Friday was a "Christmas gift" trip to
the Mandalay Bay for a shave. Josh's Christmas present to Mr. Will and me
was a professional shave at "The Art of Shaving". Both of them grew
their beards out a bit before they went in. I had a PPI and a wedding reception
the night before so I only had about a 24 hour growth. The barbers started
with a hot towel to soften up the beard. The lady shaving Will didn't soften
his beard up enough, unfortunately, as he said that when she started "scraping",
it brought tears to his eyes. Other than that, it was a cool experience. I
don't recall that I have ever had another guy massage my face however!! They
used lotions and other stuff (who knows what it was) on our face and even
put a couple of I don't know what it was on our eyes after we had been shaved
and they had more hot towels on our face. We smelled really "purty"
when we were through. Lunch was at the "Burger Bar" there at the
Sherrie and I drove up to St. George on Saturday
morning to help clear out my parent's home and to go up to Cedar to see how
Jason is doing. Bev and Raz have been in St. George for a few days and have
things pretty well packed up and sorted out. Emily and Brad arrived a short
time later and we hauled a load up to Cedar. We visited with my folks for
a few minutes and then headed over to the hospital to see how Jason was doing.
He had a REALLY "close shave". He was injured in a shooting last
night as I indicated in my email to you yesterday. He is doing fairly well,
considering. He has some nasty contusions from the shotgun blasts to his protective
vest. The first pictures with snow in them were taken at the place where Jason
was shot which is just about 2 blocks west of the new hospital.
Sherrie and I had to head home after helping unload
things. Cedar has more snow than I have ever seen.
FROM THE SPECTRUM IN ST. GEORGE
CEDAR CITY - For the first time in more than three
decades, a Cedar City police officer was shot Friday night after he tried
to help a man free his vehicle from the snow.
Jason Thomas, a K-9 officer, was shot twice with
a shotgun near 1325 North and 600 West before the suspect allegedly stole
a nearby vehicle and fled the scene.
Thomas was wearing a bulletproof vest. The officer
was transported to Valley View Medical Center for treatment.
"It could've been a bad situation,"
said Thomas' dad, Steve Thomas.
After allegedly shooting Jason Thomas, the suspect,
Bryan Featherhat, allegedly stole a Honda Passport, which was found a couple
of hours later on Midvalley Road near Lund Highway, police said.
While officers hadn't found Featherhat by 10:30
p.m. Friday, Iron County Sheriff's deputies along with other law enforcement
officers were following footsteps that led away from the SUV.
Despite the uncertainties that followed the shooting,
Thomas was conscious and seemingly more upset that he was shot than he was
hurt, his sister Kim Riddle said.
"He was more concerned about Gino (his K-9)
getting hurt," Steve Thomas said.
While Gino could have saved Thomas' life, the
officer didn't let the dog out of the police vehicle to protect it.
Now that Thomas looks like he'll be OK, Steve
Thomas said he's sympathetic to Featherhat's family.
"They're the ones that go through it now,"
he said. "I feel for the family."
FROM THE DESERET NEWS
Cedar officer is shot while helping driver
Police say gunman fled in vehicle of 'good Samaritan'
A Cedar City police officer was hospitalized
after he was shot at least twice while helping a driver who had become stuck
in a snowbank on the side of the road Friday.
About 7 p.m., officer Jason Thomas pulled to the side of the road near 650
West and 1300 North to assist the man and another driver who was already helping
the man, said Cedar City police Lt. Keith Millett.
"He could smell a strong odor of alcohol on the man and started questioning
him about it," Millett said. When the man turned, ostensibly to get his
license from the vehicle, he emerged holding something that Thomas thought
looked like an umbrella.
Instead, it was a shotgun, and the man fired, hitting Thomas in the chest.
"He hit him at such a short distance that it spun him around and he fired
again, hitting him in the side, his left shoulder," Millett said. Luckily,
he said, Thomas was wearing a bullet-proof vest and was not seriously injured
by the shots.
The man then got into the "good Samaritan's"
vehicle and drove off. Officers identified him as 30-year-old Bryan Featherhat
from a driver's license in his vehicle and from the vehicle's license plate.
The man made it about six miles, to Midvalley Road in Enoch, before the car
ran out of gas and he then ran away on foot. Police located the vehicle and
were tracking his footprints in the snow late Friday.
Police believe Featherhat had stolen a couple of cases of beer from a convenience
store earlier in the week. Millett said local stores are allowed to sell beer
only until 1 a.m., and the man had come in wanting the alcohol at about 3
"When the clerk wouldn't sell it to him, he grabbed it off the counter
and ran out the door," he said. "But that's the only thing he's
wanted for down here."
Featherhat was convicted of multiple charges in Iron County in 2003, including
driving under the influence, failure to provide assistance at the scene of
an accident and criminal trespassing, all misdemeanors. Various other charges
for the same incident were dismissed, and he spent several months in jail
and was ordered to complete a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
Earlier this year, Featherhat was found guilty of attempted obstruction of
justice. He was sentenced to complete 50 hours of community service and pay
hundreds of dollars in fines. According to court documents, Featherhat did
not pay the fines and it was sent to debt collection.
Thomas was taken to Valley View Medical Center and is expected to recover.
Millett said that more than 20 pellets from the bullets had penetrated the
officer's skin, one puncturing one of his lungs. The other man at the scene
was not injured but was a little distraught.
"He was definitely caught off guard," Millett said. "But he's
doing well, considering."
Thomas is a K-9 officer in Cedar City and had his dog in the patrol vehicle
at the time of the incident. Millett said that if the dog had been out of
the car, he probably would have helped to capture the suspect.
Just last month, an Idaho police officer was shot in the neck by a wanted
man, likely causing him to be paralyzed for life. The gunman had just robbed
a Twin Falls gas station when state trooper Chris Glenn pulled him over on
Highway 74 just inside the state line.
The shooter fled the scene and was later found in Nevada after he crashed