St. George-area Latter-day Saints stake center vandalized, 2nd church incident reported over weekend

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IVINS, Utah, July 14, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A stake center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was vandalized over the weekend and police are reaching out to homeowners in the area who may have surveillance video of the suspects.

Sgt. Jaron Studley, of the Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department, confirmed to Gephardt Daily that the stake center at 290 E. 1060 South in Ivins was “entered unlawfully” sometime between late Friday night and early Sunday morning.

“Items were damaged, broken, in the church,” Studley said. “There was no report of anything missing.”

In Salt Lake County, officials are investigating an early Sunday morning fire that fully engulfed a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building at 3680 E. Brighton Point Drive, in Cottonwood Heights.

Unified Fire Authority spokesman Keith Garner said the fire was called in by a neighbor at about 2:42 a.m. He said it took about 45 minutes to get the fire knocked down so that it was completely out, and crews then remained at the scene to make sure there were no hot spots.

Unified Fire Authority and Murray Fire Department crews responded to a fire at an LDS church building in Cottonwood Heights early Sunday morning, July 14, 2019. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

The cause of the fire had not been determined, but Garner said, “most of the time, with something like this we turn toward human-caused.”

Anyone who has any information regarding the stake center vandalism in Ivins is asked to call the St. George dispatch center at 435-627-4300.

Anyone who has any information regarding the church fire in Cottonwood Heights is asked to call police dispatch at 801-840-4000.


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