a storm surge was overwhelming.

At Wednesday's City Council meeting, several council members seemed to relent that more needs to be done.

The West Jordan City Council and the mayor mostly discussed having future discussions. Those discussions could include a not yet determined plan of action, how to pay for any proposed plan of action, whether or not the impacted homeowners are a higher priority than other West Jordan city projects currently in the pipeline, and even whether or not a conversation with residents about the issue is warranted.

Homeowners Brenda Thomas and Jeff Cassidy left the meeting unsatisfied.

"It's always a plan," Brenda said. "For 30 years, it's always a plan, but it's never fixed."

"The water is one step above raw sewage," Jeff said. "It can't be healthy. It just seems like West Jordan is blase and over it. It's no big deal."

West Jordan will be having a public hearing to discuss reallocating $4 million of surplus money the city currently has to prioritize the city's capital project needs. It is far from a certainty that addressing the storm drain system will be considered a high priority or will receive any of that money.

By: Matt Gephardt

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(KUTV) A campaign by UTA threatens to ticket people for distracted behavior near rail lines.
 
Small flyers are being distributed near Trax lines in highly congested areas. The message warns "transit police are now ticketing for distracted behavior near rail lines."

The flyer points out specific activites, including: talking on a mobile phone, texting on a mobile device, using ear buds/headphones and reading.
 
Several frequent UTA commuters say the effort is far too strict.
 
A UTA spokesperson said the campaign is nothing new.

"We just don't want anyone losing a limb, safety is a top priority," says Remi Barron.
 
The flyers site UTA Ordinance 5-1-M, which prohibits distractions while "crossing a railroad grade crossing," but the ordinance fails to mention distracted behavior 'near' rail lines, as the card suggests.
 
Barron clarified the flyer's message, assuring passengers they would not be ticketed for using their phones while waiting for the train, unless they were "very near" the train tracks.
 
"You either have to be crossing the rails, or standing on the yellow warning strip, with an arm sticking out over the corridor. That's considered on the rails," he says.
 
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(KUTV) An old compound of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy is about to be torn down.

A new owner, Garbett Homes, is buying the property that was run for years by the FLDS Church. Garbett plans to demolish the existing buildings, develop a 4.5-acre plot, and build 15 homes.

"I can't even imagine what it was like to be here," said Bryson Garbett as he gave 2News an exclusive tour of the compound.

In the late 1990s, the FLDS Church sold the property. Since then, it's gone through several owners.

"The buildings have sat abandoned for many years," said Garbett. "You can see evidences that there were a number of people."

One of the people who lived on the compound was jailed FLDS leader Warren Jeffs. His father, Rulon, bought the property back in 1964. The compound includes a large house, a power generator and a school.

The school contains many unique and odd features that are immediately eye-catching such as a baptismal font in the basement with water still inside, a nursery lined with panels that reportedly were used as hiding places for people at the compound, and an office that was once reportedly occupied by Warren Jeffs himself.

"He was the principal of the school," said Garbett.

The school was called Alta Academy and it carries a dark past. One woman testified Jeffs sexually assaulted her at the school in his office when she was a child.

Garbett says he's anxious to close this chapter and open a new one.
"Right now it's not a beautiful place, but it will be," he said.

Garbett's own ancestors settled in the Little Cottonwood Canyon area. So, in a sense, this project is allowing him to return to his roots.

"I'm very excited about the fact that we're going to make it a much better place," Garbett said.

Demolition of the old compound is set to begin early next week. Garbett said homes will start popping up quickly after that. Some could be finished by Christmas, he said.

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(KUTV) An Orem couple delivered their baby in a parking lot earlier this week and now the audio recording from the 911 call has been released.

Mike Anderson called 911 when his wife, Kelly, had contractions five minutes apart. The couple got their two girls in the car and headed for the hospital, four blocks from home. While on the call, the Andersons quickly realized they were not going to make it to the hospital.

"I told him, 'pull over, I'm not going to make it,'" said Kelly.

Orem dispatcher Julie Merrill was calm as she suggested Anderson pull over and try to deliver the baby himself with her guidance.

"At this point, I'm like this is 100 percent not what I want to do right now," said Mike.

As the baby started to appear, Mike became unsure of himself. Suddenly, Mike starts to lose it a bit when the dispatcher tell him paramedics are on the way.

"They know more than I do?" Mike asked the dispatcher.

"Yeah they'll know more than you do," replied the dispatcher while laughing.

Mike delivered the baby before the paramedics arrived on scene. He says he couldn't have done any of it without Merrill. He says he's thankful for her calm instructions, which made all of the difference.

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(KUTV) ‘Hello Kitty’ turns 40 this year and creators have made a surprise revelation: ‘Hello Kitty’ is not a cat, but a little girl from London.

