(KUTV) Police are currently investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered during efforts to extinguish a suspicious house fire Tuesday morning in Price.
According to a news release from the Price City Police Department, authorities were dispatched to the home at 423 South and 200 West at 10:57 a.m. on reports of an armed person hiding inside. Officers arrived at about 11:00 a.m. and discovered the home was filled with smoke and that the flames had spread to the attic.
In the process of fighting the fire, Price City Fire crews discovered the body of the adult male in the basement of the home. Police are in the process of interviewing several witnesses.
2News interviewed John Serfustini, the editor of the Sun Advocate newspaper, who first reported on the story. He says the home is still under heavy investigation and no charges or formal arrests have been made at this time.
Earlier reports indicated a man was taken into custody, but those details have not yet been confirmed by police. Several police and fire crews are still on the scene.
2News has a crew on the way to the scene and will continue to update this story with more developments as soon as they become available.
(KUTV) Heavy rainfall in Eagle Mountain caused some flash flooding Tuesday afternoon.
Crews were able to save several homes, but others were not so lucky.
Matt Stevens lives in Cedar Pass Ranch off SR-73. Unfortunately his home was in the path of destruction. "When we came out of the backyard there was probably an 18-inch wall of water coming through the back."
Steven's basement is flooded and some of the ground floor too. "I've never seen it rain as hard as it did out here today," he said.
For the Muhlestein family, destruction was narrowly avoided.
"They said your yard is flooding we're gonna start sandbagging," said Avalie Muhlestein, who had more than 100 workers placing sandbags around her home. "I got a phone call at the dentist from my children and they were like our house is flooding and they're here to help," she said.
Even the Eagle Mountain Mayor was there to lend a hand.
"It happened so quick I didn't even look at the time," said Mayor Christopher Pengra. "We've probably been out here a few hours or so."
The rain came and went quickly, but now the long cleanup process is underway and residents are worried about the next round of rain storms.
"We've had a lot of fires out here in the last couple years so most of the mountains don't have the foliage to contain the water," said Stevens.
(KUTV) Flooding damaged a house in West Valley City Tuesday afternoon.
City public works officials said during the rain storm, water backed up on 4000 West and began flooding a nearby neighborhood. One house, located at 4062 South Petersen Lane (3710 South), experienced heavy flooding as several feet of water gathered in the garage and basement. City crews arrived and pumped the water out.
Other yards in the area were also flooded.
While the weather played a role in the flooding, the exact cause of the backup is unclear.
"We have a contractor working on 40th West," said Public Works Director Russell Willardson. "We need to figure out if the lines were blocked or what might've caused the problem here. There was also irrigation water, I believe, running in the line on 40th West, so all of that combined with a heavy rain led to a backup and unfortunately went into someone's home."
A man at the house said his elderly mother owns the property. He said she is on hospice care and is in her final days. This flood added to the already tough time the family is experiencing, he said.
(KUTV) Police are searching for a man they say robbed a Walmart Monday night in South Jordan.
The incident happened near 11400 South Jordan Gateway. Police say the suspect, Dennis Monard, 37, pulled a gun on a store security guard. Officers say Monard drove off in a white truck with raised suspension and big wheels, though they found his truck abandoned a few blocks away.
Police say Monard is a gang member. Anyone who sees him or has any information about his whereabouts is urged to call police immediately.
(KUTV) Search and rescue crews have found a missing 74-year-old man that disappeared up City Creek Canyon in good condition.
Police say the man's family reported that he is an avid bird watcher and left his home around 3pm Monday. The man apparently drove his car to the top of City Creek Canyon, but it is unclear which direction he headed.
There is no cell phone service in the area and the family says they were last in contact with the man when he left his home. They contacted police and reported him missing around eleven Monday night.
The family says he is a healthy man and has no known medical or mental health conditions.
Search crews say they used a helicopter with inferred capability to attempt and locate the missing man, before a ground search was initiated.
(KUTV) Sometimes you come across something that makes you ask the question, "How did they do that?"
We found ourselves asking this question and wanted to see how crews got the Wells Fargo sign all the way to the top of the downtown building.
Mike Waters with Yesco signs boast, "It's probably one of the best jobs you could ever have."
That is if you don't mind going up, way up, 470 feet to be exact.
When asked, "Do you ever get a little nervous up here?" Waters responded, "Ah, the higher, the better!"
Waters, who is an installer for Yesco signs, is living the dream on the side of the 26 story Wells Fargo center.
"It's a landmark, right? Everybody knows the Wells Fargo Building," says Water's co-worker Wes VanDyke.
The Wells Fargo sign is an iconic logo, which can be seen for miles. Now it is getting a slight font style change, with a red outline around the letters instead of black. Waters and his crew's job is to take down the 13 year old letters, then replace them with much lighter, energy efficient LED fixtures.
The sign's old letter F that has already came off the building is 7 feet high and about 400 pounds. Compare that to the new letters, which are also 7 feet high, but weigh only150 pounds.
We took a ride with the new S as it rode on the sky climber. From the ground, it looks like an aerial game of scrabble.
"Then we get them up here, and then they go right onto the rail. We bolt 'em right on and move to the next one," explained Water.
These guys do get a substantial pay bump for every 100 feet they go up in the air. "So, a hundred, 150 feet it doubles again, and so they're paid. It is additional risk, but they're trained to do that, so they're very comfortable with it," said VanDyke.
