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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.

By: Dan Rascon

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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) 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.

Read more about the UTA audit here.

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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

For additional restriction-specific information, contact Beth Ransel at 435- 259-2100

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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.

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(KUTV) Stroke victims in southern Utah now have the some of the best treatment available to them.

Dixie Regional Medical Center has been given advanced certification for primary stroke treatment.

Just last year, nearly 400 people were treated for a stroke and those are just the ones diagnosed.

"This means great stroke care to the local community. We are one of nine hospitals in the state of Utah that have been able to obtain this accreditation."

Dixie Regional Medical Center is now a certified Primary Stroke Care Center.

Specialists like Dr. Luciana DeSeibro, a neurologist, has worked nearly five years to get where they are now and the reward she says was worth the wait.

"It's a very stringent and extensive accreditation that's given by the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association and by Joint Commission," said DeSeibro.

DeSeibro says the hospital has been treating stroke patients for about ten years now and this achievement allows them to step up their game.

"A lot of hospitals do have some portions of care either the acute care or the ability to give some of the medications, but they do not have the full gambit of care that we are able to provide here," said DeSaibro.

The hospital will now provide care interventions, emergency room care, proper medications, ICU and rehabilitation.

Now that the goal has been met, DeSaibro says it's time to move forward.

"We are in the process of yet another lengthy process of trying to obtain a comprehensive stroke accreditation,” said DeSaibro.

DeSaibro says if you or someone you know has a sign of stroke, remember the FAST acronym , which stands for Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties, and Time.

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(KUTV) Several government officials are requesting a big new tax-payer subsidized hotel outside the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

“We lose conventions because we don’t have enough hotel space,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.

Some big conventions fill up all Salt Lake hotel rooms, but others are forced to go to other cities because there is not enough space. Now state, county, and city officials are offering a $100 million tax subsidy to the right private hotel. The process will involve private firms submitting their ideas, the state will pick one, and the company will put up a hotel of 600 to 1,000 rooms.

McAdams say convention attendees will come and bring money.

“They’ll shop, eat at restaurants,” said McAdams. “It will improve the economy.”

The private company will pick the hotel location, but it will be close to the Salt Palace.
(KUTV) For 25 years, Utah schools have seen cuts in property and income taxes, but now legislature leaders say they may approve a proposal to raise a tax.

Many people are wondering what tax exactly will be raised. The sales tax already pays for higher education, highways, and social services.

Officials say it would be hard to squeeze out money for schools.

Many Republicans believe higher income taxes might hurt the economy as well as end tax deductions. These include ending the deduction for charitable giving, the deduction for mortgage interest, or end the person exemption, especially for children.

2News Reporter Rod Decker has a full report. Watch the video above for more information.

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(KUTV) Salt Lake City police are investigating after shots were fired in front of a home near Rose Park late Monday night.

It happened around midnight near a house on the corner of 600 North and Catherine Circle.

Police say a witness saw some people walking west on 600 North and as they were passing a home shots were fired.

It's unclear where the shots came from, but the people who were walking then ran off.

A SUV in front of the home was hit and there may also be some damage from bullets to the house.

Police do not believe the house or anyone there was the target.

If you have any information concerning the incident please call Salt Lake City police at 801-799-3000.
(KUTV) A group of high school students in Park City gathered Monday evening to smash out eating disorders.

They got out the sledgehammers to put a dent in hazardous thinking and unhealthy habits. The event is called Southern Smash.

Experts in media image manipulation called out the fake portrayal of many people -- especially women -- in books and magazines as well as on television. They also said anyone dealing with eating or body issues needs to take a first step on the road to recovery.

With Southern Smash, put on by a national non-profit group, that first step starts with smashing scales. 

"Numbers don't matter and they don't define you," said Jessie Gordon, a 17-year-old senior at Park City High School.

 It has taken Jessie a few years to get to the point where she can confidently say that.

"I got diagnosed with anorexia when I was 12," she said. "I have good days and bad days.”

In the last few years, Jessie has found success. Now, she's sharing her story with others. She was a speaker Monday at her high school's Southern Smash event.

The founder of Southern Smash knows firsthand the danger of eating disorders.

"I struggled with an eating disorder for about 15 years," said McCall Dempsey.

After leaving treatment, Dempsey founded Southern Smash. Now, teaming up with experts, she shares a message of hope and healing with high school and college students across the country.

