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(KUTV) Jan Harding, the woman who drank toxic tea at a Dickey's restaurant in August, spoke publicly for the first time Friday afternoon.

Jan says she is thankful and held on to faith while she recovered from chemical burns in the hospital. Jan drank the tea while at lunch with her husband on Sunday, August 10.

"I took a sip and immediately my whole mouth was on fire...I told my husband 'I think I drank acid,'" said Jan.

The second she sipped the tea she says the burn was so intense and she immediately spit it out.

Emergency officials took Jan from Sandy to a local hospital. She was then flown to the University of Utah Medical Center Burn Unit in critical condition.

Jan suffered lesions in her esophagus, despite the fact that she spit out the tea mixed with a chemical degreaser instead of sugar. At the hospital she required a breathing tube and doctors told her family it was a life or death situation.

When family members asked the doctors how severe the damage was they were not able to tell her. Doctors could not do a scope on Jan for about a week in fear they would further the damage. 

"I couldn't drink my own saliva...I could not brush my teeth for seven days," said Jan.

However, doctors knew for certain Jan had not swallowed the tea and it was not in her stomach. They told the Harding family if it was, Jan would not be alive.

Slowly Jan began to recover and she was released from the hospital on her and her husband, Jim's, 46th wedding anniversary. She was surrounded by family for her trip home from the hospital. Jan and Jim celebrated their wedding anniversary by watching a movie at their home. Jan says coming home was a perfect anniversary gift.

"We ate bland food," Jan said while shedding tears of joy. "...and we danced."

The long road ahead is not over for Jan. Doctors still do not know if there will be future complications, but for now Jan feels lucky to be alive.

"I could not have made it without my family...and I could not have made it without the prayers of America," said Harding.

The Harding family says people from all over the nation who were touched by their story reached out to their family.

The Harding family hopes their experience will inspire action in the restaurant industry.

"God has allowed something into our lives to make some positive differences," says Jim.

The family hopes the restaurant industry will ensure food is correctly labeled.  They suggest the industry to make changes like adding color to substances that aren't food so there is no way they can be confused for something edible.

"We are hoping some good comes from this," said Jan Harding.

The Harding family says it will be awhile before they will have the courage to go out to eat again. Jan says next time she will test the beverage with her finger.

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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Taysom Hill threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help BYU beat UConn 35-10 on Friday night, spoiling Huskies coach Bob Diaco's debut.

The junior quarterback completed 28 of 36 passes to nine receivers without an interception. He went 17 of 20 to lead the Cougars to a 28-7 halftime advantage, and was BYU's leading rusher with 97 yards on 12 carries.

The Huskies held BYU in check for much of the second half, but had a hard time getting their own offense untracked.

Casey Cochran and Chandler Whitmer split duties and threw for a combined 284 yards.

Six BYU players — including tailback Jamaal Williams and starting cornerbacks Jordan Johnson and Robertson Daniel — missed the game after being suspended for unspecified violations of team rules.

PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press

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(KUTV) It may have been a most unfortunate accident, or it's possible the toxic tea that hospitalized a woman at a South Jordan barbecue restaurant could lead to criminal charges.

"We're trying to make a decision is this rises to a level of a crime," said Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill.  "Or maybe it doesn't rise to a level of a crime, and (we can) put it to rest."

The DA said his office is looking for more information surrounding the incident at Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan that put Jan Harding in the hospital for days with lesions to her esophagus. One sip and Harding said she felt burning and knew the drink was trouble.  

2News asked Gill if charges are possible against an individual, more than one person, or perhaps even the restaurant.

"Well, the fair answer is all of the above," the DA replied.

Last January, a Salt Lake County inspection found what the health department termed a "non-critical" violation of improper labeling of food containers.  A day after Harding took the fateful sip, another inspector noted "sugar containers are not labeled with the common name of the food."

Two weeks ago, Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., based in Texas, issued a statement in which it said it was "saddened by the events," but said the bad tea was an "isolated incident" at the South Jordan location.

A statement issued by Dickey's says, "Nothing like this has occurred in the 73 years we have operated. There is nothing more important to us than the trust and safety of our guests."

Dickey's also said "the independent owner" of the South Jordan eatery is cooperating with the investigation.

Gill said "all parties have been very cooperative."

Still in the realm of potential criminal charges, he identified questions before prosecutors: "Is it simply negligence?  Is it criminal negligence?  Is it reckless?  Was it intentional?"

The DA's Office may make a decision next week, on whether or not to file charges.

By Brian Mullahy

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(KUTV) A newborn baby found in a garbage can outside a Kearns home is showing signs of improvement, say police.

The Unified Police Department say the baby girl has been upgraded to critical, but stable condition. The baby is being treated at the hospital and is in protective custody, pending further investigation.

Unified Police say the baby's mother, Alicia Marie Englert, 24, put the baby in the trash can on Tuesday morning, about two days after giving birth. A neighbor found the baby and called police.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Winder urges mothers who cannot care for their babies to consider Utah's Safe Haven laws, which allow a mother to leave her baby at any medical facility in the state.

Englert is now facing attempted homicide charges.

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(KUTV) Summit County officials are warning residents about a security breach.

Debit and credit card information was stolen during the sales of Summit County Fair Rodeo and Demolition Derby tickets earlier in August. Officials blame a third party vendor.

Authorities are asking for anyone who believes their information was compromised, and haven’t resolved it with their bank, to contact the sheriff’s office.

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(KUTV) The Utah Public Service Commission has rejected a proposal from Rocky Mountain Power to impose a monthly fee on users of solar power.

The $4.65 per month net metering facilities charge on residential homes was rejected in an order issued Friday. The charge was designed to ensure all customers fairly paid for infrastructure and grid costs, a power company spokesman said.

According to the order, the UPSC "cannot conclude that the proposed net metering facilities charge is just and reasonable" under state law.

The commission denied Rocky Mountain Power's request, but it left the door open for future action by asking for a study on energy-generating customers and scheduling a conference to present findings in November.
Clean energy advocates praised the decision.

"What a bright day for Utah's future," said Sarah Wright, executive director of Utah Clean Energy, in a statement. "This order protects energy choice in Utah, and recognizes the potential solar has to benefit all Utahns."

Watch 2News at 10 p.m. for a full report on this story.

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RENO, Nev. (AP) Southern Utah University President Scott Wyatt acknowledges he was under pressure from a group of conservatives to remove Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's name from a center on campus, but insists politics had nothing to do with his decision to do so.

The Nevada Democrat's name was removed from the school's Outdoor Engagement Center in Cedar City, Utah, last week. Wyatt said yesterday the school's 2011 naming of the center for the alumnus generated no donations to the center and created confusion about the center's purpose because nobody associated Reid with the outdoors.

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(KUTV) The 100 deadliest days of summer are coming to an end and officials say it has not been a good year.

