• One dead after crash at Clearfield Freeport Center

    UPDATE: The name of the drive was released by law enforcement Tuesday evening. CLEARFIELD — A 25-year-old Davis County man was killed after his car crashed into a semi-trailer Tuesday morning, Aug. 25, Clearfield police said. Lt. Kelly Bennett said police were called to the Freeport Center at 7:20 a.m. Witnesses told police that a semi had backed a trailer into a warehouse, Bennett said. Cars were lined up on C Street waiting for the semi to clear the roadway when a Toyota Corolla going northbound drove around them and tried to squeeze through the space between the trailer and semi-tractor. “There was a small gap and witnesses say they think (the driver) thought he could get through it,” Bennett said. [gmap=41.093023, -112.017145] The semi was backing up to park parallel to the trailer when the car crashed into the trailer, he said. Witnesses told officers the man was traveling faster than the 30 mph posted speed.  The impact from the crash moved the trailer almost 15 feet, Bennett said.  People at the scene gave the man first aid until emergency crews arrived, Bennett said.  Freeport Center, a manufacturing, warehousing and distribution center, has many semi-trucks and trailers traveling along its roads, Bennett said. He does not recall when the last fatal accident happened at the center.  Police were waiting to release the man’s name pending notification of family members. As of noon they are not sure which town the man lived in or if he was employed at the Freeport Center. Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or lpark@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE. Like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SELorettaPark. .

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  • Body found hanging from power pole Tuesday in Clinton

    CLINTON — Clinton Police Chief Bill Chilson hoped the call from dispatch about a “possible hanging” would turn out to be a bad prank.  But when he arrived at the corn field where large power towers are located, Chilson said it quickly became clear that wasn’t the case.  “It’s really sad,” Chilson said.  A woman called Davis dispatchers at 8:10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, to report a body hanging from a power pole in the area of 800 N. 1500 West in Clinton, Chilson said. She was driving northbound on 1500 West and could see the body. Schools, a church and homes have a view of the area. Though Chilson said he initially drove on 800 North, he couldn’t immediately see the body because a field of corn blocked the scene of the incident. Chilson said when he and other officers arrived, it was clear there the man was dead and contacted Rocky Mountain Power for help. NEED HELP?  Those thinking of harming themselves have several resources available: Davis Behavioral Health 24-Hour Crisis Response Line, 801-773-7060 National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255 National Alliance on Mental Illness Utah, 801-323-9900 Family Counseling Service of Northern Utah, 801-399-1600 Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital Behavioral Health, 801-387-5600 Davis Hospital: Behavioral Health Unit and Emergency Room, 801-807-1000 Lakeview Hospital: Behavioral Health Unit and Emergency Room, 801-299-2200 Live Hannah’s Hope: Empowering Youth.    The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, as part of police protocol for these types of incidents.  Details were not being released about the man as of Tuesday afternoon, pending notification of immediate family but Chilson said the man was in his 30s and a Clinton resident.   The Standard-Examiner does not typically report on cases of possible or confirmed suicide but did in this case due to the public nature of the incident. Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or lpark@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE. Like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SELorettaPark. [gmap=41.125461, -112.054898]

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  • Wrong-way driver and trooper collide after chase on I-15

