(KUTV) Investigators say that a 2-year-old boy from Cache County has died after being accidentally shot in the abdomen by his 3-year-old sister Friday evening.
Police responded to a report of a gun shot victim at 3616 West 2200 South in Cache County. When officers arrived, they found the victim had been shot by a .22 caliber rifle.
The boy underwent initial surgery at Logan Regional Hospital but was taken by medical helicopter to Primary Children's Hospital, where he eventually passed away from his injuries, Lt. Mike Peterson of the Cache County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.
Peterson said in the release that the boy's 3-year-old sister gained access to a gun, which had been left in the living room of the home. The gun had been used earlier in the day by the victim's father.
The rifle still had live rounds in the chamber and the 3-year-old accidentally shot her brother in the abdomen, the press release said.
Investigators are still gathering all the facts of the case and may refer it to the Cache County Attorney's Office for review.
(KUTV) The 11th annual Salt Lake City marathon brought thousands of runners and spectators downtown this Saturday.
There was a new sponsor this year, Lifetime Fitness, and a brand new course, which had runners crossing the finish line at Library Square.
"This new site here (at the finish line), being in the heart of downtown, right smack in the middle of the action... it has a real sense of arrival for our marathon runners," race director Steve Bingham told 2News, "The new course goes into the Avenues, Federal Heights, Memory Grove, along South Temple and is much more downtown, going past historic landmarks and milestones for the city of Salt Lake."
It was a festive environment throughout the run as crowds cheered on the runners. Many commenting on how different this year's race was than last year's, when security was tight and many were on edge.
The Salt Lake City Marathon in 2013 took place just after the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon. This year, many said they dedicated their efforts to the victims and survivors, saying they were "Boston Strong". The Boston Marathon will take place Monday.
The winner of this morning's marathon was Salt Lake's own Fritz Vandekamp, 34, who made the 26.2 mile trek in under 2 1/2 hours. He says an injury limited his training to just a few weeks.
"It was kind of a crash course training," Vandekamp told 2News after the race,"but I felt really good going into it."
Melanie Burnham from Lehi was the first woman to cross the finish line, and completed the marathon in just about 3 hours.
"Overwhelmed with just joy," Burnham said through her tears of joy, "At Mile 9, I thought about just doing the half marathon and just taking that way home! I almost turned there."
One man, EJ Christenson, was spotted crossing the finish line holding onto a dog, which he says ran the last 6 miles along his side.
"I think it was around Mile 20, he just wouldn't stop and just kept following us," Christenson told 2News, "If nobody claims him, I'm going to adopt him!"
Keli Holiday, 13, drove down from Wyoming to run in the 5k and won, "It felt like rewarding to just come across the finish line, and you just think about all the hard work you put into it."
Harvey Hatch drove up to Salt Lake from Cedar City to run the 5k with his wife and daughter, "It was a lot of fun. I'm glad we did it."
Health club chain Lifetime Fitness is the new sponsor of the event. Race organizers say this year they had 1,186 run the marathon, and nearly 3,500 run the half-marathon. There was also a 5k run, bike tour and kids race.
Registration for next year's marathon - set for April 18th - opens Tuesday.
(KUTV) A vacant duplex in Provo caught fire Saturday and officials suspect arson. "This is the sixth building fire within the last six weeks to be set on fire," Provo Fire Marshal Lynn Schofield told 2News.
All six building fires have happened inside the same duplex unit, which is located on University Avenue near the Riverwoods business district.
Crews were able to extinguish the flames quickly and now police are looking for the suspect or suspects.
If you know who is responsible for the fires contact the Provo Police Department at 801-852-6231
(KUTV) 33-year-old Joaquin Gonzalez of Chicago, IL was stabbed to death early Saturday morning in downtown Salt Lake City.
The stabbing occurred at approximately 1:20 a.m. when Gonzalez and a female companion were confronted by two male suspects near 500 West and 100 South, just west of Gateway Mall. The suspects started a fight with Gonzalez who was subsequently stabbed multiple times and died at the scene.
The woman, who tried unsuccessfully to help Gonzalez, was left uninjured.
Police are looking for the two male suspects who fled southbound on 500 West on foot. Both suspects are possibly Hispanic and were wearing dark, hooded sweatshirts. One suspect was wearing a black beanie.
If you have any information on this incident, you are asked to contact the Salt Lake City Police Department at (801) 799-3000. Anonymous tips can also be sent by texting your tip with the keyword TIPSLCPD to 274637.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.
Workers and residents have watched helplessly in recent days as the slow-motion landslide spanning hundreds of yards split a house in two and inched ever closer to a cluster of businesses below.
Standing at the edge of the slide zone, its rocky slope rising sharply behind him, Jackson Fire Chief Willy Watsabaugh said the rate of movement slowed Saturday, giving crews a chance to get back in and reassess the damage.
Yet the fate of the businesses, houses and apartment buildings in the slide zone remained in doubt. Experts brought in to assist the town said it was unknown when the slide will come to a rest.
Efforts taken to stop it — including the erection of large concrete walls at the base of the slope — have proved futile.
The concrete walls had been pushed around by the shifting ground and were leaning away from the slope Saturday, when they were relocated to support a make-shift road being built to give heavy equipment better access to the site.
"We're up against the Earth, and the Earth's movement is an extremely powerful thing," Watsabaugh said.
A sudden acceleration earlier in the week prompted authorities to suspend their efforts to shore up the slope as falling rocks created a hazard. The work that resumed this weekend focused on repairing some of the damage already inflicted, such as a break in a sewer line on Friday, town spokeswoman Charlotte Reynolds said.
What triggered the geologic event remains under investigation.
Authorities are looking into whether recent construction at the foot of East Gros Ventre Butte made the slope unstable. But they say there could be a variety of additional causes, including earlier construction at the site, warmer weather and a wet winter that put more water into the ground, where it acts as a lubricant for unstable rocks and soil.
Town officials first noticed significant hill movement April 4. They evacuated 42 homes and apartment units April 9.
By Saturday morning, the shifting earth had caused bulges in a road and a parking lot at the foot of the hill that were as big as 10 feet. The groundswell pushed a small town water pump building 15 feet toward West Broadway, the town's main drag.
Because of its more stable geology, the slope is unlikely to suddenly collapse like the March 22 landslide in Oso, Wash., that killed 39 people, experts said. More likely, large blocks of earth would tumble down piece by piece.
The ground had been moving initially at a rate of an inch a day. That is expected to speed up as time goes on, said George Machan, a landslide specialist consulting for the town.
Rockslides are common in the surrounding Rocky Mountains in the spring, when melting snow and warmer weather unleashes the region's dynamic geology. In the early 1920s, a massive slide caused by heavy rains north of Jackson formed a natural dam across a small river. The dam gave way two years later, unleashing a flood that killed six people.
But other factors appear to be in play on East Gros Ventre Butte, a small mountain that looms over the west side of town, its base dotted with homes and businesses.
The area of the landslide has been graded for roads and businesses in recent years, including a new Walgreens. That could have weakened the hillside and set the stage for the landslide, although the precise trigger remains under investigation.
Jackson resident Rick Johnson lives less than a quarter-mile from the slide area along the same south-facing slope. He said a retaining wall on his property has been shifting in recent years, but he had not given it too much thought until the slide started just down the road.
As he watched workers at the top of the slide area taking measurements of the previous night's movements, Johnson said he had no doubt that the natural geologic forces at work were amplified by the recent construction of a Walgreens at the foot of the slide.
"I think they are just messing with Mother Nature, and they didn't think of the long-term consequences," he said.
