Utah's Top Stories Today | Salt Lake City, UT https://www.abc4.com Utah's First TV Station and your destination for news, sports, weather and more across Utah Tue, 16 Apr 2024 05:07:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.2.5 https://www.abc4.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2022/10/cropped-android-abc4-News-512x512-1.png?w=32 Utah's Top Stories Today | Salt Lake City, UT https://www.abc4.com 32 32 Remembering the history of the Utah State Capitol as cherry trees are in bloom https://www.abc4.com/news/wirth/history-utah-capitol-cherry-trees/ Tue, 16 Apr 2024 04:23:28 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1809892 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- With the cherry blossoms in full swing at the Utah State Capitol, its grounds remain busy. But according to ABC4's Craig Wirth, when admiring the blossoms, one should take a moment to admire the historic building behind them as well.

The first cherry trees at the Utah State Capitol bloomed more than 90 springs ago -- but faded into the past, as most of the trees you see today are from the third set of cherry trees planted after the capitol building got remodeled 15 years ago.

The history of the Utah State Capitol

Legislators and visitors have been using the Utah State Capitol building for more than 100 years of lawmaking sessions.

The state broke ground in December 1912, on land that was given to them by the city.

It was quite the deal -- there was a steam shovel with all its noisy gears, pulleys, and chains -- and with the governor, mayor, and architect there for support.

In 1914, the then-governor gathered everyone once again to lay the cornerstone, which was reportedly very well-attended. You couldn't miss it.

According to Emmy Lou Manwill, the location for the building was very intentional, as it could be seen from several locations.

"They liked that it was prominently placed on a hill overlooking the biggest city in Utah, and that it could kind of watch over the state," Manwill said. "I think it was more than people could have imagined. The amount of intricate details in this building is really, really incredible."

Man tortures, kills wolf in Wyoming -- now activists are seeking harsher penalties https://www.abc4.com/news/wyoming-wolf-harsher-penalties/ Tue, 16 Apr 2024 04:16:03 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1809754 DANIEL, Wyo. (ABC4) -- Animal activists are outraged and are calling for stiffer penalties after a new video shocked the internet.

The video, obtained by ABC4.com from Cowboy State Daily, shows a man toying with an injured wolf before torturing and killing it.

Wyoming Game and Fish cited Cody Roberts, 42, of Daniel, Wyoming, for keeping a live wolf back in February. He was fined $250 and, at this time, it is unclear if he will face more penalties.

According to Cowboy State Daily, Roberts captured the wolf after running it down with a snowmobile. He then took the wolf to a bar in town, teasing it and showing it off.

Nick Gevock of the Sierra Club Utah Chapter said what this man did was "atrocious."

"We see efforts in Idaho where they're aria gunning wolves. Montana has passed gross laws where they are trying to kill as many wolves as they can, as fast as they can and in Wyoming, it's legal to do what this guy did ... and run a wolf over with a snowmobile. I think that's atrocious," Gevock said.

Wolves are designated "predatory animals" across 85% of Wyoming, which makes them exempt from the standard limits on killing under state wildlife management principles.

Here in Utah, wolves are still considered a protected species -- even within the small portion of northeastern Utah where they are not currently listed under the endangered species act.

The Division of Wildlife Resources said it is still not legal to hunt wolves in Utah.

"The states that have shown they are just terrible at managing wolves; that they are ill-suited to do this and they don't share the conservation groups of the larger United States. And thus we believe that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should step in and restore federal protection for them," Gevock said.

The Latest | Israel says it will respond to Iran's attack as world leaders urge restraint https://www.abc4.com/news/international-news/ap-international/ap-the-latest-world-leaders-urge-israel-not-to-retaliate-for-the-iranian-drone-and-missile-attack/ Tue, 16 Apr 2024 04:05:05 +0000 Israel’s military chief said Monday that the country will respond after Iran launched an attack involving hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. World leaders are urging Israel not to retaliate.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says “all sides must show restraint” to avoid a rising spiral of violence in the Middle East. French President Emmanuel Macron said Paris will try to “convince Israel that we must not respond by escalating.”

The Iranian attack on Saturday marked the first time Iran has launched a direct military assault on Israel, despite decades of enmity dating back to the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. The attack happened less than two weeks after a suspected Israeli strike in Syria that killed two Iranian generals in an Iranian consular building.

An Israeli military spokesperson said that 99% of the drones and missiles launched by Iran were intercepted.

Israel and Iran have been on a collision course throughout Israel’s six-month war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. The war erupted after Hamas and Islamic Jihad, two militant groups backed by Iran, carried out a devastating cross-border attack on Oct. 7 that killed 1,200 people in Israel and kidnapped 250 others.

An Israeli offensive in Gaza has caused widespread devastation and killed over 33,700 people, according to local health officials.


— Iran's direct attack on Israel upended decades of shadow warfare.

— Biden hosts Iraqi leader after Iran’s attack on Israel throws Mideast into greater uncertainty.

— Israeli military renews warnings to Palestinians not to return to war-torn northern Gaza.

— Iran and Israel have a history of enmity. What key recent events led to Iran’s assault on Israel?

Here is the latest:


The Pentagon says Air Force fighter jet squadrons in the region as well as Navy ships in the Mediterranean Sea participated in the effort to take out Iranian missiles and drones.

The USS Carney and the USS Arleigh Burke, both Navy destroyers, shot down missiles from the sea.

Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, Pentagon press secretary, said Monday that some additional fighter squadrons were moved into the region before the weekend, and they remain there. He would not identify the countries where they were based.

Israel’s military chief has said the Iranian strike “will be met with a response.” Asked about that, Ryder said any response is up to Israel to decide. But he added that, “We don’t want to see escalation, but we obviously will take necessary measures to protect our forces in the region.”

Pressed on whether such a response would be counterproductive to stability in the region, he said the U.S. will “stay in close consultation with our Israeli partners, as we have done throughout the weekend. Again, we don’t seek wider regional conflict.”


RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian officials say two Palestinian men have been killed in an attack by Israeli settlers in the northern West Bank.

The area has been tense in recent days after a 14-year-old Israeli boy was killed in what Israel said was a nationalistic attack.

Settlers have responded with assaults in a number of Palestinian communities, despite calls by Israeli leaders not to take the law into their own hands.

The Palestinian office of civilian affairs says the two men, ages 21 and 30, were shot dead in Monday’s attack in the town of Aqraba, near Nablus.

The Israeli army said a violent confrontation occurred in the area between Israeli and Palestinian civilians, and that troops rushed to disperse the crowds. It said its initial investigation determined the Palestinians had not been shot by army fire. It said Israeli police and the army were investigating.

Violence has surged in the occupied West Bank since the Gaza war began, with over 460 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire during that time, according to Palestinian health officials.


JERUSALEM — Israel’s military chief says the country will respond to Iran’s missile strike.

Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi said Monday that Israel is still considering its steps. But he said the Iranian strike of missiles and attack drones “will be met with a response.”

Halevi spoke during a visit to the Nevatim air base, which Israel says suffered light damage in the Iranian attack.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been huddling with top officials to discuss a possible response.

U.S. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby declined to say whether the U.S. had been or expects to be briefed on Israeli response plans. “We will let the Israelis speak to that,” he told reporters Monday.

“We are not involved in their decision-making process about a potential response,” Kirby said.


CHICAGO — Pro-Palestinian demonstrators blocked a freeway leading to three Chicago O’Hare International Airport terminals Monday morning, temporarily stopping vehicle traffic into one of the nation’s busiest airports and causing headaches for travelers.

Protesters linked arms and blocked lanes of Interstate 190 around 7 a.m., a demonstration they said was part of a global “economic blockade to free Palestine,” according to Rifqa Falaneh, one of the organizers. Similar demonstrations blocking a freeway in California’s Bay Area also took place Monday.

O’Hare warned travelers on the social platform X to take alternative forms of transportation with car travel “substantially delayed this morning due to protest activity.”


UNITED NATIONS — A United Nations Security Council meeting on Yemen on Monday touched on the risk of escalation after Iran's attack on Israel.

Diplomats are calling this “a particularly dangerous moment in the Middle East,” as U.N. special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg said.

“The need for broader regional de-escalation is acute," he added. “I share the secretary-general’s alarm about the very real danger of regionwide escalation and his urging to all parties for maximum restraint.”

A U.N. Security Council emergency meeting Sunday to discuss the attack ended without any action taken.

“Now is the time to defuse and de-escalate,” U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said. “Now is the time for maximum restraint.”


LONDON — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says “all sides must show restraint” to avoid a rising spiral of violence in the Middle East.

Sunak on Monday condemned Iran’s attack on Israel as “a reckless and dangerous escalation.” He said he would speak to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to express the U.K.’s solidarity with Israel “and to discuss how we can prevent further escalation.”

Britain is urging Israel to refrain from a retaliatory strike. Sunak told lawmakers in the House of Commons that “we want to see calmer heads prevail.”

He said Israel’s security is “non-negotiable,” but added that the conflict in Gaza must be brought to an end, and the world “must invest more deeply in the two-state solution.”


WASHINGTON — Iran had about 150 ballistic missiles capable of reaching Israel from Iranian territory, and appears to have used up most of that current stockpile in its weekend attack, retired Gen. Frank McKenzie, the former head of U.S. CENTCOM said Monday.

McKenzie discussed the attack in a panel discussion with the Jewish Institute for National Security of America, a Washington-based think tank.

McKenzie argued that Iran’s expenditure of those 150 long-range missiles, out of a total ballistic missile stockpile of about 3,000, showed that Iran’s barrage on Israel “was a maximum effort. It was an indiscriminate effort.”

The U.S. and its partners in the region are easily able to track when Iran brings its ballistic missiles out of storage and positions them on launch pads, he said.

When Iran launches, deep space sensors detect that immediately, he said. Radars in the region then catch when any missiles break the radar plane, he said.

Especially given the distance involved, “it is hard for Iran to generate a bolt from the blue against Israel,” McKenzie said.


MOSCOW — The Kremlin is “extremely concerned” about the situation in the Middle East, its spokesperson said Monday.

Dmitry Peskov told his daily conference call with reporters that Moscow urges “all countries in the region to show restraint.”

“Further escalation is in no one’s interests. Therefore, of course, we advocate that all disagreements be resolved exclusively by political and diplomatic methods,” Peskov said.


BERLIN -– Austria’s foreign minister has spoken with his Iranian counterpart to condemn Tehran’s attack on Israel and call on Iran to rein in its proxies in the Middle East.

Alexander Schallenberg said in a statement he told Iran’s Hossein Amirabdollahian on Monday that “we cannot afford another front in the Middle East. There would only be losers, in the region and beyond.”

Schallenberg said he also urged Amirabdollahian to “exercise Iran’s influence on proxies in the region.”

Austria hosted talks on Iran’s nuclear agreement with world powers in 2015.

Amirabdollahian already spoke on Sunday with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. A spokesperson for Baerbock, Christian Wagner, said Iran’s ambassador to Germany was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in Berlin on Monday.


Oil prices fell Monday after Iran’s missile and drone strike failed to cause widespread damage in Israel and the U.S. administration made it clear it did not support a wider war with Iran.

Analysts say the chief risk to oil prices from the Israel-Hamas war is if the conflict escalates and disrupts oil supplies from Iran and Persian Gulf producers through the Strait of Hormuz choke point.

The stance taken by Iran, which said the matter “can be deemed concluded” with the retaliatory strikes, and the U.S. position reassured oil traders, who sent the price of international benchmark Brent crude 0.7% lower to $89.82 per barrel in Monday morning trading. That is below the levels just above $90 per barrel seen on Friday before the weekend attacks.

Risks that could send prices higher include any Israeli strike against Iranian oil facilities or tougher enforcement of sanctions against Iran by the U.S. “Any retaliation by Israel ... especially one that targets Iran’s oil facilities, will have major implications for energy markets,” said analysts at S&P Global.

Tougher sanctions enforcement against Iranian oil shipments by the U.S. could raise oil prices but would risk higher inflation and pump prices for U.S. motorists in an election year.


TEL AVIV — The Israeli military says four soldiers were wounded by an explosion along the northern border with Lebanon.

The military said that the source of the explosion, which occurred overnight, was still unclear. It left one soldier severely wounded, two moderately wounded, and one with light injuries.

The Iran-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said Monday that mines they set up in southern Lebanon near the border detonated after Israeli ground troops encroached on Lebanese territory, incurring casualties.

The incident comes as tensions in the region soared after an Iranian air assault was thwarted by Israel and its allies. Israel has not said whether it will respond.

Since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza on Oct. 7, concerns have grown that near-daily clashes along the border between Israel and Hezbollah could escalate into a full-scale war.


BERLIN — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is calling on Israel to “contribute to de-escalation” in the Middle East following Iran’s attack on the country.

Scholz told reporters in Shanghai on Monday that “Iran must stop this aggression.”

Asked whether he will attempt to dissuade Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from a military response to Saturday night’s attack, he said there’s widespread agreement that Israel’s success in largely repelling the attack with allies’ help was “really impressive.”

He added that “this is a success that perhaps also should not be thrown away. Hence also our advice to contribute to de-escalation themselves.”

Germany is a staunch ally of Israel.


KAMPALA, Uganda — Some African governments are urging Israel and Iran to avoid an escalation of the conflict.

While Iran’s attack on Israel “represents a real and present threat to international peace and security,” Israel should “show utmost restraint” in its response, President William Ruto of Kenya said in a statement posted on social platform X.

The warring parties “must exercise the utmost restraint and avoid any act that would escalate tensions in a particularly fragile region,” South Africa's government said in a statement Sunday.

Nigeria's Foreign Ministry urged Israel and Iran to “reflect on the universal commitment to peaceful resolution of conflicts.”


CAIRO — The Health Ministry in Gaza on Monday said the bodies of 68 people killed in Israel’s bombardment have been brought to hospitals in the past 24 hours. Another 94 were wounded, it said.

The fresh fatalities brought the death toll in the strip to 33,797 since the war began on Oct. 7, it said. The ministry doesn’t differentiate between civilians and combatants, but said two thirds of the dead are children and women.

Another 76,456 were wounded in the war, the ministry said.

The ministry said many casualties remain under the rubble and first responders have been unable to retrieve them amid the relentless bombing.

Israel launched its war on Hamas after the militant group’s complex attack on southern Israel on Oct. 7. Israeli authorities say 1,200 people, mostly civilians, were killed and roughly 250 people taken hostage in the attack. Israel says it has killed 12,000 militants in its offensive, without providing evidence.


DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip — The Israeli military renewed warnings on Monday for Palestinians in Gaza not to return to the embattled territory’s north, a day after five people were killed trying to reach their homes in the war-torn area.

The military said Palestinians should stay in southern Gaza where they have been told to shelter because the north is a “dangerous combat zone,” Israeli military spokesperson Avichay Adraee wrote on social platform X.

On Sunday, hundreds of Palestinians sheltering in central Gaza headed north in an attempt to return to their homes. Throngs of people were seen crowding a seaside road.

Hospital authorities in Gaza said five people were shot by Israeli forces while trying to head north. The Israeli military had no immediate comment and the precise circumstances behind the deaths were not immediately clear.

The returnees said they were prompted to make the journey north because they were fed up with the difficult conditions they are forced to live under while displaced.

Northern Gaza was an early target in Israel’s war against Hamas, which it launched in response to the militant group’s deadly Oct. 7 attack. The military is still operating in the north in a bid to stamp out militants that have regrouped.

Vast parts of northern Gaza have been flattened by Israel’s offensive and much of its population displaced.


LONDON — British Foreign Secretary David Cameron has urged Israel “to be smart as well as tough” and avoid striking back at Iran in response to its drone and missile barrage.

Cameron told the BBC that the U.K. does not support a retaliatory strike. The U.K.’s top diplomat said the attack had been a defeat for Iran and echoed President Joe Biden, who urged Israel to “take the win.”

Cameron said Britain’s message to Israel is: “Now is the time to be smart as well as tough, to think with head as well as heart.”

He said British fighter jets had played an “important part” in shooting down some of the more than 300 ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and drones fired at Israel from Iran, but did not provide details.


PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron said Iran’s attack on Israel was a “disproportionate response” to the bombing of its consulate in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Firing a barrage of missiles and drones on Israel was an “unprecedented, very dangerous” act in the volatile Middle East, Macron said of Saturday’s attacks.

Speaking to French media BFMTV and RMC on Monday, Macron said that France had carried out “interceptions” of missiles that Iran aimed at Israel at the request of Jordan.

“We have condemned, we have intervened, we will do everything to avoid an escalation, an inferno,” Macron said.

He said France will try to “convince Israel that we must not respond by escalating.”

Instead of retaliating by attacking Tehran, France will work to “isolate Iran, increase sanctions and find a path to peace in the region,” Macron said.


PARIS — Germany’s foreign minister says she has made “unmistakably” clear to her Iranian counterpart that Tehran must not further escalate tensions in the Middle East.

Annalena Baerbock spoke by phone Sunday with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, following a previous conversation last week before Iran’s attack on Israel. She said she “warned him unmistakably against a further escalation.”

She said at a news conference in Paris on Monday that “Iran is isolated.” She added that “Israel won in a defensive way” thanks to its strong air defense and the intervention of the U.S., Britain and Arab countries.

Baerbock said that “it is now important to secure this defensive victory diplomatically” and prevent a regional confrontation.

Asked whether Israel has the right to strike back against Iran, Baerbock said that “the right to self-defense means fending off an attack; retaliation is not a category in international law.” She said she had made that point to Amirabdollahian last week.

Utah chub illegally introduced at Millsite Reservoir, puts bluehead sucker population at risk https://www.abc4.com/news/central-utah/illegally-introduced-fish-puts-others-at-risk-millsite/ Tue, 16 Apr 2024 03:59:58 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1810012 EMERY COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) -- The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said the illegal introduction of Utah chub at the Millsite Reservoir has put another fish species at risk.

The DWR said the species at risk is called the bluehead sucker, which lives in the Millsite Reservoir. The DWR called the bluehead sucker "a species of greatest conservation need" in a social media post.

"The illegal introduction happened in the past few years, as we found several age classes in our sample," the DWR said.

According to the DWR, officials have been working to ensure a "healthy balance" in the ecosystem at the Millsite Reservoir that supports both recreation and the conservation of the bluehead sucker.

"The illegal introduction of Utah chub has put it at risk," the DWR said.

In its post, the DWR reminded Utahns that moving fish between bodies of water in Utah is illegal -- especially because those introduced fish may prey on other species, including native or endangered species.

"Bucket biology could also introduce disease into the waterbody because the fish and any water introduced have not been certified disease-free," the DWR said.

What is the Utah chub?

Utah chub is the common name for the species Gila atraria, and are often found in freshwater areas -- such as lakes or creeks, according to the website FishBase.

The fish are said to have a "deep, compressed body" with large eyes and a short snout, FishBase said.

"Introduced populations often reach great abundance and become serious competitors with sport fish, especially trout," according to a USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species fact sheet.

Utah officials have said the illegal introduction of the Utah chub at the Millsite Reservoir has put the ecosystem of the reservoir at risk.

What is the bluehead sucker?

According to the DWR's Utah species field guide, "bluehead sucker" is the common name for the species Catostomus discobolus, which is native in parts of Utah, Idaho and several other states.

The fish is said to have a modified mouth that helps it scrape algae from the surface of rocks, as it dwells at the bottom of the bodies of water it is found in.

"In Utah, bluehead suckers have been reduced in numbers and distribution due to flow alteration, habitat loss/alteration, and the introduction of nonnative fishes," the DWR said in its guide.

Utah officials said the main cause of population decline for this species is alteration to and loss of its habitats.

Why is moving fish illegal in Utah?

The DWR has asked that Utahns "Don't ditch a fish," and has also encouraged Utahns to know the law regarding moving fish.

The most important things to note are that introducing fish into Utah waters is illegal, and transporting live fish between waters is a violation of state law.

Additionally using live baitfish while fishing is illegal in Utah, and releasing any species of fish into a body of water in the state is illegal.

The DWR has an updated guidebook with the most recent fishing regulations available online.

Utah couple arrested, indicted after allegedly defrauding customers out of more than $600K https://www.abc4.com/news/southern-utah/utah-couple-indicted-allegedly-defrauding-600k/ Tue, 16 Apr 2024 01:41:15 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1809923 ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4) -- A Utah couple is being charged with financial crimes after they ran a gun and ammunition business that they allegedly used to defraud customers and financial firms of more than $600,000, according to the Department of Justice.

The federal court in St. George unsealed an indictment on Monday after the couple was arrested in Utah County, according to the Department of Justice.

John Earl Donaldson, 31, and Carlie Elizabeth Winters, 29, are being charged with wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy and first appeared in court on April 14 at the U.S. District Courthouse in St. George.

Court documents claimed the couple conspired together between December 2021 and January 2023 to obtain money from their customers. The couple reportedly obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations that were supposedly meant to benefit first responders in Ukraine.

"Through false pretenses, Donaldson and Winters allegedly lied about Urban Armz’s inventory and ability to procure goods for which customers paid," the Department of Justice said in a press release. "Additionally, Donaldson and Winters fraudulently obtained money from financial firms through false pretenses."

According to the DOJ, Donaldson allegedly claimed to be able to sell large amounts of ammunition at "competitively low prices."

In December 2021, a customer reportedly paid $90,000 to the company Urban Armz -- after which the DOJ said the ammunition was never delivered and the couple spent the money on things like credit card payments and shopping.

Other instances include a Detroit company ordering $300,000 worth of body armor to donate to first responders in Ukrainian war zones in April 2022. According to the DOJ, Urban Armz never delivered that body armor.

In June 2022, a nonprofit for supporting Ukrainian refugees and immigrants in the United States spent $217,098.98 on "night vision goggles, thermal optics, and other equipment for Ukrainian first responders serving in war zones," the DOJ said.

The nonprofit did not receive the equipment and Donaldson and Winters reportedly used those funds for other unrelated activities.

Furthermore, the company's website claimed there was an office in St. George, which the DOJ said was false. The company's website also allegedly claimed some of its clients included the FBI and the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.

The Salt Lake City Field Office of the FBI is investigating the case.

More than 900K Utahns to participate in this year's Great Utah ShakeOut -- are you joining? https://www.abc4.com/news/local-news/900k-utahns-to-participate-great-utah-shakeout/ Tue, 16 Apr 2024 01:39:48 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1809815 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- While Utah is no California when it comes to earthquakes, officials say 90% of Utah's population lives in an active earthquake zone.

Every year Utah officials host The Great Utah ShakeOut, a day dedicated to refreshing Utahns' earthquake safety skills. So far, 900,000 people have pledged to participate this year, which is 20,000 more than last year.

On Thursday, April 18, people at school, work, or home are going to perform earthquake drills and review emergency plans as part of what officials say is the largest earthquake drill.

The Wasatch Fault typically has a major earthquake every 350 to 400 years, according to an official video depicting what could happen in a major Utah earthquake. The video notes the last earthquake was more than 350 years ago.

This, coupled with the recent report from the U.S. Geological Survey saying the Wasatch Front has a greater than 50% chance of seeing powerful earthquakes over the next century, makes the ShakeOut event particularly relevant.

However, the ShakeOut website says many Utahns discount the earthquake threat because there has not been a major earthquake since the pioneers settled in the area in the mid-1800s.

"Comparing the average recurrence interval with the amount of time since the last large earthquake indicates that the next large earthquake is becoming increasingly likely on certain parts of the Wasatch fault," the website reads.

For those wishing to participate, there are several resources on shakeout.org for all kinds of organizations, including businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, parks and libraries, and at home. Officials say those participating should register to be "counted in the largest-ever earthquake drill," the website says.

Earthquake safety tips

The Utah ShakeOut site links out to several other organizations with tips to refresh your earthquake safety skills, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Earthquake County Alliance (ECA).

As simple as fire safety's "stop, drop, and roll" mantra, in an earthquake, officials say to drop, cover, and hold on.

Dropping to your hands and knees protects you from falling or being hit by flying objects, according to ECA. Cover refers to covering your head and neck and seeking cover under a sturdy desk or table, or, if none are available, next to an interior wall. ECA officials say to remain bent over on your knees to protect your vital organs.

Finally, hold on. If you are under a desk or table, hold onto it and move with the shelter if necessary. If there is no shelter, hold onto your head and neck area with both arms, ECA says.

If you are unable to drop, cover, and hold on due to health issues, check out the ECA site for specific recommendations. For tips on how to prepare for an earthquake ahead of time, see here.

Alissa Pili selected with #8 pick in WNBA Draft https://www.abc4.com/sports/alissa-pili-selected-with-8th-overall-pick-in-wnba-draft/ Tue, 16 Apr 2024 00:40:15 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1809897 NEW YORK (ABC4 Sports) - Utah forward Alissa Pili became just the third Utes player selected in the first round of the WNBA Draft Monday night.

Pili was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx with the 8th overall pick. She is the highest Utah player selected since Shona Thorburn went with the 7th pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft also by Minnesota.

"It means everything," Pili said about being drafted. "My family is everything to me. They've helped me get here. Without them, I wouldn't be standing up on that stage."

Pili was one of the best offensive players in the nation last year with the Utes. The two-time first team All-Pac-12 player averaged 21.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 55 percent from the field. Pili can score from inside and out, as she made 40.4 percent of her three-point shots.

She broke the school record with most points scored in a single season with 727 points, which was No. 8 in the NCAA this season. 

Pili hopes to make an immediate impact in Minnesota in her rookie season.

"I think with my physicality and my versatility," Pili said. "I'm willing to do whatever the team needs me to, and I'm excited to just learn and grow."

Pili received even more national attention early this season after putting up a career-high 37 points against No. 1 and eventual NCAA champion South Carolina on Dec. 10. Against the Gamecocks, Pili shot 65.2 percent from the field going 15-23. She went 3-6 from beyond the arc and 4-4 from the free throw line. She also managed two rebounds, one assist and three steals. 

In her first season at Utah, Pili averaged 20.7 points and 5.6 rebounds, and was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year as she led the Utes to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

Pili, a 6-foot-2 forward, was born in Alaska and has a large Native community that has followed her entire career, which began at USC before she transferred to Utah before the 2022-23 season.

"A lot of indigenous and Polynesian girls don't get to see that role model, and I'm so blessed that I get to be in that position for them," said Pili, who wore a tribal print on her dress to the draft. "I represent them with pride. Everything it took to get here, their support got me through and helped me get to this stage."

Pili became the fastest Ute to score 1,000 points in just 48 games. She boasts 1,370 points in just two years at Utah. She breached 2,000 career points this season and pushed her career total to 2,165. 

Pili joins Thorburn and Kim Smith as the only Utah players ever drafted in the first round.

Pili and the Minnesota Lynx will tip off the 2024 WNBA season May 14th.

Utah Women's Basketball WNBA Draft History
2024: Alissa Pili (First Round, 8th overall pick to the Minnesota Lynx)

2019: Megan Huff (Third Round, 26th overall pick to the New York Liberty)
2014: Michelle Plouffe (Second Round, 19th overall pick to the Seattle Storm)
2009: Morgan Warburton (Third Round, 33rd overall pick to the Sacramento Monarchs)
2008: Leilani Mitchell (Second Round, 25th overall pick to the Phoenix Mercury)
2006: Shona Thorburn (First Round, 7th overall pick to the Minnesota Lynx)
2006: Kim Smith (First Round, 13th overall pick to the Sacramento Monarchs)

Laufey, The Marías and Jungle among 2024 SLC Twilight Concert Series headliners https://www.abc4.com/news/everything-utah/2024-slc-twilight-concert-series-headliners/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 23:51:12 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1809620 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Music festival season has officially kicked off -- with the first weekend of Coachella wrapping up -- and, here in Utah, there are plenty of opportunities for fans to experience big names onstage at a fraction of the price.