According to the Utah Department of Transportation, 93 people have lost their lives on Utah Roads since May 23.  Police say that is five more people than last year at this time or a 5.7 percent increase.

One of the worst weekends was the July 4 holiday when nine people were killed in car accidents.

Authorities say they are concerned about the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend.

"Labor Day marks the end of the 100 most deadliest days," said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce. "It's a tragic thing when we have to go up to a house and inform loved ones that they've lost someone in a fatal crash."

At 9 p.m. Friday at UHP headquarters at 5300 South and Interstate-15, troopers and Mothers Against Drunk Driving will be having a major kickoff to start the saturation of troopers on Utah roads.

"We got 266 additional shifts we are adding and they will be looking for five different violations mainly driving under the influence, seat belts, speed, distractive driving and drowsy driving," said Sgt. Royce.

UHP troopers hope these efforts will create zero fatalities during Labor Day Weekend.

"We've got four days left. We are hoping this weekend we have no fatal crashes," said Sgt. Royce.

The total number of deaths on Utah roads since January 1 is 165. UHP says it is a total of 20 more people than last year.
(KUTV) Three batmobiles from three different eras arrived in Salt Lake City Friday night for the filming of a music video.

Over the years, David Dickson and Harold Tapley have built two replica batmobiles. One of them is from the 1989 Michael Keaton "Batman" film, while the other is from the Dark Knight series.

Dickson and Tapley say a lot of work and money went into making the replicas.

"I would say roughly I have $50,000 into it," said Dickson.

The hard work of Dickson and Tapley has paid off. The Piano Guys, a musical group in Utah, has taken note and will use these three cars in their latest music video. The theme of the video will be Batman music through the years.

"We are going to take people through the journey of Batman, starting out with the original...the video will progress," said Paul Anderson with the Piano Guys.

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(KUTV) Whether it's an emergency or a scheduled surgery, there is a good chance that if an operating room is involved there is a patient who is receiving blood that came from a stranger.

Mark wrote to 2News asking what happens if doctors run out of the type of blood a patient needs. I took it to ARUP Blood Services marketing director Lance Bandley.

ARUP Blood Services is the sole blood supplier for Primary Children's Medical Center as well as University Hospital and the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Bandley says it's his job to make sure those hospitals and several others around Utah and other western states never have to worry about whether or not there is enough blood.

"Every single day we've got blood drives lined up months in advance or we can call people and have them come in," he said.

There are eight different blood types and in a pinch certain types can be substituted without it hurting the patient, Bandley says. The bench mark is the blood type O negative.

"O negative is universal," he said. "It can go to any person that needs blood. It's used a lot in trauma situations because they don't know the type of the person coming in."

Bandley says if you're hurt this Labor Day weekend, or any other time, you really need not worry about the hospital having your type, especially here in Utah. Bandley says in the eight years he's been with ARUP Blood Services they have not come even close to running out.

"Luckily Utah is an awesome state. People are very giving. When we ask them, and say, we need your help to come in, they respond and come in so we've never been close to running out. There's times when it's a little tighter, but we've never run out of blood."

A person can donate every 56 days and Brandley says they need 100 donors per day just to keep up with the demand of hospitals.

By Matt Gephardt

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(KUTV) UPDATE: Orion Sherrod, 9, was found safe Friday evening at a Home Depot in Sandy.

Police are searching for a missing, endangered 9-year-old boy, who was last seen Friday morning in Riverton.

According to a news release from the Unified Police Department, Orion Sherrod was last seen at about 8 a.m. at Southland Elementary School by his sister. Sherrod was with his sister at the school and then left on a red bicycle.

Police say the boy has PTSD, ADHD, and mood disorders and takes required medications, which if not taken, could be dangerous for him. He has a history of running away, authorities told 2News.

Sherrod is described as a white male, four feet, two inches tall, with short brown hair, and wearing a black hoodie-style sweatshirt and black pants.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Sherrod is asked to call Unified Police at 801-743-7000.

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(KUTV) Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill says an officer involved shooting on July 10 was justified.

According to police, the officer shot Timothy James Peterson, 31, outside the Jordan Landing Office Max.  Gill says after the officer confronted Peterson, the suspect turned and presented a piece of metal that the officer thought was a weapon and he fired.

Gill says this gave the officer justification to shoot Peterson.

Peterson is in the Salt Lake County Jail on drug and traffic violations.

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(KUTV) Questar and fire crews are on the scene of a gas leak in Bountiful.

A construction crew accidentally hit a gas line at the intersection of Bountiful Blvd. and Indian Springs Rd.

Chief Jeff Bassett of South Davis Metro Fire says he does not believe there is a need for evacuations because most of the gas is dissipating into the air.

Bountiful Blvd. has since reopened but crews are still working on repairing the line.

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(KUTV) Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has ruled on officer involved shooting in a Taylorsville neighborhood earlier this month was "justified."

The incident happened at a home near 5500 South and 3400 West.

According to the report, Jared Roskelley had a gun and pointed it at police.

After a short altercation, one officer fired. Roskelley did recover from his injuries, police said.

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(KUTV) A wounded, 24-year-old male was found in the State Office Building early Friday morning.

Jesse Docauer, from Layton, was intoxicated and had a superficial wound to the face.

Utah Highway Patrol says after the Utah Utes football game, Docauer found an open door that had been kept open by air blowing out of the building.

An employee had left the building  for a few minutes and in that time Docauer walked in and took the elevator to the 6th floor.

Docauer has been released to his father with charges pending on the incident.

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(KUTV) Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah should appeal a court ruling that is in favor of the family on the reality show ‘Sister Wives.’

A judge finalized a ruling in favor of Kody Brown and his four wives earlier this week. It strikes down key parts of a law criminalizing polygamy, saying they violated religious freedom.

Gov. Herbert told reporters he believed allowing plural marriage is not a good policy and that laws on the books should be defended until all appeals are exhausted.

The attorneys general office has 30 days to decide whether the state will appeal.

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(KUTV) The Salt Lake City Police Department has been holding its annual motor school for SLCPD officers interested in the motorcycle squad.

The two-week school assures each candidate can operate a motorcycle in different scenarios often encountered by motor officers.

Riders must prove their skill by successfully navigating obstacle courses, and pass a braking exam.

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(KUTV) James LaBuy drove to Utah from Washington State after he heard his 14-month-old daughter Kenzie was beaten to death. 

"I'm angry that someone would be willing to hurt a small child that couldn't defend herself," said LaBuy after spending several hours with investigators at the Ogden Police Department.

LaBuy would like Washington State to be his daughter's final resting place. 

"I feel I deserve at least that," he said.

According to police, Kenzie was beaten to death by 23-year-old Adam Joseph Barney.  Police said he confessed to the crime and charged him with aggravated murder.  They upgraded the charge after learning more about the toddler's violent death. 

