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

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

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

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

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

By BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

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(KUTV) The family of the woman who drank the toxic tea at a Dickey's Barbecue held a press conference Thursday afternoon to announce "Life or death has been taken off the table."
 
Jim Harding and his son, Scott, gave an update on Jan Harding's condition after a highly toxic industrial cleaning chemical was accidentally mixed with her Sweet Tea on Sunday, August 10.
 
Jan's condition is improving. Her husband said doctors removed her breathing tube on Friday, they were hearing whispers on Saturday and she began to speak on Sunday.

The first words Jan spoke to her husband after he told her he loved her were, "I love you too."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Harding family wants people to know they are not mad, just sad for everyone involved.  Jim Harding says he is not worried about the legal issues for now.

"I am concerned about getting my wife well," Jim said. "That's my focus."

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

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(KUTV) A Utah woman who helped dump her babysitter's body and cover up her death apologized to the teen's mother in an Ogden courtroom on Thursday, before a judge sentenced her to up to five years in prison.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Christine McCarthy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Brian Mullahy

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(KUTV) The Metro Gang Unit is searching for public enemy No.1, 28-year-old Charley Louis Sanford.

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

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

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

If you have any information that would assist in the arrest of Sanford contact the Metro Gang Unit at 801-743-7000. Your call will remain anonymous.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Treating Ebola

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A deadly outbreak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Josh Levs and Jacque Wilson

CNN's Ben Brumfield, Trisha Henry, Greg Botelho, Chelsea Carter and MaryLynn Ryan contributed to this report.

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

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

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

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

"Why do you collect soap?" asked Rascon.

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

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

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

"Why do you like basketballs?" asked Rascon.

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

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

Bringhurst was born with Williams Syndrome.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Dan Rascon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The maximum penalty would be the same,” said Lee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

His blood tests have come back negative for the virus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joy and relief

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

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

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

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

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

Experimental medication

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fears of U.S. outbreak

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

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

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

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

Record outbreak

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Ben Brumfield and Jacque Wilson

CNN's Trisha Henry, Greg Botelho and Chelsea Carter contributed to this report.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"It was kind of funny," he said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He just thought he was sharing something unusual.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Is he awake?" asked the dispatcher.

"Yes he is," replied Shaylee.

"Is he breathing?" asked dispatch.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Foley is then executed.

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

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

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

Foley's father: They showed no mercy

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

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

Some messages were political, and some were financial.

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

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

They never heard back.

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

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

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

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

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

His father broke down several times.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Foley tortured, beaten

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Searching for clues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details of underage sex trafficking in Utah are vague.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The election is Nov. 4.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(KUTV) Officials and residents are starting to rebound following flooding prompted by thunderstorms in the eastern parts of Southern Utah and Arizona.

Heavy rains arrived in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona on Monday, triggering floods in many areas of St. George and Washington County. At least three homes and some roadways are confirmed damaged by the charging waters and the Red Cross is acting to help those who have been displaced.

The rains have sent six feet of water through the Fort Pearce Wash, which is typically a dry riverbed. Paved roads have also seen their share of water and some dirt roads have been heavily damaged, officials said.
Despite the flooding, however, authorities said the situation is looking up.

"Today has been great," said Sgt. Sam Despain of the St. George Police Department. "Right now, we haven't had any problems or any major problems."

Further north, in Washington City, residents are beginning to get a better handle on the watery nuisance - using brooms and buckets to clear away flood waters that have invaded their properties. Police said three homes there were damaged and the Red Cross has assisted two displaced families from those homes.

The full extent of the water damage remains unclear, but authorities said the region is pretty well-suited to handle the situation. Because of the severe flooding that hit the area a decade ago, rivers and canals were widened and banks were reinforced.

"St. George, with the flooding in 2005, put a lot of work in the infrastructure in making sure we were prepared for things like this," Despain said.

