(KUTV) A Utah Valley University employee and student, was arrested, slammed into a wall, and tossed to the ground. This was in part because of a small change she made to an incorrect wall map inside one of the buildings of UVU.
Ginger Anderson, 48 who works in the information center at the university and is also attending the school, says on the first day of classes back in January she noticed many new students were having trouble getting to classes because of a wall map inside the Browning building. The map in question was being displayed upside down.
Anderson, who spends much of her work day directing students to their proper classes, informed a university employee that the map was incorrect. The employee then used a marker to make some changes to the map, soon after so did Anderson.
She says she corrected the compass, and wrote in marker that the map was upside down. Two days later a couple officers from the UVU police department visited her and told her they intended to arrest her for criminal mischief. A shocked Anderson refused to go with officers to the police department and was thrown to the grown and arrested.
She says the department used unwarranted force and complained. The Utah County Sheriff's Office conducted an independent review and found that Anderson was resisting, both passively and actively, and found that the officers did not break any laws, or violate protocol.
(KUTV) Can you imagine planning a dinner party for complete strangers? It's a new trend happening across the country. Chef Emily is one of several hosts who work with the online supper club, feastly. Organizers, Noah Karesh and Danny Harris, vet chefs before welcoming them into their network. Feasters or diners choose from a range of meals designed by the chefs, book a seat, often for about $30. It's part of a growing trend of supper clubs happening far from the confines of the regular restaurant.
(KUTV) Stacy Davis-Stanford made the trek to Capitol Hill in her wheelchair, hoping to tell her story to as many lawmakers as possible, but only six showed up. "It seems like the legislators here were already on board. It's disappointing," she said of the small audience.
The lawmakers were invited by Senators Jim Dabakis (D) and Brian Shiozawa(R) to hear the stories of Utahns with life-threatening illnesses to put a face on the Medicaid expansion debate.
Davis-Stanford and others at the hearing told their stories of losing jobs and healthcare coverage when serious illness struck their lives. They want Utah lawmakers to stop bickering and take 435 million dollars in Affordable Care Act money to expand Medicaid coverage to some 120,000 Utahns who need it.
Many of those affected are like Davis-Stanford, working Utahns who make too little to afford health insurance, but too much to get Medicaid right now. Davis-Stanford said lawmakers must act quickly because many sick people don't have time to wait for lawmakers to continue debating.
In her case, a serious car accident left her with a central nervous system problem that is eating away at her spine and brain. She has limited vision and gets around in a wheelchair. "You push this until the next legislative session - I could be dead by then," she said.
(KUTV) Is there a war brewing on Utah's Capitol Hill? Thursday the governor said he'd veto House Speaker Becky Lockhart's pet project if passed. The bill in question calls for hundreds of millions in an education tech bill. While there is always push and pull in a budget session it is a bit out of character to have such a battle with every level of state government controlled by Republicans.
The 45 day legislative session started off with fireworks and fighting words. Lockhart in a prepared speech verbally slapped the governor saying, "We need energy in the executive, not an inaction figure in the governor's office." 38 days later and the Governor got in his own dig.
Governor Herbert who has line item veto power says he'll veto Lockhart's bill asking for 200 million in funding for technology in schools, like an iPad for every student in the state. A spokesman for the Governor said they don't want to throw hundreds of millions of dollars into an untested initiative. Their idea is to take smaller steps and start with a pilot program funded with 20-30 million. Anything above that the Governor has said he will veto.
By all accounts it's a little early to be talking vetoes, but this could be the governor staking his claim after House leaders were no shows at a scheduled budgeting meeting Thursday. If you ask Lockhart she will say this is "normal." Normal or not the tug of war continues with the speaker saying of the Governor, "We hope he can buy into that vision and not keep insisting on holding our children back in a 19th century education model."
The governor's team says it's about responsibility with tax payer dollars. That may be the case, but it could also be a way to let a potential foe know who's in charge. As the bickering continues Lockhart refuses to answer whether or not she'll run for governor. She told 2News she has thought about it, but when questioned Thursday she said, "That question I think is unfair frankly. I've answered it many times and to keep bringing it up is a way to perpetuate a perceived battle."
There is only one week left in the session with no sign of a budget. As for the Senate, leaders have already said they're willing to put $26 million into Lockhart's' plan which means Lockhart's bill doesn't have a chance at the $200 million mark.
(KUTV) A Layton couple has dedicated the last 15 years of their life to helping teenagers stay out of trouble by donating their backyard to a project they call the "Jesus Field."
"I could go days telling stories about what this place has done for me," says Marcus Trujillo, who converted a once empty backyard, full of weeds, into a skatepark.
"We're like, 'let's put a basketball court in', and the skaters showed up and they didn't play basketball, they just skated... and they were like, 'make us a rail'," he says. Marcus works in construction, so he welded some jibs and rails, giving the teens what they wanted, a place to hang out.
The Jesus Field began taking shape in 1999, but it has expanded in the last 15 years, into a backyard warehouse where there's a series of skating ramps, rope swings and a pool table. "You know, in the middle of winter in Utah, it could be -2 or whatever," says Marcus, as he enters a full kitchen - where volunteers offer hot dogs and hamburgers at discount prices. "This was all donated by Layton City," he says.
The warehouse also features two full bathrooms with showers and lockers for outdoor equipment. Many of the features have been donated over the years, by the city, local businesses and friends.
Marcus says this idea started with a few friends, who wanted to provide a place for teens to hangout, safely, under adult supervision. Sometimes 50 kids will show up on a single night. "I have to get involved and tell these kids that I made mistakes and they don't have to make them," he says.
Adult volunteers hang out with the kids, play games, help them with their schoolwork and feed them; all they ask in return, is that the kids join them for prayer, music and discussion before the night ends. "We want the kids to have that foundational truth: honor your parents, why you don't get drunk, why God said the things he did, he's not controlling us, and he wants betterment for us."
(KUTV) Scott Jensen wanted dental insurance for himself and his two adult children because his COBRA insurance is running out.
Last November, Scott turned to healthcare.gov, the health insurance marketplace that was established with the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.
Scott says he answered a series of questions and picked a health plan and a dental plan that he liked enrolling himself and his 19-year-old sons, Josh and Jeremy.
On Scott's confirmation you can clearly see that Scott and his sons have "Select Health Dental."
But when Josh and Jeremy tried to go see the dentist several months later and handed their insurance cards to the receptionist, they say they were told they do not have dental coverage.
Figuring there had to be some sort of mistake, they called their dad, who called Select Health. Scott was told that the dental plan for which he had registered was a pediatric dental plan which is why it didn't work for his 19-year-old sons.
Since then, Scott says it's been a run-around. A kids plan obviously doesn't do the three adults any good so Scott says he asked Select Health to cancel the policy. Select Health told Scott that he has to cancel through the marketplace where he signed up for the plan. But when Scott contacted the marketplace he was told that he needed to contact the insurance company, Select Health.
Scott says he is frustrated because he has been paying for several months for coverage that he cannot use and cannot seem to cancel.
So Scott decided to Get Gephardt.
We took it to Select Health and their Affordable Care Act expert Rachel Reimann. She says that dealing with the healthcare exchange has been a challenge since its inception but that she believes it's getting better.
Reimann says that a lot of the confusion between insurance companies and the marketplace seems to happen when the marketplace paraphrases the plans that are actually offered by the insurance company. For example, it doesn't say "pediatric" anywhere on the confirmation of the dental insurance for which Scott signed up through the marketplace.
