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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Salt Lake City.

Thursday
Oct272011

Update: Man Arrested for '97 Cold Case Murder Extradited to Utah

(SALT LAKE CITY) -- A 59-year-old man arrested in Hawaii on Monday for a 1997 murder was extradited to Utah on Thursday.

Alan Marx was charged with the beating death of Ward Wolverton, whom he met at a homeless shelter. Marx was connected to the March 1997 murder after a cold case squad reopened the case in June 2010. Salt Lake City police connected Marx to the crime after matching DNA evidence on a bloody shirt found at the scene.

Marx is being held on $1 million bail and a hearing is expected next week.

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Thursday
Oct272011

Gov. Herbert Criticizes ADOT I-15 Toll Proposition

(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Gov. Gary Herbert issued a statement Thursday to oppose the Arizona Department of Transportation's intention to put a toll on Interstate 15, a roadway shared with Utah.

“Every state pays into the Highway Trust Fund, and every state receives money from the Highway Trust Fund to maintain the segments of the Interstate Highway System inside their respective borders. Arizona cannot pick and choose which parts of our national interstate network it wants to maintain," Herbert said.

The toll would affect a roughly 30-mile stretch of I-15. The project is waiting approval by the Federal Highway Administration.

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Thursday
Oct272011

2 Arrested After Gun, Illegal Drugs Found in SLC Home

(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Police arrested two people at a Salt Lake City home Wednesday night, after allegedly finding various illegal drugs and a firearm at the location

Police say they executed a search warrant around 10 p.m. at the house located in the 800 block of W. Hoyt Place, and there officers reportedly found a stolen handgun, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia. Investigators say a two-year-old was also present in the home, near the area where the drugs were discovered.

Man Tat Lee, 36, was arrested during the exercise and charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, possession of a weapon by a restricted person, and child endangerment.

Shanae Wells, 26, was also arrested, and charged with possession of methamphetamine and heroin.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Salt Lake City Council Bans Idling Vehicles

(SALT LAKE CITY) -- The Salt Lake City Council voted in favor Tuesday of banning idling vehicles sitting for more than two minutes, according to the Deseret News.

In a unanimous vote, city council approved an ordinance making it a punishable offense to let a vehicle sit idle for more than two minutes in an effort to improve the air quality in the city.

First-time offenders will be issued a warning, while repeat offenders will be subject to a fine of between $50 and $210, according to the report.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Propane Tanker Crash Causes Ramp Closures, Evacuations

(OGDEN, Utah) -- The ramp between Interstate 84 and Highway 89 in Weber Canyon was temporarily closed after a propane tanker crashed, ABC News Salt Lake City affiliate KTVX-TV reports.

Area residents were preliminarily evacuated as a precautionary safety measure.

The driver sustained injuries from the crash, though the status of his condition was not reported.

The cause of the crash was unknown.

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