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Nate Carlisle

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  • Courtesy of Carbon County Sheriff’s Office  Seth Gordon Peterson Judge hears how Utah man allegedly killed mother, brother thinking they were aliens or androids
    Price • Seth Peterson thought his mother and his brother were aliens. Or maybe androids. He said something about both possibilities, according to pre...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 10:47 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Winston Blackmore leaves court in Cranbrook, B.C., Tuesday April 18, 2017. Blackmore and co-defendant James Oler are the first fundamentalist Mormons to be tried for polygamy in Canada. Canadian trial explores whether polygamy constitutes adultery
    Cranbrook, British Columbia • A historian who researches so-called Mormon fundamentalists returned to the witness stand Wednesday and answered questi...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 11:07 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Winston Blackmore leaves court in Cranbrook, B.C., Tuesday April 18, 2017. Blackmore and co-defendant James Oler are the first fundamentalist Mormons to be tried for polygamy in Canada. Canadian polygamy trial begins with discussion of what happened long ago in Utah
    Cranbrook, British Columbia • Winston Blackmore, once the Canadian bishop of a Utah-based polygamous church, refused to enter a plea Tuesday as he and...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 11:06 am   |     |   Share
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  • Winston Blackmore (right). At rear is Leah Barlow. Polygamist Winston Blackmore holds a press conference at his home in Bountiful, British Columbia, to address Warren Jeffs and the immigration status of three of his wives. Photo by Trent Nelson; 5.16.2006 Canada will try to convict polygamist with 27 wives — some of them from Utah
    Hildale • How does Alvin Barlow regard the prosecution of Canadian polygamist Winston Blackmore? To answer the question, Barlow walked to a bookshelf...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 09:22 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Southern Utah Pecan Ranch, near Hurricane, Wednesday September 24, 2014. With appeal pending, Utah company with polygamous-church ties agrees to start paying pecan pickers
    A Utah company found to have used underage and unpaid pecan pickers has agreed to start repaying $200,000 in wages while it appeals to a higher court....
    Updated Apr 13 2017 10:37 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Lorin Cooke near a United Effort Trust (UEP) home he hoping to move his family into in Hildale, Saturday February 11, 2017. For a polygamous sect, homes have gone and ‘apostates’ have come
    Hildale • Brielle Decker pulled a latch hidden underneath a shelf on the back wall. Suddenly, the shelves slid and opened a doorway to a secret room...
    Updated Apr 09 2017 07:00 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brielle Decker at the former home of Warren Jeffs in Hildale, Wednesday April 5, 2017. A look at Warren Jeffs’ old home, courtesy of his 65th wife
    Hildale • It has 18,932 square feet, two-industrial size kitchens, a dining room that can double as a banquet hall and enough bedrooms to be a motel. ...
    Updated Apr 09 2017 09:18 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  Tribune file photo)     Polygamists and their supporters pause for a prayer at City Creek Park just prior to marching to the Capitol where they held a rally, Friday, February 10, 2017. Prosecutors say ‘aggravated bigamy’ law unlikely to spur polygamy investigations in Utah
    He has multiple wives. To describe those unions, he has started referring to himself as having “multiple committed relationships.” That’s his way of t...
    Updated Apr 05 2017 07:50 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Chief Pilot Lucas Bowman talks with media members from the Department of Public Safety’s helicopter hangar after a search and rescue call for a missing kayaker, resulted in the helicopter crew and a deputy from Garfield County coming across a family of 4 who was stranded along the Escalante River. Bowamn talked to the media during a press conferece in Salt Lake City Monday April 3, 2017. Helicopter 'accidentally' spots family stranded along Escalante River
    A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter crew accidentally found a family of four Sunday that had been stranded for two days along southern Utah’...
    Updated Apr 03 2017 11:26 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Governor Gary Herbert speaks at a memorial for the victims of a Sept.  14 flash flood. At right is Joseph Jessop, who lost two wives and seven children in the flood. The memorial was held in Maxwell Park in Hildale, Saturday Sept. 26, 2015. An FLDS follower dispels some myths, confirms some, too
    Not many members of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints speak publicly. Prior to Thursday, the last example of it happening without the FLD...
