Wasatch County

Heber, Midway and Wasatch County

Heber City Police Department

Several cars stolen in the Heber Valley has law enforcement and residents on high alert.

The Heber City Police Department is issuing an alert after several vehicles in Wasatch County have been stolen. At least one Midway resident had his truck stolen and four others had their vehicles broken into. Heber Detective Tammy Thacker said they’re not reporting the exact number of vehicles taken but it’s happened across the Heber Valley.

Christian Center of Park City

The Christian Center of Park City is giving local residents the chance to help underprivileged families this holiday season. Operation Hope is back serving both Park City and Heber.

Rob Harter, Executive Director of Christian Center of Park City, explains that Operation Hope, now in its eighth year, helps underprivileged families with gifts for Christmas.

Heber Municipal

Tomorrow Heber City is inviting its citizens to participate in dozens of activities to kick off the holidays with the Christmas Tree Light Up on Main Street.

Heber Mayor Kelleen Potter says the Friday tree lighting starts at 5:30 and goes until 8:00.

“We’re going to have an old fashion Christmas and light a big tree. Hopefully get a bunch of people out for food trucks, and we built a new fire pit on the front of our city hall property. We’re just hoping to get more community together and get ready and celebrate the holidays”

Heber City Police Department

A Heber City man was arrested Tuesday night after police found 149 pounds of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop.

Heber City Police arrested 51-year-old Sean Herwit and booked him into jail Tuesday on suspicion of felony charges according to a statement by the Heber Police.

During the routine traffic stop officers obtained a warrant to search Herwit’s car where they found 80 wrapped and sealed packages of marijuana with an estimated street value of close to $500,000 according to police.

Utah Department Of Public Safety

The dump truck driver who is facing criminal charges for an accident on Highway 40 that killed six people has also been hit with a civil lawsuit from the wife of one of the victims.

The lawsuit against 41-year-old Jamie Don McKenzie is also aimed at the construction company that employed him.

The wrongful death lawsuit was entered in Wasatch County’s Fourth District Court in late November. It was filed by Karla Yuseth Arrozola. Arrozola a Honduran citizen, on behalf of her late husband Jossedelvin Navarro Valle.

Heber Light and Power

The idea of power lines, possibly as tall as 100 feet, running through the Heber Valley has some residents up in arms, but members of the Heber Valley Light and Power board think they might have found a way to mitigate citizens’ concerns.

Heber Valley Light and Power and Rocky Mountain Power are working to install transmission lines spanning from the Jordanelle Dam to the Midway substation, about ten miles, but Heber Mayor Kelleen Potter says the facilities committee may have found a solution that could possible reduce the impact of the powerlines on the view corridor.

Heber City is wrapping up their downtown survey, meanwhile the next step for the proposed bypass is acquiring millions of dollars from the Utah state legislature.

The Heber City Downton Planning Project survey was supposed to have data by early December, but Mayor Kelleen Potter explains why that’s been delayed.

Christmas Festival For The Children Facebook Page

Wasatch Back residents are invited to the annual Christmas Festival for the Children. The event benefits the Wasatch County Children’s Justice Center.

Today and tomorrow at the Wasatch County Events Center, Heber valley residents will gather for the annual Christmas Festival for the Children. Heber City Mayor Kelleen Potter says the event will include gingerbread houses for silent auction.

Wasatch County Sheriff's Office

The bodies of a young couple were recovered from Strawberry Reservoir over the weekend.

26-year-old Chenoa Plank of Sugar House, and her boyfriend Benjamin Magalis, 24, of Minnesota were out fishing on Strawberry lake on Monday November 12th when their boat capsized.  According to Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, the couple fell into the water that was about 38 degrees Fahrenheit. The sheriff’s department said it appears that the couple drowned but the state medical examiner’s office had not yet officially determined the cause of death.

Utah Highway Patrol

A head-on crash Saturday night on Highway 40 seriously injured three motorists, and killed a dog.

The Utah Highway Patrol reported the crash occurred Saturday night at about 12:45 a.m. on the highway between Duchesne and Strawberry Reservoir.

A Nissan pickup truck occupied by two men was westbound. The report said that due to possible impairment from drugs or alcohol, the Nissan driver crossed the center median and collided head-on with a Subaru Outback, occupied by a female driver and her dog.