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(KUTV) Several families were forced out of their homes overnight as fire rages on the east side of Springville.

The fire broke out at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday in the hills above 2080 E. Canyon Rd.

Fire crews from five agencies responded to the fire: Springville, Utah County, Mapleton, Spanish Fork and Salem.

At least 10 homes were evacuated and 40 were told to be ready to leave if necessary.  Officials say the fire was burning toward homes in the Spring Creek area but crews were able to stop the flames with no property loss.

Wind has since shifted and the fire has moved away from those homes. It is now about 1500 yards from the nearest structure and is moving toward the Hobble Creek Canyon area.

Thirty-five firefighters are on scene and air support is expected to help efforts.

Officials say the fire was sparked by teenagers playing with sparklers. The teens reportedly called for help but the blaze spread rapidly.

"The land up there is tinder dry" said Lt. Dave Caron of the Springville police. "You can feel a little bit of a breeze and that little bit of breeze will take that fire and just move it faster up the side of the mountain."

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(KUTV) A man has died after being shot by police in Millcreek Saturday morning.

It happened at an apartment complex near 365 E. Woodlake Cove where officers were called to a domestic violence situation.

“All of a sudden I heard a bunch of gunshots going off and it was really scary” said witness Janice Trujillo “I saw a bunch of cops running this way so I went in the house and had my kids hit the floor.”

The suspect Nicholas Lister, 31, was allededly combative so officers set up a containment around the apartment and talked to him from outside.

“The suspect, however, insisted that he was going to come out of his home with a firearm” said Sherriff Joe Winder of Unified Police “Our officers tried to convince him not to do that multiple times.

Lister did come out with a shotgun and police say he fired at officers. They returned fire and Lister died on the scene.

No officers were injured.

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(KUTV) The man involved in the 2-alarm fire at his Draper home has died.

Paul Broadhurst, 40, died at University Hospital's burn unit late Friday evening from injuries sustained in the gas explosion that ignited a fire at his residence. He fell from the second story window with serious burns.

Broadhurst's brother Ryan Dickson issued this statement. "Our family is grateful to emergency medical personnel and health care providers who assisted Paul on Friday. We ask for privacy as we grieve the loss of our family member."

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(KUTV) The Levan fire burning in Central Utah has grown to over 3,000 acres.

More than 100 firefighters are working to control the blaze. It is only five percent contained.

The flames caused evacuations Thursday but those families were able to return to their homes a few hours later. The highway nearby had to close for a time but has since reopened.

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(KUTV) The Unified Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting Friday evening at an apartment complex near 360 East and 4055 South in Millcreek.

No injuries have been reported, according to Unified Police Department Public Information Officer Justin Hoyal.

The shooting is still under investigation at this time.

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

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(KUTV) Firefighters are working to put out a blaze which started Friday afternoon in Summit County and an evacuation order placed earlier on more than 200 homes in the area has been lifted.

The fire is located in The Rockport Estates area of Wanship. It started Friday afternoon, causing hundreds of people to evacuate. As of 10:15 p.m. Friday, the fire was 45 percent contained and burned about 120 acres.

This same place caught fire last year, destroying more than a dozen homes. That brought a eerie sense of deja vu for a lot of people at Rockport Estates as the latest fire sparked.

"I've got my dogs up there, my two Labrador retrievers," a desperate Vicki Peppler pleaded with a Utah Highway Patrol officer blocking State Road 32 into Rockport Estates.

"We're not allowing anybody up there," responded the officer.

"I'm begging you," said Peppler, who lives on Crestview Drive. "This happened to me last year."

"We're not allowing anybody up there," the officer reiterated.

"Very sad, very sad," said Peppler as she stepped back to her car. "We've had this whole thing happen again. Not sure if I want to live at Rockport anymore."

The fire apparently sparked in a yurt -- basically a giant tent. David Chec lives right where it happened.

"Grabbed the phone to call 911, looked out the window again and saw complete walls of flames that was surrounding the guy's yurt," Chec said.
He, his wife, and his son got out quickly. They grabbed cameras, hard drives, and their fire box. It's a routine they've perfected after last year.
"We were out quicker and with less stress," said Chec. "We just shrugged our shoulders and said, what can you do."

Summit County Sheriff's officers went door to door, sounding the alarm for everyone.

"Because of last year we learned, and we immediately called out search and rescue, called in extra personnel, and that was our priority is, to evacuate," said Sheriff's Captain Justin Martinez.

Meanwhile, crews from several agencies descended on the rural area to fight flames on land and in the sky.

"They've been putting in dozer lines around the fire," said North Summit Fire spokesman Tyler Rowser. "We've had the helicopters and air tankers in. That helps slow down the progress of the fire."

After several hours, one thing was clear -- Rockport Fire part two is not the same as part one.

"This fire is not as rough as last year was," said Rowser.

That is a relief for people having to relive this nightmare.

"Last year was a couple of days of pure hell," said Chec. "This year not so much."

Firefighters say they do not know what caused the original structure fire that led to the bigger blaze. They say they will not get to that until they get this fire under control.

The Wanship LDS church was set up as the shelter for Rockport Estate evacuees earlier Friday evening. No one was allowed into Rockport Estates at the time and Utah Highway Patrol blocked access to the community.

This in the second time a fire has occurred in the area in a year. In 2013, 14 homes were destroyed. That fire triggered a major Red Cross response and recovery effort. Firefighters say they have learned their lessons from last year. That is why they were so quick to try to get people out this time around.

By: Daniel Woodruff

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(KUTV) Police are searching for a man they say stole a vehicle and may be carrying a handgun.

According to a news release from the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office, police were involved in a pursuit with 28-year-old Colby Dean Bronson Friday afternoon. They say the suspect was last seen in the Sundance area of Provo Canyon.

According to the news release, Bronson is wanted for vehicle theft and for evading law enforcement. They say he is a convicted felon who was recently released from prison.

Police also say the suspect has fled from police in the past and is known to carry weapons. Deputies believe he may be armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

Anyone with information on the suspect or his whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately.

2News will continue to update this story with more updates as soon as they are available.

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(KUTV) A commercial fire Friday evening in Woods Cross resulted in a total loss for garage door company, Overhead Doors.

Firefighters responded to the business near 2500 S. and 1500 W. just before 5 p.m. and found the building completely engulfed. Thick black smoke was seen billowing from the building from Salt Lake City to Layton.

"We had so much fire through the roof that this was called a defensive fire which means we don't go interior or inside," said South Davis Metro Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Bassett.

A homeowner whose house backs up to the business said the flames were 30 feet high.

"I went to the back door and I could just feel the heat coming through the backdoor. It was very intense," said Toua Strong, who pointed out that the siding to his house had peeled and warped because of the heat.

At least six employees were inside when the fire started, all of them were evacuated safely. Investigators were unable to determine how the fire started while interviewing the employees.

"This is a significant loss. It's a large building. It will take our investigators quite some time to go through it and process it," said Bassett.

By: Chris Miller

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Update: The man involved in this incident has died. Paul Broadhurst, 40, passed away late Friday night.

(KUTV) A man is hospitalized after a gas explosion sparked a 2-alarm fire at a home in Draper Friday morning.

A medical helicopter and multiple ambulances were called to the home at 15091 S Junction Cir. (235 E.) shortly after the explosion at 7 a.m. The medical helicopter airlifted the man to a nearby hospital.

