LOCAL NEWS

HURRICANE – An 80-year-old man involved in an afternoon crash on Interstate 15 died at the hospital Tuesday night despite attempts to save him during surgery, according to  Utah Highway Patrol’s Sgt. Danny Ferguson.

The man’s identity was not released pending notification of next of kin.

The man wasn’t wearing a seat belt and the car rolled — he was ejected.

That particular crash had officers and deputies confused and no witnesses had come forward yet.

According to Ferguson, a gal in a white Honda Accord started to spin out on Interstate 15, in front of the Hurricane liquor store, and she says she thinks she may have hit something, but isn’t sure. The two vehicles, a red Suzuki and an Accord, did appear to have collided at some point, but it’s not obvious when or how.Both cars went off an embankment and the Suzuki rolled.  Ferguson asks if anyone saw it happen to please call Utah Highway Patrol.  Eight crashes in 20 minutes time had Utah Highway Patrol troopers and Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies busy Tuesday afternoon.

ST. GEORGE – A St. George couple with prior convictions for selling heroin – including one case in which a woman died after shooting up – made their initial appearance in 5th District Court on Tuesday after a series of high-speed police pursuits in the Hurricane Valley and Zion Canyon led to their arrest on new drug distribution charges.

27 year old Jordan Matthew Lucia is accused of failing to stop for officers who tried to pull him over Monday in the SUV allegedly used by the female suspect in a reported counterfeiting incident at the Hurricane Family Dollar store earlier in the day.

He allegedly also eluded members of a joint federal-state task force in Utah County last week in the same rental vehicle.

ST. GEORGE – Washington County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was called out when a man in his 20s fell somewhere between 20 and 40 feet at Red Cliffs Recreational area.

Search and Rescue liaison Darrell Cashin said the young man more slid, bounced and rolled but was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center because of the concerns of possible fractures and back injuries.

The call went out at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and WCSSR had to hike to where the incident happened, Cashin said.

“It was back toward the waterfall, in the slot canyon,” Cashin said.

Once they reached the victim, Life Flight was called

(Salt Lake City, UT)  –  The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is heading to the Big Apple to sing at Yankee Stadium.  The choir is set to perform a short medley of patriotic tunes as part of the New York Yankees pre-game performance on July 3rd.  The performance is just a stop along the way for the choir as they travel the eastern U.S. for their Atlantic Coast Tour.

(Dover, DE)  –  Utah is being called the best state in the nation for business.  The website 24/7 Wall Street used dozens of statistics in eight categories in determining the most and least business friendly states.  Louisiana is at the bottom of the list as the least business-friendly state.

(Undated)  –  Dry weather and unusually warm temperatures are saving taxpayers money this winter.  U-DOT reports the state is likely to save eight-million dollars from its 24-million dollar road salt budget this year.  Meanwhile, the National Weather Service reports Salt Lake City has recorded the lightest snowfall this winter since record-keeping began in the late 1800s.

(Salt Lake City, UT)  –  The Utah House is supporting a bill to raise the governor’s annual salary by 36-percent.  If approved in the Senate, the governor’s salary would jump from 109-thousand dollars a year to 150-thousand dollars in January of 2017.  The bill would also raise the salaries of the attorney general, lieutenant governor, and treasurer.  Democratic State Representative Sue Duckworth opposes the bill because she says a 36-percent raise is just too much.

(Salt Lake City, UT)  –  The State Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Utah.  Senate Bill 259 would allow people with certain medical conditions to use medical marijuana in either edible or liquid form.  It would also set up licensed dispensaries to sell medical marijuana.  The measure faces a final Senate vote before it could be sent to the House for further consideration.

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