Charging documents say that on August 24, Barney was watching Kenzie and her two siblings for their mother, who was also his girlfriend.  Barney allegedly told police that he was frustrated over the dirty living conditions and the victim crying.  The document says Barney threw the child on the bed, then, because she was sticky from food, he got in the shower with her and dropped her. 

The document says, "out of frustration, he punched her in the face twice."  Barney then allegedly punched her in the stomach and squeezed her "really hard." 

Ogden Police Lt. Danielle Croyle said after the beating, even though the child was short of breath and lethargic, Barney put her in the stroller and took her and the other two kids out. 

"There was no assistance given to that child to administer first aid or to get her treatment," said Croyle.

LaBuy said before his daughter was born he was lost.  He said Kenzie helped turn his life around. 

"She was my princess," he said. 

LaBuy said he wants Barney to pay for what he allegedly did to his child. 

"He needs to pay for taking my daughter away from me," he said.  

La Buy's family has started a Facebook Page called "Justice for Kenzie."

By: Cristina Flores

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(KUTV) A campaign to help a North Salt Lake family after they lost their home in a landslide has raised more than $337,000

On August 5, the land started to slide up in the Eagle Point Estates area, and one home was flattened.

Sky Properties donated a $130,000 lot to the family who owned the home and asked the community as well as contractors and builders in the area to come forward and help build a $500,000 home for them.
 
The city has said they are not responsible for what happened, even though reports have said the area was at risk for slides.

Click here if you'd like to donate to the family. Donations can also be made at any America First Credit Union in the name "Utrilla Family Relief Fund."

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(KUTV) A man accused in a nearly 20 year old murder case will be arraigned in court Friday.

Joseph Simpson is accused of killing Krystal Beslanowitch, 17, in 1995. He was arrested last September after police say new DNA technology gave them a lead.

Simpson will hear the charges against him and enter a plea Friday. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

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(KUTV) Crews are cleaning up after a semi crash sent gallons of diesel fuel into Echo Creek in Summit County.

A semi-truck and SUV crashed on WB I-80 in Echo Canyon around 5:00 p.m. Thursday. Officials say no one was hurt, but around 30 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the creek.

Crews placed booms in the creek to stop the fuel from spreading while cleanup is underway.

If you see any potential contamination downstream, call the Summit County Health Department.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Kaelin Clay had two returns for touchdowns and Devontae Booker rushed for two more scores to boost Utah past Idaho State 56-14 on Thursday evening.

Utah posted three touchdown drives of less than 42 seconds and added two other scores on kick returns.

Clay returned a punt 46 yards for his first touchdown. In the second half Clay broke away for a 100-yard kick-off return.

The game marked the return of Utah quarterback Trevor Wilson, who was discovered to have a damaged intracranial artery while recovering from a concussion last season. Wilson missed the final three games but was cleared to play.

Wilson looked sharp against the overmatched Bengals and had 265 yards passing, while playing the first half. Dres Anderson caught four of Wilson's tosses for 111 yards.

Booker, a transfer from Washington State by way of Fresno State and American River college, had 78 yards on 10 carries.

By MATTHEW COLES, Associated Press

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(KUTV) A state audit of the Utah Transit Authority earlier this week revealed the head of the agency makes $402,000 a year in total compensation, which has raised a lot of serious questions.

According to research, UTA General Manager Michael Allegra's total compensation is in fact $50,000 more than the head of Denver's transit authority and about a $100,000 more than the man who runs the transit authority for Portland. Both of these cities have larger populations and twice as many riders as UTA.

"I think he's ripping off the state," said Clair Geddes, a long time UTA critic.

Allegra told 2News that during his time at UTA, he has helped build 140 miles of fixed track in less than seven years.

"I'm proud that we have come in two years ahead of schedule, $300 million under budget," said Allegra.

UTA's Board Chair Greg Hughes says Allegra is valuable and was on a short list to run the transit system in Denver.

"We don't want our skilled staff, a GM who started at UTA in the 70's, to be pulled away by rival or a different state's transit authority," said Hughes.

Geddes argues Allegra is not the only qualified bureaucrat around.

"I don't think this is the only man in America that knows how to go out and spend money and that's what they are good at," said Geddes. "That doesn't impress me one bit."

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(KUTV) UTA is giving riders more time to purchase its discounted annual pass, the 'Hive Pass.'

The ‘Hive Pass’ will now be available for purchase through September at least. It is good on Trax, buses and the front-runner, and costs $350, two-thirds less than a regular annual pass.

Right now, the ‘Hive Pass’ is a pilot program, but if it is successful UTA could make it a permanent option for riders.

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(KUTV) A man accused of groping women on the BYU campus last fall was in court Thursday, along with one of his female accusers.

"There was a man jogging toward us and as he passed us," said the victim, recalling an incident last spring on the BYU campus. "He reached out and groped me on the breast."

The victim admitted to the courtroom that she did not know the man and the contact was unwelcome.

"How did it make me feel? Kinda like being punched in the face, only it's worse, because it's not my face," she said.

Nathan Fletcher, 23, faces two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery for that incident and as well as another similar incident.

Altogether, there were 16 groping incidents reported, but prosecutors say there was only enough evidence for Fletcher to be officially charged with two of them. If convicted, he could serve one year behind bars for each count.

The primary evidence in the cases are surveillance videos that recorded the groper in the act. BYU track coach Ed Eyestone says the suspect appeared to be wearing official BYU track gear.

Eyestone testified that some members of the team think the man in the video is Nathan Fletcher, who was once a member of the BYU track team.

"I was just kinda crestfallen as well, my stomach kinda gave way, because I've seen Nate wear a bandana like that," said Eyestone.

Fletcher's attorney says the video is not enough to prove his client should stand trial. "I've looked at the video 100 times and I've met with my client that many times," said attorney John Allan. "I can't tell it's Nathan Fletcher, so I think there's a lot of assumptions going on."

The preliminary hearing for Nathan Fletcher will resume on September 25 at 1:30pm in Provo court.

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(KUTV) Police are looking for a man who led them on a chase Thursday morning in a stolen car.

The car was spotted about 9000 South at around 10 a.m., Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division Lt. Allan Shinney said. The chase ended near downtown Salt Lake City where the driver ran away. He was still on the loose Thursday evening.

The driver is described as Hispanic, in his late 20s, with a black baseball cap and gauges in his ears, Shinney said. 

The police who spotted the stolen car are Motor Vehicle Enforcement officers dedicated to solving this type of crime. The force includes 24 officers, who spend their days prowling for stolen cars.

“We recover about 80 percent of the stolen vehicles in the state right now,” said Lt. Shinney.

The officers typically work in undercover cars that are equipped with four cameras. The cameras take pictures of surrounding vehicles and their license plates. If something is wrong, such as an expired registration or a reported stolen car, these officers can act.

