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One dead after officer-involved shooting in Ogden

OGDEN, Utah — One man is dead after being shot by four Ogden police Friday evening in what police are calling an officer-involved shooting.

The incident took place near 32nd Street and Gramercy Avenue.

In an emailed statement, Ogden Police Lt. Michael Boone said Weber dispatch received a call at 8:55 p.m. reporting a man armed with a knife approached several people outside at a party.  According to the report, the man seemed disoriented and created  safety concerns for the people in attendance. While officers were in route, the caller said the man was looking into cars and still holding the knife.

Officers arrived around 9 p.m. and approached the man who ignored multiple orders to drop the knife, Lt. Boone said. The man then advanced toward police with the knife in view and continued to ignore police orders to stop. All four officers fired their service pistols and the suspect went down.

A medical team arrived and declared the man dead on scene. Information on the man shot will be released at a later time, according to police.

The Weber County Critical Incident Response Team has opened an investigation on the incident. According to the report, all four officers have been placed on standard administrative leave, pending an internal investigation.

 

Free downtown Ogden ‘trolley’ service launched

OGDEN, Utah — Residents and visitors have a new way to get around town in Ogden.

The Utah Transit Authority launched its new Ogden Trolley service on Monday. Ogden City announced the launch with a video posted on Facebook.

The “trolley” is actually a bus that has been redesigned to look like a 20th-century cable car. UTA gave Fox 13 a preview earlier this spring.

The Ogden Trolley is officially UTA Route 601 and runs in downtown Ogden. It begins at the FrontRunner Ogden Station, goes on 23rd Street, Lincoln Avenue and 25th Street, then makes a loop up Grand and Kiesel Avenue and down Washington Blvd.

A full map and schedule can be found below.

Click here for a schedule and map of the new route.

Courtesy rideuta.com

 

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Over 4,000 without power in Ogden

OGDEN, Utah — Over 4,200 people are without power in Ogden, according to Rocky Mountain Power.

RMP estimated that power will be restored by 10:30 p.m. and spokesman David Eskelsen said birds caused damage to a substation, which caused the outage.

The substation is located near the mouth of Weber Canyon.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

Resident displaced after house fire in Ogden

OGDEN, Utah – A resident was displaced after a fire damaged a home and garage in Ogden on Sunday.

The Ogden Fire Department released a series of tweets about the fire and said the first report of the fire came in at approximately 8:51 a.m. at 1646 Ogden Avenue.

According to tweets, 17 firefighters from Ogden City and South Ogden Fire Departments responded.

Fire crews said no injuries were reported but the resident of the home has been displaced.

Two vehicles were also damaged in the fire, according to Ogden Fire.

Damages are estimated at approximately $70,0000.

Crews are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire.

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Weber and Davis Counties join forces to bring business north

WEBER/DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — The Ogden-Clearfield area forms Utah’s second-biggest center of population, but they have felt like a distant third after Salt Lake City and Provo-Orem when it comes to economic development.

So the Davis and Weber County Commissions each voted to join forces, creating a new economic development council for Northern Utah.

Each commission voted separately on Tuesday morning.

“It’s time that Weber County gets its share of quality growth up here, which includes jobs and companies coming to this area,” said Weber County Commissioner Gage Froerer.

The counties hired the Economic Development Corporation of Utah to head up efforts to design the council. Each county will pay EDC Utah $150,000 a year through 2023 to create and get the new entity up and running.

Dog rescued after car plunges into Ogden River

OGDEN CANYON, Utah — A dog is unhurt after being rescued from a car that plunged into the Ogden River Tuesday.

When rescuers got to the crash two miles up the canyon, the car was upside down in the Ogden River.

Weber County Sheriff’s Lt. Courtney Ryan said Stephanie Perry was driving fast near the river when the car crashed around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday. Ryan said Perry ran off after people nearby helped her get out, leaving Swift was in inside.

“To me, it’s like leaving your kid in the car and abandoning your child in a vehicle upside down in a river,” Ryan said.

Weber County Search and Rescue got into the river but couldn’t get the dog out. The rescuer tied a harness and secured him inside the car. Crews then lifted the car out of the water with Swift buckled up.

“All out lucky circumstance for everybody involved,” Ryan said.