On Monday, the lineup for the 37th Twilight Concert Series in Salt Lake City was announced -- featuring artists like Laufey, Jungle and The Marías, just to name a few.

Season passes go on sale beginning Tuesday, April 16, at 10 a.m., while tickets for individual shows go on sale starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17.

Season passes for general admission are expected to come out to around $80 after taxes and fees (for an average cost of about $13 per show) while VIP season passes will be about $275 after taxes and fees (for an average cost of about $46 per show).

Service fees are shown on the ticket website, but taxes are not shown until going through the ticketing process, so the prices may differ slightly. All shows will take place at the Gallivan Center except for The Marías, who will perform at Library Square.

Performance dates, individual ticket prices and more information about the performers are all included below.

Friday, June 21 -- Laufey, Grace Enger, Anna Beck

The SLC Twilight Concert Series is scheduled to kick off with a bang -- with the first performance of the series being Grammy-winning international pop and jazz sensation Laufey. Laufey is a multi-instrumentalist singer, composer and producer based in Los Angeles.

"As a musician, my goal is to bring jazz and classical music to my generation through a more accessible road," Laufey said on her website.

One of her most popular songs is "From The Start," and several of her songs have hundreds of millions of plays across streaming platforms.

Grace Enger has been supporting Laufey on The Goddess Tour. One of Enger's most popular songs is "The Neighborhood," which has several million streams. Several of her other songs have hundreds of thousands of plays.

Anna Beck is a local Utah singer who performed at Kilby Court earlier this year.

Individual tickets for Laufey will start at $20 before taxes and fees when purchased in advance.

Thursday, June 27 -- Thee Sacred Souls, The Mañanas, Jazzy Olivo

Thee Sacred Souls is a band that plays what their website calls "Southern California sweet soul."

Their song from 2020 "Can I Call You Rose?" has taken off in 2024, being featured in several videos across various social media platforms. The band aims for a more old-school sound -- taking inspiration from the '60s and '70s eras of music -- and has performed on several late-night shows and toured across several countries.

The Mañanas is a band from Denver, Colorado. The band released their debut album in 2021 and one of their most popular songs is "Don't Think Your Love Has Given Up."

Jazzy Olivo is a singer-songwriter from the Dominican Republic who is now based in Utah. One of her most popular videos is of her singing "El Circo."

Individual tickets for Thee Sacred Souls will start at $15 before taxes and fees when purchased in advance.

Friday, July 19 -- Watchhouse, TBA, Branson Anderson

Watchhouse is a folk duo made up of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz that first started out with the name Mandolin Orange. After they had a child together, they went through a lot of changes -- both with their music and their lives.

Despite the change in band name, traces of the former name still exist, as Watchhouse changed their artist name on platforms like YouTube and Spotify, but "Mandolin Orange" still shows up in the text of some music videos and album covers.

One of their most popular songs is "Golden Embers" and they have hundreds of millions of streams on several of their songs.

One of the opening acts has yet to be announced, but Branson Anderson is another local singer. Anderson is from Nevada and spends most of his time in Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

Individual tickets for Watchhouse will start at $15 before taxes and fees when purchased in advance.

Wednesday, August 7 -- Jungle, BALTHVS, The Plastic Cherries

Jungle is another band that has become quite popular on social media, with their song "Back on 74" taking platforms by storm and inspiring users to recreate dancers' moves from the official music video.

BALTHVS is described as "a Colombian psychedelic funk trio" that combines elements from genres including disco and Middle Eastern music. BALTHVS has reached millions of streams worldwide and played at Colombia's largest music festival.

The Plastic Cherries hail from Utah and often perform in the Salt Lake area and states surrounding Utah, according to their website. Their most popular song to date is "Lovers On The Run."

Individual tickets for Jungle will start at $15 before taxes and fees when purchased in advance.

Friday, August 16 -- The Marías, Automatic, Homephone

The Marías is a Grammy-nominated band that has collaborated with the likes of Bad Bunny and Tainy.

The Marías are set to release their sophomore album, "Submarine," at the end of May. The band released the album's lead single "Run Your Mouth" in March. One of their most popular songs is "Cariño," and they have hundreds of millions of plays on several songs.

Automatic is joining The Marías on their North American tour, including the stop in Salt Lake City. One of their most popular songs is "Too Much Money" and they just released their latest album "Excess" in 2022.

Homephone is a band based in Salt Lake City, and their song "More Than Chemical" has earned tens of thousands of streams.

Individual tickets for The Marías will start at $15 before taxes and fees when purchased in advance.

Wednesday, August 21 -- Alex G, julie, Cannibal Queen

Alex G is a Philadelphia-based musician who has several songs with hundreds of millions of streams. He started out writing and recording music in his bedroom as a teenager and later worked with Frank Ocean.

Alex G is known for songs like "Mary" and "Sarah" and released his latest album "God Save The Animals" in 2022.

There is not much information online about the band julie (stylized in all lowercase letters), yet it has managed to amass quite a large following on social media. One of their most popular songs is "flutter," but one of their most popular music videos is for "pg.4 a picture of three hedges."

Cannibal Queen is a local Utah artist who has opened for artists including Neon Trees and The Aces. Cannibal Queen has been making music in Salt Lake City since 2016 and has continued on that journey, playing at Kilby Block Party in the past and now at the Salt Lake City Twilight Concert Series.

Individual tickets for Alex G will start at $10 before taxes and fees when purchased in advance.

Venue and event rules

When buying tickets, a warning at the bottom of the page reads, "All events are held rain or shine. Artists subject to change."

Everyone entering the venue -- including children -- needs to have a ticket. There will be free water stations, as well as food trucks and beverage stations.

There are no refunds (even if a specific artist cancels) and there is no re-entry into the venue. Weapons, firearms, backpacks, large purses and pets (excluding service animals) are also not allowed.

Umbrellas, blankets, chairs, coolers, outside food/drink/alcohol/liquids, drones and professional recording equipment are prohibited.

Ship that caused bridge collapse had apparent electrical issues while still docked, AP source says https://www.abc4.com/news/national/ap-fbi-opens-criminal-investigation-into-baltimore-bridge-collapse-ap-source-says/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 23:00:52 +0000 BALTIMORE (AP) — Hours before leaving port, the massive container ship that caused the deadly collapse of a Baltimore bridge experienced apparent electrical problems, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Monday, the same day FBI agents boarded the vessel amid a criminal investigation into the circumstances leading up to the catastrophe.

The Dali departed Baltimore’s port early on March 26 laden with cargo destined for Sri Lanka. It lost power before reaching open water and struck one of the supports for Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing the span to collapse into the Patapsco River and sending six members of a road repair crew plummeting to their deaths. Two of the victims are still unaccounted for.

Authorities announced Monday evening the recovery of a fourth body from a construction vehicle in the underwater wreckage. The person’s identity wasn’t released per their family’s request, officials said.

While the ship was docked in Baltimore, alarms went off on some of its refrigerated containers, indicating an inconsistent power supply, according to the person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to publicly comment and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board have said their investigation will include an inquiry into whether the ship experienced power issues before starting its voyage.

Board Chair Jennifer Homendy said last week the investigation is focused on the ship’s electrical system generally. The ship experienced power issues moments before the crash, as is evident in videos that show its lights going out and coming back on.

Homendy said information gleaned from the vessel’s voyage data recorder is relatively basic, “so that information in the engine room will help us tremendously.”

The FBI is now conducting a criminal investigation into the bridge collapse that is focused on the circumstances leading up to it and whether all federal laws were followed, according to a different person familiar with the matter. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss details of the investigation publicly and spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity.

FBI agents were aboard the cargo ship on Monday conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity, the agency said in a statement. It didn’t elaborate and said it wouldn’t comment further on the investigation, which was first reported by The Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Mayor Brandon Scott issued a statement Monday announcing a partnership with two law firms to “launch legal action to hold the wrongdoers responsible” and mitigate harm to the people of Baltimore. He said the city needs to act quickly to protect its own interests.

Scott said the city “will take decisive action to hold responsible all entities accountable for the Key Bridge tragedy,” including the owner, operator and manufacturer of the cargo ship Dali, which began its journey roughly a half-hour before losing power and veering off course.

The Dali is managed by Synergy Marine Group and owned by Grace Ocean Private Ltd., both of Singapore. Danish shipping giant Maersk chartered the Dali.

Synergy and Grace Ocean filed a court petition soon after the collapse seeking to limit their legal liability — a routine procedure for cases litigated under U.S. maritime law. Their joint filing seeks to cap the companies’ liability at roughly $43.6 million. It estimates that the vessel itself is valued at up to $90 million and was owed over $1.1 million in income from freight. The estimate also deducts two major expenses: at least $28 million in repair costs and at least $19.5 million in salvage costs.

“Due to the magnitude of the incident, there are various government agencies conducting investigations, in which we are fully participating,” Synergy spokesperson Darrell Wilson said in a statement Monday. “Out of respect for these investigations and any future legal proceedings, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

The companies filed their petition under a provision of an 1851 maritime law that allows them to seek to limit their liability to the value of the vessel’s remains after a casualty.

Attorneys for some of the victims and a worker who survived the collapse argued Monday that the companies that own and manage the ship are taking advantage of an “archaic law” in attempting to protect their assets.

“Imagine telling that to grieving families … while they’re planning a funeral, the owner of the boat is in court,” attorney L. Chris Stewart said during a news conference in Baltimore.

The road crew “absolutely had zero warning” in the moments before the collapse, Stewart said, even though a last-minute mayday call from the ship’s pilot allowed nearby police officers to stop traffic from trying to cross the span. Three of the workers' bodies are still missing, as crews continue the dangerous work of removing massive chunks of steel from the river.

Julio Cervantes, who survived falling from the bridge, narrowly escaped drowning by rolling down his work vehicle's window and fighting through the frigid water despite being unable to swim, attorneys said. He clung to debris until he was rescued.

“This was all preventable,” Stewart said. “That is why we were brought in to investigate and find out what has happened and give these families a voice.”

The investigations come amid concerns about the safety of thousands of U.S. bridges and days after more than two dozen river barges broke loose and struck a closed span in Pittsburgh.

PETA offers to fix Panguitch Lake Dam — for an ad placement https://www.abc4.com/news/southern-utah/peta-ad-fix-panguitch-lake-dam/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 22:11:52 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1809681 GARFIELD COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) -- As officials continue monitoring the massive crack at the Panguitch Lake Dam, PETA offered to fix the issue -- for an ad placement encouraging residents to go vegan.

PETA sent a letter Monday to Allen Hernie, president of the West Panguitch Irrigation and Reservoir Company, offering to contribute to the considerable costs of fixing the crack -- if the company agrees to place a PETA advertisement on the dam.

ABC4.com reached out to the West Panguitch Irrigation and Reservoir Company for comment, but has yet to hear back.

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said the animal rights organization is eager to "shore up the dam and the health of Panguitch residents with this win-win offer," as, according to Newkirk, going vegan can lower risks of cancer, heart disease, and other deadly illnesses.

In the letter to Henrie, Newkirk said PETA has more than 9 million members and supporters globally, including thousands in Utah.

"We’ll contribute to the cost of repairing the Panguitch Lake Dam if you’ll allow us to place an eye-catching public interest message on it reading, 'Give a dam about your health. Go vegan,' Newark offered in the letter.

The letter states that "every person who goes vegan after seeing our ad would prevent nearly 200 animals a year from suffering on factory farms."

"I hope you'll agree that our offer holds water," the letter states. "We'd be happy to provide delicious vegan snacks for everyone to enjoy at the ad's unveiling."

NHL executive committee approves Arizona Coyotes' move to Utah https://www.abc4.com/sports/nhl-hockey/nhl-executive-committee-approves-arizona-coyotes-move-to-utah/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 20:58:47 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1809616 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- The National Hockey League has moved one step closer to bringing the Arizona Coyotes to Salt Lake City.

On Monday, the NHL's executive committee approved the move, according to Sportico. The relocation vote will now go to the entire Board of Governors, which comprises all 32 teams.

Sportico said the league has yet to respond for comment.

When the deal is completed, Sportico reports that Arizona's hockey operations department and players will be rebranded and relocated to Utah in time for the 2024-25 season.

Over the weekend, ESPN reported the NHL brokered the deal to move the Coyotes to Utah, where they will begin to play at the Delta Center, home of the Utah Jazz. The NHL and the Smith Entertainment Group, owners of the Jazz, have yet to make any official announcement, but one is expected to come later this week.

However, sources told ESPN that the NHL has made it clear to the Smiths that a hockey-specific upgrade is needed at the Delta Center in order for the arena to become the team’s permanent home.

Smith already has government support. A bill was passed in the Utah State Senate to help fund a renovated entertainment district downtown in anticipation of an NHL franchise. The bill already has approval from Utah Gov. Spencer Cox.

Bodycam footage released in SLCPD officer-involved shooting from earlier this month https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/bodycam-footage-released-in-slcpd-officer-involved-shooting-from-earlier-this-month/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 19:35:26 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1809517

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Salt Lake City Police have released bodycam footage of the officer-involved critical incident from Tuesday, April 2, that left a man dead.

The incident occurred on the 800 block of South State Street. Police received a 911 call from an employee working at a Chevron gas station.

The employee reportedly told police that the suspect, later identified as Cameron Ammon Cloward, 36, had a knife and tried to stab him through a window. Based on the employee’s statements, police believe Cloward may have committed an aggravated robbery by using — or threatening to use — a dangerous weapon during the commission of a robbery or attempted robbery.

Officers arrived at the scene at around 2:30 a.m., finding Cloward walking in the parking lot while holding a knife. Cloward reportedly began walking north from the gas station on the east sidewalk of State Street. Cloward allegedly turned around, faced officers, and started walking back into the gas station parking lot.

Bodycam footage from one of the officers on the scene captured the officer telling Cloward to stop walking toward the gas station.

The footage then shows Cloward holding his knife with the blade positioned under his chin. Officers gave Cloward commands to stop and get on the ground, but he refused to comply, repeatedly saying, "I don't care."

One SLCPD officer reportedly requested a "less lethal shotgun," before four officers then fired shots, resulting in Cloward's death.

No officers were injured during the incident. The knife found at the scene matched the description provided by the store employee as a pocketknife. The blade of the knife was found extended, police said.

The four SLCPD officers who used deadly force have been placed on standard paid administrative leave.

The videos released today captured the incident from the body-worn cameras of six SLCPD officers.

"Any loss of life is tragic, and the use of deadly force is a traumatic event for our officers. This situation unfolded very quickly and involved safety risks to our community and officers. Our officers are trained to perceive, interpret, and respond to a person’s actions. The body-worn camera footage released today shows our officers urging, and ordering, Mr. Cloward to put down his knife and to stop walking toward them. Maintaining the safety of our community can be full of risk and unpredictability," a press release from SLCPD states.

Here are links to the six bodycam videos, provided by SLCPD:

No further information is available at this time.

New name? New arena? What would the NHL's Coyotes in Utah look like? https://www.abc4.com/sports/nhl-hockey/new-name-new-arena-what-would-the-nhls-coyotes-in-utah-look-like/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 19:30:04 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1809199 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- It's all but official that Salt Lake City will be the new home for the Arizona Coyotes.

Over the weekend, ESPN reported the NHL brokered the deal to move the Coyotes to Utah, where they will begin play in the 2024-25 season at the Delta Center, home of the Utah Jazz. While the NHL and the Smith Entertainment Group, owners of the Jazz, have yet to make any official announcement, that is expected to come later this week.

So what will it look like to have the Utah Jazz and Utah's future NHL team sharing the same stadium? Will the Delta Center undergo renovations to accommodate the two teams? Can Utahns expect the Coyotes to go under a new name?

Sharing an arena?

The NBA and NHL seasons run at the same time, stretching six months from October to April, not including pre- or post-season. If the two do end up sharing the Delta Center, it would mean the two leagues will have to juggle scheduling 82 games between basketball and hockey.

While that sounds like a titan of a task, it's not impossible.

Currently, there are 10 arenas across the United States and Canada shared by both NHL and NBA. Most of the time, the two teams will mirror one another. While one team is on the road, the other plays at home. However, that's not always the case.

Earlier this season the New York Rangers played hockey at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 16 and Oct. 19. The New York Knicks took over for one night on Oct. 18.

Thankfully, it doesn't seem to take long to convert an arena from basketball to hockey and back again. The United Center in Chicago, home of the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Bulls, takes a little more than two hours to make the swap, according to reporting from the Chicago Tribune.

So while there won't be much of a scheduling conflict for both the Jazz and the Coyotes, there is the question of will the Delta Center be ready.

Delta Center renovations?

Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith has proven hockey games can be played at the Delta Center. In 2021, Frozen Fury — a preseason series between Las Vegas Knights and Los Angeles Kings — was exclusively hosted in Salt Lake City. But that doesn't mean Smith wouldn't want a few upgrades.

If there were to be some renovations, the initial ones likely wouldn't be very extensive — just enough to make the center playable for both leagues easily. There is only a six-month off-season to facilitate work on the arena, after all. However, some Salt Lakers are already groaning about the Delta Center's unfavorable NHL configuration.

Depending on where you sit during an NHL game, the entire rink may not be visible. Either the far end is blocked or the space directly below is out of sight, according to commenters online. But Smith has a vision.

Earlier this year, Smith shared a render that showed a new look for Salt Lake City's downtown. At the heart of that render was a brand new arena, presumably to be designed to host the two leagues with ease.

The proposed arena has been at the center of some controversy, however, as the Utah legislature passed a bill that could see Salt Lake sales taxes by up to 0.5%. The bill passed with landslide success in both houses and was signed by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox. Meanwhile, some Salt Lake City residents have complained about funding a multi-million dollar project with taxpayer funds.

There is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding a new arena in Salt Lake City but rest assured ABC4 will follow those developments as they happen. Another area of uncertainty is what a Utah NHL team would be called.

Coyotes getting a new name?

While it seems the Arizona Coyotes players and staff will be moving to Utah, they might be doing so without their signature colors or logos. Chris Johnston with The Athletic reported that Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo will hold on to the rights to the Coyotes brand as part of the deal to relocate the team to Salt Lake.

This means the Utah NHL team will need a new name and — while this is speculative — it appears the Utah Yeti is the clear winner, if social media fans have their say.

Last week, Ryan Smith put the feelers out on different names for a potential Utah-based NHL team. While fans were quick to offer up suggestions, Yetis rose to the top as the popular choice. One astute person on Twitter noticed the website "utahyeti.com" was purchased over the weekend. Fans who attended Saturday's Real Salt Lake game, which Smith also has part ownership of, may have also noticed a standee with cartoonish yetis in the plaza of America First Field.

While these developments don't necessarily guarantee the Coyotes will rebrand into the Yeti, it does seem to be the favorable option.

More information is expected to come out in the next week. National Hockey League officials are reportedly expected to announce the move at the end of the regular season, according to ESPN.

Utah Tech hosts free admission day at St. George Children's Museum https://www.abc4.com/news/southern-utah/utah-tech-hosts-free-admission-day-at-st-george-childrens-museum/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 18:05:08 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1809347 ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4) -- Kids and families can plan for a day of fun at the St. George Children's Museum free of charge, thanks to Utah Tech University.

The children's museum will be partnering with Utah Tech to offer free admission on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children and families will be able to enjoy everything in the museum including interactive exhibits and added activities provided by Utah Tech University students.

Throughout the day, Utah Tech students will host several activities for families of all ages, including dance lessons, a scavenger hunt and bingo with plenty of prizes to give away.

"I'm excited for Utah Tech Day because it's a great opportunity for students to volunteer in the community while also representing their school and what they are most passionate about," said event coordinator and Utah Tech Student Association youth support service leader Baylie Booth. "It also helps students connect with the future generation of trailblazers to spread the trailblazer spirit."

Located at 86 South Main Street, the St. George Children's Museum occupies the building where Utah Tech University was initially housed.

"The St. George Children's Museum holds a special place to us as the original home of Utah Tech University," said Utah Tech Vice President of Marketing and Communication Dr. Jordan Sharp. "As a thank you for all our community does for our students and institution, we invite everyone to come to experience the Trailblazer Nation room and all the museum has to offer."

To learn more about the event, including a schedule of events, visit the event's Facebook page, here.

Utah beavers killed by human-spreadable disease in 'unusual' event https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/utah-beavers-killed-by-human-spreadable-disease-in-unusual-event/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 15:58:32 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1809150 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Nine beavers were found dead in the last few weeks throughout Summit, Wasatch, and Utah counties due to a disease spreadable to humans, according to the Division of Wildlife Resources.

The beavers reportedly tested positive for a disease called tularemia -- also known as rabbit fever, hare plague, and deerfly fever -- which is caused by a bacteria. The disease is fatally infectious to rabbits, hares, and other rodents, including beavers, according to the DWR.

It can be transmitted through the bite of a tick or deerfly, by direct contact with blood or tissue from infected animals, or by ingestion of contaminated water or undercooked rabbit or hare meat from an infected animal.

The disease killed nine beavers in the state over the last few weeks in what the DWR calls an "unusual" circumstance.

"The bacteria that causes this infection is known to be in the environment in many parts of Utah; however, it is unusual to see this many animals die from it at once," DWR Veterinarian Ginger Stout said. 

The deceased animals were found in the following areas:

  • Five dead beavers were discovered near the Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter by preserve staff between March 23 and April 2. All five beavers shared one beaver lodge at the preserve. 
  • One dead beaver was found near Midway on April 5 by a DWR fisheries crew. 
  • Two beavers and a vole were found dead near the Jordanelle Dam on April 8.
  • One dead beaver was discovered in the Birdseye area of Utah County on April 10.

Humans are, in fact, susceptible to tularemia, though human cases usually result from the bite of a tick or deerfly in the summer "or when someone handles infected animals harvested during hunting or trapping seasons," according to the DWR.

The disease can reportedly be life-threatening for people if not treated quickly, however, most infections can be treated with antibiotics.

"There is a concern about the possibility of tick-borne or fly-borne diseases, so it’s advised to take the necessary precautions by wearing protective clothing, using appropriate insect repellent and checking for ticks after being in brushy areas," Stout said.

The DWR advises that if you see a dead rabbit, beaver or other rodent, you should not touch the carcasses and should report them to their nearest DWR office.

The last confirmed case of tularemia killing wildlife in Utah was in 2017, according to the DWR, with a cottontail rabbit in the Kanab area.

For more information on the disease, visit the Dept. of Health and Human Services website here.

Chad Daybell Trial Liveblog Day 3: Detectives testify about Daybell's behavior when bodies were found https://www.abc4.com/news/national/vallow-daybell-trial/chad-daybell-trial-liveblog-day-3-first-full-week-begins/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 14:37:43 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1809059 UPDATE: 12 p.m.: BOISE, Idaho (ABC4) — The first full week of the Chad Daybell murder trial kicked off with patrol car and body cam footage of the day two bodies were found on the Daybell property.

Prosecutors brought more detectives to the stand in the morning portion of the trial as they attempted to paint a picture of Chad Daybell's behavior while law enforcement officers investigated his property on June 9, 2020. On that day, investigators discovered the bodies of Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 16.

Finding JJ and Tylee's bodies

Prosecutor Rocky Wixom called Rexburg Police Department Det. Eric Wheeler to the stand. Wheeler's main job on the morning of June 9 was crowd control, traffic control and security at the Daybell property. He testified that he kept an eye on Daybell throughout the morning.

As investigators combed Daybell's property, Chad Daybell was allowed free rein to move about as he chose. Wheeler testified that Daybell spent a large portion of the morning in his vehicle. Some of that time was spent on the phone, but Wheeler testified that Daybell "awkwardly" kept looking toward the fire pit where Tylee Ryan's remains were found and a pond where JJ Vallow's body was discovered.

Wheeler testified that later in the morning, Daybell drove next door to where his daughter, Emma, lived. Chad Daybell spent around two hours in Emma's home before he got back into his vehicle and drove off.

Wheeler testified that at the same time Chad Daybell left, detectives had discovered JJ's remains. They instructed Wheeler to intercept Chad Daybell, which he did near the Fremont County and Madison County lines.

Wheeler testified that he felt Chad Daybell sped away from the scene, but defense attorney John Prior noted that Daybell was leaving the scene to meet his lawyer. Body cam footage shown to the jury showed that when Wheeler pulled Daybell over, detectives informed Daybell that he could have his lawyer come to the property instead.

That traffic stop appears to be the first time anyone had told Chad Daybell that bodies had been discovered on his property. Wheeler testified that Daybell was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car but was not placed under arrest at that time.

An in-car camera in the patrol car showed Chad Daybell speaking to his daughter Emma, instructing her on how to handle certain finances. Prosecutors seemed to attempt to paint the picture that Chad Daybell knew he was caught at this time, as he mentioned that he "wouldn't be coming back," even though he hadn't been arrested yet.

Prior, meanwhile, countered with the idea that Chad Daybell was nervous because over two dozen law enforcement officers were combing his property. Also, he noted that being pulled over by police is a natural reason to be nervous.

A portion of Wheeler's testimony was focused on times Chad Daybell looked over his shoulder while in the patrol car. Prosecutors pushed to say that Daybell was looking at the areas where the bodies were found, while the defense countered that he was simply looking over his shoulder as his daughter walked away.

Tammy Daybell's death

The court called Lt. Joe Powell, of Fremont County Sheriff's Office, to the stand. They asked him questions regarding his decision to exhume the body of Tammy Daybell after the death was originally determined to be from natural causes.

Prosecutors asked Powell what his reasons were to reopen the investigation into Tammy Daybell's death. He pointed to medical records saying she didn't have any serious medical conditions and didn't go to the doctor often.

The defense, however, challenged that by having Powell read a document from the time of Tammy Daybell's death that says she had anemia, noting anemia can become serious, and was having fits and seizures at the time of her death. The document said she had vomited prior to going to bed that night.

The document also says she did not like the doctor and preferred to use home remedies and essential oils. It ruled Tammy Daybell's death as natural saying it was due to a "cardiac event and pulmonary edema." The defense noted that the medical records said Tammy Daybell's dad had a history of heart issues. 

“You didn’t take that into consideration when you decided to dig up Tammy Daybell, did you?” Prior said.

The prosecution then combated the defense pointing out that much of the information in the document came from Chad Daybell. Wixom also asked if other reasons besides her medical records prompted him to exhume Tammy Daybell's body.

Powell said the death of Charles Vallow and Lori Vallow Daybell's brother Alex Cox being implicated in an attempted murder contributed to his decision to exhume the body. Prior countered that by noting that Chad Daybell was not implicated in Charles Vallow's death or the attempted murder incident.

The court is on recess and will return shortly.

No jurors picked on Trump's first day of hush money trial: Recap https://www.abc4.com/news/hill-politics/trump-arrives-at-court-as-criminal-hush-money-trial-kicks-off-in-new-york-live-updates/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 13:34:08 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/news/hill-politics/trump-arrives-at-court-as-criminal-hush-money-trial-kicks-off-in-new-york-live-updates/ Former President Trump was back in a New York courtroom Monday, this time for the start of his first criminal trial in a matter involving a hush money payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 election.

The trial began Monday with debate over what evidence would and would not be allowed in the case. Jury selection followed in the afternoon, in which nearly 100 people arrived in the courtroom where Trump was seated at the defense table. More than half of them were almost immediately excused when they admitted they couldn't be impartial in the case.

Trump makes history as the first former or current U.S. president to ever face a criminal trial in a case that also made him the first former commander-in-chief to be criminally indicted.

Jury selection is expected to resume Tuesday.

See below for a recap of the first day of proceedings at the courthouse in Manhattan.