"We talk about how to really shine a light on the pain and the shame that so many girls and women feel about their bodies," said Lexie Kite, one of the experts who presented to students at Dempsey's event. Kite and her twin sister, Lindsay, have studied this issue for 10 years.

"Photo manipulation and digital manipulation of women happens at every turn," said Kite.

The sisters' goal is to help others struggling with how they think they're supposed to look.

"Focus on a fitness goal. How far are you going to swim?" said Kite. "What can you do that focuses on what your body can do instead of what it looks like?"

Jessie has a goal of becoming a college cheerleader, something she can now accomplish because she got her eating disorder under control. She credits her family with helping make that possible.

 "There were some scary moments where I didn't think everything was going to be okay," said Jessie. "But they told me that it was and they helped me through everything."

The group Southern Smash is on Facebook. You can learn more about what they do there.

The Kite sisters run a non-profit called Beauty Redefined, which is dedicated to helping women discover their true beauty. You can learn more about their work at http://www.beautyredefined.net.

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(KUTV) Two Utah families who lost loved ones in tragic drowning accidents are trying to prevent it from happening to others.

JoAnne Duke lost several family members in a tragic accident a few years ago in Idaho. Four grown men, her brothers, her uncle and a friend, all lost their lives together, because they weren't wearing life jackets.

"It was a prank gone wrong probably, where one person was pushed in the water and everybody followed, trying to help each other out," said Duke.

JoAnne's family is close with the Bradley family, who lost their loved one, Brigham Bradley, in a drowning accident last year on Willard Reservoir.

"If anyone else can avoid feeling what we've felt for the last year and if we can help avoid that, then that's the point," says Jared Bradley, Brigham's brother.

The two families gathered at Willard Bay Monday evening, to install two life-jacket loaner stations. Now, anyone that comes to the reservoir will be able to freely grab jackets, if needed, and are asked to return them when they're finished.

"We want to get the message out that life jackets need to be worn," says Duke. "It's about safety, it's about prevention."

The jacket stations are up, thanks in part to donations from some local companies and the Weber County Sheriff's Office that employed Brigham Bradley.

"With Brigham, with my brother, he wasn't planning on going out on the water so they didn't have [life-jackets]," says Jared. "That's why he didn't have one on, but if this [station] would have been here... well, we wouldn't be here now."

The family also built a life-jacket loaner station at Utah Lake. Although, recently all the life-jackets were stolen from that location. They are asking anyone who borrows the jackets to kindly return them or add to the stockpile so everyone can be equipped on the water.

"Wear it, because it's not about you," says Duke. "Wear it for your family, wear it to go home to dinner tomorrow night, wear it to see your child off to kindergarten."

Utah state law only requires children 13 and under to wear life vests on the water. Adults are required to have them on-board, but wearing them is strictly voluntary.

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(KUTV) The mayor of Park City predicts the potential closure of a major ski resort would not only cripple local businesses but will have a ripple effect beyond the city.

"Losing one third of our resort capacity in Park City is a big deal," Mayor Jack Thomas said. "Not perhaps just Park City, but, given our proximity to Summit County and Salt Lake City, it could impact businesses on the Wasatch Front. That's a grave concern."

Concern that the lifts will stop running at Park City Mountain Resort is growing as the resort and its landlord, Talisker Land Holdings, failed to strike a deal during court-ordered mediation last weekend.

The resort, which has been a staple of the local economy for half a century, missed a deadline in 2011 to renew its long-term lease of thousands of acres of Talisker's land. Resort executives claim it was an honest mistake, but Talisker, which owns nearby Canyons Resort, denied that claim and asked for a rent increase.

PCMR filed a lawsuit against Talisker and received an eviction notice as the bitter court battle ensued.

At a Wednesday hearing, Third District Judge Ryan Harris will consider a bond to keep open PCMR until litigation ends.

Both parties have also requested an extension of mediation talks through the end of the day on Friday, the mayor said.

Meanwhile, Samantha Davis, general manager of Java Cow on Main Street in Park City, fears the effect closed ski lifts would have on her father's business.

"We're a ski town. So, if we're short a mountain, we're short people," Davis said. "I just couldn't even imagine. It would just be weird. There'd be no one."

Nearby, managers of the Prospector Lodge, which relies on PCMR visitors for 80 to 90 percent of its 57 room rentals, are planning ahead to supplement business in case the mountain closes.

