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Man arrested for threatening people with machete in Provo

PROVO, Utah — A Provo man was arrested for threatening people with a machete Saturday outside an apartment complex, according to Provo Police.

Daniel Smith, 33, was arrested and booked into jail on charges of obstruction of justice, threats of aggravated assault and possession of a dangerous weapon.

Provo PD responded to a call about suspicious man outside an apartment complex near 700 West Center Street. According to police, Smith was seen “acting weird with constant jerky movements.”

The caller and victim informed dispatch Smith was standing outside her apartment when she arrived home. She then asked Smith if he was all right and he began to walk toward the victim and her young son.

Police said Smith then pulled a machete from his pants and held it above his head. The victim and her son ran to a neighboring apartment where she called 911.

Inside the apartment, the victim continued watching Smith as he went down to a basement apartment. Police said when they arrived Smith was running up the steps from the basement apartment without the machete.

When questioned, Smith denied living at the complex and denied having the machete.

Police searched the area near the basement apartment and found the machete hidden behind several boxes.

Smith was already on probation and is being held without bail at the Utah County Jail.

$15,000 in cash, other valuables stolen from Seven Peaks in Provo

PROVO, Utah — Investigators have few leads in their search for the suspect responsible for burglarizing Seven Peaks Water Park and taking thousands of dollars.

According to a warrant obtained by FOX 13, park management reported to police that someone broke into the park during the weekend of July 13 and used drastic measures to get away with the cash.

The document stated, “The perpetrator would have climbed the fence around the perimeter and went into the men’s bathroom next to the office building. A hole was cut in the ceiling drywall and it appears that a garbage can was used to climb up through the opening in the ceiling. The perpetrator then crawled through the rafters and cut a second hole in the drywall ceiling of the safe room.”

The warrant said the burglar cut open the park’s safes and got away with $15,000 cash, rolls of coins, and some other valuables like Apple headphones.

Park management originally reported to Provo police that a former, disgruntled employee may be responsible, but investigators cleared that person of any wrongdoing.

Police said the park’s surveillance system wasn’t working when the burglary occurred. They do not have any leads or suspects at this point.

If you have any information about this alleged burglary, call Provo Police.

Man dies after fall while hiking Rock Canyon, Provo

PROVO, Utah — A 43-year-old Provo man is dead after falling in Rock Canyon Tuesday morning.

Provo Police say the man was hiking alone and tried to call his friend for help, but by the time crews found him, it was too late.

Dispatchers got a call at about 8 a.m. from a concerned friend who said the victim had called him, saying he was stuck on the trail.

“He was alone just up in the canyon hiking,” King said.

Search and rescue crews used GPS coordinates to track him, but there wasn’t enough time to save him. The man was found dead and police say it appears he had fallen off a rock.

“I don’t have the specific height that he fell from but I do know it was a very significant height. Originally we received a report that he was just below the flag which as you can see is extremely treacherous,” says King.

With some help from the Utah Highway Patrol, crews brought the man back down.

“It was very helpful that we had the UHP helicopter to come and assist us. That’s actually how the remains of this gentleman were removed from the mountain,” says King.

While police work to notify his family, they want others to learn from this tragedy about the importance of being prepared on long hikes.

“Total round trip, you’re looking at a five-hour hike,” King said. “It’s beautiful, but you want to be prepared. Know what your skill level is. Wear the appropriate footwear.”

Being prepared is especially important in the midst of this heat wave, police say.

“We’re in — how many days in a row now? — that we’ve had triple digits for weather, so first and foremost make sure you’re well equipped with hydration and snacks and things you would need to take with you,” King said.

Police also stress the dangers of hiking alone, even if you have a cell phone.

“You are hiking in the mountains, so it doesn’t mean you’re always going to have cell phone service to call for help. Make sure someone knows where you are,” King said.

This sad outcome brings a dire warning for outdoor enthusiasts.

