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  • Facial recognition software leads to Cedar City man’s arrest

    CEDAR CITY, Utah — A Cedar City man whose crimes police say span from coast to coast was arrested Thursday after facial recognition software alerted special agents with the Utah Driver License Division to the defendant’s alleged illegal activities, St. George News reports. Dustin Robert Bandringa was arrested Thursday on a warrant after being charged with one third-degree felony count of identity fraud and once count of unlawful possession of another’s identification documents, a class A misdemeanor. The arrest stems […]

  • Cedar City’s Animal Adoption Center taking shape but still tight on cash

    CEDAR CITY, Utah – Cedar City’s new animal adoption shelter has started taking shape, as construction crews have been digging and preparing the ground for the building’s foundation, the St. George News reported. On Sept. 19, nearly six months after the initial ceremonial groundbreaking took place, the Cedar City Council formally approved the project, awarding the $1.459 million bid to Grass Creek Construction of Washington County. The council passed the measure 4-1, with Paul Cozzens casting the lone nay vote. […]

  • Man allegedly sets fire to Parowan home twice in three days

    ST. GEORGE — The St. George News reported that multiple charges were filed against a man in connection with a fire that destroyed a residence in Parowan after he allegedly started the blaze twice, investigators say. Douglas Jack Carter, 32, was charged Friday with one first-degree felony count of aggravated arson and two class A misdemeanor counts of arson and was scheduled to make an initial appearance in the 5th District Court in Cedar City. The charges stem from an […]

  • Lava Point Road in Zion National Park to close for maintenance

    SPRINGDALE, Utah — Zion National Park will be closing the Lava Point Road beginning at the park boundary from Nov. 5-7 for road maintenance, the St. George News reported Sunday.  The West Rim Road, West Rim Trailhead and the Lava Point area will be inaccessible during this closure. Areas outside of the park typically accessed via the West Rim Road will also likely be affected. Park officials advise visitors to plan accordingly and not park vehicles in the area beginning […]

  • Fire destroys Ivins home, leaves woman in critical condition

    IVINS, Utah — A fire in Ivins Saturday left a woman critically injured, a house destroyed and a family displaced, the St. George News reported. Shortly after noon, firefighters responded to the structure fire on the 220 East block of 855 South involving a single-story home with flames visible from the rear of the residence. Initial reports claimed one person was possibly still inside. Upon arrival, the first engine crew found heavy smoke coming from the kitchen area at the […]

  • Police apprehend pair who fled scene of burning car in St. George

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — Two people were arrested after witnesses say they left the scene of a vehicle fire in St. George Thursday. St. George News reports a vehicle caught fire just before 7 p.m. Thursday on Barcelona Drive and Hidden Valley Drive. “There were multiple 911 calls that there were explosions and smoke and flames,” battalion chief Robert Hooper of St. George Fire told St. George News. “We had the fire out in about five minutes with one engine.” […]

  • 4 water district board seats open as terms near expiration

    ST. GEORGE – As water issues continue to be a concern both regionally and locally, four seats on the Washington County Water Water Conservancy District’s Board of Trustees are slated to expire at the end of the year. The St. George News reports. A notice of upcoming vacancies for the four positions on the board of trustees was announced by the Washington County Commission earlier this month. Those wishing to serve on the board need to contact the County Commission […]

  • Man accused of sexually assaulting 65-year-old after illegally entering home

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — A man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman nearly 40 years older than him after illegally entering her home in Hurricane Sunday evening, St. George News reports. David Joseph Diaz Vega, 27, of St. George, allegedly walked through the 65-year-old woman’s front door, which was unlocked, said Ken Thompson, public information officer for the Hurricane Police Department. Diaz Vega was an acquaintance of the woman, but did not have permission to come into the home, […]

  • School district foundation golf tournament raises more than $63,000 to fund classroom grants

    ST. GEORGE — Instead of hitting the golf course on a sunny morning just for leisure, over 100 participants recently played to help Washington County teachers. The St. George News reports. At the end of September, 36 teams totaling 144 players grabbed their clubs and loaded into golf carts at The Ledges Golf Club to participate in Washington County School District Foundation’s annual golf tournament: “Fore the Kids Classic.” All of the funds raised from the tournament go to teachers […]

  • Iron County Search and Rescue responds to hunters stranded by snowstorm

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — Members of the Iron County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team were called out Sunday night to an area where an early snowstorm had stranded some hunters, St. George News reports. Iron County Sheriff’s Lt. Del Schlosser said the county search and rescue team was sent to the Miners Peak area where a storm had dropped a large amount of snow in the mountains. Read more: Weekend storm brings 20 inches of snow to Brian Head The heavy […]

  • Nearly 3,600 students from over 100 schools compete at 42nd annual Shakespeare Competition

    CEDAR CITY — Last weekend, the 42nd annual Shakespeare Competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University, gave out dozens of awards and scholarships to drama, dance, technical theater and music students. The competition is the largest scholastic Shakespeare competition in the country, and this was a record-breaking year with nearly 3,600 students from 123 schools in seven states and the U. S. Virgin Islands. From Sept. 27-29, students competed before numerous adjudicators on the festival’s stages […]

  • Wrong-way driver on SR-9 sends 2 to hospital, driver to jail

    ST. GEORGE — Multiple agencies responded to a crash reported on state Route 9 where a reported reckless driver going the wrong way sent an SUV into a rollover to avoid a head-on collision Saturday morning the St. George News reports. Officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to a two-vehicle rollover on SR-9 near mile marker 16 in Virgin, just a few miles east of LaVerkin involving a dark blue Volkswagen Jetta and a sky blue 2018 Hyundai Tucson SUV, […]