During a ride along Thursday with 2News, Investigator Brian Jeffs came across a vehicle at a hotel parking lot that appeared to be stolen. Upon closer inspection, though, Jeffs determined that wasn’t the case.

“This car is not stolen, but the plates come back to a stolen vehicle,” he said. “The criminal, in an effort to hide their stolen vehicle, will steal plates from similar vehicles, which looks like that’s probably what happened in this case.”

Jeffs decided to remove the stolen plates from the vehicle and leave the driver a note.

“Hopefully that owner's going to call me and get their plates reported stolen,” Jeffs said. Doing so will make it easier for officers to work to find the real stolen vehicle, he said.

Motor vehicle enforcement is a job Jeffs loves, and one he says makes a difference. Last year, Jeffs and his fellow officers recovered more than 600 stolen vehicles. 

Shinney said all the license plate information they gather goes into a database for nine months. After that, the law requires the agency to get rid of the information.

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(KUTV) Friday is ‘College Colors Day,’ a day to show your school spirit.

This year, fans can support their favorite university or college by showcasing their school spirit on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag: #CollegeColors and their school-specific hashtag.

There is also a new College Colors App, which is now available for download.

Click here for more information.

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(KUTV) Attorneys for three local gay and lesbian couples are formally asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up Utah’s same-sex marriage case.

In a brief filed Thursday, the attorneys say that despite dozens of lower courts striking down the same-sex marriage bans, gay couples across the country will continue to live in uncertainty until the Supreme Court decides if the bans violate the Constitution.

Utah filed its appeal to the high court in early August. Virginia and Oklahoma have also filed appeals.

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(KUTV) An Idaho man accused of beating and neglecting nine boys in the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) pleaded guilty to three child abuse charges Thursday.

A Bannock County Sheriff's report obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune indicates that a high-ranking member of the FLDS Church took nine unruly boys away from their families and sent them to live with 47-year-old Nathan Carter Jessop for "repentance missions." One boy told authorities he believes Warren Jeffs made the decision.

Jeffs is serving a life sentence and an additional 20 years in Texas for sexually abusing his child brides.

The boys were living with Jessop most recently in a home on a private road in Pocatello, Idaho. Some lived away from their families for up to two years and none had regular contact with their parents, the documents state.

Colton Anderson, 10, who lives a few houses away, said he played with the teen and pre-teen boys before officers took them away earlier this summer. He said they confided in him about physical abuse and neglect. The report states that Jessop withheld food and left the boys outside at times during the winter.

"He'd either kick them in the butt or he'd pick them up by their hair and start slapping them," Colton said. "They told me that if they did anything, like to walk out of the yard, he would just hit them."

Colton often swam with the boys in his pool, he said. The boys would jump in fully clothed. Jessop couldn't know the boys were playing, he said. The boys were supposed to be making and selling furniture and mowing lawns for money, both Colton and authorities said.

"If they weren't up by 10 they were not allowed to eat anything. If they're not up by six, they don't get breakfast. If they're not up by like eight, then they don't get lunch," Colton said. "They had this pantry that they have to lock up, and the kids had to sneak in the pantry, lock themselves in the closet, wait until [Jessop] got out of there and then go get food."

Jodi Neal, Colton's mother, said she often took care of the boys. The kids whittled sticks for her children and made the family a wooden wishing well. They were polite, she said.

"They would sneak out at night and they would come over here," Neal said. "I would feed them because they were hungry."

The abuse investigation began in July when an organizer of the non-profit Holding Out Help, which supports runaways from polygamous communities, contacted authorities. One of the boys had fled to the Salt Lake City organization and three others called hoping to join him, the report states.

The state of Idaho took in eight boys, eventually releasing six of them to their parents once court proceedings began, KUTV's news partner, the Tribune, reported. Two boys asked not to return to the polygamous community and are living in foster care.

Some of the boys had not been able to contact their families for nearly a year, according to documents.

On Thursday, Jessop's attorney, Ron Tyler Bird, and Bannock County prosecutors agreed to Jessop's guilty plea to all three charges in exchange for 10 days in jail and two years of supervised probation.

Bird refused to talk to reporters after Thursday's hearing.

Several females in the traditional dress of the FLDS community were seen in the home on Thursday. They also declined to speak to the charges.

Jessop's landlord, however, denied the abuse allegations.

"I didn't see anything that would even concern me," said Todd Anderson, whose children play with Jessop's. "Never seen any type of physical abuse or even verbal abuse. He just seemed like a good guy."

The boys can offer victim impact statements at Jessop's September sentencing hearing.

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(KUTV) Utah Gov. Herbert's plan to use federal money to cover more people on Medicaid still is not certain, but a woman who said she was denied coverage through the program after a cancer diagnosis, made an impassioned plea before lawmakers to make some sort of expansion happen.

"When I was trying to get on Medicaid, I was told I simply made too much," said Charlotte Lawrence, a single mother of four, who claimed she lived on child support payments from an ex-husband and from income her teenage kids made on part-time jobs. "When I asked 'what do I do,' she (Medicaid worker) said, 'Well sweetie, people die of cancer every day.'"

Lawrence's testimony before the Utah Legislature's Health Reform Task Force came amid discussion at the Capitol on Medicaid expansion options.

Since her diagnosis in 2012, she said friends raised money for surgery and she has worked two jobs including one that offers medical insurance.  She said the plan is costly and that she hasn't been able to afford a check-up with her oncologist for nearly a year.

"I bleed for her problem," said Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden.  "She has a tremendous load to carry."

Christensen, the task force chair, said while the governor's proposal is the best of any expansion options, he is still opposed to additional Medicaid coverage.

"As a government official, I can't tell you that you have to be charitable and you have to give up your hard-earned money for someone else's problems," he said. "I do have a heart.  It does touch my soul, but I do have to draw the line on dictating who is going to provide that care."

For many, it may be understood that federal money is already being collected, is already on the table for the states to use in broadening Medicaid, and if they don't take advantage---then the people of the state lose.

Christensen, a retired pediatric dentist, said an expansion here would come with "a lot of strings attached."

"Be careful where you bite the cheese; there's a hook inside of it," he said.  "It's not free.  We're going to be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars of state money in addition to what the feds are paying."

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(KUTV) The Unified Police Department cracked a 23-year-old cold case homicide after a very long and detailed investigation.

Formal charges were filed on Thursday by the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office against John Sansing for the 1991 murder of Lucille Johnson.

The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene of a homicide on Feb. 2, 1991. Johnson, 78, was found dead by a family member with significant trauma to her head. While investigating detectives found Legos on the floor of the living room, in the home entryway and in the driveway. Knowing Johnson would not leave her grandchildren's toys around the house, they were collected as evidence.  An autopsy concluded Johnson died from blunt force trauma and strangulation.  Detectives were never able to solve the case.