When Wells Fargo is once again spelled out on the skyline, it will make a substantial deduction in the power usage.
VanDyke feels like the new sign is a move with a lot of upside, "So low voltage, so the wiring is considerably less, the power consumption considerably less as well --- a good savings and a move to green."
The Yesco crew just finished the sign on the southeast side of the building. Now they'll change out the sign on Main Street. That's why they've built the makeshift covered walkway in front of the building.
(KUTV) A former West Valley police officer Shaun Cowley wants the manslaughter charges against him dismissed.
The DA's office filed the charges against Cowley, who shot and killed Danielle Willard, 21, during a drug bust back in 2012.
Cowley's defense says he was acting in self-defense at the time of the shooting and they say statements from Cowley while he was still a police officer are now being used against him. In a 45 page court document asking for the dismissal of the case, the defense claims Cowley was forced to make statements that he was promised would not be used in a prosecution.
"It's our belief that the information has been used against him in prosecution --- That's a clear violation of Sgt. Cowley's Fifth Amendment rights," says defense attorney Lindsay Jarvis.
Former judge Paul Cassell, who has also came to Cowley's defense says he never should have been charged for shooting. He disagrees with the decision from the District Attorney's office to charge Cowley with manslaughter, a second-degree felony.
"The more I looked, the more I became convinced that a very good office made a very bad decision in this case," Paul Cassell said. ""The law says an officer is entitled to use deadly force if he is in a situation of bodily injury or threatened with death."
A spokesperson with the District Attorney's Office told 2News, they are not surprised by the comments coming from the defense. They say both sides are just doing their jobs.
Cowley's attorneys believe the manslaughter charge will eventually be thrown out.
(KUTV) Could Utah liquor stores stock cannabis oil in the near future?
Utah Republican Senator Steve Urquhart of St. George wants to help families get cannabis oil legally in the state. The legislature legalized the use of the oil this last year, but the oil is not sold in the state. Utah families must buy the oil across state lines and take the legal risk of transporting it, which could be a federal offense.
Cutler Henrie, an 8-year-old Layton boy is one of many children that would benefit by a move to sell the cannabis oil through state channels. Cutler is looking forward to the third grade, but his parents worry about him around the clock.
"He has seizures every single day, at night when he sleeps he has seizures all through the night," said Cutler's mom Natalie.
Cutler is on a waiting list out of Colorado for cannabis oil, which is a specially cultivated marijuana product used to prevent seizures. His father Jason Henrie explains that for now there is nothing they can do. The medicine they give him does not stop the seizures and makes him drowsy. An implant that should work like a pacemaker in his brain and stop the seizures is of no use.
The Henrie family is clinging to the hope that the cannabis oil out grown in Colorado at a family farm will save their son. Under Colorado law, each plant to be sold out of state must have a barcode and a patient attached to it. The plants do not grow overnight and so the families wait.
The Henries expect to get their first dose in the Fall. They worry, however, about how long they will have their little boy in their lives. If that is not enough to worry about, this family fears the legal ramifications of the cannabis oil already legal in Utah. Taking it across state lines from Colorado is still a federal offense. It is a risk Jason says they do not "necessarily want to take."
Jason works for the U.S. Air force and would lose his job if he faced drug charges for carrying his son's cannabis oil across state lines. That's why the Henrie family, like so many other families in their position, support Senator Urquhart's latest proposal to sell the oil at state liquor stores.
"Any way we can get it is going to be a good thing and we're really excited about that," said Jason.
There are, however, reservations about the location. Many families wish the oil could be sold somewhere else like a pharmacy. Without FDA approval, that too would be illegal. Jason laments that "it's not every day people run to the liquor store for something for their children."
Natalie says she "would not be thrilled going into a liquor store." While there is reticence, this family understands liquor stores may be the only way the state could keep control and remove the burden of possible arrest. In the end they say they "would do it in a heartbeat" if it meant helping their son.
There is a federal understanding that should in theory protect Utah families, but there is nothing in writing. Also, a worry is traveling every time they need a new supply. Families with severe epilepsy do not travel far from home with their children who can easily get sick or hurt.
It is still early to know if there is backing for the bill Sen. Urquhart is proposing, but with the oil already legal in the state, it could be further controlled if the entire process from growth, to application and sales could be controlled by a state run agency.
(KUTV) Police are searching for two women who allegedly impersonated police officers and stole the money and vehicle of two men Sunday evening in Salt Lake City.
"It's an odd case, it really is," said Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Robin Heiden.
The incident happened just before 9:00 p.m. The two men were visiting a friend at a house near 900 West and 200 South in Salt Lake City.
Sgt. Heiden said the two females approached the two men and told them they were "agents." They did not elaborate, Heiden said.
The two alleged officer impersonators told the men more police were on the way. The women "didn't have any guns, didn't have identification, no badges, anything like that," said Heiden. "The males believed them."
Police say the women made the men come out to the front of the house, sit on the curb, cross their legs and answer some questions. The women then stole the wallets of the men, their keys and took off with their car.
"They got into his 2001 Toyota blue Celica and left the scene," said Heiden. "The males weren't injured in any way, other than their pride, and they were a little shaken up of course."
Not long after, the car was found, but officers are still surprised the incident happened.
"Sometimes when you see someone who is impersonating an officer, they're doing it with a badge or something like that and telling somebody they work at a certain department," said Heiden. "Neither one of them were even in anything that looked like a uniform."