Sanrio, the Japanese company that owns and manages the ‘Hello Kitty’ brand says she is not a cat because she is never depicted as walking on all fours or doing any other distinctly cat-like activities.

In fact, Hello Kitty has her own “real” pet cat, named ‘Charmy Kitty.’

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VERNAL, Utah (AP) A Utah woman accused of using a pound of bacon to start a fire in her ex-boyfriend's house will stand trial on arson charges.

Police say 32-year-old Cameo Crispi left the bacon over a lit burner.

Charging documents say Crispi's blood-alcohol level was 0.35, four times the legal limit. Her attorney declined to comment.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law, in a lawsuit filed by a family that appears on the TV show "Sister Wives."

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled in favor of the stars of the TLC reality show in December, but the decision wasn't finalized due to unresolved, procedural issues.

The ruling is a landmark decision and a victory for the Brown family.

Kody Brown and his four wives sued Utah in 2011 after a county prosecutor threatened to charge them under the state's bigamy law.

Waddoups ruled that a provision in the law forbidding cohabitation violates the Browns' freedom of religion.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said in February that he intends to appeal.

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(KUTV) Investigators are looking into permit violations after a 2-alarm business fire in West Jordan Wednesday.

The flames broke out around 7:30 a.m. at 4628 W. Skyhawk Dr., a metal coating business.

Officials say a light assembly located in a recently remodeled area overheated, starting the fire.

Damage is estimated at $250,000.

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(KUTV) A woman is safe after she had to be rescued from Red Butte Canyon.

Unified Police say they got a call to help the woman just after 10:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The woman was hiking and broke her ankle.

Search and rescue crews were called out and were able to get the woman down just after 1:00 a.m. Thursday.

She was taken to the hospital to be treated.

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(KUTV) The parents of a woman accused of dumping her newborn baby in a trash can say their daughter did not know what she was doing.

"She is a special needs child. She doesn't understand," said the woman's father Robert Englert at his home in Kearns. "She reads at a third to fifth grade reading level. We had no idea our daughter was pregnant."

The baby was found by Englert's next door neighbor in the area of 5300 South and 5200 West when he heard something from a garbage can early Monday morning. Englert says the neighbor came and got him and he's the one who ended up taking the baby out.

"I can't believe somebody would leave the baby in the garbage," said Englert when he found the child.

Little did he realize at the time it was his own granddaughter.

"I got the baby, wrapped it up," he said. "I held the baby the whole time. I had no idea that was my granddaughter.The baby was okay. It seemed okay. The baby was not cold. It was moving and a little bit of noise here and there. I held it. I kept it warm. We had no idea."

Police later arrested his daughter Alicia Englert, 24, who according to police admitted to giving birth to the child on Sunday and told them she was scared to tell her parents.

Robert Englert says his daughter showed no signs of being pregnant.

"She gets up and goes to work every day and comes home. We did notice that she did gain a little bit of weight," said Englert.

On Sunday, Englert says his daughter started complaining of cramps and got a heating pad and laid down on the coach.

"We thought it was her period," he said.

Englert says his daughter then went into the upstairs bathroom located right by the living room where they were all sitting and later came out and went downstairs.

"She went downstairs with a towel so I'm assuming the baby was in the towel," Englert said. "She didn't scream. No pain no crying no like just giving birth. I was sitting right here [in the living room]. Mother was sitting here. We had no idea."

A little later he says his wife went into the bathroom and noticed a lot of blood, but again just thought she was having a heavy menstrual cycle. 
According to police the baby girl is listed in critical condition at Primary Children's Hospital.

Alicia is currently behind bars at the Salt Lake County Jail. She faces charges of attempted murder, but her father doesn't believe she should be charged because of her mental condition.

"Alicia doesn't have any idea what is going on," said Englert. "She doesn't have any recollection or understand. You can give her criminal charges and lock her up. She will not know why."

Investigators tell 2News that they have no medical documentation to show that Alicia Englert is disabled, but they are leaving it up to the district attorney's office to make that call and decide on the charges.

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(KUTV) A man wanted in connection with a stabbing in Magna is behind bars.

Police have taken Cody Aaron Johnson into custody. They say Johnson was sitting outside a home with three other people in Magna when an argument started with two people in a passing car.

During the brawl, someone pulled a knife and the two people from the passing car were stabbed.

Johnson is charged with aggravated assault.

Police made three other arrests in this case last Saturday.

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(KUTV) Wet and muddy roads may have been a factor in a deadly crash in St. George.

Police say a cement pumper truck lost control on Red Hills Pkwy.

The driver crossed the median and slammed into a pick-up truck.

Officials say the driver of the pick-up died at the scene. The driver has been identified as Bruno Loreda, 52.

Firefighters had to pull a passenger out of the pick-up. That passenger had only minor injuries.

