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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Salt Lake City.

Monday
Oct102011

Utah Skydiving Instructor Killed in Nevada Accident

(MESQUITE, Nev.) -- A Utah skydiver died on Sunday in Mesquite, Nev.

James Fonnesbeck, 60, a St. George, Utah, sky diving instructor, went on a jump with Claudette Porter, 75, of North Las Vegas, Nev. The pair's parachutes failed to open, and they struck the pavement at Mesquite Airport.

Fonnesbeck is believed to have died immediately, although Porter was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

The Federal Aviation Adminstration is investigating the accident.

Fonnesbeck reportedly completed over 11,000 skydiving jumps, according to KTVX-TV.

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Monday
Oct102011

Suspected Wire Thief Rescued in Lake after Running from Police

(UTAH LAKE, Utah) -- A 30-year-old man is being held in Utah County Jail after being rescued from Utah Lake on Saturday.

Officials say Reo Guy Watts stole copper wire and ran from deputies when they approached him at about 11:30 p.m. According to ABC News affiliate KTVX, at about 6:45 p.m. search and rescue crews were called to assist a man trapped in Mud Lake, a part of Utah Lake. The victim, who was identified as the same man from the earlier incident, was treated for hyperthermia at the scene.

He was transported to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center where he was treated then released into police custody for possession of stolen property, among other charges.

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Friday
Oct072011

Baptist Pastor Calls Mormon Church a Cult

(WASHINGTON) -- A Baptist pastor called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, a cult.

According to ABC News affiliate KTVX, Robert Jeffress, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Dallas was speaking at the Values Voters Summit in Washington DC on Friday. Jefress introduced Rick Perry at the event though Perry's campaign later issued a statement saying he did not agree with Jeffress' view of Mormonism.

Jeffress spoke to reporters afterwards saying Rick Perry is a Christian and inferrred that fellow presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Mormon, is not a Christian.

KTVX reports that Jeffress said, "Do we prefer somebody who is a believer in Jesus Christ, or somebody who is a good moral person, but is part of a cult? I know it's not politically correct to say, but it's true, Mormonism is a cult."

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Friday
Oct072011

Woman Killed in Rollover Accident on Highway 40

(SALT LAKE CITY) -- A woman was killed Thursday night in a rollover accident on Highway 40 in Uintah County, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Tana Florez, 47, of West Valley City was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Utah Highway Patrol.

The accident happened about 10 miles southeast of Jensen around 9:38 p.m.

Florez was traveling westbound when she failed to negotiate a turn, left the north side of the road, over-corrected, rolled and was ejected from the SUV.

An investigation to determine the cause of the crash continued Friday.

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Friday
Oct072011

Man Accused of Threatening to Give UTA Officer AIDS

(SALT LAKE CITY) -- A 39-year-old man is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted a Utah Transit Authority officer, and threatened to give the officer AIDS.

Officials say the alleged incident took place in August, 2010, as the officer asked TRAX passenger Bob Albert Borgogna to show his ticket near the Trolley Square station. When contacted by the officer, Borgogna allegedly began screaming at the officer, saying that he had AIDS and would bite him, according to ABC's Salt Lake City affiliate KTVX-TV.

Officials say Borgogna made an attempt to bit the officer, but did not succeed. He was then detained, but not immediately charged.

Borgogna was charged on Tuesday with third-degree assault, among other charges.

Charges indicate that Borgogna did indeed test positive for HIV, according to the Deseret News.

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