Early booking for the upcoming ski season is lower than past years.

"Why book a trip now if you don't know what is going to happen?" said Prospector Lodge General Manager Avinas Nokhai, who believes PCMR's limbo status may have caused the low numbers. "We're kind of bracing for the worst."

The hotel opened in 1978 and recently underwent a $5 to $6 million renovation. A bus service offers a ride from the front of the hotel to the resort.

"That, yes, is our majority bread and butter here," Nokhai said. "If [the deal] goes south, it is going to affect our business."

Mayor Thomas and other city officials have met with both parties on several occasions, he said. He is optimistic they will eventually strike a deal, but, until then, he worries especially about the small, mom-and-pop shops whose owners call him daily.

"There are larger businesses in this community that could probably ride that out, but my concern is that the small businesses - the people that are borderline on the edge of survival - will be knocked out of that realm," Thomas said. "So, to me, it's a concern for the impact to the community, the businesses and the people that live here."

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(KUTV) Emily Iverson was excited to see Barry Manilow at the Maverik Center a year ago July, but like other concert goers she was turned away just minutes before the show was supposed to start.

The concert spent nearly a year officially labeled "postponed," meaning many ticket holders unable to get a refund.

When the show was eventually changed from 'postponed' to 'cancelled' by Manilow, it meant fans like Emily were due a refund.

Emily purchased her ticket through Ticketmaster, which sent her an email reading, "We've automatically refunded your order."

Per Ticketmaster's policy, they refund money the way they received it – in Emily's case it was refunded onto her Southwest Community Credit Union debit card.

That posed a problem for Emily because in the year it took Manilow to officially declare his Utah concert cancelled, Emily had closed that particular Southwest Community Credit Union account.

Emily says she contacted Southwest Community Credit Union to find out what she could do to get her money and was told she needed to contact Ticketmaster and have them issue her a check. But when she contacted Ticketmaster she was told that the money was already sent to the credit union and no check would be issued.

Stuck between two companies refusing to help her actually collect her refund, Emily decided to Get Gephardt.

Get Gephardt contacted both Ticketmaster and Emily's credit union on her behalf. Ticketmaster seemed uninterested in helping their Utah customer. After a spokesperson promised to investigate she then never returned calls. Southwest Community Credit Union on the other hand, did. This time they did in a matter of minutes what no one was able to do for Emily in over a month: find her money which was apparently sitting in her old closed account.

Emily was sent a check from her credit union refunding her the full amount she paid for the concert that never was.

This is not the first time we have reported on a customer that had trouble getting a refund after Barry Manilow abruptly postponed his show. Pam Hanrahan ultimately was able to get a refund from a ticket broker after multiple disputes with her credit card company.

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(KUTV) An anonymous tip concerning missing SWAT team gear led Heber City police to a Magna neighborhood early Monday morning.

Officers served a warrant around 4 a.m. at a home near 2800 S. and 8900 W. Police pulled nine adults from their beds and detained them as they retrieved a stash of weapons and gear.

The gear was stolen after a Heber City officer parked at home in an unmarked car, which was hit over the weekend. By Sunday night, police had a reliable lead.

"Last night around 7 o'clock we received an anonymous tip and our officers have been working hand in hand with Wasatch County, Unified and Unified SWAT," said Xela Thomas with the Heber City Police Department.

Two men from the Magna home are being held on charges related to the burglary of the Heber City officer's car.

The investigation will continue, because items are still missing.

"We are furiously working and investigating, doing everything we can to gather the remaining items," added Thomas.

Officials say the warrant was a dangerous one to serve. Children were in the home, but no one was hurt and everyone involved is said to be cooperating.

Anyone with information on the location of the remaining SWAT gear is asked to call police at (435) 654-3040.

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(KUTV) Sentencing for a Utah doctor convicted of killing his wife was scheduled Monday for a separate case where a jury convicted him of sexually abusing his adult daughter, but it has been delayed for another month.

The defense prompted the delay after they filed a motion in court to dismiss the sex abuse case against Martin MacNeill, 58, saying they have a new piece of evidence that contradicts the victim's testimony.

The victim, MacNeill's daughter Alexis Somers, 31, is not pleased with the delay.

"Just frustrated. I want it to be done," said Somers outside the Provo Courthouse after she learned about the rescheduling. "I was hoping to make my statement as a victim to the court. Have this behind me. It's been seven and a half years. It's been a long time."

