Willard man facing murder charge taken into custody in Idaho
November 8, 2017 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
A Willard City man is facing murder charges for an incident that took place at his home in the early morning hours of Nov. 1.
Chay (pronounced “Shay”) Lance Blair, 25, has been charged by the Box Elder County Attorney’s Office with first-degree felony “knowing and intentional” murder, and also third-degree felony desecration of a corpse in Brigham City’s First District Court. The charges are in connection with the death of 27-year-old Cody D. Henderson, an Ohio resident who was visiting the area.
Willard City police, aided by detectives from the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Department and the Utah Department of Public Safety, are being careful about what information they are releasing on the incident. A press release issued by Willard City Police Chief Jean Loveland stated that a call had come in at 9 a.m. on Wednesday Nov. 1 letting authorities know that there had been a murder, and that a body was located in the garage of a home at 435 South Main in Willard.
Highway 89 accident in Perry claims teen, leaves a second fighting for life
Second fatal accident in as many years renews calls for safety measures on busy road
October 18, 2017 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
A fatal auto-pedestrian accident on Highway 89—the second in two years—has claimed the life of a Perry girl, and left another girl fighting for her life at Primary Children’s Hospital.
At approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15, Alexis Nelson, 16, and her friend Sarah Hardy, 14, were attempting to cross the highway at 3480 South, near Tagge’s fruit stand, when they were struck by a Ford pickup truck traveling northbound. According to Perry City Police Sgt. Scott Hancey, the girls were crossing from the west side of the road heading east when they were hit, having already crossed the southbound lanes and center median.
“There are a few things we’re still looking into as to why they didn’t see the vehicle, and the driver didn’t see them,” said Hancey. The driver, a male who has not yet been identified, was described by Hancey as being cooperative with the investigation, which is ongoing.
Hancey said that both girls were transported by medical helicopter in “extremely critical” condition, Sarah to an Ogden-area hospital, and Alexis to a hospital in Salt Lake City. Sarah was later transferred to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake, where she remains in critical condition. Alexis succumbed to her injuries Monday morning.
In a statement released to the media, the Nelson family thanked “the many people who have sent their love and support,” and requested privacy during their time of grieving.
Perry City is currently in the process of requesting an evaluation from UDOT on the highway as part of its formulation of a new general plan for managing the city’s growth. In public surveys, safety along the highway has consistently been a top concern for residents.
Alexis Nelson, 16, died Monday due to injuries sustained in an auto-pedestrian accident on Sunday.
Sarah Hardy, 14, remains in critical condition at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.
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