Unlike an earthquake or tornado, landslides typically are isolated and don't affect large swaths of territory. Yet they consistently rate among the costliest, most frequent and deadliest natural disasters in the U.S., said David Montgomery, a geology professor at the University of Washington in Seattle.
They can occur in all 50 states, kill 25 to 50 people a year and cost $1 billion to $3 billion annually, he said, citing a 2004 National Research Council report.
Landslides in scenic, mountainous areas like Jackson are a lot like the wildfires that occur in the same areas. Both hazards are natural events that present more of a problem when people move in and build subdivisions or shopping areas.
"When you add it up, it's actually a major geological hazard," Montgomery said. "As more people move into more mountainous environments, the opportunities for interactions between human infrastructure and people, and landslides, increase."
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(KUTV) A two year-old boy from Cache County was rushed to the hospital and into surgery Friday night after he was shot in the abdomen by his three year-old sister. Lt. Mike Peterson with the Cache County Sheriff's Office said it was a terrible accident.
The call to police was made from the boy's home at 6:40 p.m. The child's mother was home when the shooting happened. Lt. Peterson said it was not clear how the sister got a hold of the .22 caliber rifle and shot her brother. "We are trying to give the family some space," said Peterson who emphasized an investigation will happen to determine if there was negligence.
Neighbor Melodee Olsen ran to the victim's house when she heard the sound of sirens. She watched as paramedics rushed the boy from the scene. She said the family has only been living in the community of Young Ward for about a year and mostly keep to themselves.
(KUTV) A Utah man preparing his ascent to the top of Mt. Everest is doing fine, according to his daughter. Greg Paul was on a neighboring mountain getting used to the elevation change when the avalanche struck Everest, killing 12 Nepalise climbing guides; another four guides were missing as of Friday night.
Greg Paul is the part owner of Momentum Climbing gym in Sandy. As an avid outdoors man it's his lifelong dream to summit Everest. "He had already been there once and tried to summit, so I think that he's really driven," says John Vickers, who works at the climbing gym, and is helping Greg manage his blog while he's on the journey.
Vickers says Greg Paul is attempting to climb the mountain after having double knee replacement surgery. "I don't think that something like this, as long as it's still safe, is going to stop him either," says Vickers.
Greg's journey to the summit of Everest, is only possible with the help of Nepalise climbing guides, known as Sherpas. They are a group of men that risk their lives preparing the way for little pay, so westerners can achieve glory at the summit.
"The Sherpas really are the backbone of Everest," says Jerry Mika, who's a close friend of Apa Sherpa, the man who's climbed Everest more than anyone. "They set the ropes and carry the ladders. Without the Sherpas, climbing Everest would be very difficult."
Mika was a base camp manager for a 2007 Everest expedition, now he's the president of the Utah-based, Apa Sherpa Foundation, a charity that helps the families of the Sherpas.
"At 12,500 feet, they don't have a lot of school supplies up there, so our goal is to get them up to date, pay the new teachers, we just built libraries," he says.
After this latest tragedy, that killed at least 12 Everest Sherpa guides, Mika says caring for the Sherpa children is more important than ever. "If we can get those little guys educated and get them off to the next level, they won't have to carry for the westerners, or carry for the little bit of money that they do make," he says.
As for Greg Paul's Everest journey, his daughter says he's saddened by the loss of life and concerned now that his effort to reach the summit may have taken a major setback.
(KUTV) What would have been an ordinary traffic stop became the apprehension of a man who has two hundred and fifty thousand dollars in old warrants.
On Friday officers attempted to stop a vehicle and at first the driver, Justin Tyler Delage did comply. The vehicle initially pulled over, but soon after he changed his mind. As the officer approached the driver, the vehicle drove off.
According to police, that is when the chase began. Delage allegedly headed west on 1300 South, until he crashed at the intersection of 500 West.
Delage then exited the vehicle and began to run; police pursued and eventually took him into custody.
In addition to the warrants and evading charges the police say they discovered methamphetamine.
(KUTV) At Old Mill Golf Course in Holladay Friday, golfers were honing their craft on the driving range. For these amateurs, it's a labor of love done exclusively for the sake of fun. Check that – done mostly for the sake of fun.
Bill Christiansen says he has won trophies and money. Steve Larsen once won a water bottle. But that all pales in comparison to one golfer who said he has won time and time again – trophies, cash prizes, even a few green jackets. (Disclaimer, he was playing golf on his Playstation).
Last weekend, for the second time in three years, Bubba Watson was awarded arguably the most coveted prize in golf: a real green jacket. The honor was bestowed on him for winning the Masters Tournament at Augusta National in Georgia.
"It's overwhelming," Watson said after the victory. "As a kid, all you want to do is make the [Professional Golf Association] tour. Nine years on tour now, somehow six wins, two of [them] have green jackets wrapped around [them]. It's something I could never dream of."
But as the tournament wrapped up last Sunday here on KUTV and CBS, one viewer asked, how did such a unique tradition begin?
It's a good question and the answer does not date back to the beginning, according to the tournament's official website.
"It wasn't until the 13th playing of the event, in 1949, that the champion was awarded the signature blazer for the first time. Originally, only Augusta National members wore green jackets. Club officials started the custom in 1937, urging members to purchase the jackets and to wear them during Masters week so patrons could identify reliable sources of information. The club extended the tradition to Masters Champions as a gesture indicating the winners were to become honorary members of Augusta National."
While players of the sport may shoot for the coveted green, here in Utah veteran golfers like Christensen prefer to dawn a different shade.
"Well, I played for the University of Utah and got a red jacket," he said with pride.
(KUTV) Construction season is officially underway in Utah and one of the biggest projects launched by UDOT will affect Davis County drivers.
Friday marks the beginning of the I-15 South Davis project which is intended to cut down on freeway congestion during peak hours.
Project managers say the construction will include adding express lanes in both directions from the North I-215 interchange to U.S. 89 in Farmington. Once the construction is finished, Utah will have the longest continuous express lane in the nation, stretching from Santaquin to Layton.
The project will also include the replacement of I-15 bridges at 2600 South and 1500 South in Woods Cross, and near 500 South and 400 North in Bountiful.
State legislators who helped secure the 117 million dollars needed for the project are concerned about the growing congestion in Davis County. According to State Senator Stuart Adams, the South Davis project will help lay plans for future growth throughout the state. “We understand as a state, the connection between infrastructure and economic development. When you invest in infrastructure, economic development comes with it.”
The construction is not expected to wrap up until late summer of 2015.
To minimize traffic congestion, I-15 will remain open with no restrictions during peak hours.
During the construction phase, UDOT is asking drivers to consider alternate routes such as Legacy Highway and U.S. 89 to avoid congestion.
(KUTV) The Salt Lake City Police Department reminds the public to plan accordingly for road closures and parking issues due to the Salt Lake City Marathon Saturday morning.
The department has 208 officers assigned to 197 traffic posts for the safety of participants, spectators and residents. Officers will accommodate through-traffic when it is safe to do so, but motorists and residents should expect delays as race events progress throughout the morning.
Course closure is set for 1:30 PM, at which time any participants yet to finish must move to the sidewalk or follow normal roadway rules.
Starting times for marathon events: 6:00 AM Bike Tour 6:10 AM Hand Cycle, Wheel Chair 7:00 AM Full/Half Marathon 7:10 AM 5K 10:45 AM Kids K
(KUTV) Fantasy heroes, villains, and foils in a "cosplay" extravaganza at Comic Con may not be a feast for downtown Salt Lake businesses, compared to other conventions that sweep through the Salt Palace.