A jury found MacNeill guilty of killing his 50-year-old wife Michele by drugging and drowning her in the bathtub in their Pleasant Grove home. His sentencing on the murder is still not scheduled.

"I think on both my mother's murder and the sexual assault, he should be given the maximum penalty - life in prison," said Somers. "He's a harm to everyone."

MacNeill's attorney Randell Spencer filed the motion to dismiss the case because he says the courts are overlooking a key piece of evidence that has gone missing. He says the evidence is the recording of Somer's first interview with police.

Spencer says the interview will clearly show Somers' testimony on the stand does not match what she first told police about what happened.

"It's inconsistent with what she said," said Spencer. "Her first police report that we received says that she accused her father of touching her buttocks and this report indicated that her first report to police, which we hadn't received until trial, she said that her father touched her thigh and her private area."

Somers says there is no reason for the delay.

"It's a waste of tax payers money," said Somers.

Spencer says he has a right to file the motion.

"Our criminal justice system is based upon the notion that we guarantee anyone accused of the crime to be treated fairly," said Spencer.

The new date for sentencing is scheduled for September 15. MacNeill faces up to 15 years in prison on the sex abuse case.

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(KUTV) Salt Lake County and the ACLU announced a settlement Monday for man held in prison without bail due to the suspicion that he was an illegal immigrant.

Salt Lake County paid $75,000 to Enrique Uroza who was held in jail without conviction or bail from June 13 to July 22, 2011.

"We were between a rock and a hard place," said Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder.

The Utah State Legislature passed a law saying sheriffs should try to find out if inmates are illegal and then notify federal immigration agents. In 2011, the jail notified federal agents and they suspected Uroza was illegal. Federal agents issued a hold and the jail held Uroza for 39 days without bail.

The ACLU sued, Salt Lake County settled, and changed the policy for illegal immigrant inmates.

"Under the constitution people have rights and that applies to all people," said John Mejia of the ACLU. "They are to be treated like everyone else."

Uroza was charged with forgery, but those charges were dismissed. No one at this time is saying if Uroza was, in fact, illegal.

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(KUTV) The National Parks Service turned 98-years-old Monday and to celebrate, Zion and all the other 58 national parks in the country let people in for free.

"When I was going to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, I think it was six dollars entry fee and today it's 25 so it's a very big deal," daid Bill Weigel visiting from Arizona.

The word "free" is music to Weigel's ears, especially when the payoff is being able to see the majestic landscape Zion National Park has to offer. The free entry is meant to help everyone celebrate a much larger occasion.

"On this day in 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service establishing our mission as an agency to preserve and protect our natural and cultural resources within the parks," said Michelle Haas, volunteer coordinator with the National Park Service.

Haas says the national parks are some of the most visited hot spots in the Country.

"Today is the 98th birthday of the National Parks Service." Said Haas.

Zion alone is expecting millions of visitors by the end of this year.

 "The idea is to invite people who maybe haven't had a chance to get into the parks. To get in for free and experience it." Said Haas.

Hiking, biking, climbing and camping some great activities that people can experience at all the National Parks. For those who could not make it for the free entry day on Monday, there will be more opportunities.
"The National Park Service has approximately ten days a year that are considered fee free days. They honor key people or just celebrations," said Haas.

Weigel says he hopes the agency grows and future generations see the beauty people are fortunate in seeing today.

"I wish we had more national parks," said Weigel.

Haas says these fee free days really highlight some of the smaller national parks such as Pipe Spring and Cedar Breaks. The next free entry day is coming up on September 27, which is National Public Lands Day.

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FORT LEE, Va. (AP) A commanding general at a Virginia Army base says a soldier with a gun barricaded herself in an office, then shot herself in the head as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her.

Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons says the soldier went on a rampage in the office, throwing objects. Fort Lee temporarily went on lockdown while she was barricaded on the third floor of the four-story building that is headquarters for the Army's Combined Arms Support Command. Lyons says about 1,100 people were inside the building.

The Army did not identify the soldier or give her condition. She was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. No other injuries were reported.

Lyons says she's a sergeant 1st class who's been in the Army for 14 years and at Fort Lee for three. He says her gun wasn't a service weapon.

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(KUTV) Representative rob bishop defends a house republican immigration bill, but deadlock seems likely to continue in congress.

