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(KUTV) The cases against former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow may be the highest profile prosecutions in the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office in years and they are happening at the same time as a political race for DA.

Incumbent Sim Gill is seeking his second term. A lawyer in the DA's Office, Republican Steve Nelson, is going after the boss' job. Gill, a Democrat, has teamed with Davis County Attorney, Republican Troy Rawlings, to prosecute ex-prosecutors Shurtleff and Swallow, both Republicans.

Asked if the cases against Shurtleff-Swallow will become a campaign issue in the DA's race, challenger Nelson said, "It is, because so many people are talking about it."

Nelson is not privy to details, but that he is choosing not to comment on the case, though he said people ask him about it every day.

"And I tell them exactly what I've told you," said Nelson.  "I want them (Shurtleff-Swallow) to get a fair trial."

Would he have charged the two, if he were sitting in the DA's Office now?  "I have no way of answering that, without knowing the facts of the case," said Nelson.

Further, he said he is "concerned" about some public statements made by Gill surrounding the former attorneys general, suggesting those comments might not be appropriate material for potential jurors. Nelson did not specify an instance in which the DA's public comments compromised legal proceedings.

"I think that Sim Gill spends significantly more time in front of the camera and with newspaper reporters than I ever would," said Nelson.
 
Throughout his tenure, Gill has been the principal spokesman for the DA's Office, a role his predecessors had often delegated. But in some quarters, and perhaps on a wide basis, the DA is thought to be open and accessible.  Still, an attempt by 2News to reach him Wednesday night for response to his challenger was not successful.

Nelson, a first time public office seeker, said he expects the race to be close.

By: Brian Mullahy

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(KUTV) First appearances were made in court for the trial of two former Utah attorneys general in Salt Lake City Wednesday morning.

Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow appeared together in court. The hearing was brief and ultimately ended with a scheduling conference set for August 18 at 9:00 a.m.

Both men were arrested July 15 for numerous charges following a two-year investigation. Swallow faces eleven felony charges and two misdemeanor charges, while Shurtleff faces 10 felony charges.

According to documents released by Salt Lake District courts, charges against Shurtleff and Swallow were "...associated with a group of individuals to conduct or participate in, directly or indirectly, a pattern of unlawful activity...The activities include multiple instances of witness tampering, obstructing justice, soliciting bribes, money laundering and accepting gifts by a public officer or public employee."

The men said they look forward to trial and proving their innocence.

"The facts will show I am innocent of all the things they said I've done," Swallow said outside the courtroom.

Swallow only briefly spoke, as per request of his lawyer who he said told him not to comment.

The goal of Shurtleff in these trials is to seek justice.

"So far the truth hasn't been told in any way, shape or form," said Shurtleff. "...We are going to go and prove the truth."

Shurtleff is seeking a separate trial. Shurtleff's attorney did not speak as to why, but said no strategy will be discussed with the public.

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(KUTV) Salt Lake police say a woman was held against her will in an RV for four days, all while suffering serious abuse.
 
The woman's boyfriend, William Chaney, 53, is now in jail facing charges including aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, and mayhem.

“He was found to have meth on his person,” said Salt Lake Police Detective Veronica Montoya. “I believe that that may have been a factor in this case.”
 
The case spans several days. Salt Lake police say Chaney held his 36-year-old girlfriend in an RV.
 
“He wouldn't let her out,” said Montoya.

Montoya said Chaney abused the woman verbally, mentally, and physically, including kicking her in the jaw.
 
“I know we had some reports of her missing some teeth where he had kicked her,” said Montoya.
 
Chaney also cut the woman’s finger, according to police.
 
“There had to be stitches put on that,” Montoya said.
 
Police say the RV sat parked in the area of 2100 S. and 900 W. for four days, from Friday to Tuesday. That morning, police say, Chaney took the victim to a local hospital and then took off.
 
Officers later arrested Chaney near 2100 S. and 200 E. He is now in jail.
 