"The real value of these shows is what they do to the community, the vibrancy, and the quality of life they lend to the community," said Scott Beck, CEO of the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We just don't do a lot of research on consumer shows."
But Beck knows some facts from the original Comic Con, widely viewed as a big success.
"Based on last year's demographics, 92 percent (of Comic Con goers) were from the State of Utah," said Beck. "52 percent were from the Salt Lake Valley."
Much of the Comic Con crowd won't stay in hotels, maybe won't be waiting for tables at downtown restaurants, in contrast to say, the Outdoor Retailers Convention, which draws tens of thousands of people, overwhelmingly from out of town.
Still, Beck is a Comic Con fan, and attendees are peppering money for the spectacle inside the Salt Palace.
A stay-at-home mom said she bought a $60 three day pass, and estimated she spent $270 for different costumes each day. "The one I was wearing yesterday was about $130," she told 2News.
David Christensen, of Magna, said he spent between $200-250, counting tickets. On Friday, he was in line for a celebrity autograph, and said he was willing to pay for a few strokes of the pen from James Marsters.
The founder of Comic Con, Dan Farr, said he wants more information about the effects on the economy.
"We're going to have an impact study done," said Farr, who is hoping for numbers that might leap tall buildings in a single bound, which he thinks would be good for the show.
"I want to keep a full time job doing it," Farr said. "I love it, and I want to continue to do it."
(KUTV) Donuts have made a big comeback in recent years with several new shops opening in Salt Lake City.
For donut enthusiast, there's nothing like Banbury Cross Donuts. Everyday their little cottage pushes out every type of donut to the awaiting public.
The man behind it all is Jeff Morrow, a retired aeronautical engineer, who bought the place in '86 just for something to do.
With almost nine thousand donuts flying out the door each day, Jeff's 30 employees are now in constant motion. The kitchen is old school about everything; rolling, cutting, dipping and sprinkling are all done by hand.
For Jeff and his team its long days and hard work, but he says it's worth when he sees all those donut filled smiles.
(KUTV) According to Unified Police Officers, the 59-year-old woman found dead in her Taylorsville home, was suffocated to death.
"Anytime you have a horrific crime like this in your neighborhood, it's disturbing," said Lt. Justin Hoyal with Unified Police.
Police said Margaret Steffey lived alone. Neighbors said Steffey was a widow and a retired teacher. They called her quiet and nice.
"Of anything crazy happening, I can't believe it was that house," Neighbor Nick Stocking said. "Her yard always looked really nice, and she just kept to herself. This is crazy."
Detectives don't know what was used to suffocate Steffey. They are working with the medical examiner to determine how long she was deceased in the home.
Police say they received a phone call from concerned family members after they couldn't get in contact with Steffey. Relatives said they hadn't heard from Steffey since Saturday. Wednesday morning, police did a welfare check at the Taylorsville home located at 3973 West Blue Meadow Drive. They found Steffey, murdered in the home.
Forensic evidence detectives processed the crime scene for more than 30 hours.
"We didn't find any damage to the exterior of the house," Lt. Hoyal said. "There is no indication of a forced entry."
Before the autopsy results were released and Steffey was identified, investigators were unable to identify the body as male or female. Hoyal would not discuss the reason for that, explaining those details could jeopardize the investigation. He added the body was not mutilated or dismembered.
Unified Police detectives are asking the public for help in locating the person who murdered Steffey.
If you saw anything suspicious in that area or know any of Margaret Steffey's contacts, you are urged to call Unified Police at 385-468-9816.
(KUTV) Davis County deputies have found a missing M-16 rifle.
The fully automatic weapon disappeared in 2006, and officials have been looking for it ever since.
Officials say that in 2006 a Davis County Deputy, who was a member of DCSO's SWAT Team, and member of the United State Military, received orders of deployed to Afghanistan for 1 1/2 years. At the time, he requested permission to take an M-16 for training purposes for SWAT before he was deployed.
Officials say the employee trained with the rifle and then put the gun into his gun safe at home at the time of his deployment where it has remained since 2006. The deputy finished his tour and then returned home before completing a second tour in the Middle East.
The employee, who has been home for several years, says he has not thought about the rifle since 2006. Officials say that due to lack of paperwork, and partially because of human error, the employee never heard about an investigation into a missing M16 rifle. While reading a local newspaper about the missing rifle, his memory was sparked and he alerted his superior.
Davis County Sheriff's Office says the officer's employment never ceased and the gun was never on the streets or used for criminal purposes.
(KUTV) Just 75-million years ago modern-day Utah was a lush island landmass; paleontologists call this prehistoric region Laramidia.
"We hope it becomes a household name with all these new dinosaur discoveries," says Randy Irmis, Curator of Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Utah.
It just might, in the last few years paleontologists have uncovered and introduced at least nine new prehistoric species to the world, all of them coming from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This is why Utah is featured in the May 2014 issue of National Geographic Magazine.
"One of the fossils that we're working on right now is something that we helicoptered out of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument last fall," says Irmis. "The name of this dinosaur is Parasaurolopus; it's a duck-billed dinosaur."
Once it's cleaned and completely excavated, Parasaurolopus will ultimately be displayed on the museum floor alongside its friends, also discovered in Southern Utah.
"This is a very big deal," says Utah's Director of Tourism, Vicki Varela, who estimates that visitors spent about $7.4 billion here last year. "That translated into $960 million in state and local tax revenues." She says. "Now that the word is out about our dinosaurs, who knows."
The tourism board has organized a dinosaur tour of Utah, including 15 stops around the state where you can learn more and see more dinosaur bones.
"Dinosaurs knew 75-million years ago, what visitors know today, Utah is a destination," says Varela.
(KUTV) Thousands of fans crowded the Salt Palace convention center on Thursday for the first day of Comic Con's "Fan Xperience."
The first Comic Con event last September attracted more than 70,000 attendees, surpassing even organizers' expectation. This year, the conference for fans of comic books, fantasy movies and superheroes could exceed last year's ticket sales.
Last year "beat out Denver, Seattle, Phoenix and Anaheim, which amazed the Comic Con community," said Al Niuman, dressed as the Jack of Spades from Alice in Wonderland. "So I had to drive from Colorado to be here."
Attendee and Trekkie, Eric Hall, is a volunteer for Heroes Engaging Real Organizations In Charity (HEROIC Inc.), an organization whose volunteers dress up as superheroes and princesses to raise money for charitable causes. Dressed as a member of the Borg Collective in Star Trek, he took pictures with other fans and worked a fundraising booth.
"I have been working on this costume since 1993, just adding parts, changing things," Hall said. "Today we're working with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to raise funds."
Guests bought comic-book and fantasy paraphernalia, took pictures with and bought autographs from stars. William Shatner was scheduled to arrive shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Organizers expect the three-day event to bring in as many as 100,000 attendees.
(KUTV) The St. George City Council is set to approve the purchase of a $1.5 million building to be used as a "resource center" for the area's homeless population and other residents in need of assistance.
"We've made an offer for a building," St. George Mayor Jon Pike said. "I really think that we can have this be a best-practice approach to solving the needs of these people."
Under one roof, Pike says the proposed St. George Resource Center will offer residents access to job training, behavioral health and case management.
"We want to create, basically, a one-stop shop for these kinds of services," he said.
The building, a former youth treatment facility located at 948 North 1300 West, will provide the typical shelter and food services for the homeless, but will also have office space for non-profit groups and other agencies.
The council will vote Thursday evening on whether to purchase the 16,000-square-foot building, which already has dorm-like living quarters, an industrial kitchen and office space, according to St. George Economic and Housing Development Director Matt Loo.