"It really is up to the marketplace to determine what information is shown to those consumers that are shopping for coverage," Reimann said.
As for Scott's case, Reimann reaffirmed that he would have to cancel through the marketplace where he signed up.
Director of the media relations group for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with Health and Human Services Aaron Albright contradicted what Scott was told by a Marketplace worker. In an email, he said that the marketplace can help, writing, "[Scott] can log onto [his] account on hc.gov and cancel [his pediatric dental] plan now."
Scott says he had to input birth dates and social security numbers multiple times while signing up for the plan and wonders how the website even allowed him to obtain a dental plan that wouldn't serve him. On that note, we specifically asked Albright if this is an isolated incident or if others have been confused and signed up for worthless pediatric plans. He didn't answer the question.
By Matt Gephardt Produced by Michelle Poe Edited by Amber Monio Photography by Brian Morris
(KUTV) Prosciutto and cheese stuffed lamb loin, smoked trout ravioli, and root beer glazed chicken lollipops are not the stuff of everyday eating; but they are the culinary creations of Utah high school chefs in the making.
"Fabrication and knife skills you are now in competition mode," announced Peter Hodgson, executive chef for the University of Utah, and master of ceremonies for the annual ProStart High School Culinary Championship Competition.
Students from 11 schools across Utah filled an upstairs room at Thanksgiving Point---slicing, whisking, braising their way toward a coveted title, and the chance to compete at nationals in Minnesota.
"I was so nervous," said Madeleine Jones, of Dixie High in St. George, who was still "shaking" minutes after Dixie served up an appetizer, entree and dessert.
"I'm looking for professionalism," said Chef Clark Hyde, a culinary pro who wandered through the table-top kitchens of the young foodies. "I'm looking for creativity."
Asked if he were looking for his replacement, Hyde replied with a smile, "Absolutely, every day we're looking for my replacement."
Mother Rebecca Camara apparently can feel the heat when she watches her son---a team captain---in culinary bouts. She used to watch him compete on the baseball diamond but said this is "way more intense, because it has to be perfect."
After the white hats demonstrated knife work and prepared the kitchen, the actual cooking lasted only an hour.
A judge who sampled the plated masterpieces was heard to say, "I like that sauce."
When it was over, there were cheers and high fives, pots and pans lugged away, and score sheets collected. A winner might not be known until next Monday.
"75 percent of the time it sets up," said a young lady of her delectable concoction, which required the deep chill of dry ice. "So there's that little 25 percent where it could have gone bad."
Thursday, she could bask in the warm glow of a cold treatment that worked.
There was also a restaurant management competition, in which teams that designed and planned eateries, outlined their proposals.
(KUTV) Consecutive years of drought and a disappointing snowpack have wildfire management officials in Southwest Utah preparing early for this year's fire season.
"It's ripe for a real active fire season if the weather continues to be hot and dry," said Mike Melton, Southwest Utah fire management officer for the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.
The area's snowpack level is hovering around 50 percent of normal, Melton said, and the continuing drought is drying out even the heavier vegetation at the higher elevations.
"When we have a good snowpack, the fire will start to go up the hill and stop because it's too green, too wet," he said.
Melton said the lack of water also poses a problem for firefighters needing access to ground water.
"Areas where we can be dipping buckets with helicopters, fire engines can be going in and drafting, pulling water out of water sources, sometimes that's not there," he explained.
Weather observers say the amount of precipitation this winter started out promising and then quickly fizzled.
"It's just been terribly dry for the last several years," said Fred Lohrengel, PhD, professor of geology and geography and Southern Utah University. "Overall, the water year 2014 is looking really quite grim for Southern Utah, as well as Arizona, California, over into Nevada."
Another factor adding to the fire danger this year: rainstorms last fall produced a bumper crop of grasses, much of it the invasive cheatgrass.
"This stuff is biological gasoline," Melton said of the cheatgrass. "It burns real readily, burns extremely hot."
Even with conditions looking perfect for wildfires, Melton said we could still have a calm year as long as people and lightning don't ignite the fires.
"Mother Nature can hurt us or help us and it's something we don't have any control over," he said.
Just as firefighters are preparing for wildfire season, Melton said residents living adjacent to wilderness areas should also be clearing a defensible space around their home.
"We'd really like to see the public start preparing around their homes, start cleaning up," said Melton.
(KUTV) Salt Lake City says it has no plans to dump the new parking meters even though the capital city of Alaska is scraping the same meters because of glitches.
Salt Lake City's new $4.5 million dollar parking meters were installed nearly two years ago. Since then the city says it has had some problems but nothing to the extent of what Juneau, Alaska is going through. City leaders say the meters are not communicating with ticket officers as they should.
In Salt Lake parking officers carry with them what they call the Mortorola MC-65. A high-tech handheld computer that communicates wirelessly with the parking meters allowing officers to know who has paid and who has not paid for parking, but that has not always worked as it should.
"Just like any cell phone user knows you have problems with service, we have problems like that," said Art Raymond Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's spokesman. "We've had a number or periodic issues."
One of the major issues with the new meters happened last summer when the solar machines overheated for two weeks. They are supposed to with stand heat of up to 130 degrees. The city says as a result it lost about $75,000 because they couldn't collect the money.
The glitches and the news of Juneau, Alaska dumping its meters has Salt Lake city council members like Lisa Adams asking some serious questions about the new system.
"I think we need to get to the bottom of them," said Adams. "After hearing the comments from the folks in Juneau we don't want to have a lemon, if it were, we've spent a great deal of money on it to be successful. We want it to be user friendly. We want people to come downtown."
"While we have had some similar challenges with our Aparc system we have not had the degree of difficulty [Juneau's] had with their system," said Raymond. He continued to say, "We have no current plans to get rid of the system."
Juneau is now in the middle of a lawsuit with Aparc the makers of the parking system.
Utah weather for the evening of Thursday, March 6, 2014: A storm system is moving through northern Utah this evening. Showers are filling in across the Wasatch Front, and will continue to do so throughout the evening. Snow levels will drop during the overnight hours, and will be near-bench level by morning.
Forecast for the Wasatch Front: Tonight: Rain showers. A few flakes mixing with the rain by late tonight. Lows in the upper 30s. Tomorrow: Scattered rain and snow showers. Highs near 50.
(KUTV) Sales of a new UTA ride pass are off to a good start. The new Hive Pass saves regular riders a lot of money, but only a select group can get their hands on it.
The Hive Pass lets people ride any of UTA's systems for less than a dollar a day. Right now, only Salt Lake City residents can get the deal. That has some people frustrated, but UTA says it's working on it.
The Salt Lake City Hive Pass allows people who live in SLC to purchase a pass for $350 or $30 installments per month.
That's all-access for about what a rider would spend on six round trips per month.
A savings the city hopes will help cut cars on the road and pollution in the air, but some critics have argued expanding the pass outside of Salt Lake would bring bigger benefits.
UTA says the program is new and the agency will have to see how it works with Salt Lake City in order to determine if expanding makes sense.
Salt Lake City is handling administration of the pass and it's yet to be determined if the program will be successful.
Salt Lake City just started sales of the pass this past weekend and the mayor's office says as of Wednesday, it's sold 500 passes.
(KUTV) Unified Police have arrested a man in West Valley City who was wanted for parole violations.
Police say they were looking for Tyson Yellowbear, 29, who was wanted for parole violations on a homicide.