“When somebody is held against their will and they're not free to leave, it definitely brings the crime up to a felony level,” said Montoya.
 
This is not Chaney's first run-in with the law. He went to prison in 1996 after pleading guilty to attempted murder and other charges. He was released in 2004, but went back to prison several times for violating his parole.

At the end of June, his parole ended. Now, one month later, he is back in police custody.
 
Police, meanwhile, are working to help the victim.
 
“We're just happy that we were able to get her help at the doctor's office,” said Montoya. “She could have been killed.”
 
As this investigation continues, police have a message for other victims of domestic violence.
 
“Don't wait for it to be to this extent if you are in this sort of abusive relationship,” said Montoya. “We have resources that can help you.”

Specifically, police say domestic violence victims can go to the YWCA and speak with police, a representative from the prosecutor's office, a victim's advocate, and a counselor. Police tell 2News they would like to see more victims get help in this manner before a violent situation escalates.

By: Daniel Woodruff

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(KUTV) Uintah County detectives are investigating the homicide of a man whose children were home during the Tuesday night shooting.

Shortly before midnight, first responders found Curtis Dale Hardinger, 34, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest at his home near 2600 North 500 East, north of Vernal. An ambulance rushed him to Ashley Regional Medical Center, where he died.

A woman who was at the home was also hospitalized. Uintah County Sheriff's Chief Deputy John Laursen declined to say what injury or medical condition she suffered.

"The doctor hasn't given us authorization to talk to her based on her medical needs and the fact that she's been chemically induced," Laursen said.

Laursen said investigators are working to confirm the relationship between the woman, who is also from Vernal and in her thirties, and Hardinger, but neighbors said she was Hardinger's girlfriend.

Hardinger's two children, both minors, were also home, Laursen said.

Investigators found a pistol believed to be used in the incident, and they have a person of interest whom they are not yet publicly identifying. Laursen would not say whether the hospitalized woman is that person of interest.

Deputies had responded to Hardinger's home on more than one occasion before Tuesday.

"His wife committed suicide in that house about two years ago," Laursen said. "We had responded to the residence previously on a domestic with the wife [and Hardinger]."

Jeremy Smith, whose mother lives next door, is shocked by the second shooting death within about two years. He knew both Hardinger and his wife.

"I went to school with him, grew up with him, worked for him for a couple years," Smith said. "Just a tragic incident."

By: Christine McCarthy

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(KUTV) A Utah school district official says bus surveillance video shows a driver charged with child sexual abuse was touching students inappropriately.

Lorraine Miles, a special education coordinator with Canyons School District, testified at an evidence hearing Wednesday that driver John Martin Carrell knew there were cameras on the bus.

"There were four cameras on bus 250, John Carrell's bus," Miles said. "The cameras record in color and have audio capability. The video shows there was inappropriate touching of students."

Prosecutors showed hours of the video taken from March and April.

Sandy police say the 61-year-old repeatedly sexually abused two 5-year-old special needs students after driving them to Altara Elementary School.

Detective Andrea Hansen with Sandy City was the fourth witness to take the stand. 

"The video shows Mr. Carrell pulling the same female student in between his legs, while he is sitting down in the driver's seat," Det. Hansen said.  "The student remains there, sometimes as long as 8 minutes before her teacher comes to the bus to get her."

Prosecutors claim the bus video shows Carrell spending just seconds to unbuckle the seatbelts of three children, but taking nearly two minutes bent over one of the alleged victims while attempting to unbuckle her seatbelt. 

Carrell has not yet entered a plea. His attorney says Carrell is innocent and devastated by the accusations. Carrell leaned over to talk to his attorney a few times during day one of the preliminary hearing, at some moments, smiling.

The mother of one of the alleged victims was in court along with members of the group Bikers Against Child Abuse.

Carrell faces more than 30 first degree felonies, and if convicted, he faces up to life in prison. 

Carrell was placed on leave after allegations surfaced in April. He later resigned.

