Category: Utah

Liquid meth found inside transmission fluid, coolant containers

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (KSWB) – U.S. Border Patrol agents on Wednesday arrested a man in Southern California after allegedly finding liquid methamphetamine hidden in his car, authorities said.

Around 10:20 a.m. near San Clemente, agents stopped a Nissan sedan headed northbound on Interstate 5, according to Border Patrol. Agents questioned the driver and determined he was a Mexican national with a B1/B2 Visitor Visa.

Agents searched the car and spotted several transmission fluid and coolant containers in the trunk. They tested the contents and determined the containers contained liquid methamphetamine. The meth weighed 34.61 pounds and has an estimated street value of $65,759.

Agents arrested the driver, turning him and the methamphetamine over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Border Patrol seized the vehicle.

New round of anti-impeachment ads target Rep. McAdams

SALT LAKE CITY — New impeachment opposition ads were released over the weekend by super PACs targeting Congressman Ben McAdams.

America First Policies created the ad as a part of a $2 million dollar “End the Witch Hunt” campaign.

The President of the PAC, Brian O. Walsh, put out a statement that said he wants Congress to ”get back to work,” working for the people.

“This impeachment charade has gone on for far too long and has produced no evidence the President is guilty of any crime,” Walsh said.

The first phase started in October, but the newest ad started running last weekend.

The ad targets Rep. McAdams, the only Democrat representative in Utah, but the congressman said he’s not letting these ads distract him.

“Ben is focused on addressing the cost of prescription drugs and our rising national debt,” said Rep. McAdam’s Campaign Manager, Andrew Roberts.

Roberts said the congressman is reviewing all the witness testimony and facts and will make a principled decision for Utah.

“No amount of spending from Washington D.C. Special Interest groups from either party will change that,” Roberts said.

America First Policies spent nearly $52,000  on the ad shares here in Utah — less than 3 percent of the $2 million used for the anti-impeachment campaign.

There are at least five to six super PACs buying ad shares with the four leading television stations in Salt Lake City.

Canyon View Elementary evacuated, will remain closed till Monday

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS – Canyon View Elementary has been evacuated due to a gas leak, the Cottonwood Heights police say.

A technician with Dominion Energy traced the leak to a failed regulator in one of the school’s boilers.

Workers have secured the boilers which are used to heat the school.

Canyon District is bringing in an HVAC operator to make the repairs.

The boiler will remain shut down so they can replace the regulator.

School has been canceled for the day for Canyon View Elementary students.

The school should be reopened to students and teachers on Monday.

All students are safe, the police say. The students have been moved to Butler Middle School.

Butler Middle School is located at 7530 S 2700 E, Cottonwood Heights.

The middle school is a few minutes’ drive away from the elementary.

Parents and guardians of the children received phone, text, and emails through the emergency system.

Parents and guardians can go to the middle school to be reunited with their children.

Parents wait in line at Butler Middle School to pick up their elementary children after Canyon View Elementary was evacuated on Dec. 13, 2019.

At one point in the late morning, there was a long line of parents at the middle school.

Kids are being allowed to stay at Butler Middle School if their parents or guardians do not come to get them during the school hours. The students will be supervised and are being provided a lunch.

I-15 to close overnight for Lehi bridge demolition

LEHI, Utah — A portion of Interstate 15 will close Friday night as crews continue the demolition of a bridge at 2100 North.

The same section also closed Thursday night for the bridge demolition. Friday’s closure is expected to go from 11 p.m. until 8 a.m. Saturday.

Officials advise taking an alternate route.

Utah County inmate captured; woman arrested for aiding his escape, police say

SOUTH SALT LAKE — An inmate who escaped custody has been captured, and a woman has been arrested for aiding his escape, authorities say.

Boyd Paul Anderson escaped Utah County Sheriff’s Office custody Wednesday by removing his ankle monitor, the sheriff’s office said. He was on the county’s GPS monitoring program as part of DUI and drug distribution sentences.

