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A landowner greeted trespassers with gunfire in Piute County on Sunday. No one was injured. About 6 p.m., nine people entered a gate with a "no trespassing" sign and proceeded toward the Kimberly Mill, according to the Piute County Sheriff's Office. As they rounded a turn to the mill, a man who owns the property fired a .40-caliber pistol, said Deputy Mike Gayler. Gayler said it is unclear whether the man was trying to harm anyone or just scare away the party. The party fled to the main road but along the way one man stopped and fired five pistol shots into an unfastened padlock, the sheriff's office said. Gayler said the man appeared to fire at the lock out of spite. The sheriff's office is referring the case to county prosecutors.

Woman escapes would-be rapist

A would-be rapist broke into a home and used a knife to detain a woman for an hour before she was able to call for help, Cedar City police say. The incident began about 3 a.m. Sunday in the Meadowbrooke subdivision of Cedar City when an 18-year-old intoxicated man entered a stranger's home through an unlocked door with the intent of finding someone with whom to have sex, said Cedar City police Sgt. Jerry Womack. The suspect took a knife from the kitchen and held it to the neck of a 23-year-old woman inside, Womack said. For about the next hour, Womack said, the woman tried to dissuade the suspect from raping her. When the suspect let the woman go to the bathroom, Womack said, she was able to call 911 and the suspect left. The woman recognized the man from the neighborhood and police found him at his apartment later that morning. On Monday he was in the Iron County jail on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and theft and was being held on $50,000 cash-only bail.

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