The preliminary hearing will resume Thursday to determine if there is enough evidence to order Carrell to stand trial. 

By: Brittany Tait

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(KUTV) Officers shot a man in Millard County in fear for their safety Tuesday evening.

Around 7:00 p.m. Millard County Sheriff's deputies and a Utah Adult Probation and Parole agent attempted to pick up George Finlinson of Oak City. This was a request of the man's family and mental health workers.

An officer initiated a traffic stop, but Finlinson refused to pull over. Finlinson rammed into a patrol vehicle, disabling it and continued to strike and damage other patrol vehicles. Officers say Finlinson attempted to hit one deputy on foot.

Officers fired shots at Finlinson in fear for the safety of the officers on scene. He continued to resist the officers after being struck, but eventually was taken into custody. Police say Finlinson injured one officer in the process.

Finlinson was transported to a local hospital after being treated at the scene.

The Utah County Sheriff's Office will conduct an investigation for the shooting and the Utah Highway Patrol will investigate the patrol cars struck by Finlinson.

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(KUTV) A former polygamist compound built in Hildale for FLDS leader Warren Jeffs and his family has been transformed into a bed and breakfast.

Some say it is the first step in a long process of change for a community that has faced struggle after their religious leader, Warren Jeffs, was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison. It is called America's Most Wanted Bed & Breakfast and owner Willie Jessop says so far things are looking good for the business.

"The bed and breakfast is a very natural fit, but how do we take the no trespassing signs all down and replace them all with welcome home signs?" asked Jessop.

The 14 bedroom compound has multiple kitchens and living rooms. Jessop says in the beginning nothing said keep away more than this building.

"To have it be used in the opposite of that, well, it's a personal satisfaction," said Jessop. "Anything that can promote that whether it be a bed and breakfast or class reunions or people that need a place to stay. That's what it's all about."

The mansion was built back in 2011 and Jeffs and family never slept a night in it. The 14 foot wall around the compound was built to keep people out. Jessop says, now they are a reminder of where the community used to be in the past.
 
"This was ground zero for some very tragic things that could have taken place here. Now it's life after Jeffs for people here in Hildale," said Jessop.

For some, it is now about moving forward and forgetting the past, starting with the bed and breakfast.

"There are big changes coming and those changes are a sense of something of welcome a decor that makes people comfortable," said Jessop.

Jessop says this is just the beginning, the first public school in over a decade will opening in Hildale in the coming months.

By: D.J. Bolerjack

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(KUTV) What is it really like to be on Survivor?

Casey Scott talks to Utah residents who have been on the show. He got the scoop on why residents of the Beehive State make good contestants on the show and shares all of the good stuff the cameras do not show.

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(KUTV) Police have released the name of man burned to death inside a home in Price.

Officers say William Swink, 33, was found the basement of the burning home Tuesday morning. Police have a person of interest in custody, but are not identifying the person at this time.

Officers are calling the case a "suspicious death investigation," and say the person of interest lives in the home. They say he is violent and just got released from jail a few days ago.

"It is a well-known drug house," said Bill Barnes of the Price City Police Department. "The person that is a main person of interest here has a history of 41 arrests and 30 convictions, many of them having violence."

Police are not releasing the name of the man at this time, but neighbors say Jimmy Pendleton, a man with dozens of violent crimes to his name, was hauled off in cuffs this morning as his house went up in flames.

Authorities were dispatched to the home at 423 S. and 200 W. at 10:57 a.m. Tuesday 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 not releasing the name of the deceased man at this time. The body has been sent to the State Crime Lab for a determination on the cause of death.

"We are not ruling out that a number of people may have had a part in this," said Barnes.

Jimmy Pendleton, the man neighbors believe made the 911 call, is in custody, but has not been arrested or charged. 2News looked up his criminal history, which includes violent crimes such as rape, burglary and assault of a prisoner.

Neighbors hope that if Pendleton is responsible, he will back behind bars for a very long time.