One of the suspects, a heavy-set female Hispanic, "was wearing a blue shirt with khaki pants, and they were capri pants," said Heiden. "The other female was wearing a blue shirt with black shorts."
Police say that real officers typically wear a uniform and if they do not, "normally they'll have a picture ID as well as a badge," Heiden said. In this case, of course, the women did not have any of those items.
This entire incident showed how gutsy the suspects were, Heiden said, "to go up on the odds that somebody's going to believe that you're an agent without any ID, and they did that."
The two female suspects are still on the loose. They are described as in their 30's, one Hispanic woman and one white woman. If they are caught, they both face serious charges including robbery and vehicle theft as well as impersonating a police officer.
Police also say the victims and suspects did not know each other.
(KUTV) A former federal judge and University of Utah law professor is joining the legal team for a former West Valley City detective charged with manslaughter.
Former judge Paul Cassell says 33-year-old Shaun Cowley never should have been charged for shooting a 21-year-old unarmed woman during a drug investigation. He disagrees with the decision from the District Attorney's office to charge Cowley with manslaughter, a second-degree felony.
"The more I looked, the more I became convinced that a very good office made a very bad decision in this case," Paul Cassell said. ""The law says an officer is entitled to use deadly force if he is in a situation of bodily injury or threatened with death."
Cassell says the shooting was justified and if Cowley is convicted, it will make officers fearful to defend themselves.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill charged Cowley in June, saying the officer's life was not in danger when he shot Danielle Willard in 2012.
Willard was sitting in her Subaru at the Lexington Park Apartments in November of 2012 when she was caught in the crosshairs of a narcotics drug bust. Cowley and fellow officer, detective Kevin Salmon fired six shots - Cowley fired off the first shot, which hit Willard in the head - taking her life. Cowley said Willard tried to hit him with her car, which is why he fired his weapon.
"West Valley City has sought to make him their scapegoat," Cowley's attorney, Lindsay Jarvis said.
Cowley has not yet entered a plea, but his attorney Lindsay Jarvis has called the case "incredibly disappointing."
In a 45 page court document asking for the dismissal of the case, the defense claims Cowley was forced to make statements that he was promised would not be used in a prosecution.
"It's our belief that the information has been used against him in prosecution, Cassell said. "That's a clear violation of Cowley's fifth amendment rights."
Gill said Monday that he respects Cassell, but disagrees with his opinion.
A spokesperson with the District Attorney's Office told 2News Reporter, Brittany Tait, they are not surprised by the comments coming from the defense. They say both sides are just doing their jobs.
(KUTV) Heavy rain flooded an intersection underneath an overpass in Midvale and trapped a few cars early Monday evening.
Water collected under the overpass on Center Street and 8000 South, reaching three to four feet high before UDOT officials could respond and turn on a pump that diverts the water. Authorities say this has happened before in this location.
"When UDOT doesn't turn on the pumps, it creates a problem because it comes down," said Ken Vance, public works director of Midvale City.
Both roads were closed off temporarily, but are now reopened.
(KUTV) Willliam Brown, 10, has received a lot of speech therapy, but not a lot of success in certain areas.
"The older he was getting, the more concerned I was about him not picking up his R's and thinking how are we going to solve this problem" William's mother Lisa Brown told 2News.
When Lisa heard about a new technology called Smart Palate, she took William to meet Colleen Mitchell, a speech pathologist who uses the device in her therapy.
"I heard about it and I thought let's give this a try because traditional speech therapy isn't working for him," Lisa said.
The device is a small piece of plastic with 124 gold sensors. The device is made to be put in the mouth and it connects to a computer. Unlike traditional therapy, the device helps patients see, not just hear or feel where they need to move their tongue and mouth to make certain sounds.
"It completely takes out the guesswork of what they have to do and the consistency works with the brain so they're doing the same thing every single time," said Lisa.
The technology is new and in Mitchell's words is "amazing."
"What happens is as the tongue goes over the palate, it lights up little dots or sensors on the screen," said Mitchell.
David Larsen, CEO of Smart Palate, says the device is the beginning of the future of speech therapy. He worked with the original doctor before launching the mouthpiece worldwide. He realizes it is a big change and some therapists will be hesitant to try the new method.
"It's really the first computer for speech therapy," Larsen said. "It's the first tool they have had like this and so it's a hard change."
Mitchell says the technology is a change that cuts out months of therapy sessions and discouragement.
"My goal always when I get them in here is immediate success and this does it. It does it every single time," said Mitchell.
The Brown family has already discovered success with the new technology.
"Once he could see that R sound, it just clicked," said Lisa.
Mitchell says the Smart Palate does not cure speech problems. The patients still have to do the work to strengthen the right muscles. Her hope is that it can ultimately be used in school to help children get immediate results at a very young age.
(KUTV) Unified Fire Authority with the assistance of Questar Gas have ruled out natural gas as playing a role in the explosion and subsequent that killed a man at a Draper home on Friday.
The exact cause of the explosion and fire has still not yet been determined. At this time, officials say some form of accelerant, as detected by trained canines, was used and contributed to the rapid fire spread.
UFA is not currently pursuing any more active leads or suspects in the case.
Paul Broadhurst, 40, died at University Hospital's burn unit late Friday evening from injuries sustained in the gas explosion and fire. He fell from the second story window with serious burns.