"We've accomplished something that we've never undertaken in this area, in one facility," Loo said. "I think the whole spirit of working together brings power."
The city says it plans to pay for the building using federal grants and donations.
Currently, the main shelter for homeless residents in Washington County is the Dixie Care and Share located on 300 West just off of the St. George Blvd.
"We turn away people almost every night," said Jae Maxfield, the shelter's executive director.
Dixie Care and Share has only 54 beds divided between sleeping areas for men, women and families. Over the last 12 months, 600 different people stayed at the shelter, Maxfield said. He welcomes the city's plan to centralize resources for those in need.
"I think we can vastly enhance the services we are able to provide to not only the homeless but also those people who are near homeless in our community," he said.
A woman staying at Dixie Care and Share said the city already does a good job helping the homeless but that having access to many organizations at the same location would be helpful.
"It's exhausting, when you're homeless, those things are exhausting," Rebecca Bowes said of trying to coordinate job hunting with day-to-day survival.
Bowes has a job and hopes to be on her own soon. She says not worrying about where to sleep and eat was key to helping her get her life back on track.
"It's a scary feeling when you're out there," she said.
(KUTV) Pastor John Parsley was in his study, working on an Easter sermon, when he was told fire had broken out in the basement of Clearfield Community Church.
He quickly called 911, but the phone went dead - so the pastor hurried out of the building, only to watch flames burn through the sanctuary.
That was roughly a year ago.
This Easter, the small congregation will still not be back in its usual place of worship - but a $3 million transformation is taking shape - adding to Easter joy.
Parsley spoke of "new life" as the project nears completion - a metaphor for Christ's resurrection - which the church will celebrate at a nearby elementary school this Sunday.
It was March 2013, when an old computer monitor overheated in the basement church library. Fire spread to books, the wall, into a ceiling, and then through much of the structure.
What wasn't torched by flames had smoke and water damage. The congregation did not know if it could rebuild.
Bill Storing, a co-chair of the church building committee, said engineers determined the footings and foundation we're sound - but that may have been just the beginning of what would turn into a major reconstruction.
But Storing said work is now ahead of schedule, and the church should reopen by August. A series of events are planned as a thank you to the wider community.
General contractor Chris Harris said he travels from Logan to Clearfield, and often stays in an apartment close the site. He said congregants have spoken to him about saving cherished pieces, believed lost in the blaze.
For a pastor who arrived in Utah five years ago, not wanting to build a new church, the reconstruction is another sign "God is with us."
PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah judge has ruled there's enough evidence for a 17-year-old girl to stand trial for murder and other charges stemming from a crime spree that left one deputy dead and another injured.
Judge Darold McDade on Thursday morning ordered a trial for Meagan Grunwald.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports Grunwald will be back in court May 12 to enter a plea against the 12 charges she faces.
Authorities say her boyfriend, 27-year-old Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, fatally shot Utah County sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride and wounded another deputy. Garcia-Juaregui died from injuries he sustained in a shootout with police.
Grunwald could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted. She is ineligible for the death penalty because she is under 18.
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(CNN) The number of Americans who signed up for private health insurance in the marketplaces has grown to 8 million, President Barack Obama said Thursday during a rare appearance at the daily White House news conference where he talked about the Affordable Care Act.
He said the law is "now covering more people at less cost than most would have predicted just a few months ago" and criticized its opponents.
"I find it strange that the Republican position on this law is still stuck in the same place that it has always been. They still can't bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working," the President said.
"They said nobody would sign up; they were wrong about that. They said it would be unaffordable for the country; they were wrong about that."
"They were wrong to keep trying to repeal a law that is working when they have no alternative answer for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions who'd be denied coverage again," Obama said.
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(KUTV) The same court in Denver that heard Utah's same-sex marriage case last week is hearing a similar Oklahoma case Thursday - and Utah Senator Orrin hatch, an opponent of gay marriage, says he is not optimistic about the ultimate outcome.
According to Utah Senator Hatch, lawyers for Utah same-sex marriage may be headed for final victory in the United States Supreme Court.
"But many people think the Supreme Court will find an equal protection or due process situation to allow gay marriage in every state," Senator Hatch told 2News.
The cases between Utah and Oklahoma will likely be decided together and Hatch believes the cases should be decided on state's rights.
(KUTV) Emergency managers say the Salt Lake valley is about 30 years overdue for a major earthquake. Experts say the earthquake could range in magnitude from a 5.5 to 7.0. At 10:15 this morning earthquake drills known as the Great Utah ShakeOut were held across the Wasatch Front. At John C. Fremont Elementary School in Taylorsville, kids knew just what to do when they heard the rumble. Holly Menino was there to watch the kids complete the drill.
You can join in Thursday by registering and participating at your home or workplace. For more, visit greatshakeout.org/utah
(KUTV) Bank of America foreclosed on Michelle and Shelby Ashley's Ogden home in 2008 after the owners couldn't make their mortgage payments.
Michelle and Shelby say they didn't want to be foreclosed upon and had tried to work with the bank to modify their loan. They say it was difficult to work with the bank which kept losing their paperwork and often wouldn't answer their phones.
Michelle and Shelby's was a common complaint; one that landed Bank of America and other lenders in hot water. Several state's attorneys general banded together to go after the banks. Ultimately the banks agreed to pay $2.5 billion back to homeowners in what was called the National Mortgage Settlement.
That announcement was made in June of 2013 but eight months later Michelle and Shelby still haven't seen their roughly $1,480 cut.
They've sent additional information in to the settlement administrator and they've spent hours on the phone trying to get an answer to the simple question: where is the money?
"[The administrator says] just sometime in the future they'll be sending it," Shelby said. "They don't know when."
"I just want them to release the money," Michelle said.
Frustrated, Michelle and Shelby decided to Get Gephardt to investigate.
The National Mortgage Settlement was being administered by a Minnesota company called Rust Consulting, Inc. Rust deferred questions back to the attorneys general who brought the case, specifically the Iowa attorney general's office which spear-headed the whole lawsuit.
Calls to Iowa finally yielded some answers. Assistant attorney general Wade Theraway said that Michelle and Shelby are not alone in their wait. The banks have paid and in turn most victims were promptly paid. But approximately 20,000 people including Michelle and Shelby were delayed because of a taxpayer identification number problem. In those delayed cases, the victim's TIN didn't match with the social security administration's records.
Theraway said his office deliberately delayed payments to victims like Michelle and Shelby for about six weeks to make sure the money paid out would not have to be paid back in taxes due to the taxpayer identification number issue.
Sure enough, the time frame held true. Michelle and Shelby finally received their check about nine months after the settlement was announced.
The Utah attorney general's office says that a total of $10.5 million has been distributed to more than 7,000 Utahns who had trouble working with banks trying to avoid losing their homes thanks to the National Mortgage Settlement.
By Matt Gephardt Produced by Michelle Poe Photography by Brian Morris Edited by Eric Bresee
(KUTV) "Don't let it spread to Utah" - that's what Senator Orrin Hatch is saying to BLM officials about the Nevada cattle battle.
"I don't want a Waco situation where there are deaths, and to devolve into that kind of situation," said Hatch in an interview with 2News Wednesday.
Senator Hatch says the entire Utah delegation has asked the Bureau of Land Management to avoid violence in the Cliven Bundy cattle battle.
The BLM obtained court orders and started rounding up Bundy's cattle. They say he has refused to pay grazing fees for 20 years - but Bundy says the land belongs to the state of Nevada, and he owes nothing.
Hatch says he wants to keep the problem in Nevada, where it is now.
