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BYU didn’t ‘act like a police department,’ state argues in certification appeal

BYU didn’t ‘act like a police department,’ state argues in certification appeal

Filed under:SALT LAKE CITY — The Brigham Young University Police Department didn’t do “what any professional police department does,” attorney Michael Hansen with the Utah Attorney General’s Office argued Monday.“What we have is a police department that doesn’t act like a police department,” he said.But even if one of the department’s former officers violated the law by accessing protected records and then shared them with the BYU Honor Code Office, decertifying an entire police department for one officer’s actions would be an “extreme and unprecedented remedy,” countered attorney Jim...

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Search and Rescue are here to help, but are running out of resources

Search and Rescue are here to help, but are running out of resources

Filed under:In early September a freak storm hit the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, and up to 6 feet of snow fell in some parts of the range, leaving hikers stranded in the backcountry, unprepared for the freezing temperatures.“It was the craziest storm we’ve ever seen. It took a hundred miles of trees and made a tangled knot of them,” Kenna Tanner, the coordinator for the Tip Top Search and Rescue in Sublette County, Wyoming, said. “We were dealing with hypothermia and exhaustion. It was pretty miraculous that there weren’t any fatalities.”By 11:30 the first night of the storm, calls...

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Provo resident shoots family member, mistaking them for intruder

Provo resident shoots family member, mistaking them for intruder

Filed under:PROVO — One person was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday after police say that person was shot by a family member who mistook the person for an intruder.The incident happened about 5:15 a.m. in a home near 1600 West and Center Street. A man shot another family member, an adult, whom he mistakenly believed was a burglar, according to Provo police. The victim was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. Police have not said whether the victim is a man or a woman.No other details about the shooting were released Tuesday, including where in the house the shooting took...

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Poll shows ‘few surprises’ in Utah governor’s race

Poll shows ‘few surprises’ in Utah governor’s race

Filed under:GOP Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox leads Democrat Chris PetersonSALT LAKE CITY — Republican Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox holds a big lead in the over his Democratic opponent, Chris Peterson, in new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll results released Monday.Half of Utah likely voters said they would vote for Cox if the election were held today, and just over a quarter, 26%, said they would vote for Peterson. While 16% of voters said they still weren’t sure who they supported, 6% backed Libertarian Daniel Cottam, and 3%, Independent American Party candidate Gregory Duerden.The poll...

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A 2,000-year-old cat was discovered carved on a hillside among Peru’s Nazca Lines

A 2,000-year-old cat was discovered carved on a hillside among Peru’s Nazca Lines

Filed under:The geoglyph is believed to be the oldest image discovered at the Nazca Lines siteA massive, 2,000 year-old image of a cat has been uncovered by archaeologists on a hillside in Peru, The reported on Monday.The new discovery is part of the Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site south of Lima, Peru, where hundreds of similar geoglyphs have previously been discovered, according to .The cat — which was discovered while archaeologists were remodeling at the site — is believed to be the oldest geoglyph that has been discovered at the site, and likely dates to 200 B.C. to 100 B.C.,...

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Poll: Utah’s 4th Congressional District race ‘pure’ toss-up

Poll: Utah’s 4th Congressional District race ‘pure’ toss-up

Filed under:GOP challenger Burgess Owens leads Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams by single percentage pointSALT LAKE CITY — Burgess Owens, the Republican challenger in Utah’s 4th Congressional District, is leading Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams by a single percentage point in the latest Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll results released Monday.The poll found that 46% of likely voters in the 4th District would vote for Owens if the election were held today, compared to 45% for McAdams, Utah’s only Democratic member of Congress. Just 5% said they are not sure who’ll they vote for, and a...

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U.S. awards $1.4 billion to help build small reactors in Idaho

U.S. awards $1.4 billion to help build small reactors in Idaho

Filed under:Funds go to one-time costs that Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems coop is spending on developmentBOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday awarded a Utah energy cooperative about $1.4 billion to help build a dozen small nuclear reactors in eastern Idaho.The money spread over 10 years will pay for one-time costs has in developing and building the commercial reactors.Officials said the money will lower the cost of energy produced by the reactors, making it competitive in the marketplace and reducing the financial risk for UAMPS members.The first-of-a-kind...