The case was reopened several months ago by the Unified Police Department. Material from under Johnson's fingernails was sent for DNA testing. Results showed matches for John Sansing. Another DNA sample was taken from Sansing and it matched the material under Johnson's fingernails.

The Lego toys that were collected as evidence during the initial investigation had fingerprints on them and investigators compared them to the children on Sansing. Two prints matched one of Sansing's children who was 5-year-old at the time.  Sansing's wife recently told UPD detectives Sansing had admitted to her around 1991 that he killed an elderly lady in Holladay.

Officials say Sansing lived in Utah until 1995 then moved to Arizona where he is currently in prison for a murder he committed in 1998.

UPD says they are committed to solving cold cases and this case is the last unsolved homicide in the City of Holladay.

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(KUTV) Police are asking for the public's help in locating a man suspected of peeping at several women in the dressing room of a Kohl's department store in West Jordan.

At about 6:15 p.m. on August 21, police say the suspect entered the store at 7292 S. Plaza Center Drive in the Jordan Landing shopping center. They say he was observed looking underneath dressing room stalls at several women while they were trying on clothing.

According to officers, one of the women inside the stalls confronted the the man and he quickly fled from the store. Surveillance video shows the man was zipping up his shorts as he left.

The suspect is described as a white male who is balding and appears to be 40 to 50-years-old. Police say he was wearing a yellow T-shirt, light colored cargo style shorts, and sandals/flip-flops. They say he left in what appears to be a late 90's model Ford pick-up truck, which is white in color and likely an extended cab F-150.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts about the suspect is asked to call the West Jordan Police Department at 801-840-4000.

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(KUTV) Thirteen people arrested after a protest pushing lawmakers to pass a bill outlawing discrimination against gay people have been officially charged.

The group spoke out about the charges Thursday.

"We are here to say the time is now. 2014," said Troy Williams, the protest organizer. "It's time for us gay and transgender Utahns to take our rightful place."

The protestors were arrested back in February for blocking entrance to a legislative meeting. The bill they were calling on lawmakers to pass eventually died in a closed door meeting. Lawmakers said they did not want to interfere with the appeal on Utah's gay marriage ban.

All 13 protestors were charged with disrupting a meeting. If convicted, they could face up to six months in jail.

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(KUTV) Game makers and former Disney employees Manfred Neber and Shane Smit believe they have just created a hit, a game that will stand out from the rest.  It's called "Drop the Soap."

"You are a kid strapped to a soap dropping yourself into a giant tub floating in the middle of space," said Neber. "And he's just having a wild ride."

First, that kid is hatched from a giant chicken. 

"You don't know who you are going to get. The kids are random," said Neber.  "You can drop him anywhere in the tub. The goal is to get those gold points."

Neber and Smit say the game is different in a good way.

"We wanted to try and make a big bang up front," said Neber. "Like we just wanted to do something totally off the wall. Something that hasn't been done before."

"We need to rise above the crowd. We need to be something that people remember," said Smit.

The idea for the game came two years ago and for the past nine months the two men have been putting in thousands of hours to build that one video game they are hoping adults and kids will fall in love with, or better yet, get addicted to.

"I think the key to a successful game is having a bunch of addictive traits. Having a leveling up, having great rewards for the players," said Neber.

They are also planning to integrate social media into the game.

"If you sign in with Facebook [your game kid] will actually take your last name so he's actually part of your family," said Neber.

Neber and Smit are not newcomers to the industry. Both are actually former game makers for Disney. Neber says he worked for Disney for six and a half years and was the major designer for Disney's Infinity Game and Cars 2 video game.  Smit says he worked for Disney for five years as a gaming programmer.

Why would they leave a company like Disney to go out on their own?

"I think the number one reason is expression of creativity," said Neber. "At Disney, it was a great company to work for, but we were held to their properties and franchises."

"It's always good to be your own boss, right? You stay home and work in your pajamas," said Smit.

Smit and Neber say though that it is still scary to venture out on your own.

"Oh I'm very scared. It was very nice to have all that money come in from Disney," said Neber. "I've actually cut my living expenses more than half."

The release date for "Drop The Soap" is scheduled for September 6 during the Salt Lake Comic-Con Convention.

The app for the game will cost $0.99 to download.

For more information on the game and the company they have created called Sheepleware you can visit http://sheepleware.com/DtS/.

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(KUTV) Legislative leaders are considering a tax increase for Utah schools but Gov. Gary Herbert opposes it.

Gov. Herbert says he is unenthusiastic about any tax increase for schools and that they are getting more money as the economy grows so things should be left alone.

Utah schools are currently the worst funded in America.

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(KUTV) A man accused of killing a 14-month-old Ogden girl has been officially charged with first-degree felony aggravated murder.

According to a probable cause statement, Adam Joseph Barney, 23, told police he was frustrated with the dirty living conditions and the baby's crying. He told police he "lashed out" at the baby.

The baby was found dead at the Western Colony Motel on 24th Street in Ogden Monday night.

The child's mother Kaci Rupert , who was working at a Home Depot call center at the time of the incident,  is devastated by the news.

"I'm just lost, I don't know what to say or do," said Rupert. "I don't know how to move on from this point."

When Rupert left work she had multiple messages from Barney saying the child was unresponsive. She had a friend give her a ride home and that is when officers told her the child had died.

The Division of Child and Family Services was notified due to two additional children in the home ages five and three.  Both children have been removed from the home and are in the care of DCFS.
 
The children were in the care of  Barney, who the mother met at a local LDS church, confessed to striking the child several times and squeezing her substantially.

Police booked Adam Joseph Barney on suspicion of child abuse homicide and two misdemeanor warrants out of Ogden.

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(KUTV) On Wednesday night, the Murray Police Department put out an attempt to locate for a U-Haul truck that fled from police.

Around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, a West Valley City Police Officer spotted that truck. Officers attempted to stop the truck, but the driver took off.

Officers then spiked the vehicle's rear tires and a chase ensued.  At one point, the driver backed into a patrol car and a K-9 unit. 

Officers then spiked the front tires and the driver Everett Eichbower, 50, surrendered to police.  Inside the U-Haul police found stolen goods.

“We found approximately $10,000 worth of stolen truck parts, tires, radiators, rims from heavy and large diesel trucks,” said Sergeant Todd Gray.

Police say people often steal items like this to support a drug habit.  The patrol car and K-9 unit had minor damage. No one was hurt. Police are now working to get the stolen items back to the rightful owners.

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(KUTV) Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says the United States may have to go back to war in the Middle East.

He fears if ISIS takes over countries, they will use them to mount terror attacks on the United States.

“These are the worst people in the world,” said Sen. Hatch.

American Douglas McCain was killed in fighting for ISIS in Syria. Hatch says many Americans have joined ISIS and he fears they will bring terrorism home.

