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Murray Police searching for two theft suspects

MURRAY, Utah — Police are asking for help to locate and identify two males suspected of stealing a firearm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Murray Police at 801-264-2673 and reference case No. 19C011557.

Murray woman charged after letting cat lie on front lawn

MURRAY, Utah – A Utah woman wants to see change after an antiquated ordinance led her to receive misdemeanor charges for allowing her cat to laie on their front lawn.

When Kate Anderson was first approached by animal control, she thought something terrible had happened to their cat. Then, the officer gave her a citation, carrying the weight of two misdemeanor charges, for letting her cat lie on their own lawn.

“Milo, come here!” Anderson said as she made kissy noises to her cat while it laid on their front lawn.

In the Anderson household, Milo is treated like family.

“He’s got a cat door, so he just comes and goes and is a cat,” Anderson said.

However, they never expected their furry feline would be the reason they were slapped with misdemeanor charges.

“There he is, back at the scene of the crime,” Anderson laughed as her cat came near her and laid on the lawn.

On Monday, Kate said Milo had let himself outside and was on their front lawn – someone then took a picture of Milo and reported it.

“I just got a ticket for my cat being outside, in my yard,” Anderson said in disbelief.

An animal control employee received the report and made a house call to Kate’s Murray home. They then wrote her a citation.

“This is a cat who is neutered and micro-chipped and vaccinated, and is not a menace to society,” Anderson said.

Kate lifted up the ordinance and started to explain what it said, “That’s telling me I have to call for my court date… for my misdemeanors… of having my cat outside.”

Two charges were listed on the citation, both Class B misdemeanors. The first for having an ‘animal at large,’ the second for ‘not having an animal license attached.’

“Like a fugitive. Like robbed a bank,” she said after reading the phrase ‘at large’ out loud.

Based on the Murray city ordinance, which was enacted in 1963, it is illegal for any animal, house cats included, to run at large.

The ordinance reads in part:

“It is unlawful for the owner or person having charge, care, custody or control of any animal to allow such animal at any time to run at large. The owner or person charged with responsibility of an animal found running loose shall be strictly liable for a violation of this section and for any injury to a person or another animal, or property damage caused by such animal running at large, regardless of the precautions taken to prevent the escape of the animal and regardless of whether the owner or person charged with responsibility knows that the animal is running at large.”

Murray City goes on to define ‘at large’ as anytime an animal is not on a leash, confined to a vehicle or secured in the yard. Even if the animal is on the owner’s property, Murray City defines them as ‘at large’ unless there is adequate protection to ensure other’s safety, there also must be a warning given, to let individuals know the animal is there.

“I don’t think most people think it is illegal to let your cat outside under any circumstance,” Anderson said.

“It sounded like the ordinance was kept vague for a reason so if there are strange circumstances, they can do something about that, but this just feels like animal control being out of control,” Anderson said.

The City Attorney for Murray, G.L. Critchfield, told FOX 13 that while Milo being on the lawn was technically a violation, they have filed a motion to dismiss the charges, considering how minor the violation is.

While prosecutors did tell Kate, that they would not be following through with the charges, she said she does not know what to do considering her cat is an indoor/outdoor animal.

“It’s definitely antiquated, I think if anything, there needs to be some kind of addition or amendment to the ordinance excluding felines,” Anderson said.

Critchfield said they do not foresee any amendments being made to the ordinance as it stands, to allow a broad coverage of any animals they encounter.

Murray woman charged after letting cat lay on front lawn

MURRAY, Utah – A Utah woman wants to see change after an antiquated ordinance led her to receive misdemeanor charges for allowing her cat to lay on their front lawn.

When Kate Anderson was first approached by animal control, she thought something terrible had happened to their cat. Then, the officer gave her a citation, carrying the weight of two misdemeanor charges, for letting her cat law on their own lawn.

“Milo, come here!” Anderson said as she made kissy noises to her cat while it laid on their front lawn.

In the Anderson household, Milo is treated like family.

“He’s got a cat door, so he just comes and goes and is a cat,” Anderson said.

However, they never expected their furry feline would be the reason they were slapped with misdemeanor charges.

“There he is, back at the scene of the crime,” Anderson laughed as her cat came near her and laid on the lawn.

