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News Brief: DNA Bill, Victims Identified, Day Of Service

Photo of snowy slope
Courtesy: Utah Avalanche Center
Utah saw its second avalanche fatality of the season on Saturday in Davis County. Above, the slope in Farmington Canyon before it slid.


Monday afternoon, Jan. 20, 2020


New Bill Blocks Police From Home DNA Test Kit Data

At-home DNA test kits have become popular ways to find out more about family trees and personal health. They’ve also begun to play a role in solving crimes. But one Utah lawmaker wants to shield DNA data from law enforcement. Read the full storyNicole Nixon



Day Of Service Aimed At Emergency Shelter

A new temporary homeless shelter in Sugar House that’s set to open this week was the focus Monday of a day of service inspired by Martin Luther King. Community organizers arranged a donation drop to support 145 emergency housing beds in Sugar House as the city’s three newly opened homeless resources centers are at near-capacity. The shelter will remain open until April 15. — Jessica Lowell

Police Identify Shooting Victims 

The Grantsville Police Department released the names and ages of the four people killed in a shooting Friday night by another family member. Consuelo-Alejandra Haynie, 52, and her children Alexis Haynie, 15, Mathew Haynie, 14 and Maylan Haynie, 12, were killed. Colin Haynie, the children’s father, was also shot but was treated and released from a nearby hospital. A juvenile described by police as being part of the same family was taken into custody and charged with four counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted aggravated murder and several counts of felony discharge of a firearm. Tooele County Schools will have resources available for students when school resumes Tuesday. The investigation is ongoing.— Caroline Ballard



Avalanche Death Second Of Season

An 18-year-old was killed Saturday in an avalanche while snowmobiling in Davis County. The avalanche was unintentionally triggered while Chase Adams was with his father in Farmington Canyon. The Utah Avalanche Center has confirmed that Adams had both a beacon and an airbag backpack, but he did not float when the airbag was deployed. It’s the second avalanche fatality in Utah this season. The National Weather Service forecasts possible rain and snow starting Tuesday and continuing into Wednesday. — Jessica Lowell and wire reports



Lake Powell Pipeline Draws Public Comment

Officials received more than 1,000 public comments regarding the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline. The comments about the pipeline, which would pump water from Lake Powell through 140 miles of buried pipe to Kane and Washington counties, will inform  environmental impact studies expected to be completed by year’s end. — Jon Reed



E-Scooter Injuries Skyrocket

Injuries from e-scooters are skyrocketing, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study from the University of California San Francisco found that the rate of e-scooter-related injuries in the United States more than tripled between 2014 and 2018. It found the injuries were also getting more severe. A third of e-scooter injuries were to the head which is twice as many that occur with bicycles. — Ali Budner, Mountain West News Bureau


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