Emergency crews rushed the cement truck driver to the hospital for treatment.

Police are still investigating the crash.

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(KUTV) Thirteen people arrested after a protest pushing lawmakers to pass a bill outlawing discrimination against gay people have been officially charged.

The protesters were arrested in February for blocking the entrance to a legislative meeting.

The bill they were calling on lawmakers to pass eventually died in a closed door meeting.

Lawmakers said they did not want to interfere with the appeal on Utah's gay marriage ban.

All 13 protesters were charged with disrupting a meeting.

If convicted, they could face up to six months in jail.

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(KUTV) There was discussion at a packed Summit County courtroom Wednesday, but no decision has been reached yet over the fate of Park City Mountain Resort.

Lawyers for PCMR, and owners and the lessee of the land at the top of the mountain, Talisker and Vail, differ on how much the resort should pay in rent. 

"We argued for a bond between one and six million dollars," said PCMR attorney Alan Sullivan.  "We believe asking for a bond over $100 million...we disagree with the approach they took, and we explained to the court why."

The haggling over rent comes after Judge Ryan Harris sided with Talisker months ago over who controls the terrain.  Talisker said PCMR missed a deadline to renew its lease of the upper mountain and the long standing operator of the resort risked eviction.

Now, the parties are meeting with a mediator to try to come up with a deal, at least for the upcoming season.  Those talks have been extended until the end of the work week.

"We are very hopeful the ski season will go forward," said Sullivan.  "We think it's in everybody's interest for the season to be saved."

Lawyers for Talisker politely declined comment following Wednesday's court session in which Judge Harris had planned to rule on the bond, only to reconsider, and announce he would hold off on a decision.

Talisker reportedly owns the nearby Canyons Resort, and has agreed to lease it to Vail for $25 million a year. 

On a website, PCMR acknowledged "Vail has leased the rights to PCMR's upper ski terrain from Talisker," but added, "we own outright the base area, parking, lower ski terrain and lifts, as well as water and snowmaking for the entire mountain."

Legal jousting may be akin to an icy and rough mogul patch for local officials, who have a keen interest on keeping people coming to the signature resort.

"That's job one---to keep the resort open," said Christopher Robinson, chair of the Summit County Council.  "I have to think that cooler heads are going to prevail here, that something is going to be salvaged.  That's my hope."

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(KUTV) Utah resident Anna Mancuso owes her 110 years of life to working hard during her youth and, nowadays, playing the slot machines in Mesquite, Nevada.

"I win, too," Mrs. Mancuso told Gov. Gary Herbert at the 28th annual Centenarians Celebration.

Jimmy Gerardi, who turns 100 this year, attributed his longevity to his lifestyle and offered a tip for centenarian-hopefuls.

"Quit chasing women!" he said before an explosion of laughter from his family.

Mancuso, Gerardi and 44 other 100-somethings or those who will turn 100 by the end of the year were honored at the luncheon at Viridian Event Center in West Jordan.

"I hear the stories. I laugh with them. I'm inspired by them," Gov. Herbert said. "They’ve built and certainly paved the way to have what we have today in this great society."

Girardi was born in 1914, when Charlie Chaplin made his film acting debut, Babe Ruth made his first major league appearance and World War I began, with 28th U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in office.

Girardi, a former engineer, came to Utah after being drafted into the Army. He spent his life walking, he said, and "never noticed age."

Centenarian Gilbert Allington, an avid bowler since the 1940s, said he gets out in his Holladay garden nearly every day.

"I have a half-acre yard and about two-thirds is garden. I have strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, tomatoes, honeydew and cantaloupe this year," Allington said. "I get out in the yard. I use my riding mower to get out to the garden, though."

Lowell Hicks, who turns 101 this year, has been playing and teaching music for 80 years in Salt Lake. He said he is grateful for the opportunity to interact with other centenarians.

"I've been looking forward to it for a long time," Hicks said. "This is wonderful to see a lot of people my own age."

Alex Wadley is the oldest male resident of Utah in attendance. He will turn 103 in October.

By 2050, about 1,400 centenarians will live in Utah, according to projections.

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(KUTV) Transit riders angry after a detailed audit raised serious questions about how the UTA spends its money invaded the company’s board meeting Wednesday to voice their frustrations.

“Right now, you’re the most hated entity in Salt Lake County,” said one of the attendees.

“I would fire all of the executives,” said another attendee.

All of the comments in the public comment period were critical. Alex Cragun presented a petition asking for more bus service. A number of comments referred to the unfavorable audit of UTA released Tuesday by the Utah State Legislature.

Some of those in attendance at the board meeting objected to the $402,000 annual salary paid to UTA General Manager Michael Allegra as well as other big salaries for top executives. According to the audit, top managers often receive as much as $30,000 a year in bonuses.