Just before leaving Washington, House republicans passed two immigration bills.  One of them deals with the tens-of-thousands of children who have come without their families mostly from Central America.

Utah Congressman Rob Bishop approves of an immigration bill that passed the House just as representatives were leaving for their August recess.

On an almost party line vote, house republicans voted to hire more judges who would make a first cut on the tens of thousands of immigrant children now in federal shelters. Judges could say children do not qualify for asylum.
President Obama and democratic senators say the bill is too harsh, and has little chance to pass in the senate, but Bishop thinks the Senate may agree eventually.

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(KUTV) Police say a female body which was found dead at an Ogden motel Monday evening.

At around 6 p.m., officers were called to the Western Colony Motel on 24th Street. They found the dead body upon arrival.

The cause of death is still under investigation.

Police say they are waiting for autopsy results before they release any more information.

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

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(CNN) Ten-year-old Noah Cordle kicked off his summer vacation by dipping his toes into the Atlantic Ocean, only to make an ancient discovery when a sharp object hit his foot.

"It felt like a crab, so I jumped backward," said Cordle, who was vacationing with his family in Beach Haven.

But it wasn't a crab, or a mussel shell as he deduced it might be next, after seeing its black color.

It was an arrowhead -- one that an area expert says dates back to the Paleoindian period, approximately 8,000 to 11,000 years ago.

"A couple of people told us they didn't think it was real," Noah's mother, Andrea Cordle, said of the find, which she described as being about 2½ inches long and black with a small fleck of orange along a ridge on its side.

Andrea and her husband, Brian Cordle, turned to Greg Lattanzi, the assistant curator at the Bureau of Archaeology and Ethnography at the New Jersey State Museum.

Lattanzi, who said the museum has a collection of more than 20 similar arrowheads -- more technically termed projectile points -- called Noah's find "rare."

He said that most similar arrowheads have been excavated from archaeological sites in the northeastern United States rather than washing ashore.

After examining the arrowhead under a microscope, Lattanzi said it appears to be made of Jasper and Chert stone and was probably attached to a spear and used for hunting.

The Cordles, who live in Lorton, Virginia, say they plan to hold on to their treasure for a while before finding it a permanent home.

"It's really cool, but we're not collectors," Andrea Cordle said. "We're going to donate it."

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(KUTV) Earthquake experts predict Utah's "big one" any day now. As Northern California deals with the aftermath of its biggest earthquake in decades, Utah's emergency managers are prepared for a similar disaster, or worse.

The Wasatch Front has not experienced a 6.0 earthquake in nearly 40 years, but an earthquake of that magnitude is expected in the region every 50 years. A quake in 1975 rattled Malad, Idaho but did not cause much damage because of the low population and infrastructure.

Models also show the entire state of Utah is overdue for a 6.0, or even 7.0 earthquake any day now. A 5.8 quake struck St. George in 1992.

"We're due for about every level of earthquake," said Bob Carey, Earthquake Program Manager and Operations Director at the Utah Division of Emergency Management. "We've been very quiet, and it's disconcerting, because the longer we go without one means we're closer to it."

In fact, Utah's emergency managers are working with FEMA on a catastrophic plan for a 7.0 quake in Utah. A 7.0 earthquake on the Salt Lake City segment of the Wasatch fault would be a 12-county event, Carey said, directly affecting about 80 percent of Utah's population.

"We could expect to see 2,500 deaths from that. Serious injuries would be somewhere around 1,200," Carey said. "Minor injuries would be double that."

Residents of Utah and along the Wasatch fault are urged to keep emergency supply kits of food, water, clothes and medical supplies for at least 72 hours but preferably to last a week.

The Division of Emergency Management has more tips for earthquake preparedness on their website. (Click here)

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WILLARD, Utah (AP) Authorities say a 15-year-old boy and a 66-year-old woman are dead after their vehicle was broadsided over the weekend in Box Elder County.

Deputies say the crash happened about 5:30 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in Willard.

Investigators say a 2006 Toyota Tundra hit the vehicle, and the two victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The woman has been identified as Ruth P. Nelson, but the teen's name has not yet been released.

The 31-year-old driver of the Tundra was taken to Brigham City Community Hospital for minor injuries, but was later released.

Police say the crash is under investigation and is expected to be forwarded to the Box Elder County Attorney's Office so prosecutors can screen it for possible charges.

