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Utah becomes 19th state to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy on children under 18

Utah became the 19th and most conservative state to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy on children under 18 after a new rule went into effect Wednesday that now punishes medical experts for practicing the widely discredited method of attempting to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

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“Every reputable science-based organization in the country recognizes that conversion therapy is a dangerous fraud. It exacerbates depression, anxiety and suicide ideation,” Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah, told Fox 13 Salt Lake City. “We are grateful to Governor Herbert and the Board of Psychologists for acting swiftly on behalf of LGBTQ youth.”

Despite pushback from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which argued on Capitol Hill that the proposed ban violated religious freedom or parental rights, Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, ordered state regulators to move forward with an administrative rule against the practice.

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Nathan Dalley, left, shakes hands with Republican Utah Rep. Craig Hall following a news conference about the discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children, now banned in Utah Jan. 22 at the Utah State Capitol. Dalley underwent so-called conversion therapy. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The rule bypasses the state Legislature. Herbert also apologized to LGBTQ activists after the language of an initial bill, sponsored by state GOP Rep. Craig Hall, to ban conversion therapy in Utah was derailed.

“I have learned much through this process. The stories of youth who have endured these so-called therapies are heart-rending, and I’m grateful that we have found a way forward that will ban conversion therapy forever in our state,” the governor said in a November press conference.

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Sept. 12, 2018: Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. The discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children is now banned in Utah, making it the 19th state and one of the most conservative to prohibit it. Herbert took the unusual step of calling on regulators after a proposed law was derailed by changes made by conservative lawmakers. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Conversion therapy is a practice used to try to change sexual orientation or gender identity. Many people who have been through it said it deepened feelings of depression and increased thoughts of suicide. The new rule bans licensed Utah therapists from subjecting LGBTQ minors to the practice.

The American Psychological Association has said it is not based on science and is harmful to mental health. The Utah Psychological Association also spoke in favor of the ban.

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Doctors or therapists who continue the practice could face sanctions or lose their licenses. It contains an exemption for clergy or religious counselors, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

“Ultimately, this bill means to me that youth will be accepted and protected within our communities,” Nathan Dalley, a University of Utah student and survivor of conversion therapy, said at a Wednesday news conference, according to the Tribune.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Utah snowmobiler, 18, dies after avalanche buries him on trip with dad

A teen in Utah died Saturday after being buried under an avalanche for over an hour while snowmobiling with his father, who confessed “my strength availed nothing” in the race to save his son.

Chase Adams, 18, and his father, Ben, were snowmobiling in Farmington Canyon, located about 20 miles north of Salt Lake City, when they were caught in an avalanche around 1:30 p.m., the Davis County Sheriff’s Office said.

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While Adams and his snowmobile were immediately buried under the debris, his father managed to escape. Ben Adams said he prayed while calling 911 and Chase’s mother.

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Rescuers dug out Chase Adams from the avalanche, but he later died at a hospital, the sheriff’s office said. (Davis County Sheriff’s Office)

“We spent the day at a location that is dear to me and my boys,” he said Sunday in a statement released through the sheriff’s office. “We had a wonderful day doing what we love to do. When the snow slid, I was shocked, but I had a feeling everything was going to be okay.”

Adams was wearing the necessary safety equipment: an avalanche beacon and inflatable backpack. He deployed the airbag in his backpack, but it did not float as intended, according to the sheriff’s office.

The avalanche, which was unintentionally triggered, buried Adams under at least six feet of snow, the Utah Avalanche Center said.

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The debris piled up so high because the steep slope runs into the flat lake below without a transition, the Utah Avalanche Center said. (Davis County Sheriff’s Office)

Rescuers raced to the scene after receiving 911 calls. Within 70 minutes of the calls, rescuers located Chase, dug him out from the snow and airlifted him to a hospital, where he later died, the sheriff said.

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Ben Adams thanked rescuers, medical staff and other bystanders on the slope for their efforts.

“I am an extremely strong man and in the moment of physical need to save my son my strength availed nothing,” he said. “I was useless and shifted my strength to God. I relied on Him, knowing my nothingness and trusting His great power to give me strength to know that, someday, we will see each other again, by virtue of Jesus Christ.”

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While what triggered the avalanche is still under investigation, officials told the Standard-Examiner that the recent fluctuation between snow and warm weather could have caused the slide.

