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Hurricane man charged with hate crime

HURRICANE — A Hurricane man was charged with a federal hate crime after threatening an interracial family in his community, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah.

The attorney’s office and the Department of Justice have charged Robert Keller, 70, with interfering with the housing right of three members of an interracial family.

Keller reportedly wrote a note to two Caucasian family members of the family threatening to kill them if they did not make their African-American family member leave their home and the community.

Keller has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of criminal interference with a right to fair housing.

The first count alleges that the Hurricane man’s threats interfered with the housing rights of the Caucasian residents to associate in their home with African-American family member.

The second count alleges that Keller’s threats interfered with the African-American resident’s right to occupy the home.

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‘Blood moon’ will be a sight to behold during Tuesday’s total lunar eclipse

FOX 13 News’ Nineveh Dinha spoke with local experts about the upcoming eclipse, see the video above for details.

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By Ben Brumfield

CNN

(CNN) — Prophecy loves signs from the heavens, and they will deliver Tuesday with a moonlight spectacle.

What will happen could sound sort of like this:

The moon will turn to blood as it aligns with Earth and sun Then do so thrice more ere a year and a half is done, ‘Tis not the herald of the apocalypses Just the first of four total lunar eclipses.

In other words, get ready for an unusually beautiful moon to grace the night skies next week. There will be a total lunar eclipse Tuesday that will turn the moon a burnt reddish orange, NASA says.

It’s called a blood moon, and this one is just the first in a series of four consecutive total eclipses.

Political parties hold conventions in Utah Saturday

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Republicans and Democrats held county conventions in Utah Saturday, and several candidates have secured their party’s nomination.

There was a bit of controversy in Salt Lake County as a candidate for the Fourth Congressional District, Tim Aalders, was told he could not have booth space at the Republican event because he was registered to run as an independent candidate.

Aalders said he had made that clear when he paid for the booth prior to the event but said he was still turned away, after receiving a refund. See the video above for details.

Democrats also met Saturday, and officials spoke on camera with FOX 13 News.

Several candidates have secured a nomination from their party, while others will be involved in a primary election. See the video above for a look at some of those results.

BLM officials release seized cattle in face of protesters, some armed, on horseback

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  • Protesters watch as cattle are released by the Bureau of Land Management Saturday April 12. Photo courtesy Piute County Comissioner Darin Bushman.

Officials in Utah warn public of jury duty scam

SALT LAKE CITY – State officials are telling the public to be wary of calls from people claiming to work for the state court system, as scammers are targeting people by pretending to be a court employee calling about a warrant.

Officials with Utah State Courts are warning residents to be careful about giving out personal information over the phone; the current scam involves a call from someone who claims the potential victim failed to report for jury duty and has a warrant out for their arrest.

The scammers then allegedly tell the victim they need a social security number, their date of birth and sometimes a credit card number in order to cancel that warrant. Officials said they have received multiple reports regarding the scam, and they said the scammers pretend to be court employees or sometimes a member of a law enforcement agency.

Grand Co. officials searching for overdue helicopter, two occupants

GRAND COUNTY, Utah — Officials with the Grand County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety are looking for a helicopter that was reported overdue Sunday.

According to a statement from GCSO, the helicopter and its two occupants left the Green River area around 11:15 a.m. Sunday to search for Elk Antler sheds. The helicopter was reported overdue around 8 p.m. Sunday.

A helicopter equipped with “forward looking infra-red” was deployed Sunday night to look for the missing aircraft, but that search was unsuccessful.

Crews resumed the search Monday morning.

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office has been contacting officials from the surrounding counties and contacting airports within those counties to see if the missing helicopter may have landed. So far, those efforts have not been successful.

TV ads advocating for same-sex marriage coming to Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — As the battle over same-sex marriage heads to federal court, new television ads on the topic are set to air in Utah Tuesday.

A coalition group called Utah United for Marriage has created at least two ads. One features former television news anchor Terry Wood, while another features a large LDS family.

The coalition includes, among others, Equality Utah and the Human Rights Campaign. A representative for the coalition told FOX 13 News the ads will appear on local and cable channels and are intended to reach a variety of demographics.

Terry Wood said he was happy to participate in the commercial, which touches on his personal journey.

“When I grew up, years ago, I didn’t know anyone, outwardly, who was gay or lesbian,” he said.

Wood’s son Damien came out in his 20s, and later married a man in California.