Salt Lake City police seek suspect in downtown homicide

Salt Lake City police seek suspect in downtown homicide
Highly contagious norovirus reported at 2 Salt Lake City schools
SALT LAKE CITY — A highly contagious norovirus that has wreaked havoc across the Wasatch Front the past few weeks has made its way to two schools in the Salt Lake City School District, officials said Monday.

Three total cases have been confirmed as of Monday, district officials wrote in a statement Monday that was posted to its Facebook page. Two of the cases were reported at Highland High School and another was reported at the Salt Lake Center of Science Education.

In 2012, he was convicted to being a restricted person in possession of a gun. In that incident, prosecutors say Ragsdale was involved in a shooting at a Rancheritos restaurant. In 2007, he was convicted in 3rd District Court of theft, a second-degree felony, for a crime he had committed two years earlier when he was 16, according to court records.

While the numbers pale in comparison to other outbreaks in the state, officials said they are making every effort possible to properly clean and sanitize our students work and play areas. They also advised parents and students to follow guidelines set by the Salt Lake County Health Department.

Police say Ragsdale should be considered armed and dangerous. According to court records, he has been charged a couple of times this year with assault in domestic violence related incidents, and was charged last week with threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend if she testified against him in those pending cases.

Police looking for gunman in parking structure shooting death

Health officials said a child feeling sick should not go to class if they feel sick and upward of 48 hours after symptoms stop. Symptoms of the norovirus include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain.

Norovirus outbreaks have caused plenty of problems since late August. On Aug. 31, Weber-Morgan Health Department officials said up to 50 people reported having symptoms of the norovirus after a church party earlier in the month.

The incident began early Saturday when two groups got into a fight at the Wasted Space bar, 342 S. State, according to police. The quarrel continued to the lower level of a parking structure at 55 E. Exchange Place.

Utah County Health Department officials reported a norovirus breakout at schools in Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain less than a week later. More than 600 students in the county stayed home from school by Sept. 6 because of the gastrointestinal illness.

In the parking garage, someone pulled out a gun about 12:40 a.m. and fired several shots, according to police. One man was hit and killed. Police have not said whether Burwell was the intended target.

The virus is spread by contact with a sick individual, contaminated surfaces or food and can even be spread by smelling the vomit of someone who is sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake police are looking for a man with a violent past in connection with a homicide over the weekend.

(KUTV) — Police are asking for the publics help locating a man wanted in connection with a Salt Lake City killing.

Francis Lee Ragsdale, 30, is wanted by the Salt Lake City Police Department and is said to be armed and dangerous. Police called Ragsdale a suspect in a Sept. 15 early morning homicide in downtown Salt Lake City.

Ragsdale is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and is said to weigh 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

SLCPD request that anyone with information about Ragsdale call 801.799.3000. Anonymous tips can be sent by text to 274637, with TIPSLCPD at the start of the text, routing it to police. Reference case #18-169788.

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