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Utah boy arrested after shooting that killed 4, injured 1 in same family, police say

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A young male juvenile in Utah is accused of shooting and killing three children and a woman in Grantsville on Friday, and injuring a fifth victim who is now in the hospital, authorities said Saturday.

All of the victims are believed to be members of the shooter’s family, and the victims are all related, according to Deseret News. Initial reports said the accused is a teenager, but police have not released his name because he’s being charged as a minor.

The suspected shooter is reportedly facing 10 criminal charges, including aggravated homicide.

Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall visited the scene to offer his condolences and said law enforcement is still trying to figure out what happened.

“It’s an unfortunate tragedy that has taken place here this evening,” he said Friday. “And I’m sure it will take days or even longer to try and piece together what brought all of this on and why it happened, if we ever get to know why it happened. It’s upsetting. This is normally a very quiet neighborhood, and any time you have children involved in something, it becomes very emotional, very fast.”

“We appreciate everybody’s thoughts and support,” Marshall added. “We ask that you continue to pray for the family and for these officers who are trying to figure out what happened.”

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Gov. Gary Herbert also offered his condolences on Twitter, just after midnight on Saturday. He urged citizens to lock up their firearms and said only love can help heal the wounds created by the shooting.

“Our hearts are broken by the horrible news coming out Grantsville tonight. We mourn over the loss of innocent lives,” he wrote. “Parents and grandparents, secure your firearms! Everyone, hug your loved ones tight. And remember love, not hate, will heal broken individuals and families.”

Grantsville Police Cpl. Rhonda Fields told The Associated Press that authorities are at a loss when it comes to the motive and are still investigating.

“We’re trying to make certain that we verify people’s relationships among the deceased and the survivor,” she said. “As for motive, we don’t have any of that.”

Fields also said the fifth victim, who sustained a gunshot, is stable and expected to survive.

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The unnamed suspect was arrested at the hospital and is currently being held at a youth detention facility.

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Utah boy arrested after shooting that killed 4, injured 1 in same family, police say

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A young male juvenile in Utah is accused of shooting and killing three children and a woman in Grantsville on Friday, and injuring a fifth victim who is now in the hospital, authorities said Saturday.

All of the victims are believed to be members of the shooter’s family, and the victims are all related, according to Deseret News. Initial reports said the accused is a teenager, but police have not released his name because he’s being charged as a minor.

The suspected shooter is reportedly facing 10 criminal charges, including aggravated homicide.

Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall visited the scene to offer his condolences and said law enforcement is still trying to figure out what happened.

“It’s an unfortunate tragedy that has taken place here this evening,” he said Friday. “And I’m sure it will take days or even longer to try and piece together what brought all of this on and why it happened, if we ever get to know why it happened. It’s upsetting. This is normally a very quiet neighborhood, and any time you have children involved in something, it becomes very emotional, very fast.”

“We appreciate everybody’s thoughts and support,” Marshall added. “We ask that you continue to pray for the family and for these officers who are trying to figure out what happened.”

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Gov. Gary Herbert also offered his condolences on Twitter, just after midnight on Saturday. He urged citizens to lock up their firearms and said only love can help heal the wounds created by the shooting.

“Our hearts are broken by the horrible news coming out Grantsville tonight. We mourn over the loss of innocent lives,” he wrote. “Parents and grandparents, secure your firearms! Everyone, hug your loved ones tight. And remember love, not hate, will heal broken individuals and families.”

Grantsville Police Cpl. Rhonda Fields told The Associated Press that authorities are at a loss when it comes to the motive and are still investigating.

“We’re trying to make certain that we verify people’s relationships among the deceased and the survivor,” she said. “As for motive, we don’t have any of that.”

Fields also said the fifth victim, who sustained a gunshot, is stable and expected to survive.

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The unnamed suspect was arrested at the hospital and is currently being held at a youth detention facility.

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Rare ‘Martian’ mineral mounds appear in Utah’s Great Salt Lake

Mounds of a rare crystalline mineral emerged above the surface of Utah’s Great Salt Lake.

The four white mounds, which are up to 3 feet high and dozens of feet across, were first seen in October, according to a blog post by Utah State Parks officials.

After they tested the mounds, state geologists discovered that they are layered formations of a mineral known as mirabilite, a crystalline sodium sulfate.

However, the unique-looking mounds won’t be around forever.

