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Utah police dept. investigates racist comments on local news' Facebook page

Utah police dept. investigates racist comments on local news' Facebook page

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News)- A disturbing comment on the Thursday afternoon is under investigation by local law enforcement.The comment was made in regards to this weekend after a 46-year-old black man, George Floyd, was killed while in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day.The person who commented claimed she was the wife of an officer and that she “supports this officer 100 percent” [meaning the officer involved in the death of George Floyd].When questioned, she said he took “one less black person off the streets,” and that she supports his actions.There was immediate outrage in...

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May 29, 2020
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WATCH LIVE NOW: Suspect who shot and killed Ogden officer identified

WATCH LIVE NOW: Suspect who shot and killed Ogden officer identified

OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 News) – Police have identified the suspect involved in Thursday’s officer involved shooting that claimed the life of an Ogden police officer.John Benedict Coleman, 53, was also killed during the shooting.Related:The shooting occurred at a home in the 300 block of Jackson Avenue around 2:14 p.m. when a woman had called 911 to report her husband was threatening to kill her. When officers arrived, they were confronted by the man on the front porch and retreated back into the home.Two officers were shot as they approached the scene and the man started shooting through the...

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May 29, 2020
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ABC4 News captures police officer armed in protest gear pushing down man with cane

ABC4 News captures police officer armed in protest gear pushing down man with cane

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – While ABC4 News was live on air during riots in Salt Lake City Saturday night they captured a police officer armed in protective gear shoving a man with a cane down onto the street.Related:The incident happened while ABC4’s Nicole Neuman and photojournalist Josh Witzel were in the field reporting live on air to the commuity.That video has now gone viral after it was posted to the station’s and has been picked up by viewers around the country, many expressed anger at the officer’s actions.The footage can be seen here:RELATED:Salt Lake City Police Department...

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May 31, 2020
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Teacher dies of COVID-19 as school year looms

Teacher dies of COVID-19 as school year looms

OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A teacher at Ben Lomond High School died from COVID-19 last month, even as plans are underway for students and staff to return to classrooms in the age of coronavirus.Darla Checketts was 57 years old.“It’s devastating for everyone — it’s just such a hard loss,” said friend and fellow teacher Tamara Brown-Johansen.“She’d gone to the doctor the night before, and the doctor gave her some cough stuff — and said well you’re not sick enough to put in the hospital. And she died the next morning,” added Brown-Johansen.Checketts had taught Family and Consumer Science for...

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Jul 29
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Confederate flag spotted up at Utah officer’s home

Confederate flag spotted up at Utah officer’s home

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – An Adult Probation and Parole officer is facing repercussions for putting up a confederate flag in his front yard.Mimi Mahone says she was walking through her neighborhood in Salt Lake County when she spotted something she felt was offensive.“When I saw that it was a confederate flag, I felt like really sad because I knew who lived there,” said Mahone.The teenager says she tried to talk with the homeowner.“The officer, he’s outside walking his dog and I said, ‘Hey, why do you have this?’ And he just sat there. He didn’t say anything to me. He just had his arms...

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Jason Nguyen
Jul 30
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COVID-19 survivor who had most of his fingers amputated: ‘This can happen to you’

COVID-19 survivor who had most of his fingers amputated: ‘This can happen to you’

LOS ANGELES () — A man who spent 64 days in a Southern California hospital while being treated for COVID-19 is sharing his story as a warning for others to take the virus seriously – after he suffered severe complications, including the amputation of most of his fingers.Gregg Garfield and a dozen of his friends contracted the novel coronavirus while on a ski trip in Italy in February, before the pandemic had really taken hold in the U.S.Garfield’s case proved to be the worst of the group, and he was hospitalized at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center – becoming the first COVID-19 patient...

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Jul 25
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‘Interesting coincidence’: Lab director removed same day response to federal COVID-19 testing inquiry turned in

‘Interesting coincidence’: Lab director removed same day response to federal COVID-19 testing inquiry turned in

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – In early June, top state health officials essentially demoted Utah’s Public Health Laboratory Director Dr. Robyn Atkinson-Dunn.The move came as state health officials witnessed a rapid increase in positive COVID-19 cases, as the demand for increased testing surged. Dr. Atkinson-Dunn was removed from her post at the time when she was not comfortable sending COVID-19 samples to a lab found out of compliance by federal inspectors. In May, federal regulators cited Timpanogos Regional Hospital’s Lab for not being in compliance with the Clinical Laboratory Improvement...

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Jason Nguyen
Jul 23
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Bureau of Land Management releases Five mile Pass Proposal and plans for public comment

Bureau of Land Management releases Five mile Pass Proposal and plans for public comment

WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC4 News) – The (BLM) Salt Lake Field Office isconsidering the designation of 17,927 , located in both Utah and Tooele Counties, as a special area with a fee-based, daily-use permit system that will allow for recreation developments and improvements to meet changing visitor needs.Acting BLM Salt Lake Field Manager Allison Ginn said “ has become a well-loved recreation area that receives 65,000 visitors each year due to its’ proximity to the Wasatch Front.”The Bureau is proposing a recreational use permit priced at $10 per vehicle per day and an annual pass at $80 per...

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Curtis Booker
Jul 29
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BYU students start petition to bring university back to ‘Christ-centered education’

BYU students start petition to bring university back to ‘Christ-centered education’

PROVO, Utah (ABC4 News) – In an effort to bring Brigham Young University back to a ‘Christ-centered education’, Hanna Seariac and other BYU students have started a petition to create awareness and change on the university’s campus.BYU, a school owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has long been known for their religious courses and enforcing an in which students agree to live by church standards when attending the school.Hanna Seariac and other BYU students believe that in recent years, BYU has been drifting away from the church’s teachings in classrooms...

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Aug 4
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Utah activists plan peaceful protests over George Floyd’s death

Utah activists plan peaceful protests over George Floyd’s death

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News)– Human rights advocates in Utah are reacting after violent and deadly protests broke out in Minneapolis this week after a 46-year-old black man, George Floyd was killed while in police custody on Memorial Day.The . The is calling for the officer seen in video leaning on Floyd’s kneck to be fire, and so is the Alliance for a Better Utah. “The firing of the officers who were involved and also I think the arrest of the officer seen in the video is the right move and then after an investigation, justice can be served from there,” Communications Director Katie...

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Jerad Giottonini
May 30, 2020
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