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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Summer Games officially kicks off with a bash

CEDAR CITY – Utah Summer Games kicks off with opening ceremonies in the Eccles Coliseum on the campus of Southern Utah University Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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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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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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Behind the Headlines: Romney and gang miss the mark in Iron County

CEDAR CITY – Iron County Republicans just got put on the map thanks to Salt Lake Tribune news columnist Paul Rolly, albeit it wasn’t the way they would have liked. In his most recent column, Rolly could have written about a number of topics regarding Iron County. He could have described the spirit of volunteerism in Iron County or talked about the growth we are experiencing and why people are attracted to coming here. He could have explored the explosive numbers Southern Utah University has experienced in recent years. He…

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Commission candidates debate jobs, growth and housing

CEDAR CITY – Jobs, housing and growth were some of the issues touched on during a political debate Monday between the six Iron County commission candidates. The debate, hosted by the Iron County Board of Realtors, was the first one held this political season and joined the candidates from both commission seats. Jennie Hendricks, Paul Cozzens, Sam Brower and Michelle Jorgenson – opponents in the race for seat B – were all present along with Fred Rowley and incumbent Mike Bleak, both running for seat A. All of the candidates…

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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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Shakespeare Garden welcomes Cleopatra

CEDAR CITY – Cleopatra took her rightful place among a collection of many other Shakespearean characters in the Pedersen Shakespeare Character Garden including Hamlet, Julie, Henry V, Falstaff and King Lear. The statue, created by the renowned sculptor, Dennis Smith of Alpine Studio, was unveiled Monday as the newest addition to the garden. The event was held on the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and death. A poet, actor and playwright, Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 and died 52 years later on the same date. The unveiling event included several…

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