    OGDEN — Police took a woman into custody Monday, Aug. 24, after she allegedly drove the wrong way on the freeway, collided with a state trooper’s cruiser and resisted arrest. Just before 2 p.m., Utah Highway Patrol was dispatched to southbound Interstate 15 near the 31st Street exit on reports of a black SUV driving northbound against traffic, the UHP said. RELATED: Wrong-way driver causes collision; fatality The SUV was seen moving erratically through traffic and failed to pull over when troopers arrived. The vehicle drove toward a trooper’s car, causing the officer to evade, according to police. Another patrolman who was in pursuit was given permission to pit the suspect vehicle, meaning to collide with the vehicle to make it stop. In dashcam footage obtained by the Standard-Examiner, the trooper is seen making contact with the SUV twice, first causing the back bumper to fall off and the second time causing the vehicle to roll. Officials said the suspect fled on foot and attempted to car-jack other vehicles to get away. When officers caught up with her, she was attempting to get into the cab of a semi-trailer stopped on the road. Multiple officers were needed to restrain the suspect, who resisted, the UHP said. The suspect was identified as 32-year-old Natalie Peterson, who was transported to Ogden Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. She was expected to be booked into the Weber County Jail after being released from the hospital. No officers or bystanders were injured. UHP Sgt. Todd Royce said the pit maneuver is a technique used by pursuing officers only when certain parameters are met. In this case, considering the danger to the public, the use of the maneuver was more than justified, Royce said. Investigators said they believe drug use was involved and multiple charges are pending. Contact reporter Andreas Rivera at 801-625-4227 or arivera@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @SE_Andreas. 

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  • F-35's gun is ready to fire after modifications

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Hampered by software issues and at one point rumored to be years away from becoming operational, the gun on the F-35A is ready to fire, the Pentagon says. Joe DellaVedova, public affairs director for the Pentagon’s F-35 Program Office, said the gun on the Air Force version of the jet fired 181 rounds from its four-barrel, 25 millimeter Gatling gun during ground tests at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. earlier this month. Practice rounds, which do not explode on impact, were used. The F-35 test crew hopes to complete ground testing on the gun later this month and start testing it in the air this fall, Dellavedova said.  The successful firing tests are significant, especially considering that a software problem associated with the gun was discovered in December 2014. •RELATED: F-35 on schedule despite gun software issue, Pentagon says The news website Daily Beast reported then that a software production delay on the General Dynamics-built gun would prohibit it from firing during combat missions until 2019, making it incapable of providing close air support for troops. The Pentagon said while tests did uncover a software issue in December, the discovery was part of normal development and testing and would be resolved sometime in 2015, having no impact on the F-35’s combat timeline.  DellaVedova said the recent testing saw the gun fire at full capacity, an indication the gun would be ready to go within the next two years, as previously scheduled. “At the end of the program’s system development and demonstration phase in 2017, the F-35 will have an operational gun,” he said. After the tests in the fall, the gun will be tested again next year on a production-line F-35 when the jet’s full avionics system is analyzed.  According to General Dynamics, the gun weighs just 40 pounds and can fire up to 3,300 shots per minute. To reduce being picked up by enemy radar, the gun on the F-35A, called the GAU-22, is kept hidden under the plane’s left wing until the trigger is engaged. Hill Air Force Base will be home to the first three operational F-35A squadrons and will begin receiving what will ultimately be a total of 72 jets in September. After the first two jets arrive, the rest of Hill’s fleet will come in on a staggered basis spread out through 2019. Contact reporter Mitch Shaw at 801-625-4233 or mishaw@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23.

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  • VIDEO: Light at the End of the Tunnel for Basement Flooding

    Here’s your Daily News Update for August 25, 2015 with Joan Dunn. 

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  • VIDEO: Know the 'Cats: Work with WSU's Running Backs

