Top 5 weekend stories on St. George News

A tow truck is destroyed after a late-night fire that burns through a yard and threatens two structures in Jones Flat area of Littlefield, Ariz., June 28, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire District, St. George News

ST. GEORGE— In case you missed it, here is your weekend recap of the top five most viewed stories published on St. George News from Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30.

See the related stories at the bottom of this page for the five honorable mention stories.

Flames ’30-40 feet high’ as firefighters thwart blazes near homes

Firefighters at the scene of a brush fire that threatens two structures in Littlefield, Ariz., June 28, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire District, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — It was a busy 12 hours for firefighters in Littlefield, Arizona, as they thwarted two blazes that threatened mobile homes. One of the fires was visible from at least 12 miles away and produced towering flames estimated at 30-40 feet high, according to Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire Battalion Chief Andre Ojeda.

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Contractor says suspect in student’s killing wanted secret room

Police officers stand in front of the home, right, of Ayoola A. Ajayi Friday, June 28, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Authorities are filing murder and kidnapping charges in the death of a Utah college student who disappeared 11 days ago. | Associated Press photo by Rick Bowmer, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A construction contractor says he was approached by Ayoola A. Ajayi, the man suspected of killing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck, and that Ajayi inquired about building a secretive and soundproof room under his home’s front porch.Brian Wolf told the Deseret News that Ajayi’s construction request included hooks mounted on a concrete wall. Wolf said the inquiry didn’t make sense and made him uneasy. He turned the job down and reported the encounter to Salt Lake City police after seeing news reports Friday of Ajayi’s arrested in Lueck’s death.

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Action-packed holiday weekend planned in St. George

July 4th celebration in St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of the city of St. George, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A full day of activities and entertainment — including a 4K race, a patriotic parade, carnival rides, games and live music — are on the docket to help celebrate the 4th of July holiday in St. George.

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Cost to serve voluntary LDS church missions going up 25% in 2020

A pair of LDS missionaries meet a couple on the street, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The cost of serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is going up 25% in 2020.

In a letter issued earlier this week by the First Presidency – which is comprised of church President Russell M. Nelson and his two counselors, Dallin H. Oaks and Henry B. Eyring – the church announced that monthly costs of serving a mission will go from $400 to $500 starting this time next year.

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St. George Police ask for help finding man suffering from dementia

Keith Johnson, 66, was reported missing, St. George, Utah, June 28, 2019 | Photo courtesy of the St. George Police Department, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The St. George Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 66-year-old man.

Keith Johnson was last seen Friday on the east side of St. George. Police say he suffers from the onset of dementia and regularly walks the many trail systems surrounding St. George.

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The top 5 honorable mention stories can be found below in the related stories.

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