Engineer files lien against YFZ Ranch
Man who designed water system wants his money
Glenn Breisch, president of Wasteline Engineering, Inc. of Aledo, TX, filed papers last week in the Schleicher County Courthouse claiming a lien against YFZ Land, L.L.C. and the ranch property where he engineered and designed a wastewater treatment plant and the public water supply system.
In the lien Breisch claims that he furnished labor and materials “generally described as those necessary for the construction
Breisch explained Tuesday that there had been a “falling out” between YFZ Ranch officials and his engineering firm. Breisch said that in the beginning he was paid in cash but that eventually a bill of slightly less than $8,000 accrued.
When YFZ officials indicated they wanted to switch engineering firms, Breisch demanded payment in full before he would release design plans. After receiving a check for the amount of his bill, all drawings and documents were turned over to YFZ officials, Breisch said.
Judge okays home ownership for ex-FLDS members
Ruling could dismantle UEP
Utah District Judge Denise P. Lindberg ruled Monday that residents of the border towns of Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ may be able to purchase the homes that many of them have lived in for decades.
The reforms come just over a year after Lindberg ordered that the leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints be removed as trustees of the United Effort Plan Trust, the financial arm of the polygamous Mormon sect that controls most of the property in the twin cities. Most estimates of the UEP’s current value place it well in excess of $100 million.
The FLDS Church is led by fugitive prophet Warren Jeffs, a man who is wanted in both Utah and Arizona and whose name was recently added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List. Jeffs and his lieutenants allegedly used their dominion over the UEP Trust to bully former church members who Jeffs considered to no longer be worthy of membership in his church. Many times the errant followers, most of whom were men, were kicked out of the church with little if any forewarning. In many cases the men’s multiple wives would be reassigned to other men along with their children. The men were then evicted from their homes, which were owned by the UEP Trust.
TCEQ wants another $14,140 in penalties from YFZ Ranch
A $14,140.00 administrative penalty has been levied against the YFZ Ranch by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for violations uncovered by the agency in 2005. According to an agreed order found on the agency’s website, ranch officials have issued a blanket denial of seven allegations ranging from improper handling of spent sandblasting material to the unauthorized discharge of wastewater from a holding tank.
Despite the denial, ranch officials have reportedly signed off on the agreed order and have already paid the $14,1400 fine. The agreed order is slated to be approved by TCEQ commissioners at their meeting on September 6, 2006.
The latest fine is the second in as many years for the YFZ Ranch. The community, started by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was previously fined more than $18,000 for violations discovered in 2004.
Warren Jeffs arrested in Nevada
Warren Jeffs, the fugitive leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a fugitive no longer. He was arrested Monday evening near Las Vegas, NV after a routine traffic stop on Interstate 15.
Jeffs, wearing typical tourist garb (T-shirt, shorts and tennis shoes) was riding as a passenger in a red 2007 Cadillac Escalade driven by his brother, Isaac Jeffs. One of Jeffs’ polygamous wives, Naomi Jessop Jeffs, was also a passenger in the car.
Nevada Department of Public Safety trooper Eddie Dutchover reportedly pulled the Escalade over shortly before 9:00 p.m. Nevada time because its license plate, a dealer tag from Colorado, was not legible. At that time, Isaac Jeffs handed the trooper a Utah driver’s license and a vehicle registration in another name.
Warren Jeffs reportedly offered a contact lens receipt from Florida in the name of John Findley as his identification. All that was more than enough to trigger Trooper Dutchover’s law enforcement instincts.
He called for backup and asked for permission to search the Cadillac.
The Redheaded Prophet...it sort of sounds like a Willie Nelson song
Okay, I’ve been following the ongoing saga of Warren Jeffs for nearly three years now and, until Monday night, I felt like I had understanding of how crafty the man can be. But, the ease with which he was captured has left me with more questions than answers.
Maybe you understand it, but I sure don’t.
Warren Jeffs is wanted by the law in two states and by the FBI in all the others. He’s on the lam and laying low in hopes of avoiding arrest...all of this so he can maintain his grip on one of the most secretive religious sects in the country.
To that end, Jeffs hops in a flashy red Cadillac Escalade Monday evening and goes tooling down Interstate 15 near Sin City.
Then there’s the fact that the not-so-stealthy-Cadillac (Did I mention it was bright red?) was sporting barely legible dealer plates, and you get what the police like to call “probable cause.”
Warren Jeffs transfered to Purgatory jail in Utah
PURGATORY — (pûrg’ætôr’ē) [Lat.,place of purging], in Roman Catholic doctrine, the condition of those who have died in a state of grace but have not been purged of sin. These remaining sins include unforgiven venial sins or forgiven mortal sins. Souls burdened by such sins must be purified before entering heaven.
The Purgatory Correctional Facility, located just a few miles outside St. George, Utah, was apparently named for the red sandstone Purgatory Flats that surround it. No one seems to know for sure how the Flats earned their name. Perhaps because they are sandwiched between towering sandstone cliffs and parching hot desert, almost as if suspended halfway between heaven and hell.