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Post Malone absolutely dominated the 2020 Billboard Music Awards

Post Malone absolutely dominated the 2020 Billboard Music Awards

Filed under:Post Malone — who lives in Utah — won nine awards at the annual eventPost Malone — who currently lives in Utah — absolutely dominated the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, snagging nine awards including top artist and top male artist.He said he was “blown away, just by the love that everybody’s shown to me”.Post Malone performed earlier in the night, performing his hit “Circles” and “Tommy Lee” with Tyla Yahweh.Kelly Clarkson, who hosted the event, brought Post Malone’s awards over to him in a cart.Malone was nominated for 16 awards at the annual show, which was shy of his personal...

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ACT national average composite scores lowest in a decade

ACT national average composite scores lowest in a decade

Filed under:Utah’s a top performer among states that test all students but state’s average composite score lags decade-low national averageSALT LAKE CITY — More than half of the nation’s underserved students aren’t college ready, according to new results of the ACT college readiness exam.“That’s unacceptable, and we must do better. COVID-19 will only exacerbate these gaps and more students will miss out on opportunities to find success,” ACT CEO Janet Godwin said in a prepared statement.The results, released Wednesday, show a decline in the national average composite score for 2020,...

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Judge orders Utahn who sold fentanyl-laced pills on darknet to spend life behind bars

Judge orders Utahn who sold fentanyl-laced pills on darknet to spend life behind bars

Filed under:‘I can’t believe I did what I did,’ Aaron Shamo tells judgeSALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man who raked in millions of dollars making fentanyl-laced painkillers in his basement and selling the pills on the darknet, including some that prosecutors say caused dozens of deaths, will spend the rest of his life behind bars.U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball imposed the life sentence on , 30, after a hearing Thursday in federal court.Relatedof 12 of 13 charges, including continuing a criminal enterprise, which carries a mandatory-minimum life sentence. Kimball said he has no discretion to...

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Lawyer says life sentence unjust for Utah man who sold fentanyl-laced drugs

Lawyer says life sentence unjust for Utah man who sold fentanyl-laced drugs

Filed under:SALT LAKE CITY — A lawyer for a Utah man who prosecutors painted as the mastermind of a drug trafficking operation that sold fentanyl-laced fake pain pills on the darknet says his client shouldn’t have to spend the rest of his life behind bars.Defense attorney Greg Skordas said the life sentence Aaron Shamo faces is unjust. Two other defendants in the case who Skordas said are equally culpable were never charged with continuing a criminal enterprise, as was Shamo. The crime carries a mandatory-minimum sentence of life in prison.All the defendants in the case contributed to the...

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BYU-Idaho to suspend students who try to get COVID-19 to make more money from plasma donations

BYU-Idaho to suspend students who try to get COVID-19 to make more money from plasma donations

Filed under:‘The university condemns this behavior and is actively seeking evidence of any such conduct among our student body,’ the school’s statement saidPlasma collections companies are paying more for plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 — much more — and one university is threatening to suspend students who intentionally try to get sick so they can make more money from plasma donations.Brigham Young University-Idaho, located in an area experiencing one of the largest current outbreaks of COVID-19, issued on Monday in response to rumors that some people have intentionally...

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‘I don’t feel like dying today’: Utahn describes how he survived 6-minute cougar encounter

‘I don’t feel like dying today’: Utahn describes how he survived 6-minute cougar encounter

Filed under:PROVO — When Kyle Burgess was on a run about 2 miles up Slate Canyon on Saturday evening and saw four small animals scampering around on the trail ahead, he didn’t realize what they were at first.Thinking they were bobcats (it wouldn’t be the first time he’d seen those), Burgess pulled out his phone and started recording. Seconds later, when their mother came into view, it dawned on him that he was in big trouble.They were mountain lion cubs. And their mother was going to protect them at all costs.The instant the full-grown mountain lion mother charged him, Burgess’s adrenaline...

