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ST. GEORGE, UTAH (BNO NEWS) — Four people were killed on early Saturday morning when a small plane crashed at an airport in southern Utah, but it took more than four hours before the wreckage was discovered, local and federal officials said on Sunday.

The accident is believed to have happened at around 1:30 a.m. local time on Saturday when the single-engine Cessna 172 fixed-wing airplane took off from St. George Municipal Airport, located near St. George in Washington County. The aircraft was carrying four young men on board.

But because the airport is not staffed at night and instead uses an automated system, the wreckage of the plane was not discovered until 6 a.m. during a routine security check of the airport’s property. The plane was found about 300 yards (365 meters) from the runway, and rescue workers confirmed there were no survivors.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is investigating the cause of the accident, said a security camera at the airport captured the plane flying at a low altitude above the runway before it made a rapid ascent. It was not immediately clear if the video showed the actual crash.

The victims were identified as 28-year-old Colby Hafen, 20-year-old Christopher Chapman, 23-year-old Tanner Holt, and 22-year-old Alexander Metzger. It is unknown if they died immediately upon impact, but officials said they have no reason to believe anyone was alive after the aircraft went down.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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MORGAN COUNTY, UTAH (BNO NEWS) — The wreckage of a small plane which was reported missing in northern Utah on Thursday was found on Friday, local and federal officials said. There were no survivors.

The single-engine Cessna 210 aircraft was reported missing at around 7 p.m. local time on Thursday night, but search and rescue teams did not locate the small plane until 11 a.m. local time on Friday near the Morgan County Airport in northern Utah.

Steve Miller, a spokesman for the Utah Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, told KSL Newsradio that the crash site is on a 250-feet (76.2 meters) slope about nine miles (14.4 kilometers) from the Morgan County Airport. The aircraft had taken off from the airport and was flying to Wyoming.

Rescue workers found two fatalities at the scene who were identified as 47-year-old Daleray Madewell and 35-year-old Jennifer Sebest. Madewell was reportedly from the city of Douglas in Wyoming while Sebest was from the nearby town of Glenrock.

The search operation for the aircraft was delayed by snowy weather conditions and low clouds, forcing the sheriff’s office to conduct ground operations while the air patrol waited for better weather conditions on Friday.

Local media in Wyoming said both victims were on a flying mission for Wyoming Pilots for Christ. Madewell is survived by his five children and his long-time girlfriend, Denise Murphy. Sebesta, a registered nurse at Memorial Hospital of Converse County, leaves behind three children.

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BOSTON (BNO NEWS) — A Utah professor who was arrested at Logan International Airport in Massachusetts last week has pleaded not guilty to charges he watched child pornography while on a Delta plane, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

47-year-old Grant D. Smith, who is a professor of material science and engineering at the University of Utah, was arrested at Logan International Airport near Boston on Saturday after a fellow passenger claimed to have seen Smith viewing child pornography on his laptop.

After the fellow passenger informed the flight crew, a flight attendant asked Smith to shut down his computer but instead began deleting images. State troopers were later able to recover at least 66 images depicting young girls between the ages of 5 and 14 years while naked and some engaged in sexual activity with adult males.

“These weren’t photos of a child in the bath that a parent might keep,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. “These were explicitly sexual and extremely disturbing.”

Nonetheless, Smith said he is innocent and pleaded not guilty to possessing child pornography. Judge Kenneth V. Desmond imposed a bail of $75,000 and imposed a series of conditions which Smith must abide if he posts bail.

If he is convicted of possessing child pornography, Smith faces up to 5 years in a state prison and will have to register as a sex offender. The Utah professor will return to court on December 27.

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (BNO NEWS) — Officials have identified the four fatal victims of Wednesday’s small plane crash in the state of Utah, local media reported Thursday.

The accident occurred on Wednesday at around 2:45 p.m. local time, when a single-engine Cessna Skyhawk 172 went down some 400 feet short of the Wendover Airport runway, which is located in Utah’s northwestern Tooele County on the Nevada border, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Victims of the crash included three Utah natives, the pilot, Lincoln Marshal Dastrup, 57, of Salt Lake City; Justin Michael Yates, 37, of Lehi; Chad A. Wade, 38, of South Jordan; and one person from India, Harish Parashar, 53, a medical doctor.

According to witnesses, the plane was having trouble in its attempt to land, forcing it to circle around the runway for a second time when it crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have launched investigations into the cause of the accident.

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (BNO NEWS) — Officials have identified the four fatal victims of Wednesday’s small plane crash in the state of Utah, local media reported Thursday.

The accident occurred on Wednesday at around 2:45 p.m. local time, when a single-engine Cessna Skyhawk 172 went down some 400 feet short of the Wendover Airport runway, which is located in Utah’s northwestern Tooele County on the Nevada border, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Victims of the crash included three Utah natives, the pilot, Lincoln Marshal Dastrup, 57, of Salt Lake City; Justin Michael Yates, 37, of Lehi; Chad A. Wade, 38, of South Jordan; and one person from India, Harish Parashar, 53, a medical doctor.

According to witnesses, the plane was having trouble in its attempt to land, forcing it to circle around the runway for a second time when it crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have launched investigations into the cause of the accident.

