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CEDAR CITY – Ryan Bundy, Cliven Bundy’s oldest son, was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly got into a scuffle with Iron County Sheriff’s deputies when they tried to serve him with a warrant.

42 year old Ryan Bundy who has property in Cedar City, was approached by deputies on his way out of court Tuesday after he had appeared in Iron County Justice Court for an unrelated 2013 incident where he was charged with a class B misdemeanor for responsibility for a nuisance.

According to Bundy he got a summons to go to court in Cedar City on some kind of nuisance charge. Bundy added “the paperwork says it stems from having a vehicle stored on my property without proper registration. I don’t know what the heck they’re talking about.”

Authorities said the warrant was for failing to appear in a 2014 case where Ryan Bundy was charged with interfering with an animal control officer.

Ryan Bundy is the oldest of Cliven Bundy’s 14 children.

Cliven Bundy is the Bunkerville rancher who became a political celebrity because of his April feud and standoff with the Bureau of Land Management.

ST. GEORGE – Police identified the victim in Tuesday’s scooter crash as 18 year old  Scott Wesley Jones.

Jones of St. George, was riding a scooter eastbound on 700 South and crashed just after passing through the tunnel underneath Interstate 15, landing near the westbound lane, according to St. George Police.

A concerned citizen stopped to assist, turning the flashers on in the car and another motorist behind opted to pass, according to SGPD statement. The driver struck Jones, police said.

Jones was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center and later died of his injuries, according to an SGPD news release.

ST. GEORGE – The deadline Utah lawmakers set for the federal government to turn over control of millions of acres of public land passed with the new year.

The part-time Legislature convened in Salt Lake City this week to start the 45-day session, and leaders have already expressed a desire to continue a now years-long effort to take control of lands that many argue could be better managed locally and help to generate revenue to fund schools and other services.

The state passed a law in 2012 demanding the federal government give up about 31 million acres, or about 50 percent of the total area of the state, by Dec. 31, 2014.

The transfer still hasn’t happened though, and the state has yet to move ahead with a proposed lawsuit over the issue. There has been no indication the federal government would agree to such a transfer, and critics have argued that the state has no legal claim to the land.

At a recent outdoor retailer show in Salt Lake City, former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt slammed the state’s push, calling it a radical effort that threatens the outdoor recreation industry.

(Kearns, UT)  –  Police in Kearns say two officers shot and killed a dog while investigating a possible business break-in.  It happened Tuesday night at a business next to Popular Design Mill and Cabinet at 5265 West 4820 South.  Police say the officers were responding to a break-in report and were talking to a man inside a mobile home when the man’s black Labrador got out and charged the officers.  The officers say they warned the man to call the dog off and were forced to shoot the dog when he continued to charge at them.

(Undated)  –  A top Southern Baptist leader is calling the Mormon church’s decision to legally back protections for gays and lesbians well-intentioned, but naive.  Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore tells “The Christian Post” he doesn’t think sexual orientation should matter in housing or employment, but is worried religious liberty won’t be protected.  The LDS church announced this week gays and lesbians should be lawfully protected from discrimination, as long as religious freedom is protected as well.  Moore says he looks forward to talking with the LDS church about religious freedom issues in the future.

(West Jordan, UT)  –  A West Jordan woman is pleading guilty to using the names of dead people to file her tax returns.  Thirty-seven-year-old Jacquelin Boyd pleaded guilty late last week to making a false claim to the IRS.  Prosecutors say Boyd worked from May through October of 2012 to gather the names, addresses and Social Security numbers of people who had died in California and then filed tax returns under their names.  She’s expected to face just over a year behind bars.

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