“Enjoy your summer. It is beautiful, but prepare adequately,” King said.

Police are still waiting to notify the victim’s family before releasing his name.

Provo man dies after fall while hiking Rock Canyon, Provo

PROVO, Utah — A Provo man is dead after falling in Rock Canyon Tuesday morning.

Michael Sean O’Donnal, 43, was hiking alone and tried to call his friend for help, but by the time crews found him, it was too late, Provo Police said.

Dispatchers got a call at about 8 a.m. from a concerned friend who said O’Donnal had called him, saying he was stuck on the trail.

“He was alone just up in the canyon hiking,” King said.

Search and rescue crews used GPS coordinates to track him, but there wasn’t enough time to save him. O’Donnal was found dead; police say it appears he had fallen off a rock.

“I don’t have the specific height that he fell from but I do know it was a very significant height. Originally we received a report that he was just below the flag which as you can see is extremely treacherous,” King said.

With some help from the Utah Highway Patrol, crews brought him back down.

“It was very helpful that we had the UHP helicopter to come and assist us. That’s actually how the remains of this gentleman were removed from the mountain,” King said.

Police want others to learn from this tragedy about the importance of being prepared on long hikes.

“Total round trip, you’re looking at a five-hour hike,” King said. “It’s beautiful, but you want to be prepared. Know what your skill level is. Wear the appropriate footwear.”

Being prepared is especially important in the midst of this heat wave, police say.

“We’re in — how many days in a row now? — that we’ve had triple digits for weather, so first and foremost make sure you’re well equipped with hydration and snacks and things you would need to take with you,” King said.

Police also stress the dangers of hiking alone, even if you have a cell phone.

“You are hiking in the mountains, so it doesn’t mean you’re always going to have cell phone service to call for help. Make sure someone knows where you are,” King said.

This sad outcome brings a dire warning for outdoor enthusiasts.

“Enjoy your summer. It is beautiful, but prepare adequately,” King said.

Utah man accused of assaulting, trying to kill teenage girlfriend

PROVO, Utah — A man is accused of assaulting his teenage girlfriend and trying to kill her, according to court documents.

Andrew Rice, 19, was booked into jail Friday night on charges of assault, kidnapping and attempted murder, along with multiple drug-related charges, after police said he became intoxicated and accused his girlfriend of cheating on him before choking her and saying he would kill her.

The victim, a 17-year-old girl, told police she was also intoxicated at the time and went to get a glass of water when Rice began grabbing at her and throwing her around the kitchen.

Police said Rice then followed the girl into the backyard and pulled her as she was climbing the fence, but she escaped and ran to leave through the front door.

Rice reportedly told her, “I’m going to kill you,” before shoving the victim down the stairs from the front door, knocking her unconscious.

Police said Rice began choking the victim after she regained consciousness, knocking her unconscious again.

She was able to fight off Rice later and ran to a neighbor’s house after he heard her screaming. The victim told police she, at some point, had kicked Rice in the face to get away from him.

Police found Rice unconscious in the home and arrested him.

After regaining consciousness, Rice told an officer “she cheated on me, that’s why I hurt her” before being taken to Utah Valley Hospital for treatment.

A search warrant was obtained and police found multiple bottles of alcohol, pipes consistent with marijuana use, a large sword and two throwing knives.

Rice is being held without bail at the Utah County Jail.

Provo City Council adopts all-lethal urban deer removal program

PROVO, Utah — The Provo City Council voted unanimously to change the way they remove deer from the city.

Provo joined 15 other cities in the state adopting an all-lethal urban deer removal program, but as city officials explain, they didn’t have much of a choice.

Provo used to have a dual program that included trapping and relocating deer from city limits until the Department of Wildlife Resources changed their policy in May.

“After doing some research and things we decided to change that program so it’s lethal-only removal program now,” said DWR Public Information Officer Faith Jolley.