    Updated Apr 03 2017 09:26 am   |     |   Share
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  • Jail guard who smuggled drugs among 12 Utah peace officers disciplined
    St. George • Officer Roderick Dixon knocked on the door of Room 211 of the motel, calling for whoever was inside to open up. State investigators say ...
    Updated Mar 31 2017 11:10 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Polygamist Joe Darger, right, attends a hearing for HB99, a bill amending Utah’s bigamy statute, as it goes back to the House Judiciary Committee for another hearing at the Utah Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. At left are Luanne Cooper, a former member of the Polygamist Kingston clan and Jessica Christensen of the show ’Escaping Polygamy.’ Herbert signs polygamy bill into Utah law
    Gov. Gary Herbert on Tuesday signed a bill that keeps polygamy a felony in Utah and increases the penalties for polygamists convicted of committing fr...
    Updated Mar 29 2017 09:54 am   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Lillian Swapp Foster, holds her six-week-old son Adonijah Foster, left,  and Catrina Foster, right, stand with their husband Enoch Foster as they attend a protest rally against H.B. 281 that if passed make polygamy a felony in Utah again. The Fosters, of southeast Utah and other members of Utah’s plural marriage community rallied against the bill in the Capitol rotunda during the 2016 legislative session in Salt Lake City, Monday, March 7, 2016. More Utah polygamists are the subject of a TV series — this time airing in Britain
    The latest entry in the genre of Utah polygamy on television feels more authentic than its predecessors. “Three Wives, One Husband” premiered March ...
    Updated Mar 30 2017 04:49 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Law enforcement officers investigate in Hildale, Utah, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. Several top leaders from Warren Jeffs’ polygamous sect were arrested Tuesday on federal accusations of food stamp fraud and money laundering marking one of the biggest crackdowns on the group in years. (Chris Caldwell /The Spectrum & Daily News via AP) Latest guilty plea will keep polygamous sect-connected business from taking food stamps
    Another defendant pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Friday in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints food stamp case, and the de...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 06:22 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Trent Nelson  |  Tribune fle photo The LSJ meetinghouse in Colorado City, the building ex-members say houses the FLDS church’s surveillance camera operation. Land trust board files lawsuit seeking to take control of polygamous sect’s meetinghouse
    The land trust that owns much of the real estate in two polygamous towns on the Utah-Arizona line has filed a lawsuit to take over the Fundamentalist ...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 06:14 am   |     |   Share
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  • FILE - In this Saturday, March 28, 2009 file photo, American guitarist, singer and songwriter Chuck Berry performs during the ’Rose Ball’ in Monaco. On Saturday, March 18, 2017, police in Missouri said Berry has died at age 90. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) To watch Chuck Berry perform was to return to youth — for everyone in the crowd
    Chuck Berry walked on stage April 17, 1998, at the Blue Note in Columbia, Mo. He was 71 years old. I was in the club’s crowd that night. I was 19 and...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 03:43 pm   |     |   Share
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    Ariel Barlow, right center, carries a sign following a news conference with former polygamists speaking in favor of Republican Rep. Mike Noel bigamy offense amendments Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) The polygamy bill: Questions and answers
    Any day, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will decide whether to sign or veto HB99, the bill which amends the definition of bigamy in Utah and increases the pen...
    Updated Mar 21 2017 11:42 am   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, center front, sponsor of HB99, has his witnesses sworn in as he presents the bill the clarifies polygamy is a felony in Utah, to members of the House Judiciary Standing Committee in the House Building Room 20 on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City Wednesday February 1, 2017. Lawyer contends bigamy bill is case of LDS legislators discriminating against polygamists
    Ken Driggs, a semi-retired attorney in Atlanta who has studied Fundamentalist Mormons and the law has sent Utah Gov. Gary Herbert a 16-page memorandum...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 07:26 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Colorado City Mayor Joseph Allred at a memorial for the 13 (and 1 still missing) victims of a September 14th flash flood. The memorial was held in Maxwell Park in Hildale, Saturday September 26, 2015. Polygamous town’s mayor made a reader for his children complete with cardboard cutouts
    Parents in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teach their children at home. Or, at least, they do until about age 13. The...