Police tracked Yellowbear to an apartment at 1791 West Parkway Boulevard around 1:30am Thursday morning. Police say Yellowbear came out of the house about a half an hour later on his own and was taken to the Salt Lake County Jail.
Police also said Yellowbear had a gun and will face charges for possession by a restricted person.
(KUTV) Two of the four teenagers who escaped from the Genesis center for troubled youth in Draper after midnight on Wednesday, were found by police in Orem.
Jesse Hopkins, 18 and an unnamed 17-year-old from Lehi were found by Orem police Wednesday night. Still on the run are Tanner Christensen, 16, from Draper and Miguel Hernandez, 15, of Sandy. Also missing, the 2004 white Isuzu Ascender believed to have been stolen by at least one of the boys.
The four left Genesis through a gym door and then ran across nearby I-15 before disappearing Tuesday night. Just after midnight on Wednesday morning, Esther Lombardi, a worker at the JCW'S burger shop in Lehi, started her car in the parking lot. She left it running for about three minutes to go clock out.
When Esther walked back to the parking lot she saw a young man, wearing a hoodie, take-off in her vehicle. "I thought it was one of my co-workers playing a prank on me," she said (in Spanish). As the car accelerated and sped away, she realized her vehicle was stolen.
Police say if you see Hernandez or Christensen, please call them. The stolen, white Isuzu Ascender has license plate number A207JV.
(KUTV) A bill that makes cock-fighting a felony is one step closer to becoming law.
Senate Bill 112 passed out of committee Wednesday, but some of those who support cock-fighting took their case to the Utah legislature.
While popular opinion describes this type of activity as a disgusting form of animal abuse. One man, who could be considered one of the best breeders of fighting cocks in the country, has another opinion.
Some may find his comments to be candid and maybe a little shocking.
(KUTV) A nonprofit group in Madison, Wisconsin has come up with a new way to help the city's homeless population.
They're building these tiny houses, which are 99 square feet, have compostable toilets and will eventually have solar panels. So far only one house is done and a volunteer has to move it with a truck to another street location every 24 to 48 hours.
The city hopes to put about 10 houses on a piece of property. The long-term goal is to have a whole village with about 30 homes on it.
(KUTV) Late last night a deadline came and went in Utah's fight over gay marriage. Midnight was the last chance for people and businesses to weigh in on the gay marriage issue by filing as "Friends of the Court" in Amicus briefs. With 50 filings for and against the issue, one in particular stands out.
The small local business Tony Caputo's Gourmet Deli and Market opened in 1997 and has a loyal following with two new locations. Inside you find an interesting mix of customers, a retired gentleman from Park City shopping with his wife. Who says he makes the trip every couple months to stock up on his favorites.
Caputo has a solid customer base and yet, as you might imagine a small business owner could have second thoughts about taking a political stand on a polarizing issue. You wouldn't know it speaking to proprietor Tony Caputo who says, "This is not something that should shake the earth." Caputo says he was happy to ad his business to a list of 46 companies including Utah's X-mission, Overstock.com and national names like Google and Facebook. The amicus brief from businesses argues Utah's ban on gay marriage is "bad for business and hampers the ability to recruit and retain top talent." But at the very heart of the issue is this, "it's just that this is the right thing to do." Caputo is not apologetic and yet not forceful on his view.
Caputo who could be worried about his bottom line is not. He explains that some of his best friends are gay. Caputo speaks fondly of the friends he and his wife have made over their marriage and the joy they felt when their same sex friends were allowed to marry this year in Utah.
Caputo is not looking for attention, but says, "We believe that people should be able to have meaningful relationships. It's not my prerogative to dictate who should like whom." Caputo followed his heart and allows his customers to do the same. Caputo notes that in a world full of differences, "we don't all think alike." Important to note he says, "I don't interview my customers when they come in and ask them their beliefs, we want to take care of them and do a good job representing ourselves to them." It's about being a good member of the community.
It seems his customers agree, one saying, "Businesses should be allowed to share their opinion whether they agree with or disagree with it. He makes good products and I like shopping here."
In all 50 amicus briefs were filed as of March 4th and will be reviewed by the Denver appellate court. This comes as several new polls were released this week. The latest from the Washington Post and ABC news shows that a majority (59%) of Americans support gay marriage, a significant shift over the past decade.
(KUTV) Stephanie Webb says that in the past five years she has really gotten into running. The training has paid off in the form of recent wins. For example, last October she took the top spot in her age division in the 5K length of the Provo Halloween race series.
Stephanie was supposed to win a prize for the victory. According to the race's website, winners get "custom engraved glass trophies and personalized plaques with your choice of race photo."
Stephanie also won the same 5K in 2012 and did get her prizes that year. But she has been unable to claim her prize for her 2013 victory.
Stephanie says other race winners have had the same issue.
"People that won the marathon are not getting their trophies or their customized photo plaques [either]," she said.
Stephanie says she has tried to contact race organizers but no one will respond. Frustrated, Stephanie decided to Get Gephardt.
The race has been put on for several years by USA Endurance Sports, but our investigation uncovered evidence that seems to question the future of the race.
The race website has not been updated and will not let people register. That may not be surprising considering the race is usually scheduled for the final Saturday in October which is still eight months away, but we found that in past years registration has been opened by Christmas.
Provo City also tells us that race organizers have not yet applied for permits to hold the race in 2014.
Still, state records show that USA Endurance Sports renewed their business license just this past January.
We tried many times to reach the company's owner, Michael Hunsaker by phone and email but we never heard back. When we attempted to track him using the USA Endurance Sports address listed with state records, all we found it to be a mailbox inside a UPS store in Park City.
So, where does this all leave 2013 winners like Stephanie?
"It bothers me that I paid the money and that all these other runners paid the money and you know these race organizers are not following through with their end of the deal," she said.
The Utah Consumer Sales Practices Act says that it is illegal for a company to advertise a prize and then not provide that prize.
Consumer who are not awarded promised prizes can file a complaint with the Utah Division of Consumer Protection which enforces the act. Consumers can also use the act to take companies to court and ask a judge to order the company to award the prize.
By Matt Gephardt Produced by Cindy St. Clair Edited by Amber Monio Photography by Brian Morris
(KUTV) The Utah Department of Corrections said the timing had nothing to do with an arresting debate over moving the state prison from Point of the Mountain, but on Wednesday, reporters and photographers were let in for a thorough tour behind the fence.
Places seldom shown were on the locked down parade of homes and facilities---the prolific license plate making plant, the prison's sprawling greenhouse which grows plants for state buildings, drug and alcohol treatment programs for men and women, and an automotive, welding and machinist school.
Warden Alfred Bigelow said he was "indifferent" over moving the prison, an idea that had widespread support in the Utah House just this week. But Bigelow said he thinks relocation deciders now recognize the importance of keeping the prison near the Wasatch Front.
"I just think they realize it's going to have a huge impact on our volunteer base, and a huge impact on our employees as a whole," Bigelow said.
Within the last few weeks, a Corrections lieutenant told 2News moving the prison would unsettle families, uprooting kids from familiar schools, or prompting longer drives, and less time at home for prison workers.
Mary Crawford of the Davis Applied Technology College, which operates the industrial arts program where inmates can earn certificates in trades, said she doesn't "really know" if DATC will move if the prison does.
"If we still have the contract, we'll be flexible," said Crawford.
Another factor in the potential prison paradigm shift is the impact on inmate visitations.
"One hour away to five hours away is a huge difference," said inmate Nickolas Montoya.
