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Man flees authorities on foot near Vernal, Utah
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The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the FBI are working with police to find a suspect involved in an eastern Utah shooting.

Bureau of Indian Affairs officials said in a Facebook post that as of Sunday evening, police were still searching for Bradley James Moore.

Spanish Fork, Utah, Site of Attempted Court Escape
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Security camera footage from a Utah courthouse shows a defendant in handcuffs running out of a courtroom, flipping over a second-floor railing and falling to the ground below.

In the short video released Thursday to media outlets, including The Associated Press, Christopher Clay Rudd appears to be dazed or unconscious after he lands on Monday.

Unita County Man To Go To Trial For Rape Of Young Girl
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The trial has started for three men accused of raping a 9-year-old Utah girl while her mother was in the garage smoking methamphetamine.

Prosecutors said Thursday the men took her into a back bedroom, held her down and assaulted her in 2016.

Warren Jeff's Home, Site Of New Sober Living House
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A sprawling 44-bedroom house surrounded by towering brick walls that was once the home of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has been converted into a sober living center by evangelical missionaries.

It is the latest sign of the group's dwindling control of the small community on the Utah-Arizona border.

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Cori Groth is the associate director of the Utah Education Policy Center. The policy center conducted a study on after-school programs in Utah that were created after the legislature passed a bill in 2014 calling for intergenerational poverty intervention in public schools.

An Apartment in Ogden City Caught Fire After Aggravated Arson
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A 56-year-old Ogden woman with a criminal history is accused of intentionally starting a fire that critically injured her boyfriend and damaged six apartment units.

Kristilynn Thompson was booked into the Weber County Jail shortly after the fire in Ogden Tuesday. She was charged in 2nd District Court Wednesday with aggravated arson and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Historic County Courthouse in Provo, Utah
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A 56-year-old Utah man is facing a terrorism-related charge after he allegedly threatened to blow up a county government building in Provo.

Miguel Gedo made his initial court appearance in Fourth District Court Wednesday on a charge of second-degree felony threat of terrorism.

Riverview Junior High, site of reported sexual assault
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Police are investigating a report of sexual assault that is said to have happened in a restroom near softball fields behind Riverview Junior High School.

Murray police Officer Kenny Bass confirmed Wednesday that the department is investigating the incident. A public post on Taylorsville Fast-pitch Softball's Facebook page says that the assault occurred April 25 "sometime after the Murray High School softball game."

Man killed by officers in Sugar House after refusing to drop weapons
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Body camera footage released in an officer-involved shooting in Salt Lake City shows the victim was armed with a knife and told police to shoot him before he was killed during a standoff with a SWAT team.

Salt Lake City police released the footage Wednesday of the April 18 shooting of 32-year-old Delorean Pikyavit on the porch of his girlfriend's home in Sugar House.

San Juan School District's Bluff Elementary School
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Progress has been made to find a new home for a southern Utah town's elementary school students, who deal with crowding, backed up sewage and even ceiling tiles falling onto desks in the middle of class.

Bluff Elementary, which sits on soil saturated with septic effluent, was built in the 1950s and is too old for improvements.

San Juan School District's Bluff Elementary School
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Progress has been made to find a new home for a southern Utah town's elementary school students, who deal with crowding, backed up sewage and even ceiling tiles falling onto desks in the middle of class.

Bluff Elementary, which sits on soil saturated with septic effluent, was built in the 1950s and is too old for improvements.

Worker killed in accident at Ogden plant
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Pet food company American Nutrition says one of its workers has been killed in an accident at the company's northern Utah plant.

American Nutrition CEO Bill Behnken says 33-year-old Raul Ortiz of Roy was killed around 3 a.m. Tuesday while working on a packing line at the Ogden plant.

Worker killed in accident at Ogden plant
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Pet food company American Nutrition says one of its workers has been killed in an accident at the company's northern Utah plant.

American Nutrition CEO Bill Behnken says 33-year-old Raul Ortiz of Roy was killed around 3 a.m. Tuesday while working on a packing line at the Ogden plant.

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In a basement below a cafeteria, researchers and scientists gather in what is the Intermountain Herbarium.  It is a little used Utah State University campus resource that serves an important purpose.

Salt Lake City and other Utah cities warned about unsafe Ozone levels
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Utah state regulators are announcing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a written warning about ozone pollution levels that exceed federal thresholds in seven counties.

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality said Tuesday in a news release that the EPA has given the state three years to reign in the pollution problems. If not, the state must come up with an official action plan to deal with the situation.

Spanish Fork remembers missing teen Kiplyn Davis
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A candlelight vigil has been scheduled to remember the Utah teenager who went missing more than two decades ago.

The mayor of Spanish Fork has declared Wednesday as Kiplyn's Day, which marks 23 years since 15-year-old Kiplyn Davis vanished.

VA hospital investigating after tweets of 'unsanitary' room
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A Veterans Affairs clinic in Salt Lake City is investigating why an Army veteran was put in a room with an overflowing trash can and medical supplies strewn about after the man's father tweeted images of the unclean space.

Stephen Wilson, the father of Christopher Wilson who spent six years in the Army and was deployed to Iraq twice, posted the photos to Twitter on Friday, calling the sight "very unprofessional, unsanitary and disrespectful."

Hunter High School student plans walkout
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A group of Utah high school students are planning to walk out of school Wednesday to show support for gun rights.

Organizer Collin Thorup says he and a small number of students at Hunter High School in West Valley City are staging their own walk out after students in Utah and around the country left class in March and April to protest gun violence.

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Logan City Police called a SWAT crew to assist Monday following a pursuit near a downtown elementary school.

Crews with the Utah Department of Transportation are starting work on 11 miles of highway between Mountain Green and Huntsville beginning this week and continuing through Mid-October.

Utah State Prison; Prison officials review 74 cases after death-penalty blunder.
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Utah prison officials say they've reviewed 74 court cases involving inmate medical records after the department failed to produce documents in a death-penalty case.

The probe came after Judge Wallace Lee called for an investigation into the Department of Corrections' handing of the case of 36-year-old Steven Crutcher, who had once faced capital punishment in the death of his cellmate.

A Utah militia group leader has pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a federally owned cabin in Arizona in what prosecutors call a case of domestic terrorism.

William Keebler pleaded guilty to attempting to damage federal property Thursday.

LDS ex-missionary leader accused of victimizing women.
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The Mormon church says a man supervising young missionaries in Puerto Rico was removed from the post and kicked out of the religion after female missionaries reported behavior that was "immoral and sinful."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' spokesman Eric Hawkins said Thursday in a statement that Philander Knox Smartt III was immediately replaced in 2014 after the women said they had been deceived and victimized.

North Logan Students Compete In World Robotics Competition

Apr 26, 2018
Matilyn Mortensen

A group of North Logan students are competing this week in Louisville, Kentucky at the World VEX Robotics competition. The team of six students attend InTech Colligate High School.

Previous Sandy City police chief Thacker.
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The police chief in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy has been fired for inappropriately touching other police department employees.

Mayor Kurt Bradburn announced the firing of Police Chief Kevin Thacker Tuesday after an investigation uncovered several claims of unprofessional behavior.

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