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Mark is a nomad at heart, having moved more than 20 times in his 26 years. Before becoming a Web Content Producer at Fox 13 he worked as a writer on Senator Orrin Hatch's reelection campaign, a surgical assistant, a legal aide, a door-to-door salesman and the fastest hands a movie theater's concession stand had ever seen.

Mark loves to write, whether it's news, opinion or fiction.

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    Utah gun shop owner hopes target resembling President Obama sparks change

      SPANISH FORK, Utah — A Spanish Fork gun shop is prominently displaying a target bearing a resemblance to both President Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden, and the shop’s owner said he hopes the message attached to the target will resonate with those who see it. The target bears a sign around its neck stating: “Obama Bin Laden. The biggest terrorist this country has ever seen.” Patrick Meinhart, the owner of Quantum Guns, said he put the target up […]

  • Sandy police identify suspect in alleged sexual assault at pool

    The video above ran with FOX 13 News’ original coverage of the incident and includes surveillance footage and interviews with police and the victim. See the story below for the updated information on the suspect’s identity. SANDY, Utah — Police have identified a man suspected of trying to gag and sexually assault a woman at a community pool in Sandy last month. Police officials said the suspect who appears in the surveillance footage is 41-year old Alex Ernesto Bustamante. The […]

  • Alex Pettis-Teem was last seen October 20. Image courtesy Woods Cross Police Department.

    Police ask for help locating juvenile who ran from hospital

    WOODS CROSS, Utah – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a juvenile who ran away from a hospital in Woods Cross Monday. According to information from Woods Cross police, 14-year-old Alex Pettis-Teem left Benchmark Behavioral Hospital in Wood Cross Monday and was last seen in Salt Lake City in the area near Sugar House Park. The teen was last seen wearing dark shorts and a light blue T-shirt with block letters on it. Alex stands 5-feet 8-inches tall […]

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    Early voting underway in Utah until October 31

    SALT LAKE CITY – Early voting began in Utah this week and will continue through the end of October, and various counties across the state are offering early voting during specified hours. Early voting closes in Utah at 5 p.m. on October 31, and the general election is November 4. The times and dates for early voting vary by county, and the complete list of locations can be found at vote.utah.gov. Click here to visit the page. (You will need […]

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    Woman who managed trailer park allegedly sold meth out of office

    OREM, Utah – Police in Orem arrested two people this week after an investigation into a woman who was allegedly selling methamphetamine out of her apartment and the office of the trailer park where she worked as the manager. Sgt. Shaun Bufton with the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force said Helena Avila had been dealing methamphetamine out of a trailer park at 597 North State Street and was using her apartment and office to host the alleged drug deals. […]

  • Family, friends speak after woman stabbed to death in Ogden parking lot

    OGDEN, Utah – Friends and family of a 21-year-old woman who was allegedly murdered by her domestic partner in an Ogden parking lot spoke Saturday about the young woman they loved. Ogden Police said 21-year-old Tawnee Maria Baird was stabbed to death late Friday night or early Saturday morning, and they have arrested 22-year-old Victoria Mendoza on a charge of homicide. Police said Mendoza has confessed to the crime. Click here for more details relating to the stabbing. A press […]

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    Advocates working to help Utah’s homeless youth say, ‘Winter is coming’

    OGDEN, Utah — Advocates for those who are homeless said there are an estimated 5,000 people in Utah under the age of 18 with no place to call home, and it’s estimated 300 to 600 young people are homeless in the Ogden area alone. A distribution center serving homeless youth opened in Ogden this week to help provide support and supplies for the homeless population in the area, as current state laws prevent providing shelter to homeless youth under the […]

  • Not-for-profit gym helps people break a sweat as well as addiction

    SALT LAKE CITY — Recovering alcoholics and drug addicts who get fit together can stay sober together–that’s the concept behind a non-profit project that began in Sugar House Park and is now moving its operations indoors. Ian Acker is the man behind “Fit2Recover”, and he said a youth spent playing sports led to a helpful outlet for himself and others when he was in treatment for addiction several years ago Acker began training others who were seeking treatment for addiction, […]

  • Tawnee Baird. Image courtesy GoFundMe.

    Police identify woman stabbed to death in Ogden; victim’s domestic partner in custody

    UPDATE: Police officials said Victoria Mendoza has confessed to the murder. Tawnee Baird’s friends and family spoke about the crime and shared their memories of their loved one, click here for their comments. Previous story continues below: OGDEN, Utah – Ogden police are investigating an alleged homicide Saturday, and the victim’s domestic partner is accused of stabbing the 21-year-old woman to death following an argument. According to a press release from the Ogden Police Department, Victoria Ashley Mendoza, 22, was […]

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    Woman flown to hospital after rollover crash on I-80

    TOOELE COUNTY, Utah – A woman was flown to the University of Utah Hospital Sunday afternoon after a single vehicle rollover crash that occurred on I-80. According to information from the Utah Department of Public Safety, a 33-year-old female driving a 4-door Saturn veered off the road for an unknown reason, over corrected to the left, hit a dirt embankment and then rolled. The vehicle was traveling eastbound on I-80 near milepost 19, and the crash occurred at about 12:16 […]

  • 2 arrested at gunpoint on I-15 after man spots burglars leaving his home

    FARMINGTON, Utah – Police apprehended two burglary suspects Sunday after a man arrived home to find two men with pillowcases full of his property leaving the premises.

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    Utah State Prison inmate dies after being found hanging in cell

    DRAPER, Utah – An inmate at the Utah State Prison died in a hospital Sunday after he was found hanging in his cell early Saturday morning. According to a press release from prison officials, Allen Earl Davies, 67, was found hanging in his cell around 2 a.m. Saturday. The man was the sole occupant of the cell and the press release described the incident as a suicide. Medical personnel began giving the man CPR and were able to establish a […]


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