The sound from the explosion rocked the Draper neighborhood and many of the residents in the area told 2News about their experience.

"I was getting out of the shower and we heard an explosion and the whole house shook," said neighbor Ryan Hawley.

Shortly after the explosion, neighbors carried the body of the man to Hawley's front yard.

"He was definitely in shock," Hawley said. "He was shaking a bit. He was burned badly across all his body."

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

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(KUTV) Two young women were killed and three others injured in an accident local authorities say could have been avoided.

The Utah County Sheriff's office confirmed with 2News Friday that they are investigating Thursday's deadly crash as a possible DUI after an open container was found in the vehicle police believe swerved into oncoming traffic and caused the accident. It is an accident leaving family, friends and neighbors saddened and frustrated.

"It's just sad to hear that something like that happened to her," Katie Bench said of her neighbor Katie (Catherine) Hancock, 15. "She was so young and such a pretty girl and it's sad."

Police say Hancock of Eagle Mountain was riding as a front seat passenger Thursday with her father at the wheel and two young brothers in the back seat, all in seat belts, when a Ford Fusion driven by Jennifer Bailey, 28, swerved into their westbound lane on SR-73 near Eagle Mountain.

"It's estimated the force of impact was 130 miles per hour, since we believe both vehicles were driving at or near the speed limit of 65 miles per hour when the crash occurred," Sgt. Cannon told 2News reporter Amy Nay Friday.

Bailey, from Eagle Mountain, was also killed in the devastating crash.
Three were taken to Intermountain Medical Center in serious condition. David Hancock was said to have improved and was discharged Friday. No update on the condition of his two sons, ages 7 and 10, in the back seat. Police say their injuries were non-life threatening.

In the Rock Creek subdivision where the Hancock family resides, friends and neighbors left messages of support and flowers on their front doorstep.

Bench told 2News, "It's hard to hear when you hear of accidents, but when you hear that it was something so close to home like a neighbor it's harder."

By: Amy Nay

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(KUTV) Three wildfires are burning in the Dinosaur National Monument as of Friday, July 25.

According to Don Johnson, the public affairs officer for Dinosaur National Monument, a 15-acre fire is burning near Island Park, a 25-acre fire is burning near Hog Canyon and a tree is on fire near Blue Mountain.

The fires are not near developed areas of the monument. Johnson says he does not believe rich fossil sites or cultural artifacts were in the fire area, but it is still early and officials are trying to accurately map the fire.

Firefighting efforts are gearing up and expecting some smoke-jumpers in the area.

There are no evacuations or injuries at this time.

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

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(KUTV) The controversial "Common Core Curriculum" has some critics wondering if the federal government wants to take control of education standards in Utah schools.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has already asked the attorney general to review the program and more politicians are now getting involved.

"We must monitor and limit the role of the federal government in education," said Senate President Wayne Niederhauser.

Utah sent its math and English standards, that is what kids should learn in each grade, to a consortium of states that said Utah standards are good. Some Utahns, however, including some Utah politicians fear the federal government may use this common core to take over Utah education.

"The biggest drawback with common core is the involvement of the federal government," said Sen. Niederhauser.

Last week, Gov. Herbert called for the attorney general to make sure Utah keeps control of Utah schools and does not fall for a federal takeover. President Niederhauser says there will likely be bills and a debate on common core when the legislature meets.

State School Superintendent Martell Menlove says Utah has good standards now, and politicians should not change them.

"I'm hesitant to change standards that will help our kids succeed in school and in career," said Menlove.
 
Gov. Herbert notes almost everyone involved wants to keep the federal government out of Utah schools, but they still want good workable standards.

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(KUTV) Officials are investigating possible connections in a number of robberies in the Salt Lake Valley in the past two days.

According to Sgt. Dan Roberts with the West Jordan Police, three fast food robberies occurred in West Jordan fairly close together Thursday night. The first robbery occurred at a business called Sconecutter, located at 6149 S. Cougar Ln. around 9:45 p.m. The second robbery occurred just 15 minutes later at the Little Ceasar's located at 6179 S. Cougar Ln. The third robbery occurred at the Arctic Circle located at 3365 W. 7800 S. around 10:15 p.m. All of the robberies appear to involve the same potential suspect.  The suspect was described as a white male, 5 feet 5 inches, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and had a long dark wig covering the front of his face. Officials say the man brandished a handgun in each robbery.

The Unified Police Department says a robbery occurred at a Taco Bell located at 5534 W. 6200 S. in Kearns around 9:51 p.m. Thursday. The suspect entered the business, lifted up his hooded sweatshirt, revealed a handgun to the cashier and demanded money. The suspect fled in a Black Honda sports car with a spoiler headed westbound on 6200 South. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 11 inches, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with green lettering and blue jeans. The suspect in the Taco Bell robbery, like the West Jordan suspect, had a brown wig covering his face. Officials say they saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect's shortly after the robbery. There was a short pursuit, but it was terminated due to concern for public safety. Unified Police are unsure whether this was the suspect's vehicle, but it matched the description.

The final robbery occurred in Salt Lake City at the Health Care Credit Union located at 769 S.E. Temple St. Friday morning. No weapons were used in the robbery and no arrests were made. Suspect information is not available at this time due to detectives processing the scene and working to gather information.

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(KUTV) The gates are open and thunder over Utah has officially started.

After the first day of ear shattering entertainment, people caught a glimpse of what is to come this weekend. Like all performances, sometimes things do not go as planned.

 "Look there's the blue angels,” said 10-year-old Benji Anderson as he and his family drove to the St. George Municipal Airport.

 For some spectators though, it is the prestige that the pilots have that attracts them to these shoes.

"These people are so disciplined in their actions," said Kenneth Tuttle..

Staff Sgt. Mike Koch says all he needs is a little gravity.

 "It's just falling through the air and the freedom you have in the air,” said Koch. “How peaceful it is when you open the parachute. There's nothing wrong."

 Koch is a member of the Golden Knights, which is made up of over 50 men and women and multiple teams who are experts at maneuvering in the air.

"We fall at about 120 miles an hour for about sixty seconds,” said Koch.

Due to weather Friday, however, there was no jump. Spectators like Kenneth Tuttle we're upset.

"It's disappointing that the weather is such that they won't do it,” said Tuttle.

The KUTV 2 News team got a chance to take to the sky for a birds-eye view. For event goers, there will be plenty of opportunities to see the Golden Knights fly and other acts this weekend.

"You just get so excited to do what you're passionate to do," said Koch.

By: D.J. Bolerjack

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group).
(KUTV) Son Nguyen, 42, was only 15-years-old when his mother hired a smuggler to put him on a boat and get him out of communist Vietnam.

The government in Vietnam jailed Nguyen’s father and took away the family's home. He took the dangerous boat ride to Malaysia where he settled in a refugee camp. Eventually, he made it to Utah where he settled legally as a refugee.

Today, when Nguyen sees pictures of the thousands of children from Latin America now detained at the U.S. Border after failed attempts to cross illegally, he sees a bit of himself. 

"I have to look away,” Nguyen said.  “That is something you will never forget.”

President Obama and members of Congress are in a battle over what to do with the unaccompanied, undocumented children.  Nguyen said the children need help. 

"We can't just put them on a train and send them back or fly them back because they have already been through a lot," he said.  

Nguyen said somewhere the children have parents who were "between a rock and a hard place" when they made the decision to send the minors in search of a safer or better life, away from poverty or violence. 