The UTA says they are improving and will work on more bus service. UTA officials say taking criticism is part of their job.

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(KUTV) St. George Police think weather could have played a part in a fatal accident Wednesday.

The fatal accident happened early Wednesday morning following a series of rain and lightning storms on Tuesday night.  The storms brought some flood damage to homes and city streets. 

Police say debris left by the storm may have been a factor in the fatal crash.

"About 6:30 this morning we were called to a crash. We came out here on Highland Drive and found that a cement pumper truck had actually come westbound on Red Hills Parkway," said Sgt. Craig Harding with the St. George Police Department. "He came around the curve and he lost traction, went into oncoming lanes of traffic and hit the side of a pickup truck that was eastbound."

The driver of the pickup was found dead. The other two involved with the accident were taken to the hospital.
 
"The accident reconstruction team is trying to diagram the scene to see if speed was a factor given the muddy road," said Harding.

"We are sure sad and our hearts do go out to the family of the fellow who died in that accident this morning," said Pike.

City crews are now cleaning up the mess left by the storm, scrubbing red mud off the roads, sidewalks and parking lots. St. George Mayor Jon Pike says the mud is just a piece of the damage done.

"We had a couple of retaining walls that failed. We had some basements flooded due to window wells in particular," said Pike. "I think we had one home that was hit by lightning even."

Law enforcement even reported a few accidents because of the weather. The water also carried red mud and rocks of all sizes onto roads that were blocks away. A factor that police say might have played into a fatal accident.

The city says it could take a week for crews to clean up the dozens of roads that were hit with mud.

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(KUTV) A Washington County mother who left her 11-month-old baby in a hot car will not be charged in her daughter's death, officials say.

Skyah Suwyn died August 1 after her mother, April Suwyn, left her in a car. Police report Skyah was inside the car for a "substantial period of time" and the temperature outside was 83-89 degrees.

Police forwarded the case to the Washington County attorney's office, where it was decided the mother would not be prosecuted.

Officials say April experienced a lapse of awareness outside of her control and evidence showed she was a loving thoughtful caregiver operating under lack of sleep, stress and a changed routine. The county attorney's office will not be seeking prosecution because an unconscious lapse of awareness is different than an intentional conscious decision to leave a baby in the car.

2News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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(KUTV) Fire crews responded to a report of a 2-alarm fire near 4628 West Skyhawk Dr. in West Jordan early Wednesday morning.

Authorities say the fire accidentally started sometime around 7:30 a.m. at a metal coating business. Investigators say a light in the ceiling and floor assembly over-heated causing the blaze.

Firefighters on the scene were able to extinguish the blaze quickly, but there is no word yet on the estimated damage.

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(KUTV) Police arrested 24-year-old Alicia Marie Englert of Kearns for allegedly putting her two-day-old baby girl in the trash can at her neighbor's house. 

Soon after the investigation started, Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder joined health professionals to remind women that there is a safe and legal way to relinquish a baby if the mother doesn't want the child or feels she can't take care of it.

Utah's Safe Haven Law has been in place since 2001. It allows the mother of a newborn child to leave the baby at any Utah hospital open 24 hours. 

The mother can volunteer information to hospital staff about the birth and her and the father's medical histories. She can also choose to say nothing or even leave the baby at the hospital door without fear of being turned in to police.  

"Mom walks away and that's the end of it," said Al Romeo with the Utah Department of Health. 

Romeo said hospital staff will then tend to the baby's medical needs, while the state takes custody of the baby and immediately begins to find the child a new, permanent home.

Twenty years ago, before the Safe Haven Law existed, Lori Eining, a nurse at Intermountain Medical Center, said her co-workers at another hospital called and said a mother had given birth, then told staff she didn't want the baby.

"She concealed her pregnancy," said Lori of the 19-year-old teen who gave up the baby. 

Lori and her husband were looking to adopt so they happily took the baby boy into their family.

Lori's son is now in college. She hopes other mothers who feel desperate will take advantage of counseling services before pregnancy, or as a last resort, remember the Safe Haven law protects them if they feel desperate. 

For more information about the Safe Haven law, go to www.utahsafehaven.org.

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(KUTV) Burger King is moving to Canada, and financial experts say it's because American taxes are too high.

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch says lowering those taxes would boost America's economy, but the Obama administration says America should extend its taxes overseas.

Utah Sen. Orin Hatch says, "The best way to solve that problem is to reduce corporate tax rates."

The American icon Burger King is moving out of the country and merging with Canadian donut company Tim Horton's. The company says the move is an effort to paying a lower corporate tax rate.

"Our corporate tax rates are the highest in the industrialized world," explained Hatch.