On Monday, Kate said Milo had let himself outside and was laying on their front lawn – someone then took a picture of Milo and reported it.

“I just got a ticket for my cat being outside, in my yard,” Anderson said in disbelief.

An animal control employee received the report and made a house call to Kate’s Murray home. They then wrote her a citation.

“This is a cat who is neutered and micro-chipped and vaccinated, and is not a menace to society,” Anderson said.

Kate lifted up the ordinance and started to explain what it said, “That’s telling me I have to call for my court date… for my misdemeanors… of having my cat outside.”

Two charges were listed on the citation, both Class B misdemeanors. The first for having an ‘animal at large,’ the second for ‘not having an animal license attached.’

“Like a fugitive. Like robbed a bank,” she said after reading the phrase ‘at large’ out loud.

Based on the Murray city ordinance, which was enacted in 1963, it is illegal for any animal, house cats included, to run at large.

The ordinance reads in part:

“It is unlawful for the owner or person having charge, care, custody or control of any animal to allow such animal at any time to run at large. The owner or person charged with responsibility of an animal found running loose shall be strictly liable for a violation of this section and for any injury to a person or another animal, or property damage caused by such animal running at large, regardless of the precautions taken to prevent the escape of the animal and regardless of whether the owner or person charged with responsibility knows that the animal is running at large.”

Murray City goes on to define ‘at large’ as anytime an animal is not on a leash, confined to a vehicle or secured in the yard. Even if the animal is on the owner’s property, Murray City defines them as ‘at large’ unless there is adequate protection to ensure other’s safety, there also must be a warning given, to let individuals know the animal is there.

“I don’t think most people think it is illegal to let your cat outside under any circumstance,” Anderson said.

“It sounded like the ordinance was kept vague for a reason so if there are strange circumstances, they can do something about that, but this just feels like animal control being out of control,” Anderson said.

The City Attorney for Murray, G.L. Critchfield, told FOX 13 that while Milo being on the lawn was technically a violation, they have filed a motion to dismiss the charges, considering how minor the violation is.

While prosecutors did tell Kate, that they would not be following through with the charges, she said she does not know what to do considering her cat is an indoor/outdoor animal.

“It’s definitely antiquated, I think if anything, there needs to be some kind of addition or amendment to the ordinance excluding felines,” Anderson said.

Critchfield said they do not foresee any amendments being made to the ordinance as it stands, to allow a broad coverage of any animals they encounter.

Seniors left without hot water for nearly a week

MURRAY, Utah — A senior living community in Murray has been without hot water for at least six days.

“We just kept being told it will be on tomorrow, it will on tomorrow.  Then every day that goes by, it’s a week and a day and it’s still not on,” said the relative of a resident speaking to Fox 13 News on the condition of anonymity.

Olympus Ranch is at 971 East 5600 South in Murray.  The company that manages the property is called Holiday Retirement.  In a letter to Fox 13 News, the company says they started having problems with the boilers on Thursday.  Residents claim the hot water went out on Tuesday.

Holiday Retirement says facility managers immediately contacted a plumber but they plumber failed to return to finish repairs, writing in part:

“When the community was unable to reach the plumber on Saturday, they reached out to a second plumber to expedite repairs.”

The Salt Lake County Health Department reports it received two complaints on Monday.  Two inspectors were sent, one reviewing food services compliance and the other housing.  The food service inspection indicated the dishwasher was heating sufficiently to sanitize dishes, but noted a need for a temporary hand washing station.  The housing inspection notes indicate repairs are underway.

“It’s just concerning how these older people are, you know, keeping clean in their room,” said the relative of a resident.

The health department has been told the hot water should be back on by Thursday.

Holiday Retirement gave FOX 13 the following statement Wednesday evening:

“We began having trouble with the boilers at our Olympus Ranch community this past Thursday, June 13th, that led to the loss of hot water. The community immediately called a plumber, who arrived on site the same day. The plumber committed to return the following day to complete the repairs. When the community was unable to reach the plumber on Saturday, they reached out to second plumber to expedite the repairs.

The second plumber arrived on Saturday and informed us the boilers would need to be replaced; however, they could not complete the work right away. We then called the first plumber who was able to complete some of the work on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The second plumber then resumed work on Wednesday and is currently on site at the community completing the work.

