(KUTV) For many Christians, this is the holiest day of the year. Easter Sunday marks Christ's resurrection and it was a day of celebration here in Utah and all across the world.
Messages of hope and inspirational music broadcast this Sunday as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Bells on Temple Square presented Music and the Spoken Word - An Easter Special: Abundant Gifts.
"At this Easter season when we celebrate renewal and rebirth and the promise of the abundant life offered by the Master who went about doing good," announcer Lloyd Newell said, "We might pause to remember that only by giving of ourselves to we truly live."
While at the Christian Capital Church on 10th East and 4th South in Salt Lake, parishioners packed into the building to hear from Lead Pastor Troy Champ.
"We've kind of outgrown our building and so we're trying to squeeze more and more into the space," he told 2News Sunday adding, "But all good problems."
In one of his multiple sermons Sunday, he said he would speak from the scriptures, "We're going to look at how we feel disappointed, how we feel God has let us down, and how we might not be quite right about that."
Meantime at the Vatican, more than 150,000 faithful came to hear Pope Francis. In his second Easter as Pope, the pontiff asked for peace all across the globe and asked Catholics to also look closer to home, standing by those in need of help. Prayers were shared in at least eight different languages during the two Easter masses this morning.
In Washington, President Obama and the first family attended Easter Sunday services. They will host the annual Easter egg roll on the White House lawn Monday.
While in New York, parishioners fill St. Patrick's Cathedral for mass and then spill onto Fifth Avenue to show off their Easter bonnets in the annual Easter Parade.
(KUTV) The Unified Police Department says a toddler died Saturday after the driver of an SUV accidentally ran over the boy while backing out of the driveway.
Police responded to 5420 West Panda Way in Kearns just before 1 p.m. and found that a male driver of a Chevy Tahoe had backed over the 1-year-old boy, Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said in a press release.
The boy was transported to the hospital in extremely critical condition but passed away a short time later.
Hoyal said in the release that the boy was playing in the front yard with other kids at time of the accident. The driver, who is related to the victim, warned the kids to stay back.
The accident is still being investigated, but at this point police are calling it an unfortunate accident, Hoyal said.
Provo Fire Investigators Search for Serial Arsonist
(KUTV) Provo fire officials are searching for a serial arsonist after three suspicious fires damaged six buildings in the same complex over the last four weeks.
The abandoned duplexes on University Ave. near Riverwoods Business Park were found engulfed in flames on three different days since late March, the most recent an early Saturday morning blaze.
"They have no utilities. Gas and electricity have been shut off for several years. There are no people living in them," said Provo Fire Marshal Lynn Schofield. "So you take away your three most common causes of fire, and then we have reason to believe these have been intentionally set."
A state K-9 found traces of an ignitable fluid among the debris, Schofield said, which the state laboratory will likely confirm.
"This is not a thrill-seeker. This is somebody who's got a bigger problem or a bigger motivation to set these fires," Schofield said. "This is a very serious case."
Schofield is frustrated that the city is forced to expend time and money on the fires, and he is concerned the crimes could escalate, endangering firefighters and residents.
"We've been fortunate that the weather's been kind of in our favor, but you add a little wind and then all of a sudden you have a catastrophe on our hands," Schofield said. "They're putting my firefighters at risk. They're putting people in the neighborhood at risk. They're tying up valuable resources."
Schofield encouraged anyone with information to contact dispatch at (801) 852-6210. He also urged residents to be vigilant. Investigators will question persons of interest next week.
CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — Idaho prosecutors have charged a Utah man with felony child enticement after he allegedly arranged to meet an undercover officer representing himself online as a 15-year-old girl.
Allen B. Johnson was arrested Friday afternoon at the Caldwell restaurant where authorities said the 48-year-old Provo man was to meet who he thought was the teenager.
The Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney's Office says Johnson had been communicating with the undercover officer in online conversations that were sexual in nature.
Authorities say Johnson gave the officer access to his online profile with pornographic images and agreed to meet the girl to engage in sexual relations.
Johnson was booked into the Canyon County Jail is scheduled to appear in court Monday.
It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.
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(KUTV) Katherine Whidden of the University of Utah and Joe Dougherty of the Utah Department of Public Safety talk about Saturday night’s earthquake and why it might be an important reminder to Utah residents.
The 3.2 magnitude earthquake hit about five miles northeast of Tooele and many surrounding areas felt the tremor.
Katherine Whidden, a research seismologist at the University of Utah, says that while this was just one of the “little” earthquakes that happen throughout the year, it is a good reminder that Utah has the potential to have a magnitude 7.0 earthquake.
This earthquake was aptly timed, happening just a few weeks after the Great Utah Shakeout. Joe Doughterty, an advocate of the shakeout event, says that being prepared for a natural disaster and being educated on earthquake safety is important for Utah residents.
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