"They probably lay there at night crying, missing their kids,” said Nguyen. “ They are not heartless, they want their kids to have a better future.”

By: Christina Flores

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(KUTV) Search and rescue retrieved a stranded hiker off the edge of a cliff in up Cascade Peak in Provo Canyon Friday morning.

Ben Keeley, 25, set out on a day hike up Cascade Peak in Provo Canyon around 10 a.m. Thursday.

"I've hiked all the other seven peaks except Cascade," said Keeley. “Probably 6 or 7 when I got up on the peak, so I knew I was running out of daylight," said Keeley.

Keeley ran out of food around 2 p.m. and ran out of water around 7 p.m.

"I tried to kind of take a short cut down a gully and that's how I got stuck up on all those cliffs," said Keeley.

Stuck on a cliff with no way to safely get out, Keeley used his cellphone to call for help around 11 Thursday night.

"They're able to just kind of walk me through and make it feel like they had everything under control , which they did, they did a great job," said Keeley.

The Utah County Sheriff's Office sent two teams of search and rescue volunteers up the mountain to find Keeley.  Crews reached Keeley around 7:30 Friday morning and a Life Flight brought him to safety shortly after.

"On the way down I was able to see all the cliffs I would've had to climb down. I definitely couldn't have climbed down any farther than where I was," said Keeley.

Keeley who researches his hikes ahead of time says finding information on Cascade Peak is difficult.  Keeley says he'll be better prepared next time and he's grateful for those who saved his life.

"A lot of people lose their life in the same situation, especially when it gets dark at night; you think you can make it. You slip and you're gone. It happens all the time," said Lieutenant Wally Perschon.

Keeley was not injured, just a little chilly from spending all night up on the mountain.

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UPDATE: This fire is currently zero percent contained.

(KUTV) Evacuations have been lifted following a wildfire in Levan.

The blaze started Thursday near a dairy farm and is still burning Friday.

The flames have charred up to 700 acres. Crews are using an airplane, helicopters and several engines to keep the fire at bay.

Several homes were threatened Thursday, but none were damaged.

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(KUTV) Police arrested a man during Pioneer Day celebrations at Liberty Park because they say he tried to kidnap a 6-year-old girl.

Officials say Trevor Daniel Merkley, 42, grabbed onto the girl’s shoulder and began to guide her away from her family at about 7:30 p.m.

A family friend saw what was happening and took hold of the girl to stop her from leaving with Merkley.

Police say Merkley continued to try to talk to the girl and convince her to leave her family until he was confronted by one of the girl's adult family member who alerted police.

Merkley was booked for felony child kidnapping.

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(KUTV) An Ogden couple created a new accessory for runners.

It is called the Roo Sport. It is a pocket to keep your keys, phone and anything else a runner needs while they run.

Watch the video above to see how the Roo Sport came about.

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(KUTV) Two 18-year-olds are recovering following being stabbed in Liberty Park Thursday night.

Police say they were called to 600 E. 900 S. around 9:30 p.m. after a group of three teens were arguing, got into a fist fight and one of the teens stabbed the other two.

Both victims were taken to the hospital and their conditions have stabilized.

Officers say the 20-year-old teen thought to have done the stabbing did get away but gang investigators know the suspect and are actively searching for him.

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(KUTV) Two house fires connected to fireworks forced eight people from their homes in Ogden Thursday night.

The first was at 118 N. Childs Ave. just after 10:00 p.m. Firefighters say fireworks set bushes ablaze then spread to the home.

The fire caused about $30,000 in damages and a cat had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The second fire broke out at 869 E. 1325 N. around 10:30 pm.

Firefighters say fireworks placed in the garbage started flames that then spread to the garage.

All six people living in that home made it out safe but the garage is a total loss.

The six people who live in the home will be staying with family while repairs are made.

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(KUTV) The "Anaconda Fire" that threatened homes in Tooele County Monday is 95 percent contained.

The lightning-sparked fire burned over 1,140 acres.

A fire crew will continue to patrol the burn area for hot spots but most firefighters will be reassigned to other fires.

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(CNN) French forces secured the site of a crashed Air Algerie flight in Mali, and found one "black box" but no survivors, French President Francoise Hollande said Friday.

Wreckage of the jet was found in a "disintegrated state" in Mali, he said, making it the third major international aviation disaster in recent days.

"There are unfortunately no survivors. I share the pain of the families who are living a horrible ordeal," he said. "They will be welcomed to the Foreign Ministry Saturday to be given all the latest information."

Airline authorities said Flight 5017 was carrying 116 people when it took off early Thursday from Burkina Faso to Algeria.

Less than an hour into the flight, it disappeared from radar after changing its flight path because of bad weather, officials said.

"What we already know is that the debris from the plane is concentrated in a limited area, but it's still too early to draw conclusions," Hollande said.

"There are hypotheses around -- notably that it was to do with the weather. But we are ruling nothing out because we want to know everything."

The plane's wreckage was found in Mali's Gossi region, not too far from the border with Burkina Faso, according to the French President.

Radar contact with the plane was lost 50 minutes after takeoff from the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou, authorities said. The jet was supposed to arrive later that day at Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers. Mali is between the two nations.

Air Algerie said the plane was carrying 110 passengers and six crew members, but Hollande gave a different number.

"My thoughts go to the 118 victims, those close to them and their families," he said.

It was unclear why the President and the airline gave different numbers.

France had 51 of its nationals aboard the plane, the highest number, the President said.

The plane's departure country of Burkina Faso had 24 people aboard, the airline said, while Lebanon had eight.

The passengers also included six Algerians; five Canadians; four Germans; two from Luxembourg; one from Mali; one Cameroonian; one Belgian; one Ukrainian; one Romanian; one Swiss; one Nigerian; and one Egyptian, Air Algerie said.

Air Algerie said all six crew members were Spanish. The plane belongs to a private Spanish company, Swiftair, but was operated by Air Algerie.

Though the cause of the crash is unknown, the flight path took the aircraft through a turbulent area hit by regular thunderstorms this time of year, according to CNN meteorologist Mari Ramos.

Air Algerie's crash comes a week after a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed in Ukraine with 298 people on board.

Days after the July 17 incident, 48 people were killed when a twin-engine plane crashed while attempting to land Wednesday in Taiwan's Penghu Islands.

Air Algerie, Algeria's national airline, flies to 28 countries.

Until this week, the deadliest incident in the airline's history occurred in March 2003 when a domestic flight crashed after takeoff, killing 102 people on board. One person survived.

By Faith Karimi and Laura Smith-Spark

CNN's Al Goodman and Radina Gigova contributed to this report.

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(KUTV) The Utah County Sheriff's Office has confirmed to 2News that a 15-year-old girl and a 28-year-old woman are dead after a head-on collision involving two vehicles in Eagle Mountain on SR-73 Thursday afternoon.

Utah County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Spencer Cannon reports the crash occurred on SR-73 on mile marker 31 at around 1:36 p.m. The 15-year-old girl killed in the crash was traveling in a white Chevrolet Cruze. The driver was the girl's father and her two brothers, ages 10 and 7, were also in the vehicle. The girl was in the front passenger seat of the car and was killed on impact.

At the time of the accident, the white Chevrolet was traveling in the westbound lane when a gold Ford Fusion in the eastbound lane including the 28-year-old female drifted into the westbound lane and hit the Chevrolet Cruze head-on.

