Police search property for missing Utah mom’s remains

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Authorities investigating the disappearance of Utah mother Susan Powell spent two days this week searching a rural Oregon property for her remains, Powell’s father said Wednesday.

Chuck Cox said in an interview Wednesday night that the search didn’t turn up any sign of his daughter. The property east of Salem, Ore., was in a remote area but had ties to the Powell family, Cox said.

“I’m disappointed,” said Cox, who accompanied some of the search dogs on the hunt. “I just don’t know where she is, but we’ll keep looking for her.”

Susan Powell was reported missing in December 2009 after she didn’t show up for work. Her husband, Josh, maintained his innocence and said he took the couple’s young boys on a midnight camping trip in freezing temperatures the night his wife disappeared.

In February 2012, Josh Powell locked a social worker out of his home at the…

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Car crash at Grafton High is only a drill

Great idea!

Greater Grafton

There will be a car crash this morning at Grafton High School. Several students will be taken away by ambulance. Some will die. One, the person at the wheel, will be arrested for drunk driving.

This is only a drill.

In preparation for the busy spring season of prom and graduation, the Grafton High School SADD and Peer Leaders will be holding a mock crash in the high school parking lot. Students will be dismissed at 9 a.m. to the parking lot, where for 35 minutes they will get a look at what it might be like to see their fellow students involved in a car accident.

If you see flashing lights and emergency vehicles at the high school this morning, this is the reason. It’s only a drill.

This time.

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Hidden Falls, Utah

Sounds like a great place!

The Waterfall Record

I planned on visiting the Salt Lake City area in late May, but due to work rescheduled to early May. I wondered whether snow at higher elevations would have any effect on finding waterfalls. Well, there is still snow, and there were flurries as I was driving to some of the higher elevations. Nothing too bad, though!

I was trying to find Donut Falls, but you’ll have to find out about that elsewhere. The road to the falls was blocked off.  I probably could have walked the extra mile to the trail head, but really had no wish to do that in the snow. Instead, I looked up some other waterfalls that were along the same road.

There are a number of waterfalls along UT-190. Hidden Falls is by far one of the easiest to find, easiest to visit, and just plain impressive. It’s a really stunning waterfall. A mine…

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Utah soccer league to hire security

What are your thoughts about this story?

NBC Latino

MURRAY, Utah (AP) — The president of the Hispanic soccer league where a Utah referee was punched by a player and sent into a coma says the league will be hiring security for its games.

Mario Vasquez said Friday he’s still in shock about what happened last Saturday to his friend Ricardo Portillo.

He says La Liga Continental de Futbol will continue holding weekend games for children and teens at a middle-school field in suburban Salt Lake City. But he says off-duty police officers will watch over things.

Vasquez says the league was created in 2009 to provide a family-friendly place where the Hispanic community could play soccer.

Portillo’s family says the 46-year-old was attacked before while refereeing. Vasquez says those incidents didn’t happen in his league, and that it’s never seen anything this violent before.

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NHTSA Survey Finds 660,000 Drivers Using Cell Phones or Manipulating Electronic Devices While Driving At Any Given Daylight Moment


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NHTSA 08-13
Friday, April 5, 2013
Contact: Karen Aldana, 202-366-9550

Motorists are urged to put down their electronic devices and focus on driving during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released new survey results that show that Americans continue to use electronic devices while driving, despite warnings that it causes their own driving to deteriorate and can lead to crashes, injuries and even death. The new data are being released at the start of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The new data include statistics from the 2012 Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors Survey and the 2011 National Occupant Protection Use Survey on Driver Electronics Use, as well as the 2011 Distraction Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data. All three reports are being highlighted in the premier issue of NHTSA’s SAFETY 1N NUM3ERS online monthly auto safety…

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Three Minors Injured in Drunk Driving Crash on OR99E

Portland Accident News

Date: April 6, 2013
Location: Oregon 99E
Names: Jennifer B. Lemen, Hugh A. Averette

An argument between a passenger and a driver resulted in a vehicle colliding with a house on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Police report that Jennifer B. Lemen, 32, was traveling on Oregon 99E in her Ford Explorer with passenger Hugh A. Averette, 33, and her three children, ages 5 to 9 (names not released). At some point during the trip, Lemen and Averette began to argue and Averette grabbed the steering wheel. Lemen then lost control of the vehicle; it flipped over and left the roadway. It then collided with a house on the side of the road. While the home did suffer foundation and structural damage, no one inside was injured.

Both Lemen and Averette are facing charges for the crash. Averette was arrested and booked into the Marion County jail under charges relating to…

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