(CNN) -- Diplomats meeting for emergency talks on the crisis in Ukraine issued a joint statement Thursday aimed at de-escalating the tensions and ensuring the security of all Ukrainians.
It calls for all illegal armed groups to be disarmed, all illegally seized buildings to be returned to legitimate owners, and for all occupied public spaces to be vacated.
It also urges a halt to violence in Ukraine and condemned all extremism, racism and religious intolerance, including antisemitism, in the country.
The statement -- which appears to be the biggest step toward calming the situation in days -- followed talks lasting several hours between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, his acting Ukrainian counterpart Andriy Deshchytsia and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
Kerry, speaking alongside Ashton, said the sides had worked hard to narrow the differences between them.
But he stressed that the agreement was just words -- and that the proof of it would be in its swift implementation on the ground.
And he warned that Russia could face "further costs" if the situation does not de-escalate in line with the concrete steps set out in the statement.
All sides have agreed to ask for monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which already has a mission in Ukraine, to help implement the agreement, Kerry said.
Kerry said Ukraine's interim leaders had made an impressive commitment toward listening to the demands of people in different regions of Ukraine, including the restive east, for increased autonomy and had promised constitutional reforms.
He said the agreement offered the best prospect for a positive way forward for Ukraine.
Lavrov, giving a separate news conference, echoed the commitments of the joint statement, as well as stressing the need for Russian speakers in Ukraine to be protected from discrimination.
The emergency talks in Geneva were called in the hope of resolving a deepening crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian protesters seize swaths of Ukraine.
The unrest in the east, which shares a border with Russia, has been spiraling so fast it has left diplomacy behind in the dust, amid the worst crisis in East-West relations since the end of the Cold War.
Military base attacked
Kiev's embattled new leaders are struggling to reassert their authority in eastern towns largely controlled by armed pro-Russian separatists. They have tried dialogue and a show of force, both to little effect.
In the southeastern city of Mariupol, a gang of 300 attacked a Ukrainian military base Thursday, leading to gunfire between the two sides. In Donetsk, the self-declared chairman of the people's council said he wants a referendum by May 11 to ask residents if they wanted sovereignty.
And in Slaviansk, pro-Russian militants are firmly in control.
The Geneva gathering, held amid talk in the United States of fresh sanctions, was the first meeting since the crisis worsened.
Speaking earlier in the day in in a televised question-and-answer session, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the talks were important "to figure out how to get out of this situation."
However, he also reiterated his thoughts about Kiev's new interim government -- in place since pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February after months of protests -- calling it "illegitimate" and without a national mandate.
Presidential elections in May are taking place under "unacceptable conditions," he added
"If the elections are to be legitimate, the constitution of Ukraine needs to be revised," he said.
Attack on military base
Earlier Thursday, in bloodshed likely to overshadow the meeting, about 300 pro-Russian militants repeatedly attacked a military base in Mariupol, Kiev said.
Soldiers opened fire, killing three attackers, wounding 13 and detaining 63 others. But some soldiers surrendered.
"The 25th Airborne Brigade whose soldiers showed cowardice and laid down weapons will be disbanded," acting President Oleksandr Turchynov told parliament. "Guilty soldiers will stand before the court."
Vitaliy Naida, a senior counter-intelligence officer with Ukraine's security service, the SBU, said investigators are still trying to determine the nationalities of the 63 people detained in Mariupol.
He said 16 of them were not carrying ID at the time of arrest and that he was not able to confirm if any are Russian citizens at this stage.
Since March, officers have taken around 40 Russian citizens and their recruited Ukrainian agents into custody, he said. Five of these people have Russian military backgrounds.
Seeking another referendum
In an ominous echo of what happened in Crimea just weeks ago, the Donetsk People's Republic wants to follow that region's lead and hold a referendum early next month, said Denis Pushilin, the self-declared chairman of the people's council. The referendum will essentially ask residents which country they want to be a part of: Russia or Ukraine.
Moscow annexed the Crimean Peninsula last month after its predominantly Russian-speaking residents voted yes in a referendum.
The moved was deemed illegal by Kiev and the West, but Putin has repeatedly defended it.
"The threats to Russian-speaking people were absolutely clear, and that is why people of Crimea voted for their future and asked Russia for help," he said.
"Russia never planned any annexation, never, quite the contrary."
Putin also said Russian forces had been active in Crimea in order to support local defense forces, the first time he has acknowledged the deployment of Russian troops on the Black Sea peninsula.
The interim authorities in Kiev said Thursday that Ukraine has tightened its border controls while efforts to contain the uprising in the east continue.
Sergey Astahov, a spokesman for Ukraine's Border Service, told CNN that it is restricting the entry of Russian males aged 16 to 60, letting them enter only under exceptional circumstances. He said the tighter checks are due to the ongoing anti-terror operation announced this week by the government.
Russian airline Aeroflot also said on its website that Ukraine was imposing tighter border controls on Russian men and Ukrainian citizens registered in Crimea and the Crimean city of Sevastopol.
Russia is demanding an immediate official clarification from Ukraine regarding the steps taken by the Ukrainian border services, the Russian Foreign Minister said in a statement Thursday.
Threats of sanctions
Kiev and the West dispute Putin's claims that Russia is not involved in the current unrest in Ukraine's east. They accuse Moscow of backing the pro-Russian protesters, and point to the 40,000 Russian troops that NATO says are assembled near the Ukrainian frontier.
Moscow insists the troops are merely conducting exercises.
There are no Russian divisions in eastern Ukraine, Putin reiterated Thursday, adding that all evidence pointed to the groups causing the unrest being local residents.
He said the presence of tanks and planes constituted "a very serious crime" that authorities in Kiev were committing.
Moscow has warned in the past week that Ukraine was "on the brink of a civil war."
On Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama said Russia's actions risk more sanctions for the country.
"What I've said consistently is that each time Russia takes these kinds of steps that are designed to destabilize Ukraine and violate their sovereignty, that there are going to be consequences. And what you've already seen is the Russian economy weaker, capital fleeing out of Russia," Obama told CBS.
Obama has signed off on sending more non-lethal aid to the Ukrainian military, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced Thursday.
The Pentagon is still not supporting lethal aid for Ukraine "because it could exacerbate the situation, which is what we do not want to do," a senior Pentagon official said.
"If we provide arms and ammunition, then we are in the fight. We don't want that."
Ukrainian lawmakers voted Thursday to reinstate military service in the country. Until it was dropped last year, it was compulsory for all males in Ukraine.
Lawmakers have now voted to bring it back because of what has been termed "Russian aggression." The legislation must still be signed off by the acting President.
Since Yanukovych's ouster, Kiev's interim government has faced a wave of protests in the predominantly Russian-speaking east.
Pro-Moscow protesters took over government buildings in several cities.
And when Ukraine's armored vehicles rolled Wednesday, its attempt to take back eastern towns from pro-Russian militants seemed to stall.
In Donetsk, six armored vehicles sent into the nearby city of Kramatorsk in the morning later showed up carrying Russian flags in Slaviansk.
Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told CNN's Christiane Amanpour those Ukrainian soldiers "preferred to switch sides and join the people."
Ukraine's Defense Ministry said the vehicles had been seized by militants.
In Slaviansk, the atmosphere seemed more relaxed than it was a few days earlier, with many residents apparently welcoming the presence of pro-Russian forces and their seized military vehicles.
At the same time, on the road toward Slaviansk, CNN's Phil Black encountered a heavily fortified and well-organized police checkpoint and saw signs of a large military buildup. Attack helicopters passed overhead while armored vehicles and troop carriers rumbled by.
But despite the heightened military activity, there has so far been no effort to move into the town itself. Pro-Russian protesters were digging in and consolidating their power.
