Officers arrested a Provo business owner over the weekend after he reportedly sexually assaulted one of his employees at his home and threatened to kill her.
Mukesh Bindraban, 61, was booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of object rape and forcible sodomy, both first-degree felonies, as well as forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony, and threat of violence, a class B misdemeanor.
A probable cause statement from the Provo Police Department states Bindraban owns a convenience store in Provo. Last week he reportedly called one of his employees and asked her to come to his home.
When she arrived at the residence, the employee noticed several guns in the home including a shotgun by the front door, a loaded Smith and Wesson handgun near the television and another gun underneath a couch where Bindraban was sitting.
Bindraban reportedly started to make sexual advances and the employee escaped to the bathroom to set her cellphone to record. She later returned to the front room and Bindraban became belligerent when she refused to sit by him, the report stated.
When she moved to sit by him, the woman told officers Bindraban continued to sexually abuse and assault her despite her protests.
"(She) said that she imagined that if she tried to fight Mukesh and make him stop, she envisioned herself running from the house with him shooting a gun at her as she ran," police reported.
The woman also stated she wanted to be more forceful and fight back to make Bindraban stop the assault but she worried he would harm or kill her.
"(She) relayed to me the fear she felt if she were to object more sternly, or if she were to try and run," the responding officer wrote in the report.
At one point, Bindraban reportedly said he had a firearm in every room in the residence and told the employee twice he would kill her, according to the report.
Officers obtained the phone recording and arrested Bindraban on Saturday. He was reportedly carrying a loaded gun when he was arrested, the report states. He is being held without bail.
Utah is bracing for its biggest snow storm of the winter season so far beginning about the same time revelers will be ringing in the New Year.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from 2 a.m. early Wednesday through 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon, with a 90% chance of valley accumulations of 4 to 8 inches of snow. The benches will see higher accumulations.
The Central Mountains will see heavy snow with total accumulations of 10 to 20 inches and locally higher amounts possible including Alta and Brighton ski resorts, Cove Fort and Fish Lake.
The storm watch includes the Wasatch Front from Logan to Nephi. Motorists should be aware of slick and snow-packed roads along Interstate 80 and Interstate 15.
The National Weather Service warns that travel could be very difficult and to plan on slick road conditions.
The period of heaviest accumulation will be during the day Wednesday. The west deserts will have less accumulation.
Travel could be extremely dangerous in the western Uinta Mountains and the Wasatch Mountain range, according to the National Weather Service.
Motorists traveling back from holiday vacations are asked to monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this winter storm situation.
While Orem residents wait to hear the official word on what is happening with the west anchor at University Place, there is news about other retail businesses moving in.
“We are seeing continued active growth and a vibrant community with a strong business and retail base,” said Kathi Beckett, Economic Development division manager.
Some residents have been guessing as to what is coming where and when on social media, but Leatherby’s Family Creamery, which was once a busy family gathering restaurant in Provo, has made the official announcement it is coming back — this time to Orem.
With the announcement of new businesses, restaurants, temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as the upgrade on the Orem Fitness Center and the new auditorium at the Orem Library, Beckett says Orem continues to be a growing and vibrant community.
New businesses mean additional sales tax revenue is anticipated to bolster city coffers and generate additional revenue to assist CARE Tax recipients such as the SCERA Center for the Arts and Hale Center Theater.
Orem’s Community Services division has approved the following developments that are at different points in the building process:
Leatherby’s Family Creamery Leatherby’s Family Creamery will be opening this spring in the old Mimi’s Restaurant location at 305 E. University Parkway, according to Kenny Whitehead, manager of the Taylorsville location and member of Leatherby’s corporate leadership.
For more than 30 years, Leatherby’s has been known for its ice cream and other soda fountain-style malts, shakes and floats, as well as baked goods, burgers, sandwiches, fries and more.
“We’re excited,” Whitehead said. “I think it will be a great location for us.”
Currently, Leatherby’s has two full-service locations in Taylorsville and Draper. Orem will also be full service. Area residents will remember Leatherby’s was located at one time where The Mix at River’s Edge is being built on University Parkway in Provo.
The original Leatherby’s started in California and the Utah stores franchised off of them. The California stores experienced financial issues, including bankruptcy. The Utah stores broke off and kept the name. There are three Leatherby’s still open in California, according to Whitehead.
With the demise and sale of Rite Aid to the Walgreens Corp., the empty Rite Aid building on 800 South and State Street has been purchased and will be remodeled and fitted to be a Veterans Affairs medical clinic.
There are two other VA clinics in Utah County, one in North Orem and in Provo. The new Orem clinic has received the nod to begin construction. A completion date has not been announced.