Police are in the process of interviewing several witnesses and say the investigation is still ongoing at this time.

2News will continue to update this story with more developments as soon as they become available.

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(KUTV) A semi-truck overturned on west bound Interstate 80 at Lambs Canyon, blocking two lanes of traffic Wednesday.

The driver of the truck was traveling westbound on I-80 when the brakes failed. He over corrected near mile-marker 135 and the truck swerved across all lanes of traffic before hitting a cement barrier. The truck tipped over on its side and slid for about 700 feet before it stopped.

Crews used a tow truck to haul the semi away.

There were no injuries to the driver or anyone else from the accident.

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(KUTV) A fire has displaced 12 people and damaged one apartment at a fourplex in Salt Lake City.

The fire happened late Tuesday night at 871 W. and 700 N. Officials on the scene reported heavy smoke and flames. One apartment was damaged from the fire and another apartment suffered water damage.

No injuries were reported from the fire. The apartment manager and the Red Cross is helping the 12 people displaced find a place to stay.

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

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(KUTV) Unified police say a man is dead after his car slammed into a Taylorsville home late Tuesday night.

Police have identified the driver as 51-year-old William L. Nichols of South Jordan. Emergency crews rushed Nichols to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

The incident occurred at 3627 W. 5460 S. on Christy Ann Drive.

Police say the white Chevy Suburban Nichols was driving was speeding and missed the turn, causing the car to crash into the corner of the home.

Two people were in the home at the time of the crash, but they not injured. A building inspector has evaluated the home and does not believe the damage was substantial.

A gas line was also damaged in the crash and fire crews quickly responded and shut off the gas.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A Utah man is set to bring at least four witnesses to the stand Wednesday in his quest to persuade a federal judge that the FBI has not adequately searched for security-camera videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Attorney Jesse Trentadue's witnesses include a police officer who was at the bomb scene and a former FBI agent. Trentadue filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI in 2008.

He believes there is an unreleased video showing that a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb that killed 168 people. The government says McVeigh was alone.

FBI employees testified during the first two days of trial that they have done everything they can to find the videos.

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(KUTV) A Salt Lake man whose dog was shot and killed by police in Sugar House in June took to social media to unleash his frustration.
 
Sean Kendall, 27, says he is frustrated with how long it has taken for a report to be released on the killing of his dog, Geist. The incident happened in June as Salt Lake Police were searching for a missing child in Sugar House.
 
On Monday night, Kendall went to the "Justice for Geist" Facebook page to share some of his feelings, but he got a little more than he bargained for.
 
"It was a poor decision on my part," said Kendall.
 
In the post, he wrote, "SLCPD has offered a generous settlement as compensation for the loss of Geist. I believe this is an attempt to placate me and buy me off. I would rather a public apology and non-lethal policy change than any amount of money."

The proposed settlement Kendall was referring to in his statement was $10,000.
 
A little later, Kendall posted again, saying he planned to accept the settlement. He said he would use the money to build a memorial for Geist and other pets killed abruptly. That post was later removed.
 
"I felt like it was necessary to delete the post, to think things through a little bit more," said Kendall in an interview with 2News. He chalked up both of those posts to stress.
 
"I had been speaking with family, friends, my legal counsel, and everybody was recommending kind of a different action," said Kendall. "Given the time crunch and the situation, as stressful as it was, I made a very rash decision."
 
Kendall says he now regrets that decision.
 
"I acted very emotionally out of stress from the situation, and we'll move forward," said Kendall.
 
In response to Kendall's posts, Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank released a statement Tuesday, saying, "Due to Mr. Kendall's premature Facebook posts and desire to negotiate through the press, the police department has ended our attempts to meet his financial demands. To clarify, this was his request for a settlement, not our offer. We continue to press ahead with our internal process and expect to conclude our investigation this week. The department reserves further comment until that time."
 
