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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