Rain and snow visit Utah after a beautiful weekend https://www.abc4.com/utah-weather/rain-and-snow-visit-utah-after-a-beautiful-weekend/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 12:21:46 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1808930 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) - Hey there, Utah! It's a soggy start to Monday as a low-pressure system is rotating through the Beehive State. Valley rain and mountain snowfall will continue throughout the day with fairly widespread rain along the Wasatch Front this morning becoming more scattered into the afternoon. 

Bottom Line?! Abundant moisture moving through the state today will keep valley rain and mountain snow in the forecast into early Tuesday morning. 

Showers will focus mainly on northern and central Utah throughout the day with our mountain ranges seeing heavy snowfall into the evening hours.  Highs today will be much cooler with the system moving through, temperatures in the upper 40s are expected for the Wasatch Front and a high of 70 degrees is forecast for St. George with isolated showers mainly before noon. Breezy winds will remain statewide.  

Heavy mountain snowfall for much of the state with winter weather advisories issued for the mountains south of I-80 into southern Utah.  The advisories will run through 9 p.m. this evening with the heaviest snowfall along some of the northern and central mountains.

The Wasatch Mountains are forecast to pick up 8-16" of snowfall, south of I-80, with the Upper Cottonwoods seeing 20" plus. Other areas like the Central Mountains could see 6-12" with isolated amounts up to 15", the Wasatch Plateau/Western Uintas are expecting 5-10", and the Southern Mountains will likely see 5-10" of snowfall as well.

Snow levels will fluctuate between 6,000 and 7,500 feet with the lower levels occurring early Monday morning, rising levels into the afternoon.  Our mountain valleys of northern Utah will see mixed precipitation at times with a few inches of snowfall possible. 

As for the valleys, healthy rainfall is expected with this system with much of the Wasatch Front capable of seeing 0.50-1.00" with locally higher amounts possible. Temperatures will be coolest on Monday with the passing system but will rebound quickly to near seasonal temperatures by Tuesday afternoon.

A drier and calmer stretch of weather will then take over with the exception of a weak trough grazing northern Utah on Wednesday.  This will bring partly cloudy skies up north with a slight chance of a shower for the valleys, the best chances will be over the higher terrain. A gradual warmup will then take shape into the weekend with fairly quiet skies expected.

Stay tuned. 

Stay up-to-date on our 4Warn Weather forecast both on-air and online, we are Good4Utah!

How a 7-year-old's stolen scooter turned into a kindness initiative https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/stolen-scooter-kindness-initiative/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 04:39:13 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1808718 HERRIMAN, Utah (ABC4) -- Seven-year-old Lincoln Neff recognizes many days as “the best day of his life.” 

Recently, he’s gone through a bit of a tough loss for a seven-year-old: One of his prized possessions went missing.

“My sweet boy got a scooter for Christmas just a couple months ago,” Lincoln’s mother Nicole Neff said. “I took him to an appointment and we forgot that he had the scooter at school.” 

When the Neffs got back, Lincoln’s beloved scooter was gone. 

“I was crying for like maybe the next half-hour of school,” Lincoln said. “I was super sad.”

Nicole posted on Facebook to see if anyone had seen the missing scooter. After that, she received a message from another woman in the Herriman Facebook Community page. 

“She sent this message saying that her son had passed away in 2022 and she had a scooter that’s been in the garage ever since and she would like to give it to my son Lincoln because it was time for a kid to enjoy that scooter,” Nicole said.

So, Nicole and Lincoln went to meet the woman. When she gave him the scooter, Lincoln had a message to share with her.

“I felt bad for her,” he said. “I said, ‘I’m sorry about him. I’m sorry about what happened,’ and she said, ‘It’s fine.’” 

Now, thanks to an act of kindness from a stranger, Lincoln has a new scooter -- and a few new tricks. 

“I do know some tricks, like a tailwhip,” he said. 

The Neffs are hoping to pay that kindness forward by doing one kind act a day. 

“So, we’ve been doing kind acts every single day of April, trying to hopefully make a little bit of influence on our kids to just be kinder and spread goodness,” Nicole said.

A seemingly simple act, bringing a child joy every day with a new used scooter.

Families reunite at Hill AFB after airmen return from months-long deployment in Japan https://www.abc4.com/news/northern-utah/families-reunite-at-hill-afb-after-airmen-return-from-months-long-deployment-in-japan/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 02:39:50 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1808535 DAVIS COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) -- On Sunday, nearly 300 airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings returned to Utah after being deployed in Japan for almost five months.

Hundreds of family members, friends and loved ones were at Hill Air Force Base, welcoming the airmen home with open arms after a morning of anticipation.

Cori Carey was one of many wives waiting at Hill AFB to welcome her husband back.

"I’m nervous, but excited all at the same time," Carey told ABC4.com. "It’s been nerve-racking, having him gone and having the three kids at home and trying to maintain life without him."

Carey said her husband missed their son's first Christmas and his first birthday, but she is interested to see how her husband will react to how much their son has grown after coming home.

"It's gonna be nice to have him home and be a family again," Carey said.

Allyson Kinder was also at Hill Air Force Base to welcome her husband home.

"It's very scary," Allyson Kinder said. "I'm anxious constantly, but I think it really strengthens our relationship -- just having that distance, that 16-hour time difference trying to make it work and communicating."

United States Air Force Deputy Commander Col. James Buessing said the airmen spent time at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, and had been there since November.

"They worked with our partners and allies, mostly to deter any kind of instability that could happen in the Pacific region," Buessing said.

Buessing shared about his own experience with combat deployment and acknowledged the high amount of anticipation from both family members and military members.

"Definitely no sleep the night before, anxiously cleaning the house, making sure everything is good to go," Kinder said.

While awaiting their return at Hill AFB, some families found out about the return sooner than others -- for Carey, she said found out about her husband's return the week it happened.

"He kept it a secret until just a couple days ago," Carey said.

On that windy Sunday, friends and family were standing in line and holding signs as the time ticked by, the wheels touched down and the reunions could begin.

Families got to experience the long-awaited hug and kiss that they said was well worth the 149 days.

Returning airmen said that returning felt surreal, some said it brought relief and others said it felt great to be with their families once again.

"It’s an awesome opportunity just to see all the families and friends that come back to an open our airmen with open arms," Buessing said.

Mark Pope introduced as Kentucky's new head coach https://www.abc4.com/sports/mark-pope-introduced-as-kentuckys-new-head-coach/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 02:29:21 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1808696 LEXINGTON, Kent. (AP) - One of the last players to exit a bus full of Kentucky greats on the Rupp Arena floor, Mark Pope held the 1996 NCAA championship trophy aloft and basked in the cheers during his introduction as the Wildcats’ new men’s basketball coach.

Pope then ratcheted up the energy in the packed arena, making clear his expectations are as high as the fans welcoming him to the most challenging chapter of his coaching career.

“Every coach in America at every other job in America stands up at the press conference and they try and moderate expectations," Pope said Sunday. "We don’t do that here in Kentucky. When (athletic director) Mitch (Barnhart) called me and talked to me about being the head coach here at Kentucky, I understand the assignment. We are here to win banners.”

Pope's introduction came two days after Kentucky hired him to replace John Calipari, a Hall of Fame coach who was hired by Arkansas on Wednesday after 15 years highlighted by winning the 2012 national championship. The 51-year-old Pope returned home after going 110-52 in five seasons at BYU with two NCAA Tournament appearances, including this spring, and found Rupp Arena just as he left it — loud and packed, even late on a Sunday afternoon in April.

The former Wildcats co-captain faces huge expectations guiding a program that had recently flamed out early in the NCAA Tournament and hasn't reached the Final Four since 2015. Pressure-filled for sure, but nothing new to Pope after making two free throws in the final minute against Syracuse to help Kentucky clinch that sixth national title on a powerhouse 34-2 squad labeled “The Untouchables” by demanding then-coach Rick Pitino.

“I literally was walking (to the line) and I promise you that the only thought that came into my mind was if I don’t make this, they are going to kill me,” he said. “And who wouldn’t want that? That’s why we’re here, guys. That’s what we do.”

Pope faces numerous tasks taking over Kentucky, starting with building a roster that has already lost two players to the NBA draft with other decisions looming. He seemed eager to recruit in-state players — pointing to ex-teammate Richie Farmer in the crowd and calling out Travis Perry, a Kentucky signee who attended the ceremony a month after leading Lyon County High School to the Sweet 16 state title. Pope was also very enthusiastic about mining the transfer portal for talent along with taking on the challenges posed by name, image and likeness (NIL) endorsement options that recruits seek.

The challenge that juiced Pope the most was maintaining Kentucky's “gold standard” of excellence from winning eight national championships.

Several trophies from that 1995-96 season were displayed on a table next to the podium, offering reminders of what Pope helped achieve as a player and the bar he must meet as coach. Fans cheered every time a highlight from that season with Pope were shown on video screens, providing the feel of a pep rally and home game rolled into one.

Then from the white-and-blue bus came the parade of Kentucky players, who believe Kentucky found the right man in Pope even after talking with several higher-profile candidates.

“I was just as surprised as everyone else initially," said former Wildcat Winston Bennett, who coached Pope as an assistant under Pitino. "But once (Pope's name) came across, I was like, who better to fit the task than Mark? I was blessed to be a part of coach Pitino’s staff, so I know his work ethic. I know his passion at the University of Kentucky and what it’s done for his life. There’s no one better for this job.

“I knew once his name come up, if they interviewed him, he was going to get the job. That’s how good he is.”

Jazz end season with 123-116 loss to Warriors https://www.abc4.com/sports/jazz-end-season-with-123-116-loss-to-warriors/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 02:22:52 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1808689 SAN FRANCISCO (ABC4 Sports) - The worst Utah Jazz season in ten years has come to an end.

Klay Thompson scored 25 points with six 3-pointers, Andrew Wiggins added 19 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Utah Jazz 123-116 in the regular-season finale Sunday and wound up with the 10th spot in the Western Conference.

The Jazz ended the year losing 20 of its last 25 games to finish at 31-51, its worst record since the 2013-14 season.

"It's been a tough season, record-wise," said Jazz head coach Will Hardy. "I think there's a lot of positives that we can carry into the postseason. We've got some good young players in this roster. But they and we all have a lot of work to do to get to where we want to go."

The Jazz played the final weeks of the season without Lauri Markkanen, Jordan Clarkson, Walker Kessler and John Collins, giving playing time to younger players like Taylor Hendricks, Kenny Lofton Junior and Brice Sensabaugh.

"I'm proud of the team for sticking together through such a rough year," Sensabaugh said. "The locker room has always been high energy and positive. We've always had each other's back, and we kept fighting throughout some hard times. So, I'm proud of the whole group."

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr rested Draymond Green and Curry, whose 74 regular-season games and 2,421 total minutes are both the two-time MVP's most since 2016-17. The Warriors are 1/3 this season in games missing both Green and Curry.

Keyonte George scored 21 points to lead a Jazz team that went 31-51 — 10-31 on the road — and missed the playoffs for a second straight season. Utah won two of its final three games following a 13-game losing streak and stretch that featured 16 defeats in 17 games.

“We need to be rethinking everything,” Hardy said. "We're taking a few days off. We're going to do our playoff prep and then it's go time. You have to prepare your body in a way that you can endure not only in an 82-game season, but endure 82 games and then be ready to play in the playoffs. But we all have a lot of work to do to get to where we want to go."

"You kind of sit back and realize kind of how fast the season went," George said. "We felt like yesterday we were playing our first game of the year. I've learned so much, and now it's time to get ready for year two."

Jonathan Kuminga had a career-high seven assists as the Warriors recorded their 36th game with 30 or more assists dishing out 35. They have won the last eight home contests against Utah and swept the four-game season series from the Jazz.

The Jazz are slotted to have the 8th pick in the NBA Draft, but could move up in the Draft Lottery May 12th.

'Stranger' arrested for kidnapping, rape after picking up victim near train tracks in Salt Lake City https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/stranger-arrested-kidnapping-rape-picking-up-near-slc-train-tracks/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:27:46 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1808570 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- A man was arrested Thursday for the alleged kidnapping and sexual abuse of a female victim he had picked up and refused to let out of his car, according to Salt Lake City Police.

Arnold Gonzales, 69, was arrested on object rape (first-degree felony), aggravated kidnapping (first-degree felony), two counts of forcible sexual abuse (second-degree felony), and obstruction of justice (class-A misdemeanor).

On April 11, SLCPD was notified of a possible kidnapping after the victim had texted friends saying that she was in a stranger's vehicle and did not know where she was.

The victim's family reportedly found the victim's phone location and waited until police could conduct a traffic stop.

Upon stopping the vehicle, police found Gonzales in the driver's seat and the victim in the passenger seat. Detectives then separated the two so that they could conduct individual interviews.

During the interview, the victim told police "she did not know [Gonzales] and when she walked past his vehicle, she was dizzy and did not know how, but she ended up in his car," according to the probable cause statement. "The victim stated that once inside the vehicle [Gonzales] made her smoke marijuana and he touched her [...] more than once."

The victim reportedly continued to describe forcible sexual abuse, claiming that Gonzales would not stop his actions and drove her around for close to an hour.

"The victim stated that she tried getting out of the vehicle multiple times and Arnold would not let her and would make her smoke more marijuana," the affidavit states. "The victim shared the texts she had sent to her friend that said she was lost and in a vehicle with a stranger and that she was scared."

During the interview with Gonzales, he reportedly told police that he saw the victim, whom he did not know, walking near train tracks and offered to give her a ride to "help her out," the affidavit states. Gonzales denied trying anything sexual with the victim, and that when the victim asked him to get out of the vehicle and walk, "he told her not to and that he would continue to drive her home because of the dangerous area they were in."

After his arrest, Gonzales was reportedly observed trying to hide potential evidence relating to sexual abuse. Police did not disclose information about the victim's age, but Gonzales reportedly told police that she was 18.

Gonzales was booked into Salt Lake County Jail on the charges previously stated.

Charges are allegations only. All arrested persons are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Israel is quiet on next steps against Iran — and on which partners helped shoot down missiles https://www.abc4.com/news/top-stories/ap-top-headlines/ap-israel-hails-success-in-blocking-irans-unprecedented-attack-biden-now-seeks-diplomatic-response/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:20:45 +0000 TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli leaders on Sunday credited an international military coalition with helping thwart a direct Iranian attack involving hundreds of drones and missiles, calling the coordinated response a starting point for a “strategic alliance” of regional opposition to Tehran.

But Israel’s War Cabinet met without making a decision on next steps, an official said, as a nervous world waited for any sign of further escalation of the former shadow war.

The military coalition, led by the United States, Britain and France and appearing to include a number of Middle Eastern countries, gave Israel support at a time when it finds itself isolated over its war against Hamas in Gaza. The coalition also could serve as a model for regional relations when that war ends.

“This was the first time that such a coalition worked together against the threat of Iran and its proxies in the Middle East,” said the Israeli military spokesman, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari.

One unknown is which of Israel’s neighbors participated in the shooting down of the vast majority of about 350 drones and missiles Iran launched. Israeli military officials and a key War Cabinet member noted additional “partners” without naming them. When pressed, White House national security spokesman John Kirby would not name them either.

But one appeared to be Jordan, which described its action as self-defense.

“There was an assessment that there was a real danger of Iranian marches and missiles falling on Jordan, and the armed forces dealt with this danger. And if this danger came from Israel, Jordan would take the same action," Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi said in an interview on Al-Mamlaka state television. U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Jordan’s King Abdullah on Sunday.

The U.S. has long tried to forge a regionwide alliance against Iran as a way of integrating Israel and boosting ties with the Arab world. The effort has included the 2020 Abraham Accords, which established diplomatic relations between Israel and four Arab countries, and having Israel in the U.S. military's Central Command, which oversees operations in the Middle East and works closely with the armies of moderate Arab states.

The U.S. had been working to establish full relations between Israel and regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia before the Oct. 7 Hamas attack sparked Israel's war in Gaza. The war, which has claimed over 33,700 Palestinian lives, has frozen those efforts due to widespread outrage across the Arab world. But it appears that some behind-the-scenes cooperation has continued, and the White House has held out hopes of forging Israel-Saudi ties as part of a postwar plan.

Just ahead of Iran's attack, the commander of CENTCOM, Gen. Erik Kurilla, visited Israel to map out a strategy.

Israel's military chief, Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi, on Sunday thanked CENTCOM for the joint defensive effort. Both Jordan and Saudi Arabia are under the CENTCOM umbrella. While neither acknowledged involvement in intercepting Iran's launches, the Israeli military released a map showing missiles traveling through the airspace of both nations.

“Arab countries came to the aid of Israel in stopping the attack because they understand that regional organizing is required against Iran, otherwise they will be next in line,” Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israel’s military intelligence, wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

Israel's defense minister, Yoav Gallant, said he had spoken with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and that the cooperation “highlighted the opportunity to establish an international coalition and strategic alliance to counter the threat posed by Iran.”

The White House signaled that it hopes to build on the partnerships and urged Israel to think twice before striking Iran. U.S. officials said Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Washington would not participate in any offensive action against Iran.

Israel's War Cabinet met late Sunday to discuss a possible response, but an Israeli official familiar with the talks said no decisions had been made. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was discussing confidential deliberations.

Asked about plans for retaliation, Hagari declined to comment directly. “We are at high readiness in all fronts,” he said.

“We will build a regional coalition and collect the price from Iran, in the way and at the time that suits us,” said a key War Cabinet member, Benny Gantz.

Iran launched the attack in response to a strike widely blamed on Israel that hit an Iranian consular building in Syria this month and killed two Iranian generals.

By Sunday morning, Iran said the attack was over, and Israel reopened its airspace. Iran’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, claimed Iran had taught Israel a lesson and warned that “any new adventures against the interests of the Iranian nation would be met with a heavier and regretful response from the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

The foes have been engaged in a shadow war for years, but Sunday’s assault was the first time Iran launched a direct military assault on Israel, despite decades of enmity dating back to the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iran said it targeted Israeli facilities involved in the Damascus strike, and that it told the White House early Sunday that the operation would be “minimalistic.”

But U.S. officials said Iran’s intent was to “destroy and cause casualties” and that if successful, the strikes would have caused an “uncontrollable” escalation. At one point, at least 100 ballistic missiles were in the air with just minutes of flight time to Israel, the officials said.

Israel said more than 99% of what Iran fired was intercepted, with just a few missiles getting through. An Israeli airbase sustained minor damage.

Israel has over the years established — often with the help of the U.S. — a multilayered air-defense network that includes systems capable of intercepting a variety of threats, including long-range missiles, cruise missiles, drones and short-range rockets.

That system, along with collaboration with the U.S. and others, helped thwart what could have been a far more devastating assault at a time when Israel is already deeply engaged in Gaza as well as low-level fighting on its northern border with Lebanon's Hezbollah militia. Both Hamas and Hezbollah are backed by Iran.

While thwarting the Iranian onslaught could help restore Israel’s image after the Hamas attack in October, what the Middle East’s best-equipped army does next will be closely watched in the region and in Western capitals — especially as Israel seeks to develop the coalition it praised Sunday.

In Washington, Biden pledged to convene allies to develop a unified response. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. would hold talks with allies. After an urgent meeting, the Group of Seven countries unanimously condemned Iran's attack and said they stood ready to take “further measures.”

Israel and Iran have been on a collision course throughout Israel’s war in Gaza. In the Oct. 7 attack, militants from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, also backed by Iran, killed 1,200 people in Israel and kidnapped 250 others. Israel's offensive in Gaza has killed over 33,000 people, according to local health officials.

Hamas welcomed Iran's attack, saying it was “a natural right and a deserved response” to the strike in Syria. It urged the Iran-backed groups in the region to continue to support Hamas in the war.

Hezbollah also welcomed the attack. Almost immediately after the war in Gaza erupted, Hezbollah began attacking Israel’s northern border. The two sides have been involved in daily exchanges of fire, while Iranian-backed groups in Iraq, Syria and Yemen have launched rockets and missiles toward Israel.


Federman reported from Jerusalem. Associated Press writers Zeke Miller and Michelle L. Price in Washington; Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran; Samy Magdy in Cairo; Omar Akour in Amman, Jordan; and Giada Zampano in Rome contributed to this report.

SLCPD investigating shooting in Liberty Wells, suggest connection to drug deal https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/slcpd-investigating-shooting-in-liberty-wells-suggest-connection-to-drug-deal/ Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:00:18 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1808618 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- A shooting in the Liberty Wells neighborhood of Salt Lake City is being investigated by the Salt Lake City Police Department.

According to police, the investigation began just after 3 p.m. on Sunday after officials received calls about a shooting on East Kensington Avenue.

"Based on preliminary information and evidence found at the scene, officers suspect the shooting may have stemmed from a drug deal," a press release from SLCPD said.

When officers arrived at the scene, they began looking for victims, in addition to suspects and evidence. However, police said there were no patients on the scene, but they "did identify a small amount of blood on the ground," according to the press release.

The Salt Lake City Police Department said one homeowner reported finding a firearm on their property near South Roberta Street, and officials with SLCPD's Crime Lab Unit processed and collected the weapon.

"As the on-scene investigation concluded, officers received information from a person claiming to be with the injured party," SLCPD said in the release.

The person also reportedly "declined to provide further details about themselves or the injured person," but police said the person who made the report told officers it was a "graze wound" and said the injured person did not need medical attention.

Police asked that anyone involved in the situation call Salt Lake City Police directly. Anyone with information is urged to call 801-799-3000.

The shooting is still under investigation and officers will refer the case to detectives with the Salt Lake City Police Department.

There is no further information at this time.

22-year-old arrested for allegedly shooting at apartment building while intoxicated https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/22-y-o-arrested-for-allegedly-shooting-at-apartment-intoxicated/ Sun, 14 Apr 2024 22:55:19 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1808554 LAYTON, Utah (ABC4) -- Just before 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, officers with the Layton Police Department arrested a man after neighbors reported he was shooting at an apartment building on N Main Street, according to arrest documents.

Isaac Wixom, 22, was arrested on seven charges, including four counts of felony discharge of firearm (in the direction of a building), two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon under the influence of alcohol/drugs and one count of intoxication, documents said.

At the scene, documents said officers found two guns -- one of which was said to be a rifle and and the other which was said to be a handgun -- in addition to four bullet casings and the same number of "possible bullet holes" in one of the apartment's balconies.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the rifle was found on the ground near where Wixom was standing, and the handgun was found at the scene slightly northeast of where the rifle was found.

Multiple witnesses reportedly confirmed Wixom was the individual who was firing several rounds.

"One witness even saw the muzzle flash," documents said.

Wixom reportedly told officers that "he meant to fire his rifle into the air knowing that the rounds would strike or fall down and strike the habitable structure instead of hitting a person," according to the affidavit.

One of the tenants in the apartment complex told police Wixom was firing at their balcony, and when officers looked at that tenant's balcony, they found the "possible bullet holes."

According to the affidavit, Wixom was initially described to dispatch as being intoxicated because he stumbling. Documents said Wixom admitted to being "heavily intoxicated" and consented to a blood draw.

Wixom was booked into the Davis County Sheriff's Office on the seven charges above.

Charges are allegations only. All arrested persons are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

MISSING: 15-year-old girl out of Box Elder County https://www.abc4.com/news/northern-utah/missing-15-year-old-girl-out-of-box-elder-county/ Sun, 14 Apr 2024 17:33:15 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1808407 BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) -- A 15-year-old girl is missing out of Box Elder County, according to the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office.

Elizzibeth Rose Lanphear, 15, of South Willard, was reportedly last seen on the morning of Friday, April 12, at Box Elder Middle School in Brigham City.

Courtesy of Box Elder County Sheriff's Office

Police said Lanphear did not return to her home in South Willard after school.

She is described as 5'6", 124 lbs, with strawberry blonde hair and green eyes.

Police consider Lanphear to be a runaway at this time.

If you have any information regarding Lanphear's whereabouts, please contact the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office at 435-734-3894.

No further information is available at this time.

Person stuck in Mountain Green creek after being swept 200 feet downstream on ATV https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/person-stuck-in-mountain-green-creek-after-being-swept-200-feet-downstream-on-atv/ Sun, 14 Apr 2024 16:27:55 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1808341 MORGAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) -- A person was riding an ATV in Mountain Green Friday when they were swept around 200 feet downstream by fast-moving current, causing Mountain Green Fire personnel to conduct a rescue, according to the Mountain Green Fire Protection District.

"A jaunt on a 4x4 ended with a response by the Fire Department to assist getting a person out from the middle of Dry Creek in Mountain Green tonight," Mountain Green Fire stated on social media.

The person was reportedly riding a 4x4 when they attempted to cross a "shallow creek crossing," but was instead swept around 200 feet downstream while still on the 4x4. The creek is full of water this time of year due to snow melt, according to Mountain Green Fire.

When the 4x4 came to rest in the middle of the stream, the driver was reportedly uninjured but also unsure of the depth of the water and the stability of the vehicle. Instead of attempting to get out of the creek on their own, they "wisely called for help in getting to shore," Mountain Green Fire stated.

Fire units from Mountain Green Fire, Weber Fire, and Riverdale Fire responded to the scene with water rescue technicians. Upon arrival, crews found the person stranded in the creek and assisted them to shore using rope.

"Our thanks to all responding agencies and Weber Area Dispatch 911 & Emergency Services District for providing a positive outcome to a potentially dangerous situation," Mountain Green Fire stated.

The individual was determined to be uninjured in this incident.

No further information is available at this time.

Our next spring storm moves in Sunday night https://www.abc4.com/utah-weather/our-next-spring-storm-moves-in-sunday-night/ Sun, 14 Apr 2024 15:02:12 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1808306 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Happy Sunday, Utah! Mostly clear skies and above normal temperatures are in place this morning as strong southerly flow remains.

The pattern will begin to change this afternoon as moisture is introduced into the state ahead of a strong cold front. We'll see cloud cover increase this afternoon and evening with a chance of isolated showers. Highs today will reach the upper 60s along the Wasatch Front with similar temperatures for St. George, a high of 70 degrees is forecast. A trough of low pressure will move east into the state tonight with widespread impacts into Monday. 

As the storm system moves into the state through Monday, expect widespread rain in the valleys Sunday night with mountain snowfall. Showers will become more scattered on Monday behind the cold front with snow levels generally above 6,000 feet throughout the storm cycle. Snowfall amounts of 4-8" are expected along most mountain ranges with the Upper Cottonwoods seeing 8-12". Most northern mountain valleys will see rain initially, but as colder air moves in on Monday, 1-3" are expected. The northern valleys will see a good amount of rainfall with this system, anywhere from 0.25-0.50" is expected. Now would be a great time to fertilize the lawn, if you haven't already. Temperatures will drop back down below average on Monday with daytime highs in the 40s and low 50s for northern Utah. In southern Utah, highs mainly in the 50s and 60s are expected. 

Wrap-around moisture from the exiting system will linger in the region late Monday night into Tuesday morning with improving conditions statewide Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures will rebound to near seasonal averages Tuesday afternoon with continued warming in southern Utah throughout the week. In northern Utah, a weak system will graze the far northernmost portion of the state and keep partly to mostly cloudy skies in place. There's a slight chance of an isolated shower on Wednesday as the storm passes, otherwise, little impacts are expected. Partly cloudy skies will remain over northern Utah through the end of the week with a gradual warmup to the upper 60s and low 70s into the weekend.  

Bottom line?! A strong spring storm will blow into the state tonight through Monday, widespread valley rain and mountain snowfall expected. 

Stay up-to-date on our 4Warn Weather forecast both on-air and online, we are Good4Utah!

Inside Utah Politics: Josh Randall, Phil Dean https://www.abc4.com/news/politics/inside-utah-politics/inside-utah-politics-josh-randall-phil-dean/ Sun, 14 Apr 2024 14:30:00 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1807969 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Inside Utah Politics continues this week with campaign coverage and a look at Utah’s economy.

