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February 17, 2009

Why I miss my hate mail:

"It's an odd thing to admit, but in a perverse sort of way, I actually miss the wretched river, the rancid flow of puerile, nasty, sickeningly homophobic email I used to receive on a regular basis from the ultra-right and the Christian right and the Mormon right and the Bush-impaired whenever I would post a friendly, pointed column full of tangy liberal attitude. . . . . Oh, I miss all the lovely and positive email too, which outpaced the nasty stuff by a huge margin. But the hate mail was very special indeed, great fodder for live readings, for the reaction of horrified disbelief of anyone who saw it, for the charming reminder of just how ugly and violent and grammatically challenged the human animal can be."

--Mark Morford, columnist, (2/13/09)

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Arraignment Tuesday for man accused in Hyrum stabbing

ARREST IN STABBING: Sheriff's deputies move in for the arrest in Hyrum last weekend. / Photo by Caresa Alexander

By Caresa Alexander

January 20, 2009 | The suspect in Saturday's stabbing in Hyrum will be arraigned at 1 p.m. Tuesdasy in 1st District Court.

Rodolfo Rivas, 23, was arrested and booked into the Cache County Jail Saturday. According to documents filed at 1st District Court, Rivas was arrested on counts of aggravated kidnapping, a 1st-degree felony; homicide, a 1st-degree felony (although the victim didn't die); and domestic violence in the presence of a child, a class A misdemeanor. He was accused of stabbing his girlfriend in the chest.

Chief Deputy Dave Bennett of the Cache County Sherriff's Office said Rivas, the victim and her son had recently moved to 454 Valley View Drive in Hyrum where the incident took place. According to Bennett, the victim wanted to leave the house with her son, who is about 4 years old, but Rivas would not let her go and that is when he stabbed her.

"Usually when there is a charge of child abuse in a domestic violence it's because the child is in the room or heard it or saw it or something," said Bennett. He did not think there was any physical abuse to the boy, who may also be the son of Rivas.

Bennett said a call was received from Logan Hospital at 11 a.m. Saturday informing law enforcement of the incident. It was not known how the victim got to the hospital, but she gave police a description of Rivas.

Several deputies and officers went to the mobile home park to find him. What they didn't realize was that Rivas had gone to the Logan police station.

"I don't know if anyone understood why he went to the police station. They couldn't understand him but when they saw his name on his ID card they just booked him," Bennett said. Rivas was then taken to Cache County Sheriff's Office where he was arrested and booked into jail.

Rivas is in jail with no bail set and on an INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) hold.

"He'll either be sentenced here and go to prison or we'll just let INS take him," said Bennett. "Those kinds of deals are always sketchy especially when you have illegals, both of them, and it's hard to understand what they are trying to say and they are afraid."

According to police the victim's wounds weren't life threatening but she remains in Logan hospital under observation. The child's grandfather is currently caring for him.


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