Separately, in a reply to a letter from Putin in which he warned of gas supply disruption, the European Union said it was willing to hold talks with Russia and Ukraine on gas security.
"We believe that this approach allows for the most useful process with the Russian Federation and other third parties," European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in his reply, released by the commission.
Russia supplies 30% of Europe's gas needs. It has threatened to cut off supplies to Ukraine because of debts.
By Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Laura Smith-Spark
CNN's Arwa Damon, Kellie Morgan, Nick Paton Walsh, Claudia Rebaza, Barbara Starr, Radina Gigova, Alex Felton and journalist Azad Safarov contributed to this report.
(KUTV) Law enforcement witnesses explained several dash-cam videos on the stand Wednesday during the preliminary hearing for 17-year-old Meagan Grunwald, charged with aggravated murder for the shooting death of Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride.
Grunwald - who is facing a long list of charges, including two counts of attempted aggravated murder - appeared emotionless in the Provo courtroom wearing a blue jumpsuit and shackles, as prosecutors called on witnesses to determine whether or not her case should go to trial.
One video, recovered from Sgt. Wride's patrol car shows Wride stopping to check on a white truck pulled over near Eagle Mountain on January 30. He gets out three times to get information from the occupants and returns to his patrol car, before the back window of the truck slides open and shots ring out.
Family members heard Wride gasp, taking his last breath, having been shot in the head.
His widow and some family excused themselves from the courtroom before the video played.
Noteworthy to prosecutors was the brake light on in the truck Grunwald was allegedly driving.
"Certainly, that shows that it was planned ahead, and we think the window opening up in advance as well shows that, 'We're getting ready, we've got a plan to get out of here,'" said Deputy Utah County Attorney Sam Pead. "And she's driving away before the final shots were fired."
Another video shows the scene where Utah County Sheriff's Dep. Greg Sherwood was shot in the head near Santaquin and critically injured.
Yet another video captures a carjacking in which two people run from the disabled white truck and steal a vehicle from a woman with a child.
Juab County Sheriff's Deputy Al Taylor described the scene where he and his fellow deputies finally captured Garcia-Jauregui, shooting him in the head. He died of a head wound on Jan. 31.
"His brain was exposed," Taylor said of the final scene, where he handcuffed a dying Garcia-Jauregui. "It was a bloody mess."
Jauregui asked the deputies for water and continued to struggle "like he was trying to break the handcuffs," Taylor said, before he made one final request.
"'Why don't you let me kiss my girlfriend with my last dying breath?'" Taylor said Jauregui asked before losing consciousness.
Taylor said Grunwald gave herself up but yelled, "You shot him in the head! You shot him in the head!"
Utah County Sheriff's investigator Greg Knapp testified last, speaking to the damaged cell phones that were recovered, allegedly belonging to Grunwald and Garcia-Jauregui.
"It was obvious somebody tried to destroy them," Knapp said.
On Grunwald's phone were pictures with Garcia-Jauregui and love notes from him, Knapp testified.
Cell phone records show pings at a tower near Eagle Mountain around the time of Wride's death, he said.
But Defense attorney Dean Zabriskie claimed his client was another victim of a tragic day.
"We have a 17-year-old girl - admittedly they had a close relationship - is now locked in a truck with a lunatic, shooting everything and everywhere he can," Zabriskie said.
Zabriskie suggested Grunwald could have had a gun to her head when she was driving.
"The fact is that we look at her as a victim. I don't want anyone here to think that we condone what happened. A brave, young man is now dead, and another one's horribly wounded. We feel very bad about that," Zabriskie said. "What we're trying to prove, though, is that she didn't have anything to do with that."
The hearing will continue with more of Knapp's testimony on Thursday morning.
(CNN) -- The city of Portland, Oregon, has been forced to dump millions of gallons of drinking water. Why?
Because someone urinated into a water reservoir.
Surprising still, this isn't the first time this has happened.
The latest incident took place about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Cameras captured three teens near the Mount Tabor Reservoir No. 5. One of them approached the iron fence and apparently got close enough to relieve himself directly into the reservoir.
The three teens were apprehended, and the 50-million-gallon reservoir was taken offline for testing.
Thanks to the teens, the Portland Water Bureau will have to dump 38 million gallons of drinking water, said administrator David Shaff.
"Our customers have an expectation that their water is not deliberately contaminated," he said.
All three teens received citations for trespassing; one was cited for public urination.
Shaff told the Oregonian newspaper that the teen knew exactly what he was doing.
"It's stupid," Shaff told the newspaper. "You can see the sign that says: 'This is your drinking water. Don't spit, throw, toss anything in it.' He's four feet away from that sign."
Shaff was also the administrator when a similar incident took place in June 2011. Surveillance cameras caught a man urinating into an 8-million gallon reservoir.
(KUTV) About 50 fire crews rushed to the blaze at 2680 East Evergreen in the Salt Lake County community of Millcreek. Unified Fire Battalion Chief Brian Anderton said as soon as they got to the scene, crews realized they could only fight the blaze from the outside. Tall trees and brush surrounding the property were also on fire.
The homeowner was not home at the time, but his pets were. A shark, three cats and a bird were unaccounted for at the time this story was posted.
Hazmat crews and the Salt Lake County Health Department were on scene monitoring runoff from the fire to make sure it did not contaminate the nearby creek which provides irrigation water. Anderton said tests of the water showed there was no contamination.
(KUTV) The bike frame may look like it's made out of chicken wire, but developers out of Utah County are convinced it's going to take the cycling world by storm.
"It is the latest and greatest, this is the best thing of what you can get," says Ryun Noble, the company's bicycle designer.
The technology used on these road racing bicycles is known as Isotruss. It was developed by a BYU professor of engineering, who initially visualized the concept as a lightweight industrial structure to replace poles and support beams.
"We thought, let's take that and create a really cool-looking bike that's really light-weight and strong," says company CEO, Ed Christensen.
Isotruss made a brief appearance in the cycling world a few years ago, but lost traction. That's when a couple Utah businessmen jumped on board, picking up the technology, getting a worldwide patent and setting off creating the brand they call Razik.
"I can't wait for the world to see this," says Christensen. "This is going to change the bike industry."
The business has been working on a prototype bicycle for more than a year. Last weekend Razik launched their product at the Sea Otter Classic bicycle racing, in Monterey California.
"When we started the business, we were hoping to sell a few bikes in a year," says Co-Founder Doug Burrell, "but it looks like we'll exceed that in a couple months." Burrell says there are orders coming in from around the world.
The company takes great pride in the fact that their bikes are manufactured in the USA. Each one is handcrafted in their Springville office.
Executives say they're now working on a mountain bike concept that could be unveiled in the next couple months.
(KUTV) Utah is a great place to live – but now one magazine says it’s good for the whole family.
Forbes Magazine has named two Utah towns as two of the best places in the country to raise a family. Ogden came in at number 3 and Provo took the 10th spot on the list. Forbes says Ogden is a good fit to raise a family due to low cost of living and high household income.
As for Provo, Forbes says it’s a great place for families due to low crime and good schools.
(KUTV) Sex crimes investigations will go online in Salt Lake City, in what Police Chief Chris Burbank described as "unprecedented access" to the case workings in the police department and the wider criminal justice system.
"The program and the plan will be moving forward, from the sake of transparency, to demonstrate what we go through to actually solve some of these cases," said Burbank, at a news conference. "There will actually be a page that refers to the Code R Project."
So-called "Code R Kits" contain potential DNA samples that could be key in bringing justice to sex crime suspects; but hundreds of those kits have apparently never been sent by Salt Lake Police to the State Crime Lab for testing.