    Updated Mar 18 2017 07:57 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Polygamist Kody Brown and his family marched across State Street near the LDS Office Building in order to meet up with other polygamists and supporters prior to marching to the Capitol where they held a rally on Friday. ‘Sister Wives’ say it may be time for polygamists to leave Utah
    The polygamists from the reality show “Sister Wives” who won, for a time, a lawsuit against the state of Utah that spurred a new bigamy bill decried t...
    Updated Mar 11 2017 10:25 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Senator Kevin T. Van Tassell listens during Senate Floor Time at the Utah State Capitol Thursday March 9, 2017. Utah senator pointed to his daughter — a plural wife — to push passage of polygamy bill
    A Utah state senator sponsoring a bill changing the definition of bigamy and increasing the penalties in some cases tried to secure votes Thursday by ...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 11:20 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, center front, sponsor of HB99, has his witnesses sworn in as he presents the bill the clarifies polygamy is a felony in Utah, to members of the House Judiciary Standing Committee in the House Building Room 20 on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City Wednesday February 1, 2017. Anti-polygamy bill squeaks through Utah Senate at 11th hour
    A bill that would change the definition of polygamy and increases the penalties for it in some circumstances passed the Utah Legislature in the sessio...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 12:06 am   |     |   Share
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  • |  Courtesy  A screen shot of Mike Noel, rigth, and Michelle Neilson, left, during discussion of Noel’s bigamy bill on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Polygamists skeptical of woman who testified to Legislature about being sex-trafficked
    Polygamists say that a woman who last month gave emotional testimony to lawmakers about being sex-trafficked through several sects was never involved ...
    Updated Mar 08 2017 09:21 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Hikers relax on Angels Landing. Florida author identified as man who fell to death in Zion National Park
    The hiker who died from a fall Friday in Zion National Park was identified Monday as Tate Ryan Volino, 45, of Florida. Volino lived in Osprey, Fla, ac...
    Updated Mar 06 2017 03:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)    State Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City,questions the need for a law that says the state Board of Education can refuse to adopt a federal program for schools if it conflicts with state policy. The board already can do so without the need for another statute, he argued. ‘Escaping Polygamy’ star responds after polygamists lobby Sen. Jim Dabakis
    The Utah Legislature has been debating whether to amend the state’s criminal polygamy statutes, and on Thursday, four plural wives went to visit Sen. ...
    Updated Mar 03 2017 02:04 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Polygamists and their supporters assembled at City Creek Park prior to their march to the Capitol where they held a rally, Friday, February 10, 2017. LDS Church has been brought into polygamy debate at Utah Legislature
    About 51 weeks ago, polygamists and their supporters picketed in the Utah Capitol’s Rotunda. They were protesting a bill meant to curb polygamy, but ...
    Updated Mar 01 2017 08:45 am   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, file photo, Bill Paxton, a cast member in the HBO series ’Big Love,’ poses at the show’s third season premiere in Los Angeles. A family representative said prolific and charismatic actor Paxton, who played an astronaut in ’Apollo 13’ and a treasure hunter in ’Titanic,’ died from complications due to surgery. The family representative issued a statement Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, on the death. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File) Polygamist family that helped inspire ‘Big Love’ remembers actor Bill Paxton
    Maybe the other 49 states first associate Bill Paxton with the movies “Twister,” “Apollo 13” or “Aliens.” But in Utah, Paxton’s biggest role was as p...
    Updated Feb 28 2017 12:24 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Colorado City Marshal on patrol Monday, February 18, 2013 in Hildale, Utah. Marshal can police polygamous town in Utah, not Arizona
    Usually, when people talk about lines that police officers can’t cross, it’s a figure of speech. Not so with Taylor Barlow, a marshal for the town of...
    Updated Feb 28 2017 07:54 am   |     |   Share
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