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SALT LAKE CITY — Here are five local stories you may have missed this weekend. As always, click on the headline to read the full story.
A Utah man who embarked on a 250-mile run to help raise money for deaf children reached his goal over the weekend.
Justin Osmond, son of Merrill Osmond, lead singer of The Osmonds, started his trek in Ephraim back on May 2. He made it all the way to St. George in the days since.
Justin Osmond, who is 90 percent deaf, was raising money for the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund, one that's partnered with the Washington County School District in an effort to provide necessary hearing aids for children. A group called Run4Hearing, sponsoring both Osmond's solo run and public 5K runs, was also involved in the events.
After deliberating more than 11 hours Friday and early Saturday, a jury found 18-year-old Meagan Grunwald guilty of aggravated murder and 10 other charges in connection with the shooting death of a sheriff's deputy.
The verdict was announced just after 1 a.m. Saturday.
Shock crossed Grunwald's face as the verdict was read. She began to cry quietly as her mother sobbed from the courtroom gallery.
"I love you baby!" the mother cried out as her daughter was led from the courtroom.
On May 10, 1869, the first transcontinental railroad was born, and the connection between East meeting West officially cemented in Utah at Promontory Summit.
However, some folks in Strasburg, Colorado, contest that Utah marks the official end point.
Utah has an obelisk signifying the momentous event. The Golden Spike National Historic Site, a national park, also hosts a visitors center and bookstore.
"(It was) a major accomplishment that would change the nation," David Kilton, a ranger for the National Park Service said.
A 23-year-old Layton mother and her boyfriend have been booked into jail on suspicion of abusing the woman's 2-year-old child.
Jasmine Bridgeman, 23, and Joshua Schoenenberger, 34, were arrested after they took Bridgeman's toddler to Davis Hospital shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday. The child was having difficulty breathing and doctors identified "injuries consistent with on-going physical abuse as well as recent traumatic injuries," according to Layton police.
The child was taken to Primary Children's Hospital and underwent surgery for critical injuries. The child remained in the hospital in critical condition Saturday night.
A water strategist warned Friday that the drought is here to stay and said Utahns need to take water conservation seriously.
"We need to stop calling it a drought. This is now the new normal," said Will Sarni, who has worked for both the public and the private sectors over the last three decades. "A 'good rain' is not going to make life good."
Sarni was the keynote speaker at the Salt Lake Chamber's "Water is Your Business" forum Friday. He said both public and private leaders are playing "catch-up" as they create new policies to combat current water shortages. Part of the rush is because they are running short on time as water projections created to mimic the year 2025 are a reality in 2015.