He said his wife and two teenage sons make the trip from Davis County to Point of the Mountain every weekend, moments Montoya said he cherishes.
"It keeps me right where I need to be---focused," he said.
Montoya said the visits, which he thinks could be fewer with a new prison someplace else, help keep prisoners "sane."
Meantime, the Utah House overwhelmingly approved a resolution just this week to move the prison, though no one has said exactly where. The measure has been assigned for debate in Senate committee.
2News also reported on a big "vision" for the prison site by Draper's new mayor Troy Walker. The city commissioned architectural renderings on replacing cement walls and barbed wire with gleaming high rises, "dense" residential areas, and green space.
The images cast the area as a city just waiting to be created, transforming the south end of the Salt Lake County.
Consultants to a prison relocation panel said moving the prison would be an economic bonanza for the state.
(KUTV) It's the latest reality TV show to hit the TLC Network and it centers on a polygamous family from Utah.
Williams was surrounded by his supportive wives during the interview. "And these are my wives," said Brady Williams, 43, as he spoke to 2News' Dan Rascon. He went on to introduce Paulie, 41; Robyn, 40; Rosemary, 40; Nonie, 35; and Rhonda, 43. Between all of the women Brady is the father of 24 children.
The family lives south of Salt Lake along the Wasatch Front, but will not say exactly where their home is located. Their property consists of two separate homes; each wife has about a 2,000 square foot apartment for them and their children.
Camera's followed the Williams 12 hours a day for three months. From sun up to sun down and the show also touches on their sleeping arrangements. Every night Brady stays at the home of a different wife. "He starts at Paulie's, then goes to Robyn's, then to Rosemary, then to Nonie's, then to me," said Rhonda in one of the clips from the show.
The family says they didn't want to do the show for the money, but to show another side to polygamy. "I grew up with a lot of fear of who I was. I felt like I was hiding," said Robyn. "I didn't want to do that anymore. I wanted to be proud of who I am and proud of my family and to speak up and I wanted my kids to see that in me. This was a way for me to have the courage to step out and say that I'm a polygamous and we have a good family."
Paulie says they wanted the public to know they are just like any other family. "We are about love, we love one another and we are committed to each other," said Paulie.
"People don't like polygamy because all they see is what they see with the FLDS," Rosemary went on to contrast her situation to those under polygamist leader and convicted criminal Warren Jeffs by pointing out. "We chose this marriage."
Brady says he grew up a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He says he left the Mormon faith when he was 16-years-old and joined the polygamous religion the Apostolic United Brethren or AUB. His wives all grew up in that religion and all say they wanted to continue the polygamous lifestyle in their own lives.
"When I married Brady I still had it in my mind that, that was how I was going to make it to heaven was by living in a plural marriage situation and I wanted to make it to heaven," said Rhonda.
The Williams left the AUB about seven years ago and say they are now not affiliated with any religion. "It really is just about love and commitment that keeps this family together and that's what it should be. There shouldn't be the fear of hell or the promise of heaven," said Brady.
As for fear of the law going after them Brady says, "right now the law can't go after me." That's because of a landmark decision by a federal judge back in December which struck down part of Utah's polygamy law as unconstitutional, saying the law can't go after someone for cohabitation. "That's the only thing I'm guilty of is cohabitating," said Brady. "I do not have more than one marriage license."
The Williams say they do not and will not force their children to live a polygamous lifestyle. In fact the oldest of the kids is married right now in a monogamous relationship. "There is no compulsion. None of us are saying you need to live polygamy, not at all," said Brady, "We are saying you need to be a good person."
The Williams shot nine episodes. The first "My Five Wives" episode airs this Sunday Night on TLC.
(KUTV) It's tax time and if you're getting a big refund chances are you've been checking the mail daily.
But it's very possible; someone else has been checking your mailbox too.
Richard Russo has been a letter carrier for almost 15 years and he knows the people who live along his route. When he started seeing mailings from the IRS to their homes but addressed to people he'd never heard of, he became suspicious.
Because a U.S. Treasury check has to be issued to a specific address, the scammers open a map or do a google search for an easily accessible neighborhood and pick an address to have it sent to.
They then either pay an accomplice to pick up the check or they pick it up themselves.
Postal inspectors say the names on the checks tend to be Hispanic, which makes them more likely to become a victim of this particular scam.
The IRS is shelling out cash to these scammers and while some of it gets intercepted, officials say the scammers tend to come looking for the checks during normal business hours because they think fewer people will be around to spot them.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Protesters pushing for Utah to adopt a statewide anti-discrimination law protecting sexual and gender orientation are returning to the state Capitol three weeks after they were arrested for blocking entrances to committee rooms.
The group plans to hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon to continue pressing for the law, which has been stalled this session.
Republican leaders at the Legislature have called for a moratorium on any issues they fear could affect the state's pending legal challenge over its same-sex marriage ban.
St. George Republican Sen. Steve Urquhart, who is sponsoring the proposal, says it has nothing to do with same-sex marriage.
MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press
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UPDATE: Jesse Hopkins, 18, and an unnamed 17-year-old male have been found in Orem and are being interviewed by the Orem Police Department. Based on initial information it is believed that Tanner Christensen, 16, and Miguel Hernandez, 15, maybe in Salt Lake County.
(KUTV) The Utah Department of Human Services and local police officers are searching for four teenage runaways who escaped a Draper youth center on Tuesday.
Eighteen-year-old Jesse Hopkins, as well as a 15-year-old, 16-year-old and 17-year-old, ran away from the work camp for teens who have been ordered by a court to do community service or pay restitution for non-violent crimes.
"Just after 7 p.m., four youth at the Genesis Youth Center exited the gym at the facility," said Elizabeth Sollis, communication director for the Utah Department of Human Services. They "were seen running across the freeway near that area."
The runaways were wearing green sweatshirts, green shorts, green sweatpants and basketball sneakers.
Soon after their escape, an employee at JCW's Burger Boys in Lehi had started her car to heat it up, before she saw the group, the teens hopped into her vehicle and took off.
Police issued warrants for their arrests. Sollis said they had been in the facility for committing non-violent crimes from substance abuse to stolen vehicle charges. "The youth at the facility can't have violent charges, such as assault, things like that" Sollis said.
The teens are from Sandy, Draper, Lehi and Vernal. Police believe they could head home or reach out to their families. "It's pretty obvious they're making some decisions that aren’t smart or safe," Sollis said. "Our concern is definitely community safety; it's also safety of the youth. We want everybody to be safe, so our hope and goal is that they will be located as soon as possible."
Sollis said the Genesis Youth Center is "non-secure" but supervised. "It’s a supervised, residential treatment facility in a sense, where they receive education, they receive medical services," Sollis said.
Police described the stolen vehicle as a white 2004 Isuzu Trooper.
(KUTV) The Salt Lake Bees have a new name for their ballpark.
Miller Sports Properties, Salt Lake City, and Smith's Food and Drug Stores, Inc. have agreed to a multi year partnership and will now name the Bees' home stadium, "Smith's Ballpark" beginning with the upcoming 2014 season.
In an announcement on Wednesday, SLC Mayor Ralph Becker said, "as a city, we are very proud of this facility and the teams that call it home. We are fortunate to be able to enjoy Triple-A baseball here and we look forward to spending another summer watching baseball, picnicking on the grass and enjoying the fireworks at Smith's Ballpark."
The agreement will last for six years and Smith's will be prominently featured around the stadium.