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Shelly Sterling says she can finally get some rest now that it looks like she will be able to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.
But Donald Sterling's lawyers say this is just one battle in a war their client wants to continue waging.
It appears, however, they are losing the war to keep the franchise Donald Sterling has owned for more than 30 years.
A California probate judge ruled Monday that a deal to sell the NBA team for a league-record price can move forward.
Judge Michael Levanas tentatively ruled in favor of Shelly Sterling, saying the estranged wife of Donald Sterling acted properly in removing her husband from the trust that owns the NBA team and in winding up the affairs of the trust.
The sale can go forward regardless of any appeals, Levanas said.
And Donald Sterling will appeal, his attorneys said.
"His reaction is very calm. He didn't see this as the final battleground. This is one stage of a long war," Bobby Samini said.
The ruling is expected to become final in about 10 days, after Donald Sterling's lawyers are allowed to enter their objections to the judgment.
CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin said it is unlikely that Sterling's lawyers will succeed if they appeal the final ruling. Appellate courts are very reluctant to overturn a probate judge's decision on the facts, she said.
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has agreed with Shelly Sterling to buy the Clippers for a league record $2 billion.
"We are pleased that the court has affirmed Shelly Sterling's right to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer," the NBA said through spokesman Mike Bass. "We look forward to the transaction closing as soon as possible."
Pierce O'Donnell, an attorney for Shelly Sterling, said they hoped to have the sale completed by August 13.
"This is going to be a good thing for the city, for the league, for my family, for all of us," said Shelly Sterling, who added she will still be sitting courtside next season. "And come see the Clippers next year!"
She called Ballmer the "best new owner that anybody could ever find."
She said that she hadn't slept well for two months.
"I'm just glad it's over," she said.
Doctors ruled Donald Sterling was mentally incapacitated
Shelly Sterling was within her rights to remove her husband from the trust under which each Sterling had owned 50% of the team, the judge agreed. She became sole trustee in May after two doctors determined Donald Sterling was mentally incapacitated.
In April, Donald Sterling, 80, came under fire for making racist remarks against African-Americans in comments to his companion V. Stiviano. The recorded conversation was published online.
In response, the NBA banned Sterling for life, fined him the maximum $2.5 million and moved toward terminating the Sterlings' ownership rights in the franchise.
Donald Sterling, in turn, sued the league for $1 billion for alleged antitrust violations in its handling of the matter. Samini said they would switch their focus to this case.
Sterling also is suing Shelly Sterling and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, seeking monetary damages in civil court. Court documents filed by Sterling's attorneys call the potential deal "unlawful" and "fraudulent," and ask for an injunction to block the sale.
Donald Sterling revoked the family trust in June, and the lawsuit contends that the move reverted the Clippers back to his sole ownership and therefore Shelly Sterling has no power or right to sell the team. All the stock for the franchise was issued in his name, court documents said.
Donald Sterling has said he will never sell the Clippers.
The NBA Board of Governors, a group of the league's 30 owners, will also have to approve the sale for it to go through.
Donald Sterling bought the Clippers in 1981 for about $12 million and is the longest-tenured owner in the NBA.
(KUTV) Police are calling a suspicious package found outside a credit union Monday in Ogden a botched robbery.
A teller at the Wasatch Peaks Credit Union on Washington Blvd. sounded the alarm after she saw a call pull through the drive-up and sent in a package with the word "bomb" sprawled on the top inside.
The car took off and a bomb squad was called in to investigate. The credit union was evacuated while they investigated the contents of the package. An officer decked out in armor x-rayed and sprayed the package with water.
The package was deemed inert, so it was not detonated.
(CNN) A relaxing day at Southern California's famed Venice Beach took a deadly turn Sunday afternoon when a powerful lightning bolt struck the water, killing one person and injuring at least 13, emergency officials said.
The sudden lightning strike at Venice Beach caused panic as people tried to get out of the water and off the beach.
The Los Angeles County coroner's office confirmed one man in his 20s died at a local hospital after he was rescued from the beach.
But it's too soon to say whether he died from "a lightning strike, drowning or being trampled by the crowd," according to John Kades with the coroner's office.
"The day started out clear, but there were storms in the forecast for the region on Sunday," CNN meteorologist Sherri Pugh said of the isolated thunderstorms that swept through the Los Angeles area.
The lightning hit the water and the beach at 2:51 p.m. PT (5:51 p.m. ET), according to spokeswoman Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Emergency responders assessed the condition of at least 13 victims -- all of whom were either in or near the water -- at the scene. Of those, seven adults and one teenager were transported to local hospitals.
One was listed in serious conditions and six were listed in fair condition by late Sunday afternoon
The National Weather Service in Los Angeles tweeted around the time of the strike that "cloud to ground lightning" had been reported in nearby Marina del Rey and at the Los Angeles International Airport.
Witnesses tweeted they saw a huge bolt of lightning strike the area, with one Twitter user describing an explosion that blew off nearby roof tiles.
Lightning also struck Catalina Island on Sunday. Los Angeles County Sheriff Sgt. Robert Berardi said a man was hit by a lightning strike near a golf course. He was taken to a local hospital, treated and later released.
Lightning fatalities are pretty rare in California. Between 1959 and 2012, 31 people died after they were struck by lightning, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In comparison, there were 468 deaths from lightning strikes in Florida during the same time period, followed by 215 in Texas.