University Place mixed-use parking and office space
The new eight-story structure that will hold five stories of parking and three stories of office space northwest of the old Macy’s location at University Place is in the final approval process, according to Beckett.
The terraced mixed-use facility is part of the ongoing seven-year plan to upgrade and make additions to the University Place campus.
The construction on the eight-story structure will begin sometime this spring.
Alpine Credit Union
The newly completed Alpine Credit Union building at 1510 N. State St. has received its occupancy clearance from Orem and will be fully functioning within the coming days.
Another restaurant will join the list at Midtown 360 mixed-use housing and retail development located at about 445 S. State St. According to Beckett, the building permits have been issued.
While not sure what the fare will be, Beckett said it will be entirely different from the restaurants that are already at Midtown 360.
“We are excited to see something new come in,” Beckett said.
Other businesses in development process
Carrabba’s Italian Grill — Remodeling is still in progress at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at 683 E. University Parkway, at University Place. A reopening date has not been announced.
Feast Buffet — The Feast Buffet offering Chinese cuisine has recently opened at 1428 N. State St..
Golden Corral — The new building is under construction just east of the current site on University Parkway. It should be completed by the end of summer.
Orem Tech Center — Two of the scheduled five buildings at 1530 W. 1200 North are completed. Each building at the tech center is 96,000 square feet. The others are still in some phase of construction.
Salmon Pharmacy — The Salmon Pharmacy at 865 N. 980 West just southwest of the WinCo grocery store has received its temporary occupancy permit and is expected to be ready for complete occupancy in the next few weeks.
According to Beckett, there are many other business applications just coming into the system that cannot be publicly announced.
The city website says there are 67 projects under construction including remodeling of businesses, housing developments, multi-family units and more.
To find out more about what is happening in Orem visit the city website at http://orem.org/apb.
Emilee and Riley Duckworth of Lehi are the parents of Utah County’s first baby of the new year and decade.
Hudson Duckworth was born on New Year’s Day at approximately 1:40 a.m. at Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem. He weighs 7 pounds and 11 ounces and is about 20 inches in length.
Timpanogos Regional Hospital spokesman Nate Black confirmed Hudson was the first baby born in the county in 2020.
The couple, which recently moved from Mapleton, weren’t expecting the baby to come until Thursday, Riley Duckworth said. When they visited their doctor on Monday, “things did not look like they were any further along than they had been in weeks.”
Emilee Duckworth started having “very frequent contractions” Tuesday morning. After a 20-minute drive to the hospital and 14 hours of labor, she gave birth to her first child and the first grandchild on her side of the family.
“First of a lot of things,” Emilee said.
The new mother said going through labor was a “long day and a long night” but that there were no complications.
Around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, almost 12 hours after he was born, Hudson was wearing blue mittens, a cream beanie and a camouflage shirt asleep in his mom’s arms.
“He’s just a chill baby,” Emilee said, adding that Hudson had only cried twice — both times while he was getting shots — and slept through the night.
Emilee and Riley both said they were excited to be parents. The couple started dating while Emilee, who is from California, was going to school at Utah Valley University. Riley had previously met her parents while serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After they had been seeing each other for awhile, Emilee decided to serve a mission herself in Bentonville, Arkansas.
“I waited,” Riley said. “And then (she) came back and things worked out.”
A number of local businesses and organizations, including Nu Skin, SCERA and Orem Floral, gifted the couple a donation basket filled with everything from baby wipes to an educational savings plan.
“Everyone’s happy and healthy and so we just feel extremely blessed,” Riley said. “We’re excited and we just can’t wait to bring him home.”
The second Utah County baby of the decade was born at American Fork Hospital at 3:27 a.m., according to the hospital.
In 2018, the first baby of the year in the whole state was born at Timpanogos Regional Hospital just six seconds after midnight on New Year’s Day.
A man was arrested on New Year’s Day and booked into Utah County Jail after he allegedly pulled a knife on someone outside a Provo gas station and made threats to the person’s life.
Jerry Duffell, 62, was approached by a man outside Phillips 66 gas station in Provo who told him he could not sleep on the property, according to a probable cause statement from the Provo Police Department.
Duffell then allegedly pulled out a knife and said “I’m going to kill you” before moving toward him with the knife in hand, police said.
The man retreated and called the police, who located Duffell a short distance away. Police found a 3-inch paring knife on Duffell, whose address lists him as transient, and made the arrest.
Duffell was booked into the county jail just after 4:31 p.m., police said. He declined to answer questions and was charged with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.
The case will be heard in the Provo District Court, according to the probable cause statement.