"If they choose not to negotiate any further with me, that's understandable as well, and I'll see what other options are available," said Kendall in response to that statement.
 
For now, it seems this already charged case has taken another negative turn.
 
"Pretty much the stress kind of got to me, and I made a poor decision by voicing that on social media," Kendall said.

Kendall said he hopes his lawyer and the police can continue to negotiate. He told 2News this is not about the money. He said he wants the police department to change its policy regarding the shooting of pets.

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(KUTV) A trial date has been set for a Salt Lake pediatrician accused of killing his ex-wife back in 2011.

The four week trial for John Brickman Wall, 50, is set to start February 17th.

Wall has pleaded not guilty to murdering his ex-wife Uta Von Schedler, who was found dead in her bathtub.

A medical examiner ruled she died from drowning as well as a deadly dose of Xanax.

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(KUTV) Police have two people in custody after they broke into a West Valley City elementary school early Wednesday morning.

Authorities say the found Zane Walton, 26, and Eliki Fonua, 18, inside of a portable classroom after they received a call from the Granite School District around 2am. District officials told police that an alarm had gone off at Pioneer Elementary School.

After police arrived on the scene they checked the main building, but there was no sign of entry. Upon further investigation a K-9 officer found a window open at one of the portable classrooms.

Police yelled inside and then sent a K-9 officer in to investigate. The dog bit Walton on the left ear and he was taken to the hospital for treatment. Shortly after Fonua was found inside and also taken into custody.

According to police a female, who is believed to be the get away driver, was found in a near by car waiting for the two men.

There is no word on what charges will be filed, but we will update the story as more information becomes available.

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(KUTV) Some startling statistics out now about skin cancer that shows Utah is at the top of the list when it comes to deadly melanoma cases.

"We are 61% higher than the national average for melanoma compared to other states in the country and that translates to a 30% higher death rate for melanoma," says Lynne Nilson with the Utah Department of Health.

Health officials say any tan is skin damage. They say Utah's high elevation outdoor recreation and the popularity of tanning all contribute to the risk.

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(KUTV) A North Logan man, who was accused of brandishing two handguns while walking into the emergency room at Cache Valley Hospital back in May, has plead guilty to charges Wednesday afternoon.

Jason James Burr, 34, was shot by an adult probation and parole officer after hospital security tried to talk him down.

Burr, who plead guilty to two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (2nd degree felony & 3rd degree felony) and a charge of purchase, transport, possession and use of a firearm by a restricted person; reportedly pointed his weapons toward the agent and was shot.

According to reports the incident began at about 8:10 a.m. when Burr entered the hospital and made unspecified demands before displaying two handguns.

Hospital security officers rushed to the scene even as the facility was locked down.

North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes told the Salt lake Tribune that it is uncertain if any shots were fired by Burr or if his gun was loaded, but the chief said that only Burr was wounded.

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(KUTV) Hundreds are expected to rally this weekend against rape and sexual assault in an event called "SlutWalk 2014."

The event will occur Saturday, August 2 in Salt Lake City at Washington Square from noon to 5 p.m. The event will include a rally/march to raise awareness about sexual assault in Utah.

When it comes to violent crimes, Utah usually ranks low compared to other states, except when it comes to sexual violence. Utah actually has one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the nation.

Survivors of rape will participate in the event as well as others who want to spread the message the victims of rape and sexual assault should not be blamed for  the crime.

Tiffany Thorne, Executive Director of SlutWalk, said the event also aims to call attention to why our culture wants to hush victims of rape, rather than help them.  She said by doing so, perpetrators, who are often serial offenders are allowed to continue with their behavior.

"We need people to report that offender so they don't go out and do it again," Thorne said.

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(KUTV) Police have released surveillance pictures of a woman wanted in connection with what is believed to have been an botched robbery at a credit union in Ogden.

A teller at the Wasatch Peaks Credit Union on Washington Blvd. sounded the alarm after she saw a car pull through the drive-up and send 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.