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Mirabilite deposits have been found beneath the waters of the Great Salt Lake before, but this is the first time the mineral has formed exposed mounds above the surface. (Utah Geological Survey) (Utah Geological Survey)

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“When temperatures rise above freezing, the impressive clear mirabilite crystals that form the mounds at the Great Salt Lake will dehydrate to form a white powdery mineral called thenardite (Na2SO4),” parks officials said. “As such, these mirabilite mounds will disappear with changing temperatures and the rising lake levels.”

Although mirabilite has not actually been found on Mars, scientists think ancient mound-like deposits of similar sulfate minerals could still contain some fossilized traces of ancient Martian microbes — hence the nickname “Martian” mounds.

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Utah woman goes missing in Florida while on work trip; last seen on hotel video in pajamas: husband

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Utah woman in Florida on a work trip has gone missing, Florida authorities say. Kelly Glover was last seen on hotel security footage in her pajamas, according to her husband.

“We are missing an amazing woman. We just need her home,” Kelly Glover’s husband, Adam Bremer, told reporters. “She’s got a sweet spirit and she’s a very sweet girl and she has a big heart. She’s a good person, an amazing wife. She’s my best friend.”

Glover, 37, of Holladay, Utah, had been staying with a friend at the Westin Fort Lauderdale. She was in Florida on a trip related to her job, FOX 13 of Salt Lake City reported.

“Her friend went to bed early,” Bremer said, according to Salt Lake City’s KSL-TV. “My wife was still up and her friend woke up around 4 a.m., and my wife was nowhere to be found and the door was left open.”

Bremer told reporters his wife left behind her phone and purse.

“She left it in the room and that’s the last we’ve seen of her,” he said, according to Miami’s WPLG-TV.

Bremer said hotel security footage shows Glover in her pajamas and socks in a back stairwell headed for an exit around 2 a.m. Thursday.

“As far as I know there is no evidence that she’s left the hotel,” her cousin, Ryan Glover, said, according to KSL.

He said he knew something was wrong when he hadn’t heard from her in the morning.

“She’s pretty responsive,” he said, KSL reported. “I usually get up before her and I send her the first message in the morning and not one morning has gone by where I haven’t heard from her by 9 o’clock.”

”I can confirm a report was made for the missing person, detectives are investigating and following up on any leads they get but have no other details other than she has not been recovered at this time,” Fort Lauderdale Police Department Detective Tracy Figone said, according to KSL.

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Police dive teams searched a nearby body of water, and they’ve also used helicopters and dogs to try to find her, FOX 13 reported.

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Utah to decide if driver’s DEPORTM license plate violates state guidelines

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Can a vanity license plate that makes a personal statement about illegal immigrants cross the line?

Utah officials said Friday they are reviewing a motorist’s “DEPORTM” plate to decide if it violates state guidelines.

“We’re not sure how it got through,” Tammy Kikuchi, a spokeswoman for the Utah State Tax Commission, which oversees the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles, said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. “We’re really quite surprised.”

She confirmed the plate was approved in 2015.

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Salt Lake City resident Matt Pacenza saw the plate and posted a photo on Twitter on Thursday, questioning how it wouldn’t violate the commission’s guidelines.

The post got the attention of a handful of state senators and the tax commission, which confirmed it is reviewing it, according to Salt Lake City’s Deseret News.

Many commenters agreed the plate was “offensive,” “horrific” or simply put: “yuk.”

Others said the matter could be a First Amendment free-speech issue.

Utah law says vanity plates may not show “contempt, ridicule or superiority of a race, religion, deity, ethnic heritage or political affiliation.”

“I think there’s a wide range of opinions in Utah when it comes to an issue like immigration and that’s a good thing,” Pacenza said, according to Deseret News. “I think it’s good to live in a place where we can express ourselves freely and have a diverse set of attitudes about complex issues, but it doesn’t feel like to me license plates are the right venue for that. And this particular issue just seemed unusually aggressive and confrontational.”

In the last few years, the Utah Tax Commission has banned plate requests like “3MERL0T” “4TWENTY” and “KKKADEN,” according to The Tribune.

“A private citizen has a first amendment right to say offensive things. The State does not, and has rules about license plates,” Republican State Sen. Daniel W. Thatcher tweeted. “I believe those rules have been violated here. Hopefully Tax Commission agrees.”

Democratic State Sen. Luz Escamilla tweeted that the plate would be discussed at the next Administrative Rules Review Committee.

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The commission also refuses plate requests that are vulgar, sexual, profane or derogatory.

