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Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Recent articles by Daniel:

Summit County man arrested in 'horrific' beating of puppy with pool cue

A Summit County man was arrested in a case of animal abuse that sheriff’s officers described as “horrific. ” Daryl Zeller, 38, was booked into the Summit County Jail Friday evening but has since bailed out. He’s accused of beating a 3-month-old puppy with a pool cue at his house outside Kamas, in the Indian Creek at Garff Ranches neighborhood. ALSO:'Gruesome': Kitten found with paws nearly cut… → Read More

Utah House passes bill renaming Dixie State as 'Utah Tech University,' now heads to senate

UPDATE: The Utah House of Representatives has passed a bill renaming Dixie State University in St. George as "Utah Tech University. " The bill passed with an amendment allowing it to be called "Dixie Campus" for 20 years. ***** The Utah Senate president said Wednesday it’s unclear whether there is enough support among senators to approve the renaming of Dixie State University. → Read More

Utah House Republicans elect two new leaders ahead of special session

Utah House Republicans elected a new majority leader and whip Tuesday morning ahead of a special session where they were set up to vote on new redistricting maps, COVID-19 workplace protections, and the renaming of Dixie State University. Rep. Mike Schultz (R-Hooper) was elected majority leader, replacing Francis Gibson who recently announced his resignation from the Legislature, citing a desire… → Read More

66-year-old man fatally hit by vehicle in Vernal

A 66-year-old man died after getting hit by a vehicle Saturday morning in Vernal, police said. The man, who was not immediately identified, was hit by a vehicle around 8:00 a. m. in the crosswalk at 500 West Main Street, police said on Facebook. Assistant Chief Keith Campbell told 2News the victim is from out of state, and his family was being notified. An investigation was underway to determine… → Read More

Utah House majority leader announces he'll resign next month

The majority leader of the Utah House of Representatives is resigning. Rep. Francis Gibson (R-Mapleton) announced Tuesday he will leave the House of Representatives November 8 to "direct my full attention to my career and spend much-needed time with my wife and children. "Gibson had served in the House for 13 years, becoming majority leader in 2018. “Making the decision to resign from the… → Read More

Salt Lake County refugee liaison well equipped to help Afghans adjust to life in Utah

Utah is beginning to welcome hundreds of refugees from Afghanistan. Dozens have already arrived in the state, with at least 140 more expected later this week. Many of those refugees will settle in Salt Lake County. One of that county’s newest employees who’s playing a major role in this effort is well qualified for the task, knowing exactly what it’s like to be a refugee. “Utah is a place for… → Read More

Utah man worried about wife, children stuck in Afghanistan

A Utah man is worried about his wife and children who are stuck in Afghanistan. They've been there for three months, he said, trying to get out with no success. The man, whom 2News is not identifying due to concerns about his family’s safety, is originally from Afghanistan and moved to Utah five years ago. He said his wife has a green card, and his children have U. S. passports. They went to… → Read More

National expert urges more 'middle housing' in Utah to help people afford homes

A national expert is urging Utah cities to prioritize a certain type of housing that he says is too often missing. Daniel Parolek, who coined the term “missing middle housing” in 2011 and wrote a book about it, visited West Jordan Thursday to speak at a Salt Lake County Regional Solutions event. Parolek said having more middle housing can help more people afford homes. → Read More

Google may build data center in Eagle Mountain, but is there enough water?