We talk with Senate candidate Josh Randall (Elect Josh Randall | US Senate Race 2024). An accountant by trade, the economy and the national debt are two of his biggest concerns. Randall explains his position on America’s debt, rapidly rising interest payments on that debt, and where he feels the solution lies. Randall explains his alternative plans for certain entitlement programs.

Economist Phil Dean will also join the program this week. Mr. Dean studies economic issues at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah (Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute | David Eccles School of Business). Working in collaboration with the Utah Economic Council, Mr. Dean presents interesting projections on Utah’s economy. He discusses expectations for the year ahead and the particular risks Utahns face.

We also turn our attention to Washington, where a trial in the Senate for Homeland Security Secretary Alajandro Mayorkas has been delayed. Mayorkas has been a lightning rod for criticism, particularly from Republicans, over his handling of the border crisis. While he was impeached in the House, his potential conviction in the Senate is very much in question.

We are also following developments in Baltimore, Maryland, weeks after an out-of-control cargo ship brought down a key bridge. Maryland’s leaders are lobbying congress for more support, but not everyone is onboard with the ask. Our Washington D.C. correspondent has a look at the issue after President Biden promised the feds would pay for the rebuild in full.

Inside Utah Politics airs Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. on ABC4.

RSL plays Columbus to scoreless draw https://www.abc4.com/sports/rsl-plays-columbus-to-scoreless-draw/ Sun, 14 Apr 2024 07:54:10 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1808140 SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - Real Salt Lake had not been shutout since the season-opener six games ago.

While RSL failed to find the back of the net Saturday against defending MLS Cup champion Columbus, Zac MacMath made five saves, as RSL ran its unbeaten streak to four matches (2-0-2) with a scoreless draw.

Backup goalkeeper Nicholas Hagen made five saves for the Columbus Crew.

Hagen entered the match in the first half for the injured Evan Bush, who had three saves for the Crew (3-1-4, 13 points). Columbus has a loss and three draws in its past four matches.

Real Salt Lakev(3-2-3) had 22 fouls and six yellow cards. The Crew had 10 and three, respectively.

Coming off a draining penalty shootout victory at Tigres UANL in the CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday, the Crew were without 2023 MLS Cup MVP Cucho Hernandez, who was serving a red-card suspension from the team's previous MLS match against D.C. United.

Other notable absences for Columbus included midfielder Darlington Nagbe and goalkeeper Patrick Schulte.

The Crew had to dig deeper into their bench when Bush left with an injury after a collision with Real Salt Lake's Diego Luna. Bush was replaced by Hagen in the 35th minute.

Before Bush exited, he made a great stop of a Cristian Arango header from the center of the box in the 23rd minute after coming off the line to deny the Salt Lake forward five minutes earlier.

Hagen was peppered in the first 20 minutes of the second half, making three saves, the best of which came following a line drive from 20 yards out by Andres Gomez.

At the other end, MacMath was tested by Will Sands in the 62nd minute, and Aidan Morris also put a shot on goal just a minute later. MacMath came up with the save on both attempts.

In the 77th minute, Hagen pushed aside a rising strike from Fidel Barajas.

RSL next plays at Chicago Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Fatal crash in southern Idaho involving two Utah drivers, one Idaho motorcyclist https://www.abc4.com/news/idaho/fatal-crash-in-southern-idaho-involving-two-utah-drivers-one-idaho-motorcyclist/ Sun, 14 Apr 2024 03:57:41 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1808075 FRANKLIN COUNTY, Idaho (ABC4) -- One person is dead following a collision between a motorcycle and a car Saturday in southern Idaho, according to Idaho State Police.

Around 2:30 p.m., police say two occupants from Fruit Heights, Utah were driving a BMW northbound on U.S. 91 in Franklin County when a motorcyclist also traveling northbound struck the BMW while slowing down to make a turn.

Police say the 60-year-old male motorcyclist died on the scene. The two occupants in the BMW did not receive substantial enough injuries to be transferred to a hospital.

The identity of the motorcyclist has not been released. Police say he is from Preston, Idaho.

There is no further information available at this time.

International Olympic Committee concludes tour calling Salt Lake City a future 'role model' https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/international-olympic-committee-concludes-tour-calling-salt-lake-city-a-future-role-model/ Sun, 14 Apr 2024 03:35:36 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1808030 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- The International Olympic Committee spent the past week in Salt Lake City, and committee members say what they saw exceeded their expectations.

IOC members from seven different countries toured past and potential Olympic venues in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas, wrapping up the tour with a press conference Saturday at Olympic Cauldron Park.

The tour was part of the committee's final visit to Salt Lake City before deciding which cities will host the 2030 and 2034 Winter Games.

Fraser Bullock, President and CEO of the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games, said the tour went exceptionally well.

"When I look at how ... the last several days went on a scale of one to ten. It's a 15," Bullock said at the press conference.

Bullock continued to say IOC members told him that Salt Lake City "undersold [the venues] in the bid," as they were even better than the Utah Olympic Commission described them in the 5,000-page bid submitted prior to the IOC visit.

During the conference, committee members said they were impressed with the lasting infrastructure from the 2002 games and the venues' proximity to the Olympic Village, even going as far as to say Salt Lake City could serve as a model to the IOC in the future.

"Congratulations to Salt Lake City and Utah. You will become a role model also for the IOC," said Chairman of the IOC Future Olympic Games Karl Stoss.

The venue tour lasted four days, kicking off Wednesday morning and concluding Saturday. Many of the venues they visited have been maintained for 22 years since the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, such as the Olympic Oval and Soldier Hollow.

“We could feel the enthusiasm and the spirit of Utah,” Stoss said. “The spirit from the Games from 2002 is still here.”

That enthusiasm was just as impactful to some committee members as the venues and infrastructure itself.

"Personally, what surprised me most was the passion that still exists here for the Olympic Winter Games 22 years later, in the people, everywhere we went," said Jacqueline Barrett, the IOC Future Olympic Games Hosts Director.

The IOC will announce the locations of the upcoming 2030 and 2034 Winter Olympics Games during the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. While the answer to whether Salt Lake City will be hosting another Olympics is still up in the air for a few months, it appears the IOC tour could not have gone better.

"This has been one of the best weeks of my life, it literally has been," Bullock said. "I started tearing up because it's been so fantastic and vulnerable, and feeling the power of the movement, we're just so lucky to be part of it."

Civil War, Invincible S02, Sasquatch Sunset, Sting movie reviews https://www.abc4.com/dailydish/see-it-or-skip-it/civil-war-invincible-s02-sasquatch-sunset-sting-movie-reviews/ Sun, 14 Apr 2024 01:49:33 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1805385 SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4) -- Alex Garland is putting you on the front lines in 'Civil War', but will you be waiving a white flag and looking for other things to watch? ABC4 film critic Patrick Beatty is hear to tell you what to see and what to skip.

Civil War

Where to Watch: Theaters

Directed By: 

Alex Garland

Written By: 

Alex Garland


Nick Offerman, Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura



Rated R
All media courtesy of A24

Starting off the summer movie season a little early is the new Alex Garland film centered around a group of journalists on a mission to get to the president before the western alliance of California and Texas do. The civil war isn't concerned about explaining how it came to be, rather the true cost of what it could look like if it were to become a reality.

This is an uncompromising look with a singular vision from Garland that evokes fear but also emphasizes the importance of journalism and what happens when trust in your neighbor erodes. Kirsten Dunst does an incredible job as a veteran journalist unphased by the horrors she has to document. The cast as an ensemble is one of the strongest of the year so far and their performances are real and emotional.

If you're going into this looking for answers as to why Texas and California joined forces together, or how the president played by Nick Offerman has been able to serve a third term, or anything explaining the political side of the conflict you're immersed in, this isn't that movie. Instead, it's a prominent look at the true cost of humanity, kindness, and trust, and is done in a visceral movie experience that will leave you horrified.

The sound design is also really well done, every bullet you hear has the weight of 10 bullets. You are on the front lines with these characters and for the last third of the film, you may need earplugs due to the volume of the war. Regardless of what political side of the aisle you are on, throw out all of your notions of what this film is and allow yourself to judge it on its story. You may be surprised at how you react to it, and for me, it's definitely one I would recommend.

See it or Skip it? See It

Invincible Season 2

Where to Watch: Prime Video

Created By: 

Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Cory Walker

Written By: 

Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Cory Walker


Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, J.K. Simmons, Zazie Beets, Walton Goggins, Gillian Jacobs, Seth Rogan


Animation, Action, Adventure

Rated TV-MA
All media courtesy of Prime Video

Returning from a mid-season hiatus is Invincible Season Two, now fully available on Amazon Prime Video. Not only does this season up the action, the story, and its characters, but it delves into things teased in season one and expands beautifully.

I loved the voice acting and where this season took us. If you are a fan of superhero films and haven't given this show a chance, go and check out season one and you'll be grateful you did. Note that this is rated TV-MA with mature themes, bloody violence, and swearing that may not be suitable for a younger audience.

See it or Skip it? Skip It

Sasquatch Sunset

Where to Watch: Theaters

Directed By: 

David Zellner, Nathan Zellner

Written By: 

David Zellner


Jesse Eisenberg, Riley Keough, Christophe Zajac-Denek


Action, Adventure, Comedy

Rated R
All media courtesy of Bleeker Street

Sasquatch Sunset debuted in 2024's Sundance Film Festival and centers around a family of Sasquatches wrestling with the winds of change in their world as it quickly shifts around them.

I loved the cinematography and makeup work done with the characters, and respect that the entire runtime of the film has zero lines of dialogue while still keeping you engaged. That being said, this is essentially an SNL sketch that goes on way too long. It's crass, has nonsensical toilet humor, and fails to live up to the premise of the film. The independent spirit is certainly in this film's DNA, but while films like Swiss Army Man easily blend the toilet humor with characters you care about with strong motivations, Sasquatch Sunset fails miserably.

Maybe this one is something you'd enjoy, but for me, I can't give it a recommendation.

See it or Skip it? Skip It


Where to Watch: Theaters

Directed By: 

Kiah Roache-Turner

Written By: 

Kiah Roache-Turner


Tony J Black, Alyla Browne, Alcira Carpio


Horror, Thriller

Rated R
All media courtesy of Studiocanal

This is the story of a girl who meets Spider. The Spider, who is quickly growing in size and intelligence, is hungry for anything that moves. As the girl continues to stow the spider away hiding him from her family, horror escapes and begins to terrorize the entire apartment complex they are living in during a massive snowstorm.

I really enjoyed this film for its uniqueness in telling a monster story with heart. The family dynamics are a little formulaic, but don't let this sway you from a fun and short watch that may end up surprising you.

See It or Skip It? See It

Utes offense looks sharp in Spring Game https://www.abc4.com/sports/utes-offense-looks-sharp-in-spring-game/ Sun, 14 Apr 2024 01:03:39 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1807998 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - Utah football fans have been waiting over a year to see star quarterback Cam Rising back on the field. Saturday, they got their wish, even if it was just in the annual 22 Forever Spring Game.

Rising threw for 208 yards, completing 15 of 19 passes, including two touchdown strikes in leading the Red Team to a 41-21 victory over the White Team on a sunny day at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Rising missed all of the 2023 season while recovering from knee surgery, but he was happy to be back on the field.

"It was strong, just feeling good," Rising said with a big smile on his face. "I've been accruing a lot of reps, and it's just good to be back out there with the guys, who were making some plays. We're sharp right now, but not really where we need to be for the season, but we're getting there."

Rising wore a yellow vest over his jersey, meaning he was not allowed to be hit during the scrimmage.

"Glad to have Cam out there," head coach Kyle Whittingham said. "Cam did not miss one minute of spring ball in any way, shape or form. He was back to his old self?

Tight end Brant Kuithe also returned to the field for the first time since injuring his knee in the 2022 season.

USC transfer Dorian Singer showed he could be a big weapon for Rising this season. Singer led the Red team with 92 receiving yards on five catches, with Money Parks adding three receptions for 73 yards and two touchdowns.

Jaylon Glover added 20 rushing yards and a score.

Backup quarterback Brandon Rose was 8-of-11 passing 70 yards in relief or Rising for the Red team.

For the White team, freshman Isaac Wilson went 8-for-12 passing for 165 yards and two touchdown passes. Landen King and Luca Caldarella both scored receiving touchdowns, while Mike Mitchell punched in a rushing score.

"We've been prepping for this opportunity all spring," said Wilson, a former Corner Canyon High star. "We showed our abilities, and the guys all around me balled out. The defense looked great, so it was a great chance for me."

The Red team finished with 325 yards of total offense, including 278 passing and 47 rushing. They averaged 7.2 yards per play and 12.1 yards per completion, going 3-for-3 in the red zone.

For the White squad, the team had 218 yards on offense that included 200 passing, averaging 15.4 yards per completion.

On defense for the Red team, Gavin Nawahine led with four total tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss. Nasir Stephens and Kana'i Lopes added three tackles each with Moroni Anae grabbing an interception and two stops. On the White team, Cameron Calhoun recorded six tackles and a pass breakup with Xane Uipi adding five stops.

"Overall, spring ball was a big step forward for us," Whittingham said. "Now it's time to get back in the weight room when they come back from break and take another step forward there."

The Utes will return to action when they officially kick off a new era of Utah Football in the Big 12 Conference in 2024. Utah's season opener is on Thursday, August, 29 against Southern Utah in Rice-Eccles Stadium.


Four killed after train hits pickup truck in southern Idaho https://www.abc4.com/news/idaho/four-killed-after-train-hits-pickup-truck-in-southern-idaho/ Sat, 13 Apr 2024 23:15:58 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1807904 CANYON COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) -- A train collided with a pickup truck in southern Idaho on Saturday, leaving four dead, according to Idaho State Police.

At around 8:20 a.m. on April 13, police responded to a vehicle vs. train collision near US 20 at milepost 17 in Canyon County, Idaho.

Four people in a Chevrolet Silverado were traveling on a private road that intersected with a railroad crossing, police said. The driver of the Silverado reportedly failed to stop and the truck was struck by an oncoming train.

The deceased victims include a 38-year-old man, a 36-year-old woman, and two juveniles, all from Nampa, Idaho.

All four individuals died on scene, police said.

Idaho State Police is working with the Canyon County Coroner regarding notification of next of kin.

This incident remains under investigation.

No further information is available at this time.

Salt Lake County GOP drops Natalie Cline, Bollinger to take her place on ballot https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/salt-lake-county-gop-drops-natalie-cline-bollinger-to-take-her-place-on-ballot/ Sat, 13 Apr 2024 21:48:46 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1807870 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Natalie Cline lost the Republican nomination to keep her seat after a vote Saturday.

The Salt Lake County Republican Party Nominating Convention wrapped up Saturday afternoon with a definitive answer to the future of the controversial board member Natalie Cline. Delegates overwhelmingly sided with her challenger, Amanda Bollinger, who took home 63% of the vote to Cline's 36.8%, making Bollinger the Republican nominee.

When declaring candidacy in January, Cline did not submit an intent to gather signatures. She will continue to serve on the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) until the end of the term.

Cline made her final case to delegates this afternoon, using the opportunity to defend her record.

"I have fought and I will continue to fight to my dying breath to protect the children of our state," Cline said. "I have made promises and kept them at great cost to myself."

Cline was elected as a USBE board member in 2020. During her time serving on the board, she faced pushback in several instances, most recently in February after posting on social media appearing to question if a high school student was transgender.

The incident led to the USBE condemning her behavior and several Utah officials calling for her resignation. At the time, Cline responded by removing the post and apologizing for "the negative attention my post drew to innocent students and their families."

However, a week after the incident she said she was being "harassed" by the USBE and "hardened criminals get better due process." She decided to seek reelection saying the incident was in an effort to destroy her reputation with voters.

Gov. Cox and Lt. Gov. Henderson, who at the time of the controversy said Cline had "embarrassed the state of Utah," donated to Bollinger's campaign. Cox donated $5,000 and Henderson donated $1,000.

Bollinger said the vote was a step toward getting people to trust public education again.

"It means that people care about kids and people are willing to trust me to put the trust of public education back into our system," she said.

ABC4 reached out to Natalie Cline for comment but has yet to hear back.

Bomb threat issued toward Provo bookstore over 'all ages drag story hour' https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/bomb-threat-issued-toward-provo-bookstore-over-all-ages-drag-story-hour/ Sat, 13 Apr 2024 21:17:33 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1807842 PROVO, Utah (ABC4) -- A bomb threat, which has since been cleared, was issued toward a Provo bookstore Saturday morning, according to Provo Police.

Shortly after 9 a.m., police received a report of a bomb threat toward the Mosaics Community Bookstore & Venue, located at 1500 North State St. in Provo.

Police said the threat was made in an email that was sent to the KSL news desk. The email reportedly stated "bombs will go off" and appeared to be regarding events held at the bookstore, including "all ages drag story hour."

Provo Officers responded and conducted a sweep of the area using their bomb detection K-9.

"No bombs or suspicious packages were found. Officers are continuing to investigate the source of the threat, and do not have a suspect at this time," Provo Police stated in a release.

The threat comes less than a year after Salt Lake City's The King's English Bookshop received a bomb threat during its monthly Drag Storytime.

Salt Lake City Council had this to say about the threat at the time: “There’s no room for the type of hate that occurred today. We stand with The Kings English Book Store, Tara Lipsyncki and all those spreading love, joy and visibility in our community [...] We see this as a crime rooted in hate."

No further information is available at this time.

Major Salt Lake City intersection to be impacted for over two weeks https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/major-salt-lake-city-intersection-to-be-impacted-for-over-two-weeks/ Sat, 13 Apr 2024 16:53:37 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1807564 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Roadwork will be done at the intersection of 2100 South and 900 West in Salt Lake City late April through early May, according to Dominion Energy.

The work is reportedly a part of the final phase of a system maintenance project along 2100 South, from Magna to Salt Lake. The project -- The Magna Natural Gas Pipeline Replacement Project -- has been in progress since 2021.

This phase of work is taking place Monday, April 15, through Friday, May 3.

Courtesy of Axis Maps/KTVX

Dominion Energy will be completing the installation of a new regulator station and tie it into existing infrastructure on 2100 S.

According to Dominion Energy, the completion of this project will require trench work in the road, causing traffic to be reduced to one lane in each direction on 2100 South. Additionally, no left turns from 2100 South onto 900 West in either direction will be possible during the construction.

All business access will still be available, however, crosswalks across 2100 South on the west side will be closed during the work. Detour routes for access to SR-201 will include the Redwood Road on-ramp.

"These improvements are necessary for Dominion Energy Utah to keep pace with growing customer demand for natural gas, maintain overall system integrity and continue providing safe and reliable service," Dominion Energy stated in a press release.

Customers and Salt Lake residents can find more information on the project and construction impacts here.

Changes arriving soon starting Sunday https://www.abc4.com/utah-weather/changes-arriving-soon-starting-sunday/ Sat, 13 Apr 2024 15:02:46 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1807498 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Happy Saturday, Utah! We have been treated to some gorgeous weather the last few days, but changes arrive today.

We won't have too many changes from what we saw Friday, it will just be a fraction cooler as the high pressure begins to weaken and move out of the way. Daytime highs will run about 2-5 degrees cooler than Friday.

Heading into Sunday, the low pressure to our west will begin to move our way. We'll see increasing clouds and our temperatures decline. By Sunday, we will see temperatures significantly cooler than what we have seen the last few days. By Monday, our next disturbance looks to be draped across the southern portion of the state. With that system, we will have some moisture with it.

We could stay unsettled through the first half of next week with a trailing system set to arrive from the northwest. Recent computer model runs have this system coming in between Tuesday and Wednesday, and it doesn't look as impressive. However, we'll still likely stay somewhat unsettled and cool before we begin to warm back up by next weekend. Stay tuned!

The bottom line? Cooler temperatures arrive over the weekend.

Stay up-to-date on our 4Warn Weather forecast both on-air and online, we are Good4Utah!

Who are the Arizona Coyotes, and what should Utah fans expect? https://www.abc4.com/sports/who-are-the-arizona-coyotes-and-what-should-utah-fans-expect/ Sat, 13 Apr 2024 05:31:00 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1807257 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - With the news that the Arizona Coyotes are going to be sold to Utah Jazz owners Ryan and Ashley Smith to begin play at the Delta Center this fall, before moving into a brand new arena in the future, the question around town is, who exactly are the Arizona Coyotes?

Well, while Utah fans are no doubt thrilled to get an NHL team, the Coyotes are far from contending for a Stanley Cup.

The Coyotes franchise started in Winnipeg, Canada in as the Winnipeg Jets. Their first season in the NHL came in 1979, when the team struggled to find victories. The franchise's worst season came in 1980-81 when the Jets won just nine games.

But the Jets went on to make the NHL playoffs in 10 of the next 12 years, but never advanced past the division finals.

Minnesota businessmen Steven Gluckstern and Richard Burke purchased the team with plans to move it to Minneapolis–St. Paul, which had just lost the Minnesota North Stars in 1993, for the 1996–97 season. However, in December, after they were unable to secure a lease at Minneapolis' Target Center, they opted to move the Jets to Arizona instead, where they became the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Coyotes toiled in mediocrity again, making the playoffs in five of the next six seasons, but never advancing past the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

The greatest hockey player of all-time, Wayne Gretzky, became the head coach in 2005, but the team struggled even more, failing to even make the NHL playoffs in each of Gretzky's four years as head coach.

The Coyotes' best season came in 2011-12 under head coach Dave Tippett. Arizona made it to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history, beating Chicago and Nashville along the way, only to lose to the Los Angeles Kings.

The Phoenix Coyotes became the Arizona Coyotes before the 2014-15 season.

Since that historic season in 2011-12, the Coyotes have made the playoffs just once, in 2020, when they fell to Colorado in the first round.

The Coyotes are wrapping up their fourth consecutive season without qualifying for the playoffs. With two games remaining in the season, Arizona has a record of 35-40 with five overtime losses.

Arizona's current coach is Andre Tourigny, and their leading scorer is Clayton Keller, who has 33 goals and 40 assists.

Nick Schmaltz, Nick Bjugstad and Lawson Crouse have all scored 22 goals this season for the Coyotes.

Connor Ingram has been Arizona's primary goalie this year, with 22 wins, 20 losses and three overtime losses.

Keller spoke about the team's move to Salt Lake City Friday before their game at Edmonton.

“We’ve just tried to focus on hockey and since I’ve played in Arizona, there’s always been a lot of rumors, so we try to do as best we can to try and focus on hockey,” Keller said. “It was definitely in our heads. You can say it’s not a distraction, but buddies, family, people are always texting and keep putting it in your head. Bear (Tourigny) said we had another opportunity to deal with the same thing and learn from our past mistakes.” 

“We saw it everywhere just like everyone, but we don’t know anything more than what everyone else is seeing," Crouse. "We’re just worried about tonight and controlling what we can control and that’s all we can think about."

The greatest Arizona Coyotes player of all time is Shane Doan, who played his entire 21-year NHL career with the Coyotes from 1996-2017. Doan scored a franchise-record 402 goals and 570 assists in his career with the Coyotes.

An official announcement about Arizona's relocation to Utah is expected sometime next week.

Jazz suddenly on two-game winning streak https://www.abc4.com/sports/jazz-suddenly-on-two-game-winning-streak/ Sat, 13 Apr 2024 05:28:23 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1807283 LOS ANGELES (ABC4 Sports)- After a 13-game losing streak, its longest losing skid in 42 years, the Utah Jazz are suddenly on a winning streak.

Kenneth Lofton Jr. scored a season-high 27 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Clippers 110-109 on Friday night after playoff-bound Los Angeles clinched the fourth seed in the West.

Bones Hyland led the Clippers with 20 points off the bench and Amir Coffey added 16. Dallas' loss to Detroit ensured the Clippers' seeding and put the Mavericks in fifth before the Clippers tipped off. The Mavs and Clippers will meet in the first round for the third time in five years.

Clippers star Kawhi Leonard missed his seventh straight game with right knee inflammation and is unlikely to return before the playoffs start next weekend.

Already eliminated, the Jazz managed to win their second straight game for the first time since Feb. 4-6. They snapped a 13-game skid Thursday with a win over Houston, another team that's already been eliminated.

Paul George, who played just eight minutes, and Ivica Zubac added 10 points each for the Clippers, who routed the Jazz by 29 points a week ago.

Hyland gave the Clippers a 105-104 lead on a drive in the fourth. The Jazz answered with six in a row to go up 110-105. Los Angeles got within a point with 31 seconds to go on Brandon Boston Jr.'s basket. But Xavier Moon missed at the final buzzer.

The Clippers led by 13 in the first half. The Jazz scored the first nine points of the third to lead 69-60 and went into the fourth ahead 86-85.

The Jazz will wrap up the season at Golden State on Sunday.

Arizona Coyotes players get word they're moving to Utah https://www.abc4.com/sports/arizona-coyotes-players-get-word-theyre-moving-to-utah/ Sat, 13 Apr 2024 04:26:00 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1807172 UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: ESPN has posted on social media: "The NHL has facilitated a sale of the Coyotes to Ryan and Ashley Smith, owners of the Utah Jazz. The team will begin playing there next season. The move will be announced next week, at the conclusion of the NHL regular season, sources told ESPN."

Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong met with the players ahead of their game against the Edmonton Oilers to confirm what had been rumored all week: that the NHL has facilitated a sale to Ryan and Ashley Smith, owners of the Utah Jazz. The Coyotes will begin playing there next season.

Coyotes players and staff members will be invited to visit Salt Lake City after their season finale to check out the city and facilities.

The plan is for the team to play at the Delta Center, which is owned by Smith and is also home to the NBA's Jazz. However, sources told ESPN that the NHL has made clear to the Smiths that a hockey-specific upgrade is needed at the Delta Center in order for the arena to become the team's permanent home.

Smith already has government support. A bill was passed in the Utah State Senate to help fund a renovated entertainment district downtown in anticipation of an NHL franchise. The bill already has approval from Utah governor Spencer Cox.

ORIGINAL STORY: SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Word is circulating that the Arizona Coyotes -- the professional ice hockey team based in the Phoenix metropolitan area -- is moving to Utah.

"There is word tonight the Arizona Coyotes players were informed in a meeting they are going to Utah. Players and staff may be headed to Salt Lake City right after Wednesday’s game to check out the facilities and the city," Elliotte Friedman, sports journalist with Hockey Night In Canada, posted on social media.

Friedman also said that while there is still work ahead, players were, in fact, told of the pending move.

Salt Lake City may be getting an NHL team sooner than originally thought.

Read more about the move here.

20 firefighters respond to Ogden house fire that leaves dog, cat dead https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/20-firefighters-respond-to-ogden-house-fire-that-leaves-dog-cat-dead/ Sat, 13 Apr 2024 04:19:59 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1807214 OGDEN, Utah (ABC4) -- Firefighters responded to a mobile home fire in Ogden Friday afternoon that killed two pets, according to Ogden Fire.

At around 4:30 p.m. on April 12, fire crews responded to reports of a structure fire on the 1000 block of Wall Avenue in Ogden. Fire units arrived on scene to find a one-story mobile home with "smoke and heavy flames" coming from the structure, according to a press release.

Officials said that flames were spreading to a neighboring home, but that fire crews were able to combat the fire and keep the neighboring home from sustaining major damage.

Those inside the mobile home had reportedly evacuated before the arrival of fire crews, however, one dog and one cat died in the blaze, officials said.

Four people and one dog were displaced, uninjured, according to Ogden Fire. They are all receiving assistance from the Red Cross.

Firefighters from Ogden Fire and Weber Fire responded to this incident, involving 20 firefighters. The Fire Marshal's Office is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

Officials said there was an estimated $80k in damage.