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California hiker, 17, survives being stranded for 30 hours in snowy Utah mountains: ‘I shouldn’t even be alive’

A California teenager has shared the incredible story of how he survived being stranded for 30 hours in the mountains of Utah in sub-freezing temperatures and waist-deep snow.

Nicolas Stacy-Alcantara, a 17-year-old high school student from Fresno, said he was visiting his ex-girlfriend near Salt Lake City last week when he decided to go for a day-long hike alone with plans to return in time for dinner.

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He had packed six peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and 40 ounces of water before setting off.

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The 17-year-old is now recovering after surviving a night alone in the Utah mountains. (Jen Pilgreen/University of Utah Health via AP) (Jen Pilgreen/University of Utah Health via AP)

Stacy-Alcantara said the weather had been relatively mild when he began his planned route from Millcreek Canyon to Park City, but by late afternoon the temperature dipped and snow began to fall.

The weather forced Stacy-Alcantara to stop his journey. His cellphone had no service and his feet began to freeze.

I didn’t want PB&J to be my last meal.

— Nicolas Stacy-Alcantara, 17-year-old hiker

Stranded in the wilderness, he dug a snow cave beneath a tree to take cover from the elements. He rubbed his hands against his chest to keep the blood flowing.

“I knew my chest was more important than my feet,” he told reporters Wednesday at University of Utah Hospital, according to FOX13 Salt Lake City. “I knew if I lost those, I could still live, so I really just tied the ends of my jackets together. I tucked my arms inside my jacket and tucked my head inside my jacket.”

Knowing that if he fell asleep he might never wake up, the teen said he set an alarm on his phone to go off every 30 minutes. He grasped a beaded bracelet his ex-girlfriend had given him to help think about all those who cared for him and pushed himself to survive.

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“I didn’t want PB&J to be my last meal,” he joked to reporters, according to KSL-TV.

But as the night wore on, the teen imagined his friends were in the cave and had what he believed could be his final conversations with them. He wrote letters to his family in case he didn’t make it out alive.

When the sun rose in the morning, he walked out of the snow cave, leaving behind his wet clothes and the boots too frozen to tie. Eventually, he came across some skiers who had a satellite phone.

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Stacy-Alcantara isn’t expected to need any amputations, doctors said. (Jen Pilgreen/University of Utah Health via AP)

Search and rescuers airlifted the teen out of the canyon by helicopter. He was about 6 miles from where he started his hike, authorities said.

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“I’m very lucky,” Stacy-Alcantara said. “I shouldn’t even be alive right now.”

Now, the high school student is recovering from hypothermia and second-degree frostbite that left bubbling blisters on his feet and toes. He’s not expected to need amputation.

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He is set to graduate from high school this year and plans to study aerospace engineering in college.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Guardian angels: The most bizarre and amazing rescues of 2019 in pictures and videos

Plenty of people found themselves in dire need of Good Samaritans, first responders and at least one guardian angel in 2019.

Some unlucky souls fell into septic tanks or grain silos. Others found themselves in the crosshairs of a drunken driver – but in each case rescuers saved the day.

Here are some of the year’s most amazing and bizarre rescues:

‘Angel’ saves Arizona family from drunken driver

miraculous rescue occurred in October when a man accidentally saved a family crossing a busy street in Arizona from a suspected drunken driver.

Shannon Vivar, who police would later call an “angel,” smashed his car into a Jeep that was running a red light at an intersection — and appeared to be about to mow down a couple crossing the street, pushing a stroller.

Phoenix police arrested the Jeep driver, Ernesto Oveso, 23, after a brief chase.

Days after video of the accident was released, Vivar was honored as a “community hero” and given a 2018 Chevy Cruz to replace his damaged vehicle, courtesy of used-car retailer Carvana.

Oregon woman stuck in septic tank for days

Defying the odds, an Oregon woman was rescued in August after she fell into a septic tank and was stuck in raw sewage for days, officials said.

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Rescue teams from the Estacada fire department, Technical Rescue Team along with Engine 318 from Clackamas Fire helped rescue the woman, fire officials said. (Estacada Rural Fire District No. 69)

The unidentified woman had been working on the tank outside her rural home, where she lived alone, when she fell after the rusted metal top gave way..

After not being heard from for several days, the woman’s daughter went to check on her and found her lying in the tank .

Firefighters pulled her from the tank and rescue crews rushed her to a hospital by helicopter, the Estacada fire department wrote on Facebook at the time.

Miraculously, the woman didn’t suffer any major injuries.