The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority. We were assured by contacts at the Health Department on two separate occasions during this process that the community was completely safe for our residents. We have communicated this message to our residents throughout this process, and are doing everything possible to remedy the situation as soon possible.”

The full Salt Lake County Health Department inspection can be read here.

Big plans unveiled for Murray redevelopment

MURRAY, Utah — A developer revealed plans Tuesday to make over a section of State Street in downtown Murray.

Currently, the area on the west side of the street between 4800 South and 5th Avenue is dotted by several abandoned businesses and empty lots.

Those working on the project believe the plans presented to the Murray Redevelopment Agency on Tuesday would revitalize the area.

“There is an opportunity to help the city by revitalizing their State Street,” said Rob Cottle, an architect working on the development. “You can reactivate the city street, reactivate the main street. Get people back walking up and down State Street and bring it back to life.”

The development would stretch into the sky, with mid-rise and low-rise condominium buildings. More than 300 units would be built on top of retail space anchored by a grocery store. Fourteen townhomes and a hotel are also in the plans.

“It’s a microcosm of what you see in Salt Lake, where ten years ago in downtown Salt Lake City, there wasn’t a lot going on after dark,” Cottle said.

A handful of longtime Murray residents attended the meeting, anxiously awaiting to learn what may be in store.

“I’m not opposed to the development, I just want it done right,” said Keith Bateman, who has lived in Murray for 50 years. “What we really need here are high-quality places that are destination places where people want to go.”

His biggest concern is the development will look like an ordinary strip mall with stores and restaurants you can find anywhere.

“I want it to be a quality development that in 20, 30, 40 years from now, people are going to talk about how cool it is,” Bateman said.

The plan is still in its infancy.

Developers did not reveal which stores and hotel chains they are in talks with to be tenants.

Members of the Redevelopment Agency said they needed time to “digest” the renderings before taking any further action.

There is no time table for when the development may be approved or modified.

Hero saves boy from rushing water in Murray

MURRAY, Utah — A bystander sprang into action when he noticed a boy caught in the current of the Little Cottonwood Creek.

Murray Fire said a boy, about 5-years-old, floated down the water about a quarter of a mile before being rescued.

Harlan Wheeler was at Murray Park to meet a woman for their first date when he saw the little boy in the water.

“My will is strong, my faith is strong and it was the right thing to do,” Wheeler said.

Despite signs warning of a swift current, Wheeler didn’t waste a second before jumping in.

“I looked at him again and then just ran as fast as possible, threw my phone down over here and jumped in,” Wheeler described.

Wheeler pulled the boy out of the frigid water and handed him to a police officer who arrived on the scene.

First responders say Wheeler was instrumental in getting the boy out of the water.

“He could be defined as a superhero,” said Assistant Chief Chad Pascua of the Murray Fire Department. “He risked his life to save this child.”

Pascua said the boy was in the water between two and four minutes before being rescued.

The boy was taken to a hospital. His condition is unknown.

Board votes to permanently close AISU

MURRAY, Utah — The American International School of Utah will permanently close at the conclusion of this school year.

The school’s board of directors voted unanimously to shut down by August 15, 2019.

A handful of parents and students attended Wednesday’s meeting when the decision was made.

Many cried and hugged each other when they realized the finality of the decision.

“There was all this false hope going around that we would be able to rally the school and stay together,” said AISU student Jonathan Burgess.

Students who attended AISU for the unique learning environment and close-knit community are struggling to come to terms with this outcome.

“What do you do with all those creative kids that think school is a safe space, and you close it down,” Burgess said. “You’re sending all those kids and you’re separating them. There are students who came to school here to get away from the bullying at public schools.”

The school’s executive director, Tasi Young believes the current administration inherited the financial issues from AISU’s original investors.

“The problems we saw today were a result of our school being collateralized for a side venture,” Young said.

The financial woes are so deep, the board could not find a legitimate solution to help the school pay its bills in the future. Students and their families, along with AISU’s staff are feeling the pain of those financial mistakes.

“I don’t know. I truthfully, do not know,” answered Jamie Adamson, a parent of two AISU students, when asked what her family will do next.

The school says it plans to help students and staff find other opportunities for the next school year.