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Rottweiler and Store Owners Scare Off Armed Robber

(SALT LAKE CITY) -- A dog and two store owners teamed up to scare off an armed robber at a Salt Lake City business on Tuesday.

Police say around 1:30 p.m. a male suspect carrying a gun entered the A-1 Vacuum store, located in the 1500 block of South Main Street, and demanded money. One of the store's owners, and 84-year-old man, reportedly called his Rottweiler to the front of the store, while a second store owner confronted the suspect. Police say the suspect then struck the second store owner once in the ear and fled the scene on foot.

Police later shot and killed a man matching the description of the suspect, at a nearby motel, according to published reports.

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Children of Missing Utah Mom Placed in Custody of Her Parents

(TACOMA, Wash.) -- The children of missing West Valley mom Susan Cox Powell were placed in the custody of her parents Tuesday after a state attorney said their father, Josh Powell, is being investigated on the same voyeurism and child porn charges that his father was arrested on last week.

The two boys had been living with Josh and his father, Steve Powell, since Susan’s disappearance in 2009. But when a police search of the Powell’s Puyallup, Wash., home allegedly turned up thousands of images of naked women and young girls taken without their knowledge, Steve Powell was arrested and the children were placed in protective custody.

Susan Powell’s parents, Chuck and Judy Cox, filed for custody of the children following Steve Powell’s arrest.

An attorney for Child Protective Services told the court Tuesday that Josh Powell, too, is being investigated on the charges, though he could not divulge any further information, according to ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle.

According to KOMO-TV, Josh Powell told the court he never saw any pornography at the house in Puyallup, and that there was no “clear and present danger” to his children. He also said he would be moving out of his father’s home and that the family would not post bail for Steve Powell.

Josh Powell is the only named person of interest in his wife’s disappearance, and the Cox’s attorney told the courtroom Tuesday that his clients believe he is solely responsible for their daughter’s disappearance.

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Mayor of Orem Dies at 67

(OREM, Utah) -- Jerry Washburn, the mayor of Orem, died Monday night after a battle with cancer, ABC News Salt Lake City affiliate KTVX-TV reports. He was 67.

Washburn was elected in 2000 and was currently serving his fourth term as mayor for the city of Orem at the time of his death. 

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made available to the public.

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Univ. of Utah Researcher Awarded National Medal of Science

(WASHINGTON) -- A researcher with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is among seven recipients of the National Medal of Science, one of the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists, engineers, and inventors.

Rudolf Jaenisch, of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been awarded the medal for his work in improving the understanding of epigenetic regulation of gene expression. Officials say Jaenisch's work has led to major advances in the comprehension of mammalian cloning and embryonic stem cells.

Jaenisch and other recipients will receive their awards at a ceremony to be held at the White House later in the year.

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Police Track Down Toddler Who Made Hundreds of 911 Calls

(WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah) -- Police say they have tracked down a toddler in West Valley who made more than 150 emergency calls over the course of a few days while playing on a parent's cellphone.

Authorities have not released the identity of the toddler but say they wanted to inform the child's parents of the dangers of playing with cellphones. West Valley City Police Lt. Michael Coleman told the Salt Lake Tribune his department spent a considerable amount of manpower trying to ascertain of location whether the calls related to a real emergency or not.

Coleman says the department ended up going to door-to-door in an effort to determine the identity of the child and family. Police say the phone in question was a disconnected cellphone, which is still equipped to dial emergency numbers as long as it has a battery.

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