The National Weather Service has compiled a list of lightning safety tips on its website.
There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm or when lightning strikes, the agency said. To reduce the risk of injury or even death during severe weather, people planning outdoor activities of any kind should have a safety plan. At the first clap of thunder, the weather service said anybody outdoors should run for shelter or for their vehicles and they should remain sheltered for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder is heard.
When visiting the beach, where there is limited shelter available for taking cover during a thunderstorm, the weather service advises people to run for their cars at the first sign of thunder or lightning in the distance. The agency also warns against taking cover under the beach picnic shelters. It says water, wet items, like ropes and metal objects, including fences and poles, are big dangers during lightning storms because water and metal are both great conductors of electrical currents.
The weather service also offers these tips for minimizing the risk of getting struck by lightning: Avoid open fields and hilltops, stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects, set up camps in lower lying areas and remember tents do not offer protection from lightning.
There is also professional lightning detection equipment available that issues alerts when lightning is approaching an area. The weather service said it's a good investment for outdoors sports groups or other outside events.
CNN's Joe Sutton contributed to this report.
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(KUTV) Hiking, biking, and boating are three of many outdoor activities to enjoy in the warm summer months, but can also bring people face to face with wildlife.
"Part of our job is to help people stay healthy instead of wait for them to get sick so we thought we would warn people that it's that time of the year," said Southwest Utah Public Health Officer David Blodgett.
There are three things that Blodgett is urging people to do be aware of when it comes to wildlife.
"First, if an animal is sick enough that you can get close enough to touch it, then stay away from it,a he said.
Most wild animals like bats, prairie dogs and mice usually try to avoid humans, but mosquitos, a carrier of the West Nile virus, are drawn to people.
Blodgett advises people to stay away from standing water and wear long sleeves and repellent to avoid being bit.
"Second, animal waste products, mouse droppings, those kinds of things are always bad news. If you clean them up, take precautions,a said Blodgett.
Blodgett says it is important to make sure to wear gloves and even a mask when cleaning up waste or the carcass of an animal. He says it is important to be aware of things in the environment and what kinds of diseases you need to avoid.
"We have plague for example in the small rodents of our area and so just knowing that can help you if you come across a dead animal," said Blodgett.
A long time problem animal Cedar City is the prairie dog.
"Donat ever go near prairie dogs that are dead for example. That's a bad sign," said Blodgett.
Blodgett advises whether in the mountains or in a front yard, make sure to be cautious.
"They're not incredibly common, but for the people that are out in the wild and out where they can come in contact with this it can be a problem," said Blodgett.
To find out more information on what animal carries what disease and how to protect yourself, click here.
(KUTV) Lindon police have arrested a man believed to have defrauded his neighbor by $43,000.
Police believe that Jerry Lovelace, 55, approached the victim about a business opportunity and was asking for operating costs to start. Then over a three year period, which started in 2010, the victim gave Lovelace tens of thousands of dollars. Lovelace was apparently fabricating documents from alleged buyers and investors.
Some of the fraudulent documents came from an alleged Orange County Fire Authority and the victim thought they were authentic and wanted to invest in the product.
After the victim got fed up with numerous delays he decided to check with the OFCA to check in on their investment. OFCA officials told him that they had never been contacted by Lovelace and they were not investors in his product.
When detectives starting looking into the case they found out that there was a similar case being investigated by Draper police and that they had enough to file charges against Lovelace.
Lovelace has been booked into the Utah County Jail and he has been charged with two counts of forgery and communications fraud, all of which are felonies. He is currently still in jail being held without bail.
(CNN) A Georgia man was killed and his daughter critically injured Sunday when an airplane struck them as they walked along a Florida beach.
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Wendy Rose said Venice Municipal Airport officials reported a plane in distress Sunday afternoon.
The pilot of a 1972 Piper Cherokee radioed that he would be unable to make it back to the airport and that he was instead going to attempt a landing on Caspersen Beach, just to the south.
The plane landed and hit Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter, Oceana, 9, about 2:45 p.m., according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Irizarry died on the scene. His daughter was airlifted to All Children's Hospital and is believed to be in critical condition, according to the sheriff's office.
"The dad looked very bad," witness Zack Arceneaux told CNN affiliate Bay News 9. "They were performing CPR on him. He had blood on his face. It looked like he wasn't breathing at all."
"It's the last thing you'd expect," Arceneaux said to CNN affiliate WTSP. "I didn't hear anything. Actually I thought the motor must've went out. I didn't hear anything. Figured, maybe it ran out of fuel and just hit them and they weren't ready."
The pilot, Karl Kokomoor and his passenger, David Theen, were uninjured. Both are from Englewood, Florida.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating.
By Janet DiGiacomo
CNN's Joe Sutton contributed to this report
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(KUTV) Senator Mike Lee is sponsoring a bill to cut the federal gas tax as part of his proposal to address the soon to be bankrupt federal transportation fund. Lee's plan would cut the gas tax from 18 cents to about four.
It also shifts the costs for building new roads and interstate from the federal government to the states.
Lee has several co-sponsors, including Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.
(KUTV) They took the rare collectors' cars out of the museum Sunday and into the sunlight for all to see at the Miller Motorsports Park for the inaugural Octane Party, helping kick off the 9th annual Beehive Drive with proceeds going to help the families of fallen officers.
