UPDATE: Plane Crash, USU

In a press conference held today, Brandon McJacobs, athletic director for Utah State University, released the names of the USU men’s basketball team members that died and were injured in a plane crash in Providence earlier today.

Jason More and Mike Brown died in the plane crash. Victims with injuries include USU basketball head coach Blake Nikey and players Shawn Green, Grant Deans, Jack Porter and Grant Mills. According to McJacobs, “Everyone else has been released and cleared,” and are currently in stable condition.

“The Aggie family is sending out prayers to all of the fallen,” McJacobs said.

Charles Barkley with the Cache County Investigation Unit said that security video footage of the plane just before takeoff has been looked at.

“It came to our attention that two men, not affiliated with the airport in any way we know, were out at the site of the plane before it took off. Mechanics were on the plane, and they were doing something underneath the plane. Later when we played the security video back, that’s when we noticed,” Barkley said.

Whether or not it was sabotage is too “early to speculate,” Barkley said. “It’s certainly out of the norm that these two people would be out on the tarmac.”

Another press conference regarding the alleged plane sabotage will be held at 9 p.m. in the atrium room of the Agricultural Science Building at USU.


By: Ethan Trunnell

Five women protested against police brutality today at 8:30 p.m. after the shooting of Shawn Bennett outside of Caffe Ibis earlier today by a police officer whose identity has yet to be disclosed

The officer allegedly believed Bennett to be attacking Amy Dunn outside Caffe Ibis.

Dunn later died from a stroke.

The protesters want to see accountability for the officer who shot Bennett.

“There just has to be more representation. Just because he’s a big black guy doesn’t mean he’s bad,” said McKell Cox, a protester. “They need to make sure that they use guns safely.

“Whoever shot him needs to be held responsible,” said Sally Winters, one of the protesters. “He can’t get away with that just because he’s a police officer.”

“I can’t believe this is happening in Logan,” said Annie Brown, another protester.

The protesters attended the press conference where it was announced that Amy Dunn had died.

By: Ethan Trunnell

Jim Johnson of the Bear River Health Department reiterated that residents of Cache Valley should stay inside until further data is collected at 8:15 p.m. today.

Tests are ongoing to determine the cause of a recent influx in hospitalizations that appear to be the result of spending too much time outside.

“Without hard information I hesitate to speculate,” Johnson said.

A warning, issued by the Cache Valley Health Department, which encourages residents of Cache Valley to stay inside their homes, is still in effect.

The warning states that if it can’t be avoided, no more than 30 minutes should be spent outdoors.

More information will be published here when it becomes available.

Shelby Ruud


In a press conference at 8:30 p.m. on the Quad, Officer Moreno confirmed that an autopsy showed that Amanda Dunn died as a result of a stroke, not to injuries received from an attack. The blunt-force trauma was a result of Dunn hitting the ground.

A group protesting police brutality cut the press conference short.

Makinzie Hunter, a protester and an eyewitness to the incident, claimed that Shawn Bennett was attempting to help Dunn.

The officer involved in the incident is under investigation and is on paid administrative leave.

In a press conference earlier today, police confirmed that an officer shot a man who appeared to be attacking a woman outside of Caffe Ibis. The man died at the scene and the woman died at the hospital from blunt-force trauma to the back of the head.

The officer, who remains unnamed at this point, was conducting a routine patrol when he saw what appeared to be Shawn Bennett, a 22-year-old African American man who was working at Caffe Ibis at the time, attacking Amy Dunn, a 32-year-old white woman.

The officer approached and gave three warnings, drawing his firearm on the second warning. Bennett reached backwards and appeared to be drawing something from his bag. At that point, the officer shot Bennett three times. He died at the scene.

Dunn was taken to the hospital with severe blunt-force trauma to the back of the head, where she passed away later that evening.

“We are currently investigating and debriefing the officer involved to make sure he acted in the right,” said James Marino, the officer who conducted the press conference.

Marino said that he couldn’t confirm that Bennett was attacking Dunn. Marino said that no weapons were found on Bennett. There is no information on what caused the blunt-force trauma to Dunn’s head.

According to Carl Baxter, an employee of Caffe Ibis, said that all employees working at the time of the shooting were sent home and told by officers to not disclose any information.



By Erin West


Jason More and Mike Brown confirmed dead, 5 more hospitalized.

Injured include head coach and David Collette.

Cache Valley Sheriff confirmed foul play was the cause of the crash.

A plane carrying the Utah State University men’s basketball team crashed in a field in Providence today.

At least two fatalities reported.

“I see students — some dead, some not,” said Mart Jacobs, a police officer on the scene.

The team was headed to the Super Nationals in Las Vegas.

“The plane is broken in half in a field and there is a fire in the front,” Jacobs said.

Those on scene are currently trying to get inside the plane.

More information will be available after a press conference tonight in the atrium of the Agricultural Science building on the university’s campus at 5:45 p.m.


By: Ethan Trunnell

Schute Life awarded $100,000 of scholarship money to 10 ADD students today at 6:45 p.m. at the Alumni House.

Maria Luiz awarded the scholarships.

She thanked Devin Schute for making the scholarship money available for students with Attention Deficit Disorder.

Ashley Sparrow, a junior college student with ADD, received a $2,500 scholarship paid out over the course of two semesters.

Sparrow was selected out of 300 applicants.

“It means a lot,” Sparrow said. “I’m honored to have been chosen.”

Sparrow said that her ADD has made it difficult to do well in school.

“Late-night studying is the worst,” Sparrow said. “It’s hard to be present in class.”

Shelby Ruud

Patients are currently being admitted to Logan Regional Hospital for treatment of respiratory issues. All have complained of trouble breathing and several have passed out.

Officials have stated that Logan is on high air quality alert and have advised that citizens do not stay outdoors for longer than 30 minutes.

“I know we have admitted a few patients, but as they haven’t been diagnosed, I can’t speculate as to what the cause is,” Adam Pebples of the Logan Regional Hospital said.

J Lo, a citizen of Providence, was having trouble breathing and proceeded to pass during a phone interview with the Logan Ledger.

Dani Elliott, co-editor of Logan Ledger, also passed out.

“It was awful because I couldn’t breathe,” she said.

Jane Coleman was working in her yard earlier today and now her entire family is having trouble breathing.

“I think there’s a problem with the air,” Coleman said.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.