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SALT LAKE CITY (BNO NEWS) — A 32-year-old woman from Utah has been arrested by police after offering her 13-year-old daughter’s virginity in exchange for $10,000, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

The woman has been charged with two felony counts of first degree aggravated sex abuse of a child and two felony counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor. BNO News will not name the mother to protect the victim’s identity.

According to the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, the mother earlier this month offered her teen daughter’s virginity to an older man identified only as “Don” who was willing to pay as much as $10,000.

Prosecutors said the victim initially agreed to her mother’s plan and went with Don to a local Victoria Secret store. At the store, the mother took cellphone pictures of her daughter in lingerie while the girl posed for the potential buyer.

The victim later changed her mind and told her mother that she did not want to continue, but the mother nonetheless told Don that the deal was still on. In addition, the mother also sent the photos of her daughter – which included photos of the victim’s bare buttocks – to another man only identified as “Will.”

But the woman’s plan came to an end when her boyfriend found the photos and text messages that described sex acts between the teen girl and an older man. The boyfriend then called Salt Lake City Police, which began an investigation.

It was not immediately clear if police would file charges against Will and Don, whose real or full identities were not released. The mother remains in jail on a $250,000 bail.

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NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) — The New Jersey Nets on Wednesday acquired NBA All-Star point guard Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz, only one day after Carmelo Anthony was shipped to the New York Knicks after the sixth-month trade drama.

In exchange, the Nets sent their rookie forward Derrick Favors, last year’s number three overall NBA draft pick, guard Devin Harris, two first-round draft picks for 2011 and 2012, and a reported $3 million in cash.

At 26 years old, Williams – the 2005 third overall pick – is considered by many as the league’s best point guard, but the Nets must continue negotiating because at the end of the season, Williams has the option to opt out of his contract and become a free agent.

For the past six months, the Nets had been directly involved in trade talks, rumors, and the sixth-month drama revolving All-Star forward, and former Denver Nuggets, Anthony. On Tuesday, he was finally traded to the Knicks in a nine-player deal.

In a separate trade, the Nets received forward Brandon Wright and center Dan Gadzuric from the Golden State Warriors for forward Troy Murphy and their 2012 second-round draft pick.

Since early January, New Jersey had been trying to trade Murphy, who has $12 million remaining in his contract. However, some reports say the Warriors could buy him out, making him a free agent.

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CIRCLEVILLE, UTAH (BNO NEWS) — A light earthquake rattled parts of Utah on early Monday morning, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The 4.5-magnitude earthquake at 5.06 a.m. MST (1206 GMT) was centered approximately 8 miles (13 kilometers) northwest of Circleville, a town with about 500 residents in Piute County. It struck about 0.2 mile (0.3 kilometer) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the University of Utah Seismograph Stations.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimated that approximately 1,000 people may have felt light earthquake shaking as a result of the earthquake, but said damage or casualties were not expected.

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (BNO NEW) — Former street preacher Brian David Mitchell was convicted on Friday of the 2002 kidnapping of 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart from her Utah bedroom, only to resurface months later after a horrific series of sexual abuse.

Mitchell, 57, was convicted of kidnapping Smart, now 23, on June 5, 2002 when he broke into her Utah bedroom and placed a knife up to her neck, threatening to kill her and her family if she did not comply. Her 9-year-old sister witnessed the kidnapping but kept quiet in fear.

Hours later, after Smart had been led to a camp in the woods, Mitchell performed a ceremony to ‘marry’ the child. He then raped her at the camp.

The sexual abuse continued for nine months in which she was submitted to daily rapes and forced to watch pornographic movies. He often forced her to drink alcohol in order to lower her resistance.

On Friday, during a trial that had been delayed for many years over mental competency issues, Mitchell was found guilty on one count of kidnapping and one count of unlawful transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity.

Late last month, Mitchell was taken to a Salt Lake City hospital after he collapsed in court. He had earlier entered the court singing “O Holy Night” and was seated at the defense table in shackles when he suddenly stopped singing, began yelling and then collapsed.

Mitchell had constantly exhibited odd behavior throughout the trial. On one occasion, he was even thrown out of court for singing hymns for about 30 minutes.

Mitchell’s sentencing is scheduled for May 25. He faces up to life in prison.

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ROY, UTAH (BNO NEWS) — Several people were injured on late Sunday afternoon when a small plane crashed in a Utah neighborhood, officials said.

The small single-engine aircraft went down in a residential area of Roy near Ogden-Hinkley Airport at around 5.58 p.m. MST, not far from Salt Lake City. It had hit utility poles and trees before it crashed into a house, putting the home and two others on fire.

Few details were immediately available, but police said there were no reports of fatalities. Witness Gary Cox told NBC affiliate KSL-TV that he had helped pull the pilot from the plane.

Cox told KSL-TV that the pilot was confused and badly burned as a result of the crash but was able to tell him that no one else was aboard the plane.

It was not immediately clear if and how many people were inside the homes when the accident happened, but authorities said several people were injured. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

Some 1,700 people were without power as a result of damage caused by the crash.

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