Authorities said a flood watch remains in place for the region and it will likely last until Tuesday evening. In the meantime, they caution drivers to be careful and watch for standing water while navigating the rain-slicked roads.

Even though the storm is over, the locals whose homes were hit hardest are preparing for another battle.

"Hopefully city council will take some responsibility in this," said Shonee Smith, a resident who lives along Main Street in Washington City, one of the areas hit hardest by the flooding. "I that it's important. They made some changes to the dike that cause this. It's just messy. I hate it."

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TOOELE, Utah (AP) A Utah woman whose 2-year-old son died after police say she inadvertently poured her methadone from a Gatorade bottle into his sippy cup will serve up to 15 years in prison.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1qn537z ) Judge Robert Adkins said Tuesday in a Tooele courtroom that he disagreed with prosecutors who said the 33-year-old Jill Goff shouldn't serve prison time.

Goff pleaded guilty in June to a child abuse homicide charge in the death of Aiden Goff, who was found dead Feb. 1 after drinking a pink liquid.

Court documents say Goff realized she had served her son the wrong drink when her 8-year-old son tried it and said it tasted like medicine.

She told police she didn't call 911 or poison control right away because she was scared.

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(KUTV) When Jessica Strong moved from North Dakota to Bountiful earlier this year, she took special steps to make sure the movers from Mayflower knew her antique table was a special item and should be handled as such.

She listed the table as a "high value" item on the shipping manifest. She says there were no issues with the table before it was picked up in North Dakota.

"It was sturdy and it was perfectly functioning," she said.

Jessica says she was completely shocked when Mayflower arrived at her new Bountiful home and began to unload.

"They started to unload it and I started to see that it wasn't in fact taken apart it was demolished into pieces," she said. "There's hardware missing, there's gouges, there's pieces of wood missing. Every piece of it is absolutely broken."

Jessica immediately called Mayflower, which told her to file a claim and sent an estimator out to look at the damage. Mayflower ultimately determined that the table broke up because of "inherent vice." It's a phrase that means, "the tendency of an object to deteriorate or damage itself without carrier mishandling," Mayflower's paperwork states.

"They're saying that the carrier never mishandled it and they basically took it out of the house and it exploded into nine pieces," Jessica said.

Mayflower offered Jessica $120 for the damage caused, well below the cost to repair the antique piece.

"It was absolutely devastating to see that thing come out like that," she said.

With Mayflower refusing to pay for the table's repair and left with a huge bill, Jessica decided it was time to Get Gephardt.

Get Gephardt contacted Mayflower and asked them to take a look at photographs of the table showing just how mutilated it became in the move. A few days later we were sent a statement that reads in part, "We regret that items were damaged in Ms. Strong's shipment and apologize for the error that complicated the claims process."

And just like that Mayflower decided they would pay for the full cost to repair the table. Whether or not they decided the damage was more than just "inherent vice" or whether paying the claim was a special exception is not clear. The late justification to pay is of little consequence to Jessica who says she is just glad that he table has been repaired at no cost to her.

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(CNN) The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that nSpired Natural Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling several lots of peanut, almond and other nut butters on fears of salmonella contamination. The company was made aware of the risk after routine testing showed a potential link between consumption of these products and four instances of illness.

The affected products include Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters sold under the Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Kroger and Safeway brands.

A complete list of products involved in the recall can be found on FDA.gov. The company is working with consumers and retailers to remove inventory from retail shelves and warehouses. The products were sold in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Dominican Republic and online.

Customers are being advised to dispose of any potentially affected containers of nut butter and contact the company directly at 1-800-937-7008 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT for a replacement or refund.

A 2012 recall because of Salmonella Bredeney in peanut butter produced by Sunland Inc. resulted in 42 cases of illness and the eventual closure of the company after filing for bankruptcy.

The CDC reports that people in a normal state of health who ingest Salmonella-tainted food may experience diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, which typically begin within 12 to 72 hours. This may be accompanied by vomiting, chills, headache and muscle pains.