Burger King is just the latest tax immigrant and Hatch says American corporations have as much as three trillion dollars oversees to dodge high American taxes.

"It's not fair, it's not right. The money that they don't pay is paid by some hardworking American families," added Hatch.

President Obama wants to change the law to tax companies' money overseas. 

Hatch says the answer is a lower rate and the change will bring American money home at low rates and make jobs in America.
(CNN) A giant panda slated to be the star of the first-ever live broadcast of the birth of panda cubs has lost the role -- after it was discovered the bear is not pregnant after all, Chinese state media reported.

Not only was it a phantom pregnancy, but zookeepers suspect the panda, Ai Hin, may have been faking it to improve her quality of life, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding told Xinhua on Monday.

Ai Hin, age 6, had shown signs of pregnancy, including a change in appetite, moving less and an increase in progestational hormone in July, according to Xinhua.

But after almost two months, she began acting normally again, zookeepers said.

Experts say pandas sometimes carry on the behaviors associated with early pregnancy after noticing that they get preferential treatment, the news agency reported.

"After showing prenatal signs, the 'mothers-to-be' are moved into single rooms with air conditioning and around-the-clock care," Wu Kongju, an expert at the Chengdu base, is quoted as saying.

"They also receive more buns, fruits and bamboo, so some clever pandas have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life."

The birth of Ai Hin's supposed cub and its progress in its early days, from its first cries to acquiring its distinctive black-and-white fur, were due to be broadcast online to panda lovers in China and worldwide.

Giant pandas are notoriously reluctant to breed in captivity and pseudo-pregnancies are common.

The female is fertile for no more than three days a year, and the time span for a pregnancy is from 80 to 200 days, according to the Chengdu base. Scientists will closely monitor behavioral and physiological signs, but it's often a guessing game.

Even if a pregnancy proves genuine, baby pandas have very low survival rates. According to the Chengdu base, only a third to a half of pandas born in Chinese captivity manage to survive past infancy.

There was good news last month, though, when a panda gave birth to a healthy set of triplets in China's Chimelong Safari Park in the southern city of Guangzhou. The cubs are thought to be the only living panda triplets in the world.

Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland thinks its panda, Tian Tian, could be the next to produce a cub, based on the latest scientific tests, but there are no guarantees.

"It is very likely that we will not know 100% if Tian Tian is pregnant until she gives birth," Iain Valentine, director of giant pandas for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said earlier this month.

As few as 1,600 giant pandas survive in the mountain forests of central China, according to the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in Washington. More than 300 pandas live in zoos and breeding centers around the world, most of them in China.

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(KUTV) The birth mother of an infant found in a Kearns garbage can has been arrested on a charge attempted murder, according to police.

The Unified Police Department has identified the mother as 24-year-old Alicia Marie Englert.

Investigators say Englert discarded the baby girl in a neighbor's trash can at 5303 South 5420 West. They also say the baby was born on Sunday, just two days before she was found in the garbage can. Officials say the baby has not received any medical care or food.

According to a probable cause statement released Tuesday night, Englert admitted to discarding the baby in hopes it would die. Investigators say she also admitted to being afraid to tell her parents about the being pregnant and thought throwing the baby away would solve her problems.

Police discovered the baby in the garbage can at around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The baby is currently being treated at Primary Children's Hospital and is in extremely critical condition. Officials say the baby is in protective custody pending further investigation.

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(KUTV) The Bureau of Land Management is looking for input on whether it should place a temporary ban on rope swinging and other activities on Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges on BLM land.

Video of the giant rope swing beneath the Corona Arch went viral and helped propel the sport.

Now the BLM is considering a two year ban on not just rope swinging, but all roped activities including rappelling and climbing.

The BLM is concerned the activities may disturb people in neighboring areas.

Anyone interested in the proposal is asked to read the environmental analysis, which has been completed to help people make an informed decision.

People have until September 25 to give the BLM their input on the ban, submit your written comments to Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office, Attn. Katie Stevens, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, Utah 84532 or email to blm_ut_mb_comments@blm.gov

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(KUTV) An audit of the Utah Transit Authority raises some serious questions about how the agency spends its money.

The audit was requested by state representatives, who were concerned about the way UTA is managed. The audit reveals that the top brass at UTA are compensated handsomely. General Manager of UTA Michael Allegra has a total yearly compensation package of $402,000 a year. He also has a yearly car allowance of $13,000 a year as well.

Top managers often receive as much as $30,000 a year in bonuses.

Allegra makes significantly more than his peers who hold similar jobs at transportation agencies here in Utah. For example, the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Transportation makes a yearly compensation package of $221,000. The Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports has a total package of $351,000.

The audit also raised questions about how the agency spends the money that is left over after it compensates its top brass. According to the audit, before construction of the Draper Frontrunner project began six years ago, UTA gave its contractor $10 million before any plans had been drawn up or a Cost Benefit Analysis had been drafted. 

