Originally created 09/22/03

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Search for lost hikers nears end in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY -Search crews in the Uinta Mountains are scaling back their efforts to find a pair of hikers from Georgia and Florida who disappeared from the Crystal Lake trail nearly two weeks ago.

Searchers on foot, horseback and ATVs have been scouring the rough terrain of Utah's highest mountain range with the help of dogs and aircraft since last weekend.

"This operation, as you see it, will terminate tomorrow," Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said Saturday from a command post. "Unless we get more information, we will move to a search that is scaled back."

Carole Wetherton, 58, of Panacea, Fla., and her daughter, Kim Beverly, 39, of Tucker, Ga., were last seen in Park City on Sept. 9. Their rented SUV was found parked at a trailhead about 50 miles east of Salt Lake City. Maps in the truck indicated they were planning a hike to an area lake.

Teenager denies role in three shootings

COLUMBUS -A Columbus teen linked by police to three shootings in the past three months was held without bond at the Muscogee County Jail over the weekend.

Police arrested 17-year-old Leon Shack on Tuesday. He is accused of firing at groups of people in several locations, including at a playground, outside an apartment complex and in a movie theater parking lot.

Mr. Shack pleaded innocent to multiple counts of aggravated assault, possession of a pistol by a person under 18 and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

He had been out on bond for the May 28 playground shooting until his arrest Tuesday.

Officials charge man in killing of newborn

DECATUR -Authorities have arrested a DeKalb County man who is accused of killing a newborn baby at his house almost a year ago.

Curtis Grayer Jr., 37, was arrested Friday and charged with murder, rape and other crimes in a series of assaults at his home. Police spent hours Friday searching his home and dug up portions of his yard, neighbors said.

A baby boy was delivered at the house about 11 months ago, but the child is unaccounted for, DeKalb police spokesman Dale Davis said.

DeKalb District Attorney J. Tom Morgan said Saturday that Mr. Grayer was the stepfather of the baby's mother.