    OGDEN — The Weber State football team’s running backs accept a new level of responsibility this season. “We show everyone else how we work. We refuse to be outworked. We refuse to let the team down and now know what we’re doing,” WSU running back coach Quinton Ganther said. “We’re going to be fundamentally sound. We’re going to work hard, and we’re going to carry this team.” KNOW THE CATS • The ’Jack City Boys’ • WSU’s young wide receivers • Those tricky special teams • The ’superheroes’ on the offensive line • ’The Goon Squad’ is the defensive line The responsibility comes with the territory — running backs naturally see a plenty of game-time action. However, carrying out that duty has a different feel than it did a year ago. “Last year we took days off all the time,” sophomore running back Eric Wilkes said. “This year we come out every day looking at each other like, ‘I’m going to get better than you today.’ We compete every single drill. We try to beat each other. That’s what I love.” Wilkes has made strides in the locker room, squatting 550 pounds this fall compared to 300 a year ago. The results have been seen on the field in the form of lightning-fast legs. “He’s increased in strength and speed and his tenacity is one key that you’re not going to have a problem with,” Ganther said of Wilkes. “He has the mindset where all he knows is ‘go’. He doesn’t know ’stop.’ He doesn’t know ’half-speed,’ he just knows ‘go.’ ” [gallery=Weber State running backs] Ganther expects all of his backs to have the same mentality. It’s no longer a decision, but a character trait, he believes. “Everyone has to have that mentality because the focal point of our group is mental toughness. We just go,” he said. “We don’t make it a decision whether we’re going to go hard or not. It’s just a habit. It’s a trait.” Ganther also has quantifiable goals for his team. “I expect us to average at least 175 yards rushing a game,” Ganther said. “I expect these guys to carry the team. I expect when it’s crunch time that they say, ‘Give me the ball, put it on my back. Let’s put it on the back of our group. Let our group be the one to lead us to victory.’ ” There are no seniors on this year’s squad. The seven players — five juniors, a sophomore and a freshman — come from four different states including Idaho, Minnesota, California and Florida. “We love this group because the personalities are so different,” Ganther said. “There are different personalities all in one pot now, and it’s a good thing. When we talk in meetings, we get to see everyone’s personalities. They come from a lot of different places with the same goal, and that’s to win.” The strengths and weaknesses of the group seem contradictory, as coaches and players cited depth being better than ever. But the team needs to remain healthy, Ganther said. “We have a lot of depth this year,” junior Zach Smith said. “I think we’re solid from on to seven on the depth chart.” “If we stay healthy, we’ve got a chance to do some good things,” Ganther said. According to Ganther, another positive is the squad’s versatility, having multiple talented backs with a variety of skills and abilities. “Everyone does something different,” Ganther said. “We’ve got different assets and different tools. That’s the strength of the group -- they all bring something different.” Contact sports reporter Brandon Garside at bgarside@standard.net, on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarsideSE.

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  • Family grieves for father, daughter killed in accident

    LAYTON  – Dallin Chambers was at his parents’ home in North Ogden, along with other family members, waiting on the arrival of his oldest brother and his family for Sunday dinner. They never made it. Ryan Chambers, 30, of Layton, and his 4-year-old daughter, Evee Chambers, died following a car crash Sunday, Aug. 23, on Interstate 15 near Riverdale.   RELATED:Troopers identify father and daughter who died in Sunday crash . “They were going to our parents’ home for a family dinner,” Dallin said, choking back grief.  At about 5 p.m., a sedan rear-ended the Chambers’ stopped car, also carrying Ryan’s wife, Alyssa Chambers, and their 7-year-old daughter, Kaya Chambers. The impact pushed their Mazda under a tractor-trailer, which was also stopped because of a large wooden dog house blocking a lane of I-15. Alyssa Chambers’ condition was upgraded Monday, Aug. 24, to serious. Kaya Chambers, 7, is at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, where her condition is listed as critical, according to a press release from the Utah Highway Patrol. The family dog also perished in the crash, troopers said. “Ryan was an honorable, great guy, who loved his family and enjoyed life,” Dallin Chambers said.  Dallin said Evee was just like her father, “energetic, always wanting to do something. She had a great smile.”  Ryan Chambers was not just an older brother to Dallin, but his mountain biking companion. The two met every Thursday morning and joined a group for a ride, Dallin said. They also went on nighttime rides whenever there was a full moon during the summer.  Dallin said his favorite memories of his older brother growing up center around their camping trips as a family. Besides Dallin, there is a younger brother and two younger sisters surviving.  “He just loved the outdoors. He loved to go camping and spending time with his family,” Dallin said. “He loved hunting, especially archery. He had a few archery tags this year.”  Ryan grew up in North Ogden, graduated from Weber High School, attended Utah State University, graduated from Weber State University and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Spain. He worked at Davis Hospital and also was a business partner with Travis Toone. The two owned and operated Elite PreNeed. Ryan and Alyssa and been married nine years, Dallin said.  Toone said, “He was one of the smartest, most honest man I have ever known. He was the salt of the earth.”  For those who wish to help, friends of Ryan and Alyssa have set up a GoFundMe account as well as the Ryan and Evee Chambers Charitable Account at America First Credit Union. Troopers are asking the public for help in identifying the driver possibly responsible for leaving dog house on Interstate 15, causing traffic to slow Sunday just moments before the crash. The Chambers’ car had stopped behind a semi when a Chevy passenger car crashed into it.  The UHP press release said all members of the Chambers family were properly restrained in their car. Speed may have been a factor in the accident, the UHP said. The preliminary investigation indicates that “braking was not applied prior to the crash,” according to the press release. The investigation continues. You can reach reporter Loretta Park at lpark@standard.net or at 801-625-4252. Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE or like her on Facebook. [gmap=41.184329, -112.011322]