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(KUTV) A man wanted for leading police on a high-speed chase in Murray and ramming a patrol car was captured Sunday night, authorities said.

The Unified Police Department said Jorge Zambora, 20, was taken into custody after hours of searching.

Shortly before 2:30 a.m. Sunday, an officer at 7800 S. State Street in Midvale attempted to pull Zambora over in a white Chevrolet Tahoe that matched the description from several robberies, Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said. The suspect fled northbound, leading officers on an 11-minute pursuit that reached 80 miles per hour at times.

About halfway into the chase, the suspect crashed into a patrol car.

"As our officer was getting ready to perform the PIT maneuver, that suspect intentionally turned and rammed our vehicle," Hoyal said. "There was some extensive damage that was done to the police car."

The suspect continued to evade police, before finding himself at a dead end in an apartment complex at 100 West Fireclay Ave., in Murray. There he abandoned the vehicle and ran.

"The suspect went over the curb, went through a vinyl fence and into a dirt area, over an embankment and came to rest near the railroad tracks," Hoyal said. "Following that stop is when the suspect fled."

Officers interviewed two other people who had been in the suspect's vehicle but let them go. Investigators do not believe they aided the suspect in any crimes.

Investigators found ammunition in the suspect's vehicle but no weapon.

Officers searched on foot with K-9s for at least two hours but could not immediately locate the suspect.

Zamora had at least eight warrants out for his arrest, involving a past evasion charge, possession of drugs and theft, Hoyal said.

A truck towed from the scene the rammed patrol car and another officer's car that became disabled while chasing the suspect through dirt and onto a berm.

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(KUTV) It started with cars, 270 of them this year, and ended with the specialized bikes and trikes for young patients at Shriner's Hospital in Salt Lake City Sunday. "Kruisers for Kids" hosted its 20th annual charity car show last weekend in Midvale and today they took their proceeds and their beautiful cars right up to the front door of the hospital.

"It's always hard to feel like people can give, but they continue to give every year," event organizer Karen Jensen told 2News reporter Amy Nay Sunday after presenting a check to Shriner's for $21,012.35, "Even more have been handing me money here in the parking lot, so that total will get even higher, but this should do a lot of good."

For the past 20 years, car enthusiasts from across the Wasatch Front and beyond have been raising money for the young patients, in an effort to give them the opportunity to feel that freedom on the road.

"Any money we raise for any organization like this is well worth this," said Larry Kerr, who along with his wife Sheree have been bringing their 1968 Mustang Shelby GT-350 out to take part in Kruisers for Kids events for years, "Ah, to see their faces light up. Just all smiles a and it helps them forget about their troubles a bit."

Young Fidel, a patient at Shriner's, showed off his new adaptive trike Sunday, driving it around and around the parking lot to applause.

"Oh, to see him ride and not want to get off. His big smile! It makes it all worth it," Jensen told 2News.

"It's wonderful. To help out the kids. Just reaching out to the community. Seeing the smiles on their faces and the bikes that they get - it's wonderful," said driver Rudy Vanderniet of Holladay.

And the kids, like 11 year old Taylor who suffers from Neurofibromatosis and recently underwent another surgery to replace rods in her neck, loved getting outside to see the beautiful cars and even handed out car fresheners to the drivers as a thank you.

The kids come out and make our day and remind us what it's all about,a Jensen said.

All the proceeds from the Kruisers for Kids fundraiser goes toward the adaptive bikes and trikes that will now be custom made for patients. They are said to range in price from about $900 to $2,000 a piece. Once the kids leave the hospital, the bike can come home with them as a part of their therapy.

For more information on the program and on how to get involved, here is their link: Click Here

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(KUTV) Authorities in Weber County are investigating a suspicious death that occurred in South Ogden, officials said Sunday.

Police received a call just before 11 a.m. Sunday about a person with a medical problem at approximately 666 E. 4500 S. in South Ogden. When officers arrived, they discovered that a man had died there and processed the scene until around 5 p.m.

Although officials said the incident was initially a medical issue, they said the man's death is suspicious. However, police did not immediately reveal details of the death, nor did they explain why detectives believe it to be suspicious.

South Ogden police are investigating the incident and said more details will be available soon.

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(KUTV) Two missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who were found dead in Taiwan this weekend died from carbon monoxide poisoning, authorities have reportedly confirmed.