The driver of the Ford Fusion was in extremely critical condition on the scene of the accident. Investigators at this time still do not know if the woman was wearing a seat belt, but she was not ejected from her car. She was airlifted by a LifeFlight helicopter to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead later Thursday evening.

The passenger in the westbound Chevrolet Cruze was Catherine Hancock, age 15, of Eagle Mountain. The driver and sole occupant of the Ford Fusion was Jennifer Ashley Taft Bailey, age 28, also of Eagle Mountain. The bodies of both victims will be taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner.

The father and two boys in the white Chevrolet had serious, but non-life threatening injuries. They were taken by ambulance from the scene of the crash to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

Both cars in the accident are completely destroyed. Utah County Sheriff's deputies are still investigating an open container of alcohol discovered in the Ford Fusion. Police have not yet confirmed whether or not the alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Sgt. Cannon said a DUI fatal crash occurred on the same road last year. He was frustrated and said accidents like these are preventable.

"It is frustrating to see these things," Sgt. Cannon said. "Most accidents and crashes that you see are preventable on the part of one of the other or both. We don't know what exactly happened here."

Interstate SR-73 is now shut down in both directions from Canyon Wash Drive to Eagle Mountain Blvd.

2News has a crew on the scene of the accident and will continue to update this story with more developments.

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(KUTV) Firefighters are keeping a sharp eye on a wildfire burning south of Levan, Utah, in Juab County.

It started near a dairy farm on SR-28 shortly after 4 p.m. and spread quickly up a mountainside to the east, spurred on by high winds out of the west.

"It put the fire well beyond the abilities of the local responders," said Jason Curry, from the Division of Natural Resources.

Farmers watched and livestock huddled together on property a few hundred yards from the flames, while water trucks created a line of defense.

"We have homes along the foothills and that was our main concern," said Juab County Sheriff, Alden Orme, who said six homes were evacuated along with Chicken Creek Campground.

Several large air tankers, including a DC-10 and a handful of helicopters were bringing steady loads of water and slurry to the areas near the homes, creating a protective barrier.

"Those tankers and the amount of retardant they're able to drop is a really effective way to get fire behavior to calm down," said Curry.

The flames had died down dramatically by 8 p.m. Crews had shut down SR-28 for several hours, but reopened the road shortly after 9 p.m. They also allowed residents to return to their homes.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and crews were not ready to give a containment percentage by 10 p.m. Crews said firefighters and equipment would be posted in the area throughout the night, to monitor any flare-ups.

Photo courtesy of Wayne Fish.

By: Chris Miller

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(KUTV) A Park City bar is under fire over a sign that was posted in the window.

Many say the sign at The Cabin promoted rape--or, at least, that it was insensitive to the issue.

Liz Pyper Newman, who lives in California, but was visiting Utah, snapped a picture of the sign. It said, "Rendezvous Whiskey...I like my women like I like my whiskey...ready to pass out!"

That sign upset Newman and a lot of other people, including Alana Kindness, director of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

"That wasn't appropriate," said Kindness. "Alcohol is associated with sexual assault over and over and over and over again. It's the most common drug involved in date rape situations."

The Cabin had a response for Newman on Facebook, writing, "Liz is obviously a miserable lonely woman with no sense of humor, personality or a life. She is angry and not welcome in The Cabin. Everyone should enjoy and wonderful High West Whiskey to celebrate Liz's misery."

That only added fuel to the fire and to the dozens of angry reviews against the restaurant piling up online.

2News spoke with one of the owners of The Cabin, Mike Diamond. He admitted he was the one who posted the original snarky response on Facebook. He says he was angry at the time and he regrets the comment.

No one from The Cabin wanted to speak about this issue on camera, but they did refer 2News to a statement they posted on Facebook after this all blew up. In that statement, The Cabin marketing director Chris Cinka said he was "more than sorry for the sign" and that it was not meant to be a "rape joke."

He also wrote that the employee responsible was fired. But when 2News pressed Cinka on that, he admitted that is not true. Nobody has been fired.
Cinka did say he's reached out to the Coalition Against Sexual Assault and hopes to host some benefit concerts for the organization.

"What I'm thrilled with is that there was a quick response and that the door has been opened," said Kindness of the entire situation.

Liz Pyper Newman is in California and was unable for an interview, but 2News did speak with her mother by phone. She said with the apology from The Cabin, she feels the issue has been resolved.

However, Kindness said this is only the beginning of a larger conversation that needs to take place.

By: Daniel Woodruff

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) Marine Corp officers in North Carolina are launching a formal investigation into whether a Lebanese-American Marine deserted his unit in Iraq or later after returning to the United States.

A spokesman for the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune said Thursday that Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun is being investigated for alleged desertion, destruction of government property and larceny. He faced those charges a decade ago after disappearing from his unit in Iraq with a 9 mm service pistol and a Humvee.

A photo of a blindfolded Hassoun turned up on Al-Jazeera television a week after his 2004 disappearance. Hassoun soon contacted American officials in Beirut, Lebanon, saying he'd been kidnapped.

He returned to Camp Lejeune, but disappeared again later months later while visiting his family in Utah.

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(KUTV) July 24 is not only Pioneer Day in Utah, but it is also Pie & Beer Day for many people. 

It is not clear when or how Pie and Beer Day started, but the unofficial July 24 holiday is gaining momentum.

The biggest Pie and Beer Day celebration in Utah was likely the one hosted by public radio station KRCL 90.0 at the Beer Bar in Salt Lake City.  People lined up to attend the event that featured pies made by different restaurants in Salt Lake City and Beer from several brewers.  It has a fundraiser for the radio station.  About 300 people attended the event.

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(KUTV) The Mormon pioneers had handcarts and wagons---the annual Days of '47 Parade on Thursday had horsepower and animation; and tens of thousands of people who watched the spectacle likely trekked away from the sidewalk satisfied.

"This is my first time at the parade," said one woman who brought her kids.   "I've lived here, I just haven't had a chance to come down. It's been a great time."

The parade, which has stretched for decades, marked the pioneers' entrance into the Salt Lake Valley 171 years ago.

"This day means the coming of our pioneer forefathers who came across the plains to settle in a wonderful valley here" said one man along the parade route. 

Later, the celebration continued at Liberty Park, with food that was plunged into deep fryers, and sizzled on hot grills.  The city had a Ferris wheel, carousel, and swings for kids---who also cooled off in a splash pool.  A Native American powwow hosted paying customers inside a fenced area of the park.

2News asked people for words to describe their personal approaches to the state holiday.  "Amazing, interesting, people, and heritage" were among the responses.

Weeks before the parade, the group 'Mormons Building Bridges' was turned down from participating in the parade.  The organization has advocated more acceptance and understanding of gays in Mormon circles.  The Days of '47 called MBB an advocacy group, and said it also would not allow others with political or social agendas to be in the parade.

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(KUTV) A West Valley City fire was dangerously close to vehicles and a building, and fireworks are being blamed.

The fire broke out around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday at 2211 W. Upland Lake Dr.

Firefighters say people were lighting fireworks when one tipped over, shot into the grass and started the fire.

Crews say the fire was difficult to fight because of the area it was in and because of high winds. They were able to get the blaze under control.

Firefighters remind people to be careful with fireworks and to keep a bucket of water on hand when lighting them off.

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(KUTV) It's a comeback story you often see in movie scripts, a small town little league baseball team made up of cut and benched players transforms into a formidable opponent.

