September 24, 2019 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
According to seismograph stations run by the University of Utah, a 3.9 magnitude earthquake was measured at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning, located approximately three miles east/northeast of Howell.
Although a 3.9 magnitude quake is not especially dangerous, people all over the county have been reporting they felt the earth move.
"My chair totally moved with no one in it," wrote one person on social media.
"Yes, we felt it here at Northrup Grumman," wrote another.
Data from the U.S. Geological survey states that quakes between 2.5 and 5.4 on the Richter scale are "often felt, but only cause minor damage." It is estimated that 30,000 of these quakes happen every year.
Did you feel the quake? Please feel free to share your survival stories on our web and Facebook pages.
Results updated as of August 16th, 2019
City Council - Brigham City
3 Open Seats, Top 6 Moving On To General Election
Alden Farr 996 16.82 %
Joe Olson 798 13.48%
Bret Boggess 502 8.48 %
Susann Baird 516 8.72 %
Ryan D. Smith 692 11.69 %
Sherry Phipps 797 13.46%
Eve Jones 905 15.29 %
Robin Troxell 714 12.06%
City Council - Honeyville
3 Open Seats, Top 6 Moving On To General Election
Mark Bingham 80 6.77 %
Shane Bingham - Disqualified
Rusty Bingham 45 3.81 %
Steve Dokos 23 1.95 %
David Forsgren 151 12.79 %
Trevor Gardner 216 18.29 %
Paul Groberg 163 13.80 %
*Sharon Lorimer 104 8.81 %
*Elaine Maybury 104 8.81 %
Micah Miles - Withdrew
Dale Millsap 185 15.66 %
Kory Wilde 110 9.31 %
* Tied for sixth place. If no more valid votes are received, and no errors found, Honeyville will call a special meeting following the canvass, where tie-breaking methods such as drawing from a hat or a coin-toss will be employed.
Town Council - Plymouth
2 Open Seats, Top 4 Moving On To General Election
Diana Udy 28 13.46 %
Paul C Marshall 87 41.83%
Burke N Udy 21 10.10 %
Suzanne Mahoney 53 25.48 %
Tyler Rose 19 9.13 %
Photo courtesy of Box Elder County Emergency Management
July 15, 2019 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
A fire that began Sunday night has consumed 1,800 acres so far on a hillside north of Tremonton.
According to Box Elder County officials, as of approximately 1:30 p.m on Monday the fire has been 20% contained, and no structures are threatened at this time.
The "Radio Hill Fire," as it's being called, is believed to have been started by a lightning strike. Local, state and federal resources are on scene battling the blaze, including two helicopters.
County fire officials are asking the public to stay out of the area, and to keep drones away from the airspace around the fire so that ground and air crews can operate safely.
No plans for any evacuations have been made.
June 29, 2019 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
In a press release issued on Saturday morning, the Box Elder County Sheriff's Department has offered some additional details regarding the death of a Corinne teen.
According to the release, 16-year-old Marcus Elkins had met up with three other teens, all from Corinne, on the night of June 26.
"As reported by the other juveniles involved there was consumption of alcohol during the night," read the release. "Activities took them between the two parks in Corinne and at some point during their movement Marcus collapsed. The three juveniles moved Marcus to Bill Flack Park from where he collapsed."
Elkins' body was found at Bill Flack Park on the morning of June 27.
The Sheriff's Department is not speculating on a cause or time of death, and is currently awaiting autopsy results from the Utah Medical Examiner's Office. The case has been turned over to the Box Elder County Attorney's Office for review to determine any possible charges.
At this time no arrests have been made, and the names of the juveniles involved have not been released.
June 27, 2019 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
The body of a teenage boy has been found at a Corinne City park, and law enforcement officials are calling the death "suspicious."
According to Chief Deputy Dale Ward of the Box Elder County Sheriff's Department, the body was discovered at approximately 7:50 a.m. on Thursday morning at Bill Flack Park, and reported to authorities.