According to the Taipei Times, investigators found that a faulty indoor gas water heater inside the missionaries' apartment caused a release of the deadly gas.

There were no suspicious circumstances and the case has been closed, officials reportedly said.

Connor Thredgold, 19, of Springville, had been serving his mission since March. Yu Peng Xiong, 24, from Taiwan, had been serving since March 2013. Both were found dead inside their apartment on Saturday after other missionaries reported them missing.

A Wells Fargo Bank account will be set up on Monday, called the Connor Thredgold Memorial Fund.

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(KUTV) A stolen vehicle authorities believe was taken by a thief in Heber City this weekend, who also took police equipment from an undercover SWAT vehicle, was found on Sunday in Salt Lake City, officials said.

The tan 1998 Toyota Corolla was stolen overnight Friday in Heber City. Authorities believe it may have been taken by the same person who had broken into an unmarked SWAT vehicle in the area and stole several items, including a police badge, pistol, shotgun, SWAT uniform, body armor and an AR-15 assault rifle.

Officials said the SWAT vehicle was locked and parked in front of an undercover officer's house when it was burglarized.

The stolen Toyota was discovered Sunday in the area of 1700 S. Pearl Avenue (900 W.) in Salt Lake City, officials said. Detectives from Heber City processed the vehicle for evidence, but so far none of the stolen police equipment has been recovered.

Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to contact the Heber City Police Department at (435) 654-1411.

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(KUTV) Search crews on Sunday recovered the body of Vernal resident Leona Jean Rowley, 37, from along the Green River in Eastern Utah, where she disappeared while on a fishing trip with her husband, officials said.

The woman was fishing with her husband in the Horseshoe Bend area of the Green River in Uintah County, located approximately 150 miles east of Provo.

Her husband told authorities that he moved to another spot on the river Saturday night, and when he returned he found his wife missing. Apparently, the river bank she had been fishing on had caved in.

Search and rescue crews spent Sunday searching for the woman and eventually located her body. No foul play is suspected and an autopsy will determine the cause of death.

The woman has not yet been identified.

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PRICE, Utah (AP) Park officials and Carbon County Sheriff's deputies have recovered the body of a 33-year-old Herriman man who went missing Saturday evening while boating on eastern Utah's Scofield Reservoir.

Deputies say Jaran Cruz's body was pulled from the water early Sunday after it was found about 100 feet from the shore.

The state medical examiner is expected to conduct an autopsy.

Cruz was fishing with two men Saturday evening when their 14-foot canoe overturned on the reservoir's north end.

One man stayed with the boat as another man made it safely to shore.

Several nearby boaters tried to assist Cruz but could not find him.

Deputies say the men were not wearing life jackets.

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(KUTV) A woman was killed in a late night motorcycle accident near 5600 West and 6200 South in Kearns on Saturday, police said.

Unified police say a red Chevy Cruze was attempting to make a left turn in the intersection when it was hit by a gray Pontiac Grand Am going straight in the opposite direction.

"We know that at least one of the occupants on the motorcycle was wearing a helmet. Right now we don't know which one was wearing the helmet but that's one of the things we're going to be looking at as the investigation is ongoing," said Lt. Justin Hoyal from the Unified Police Department.

A motorcycle behind the Grand Am then hit the accident. The female passenger on the motorcycle died at the scene and the 23-year-old man driving the motorcycle was flown to Intermountain Medical Center. He is now in critical but stable condition.

A 53-year-old woman driving the Pontiac was also taken to a local hospital, but is expected to be okay.

Officers are investigating if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

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(KUTV) Three missionaries serving in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints died Saturday. Two of the missionaries were from Utah - Connor Benjamin Thredgold of Springville and Nancy Ann Vea of West Jordan, both 19.

The Vea family issued a statement after their daughter succumbed to her injuries sustained Friday in a car crash in Oklahoma. In Springville, the Thredgold family held a press conference to share memories of their loved one.

"Connor is a fine young man. He is a righteous young man," the Thredgold's Stake President Blake Rapier told members of the media gathered in front of the Thredgold home Saturday.

"Connor was a wonderful son, brother and uncle," family spokesperson Tom McHoes said, "He loved life and was a good friend and helper to those in need."

Connor's mother Cindy Thredgold said through her tears, "He wanted to do this. He wanted to make his family proud. He was just so truly happy doing what he was doing."