“They’ve already warned next year, they’ll see us in New York,” said Sen. Hatch. “We'll continue to take direct action as needed to protect our people and to defend our homeland.”

Sen. Hatch calls for stronger action against ISIS. He says airstrikes “won’t solve the problem. It’s a lot more serious than that.”

Sen. Hatch says America might eventually have to send troops to the Middle East.

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(KUTV) The Utah State Prison in Draper hosted a first of its kind event to give inmates a new high.

Many who spend time behind bars get there as a result of addictive behaviors including drug and alcohol abuse. A program called Addict to
Athlete is trying to change their mindset and give those involved a new way to feel on top of the world.

Early this morning, cheers were heard as inmates finished the nine laps needed around the prison yard to complete a 5K.

The Draper Invitational has been in the works for months with inmates training for the event. All race entrants have two things in common: they call the prison home and are fighting addiction one step at a time.

Addict to Athlete teaches inmates ways to cope with addiction by helping them focus on goals and offering a distraction from the things that hold them back.

"It's the energy of recovery,” says Desmond Lomax, who runs the program. “There is something good about accomplishing something you don't usually do. You face the resistance and go against things that are hard."

Setting small and achievable goals as well as meeting them are what counselors and coaches say will get these men back on track. This program is an alternative to traditional AA courses for those who deal better with team work and physical exertion instead of time in the classroom.

For the race’s 3.2 miles, Lomax said, these inmates felt free. Before the event, he advised racers to “embrace the normality. There is something wonderful about running, putting a sticker on your back and accomplishing something."

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(KUTV) Salt Lake Police arrested a man after he entered a business, produced a pair of scissors and demanded money Wednesday.

Chad Campbell attempted to rob the Jade Market at 353 W. 200 S. around 9:00 a.m. The clerk refused Campbell's demands for $200 and told him to leave.

Campbell tried to run away, but officers located him minutes after receiving the call for help. Campbell initially told police his name was Chad Carlson, because he thought he had warrants out for his arrest.

Campbell was booked into jail for aggravated robbery and false information to a police officer.

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(KUTV) A Utah mom is behind bars after police say she left her child outside while she was in a bar.

Officers say Barbara Orchard left her son in the parking lot of the bar while she went inside for a drink. When police arrived the child was sitting on the curb holding his mom's purse.

Police say Orchard tried to escape during the arrest, but they used a taser to subdue her.

Orchard now faces several charges, including child abuse.

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(KUTV) For years, one group of West Jordan homeowners have lived in fear that if it rains, their homes will be flooded.

On Wednesday night, the residents went to City Hall looking for a solution. 

"Our basement is unusable," an angry Lindy Christiansen told the West Jordan City Council. "The storm drain problem has been overlooked and brushed aside for 30 years."

The council got an earful from several angry residents complaining that their homes flooded last week due to inadequate storm drain systems in their neighborhood.

"The system is designed wrong," another resident, Steve, told the council. "There is a problem."

A large part of the frustration stems from the fact that this is not a new problem.

In 2011, Get Gephardt first reported on the flooding problems in West Jordan. At that time, several residents decided to Get Gephardt because they were angry the city was refusing to help pay for the damage to their homes caused by water that surged from city drains in their neighborhood after a relatively minor rainstorm.

Ultimately, in 2011, after calls from Get Gephardt, West Jordan city stepped up and offered homeowners money to help pay for some of their damage.

Since then, improvements have been made that are designed to relieve the overwhelmed drainage system West Jordan city officials told 2News after the most recent flood. The city contended that last week's flood could not have been avoided because a storm surge was overwhelming.

At Wednesday's City Council meeting, several council members seemed to relent that more needs to be done.

The West Jordan City Council and the mayor mostly discussed having future discussions. Those discussions could include a not yet determined plan of action, how to pay for any proposed plan of action, whether or not the impacted homeowners are a higher priority than other West Jordan city projects currently in the pipeline, and even whether or not a conversation with residents about the issue is warranted.

Homeowners Brenda Thomas and Jeff Cassidy left the meeting unsatisfied.

"It's always a plan," Brenda said. "For 30 years, it's always a plan, but it's never fixed."

"The water is one step above raw sewage," Jeff said. "It can't be healthy. It just seems like West Jordan is blase and over it. It's no big deal."

West Jordan will be having a public hearing to discuss reallocating $4 million of surplus money the city currently has to prioritize the city's capital project needs. It is far from a certainty that addressing the storm drain system will be considered a high priority or will receive any of that money.

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(KUTV) A campaign by UTA threatens to ticket people for distracted behavior near rail lines.
 
Small flyers are being distributed near Trax lines in highly congested areas. The message warns "transit police are now ticketing for distracted behavior near rail lines."

The flyer points out specific activites, including: talking on a mobile phone, texting on a mobile device, using ear buds/headphones and reading.
 
Several frequent UTA commuters say the effort is far too strict.
 
A UTA spokesperson said the campaign is nothing new.

"We just don't want anyone losing a limb, safety is a top priority," says Remi Barron.
 
The flyers site UTA Ordinance 5-1-M, which prohibits distractions while "crossing a railroad grade crossing," but the ordinance fails to mention distracted behavior 'near' rail lines, as the card suggests.
 
Barron clarified the flyer's message, assuring passengers they would not be ticketed for using their phones while waiting for the train, unless they were "very near" the train tracks.
 
"You either have to be crossing the rails, or standing on the yellow warning strip, with an arm sticking out over the corridor. That's considered on the rails," he says.
 
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(KUTV) An old compound of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy is about to be torn down.

A new owner, Garbett Homes, is buying the property that was run for years by the FLDS Church. Garbett plans to demolish the existing buildings, develop a 4.5-acre plot, and build 15 homes.

"I can't even imagine what it was like to be here," said Bryson Garbett as he gave 2News an exclusive tour of the compound.

In the late 1990s, the FLDS Church sold the property. Since then, it's gone through several owners.

"The buildings have sat abandoned for many years," said Garbett. "You can see evidences that there were a number of people."

One of the people who lived on the compound was jailed FLDS leader Warren Jeffs. His father, Rulon, bought the property back in 1964. The compound includes a large house, a power generator and a school.

The school contains many unique and odd features that are immediately eye-catching such as a baptismal font in the basement with water still inside, a nursery lined with panels that reportedly were used as hiding places for people at the compound, and an office that was once reportedly occupied by Warren Jeffs himself.

"He was the principal of the school," said Garbett.

The school was called Alta Academy and it carries a dark past. One woman testified Jeffs sexually assaulted her at the school in his office when she was a child.

Garbett says he's anxious to close this chapter and open a new one.
"Right now it's not a beautiful place, but it will be," he said.

Garbett's own ancestors settled in the Little Cottonwood Canyon area. So, in a sense, this project is allowing him to return to his roots.