This group of 10 and 11-year-old boys from Roy is now a championship team and heading to New York City to compete in a World Series tournament.
 
The Ruckas Baseball squad is an 11U competitive team based out of the Ogden area. They recently became the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC) Utah state champions.

If they pull off the win they will be headed to Brooklyn, New York to compete in the AABC Little League World Series.

Their coach says this is the first time a team from Utah is represented in this event.

"It's a big deal.  It's a really big deal," said Coach Jeff Brody. 

It's an accomplishment very few would have never predicted just a season ago.

"Everybody was pretty bad," said Garrett Richman.

"[We] weren't hitting very well," said player Mason McCloy." 

Last year the team struggled and lost 13 of their first 14 games, and one of those games ended 26 to zero. That's only because the umpires allowed eight runs per inning.

On top of that half of the ten member team had been cut or benched from other teams.

"I got cut twice," said McCloy.
                
"We couldn't field the ball or catch the ball," said Alex and Isaac Marin who are twins and both sat the bench on their previous team.

Garrett Richman didn't even make the Ruckus team at first.

"My throwing was a little weird," said Richman.

Then something happened at the end of last season. They started hitting balls, catching balls and started to come together as a team. Then the winning started to come naturally and continued into this season.

Why the comeback?  Coach Brody says it took discipline and a will to want to change, to win.

"Hard work and a lot of sweat," said Brody. "Repetition. Repetition. Repetition. Believing in what us coaches have been telling them to do."

"Well we practiced and practiced. Practice makes perfect, and we've improved in hitting and in catching the ball and getting grounders," said the Marin twins talking back and forth.

McCloy says he can't believe how much he's improved.  He now feels those teams that cut him would think differently.

"I think those teams would probably want me back on," said McCloy.

The next stop is now Brooklyn for the World Series.  The team leaves to New York at the end of the month. The tournament goes from July 31- August 6. They are guaranteed to play at least five games, but would have to win at least seven to get into the championship.
               
The boys have been working hard off the field to earn money to pay their way.

If you would like to help the Ruckus Baseball squad with their trip expenses you can go to their website here.

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(KUTV) The body found in Horseshoe Canyon has been identified.

David Ross Goodrich, 52, is thought to have died after getting stuck in the canyon without food or water.

Goodrich hailed from Kansas City, Missouri.

An autopsy is still pending.

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(KUTV) Brian Mullahy is live from the Days of '47 Parade route.

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LONDON (CNN) An Air Algerie flight with at least 116 people on board which dropped off the radar in the early hours of Thursday has apparently crashed in Mali, the flight operator said.

Air Algerie said via Twitter that the plane has apparently crashed in the Tilemsi area, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) from the southeastern city of Gao.

Flight 5017 lost radar contact 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, early Thursday. It was supposed to arrive at Algiers' Houari Boumediene Airport about four hours later.

The airline also tweeted that among those on board were 50 people from France, 24 from Burkina Faso, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, five Canadians, four Germans, two from Luxembourg, one from Mali, one Cameroonian, one Belgian, one Ukrainian, one Romanian and one Swiss.

Ouagadougou Airport said in a post on its Facebook page that Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, was among those on board. The Cuban Foreign Ministry is looking into the reports but was not aware she was on that plane, and CNN has not confirmed that she was on the flight.

An earlier Facebook post said that the plane might be in the area of Kidal in northern Mali, where French troops are stationed, backed up by the air force. The town of Kidal was occupied some months ago by rebels. Mali lies between Burkina Faso and Algeria.

The French forces have already started reconnaissance flights to search for the plane, the airport's post said.

According to the state-run Algeria Press Service news agency, the plane, an MD-83, was carrying 119 people in total, including seven crew members, a slightly different number from the 116 given by the airport and French officials.

French Secretary of Transport Frederic Cuvillier also told reporters the plane disappeared over northern Mali, where Islamist militants are fighting the Malian government and French forces.

He said "a large number of French passengers" were believed to be on board the plane, according to CNN's French affiliate BFMTV.

France sets up hotline

France is actively seeking more information about the location of the missing flight.

"We are entirely mobilized in Paris as well as in Algiers and Ouagadougou where our embassies are in constant contact with local authorities and the airline," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that a hotline number has been established.

The MD-83 is part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of twin-engine, single-aisle jets.

The plane belongs to a private Spanish company, Swiftair, but it appears to have been operated by Air Algerie.

"We have lost contact with the plane," Swiftair said.

"At this moment, emergency services and our staff are working on finding out more on this situation."

Air Algerie said via Twitter, "Unfortunately, for the moment we have no more information than you do. We will give you the latest news live."

The tweet appears since to have been deleted.

Storms on flight path

According to CNN meteorologist Mari Ramos, at the time of the flight, there were thunderstorms in the area of the flight path.

This is a turbulent area, so it is likely that if the plane was diverted because of weather, it was to avoid a bumpy flight. Thunderstorms are a very common occurrence at this time of year in this area.

Air Algerie is Algeria's national airline, with flights to 28 countries.

The deadliest incident in the airline's history occurred in March 2003 when a domestic flight crashed after takeoff, killing 102 people on board. One person survived.

In February, a Hercules C-130 military aircraft crashed in the mountains of eastern Algeria, killing 77 of the 78 people on board.

The MD-83's disappearance comes exactly a week after a Malaysia Airlines plane was brought down in Ukraine with 298 people on board.

By Laura Smith-Spark and Claudia Rebaza

CNN's Yasmin Amer, Brian Walker and Saeed Ahmed contributed to this report.

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UPDATE: An Algerian aviation official has told Reuters news agency that the Air Algerie plane has crashed. The story will be updated once we receive more info.

LONDON (CNN) An Air Algerie flight with 116 people on board has dropped off radar, prompting a search for the missing plane, the airline's operator said Thursday.

Flight 5017 lost radar contact 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, early Thursday. It was supposed to arrive at Algiers' Houari Boumediene Airport about four hours later.

The plane, an MD-83, was carrying 110 passengers, two pilots and four crew members. The MD-83 is part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of twin-engine, single-aisle jets.

The plane belongs to a private Spanish company, Swiftair, but it appears to have been operated by Air Algerie.

"We have lost contact with the plane," Swiftair said.

"At this moment, emergency services and our staff are working on finding out more on this situation."

Air Algerie said via Twitter, "Unfortunately, for the moment we have no more information than you do. We will give you the latest news live."

The tweet appears since to have been deleted.

France is actively seeking more information about the location of the missing flight, following unconfirmed reports that many French citizens may have been on board.

"We are entirely mobilized in Paris as well as in Algiers and Ouagadougou where our embassies are in constant contact with local authorities and the airline," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that a hotline number has been established.

Air Algerie is Algeria's national airline, with flights to 28 countries.

The deadliest incident in the airline's history occurred in March 2003 when a domestic flight crashed after takeoff, killing 102 people on board. One person survived.

In February, a Hercules C-130 military aircraft crashed in the mountains of eastern Algeria, killing 77 of the 78 people on board.

The MD-83's disappearance comes exactly a week after a Malaysia Airlines plane was brought down in Ukraine with 298 people on board.

By Claudia Rebaza and Laura Smith-Spark

CNN's Brian Walker and Saeed Ahmed contributed to this report.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to expect heavy traffic over the holiday weekend.

Most construction projects will be paused on Pioneer Day Thursday and through the weekend. Restricted lanes will remain closed on Interstate 80 in Summit County, between the U.S. Route 40 Junction east of Park City and Wanship.

