Accident On Cedar City's Main Street

 

A traffic accident caused a slow down today on Cedar City's Main Street. Traffic was slowed for almost two blocks from 400 South to 200 south in both directions. One vehicle ended up on its side and another was seen of on the sidewalk. Crews arrived quickly to clean up after the incident. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

 
No Jail Time for Hurricane Mayor
The mayor of Hurricane will not spend any time in jail after pleading guilty to poaching charges. Mayor John Wayne Bramall pleaded guilty to helping two men poach deer from his property in Kane County last October. Neither man had a permit, and one of the deer they shot was a trophy animal. Bramall's plea deal called for a year in jail, but the judge reduced that to 18-months probation and a fine.
Guilty Plea in Child Abuse Case
A Cedar City man will be sentenced next month on a child abuse charge for beating three kids, including hitting one with a cast iron pan. Josh Kern agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors which saw them drop the severity of the child abuse charge to a third degree felony in court yesterday. The children reportedly told investigators Kern had repeatedly abused them for at least a decade, including one child that was repeatedly hit with the pan. Authorities say those kids are now living at an "undisclosed location."
Plea Deal in Arson Case
Prosecutors are recommending between one and 15 years behind bars for a man who admitted torching six cars in Cedar City. Investigators say Isaac Wall had been upset about his upcoming divorce before burning six cars throughout Cedar City in the pre-dawn hours of January 10th. He burned his ex-wife's car and set fire to three others in a driveway that also damaged a home. The Spectrum reports Wall told investigators he intended to kill himself in the last car he set on fire. Wall will be sentenced on the arson charges in May.
Continuation for Man Accused of Murder
The preliminary hearing for the West Valley City man accused of killing a man from Cedar City is being continued. The continuation is needed after the defense for Mark Mair asked for a competency evaluation in Fifth District Court yesterday. Mair is facing a first degree murder charge, aggravated burglary and several felony discharge of a firearm charges. Mair is suspected of killing Justin Hanna in a Cedar City trailer park in July of 2016 before being arrested in Grand Junction, Colorado two-days later.
New Cedar DI Location Attacts Hundreds
Peopl in Cedar City showed their support for the new Deseret Industries. Hundreds of customers visited DI's newest facility on its first day open yesterday, hoping to find a bargain. On Wednesday, LDS members attended Presiding Bishop Gerald Causse's dedication of the 48-thousand square-foot facility. Causse said what makes Deseret Industries and LDS Family Services special is that they'll be used by people during some of their greatest personal challenges.
New Poll finds Hatch not "Unbeatable"
A new poll shows former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin beating Senator Orrin Hatch in a head-to-head race for the U.S. Senate. The poll commissioned by The Centrist Project finds 33 percent of Utahns polled would vote for McMulllin, while 29 percent would vote for Hatch. Eleven percent would vote for an unnamed Democrat and 17 percent were undecided.
Gang Violoence Increasing; Offenders Age Decreasing
Law enforcement officers from around Utah say gang violence is increasing and the offenders are getting younger. Officers gathered in Sandy to discuss the problem yesterday as part of the 27th-annual Utah gang conference. Investigators say gang members are using elementary and middle schools as recruiting grounds, which has led to more charges against 13 and 14-year-olds. Police point to the death of a West Valley City police officer last year as an example of how the crimes committed by gang members are becoming even more violent.
Hurricane Teacher Arrested

A Teacher in Hurricane is out on bail after being arrested for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student. 40 year old Aaron Karl Esplin is facing charges of giving harmful material to a minor, Sexual battery and pornography charges. A press release from the Hurricane City Police says Esplin was questioned about inappropriate pictures that a 17 year old female student sent Esplin at his request. After being questioned detectives arrested Esplin, school resource officers are handling the investigation.