ICYMI: Mitt Romney encouraged to run for Senate; 6-year-old dies at Spanish Oaks Reservoir

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BYU alumnus Mitt Romney laughs before his BYU forum address on Nov. 8, 2014. His wife, Ann Romney, joined him for in the Marriott Center. (Photo by Matt Bennett/UV360)

In case you took a break from the news this weekend, here are the weekend’s top local news stories.

Mitt Romney might run for Senate

Former Vice President Joe Biden encouraged Mitt Romney to run for the Senate, reported The Salt Lake Tribune. Biden made the suggestion at a private event. The Deseret News reported Rep. Jason Chaffetz “just smiled” in response.

BYU Track and Field team performs well at 2017 Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Shea Collinsworth took fourth place in the 800m race, reported the Deseret News. For her final race as a college athlete, Collinsworth beat her time from the 2016 NCAA Championship by .53 seconds. Jacob Heslington, a BYU sophomore, took tenth place in the 3,000m steeplechase. Clayton Young, a BYU sophomore, took tenth place in the 5,000m race, reported by the Deseret News.

Fires in Saratoga Springs

Wildfires started Sunday night in south Saratoga Springs near Dyno Nobel/Lake Mountain Estates, burning about 75 acres, Saratoga Springs tweeted. The fires posed no threat to buildings or neighborhoods. At 12:15 a.m., Saratoga Springs posted an update on Twitter: “Fire crews have stopped the burning. Crews will be on site all night to clean up and watch hotspots.” They reported no information about the cause of the fire.

A car accident in Provo on Saturday afternoon killed a 6-year-old girl and left two other passengers in critical condition. (Photo courtesy of Provo Police Department)

6-year-old girl dies in Provo car accident

Saturday afternoon a 18-year-old man hit a parked car, which had a 6-year-old, a 5-year-old and a 64-year-old inside, reported KSL.com. The 6-year-old died at Primary Children’s Hospital. As of Sunday morning the 5-year-old and the 64-year-old were at Utah Valley Hospital in critical condition. Police suspect the 18-year-old driver might have been drowsy.

6-year-old drowns at Spanish Oaks Reservoir

A 6-year-old boy drowned at Spanish Oaks Reservoir Saturday afternoon. The family called police at 4:25 p.m., reported KSL.com. A bystander found the boy around 5 p.m. After being transported to the Mountain View Hospital, the boy was pronounced dead. The boy and his family are from North Dakota and were at a family reunion in the Spanish Fork area, police reported.

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