These symptoms may last about four to seven days and then go away without specific treatment, but left unchecked, Salmonella infection may spread to the bloodstream and beyond. It can cause death if the person is not treated promptly with antibiotics.

Children, the elderly and people with compromised immune symptoms should practice extreme caution.

About 48 million people contract some form of food poisoning each year, according to the CDC.

Salmonella was the top cause of foodborne illness, according to the CDC's 2012 report card on food poisoning. However, the overall incidence of Salmonella was unchanged from the 2006-08 data, the agency said. The report card is based on reports from 10 U.S. regions, representing about 15% of the country.

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(KUTV) A rescue has been called off for an injured Boy Scout stuck on a mountain in Cache County.

The rescue was called off at about 6 p.m. Officials say the Boy Scout has minor injuries and is able to hike down with his group off the mountain located just east of Smithfield above Birch Canyon.

Authorities also say the boy was not stuck on a ledge as originally reported. The rescue helicopter has also been called off as the boy and his scouting troop are now hiking down from the mountain.

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(CNN) A video released by ISIS shows the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn't end military operations in Iraq.

In the video posted Tuesday on YouTube, Foley is seen kneeling next to a man dressed in black. He reads a message, presumably scripted by his captors, that his "real killer'' is America.

"I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope for freedom to see my family once again," Foley can be heard saying in the video.

He is then shown being beheaded.

The National Security Council is aware of the video.

"The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available," NSC spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

Foley disappeared in November 2012 in northwest Syria, near the border with Turkey. He was reportedly forced into a vehicle by gunmen; he was not heard from again. At the time of his disappearance, he was working for the GlobalPost.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Facebook group set up to support Foley and his family, "Free James Foley," wrote, "We know that many of you are looking for confirmation or answers. Please be patient until we all have more information, and keep the Foleys in your thoughts and prayers."

The video also shows another American journalist. His life is said by the militants in the video to hang in the balance, depending on what Obama does next.

The journalist is believed to be Steven Sotloff, who was kidnapped at the Syria-Turkey border in 2013. Sotloff is a contributor to Time and Foreign Policy magazines.

As a freelancer, Foley picked up work for a number of major media outlets, including Agence France-Presse and GlobalPost.

"On behalf of John and Diane Foley, and also GlobalPost, we deeply appreciate all of the messages of sympathy and support that have poured in since the news of Jim's possible execution first broke," Philip Balboni, GlobalPost CEO and co-founder, said in a published statement.

"We have been informed that the FBI is in the process of evaluating the video posted by the Islamic State to determine if it is authentic. Until we have that determination, we will not be in a position to make any further statement. We ask for your prayers for Jim and his family."

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

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

Foley grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 2008. Like other young journalists who came of age after the September 11 terror attacks and American wars overseas, Foley was drawn to Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas of conflict.

Friends described Foley as fair, curious and impressively even-tempered.

"Everybody, everywhere, takes a liking to Jim as soon as they meet him," journalist Clare Morgana Gillis wrote in a blog post about him in May 2013, six months after he disappeared in Syria.

"Men like him for his good humor and tendency to address everyone as 'bro' or 'homie' or 'dude' after the first handshake. Women like him for his broad smile, broad shoulders, and because, well, women just like him."

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(KUTV) Does Utah need another big national monument?

Some environmentalists and senators want President Obama to declare a greater Canyonlands monument and it is an issue in Utah’s first district congressional race.

Utah 1st Congressional District Rep. Rob Bishop has a bill to slow down the project. He says President Obama needs to follow the process in designating monuments the way other people need to do when they do things on public land. Rep. Bishop is skeptical about the monument. His opponent Donna McAleer says it deserves more consideration than it’s getting from Bishop.

“Our iconic landscape here is a huge driver,” said McAleer.