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(KUTV) A 26-year-old man was injured Tuesday afternoon after police say he apparently rode his bike into oncoming traffic.

It happened around 5:30 p.m. at 3100 South 300 East in South Salt Lake. Traffic was blocked on that road for about an hour.

South Salt Lake Police spokesman Gary Keller said witnesses saw the man drive into oncoming traffic. He ran into a car, breaking the windshield and damaging the roof.

The man, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to the hospital. Police initially said he was critically hurt, but late Tuesday they said his condition had improved and he was expected to be released soon.

Keller said the car that hit the bicyclist tried to avoid the collision. The exact nature of the crash is still under investigation, he said.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Two former Utah attorneys general have made their first appearance as criminal defendants, vowing to beat a slew of bribery charges and other counts.

Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow appeared together for less than five minutes Wednesday in front a state judge in Salt Lake City.

Between the two, Shurtleff and John Swallow spent nearly 13 years running Utah's top law enforcement office. They have not yet entered pleas but told reporters Wednesday they're looking forward to proving their innocence.

Both men face numerous charges that prosecutors say stem from cozy relationships with businessmen who offered gold coins, luxury vacations and use of a private jet, among other allegations.

Legal experts say the case could take years to resolve.

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(KUTV) An unbelievable piece of mail arrived at a Salt Lake City senior living center.

The letter was written 70 years ago by a Marine serving during World War II and was addressed to the love of his life, who is still alive. The letter was written in May of 1944 by Lt. David Bassler for his sweetheart Jane Bassler. David has since passed away, but he suddenly came to life again, just as he was 70 years ago.

David was a Marine and Jane was a student at Brigham Young University. The two wrote every week during his five years of military service. It was through these letters that David and Jane fell in love.

When David returned, they were married September 9, 1948 and after 52 years of marriage David passed away. Just last month, Jane went to her mailbox and got something inside that just about knocked her over, which was a letter from David written May 8, 1944.

"It really made me miss him," said Jane. "I could not believe it. Then I turned and pulled it out and found the letter, and I still couldn't believe it. So I went to the last page because I knew I would know it there, and there is his initials. He says 'nuff said love,' that's the way he signed it."
 
The letter was not in its original envelope. It appeared someone had it and then put it in another envelope and mailed it off.

"I kept thinking to myself Dave has handed this letter to some one of his men to post for him and it was okay we will take care of it and the kid has been sidetracked for some reason and put it in his locker box," Jane said. 

The question becomes: Where did the letter come from? Jane did not know and did not recognize the return address.

2News tracked the letter down to a nephew. Apparently, the letter had been sitting in a box in a storage room for years and was not found until recently and then mailed off.

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(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.

By: Chris Miller

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(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.

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(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.

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(KUTV) The University of Utah is seeking the public's help to find the person who robbed the HSEB bookstore Tuesday morning.

The university says around 11:25 a.m. a man robbed the bookstore, claiming he had a gun and then fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a white male, age 20-30, around 5 feet 9 inches, wearing a baggy t-shirt, brown skinny jeans and white tennis shoes.

If you have information on this incident, you are asked to call the U of U campus police at 801-585-2677.

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(KUTV) Hundreds of wild horses in southern Utah are being rounded up from state lands.

The goal is to round up about 150 horses, all of which are in Beaver County. The Bureau of Land Management does this round up almost yearly. From horses to burros, the BLM travels around the west with hopes of controlling some wild populations.

Utah Specialist with the BLM Gus Warr says it a job that must be done.

 "We're fulfilling actually an obligation we have for request to remove horses off of state land primarily,a said Warr.

These cowboy tactics are not used anymore.  Today, it is done from the air.

"The numbers have exploded,a said Warr. aThey've expanded, so this one were doing this week is a complete removal and we have a contractor with two helicopters. Those two helicopters will go out and haze them in towards a trap site."