The stadium has been called Spring Mobile Ballpark since 2009 when the retailer took over the naming rights from Franklin Covey. The 2014 season begins on April 3rd.
(KUTV) The 11th running of the Salt Lake City Marathon is coming up and organizers are excited about the new course.
The race will still start and finish in Salt Lake City, but this year the course will go up through Federal Heights, Memory Grove, down to Cottonwood Heights and Holladay and come back to Salt Lake City.
Organizers also stress that this year's event is a family day with races being held even for toddlers this year. The race will end with a party at Library Square, where there will be lots of food, live music, and family events.
The Salt Lake City Marathon is scheduled to take place on April 19th.
(KUTV) Utah is one step closer to removing the so-called 'Zion Curtain'. A bill that would allow restaurants to remove the liquor barrier, passed the House Revenue and Taxation Committee by a narrow 8-7 vote Tuesday.
"This bill will allow a choice," said Representative Kraig Powell, presenting House Bill 285 before the committee. Powell is the sponsor of the bill, which would allow restaurants that serve alcohol, to post a sign on the front door; a warning to patrons that drinks will be poured within public view.
It was well received by some of his fellow lawmakers. "If you don't want your kids to see alcohol, don't go in the restaurant. This is a movement in the right direction," said Representative Brian King (D, District 28).
Restaurants would be able to choose the sign, or continue following the current law - using the 'Zion Curtain', the barrier that blocks customers from seeing alcoholic beverages being poured.
"What this Zion Wall does is nothing but confuse our customers," said Hans Fuegi, who owns a steakhouse in Park City. Fuegi is worried about the perception of Utah from out-of-towners, once they hear about the 'Zion Curtain'.
"Our people think it's strange, our customers from out-of-town think it's strange," said Joel LaSalle, President of the Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association. LaSalle says customers worry that the top-shelf alcohol they ordered is being substituted for a cheaper version, as drinks are poured out of sight.
Not all lawmakers on the committee were persuaded by the testimony. "I think we have a fundamental right in this state to protect our kids," said Representative Jake Anderegg (R, District 6). "Is the Zion's Wall perfect? No. Do I personally think it's stupid? Yes. But I cannot say in good conscience that I'm okay blurring the lines."
Ultimately, the bill passed the House Committee, advancing on a 'yes' vote of 8-7. It moves now to the House Floor for debate.
(KUTV) Many businesses across Utah have less than four months to get in compliance with some new rules implemented by the Utah Air Quality Board.
The board enacted 23 new rules that are set to go into effect July 1st. The new rules apply to companies who provide printing, publishing, certain consumer products and auto-body shops.
The Department of Workforce Services and UCAIR have formed a partnership dedicated to cleaning up Utah's air. They are offering state grants to companies which may not be able to pay for some costly new upgrades.
ACS Body Shop on 1100 south and 300 west needed to get rid of their old paint and the equipment used to apply it to cars they are repairing. In the past ACS used paint that is rich in toxic materials. The state is requiring all body shops to switch to water-based paints, but that means new equipment to apply it. The total cost of the upgrade would have cost ACS about $15,000, but WFS and UCAIR gave the company the grant to do the improvements.
The state is using this case to get the word out about the grant program that will provide as much as a million dollars worth of grants to companies that qualify. If you are interested in applying for a grant go to www.ucair.org.
(KUTV) Stacey Smith's son Cameron Greenwood died at age 21 from complications of diabetes, but the young father's legacy lives on through organ donation. Greenwood's situation is a success story of a better way to procure organs. In the traditional model, teams of surgeons hurriedly fly to far-away hospitals to get organs because not all hospitals perform transplants. In the experimental model, donors' bodies are brought closer to doctors and major transplant hospitals via a centralized retrieval facility with a specially trained staff. Transplant groups in other regions have started or are considering the new approach.
(KUTV) The LDS church has lost a nine year court battle in the Strasbourg Human Rights Court. From now on property taxes will be owed on the Preston, England temple.
The church has fought the case through the European court system for nearly a decade. Houses of worship in most countries are given a tax exempt status with a religious exemption. The temple in question owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has faced a long legal battle. The court fight centered on the idea that LDS temple doors are not open to the public as are other religion's churches or meeting houses.
A European appellate court rejected a human rights complaint made by the LDS church against the British government not long after the temples dedication in 1998. In 2005 local government ruled the LDS church would need to pay property taxes on the temple also home to an MTC. In 2008 LDS attorneys appealed to UK's high court on grounds of religious discrimination, but the case was dismissed. Now six years later, the European Court of Human Rights has upheld the ruling stating that the temple is not an open house of worship. LDS temples are open only to the most devout holding recommends from local church leaders.
The telegraph reports that the temple cannot be considered a "place of public religious worship" since access is restricted to this select group. The LDS church does however get a significant tax break of 80 percent because of its charitable purposes. LDS church spokesman Malcolm Adcock based in the UK made a public statement to the telegraphy saying, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints respects the decision of the Strasbourg court, and is grateful that the charitable activities of churches are recognized under UK and European law."
(KUTV) A barn full of hay went up in flames in Cache County Tuesday evening and there wasn't much the fire department could do about it.
It happened around 6:30pm at 9800 south and 380 east near Paradise, Utah. A passerby saw the barn in flames and called firefighters, but when firefighters arrived there were no fire hydrants in the area.
Several wildfire tankers were called in to help, but it was too late. All of the hay in the barn and a couple of four wheelers were destroyed along with the building.
The damage is estimated at $195,000. There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
(KUTV) Jay and Kate Irvine say they are frustrated because L'ours Blanc Furs vanished without a trace. L'ours Blanc was a temperature-controlled fur-coat-storage company. People like Jay and Kate would hire L'ours Blanc to properly store fur coats when they weren't needed.
L'ours Blanc Furs was storing three coats for Jay and Kate worth approximately $20,000. When Jay and Kate attempted to retrieve the coats last June, they discovered the company's phone number was disconnected and the Salt Lake City storefront was abandoned.
"It's actually more than just your fur coats," Kate said. "It's part of your memories. They were gifts from my husband. I mean, it's a very personal issue."
Jay and Kate called the police but they were told that because the coats were once handed over for storage willingly, disappearing with the coats is not officially theft. Jay and Kate say the police claim to be investigating, but have offered no help in tracking down the former owners.
Frustrated, they decided to Get Gephardt.
At L'ours Blanc's abandoned headquarters, we found that the company's name can faintly be seen under an exterior sign, which is now painted black. Inside the rooms are vacant. There is a sign on the door reads, "L'ours Blanc Furs has moved."
The sign does not offer a new location, but rather a phone number. However, we found that number is not in service.
We asked the building's landlord if L'ours Blanc left a forwarding address. We were told they did not.
We dug deeper and, through public records, found the names of the L'ours Blanc business owners: Charles and Mahjouba Jeppson. Then though property records, we found a home in those names in West Jordan, Utah.
At the home, we finally caught up with Charles Jeppson and asked the question Jay and Kate have been desperate to know: Where are the coats?
Jeppson said their coats, and coats belonging to several others, are safe in a vault.
When asked if Jay and Kate could get their coats returned, Jeppson said, "Sure."
When asked how Jay and Kate might go about getting the coats, he asked, "Why don't they just call me on the phone?"
We pointed out that Jay and Kate does not have a phone number to reach him and that any phone number that may have been associated with L'ours Blanc seems to have been disconnected. So, we asked Jeppson for his phone number. Jeppson refused to provide it saying, "I don't want to give it to you."