"UTA pre-paid 10 million dollars ahead of the project before it was constructed," said audit supervisor Kade Minchey, to a panel of legislators earlier today at the state capitol. 

Minchey told lawmakers that the Draper project stood stagnant for more than two years and UTA decided to hire a different contractor to continue the project. The previous contractor gave back some, but not all of the $10 million, leaving UTA on the hook for $1.7 million. Allegra says he has talked last week, and he expects to see that money as soon as this week.

The audit also asks big questions about the Jordan Valley Station located in West Jordan. The auditors say UTA selected the contractor, Boulder Ventures, even though the firm had not submitted necessary financial information to the agency. Boulder and UTA went on to develop a $26 million public-private project, which was expected to draw in major development around the TRAX station. Officials say that never happened and auditors suggest the contractor ended up getting an unreasonably superior deal.

Attorneys told the auditors that "The operating agreement gives the impression that UTA is acting more as a funding source than a partner in the project”  and “they say the operating agreement is tipped in the favor of the developer and the risk falls on UTA.

Rep. Greg Hughes, who sits on the UTA board, says the agency has learned from the audit and will make changes.

"Certainly this audit has brought best practices and finding that the board has already implemented and we think makes UTA stronger," said Hughes.

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(KUTV) A man is behind bars after West Jordan police say he drove under the influence and tried to break into a home before attacking officers Wednesday morning.

Reports say around 1:00 a.m. officers were called to 6900 South Center Park Dr. for a possible DUI.

Officers say a driver had crashed into a fence and then left the area. Police found the him a short time later at a nearby home trying to kick the door down.

Officers say he resisted arrest and scratched an officer bad enough to draw blood.

Officers peppered sprayed him in order to take him into custody. He was booked into jail on charges of DUI, attempted residential burglary and assault on an officer.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah's liquor commission has approved a winemaking license for a new winery in the town of Hildale, home to a polygamous sect.

The Utah Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission approved the license for Vintage Reserve Estates on Tuesday.

The winery's owners did not attend the commission meeting.

Abe Kader with the state liquor department says the owners plan to sell wine through state liquor stores and apply for another license to sell the wine on their Hildale property.

The twin Utah-Arizona border towns of Hildale and Colorado City, Arizona, are home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

The sect is a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism, which does not practice polygamy.

Members of the FLDS drink generally alcohol, while members of the mainstream Mormon church do not.

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(KUTV) A Springville man is in jail, accused of ordering drugs from Amsterdam.

Police said a package containing about four grams of cocaine and heroin were shipped to 39-year-old Travis Holman's work in Utah County, but not before arousing suspicion.

The package of drugs first attracted attention in Chicago last Thursday.

"A Homeland Security dog alerted on the package indicating that there was a controlled substance in that package," said Lindon Police Chief Cody Cullimore.

Cullimore said the package was addressed to Holman at his work, Digi International, in Lindon.

"They then shipped it here to us," Cullimore said. "We inspected it, weighed it, field tested it."

Once they determined there were drugs in the package, police said they let the delivery proceed as planned. When Travis Holman signed for the package Tuesday morning at his work, officers were there as well and arrested him.

"He's not cooperating with us in any way," said Cullimore. "He immediately asked for an attorney and he was booked into the Utah County Jail."

Holman is facing two felony charges of drug possession, punishable by years in prison.

"Right now we've got no indication that Digi International, which is the company he worked for, had any knowledge or any involvement from any other employees in this matter," said Cullimore. "We also have some information we developed today that this may not be the first time he's done something similar to this."

Police say they are investigating to see if there were other times Holman allegedly ordered drugs.

"Normally you hear of a lot larger quantities of drugs being shipped in, but we take all drug offenses seriously," said Cullimore. "We want to keep this out of our community."

2News left several messages at Digi International asking about Holman's work there, but no one has returned our calls. Cullimore said he was told Holman is an engineer there and has worked at the company for about nine years.

Holman also has a criminal history, according to online court records. Back in the 1990s, he was found guilty on a slew of charges including forgery, possessing drug paraphernalia, and even felony burglary.

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(KUTV) The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has suspended the license for an Ogden dairy after officials say at least 45 people became sick from drinking contaminated raw milk.

Those who are ill range in age from children to seniors. Cases have been reported from Cache County to Salt Lake County. Experts say they all consumed raw milk from Ropelato Dairy in Ogden.

"The disease is called Campylobacter," says Epidemiologist Kenneth Davis from the Utah Department of Health. "After three days, you usually start with symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting."

Davis says the illness is rarely fatal.

The outbreak is serious enough that the State Department of Agriculture and Food has revoked Ropelato Dairy's license to distribute raw milk until the issue is resolved.

