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Four skiers are dead, and four others were rescued after being trapped by an avalanche Saturday in a popular Utah backcountry skiing area.

CNN reports that The Unified Police Department of Salt Lake City received a hang-up distress call around 11:40 a.m. on Saturday. Shortly after, they received a report of an avalanche in the Wilson Basin area, and five people were trapped, Sgt. Melody Cutler said. 

Cutler said two groups of skiers, one group of three and one group of five, started skiing in the same area simultaneously. This accidentally triggered the avalanche.

“Four of those skiers were able to dig their way out,” according to Cutler. “All four of the remaining are deceased.”

The four that survived were able to dig themselves out. According to local outlet Fox 13, one survivor was treated for hypothermia. The skiers ranged in age from early 20s to late 30s, Cutler said. 

Cutler told CNN  that the location where the avalanche happened is a “very popular backcountry ski area.” The area has “been under very high-risk avalanche conditions recently.”

On Saturday, the Utah Avalanche Center tweeted a warning that there “were dangerous avalanche conditions.”

“We are heartbroken over the tragic news of four fatalities as the result of an avalanche in the Millcreek Canyon area this afternoon,” Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson said in a statement. “We deeply mourn the loss of life due to this devastating incident.”

Avalanches are not uncommon in the area. UAC reports that an avalanche was triggered by a skier one day prior in another basin. In December, there was a small slide that occurred downslope from where Saturday’s tragic slide occurred. Between Friday night and Saturday, the UAC estimates about 30-40 avalanches took place. 

Millcreek Canyon has been closed for recreational use until further notice due to the dangerous conditions.




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Vanessa Bryant Files Complaint To Publicly Name Sheriff’s Deputies Accused Of Sharing Kobe Crash Photos

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Vanessa Bryant wants the four Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies that she alleges shared “unauthorized” photos of the helicopter crash site that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, their daughter, and seven others named publicly.

According to KTLA, county lawyers want to keep the deputies’ identities sealed. They argue that releasing them would make the deputies’ information public and potentially targets for hackers and bullies.

Bryant’s attorneys filed an amended complaint in federal court, adding the four deputies and the L.A. County Fire Department to her civil rights lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Department and the county.

Vanessa posted on her Instagram Stories, “Kobe’s name was released when he was accused in 2003. Why should sheriffs get away with hiding? #doublestandard.”

Bryant’s lawsuit seeks damages for negligence and invasion of privacy, alleging that deputies and firefighters took photos and shared the images of the victims who died in the Jan. 26, 2020 crash.




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Authorities Say Shaquille O’Neal’s Atlanta Krispy Kreme Fire Was Arson

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The fire that destroyed Shaquille O’Neal’s Atlanta landmark Krispy Kreme Doughnuts location earlier this month has been ruled an act of arson.

On Friday, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department announced its findings through social media and requested the public’s help to identify their suspect. Two photos were released of the suspect involved, and a $10,000 reward has been offered, Yahoo reports.

Officials did not say how the February 10 fire started. Two employees were working in the store’s drive-thru at the time of the tragedy but luckily escaped safely after seeing wires smoking.

Firefighters were able to salvage most of the building, the outlet reported.

The location was opened in 1965 as part of the franchise’s initial expansion away from North Carolina. Shaq acquired it in 2016, who later became a global spokesman for the company.

It’s unknown when the store will reopen, but the NBA Hall of Famer says that they “will be back stronger the

an ever.”




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FBI Zeroes In On Suspect In Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick’s Death

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According to officials, the FBI has zeroed in on an unidentified suspect in the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Sicknick lost his life due to injuries sustained during the January 6 siege at the U.S. Capitol Building.

CNN reports that initial reports of Sicknick being attacked with a fire extinguisher, which turned out to be untrue. Instead, the theory is he became ill from the bear spray used by the angry mob during the attacks. It was previously reported that Sicknick made it back to his office, where he collapsed. He later died at an area hospital.

“We are awaiting toxicology results and continue to work with other government agencies regarding the death investigation,” U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement.

Newly surfaced video footage is credited with helping investigators narrow down the suspect pool. Despite having video footage and photographs of the attack, investigators have struggled to build a strong murder case in Sicknick’s death. It’s not clear what charges the unknown suspect will face.

“Officer Sicknick’s family has asked for privacy during this difficult time and that the spreading of misinformation stop regarding the cause of his death,” said the statement from Capitol Police. “The Department and the Sicknick family appreciate the outpouring of support for our fallen officer.”

Sicknick, a New Jersey native, laid in state at the Capitol Building earlier this month, an honor typically reserved for the United States government leaders. President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and congressional leaders came to the ceremony to pay their respects to the fallen officer. 




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