Instead Jeppson took Jay and Kate's phone number and, while we waited on the porch, he went inside and called them.
When he reemerged he said, "I've left a message and I'll deliver within 24 hours."
Jeppson claims that he called every one of L'ours Blanc's customers at the time the business shut down in an attempt to return the coats to their rightful owners.
During the conversation he once claimed to have "three-or-four" coats remaining in his vault, but later amended that number to "five-or-six."
As for Jay and Kate they were reunited with the coats they had not seen in more than a year, just one day after Get Gephardt's visit to the Jeppson home.
As for the three-or-four or five-or-six coats that remain in Jeppson's vault: Jeppson never did provide a working phone number. Instead he said we should give out his personal address if anyone else contacts us curious how they might be able to reach L'ours Blanc.
If you think L'ours Blanc has your property, call us and we'll give you Jeppson's address where, he suggests, you can send him a letter.
The Get Gephardt hotline is (801) 839-1250.
By Matt Gephardt Produced by Michelle Poe Edited by Amber Monio Photography by Dan Dixon and Brian Morris
(KUTV) Residents of a North Salt Lake neighborhood believe coyotes are killing their pets.
Cats and dogs have been going missing and turning up dead for a couple years, but several incidents have happened recently and in close proximity.
"We let our dogs out about 6:15 in the morning, and they always come to the back of the yard," said resident Laurel Robertson. "We looked out, and we couldn't find [Louis], so we started calling him, and then we went searching for him. And my husband found him in the park below, and he had been torn apart."
Robertson is heartbroken over the loss of her 20-pound poodle, who was twice the size of her other dogs, but an easy victim to the predator in their neighborhood on Tuesday morning.
"He was the sweetest, loving log. He was a lap dog." Robertson said. "All the grandkids loved him."
Her husband said he saw a coyote running away from the property, and several others claim they have seen coyotes in the past few weeks.
"There's been several cats that have been mutilated," said Robertson, who lives in a large development near woods, but not as far up the mountain as other neighborhoods.
Robertson's neighbor, 15-year-old Kaylee Farr, saw what she believes was a coyote. "It just came out and it just looked at me, and it had this big, bushy tail," Kaylee said.
In January, her family found her cat dead in their backyard, its leg ripped from its body.
"We let our dogs out to go potty, and they ran up to the hill, and we saw all of his remains up there," Kaylee said. "The dog next door to us got eaten, too."
The Robertsons and the Farrs are just two of many families searching for a solution to the coyote problem.
Phil Douglass, northern region conservation outreach manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said the wildlife services division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking into the North Salt Lake case as coyotes are under that agency's jurisdiction. He said one option for the agency could be to remove the predators from the property.
"To remove an animal usually means killing them, shooting them, and that's not always practical in residential areas," Douglass said. "Protecting and conserving wildlife is a part of our job... Occasionally we have to go and kill animals that are causing some public safety concerns. It's not something that we like to do."
Another option could be to bring hounds to the neighborhood and scare the coyotes out.
In the meantime, he recommended that residents who live near wildlife take extra precautions, including keeping pets close, keeping pet food at a distance, putting up electric fences and installing motion lights.
"We want people to value the wildlife that we have in the state. The wildlife that are around us can be great to see and experience, but they can also have some heartbreak associated with it," Douglass said. "Protect your family and your pets from possible predators."
Douglass said people concerned about wild predators in their neighborhoods can find tips and contact numbers on www.wildawareutah.org.
(KUTV) Two new reports from the National Park Service highlight the vitality of tourism in Utah and the state's cost-effective decision to reopen its national parks during the partial government shutdown last fall.
The 2012 National Park Visitor Spending Report shows that Utah's national parks welcomed just over 9.5 million visitors that year, resulting in $613 million in tourism-related spending.
Visitors to Utah's five national parks, six national monuments and two national recreation areas support an estimated 9,416 jobs, according to the peer-reviewed report.
Nationwide, the analysis indicates that approximately 283 million people visited national parks in 2012, which is a 4 million increase from the previous year. Those visitors spent $14.7 billion in communities within 60 miles of the parks and supported 243,000 jobs.
A separate park service report also released Monday, details the economic effects of the October 2013 government shutdown on areas surrounding national parks.
Across the country, the 16-day shutdown kept nearly 8 million visitors away and resulted in an estimated loss of $414 million in visitor spending.
The report details how Utah mitigated the shutdown's effects by paying the federal government to reopen 9 of the state's 13 park service areas during the last six days of the shutdown.
"The State of Utah paid a total of $999,432 to the NPS to open the Utah parks for the six-day period," the report reads. "During which approximately 153,400 people visited a national park in Utah generating $9.95 million in NPS related visitor spending."
"We did hit a home run on that," said Utah Governor Gary Herbert of the decision to reopen the parks. "It was a smart thing to do. It was the right thing to do. Anytime you can get a 10-to-1 return on your investment, that's pretty darn good."
During the shutdown, southern Utah's Washington County, which is home to Zion National Park, initiated the push to allow Utah to fund its national parks.
The county drafted a declaration of local economic emergency. The declaration was modified and adopted by several surrounding counties and then forwarded to the governor's office.
"It was a team effort and a great result," Washington County Administrator Dean Cox said. "I think it astounded everybody how quickly the tour buses came back."
(KUTV) A Pennsylvania man is in town fighting to get his 2-year-old son back and he's taking his case to the highest court in Utah.
Jacob Brooks, 21, says he had no idea his girlfriend came to Utah two years ago and put their son up for adoption. "I had no intention of giving my son up," said Brooks as he waited outside the Utah Supreme Court doors on the fifth floor of the Matheson Courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City. "It's real emotional. It's real difficult every day, I'm thinking about him."
Jacob lost a lower court decision which he appealed and now his Utah attorney Wes Hutchings is arguing the case before the Utah Supreme Court, where both sides get 20 minutes.
"If the birth father grasped the opportunity to be in that child's life and he was denied that opportunity then it's a violation of his rights," argued Hutchings in court.
According to Brooks a little more than two years ago his pregnant girlfriend came to Utah without his knowledge and put their child up for adoption. "A few weeks before he was born I find out that she's actually in Utah and she's going to be induced for labor and that he's going to be born in Utah," said Brooks. "Under no circumstance should I not be able to have my son, but according to the laws here I can't.
Attorney Larry Jenkins is representing the adoption agency and argues that Brooks did know about the adoption. "The no idea exception doesn't apply here," said Jenkins. "Three or four months before the birth mom actually delivered, her mother delivered to Mr. Brooks a packet of information from the Utah adoption agency."
Brooks says he thought it was from Pennsylvania and knew if he didn't sign it the baby could not be adopted. "I did not know she was coming to Utah because in Pennsylvania law I have to sign that," said Brooks.
The bigger issue in this case has to do with the fact that Brooks was 18 at the time and his girlfriend was 14. In Utah that makes it a sex crime and therefore Brooks has no rights as a father.
Brooks says his girlfriend lied to him and had told him she was 16.
In Pennsylvania he was charged with indecent exposure, but would still have a say in the adoption process. In Utah Hutchings says Brooks' crime is considered rape and therefore he has no rights as a father. "It's clear that the only reason they are coming to Utah is to cut good parents, good fathers like Jacob Brooks out of the picture," said Hutchings.
The Utah Supreme Court did not make a ruling and they didn't allude to when they will, it could take as long as a year.
Brooks is not giving up hope, he says, "There is still always a chance out there. I want my son and I'm not going to stop until I get him back."
