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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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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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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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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Stabbing incident leads to arrest of 2 suspects

CEDAR CITY – A Cedar City man wanted in connection with a stabbing incident last month was arrested Sunday for attempted homicide. Cedar City Police arrested Ryanrigvez Frank Warner for allegedly stabbing a man on March 24. Jose Gilbert Hernandez was also previously arrested on related charges after turning himself in to police the morning after the incident, Cedar City Police Sgt. Jerry Womack said. The probable cause statement filed in conjunction with the proposed arrest warrant state that police were dispatched at around 3:40 a.m. to a home located in the 600…

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Jury verdict comes in on aggravated child sex abuse case

CEDAR CITY – Blane Scott Fredrick faces life in prison after a jury found him guilty Friday of two first-degree felonies for aggravated sexual abuse of a child. The 8-member panel deliberated nearly eight hours before coming back with a conviction that carries a possible life sentence in the Utah State Prison. The minimum sentence is 15 years for each count, which for the 56-year-old defendant could result in spending the rest of his life in prison regardless of what sentence the court imposes. Fifth District Judge Keith Barnes scheduled Fredrick’s sentencing June 5…

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