(Salt Lake City, UT) — A Utah man is in custody in Venezuela accused of being a spy. Fox News Latino reports Josh Holt was arrested after authorities allegedly found multiple assault rifles and a grenade in his apartment. The 24-year-old was in the South American country to marry his now wife, whom he met through LDS.org. Holt says the guns and ammunition were planted in the apartment.(Photo: Courtesy of Facebook)
(Ogden, UT) — A 16-year-old girl is charged with two counts of felony murder for allegedly crashing her car on purpose and killing two occupants. Marilee Patricia Gardner appeared in court today for last week’s crash that killed 20-year-old Maddison Haan and 19-year-old Tyler Christianson. She is accused of driving about 100 miles-per-hour in a 45-miles per-hour zone and rear-ending a sedan carrying the victims, sending it into a phone poll. Gardner told police she was trying to kill herself.
(American Fork, UT) — Work is underway to upgrade the earthen dam at Tibble Fork Reservoir leading to the temporary closure of the popular recreational spot. The lake has already been drained to allow for construction of a new dam to replace the old one that dates back to 1966. State Natural Resources officials say, once construction is finished, the new dam wall will be 15-feet taller with water levels expected to approach an additional ten feet in height.
(Statewide) — Utahns will be seeing more state troopers on the road over the holiday weekend. The Utah Highway Patrol says nearly 200-additional troopers are going to be out and about, monitoring drivers’ behavior on state highways throughout the long 4th of July weekend. Highway Patrol Colonel Michael Rapich advises all occupants riding in vehicles to wear a seatbelt and warns drivers not to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or other mind altering substances.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — Delta Air Line pilots are picketing for higher wages at Salt Lake City International Airport. The pilots union says it hopes the informational picketing today raises urgency in ongoing negotiations for a new contract with the airline. Pilots say the airline is posting record profits and it needs to recognize the rising market for pilots and finish negotiations. Salt Lake City is one of eight airports nationally where pilots are picketing.(Photo Courtesy of: Delta Airlines)
(Daggett County, UT) — The Daggett County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a warning on the Green River. There’s increased flows from the Flaming Gorge Dam after the Bureau of Reclamation opened bypass valves to lower excess water storage. The sheriff’s office says it’s been called out to four rescues involving 24 people over the past two weeks.
(Beaver County, UT) — Searchers find three teens alive after the kids ran away from a wilderness rehab program in rural Beaver County. The participants took off Monday from the RedCliff Ascent program in Beaver County with only a small amount of food and water, causing concern for their welfare. Yesterday, the troubled teens were found alive around 40 miles away in neighboring Iron County, where they had broken into a cabin in search of shelter from the elements.
(Farmington, UT) — A woman is recovering from injuries after falling 30 feet during a hike near Farmington in Davis Creek Canyon. The Davis County Sheriff’s Office says the woman was about three miles into a hike headed to a waterfall when she fell off the trail earlier this week. Farmington fire and rescue personnel found the hiker alive and conscious, and transported her to the Intermountain Medical Center for treatment.
(Pine Valley, UT) — The Saddle Fire burning in southwestern Utah is leading authorities to issue a mandatory evacuation in Washington County. Fire officials say yesterday’s order seeks to protect residents in more than 180 residential structures in the Lloyd’s Canyon area of Pine Valley. Firefighters are contending with civilian drones that are interrupting airborne operations. The hot, windy weather is also complicating their struggle to contain the lightning-caused fire that now covers over 500 acres.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — A project to build a new arena on the grounds of the state Fairpark is prospering. Funding for the arena will come from the private sector including the LDS Church along with city, county and state coffers. State Representative Sandra Hollins says once completed, the economic activity generated at the new arena is predicted at around one-million-dollars a year.