"I'm very excited about the fact that we're going to make it a much better place," Garbett said.

Demolition of the old compound is set to begin early next week. Garbett said homes will start popping up quickly after that. Some could be finished by Christmas, he said.

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(KUTV) An Orem couple delivered their baby in a parking lot earlier this week and now the audio recording from the 911 call has been released.

Mike Anderson called 911 when his wife, Kelly, had contractions five minutes apart. The couple got their two girls in the car and headed for the hospital, four blocks from home. While on the call, the Andersons quickly realized they were not going to make it to the hospital.

"I told him, 'pull over, I'm not going to make it,'" said Kelly.

Orem dispatcher Julie Merrill was calm as she suggested Anderson pull over and try to deliver the baby himself with her guidance.

"At this point, I'm like this is 100 percent not what I want to do right now," said Mike.

As the baby started to appear, Mike became unsure of himself. Suddenly, Mike starts to lose it a bit when the dispatcher tell him paramedics are on the way.

"They know more than I do?" Mike asked the dispatcher.

"Yeah they'll know more than you do," replied the dispatcher while laughing.

Mike delivered the baby before the paramedics arrived on scene. He says he couldn't have done any of it without Merrill. He says he's thankful for her calm instructions, which made all of the difference.

To listen to the full 911 call audio recording, click here.

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(KUTV) ‘Hello Kitty’ turns 40 this year and creators have made a surprise revelation: ‘Hello Kitty’ is not a cat, but a little girl from London.

Sanrio, the Japanese company that owns and manages the ‘Hello Kitty’ brand says she is not a cat because she is never depicted as walking on all fours or doing any other distinctly cat-like activities.

In fact, Hello Kitty has her own “real” pet cat, named ‘Charmy Kitty.’

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VERNAL, Utah (AP) A Utah woman accused of using a pound of bacon to start a fire in her ex-boyfriend's house will stand trial on arson charges.

Police say 32-year-old Cameo Crispi left the bacon over a lit burner.

Charging documents say Crispi's blood-alcohol level was 0.35, four times the legal limit. Her attorney declined to comment.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law, in a lawsuit filed by a family that appears on the TV show "Sister Wives."

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled in favor of the stars of the TLC reality show in December, but the decision wasn't finalized due to unresolved, procedural issues.

The ruling is a landmark decision and a victory for the Brown family.

Kody Brown and his four wives sued Utah in 2011 after a county prosecutor threatened to charge them under the state's bigamy law.

Waddoups ruled that a provision in the law forbidding cohabitation violates the Browns' freedom of religion.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said in February that he intends to appeal.

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(KUTV) Investigators are looking into permit violations after a 2-alarm business fire in West Jordan Wednesday.

The flames broke out around 7:30 a.m. at 4628 W. Skyhawk Dr., a metal coating business.

Officials say a light assembly located in a recently remodeled area overheated, starting the fire.

Damage is estimated at $250,000.

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(KUTV) A woman is safe after she had to be rescued from Red Butte Canyon.

Unified Police say they got a call to help the woman just after 10:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The woman was hiking and broke her ankle.

Search and rescue crews were called out and were able to get the woman down just after 1:00 a.m. Thursday.

She was taken to the hospital to be treated.

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(KUTV) The parents of a woman accused of dumping her newborn baby in a trash can say their daughter did not know what she was doing.

"She is a special needs child. She doesn't understand," said the woman's father Robert Englert at his home in Kearns. "She reads at a third to fifth grade reading level. We had no idea our daughter was pregnant."

The baby was found by Englert's next door neighbor in the area of 5300 South and 5200 West when he heard something from a garbage can early Monday morning. Englert says the neighbor came and got him and he's the one who ended up taking the baby out.

"I can't believe somebody would leave the baby in the garbage," said Englert when he found the child.

Little did he realize at the time it was his own granddaughter.

"I got the baby, wrapped it up," he said. "I held the baby the whole time. I had no idea that was my granddaughter.The baby was okay. It seemed okay. The baby was not cold. It was moving and a little bit of noise here and there. I held it. I kept it warm. We had no idea."

Police later arrested his daughter Alicia Englert, 24, who according to police admitted to giving birth to the child on Sunday and told them she was scared to tell her parents.

Robert Englert says his daughter showed no signs of being pregnant.

"She gets up and goes to work every day and comes home. We did notice that she did gain a little bit of weight," said Englert.

On Sunday, Englert says his daughter started complaining of cramps and got a heating pad and laid down on the coach.

"We thought it was her period," he said.

Englert says his daughter then went into the upstairs bathroom located right by the living room where they were all sitting and later came out and went downstairs.

"She went downstairs with a towel so I'm assuming the baby was in the towel," Englert said. "She didn't scream. No pain no crying no like just giving birth. I was sitting right here [in the living room]. Mother was sitting here. We had no idea."

A little later he says his wife went into the bathroom and noticed a lot of blood, but again just thought she was having a heavy menstrual cycle. 
According to police the baby girl is listed in critical condition at Primary Children's Hospital.

Alicia is currently behind bars at the Salt Lake County Jail. She faces charges of attempted murder, but her father doesn't believe she should be charged because of her mental condition.

"Alicia doesn't have any idea what is going on," said Englert. "She doesn't have any recollection or understand. You can give her criminal charges and lock her up. She will not know why."

Investigators tell 2News that they have no medical documentation to show that Alicia Englert is disabled, but they are leaving it up to the district attorney's office to make that call and decide on the charges.

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(KUTV) A man wanted in connection with a stabbing in Magna is behind bars.

Police have taken Cody Aaron Johnson into custody. They say Johnson was sitting outside a home with three other people in Magna when an argument started with two people in a passing car.

During the brawl, someone pulled a knife and the two people from the passing car were stabbed.

Johnson is charged with aggravated assault.

Police made three other arrests in this case last Saturday.

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(KUTV) Wet and muddy roads may have been a factor in a deadly crash in St. George.

Police say a cement pumper truck lost control on Red Hills Pkwy.

The driver crossed the median and slammed into a pick-up truck.

Officials say the driver of the pick-up died at the scene. The driver has been identified as Bruno Loreda, 52.

Firefighters had to pull a passenger out of the pick-up. That passenger had only minor injuries.

Emergency crews rushed the cement truck driver to the hospital for treatment.

Police are still investigating the crash.

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(KUTV) Thirteen people arrested after a protest pushing lawmakers to pass a bill outlawing discrimination against gay people have been officially charged.

The protesters were arrested in February for blocking the entrance to a legislative meeting.

The bill they were calling on lawmakers to pass eventually died in a closed door meeting.

Lawmakers said they did not want to interfere with the appeal on Utah's gay marriage ban.

All 13 protesters were charged with disrupting a meeting.

If convicted, they could face up to six months in jail.