Officials have confirmed that state experts are working with the dairy to discover the source of contamination. A spokesperson with the Department of Agriculture and Food says it may be the result of the utters not being cleaned off before the cows were milked.

"That's why we're involved here, to make sure the steps were adhered to and that the business can stay in business and the customers can be protected," says Larry Lewis with the Department of Agriculture and Food.

Kenneth Davis with the Department of Health says illness associated with raw milk is somewhat common and there are typically two or three outbreaks each year, but this current outbreak is one of the largest they've seen in Utah.

Experts say consumers take a risk by drinking raw, unpasteurized milk

“The reason pasteurization was invented was to protect consumers from the pathogens that are in raw milk," says Lewis.

2News' attempts to reach Ropelato Dairy for comment were unsuccessful.

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(KUTV) Police say a 3-year-old girl who fell out of a second story window of a home and landed on the driveway has been upgraded to good condition and is expected to go home from hospital Tuesday night.

The incident occurred at 14481 Entrada Lane in Herriman. Authorities say the girl awakened from a nap, pushed on a window screen and fell to the driveway Tuesday afternoon.

Police say the girl's mother drove the girl up to a pediatrician's office at 1268 West South Jordan Parkway in South Jordan after the fall. It is unknown at this time why the mother did not call 911 from the fall location.

Medical personnel say the girl was limp and had cuts and bruise when she arrived at the pediatrician's office.

The girl was flown by helicopter in serious condition Tuesday afternoon from the pediatrician's office to Primary Children's Hospital.

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(KUTV) A newborn baby girl is in extremely critical condition after her mother dumped the infant in a neighbor's garbage can in Kearns on Tuesday morning, Unified police said.

Unified Police Detective Jared Richardson says the baby's mother, Alicia Marie Englert, 24, confessed to putting her baby in the trash can two days after giving birth. He says the woman is in the process of being booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on a charge of attempted murder.

The baby is being treated at the hospital and is in protective custody, pending further investigation.

Richardson told 2News about how the baby was discovered Tuesday morning.

"Sometime around 6 this morning is when she placed the baby in the garbage can and left and went to work," said Richardson.

Two next door neighbors heard crying coming from their garbage bin around 7 a.m., but believed the sounds were those of a cat. They soon discovered the baby in critical condition and called 911.

Unified Fire Authority arrived first at the scene near 5300 South 5200 West and transported the baby to Pioneer Valley Hospital by ambulance. A medical helicopter later rushed the baby to Primary Children's Hospital. The infant's condition deteriorated by Tuesday afternoon to extremely critical.

Investigators said the baby is suffering from a lack of medical attention and general care after being born without medical assistance.

A woman who only identified herself as the suspect's sister said she is a "good aunt" and "if she knew she was pregnant, she wouldn't have done that."

Neighbors who have known the mother and her family for years were shocked on Tuesday.

"It's an innocent baby. How she can be [put] in the trash can?" said Adora Levitz, who lives across the street. "All I can say is let's pray for this baby to survive."

Detectives combed through the trash and left the home with bags of evidence. Sheriff Jim Winder expects charges to be filed soon, but, until then, authorities are not identifying the mother.

Sheriff Winder urged mothers who cannot care for their babies to consider Utah's Safe Haven laws, which allow a mother to leave her baby at any medical facility in the state.

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(KUTV) Salt Lake City police are asking for the public's help in locating an elderly man, who has not returned to his residential care facility.

According to a news release from the Salt Lake City Police Department, Kay Snow, 74, was last seen at 3:10 p.m. Saturday when he checked himself out of Green Gables on 1001 N. Featherstone Drive to go to a movie. The facility does not require Snow to check-in regularly, but he received daily medication for physical and mental health conditions there.

Police ask anyone with information about Snow's location to call 801-799-3000.

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(KUTV) Ogden police have arrested Adam Joseph Barney, 23, in connection with the death of a 14-month-old girl found dead at the Western Colony Motel on 24th Street Monday night.

Emergency crews responded to a call concerning a non-responsive 14-month-old child at the Western Colony Inn located near 234 24th Street.

The child succumbed to her injuries and responders determined she had passed away.

The child's mother Kaci Rupert , who was working at a Home Depot call center at the time of the incident,  is devastated by the news. Rupert told 2News reporter Heidi Hatch, "I'm just lost, I don't know what to say or do. I don't know how to move on from this point."

When Rupert left work she had multiple messages from Barney saying the child was unresponsive. She had a friend give her a ride home and that is when officers told her the child had died.

The Division of Child and Family Services was notified due to two additional children in the home ages five and three.  Both children have been removed from the home and are in the care of DCFS.
 
The children were in the care of live-in-boyfriend Adam Joseph Barney, 23, who the mother met at a local LDS church, confessed to striking the child several times and squeezing her substantially.

