(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 witch 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.
Utah Senator wants cannabis oil to be sold in Utah state liquor stores
(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.
Police search for 2 women who allegedly impersonated officers, stole car
(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.
Former judge defending ex-West Valley City officer
(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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