Rep. Bishop says the monument is now being “used as a political weapon, not necessarily for conservation.”

Environmentalists want a 1.4 million acre national monument around the national park to protect it because they say too many off road vehicles are damaging land near the park. They also want to put the land off limits to oil or gas drilling. McAleer says protection deserves consideration.

President Obama can make a new monument just by himself if he wants to. Rep. Bishop says that’s too much power for one man. He says he bill is meant to reduce the President’s power over monuments.

Rep. Bishop says he doesn’t think President Obama is going to designate a big monument in Canyonlands. Both he and McAleer agree there needs to be some kind of process to protect the lands in the area.

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(KUTV) The race for the Salt Lake County Recorder’s Office is starting to heat up as the Democratic candidate is calling an audit, saying there’s something strange about this year’s revenue loss.

“Where’s the money,” said Democratic Candidate Mary Bishop.

The Republican County Recorder Gary Ott says business is down and there’s nothing anyone can do about the problem.

“My opponent really doesn’t know what she’s talking about and has a mean streak,” said Ott.

The County Recorder records deeds and other real estate documents and charges a fee set by law for the service. Most years, the recorder makes a little for the county. This year, however, business is down, so the recorder says he is not collecting as much in fees and will likely have to take some money from the county.

“Instead of adding money to the general fund of Salt Lake County, the recorder’s office will need an influx,” said Bishop.

Ott says the recorder helps people who ask and fewer people are asking.

“Nothing I can do about that,” said Ott.

Bishop is not satisfied with that explanation and wants an investigation.

“We deserve a recorder who will ask for an audit to determine the facts,” said Bishop.

“It’s out on the open so people know what’s going on,” said Ott.

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(KUTV) Saratoga Springs police placed Westlake High School on lock down and delayed school start after receiving a bomb threat Tuesday.

Police say a call came in around 3 a.m. from someone claiming there was a bomb at the school. A bomb squad searched the school using canine units around 4 a.m.

As a precaution classes were cancelled and will start on Wednesday, but teachers and staff were still allowed to come into work.  The school was secured and will be open from 1 - 3 p.m. All extracurricular activities will resume as scheduled.

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(CNN) St. Louis police shot and killed a young African-American man Tuesday after authorities say he brandished a knife.

The shooting took place not far from Ferguson, Missouri, where the death of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer has touched off violent protests.

"The suspect, who right now is described as a 23-year-old African-American, was acting erratically -- walking back and forth up and down the street," St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told reporters.

"As officers arrived, the suspect turned towards the officers and started to walk towards them clutching his waistband. He then pulled out a knife ... and told the officers, 'Shoot me now. Kill me now,'" the chief said.

Responding officers told the man, repeatedly, to stop and drop his knife, Dotson said. He continued to approach, coming within about four feet of one of the officers, Dotson said, adding that both officers then fired their weapons, striking the suspect.

According to the St. Louis police chief, the suspect was involved in an incident earlier in the day at a convenience store, where he is accused of walking out with two energy drinks and a package of pastries without paying.

Asked about whether he was concerned Tuesday's shooting could inflame passions further in nearby Ferguson, Dotson talked about the importance of officer safety.

"If you're the family of a police officer and somebody approaches you within three feet with a knife, I think you have the right to defend yourself and protect yourself. So I think it certainly is reasonable that an officer has an expectation to go home at the end of the night," he said.

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(KUTV) "Alright, today we are going to do a 30 to 15 push pull work out!" says a trainer inside a gym in Sandy.

Casey Fullmer, 39, is a trainer who knows what it's like to push it to the limit.

It wasn't long ago that Fullmer weighed more than 500 pounds.

"The most I weighed was probably 530 pounds," said Fullmer, referring to what he looked like back in the spring of 2013. 
 
Fullmer says he ate a lot and was miserable.     

"I wasn't active at work and by the time I would get home I was exhausted,a said Fullmer. aI would sit in front of the TV for a few hours, watch TV, eat and go to bed. That was my life."
 