Her husband Greg Thredgold also said he was comforted knowing that his son was doing what he wanted to do be doing and something he had worked hard to be able to do, raising money in the months leading up to his mission by working a number of jobs and reworking computers and  electronics.

"Connor just never smiled that big," father Greg told the media Saturday, "Every photo he sent home, he's just so happy. Every letter he wrote back said how he loved the people there in Taiwan and how they loved him. We'd get pictures and say he just looked so truly and genuinely happy serving The Lord."

Connor had only been in the mission field six months, and in Taiwan for 3, when the LDS church says he and his companion, Elder Yu Pieng Xiong, 24 of Taiwan, were found dead in their apartment. No foul play reported, but a church spokesperson would not go further into a cause of death, simply to say it was under investigation.

The Thredgold family expressed their gratitude from what they called an outpouring of support already from their church family and entire community of Springville. They also expressed their condolences to another family - the Veas of West Jordan - also mourning the loss of a child. Through their family spokesperson, saying "Our thoughts are prayers are with their family."

The Vea family issued a statement Saturday reading in part, "As a family, our hearts are broken at the death of our beloved daughter, sister, and granddaughter. Her large family and her many friends will miss Nancy terribly, but we find comfort in knowing that she is in the arms of a loving Savior."

The family went on to say that Nancy had chosen to serve a mission as a way of giving back after receiving so many blessings in her life. Her family chose to donate her organs, saying they know she would have wanted to help others, even in her death.

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(KUTV) Authorities on Saturday evening arrested a man who attempted to escape police by jumping into the Jordan River, officials said.

Police said officers attempted to stop the man in the area of 1600 West and 1700 South. Instead of surrendering, officials said the man escaped capture by jumping into the river. As the man remained in the water, officers negotiated with him for about an hour and-a-half.

Eventually, the man's brother arrived at the scene and persuaded him to surrender. The man was taken to the hospital for evaluation and possible hypothermia treatment.

Authorities said they earlier received reports that the man was harassing women in the area. When officers arrived, they say that's when he ran and jumped into the river.

Charges are pending against the man.

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(KUTV) Hundreds of Southern Utah University students are celebrating the beginning of fall semester with an Ice Bucket Challenge.

More than a thousand members of the SUU freshmen class participated, along with university President Scott Wyatt.

Before getting doused in an effort to raise money and awareness for ALS he challenged students as well as the presidents at all of Utah's other universities.

For more information on the Ice Bucket Challenge visit: www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html

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(KUTV) A new Salt Lake City sandwich shop is putting its own spin on the classics a like Sloppy Joes and grilled cheese a 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 didnat 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) Two people in Box Elder County are dead after their car was broadsided by a pickup truck late Saturday night, police said.

It happened at 750 north Main Street in the town of Willard, where officials say a 15-year-old boy from Salt Lake County and a 66-year-old woman from Box Elder County were pronounced dead at the scene.

The 31-year-old driver of the pickup truck was treated for minor injuries.

Officials say the accident is currently under investigation.

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(KUTV) The woman who drank toxic tea at a Dickey's Barbeque was released from the hospital Saturday.

Jan Harding, 67, left University Hospital Saturday morning. Harding had been receiving treatment since August 10 when she drank sweet tea accidentally mixed with a cleaner.

Police have finished their investigation. Officials submitted their findings to the district attorney's office, which is now reviewing the case.

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(KUTV) Five homes were evacuated in Kearns near 6200 South and 4260 West on Saturday evening, after what appeared to be an explosive device was found there.

According to police, officers were moving in to make an arrest when the suspicious device was spotted on a wall inside a garage.

Homes immediately around the area were evacuated, and other residents in the neighborhood were asked to not leave their homes until the situation was resolved.

Fire officials responded to the scene, and ultimately discovered that the device was not an explosive.

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(KUTV) Authorities in Heber City were placed on high alert after a police SWAT vehicle was burglarized overnight Friday.

Police said the thief broke into the vehicle and stole several items, including a badge, body armor, a SWAT uniform and several firearms -- including an AR-15 assault rifle. Other police equipment is also missing, officials said.

After breaking into the SWAT vehicle, the thief burglarized another car nearby and stole a tan 1998 Toyota Corolla, police said. Authorities are on the lookout for that tan Toyota, which has a mismatched red trunk and the license tag C79-1PC.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Heber City Police Department at (435) 654-1411.

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