(KUTV) Utah legislators are trying once again to take power away from BLM and Forest Service law enforcement and give more power to local sheriffs.
Legislators tried to make it happen last year, but a federal judge struck down the law.
Mike Noel says BLM and Forest Service police can enforce federal laws on federal land, but they shouldn't enforce state laws like state speeding laws. He says federal traffic tickets don't allow real due process for people that are accused.
Another bill to shift the power is going through capitol hill in hopes that the second time will be enough to change the law.
(KUTV) Murray police are searching for an armed robber Tuesday morning after trying to buy a phone lat Monday night.
The robbery happened just after 11:00pm Monday night when a man arranged to meet another man to buy a phone at a parking near a hospital in Murray.
Instead of selling the phone, the suspect pulled a gun and robbed the other man.
The suspect is described as a white man with a thin build. He was wearing a black hoodie with sweat pants and has a tattoo near his eye and on his hands. He was last seen driving a red car south on State Street.
If anyone has any information, please contact Murray police.
(KUTV) A Salt Lake City school board member has filed a formal complaint with the federal government. The complaint alleges the district's lunch ladies are being discriminated against because they are women.
Michael Clara the board member filing the complaint says at least a dozen women have come forward. Clara is protecting their identities for fear of retribution, but claims the women are targeted by male supervisors and threatened with their jobs if they complain. Clara says the district has made no strides to listen or make changes and that's why he was forced to appeal to a higher court.
Just last week a school lunch lady in the Jordan District was hailed a hero for saving a child's life who was choking. Not more than a 20 minute drive through the Salt Lake Valley and Clara says all too often women working in Salt Lake lunchrooms are walked on and bullied. Clara says, "They're concerned with retaliation and have seen in the past that when someone does complain then they find a way to fire them."
When Uintah Elementary student lunches were thrown away early this year, Clara says he started getting calls about more problems from the women working inside district lunchrooms. Complaints he says include, "getting injured at work and then if they ask for time off for the injury they get terminated and get stuck with the medical bills." Clara is frustrated that, "we can't correct it on a local level and have to go to the federal government to seek help." The complaints include employees forced to punch their time cards for a lunch break without getting the break, long working hours but only getting paid up to 29.5 hours and the list goes on.
Clara believes the problems he's been told of starts at the top. He blames the superintendent and director of school lunch services. Clara is concerned about employees, turnover and how it affects students.
Clara says, "this impacts our children to have adults in the school that feel they're in a bully atmosphere … that negative energy adults have to deal with is then reflected on our students and they sense that."
Clara has filed federal complaints before and says he's seen changes in the district and hopes that will be the case again. He calls the current situation "chaos" but is quick to say it is "fixable."
The federal government has sent notice that the complaint has been filed. The school district calls the allegations "without merit." The district's statement says they comply with all state and federal guidelines and will be part of a state audit and review in the coming weeks.
(KUTV) Daylight Saving Time hits this Sunday, March 9, at 2:00am. Also known as 'summer time', it marks the event where we move our clocks forward, adding an hour of daylight to our schedules.
If one Utah lawmaker has her way, we won't have to change our clocks much longer. Representative Ronda Menlove (R, District 1), is sponsoring House Bill 197, calling for an in-depth study into whether Daylight Saving Time is really necessary.
"The legislature has considered multiple bills like this, every time the bill has failed," says Menlove, who would like Utah to be exempt from the practice, along with Arizona and Hawaii, which already are.
"This bill will bring together different stakeholder groups to sit down at a table and talk about the issues." Menlove says some of the stakeholders include business leaders, recreational directors and farmers. "The farmers, Farm Bureau have said, 'a cow doesn't know, we get up when the sun gets up, whenever it is, we don't look at the clock'."
From senior citizens, to moms, to computer programmers, Representative Menlove says she's heard from them all, pleading for an end to Daylight Saving Time. "They send me the petitions and they talk to me continuously."
Menlove says she's not advocating for Utah to be on Pacific Standard or Mountain Daylight Time, but just wants Utah to pick a time and stick with it year round.
"Someone suggested, well why don't we do a ballot initiative, let the citizens tell us what they'd like," she says, admitting that's a possible next step if House Bill 197 is passed and the study finds doing away with the time change, plausible.
House Bill 197 passed the House of Representatives on February 27, and is now in the hands of the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee.
(KUTV) Across California's central valley, farmers are tearing out their orchards, victims of one of the worst droughts in the state's history. Governor Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency and he said the state water system won't be providing water to cities and farms this year. Recent rains haven't alleviated the crisis, so some farmers are taking matters into their own hands. Barry Baker's farm has dug several wells to pump groundwater, but the quality is poor and there isn't enough.
(KUTV) Louise Bean, Lanu Lewis, Kelly Colobella and Gina Mondragon used to play football for the Utah Jynx, a tackle football team that plays with the Women's Football Alliance.
"It's a blast," Mondragon said. "Tackle football is so fun"
Playing for the Jynx was not free for these ladies.
"We all paid $1150 worth in fees," Bean said.
The player contracts that were signed by Jynx players talks about that money, but not about more money. Still that's what these women say their coach and team owner, Greg Cover, began asking for just a few games into the 11 game season.
"He'd ask for money before we even left or during our travel like, we need 20 bucks from each player for gas," said Mondragon.
"All we heard about was money all the time," said Colobella.
Not wanting or being able to come up with additional money, these four women say they quit the Jynx mid-season. But now they're asking, what happened to the all the money they paid to play?
Frustrated, Bean, Lewis, Colobella and Mondragon decided to Get Gephardt.
We began investigating and quickly discovered that the players are not alone in their frustration with the way Coach Cover handles money. Tiki Printing says they are owed $1376.84 by the Coach Cover for team apparel and t-shirts.
And $1,280 is still owed to Granite School District for use of the Taylorsville High field where the Jynx played their home games, according to district spokesperson Benjamin Horsley.
"We have been frustrated with the lack of organization and communication that we have experienced in working with this team's management," Horsley said. "As a steward of taxpayer resources, we welcome the use and rental of our fields for community purposes. However, we are unable to facilitate "Jynx's" future use until current liabilities and concerns with their organization are addressed."
When Get Gephardt contacted Coach Cover about all of this, by phone he said he was eager to sit down and talk on camera to set the record straight. That was about a month before the broadcast of this story. Coach Cover has since stopped returning our numerous calls.
In that original conversation, Coach Cover cautioned Get Gephardt about going forward with the story saying every single one of the "girls" who contacted us is "actually facing other charges ... for slander, defamation of character, and torturous interference with a business."
Court records show that no official charges have been filed with any Utah court.
As for his other debts, Coach Cover admitted owing money to Tiki Printing and says he plans to pay. He claims that Granite School District has been fully paid, a fact Granite has since said is flatly not true. As Coach Cover will not return messages, we are unable to get clarification on his statement.
Going forward, The Jynx has had to find a new league. After receiving numerous complaints, the Women's Football Alliance says they have opted not to renew the Jynx contract with the league.
"We just don't want this type of person or this type of team in our league anymore," said W.F.A. founder Lisa King.
The Jynx are now with the Independent Women's Football League. Their first game is this Saturday in Las Vegas.
What happened to Bean's, Lewis', Colobella's, Mondragon's and their teammates' season fees for last season remains an unanswered question.
By Matt Gephardt Produced by Cindy St. Clair Edited by Amber Monio Photography by Brain Morris
(KUTV) The paternal grandparents of a Utah teen killed on Sunday while serving a mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sweden opened up about their grandson's life.
