St. George Man Arrested on Assault with Weapon Charge

A St. George man is behind bars after allegedly breaking and entering into an apartment complex and assaulting his ex-girlfriend and her friend.

According to St. George police, 25-year-old Cameron Carson learned of his ex-girlfriend visiting a male friend here in St. George. “Out of what we believe was jealousy, Mr. Carson located the apartment and broke in with the intent to harm them both,” St. George police Captain James Van Fleet told SUN News.

Using the handle of a shovel and his bare hands, Carson allegedly began assaulting the male until he turned his attention to his ex-girlfriend.

“She was able to escape the apartment but Carson followed her to the parking lot where he continued to assault her,” Van Fleet said, “Luckily, a neighbor heard the ex-girlfriend’s distress and ran to aid her.”

The neighbor then was able to detain Carson and hold him until police arrived.

The woman was relatively uninjured, and her male friend was checked into the hospital but was later released with minor bruising, scrapes and scratches.

Carson was booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility, charged on two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon and 1 count of aggravated burglary of a dwelling. His bond is set at $300,000.

“The bond is set at such a high amount to ensure no one else gets hurt,” Van Fleet said, “We just want to make sure everyone remains safe, especially between now and his meeting with the judge.”

Suni Faith Anderson Pleads Guilty

A pesonal trainer who was arrested in June for illegal sexual conduct with a 14-year old boy, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of forced sexual abuse yesterday in Fifth District Court. 

Suni Faith Anderson, 36, could face one to 15 years in prison, but was issued a plea agreement in the case, in which five charges of forcible sodomy and three additional sex offenses were dropped. 

The relationship reportedly took place in between 2008 and 2009, after the training sessions had already begun. And according to court document, Anderson said via phone conversation that she knew the relationship was wrong, but was in love with the boy. 

Anderson is scheduled to be sentenced January 31. 

Cyber Monday Sales Set New Sales Record

A record number of shoppers were lured in on Cyber Monday, resulting in a 33 percent increase in U.S. sales compared to last year’s Monday after Thanksgiving.

IBM’s fourth annual Cyber Monday benchmark study reported, “Consumers spent an average of 2.6 percent more this year than they did in 2010, with the value of an average online order rising from $193.24 to $198.26 this year.”

A new trend also setting records was the number of shoppers using smartphones or tablets to purchase Cyber Monday goods. The day saw 10 percent of people making purchases using a mobile device, up 3.9% from 2010.

“Consumers flocked online, with shopping momentum hitting its highest peak at 11:05 a.m. PST/2:05 p.m. EST,” IBM said in the statement. “Consumer shopping also maintained strong momentum after commuting hours on both the East and West coast.”

So, how did Cyber Monday compare with Black Friday? IBM reported Cyber Monday brought in 29.3 percent more online sales than did Black Friday.


American Airlines Files for Bankruptcy

After a complicated decade for the airline business, the parent company of industry-giant American Airlines declared bankruptcy Tuesday morning.

Thomas Horton, who will be succeeding the retiring Gerard Arpey as CEO, has stated that the filing was due to cost disadvantages when compared to rival airlines.

After today, JetBlue and Southwest will be the only major U.S. airlines who have not yet filed for bankruptcy. 

American Airlines has stated that it will continue to honor tickets and reservations, as well as operate by its standard flight schedules while processing the bankruptcy.


Jeremy Johnson Arrested on $100,000 Warrant

Former multimillionaire Jeremy Johnson spent several hours in jail Sunday after Hurricane police learned of a warrant for his arrest.

“We got a call from a citizen saying he was driving a car that wasn’t his,” Hurricane Public Information Officer Nancy Perkins told SUN News. “After the stop, we found he had permission to drive the car, but our routine background check found an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Nevada.”

35-year-old Johnson was then booked into Washington County Purgatory with a cash-only bail of $112,150.

The warrant, originating from Clark County, was a total of six bounced checks Johnson had written for cash or gaming chips at the Wynn hotel and casino, according to Clark County District Attorneys.

According to the Deseret News, Johnson responded to the incident saying, “There was plenty of money to cover all the checks written on the accounts. The government decided to bounce them not me. They are very angry with me at the moment so this is their retaliation. They badly want me back in jail where I can’t defend myself in the case.”

Johnson was bailed out of jail later Sunday night.


Habitat for Humanity helps a local family this holiday season

One St. George family has been given an opportunity that doesn’t come around too often. The Hirschi family is the lucky owner of the 17th Habitat for Humanity home in southern Utah.

Several committees weighed the options of the different families who applied for the house, and after several weeks found the Hirschi family to be the best fit based on their willingness to participate in partnering with Habitat for Humanity and their family needs.

