IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- The Raptors are in.
With a 4-1 victory over Idaho Falls Friday evening, Ogden, winners of 11 of 14, secured the first half Pioneer League South division title, wrapping up a playoff berth in the process.
Leading the second-place Chukars by a pair of games in the standings heading into the night, the Raptors bumped their lead to three games with only two left to play in the opening half of the season.
LAYTON -- David Mercado has taken his career as an arborist to new heights.
The 31-year-old Layton resident returned last week from Providence, R.I., where he took part in the 2009 International Tree Climbing Championship.
The competition has been an annual event for nearly 40 years. It is hosted by the International Society of Arboriculture, a worldwide professional nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation for trees and to promoting the professional practice of arboriculture.
SLIDESHOW: 22nd St. fire
OGDEN -- Fire officials are investigating the possibility that children playing with gasoline and matches caused a fire late Friday afternoon that destroyed one three-unit apartment building, heavily damaged the house next door and left eight people homeless.
Seven people lived in the two occupied units of the apartment building at 561 22nd St., but only three people were home in one unit when the fire was reported at 3:43 p.m.
They escaped out the back as the fire quickly engulfed the front of the two-story building and spread into the attic.
SANDY -- The Salt Lake Family History Expo is set for Aug. 28 and 29 at the South Towne Exposition Center, 9575 S.
I have to admit, the premise of "The Collector" kind of sucked me in.
But it soon became apparent that it had no intention of doing anything new -- beyond the slaughterhouse gore that has made the "Saw" series so successful.
I only have one question for the filmmakers: Do your families know what you do for a living?
Arkin (Josh Stewart) who looks like a cross between Edward Norton and Sean Penn, is a construction worker on a fancy house project. He notices the family has a lot of nice things and discovers there's a very expensive uncut diamond in an upstairs safe.
OGDEN -- A concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity will be held today at Weber State University.
JakeFest, now in its fifth year, is an annual community concert held in memory of Jacob Cody Pratt, a Farmington 15-year-old who was killed in an automobile accident in 2005.
"He played the guitar, and he played it really well. He was a great musician and an inspiration to all who knew him," said Chris Lyons, a friend of Pratt's who helped to organize the event.
PLAIN CITY -- A 7-year-old Plain City boy who made national headlines this week after taking his family's car out for a spin to skip out on church was featured on the "Today" show in New York City on Friday.
Preston Scarbrough, sitting next to his parents and 15-year-old sister, told correspondent Meredith Viera that he learned how to drive by playing video games.
He also added that since the chase, he has been put on punishment and has not been allowed to watch television or play video games.
KAYSVILLE -- Austin Abel is hungry for knowledge, and the information technology program at Davis Applied Technology College is feeding the 13-year-old over the summer.
Austin said he is captivated by his father's work with computers as an electrical engineer and wants to follow in that path.
"My dad is a problem solver," Austin said. "That's what I want to be."
OGDEN -- A 24-year-old man was arrested after police say his attempt at shoplifting at Wangsgards grocery store turned violent when confronted by store security guards.
Police Lt. Loring Draper said Brian Lamont Williams entered the Wangsgards grocery store at 150 2nd St. on Thursday morning and stole three DVDs. Security guards confronted Williams at the door. He tried to push past them, and when he was unsuccessful, he took out the DVDs from his pockets and showed them money he would use to pay for the merchandise. Draper said the security guards escorted Williams into a back room to get more information.
"Williams decided to get up and run (out of the room)," Draper said. "He grabs a small ax handle that was there, and told people to back off."
Count us among those very excited that Top of Utah politicians Greg Bell and Stuart Adams are on the short list to be future Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's lieutenant governor.
Herbert, who originally considered 26 candidates, is down to four. Besides Bell, who is Utah Senate majority whip, and Adams, who is chairman of the Utah Transportation Commission and the Military Installation Development Authority, the other finalists are Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Chief Operating Officer Natalie Gochnour and Salt Lake County Councilman Michael Jensen.