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AM News Brief: Carbon County Amber Alert, New Timpanogos Pedestrian Bridge & Moab Couple’s Death Investigated As Homicide

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Friday morning, Aug. 20, 2021

Northern Utah

Student Tasered At Brighton High

Police said a high school student attacked a school resource officer and tried to take her gun before being stopped with a stun gun. Police told KSL-TV the student was meeting with a Brighton High School counselor Thursday morning about returning to school. The student “caused a scene,” and attacked the officer when she responded, allegedly biting and strangling her as she tried to hold him down. Parents at the school ran to help the officer and she told them to use her stun gun. They did so and subdued the student with it. — Associated Press

Urging Vaccinations For Pregnant Women

Despite being more likely to experience complications from COVID-19, most pregnant women in the U.S. aren’t vaccinated. Grayson Bakes was 21 years old and 34 weeks pregnant when she contracted COVID-19 from a customer at work. Since then, she's been fighting for her life at Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem. After watching her daughter experience severe complications from the virus, her mom, Jamie Bakes, is urging other expecting mothers to get vaccinated. “Everyone gets vaccinated, wear your masks, if you don't want to get vaccinated — we all have personal choices,” she said. “It's not about that. It's not about judgment. It's just about protection.” Read the full story. — Ivana Martinez

Pedestrian Bridge To Open Over Timpanogos Highway

The Utah Transit Authority will officially open a new pedestrian bridge in Lehi Saturday. It crosses the Timpanogos Highway and connects major trails in the Point of the Mountain Area. UTA said the new bridge increases access to current and planned transit centers and is safer for trail users, providing a critical link between Salt Lake and Utah Counties. — Pamela McCall

Central/Southern Utah

Amber Alert Issued For Two Price Children

An Amber Alert has been activated for two children missing from Price, Utah. The Carbon County Sheriff's office said they disappeared at 1 a.m. Friday. The suspect, Dereck Michael Rowley, is believed to be driving a Gold 2004 Chevrolet Silverado flatbed truck. It's hauling a white fifth-wheel camp trailer, both with Washington state plates. Rowley has a tattoo of a crown on the left side of his neck, a tattoo of a skull on his right hand and tattoos on his right arm. The missing children are 8-year-old Manson Rowley Dob and 6-year-old Arnson Mangum Dob. Both have blonde hair and blue eyes and are said to be wearing pajamas. Rowley has a history of domestic violence and of harm to himself and others. — Pamela McCall

Moab Couple’s Death Being Investigated As Homicide

The bodies of a recently married couple were found in the La Sal Mountains on Wednesday. The Grand County Sheriff’s office identified the victims as Crystal Michelle Turner, 38, and Kylen Carrol Schulte, 24. The Moab residents were found in the South Mesa area of the La Sal Loop Road, and the case is being investigated as a homicide. Community radio station KZMU reported a preliminary medical investigation determined gunshot wounds to be the cause of their deaths. — Molly Marcello, KZMU

Region/Nation

Mayors Look To Federal Spending Package

Some Western mayors are advocating for the $3.5 trillion spending plan before Congress as it includes funding for key climate initiatives in their cities. West Wendover, Nevada, mayor Daniel Corona said climate change and resulting wildfires are having a significant impact in rural communities. The plan before Congress complements the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan the Senate recently passed, but the spending plan does not have support from Republicans. — Robyn Vincent, Mountain West News Bureau