No further information is available at this time.

Who's excited about Salt Lake City getting an NHL team? Well, not the Canadians. https://www.abc4.com/sports/whos-excited-about-salt-lake-city-getting-an-nhl-team-well-not-the-canadians/ Sat, 13 Apr 2024 03:27:12 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1807203 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Speculation has swirled hard for the past couple of days about Salt Lake City being the new home to the NHL's Arizona Coyotes, but as ESPN reports, the move is actually imminent.

Sounds like a cause for celebration, right? Well, not if you're living in another city that's been lobbying for an NHL expansion team. And in particular, if that city is Canadian.

According to a report in The Hockey News, Salt Lake's victory is Quebec City's heartache. You might think that Arizonans would be first in line for that heartache, but apparently the wounds run deep regarding Canadian snubs from the NHL.

"Seriously, Salt Lake City? What does that city have that Quebec City doesn’t?" stated Michael Traikos in The Hockey News. "...That’s the only reason why a picturesque city of about 204,000 residents in Utah of all places has been chosen ahead of Quebec City, which has more than double the population, as well as an NHL-sized rink and a hockey-starved fan base that used to cheer on the Nordiques."

Putting aside the idea that the Salt Lake City metropolitan area is actually home to over 1.25 million residents, Traikos does have one point. (EDITOR'S NOTE: We choose to ignore the term "of all places.") The last time a Canadian expansion was announced was 1992, when the Ottawa Senators were re-added to the league. (They had previously played in the NHL from 1917 to 1934.) The next seven teams to be added to the roster have all been American.

It should be pointed out that Canada did regain a team it had lost when the Winnipeg Jets moved north from Atlanta, Ga., in 2011.

Currently, the NHL has 32 teams in the U.S. and Canada. Only seven are Canadian, however.

Traikos said the last time Canada was up for a team was 2016, but the “fluctuating Canadian dollar” and a “geographical imbalance” were given as reasons that Las Vegas got a team instead of Quebec City.

Stats at QuantHockey.com show that no matter the city they're playing in, 41% of the NHL's players are Canadian-born, with Americans only making up 28% of players.

Of the 23 men currently listed on the Arizona Coyotes' roster, 11 are Canadian natives.

Perhaps Salt Lake City will give Canada's sons -- and players from all nations -- a great home away from home. Of all places.

Heavy smoke fills Weber County as authorities scorch phragmites in controlled burn https://www.abc4.com/news/northern-utah/heavy-smoke-fills-weber-county-as-authorities-scorch-phragmites-in-controlled-burn/ Sat, 13 Apr 2024 02:01:58 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1807156 OGDEN, Utah (ABC4) -- Smoke billowed above Ogden Bay Friday late afternoon as fire authorities instigated a 2,000-acre controlled burn.

Weber Fire District said they conducted a prescription burn in the Wildlife Management area of West Weber County in an effort to control phragmites, which they defined as "large grass found in wetlands."

Officials said in addition to managing phragmites, the fire was intended to improve forest health and wildlife habitat, encourage nesting, and mitigate fire risk moving into the summer.

Phragmites are an invasive species in Utah that can threaten native plants and take over habitats, according to the Utah Lake Authority. They also can become as "dry as tinder" during the late summer and fall months, posing a fire hazard.

During the summer months, wildfires become a concern in Utah as grasses and shrubs, such as phragmites, dry out and become more susceptible to burning. Efforts such as prescription burns can help reduce wildfire risk.

While authorities work to prevent wildfires ahead of the season and extinguish them once they start, there are some tips Utahns should keep in mind to aid in the effort.

According to Utah Fire Sense, roughly 70% of fires can be prevented if Utahns practice good "fire sense," such as parking vehicles away from vegetation, checking for worn-out brakes that can cause sparks, and ensuring campfires are completely extinguished.

Other tips to prevent wildfires include setting up shooting targets against rock backstops, avoiding starting fires or shooting firearms on windy days, and never leaving a fire unattended.

Unseasonably warm Salt Lake City day hits 88-year record https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/unseasonably-warm-salt-lake-city-day-hits-88-year-record/ Sat, 13 Apr 2024 00:59:30 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806946 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Salt Lake City is running warm today, about 10-15 degrees above average, hitting an 88-year heat record for April 12.

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City announced the airport recorded 81 degrees Fahrenheit at today's peak heat. Not only is it the hottest day of the year so far, but NWS says this also ties a temperature record for this date that was set in 1936.

Officials say the last time Salt Lake City saw 80-degree temperature was October 10 of last year, and ABC4 meteorologists say these kinds of temperatures are usually seen in mid to late May.

This unseasonably warm day, however, likely does not come as a big surprise to Utahns. This meteorological winter was the fourth warmest on record for Salt Lake City with the average temperature coming to 37.4 degrees in comparison to the usual 32.9 degree average.

While the winter started warmer and drier than in the past, by the end of the season, 2024 had seen the fifth wettest February on record and received at least two days of precipitation every week of the year. For valleys, that meant a lot of rain rather than snow due to higher temperatures.

As for what to expect moving forward, stick with ABC4's 4Warn Weather forecast both on-air and online to stay up to date on the latest weather developments.

Feeling like May with gorgeous spring weather https://www.abc4.com/utah-weather/feeling-like-may-with-gorgeous-spring-weather/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 23:52:48 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1807090 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Happy Friday, Utah! We have been treated to some gorgeous weather the last few days and today won't be any exception, but there will be some subtle changes.

Southerly winds are cranking up as we become sandwiched between our high pressure slowly moving east and a low pressure to our west. Those southerly winds will result in daytime highs running about 10-20 degrees above average in most locations. Outside of the high country, we'll mainly see highs in the 70s and 80s! That's what we typically see in mid to late May! Skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy and a stray shower can't be ruled out in the mountains and in the northwestern corner of our area.

In Salt Lake City, there's a chance we see our first 80-degree temperature of the year. That would be well ahead of schedule, but not quite the earliest we've seen it. On the other hand, though, 81 degrees is our record today and we could challenge that! 

Saturday won't bring too many changes from what we get today, it will just be a fraction cooler as the high pressure begins to weaken and move out of the way. Daytime highs will run about 2-5 degrees cooler than what we get today under mostly sunny skies with gusty winds.

By Sunday, the low pressure to our west will begin to move in our direction. We'll see increasing clouds as temperatures ease down a little more, but we likely get through the day dry. By Sunday we'll see highs mainly in the 50s and 70s with only some down south seeing low 70s. That system moves in on Monday and will bring isolated to scattered showers across the state as temperatures drop to near or even a little below seasonal norms.

We could stay unsettled through the first half of next week with a trailing system set to arrive from the northwest. Over recent models run this system coming in between Tuesday and Wednesday unimpressive, however, we'll still likely stay somewhat unsettled and cool before we begin to really warm things back up by next weekend. Stay tuned!

The bottom line? A strong southerly wind will push up our temperatures to May like levels before we ease back down the next several days.

Stay up-to-date on our 4Warn Weather forecast both on-air and online, we are Good4Utah!

MISSING: 16-year-old out of South Salt Lake https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/missing-16-year-old-out-of-south-salt-lake/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 22:57:27 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1807011 SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC4) -- A 16-year-old girl is missing out of South Salt Lake, according to South Salt Lake Police.

Kylie Aust, 16, ran away from Dept. of Child and Family Services workers on Thursday, April 11, at around 3:50 p.m., according to SSLPD.

Aust reportedly ran from a Chevron located at 310 East 3300 South and headed south on State St. from 3300 South.

Courtesy of South Salt Lake Police

Aust is described as 5'3", 115 lbs, with blue eyes and pink hair.

She was reportedly last seen wearing a black hooded jacket, blue jeans, and black boots.

If you have any information regarding Aust's whereabouts, please call SSLPD at 801-412-3600 and reference case number LK24-11570.

No further information is available at this time.

Alissa Pili ready for new chapter in WNBA https://www.abc4.com/sports/alissa-pili-ready-for-new-chapter-in-wnba/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:44:02 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806922 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - Alissa Pili is about to become just the third WNBA first round pick from the University of Utah.

"You know, it's always been a driven mine to just make my mark in the world," Pili said ahead of Monday's draft.

And Pili definitely made her mark at Utah. She was a two-time All-Pac-12 first team selection, and last year was the Pac-12 Player of the Year. Pili says her two seasons at Utah really helped her grow into the player she is today.

"You know, there was times where, you know, I didn't think it was possible," Pili said about her chances of making the WNBA. "But when I came to Utah, I think that's when I saw that it was within reach. To have people around me like that, that support me and lift me up, I owe them a lot. I just I'm so thankful and grateful for my experience here."

Pili, who played her first two seasons at USC, is expected to go in the first ten picks of the draft. Shona Thorburn is the highest drafted Utah player, at #7 back in 2006. Kim Smith is the only other Utah player to be selected in the first round.

Pili will be on stage in New York Monday for the biggest night of her life.

"It honestly makes me super nervous," Pili said with a laugh. "But I'm just excited to do it. It's super nerve-wracking at that big stage. But, it's what I've worked for and, I'm just going to try to embrace the moment."

Pili has become a role model and athletic icon for the Native community, especially in her home state of Alaska. All of her fans are almost as excited as she is.

"People back home and even on social media, I get a lot of support and love," she said. "I'm going into this new chapter of my life, and just people excited for me and it's really cool to see."

As great of a college player as Pili was, she knows the WNBA is an entirely different level. At 6-foot-2, Pili probably won't be able to dominate in the paint like she did at Utah, so she'll have to rely more on her 3-point shooting, which she is totally capable of doing.

"I know there's way more stronger, athletic people in the WNBA," Pili said. "So I think my perimeter game will be super important. I've been a good player in the collegiate level, but it's a whole different level now. So, I'm just excited to go in there and kind of like prove myself all over again."

Passengers at international airports in U.S. can enroll in 'Global Entry' program on the spot https://www.abc4.com/news/top-stories/passengers-at-international-airports-in-u-s-can-enroll-in-global-entry-program-on-the-spot/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:25:11 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806911 SAN DIEGO (Border Report) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection is offering "Enrollment upon Arrival" at many airports such as San Diego International Airport for its Global Entry program.

The program allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers arriving on international flights to skip CBP inspection lines.

All that is needed for conditional approval into the program is a valid passport, driver's license and a document that shows residency in the United States such as a utility or credit card bill.

Once a traveler is conditionally approved, a future interview is no longer required. The traveler can complete the enrollment interview when arriving on an international flight. 

Sample of a Global Entry card. (Courtesy: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

CBP officers at airports, such as San Diego International, will interview and collect the traveler’s biometrics to complete the enrollment. This can be accomplished after clearing CBP processing.

As an added benefit, according to CBP, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening program, which allows travelers the use of special lanes that don't require shoe removal and other requisites when going through TSA screening for both international and domestic flights.

Cost to enroll in the program is $100 and is good for five years.

Salt Lake City mulling proposal to increase penalties for unauthorized work on historic buildings https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/salt-lake-city-mulling-proposal-to-increase-penalties-for-unauthorized-work-on-historic-buildings/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 20:38:42 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806846 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- As the investigation continues into the illegal partial demolition of Salt Lake City’s historic Fifth Ward Meetinghouse, city officials are mulling a proposal to better protect landmarks in the city’s historic districts.

The Salt Lake City Council says it is reviewing a proposal to change the city’s zoning laws to add penalties for work done on historic buildings without the proper permits.

The proposal to increase penalties came before the Fifth Ward Meetinghouse was partially demolished on Easter Sunday, and should the council approve it, the changes would apply only to future cases.

The partially demolished Fifth Ward Meetinghouse in Salt Lake City on April 1, 2024.

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the proposal at the council’s formal meeting on Tuesday night. Input can also be shared online.

Under the current law, the demolition of a building deemed a historic landmark by the city requires the review and approval of city officials.

Under the proposal, there’ll be increased enforcement in historic districts, and it’ll prohibit the redevelopment of a property when the principal building is demolished without approval.

Salt Lake City has roughly 150 historic landmark sites and 14 historic districts, according to its website.

The demolition of the Fifth Ward Meetinghouse was brought to a halt nearly two weeks ago. City officials said that there were no permits for the demolition and no development plan was submitted to the city.

Since then, fencing has been erected around the partially-destroyed building, which is more than a century old. It’s yet unclear what consequences the owner will face or what will happen with the rest of the historic site.

$25M pickleball facility coming to Salt Lake Valley, the first home base for the pro sport https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/25m-pickleball-facility-coming-to-salt-lake-valley-the-first-home-base-for-the-pro-sport/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 20:31:18 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806759 SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (ABC4) -- A $25 million, state-of-the art pickleball facility is coming to the Salt Lake Valley.

The Utah Black Diamonds -- a Premier Level team within Major League Pickleball -- partnered with GCTM Investments to make it happen, marking the first high-performance facility to be the dedicated home base of a professional pickleball team, a press release states.

The center, powered by The Picklr, will also reportedly serve as a high-end club for pickleball players of all levels.

The Utah Black Diamonds Pickleball Center, which will be located in South Jordan, will feature:

  • 36 pickleball courts (30 indoor, 6 outdoor)
  • A 1,500-seat Championship Court with VIP Box Seating
  • Two Grandstand Courts with 500 seats apiece
  • A full gym and recovery center with cold plunges, steam rooms, saunas, and more
  • A cafe, bar, and social centers
  • A Pickleball Central Pro Shop

Connor Pardoe, Owner of the Utah Black Diamonds and Founder and CEO of the Professional Pickleball Association, said this it a "seminal moment" in pickleball -- both for the professional and amateur levels -- to be able to construct and operate the first home base dedicated to high-performance pickleball training and competition.

"The Utah Black Diamonds are leading the charge in dedicating time and resources to grow the sport and advance the level of play for its professionals, and we cannot be more excited to bring this one-of-a-kind facility to life," Pardoe said.

Police seize illegally trafficked drugs, cash from popular SLC trail https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/police-seize-illegally-trafficked-drugs-cash-from-popular-slc-trail/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 20:08:18 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806352 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Thousands of dollars in cash and hundreds of illegally trafficked fentanyl pills were seized Friday from Salt Lake City's Jordan River Trail.

This was part of the Salt Lake City Police Department's ongoing efforts to address criminal activity along that route.

Investigations began around 12:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, when two SLCPD bike squad officers said they saw a group of people illegally trespassing on the Jordan River Trail near 1240 West North Temple.

The officers conducted a traffic stop and found 231 fentanyl pills, more than $2,000 in cash, and nearly three grams of cocaine. Everyone in the car was arrested on charges of being in unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, SLCPD said.

Courtesy Salt Lake City Police Department

The names and ages of these suspects are not available at this time.

The police department said illegal fentanyl trafficking continues to be a major concern.

According to the DEA, fentanyl has saturated the drug market in Utah. It is cheaper, more potent, and more widely available than ever before.

UTA: Ski Bus service ending for all seven resorts, other changes https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/uta-ski-bus-service-ending-for-all-seven-resorts-other-changes/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 19:32:23 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806628 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- The Utah Transit Authority has announced that its Ski Bus service will end on Saturday, April 13.

The end of service will apply to all seven of UTA's partner resorts -- Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, Solitude, Brighton, Snowbird, Alta, and Sundance.

According to UTA, passenger trip data for the 2023-2024 season through March shows an 8% jump in Ski Bus usage in Salt Lake County and a 4.3% overall increase from the previous ski season.

"Our resort partners, operators, and UTA ambassadors worked hard this year to make Ski Bus service a valuable resource to thousands of guests and reduce congestion in the canyon for other drivers," said Andres Colman, regional general manager for UTA’s Salt Lake Service Unit. "These numbers will help us plan for increased riders next year and continue to improve wait times, route efficiency, and a positive experience."

The uptick in Ski Bus riders is also due to the 95 Vanpool shuttles added this year for the employees of Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude.

"Ski Bus operators are some of our most experienced drivers who stay safe through challenging weather delays and difficult canyon driving. They love creating a positive experience for the riders enjoying the greatest snow on earth," said Colman. "In addition, 52 UTA employees across the agency volunteered 1,350 hours as Ski Bus Ambassadors, helping riders navigate using the bus at route stops."

For details on April 2024 Change Day on Sunday, April 14 -- the day when schedules for TRAX lines and bus routes change -- visit UTA's site here.

The changes reportedly include the addition of service on Sundays on Route 470 to Lagoon and other minor route adjustments.

Utah turns radioactive wasteland in new Amazon TV series https://www.abc4.com/news/entertainment-news/utah-turns-radioactive-wasteland-in-new-amazon-tv-series/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 19:32:22 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806142 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Utah has been the stage for several of Hollywood's greatest hits. Now it can add "radioactive wasteland" to its list of titles.

The highly anticipated live-action adaptation of "Fallout" — a hit video game series with more than 20 years of history — was released on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, April 12, and part of it was filmed in Utah.

The series tells the stories of the world's citizens stuck in a 1950s-esque steampunk setting after an apocalyptic nuclear fallout. Those who survived the blasts on the surface scrape by day-to-day in the wastelands above while the more luxurious residents who escaped before the fallout live sheltered lives in underground "Vaults." Much like any post-apocalyptic story, survivors form different government-like factions, such as the militaristic armored-suit-wielding Brotherhood of Steel.

Utahns watching the Fallout TV series may recognize the Brotherhood of Steel base as the expansive and flat western portion of Utah. According to the Utah Film Commission, Wendover Airfield in Utah provided the backdrop for the base of the Brotherhood of Steel through the first three episodes.

Fallout (2024) / Amazon Studios Courtesy of the Utah Film Commission

The Wendover Airfield was built in the late 1930s and was used during World War II for bombing and gunnery ranges. The site was once hailed as the "largest bombing and gunnery range in the world" spanning over 1.8 million acres of uninhabited desert and salt flats. The airbase serves as the perfect backdrop for the Fallout series and not just because of its military connections.

In 1944, the airfield became a building and testing range for what would eventually become the "Fat Man" - or atomic - bomb. It was chosen for its isolation and ability for discretion and security.

In the series, Maximus, one of the show's main characters played by Aaron Moten, is seen training with the Brotherhood of Steel at the Wendover airbase. According to Amazon, Maximus will "do anything to further the Brotherhood's goals of bringing law and order to the wasteland."

This isn't the first time the Wendover airbase has been used as the setting for a movie. The historic site also made appearances in Will Smith's "Independence Day" released in 1996 as well as 1997's "Con Air" starring Nicolas Cage and 2003's "Hulk" starring Eric Bana.

The Fallout series is just the latest release to be filmed in the Beehive State with more being released later this year. The show has a TV-MA rating but has so far scored favorably with critics, holding a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes as of Friday morning.

The Utah Film Commission told ABC4 that the filming was done in the fall of 2022 and generated over $5 million in economic spending for the Beehive State for cast, crew, background actors, catering, equipment and more.

Utah National Guard battery ranked No. 1 in the U.S. https://www.abc4.com/news/utah-national-guard-battery-ranked-no-1-in-the-u-s/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 18:58:16 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806597 DRAPER, Utah (ABC4) -- The Utah National Guard's field artillery battery has been recognized as the best in the country.

The 1st Battalion 145th Field Artillery Regiment -- the Utah National Guard's "Alpha Battery" -- will receive the 2023 Alexander Hamilton Award during a ceremony at Camp Williams this weekend.

The Alexander Hamilton Award was created in 2002 and named after the American statesman and Continental Army artilleryman.

Hamilton was an "outstanding artillery battery commander and an aide to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War," the Utah National Guard said. "He shaped the Constitution and served as the nation's first treasury secretary."

The annual award reportedly evaluates soldiers on mission execution, training, deployment service, equipment maintenance, logistics programs, fitness, family readiness, and community service.

Soldiers from the regiment will be shooting live rounds from M109A6 Paladin howitzers as part of the award ceremony, the Utah National Guard said, so nearby residents can expect to hear artillery fire sporadically from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SUU reported shooter likely 'swatting' prank, college president says https://www.abc4.com/news/southern-utah/suu-reported-shooter-likely-swatting-prank-college-president-says/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 18:54:20 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806559 CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4) -- Classes and activities on the Southern Utah University campus in Cedar City were brought to a sudden halt on Thursday when the school received reports of an active shooter.

Now, SUU President Mindy Benson is saying the calls were most likely swatting calls.

Benson explained in a Friday morning post to social media that swatting is a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring a large number of armed police officers to a particular address. In 2023, the FBI launched a national swatting database saying the form of prank call has become more common nationwide.

The call shut down SUU and sent a scare throughout campus as police responded to the scene. After hours of sweeping the campus, and clearing the college building-by-building, SUU Police confirmed there was no sign of a shooter and no shots fired.

Classes were then canceled for the remainder of the day.

"As I sat in the Command Center and watched the many different agencies work together, I was struck by the dedication and goodness of everyone who answered the call to help," Benson said. "Thank you isn't enough to cover our gratitude to each agency who responded and in particular, SUU Police Chief Carlos Medina. Thanks to his leadership and the entire team in bringing about a successful resolution."

Activity and classes resumed on campus on Friday, April 12. Mental health resources were made available on campus for the students and faculty affected by the stress of the events.

"Yesterday was impactful, and it's important each of us address what that impact is and resolve it in healthy ways," said Benson. "Check on each other, reach out to friends, and campus community members and be sure to connect with needed resources."

Benson said the SUU Police Department is still continuing its investigation. There has been no update regarding a potential suspect.

Earlier this year, Utah lawmakers enhanced the penalties for threatening or falsely reporting an emergency at a school. The new law, which goes into effect on May 1, makes it a second-degree felony, up from a third-degree felony. A second-degree felony is punishable by up to 15 years in state prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

If the culprit is found to be a student, that student will be suspended or expelled from the public school.

Dallin Hall, Aly Khalifa enter transfer portal https://www.abc4.com/sports/byu-point-guard-dallin-hall-in-transfer-portal/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 18:33:23 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806604 PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - With the news that Mark Pope has accepted the head coaching job at Kentucky, Cougars sophomore point guard Dallin Hall and junior center Aly Khalifa have entered the transfer portal.

Hall still could come back to BYU when a new head coach is hired, but for now, Hall is able to explore other options.

The former state champion from Fremont High, Hall averaged 9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and a team-high 5.1 assists per game last year for BYU, which earned a 6-seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Hall was a highly regarded prospect out of high school and made an immediate impact at BYU as a freshman, averaging 7.3 points and 3.2 assists. But he really came into his own last year, running the Cougars offense with extreme efficiency.

Hall started 51 of 68 games for BYU. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Khalifa averaged 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in his only season at BYU. As a transfer from Charlotte, Khalifa started 26 of 29 games for the Cougars during the 2023-24 season.

Khalifa shot just 38.6 percent from the field, but his passing ability as a 6-11center was vital to BYU's offensive success. He was in the top-10 in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio.

Hall and Khalifa are the second and third BYU players to enter the transfer portal since the end of the season, joining Marcus Adams Jr.

How you can see great blue herons in the wild this month https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/how-you-can-see-great-blue-herons-in-the-wild-this-month/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 18:19:09 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806445 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Bird enthusiasts, an opportunity to spot great blue herons in the wild is coming up. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is hosting a viewing event this month to give Utahns a chance to see this unique bird.

The event is free and scheduled for Saturday, April 20. It runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center at 1157 S. Waterfowl Way in Farmington.

Great blue heron (Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

DWR biologists will be onsite to answer questions and help participants find herons. Spotting scopes and binoculars will also be available for use, but guests are encouraged to bring their own if they have them.

DWR is requesting that guests register online ahead of time.

“We are excited to host this viewing event for the first time to provide an opportunity for visitors to see these birds fairly close,” Eccles Wildlife Education Center Manager Ashley Kijowski said.

According to DWR, great blue herons are the most widespread heron in North America. The birds can be found from Alaska to northern South America.

In Utah, they are the state's most commonly seen heron species, most often spotted along shorelines of lakes, rivers and marshes.

DWR said that great blue herons nest yearly in a rookery near their George S. And Dolores Eccles Wildlife Education Center.

Herons mostly feed on fish and amphibians, so they build their nests in tree-top colonies near water. Males will gather all the material needed for a nest, typically sticks of various sizes, and females will build the nest.

These nests can sometimes reach 3 and-a-half feet in diameter. Once these nests are built, herons will often reuse them in the following years — which is why the rookery at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center is a great spot to find them.

Herons lay between one and seven eggs each year. Both parents take turns incubating the eggs for 25 to 29 days. DWR said that usually, young can fly after two months, but sometimes will remain in the nest for up to five months.

“It’s so fun to see the baby birds interacting with their parents, so we hope people and their families will take advantage of this viewing opportunity," Kijowski said.

Closures on Redwood Road over I-80 to last through weekend https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/closures-on-redwood-road-over-i-80-to-last-through-weekend/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 18:10:58 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806563 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Expect closures on Redwood Road over I-80 this weekend as crews work on the bridge.

Sidewalks will remain open for pedestrians, the Utah Department of Transportation said, and all other users should use the detour pictured below.

Courtesy Utah Department of Transportation

The road is anticipated to open back up on Monday morning, April 15.

"Plan ahead and use an alt route if possible," UDOT said.

Evacuation notice lifted around Panguitch Lake as dam conditions improve https://www.abc4.com/news/southern-utah/water-level-has-dropped-six-inches-at-panguitch-dam-crews-encouraged/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 17:33:51 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806481 PANGUITCH, Utah (ABC4) -- Once threatening residents of southeast Utah, the water levels at Panguitch Dam are greatly encouraged by their progress.

In an update provided Friday afternoon, the Utah Department of Public Services said the measures taken to address a crack in the dam have so far been effective. Over the last two days, the water levels at the dam have dropped close to six inches and authorities are planning to lower it by another several feet over the next week.

DPS officials said crews completed work to extend the rock supports across the affected section of the dam and ice chunks pushing against the wall have been removed. As of Friday morning, water levels dropped eight inches and crews continue to release as much water as possible.

Overall, the work has helped bring the dam's eight-degree tilt back to a title of just over one-degree. DPS said that the work "greatly improved the dam's stability until permanent modifications can be made."

Aside from the crack that appeared in the expanded portion of the dam, DPS said no infrastructure has been damaged or lost. The increased flow into Panguitch Creek did cause some minor washouts but those issues were managed and controlled. Officials said there is no reason to believe there will be any catastrophic problems.

As concerns over a potential breach and flooding ease, the evacuation notice for Panguitch City and its surrounding areas has been lifted. In addition, SR-143 has been reopened to regular traffic, though certain areas, such as North Shore Road and the area around Panguitch Lake remain closed.

Marilyn Bulkley Park will also be closed until further notice and crews are not allowing for ice fishing on Panguitch Lake.

"I am confident with the result of our mitigation efforts to effectively reduce the pressure on the Panguitch Lake dam and the potential for an uncontrolled release," said Garfield County Sheriff Eric Houston. "That work allows us to lift the evacuation notice, but I do urge people to stay prepared for this and other types of hazards."

Authorities still urge community members to stay informed and stay ready. For anyone who still wishes to be prepared, sand and sandbags are available at the local LDS church house at 550 South 100 West.

Emergency crews will remain on scene and continue monitoring the dam as the spring runoff begins. Once the runoff starts to slow down, engineering and plans will be developed for permanent repairs to the cracked areas of the Panguitch Lake Damn.

Bad Bunny dismisses lawsuit over videos posted from Salt Lake City show https://www.abc4.com/news/bad-bunny-dismisses-lawsuit-over-videos-posted-from-salt-lake-city-show/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 17:29:29 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806493 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Bad Bunny has dismissed the lawsuit against a Spanish YouTube channel owner after accusing him of illegally posting bootlegged videos of songs the artist performed in Salt Lake City.