Ryan said the dog’s owner was picked up Wednesday and booked into jail. She was wanted for violating probation. Investigators also suspect alcohol was involved.

The dog now being cared for at the Weber County Animal Shelter. He’s been named “Swift” since the rescue in fast-moving water. Dog Tech Kenzie Kidder said he doesn’t have a scratch on him.

“This dog is a miracle. He’s been getting lots of treats and what not. He’s just so lucky to be alive. Not only that, he acts like nothing happened,” Kidder said.

The dog will remain on hold for the driver to come pick it up in the next couple of days. If she doesn’t, it will go up for adoption.

Ogden man saves woman after cow-involved car crash

OGDEN, Utah – A woman is recovering after crashing into a cow in Ogden Monday night, but it may have been a different story if it weren’t for a heroic young man who was in the right place at the right time.

On Monday night around 10:00 p.m., Bailey Simank was driving along 5300 West in Ogden when he heard a loud noise.

“I see a truck come flying by and end up hitting the bar ditch and rolling over,” Simank said.

Simank said the woman hit a cow.

“The cow was black and it was late at night,” he said.

Without a second thought, he jumped into action.

“I went out there and helped her out. I don’t know. If it was me I’d want somebody to stop and help,” Simank said.

The vehicle was in the ditch, submerged in water, but he managed to pull her out. Then he called his mom, Cynthia Surrage.

“He was just panicked and didn’t know who to call and I know what to do in those situations so mom was the first call,” Surrage said.

Then he called 911.

“She was pretty shook up. Panicked,” Simank said.

The woman didn’t speak English, but luckily Surrage is bilingual and was able to talk to her and calm her down while they waited for the ambulance to arrive.

“Where she was hurting, where her injuries were. I was checking her out, trying to keep her calm. Put a blanket on her to keep her warm,” Surrage said.

Luckily, she walked away with minor injuries.

“I was expecting the truck to look way worse than it did,” Simank said.

However, the really lucky part of this story was that Simank was in the right place at the right time and willing to step in and help.

“Had nobody witnessed it or seen it happen it could’ve been hours if not the next morning until somebody may have found her because you couldn’t see her vehicle at all upside down in the bar ditch,” Surrage said.

FOX 13 spoke with the son of the victim and he said she’s still in some pain, but incredibly grateful. She’s a private person and didn’t want to share her story publicly, but she does plan on reaching out to the family and thanking them, once she’s fully healed.

Ogden man saves woman after cow-involved car crash

OGDEN, Utah – A woman is recovering after crashing into a cow in Ogden Monday night, but it may have been a different story if it weren’t for a heroic young man who was in the right place at the right time.

On Monday night around 10:00 p.m., Bailey Simank was driving along 5300 West in Ogden when he heard a loud noise.

“I see a truck come flying by and end up hitting the bar ditch and rolling over,” Simank said.

Simank said the woman hit a cow.

“The cow was black and it was late at night,” he said.

Without a second thought, he jumped into action.

“I went out there and helped her out. I don’t know. If it was me I’d want somebody to stop and help,” Simank said.

The vehicle was in the ditch, submerged in water, but he managed to pull her out. Then he called his mom, Cynthia Surrage.

“He was just panicked and didn’t know who to call and I know what to do in those situations so mom was the first call,” Surrage said.

Then he called 911.

“She was pretty shook up. Panicked,” Simank said.

The woman didn’t speak English, but luckily Surrage is bilingual and was able to talk to her and calm her down while they waited for the ambulance to arrive.

“Where she was hurting, where her injuries were. I was checking her out, trying to keep her calm. Put a blanket on her to keep her warm,” Surrage said.

Luckily, she walked away with minor injuries.

“I was expecting the truck to look way worse than it did,” Simank said.

However, the really lucky part of this story was that Simank was in the right place at the right time and willing to step in and help.

“Had nobody witnessed it or seen it happen it could’ve been hours if not the next morning until somebody may have found her because you couldn’t see her vehicle at all upside down in the bar ditch,” Surrage said.

FOX 13 spoke with the son of the victim and he said she’s still in some pain, but incredibly grateful. She’s a private person and didn’t want to share her story publicly, but she does plan on reaching out to the family and thanking them, once she’s fully healed.

Pineview Reservoir filling fast, forcing water managers to nearly flood Ogden River

OGDEN, Utah – Waters are running high on the Ogden River, and in the past week, residents have noticed the river steadily rising.

