–The Washington County 5th District Courthouse hasd gone batty. Literally. There are reportedly thousands of bats making themselves at home in the courthouse at 206 Tabernacle Street, in St. George. Officials say they appear to be all over the building, as they can hear them scratching inside the ceiling in some areas.
The bat infestation is no Halloween joke, nor did courthouse officials invite the bats in to make for extra scary court proceedings. The bats, it seems, let themselves in.
Work is currently being done on the outside of the building and sources said they believe the bats entered the building after workers possibly left a vent open. There has been no impact on court operations. At last report, sources said 15 of the bats have been captured.
– A man involved in a credit union robbery was sentenced in 5th District Court Wednesday to serve one-to-15 years in prison.
45 year old Jerry Dee Wells of Price, Utah, was sentenced for the
July 3 robbery of the Mountain America Credit Union on River Road in St. George. During the robbery Wells walked into the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money. He received $200 and fled the scene on foot. While leaving the area, he also stole a bicycle as part of his getaway. No weapons were used during the robbery, according to court records.
pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony robbery of credit union and third-degree felony robbery of the bicycle on Sept. 17.
(Salt Lake City, UT) – Two Utahns are being closely watched after showing Ebola-like symptoms. The two travelers recently returned to the Beehive State, but health officials aren’t releasing their names or where they live. Utah Governor Gary Herbert didn’t impose a quarantine order on people coming from Ebola-stricken parts of West Africa. The deadly disease has a 21-day incubation period and the pair is being closely monitored.
(Springville, UT) – Police say the deaths of a Springville family don’t appear to be accidental. Benjamin and Kristi Strack were found dead in their home along with their three children last month. A “red liquid” was found coming from the mother’s mouth and investigators found trash bags full of medication. A test of the air in the home by firefighters did not find any carbon monoxide.
(Salt Lake City, UT) – Republican Mia Love is enjoying a small lead over Democrat Doug Owens in the race for the 4th District congressional seat. A new UtahPolicy.com poll released yesterday shows Love leading Owens by five points. Love and Owens are competing to replace Democratic Representative Jim Matheson, who is retiring.