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  • VIDEO: Northern Living

    School is back in session and that means mom needs after-school snack ideas. On This week’s Northern Living Angie and Joan share some delicious snacks for your kiddos. Plus, Angie visits Gigi’s Playhouse, which is an established series of down syndrome achievement centers serving children and adults of all ages, each Playhouse provides educational and therapeutic programs at no charge to families; and in a format that individuals with Down syndrome learn best.  Snacks: Peanut Butter and Yogurt Dip Ingredients: ¾ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt 1 Tbsp honey 1 Tbsp peanut butter 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼ tsp cinnamon Apples, sliced Instructions In a small microwave safe bowl, melt peanut butter for 20 seconds. Stir in yogurt, honey, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth. Slice apples and dip! No Bake Energy Bites Ingredients: 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats) 2/3 cup coconut flakes 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup ground flax seed 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional) 1/3 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract DIRECTIONS: Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1" in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. Makes about 20-25 balls. Chocolate Pretzel Bites: 1 Bag of Square flat pretzels 1 bag of mini Rolos or any other chocolate treat Put pretzels on plate top each one with a rolo and put in microwave for 40 seconds. Take out plate and put another pretzel on top making a delicious pretzel and rolo sandwich. Hazelnut Pretzel Apples: 1 Apple 1 jar of Hazelnut spread 1 Bag of Pretzels Core your Apple; slice it horizontally moving from top to bottom to create thin, flat slices. Place slices on plate. Spread Hazelnut butter (or any other spread you like) on top of each apple. Crumble pretzels on top of each slice. Enjoy!  

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  • Mother, 3 kids OK after truck goes off road

    OGDEN — A 33-year-old woman and her three children suffered minor injuries after the truck they were in was struck by a commercial truck on Monday, Weber County Sheriff’s officials said. Lt. Lane Findlay said the crash happened at 9:30 a.m. at 5600 W. 1150 South. A commercial truck going east drifted off the shoulder of the road where it curves. [gmap=1.246408, -112.114852] “The driver over-corrected and ended up going into the westbound lane, where he hit the Dodge pickup,” Findlay said. The woman and the children, who were under the age of 10, were all properly restrained and seat belted. The Dodge truck hit the back end of the delivery truck and ended up off the road, teetering over a ditch, Findlay said. The woman was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The children had minor injuries. Traffic was restricted for about an hour in that area during the investigation and clean up,  Findlay said. The crash is still under investigation and was in the same area where a tanker truck rolled on Aug. 3, Findlay said.   

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  • The Standard Sports Show - August 24, 2015

    Joining the show today is Weber State Sports Information Director, Paul Grua, to talk about all things Weber State. Paul’s the man behind the media guides and has been the connection between the media and all things athletics at the University for several years. Today, Brandon tests the Wildcat knowledge of the SID, but can he be stumped with the very information he deals with on a daily basis? The two also discuss the football team, and the Alumni Classic taking place this Saturday at the Dee Events Center. All this and more from the nice view atop Stewart Stadium on today’s edition of The Standard Sports Show.

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  • VIDEO: Keep Your Kids Safe After School

    Here’s your Daily News Update for August 24, 2015 with Joan Dunn.

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