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Beauty queen in Utah charged with possessing bombs

By Paul Foy

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:01 a.m. HST, Aug 10, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY >> Prosecutors filed charges of bomb possession today against a recently crowned Utah beauty pageant winner.

Kendra McKenzie Gill was arrested last weekend with three accomplices for what one described as a prank. All four face the same set of four felony charges, prosecutor Blake Nakamura said today.

The 18-year-olds were arrested Saturday after driving around neighborhoods and allegedly tossing plastic bottles filled with caustic chemicals at people they knew. Nobody was injured.

"We don't really understand a clear reason for their behavior," Nakamura said. "The reason we charged them is obviously, what they possessed was indeed explosives, and we're alleging they were throwing them near homes and at people, and therefore, had the potential to cause a great deal of harm."

Felony bomb possession is punishable by 1-15 years in prison.

Gill was crowned Miss Riverton, topping a slate of nine beauty contestants earlier this summer in the Salt Lake City suburb. She showed off years of piano training with a Scott Joplin number and took home a $2,000 scholarship.

Others charged Friday were John Patrick Reagh, Shanna Marie Smith and Bryce Christopher Stone.

All four are due to make their first court appearance together Aug. 26 in Salt Lake City. Each has been released on $50,000 bond. Nakamura said some or all of the teens had attorneys, but he didn't know the lawyers' names.

All four acknowledged they were tossing bombs powered by a toilet bowl cleaner reacting with aluminum foil on sidewalks, front yards or in streets "to scare some of their other friends," Unified Fire Authority investigator Steve Bowen said in a court affidavit filed Friday.

Stone reportedly told authorities it was a prank.

"They were throwing them at both property and people," Unified Fire Authority Capt. Clint Mecham told KUTV-TV earlier this week. "This goes well beyond a teenage prank."

A Riverton pageant official didn't immediately return calls Friday on Gill's prospects for moving up in beauty competitions, or whether her title will be revoked.

"That's a local matter," said Jean Hatch, a producer for the Miss Utah Scholarship Pageant, set for next June, who said she didn't know if Gill's legal troubles would disqualify her from statewide competition.

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Surfer_Dude wrote:
If she's a beauty queen, Utah must have pretty low standards.
on August 9,2013 | 05:10PM
patk wrote:
Sentence: set off a bomb in each of their hands. See how they like it. Let the punishment fit the crime.
on August 9,2013 | 05:25PM
Randz808 wrote:
Good idea! But...I rather have them strip and setting it off between their legs!
on August 10,2013 | 05:19AM
Slow wrote:
Stop dancing around the issue. They should be publicly executed. On the internet no one knows you are actually a silly wimp.
on August 10,2013 | 06:42AM
cojef wrote:
How teens can get into these srapes bafffles the mind. With the threats of IED's plaguing our Nation, one would surmise that our teen population would be more sensitive to acts of this nature. Wonder if "universal military training" for a period of say 9 months, redirect their energies toward becoming responsible citizens of the community??
on August 10,2013 | 08:18AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
What a dummy....
on August 10,2013 | 08:53AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
And why is she not middle eastern looking? Is she Muslim?
on August 10,2013 | 09:20AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
on August 10,2013 | 09:21AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Send them to Guantanimo.
on August 10,2013 | 09:23AM
st1d wrote:
" . . . i would end world hunger and work for world peace. thank you."
on August 10,2013 | 10:13AM
Grimbold wrote:
We are not even told what was in the bottles. I suspect the whole thing was probably a joke and totally blown up by overly eager bureaucrats.
on August 10,2013 | 01:02PM
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