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Officials: Loud 'boom' heard in north Utah likely a meteor

Aug. 13, 2022 22:13 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A loud “boom” heard across areas of northern Utah was likely a meteor, officials said Saturday. Reports of the loud noise circulated at about 8:30 a.m., with people from Orem to southern Idaho posting that they heard the “boom," The Salt Lake Tribune...

Utah Democrats call for Sen. Gene Davis to step down

Aug. 13, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — A week and a half after a former intern publicly accused state Sen. Gene Davis of sexual misconduct, the Utah Democratic Party is suspending the longtime lawmaker from party-related activities at all levels and has called for him to step down from the Utah Legislature....

Mormon lawmaker pushes abuse reporting reform in Utah

Aug. 12, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker in Utah said Friday he plans to introduce legislation that would require clergy to report child abuse to authorities, eliminating the clergy-penitent privilege in a state where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the predominant...

Gabby Petito's family files claim alleging police failed her

Aug. 08, 2022 19:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nicole Schmidt vividly remembers the pain she felt watching body camera footage of her daughter Gabby Petito sobbing while Utah police officers questioned her about a fight with her boyfriend. The video was released last summer after Petito had gone missing...

Seven years of sex abuse: How Mormon officials let it happen

Aug. 04, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — MJ was a tiny, black-haired girl, just 5 years old, when her father admitted to his bishop that he was sexually abusing her. The father, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an admitted pornography addict, was in counseling with his...

Utah police investigating attack on gay couple as hate crime

Aug. 03, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Police said on Wednesday that an attack against a gay couple in suburban Salt Lake City is being investigated as a hate crime. Stefanie Peacock said her 18-year-old son, Christian, and his boyfriend Jacob Metcalf, also 18, were attacked just after midnight...

Utah man accused of causing wildfire by burning a spider

Aug. 02, 2022 15:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man has been arrested on accusations he started a wildfire while trying to burn a spider with his lighter. Cory Allan Martin, 26, told deputies that he spotted the spider Monday while he was in a hiking area in the foothills south of Salt Lake City...

British man arrested after London-LA flight diverted to Utah

Jul. 27, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A British man aboard a flight from London to Los Angeles grabbed a passenger seated in front of him by the throat and tried to hit and bite him, prompting the diversion of the flight to Utah, authorities said Wednesday. William Stephen Hayes, 39, was arrested...

Utah man pleads guilty to killing mother, 3 siblings

Jul. 19, 2022 19:26 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man pleaded guilty Tuesday to fatally shooting his mother and three siblings when he was a teenager in 2020. Colin “CJ” Haynie, who is now 19 and goes by his middle name of Jeffery, killed his mother and one of his sisters as they returned from her...

Suit filed after autistic Utah boy dies in hot car settled

Jul. 17, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A wrongful death lawsuit filed after an 11-year-old autistic boy was left in a hot car while under the watch of a care facility in Utah has been settled. The lawsuit filed against Roost Services and some of its employees in April stemmed from the July 2021 death...