Cedar City Hospital Receives National Honor
Cedar City Hospital was recently named one of the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the country for the second year in a row, one of only two hospitals to have achieved this distinction in the history of the award. The Top 20 Rural Community Hospital winners are those hospitals who have achieved success in their overall performance, based on a composite rating from eight pillars of hospital strength: inpatient and outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charges and financial stability.
Man Who Tourches Six Cars Sentenced
The man who set six cars on fire, including three inside a Cedar City home, could spend up to 15 years behind bars. A judge sentenced Isaac Wall to between zero and a decade and a half in prison on three aggravated arson counts in court yesterday. Investigators say Wall set fire to the first car earlier this year because he and the person who owns the car were about to break-up. The other five vehicles were reportedly suicide attempts.
Chaffetz: No Regrets
Congressman Jason Chaffetz says he doesn't regret his decision to step down from Congress despite ongoing investigations and controversies. The Utah Republican says there's "always somebody doing something stupid somewhere," especially in Washington, D.C. The chairman of the House Oversight Committee says it's now time for somebody else to do those investigations. Chaffetz says he won't be ready to discuss his next move until close to or after he steps down June 30th.
Scammer Targeting Southern Utah Elderly To Prison
A Jamaican immigrant is going to be spending just over four years in prison for scamming an elderly St. George woman. The victim, who didn't want to be identified, says she lost over 160-thousand-dollars in the scam. Raven Shakes was sentenced Monday. The elderly victim said Shakes had called her, telling her she'd won millions in a sweepstakes. All Shakes wanted from the victim was some money for fees and taxes. Prosecutors say Shakes had scammed other people out of hundreds of thousands more dollars. Fraud remains one of the most common crimes in Utah and people are being urged to recognize some of the signs of a scam such as rare opportunities, pressure to act quickly, and being asked not to tell anyone.
Suicide in Zion National Park Remains Mystery
Officials aren't yet releasing the identity of the man who committed suicide in Zion National Park. The 23-year-old man from San Diego was found dead of blunt force trauma over the weekend. Authorities say the man jumped about 500 feet to his death near the Canyon Overlook Trail.
Utah Economy Continues to Sizzle
A new study is ranking Utah among the "Fastest Growing State Economies." Financial site 24/7 Wall Street has listed Utah eighth on its list based on statistics from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. A large influx in population is the main factor with the state's recent economic growth. The study found the fastest growing economy is in Washington state.