Police booked Adam Joseph Barney on suspicion of child abuse homicide and two misdemeanor warrants out of Ogden.

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(KUTV) A former school bus driver accused of sexually molesting two 5-year-old special needs girls is out of jail on bail.

According to court documents John Carrell, 56, posted bail on the August 19th.

Police arrested Carrell in May after investigators say they found footage from his bus showing him inappropriately touching the girls.

Carrell, who is on a $250,000 bail, will need to wear an ankle monitor and is not allowed to leave his home.

The next hearing has been set for September.

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) Health officials say at least 45 people have come down sick after consuming raw milk products from a Weber County dairy.

Officials from the Utah Department of Health say they've received nearly three dozen reports of campylobacter infections, which cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting and other symptoms.

All cases have been linked to the Ropelato Dairy, where raw milk samples tested positive for the bacteria. The dairy's license to sell unpasteurized milk was suspended on Aug. 4 pending an all-clear from inspectors.

People reporting the illness range in age from 2 to 74 years old, and started experiencing symptoms between May 9 and July 21.

Health officials urge consumers to be cautious with raw milk, which has not been pasteurized to remove potentially harmful bacteria.

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(KUTV) Cheryl Barlow's husband proudly made a career in the service of his country.

'My husband's been in the military for 30 years," she said.

So when Cheryl found out T-Mobile offers a 15% discount on cell phone bills of veterans and their families, she agreed to renew her contract with T-Mobile and sent in the paperwork to get the discount.

"They faxed it off and said the discount would be on our next bill," she said.

After two bills, however, there was still no discount applied so Cheryl says she went into a T-Mobile store to try and straighten it out. She was told that a different form needed to be filled out.

Cheryl says she filled out the new paperwork, but when the bill came due, again, no discount. So she again appealed to the T-Mobile store where she was told that she needed to apply for the discount online.

So, Cheryl submitted for the discount for a third time, but still, she says it was not applied to her bill.

"I'm sure I'm not alone with this problem," she said.

Frustrated, Cheryl decided to Get Gephardt.

Get Gephardt contacted T-Mobile on Cheryl's behalf through the company's corporate communications department to ask why the advertised discount was not being honored for this military family. A spokesperson refused to answer, writing, "Out of respect for our customers' privacy and financial matters, we will not be providing details to you."

T-Mobile did agree to contact Cheryl, however, and sure enough, Cheryl says she got a call and more importantly, the long awaited military discount.

Cheryl says T-Mobile also credited her account for the 15% discount all the way back to January for $156.

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(KUTV) A young man who shattered his face and tore up his body in a deadly car accident on his LDS mission is making a remarkable recovery.

Brandon Lewis, 19, from the small Summit County town of Francis, was in the back of a pick-up truck in Central America with his companion when it flipped.

His family is calling it a miracle that he survived that crash back in May.

"I had six fractured bones in my face," says Lewis. "I broke four of my teeth. I had road rash all over. I think I'm definitely lucky I shouldn't of made it through that."

In May, Lewis was known as Elder Lewis serving in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

On a Thursday morning on May 22 his mission forever changed when he and his companion of only a week and a half, Elder Angel de Jesus Martinez Campos from El Salvador, got into the back of a pickup truck.       

"Went out to catch the bus to go to a meeting that we had," said Lewis.

The bus never showed, so they decided to hitchhike. That's when two men in a truck pulled over and picked them up.

The two Elders snapped a photo with big smiles on their face. Both were having a great time enjoying the ride when suddenly the truck swerved to miss a motorcycle rider.

"He hit gravel and realizing he hit that the back end started to go out and I thought he might be able to save it,” said Lewis. “Next thing I know I just realize it was going to tip.”

Both missionaries and the passenger where thrown from the truck.

"I remember being sat up on the side of the road. I remember being pretty shocked," said Lewis.

Lewis and his companion were rushed to the hospital. 

"The doctors actually came in and told me that it wasn't looking too good for my companion," said Lewis. 

The next day, Lewis says he learned his companion died through the newspaper. He says no one wanted to tell him.

"It was pretty tough," said Lewis. "I feel really bad and bad for his family, but I just know that he's okay where he's at."

Back home, Lewis' mom couldn't believe what had happened after getting a call from her local church leader to inform her about the accident.

"I was just shocked," said Suzie Grismore-Geddes. "When they said serious, but stable condition at a hospital in Honduras, I'm like that's not okay."

Lewis is in the process of still visiting a plastic surgeon, who plans to do another surgery on his face, this one to help straighten out his broken nose.  He also has still very deep wounds on his shoulder and knee that are healing.  He is also meeting with an Orthodontist to reconstruct his teeth.

By: Dan Rascon

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