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Holladay man arrested for keeping 20 pythons roaming in house, police say

Holladay man arrested for keeping 20 pythons roaming in house, police say

Filed under:HOLLADAY — A man who police say was illegally keeping about 20 Burmese pythons in his house was arrested over the weekend.Marty Lynn Bone, 64, of Holladay, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Friday for investigation of 20 counts of having an exotic animal without a license, two counts of drug possession with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm by a restricted person.Bone was arrested after an undercover Unified police officer purchased a baby Burmese python from Bone, according to a police affidavit. Prior to the arrest, the officer reported verifying...

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Woman chased boys with her car before hitting 9-year-old with Taser, police say

Woman chased boys with her car before hitting 9-year-old with Taser, police say

Filed under:RIVERTON — A 9-year-old boy who police say was the victim of a Taser attack told investigators it felt like he was being tased for four seconds as nearby neighbors heard him scream in pain.On Wednesday, Riverton police announced that for investigation of two counts of child abuse, two counts of aggravated assault, and two counts of making a threat of violence.On Oct. 2, a 9-year-old boy and his 10-year-old friend were riding scooters in a church parking lot near 12920 S. 2700 West. While in the parking lot, a car pulled in, parked, and a woman who was driving was “holding her...

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2nd Utahn reaches plea deal in hate crime attack on Black Latter-day Saint missionary

2nd Utahn reaches plea deal in hate crime attack on Black Latter-day Saint missionary

Filed under:Sebastian West pleads no contest to hate-crime charge and enters guilty plea in a separate assault case.PROVO — A second Utah man accused of attacking a Black Latter-day Saint missionary has pleaded no contest to a hate crime charge, part of a plea deal prosecutors offered him in part because jury trials are on pause in the pandemic.Sebastian West, 19, entered the plea Tuesday in Provo’s 4th District Court to aggravated assault, a third-degree felony. As part of the deal, he also admitted to a more severe assault charge in an unrelated case.A no contest plea means a defendant...

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Oct 7
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As Utah’s Candy Bomber turns 100, his sweet story remains timeless

As Utah’s Candy Bomber turns 100, his sweet story remains timeless

Filed under:PROVO — It’s a sweet story that doesn’t grow old, and the same might be said about the man telling it.Gail S. “Hal” Halvorsen needs no prodding to talk about something he’s been talking about for 72 years.Relaxing in the shade of an apple tree in the backyard of the house he built in 1974 when he retired from the U.S. Air Force and returned to Utah, he enthusiastically launches into a retelling of the time he was called on the carpet by his commanding officer in the summer of 1948.He had just returned to his airbase after flying a C-54 cargo plane to Berlin. Three years after...

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Oct 4
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Guest opinion: New nuclear projects, like NuScale, make no sense

Guest opinion: New nuclear projects, like NuScale, make no sense

Filed under:The debate over nuclear power has ramped up recently in Utah, with a number of the state’s municipal power agencies wrestling with continued participation in an experimental nuclear project in Idaho, the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems/NuScale project.Much has about the project itself. Though proponents tout benefits of cost and reliability, two municipalities so far, , have recently opted out of further participation, citing mainly financial concerns over an experimental design with delays and cost overruns mounting rapidly. Still, this extremely expensive energy might...

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Kidnapped Utah woman rescued after writing ‘911’ on her hand, police say

Kidnapped Utah woman rescued after writing ‘911’ on her hand, police say

Filed under:SALT LAKE CITY — A Midway woman escaped a domestic violence situation over the weekend after writing “911” on her hand and quietly showing it to a repairman, according to police.Grant Nielsen Eggertsen, 45, of West Jordan, was charged Monday in 4th District Court with aggravated kidnapping in the course of committing unlawful detention, a third-degree felony; trespassing, a class A misdemeanor; and assault, a class B misdemeanor.On Friday, a locksmith was called to a home in Midway to change the lock on the front door. The man was changing a lock for a woman, “and on her hand...