The sheriff’s office said that South Salt Lake Police found the pickup on Thursday that Anderson had been driving. Investigators then obtained a search warrant for an apartment nearby where they believed Anderson was inside with 35-year-old Rebekah R. Robertson. Police found them both inside the apartment and took them both into custody without incident.

Both Anderson and Robertson have extensive criminal histories, according to UCSO — they have each been booked into the Utah County Jail more than 30 times.

Authorities say Anderson will now face additional charges of escape and obstruction of justice, and possibly others. Robertson, who is on parole, was booked and will be charged with obstructing justice.

The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks Friday and Saturday

Originally Published: 12 DEC 19 15:47 ET
Updated: 13 DEC 19 05:55 ET

(CNN) — The Geminid meteor shower is one of the most active and dependable displays of the year, according to the American Meteor Society. This year, the shower will peak on the evening of December 13 and 14, so hope for clear skies that will let you see a beautiful show of green fireballs.

Unfortunately, the meteor shower will have competition from a nearly full moon — but experts recommend that it’s still worth checking out. Due to the full moon, you can expect to see about 20 meteors streaking across the sky per hour rather than 60 or more.

This phenomenon was first recorded in 1862 and causes a show each December.

Although you can watch the shower in the late evening hours on Friday and Saturday, the early morning hours, like 2 a.m., are the best chance to see meteors no matter where you are in the world, according to predictions from EarthSky. To see when they will peak in your part of the world, check here.

Although the Geminid shower is known for its “shooting stars,” the number of meteors visible depends on the time and how dark it is.

Early evening meteors may be longer, with dramatic streaks that last several seconds. Later on, the meteors will present quicker streaks or leave trails of smoke that appear to glow.

The asteroid 3200 Phaethon is responsible for this meteor shower, which is unusual because comets usually create meteor showers with icy debris. Scientists have debated the very nature of what Phaethon is. The closely tracked near-Earth asteroid has been likened to comets, so it’s been called a “rock comet.”

Phaethon was discovered in October 1983 and named after the Greek myth about the son of Helios, the sun god, because it closely approaches our sun.

Phaethon orbits the sun closer than any other asteroid and takes 1.4 years to complete its orbit. The asteroid heats to about 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit on its closest approach to the sun, which causes it to shed dusty debris.

These particles cause the meteor shower when they plunge into Earth’s atmosphere at 22 miles per second, vaporizing in the streaks we call “shooting stars.”

If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive to a place that isn’t littered with city lights that will obstruct your view. If you’re able to find an area unaffected by light pollution, meteors could be visible every couple of minutes from 10 p.m. until dawn.

Find an open area with a wide view of the sky, and don’t forget to bundle up. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness — without looking at your phone — so meteors are easier to spot.

Cast your vote for the Top Utah News Stories of 2019

As the year draws to a close, Fox 13 is looking back at some of the biggest stories of the past twelve months. Please take a moment to reflect and vote for the ones which impacted our state the most.

The results of this poll will help form our countdown of the “Top 10 Stories of 2019” which will be announced on air and online later this month.

Multiple votes allowed. Voting ends at midnight on December 22nd.

Chinese embassy thanks Utah teachers for help during tragedy

ST. GEORGE, Utah — The Chinese Embassy is expressing its heartfelt gratitude to some Utah educators.

“We are deeply touched by the kindness and humanitarian spirit of your staff and the Utah people in general,” the embassy wrote.

The embassy is thanking the teachers for their assistance when four Chinese tourists were killed in a bus crash near Bryce Canyon National Park in September.

Twenty-six others were injured in the crash.

Teachers with the Washington County school system, among them those who taught Chinese in a dual immersion program, had their students write cards to the victims to share their best wishes. The dual immersion students also sang Chinese songs to the injured.

The Chinese Embassy thanks one teacher by name: Marybeth Fuller, a dual immersion coordinator, was also instrumental in facilitating communication between the injured and the hospital staff.