The reason for the dismissal, court documents state, is because the videos were removed and will not be reinstated.

In March, Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, accused Eric Guillermo Madronal Garrone, of Madrid, Spain, of copyright infringement, violating anti-bootlegging statutes, and false endorsement.

Ocasio alleged Garrone publicly posted 10 videos of songs the artist performed to Garrone’s YouTube channel, “MADforliveMUSIC.” Neither Bad Bunny nor any person on his behalf authorized or consented to the videos, the lawsuit stated.

Additionally, the lawsuit stated the videos from the show “negatively impacts the market for authorized uses of the Bad Bunny works by, among other things, luring YouTube viewers and associated advertising revenue away from authorized videos of the Bad Bunny works and the official Bad Bunny YouTube channel.”

Bad Bunny originally sought damages of $150,000 per video, or damages and Garrone’s profits from the posted videos.

The lawsuit stated YouTube took down the videos and gave notice to Garrone, who then submitted a counter-notification contesting the removal.

In his message to YouTube, Garrone said the videos are “collectively 100% original content and my own creation, thus not constituting infringement or violation regarding the use of third-party content.”

He also said that the Salt Lake City concert — the first date of the 47 planned across North America — constitutes “in itself a newsworthy event of high public interest.”

“In my opinion, the artist also benefits from the dissemination of the content in his own promotion, as his show is carefully captured, conveying the reality of the moment without alterations or post-production in the content,” Garrone said in the message.

Following the receipt of Garrone’s counter-notification, the lawsuit stated YouTube informed Ocasio (by way of his representatives) that it would repost the videos unless he sued, leading to the lawsuit.

TSA found more than 1,500 guns at checkpoints this year — and a very high percentage were 'loaded' https://www.abc4.com/news/national/tsa-found-more-than-1500-guns-at-checkpoints-this-year-and-a-very-high-percentage-were-loaded/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 16:47:27 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806405 (NEXSTAR) – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) intercepted 1,503 guns at airport checkpoints in the first quarter of 2024 alone — a very minor decrease over the 1,508 firearms found during the same quarter in 2023.

More “promising,” according to the TSA, is 2024’s lower rate of firearms found per passenger. In the first quarter of 2023, the TSA said 7.9 guns were detected for every million passengers traveling, while only 7.3 firearms were intercepted for every million passengers in 2024. (TSA agents screened 191 million passengers in Q1 of 2023, vs. 206 million in Q1 2024.)

“While it is certainly promising that the rate of passengers bringing firearms to the checkpoint has decreased, one firearm at the checkpoint is too many,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske was quoted as saying in a Thursday news release.

Perhaps the most shocking statistic included with Thursday's news release was the percentage of intercepted firearms that were considered "loaded." According to the TSA, a whopping 93% of the guns found at airport checkpoints in Q1 of 2024 were loaded — the same percentage during the same quarter in 2023.

It’s worth noting that the TSA considers any firearm “loaded” if the gun and ammunition are both accessible to the passenger — e.g., if they're in the same bag, or in separate bags accessible to the same traveler, even if the gun itself has no ammunition in it.

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A sign at the Miami International Airport warns passengers not to bring any guns through the TSA security checkpoints. (Jeffrey Greenberg/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

The TSA did not identify which airports, or at which checkpoints, the most guns were detected. When asked, a representative for the agency told Nexstar that information wouldn’t be available until early 2025.

The “top 10 airports for firearm discoveries” in the entirety of 2023, however, have previously been identified by the TSA. They include three airports in Texas, three in Florida, and one each in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia and Tennessee.

The agency also confirmed that TSA officials have intercepted an increasing number of guns at U.S. checkpoints nearly every year since 2008 — the exception being 2020, amid decreased travel activity during the pandemic.

The TSA does not confiscate any firearms, but rather contacts local law enforcement officials to deal with offenders, some of whom may be arrested and face criminal charges.

Offenders may also face civil penalties from the TSA, with fines as high as $14,950 or more for repeat offenders. (Those found with loaded guns can face a top fine, as well as criminal referral by the TSA.)

“The demand for air travel is as strong as ever and security is always our number one priority,” Pekoske added in Thursday’s statement. “Every time we discover a firearm at the checkpoint, the security screening process is slowed down for all.”

Passengers transporting firearms are urged to follow the TSA’s guidelines for properly packing guns and ammunition in checked bags, to prevent any danger or disruption to other passengers.

Goodbye late fees! Salt Lake County removes late fees for children and teen materials https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/goodbye-late-fees-salt-lake-county-removes-late-fees-for-children-and-teen-materials/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 16:09:16 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806261 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Starting this week, books, music, and movies for children and teens will no longer have late fees at Salt Lake County libraries.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson proposed the idea in her 2024 budget, which was approved by the Salt Lake County Council in December 2023. The program was put to the test in pilot over the summer, which Councilmember Ann Granato said was very successful.

"This was a huge group effort to make this work and it's so important that kids have open access to libraries and all the things that libraries offer," Granato told ABC4.

In 2023, books, music and movies for kids and teens were checked out more than five million times at the Salt Lake County Library. Still, Salt Lake County Council Chair Laura Stringham said that late fees were a big barrier preventing children and families from coming to the library and using its resources.

"We don't want those barriers," said Stringham. "We want people to have access to the resources that are available especially when they need them."

Stringham and Granato both explained that the Salt Lake County Library has become much more of a resource center rather than a traditional library. They still offer countless books, music and movies but there is so much more available.

"Kids can come and use a green screen to make a video, people can come to take classes, they can come to check out all types of media -- maps, books, CDs, videos -- everything is available," said Granato. "And they can use the internet here. There are a lot of people that do not have access to internet in their homes. The library offers that to them."

Stringham added, "This is where you can learn skills that are vital to the jobs we have now. All of our jobs now are technologically tied to skills that didn't exist when I was a kid, to be honest. We have those things here at the library. Most people have to know how to do a social media site, do some filming on their own, and be able to record some sound. That's what we teach and train in the library."

Stringham said while she was a young mother, the late fees prevented her from using library resources. By eliminating the fees, she and other Salt Lake County officials hope more people will take advantage of everything the Salt Lake County network of libraries has to offer.

"We value children, we value their experiences, we value family life, what can we do to enhance it?" said Granato

Critically endangered gorilla to give birth at Utah's Hogle Zoo https://www.abc4.com/news/critically-endangered-gorilla-to-give-birth-at-utahs-hogle-zoo/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 16:05:13 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806387 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Utah Hogle Zoo's western lowland gorilla Pele is expecting an infant this summer -- which comes as big news, as gorilla populations are rapidly declining across the world. Specifically, western lowland gorillas are critically endangered.

The zoo said Pele is about six months along, and both the baby and mother are doing well.

In 2022, Pele, 22, and her mother, Mary, 37, came to Utah from Busch Gardens in Florida on a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Gorilla Species Survival Plan.

The plan paired Pele with current Hogle Zoo resident Husani, a 32-year-old silverback, as part of a zoo program to "provide a healthy, genetically diverse, and self-sustaining population," the zoo said.

Hogle Zoo's animal care and health teams will closely monitor Pele as she progresses through her eight-and-a-half-month pregnancy.  

Clair Hallyburton, Associate Director of animal care, said the zoo has a voluntary animal training that resident animals can participate in.

In addition to building relationships with the zoo's care team, Hallyburton said this training enables Pele to participate actively in her healthcare, training her for necessary health checks and veterinary procedures.

"These training opportunities strengthen Pele's maternal behaviors and build trust with the animal care team, helping us to prepare for all outcomes," Hallyburton said. "The first major milestone our veterinary and animal care teams look for is seeing the baby through an ultrasound, which we can now monitor regularly."    

About western lowland gorillas

Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered, the zoo said, threatened by illegal poaching, habitat loss, and mining.

They are found in Angola, Gabon, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, and Equatorial Guinea, and are the smallest of the four subspecies.

Because of poaching and disease, the zoo said the gorilla's numbers have declined by more than 60% over the last 20 to 25 years.

"Even if all threats to western lowland gorillas were removed, scientists calculate that the population would require 75 years to recover," the zoo said.

Who will replace Mark Pope at BYU? https://www.abc4.com/sports/who-will-replace-mark-pope-at-byu/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 15:28:42 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806309 PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - Now that Mark Pope has officially accepted the head coaching job at his alma mater, Kentucky, the seach is on to find his replacement.

Traditionally, BYU has hired members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as head coaches. But that is a practice and not a policy. Athletic director Tom Holmoe recently hired Diljeet Taylor, who is not a member of the church, as the women's cross-country coach.

Here is a look at some of the top candidates:


If Holmoe were to stick to church members, Mark Madsen would probably be at the top of his list. Madsen just spent his first season as head coach of Cal, where he had a fairly successful seasons, leading the Bears to a 9-11 Pac-12 record. Madsen spent the previous four seasons at Utah Valley, where he replaced Pope when he left for BYU, and was 83-70 with the Wolverines. While Madsen is and up and coming coach, he just signed a contract extension through 2030 at Cal, and his buyout is in the millions.

On Friday, Madsen reaffirmed his commitment to Cal in a post on social media, saying he is "fully committed for the future here at Cal."


Holmoe could also turn to Utah assistant Chris Burgess, who is also a member of the church. Burgess was also an assistant under Pope at BYU from 2019-2022 and is very familiar with the Utah scene, having coached at Utah Valley and Salt Lake Community College. Burgess also played under Rick Majerus at Utah from 2000-2002.


UNLV assistant Barret Peery is also a candidate. Peery has strong ties to the state of Utah. He born in Payson, and was an assistant coach at Utah under Jim Boylen from 2008-2011. Peery was also an assistant at Southern Utah (1998-2002), where helped lead the program to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and a 25-6 record. He also had early coaching stints at Utah Valley (1997-98) and Snow College (1996-97). From 2017-21, Peery was the head coach at Portland State, where led the Vikings to a 63-57 overall record.


Alex Jensen is currently an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks, and before that was an assistant with the Utah Jazz for ten years since the 2013-14 season. Jensen was a star player at the University of Utah, leading the Utes to the 1998 National Championship Game. Jensen has never been a head coach at any level, but may be enticed to return to Utah, even if it with Utah's rival.


Phoenix Suns associate head coach Kevin Young could be a candidate. Young has been with the Suns since 2020, and before that he helped coach the Philadelphia 76ers from 2016-2020. Young has ties to Utah, having been the Utah Flash head coach in the G-League and a Utah Valley assistant.


If Holmoe decides to stay in-house, BYU assistant coach Nick Robinson would be a strong candidate. Robinson has been at BYU since 2019. He was also Southern Utah’s head coach from 2012-16, so he has head coaching experience.


If Holmoe makes a hire outside of church membership, BYU assistant Cody Fueger could be a top candidate. Fueger is credited for running the Cougars high powered offense in which BYU was one of the top three-point shooters in the nation. However, both Fueger and Robinson could be going with Pope to Kentucky.

Mark Pope officially heads to Kentucky as new head coach https://www.abc4.com/sports/college-sports/byu/mark-pope-officially-heads-to-kentucky-as-new-head-coach/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 14:32:13 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806272 PROVO, Utah (ABC4) -- It's official. Mark Pope, who has served as BYU's Men's Basketball Head Coach for the last five years, is joining his alma mater in Kentucky.

The University of Kentucky athletics announced Pope would be returning to be the 23rd head coach of Kentucky's men's basketball program.

"We want to thank Coach Pope for all that he has given to the BYU men's basketball program in his nine years here as an assistant and head coach," said BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe in a statement. "His unique combination of passion, dedication, creativity, and excitement has inspired our BYU community. He led our team to a very successful inaugural Big 12 season and left the program in a position of strength moving forward."

Pope is a nine-year head coaching veteran amassing a 187-108 career record at both BYU and Utah Valley. In his last five years with BYU, he has taken the Cougars to two NCAA tournaments including a 21-11 record with unexpected success in their year as part of the Big 12 Conference.

Pope previously played for the Kentucky Wildcats in 1995 and 1996. In his two-year career the Wildcats won the regular-season Southwestern Conference championships, the '95 SEC Tournament title and the 1996 NCAA tournament. Pope captained the team through the NCAA tournament victory and was named to the All-SEC Tournament Team in 1995.

"The University of Kentucky is the pinnacle of coaching in college basketball," Pope said in a Kentucky press release. "Equally as important, UK changed my life forever as a human being. The love and passion I have for this program, this University and the people of the commonwealth goes to the depth of my soul."

Holmoe said there is a lot of reason for the Cougar Nation to be excited as the athletics department wished Pope the best in his new coaching position at his alma mater.

"He will always be part of our BYU family," said Holmoe.

Memphis police officer and suspect dead after shootout; multiple officers injured https://www.abc4.com/news/national/memphis-police-officer-and-suspect-dead-after-shootout-multiple-officers-injured/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 13:51:19 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/news/national/memphis-police-officer-and-suspect-dead-after-shootout-multiple-officers-injured/ MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) — A Memphis police officer and an 18-year-old suspect are dead after an exchange of gunfire that wounded two other officers and another suspect early Friday morning, Police Chief C.J. Davis said.

The Memphis Police Department identified the officer who was killed as Joseph McKinney, who joined the department in 2020. The suspect who was killed was not identified.

A second officer was taken to a hospital but has been upgraded to non-critical condition. A third officer who was grazed by gunfire was treated at the scene.

A second suspect, age 17, also was injured. That suspect is in custody.

"As chief of police, I am hurt right now," Davis said outside Regional One hospital. "Today, we are here not just to talk about what happened last night but to make an appeal to our community that gun violence has to stop."

The shooting happened in Southwest Memphis.

Memphis Police say around 2 a.m., officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call. As they approached the vehicle, a suspect fired shots at the officers, who returned fire.

The vehicle fled and was later located. One suspect was captured immediately, while another ran from the scene and was found nearby, police said.

Davis said the 18-year-old who was killed Friday had been arrested in March in a stolen vehicle with an illegal weapon that had been modified to perform as a fully automatic weapon. He was charged over two stolen vehicles and a programming device used to steal cars.

The 18-year-old was released without bond, she said.

LISTEN: Audio below is from police scanners during the incident. Skip to 21 minutes into the recording. Via Broadcastify.

The District Attorney and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have been called in to conduct the investigation.

"We need a community call to action," Mayor Paul Young said, asking the community to help prevent violence. "We do need community action. The only way to reverse this thing is if everybody plays a part."

Warmest Utah day of the year so far before a cooldown for next week https://www.abc4.com/utah-weather/warmest-utah-day-of-the-year-so-far-before-a-cooldown-for-next-week/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 12:15:27 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1806128 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) - Happy Friday, Utah! Today will be the warmest day of the year so far, putting us at about 10-15 degrees above average.

The bottom line? Today will be Utah's warmest day of the year so far and beautiful weather sticks around into Saturday, but a shift to chilly soggy weather is on the way and we could even see some valley snow.

Daytime highs will run in the mid to upper 70s in the valleys while higher elevations see temperatures in the 60s to low 70s. Yesterday, St. George hit the first 80-degree day of the year, but today will be even warmer with highs in the mid-80s. 

Breezy winds are likely to hold on through the weekend and into the middle of next week. Apart from that pleasant weather is expected across the state. We'll see some cloud cover, but there will still be plenty of sunshine to soak up.

Don't get too used to the gorgeous weather though, because the warming trend takes a downward turn over the weekend. Saturday will only dip by a couple of degrees, but by Sunday we'll see highs in the 60s while St. George dips into the low 70s. Partly cloudy skies hold on through the weekend.

Our next round of gloomy weather could move in on Monday, possibly even Sunday night in some areas. This will kick temperatures back to below seasonal norms. As of right now, its trajectory takes it through California, which will eat up much of its moisture before reaching Utah, but isolated showers are still in the forecast for Monday. While mountains could see snow, it will still be too warm for snow in our valleys, but snow could be on the way later in the week.

We get a brief respite on Tuesday, but lingering moisture could allow for a shower or two to pop up. Another system is trailing closely behind and will dip in from the north, pooling even more brisk northern air into the state.

By the midweek we'll see temperatures more reminiscent of the end of February, only reaching the upper 40s to low 50s, which could allow for a rain/snow mix on valley floors. 

We'll continue to track the incoming storms and give you the latest on our 4Warn Weather forecast both on-air and online, we are Good4Utah!

Mark Pope expected to leave BYU for Kentucky https://www.abc4.com/sports/mark-pope-emerges-as-candidate-for-kentucky-job/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 04:49:00 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1805744 PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - BYU head basketball coach Mark Pope is about to enter the transfer portal.

Pope is reportedly finalizing a five-year deal to become the head coach at his alma mater, Kentucky. ESPN is reporting that an official announcement could come as soon as tomorrow.

Pope was a member of the 1996 Kentucky national championship team as a player.

Pope has taken BYU to two NCAA tournaments in his five years there, including a 23-11 record with unexpected success in the Cougars first year in the rugged Big 12 Conference this year.

The Cougars earned a 6-seed in the NCAA Tournbament, but lost in the first round to Duquesne. Pope has has a record of 110-52 in five seasons at BYU, and was the head coach at Utah Valley before that, going 77-56 in four seasons in Orem.

Pope would replace John Calipari, a Hall of Fame coach who left for Arkansas after posting a 410-123 record with the Wildcats. That included a national title and four Final Four appearances.

Kentucky turned to Pope after several high-profile candidates either turned the job down or declared they didn't have interest. Late Thursday morning, Baylor's Scott Drew declined interest in the job after the school flew multiple family members to Lexington on a private plane to check out the area.

That decision by Drew came in the wake of three high-profile candidates turning down interest in the job before it even opened, as Alabama's Nate Oats, UConn's Dan Hurley and Villanova's Jay Wright all said publicly they didn't have interest in the job. Bulls coach Billy Donovan also said he's committed to that franchise.

Pope comes to Kentucky with a resume that's light for a job generally considered the best in the sport. He does not have an NCAA tournament victory. In the 2021 tournament, No. 6 BYU lost to No. 11 UCLA in the first round.

By comparison, Calipari had reached 11 combined NCAA tournaments at UMass and Memphis and coached in two Final Fours before taking the Kentucky job. Tubby Smith coached in three Round of 16s -- two at Tulsa and another at Georgia -- before arriving at Kentucky. Rick Pitino took Providence to the Final Four and coached the New York Knicks before taking over. Even Billy Gillispie coached in three NCAA tournaments and reached a Round of 16 before being hired by the Wildcats.

Pope was a semifinalist for the Naismith Men’s Coach of the Year after the Cougars exceeded expectations in their first season in the Big 12 Conference.

Expectations are always extremely high at Kentucky, and Pope will be under the microscope right away. The Wildcats have the most victories of any program in the country, and have won eight national championships in total.

Pope played 69 games at Kentucky from 1994-96 after transferring from Washington. He averaged 7.6 points and 5.2 rebounds and was a captain in the Wildcats' run to the national title in the 1995-96 season under head coach Rick Pitino.

Pitino endorsed Pope as Kentucky's head coach saying, “I love Mark Pope and his family, and he would be an unbelievable choice."

Possible candidates to replace Pope at BYU include Mark Madsen, who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But Madsen, a former Utah Valley head coach, just signed an extension at Cal with a large buyout fee.

UNLV assistant coach Barret Peery, Dallas Mavericks assistant and former Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen, and Utes assistant coach Chris Burgess are also expected to be candidates to replace Pope.

Jazz end losing streak, beat Rockets in home finale https://www.abc4.com/sports/jazz-end-losing-streak-beat-rockets-in-home-finale/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 04:47:25 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1805990 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - The losing streak is finally over.

The Utah Jazz ended its longest losing skid in 42 years with a 124-121 victory over the Houston Rockets Thursday night in the team's home finale. Despite an awful season, the Jazz will finish with a winning record at the Delta Center at 21-20.

Luka Samanic scored a season-high 22 points for the Jazz, while Keyonte George chipped in with 20 points. Brice Sensabaugh added 17 points and Talen Horton-Tucker had 16.

This is Utah's first victory since March 15 when the Jazz beat Atlanta at home.

“That desperation that we played with throughout most of the game, but in particular in the second half, is who we’re aiming to be always,” Jazz coach Will Hardy said.

Fred VanVleet knocked down nine 3-pointers and scored a season-high 42 points for the Rockets, who lost for the sixth time in seven games. VanVleet was 9 for 13 from 3-point range while also tallying seven assists and seven rebounds. Cam Whitmore added 18 points while also making four 3s. Amen Thompson chipped in 15 points, 10 rebounds and two steals.

Down three at halftime, the Jazz opened the third quarter with four unanswered baskets. VanVleet and Aaron Holiday combined for five 3-pointers to erase the deficit. Holiday’s back-to-back 3s made it 89-84 for Houston.

Utah countered with a 14-3 run late in the third and took a 98-92 lead on Sensabaugh’s second-chance corner 3.

VanVleet tied it on a pair of free throws with 2:30 left but the Jazz pulled away for good. Back-to-back layups from Darius Beazley and George keyed a 6-0 run that put Utah up 124-118 with 54 seconds remaining.

“We played extremely hard,” George said. “Our communication was at an all-time high. We did everything the right way and we got the result we wanted.”

VanVleet and Jeff Green each made back-to-back 3-pointers to key a 14-4 run that gave the Rockets a 38-28 lead going into the second quarter.

Houston shot 62% from the perimeter during the first quarter. VanVleet led the way, knocking down six of those 3s and scoring 20 points. His final outside basket beat the first-quarter buzzer to give the Rockets their first double-digit lead.

Utah erased the deficit in the second quarter behind a 13-0 run. Houston went scoreless for three minutes during that stretch. Horton-Tucker capped Utah’s run with a pair of free throws that put the Jazz up 51-49.

The Jazz ended the third longest losing skid in franchise history, behind the 14-game skid in 1979 and the record 18-game streak in 1982.

The Jazz next visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, before ending the season Sunday at the Golden State Warriors.

Beautiful spring weather https://www.abc4.com/news/top-stories/beautiful-spring-weather/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 03:13:07 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1805916 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Happy Thursday, or happy Friday eve Utah! We've been on a warming trend this week and it ramps up even more as we close out the workweek!

Today will bring mostly sunny skies with daytime highs that reach the 60s and 70s for most outside of the high country! Even Park City will reach the upper 50s this afternoon. In St. George, we're likely to see our first 80° day of the year. That's a little behind average, but still well ahead of the latest on record. If you can, get outside and enjoy today.

Tonight, will bring clear skies with cool, but not cold overnight lows.

If you thought today was warm, just wait until tomorrow. In some cases, daytime highs will run about 20 degrees above average which will be good enough to see highs along the Wasatch Front reach the mid to upper 70s! Park City will even see 60s tomorrow. There will be some subtle changes though as high pressure begins moving to the east. Winds will increase and there will be a few more clouds with a slight chance we see a few stray showers in the high country. 

There won't be many changes to our weather to begin the weekend, however, as the high pressure moves away, temperatures will begin to ease down. Highs will still run about 10-15 degrees above average under partly cloudy skies with a breezy southerly wind. By Sunday, a storm will start to approach from the west. At this point, any moisture looks to hold off until Monday which means the weather through the weekend looks pretty good outside of the breezy conditions.

On Monday there will be a chance of isolated showers across the state as temperatures drop to near or even below seasonal norms. A trailing system will bring even cooler temperatures and likely a better chance of wet weather to northern Utah Tuesday into Wednesday before we start to warm things back up by the second half of the week. The Utah Spring weather roller coaster continues!

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Competency in question: Will federal evaluators make a difference? https://www.abc4.com/news/justice-files/competency-in-question-will-federal-evaluators-make-a-difference/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 02:21:03 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1805878 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Jonathan Soberanis has been charged several times for crimes involving children, but never convicted because of his competency. Now, he faces federal charges – which has one mother wondering if federal evaluators will make a difference.

Over the past 10 years, every time Soberanis has been deemed not competent to stand trial, a judge has dismissed his case – including assault and sex abuse allegations.

Soberanis’s forensic evaluators have listed several potential disabilities including ADHD, depressive disorder, autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and unspecified neurodevelopmental disorder.

The federal investigation

For the first time, Soberanis is now facing federal charges – accused of obtaining and distributing child pornography. According to federal investigators, Soberanis used a New Zealand storage platform to download and distribute the pornography, using end-to-end encryption to conceal his tracks. 

This information was used to reopen past cases in which Soberanis was found not competent to stand trial, including an instance where Soberanis was accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old in a bathroom and urinating on the boy’s feet. Additionally, a new case has been brought up in which Soberanis was accused of peeking in a boy’s window and trying to get into his home when he was alone. 

"He wanted to hurt my son … he wanted to take my son's innocence,” said the boy’s mother, Stefani Davis. 

Despite this new information, state evaluators again found Soberanis not competent to stand trial and the judge dismissed the charges. 

“I was screaming at my computer. I couldn’t believe it,” Davis said, describing the virtual hearing.

Federal vs. state

Defense attorney Mark Moffat would not comment specifically on Soberanis’s case but said while competency is complicated, it is crucial to our justice system. 

"If they don't have that fundamental level of understanding, it's not fair. It violates due process to prosecute them under those circumstances,” Moffat said.

Moffat said there are many misconceptions about federal vs. state competency standards. 

"Competency standard is the same, whether or not you're charged in federal court or state court,” he said.

When determining competency, an evaluator must answer two questions:

  1. Can they understand basic courtroom proceedings?
  2. Can they work with their attorney to defend themselves?

And while the standard is the same, Moffat said disagreements usually stem from whether someone can adequately assist in their own defense. 

If there is only one evaluator or both evaluators agree, more often than not the judge will support their finding in court. 

That said, Davis still believes an out-of-state evaluator could make all the difference – as, according to her, “the evaluators in Utah are not qualified.”

Davis said she lost her faith in Utah’s legal system the moment she met Soberanis and all she can do now is hope he will soon have his day in court. 

“I hope he never gets out,” she said. 

'Absolutely a criminal case': Utah deputies investigate shooting of dog found in ditch https://www.abc4.com/news/central-utah/absolutely-a-criminal-case-utah-deputies-investigate-shooting-of-dog-found-in-ditch/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 02:06:20 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1803751 CARBON COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) -- A dog with multiple gunshot wounds to the head was rescued in Carbon County nearly two weeks ago and nurtured back to life. County authorities say they are working to track down the person who shot and abandoned him.

Carbon County Sheriff Jeff Wood told ABC4.com that the incident is "absolutely a criminal case" and officers are actively searching for the suspect.

The woman who rescued the dog, Tanner Tamllos, called authorities after finding him wounded on the side of the road. Wood said investigators then contacted the last known owner of the dog who allegedly said he had given the dog to an unknown person in a Walmart parking lot and he was no longer in his possession.

Wood said they are now following a few leads. He said it is unknown at this time why or how the owner previously transferred the dog to the person in the parking lot.

When Tamllos found the dog, now named "BluJay," she said he appeared malnourished and wounded. She later learned from doctors that he had been shot through his head and the two bullets were still lodged inside him. Thanks to medical professionals and donations from people in the community and worldwide, BluJay received several surgeries and is now staying with a family in Carbon County.

While he survived the shooting, his injuries left him fully blind. Tamllos said he is eating and recovering well, but it is still too soon to know whether his health will decline in the future.

According to Utah Code, abandoning, injuring or neglecting an animal is considered animal cruelty and ranges in degrees of severity.

If an individual intentionally or knowingly abandons, injures or neglects an animal, it is considered a class B misdemeanor. If a person tortures, poisons or kills an animal, it is considered aggravated animal cruelty and can be prosecuted as a class A misdemeanor.

Knowingly or intentionally torturing an animal is the only case in which animal cruelty could be considered a third-degree felony. Torture is defined as "inflicting extreme physical pain to an animal in an especially heinous, atrocious, cruel, or exceptionally depraved manner."