Jazz CEO Greg Miller welcomed car enthusiasts to the show, telling 2News this was the first time all these limited production vehicles and classic cars were together in one location, "We've got hot rods, rat rods, old 4-wheel drives, a mini cooper that just pulled up and my hope is that we can just continue to build on the diversity."
Car lovers, young and old, perused the cars on display outside of the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele County, while inside races were going on. Miller says cars are a great way for family members to find that special connection, "As I've gotten older I've realized that cars are a great way to establish relationships. It was one of the most special memories I have of my dad in a car. It's a neat way to bond and build relationships with people you love."
"It kind of leaves you speechless," Josh Ayres told 2News Sunday as he wandered through the various make and models for show, "This is actually the only place in the world that you'll see these cars, because of their rarity, like in one spot. So, it's pretty cool!"
"I think it's great, particularly the GT40s over here! That's the year I really watched a lot of racing," car enthusiast Paul Schack said Sunday adding that it gives him a chance to fantasize about owning one of the classic muscle cars, pointing to a yellow hot rod, "This would be the car I'd like to own, but right now I drive a Toyota Corolla."
Organizers say over the last 8 years, $1.8 Million has been donated to the Utah Highway Patrol's Honoring Heroes Foundation, helping families of fallen and injured officers, as well as going toward community betterment projects in rural areas. Donations are made in the communities where the Beehive Drive makes its stops. The Utah towns of Helper, Blanding and Fairview will host the cars as the touring show runs through the end of the month.
A benefit gala will then be held at the Grand America on the 31st with proceeds going to the foundation. For more information go to: beehivedrive.org
(KUTV) Search and rescue crews in Idaho have located the brother of Orem native Noelle Pikus-Pace and his three children in the Emerald Lake area.
Crews began searching for Jared Pikus and his three kids when they did not rendezvous with Pikus' wife on Saturday.
The group had left for a camping trip on Friday and campers in the area told search crews they saw the family Saturday afternoon.
Campers told crews the family was rafting on Moores Lake and were going to walk a ridge-line back to their campsite. Officials say based on the information search crews were able to concentrate their efforts into a smaller area.
According to Pikus-Pace's Facebook page the family became lost and began hikeing down a road they found until they ran into someone. She is reporting that they were found okay and as of Sunday afternoon they were still on the mountain.
We will have additional information on the story as it becomes available.
(KUTV) Idaho State Police responded to a fatal crash on Interstate 84 at milepost 273, near the border of Utah and Idaho early Sunday morning.
Police say Kenneth Brooks, 17, of Magna was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 in a 2000 Chevy Venture van. Brooks swerved towards the median in an attempt to avoid an animal in the roadway. He corrected back into the lane of travel, and over steered back into the median causing the van to overturn.
Mark Beaslin, 60, of Taylorsville was sleeping in the cargo area of the van and was ejected from the vehicle when it overturned. Brooks and Beaslin were both transported by ambulance to Bear River Valley Hospital in Tremonton, UT.
Brooks was wearing his seat belt and his condition is unknown. Beaslin, who was unsecured in the vehicle, was declared dead after arriving at the hospital.
The crash remains under investigation by Idaho State Police.
LOS ANGELES (AP) A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during rare summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said.
The man was taken from Venice Beach and pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz said. His identity was not immediately released.
Dietz did not immediately know the cause of death and couldn't immediately confirm whether the man was a swimmer pulled from the water and given CPR by lifeguards.
Thirteen people, including a 15-year-old boy were jolted by lightning on the beach, in the water and on the famed Venice Beach boardwalk. Nine were taken to hospitals, where one remained in critical condition, authorities said.
Most of the others were mainly shaken up and expected to recover, fire officials said.
Steve Christensen said his friend had been body-surfing and was sitting on the beach when lifeguards began searching for a missing swimmer.
"He (Christensen's friend) went out to the water to find him and walked right into him," Christensen said. "He was face down on the bottom."
Christensen said his friend pulled the man, who appeared to be in his 20s, from the water, and lifeguards began CPR before taking him away on a truck.
"The guy wasn't moving. He wasn't responding at all," Jesus Zamudio of Riverside told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/UvUQgs ).
Stuart Acher said he was struck by lightning while playing volleyball on the beach.
"We went about our game and then all of a sudden, there was a big flash of light and a boom, and it felt like someone punched me in the back of my head," he told KABC-TV. "It went down my whole side of my right body, and my calves sort of locked up, and I fell over. And I looked up and everybody else was, you know, falling over."
Paramedics examined Acher but he felt all right and went back to playing volleyball.
"The majority of the folks that were on the (volleyball) court all felt a little tingly," said another player, Jerome Williams. "Everyone hit the court. It sounded like a sonic boom."
On Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, off the coast, a 57-year-old man was struck by lightning on a golf course and was hospitalized in stable condition, said Steve Denning, a law enforcement technician with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He did not have other details.
The lightning strikes occurred as a fierce but brief thunderstorm hit the island, causing minor flooding and setting two small fires in the brushy backcountry that were quickly doused, Denning said.
Parts of the island received more than three-quarters of an inch of rain in about two hours, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
A moisture-laden monsoonal flow usually spawns thunderstorms when it hits hot weather in the deserts and sometimes in the mountains this time of year, Seto said.
"This time, it came all around San Diego and northwards," spreading out into the ocean as well as inland, Seto said.