The department said in a Wednesday statement that travelers heading to Wyoming or nearby reservoirs should plan ahead for reduced speeds and delays.

Construction also continues at the I-15/1100 South interchange.

In Davis County, lanes are narrowed in both directions of I-15.

Utah Transportation Authority TRAX and FrontRunner service observe their Saturday schedules on Thursday. Bus service will follow its Sunday schedule.

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(KUTV) There are events and celebrations going on all over the state this week end, with the help of our news partner the Salt Lake Tribune we have complied a list.

Salt Lake County:
Brother Brigham Ball
When: Monday 6-8 pm
Where: This Is the Place Heritage Park 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City
Link: http://www.thisistheplace.org/todays_fun/brother_brighams_ball.html

Days of '47 Rodeo
When: Tuesday through Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 6pm.
Where: EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City
Tickets: 12.50-39.50; http://smithstix.com/events/item/root/daysof47rodeo

Sunrise service
When: Thursday, 7am
Where: Salt Lake LDS Tabernacle, 50 N. Main, Salt Lake City
Tickets: Free http://www.daysof47.com/events/sunrise-service

Marathon and 10k run
Where: Thrsday, 9am
Where: Salt Lake City Marriott University Park - 480 S. Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Days of '47 Parade
When: Thursday, 9am
Where: Salt Lake City corner of South Temple and State Street
Tickets: Free http://www.daysof47.com/

Native American Celebration
When: Thursday, noon-10pm
Where: Liberty Park, 900S. 500East, Salt Lake City

Pie & Beer Day fundraiser
When: Thursday, 3-5pm
Where: Beer Bar 161 E. 200South, Salt Lake City
Tickets: $15

Fireworks at Liberty Park
When: Thursday 10pm
Where: Liberty Park, 900S. 500 East, Slat Lake City

Butlerville Days
When: Wednesday, 5pm,; Thursday, 7am
Where: Butler Park, 7500 S. 2700 East, Cottonwood Heights Rec Center
Link: http://cottonwoodheights.utah.gov/get_involved.community_events.html

West Jordan
When: Thursday through Saturday 9am- 10pm
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 1985 W. 7800 South, West Jordan
Link:  http://www.utahpioneerdays.com/

Barbecue Showdown
When: Friday, 6-10pm,; Saturday, 1am-6pm
Where: Midvale City Park, 455 W.7500 South
Tickets: https://www.facebook.com/daysof47bbq

Davis County

Bountiful Handcart Days
When: Wednesday, noon-10pm, 9:45pm; 10am-5pm
Where:Bountiful City Park, 400N. 200 West, Bountiful
Link: http://www.handcartdays.org/events/park-activities/


Layton's Taste of the Town
When: Thursday 4-7pm
Where: Layton Commons Park, 457 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton
Link: http://www.davischamberofcommerce.com/tot

Riders in the Sky
When: Thursday, 8pm
Where: Ed Kenley Centennial Amphitheater, 405 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton
Link: http://laytoncity.org/public/default.aspx

Utah County

Provo Pioneer Day Extravaganza
When: Thursday, 10am-2pm
Where: Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum and North Park, 500 N. 500 West, Provo
Link:  http://provo.org/

Mapleton
When: Thursday, 7am-10pm
Where: Maleton City Park, Maple Street and Main Street

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(KUTV) Highway 40 was closed near Duchesne following an overnight crash Wednesday.

The accident occurred when a water truck crossed the median and hit a crude oil tanker.

Gas and motor oil from both trucks leaked onto the road, however, their loads did not spill. No injuries were reported.

The roads reopened after the leaked fuel was cleaned up around 6:30 a.m..

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(KUTV) State troopers are gearing up to try and make this holiday safer than the last.

Nine people died in crashes on Utah roads over the 4th of July weekend.

As people travel for Pioneer Day, police are out in force to try to push that number closer to zero.

“That’s our hope that we can make ourselves visible out there, hopefully change some of the bad habits we typically see on a holiday weekends and reduce the overall number of traffic accidents” said Tom Schneiter of Utah Highway Patrol.

UHP hopes that just being out on the roads will remind drivers to slow down, put on their seatbelts and avoid aggressive driving.

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(KUTV) Fireworks will light up the sky across the valley Thursday night for Pioneer Day.

In Salt Lake you can see them at Liberty Park.

In Sandy, Real Salt Lake will set them off after the soccer match.

In Cottonwood Heights, head to Butler Park.

The Ogden fireworks show is happening outside Pioneer Stadium.

If you are in Grantsville head to the West LDS Stake Center to see them.

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(KUTV) Salt Lake Police are investigating after shots were fired in a neighborhood Wednesday night.

Officers say they were called to 1418 Utahna Dr. around 12:40 a.m.

They found shell casings from a 9 Millimeter but no damage to houses.

Someone told police they saw a dark four door sedan in the area.

If you have any information, call Salt Lake Police.

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(KUTV) Forbes has ranked Provo as one of America's Best Places to do Business.

Provo comes in third place overall. Forbes says job growth, the 3.2 percent unemployment rate and Nu Skin all boost the city's economy.

Salt Lake came in at 8th and Ogden ranks 11th.

Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa, Denver, Colorado and Fort Collins, Colorado are the other cities in the top five.

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(KUTV) One man is in the hospital after he was stabbed in West Jordan Wednesday night.

The incident took place around 9:30 p.m. at 7366 Redwood Rd.

Police say two men playing basketball at an apartment complex yelled at a fast moving car to slow down.

At least that car and possibly one other stopped and officers say three men and five women attacked one of the men who was playing basketball.

When the second man who was playing basketball got involved police say he was stabbed.

He is in the hospital in serious condition but is expected to recover.

Police are still searching for the suspects.

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(KUTV) A Utah County animal rescue and sanctuary is in danger of shutting down. The owners do not know how they will pay to feed 160 animals under their care.

Karen O'Donnell, who owns and operates Friends In Need Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in Eagle Mountain, admits they have a little more than $100 in the bank.

"We won't let these guys go without," O'Donnell said. "One way or another they'll get [fed], but right now I'm not quite sure where."

Karen and her husband Kim, started taking in and caring for the animals 14 years ago at their five and a half acre farm. It began when Karen worked as an animal investigator and witnessed animal cruelty firsthand.

"There was a need, these animals they've been abused. They've been neglected. They're throwaways," O'Donnell said.

The O'Donnell's property is full of meticulously maintained pens and paddocks, full of farm animals and exotic pets, all castaways that owners did not want anymore.

"Whoever needs it, we'll take them in, if we can," says Karen, who admits that people have often taken advantage of their kindness. "They'll call and they'll say 'we can't afford to care for them anymore,' so they come here."

These days, the O'Donnell's generous non-profit has become a major hardship. Kim is on a breathing machine for chronic lung disease and can not be much help on the farm, so Karen is left to care for 160 animals by herself.

"We take them and of course they get fed, but now we're in this kind of a situation where there's no money," she said.

If you'd like to help Friends In Need, visit their Web site here.

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(KUTV) Search and rescue crews brought a severely injured 12-year-old boy to Primary Children's Hospital after a fall from Mt. Timpanogos Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say the boy, Anthony Earl, was hiking with his family around 2 p.m. They were climbing down the summit in the rocks above Emerald Lake when the boy lost his footing, fell, and suffered a 4-inch gash on his leg.