In Utah, a class B misdemeanor can be punished by jail time, a fine, or both. Those convicted of a class B misdemeanor could face up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.

A third-degree felony, on the other hand, can be punished with imprisonment, a fine, or both. Imprisonment can be anywhere between zero and five years and fines can be up to $5,000.

Utah student with possible gang connections brings gun, ammunition to school https://www.abc4.com/news/northern-utah/utah-student-with-possible-gang-connections-brings-gun-ammunition-to-school/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 01:59:45 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1805779 ROY, Utah (ABC4) -- A Roy High School student was taken into custody and booked into Weber Valley Detention on Thursday after bringing a handgun and ammunition to school on his waist.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. Thursday, the high school's resource officer received an anonymous tip that the student had brought a gun, a press release states. The high school was placed into a "HOLD" status while the officer and school administration responded to that student's classroom.

The student was removed from the classroom and was found to be in possession of the gun and ammunition in his waistband.

In an interview with the student and his parents, the officer reportedly learned the firearm belonged to the student's father. The student informed the officer that without his parent's knowledge, he obtained the gun from a locked safe.

Additionally, there was information that the incident may have gang connections. The student said he brought the gun for protection, the release states.

The student was taken into custody and booked into Weber Valley Detention on gun-related charges. The officer said that there is no information that the suspect was in possession of the weapon for any other reason than protection.

"Our top priority is the safety of your children, teachers and staff and maintaining a safe environment to learn and educate," the Roy City Police Department said.

Ruby Franke's husband sues Jodi Hildebrandt, citing emotional distress and negligence https://www.abc4.com/news/local-news/ruby-frankes-husband-sues-jodi-hildebrandt-citing-emotional-distress-and-negligence/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 00:25:06 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1805620 NOTE: A lawsuit represents only one side of a story.

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Ruby Franke's husband, Kevin Franke, filed a lawsuit against Jodi Hildebrandt Thursday, April 11, citing emotional distress and negligence for him and his children.

Based on the facts outlined in the complaint, the three causes of action are "intentional infliction of emotional distress," "negligent infliction of emotional distress," and "negligence."

Kevin Franke is seeking judgment for past, present, and future special damages, along with pain and suffering; for losses and harms; and for all other general damages as well as pre/post-judgment interest, costs, and attorney fees.

According to the lawsuit, Kevin Franke's minor children were moved to Hildebrandt's home in Ivins, Utah, while he was living in Utah County.

While those children were in her home, the lawsuit states they were confined and were not allowed to leave, under the threat of increased punishment or "going to jail."

Kevin Franke alleges Hildebrandt physically tortured the children, forcing them, in part, to perform labor, stand in direct sunlight for several days, run barefoot on dirt roads, and jump into a cactus "multiple times," to name a few.

One of the children, called "R," was forced to remain outside in isolation at all hours of the day and night with little food or water, the lawsuit states.

In July 2023, R attempted to run away from the compound. He was ultimately caught by Hildebrandt and Ruby, who reportedly bound his hands and feet and tied them to weights.

"Many times, the binding included two sets of handcuffs, on his wrists and ankles," the lawsuit states. "At times, while he was laying on his stomach, ropes were used to tie the two sets of handcuffs together so that his arms and lower legs were lifted off the ground in a hogtied fashion."

When the handcuffs cut through his skin and damaged muscle and tissue, they were treated with cayenne and honey and covered in duct tape, the lawsuit states.

The other child, called "E," was treated similarly, forced into isolation and extreme and demanding physical tasks, as well as denied adequate food and water.

Both R and E were regularly indoctrinated, the lawsuit states, being convinced that they were evil and possessed, that the punishments were necessary for their repentance, and that the abusive behavior was "acts of love."

On Aug. 30, 2023, R reportedly escaped from Hildebrandt's home and contacted a neighbor, requesting food and water and that law enforcement be called "so he could be taken to jail."

"The latter request was because he had been so indoctrinated by [Hildebrandt] that if he escaped, he would go to jail," the lawsuit states.

Instead of jail, R was cared for by first responders and admitted to a hospital.

That same day, Hildebrandt was arrested and E was found sitting in a closet in Hildebrandt's home.

After hours of reassurance from law enforcement, she, too, was admitted to a hospital, according to the lawsuit.

The Department of Child Services then took custody of all four of Hildebrandt's children, "who had been so seriously and adversely manipulated and indoctrinated," the lawsuit states.

"The children's personalities, emotions and psyches were so damaged and altered that it was beyond [Kevin Franke's] capability to restore them without professional intervention," the lawsuit states.

IOC makes stops in Park City and Soldier Hollow https://www.abc4.com/sports/ioc-members-tour-utah-olympic-venues-2/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 00:02:26 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1805637 PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - As the dream of getting the 2034 Winter Olympics to Salt Lake City becomes more a reality, members of the International Olympic Committee spent Thursday touring various potential Olympic venues

"It's just incredible today to have the IOC here," said Park City Mountain VP and CEO Deirdra Walsh. "The organizing committee, my team, to bring this to fruition and be able to look out at the mountains and see what's possible here for the 2034 games, it's just incredible."

The day started at the Utah Olympic Park as IOC members saw the bobsled, luge and skeleton track, which is one of only three like it in North America, and still in use every day.

"It is incredible how you maintained all these venues since 2002," said Karl Stoss, Chairman of the Future Host Commission. "This is one of our success stories I think in the IOC. We would like to build our legacy on the venues you had before."

"That's one of the great things we've been able to do is do the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the facilities, as we do at most of our Olympic venues here," said Collin Hilton, President of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation. "So we don't have any major improvements to do for gearing up for 2034."

Then it was over to Park City Mountain to check out the halfpipe and slopestyle courses. That's is where Olympic gold medalist and Park City native Ted Ligety learned how to ski as a kid, and he says he was inspired to become an Olympian watching the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah.

"To think about having the games here again in 2034, it's such an amazing experience for the next generation of youth," Ligety said. "But also we've built all these amazing facilities around those games that are still used today."

"Today kids are training every day here," added Fraser Bullock, President and CEO of the Salt Lake City Committee "They are future Olympians, and so that's part of the games. It's an entire system that these venues are not only kept up, they are used everyday."

The tour wrapped up at Soldier Hollow to see the cross-country and biathlon courses with one of the IOC members taking a shot herself.

The topic of diversity was brought up at this morning's Olympic Forum at the Eccles Theater downtown, and how ready Salt Lake City is to host the world again amid its everchanging demographic.

"It's been almost an exponential increase," said Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall. "One in ten Utahns were diverse at that point in the 2002 games. But now we're up to a quarter of all Utahns. That's who we are to becoming, and how our economy is growing as well."

"It is very, very important," said Stoss about Utah's diversity. "This is the way we have to show the world that sport is the bridge for peace."

The IOC will conclude its tour of Olympic facilities Friday with stops at Snowbasin and the Olympic Oval in Kearns.

PHOTOS: One hospitalized after 3-vehicle Hurricane crash https://www.abc4.com/news/southern-utah/photos-one-hospitalized-after-3-vehicle-hurricane-crash/ Thu, 11 Apr 2024 22:55:56 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1805567 HURRICANE, Utah (ABC4) -- One person was hospitalized Thursday after a three-vehicle, four-person crash on state street in Hurricane.

One person was originally thought to be trapped, but got themselves out, Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue said.

Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue responded to the incident, along with Hurricane City Police and the Utah Department of Transportation.

There is no further information available at this time.

85-year-old Idaho woman justified in fatally shooting intruder, prosecutor says https://www.abc4.com/news/85-year-old-idaho-woman-justified-in-fatally-shooting-intruder-prosecutor-says/ Thu, 11 Apr 2024 22:01:14 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1805509 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- An 85-year-old Idaho woman is being called a hero after local prosecutors say she justifiably gunned down a man who broke into her home, handcuffed her to a chair, and told her repeatedly that he was going to kill her.

Using a pistol she kept under her pillow, Christine Jenneiahn turned the tables on the 39-year-old intruder and killed him in a gunfight in which she herself was shot several times. In the bloody aftermath, the octogenarian spent 10 hours on the floor, still handcuffed, until her disabled son could bring her a phone to call 911.

“This case presents an easy analysis of self-defense and justifiable homicide,” Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Jolley said in a statement. He added: “It also presents one of the most heroic acts of self-preservation I have heard of.”

Jolley released a review of the case on Wednesday based on Jenneiahn’s statements, video footage, photographs and search warrant evidence. The prosecuting attorney noted that “any reasonable person would believe it necessary to defend themselves or their disabled child under such circumstances.”

The home invasion happened in the early morning hours of March 13 in Jenneiahn’s residence north of Blackfoot, Idaho. Officials identified the intruder as Derek Condon, of Blackfoot. EastIdahoNews reports the two were known to each other, and officials said the attack was not believed to be random.

According to investigators, Jenneiahn was sleeping when she was woken up around 2 a.m. by a man dressed in a military jacket and black ski mask pointing a flashlight and a gun in her face.

Condon struck Jenneiahn in the head, investigators believe, as blood was found on her pillow. He then ordered her out of bed and handcuffed her to a wooden chair in the living room, where he demanded to know if any valuables were in the house.

Condon left Jenneiahn to search the basement for safes, and there he discovered that Jenneiahn’s son was in the home. Condon became enraged that Jenneiahn didn’t make him aware of this, prosecutors said, adding that he told her repeatedly that he was going to kill her.

When Condon was in the basement, Jenneiahn dragged the chair to her bedroom, where she kept a .357 Magnum revolver under her pillow. She returned to the living room and hid the pistol between the couch cushions. She waited to see what Condon would do next.

Jenneiahn reported to investigators that Condon told her several times he was going to kill her as he rummaged through the house. At one point, she decided that it was “now or never,” drew her gun from the couch and shot Condon, the prosecutor wrote.

“Condon was still in the act of this violent home invasion when Christine chose to engage him with deadly force,” Jolley said, noting that Idaho law makes it clear that no person should be placed in legal jeopardy when protecting themselves.

Jenneiahn shot at Condon twice, hitting him with both shots. Condon returned fire, emptying a 9mm pistol and striking Jenneiahn in the abdomen, leg, arm, and chest. Condon died in the kitchen while Jenneiahn waited for hours for her son to bring her a phone. Emergency crews responded and provided life-saving help.

“That Christine survived this encounter is truly incredible,” Jolley wrote. “Her grit, determination, and will to live appeared to be what saved her that night.”

The prosecutor added that if Condon would have survived, he would have charged him with attempted murder, kidnapping, burglary, and aggravated battery, among other felonies.

The Bingham County Sheriff’s Office said in a social media post that it was not the department’s intention to defame Condon or make the tragedy for his family worse with the information made public on Wednesday.

“We are simply releasing the facts of the case, and explaining that there was a victim involved that displayed heroism, fortitude, and a will to live that we’d be remiss not to share,” the department said.

According to EastIdahoNews, Jenneiahn has been released from Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center and is still recovering.

Utah gymnastics team shoots for national title https://www.abc4.com/sports/utah-gymnastics-team-shoots-for-national-title/ Thu, 11 Apr 2024 21:50:00 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1805843 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - The #5 Utah gymnastics team hasn't won a national championship since 1995. But the Red Rocks almost didn't get a chance to compete for a national title after a slow start at the regionals last week.

"It was very stunning," Makenna Smith said about the Utes slow start in Gainesville. "I don't think we've really ever been put in that position before, and it was definitely startling. But also really, I think it lit a fire under all of us."

"Halfway through, I didn't know if we were going to make it through," said senior Grace McCallum. "I was starting to stress a lot, and the pressure kind of got to me a little bit on beam because I was thinking I had to go up there and be perfect."

But the Utes came through with strong performances on the floor and vault to qualify for the nationals for the 48th straight time. Utah is the only school to qualify for all 48 national championships.

"Pressure is a huge thing," said senior Maile O'Keefe. "As much as we don't try to think about it, there is always that underlying pressure of not wanting to be the first Utah team to not make nationals. I'm not saying we were thinking about that, but there's always like that subconscious thought and feeling."

"There were some doubts for sure, but the team is truly like the most supportive and resilient girls," added Ashley Glynn. "So we just went forward with a positive mindset, trusting our training, and we kind of just said that we're not going to have any more doubts moving forward."

"This team has so much heart and so much courage," said head coach Carly Dockendorf. "I knew that we weren't finished after that first rotation. They were going to fight to the very end, and that's exactly what they did."

Now Utah is one of the final eight teams that still has a chance to win a national championship. Utah will compete against #1 Oklahoma, #4 Florida and #8 Alabama in the evening session. The top two teams from each session will advance to the finals on Saturday.

The Utes are happy to be back at the nationals, but they know there's still plenty of work to be done.

"I think we're feeling really motivated," McCallum said. "Going into this week obviously we didn't have our best day, but we still made it through. But I think we're just all really excited to be going to nationals, and we know we have a lot of work to do beforehand."

"I learned, but it really instilled in us that we're super resilient humans," O'Keefe said. and "We're strong women with non-stop go getter attitudes."

"I think the fact that we were still able to finish in the top two after counting a fall says so much about this team," Dockendorf. "That wasn't even close to what we're capable of doing with our gymnastic skills. If you can combine that same kind of mental strength with their actual routines they're capable of doing, we're a very dangerous team."

Man now faces nine attempted murder charges in connection to Salt Lake County auto-peds https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/man-now-faces-nine-attempted-murder-charges-in-connection-to-salt-lake-county-auto-peds/ Thu, 11 Apr 2024 20:32:28 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1805384 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- A man charged with six attempted murder charges in March is now facing three more as investigators continue to look into pedestrian crashes throughout Salt Lake County, according to Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill.

Anh Duy Pham was initially charged with 10 felony charges, including six attempted murder charges, for his connection to "targeted auto pedestrian crashes" over the span of several months. Gill announced Thursday the filing of three more attempted murder charges related to two additional pedestrian crashes.

The new charges bring the total to nine first-degree felony attempted murder charges, six counts of third-degree felony failure to stop at a serious injury accident, and three misdemeanor counts of failure to stop at an injury accident, according to a press release.

Gill previously said the auto-pedestrian incidents traced back to Pham were “shrouded in the shadow of accidents.” Court documents say Pham did not know the victims involved and targeted random women in the area.

Authorities say Pham's charges are in connection to six auto-pedestrian crashes, some of which had more than one victim. The two incidents that Gill says were recently connected to Pham occurred on March 2 and March 12 near 900 South 1300 East and 160 North T Street, respectively.

“We thank Salt Lake City Police Department detectives and our prosecutors for their continual work on this case to help ensure justice for our community,” Gill said. “All persons accused of wrongdoing are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.”

Charges are allegations only. All arrested persons are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

$10K reward offered for information on bald eagle shot in Cedar City https://www.abc4.com/news/southern-utah/10k-reward-offered-for-information-on-bald-eagle-shot-in-cedar-city/ Thu, 11 Apr 2024 20:00:15 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1805348 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction of the person who fatally shot a bald eagle earlier this year in southern Utah.

The Center for Biological Diversity, an Arizona-based nonprofit that works to protect endangered species, announced the award on Thursday, days after Utah wildlife officials said they were seeking information in the case.

"It’s a tragedy that this majestic bald eagle was senselessly gunned down, and the perpetrator needs to be brought to justice," said Patrick Donnelly, Great Basin director at the center, in a statement. "I hope someone does the right thing and comes forward with information."

On Tuesday, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said the bird was found injured on Feb. 29 in Cedar City. The raptor had suffered a bullet wound through its wing from what appeared to be a rifle shot.

“Unfortunately, the injuries were severe,” said DWR in a press release. “It was determined that the eagle would not recover, resulting in it needing to be euthanized.”

Those with information on the eagle were asked to contact the UTiP Hotline by calling 1-800-662-3337, by texting 847411, or through the DWR website or app.

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, Utah is home to one of the largest wintering populations of bald eagles in the country. Up to a third of the bald eagles this side of the Mississippi River overwinter in Utah.

Bald eagles have long been a symbol of the U.S., and they are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Violations can carry penalties over $100,000 in fines and a year in federal prison.

Former Salt Lake City mayor Ted Wilson dies at 84 https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/former-salt-lake-city-mayor-ted-wilson-dies-at-84/ Thu, 11 Apr 2024 18:02:58 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1804979 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson died on Thursday, April 11, according to his family. Wilson was 84 years old. His family said he died due to congestive heart failure and Parkinson's disease.

The Wilson family sent a statement to ABC4, which reads:

"Ted Wilson passed today surrounded by family. As the eternal optimist, he loved people and they loved him back. We are honored that his memory will live on in the legacy he built as Salt Lake City Mayor, through the countless people he has taught and mentored, his decades of humanitarian service, and his mountaineering accomplishments. Ted’s lifetime priorities were his family and public service. He built and nurtured many deep and meaningful friendships and would remind us all to 'never sweat the small stuff'.”

Utah officials responded to Wilson's passing online, including Utah Governor Spencer Cox.

"Ted Wilson devoted most of his life to public services. As a Utah National Guardsman, Salt Lake City's mayor, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and a trusted advisor to Gov. Gary Herbert, Ted always put people over politics. Abby and I are grateful for his devotion to our state and we express our deepest sympathies to his family," he wrote.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall shared her memories of Wilson online, writing that he was her mentor and a cherished friend.

"To this City, he was a giant and a champion. His legacy is a permanent thread in our City's story. He was a committed leader, a driver of progress and someone willing to listen, learn, and evolve," she wrote.

Mendenhall went on to describe Wilson as a driver of progress, saying her heart is with Wilson's family.

"Ted Wilson made Salt Lake City better in more ways than we’ll ever be able to count. I look forward to the day when thinking of Ted again brings more smiles than tears. Until then, I will miss my friend, and Salt Lake City will miss a true legend," she wrote.

Wilson was born on May 18, 1939 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in 1964, a master's from the University of Washington in 1969 and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Westminster College in 1983.

He served in the Utah Army National Guard from 1957 to 1963. Wilson later started his political career in 1973 as he was appointed Chief of Staff to Utah Congressman Wayne Owens. In 1975, Wilson was appointed to direct the Department of Social Services in Salt Lake County.

He was elected to three terms as the mayor of Salt Lake City, serving from 1976 - 1985, before he later became the Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Wilson ran for U.S. Senate in 1982 against Orrin Hatch and in 1988 was the Democratic candidate for Governor of the State of Utah.

Wilson was known for overseeing the city's response to the floods of 1983, working to reconstruct the Salt Lake City International Airport and his community and environmental efforts.

Wilson worked as the director of the Utah Clean Air Partnership and the director of the Utah Rivers Council, as well as serving as the environmental advisor to Gov. Gary Herbert.

The Hinckley Institute writes that outside of politics, Wilson had a great love for mountaineering.

"He has climbed peaks around the world from the Alps to the Andes, established three climbing schools, and he received the Department of the Interior Valor Award in 1967 for his role in a rescue on the North Face of the Grand Teton," their website said.

Wilson and his first wife Kathryn Carling had five children together, including current Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson. He was later married to former Salt Lake Tribune columnist Holly Mullen and was stepfather to her two children.

'No shots fired': SUU lifts lockdown following reported active shooter scare https://www.abc4.com/news/southern-utah/southern-utah-university-alerts-students-of-possible-active-shooter/ Thu, 11 Apr 2024 15:40:13 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1804938 CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4) -- Southern Utah University confirmed there were "no shots fired" on campus after receiving a suspicious phone call reporting noises that sounded like gunfire early Thursday morning, April 11.

The campus went on full lockdown around 9:30 a.m. following reports of the possibility of an active shooter near the Science Buildings. At the same time, the Iron County School District placed a lockdown for several schools in the Cedar City area where Southern Utah University is located.

Officers with Southern Utah University and the surrounding agencies who responded to assist spent the morning searching and clearing several buildings on campus, including the Science Buildings. Law enforcement determined by 10:30 a.m. that no shots had been fired on campus.

"It takes a lot of man hours. It takes so much effort, so much cooperation," said SUU Chief of Police Carlos Medina about clearing the campus. "We have such a good working relationship with other agencies that it makes it pretty fluid and easy, given the circumstances, to really do our job effectively and not only help our SUU community but also the citizens of Cedar City."

Throughout the afternoon, the Southern Utah University officials lifted the lockdown building by building as law enforcement completed their sweep of the campus. The lockdown was fully lifted by 1:10 p.m.

"Thank you for your cooperation. We take the safety of our campus very seriously," University officials said through social media.

The University canceled classes and activities on campus for the rest of the day. Classes are expected to resume a normal schedule on Friday, April 12.

Medina did not disclose the source of the reported gunfire-like noise but did confirm that SUU police are working with the FBI as they continue their investigation. Medina refused to say if authorities believe the threat was a hoax, saying that will be determined through the investigation.

"We're taking it seriously until we find out through our investigation that it was a hoax, then we will call it that," said Medina. "But, as of right now, it's an active investigation and we are treating it like an active shooter."

Shortly after the lockdown began, the University released details of a suspect but officials later said it was "highly unlikely" the suspect was actually involved in the threat.

"We are grateful to SUU Police and the many local law enforcement agencies for their swift response and superb coordination, prioritizing safety on our campus in our community," said SUU President Mindy Benson. "Thank you to all who were an important part of the successful resolution of the situation."

The university said students and employees can contact SUU's Counseling and Psychological Services at 435-865-8621 or access support online at suu.edu/mentalhealth and suu.edu/hr/benefits/eap.

Work continues to relieve Panguitch dam pressure https://www.abc4.com/news/southern-utah/work-continues-to-relieve-panguitch-dam-pressure/ Thu, 11 Apr 2024 15:22:34 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1804853 PANGUITCH, Utah (ABC4) -- Work continues to alleviate pressure on the damaged dam threatening residents in Southern Utah.

On Monday, April 8, crews found a crack in the upper portion of the Panguitch Lake Dam, forcing a "Level 2 Emergency Situation," closing highways, limiting lake access and flood watches for the area.

Late Wednesday night, April 10, the Utah Department of Public Safety provided an update saying crews cut across the ice to help relieve some of the pressure pushing against the dam.

"They have also added rock to the downstream side to support the dam wall," said Utah DPS in a statement. "These measures have helped to change the tilt of the expanded section from eight degrees to two degrees."

The Utah DPS previously said the damage only affected a two to five-foot expansion of the Panguitch Lake Dam that was installed about 80 to 90 years ago. The main portion of the dam is still intact, leading officials to believe a complete dam breach is not likely or anticipated.

Still, a flash flood warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect for a large portion of Southwest Utah as of Thursday morning.

"A Level 2 Emergency Situation indicates that there is a potential for dam failure," the flash flood warning said. "While there is no immediate threat to public safety, the situation could rapidly evolve. Officials are closely monitoring the dam and are prepared to escalate their response if necessary."

The National Weather Service said Panguitch Creek is running high, fast and cold due to the releases to lower the lake level. Residents are advised to keep children and pets away from the creek as a precaution.

O.J. Simpson, ex-NFL star acquitted in 'trial of the century,' dies: family https://www.abc4.com/news/national/o-j-simpson-has-died-family-says/ Thu, 11 Apr 2024 14:43:00 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/news/national/o-j-simpson-has-died-family-says/ (NEXSTAR) — O.J. Simpson has died, his family announced on social media Thursday morning. He was 76.

"On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer," a post on X attributed to his family reads. "He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren."

His attorney confirmed Simpson's death to TMZ. Additional details were not immediately available.

Simpson, who stood trial for the double-murder of his ex-wife and her friend in the 1990s, was reportedly in Las Vegas at the time of his passing, according to TMZ.

The former NFL player was reportedly diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year and undergoing chemotherapy. In a Feb. 9 post to X, Simpson spoke out against rumors that he was in hospice care, saying at the time that "all is well" and that he was not in hospice.

In a video posted a couple of days later, Simpson said, "Obviously, I'm dealing with some issues, but I think I'm just about over it."

FILE - O.J. Simpson, left, smiles next to San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. at a news conference where the 49ers announced that Simpson had been traded to them from the Buffalo Bills, in San Francisco, March 24, 1978. San Francisco dealt five draft picks to Buffalo in 1978 for hometown star O.J. Simpson, who was about to turn 31 and coming off knee surgery. (AP Photo/Sal Veder, file)

Simpson, a San Francisco native, originally captured the nation's attention when he won the Heisman Trophy in 1968 while playing for the University of Southern California. He was selected No. 1 overall in the NFL draft the following year by the Buffalo Bills.

The running back became a leading rusher in the league during the 1970s and was named MVP in 1973. During his time in the NFL, Simpson made six Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro selection five times. He was later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

“I was part of the history of the game,” he said years later, recalling that season. “If I did nothing else in my life, I’d made my mark.”

FILE - In this 1977 file photo shows Buffalo Bills NFL Football player O.J. Simpson. (AP Photo, File)

Simpson's legacy, however, was forever changed by the June 1994 knife slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman in Los Angeles. Live TV coverage of his arrest after a famous slow-speed chase marked a stunning fall from grace for the sports hero.

He would later be found not guilty after a televised court case that grappled the country and has since been covered in books, television, and film. Simpson was, however, found liable in 1997 for the deaths, and ordered to pay $33.5 million to family members of Brown and Goldman.

“I don’t think most of America believes I did it,” Simpson told The New York Times in 1995 a week after a jury determined he did not kill Brown and Goldman. “I’ve gotten thousands of letters and telegrams from people supporting me.”

A decade later, still shadowed by the California wrongful death judgment, Simpson led five men he barely knew into a confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers in a cramped Las Vegas hotel room. Two men with Simpson had guns. A jury convicted Simpson of armed robbery and other felonies.

He was ultimately found guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping, receiving a sentence of 33 years in prison. In 2021, Simpson was granted early release from parole, which he had been on since 2017.

Simpson married his first wife, Marguerite Whitley, on June 24, 1967, moving her to Los Angeles the next day so he could begin preparing for his first season with USC — which, in large part because of Simpson, won that year’s national championship.

He had two sons, Jason and Aaren, with his first wife. Aaren drowned as a toddler in a swimming pool accident in 1979, the same year he and Whitley divorced.

Simpson and Brown were married in 1985. They had two children, Justin and Sydney, and divorced in 1992. Two years later, Nicole Brown Simpson was found murdered.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Chad Daybell Trial Liveblog Day 2: Detective describes finding children's bodies https://www.abc4.com/news/national/vallow-daybell-trial/chad-daybell-trial-liveblog-day-2-detective-to-continue-testimony/ Thu, 11 Apr 2024 14:26:44 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1804423 BOISE, Idaho (ABC4) -- The second day of the Chad Daybell murder trial brought more grisly testimony from an Idaho detective who found the bodies of 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan.

Rexburg Detective Ray Hermosillo again took the stand Thursday, describing to the court in graphic detail how the children’s bodies were dug up from Daybell’s property in east Idaho. He had begun his testimony on Wednesday as the state’s first witness.

Hermosillo told the court that JJ Vallow was found under a burn pit, in a trash bag, wrapped in layers of duct tape, wearing pajamas and a nighttime diaper. Tylee was found in what was supposed to be a pet cemetery. Her dismembered remains were discovered burned and charred inside of a melted plastic bucket.

Hermosillo said the stench of the decomposing bodies was so odious that excavation crews had to take turns digging out the bodies. “The smell was so bad we could only work for a few minutes,” he said.

The detective noted that he recognized JJ Vallow for the first time when he saw him on the autopsy table. However, when Tylee's charred remains were brought in, he said the medical examiner said there was nothing to be done with what remained of the teenager.

While the trial is being live streamed by the court in Ada County, Idaho, the images of the children’s bodies were not broadcast due to their graphic nature.