Warr says the practice is more humane than using horseback riders. Since about 2010, there has been an increase in wild horse advocate groups. Some of them have been known to cause problems.

aWe were geared up with some law enforcement on site just in case we had that type of individual or militia groups show up,a said Warr. aWe didn't have any time of disturbance at all."

When moving the horses, the animals rarely experience injury or death. Like the past few days, things have gone very smoothly.

"The horses have been in really good body condition and that's what we like to see we like to see,a said Warr. aGood healthy horses on good healthy range land and we want to pull off healthy horses we can adopt to the public."

There are currently about 70 wild horses have been caught.
 
If you're interested in adopting a horse from the BLM you can go to their website here.

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(KUTV) Draper Police have ruled the home explosion on July 25 as a suicide.

The male inside the home intentionally started the fire in attempt to end his life. He ultimately died from the injuries he received during the fire.
 
On the day of the explosion, Draper Police received a request to check on the welfare of the man, but the police were already at the residence for the fire.

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(KUTV) People in Utah may be drinking up and drinking smoother.

Numbers released Tuesday by state regulators showed alcohol sales rose nearly 6 percent in the state fiscal year that ended in June, a revenue increase of more than $20 million.

Case sales also went up, but at a smaller pace: 4.3 percent. The DABC said a case represents roughly 2.4 gallons of booze. 

Asked by 2News if people are "buying better or drinking more," DABC Commission Chair David Gladwell replied, "A little bit of both."

Gladwell also said consumers are "buying more high end products."

Mike Thomas, who works for a company that provides systems to "meter" drinks in Utah liquor establishments, said five years ago he had clients that provided maybe 15 different kinds of alcohol.

"Now there are 40," Thomas said.

"I'm buying quality, but they have good sales," said Kendra Phippen, a self-described wine connoisseur, after making purchases at a liquor store on Tuesday.

The California transplant said she definitely noticed more selection in the past year.

If there is a high-end trend, not everybody may be on board.

At the same store, Guy Nielsen, who said he's an occasional drinker, Tuesday bought a single pint of Vodka, and it came to just over $3.50.

Nielsen said it was cheap, but not the cheapest bottle he could find.  Still, he explained his frugal choice saying, "I mix it anyway."

By: Brian Mullahy

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(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.

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(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.

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(KUTV) The newly renovated Ogden Temple that is located at 350 22nd St is allowing to media walk through and see the exciting changes.

This means some lucky visitors get an early peek at the beautiful building and you have a chance to attend the open house.

Tickets are now available and free to the public and an open house runs from August 1st through the 31st.

The temple is scheduled to be re-dedicated Sunday, September 21st.

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(KUTV) A vehicle rollover shut down an on ramp and caused a messy cleanup in Davis County Tuesday morning.

An Interstate Battery truck rolled over on the highway 89 on-ramp to I-15 southbound. The vehicle was full of batteries that broke and leaked battery acid on the ramp.

Hazmat cleanup is on site using a neutralizer and the ramp will be closed until cleanup is complete.

No one was hurt in the accident and UDOT will then come out to check for any road damage.

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(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.

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(KUTV) Utah Highway Patrol is investigating a scene after a chase that took place late Monday night.

Police in Salt Lake first spotted the car near 2700 West 4100 South, where it hit a curb and blew out the right front tire.

Police told troopers they saw the car enter the northbound on-ramp of I-215 after striking the curb. UHP chased the car into Davis County where they laid down spikes.

The car finally exited the freeway at Layton Parkway and hit another concrete curb. When troopers approached the vehicle they found the driver unresponsive.

Emergency crews took him to the hospital and officials say they aren't sure why the man wouldn't stop, but they did find a small amount of drugs in the car.

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(KUTV) A woman is behind bars after police say she drove into a Kearns home early Tuesday morning.

Unified police say the woman was driving northbound at 4178 West 5820 South when she went into the yard, through the living room and into the kitchen of the house.

One man was sleeping in the back of the house, but no one was hurt.

Police say alcohol and speed are believed to be a factor in the crash.

