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UNDATED (AP) — Police are hailing a man who shot and killed a would-be carjacker outside a Utah grocery store, saying he did the "right thing" by coming to the aid of the vehicle's owner. Investigators say the 31-year-old man with a concealed weapons permit was in Macey's parking lot in Orem, 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, when he heard a woman's screams as she was being pulled from her SUV by the suspect. Police Capt. Ned Jackson says he doesn't think the shooter would face charges because Utah law allows the use of guns for self-defense and to prevent the commission of a "forcible felony" including an attempted car theft.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police are looking for suspects in the theft of two historical bronze plaques from a Salt Lake City park. Investigators say the plaques were removed from a monument at Warm Springs Park sometime between Thursday and Friday afternoons. One of the plaques describes how Mormon pioneers erected a bath house at the site of the springs. Police say the monument was damaged when the plaques were removed, and the park has been home to the plaques for some 50 years.

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — Police say a homeowner shot and killed a man accused of trying to break into his home in Pleasant Grove, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City. Officers say a preliminary investigation shows 24-year-old Christian Chichia pounded on the front door of the house about 5:30 a.m. yesterday, awakening the homeowner and his wife. Chichia then climbed to a second-floor balcony and tried to enter through a door. Police say the homeowner unlocked the door to talk to the man, but shot him once in the chest when Chichia tried to force his way into the house.

HOWELL, Utah (AP) — Northern Utah ranchers already dealing with low water supply are now facing a larger than normal infestation of a black grass bug that kills grass needed for cattle to graze. The grass bug, measuring about 4 mm long, dries out grass by siphoning out chlorophyll. Local officials say the bug appears on grass in Box Elder County every year, but because the warm winter never brought a hard freeze, the bug is flourishing in the area.

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