Saint George , Utah

Government Shutdown Continues

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
Michael Mower, Deputy for Community Outreach for the Gobernor’s office, and House Speaker Becky Lockhart speak. Representatives from several counties and state government met in St. George to hear a plan to reopen national parks as the government shutdown continues, Thursday, October 10, 2013.

Saint George , Utah

Courthouse Steps Auction


Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
Willie Jessop was the sole bidder at an auction on courthouse steps for a property previously used by Warren Jeffs’ Fundamentalist Church of Latter-day Saints Thursday, April 25, 2013. The property includes several homes, a storehouse and what was formerly a public school. Running the auction is Washington County Sheriff Deputy Johnny Owen.

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Flooding in St. George

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
Aerial views of flooding in St. George, Wednesday, December 22, 2010. Santa Clara River through Santa Clara.

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Waterfalls

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
A mammoth waterfall outside of St. George, formed by rainwater, Wednesday, December 22, 2010.

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Saint George , Utah

UEP Land Hearing

St. George – FLDS members outside the courthouse. A hearing at the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 on the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value, was continued after the attorney general’s office stepped in and pressured both sides to seek a settlement. Willie Jessop leaves, shaking hands

St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.

St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.
St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.
St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.
St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.
St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.
St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.
St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.
St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.

St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.




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Warren Jeffs turns into Bat Boy

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Just sitting in my office scanning the news tonight, and what did I see? It wasn’t the amazing story in the Weekly World News that caught my attention (Bat Boy Sues Batman in Paternity Suit). It was the photograph.

Never thought I would see a pool photo from the trial of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs used in the Weekly World News, and definitely never imagined that they would PhotoShop Bat Boy’s head onto the FLDS prophet’s body. That’s my photo on the right of a similar moment from inside the courthouse.

If you don’t know who Bat Boy is, you haven’t been reading the Weekly World News, the nation’s #1 newspaper dedicated to stories about aliens, Bigfoot, and the famous Bat Boy.

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While the story is comic fiction, the last line could just as well have been written about Jeffs’ defense attorney Wally Bugden. It reads:

When asked to comment, the defense attorney simply furrowed his brow, shook his head and walked away.

You can see the article here at the Weekly World News site. It will make you register to see the Bat Boy story, but it’s free.

Saint George , Utah

Warren Jeffs Sentencing

St. George – Anti-polygamy activist Flora Jessop speaks with media outside of the 5th District Courthouse after the sentencing of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs. “I think it was a good day for children,” she said. Jeffs was sentenced Tuesday to two consecutive counts of 5 years to life, November 20, 2007 after being found guilty on two counts of rape as an accomplice, in St. George, Utah. Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was found guilty of two counts of rape as an accomplice for allegedly coercing the marriage and rape of a 14-year-old follower to her 19-year-old cousin in 2001.




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Warren Jeffs Trial, The Verdict

We sat around for twelve hours on Monday and there was no verdict. On Tuesday the jury re-convened and eventually came to a decision. The word spread quickly among the media waiting outside the courtroom. There was a pool photographer inside the court, and the rest of us gathered around the door waiting for attorneys, Jeffs’ supporters, and anyone else to come out.

This guy came out the door, yelling and waving…having a laugh.

The first TV reporter who came out told us that the verdict was guilty on both counts as he ran past en route to his cameraman. Elaine Tyler, who runs the Hope Organization, was standing off to the side. She heard the verdict and let out a big cheer. The dilemma was between running over to photograph her and staying where I was in one of the best positions by the door. I chose to compromise and moved a little for the above shot and then returning to the door.

The defense attorneys came out and made no comment, chased by a swarm of cameras all the way to their cars.

Later the victim came out and made a statement. And then it was finally over.

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Warren Jeffs Trial, The End pt. 1

I never wrote about the last days of the Jeffs trial. When the verdict came down I drove home and went into chill mode. It was a long time to be away, working this story. It took a couple days to get it all out of my head. So now, two last posts on the Warren Jeffs trial.

It became a daily routine for the attorneys to come over to the computer where the pool images were filed from and look through the photos that had been sent around the world. I could see the prosecution liking the above image and the defense preferring the one below:

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Warren Jeffs Trial

St. George – Warren Jeffs trial. The polygamous sect leader was charged with two counts of rape as an accomplice stemming from a marriage he officiated involving a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin. gary engels



St. George – Warren Jeffs trial. The polygamous sect leader was charged with two counts of rape as an accomplice stemming from a marriage he officiated involving a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin. flds supporters of warren jeffs. joseph jeffs


St. George – Warren Jeffs trial. The polygamous sect leader was charged with two counts of rape as an accomplice stemming from a marriage he officiated involving a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin.

St. George – Warren Jeffs trial. The polygamous sect leader was charged with two counts of rape as an accomplice stemming from a marriage he officiated involving a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin. man walks out of court to horde of media

media for Warren Jeffs trial; 9.25.2007