"He just slipped," Anthony's mother Elizabeth Earl told KUTV 2News. "We were crossing a snow field, there was a sharp rock and it came and sliced him across the front of his shin. It was open all of the way to the bone."

The family was still about five miles from the base on their way back down from the peak when Anthony fell. Family members called 911 when it was obvious there was no way Anthony could walk out on his own.

When search and rescue crews arrived on the scene, they had to hoist the boy out in a helicopter. Crews said they realized carrying the boy out could risk reopening the wound. A LifeFlight helicopter was called to the scene, but could not reach the boy because the terrain was so steep and rugged that there was nowhere they could safely land. A second LifeFlight helicopter was called from Ogden to hoist the boy out of where he fell on the mountain. The boy was then flown to Primary Children's Hospital.

By: Heidi Hatch

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(KUTV) A new video shows the dramatic moments leading up to a shooting inside the Cache Valley Hospital back in May.

The suspect, Jason Burr, was hit, but survived the May 16 shooting.  Just before those shots were fired, the video, which was obtained by CacheValleyDaily.com, shows Burr walking into the hospital and pulling out two handguns and then shows two probation and parole agents who stepped in and shot the armed man.

Family members say Burr had back problems and wanted treatment, but was turned away at the hospital. Last month, the Cache Valley Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting was justified.

Burr is now facing charges of attempted aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon.

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(KUTV) State troopers are gearing up to try to make this holiday weekend safer than the last one.

Our state saw nine traffic fatalities during the Fourth of July holiday. As people travel for Pioneer Day, police are out in force to try to push that number closer to zero.
 
"We have 166 additional shifts--overtime shifts--in addition to our number of patrol shifts," said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Tom Schneiter.
 
During a ride-along Wednesday afternoon, KUTV saw several cars stuck on the side of the road. That is common during summertime, Schneiter said, but it is still dangerous.
 
Down the road, a driver got pulled over for making an unsafe lane change.
 
And later, Schneiter responded to an accident in which a trailer became unhinged, causing a traffic backup.
 
Schneiter said any of those situations can lead to more serious problems. More officers will be out this holiday weekend, trying to make it safer than the last.
 
"That's our hope that we can make ourselves visible out there, hopefully change some of the bad habits we typically see on a holiday weekends and reduce the overall number of traffic accidents," said Schneiter, noting the only acceptable number of traffic fatalities is zero.

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(KUTV) When Davis County Sheriff Sgt. Jason Boydston shows up to work, he has no idea which hat he will wear when the first call comes in, deputy or paramedic.
 
"It's never the same.  You just never know what you'll run into,” Boydston said. 

Most of the patrol deputies are cross-trained, having full police and paramedic training. The dual job is nothing new in Davis County. It has been that way since 1977, according to Sgt. Susan Poulsen. Poulsen said back then Davis County was far less populated and the fire departments were mostly volunteer-based, so it made sense to cross-train deputies.   At one time, serious medical calls were usually related to hear problems, she said. 

Today, the most common medical call is quickly becoming overdose.  Both adults and children often overdose on prescription pills or illegal drugs.  Davis County's deputy/paramedics take most of the 911 medical calls in the county.  The other calls are taken by Layton City and South Davis Fire/paramedic personnel. 

In the back of their patrol cars, Sgt. Boydston and his colleagues carry what amounts to a mini-emergency room: medical equipment to restart hearts, intubate a patient who is not breathing and even deliver a baby.  They are fully qualified to do all of that before a patient gets to the hospital. 

When asked which job he likes most, Sgt. Boydston responds with a smile, "It depends on the call."

By: Christina Flores

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(KUTV) Utah firefighters are on alert and are sending out a word of warning to the public about the use of fireworks, especially with the upcoming Pioneer Day holiday.

"The 24th of July is a huge potential for fires," said David Ulibarri with the Unified Fire Department. "Right now we have very high potential for fires. We have very dry hot 100 degree temperatures and low humidity and winds."

Ulibarri says they plan to have a few more crews on July 24 just in case something happens. He says one tip for those setting off fireworks is to make sure they have a water hose and bucket of water nearby. 

"These are just some recommendations we would have for residential fireworks," said Ulibarri.

The State Forestry department is also sending out a word of warning as they battle several lightning strike fires across the valley. 

"We are encouraging people to be real careful," said forestry spokesman Jason Curry.

The Unified Fire Department has set up a website with a map that allows you to find out whether you can or cannot light off fireworks in your area. A red flag warning is in place until 10 p.m. Wednesday night, which means the fire conditions are critical.

By: Dan Rascon

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(KUTV) Tens of thousands of immigrant children are currently living in shelters at the United States border and a refugee professional says some of them are likely to come to Utah.

Aden Batar directs Catholic Community Services in Utah and says the state already has eight unaccompanied immigrant children who came before the current crisis. They are now in foster care.

"They are going to school, and some of them have graduated from high school and are going to college," said Batar.

About 60,000 more children without parents are waiting in shelters at the border. According to officials, many of these children sleep on mattresses in huge shelters. Some will be sent to their families in America or sent home.  In other cases, the federal government will look for foster homes, and some Utahns will volunteer.

"They open their homes to children in need," said Batar.

Gov. Gary Herbert joined other governors in a letter to President Obama saying the children may put a drain on the states and letting kids stay may attract more lone children to America. Batar says some of the children waiting at the border will come to foster homes in Utah.

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(KUTV) An Ogden ice cream shop is scrambling to accommodate thousands more customers over five weeks as an open house approaches for the newly renovated Mormon temple across the street.

Farr Better Ice Cream is opening up the back of the building to customers for the first time since it was established in 1920. The rear of the shop, a former ice cream plant, is being transformed to sell treats and relieve stress from the front of the shop.

"We were accustomed before to having many people from the temple come get ice cream after temple sessions," said manager Mary Riter. "Now it's going to be quadruple of what it ever was before."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expects to host 700,000 visitors at the open house from Aug. 1 to Sept. 6.

A construction crew began building a wheelchair ramp at Farr's on Wednesday, and new bathrooms were recently installed in the shop that features 80 flavors of ice cream. Managers are hiring more employees and training them daily for the expected surge.

"We're bringing in extra people. We're bringing in temporary people just to scoop ice cream only," Riter said.

Supervisor Sharon Boothe is organizing the transformation of the back of the shop, stocking shelves and training employees. Workers will also sell Hokulia Shave Ice in a variety of flavors.

"We have cones that are going to be sold. We're going to have stuffed animals, punch syrup, soda, candy - all kinds of candy," Boothe said. "Extremely busy is all I can say. It's going to be a mad house."

While sales will inevitably increase, so, too, will the stress. Boothe has been working on the project for weeks already.

"Every day, all day long. A lot of hours," Boothe said. "My family may not know who I am by the time we're done."

Riter, who has worked at Farr's for 40 years, is excited about the rare opportunity for the young employees she manages.

"It will be something that they will experience maybe once in a lifetime," Riter said.

The church opened up online reservations for tickets on Monday. To reserve tickets, click here.

By: Christine McCarthy

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(KUTV) UTA has announced its schedule for the Pioneer Day holiday on Thursday.

Both TRAX and Frontrunner will run on Saturday schedules, while buses will run on the Sunday schedule. Besides the holiday service, there are also several detours because of the parade.

Between 6 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., no TRAX trains will run between the city center and arena stations, though there will be bus bridges in place.

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) Ogden police say they shot and killed a dog that appeared to be going in for an attack.