However many might not know what’s behind the engorged banks – and some were surprised to find out that it’s not necessarily naturally occurring.

United States Geological Survey and National Weather Service gauges showed the Ogden River reached just below flood stage on Wednesday downstream from the Pineview Reservoir.

At a park in Ogden Thursday, water reached beyond the normal banks, rushing past trees and not far under a bridge.

Nearby, families took advantage of a sunny spring evening as they ran and played around the park and parents noticed the fast-moving rapids.

“We’ve been hearing about our friends talking about it getting higher, but we don’t know why,” said mother Cora Brown.

She was worried about her son’s safety. He had mentioned wanting to swim in the water.

“I cannot take my eyes off my child, or pretty much the river,” she said.

The Weber Basin Water Conservancy District said they’ve been getting calls from people, concerned with the levels.

“When we have high flows, it does tend to alarm people,” said Chris Hogge with the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District.

Perhaps alarming, but he explained why the levels aren’t free flowing from Mother Nature.

High spring runoff from the mountains after a banner year of snow has forced water managers to lift the gates at the Pineview Reservoir dam.

Hogge said they began lifting the water gates late last week and continued early this week.

The reservoir is filling so fast Hogge indicated they need to let the water out to make room for more and said they expect Pineview Reservoir to take in nearly twice the amount of water it can hold this year.

Last year, they didn’t have to do any controlled releases because of the dry winter.

He described why it’s a necessity this year.

“If we did not make those controlled releases, then we risk the potential of having uncontrolled release – which would obviously have serious consequences,” Hogge said.

Essentially, he said they need to raise the water levels now to avoid worse flooding later.

When the waters reached near flood stage Wednesday into Thursday morning, they closed the gates back down. The water receded significantly, according to the USGS water gauges.

“We’re watching those stream gauges on a daily [basis], and multiple times a day,” he said.

They’ll continue to closely monitor the reservoir and river, and Hogge said they’ll likely conduct more controlled releases in the month of May. They make sure they don’t go above a certain water level, in order to avoid flooding.

Another group will be closely monitoring the water levels: Kayakers.

Several men pulled up in a truck next to the river in Ogden Canyon Thursday evening, wet from having just gone down a run.

They pulled their kayaks out of the truck bed, geared back up and prepared for another lap.

“This is like my 64th time down this, this year,” Aidan McManus said.

For him, these high water levels are perfect, and the best time to take advantage of the sport.

“It was so much fun,” he said, as he got ready to load into his kayak. “It was really big for a lot of people, but it was super fun.”

He splashed into the river and jutted out into the middle, letting the force of the current take him away.

Electric scooters come to Ogden, bringing convenience and injuries

OGDEN, Utah — Ogden emergency rooms are already treating injured electric scooter riders less than a week since the devices rolled into Ogden.

Nathan Westmoreland was among the first to hop on when electric scooters launched in Ogden.

“I was having fun riding around,” Westmoreland said.

Dressed up as the Easter Bunny, several strangers recorded him downtown.

“[It] sounded like this could go good,” Westmoreland said.

The fun came crashing down Monday when Westmoreland severely injured his right ankle.

“At first I didn’t think anything was wrong until I tried putting weight on it and I could flop it around. I was like, ‘Oh, go get my car. I think I just broke my ankle,’” he said.

The 19-year-old underwent surgery to get a metal plate and two screws put into his ankle. He’s off scooters – and everything else – for at least two and a half months.

“I feel kinda dumb about it,” Westmoreland said.

Lime launched 300 new scooters in Ogden on Friday. Ogden is the second site for the company in Utah. The popular scooters are found on nearly every downtown corner.

“I got it, literally, because we stopped here to eat lunch and I didn’t want to walk back to the truck in the parking lot behind,” Daniel Rasmussen said.

In the days since the launch, several people witnessed riders exhibiting risky behavior.

“Some people don’t know their limitations or maybe try to get too rowdy,” Rasmussen said.

Torn ligaments and broken bones won’t stop Westmoreland, however. He’s vowed to get back on when he’s healed.

“You gotta keep in mind the dangers that’s with it.”

By deadline, Ogden Police didn’t return FOX 13’s repeated requests for information on how many people had been hurt while riding an e-scooter.