City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa raised the issue at Tuesday night's meeting of the council; on Wednesday, the chief was talking change.
"We will begin with the oldest kit that we have in our evidence room," said Burbank. "And we will post a synopsis of the circumstances of that event."
The chief said sensitivity will be shown, so as not to "re-victimize" targets of sexual assaults. He said information will be given on whether the kits are sent to the lab, and if they are, police will post the results, and "what databases have been searched." Police will also note whether collected evidence goes to the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office, and whether prosecutors decide to file charges.
Burbank unveiled his plan, alongside DA Sim Gill, and Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires---who has oversight of the crime lab. Despite limited funding, Squires seemed to commit lab resources to handle necessary testing.
"We're very encouraged, on behalf of our clients," said Holly Mullen, Director of Salt Lake's Rape Recovery Center. "We are very encouraged that the chief listened - he took quick action. He's on the path to making some changes."
But she said Burbank's plan "was not highly detailed." Still, asked by 2News if the chief's outline gives her more confidence more cases will be vigorously investigated, Mullen responded, "Yes, it does. I'm a firm believer in transparency and openness."
Mullen asserted care needed to be taken in online case narratives, specifically that "we don't start labelling people as uncooperative."
In defense of investigators, Burbank accused Councilman LaMalfa of misrepresenting the work of officers looking into sex crimes.
"Where my officers and detectives took greatest offense is that...they're not doing their job appropriately," said Burbank. "These individuals, without question---would do anything to make sure that successful prosecution, successful cases, are brought forward and people are held accountable for their actions.
For his part, LaMalfa noted how swiftly Burbank responded, less than 24 hours after Code R Kits concerns were raised.
Posts on sex crimes at slpd.com will begin on June 1.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A man charged with arson is asking a judge to throw out statements he made to police after the blaze because they were made in violation of his constitutional rights.
The 34-year-old Dustin Bowman is charged with arson in a Feb. 9 fire at a downtown Salt Lake City apartment complex that caused $6 million in damage. Nobody was inside the building, and no one was hurt.
He has pleaded not guilty.
Court records show his attorneys filed a motion this week saying investigators violated Bowman's Fifth Amendment right during interviews on Feb. 14-15.
Prosecutors say Bowman acknowledged setting the fire, saying he only wanted to start a small blaze.
A hearing to discuss the request has been set for May 14 at a federal court in Salt Lake City.
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(KUTV) A verbal altercation in West Valley resulted in shots being fired at an apartment complex.
Officials say two men, one in a car, and one in the parking lot, were arguing at the Dean Drive Apartment complex located at 4500 South Dean Drive.
Police say the man in the car pulled a gun and shot multiple rounds. Two bullets went into an apartment wall and struck a 17-year-old in the ankle. Officials say his injuries are not life threatening. He was taken to a local hospital.
Police are still investigating the incident and searching for the other individual involved.
(KUTV) The staging, costumes, and music combine together making a perfect union during the performances of Les Miserable at the Hale Center Theater in West Valley City.
The show will wrap up its run this Saturday and audiences have loved both the production and the cast. But unknown to audiences, a real-life drama has been taking place behind the scenes.
Lori Rees, a North Ogden resident and mother of two, had just been cast in the play back in November. It was a dream come true for her, but just as rehearsals were getting underway Lori discovered a lump in her breast. Right around Christmas doctors confirmed her fears; she had stage two cancer which would require surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
With the play not scheduled to open until February, Rees worried she would be replaced in the cast, but she wanted to be upfront with the directors and producers. Expecting the worst, she told them about her health. She was pleasantly surprised when they told her they wanted her to continue on in the production.
Throughout the run of the play Rees has been able to maintain the rigorous schedule of rehearsals and shows without missing a beat. During the production she has undergone both surgery and chemotherapy and has only had to miss a couple of performances. She credits her ability to work through her cancer to the support her family, friends and cast members have given her.
Throughout the run of this play Rees has learned a very valuable lesson. She said, "I would say, don't give up on things that make you happy. Whatever brings you joy, don't give up on that no matter how bad you feel. I think this is what gets you through the day."
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) Steven Powell wants the state of Washington to pay for court-ordered sex offender treatment he says was denied while serving time in prison for voyeurism.
Powell filed a motion in Pierce County Superior Court that will be heard on Friday.
The News Tribune reports a response to the motion filed by a state lawyer for the Department of Corrections says Powell did not qualify for treatment in prison under the way he was sentenced.
The 64-year-old Powell was released last month after serving a 30-month sentence for taking photographs of two young neighbor girls.
Powell is the father-in-law of Utah mother Susan Cox-Powell, who disappeared in 2009. His son, Josh Powell, was a suspect before he killed himself and his two children in an explosive house fire in 2012.
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DONETSK, Ukraine (CNN) Pro-Russian militants appeared to tighten their grip on Ukraine's eastern town of Slaviansk on Wednesday as Ukrainian military forces massed nearby in an uneasy standoff.
On a day of fast-moving events in the restive region, officials in Transnistria, a separatist region in Moldova on Kiev's other border, turned to Moscow for recognition -- taking example from Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine last month.
In Donetsk, six armored vehicles sent into the nearby city of Kramatorsk in the morning later showed up carrying Russian flags in Slaviansk.
Ukraine's Defense Ministry said the vehicles had been seized by militants after they were "blocked by local residents, including representatives of Russian labeled subversive and terrorist groups."
As of mid-afternoon local time, the vehicles were located "near an administrative building in the center of Slaviansk, surrounded by men in armed uniform not related to the Armed Forces of Ukraine," it said. It was not immediately clear what had happened to the personnel in the cars.
State-run Russian news agency RIA Novosti said the crew of the vehicles had switched sides to join the protesters, while other reports said they had been seized by militants.
In Slaviansk, north of Kramatorsk and about 100 miles from the border with Russia, pro-Russian militants now appear to be firmly in control of the town, according to CNN's Nick Paton Walsh on the ground.
The atmosphere seemed more relaxed than it was a few days ago, with many residents apparently welcoming the presence of pro-Russian forces and their seized military vehicles.
At the same time, on the road toward Slaviansk, CNN's Phil Black encountered a heavily fortified and well organized police checkpoint -- and saw signs of a large military buildup. Attack helicopters passed overhead while armored vehicles and troop carriers rumbled by.
But despite the heightened military activity, there has so far been no effort to move into the town itself, he said, where the pro-Russian protesters are digging in and consolidating their power.
The unrest is a major test for the new interim government, as it seeks to hold Ukraine together ahead of elections scheduled for next month and to avoid bloodshed.
Putin: 'Brink of civil war'
The dramatic scenes in eastern Ukraine come a day after armored columns rolled through the farmland of eastern Donetsk province, proudly flying Ukrainian flags as residents watched and wondered what might come next.
Putin warned then that the escalating conflict in Ukraine "essentially puts the nation on the brink of civil war."
Although Ukraine has been more subdued in its characterization -- no doubt in part because of concerns that Russia might use violence as a pretext to intervene directly -- it's clear that the leadership's patience is wearing thin.
After days of urging pro-Russian militants to vacate buildings they have seized, on Tuesday they sent in troops.
Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov, announcing what he called an "anti-terrorist operation" to restore order to the country's east, said its aim was to "stop attempts to tear Ukraine to pieces."
Some success followed -- the President's office said Ukrainian special forces had taken control of the airfield in Kramatorsk by the end of the day. Witnesses had reported hearing gunfire and the sound of aircraft apparently coming from the airfield.
But the latest events in Donetsk province suggest the government strategy may be losing momentum.