The storms began to dissipate as they moved northwest, leaving just a chance of storms through Monday, mainly in the deserts and mountains.
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(KUTV) Firefighters have returned to the scene of a fire east of Springville that forced ten homes to be evacuated and forty to be put on standby Saturday night.
Fire crews from five agencies responded to the fire: Springville, Utah County, Mapleton, Spanish Fork and Salem. The crews were forced to stop for the night because the steep terrain was too dangerous in the dark.
The blaze, which started around 2:20 a.m. Saturday in the hills above 2080 E. Canyon Rd., has now burned an estimated 140 acres and is only 15 percent contained.
Families have been allowed to return after the wind shifted and the fire moved away from those homes. The blaze is now moving toward the Hobble Creek Canyon area.
Officials say the fire was sparked by teenagers playing with sparklers on the east bench in Springville, a restricted area near a culinary water storage tank.
"It's fire season, all the conditions are right. It takes very little bit of a spark to light a fire," warns Kim Osborne with the U.S. Forest Service.
The teens reportedly called for help but the blaze spread rapidly.
Sunday is the last day to legally light off fireworks and officials are urging everyone to use caution and a little common sense.
(KUTV) This weekend wrapped up a number of Pioneer Day celebrations, and in West Jordan the pioneer spirit was on full display as people re-enact what life was like in the 1800's.
"Whether we had ancestors who crossed the plains or not we all had ancestors that lived in the 1840's 50's and 60's so we can all have a connection to the past," Dianna Diehl of the Pioneer Heritage Company.
It's part of the annual festival celebrating the Mormon pioneers' trek into the Salt Lake Valley back in 1847.
Saturday, there were cooking demonstrations and old fashioned children's games. There was even a woman showing attendees how pioneers spun wool into cloth.
Organizers say this festival is something everyone, no matter your heritage, can enjoy.
(KUTV) Several families were forced out of their homes overnight as fire rages on the east side of Springville.
The fire broke out at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday in the hills above 2080 E. Canyon Rd.
Fire crews from five agencies responded to the fire: Springville, Utah County, Mapleton, Spanish Fork and Salem.
At least 10 homes were evacuated and 40 were told to be ready to leave if necessary. Officials say the fire was burning toward homes in the Spring Creek area but crews were able to stop the flames with no property loss.
Wind has since shifted and the fire has moved away from those homes. It is now about 1500 yards from the nearest structure and is moving toward the Hobble Creek Canyon area.
Thirty-five firefighters are on scene and air support is expected to help efforts.
Officials say the fire was sparked by teenagers playing with sparklers. The teens reportedly called for help but the blaze spread rapidly.
"The land up there is tinder dry" said Lt. Dave Caron of the Springville police. "You can feel a little bit of a breeze and that little bit of breeze will take that fire and just move it faster up the side of the mountain."
(KUTV) They've drawn tens of thousands into downtown Salt Lake and are planning their third event in just their first year, but now the Salt Lake Comic Con is being threatened with a lawsuit.
A "cease and desist" letter was sent Friday from attorneys with the San Diego Comic-Con to founders of the Salt Lake Comic Con, taking issue with the newer convention's name.
"There's always a surprise around the corner," Salt Lake Comic Con co-founder Bryan Brandenburg told 2News reporter Amy Nay Saturday, "You've just got to stand up and deal with it."
He believes the instant success of the convention which began just last Fall is part of why his event is being targeted, "We had the largest first Comic Con in North American history."
And, he says a second successful event - "FanX" - fell on the same weekend as a similar event for the San Diego Comic Con, he believes helping bring about this threatened lawsuit.
The letter dated July 25th, 2014, states in part, "It is clear that your convention services are for the exact services identified (with SDCC)... Moreover, these services are directed at the same attendees and exhibitors as are the SDCC's Comic-Con services".
The attorney, Peter K. Hahn, goes on to write, "Attendees, exhibitors and fans... will incorrectly assume that your convention is in some way affiliated with SDCC".
Those are charges, Brandenburg says, are not unique to Salt Lake's event, "Comic Con - if you don't know - is just an abbreviation for a comic convention and there are comic conventions all over the country and all over the world."
He says San Diego Comic-Con has gone after others before, like the Chicago Comic Con, and lost, adding he believes they stand on solid legal footing in this case.
"We've been down this road before," Brandenburg told 2News, adding that he and co-founder Dan Farr are experienced businessman and, "we have always prevailed, and we're going to prevail again."
The San Diego Comic-Con is now ongoing in southern California, while the event in Utah is in is planning stages for its next event set for September 4th - 6th at the Salt Palace. Brandenburg says despite the threatened litigation, this next Comic Con is set to be the biggest and best yet.
By Amy Nay (Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(KUTV) A man has died after being shot by police in Millcreek Saturday morning.
It happened at an apartment complex near 365 E. Woodlake Cove where officers were called to a domestic violence situation.
"All of a sudden I heard a bunch of gunshots going off and it was really scary" said witness Janice Trujillo "I saw a bunch of cops running this way so I went in the house and had my kids hit the floor."
The suspect Nicholas Lister, 31, was allededly combative so officers set up a containment around the apartment and talked to him from outside.
"The suspect, however, insisted that he was going to come out of his home with a firearm" said Sherriff James Winder of Unified Police "Our officers tried to convince him not to do that multiple times.
Lister did come out with a shotgun and police say he fired at officers. They returned fire and Lister died on the scene.
