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Police Department Activity Book for Kids Now Available

(SALT LAKE CITY) -- The Salt Lake City Police Department is making its new activity book for kids available just in time for the new school term.

The activity book is now available at the Main City Library, the department announced Wednesday, and features a number of activities for children, including a fingerprint maze, connecting the dots activities, and coloring of the different uniforms of police officers. Officials say the book helps kids to learn simple safety concepts and about what police officers do to keep communities safe.

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Utah Man Arrested in NY for Alleged Sex Crime with a Minor

(CLAY, N.Y.) -- A Salt Lake City man has been arrested in Clay, N.Y. after authorities say he allegedly sexually abused a minor while going door-to-door selling care packages for U.S. troops overseas.

According to Syracuse.com, Ashlond Reeder was arrested shortly after the Aug. 16 incident for which he is charged with having sexual contact with a teen he met while going door to door. The Onondaga County Sheriff's office announced the charges Wednesday.

Reeder, 22, is in custody at the Onondaga County Justice Center jail on $50,000 bond.

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Man Arrested for Strangling Attempt

(SALT LAKE CITY) -  A man was arrested for attempting to fatally strangle a woman Tuesday, ABC News Salt Lake City affiliate KTVX-TV reports.

Daniel Pasca allegedly tried to strangle a female victim at 1929 South Lake St. in Salt Lake Tuesday around 9:45 a.m, according to the Salt Lake Police Department.

Pasca is accused of striking the woman in the face, knocking her to the ground before he allegedly began choking her. 

The victim managed to escape and call 911.

Police rushed to the scene, where they found and arrested Pasca.

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Cops Arrest Suspect in Liberty Park Kid Sexual Assault

(SALT LAKE CITY) -- A 26-year-old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with the sexual assault of a child at Liberty Park.

Officials say a tip from someone who saw a news story about the assault led to them arresting Brandon Elder. The suspect is charged with felony sexual abuse of a child.

Police say on Monday afternoon a man hid near the water features at the park, and then emerged from some bushes and began assaulting a 5-year-old child. The attack was broken up when bystanders intervened, though the suspect managed to escape on his bike.

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Salt Lake Man Upgraded to Stable Condition After Shooting Self in Head

(SALT LAKE CITY) -- A Salt Lake City man is in stable condition after accidently shooting himself in the head on Saturday, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

The 25-year-old man, whose name has yet to be released, allegedly shot himself under the chin with what he thought was an unloaded handgun. Authorities say they received a call from the victim's roommate and responded to the scene, where the man was in critical condition but still able to respond to officers.

Police say the victim remained in critical condition for most of the day Saturday before being upgraded.

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