Police searching for person of interest in connection with burglaries

CEDAR CITY – Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a person of interest they believe may be connected to a rash of recent burglaries. Cedar City police received reports Monday of 13 business burglaries or attempted burglaries that occurred over the weekend. Most of the incidents were confined to a single office building located at 427 South Main Street, where the suspect forced entry and ransacked the different businesses housed inside, Sgt. Jerry Womack said. It appears the suspect was looking for money as that is all that…

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Search warrants executed in death of baby

CEDAR CITY – Recently unsealed search warrants reveal police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old Cedar City boy who had been placed in his mother’s boyfriend’s care. The search warrants, unsealed last week in 5th District Court, detail questions surrounding the days leading up to the child’s death on June 12 when he was rushed to Cedar City Hospital after he quit breathing. According to the affidavits written in support of the search warrants, the mother Brittany Juanita Hall, 25, had left her child with her boyfriend Gavin Michael…

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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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Wyoming resident headed to arraignment after shooting firearm inside Cedar High

CEDAR CITY – A Wyoming man arrested in April for allegedly shooting a firearm inside a local high school waved his preliminary hearing Thursday in lieu of a possible resolution. Talon Sessions from Thayne, Wyoming is scheduled for arraignment Aug. 14 where it is likely he will plead not guilty. Defense attorney Jeff Slack said he is hopeful the case will be resolved by then. “He (Sessions) really is not a bad kid,” Slack said. “He just made some bad choices.” Sessions was arrested April 5 on multiple charges including…

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Judge hands down stiff sentence in child sex abuse case

CEDAR CITY – A 5th District Judge handed down a stiff sentence Tuesday in a case involving two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, both first-degree felonies. Judge Keith Barnes ordered Blane Scott Fredrick to serve two concurrent sentences of 15 years to life for the charges. Concurrent means the defendant will have to serve one sentence at the same time. Barnes immediately remanded the 56-year-old into the custody of the state and ordered him to be taken to the Iron County Correctional Facility to await transfer to…

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Fire crews respond to fire number 2 just hours after cleaning up the 1st one

CEDAR CITY – Fire crews were called out again Monday night just hours after putting out a fire at a local storage unit facility. This time for a brush fire that could have easily burned out of control, authorities said. Cedar City Fire Department was dispatched at 11:35 p.m. to a fire behind J R’s Truck Stop, located at 2635 Freeway Drive. The fire burned around 1.3 acres. The cause of the fire is unknown, Chief Mike Phillips said. However, there were several power poles that may have somehow sparked and…

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Storage unit fire under investigation

CEDAR CITY – Authorities are still investigating the cause of a fire that raged through the roof of a storage facility Monday damaging some of what was inside the units. Cedar City Fire Department responded around 4:15 p.m. to reports of a fire at Half-Price Storage located at 465 N. 800 West, next to Mammoth Trailer Park. Investigators are unsure of what caused the fire that was primarily localized in the ceiling of the building. Video footage from security cameras showed the storage unit smoking earlier in the day at…

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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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Arrest leads to questions about possible stolen jewelry

CEDAR CITY – Questions about possible stolen jewelry arose Monday after St. George Police arrested a Cedar City man for several outstanding warrants. Justin Chris Quarenberg was picked up while allegedly trying to pawn several pieces of assorted jewelry, Cedar City Police Detective Sgt. David Evans said. Quarenberg was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on a no-bail hold for the outstanding warrants. The 40-year-old, who has several prior convictions for felony and petty theft, told police he had inherited the jewelry. However, due to his previous criminal…

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Cedar City woman allegedly sets fire to apartment after snorting bath salts

CEDAR CITY – A Cedar City woman allegedly set fire to her basement apartment over the weekend after snorting bath salts, authorities said. Ericka Nichols Gillette was arrested Saturday morning for aggravated arson, a first-degree felony, and assault by a prisoner, a third-degree felony. According to the probable cause statement filed in 5th District Court, Cedar City Police were called to the Mountain View Real Estate building on reports that someone had heard the sound of glass breaking. When officers arrived on scene they discovered a window was broken out…

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