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  • Cedar City to end its recycling program

    CEDAR CITY, Utah — Cedar City will no longer provide recycling bins at selected locations throughout the city, as the city’s recycling program is being discontinued effective Jan. 1, St. George News reports. Cedar City Public Works Director Ryan Marshall said skyrocketing costs were the reason for the change. “It initially started out costing the city $11,100 per year in 2011,” Marshall told Cedar City News this week, noting that the program started in mid-2010, making 2011 its first full […]

  • Zion National Park hosts poets, musicians and more to celebrate 100th birthday

    ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah — Zion National Park is celebrating their 100th birthday Tuesday. St. George News reports Tuesday’s event marks 100 years since the signing of the founding documents to create the national park. Local musicians and poets will perform at the park Tuesday, and there will also be an exclusive pre-screening of the new feature-length film “Zion Forever.” “This new film resets the definition of traditional movies about national parks,” stated Mark Preiss, director of the Zion Forever […]

  • New police chief for Hildale/Colorado City suffers broken leg in assault

    HILDALE, Utah — The new police chief serving the border communities of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Ariz. was hospitalized after he was assaulted on duty earlier this week, St. George News reports. Chief Marshal Robb Radley, a former Washington City Police officer, was dispatched to 400 Edson Ave. on Monday afternoon after a domestic assault was reported to be in progress, according to Colorado City Marshal Sgt. Mark Gower. Officers arrived to find that the 41-year-old male suspect had […]

  • Man arrested in Cedar City on warrant for murder, assault in California

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — A suspect wanted for attempted murder in Southern California was arrested in Cedar City after a coordinated operation was executed without incident. Joshua Swarthout, 38, was taken into custody Friday night on a warrant out of Riverside, California for attempted murder and assault. He was subsequently transported to the Iron County Jail. The arrest was set in motion after a Cedar City Police detective received a call from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office advising them that […]

  • Southern Utah man arrested for prostituting wife at massage parlor calls it ‘better than what she was doing before’

    ST. GEORGE — A Cedar City man who admitted to taking his wife to massage parlors to perform sexual acts for pay was sentenced in an Arizona court last month. The defendant, 41-year-old Stephen Clair Hansen, a lifelong resident of Utah, appeared in Superior Court of Arizona in Kingman, where he pleaded guilty to a reduced class 6 felony charge of attempted pandering, reduced from the original pandering charge, a class 5 felony, as part of the plea agreement. Hansen […]

  • Police: Southern Utah man pinned blame on twin brother after rape accusation

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — An Enoch man was arrested on a warrant after he failed to appear for a court hearing on an attempted rape charge — a crime he claimed may have been his twin brother, authorities say. Terry Wayne Washington, 64, of Enoch was arrested early Sunday morning after failing to appear in court for second-degree felony attempted rape and one misdemeanor count of offering/agreeing to commit a sexual act for a fee or equivalent. The charges stem […]

  • Authorities identify teen killed in UTV crash near Sand Hollow State Park

    SAND MOUNTAIN OHV AREA, Utah — A teenager died after a UTV accident in the Bureau of Land Management Sand Mountain OHV area next to Sand Hollow State Park, according to the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation. Thursday authorities identified the deceased as 13-year-old Malachi King-Castro, who is from the Denver area. Malachi was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash Wednesday, according to park officials. No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the accident, […]

  • UHP: Speeding traffic stop leads to discovery of drugs, fraud, stolen car

    CEDAR CITY, Utah — A man was arrested Friday after being pulled over for speeding, then being found in possession of a stolen car, drugs and evidence of fraud, police say. Joshua Gene McGowan, 27, of Riverside, California, was arrested and booked into the Iron County Jail and faces one count of mail theft, one count of possessing/transferring a stolen vehicle, one count of providing false information to a police officer and four misdemeanor drug-related charges, St. George News reported. […]

  • Crews fighting multiple fires in Utah County; brush fire impacts I-15 near Utah-Arizona border

    UTAH COUNTY, Utah — Crews are battling three wildfires in Utah County this Fourth of July while a brush fire in Arizona has closed northbound Interstate 15 south of the Utah-Arizona border. The West Mountain Fire has burned 45 acres on the southeast side of Utah Lake, about 10 miles west of Spanish Fork while a grass fire near 2000 North on state Route 68 was confirmed by Utah County Dispatch Thursday afternoon. That fire, named the Clay Pit Fire, has […]

  • Zion anticipates crowded conditions over July 4th weekend; law enforcement on watch for drunk drivers

    ST. GEORGE— Zion National Park is preparing for a busy 4th of July weekend, with plans in place for increased law enforcement presence and a queue system for the park’s most popular hiking trail. The St. George News reports. The park is expecting around 25,000 visitors each day between July 4-7, park spokesperson Aly Baltrus told St. George News, explaining that higher visitation brings an increased risk of drunk drivers. “We practically become a small city each day,” she said. “Just […]

  • Woman dies in I-15 rollover in Southern Utah

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — A rollover on Interstate 15 near Kolob Canyons left a woman dead after she was ejected from her truck Saturday afternoon. Officers and emergency responders were dispatched to a single-vehicle rollover on southbound I-15 near mile marker 39 just south of New Harmony involving a Toyota pickup truck shortly before 1 p.m. The overturned pickup was located several feet off the roadway with the driver no longer in the vehicle, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jake Hicks […]

  • Police: Washington County man stabbed while defending dog from knife attack

    LA VERKIN, Utah — A La Verkin man was arrested Saturday morning after allegedly stabbing a man and a dog. Christian McKusick, 27, was charged with 2nd-degree felony aggravated assault, 3rd-degree felony possession of a weapon by a category I person and class A misdemeanor aggravated animal cruelty. At the time of the incident, McKusick and the man were arguing, LaVerkin Police Sgt. Amber Crouse said, and during the verbal altercation, the suspect stabbed the dog with a knife. “The […]

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