Police search for missing man, 20, in Rock Port State Park area
(KUTV) Summit County Search and Rescue crews are looking for a 20-year-old man in the Rock Port State Park area.
Authorities say Halden Efren was involved in a verbal confrontation with a female companion at around 10 a.m. Sunday while camping at Rock Port State Park. After the confrontation, police say Efren walked away from the camp and has not been seen since.
Friends believed Efren had walked away to cool off, but when he did not return, they reported him as missing.
Efren is five feet, five inches tall, 170 pounds, and has brown eyes and short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt, gray shorts, sandals, a small backpack, and a baseball hat with a Chicago Bulls logo.
Efren is from Micronesia and does not speak English. Police say he has been in the United States for less than a month.
Approximately 20 SAR members and the Department of Public Safety are currently searching for Efren.
Anyone who sees Efren or might have picked him up in the Rock Port area is asked to contact the Summit County Sheriff's Office at 435-615-3600.
Draper honors officer on one-year anniversary of fatal shooting
(KUTV) September 1 marks the one year anniversary of the death of Draper Police Sgt. Derek Johnson, who was shot and killed in the line of duty.
A few hundred people attended a remembrance ceremony for Sgt. Johnson at Draper Historic Park Monday night.
"September 1, 2013 forever changed many lives," said Draper Police Chief Bryan Roberts, addressing the crowd of family and friends and unrelated residents that came out to pay their respects. "It forever changed the Draper City Police Department."
Mayor Troy Walker proclaimed September 1 as "Sergeant Johnson Remembrance Day" and he urged all employees and citizens of Draper City to celebrate their fallen hero.
Johnson was fatally shot a year ago, moments after finishing his patrol shift, while trying to help a couple that appeared to be stranded on the side of the road.
"I can sit up here and say thank you all night long," said Derek's wife, Shante, thanking the community for support. "You will never know how much I love you and how much it means to me."
Shante shared personal stories about Derek, much of them through tears.
Many of her words drew laughter, like when she mentioned her and Derek's son Benson and finally getting pregnant. "You were really hard to get buddy, but it was fun trying," she told her son, in front of a laughing audience.
Movement to boycott Carl's Jr. over racy ads gains momentum in Utah
(KUTV) A movement to boycott a popular restaurant is gaining momentum in Utah.
The hashtag #CutTheCarls urges people to avoid Carl's Jr. because of how the company's ads portray women.
"We've been thinking about doing a campaign against Carl's Jr. or about Carl's Jr. for a long time," said Lexie Kite, co-director of the non-profit group Beauty Redefined, which is based in Utah. She runs the group with her twin sister, Lindsay.
With regard to the racy ads, Lexie Kite has a message for Carl's Jr.
"Women are more than bodies. Women cannot just be treated and used and abused and looked at. We are more than objects," she said.
The Kite sisters are pushing the hashtags #CutTheCarls and #MoreThanMeat and they're trying to get men on board.
"Their target is 18 to 35-year-old men," said Kite of the restaurant's marketing focus. "That's why my husband got involved because he is disgusted by the way women are portrayed. So we need more men to speak up."
It is not likely Carl's Jr. will stop airing the ads. In the past, the company has strongly defended its use of "hot celebrities" and models to sell its product. In fact, in an April 2011 news release, the company said, "We believe in putting hot models in our commercials, because ugly ones don't sell burgers."
Wife of police officer shot and killed one year ago thanks community for support
(KUTV) The wife of a police officer shot and killed in Draper one year ago, says her family couldn't have made it without the love and support of the community.
The family held a special memorial service Monday at 7 p.m. at Draper Historic Park for Sgt. Derek Johnson to honor his legacy and thank the community for helping them make it through this crisis.
"He was a good man and he was genuine in what he did and he loved what he did," said a very emotional Shante Johnson, Derek's wife of 14 years. "I've shared almost my whole life with him."
The two met in junior high school and married in September 2000. Their son was 6-years-old when Johnson lost his life on September 1, 2013. It happened just before 6:00 a.m. at 13200 South and 900 East in Draper. Johnson was just finishing up his final graveyard shift when he pulled over to check on what he thought was a broken down car.
The driver, Timothy Troy Walker, shot and killed Johnson as he walked up to the car. Walker pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison in July. One year after the shooting, Shante says the pain has not gotten any easier. She says it's harder.
"I hate it. It feels like yesterday and I can't believe it's been a year. And I hate all the unsaid quite expectations that a year brings," said Shante. "It's more raw now that a year is gone then it was a year ago. A year ago, I was in shock. A year ago, I was numb and this year it's all here."
Emotions have also been up and down over the man who took her husband's life.
"At the end of the day I have to live my life. And I can't worry about someone else and I can't be that person," Shante said.
The only way Shante says she has been able to cope is because of the loving support of family and friends and the community.
"I've just been so loved," said Shante. "It's important to us to tell our community the people who embraced us and carried us through last year."
On Saturday, September 13, the family is organizing a Fallen Officers Memorial Run where everyone is being asked to dress up like a favorite super hero.
(KUTV) The Utah AFL-CIO hosted the 14th annual Labor Day picnic and car show at Magna-Copper Park on Monday.
Local unions barbecued, live bands offered free music and kids played carnival games.
The purpose of the picnic is to celebrate Utah workers and the progress unions have made, said Dale Cox, president of the Utah AFL-CIO.
"We've got 5,000, going on 10,000 working men and women here today," Cox said. "A lot of them are union families, and it goes from generation to generation."
Kayden Holmes, who attended the event with his family and friends, said he came to play games but recognizes the significance of the barbecue and the holiday that became nationally recognized 120 years ago.
"I'm here for Labor Day, celebrating the American workers and stuff like that," Kayden said.
With the still-rebounding economy and workforce in post-recession days, Utah's workers and unions could make more strides, Cox said.
"We continue to work for working men and women in this state, in this country," Cox said. "Sometimes we make some progress, sometimes we lose."
But Brad Asay, president of the Utah American Federation of Teachers, said Utah's unions have more impact on the state than most people realize.
"A lot of people say, because it's a right-to-work state, maybe union sentiment or feelings for its unions are not strong," Asay said. "But right here witnesses to how many workers we really have and how many people are in support of unions."
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