Then last year Fullmer's High School friend Tom Vidal came into the picture. He had just moved to Utah from California and opened up Trainer Zone Fitness in Sandy.

"When I saw where he was I knew it was time for a change," said Vidal.

Fullmer was also getting pressure from his 16-year-old son to change.

"He asked me to try different weight loss programs he saw on TV," said Fullmer.
 
Fullmer says he finally gave in and started a fitness plan. He worked hard, starting with three days a week, then to four, then to five to six. He also overhauled his diet.
 
"I cut out a lot of fast food pretty much all of fast food. I cut out a lot of carbs and breads and sugars, sweets. A lot of protein and vegetables," said Fullmer.

The pounds began to drop month after month. On the day of the interview Fullmer stepped on a scale inside the gym and weighed in at 296 pounds, his lowest weight yet.
 
aI feel fantastic," said Fullmer.

As a motivation factor at the gym Fullmer keeps his size 54 waist jeans and 6XL shirt to remind him of what he does not want to go back to.

Fullmer also told 2News how he lost the weight.

"There is no secret. There is just a lot of hard work and dedication,a said Fullmer. aYou got to watch what you eat. You got to get your butt somewhere and work hard. You got to get sweaty. There is no way around it."
 
An incredible goal for a 500 pound man who never dreamed he would end up not only losing weight, but also becoming a fitness trainer.

"I was well over 500 pounds and I started in here and I did it. I didn't think I could do it either when I did it but I did," said Fullmer. aI shocked myself I guess."

Fullmer says he now wants to pay it forward and help others who may be in his situation by offering them a one year free training and nutrition counseling.

Fullmer and Vidal plan to pick four contestants.  If you would like to enter the challenge, you can go to www.trainerzonefitness.com for more information. 

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(KUTV) Salt Lake City emergency crews responded to an early morning fire at a downtown apartment complex near 300 East 500 South on Tuesday.

Firefighters say the fire started in a building currently under construction around 4 a.m. Crews say the fire was small in size and they were able to contain the blaze quickly.

Damage to the property is estimated at $20,000 due to building material that was destroyed.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire. Investigators are suspicious of the fire because there was no power connected to the building.

No one was injured.

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(KUTV) KUTV anchors Ron Bird and Mary Nickles joined Tod and Erin from Rewind 100.7 in taking the Ice Bucket Challenge.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has helped the ALS Association raise over 15 million dollars since the challenge began.

Watch the video to hear who they passed the challenge onto.

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(KUTV)  A 54-year-old California man was killed on Monday evening and six others were injured when the minivan they were traveling in crashed along Interstate 84 near the Idaho border, authorities said.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP), the minivan was headed west on I-84 near Snowville when it began drifting toward the left shoulder on the freeway. The driver over-corrected to the right and sent the vehicle into a spin across both westbound lanes and off the freeway.

Officials said the van hit a cement drainage area off the road, rolled one and-a-half times and ended up on its roof.

Passenger Albert Arzaga, 54, of Chula Vista, Calif., was ejected from the vehicle and died instantly, authorities said. Another male passenger was critically hurt and flown to Ogden Regional Hospital.

The driver and remaining four passengers, including two young children, were taken to Bear River Valley Hospital by ground ambulance, officials said. One of the children, a 4-year-old girl, was ultimately flown to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City with a severe head injury. The other four were treated for minor injuries and released, the UHP said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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(KUTV) Salt Lake City Police are looking for a man who held up a Subway sandwich shop in Sugar House over the weekend.

According to police, the suspect entered the Subway at 974 E. 2100 S. on Saturday evening wearing a dreadlocked wig that covered his face and asked the cashier for a cookie. He then pulled a gun, demanded cash from the register and left the store.

Authorities said the bandit escaped into a white Chevrolet Suburban that was waiting in the parking lot. The SUV, which had a temporary license tag and plate holder, fled the scene headed southbound on 1000 E.

