(KUTV) The 911 calls during the chaos of the shooting at an Ogden Catholic Church last Sunday were released to 2News on Tuesday.
The calls began to flood the Weber County Dispatch Center after police say 35-year-old Charles “Ricky” Jennings shot his father-in-law, 66-year-old James Evans in the head.
In the calls you can hear the terror in the voices of the congregation who went to attend a Father’s Day Mass at St. James Catholic Church, but ended up witnessing a man get shot inside the church.
One caller is standing with Jennings’ frantic wife as dispatch operators try to find out who the suspect is and where he might be headed—this while Evans’ wife, Sarah, sits nearby helpless.
Evans sustained a bullet wound behind his right ear and needed reconstructive surgery. He was listed as stable at McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden as of Monday morning. Doctors say he is alert and able to communicate.
Jennings was formally charged Tuesday with five felonies and one misdemeanor, including attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a restricted person. His bail has been set at $105,000, cash only.
By Ladd Egan (KUTV) As firefighters battle three lightning-caused wildfires in eastern Utah, fire officials in the southern part of the state are implementing restrictions aimed at preventing human-caused blazes.
“Right now our fuels are extremely, extremely dry,” said Adam Heyder, Washington County’s fire warden. “It isn’t going to take much to cause a wildland fire.”
Heyder was on scene Tuesday morning as fire crews worked to knock down a brush fire in the town of Leeds. The fire caused a small explosion when the flames reached a gas storage tank on the property on Buckeye Reef Rd.
“It was a human caused fire,” Heyder said. “It started in some really dry grass; took off really quickly.”
The owner of the nearby home suffered minor burns from attempting to fight the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The dry conditions have Heyder and other fire officials worried about the rest of the summer.
“We can anticipate that things are only going to get drier and conditions are going to get worse,” he said, adding that conditions are as bad as or worse than last year’s devastating fire season in Utah. “If we get multiple starts it’s going to be hard to catch them all.”
Southwest Utah’s meager snowpack and spring runoff have made for brittle-dry conditions, even in the higher elevations where heavier vegetation provides more fuel for fires, according to Heyder.
The worsening conditions prompted fire managers with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Utah Division of Forestry to implement fire restrictions starting Thursday, June 20.
The restrictions affect all unincorporated lands, private and state-owned, in Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane and Washington Counties.
Banned are the following activities:
-Open fires of any kind, except for campfires and charcoal fires in approved fire pits at developed recreation/picnic sites.
-Smoking, except in vehicles, buildings or cleared areas.
-Lighting fireworks of any kind or other pyrotechnic devices.
-Welding or metal cutting/grinding in areas of dry vegetation.
-Use of exploding targets.
In addition, the Bureau of Land Management’s Color Country District has prohibited the use of any combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and functioning.
Heyder said those who don’t follow the restrictions are subject to citations or prosecution if they end up starting a wildfire.
“If there is negligence or people aren’t obeying the laws that are out there, we do aggressively go after them to recoup the suppression cost to ease that burden on the taxpayer,” he said.
The restrictions do not apply to cities and towns, which have the authority to issue their own fire restrictions.
Team USA Beats Honduras in World Cup Qualifying Match
SANDY, Utah (AP) -- Jozy Altidore scored a goal in his fourth consecutive international match, enough for the United States to edge Honduras 1-0 in a World Cup qualifying game Tuesday night.
Before 20,250 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium, the Americans remained atop the six-team CONCACAF group. The United States (4-1-1) won three straight games this month, all since a 0-0 draw at Mexico gave it a boost toward the top.
It has also shut out its last two opponents, Panama and Honduras.
Honduras (2-3-1) was the last team to win at the United States in a World Cup qualifying match, back in 2001. The Americans have won or drawn 25 straight at home since then.
The visitors made it difficult on the Americans for much of the game by slowing the pace before Altidore broke through.
By Christine McCarthy (KUTV) A 30-year-old Grantsville skydiver died after a "hard landing" following her solo jump at Skydive Utah at the Tooele Valley Airport in Erda on Sunday afternoon.
The woman's husband asked that her name be kept private but said that she was a loving mother of two children.
After leaping out of the airplane, her parachute did deploy, officials said, but something went wrong.
"Something happened from the time her chute opened to when she reached the ground," said Chief Deputy Duke North of the Tooele County Sheriff's Office. "A very hard landing."
She was found breathing but unconscious, with injuries to her head, arms and legs, North said. Medics and a physician already on scene cared for her before deputies, fire fighters and paramedics arrived. Air Med arrived and flew her to the University of Utah Hospital, where she died in surgery, North said.
"It's a small town," North said. "It hits close to home."
Jack Guthrie, the manager of Skydive Utah, said the victim had jumped there with her husband before the incident.
"The skydiving community is small," Guthrie said. "It's very personal. I spent most of yesterday crying."
Guthrie said his company has experienced fatal accidents before but they are extremely rare.
"In the United States every year, there are 3 million skydives made. There are typically between 16 [or] 15 to 25 fatalities each year," Guthrie said. "Virtually every one of those is an operator error, not a bad parachute."
Guthrie, who said he had been looking in the opposite direction when the woman landed, declined to disclose any other details before an investigation is complete. The Federal Aviation Administration and the United States Parachute Association are investigating, he said.
Utah Universities Best at Preparing Potential Teachers for The Classroom
(KUTV) The United States doesn’t do a very good job of preparing school teachers, according to a report released Tuesday. The report surveyed colleges and ranked them on their education programs.
The report says new American teachers are thrown into the classroom unprepared. Though, Utah schools do better than the rest of the nation in preparing teachers.
On a scale of zero to four, the average department of education scored only 1.4.
In Utah, the highest score was Utah Valley University at 2.5, though that was only a partial score.
The University of Utah and Utah State University tied at 2.25, Brigham Young University at 2, and Southern Utah University at 1.5.
“We want the strongest teachers in our schools,” Professor Mary Burbank says. She educates prospective teachers at the University of Utah. She believes the U is better than its grade, but says the faculty will study the report for ways to improve.
(KUTV) The Jordan School District is repairing one of its buses after an act of vandalism and it's one of the district's own board members who admits to causing the damage.
The Jordan school district allows advertising signs on the side of its buses. Recently, one of those buses was on display at a parade in South Jordan.
While at the parade, the district says school board member Corbin White didn't like the look of a sign advertising that the district is hiring bus drivers. A district spokesperson says White thought it was inappropriate to advertise for employees during the public event and wanted the bus to have a "clean, sleek look."
The district says White tried to peel the sign off of the bus and when that didn't work, he wrote a message to the school's transportation director across the sign. It reads "remove this ugly ad" and "please make sure it's gone for the Riverton parade." It's signed "Corbin White" and includes White's phone number.
The sign is torn and marked, so the district says the ad will have to be removed and replaced. The district is not sure yet of the cost, but the original signs were bought in bulk. This sign will have to be purchased as a single.
The school district says the school board president is aware of the incident. Right now it's not clear whether White will face any sort of punishment.
The Jordan School District's Transportation Director says signs like the one White admits to damaging are his number one recruitment tool. He says 85-90% of bus driver applicants are a direct result of that advertising.