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Utah man gets life without parole for murdering West Jordan parents of young children

Utah man gets life without parole for murdering West Jordan parents of young children

Filed under:SALT LAKE CITY — Tony and Katherine Butterfield adored each other and doted on their three little children, working long hours at their landscaping business to save for the kids’ future.But an acquaintance deprived the young family of a life together, after first robbing them and later returning to their West Jordan home.“They will never get to see their youngest daughter’s first birthday,” Katherine Butterfield’s sister, Emily Hurst, said in court Thursday. “Tony and Katherine will never be able to watch their children go on to graduate kindergarten or high school or college,...

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Squatting couple who owed $1M in taxes arrested after armed standoff, police say

Squatting couple who owed $1M in taxes arrested after armed standoff, police say

Filed under:CEDAR HILLS, Utah County — A couple who police say owes more than $1 million in taxes and has been living illegally in their former Cedar Hills home for eight months was arrested after an armed standoff Thursday night.Paul Kenneth Cromar was arrested in Pleasant Grove, and his wife, Barbara Cromar, was arrested at the house, 9870 N. Meadow Drive, where police say they’d been illegally living after supporters of the couple — armed with rifles and handguns — engaged in a standoff there with police, according to Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon.“Obviously that causes us a...

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Roy parents calling for action after 4-year-old was left alone on bus for 2 hours

Roy parents calling for action after 4-year-old was left alone on bus for 2 hours

Filed under:ROY — A family is calling for action and demanding answers after their 4-year-old boy was left alone on a school bus for two hours earlier this month.Although the Weber School District has protocols in place to make sure something like that doesn’t happen, Miles Hulbert’s parents say those protocols weren’t followed.On that day, Miles got on the bus, was buckled in and headed off for preschool at Midland Elementary School.That afternoon, another bus brought him home.“I thought he was at school the entire time, but apparently he was not,” said Miles’ mother, Janel Hulbert.After...

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Census: Utah retained nation’s smallest wealth gap last year

Census: Utah retained nation’s smallest wealth gap last year

Filed under:State demographer and economist say Utah likely to hold title of most even income distributionSALT LAKE CITY — Utah claimed the nation’s smallest wealth gap again last year and a median household income among the highest in the West, show new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.The 2019 figures released late Wednesday don’t capture the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic as about 54,000 in the state file ongoing jobless claims and still others are back at work only part time. But they are a baseline for measuring fallout from COVID-19.“This is like a glimpse into the world...

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Man taking test drive arrested for kidnapping car salesman, police say

Man taking test drive arrested for kidnapping car salesman, police say

Filed under:SALT LAKE CITY — A Centerville man who took a car on a test drive over the weekend ended up being arrested after police say he drove 100 mph and refused to let the car dealer get out of the vehicle.Caleb Gibson, 43, was arrested Saturday for investigation of kidnapping.Gibson went to car dealership in Salt Lake City and took a vehicle for a test drive along with a sales associate from the dealership. Gibson drove to several locations in Salt Lake City. But when the salesman told him to go back to the dealership, Gibson refused, according to a police affidavit.“When the victim...

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New ‘Star Wars’ rumor suggests ‘The Mandalorian’ star has quit the show

New ‘Star Wars’ rumor suggests ‘The Mandalorian’ star has quit the show

Filed under:Pedro Pascal is rumored to be leaving the show. Here’s what that would meanA new suggests that the star of “The Mandalorian” — — quit the show halfway through production.What’s going on?— who has reported on “Star Wars” rumors before — said Pascal left production halfway through because he “had numerous disagreements with the creative team and went to the studio behind their backs to plead his case, which allegedly resulted in the former ‘Game of Thrones’ star being given his marching orders,” according toRelatedIf Pascal decided to leave the show, there might not be a massive...

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