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Federal judge in Utah to weigh arguments in same-sex marriage lawsuit

SALT LAKE CITY –  A federal judge is deciding whether Utah voters have the right to ban same-sex marriage in the state.

Attorneys for three gay couples challenged Utah’s Amendment Three, which says the state only recognizes marriages between a man and a woman.

The plaintiffs are asking Robert Shelby, a U.S. District Court Judge, for a summary judgment ruling that the state acted against the constitutional rights of gay couples when the amendment was passed.

The state has argued that only allowing marriage between a man and a woman promotes responsible procreation and supports the “optimal mode of child rearing.”

Phil Lott is a Utah assistant attorney general, and he said Amendment Three doesn’t come from a place of bigotry.

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Kearns shooting staged, police say

KEARNS — A teenager shot in Kearns during an alleged home invasion robbery Saturday reportedly staged the incident, police said early Sunday morning.

While processing the scene Saturday, evidence was not consistent with the story told from the victim, the release stated. Detectives interviewed the boy again and he reportedly admitted the wound was self-inflicted.

Unified Police received a 911 call on a report of a home invasion robbery and shooting from 5292 S. Leprechaun Lane Satuday. The 17-year-old victim told dispatchers two suspects entered his home and pointed a gun at him.

The call was disconnected – when the victim called back a few minutes later he claimed he had exchanged gunfire with the suspects and was shot, according to a press release from Unified Police.

Police say evidence conflicts with shooting victim’s story

UPDATE: Police said in a press release Sunday they believe the teen may have shot himself.

While processing the scene Saturday, evidence was not consistent with the story told from the victim, the release stated. Detectives interviewed the boy again and he reportedly admitted the wound was self-inflicted.

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KEARNS, Utah — Police responded to a home in Kearns Saturday after receiving a 911 call from a teen who said he was home alone and that there were gunmen inside with him.

Lt. Justin Hoyal of the Unified Police Department said 911 dispatchers received the first call at about 7:40 p.m., and after a moment that call went dead.

A push to “shift spending” locally

MILLCREEK — In response to the Black Friday madness, Salt Lake County’s mayor is urging people to rethink how they shop for the holidays, including spending more money locally.

“A dollar spent at a local store will often times be spent four times locally,” Mayor Ben McAdams told reporters.

The mayor held a news conference Friday at The Old Flamingo Boutique to encourage people to “Shift Your Spending” from national chains to local businesses. The group Local First Utah said that if every household in Utah spent 10 percent of their holiday budget at local stores, $1.3 billion would stay in the state’s economy.

“Four times as much of the money spent here at a local business stays here,” said Nan Seymour, the director of Local First Utah. “It’s creating jobs, returning tax dollars.”

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Police identify 2 of 3 suspects who allegedly bound, gagged woman before stealing her car

MAGNA, Utah – Police are investigating after a woman was tied up and gagged in her own house by several assailants.

Police said the incident occurred near 9150 West and 2700 South in Magna Wednesday night.

Police said the woman was entertaining a female visitor, when they got into a fight. The visitor then let two men inside. The female victim was held at knifepoint, tied up and gagged before the suspects left the home.

Police identified two of the three suspects Thursday as 19-year-old Laina Zazueta and 25-year-old Jordan Po-Ching.

The suspects went outside, where they used a gun to threaten a man and force him into the female victim’s car, which the suspects stole. The man was released unharmed several blocks from the house.

The stolen vehicle, a red Honda Pilot, was recovered. Police are working to identify the third suspect, and all three remain at large.

Woman killed after being struck by several cars on I-80 identified

 

SALT LAKE CITY — A woman was killed Wednesday on I-80 after she got out of a vehicle parked on the side of the road and was then struck by several vehicles.

Utah Highway Patrol officials later identified the victim as 39-year-old Darcey Bulloch of Orem.

Lt. Mike Loveland of the Utah Highway Patrol said two women were driving eastbound on I-80 when the passenger, Bulloch, became adamant about getting out of the car. The driver pulled over, fearing the passenger, who was reportedly intoxicated, might get out of the car while it was moving.

Bulloch ran across three lanes of traffic on I-80, where she was hit by upward of six cars and died.

“Reports we have right now is she was quite intoxicated, and I don’t know what else spurred her to run across I-80, I don’t know,” Loveland said.

Utah Highway Patrol offers travel tips for the holidays

Sgt. Todd Royce of the Utah Highway Patrol came to the FOX 13 News studio Wednesday to discuss safe travel tips for the holiday season.

For the latest information on road conditions, visit the Utah Department of Transportation’s website.