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(KUTV) There was discussion at a packed Summit County courtroom Wednesday, but no decision has been reached yet over the fate of Park City Mountain Resort.

Lawyers for PCMR, and owners and the lessee of the land at the top of the mountain, Talisker and Vail, differ on how much the resort should pay in rent. 

"We argued for a bond between one and six million dollars," said PCMR attorney Alan Sullivan.  "We believe asking for a bond over $100 million...we disagree with the approach they took, and we explained to the court why."

The haggling over rent comes after Judge Ryan Harris sided with Talisker months ago over who controls the terrain.  Talisker said PCMR missed a deadline to renew its lease of the upper mountain and the long standing operator of the resort risked eviction.

Now, the parties are meeting with a mediator to try to come up with a deal, at least for the upcoming season.  Those talks have been extended until the end of the work week.

"We are very hopeful the ski season will go forward," said Sullivan.  "We think it's in everybody's interest for the season to be saved."

Lawyers for Talisker politely declined comment following Wednesday's court session in which Judge Harris had planned to rule on the bond, only to reconsider, and announce he would hold off on a decision.

Talisker reportedly owns the nearby Canyons Resort, and has agreed to lease it to Vail for $25 million a year. 

On a website, PCMR acknowledged "Vail has leased the rights to PCMR's upper ski terrain from Talisker," but added, "we own outright the base area, parking, lower ski terrain and lifts, as well as water and snowmaking for the entire mountain."

Legal jousting may be akin to an icy and rough mogul patch for local officials, who have a keen interest on keeping people coming to the signature resort.

"That's job one---to keep the resort open," said Christopher Robinson, chair of the Summit County Council.  "I have to think that cooler heads are going to prevail here, that something is going to be salvaged.  That's my hope."

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(KUTV) Utah resident Anna Mancuso owes her 110 years of life to working hard during her youth and, nowadays, playing the slot machines in Mesquite, Nevada.

"I win, too," Mrs. Mancuso told Gov. Gary Herbert at the 28th annual Centenarians Celebration.

Jimmy Gerardi, who turns 100 this year, attributed his longevity to his lifestyle and offered a tip for centenarian-hopefuls.

"Quit chasing women!" he said before an explosion of laughter from his family.

Mancuso, Gerardi and 44 other 100-somethings or those who will turn 100 by the end of the year were honored at the luncheon at Viridian Event Center in West Jordan.

"I hear the stories. I laugh with them. I'm inspired by them," Gov. Herbert said. "They’ve built and certainly paved the way to have what we have today in this great society."

Girardi was born in 1914, when Charlie Chaplin made his film acting debut, Babe Ruth made his first major league appearance and World War I began, with 28th U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in office.

Girardi, a former engineer, came to Utah after being drafted into the Army. He spent his life walking, he said, and "never noticed age."

Centenarian Gilbert Allington, an avid bowler since the 1940s, said he gets out in his Holladay garden nearly every day.

"I have a half-acre yard and about two-thirds is garden. I have strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, tomatoes, honeydew and cantaloupe this year," Allington said. "I get out in the yard. I use my riding mower to get out to the garden, though."

Lowell Hicks, who turns 101 this year, has been playing and teaching music for 80 years in Salt Lake. He said he is grateful for the opportunity to interact with other centenarians.

"I've been looking forward to it for a long time," Hicks said. "This is wonderful to see a lot of people my own age."

Alex Wadley is the oldest male resident of Utah in attendance. He will turn 103 in October.

By 2050, about 1,400 centenarians will live in Utah, according to projections.

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(KUTV) Transit riders angry after a detailed audit raised serious questions about how the UTA spends its money invaded the company’s board meeting Wednesday to voice their frustrations.

“Right now, you’re the most hated entity in Salt Lake County,” said one of the attendees.

“I would fire all of the executives,” said another attendee.

All of the comments in the public comment period were critical. Alex Cragun presented a petition asking for more bus service. A number of comments referred to the unfavorable audit of UTA released Tuesday by the Utah State Legislature.

Some of those in attendance at the board meeting objected to the $402,000 annual salary paid to UTA General Manager Michael Allegra as well as other big salaries for top executives. According to the audit, top managers often receive as much as $30,000 a year in bonuses.

The UTA says they are improving and will work on more bus service. UTA officials say taking criticism is part of their job.

Read more about the UTA audit here.

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(KUTV) St. George Police think weather could have played a part in a fatal accident Wednesday.

The fatal accident happened early Wednesday morning following a series of rain and lightning storms on Tuesday night.  The storms brought some flood damage to homes and city streets. 

Police say debris left by the storm may have been a factor in the fatal crash.

"About 6:30 this morning we were called to a crash. We came out here on Highland Drive and found that a cement pumper truck had actually come westbound on Red Hills Parkway," said Sgt. Craig Harding with the St. George Police Department. "He came around the curve and he lost traction, went into oncoming lanes of traffic and hit the side of a pickup truck that was eastbound."

The driver of the pickup was found dead. The other two involved with the accident were taken to the hospital.
 
"The accident reconstruction team is trying to diagram the scene to see if speed was a factor given the muddy road," said Harding.

"We are sure sad and our hearts do go out to the family of the fellow who died in that accident this morning," said Pike.

City crews are now cleaning up the mess left by the storm, scrubbing red mud off the roads, sidewalks and parking lots. St. George Mayor Jon Pike says the mud is just a piece of the damage done.

"We had a couple of retaining walls that failed. We had some basements flooded due to window wells in particular," said Pike. "I think we had one home that was hit by lightning even."

Law enforcement even reported a few accidents because of the weather. The water also carried red mud and rocks of all sizes onto roads that were blocks away. A factor that police say might have played into a fatal accident.

The city says it could take a week for crews to clean up the dozens of roads that were hit with mud.

By: D.J. Bolerjack

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(KUTV) A Washington County mother who left her 11-month-old baby in a hot car will not be charged in her daughter's death, officials say.

Skyah Suwyn died August 1 after her mother, April Suwyn, left her in a car. Police report Skyah was inside the car for a "substantial period of time" and the temperature outside was 83-89 degrees.

Police forwarded the case to the Washington County attorney's office, where it was decided the mother would not be prosecuted.

Officials say April experienced a lapse of awareness outside of her control and evidence showed she was a loving thoughtful caregiver operating under lack of sleep, stress and a changed routine. The county attorney's office will not be seeking prosecution because an unconscious lapse of awareness is different than an intentional conscious decision to leave a baby in the car.

2News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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(KUTV) Fire crews responded to a report of a 2-alarm fire near 4628 West Skyhawk Dr. in West Jordan early Wednesday morning.

Authorities say the fire accidentally started sometime around 7:30 a.m. at a metal coating business. Investigators say a light in the ceiling and floor assembly over-heated causing the blaze.

Firefighters on the scene were able to extinguish the blaze quickly, but there is no word yet on the estimated damage.

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