Police say the shooting happened at about 1 a.m. Wednesday while officers were conducting a welfare check at a home on Monroe Boulevard.

Lt. Tim Scott tells the Standard-Examiner officers knocked on the door and saw a man coming from the back of the home with a baseball bat. Scott says police tried to talk with the man, who reportedly cursed at them and told them he would send his dog to attack.

Officers say the man commanded the dog to "get him" and it moved aggressively toward police before an officer fatally shot the animal.

Scott says officers left the home, but the man could faces charges of assault on police.

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(KUTV) A spicy fixture at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City is closing, another example of a seemingly slow but dramatic exodus from what has been a premier shopping venue.

"Closing the Z'Tejas Salt Lake City location is an economic decision," said Kennedy Turner, spokesman for the chain of restaurants which operates in several western states.  Kennedy said Z'Tejas---with its blackened catfish tacos---is an original tenant of The Gateway, "but with additional competition in the retail sector downtown, guest counts have decreased over the past couple of years and this location is no longer profitable for us."

The term "additional competition" is an unmistakable reference to the new City Creek Center, built and owned by the LDS Church.  Earlier, the Apple Store left The Gateway for City Creek.

Now, according to a website from The Gateway owner, Retail Properties of America, 87 leased spaces at the center---including large tenants---are filled.  But another 40 spacess at The Gateway are "available," and it's not difficult to see empty storefronts.

"I really love that place," said Z'Tejas regular Raygan Schiefing, who lunched with friends at the restaurant on Wednesday.  "There just aren't a lot of people coming down to The Gateway anymore, unfortunately."

The Gateway still has Megaplex Theatres, Discovery Gateway Children's Museum, and the Clark Planetarium---a trio of attractions that could be the envy of countless retail centers across the country.

A woman, from out of town who watched a movie with her seven year old grandson Wednesday, described The Gateway as "beautiful" and "gorgeous," but also said "it's not very busy."

Retail Properties of America, RPAI, said The Gateway "remains a strong institutional quality asset," and said it's confident it "will continue to be successful for years to come."

The Gateway general manager said another restaurant, DOPO, will move into the center.

By: Brian Mullahy

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(KUTV) Law makers are trying to think outside the box when it comes to ways to funding Utah schools.

Could raising the gasoline tax be the simple fix people are looking for? Some lawmakers say it seems impossible since Utah's constitution says gas tax revenue must go to roads.

"We need look at ways to increase our effort for our education system," insist Senate President Wayne Niederhauser.

For more than 20 years, Utah has been among the lowest of all the states in the amount of money spent on per student.  Now this high-powered legislative committee may raise taxes to find more money for Utah schools.

Utah's House Speaker Becky Lockhart says, "Education is our number one priority.  Always has been, always will be."
   
Currently the money that used to go to education now goes to higher education, and higher education money stays in the general fund. It has become a bit of a circular mess because the money from the general fund now goes to roads. 

So if the gas tax went up, all those transfers could end and education could keep more of its money.

The committee will look at a lot of other possibilities before deciding, but even democrats think Utah may finally spend more on schools.

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(KUTV) Southern Utah residents may be hearing some loud thunder this week roaring overheard in the sky.

The sound is of the Blue Angel F/A-18’s practicing for shows this weekend. KUTV 2News' Reporter D.J. Bolerjack interviewed two lucky VIP’s that got the chance to ride along with the Blue Angel #7.

"We flew down into these little valleys above Southern Utah and it was spectacular," said Lisa Eccles, the CEO of the Eccles Foundation.

Monte Marshall, director of engineering placement at Brigham Young University was also able to ride along.

"We popped out of the canyon and flipped back around at the enemy and it was a lot of fun,” said Marshall.

The Blue Angel is capable of traveling at the speed of sound, which is more than 767 miles per hour, and has the ability to hit over 7 G’s and roll in combat.

Lt. Ryan Chamberlain, pilot of am F/A-18 Blue Angel says he flies civilians around weekly.  He says several first timers get sick, but both Eccles and Marshall held their own.

"That's going to happen," Chamberlain said. "Some folks are going to black out, some are going to maybe lose their lunch a little bit, but that happens. It's just a part of becoming acclimated to the airplane. It's warm outside and being in the back seat and not in control. It's similar to people being car sick."

Both Eccles and Marshall say the flight is something everyone should have on their bucket list.

The top speed the Blue Angel F/A-18 planes reach is at moch 1.8, which is approximately 1,400 miles per hour.

(KUTV) Crews removed an iconic landmark early Wednesday morning at Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City.

Crews brought down the primate cage that many visitors refer to as the motorcycle globe. The 33-year-old cage was lifted from its center pole and placed in the parking lot to be disassembled. It was once considered to a cutting edge way to showcase primates.

"The whole building will eventually come down, not immediately, and that will make room for a new hands on nature learning interactive area for the kids," explains Community Relations Coordinator Erica Hansen.

The zoo is removing the exhibit as part of its master plan for renovations. The space will be used for an interactive nature zone and an extension of the popular lighthouse point splash pad.

The cage will be dismantled and used for scrap metal.

By: Holly Menino

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Taiwan's Central News Agency says a plane has crashed in a failed emergency landing, killing 51 people.

The news agency cited the head of the fire department in the Taiwanese county of Penghu as saying that seven people were also injured in the crash.

The report cites the Civil Aviation Administration as saying the flight crashed Wednesday with 54 passengers and four flight crew and was operated by a Taiwanese airline, TransAsia Airways.

The report says the plane likely crashed when an attempt to make an emergency landing in the city of Magong.

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(KUTV) Amber Barron loves STEM, but she wasn't always that passionate about the subject.

"My dad is an engineer, and I wasn't super interested in those areas probably until 7th grade," said Recent Riverton High School Graduate Amber Barron.

A trip to the Alabama Space Rocket Center changed Amber's mind.  Amber is so passionate about STEM that she created an engineering fair curriculum for students in the 5th through 12th grades.

"Engineering fair is similar to science fair, except you create a new innovation. I also authored an engineering fair curriculum to help guide that process and help students understand how to do that better," said Barron.

Amber's curriculum is available to the Jordan School District, but will be distributed nationwide.  Amber's Physics Teacher Mrs. Craig plans to use Amber's curriculum in all of her classes next year.

"It's short and designed for students to read, not for teachers to read. And it's very user friendly, and I think it's going to make a difference in our district," said Mrs. Craig.

Amber also authored a grant for $3,000 to design 'Smart Women, Smart Money' grants to provide students in the Jordan School District with the opportunity to apply for engineering fair mini-grants.  Amber is now a freshman at the University of Utah. She's pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree and hopes to work for NASA.

By: Holly Menino

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OREM, Utah (AP) A couple sharing a fondness for pinochle is bound by a stronger tie after getting married in their Utah nursing home this week.

The 80-year-old Jerry Peck and 78-year-old Carolyn Osmond wed Tuesday in matching electric wheelchairs on a patio at Treeo Senior Living.

Orem 1st Ward Bishop Steve Downey performed the ceremony about an hour's drive south of Salt Lake City. It was the bride's 78th Birthday.

The Daily Herald of Provo reports the couple scooted inside as Peck told his wife: "You follow me, baby,"

A friend at the wedding recounted once overhearing Peck, who is on oxygen, tell Osmond she takes his breath away.

The pair, among the first residents in the community, met during a round of cards.

The bride says Peck calls her his "Pinochle Blond."

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