"Mason always made us smile," said his grandmother Tonya Bailey. "It was just so easy to have someone that's so easy to raise and that loves the simple things of life."
Nineteen-year-old Mason Lewis Bailey was hit by a car and killed while walking to an appointment near Stockholm on Sunday.
"He was jovial and happy and liked to be around people," said his grandfather Noel Bailey, adding that Elder Bailey felt he was doing the work of his life in Sweden. "I remember clear back when I was in the mission field people saying, 'If I had to die, now would be a good time.' You're so full of the spirit. You're so clean. You're where you want to be."
The teen grew up between Richfield and Provo and took on responsibility at an early age after his parents divorced.
"He took care of his mom and his brother and sister. He was essentially the man of the house for quite a while," Tonya said. "He was just so responsible every day. You realized how blessed you were to know him and to have his example in your family."
Mason saved enough money for his mission on his own, his grandparents said, and he had scholarships lined up for his college education upon his return to Utah.
Just last week, Mason sent his family a letter and some pictures. He said he missed everyone and was shocked by how much the younger kids had grown while he had been gone. He said was happy and fulfilled, "always progressing."
"We know that he's on a very important mission in the spirit world," Tonya said. "I know in his heart he's happy. He's sad for us, but he's happy that he can go over on the other side and teach people the Gospel. And we're happy for him, too. So, in a way, we're celebrating his life, but are very sad about this loss."
A funeral will be held for Mason in Sweden. His body will return to Utah in the next few days for local services.
(KUTV) A 52-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was hit while walking across the street at the intersection of 3500 south and Redwood Road.
However, the story becomes a bit more complicated when you consider that the driver accused of hitting her says he didn't do it. "Initially it was horrible when I thought I hit somebody, but I didn't hit somebody," said Logan Bruce, 49, the driver of a semi-truck that was carrying a large load of lumber.
Bruce told 2News' Dan Rascon that he was just pulling over to render aid to someone who got hit by a vehicle. "I heard a thump behind me, looked in my mirror saw someone lying on the ground and I just stopped and ran back there while I was calling 911," said Logan. But he insists, "I did not hit her."
That's why at first West Valley Police say they thought they had a hit and run on their hands, but after further investigation, including eye witnesses and video surveillance taken from a nearby business, officers say they have solid evidence that the truck driver did strike the woman as she was about half way into the intersection.
"The evidence under these sets of circumstances is very clear that there were no other vehicle involved. This is not a hit and run. This is a single vehicle accident and the driver is going to have charges screened against him," said Deputy Chief Mike Powell.
Powell says the victim did have the green light and the right of way as she was crossing to the south side of 3500 south along Redwood Road.
Powell says the truck driver faces possible charges of failure to yield to a pedestrian. He could also have other charges brought against him if they find he was falsifying his story to police. Officers say they are considering the size of the semi-truck and that he may never have known that he hit someone.
(KUTV) This week sees the release of director Steve McQueen's Oscar winning drama 12 Years a Slave about Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped and forced into slavery, The Grandmaster, Director Wong Kar Wai's gorgeous kung-fu film based on the life of Bruce Lee's Master, Ip Man, starring Tony Leung (Hero) and Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-wook's notorious Korean film Oldboy starring Josh Brolin as a man seeking revenge after being kidnapped and imprisoned for twenty years and Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor the last episode from the revitalized series to feature Matt Smith as the Doctor as he passes the sonic screwdriver off to Peter Capaldi .
Also this week is Alice Eve and Bryan Cranston in the neo-noir thriller Cold Comes the Night from Director Tze Chun (Children of Invention) and Wicked Blood starring Abigail Breslin and Alexa Vega as sisters in Writer/Director Mark Young's drug addled Southern thriller.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says the government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the shutdown was a striking reminder that national parks are a powerful economic engine for local economies across the country.
The report released Monday said five states, including California and Arizona, lost more than $20 million during the 16-day shutdown.
Six states received permission to reopen national parks within their borders using state money. The report said those states generated nearly $10 in visitor spending for every dollar spent. Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New York, South Dakota and Tennessee all reopened parks.
A bill is pending in Congress to reimburse those states.
MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press
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SAGE - A test to measure thinking abilities The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) is designed to detect early signs of cognitive, memory or thinking impairments. It evaluates your thinking abilities and helps physicians to know how well your brain is working.
Princess Millie Run Learn about Millie and her battle with childhood cancer - and find out how you can help.
Evans Hairstyling College Kellie Evans teaches future generations both at her hairstyling college and on the streets of Salt Lake City. For 12 years, she has taken her students to cut hair and feed the homeless.
Bingham High School Lip Dub 2013 With over 2,200 participants, 23 soloists, 800 balloons, 250 pounds of flour, 200 glow sticks, and a helicopter, the 2013 Bingham High School Lip Dub was a great success.
Act wattsmart Video Contest Are you ready to win $10,000? What do you do to be wattsmart around your house? Or, what could you do? Let Rocky Mountain Power know in a video. They are giving out a total of $17,000 toward energy efficiency upgrades. Deadline May 31.
Battle Of The Bands! - Perform life on KUTV! Would you like to have a voice and pick the music you want to listen to on 2News This Morning, Weekend Edition? Would you or your band like to perform live on the show? We are giving you that chance every two weeks through Gigg.com. Go to Follow the link and start submitting your bands to perform live and a winner will be picked every two weeks. Go vote today!
2012 Consumer Satisfaction Report Of Utah Health Plans Are you happy with your current health plan? Do you often wonder how your plan compares to others here in the state? The Utah Health Data Committee has unveiled its 2012 Consumer Satisfaction Report of Utah Health Plans.
Club Vision To volunteer or join the club, click the link.
EVE SLC 2013 Salt Lake City's 3-night New Year's Celebration featuring live music and family fun.
Give Tobacco Users the "Gift Of Quit" The Utah Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) can help you give the greatest gift of all to your loved ones who smoke: the jump start they need to quit for good.
Blind Mom Cooks She cooks gourmet meals and takes care of three children – all in complete darkness.
Hurricane Sandy: Help Those In Need Hundreds of thousands of evacuees have already rushed to emergency shelters with their loved ones, and your support is desperately needed to help us keep as many people safe from the storm as possible.
Utah Ophthalmology Society Utah's Eye M.D.s are dedicated to treating and preventing eye disease for all patients. Our membership includes over 130 ophthalmologists (EyeM.D.s) in both solo and group practices in general and sub-specialty eye care throughout Utah.
Utah Make-A-Wish -To help Pay-It-Forward recipient Alia Reber help others, click the link.
Studying Autism and iPads Canadian professor Rhonda McEwen studies the use of iPads by children with autism in Toronto's Beverley School. She tells Lesley Stahl that progress is slow, but learning to "play with language" is the first step.
Donate To Hurricane Disaster Relief You can help people affected by disasters such as hurricanes like Isaac, floods, earthquakes, wildfires and tornadoes by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
TOSH - The Orthopedic Speciality Hospital TOSH–The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital is one of the country's premier facilities for orthopedic surgical care, rehabilitation and physical therapy, sports performance training, and nutrition counseling.
VFW's Ladies Auxiliary -For more information about how you can help the VFW's Ladies Auxiliary and other vets, click the link.
"Faith in America" -To read the exclusive interview "Cathedral Age" magazine did with Obama and Romney on "Faith in America," click the link.
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