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Chris Holmes

News Correspondent - Southern Utah

Chris Holmes will soon graduate with a Masters of Professional Communication from Southern Utah University. While at SUU his work received numerous awards including the 2009 King Foundation Best of Festival Award in the National Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts. Chris is also the host of the daily public affairs program, Southern Utah Forum on radio station KSUB (Cedar City, Utah). He lives in Cedar City, with wife, Marie and five children.

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Utah Weather
10:30 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Flash flooding in Garfield County harms lands, no houses

Flash flooding continues to occur in Southern Utah.  The latest incident, fueled by an intense thunderstorm has resulted in property damage in Garfield County.

No people or animals were harmed when an extreme thunderstorm swept through the sand wash and lime kiln area approximately five miles northeast of Panguitch Monday afternoon causing severe flooding and destruction to agricultural areas.

Southern Utah
9:04 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Four arrested in prostitution ring investigation in Southern Utah

Deptartment of Homeland Security assisted in a prostitution investigation in Southern Utah.

UPDATE:

There have been additional charges and a clarification in the case of a prostitution ring broken up in St. George last Friday.
In an initial statement from St. George police it was mistakenly reported that the juvenile involved the alleged prostitution ring had been arrested and charged.

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Utah Crime and Courts
1:52 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Cedar City man arrested on suspicion of rape, sexual assault

A Cedar City man has been apprehended on sexual assault and kidnapping charges.
The victim said as she exited her vehicle she was approached by a man who took her car keys and began pulling her down the street. The victim fought back and tried to escape, but was carried away to a nearby high school.

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Utah News
12:56 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Utah woman dies in rappelling fall

A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter responds Monday to a fatal fall in Kane County.
Credit Chris Holmes

UPR’s Southern Utah correspondent Chris Holmes has additional details on a West Jordan woman who died Monday in a rappelling accident in Kane County.

“Monday, Kane County dispatch received a call about a young female that had fallen on a rappel in Birch Hollow.  Emergency personnel arrived to confirm that the individual had died from her injuries.

19-year-old Shelby Collette Christensen of West Jordon, Utah was hiking and rappelling with three friends.  The other three had completed the descent. Christensen fell about 120 feet.

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Utah News
4:32 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Motorcycle chase in Cedar City ends with two in hospital

Gunfire erupted on Cedar City’s Main Street late Thursday afternoon leading to a string of incidents that started on North Main and ended in the heart of downtown at Main and Center streets.
A Cedar City police officer attempted to make a traffic stop for a motorcycle.  The driver reversed course and fled northbound on Main Street.
The pursuing officer said he then observed that the driver was in possession of a firearm.  The suspect fired the weapon several times at another motorcyclist also traveling northbound.  

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Utah Crime and Courts
10:35 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Man attempts fleeing from police on horseback

One hundred years or more ago it would not have been unusual for a suspect to make his escape on horseback, but on Saturday a male suspect attempted to flee police on a stolen horse.

Saturday afternoon a Utah Highway Patrol trooper stopped a vehicle near New Harmony. Inside were two males and three females and the trooper said he could smell marijuana and took one of the females into custody.


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Utah Transportation
10:29 am
Mon August 5, 2013

California natives die in Utah crashes over the weekend

Two California visitors died in separate Utah automobile accidents over the weekend in southern Utah.

Saturday afternoon, 70-year-old Chet Devito of Anaheim Hills, Calif. was killed when the motorcycle he was riding failed to negotiate a turn on U.S. 89 north of Kanab. There were no witnesses to the crash, Devito was found by another motorist.

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Utah News
10:14 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Cinder fire burned 100 acres north of St. George

Utah’s newest wildfire is burning just north of St. George.

The cinder fire has burned 100 acres near the small town of Veyo, about 20 miles north of St. George. The lightening caused blaze that was ignited Thursday in an area of pinion, juniper and brush.

Although no structures are currently threatened, the fire is zero-percent contained. Residents, fisherman and campers are standing by should evacuation orders be given.

Utah News
11:24 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Hiker dies of heat stroke visiting geologic formation in Southern Utah

 

Elisabeth Ann Bervel collapsed during the return trip from "the Wave," a popular and unusual rock feature in a remote area of Kane County. Her husband, Anthony Bervel continued on the trail until he could find a cell phone signal to call for help.

By the time a medical helicopter arrived from Page, Arizona, she was already in cardiac arrest. Medical personnel were unable to revive her.

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Utah News
11:09 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Utah lawmaker under watch as the investigation on John Swallow begins

The legislative committee organized to investigate Utah Attorney General John Swallow embarks upon its first full week of existence with the committee itself coming under closer examination.

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