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Closed competency hearing underway for teen charged in girl's death

McKenzie Romero, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:36pm

A four-day competency hearing for a teenage boy accused of raping and killing his 12-year-old neighbor is underway, but remains closed to the public.

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Hearing delayed again for jailed Utah man in Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:01pm

A Utah man jailed in Venezuela since June has had his hopes for being reunited with his family for Christmas all but dashed with the fourth postponement of a preliminary hearing.

Military instructor at Tooele High School arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a student

Pat Reavy  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:28pm

A man who works as a U.S. Army recruiter and taught a class at Tooele High School has been arrested for investigation of unlawful sexual conduct with a student.

Utah named ‘most charitable state' again

Liesl Nielsen  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:03pm

Utahns volunteered more service hours than any other state in the nation for the eleventh year in a row, while Utah was named the ‘most charitable state’ by WalletHub for the third straight year.

Idaho Falls man hit, killed trying to cross 1300 East

Pat Reavy  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:02pm

A man police say was jaywalking across 1300 East during the Tuesday morning commute was hit and killed.

1 killed, 2 critically injured in southern Utah fire

Pat Reavy  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:34pm

One man is dead and two others, including a child, are in critical condition following a mobile home fire in southern Utah.

How to build the best bonfire

Spencer Durrant, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:29am

Whether you're out camping or need to prove to a Scout leader that you can build a fire in the middle of winter, these techniques will help you build the best blaze possible.

Death toll from Oakland fire akin to 'a 3rd-world country,' Utah fire official says

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 10:35am

As the death toll rises from the fire that gutted Oakland's "Ghost Ship" warehouse, local life-safety officials say enforcement of building, health and zoning codes help prevent tragedies.

Ogden man soaked gun in acid after shooting, charges state

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 10:24am

An Ogden man tried to destroy a gun by soaking it in acid after using it to try and kill a man in a West Haven neighborhood last month, according to charges filed Monday.

New system aims to help track parole violators

Mike Headrick  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:20am

When convicted criminals are put on parole, they get an early release from prison under the condition of good behavior. But what happens when their behavior is not so good?

Charges: Ex-owner of Utah adoption agency withheld payroll taxes

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:22am

The former owner of a now-decertified adoption agency was charged Monday with two tax offenses he allegedly committed in his role as an employer there.

Charges: physically abused baby tested positive for meth, THC

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:01am

A physically abused infant also tested positive for meth and THC, the active ingredient of marijuana, according to charges filed Monday.

Woman recalls bank robber crashing into her car

Ashley Moser  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:20am

On Aug. 5, Becki Church was driving when another vehicle plowed into her car. Police say the other driver had just robbed a bank and was fleeing. Church now wears a neck brace 24/7, but her injuries aren’t stopping her from hitting the gym.

'It's time': SL leaders launch plan to develop area near new prison

Katie McKellar  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:02am

Last summer, Salt Lake City leaders fought adamantly against state lawmaker's decision to relocate the Utah State Prison from Draper to Utah's capital city. But now, they're shifting their efforts to make the best of it.

Ex-Granite School District employee sent to jail for embezzling $100K

McKenzie Romero  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:45pm

A former Granite School District employee who admitted she embezzled more than $100,000 from the district and an education union was sentenced to jail Monday.

DCFS in need of bags for children in foster care

Ashley Kewish  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:06pm

When many think of Christmas, they think of a tree, lights or Santa's bag full of presents. This year, the Division of Child and Family Services is hoping you will consider another kind of bag.

With Huntsman in mix for secretary of state, will Romney be passed over?

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 9:36pm

With former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. now being looked at by President-elect Donald Trump for secretary of state, it appears more likely that another contender for the post with Utah ties, Mitt Romney, will be passed over.

Utah couple to donate funds for in vitro fertilization for a family

Mike Anderson  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 9:07pm

Ellie and Jared Mecham struggled for years with infertility. Now, after gaining YouTube fame, they hope to use their influence to help another family with the same challenge.

Kamas mayor crashes school bus after suffering heart attack, UHP says

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:36pm

The mayor of Kamas suffered a heart attack Monday, putting him in critical condition and causing him to crash a school bus into a power pole, police said.

Recount upholds victory for GOP Rep. LaVar Christensen

Katie McKellar  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:06pm

A recount of more than 17,000 votes in the razor-thin contest between one of the Utah House's most outspoken conservative voices and his Democratic challenger has confirmed a Republican win.