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Motorcyclist killed in alleged DUI crash

WASHINGTON CITY — An alleged drunken driver struck and killed a motorcyclist Saturday.

Leland Lloyd, 53, a resident of Lancaster, Calif., died from massive head injuries he received when a Ford Explorer, whose driver's blood-alcohol content measured four times the legal limit, made an illegal left turn causing Lloyd to ram into the vehicle, said Sgt. Dean Brimley with Washington City Public Safety Department. Lloyd, who died at the scene, was wearing a stylized helmet that only covered his head above the ears and left his forehead partially exposed, Brimley said.

The accident occurred at 275 S. Greenspring Drive in Washington City. The posted speed limit is 35 mph.

The 54-year-old driver of the Explorer has no prior record for driving under the influence, Brimley said. He was not injured in the crash. Brimley said the man was booked into jail for investigation of automobile homicide, driving under the influence, an open container violation, an improper left turn and no vehicle insurance.

—Clayton Norlen

Lightning strike kills dog, injures woman

PRICE (AP) — A lightning strike has sent a Price woman to the hospital and killed her dog.

Carbon County sheriff's deputies say the lightning hit a large tree in her backyard Friday night and traveled along a metal wire strung between several trees.

The medium-size dog's metal leash was tied to the wire, and the charge killed him when it reached his metal collar.

Deputies think the 52-year-old woman received a residual shock when she touched the animal.

She was taken to Castleview Hospital, where she was listed in fair condition.

Her name wasn't released.

L.A. woman dies in fall on Zion trail

A Los Angeles woman hiking with her family fell 1,000 feet to her death Sunday morning on the popular trail to Angel's Landing in Zion National Park.

Nancy Maltez, 55, was located on a steep, rugged slope at the base of Angel's Landing, and a technical recover team was required to bring her body down to the floor of Zion Canyon, according to a release from the National Park Service.

The fall was reported about 8:30 a.m. Sunday by another hiker via cell phone. Park spokesman Ron Terry said Sunday afternoon it is believed the woman, in her 40s, stumbled on a narrow portion of the trail above a sheer drop-off.

Terry said the trail is one of the most popular in the park and heavily traveled. While minor incidents are not uncommon, he said the last fatality in the area was in June 2007.

The West Rim Trail from the Grotto to Scout Lookout will remain closed while National Park Service officials and officers from the Washington County Sheriff's Department complete an investigation of the incident.

The 5-mile trail ascends almost 1,500 feet to a scenic overlook, with the last half-mile straddling a narrow sandstone ridge with steep drop-offs on both sides.

— Arthur Raymond

Drowning victim is ID'd as Logan man

LOGAN (AP) — The man who drowned at Tony Grove Lake near Logan has been identified.

Crews recovered the body of 19-year-old John Doucette of Logan on Thursday.

Search efforts for Doucette were suspended late Wednesday.

The Cache County Sheriff's Office says Doucette and a friend had tried to swim across the lake Wednesday, but he had a problem and went under the water. Authorities say others tried to reach him but couldn't.

Doucette's friend made it to a canoe and witnesses called police.

Tony Grove Lake is about 15 miles northeast of Logan.

Burglars brought 3-year-old along

Salt Lake police are looking for two men who were caught in the midst of a burglary Sunday — and brought a 3-year-old along for the crime.

Lt. Melody Grey said police received a call just before 3 p.m. Sunday from a woman who returned to her residence near 900 South and Glendale to find two men and a child she guessed was about 3 years old in her home. One man had her TV in his arms, which he dropped before all three ran out of the house. Grey said the woman gave chase and last saw one of the men get into a green, older model Lexus.

Grey said the police are looking for a Hispanic male about 5 feet 8 inches and another man who is believed to be Polynesian. No description of the toddler was given.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Salt Lake police dispatch line at 801-799-3000.

— Arthur Raymond

Same man sought in 3 store robberies

Police are looking for a man they say shot a store employee in the foot while committing one of three armed robberies — two at Salt Lake County gas stations and one at a dollar store.

According to police, a black man with a thin build, around 20 years old and wearing dark, baggy jeans, a hooded sweatshirt and something white over his face, walked into the businesses with a gun, demanded money and then fled on foot.

Police say the man went into a Family Dollar store at 6150 S. 1300 East on Thursday morning and demanded money from the two employees working at the time, Murray Police Sgt. Tom Martin said. One employee took the man to a back room and gave him money, only to be shot in the foot. The suspect then fled the store and headed west.

Police say a man matching the same description robbed a Sinclair station near 600 South and 1300 East on Wednesday night before heading to a Tesoro gas station at 4770 S. Highland Drive around 11:40 p.m., said Salt Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Don Hutson.

A woman who was working at the Tesoro station told police she was preparing to take out the garbage when she looked up and saw the man pointing a gun at her. He then handed her a plastic bag and demanded that she put money in it, which she did.

The man fled from the station on foot. Police used a K-9 unit to search the area but were unable to find the man, Hutson said. The station is equipped with a video surveillance system, but police said it was not working at the time of the incident.

Because the robberies all took place in the same general area and feature a suspect consistently described the same way, Martin said police are investigating the incidents together.

— Emiley Morgan

Upset parent is hit with kidnap charge

A Salt Lake City woman has been charged with kidnapping for allegedly taking a 6-year-old boy to the state Capitol where she interrogated him with a video camera and accused him of abusing her child.

Charging documents filed Friday in 3rd District court say the 48-year-old woman had permission to take the boy to her home on July 5 for a play date with her child. Salt Lake County prosecutors say the woman detoured to the Capitol and badgered the boy about allegedly "touching" her son.

Court papers say the tape, which was turned over to police, shows the 6-year-old crying, upset and begging to go home.

Court papers don't say why the woman thought the boy had harmed her son.

Prosecutors charged the woman with one count of first-degree felony kidnapping.

— Associated Press