Officials say the damage is significant and the man might not be able to stay in the home.

Police arrested the woman and she's facing DUI charges.

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(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.

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(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.

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(KUTV) Power crews are working to repair a transformer that blew and caused a road closure near 765 S. Orem Blvd. early Tuesday morning.

A downed line went stretched across a vehicle, but there was no one inside.

Orem Blvd was closed for about 20 minutes, but has since been reopened. Rocky Mountain Power is at the scene working to repair it.

No word yet on what caused the transformer to fail, we will have additional information as it becomes available.

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(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. 

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(KUTV) A Cottonwood Heights man was arrested Monday evening for allegedly raping a woman who was unconscious.

Cottonwood Heights police served a search warrant and took 25-year-old Caycee Stevens into custody. 

The victim told police that she was with Stevens when she passed out and was sexually assaulted. 

Police found "XTC," marijuana and prescription drugs at the residence.

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(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.

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(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.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) FBI employees have told a federal judge that they thoroughly searched agency archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist.

A federal judge in Salt Lake City heard the testimony Monday in the first day of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by attorney Jesse Trentadue.

He says the FBI won't release videos that show a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb that killed 168 people.

The government says McVeigh was alone.

Longtime FBI employee Linda Vernon testified she is "completely confident" the agency has found every video of the bombing that exists.

The trial continues Tuesday and will run at least through Wednesday before the judge makes a ruling.

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(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.

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(KUTV) SR-132 in Nephi Canyon has reopened to one-way traffic after a mudslide Monday afternoon shut the road down for several hours, according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

The road connects Nephi and Foundation Green around mile marker 37. According to the UDOT, traffic was not allowed on that part of the road for several hours until clean-up and repairs were made.

No injuries or accidents were reported from the mudslide.

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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.

NBA pleased

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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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) A four-hour standoff in South Jordan has ended peacefully.The standoff took place at the San Marino Apartments at about 750 West 9800 South.

South Jordan Police Sgt. Sam Winkler said 34-year-old Kenneth John Perna-Rutsky got into a fight with his fiance just before 1:00 p.m. Sunday, and at some point he displayed a handgun.

Winkler didn't have any information about the nature of the fight.

About 40 apartments were evacuated after officers responded to the scene and the suspect refused to come out.

The SWAT team was called in. After making contact with the suspect, he surrendered, Winkler said. No one was hurt.

Perna-Rutsky was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation, Winkler said. Investigators were working to determine if any charges will be filed. 

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(KUTV) Fire crews in Willard are monitoring a barn fire after efforts to extinguish the blaze were unsuccessful.

According to the Standard Examiner the Alfalfa barn near 7200 South 800 West started on fire around 8:00 Sunday night.

Fire officials say because of limited resources they are going to have to let the barn burn down.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but neighbors think hot temperatures may have sparked the fire.

There is no word on just how much damage the blaze has done.

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(KUTV) Fire crews continued to fight several wildfires throughout the state over the weekend.

Two fires in Tooele County have burned more than a 4,000 acres.

The Levan Wildfire, which is burning on the east side of highway 28, has consumed more than 4,300 acres with 35 percent containment.

The Tunnel Hollow fire has burned 1,400 acres but crews expect to have it contained sometime Monday. In Summit County, firefighters are closer to gaining an upper hand on the Rockport Fire.

Evacuations were lifted Friday night for almost 200 homes near Park City, as flames charred at least 120 aces. A fire in this same area last year destroyed several homes.

Officials have determined that lightning was the cause of the fire.

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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.

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(KUTV) Police are investigating a drive by shooting on Salt Lake City's west side.

"All of a sudden I heard these five continuous shots. It was like bang bang bang bang continuously," explained a neighbor.

At least five shots were fired during the shooting and police say the intended victims chased the gunmen for several blocks.

No one was hurt, but officers think the shooting was gang related.

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(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

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(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.

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(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. 

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