Police said the bandit is a black male, approximately 17-20 years old and stood approximately 5-foot 10-inches tall. He wore the dreadlocked wig, a red hooded sweatshirt, jeans and white gloves. The driver of the SUV was also a black male, between 17 and 20 years old with a white T-shirt and short black hair, officials said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Salt Lake City Police Department at (801) 799-3000.

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(KUTV) Heavy rains in the Southern Utah area have created a troubling situation from power crews.

Officials are saying close to 2,000 residents are being affected by power outages in the Brookside, Central, Dammeron Valley, Diamond Valley, Veyo and Winchester Hills areas.

Crews are working to restore power, but they do not have an estimated time for completion.

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(KUTV) Flooding prompted by heavy rain Monday evening damaged several homes and sent water and debris into multiple areas of Washington County.

One of the damaged homes is located on N. Main Street in Washington City and currently has about two feet of water inside and four to five inches outside. Earlier Monday evening, fire crews were on the scene attempting to pump water away from the home.

St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker says the flooding is a result from the thunderstorms that hit the eastern parts of southern Utah and Arizona.

"Our real concern is people that are here watching it in the area of the Fort Pearce Wash," said Stoker. "If they get too close to the edges, the edges may give way."

Damage in areas all around Washington County have people talking.

"I haven't seen anything like this for the past few years," said resident Wiatt Dennis. "Last time I saw something like this, it tore down a bunch of houses."

Dennis said he witnessed a dirt road in St. George get completely demolished.

"I was telling my mom we need to get out of the car and take a video," said Dennis.

Several authorities are on the scene of the flooding in areas of Washington County.

"Right now, we're just watching and monitoring," said Stoker. "We've got our police department and fire departments, city crews out watching the water ways making sure we don't have any problems."

Officials say they are concerned with the amount of debris that came through during the flooding. They also say the homes in the area have experienced minimal damage.

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(KUTV) Police say a man experienced a seizure while driving Monday and smashed his SUV into an apartment building in North Salt Lake.

The SUV came within three feet of causing serious injuries. Resident Brian Bennett said the SUV nearly hit him.

"Mom was at the computer and I was at the table. I turned away for five seconds and I looked back," said Bennett. "It was a battering ram coming around the tree. I was sitting three feet away from it."

Bennett was suddenly staring into the headlights of the SUV. He says the driver inside was unconscious and the SUV's tires continued to spin wildly.

Auston Wilson also witnessed the incident and said he spotted the truck speeding towards the apartment building and then smashed into a porch.

"I was upstairs looking through my window," Wilson said. "I watched him take out the tree. I look down and he's having a seizure."

Wilson said the driver was purple and not breathing. He jumped into the back seat of the car, turned off the engine and began to revive the man. After about two minutes, the man was awake and breathing.

"The first thing I say is if you can hear me squeeze my hand and he squeezed my hand," said Wilson.

Neighbors are now cleaning up the incident and taking stock of just how close the SUV came to causing serious injury.

"I almost had my life flash before my eyes. Has that ever happened to you?" said Bennett.

The driver was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to recover.

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(KUTV) Sandy police are searching for a man they say groped a 14-year-old girl in the middle of the day at a Target store.

Sgt. Dean Carriger said this happened August 7 around 4:00 p.m. An adult man approached two teen girls as they were shopping and talked to them, Carriger said. During this time, police say the man reached down and groped one of them, a 14-year-old.

The man then left the store in a white Dodge 1500 pickup truck, Carriger said. The man is described as white, heavy set, and about 30 to 35 years old.

Carriger said the victim and the man did not know each other.

Anyone with information about this case or knows the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Sandy police at 801-799-3000 or leave a tip online at Sandy.utah.gov/police.

By Daniel Woodruff

Follow Daniel on Twitter: @danielmwoodruff

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)

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