In Thursday's afternoon session, John Prior, Daybell’s attorney, cross-examined Hermosillo, looking for holes in his testimony.

Prior questioned him about an incident where Tammy Daybell called police after someone attempted to fire what she believed to be a paintball gun toward her. However, Hermosillo said he believed that it was not a paintball gun and Chad Daybell was connected to the incident.

Hermosillo spoke about online searches made by Alex Cox, Lori Vallow Daybell's brother.

"The night that Tammy Daybell was shot, it was a cold evening, and Google searches were how to make an AR-15 in cold weather," he said.

Judge Boyce said jury selection moved faster than anticipated and the next witness was not present. Court was dismissed for the week to begin again on Monday at 8:30 a.m.

Daybell, 55, is facing charges of murder, fraud, and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the deaths of JJ Vallow, Tylee Ryan, and his former wife, Tammy Daybell. Last year, the mother of the two children, Lori Vallow Daybell, received a life sentence without parole for the killings.

During the opening statements, prosecutors said that Chad Daybell and Vallow Daybell justified the three killings with doomsday religious beliefs, part of an elaborate scheme to eliminate any obstacles to their relationship and to obtain money from survivor benefits and life insurance. Vallow Daybell referred to her two youngest kids as zombies, one friend testified during her trial.

Chad Daybell has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the trial is expected to take more than two months. Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty if Daybell is convicted.

In the defense's opening statements, Chad Daybell's attorney tried to paint Lori Vallow as a manipulator pulling the strings, adding that her brother, Alex Cox, was her “protector,” willing to do anything in her defense. Daybell’s attorney said that before his client met Lori Vallow the only infractions on his record were traffic tickets.

The Associated Press has contributed to this story.

As we will throughout the trial, a liveblog of the day's events will be found below, and a live stream from the courtroom will be found at the top of this post:

Provo Airport adds American Airlines to fleet of carriers with flights to Arizona, Texas https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/provo-airport-adds-american-airlines-to-fleet-of-carriers-with-flights-to-arizona-texas/ Thu, 11 Apr 2024 13:32:05 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1804762 PROVO, Utah (ABC4) -- American Airlines is coming to the Provo Airport.

The airline announced on Thursday, April 11, that it would be adding three daily flights out of the Provo Municipal Airport. Two of the flights will go to Dallas/Fort Worth in Texas and one flight will head toward Phoenix, Ariz.

Provo will become American Airline's third destination city in the Beehive State after Salt Lake City and St. George.

The addition of American Airlines to the Provo Municipal Airport list of carriers comes less than a year after the airport announced its goals to bring a major carrier and international flights to Utah County. The airport already offers flights from Allegiant Air and Breeze Airways.

"We had a forward-looking vision when we built the Provo Airport. The monumental announcement of the arrival of American Airlines proves we were on their radar as much as our airport tower will soon be on theirs," said Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi. "With year-round, daily service, American Airlines is showing their commitment to Provo and we couldn't be happier to welcome them home with this game-changing service."

American Airlines said customers flying out of Provo will be able to connect "with just one stop" across American's global network. The flights include connections to more than 30 destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Director of Domestic Network Planning for American Airlines Joe Sottile said the addition of the airlines will give Utah County residents "more ways to visit the places they want to visit most."

Flights will begin flying out of Provo on October 7, 2024. All flights will have room for 65 passengers, including nine first-class seats.

Provo's new terminal for commercial travel was completed in 2022 and has since grown to serve over 116,000 passengers annually, according to the airport's website. In 2023, Provo city officials recognized a need to expand the Provo Airport as research showed the airport was only serving a fraction of its estimated passengers.

Provo City indicated it hoped expanding the airport would help bring tourism dollars into Utah County, with easier, quicker access to BYU Big 12 games and the Sundance Mountain Resort. To that end, Provo Airport Director Brian Torgersen said adding network service by a major carrier has been a focus for the airport, even before the opening of the new terminal.

"We have been telling our story to all who would listen, and American Airlines has stepped up to provide exceptional service to exceptional major hub airports," said Torgensen. "We couldn't be more thrilled to welcome American Airlines and the entire world to Provo."

Tickets for the new American Airlines flights will be available for sale starting April 22 through American Airlines' website and mobile app.

Warmer temperatures fill the state with above-average highs https://www.abc4.com/utah-weather/warmer-temperatures-fill-the-state-with-above-average-highs/ Thu, 11 Apr 2024 12:24:16 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1804693 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) - Happy Thursday, Utah! Little change to the forecast from Wednesday with the exception of warmer temperatures filling in statewide. 

Bottom Line?! The warmup will continue in Utah through the end of the week, with most daytime highs trending 10-15 degrees above seasonal averages. 

Daytime highs are expected to warm five to ten degrees above yesterday's temperatures. This is due to a strengthening ridge over the region and warmer air rotating through the overall weather pattern with a southerly flow increasing into Utah.  Highs along the Wasatch Front this afternoon will reach the low 70s while St. George will see highs in the mid-80s. Overall, a fantastic spring day with temperatures trending about 10 degrees above normal. 

The warmup we're on will ramp up to close the workweek by introducing a southerly wind. Friday will likely be the warmest day this week as the southerly flow cranks up. Highs will be about 10-15 degrees above average and in some cases, could be closer to 20 degrees above average! Salt Lake could sneak into the upper 70s while St. George climbs into the mid-80s.

Saturday won't bring many changes from what we get on Friday, however, it will be a fraction cooler as high pressure begins to move away. From Sunday into next week, we'll enter a more active pattern.

Our next storm will approach from the west and will bring a chance of isolated showers late Sunday into Monday with highs easing down by about 10-15 degrees in most locations compared to what we get on Friday. Even as that storm clears, a trailing storm dropping in from the northwest could bring even cooler temperatures and a better chance of wet weather Tuesday into midweek.

We'll continue to fine-tune the forecast as we get closer. Stay tuned!

Stay up-to-date on our 4Warn Weather forecast both on-air and online, we are Good4Utah!

Abandoned horses seized, taken to market by Duchesne Co. deputies https://www.abc4.com/news/northern-utah/abandoned-horses-seized-duchesne-co/ Thu, 11 Apr 2024 03:36:55 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1804480 DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) -- Duchesne County deputies seized two horses Wednesday after they were abandoned in the Myton City area.

The horses were taken to Basin Livestock Market in Ballard, Utah, where they will be taken care of until their owner reclaims them -- or they will be sold, county officials said.

The Duchesne County Sheriff's Office said if you are the owner of these horses to please contact the Basin Livestock Market sales barn at (435)722-5043.

There is no further information available at this time.

WATCH: Officials answer questions, outline evacuation plan after damage to Panguitch dam https://www.abc4.com/news/southern-utah/6-p-m-officials-answer-questions-outline-evacuation-plan-after-damage-to-panguitch-dam/ Wed, 10 Apr 2024 23:54:03 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1804266 PANGUITCH, Utah (ABC4) -- "We're gonna get through this," Panguitch Mayor Kim Soper said.

After a crack was found in the Panguitch Lake dam, officials held a town hall meeting -- answering questions and discussing topics like mitigation measures, evacuation plans, and preparedness information.

The damage was found on Monday, April 8, and since then, highways closed, flood watches were issued, and a "Level 2 Emergency Situation" was declared.

"Two or three days ago we got a notice of a 'little leak' at the dam, and things have really started happening since then," Soper said.

Soper thanked the community for the outpour of help and reminded everyone to be prepared and follow the city's emergency plan.

Additionally, he said sandbags are available "in truckloads" to those who need them.

Right now, according to the city, top priorities are life safety, property preservation, and scene stabilization.

If an evacuation were to take place, sirens will sound and officials will go door to door. Additionally, those signed up for the city's alert system will be notified.

Evacuation plan

Sargent Cox with Utah Highway Patrol outlined evacuation plans in the event of a breach.

For elementary school students, 100 South eastbound from 300 South will become a one-way street. The road will filter around to 300 West and then to 100 South in front of the elementary school, through the pickup lane.

Every child attending the elementary school will need to follow that, Cox said.

An image of the Panguitch City and school evacuation plan. The plan was handed out to residents at a town hall meeting on April 10, 2024. (Courtesy: Department of Public Safety)
An image of the Panguitch City and school evacuation plan. The plan was handed out to residents at a town hall meeting on April 10, 2024. (Courtesy: Department of Public Safety)

At the high school, 100 South will continue as a one-way eastbound street in front of the high school. The students that drive are permitted to drive themselves away from the school, with siblings only.

As they travel eastbound, Cox asked they turn at the intersection at 400 east and 100 south and go north toward center street, to return home.

"This is something we have time to do," he said. "This does not need to be rushed."

If the dam is breached, there is roughly two hours before the water hits the city, Cox said, asking the community to remain orderly.

He also asked people choose to go southbound on Highway 89, should the situation require evacuation.

What is the county doing?

The Garfield County Commissioner said they have road crews on scene, placing rock on the top two feet that are areas of concern on the dam. If it moves, he said, there is support.

Additionally, he said an emergency declaration was issued today, meaning funding sources from the state and federal government can be opened up if needed.

While he said no plan is perfect, the city of Panguitch is prepared.

"We'll be there to help each other get through it. I trust the plan," he said.

For more information, including dam updates, the full town hall meeting can be viewed via the video below.

Evermore Park permanently shuts its gates, new attraction in the works https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/evermore-park-permanently-shuts-its-gates-new-attraction-in-the-works/ Wed, 10 Apr 2024 23:39:27 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1803394 PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (ABC4) -- Evermore Park, an immersive fantasy-themed attraction in Utah County, has now closed its gates for good.

Evermore Park's website is updated to reflect that — with a page titled "End of An Era."

In a statement to ABC4, founder Ken Bretschneider said after careful consideration by the park's management team and board of directors, they made the difficult decision to close the park indefinitely.

"It is with deep sadness and gratitude that we formally announce the closing of Evermore Park in 2024," he said. "The past decade has been filled with its share of trials and tribulations, but also many moments of magic and imagination."

Photo of Evermore Park during the "Lore" season in 2023. (Kayla Baggerly)

Brandon Fugal, the property owner of the 12.75 acres where the attraction sat, said the closure comes after years of struggle, where Evermore Park failed "to make their business and operating model work."

"After months of not paying rent or expenses, they ceased operations and have moved out. I personally acquired the property over two years ago and settled millions of dollars in liens in an effort to save Evermore Park and preserve the vision - even structuring a new, very friendly lease. They have unfortunately failed and defaulted," Fugal said.

In Bretschneider's statement, he described the ongoing difficulties the park has experienced.

"Evermore Park faced significant challenges from the beginning, which intensified in 2020 with the COVID pandemic closures, followed by reduced consumer spending in 2021 and even more so in 2023, coupled with inflation, gave us little to work with," Bretschneider said. "Coming out of the new year, we had a few promising opportunities that would have provided needed bridge capital and potential to grow revenue in 2024. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, things changed and as a result we are unable to continue."

A ProPublica loan database shows that Evermore Park took out two loans totaling over $1 million in 2020 and 2021. Both were forgiven.

What's next?

Going forward, Fugal said, there are already plans for the land that Evermore Park occupied.

"I have my Evermore property under contract with a very well-capitalized group who is not only keeping the 27 existing old world structures intact, but finishing everything with new improvements," he said.

At this time, Fugal said he is unable to share more, but details should be available in the coming weeks. He said he purchased the real estate of Evermore Park wanting to preserve its inspiring vision and the special place it holds in the community.

"I look forward to unveiling the next chapter and a bright future ahead," he said.

The end of an era

The park was open on weekends for different seasonal experiences throughout the year, such as "Lore" during the fall, "Aurora" in the winter, and "Mythos" in the spring and summer months.

Its last run was "Aurora" in December 2023. Bretschneider said since the park is seasonal, the majority of its workforce is contracted. He said at the end of 2023's Aurora, staff were informed of upcoming events and tryouts, but also that Evermore Park faced many challenges and they were working on possible solutions to keep it going.

He explained that a small number of full-time employees continued in early 2024 to maintain the park as management and the board focused on trying to save it.

Photo of Evermore Park during the "Lore" season in 2023. (Kayla Baggerly)

"In January and February, we informed our team leaders of our continued challenges and notified them and our seasonal staff immediately once it was known/decided to close the park towards the end of March. We also notified our investors/partners and park vendors once the final decision was made," he said.

Bretschneider went on to thank those that made Evermore Park what it was.

"Evermore Park forged new ground in immersive and interactive entertainment, which presented many challenges as it’s never easy to do something new. We are grateful for the many amazing experiences that happened in our little park and hope that it made a positive impact on the people who visited," he said.

History behind Evermore

In 2014, the concept of Evermore Park first made its debut at the comic convention FanX in Salt Lake City. A booth detailed what was planned for the attraction, including sets, costumes, and a model of the park. Design and construction for Evermore Park started in 2016 and it officially opened in 2018.

At the park, guests could join in a variety of activities, such as interacting with actors who portrayed fantasy characters, watching a bird and reptile show, trying their hand at axe throwing and archery, or riding the small train "The Evermore Express".

According to the website, the idea for Evermore Park grew from a haunted adventure that Bretschneider, his family, and friends created at his home during the Halloween season.

"To us Evermore Park was an amazing place where artists/creatives from all walks of life came together to deliver a Magical Story and an escape from reality," it says. "We have seen many miracles happen in Evermore Park with hundreds of thousands of people visiting throughout the years. Some visitors just came to stroll the village and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere and entertainment, while others visited the park in elaborate costumes developing their own characters and fully immersed themselves in the story and events."

The website says that although Evermore Park will no longer be operating, they hope that the "magical moments at Evermore Park continue on through the memories of all the people who made it such a special place."

Utah's Hogle Zoo adopts adorable orphaned cougar cubs — Here's how you can see them https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/utahs-hogle-zoo-adopts-adorable-orphaned-cougar-cubs-heres-how-you-can-see-them/ Wed, 10 Apr 2024 23:22:37 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1804116 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- Hogle Zoo's newest exhibit, "Wild Utah," is taking in three orphaned and rescued cougar cubs.

The cubs were orphaned at a young age and were not fully equipped with the necessary skills to survive in the wild, the zoo said.

"We're so happy to give them a fur-ever home!" the zoo posted to social media.

The three cubs, Liam, Mara, and Rafael, are moving to the Wild Utah exhibit this spring.

Hogle Zoo's vet and animal care teams reportedly brought siblings Liam and Mara back to full strength after they experienced extreme weather and frostbite in their home state of Nebraska.

Shortly after those two arrived, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources rescued another orphaned cub, Rafael, to be raised with the siblings at the zoo.

The trio is easy to tell apart -- Liam and Mara have shorter tails and ears from frostbite, while Rafael has a full-length tail and big, pointy ears.

"While Mara is typically a bit shy and marches to the beat of her own drum, the boys are curious and inquisitive, especially when using the buddy system," the zoo said.

What is Wild Utah?

A $22 million, three-acre exhibit is coming soon to Utah’s Hogle Zoo.

The new Aline W. Skaggs Wild Utah exhibit will feature species like cougars, badgers, and bighorn sheep — all to “experience Utah wildlife like never before,” the zoo said.

The exhibit will include up-close and personal experiences with the various species, teaching guests how to sight and care for Utah’s native wildlife.

For more information, you can read about it here.

Weber County Animal Services parvo quarantine is over, open for dog adoptions again https://www.abc4.com/news/northern-utah/weber-county-animal-services-parvo-quarantine-is-over-open-for-dog-adoptions-again/ Wed, 10 Apr 2024 23:21:28 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1803888 WEBER COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) -- Weber County Animal Service's quarantine is now over following an outbreak of canine parvovirus at the facility.

On Facebook, the shelter announced they are open for dog adoptions again.

"We have lots of anxious dogs waiting for homes! Please come in and adopt or foster!" the post said.

(Weber County Animal Services)

What happened?

On April 1, the shelter confirmed there were three cases of the highly contagious disease.

April 2, they gave an update that four dogs were infected, saying three passed away. The lone survivor was Oliver, a 15-month-old mix-breed dog.

Lisa Weiss, an animal care specialist at the shelter, said Oliver has been there since January.

“When he first arrived, he was so scared he didn’t want anything to do with any of us. Through the help of our volunteers, Oliver has made strides here at the shelter and has become a favorite amongst the shelter staff and volunteers,” Weiss said.

A photo of Oliver as he undergoes treatment for parvovirus. (Weber County Animal Services)

On April 4, the shelter posted that Oliver's expenses were paid off due to generous donations from the community, but since then, he has accrued more charges and needs a longer hospital stay.

Weiss said all donations are appreciated and can be made directly to Mountain West Veterinary Specialists by calling 801-683-6201, pressing option 2, and asking them to put the donation toward Oliver from the Weber Shelter.

April 8, she gave an update on Oliver, saying he has been doing better as he was starting to keep his food down and give vet staff tail wags.

Weiss added that they are looking for a foster that can help Oliver fully recover when he gets discharged from the hospital, with more details to be posted on their Facebook page.

For information on what supplies and donations the shelter needs, visit their website.

The American Veterinary Medical Association says that canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease caused by canine parvovirus type 2 (CPV-2) that attacks white blood cells and the gastrointestinal tract of dogs. In puppies, it can also damage the heart muscle.

Signs of parvovirus can be lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea fever or low body temperature.

According to the AVMA, it can be spread through direct contact with infected dogs, contact with feces from infected dogs, or contact with virus-contaminated surfaces.

Weiss said that when the virus broke out, no new dogs stayed in the room where it was found. She said that shelter workers would use special protection equipment when they went in the room, which was cleaned daily with heavy-duty supplies.

Will solar panels on canals help the West save water? Project in Weber Co. aims to find out https://www.abc4.com/news/northern-utah/will-solar-panels-on-canals-help-the-west-save-water-project-in-weber-co-aims-to-find-out/ Wed, 10 Apr 2024 22:51:06 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1804044 WEBER COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) -- Could installing solar panels on irrigation canals boost the water supply while simultaneously providing a fresh source of clean energy? A water district in northern Utah is set to find out.

Earlier this month, the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District (WBWCD) was awarded a chunk of $19 million in federal funding to test the idea, which could be rolled out on a massive scale across the American West to improve the region’s resilience to drought and climate change.

According to the U.S. Department of Interior, WBWCD will get $1.5 million to install solar panels in the upper portion of the Layton Canal, which is located in Weber County. The project will be a five-year demonstration, collecting data on the feasibility of the novel concept to conserve water and generate renewable energy.

“We love the implementation of new technologies,” said Jonathan Parry, assistant general manager for the water district. “We’re excited to see how this can play a role in our energy portfolio.”

How is this supposed to work?

According to Parry, the water district is aiming to install solar panels on a 1,400-foot section of the Layton Canal, shading what is currently an exposed area of open water.

This is expected to reduce evaporation from solar radiation, meaning there’ll be more water in the irrigation system. The shade should also limit toxic algal blooms, thereby improving water quality.

Additionally, studies suggest that any evaporation that does happen off the water will act as a coolant on the solar panels, making them more productive in energy generation, Parry said.

A section of the Layton Canal where the solar panels could be placed. (credit: Weber Basin Water Conservancy District)

These potential benefits are all things the WBWCD will look to monitor over the course of the project. Should it play out as expected, more solar panels could be installed in the district, which supplies water to parts of Davis, Weber, Morgan, and Summit counties.

“We’ve got a lot of canals that have the potential for these types of installations,” Parry said.

When will the project be up and running?

The WBWCD expects the Layton Canal project to be up and running in the next two to two-and-a-half years. But before construction gets underway, details need to be finalized and all the equipment needs to be gathered.

According to Parry, in the next six months, the WBWCD will get a consultant on board to help with designing the project and equipment selection.

Other projects in the West

Two other water districts in California and Oregon also received federal funding this month to test floating solar panels in canals, and last year, $5.6 million went to fund a solar panel project at the Casa Blanca Canal in Arizona.

According to the U.S. Department of Interior, the money for these projects came from the Inflation Reduction Act, which carved out $25 million to design, study and implement solar projects on water facilities connected to the Bureau of Reclamation.

The WBWCD has a close relationship with the bureau, Parry said, adding that the original Weber Basin water project was a federal undertaking in the 1950s and '60s. Parry said the bureau often works with the WBWCD to provide grants and alerted the water district about this particular opportunity.

“We want to be providing as much value as we can to our communities and doing it as efficiently as possible,” Parry said. “We’re hopeful that this is another tool and resource to do exactly that.”

New U of U program helps students pay for college through community service https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/new-u-of-u-program-helps-students-pay-for-college-through-community-service/ Wed, 10 Apr 2024 22:34:10 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1803897 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- The University of Utah launched a new, $1 million project Wednesday that intends to help students graduate on time, with less debt, and with increased career readiness.

The initiative, which launches this fall, is for students who have demonstrated a need and who have not earned merit-based scholarships, a press release from the university states. Students selected will have the opportunity to earn $5,000 in scholarships and wages by performing 120 hours of community service.

The internship is designed to complement the Beehive State's One Utah Service Fellowship Program, a bill Gov. Spencer Cox recently signed that provides stipends and scholarships to young adults who participate in service.

Additionally, the initiative joins a suite of internship and service programs offered by the Hinckley Institute of Politics, the Bennion Center, and U Career Success to "support students and serve the community," the release states.

The new program will be based at the Hinckley Institute, with an initial group of 200 students throughout its first year. Morgan Lyon Cotty, associate director at the Hinckley Institute, is set to oversee the program.

With the support of state, federal, and other sources, the University of Utah anticipates expanding the program over the next three years to include 1,000 students engaging in more than 120,000 service hours annually, the release states.

"We’re thrilled to partner with the State and the Governor’s Office on this initiative," University President Taylor Randall said. "What's exciting about this is it allows us to attract students that care about our community, that want to serve, that want to get engaged in building what we have here in Utah, and we just want to make sure we support that and hopefully partner with our other sister institutions to roll this out statewide to all."

Damage to Panguitch Dam seems less dire, but officials say evacuation is still on the table https://www.abc4.com/news/southern-utah/utah-officials-update-public-on-emergency-state-of-damaged-panguitch-dam/ Wed, 10 Apr 2024 21:31:12 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1803970 PANGUITCH, Utah (ABC4) -- The damage to the Panguitch Lake Dam, which includes a large crack that prompted city officials to announce a "Level 2 Emergency Situation," appears to have taken a positive turn.

Wednesday afternoon, Department of Public Safety officials said "a complete dam breach is not likely or anticipated," and listed several measures they are taking to mitigate the risk of a breach.

A Level 3 Emergency Situation would call for evacuation of the city of Panguitch as it means there is an imminent risk of dam failure. Fortunately, authorities say they have hope it will change to a Level 1 risk rather than progress to Level 3.

A large crack was found in the dam Monday, prompting an “urgent public safety announcement” on Tuesday night. The crack was caused by the lake's 2-5 foot expansion due to the freezing and expanding of the already high water pressure, according to officials.

The expansion caused cracking and tilting of the top portion of the dam, which was constructed as an addition to the dam in the 1930s and 40s. This leads officials to believe that should a breach occur, it would likely only break the top few feet of the dam.

For that reason, officials are releasing water to lower the level of the lake to rest below the start of the crack. They believe it could take 8-10 days to get the water below the compromised section.

Officials are also working at cracking the ice within the reservoir to release pressure and adding material to the dam to fortify it.

While the update is good news for the approximately 1,700 people living in the Panguitch area, officials say there still is a risk of dam failure and evacuation.

Officials say the city is still under evacuation notice, meaning residents should be prepared to leave if the time comes. They also are hosting a community gathering on Wednesday, April 10, to answer questions, provide resources, and outline the evacuation plan should a breach occur.

The community gathering will take place at 6 p.m. at the Panguitch High School Gymnasium located at 390 E 100 S. They also will be streaming the meeting live on Zoom.

Deidre Henderson takes Gov. Cox place at Olympic kick-off meeting https://www.abc4.com/news/wasatch-front/a-rough-few-weeks-deidre-henderson-takes-gov-cox-place-at-olympic-kick-off-meeting/ Wed, 10 Apr 2024 20:54:45 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1803717 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) -- The International Olympic Committee is in town this week, but Gov. Cox was not able to attend the kick-off meeting Wednesday due to First Lady Abby Cox's health.

The Utah Governor's Office announced First Lady Abby Cox underwent surgery on her spine Wednesday morning, saying she has been in "debilitating pain" for weeks.

The statement said the surgery was to remove degenerative discs in her neck. Due to her health complications, Gov. Spencer Cox said they missed some important events.

"It's been a rough few weeks at our house. Abby and I feel terrible that we’ve had to miss some important events, but we feel so blessed for your prayers and support. We are lucky to have such skilled surgeons and amazing staff here at the U," Cox posted on Twitter/X.

The IOC Future Host Commission kicked off its visit in Salt Lake City Wednesday morning and Lt. Gov Deidre Henderson attended the welcome meeting in Cox's place.

This is the committee's final visit to Salt Lake City before deciding what city will host the 2030 and 2034 Winter Games.

The IOC visit will extend into Saturday as committee members visit Utah's venues and evaluate the state's public transportation. It is not confirmed at this time if Cox will be attending other IOC meetings this week.

"The first family is grateful to the surgeons, doctors and staff at the University of Utah for their attention and care, and appreciates the prayers and support from so many Utahns. The first lady looks forward to a speedy recovery and resuming her duties soon," the Governor's Office said.

IOC members tour Utah Olympic venues https://www.abc4.com/sports/ioc-members-tour-utah-olympic-venues/ Wed, 10 Apr 2024 20:05:16 +0000 https://www.abc4.com/?p=1803814 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - Excitement and optimism are running high as members of the International Olympic Committee are visiting Utah this week.

"We feel like we're in a great spot because we are the preferred host for 2034," said Fraser Bullock, President and CEO of the Salt Lake City Committee for the Games. "So we need to do our work, and if we do that well between now and July 24th, we are hopeful and somewhat confident that we will be awarded the games on that day."

This afternoon, IOC members from seven different countries from China to Afghanistan toured Rice-Eccles Stadium, site of what will be the opening and closing ceremonies. They also took a ride on a TRAX train to the Delta Center as they explore the transit system and all the venues for the 2034 Winter Games.

"We could feel the enthusiasm and the spirit of Utah," said Karl Stoss, Chariman of the Future Host Commission. "The spirit from the Games from 2002 is still here."

The Utah Olympic Commission already submitted a 5,000 page bid that included 650 people and cost $4 million. Now it is time to show off the facilities.

IOC members loves the fact that the infrastructure is already in place from the 2002 Games, and the fact that all the venues are within one hour of the Olympic Village.

"This is one of the most important thing for the IOC," Stoss said. "Could you offer all the venues still with no new buildings?. Start with souvenirs. Starting with the venues from the previous Olympic Games, and this is a fantastic concept."

"With existing infrastructure, that's a very important point to the Olympic movement today," Bullock said. "We've got them all in place, and the nice thing is there's so much better than they were in 2002."

So what exactly are they looking for as the tour all the venues from the Olympic Oval in Kearns to the halfpipe in Park City and the moguls and aerials events at Deer Valley?

"Is there enough space for the spectators?" Kloss said. "Are they in good condition, or do they need renovations?"

"You have not only the venues, but you have the people," said Christophe Dubi, Executive Director of the Olympic Games. "Because in the end, this is what matters. Organizing the games is about having competent people, the expertise, the knowledge. And this is right here, right now."

What is the biggest concern before an official announcement is made on July 24th, the day before the Summer Games in Paris?

"I really don't have concerns," Bullock said. "It's like I'm a young kid with a shiny new toy, and I want to show it off to the world. We've been working for years for this day, and here we are and we get to show off Utah, and its great people to all of our IOC colleagues."