Naked man shot multiple times trying to enter home

CEDAR CITY – A naked man was shot with a handgun Tuesday after he allegedly tried to enter a home in Iron County, authorities said. Washington County resident Christian Holbert, 24, was shot multiple times after he reportedly kicked in the front door refusing to leave even after the homeowners ordered him to do so. “The victims are elderly and felt threatened by him and his demeanor. As a result, they did what they felt they had to do to protect themselves,” Iron County Sheriff Lt. Del Schlosser said. The suspect would not…

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Police plan to face off against those in recovery in community softball game

CEDAR CITY – It’s not often a community sees people in recovery and law enforcement come together but that’s exactly what’s happening in Cedar City. A new nonprofit organization, Hooked on Life, has partnered with local law enforcement to host a softball game Saturday night between police officers and those in recovery to try and raise money to help others recover from drugs and alcohol. The event is for the whole family and includes food, bounce houses, face painting, a dunk tank and live entertainment by the band Spillbeedog. All…

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Brian Head fire burn scar poses threat of flash flooding in monsoon season

CEDAR CITY – Monsoon season has officials a little more than concerned about travel to Brian Head as the scar left over from last year’s fire has increased the chance of severe flooding and landslides. Monday, authorities were contending with rocks the size of vehicles and mud up to five feet high from the debris flows from the burn scar that covered state Route 143. One vehicle was almost swept away in the flood, Parowan Police Ken Carpenter said. “A good Samaritan came along and helped pull the car out…

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Man arrested in underage sex trafficking sting found incompetent to stand trial

CEDAR CITY – A 53-year-old man arrested last February after allegedly trying to solicit sex with two 13-year-old girls has been found incompetent to stand trial. James Michael Garrelts has been committed to the Utah State Hospital in Provo after the court determined he was unable to participate in his own defense due to a mental disorder. Court documents did not specify the nature of the mental disorder but stated that while he understood his charges, he did not comprehend the nature of the legal proceedings against him. The court…

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Updated: Officer-involved shooting at Parowan truck stop; 1 suspect shot, 2 arrested

PAROWAN – A local police officer fired his gun at a female suspect Thursday morning after she and two male suspects were confronted by authorities while allegedly breaking into several vehicles at the Parowan truck stop. Police were dispatched at around 11:30 a.m. on reports of a vehicle burglary in progress. According to a news release issued by the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses reported a female and male actively breaking into vehicles at the Travel America truck stop located near 1150 North 100 West. Officers from the Enoch Police…

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Judge calls kidnapping incident ‘brutal,’ hands down prison sentence despite attorney’s pleas for leniency

CEDAR CITY – A 5th District judge admonished a Cedar City woman from the stand Tuesday for her involvement in a kidnapping and assault incident, calling the facts of the case “frightening.” Judge Keith Barnes ordered Deanna Hanson to serve one to 15 years for aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony. He also handed down concurrent sentences of 0-5 years for possession of heroin and one year for assault. She was sentenced to the Utah State Prison. When asked if she had anything to say to the court before her sentencing,…

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Police investigating possible arson

CEDAR CITY – Authorities responded to a fire Wednesday afternoon they are now investigating for possible arson. Iron County Sheriff deputies along with fire fighters from the Bureau of Land Management and the Cedar City Fire Department responded to the scene at around 3 p.m. The fire, located in the area of 2500 W. 5500 North, had spread to about three-quarters of an acre. The fire may have been a rekindling of one that had started around some wooden pallets the night before, Iron County Sheriff’s Lt. Del Schlosser said.…

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Hiker falls from ladder at Kanarraville Falls

CEDAR CITY – Emergency responders spent four hours Monday working to bring a female out of Kanarraville Falls after she broke her leg while exploring the slot canyon. The 26-year-old female from northern Utah was hiking Kanarraville Falls with four friends when she fell from the ladder located at the upper waterfall. Crews were dispatched to the area around 4 p.m. and finished at about 8 p.m., authorities said. While the group was only about 2-miles into the canyon, Iron County Sheriff Deputy Tony Gower said, the terrain made it difficult for emergency…

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Suspects booked on felony assault charges

CEDAR CITY – Two suspects were booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility Sunday evening after allegedly beating a man with a hammer. Kade Robert Shearer, 21, and Sasha Michelle Davis, 20, were booked on a third-degree felony for aggravated assault and two second-degree felonies for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping. There were also additional misdemeanor charges for threats against life and tampering with evidence. According to a news release issued by Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George Police were dispatched to Dixie Regional Medical Center at around 10:40 p.m. Saturday on a…

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Iron County Sheriff deputies and Cedar City police apprehend two suspects wanted for attempted murder in Washington County

CEDAR CITY – Local authorities arrested two suspects Sunday wanted in connection with an attempted homicide in Washington County. According to a news release issued by the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 8 a.m. St. George Communications broadcast an attempt to locate on a male and female suspect. About 15 minutes later, Iron County Sheriff’s Deputy Jobe Peterson located the suspects’ vehicle south of Newcastle off Bench Road. Other deputies responded to the scene and found the vehicle was unoccupied. A search of the area by officers and Southern Utah…

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