Nearly 30 armed people seized the mayor's administration building in Donetsk city on Wednesday, spokesman Maksim Rovinskiy said. They are demanding federalization and a new law that paves the way for a local referendum, Rovinskiy said, adding that there had been no violence.
In addition, two Ukrainian soldiers, one of them an officer, have been taken hostage by "extremists," the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
The soldiers were seized Tuesday near the town of Krasny Luch, in the Luhansk area, as they tried to fix a military vehicle by the roadside, the ministry said. It is working to secure their release.
Some locals gathered near Kramatorsk airfield Tuesday evening to see for themselves what was going on -- and to voice their unhappiness over the actions of the interim government in Kiev, which took power after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted following weeks of street protests.
One man told CNN the arrival of soldiers from elsewhere in the country would only deepen the divisions within Ukraine.
"We don't recognize that government's authority," he said. "We're normal people without arms; they came in on helicopters, shot at peaceful people. After all this, it's unlikely west will be friends with east."
Many protesters are calling for greater federalization, or devolution of power to the regions -- a demand Russia has also voiced and which Kiev has said it will consider. However, the Ukrainian government is determined to prevent the country from breaking up.
At the same time, while there is a strong pro-Russian sentiment in the region, it is not as widespread as was seen in Crimea -- annexed last month by Russia after a controversial referendum.
Separately, Russia's state ITAR-Tass news agency reported that authorities in Moldova's breakaway Transnistria region had asked Russia to recognize the enclave as a sovereign independent state.
The request put forward by Transnistria's separatist parliament was addressed to the Russian Federation Council and President Vladimir Putin.
It was not immediately possible for CNN to independently confirm the report.
"Transnistria does not legally differ from the Crimea, and the process of reunification with Russia should be held on the Crimean scenario," Itar Tass quoted lawmaker Vyacheslav Tobuh as saying.
The report said a delegation of lawmakers from Transnistria would travel to Moscow on Thursday.
Until now, Russia has officially recognized Transnistria as being part of Moldova. Landlocked Transnistria is far from Russia, wedged between Moldova and Ukraine, with about 30% of its population ethnic Russian. A 2006 referendum in Transnistria produced a 97.2% vote in favor of joining Russia.
During a trip last month to Moscow, the speaker of Transnistria's separatist parliament urged Russia to incorporate the region. Moldova warned Russia not to consider any move to take over Transnistria in the same way it wrestled Crimea away from Kiev.
Ukrainian leaders and commentators have compared events in Crimea to what happened in Georgia in 2008. Then, cross-border tensions with Russia exploded into a five-day conflict that saw Russian tanks and troops pour into the breakaway territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as well as Georgian cities. Russia and Georgia each blamed the other for starting the conflict.
Amid mounting international concerns regarding eastern Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday the alliance had agreed on a package of further military measures to reinforce the Western military alliance's "collective defense" in light of the events in Ukraine.
"We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water and more readiness on the land," Rasmussen said, speaking after a meeting of NATO ambassadors in Brussels, Belgium. He stressed NATO backs a political solution to the crisis and urged Russia to stop destabilizing Ukraine.
"Our decisions today are about defense, deterrence and deescalation. They are entirely in line with our international commitments," he said.
"They send a clear message NATO will protect every ally and defend against any threat against our fundamental security. This is our firm commitment."
Rasmussen said NATO fully backs talks due to take place Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland, between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
The West has repeatedly called on Russia to withdraw some 40,000 troops that NATO says it has massed near Ukraine's border. Moscow insists they are merely conducting military exercises.
Asked if Russia was likely to be angry about NATO ground defense measures, Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe, told reporters: "It will be very hard to see them as anything except for defensive measures, and they will be measures designed to assure our allies."
Lavrov: 'They are spreading lies'
The pro-Russian uprising in Ukraine's east follows Moscow's annexation of Crimea, a move that emboldened other pro-Russian Ukrainians in the country's east. Russia has said it reserves the right to intervene to protect the rights of ethnic Russians in the region.
But Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaking Tuesday in Beijing, rejected accusations from the West that Russia is fomenting the unrest and supporting the militants.
"They make up lies to justify their aggressive plans. They are spreading lies, things that Russian Federation intended or not intended to do, alleging that Russia organized it all," he said.
"I have never heard such nonsense. What it means is to refuse one's own people the right to express their opinion and protest against lawlessness and discrimination."
By Laura Smith-Spark and Tim Lister
CNN's Tim Lister reported from Kramatorsk and Laura Smith-Spark wrote in London. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh, Kellie Morgan, Susannah Palk, Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Chelsea J. Carter, as well as journalist Azad Safarov, contributed to this report.
(KUTV) Cheryl Meyer, of Wright State University in Ohio, has literally written the book on women who have murdered their children. Meyers has interviewed dozens of women, and reviewed more than 1,000 cases about the subject. She details her work in the books, "Mothers Who Kill Their Children," and "When Mothers Kill."
We spoke to Meyer Tuesday via telephone; she classifies woman who kill in several different categories, including those who kill their children through neglect. Then, she says, there are those who deny and conceal that they are even pregnant, and then kill their children within the first 24 hours of the infant's life.
Meyer says Megan Huntsman, the woman who Pleasant Grove police say admitted to giving birth to, then killing six babies, falls into this category.
However, she says Huntsman is not typical of this categorization, " the average case is, they are 17-years-old, they have sex for the first time, they get pregnant for the first time, they are either denying they are pregnant or they are concealing it," says Meyer.
Meyer goes on to say, almost all women who kill their infants within the first day of their life feel that they do not have any support from the people in their lives. One thing that crossed all our cases, no matter what category, was the amount of social support they have, most of the women did not think they had social support, even though you might have," says Meyer.
Meyer says there are only two cases that come even close to the amount of carnage allegedly left behind by Huntsman. She cites a case in Ocean City, Maryland, where a woman was charged with killing one of her infant children and keeping three older sets of fetal remains - but those charges were eventually dropped. Another similar case involves Kenisha Berry, a Beaumont, Texas woman who bound and dumped her four day old baby boy in 1998, who later died. Then, five years later, she attempted to do the same thing to a new born baby girl, the baby survived and Berry is currently on death row in Texas.
Meyer says Huntsman is somehow able to distance herself from the fact that she was pregnant, and Meyer says, it appears so was everyone else in Huntsman's life, including her estranged husband, Darren West.
"He's also somehow able to deny this and conceal that his wife is pregnant, and he is able to deny and conceal that these pregnancies ended. We don't know what she was telling him, but we also don't know how he could fail to notice that," says Meyer.
Meyer says other cases pale in comparison to Megan Huntsman's case, "What strikes me about her is that I can understand that you can do this, dissociate for one child, but to do that repeatedly over time. Somewhere in there you would have had some moments of clarity, it strikes me that you would really have to have a capacity to, beyond anything that I can imagine, to just dissociate," says Meyer
(KUTV) President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' First Presidency was among a group of faith leaders who met with President Obama at the White House to discuss immigration reform.
Uchtdorf said while the LDS Church has views that are very different from the president on some issues, on immigration there is common ground. Uchtdorf said all the faith leaders present told the president they support immigration reform that honors common principles. "I'm grateful we've focused on principles of our Christian faith to love our neighbor, our fellow man wherever they are regardless of place, nation, or time," he said.
Uchtdorf also expressed hope that immigration reform would not be further delayed "by small things which can be resolved through common consent and common sense." Last year, after the president proposed a plan that would give undocumented immigrants a chance to obtain citizenship, the Senate passed and immigration reform plan. The matter though, was stuck in the House of Representatives.
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