(KUTV) 10-year-old Jeremy Gerritsen is training to join team USA for the next Olympic Cup Stacking Championship.
Gerritsen started training in December after being introduced to the sport by his gym teacher. He enjoyed cup stacking so much that he trained at home for three hours a day and is already one of the fastest stackers in the West.
The Gerritsen family raised money at the Ogden Farmer's Market on Saturday for their big trip to Iowa, where Jeremy will compete against other young cup stackers in the Junior Olympics.
(KUTV) The man involved in the 2-alarm fire at his Draper home has died.
Paul Broadhurst, 40, died at University Hospital's burn unit late Friday evening from injuries sustained in the gas explosion that ignited a fire at his residence. He fell from the second story window with serious burns.
Broadhurst's brother Ryan Dickson issued this statement. "Our family is grateful to emergency medical personnel and health care providers who assisted Paul on Friday. We ask for privacy as we grieve the loss of our family member."
(KUTV) Firefighters are working to put out a blaze which started Friday afternoon in Summit County and an evacuation order placed earlier on more than 200 homes in the area has been lifted.
The fire is located in The Rockport Estates area of Wanship. It started Friday afternoon, causing hundreds of people to evacuate. As of 10:15 p.m. Friday, the fire was 45 percent contained and burned about 120 acres.
This same place caught fire last year, destroying more than a dozen homes. That brought a eerie sense of deja vu for a lot of people at Rockport Estates as the latest fire sparked.
"I've got my dogs up there, my two Labrador retrievers," a desperate Vicki Peppler pleaded with a Utah Highway Patrol officer blocking State Road 32 into Rockport Estates.
"We're not allowing anybody up there," responded the officer.
"I'm begging you," said Peppler, who lives on Crestview Drive. "This happened to me last year."
"We're not allowing anybody up there," the officer reiterated.
"Very sad, very sad," said Peppler as she stepped back to her car. "We've had this whole thing happen again. Not sure if I want to live at Rockport anymore."
The fire apparently sparked in a yurt -- basically a giant tent. David Chec lives right where it happened.
"Grabbed the phone to call 911, looked out the window again and saw complete walls of flames that was surrounding the guy's yurt," Chec said. He, his wife, and his son got out quickly. They grabbed cameras, hard drives, and their fire box. It's a routine they've perfected after last year. "We were out quicker and with less stress," said Chec. "We just shrugged our shoulders and said, what can you do."
Summit County Sheriff's officers went door to door, sounding the alarm for everyone.
"Because of last year we learned, and we immediately called out search and rescue, called in extra personnel, and that was our priority is, to evacuate," said Sheriff's Captain Justin Martinez.
Meanwhile, crews from several agencies descended on the rural area to fight flames on land and in the sky.
"They've been putting in dozer lines around the fire," said North Summit Fire spokesman Tyler Rowser. "We've had the helicopters and air tankers in. That helps slow down the progress of the fire."
After several hours, one thing was clear -- Rockport Fire part two is not the same as part one.
"This fire is not as rough as last year was," said Rowser.
That is a relief for people having to relive this nightmare.
"Last year was a couple of days of pure hell," said Chec. "This year not so much."
Firefighters say they do not know what caused the original structure fire that led to the bigger blaze. They say they will not get to that until they get this fire under control.
The Wanship LDS church was set up as the shelter for Rockport Estate evacuees earlier Friday evening. No one was allowed into Rockport Estates at the time and Utah Highway Patrol blocked access to the community.
This in the second time a fire has occurred in the area in a year. In 2013, 14 homes were destroyed. That fire triggered a major Red Cross response and recovery effort. Firefighters say they have learned their lessons from last year. That is why they were so quick to try to get people out this time around.
(KUTV) A commercial fire Friday evening in Woods Cross resulted in a total loss for garage door company, Overhead Doors.
Firefighters responded to the business near 2500 S. and 1500 W. just before 5 p.m. and found the building completely engulfed. Thick black smoke was seen billowing from the building from Salt Lake City to Layton.
"We had so much fire through the roof that this was called a defensive fire which means we don't go interior or inside," said South Davis Metro Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Bassett.
A homeowner whose house backs up to the business said the flames were 30 feet high.
"I went to the back door and I could just feel the heat coming through the backdoor. It was very intense," said Toua Strong, who pointed out that the siding to his house had peeled and warped because of the heat.
At least six employees were inside when the fire started, all of them were evacuated safely. Investigators were unable to determine how the fire started while interviewing the employees.
"This is a significant loss. It's a large building. It will take our investigators quite some time to go through it and process it," said Bassett.
Update: The man involved in this incident has died. Paul Broadhurst, 40, passed away late Friday night.
(KUTV) A man is hospitalized after a gas explosion sparked a 2-alarm fire at a home in Draper Friday morning.
A medical helicopter and multiple ambulances were called to the home at 15091 S Junction Cir. (235 E.) shortly after the explosion at 7 a.m. The medical helicopter airlifted the man to a nearby hospital.
The sound from the explosion rocked the Draper neighborhood and many of the residents in the area told 2News about their experience.
"I was getting out of the shower and we heard an explosion and the whole house shook," said neighbor Ryan Hawley.
Shortly after the explosion, neighbors carried the body of the man to Hawley's front yard.
"He was definitely in shock," Hawley said. "He was shaking a bit. He was burned badly across all his body."
2News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
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