Eagle Mountain is getting ready to welcome a new neighbor with a big name. Google is buying land there for a possible data center, city officials said, right across the street from a data center for Facebook. So far, the technology giant isn’t saying much. “Google has acquired a site in Eagle Mountain, UT, for a potential data center,” the company said in a statement. → Read More

Teen driver suspected of DUI after crashing into house, igniting fire in Utah

ST. GEORGE, Utah (KUTV) — A teenager faces several charges after police say the 14-year-old stole his sister's car, ultimately crashing it into the front door of a home and causing it to catch fire early Thursday morning. Officer Mitchell with the St. George Police department confirmed to 2News the crash happened at approximately 1:00 a. m. on Thursday at the home on 2926 E. 2930 South. → Read More

Charles Vallow's death ruled a homicide in medical examiner report

The Arizona medical examiner has released the official autopsy for Charles Vallow, the fourth husband of Lori Vallow, who was killed in 2019. According to the report, Charles Vallow died of multiple gunshot wounds from another person. Police have identified that person as Alex Cox, the brother of Lori Vallow. The death was ruled a homicide. On July 11, 2019, Charles Vallow was shot and killed by… → Read More

Utah Housing Coalition worried about eviction filings, low awareness of rental assistance

Utah housing advocates are sounding the alarm over evictions. Ever since the U. S. Supreme Court struck down a ban on evictions at the end of August, the Utah Housing Coalition reports eviction filings in the Beehive State have crept up to roughly pre-pandemic levels. Advocates say that shouldn’t be happening, especially given how much money Utah has left in emergency rental assistance to help… → Read More

Davis School District says no to BLM, Pride, MAGA flags in classrooms

A Utah school district is cracking down on certain flags inside the classroom. A spokesman for Davis County Schools said rules against politically-oriented flags have been in place for several years, but principals were recently reminded of them at a training at the beginning of the school year. → Read More

Boyfriend returned home 10 days before Gabby Petito was reported missing, police say

Police in North Port, Florida, have taken over the investigation into the disappearance of Gabby Petito, and investigators are calling the 22-year-old woman's boyfriend a "person of interest" in the case. In a news release Wednesday, the North Port Police Department said Brian Laundrie returned home to Florida September 1, ten days before Petito was reported missing by her family. → Read More

Suicide prevention, mental health focus of Utah conference later this month

In the middle of National Suicide Prevention Month, a Utah non-profit is putting the spotlight on mental health. NAMI Utah is holding a mental health conference September 30 in Sandy and virtually. Advocates told 2News it’s an especially important conversation right now while the COVID-19 pandemic keeps raging. → Read More

Attorney for boyfriend of missing woman Gabby Petito releases statement

The attorney for the boyfriend of a missing 22-year-old woman has released a statement surrounding her disappearance. Gabby Petito was reported missing over the weekend after her family lost contact with her August 30. She had been on a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, and the two had visited Utah not long before her family stopped hearing from her. → Read More

Woman on US road trip goes missing; last seen in Salt Lake City

Police in New York have asked for help from the public in Utah and Wyoming to locate a missing woman who traveled with her boyfriend through the Beehive State. Officials with the Suffolk County Police Department said Gabrielle Petito, 22, was reported missing over the weekend. The Long Island woman was traveling in a white, 2012 Ford Transit, police said. The converted camper had Florida license… → Read More

Citing incomplete data, lawmaker pushes to extend Utah's motorcycle lane filtering law

A Utah lawmaker will propose extending the state’s motorcycle lane filtering law for another five years, saying there’s not enough data to judge whether the law is working as intended. Rep. Walt Brooks (R-St. George) is working on a bill for the upcoming legislative session to push the expiration of the law – known as a sunset provision – to 2027 to allow more time for data to be collected.… → Read More

Two Park City students investigated for joke about 'shooting up the school'

Two middle school students in Park City were investigated for joking about "shooting up the school. "According to the Summit County Sheriff's Office, the two students at Ecker Hill Middle School made the remarks "jokingly" and did not have any weapons available to them. "We are not allowing the two students to attend school today," the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post Wednesday, "and… → Read More

Utah's Hanksville begins cleanup after flooding damages homes and businesses

Weeks of work lie ahead for some people in Hanksville as they recover from flooding. Officials are tallying the damage from the flood caused by rain Wednesday, while people in the small Wayne County town rallied together to help each other clean up. At least 10 homes were damaged, Wayne County Sheriff Dan Jensen said, along with several businesses. Caption: KUTV. "Seems like we’re having… → Read More