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Photo Studio Damaged in Small-town Rivalry



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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- The owner of a Cedar City photography studio has been arrested for using a slingshot on the window of a rival photo studio.

51-year-old Kurtis Leany admits he just lost it -- he's mad at the other studio owner for trading rumors about him and taking some of his business.

Leany runs Zion Photography. Three blocks away is Studio West Photographer. Its owner, Karl Hugh, says he's been the victim of vandalism for years.

Hugh says he camped out at his store Thursday night with a video camera ready.

Early the next morning, he recorded another attack on the front of his store.

Leany was booked into the Iron County jail on five counts of criminal mischief and released on $5,000 bail.

Leany used a slingshot to hurl hurling metal projectiles -- bolts, small bearings and copper-jacketed bullets.

He says he's sorry and will pay for damages.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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