The reason the DWR is no longer trapping and relocating deer is due to concerns of spreading chronic wasting disease, which causes a degeneration of the brain in infected animals.

“It’s kind of become a prevalent issue among deer populations in the west. It’s not a huge issue in Utah right now but we want to keep it that way,” said Jolley.

The other reason is that there wasn’t a good survival rate for deer who were relocated.

“Typically only about 50% of them, we found from our studies, were surviving once they were relocated back into the wild from an urban area,” said Jolley.

Highland City adopted the lethal program in 2013, according to Highland City Assistant Administrator Erin Wells.

“We were one of the first cities that did a pilot program with DWR to do this urban deer control program,” said Wells.

It’s been successful for Highland. At that time, they estimated 80 deer were hit and killed by cars every year.

“Now because of the deer program we’re actually down to about 10 per year so there’s been an 80 percent reduction in the amount of deer hit on our highways,” said Wells.

Both Provo and Highland have contracts with a local archery company that kills the deer in the most humane way possible.

Provo determined in 2016 they had about 500 deer within city limits, according to Community Relations Coordinator for the Provo City Council Karen Tapahe. While that number is likely lower now, they want to prevent accidents that put both human and deer lives in jeopardy.

“We’re not trying to kill them all. We’re just trying to keep that population under control so that they’re safe, we’re safe. We can have a few wandering around but if we can keep them from wandering in front of a car that’s better for everyone,” said Tapahe.

All the deer harvested in both Provo and Highland are donated to either needy families or the food bank.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Utah County

UTAH COUNTY, Utah — The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Utah County, including Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs.

The NWS said winds up to 60 mph and nickel-sized hail is possible.

The warning lasts through 7:00 p.m. tonight.

Provo Police: man shot Monday night continued to assault woman despite warnings

PROVO, Utah — Police have released new findings in the investigation of a shooting in Provo that left a man dead Monday night.

Provo Police initially said that Jeremy Sorensen, 26, was “physically fighting” with an 18-year-old woman in front of a residence at about 8 p.m. when an uninvolved man pulled up in a car, became involved, and ultimately shot and killed Sorensen.

Provo Police announced updates to the investigation on Twitter Friday afternoon.

After conducting “numerous interviews” since the incident, police say the investigation is still ongoing. They have confirmed that Sorensen and the woman knew each other, but the nature of their relationship was unsure.

Police are now saying Sorensen assaulted the woman, giving her a concussion and other injuries.

When the passerby showed up, police say he gave Sorensen multiple warnings “to stop assaulting the female or he would shoot.”

Police say Sorensen continued to punch and bite the woman and then began stomping on her head.

She broke free and ran behind the passerby, who continued verbally warning Sorensen, according to Provo Police.

Witnesses said Sorensen then advanced toward the two, and then shots were fired.

Great Horned Owl rescued in Provo

PROVO — Provo Animal Control rescued a Great Horned Owl Saturday.

Animal Control Supervisor Jayson Swenson found the owl, and it is now recovering at a rehabilitation center in Mapleton, Provo Police announced on Twitter.

“This beautiful raptor took a spill,” the department wrote along with a photo of the owl.

Courtesy Provo Police

Provo Police searching for stolen football equipment trailer

PROVO, Utah – Provo Police are searching for a stolen trailer that was filled with over $25,000 worth of Provo High School football equipment.

The 20-foot cargo trailer, which is worth about $7,000, was stolen Wednesday morning around 2 a.m. according to Sgt. Nisha King.

A Provo Youth Football Facebook post said the trailer was taken by a dark-colored, mid-sized SUV that could possibly be a Chevrolet Tahoe.

Inside the trailer were 200 brand-new helmets and shoulder pads, blocking pads, 12-15 footballs and other miscellaneous football-related equipment.

Anyone with information about the trailer is asked to call Provo Police at 801-852-6210 or email Detective Patterson at npatterson@provo.org.