"Deputies responded and found a deceased male later identified as Marcus Elkins, a 16-year-old juvenile. Investigation reveals that Elkins did not die at this location and was brought to the park sometime after death," said Ward. "Information sources state that Elkins was seen as late at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday night in the area of the park. There were no signs of external trauma on Elkins."
Ward continued that leads in the case are developing rapidly, and that several juveniles have been identified as "persons of interest" who may know more about, or perhaps were involved, in Elkin's death.
The body of the boy has been transported to the Utah Medical Examiner's Office in Salt Lake City, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
May 23, 2019 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
(UPDATE: The shooting victim has been identified as 50-year-old Dennis Gwyther of Salt Lake City. The identity of the passenger who was injured has not yet been released. UHP officials have confirmed that the passenger, a male, was shot in the arm.)
A freeway shooting Wednesday night on I-84 near Snowville has left one person dead, a passenger injured, and has sparked a manhunt in Idaho for the shooter.
The victims in the apparent road rage incident have not yet been identified by law enforcement officials, but the News Journal has confirmed that they were not Box Elder County residents.
According to Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) Lieutenant Lee Perry, at approximately 8:02 p.m. on Wednesday night a call was received by Box Elder dispatch from a passenger in a Range Rover saying that the driver had been shot, the passenger injured.
“A passing EMT was able to clarify that the driver of the Range Rover was beyond help and was deceased,” said Perry. “That witness/victim described the suspect vehicle as a silver Jetta with out of state plates. An 'Attempt to Locate' was put out for Idaho and Nevada.”
The passenger was transported by ambulance to Bear River Valley Hospital in Tremonton, where he or she was treated and released. Troopers from the UHP and deputies from the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office secured the scene, set up traffic controls, and began a search for the suspect’s vehicle.
A silver Jetta matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle was shortly thereafter located by Idaho State Police near Burley. The driver tried to evade pursuit by Idaho troopers, and ended up crashing his vehicle into an irrigation canal. He then fled on foot.
At the request of Idaho officials, the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter was dispatched to Idaho to help locate the suspect, and as of this writing that search is ongoing.
Idaho officials have identified the suspect as 45-year-old Jonathan Llana, thought to be from California. He is described as 5 foot 10 inches tall, 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. If spotted, the public is warned not to approach Llana, as he is considered “armed and dangerous.” Information as to Llana’s whereabouts can be called into the Idaho State Police at (208) 846-7550.
Both cars involved in the shooting have been recovered by the Utah State Bureau of Investigation, and are undergoing forensic testing at the Utah Crime Lab.
This story will be updated as more information is released.
A vehicle went off the overpass at 1100 South and I-15 on Monday morning, taking the life of a Brigham City woman and injuring a passenger. (Utah Highway Patrol photo)
May 20, 2019 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
A Brigham City woman has died, and her passenger is being hospitalized, after her car ran off a freeway overpass.
According to Lieutenant Lee Perry of the Utah Highway Patrol, at 11:13 a.m. on Monday the woman was driving westbound on 1100 South in Brigham City. She was approaching the freeway overpass when she somehow lost control of her vehicle.
“Just after entering the diverging diamond intersection over I-15 the vehicle left the roadway to the left and crossed over the northbound off ramp from I-15 at a high rate of speed,” said Perry. “After crossing the off ramp the vehicle went airborne off the overpass embankment for approximately 100 feet. The vehicle landed into a ditch then flipped over and came to rest on its top.”
The vehicle, a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche, sustained extensive damage to the front-end, buckling the frame.
The driver, identified as 29-year-old Sammi Jo Revilla-Fernandez, suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, Niceforo Revilla, 34, also of Brigham City, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Brigham City Community Hospital. Both occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
The accident is still being investigated, but Perry said excessive speed was a factor. Investigators are also looking into whether Revilla-Fernandez suffered some sort of medical episode that led to the crash.
Traffic was affected for approximately three hours as the accident was investigated and the scene cleared.
Event photos by Loni Newby and Hailey Hendricks
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