Utah man found wedged in 12-inch drain pipe

A Utah man got a rude awakening in September when he found himself trapped in a drainage pipe underneath a busy overpass.

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Salt Lake City firefighters extricated a man who fell asleep and became trapped in a 12-inch drainage pipe in September. (Salt Lake City Fire Fighters IAFF Local 81)

The unidentified 40-year-old man had fallen asleep near the pipe and slid down into it without waking up, Capt. Adam Davies of the Salt Lake City Fire Department told FOX13 Salt Lake City.

Passersby later heard the man screaming for help and called emergency responders.

The rescue operation proved difficult because the man had become wedged in the pipe, which was just a foot wide. The fire department’s heavy rescue team cut some of the pipe and used a pulley system to drag the man out, Davies said.

The man appeared dehydrated but had no significant injuries when he was taken to the hospital, officials said.

“It is rare to have a live rescue in a confined space like that,” Davies said, noting that reduced oxygen content and toxic gases usually kill those trapped in such places. “Any day you have a live rescue is a good day in the fire service.”

Pennsylvania man falls asleep in dumpster, wakes up in garbage truck

There are safer places to sleep one off.

In early September, a Pennsylvania man fell asleep in a dumpster and woke up screaming inside a garbage truck.

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The Pittsburgh fire and police departments responded to rescue the trapped man, officials said. (Republic Services)

A driver with Republic Services was emptying a garbage container into the back of his big blue truck around 3:30 a.m. when he heard a man’s screams, Pittsburgh police said.

The driver got out and opened a sliding door in the rear, discovering the stowaway amid the trash. Unable to free the man himself, he called for help.

After firefighters pulled out the unidentified man, he told authorities he’d gotten separated from a friend the night before and needed a place to to sleep. A nearby dumpster was his unfortunate choice.

He was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Indiana woman rescued a week after falling to bottom of silo

An Indianapolis woman was rescued from a grain silo in June after claiming she spent a week trapped at the bottom, officials said.

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The woman told rescuers she had been trapped at the bottom for a week, officials said. (Indianapolis Fire Department)

Workers had been preparing to replace the 30-foot silo when they discovered the unidentified woman, the Indianapolis Fire Department tweeted at the time.

The 28-year-old woman told authorities she was homeless and had been looking for shelter when she fell in. She said she climbed the silo using an outside ladder, but while using an interior one, she slipped and fell.

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Rescuers got her out through a lower hatch. Despite lack of food and water, she was described at the scene as “alert” and “oriented,” with no visible injuries.

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Utah woman sought to buy ‘biological weapon of mass destruction,’ authorities say

A Utah woman has been arrested for investigation of possessing a biological weapon of mass destruction, reports say.

Janie Lynn Ridd, 50, was taken into custody Wednesday following an investigation by both federal and state authorities, as well as the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Neither the FBI nor the State Bureau of Investigations would release details of her arrest as of Thursday, but they added there was no safety risk to the public.

After becoming aware of her intent to purchase the unspecified agent, officials were able to monitor her activity before arresting her. Federal and state authorities also wouldn’t say what Ridd was looking to buy, but more information will be given when formal charges are filed, according to Salt Lake City’s Deseret News.

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Janie Lynn Ridd, 50, was arrested on Wednesday for investigation of possessing a biological weapon of mass destruction, reports say. (Salt Lake County Jail)

“Through an investigation, officers learned a subject later identified as Janie Lynn Ridd purchased a weapon of mass destruction,” the affidavit said, according to the outlet.

“Subsequent investigation found Ridd’s statements to be misleading and it was learned Ridd did not provide evidence to show she has lawful authority or use to possess a biological agent.”

Police said on Thursday that the public shouldn’t be alarmed because they don’t believe Ridd was ever a threat — before or after her arrest.

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“Law enforcement officials became aware of Ridd attempting to purchase a possible biological agent. They were able to safely monitor Ridd’s activity. After which, Ridd was arrested. There was never a threat to the general public prior to, or after, Ridd’s arrest,” the Utah Department of Public Safety said in a statement, according to Salt Lake City’s KTVX-TV.

Utah Code describes a “biological agent” as any “microorganism, virus, infectious substance, or biological product that may be engineered as a result of biotechnology, or any naturally occurring or bioengineered component of any microorganism, virus, infectious substance, or biological product, that is capable of causing death, disease, or other biological malfunction in a human, an animal, a plant, or another living organism.”

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She is expected to face potential federal charges.

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