Mother and new home owner Leberdie Hirschi has a neuro-muscular disease, creating mobile limitations in their current split level apartment.

Even though their children have good friends and they like their neighbors, the Hirschis feel that their old location isn’t the best suited for a family. Now their three kids will be able to have lasting memories in a home of their own. 

NBA Players and Owners Reach Tentative Deal

Jazz fans everywhere can take a sigh of relief. Finally. 

After 149 long days, each one growing more stressful for NBA fans, it seems as though the players and owners have finally reached a deal. 

It was announced Saturday that the two sides have reached a tentative agreement, and that the season will start on Christmas Day.

The two sides didn’t take much of a break over the holiday weekend. After meeting for more than 15 hours on Friday, the two sides shook hands on the proposed deal. However, the deal still needs to be ratified by both the owners and the players. 

NBA commissioner David Stern said the deal was “subject to a variety of approvals and very complex machinations, but we’re optimistic that will all come to pass and that the NBA season will begin Dec. 25.”

The NBA plans on having a 66 game season, which means only a loss of 16 games. Unless there are alterations to the current planned schedule for the games on Christmas Day, NBA fans will see three high profile matchups. The season will open with the Boston Celtics visiting the New York Knicks, the Miami heat will head to Dallas for an NBA Finals rematch, and then reigning MVP Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls will take on Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers who are now led by coach Mike Brown after the departure of Phil Jackson. 

As for the Utah Jazz, their first opponent is not yet set. The NBA will work out a new schedule that will see each team play 48 conference games, and 18 non-conference games.

If the deal passes, training camp and free agency will begin on December 9. 

For the deal to pass, each side needs a majority, for the owners 15 of 29 votes is required. The league owns the New Orleans Hornets. As for the players, a majority of the 430-plus members need to be in favor of the deal. However, after filing an antitrust lawsuit in Minnesota, the players must drop that lawsuit and re-form the union before they can vote. 

“We’re very pleased we’ve come this far,” Stern said. “There’s still a lot of work to be done.”

The lockout started on July 1, and it seemed as though the two sides were only growing further apart. They battled over the division of revenue. In the tentative agreement, the players will see 51.2 percent of the revenue. 

Owners said they lost hundreds of millions of dollars since the last collective bargaining agreement was ratified in 2005. Owners wanted a system where big-market teams wouldn’t have the ability to outspend the small market teams, like the Jazz, to get all the big name players. 

Both sides seem to have made sacrifices to make this current deal possible. 

As for the Jazz, and the state of Utah, I think everyone is ready to get back to basketball.  

Active Aging Lecture to Discuss Aging Eye

Intermountain Healthcare’s next active aging lecture will discuss “The Aging Eye” during the Friday, December 2 presentation.

Dr. Reed Gibb, a St. George optometrist, will lead the discussion. Dr. Gibb is a member of the American & Utah Optometric Association and specializes in refractive surgery, cataracts, and geriatric retinal disease. He will discuss ways to properly care for eyes so they can remain healthy even when aging. 

The free presentation will take place in the Foremaster Auditorium at 1424 E. Foremaster Drive in St. George. The event is open to the public.

For more information, call Pat Sapio at 435.251.2222.

Mesquite Police Looking for Shooting Suspects

Mesquite Police Department is currently investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred in the area of Sandhill Boulevard and First North Street at approximately at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

The suspects, who were in a blue Buick sedan, allegedly began chasing and shooting at the victim’s vehicle. The victim was not injured. Local officers arrived at the scene to search for the vehicle and speak with witnesses, while the Mesquite Investigative Services Division (ISD) recovered evidence, including surveillance video of both vehicles involved.

Mesquite S.W.A.T. served a search warrant at a local residence where the suspect vehicle was located Wednesday. ISD executed the warrant and impounded the vehicle. ISD also searched the residence for evidence.

Arrest warrants have been issued for the driver and the passenger of the suspect vehicle. The suspects are identified as Freddy Armora, 19, of Beaver Dam, Ariz., and Gadiel Chavez, 21, of Mesquite. One suspect is a known member of the West Side Rebels 13 criminal street gang and the second suspect is a known associate.

Anyone who has information of the shooting or location of Armora and Chavez are urged to contact the Mesquite Police Department at (702) 346-5262.

Retired Law Enforcement Officer Arrested for Sexual Abuse of a Child

A former southern Utah law enforcement officer was arrested Monday for allegedly sexually abusing a young family member over the course of two years.

60-year-old Kevin Davis was booked into Washington County Jail on five counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child under the age 14. Washington City Police are still investigating the situation.

Davis’s bail is set at $100,000.