The embassy says that the educators reached out to the Chinese citizens, offering a helping hand and a comforting presence.

‘Anybody need a grandma for Christmas?’ – Woman’s Craigslist ad goes viral

TULSA, Okla. — A post on Craigslist is pulling at heartstrings, titled, “Anybody need a grandma for Christmas?”

The listing comes from a Tulsa, Oklahoma woman in despair, who claims she has no family and would really like to be a part of one this holiday.

But, as social media would have it, the post has since been deleted when the woman received hateful messages. However, that hate is fueling a love-filled search to find the woman and make her Christmas one to remember.

It all started Wednesday evening when Carson Carlock was scouring the internet.

“I go through the free part of Craigslist pretty often just looking for stuff because sometimes people give away stuff for free,” Carlock said.

The latest ad to flash across his screen wasn’t something for sale.

“I saw that post, and I was like, ‘You know that’s really sad.’ ”

The post was titled, “Anybody need a grandma for Christmas?” It goes on to say, “I cook, and I’ll cook dinner and even bring gifts for the kids. I just don’t want to be alone because it hurts.”

The ad ends with “Let me be a part of your family.”

It was a plea that tore at Carlock’s heart, reminding him of his own mother.

“That really broke my heart reading that because my mom was alone on her last Christmas.”

It’s a thought still haunting Carlock today. His mother, Gail, was diagnosed with stage four cancer last year.

“She went to church a lot,” Carlock said. “She loved her grandkids.”

Gail fell ill quickly, making her unable to travel from Oklahoma City to Tulsa for the holidays. Carlock tried to travel to his mom, but car troubles prevented him from making the trip.

“It was really not a good feeling just knowing, hearing her on the phone, and she’s like ‘I’m all alone,’ ” he said.

It’s a conversation Carlock won’t soon forget. His mother died last year and her memory is one he hopes to keep alive.

“She would want me to be the kind of person to do this for other people,” Carlock said.

A unique Craigslist ad, “Grandma for Christmas,” seemed like the perfect opportunity to honor Carlock’s late mother and spread a little holiday cheer. However, before he could reach out, he saw the post marred with hate.

“A lot of people started sending her hateful messages” Carlock said. “I understand that everybody can be wary about it because there’s a lot of bad things happening in the world right now.”

Posts accused the “grandma” of having ill intent, using the ad to take advantage of the families willing to welcome her into their home. The woman, claiming she just wanted to be a part of a family, posted an update after the negative feedback. She thanked everyone for the “extra shot of pain.” The post was then deleted.

Carlock decided to act.

“I don’t want anyone else to feel that way,” he said.

Carlock made his own Craigslist ad, asking the “grandma needing a family,” to reach out so he could help her have a wonderful Christmas.

“I posted it, and it kind of went viral,” he said.

As of Friday morning, more than 5,000 people have shared the post on Facebook. Thousands of people across the country came to the “grandma’s” defense, ready to welcome her into their home.

“I just want you to know that you aren’t alone,” Carlock said. “If you find yourself wanting to be a part of a family on Christmas, just reach out.”

Carlock said he did get in contact with the “grandma” through email, her name is Carrie. However, because of all the negative feedback, she is hesitant to reach out to anyone about joining them for Christmas.

The search for Carrie continues.

This story was originally published by Cori Duke on KJRH.

San Juan police offering reward about appliances dumped in valley

SPANISH VALLEY – San Juan County police want to know who dumped thirty appliances in a gravel pit over the past few weeks. The police are offering a $500 reward for information that leads to prosecution.

The police believe the appliances, some of them are refrigerators, belonged to an appliance repair or sales company.

The sheriff’s office is offering one picture of a fridge with an American flag sticker. The police ask you to call the sheriff’s office if this fridge was removed from your house.

(San Juan County Sheriffs Office’s Facebook page)

The appliances were dumped at the LeGrand Johnson Gravel pit in Spanish Valley.

Anyone with information should call 435-587-2237