$35K Renoir lifted off wall

30 September, 2017


A painting by the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, “Portrait of a young blonde girl”, was stolen Saturday from the small auction house of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Yvelines), the day before being auctioned , according to a police source. The painting, valued at between 25,000 and 30,000 euros($29,000 to $35,000), was stolen while it was on display in anticipation of an auction scheduled for Sunday October 1. The robber unhooked it from the wall and left the scene without being seen, according to the source.
Presented in one of the catalog of the sale, this small oil on canvas of a dimension of 14 cm by 12.2 cm(5 inches by 4 inches) had to be one of the highlights of these auctions. On the catalog, it is described as “AR monogram on the top left.” On the back, on the canvas was a label ‘Chaussegros’ and a label marked ‘022’ “. The Yvelines departmental police intend to search the images of the video surveillance to identify the thief.



[January 12 Wildenstein wins tax case on art placed in offshore trusts ]


French judges cleared art dealer Guy Wildenstein of charges that he concealed paintings worth hundreds of millions of dollars in offshore trusts to avoid taxes, dealing a setback to the country’s crackdown on tax dodging that spans from banks to politicians and soccer stars.

Judge Olivier Geron said Thursday that there wasn’t enough proof to rule that Wildenstein was guilty of fraudulently underestimating inheritance taxes after his father placed assets worth hundreds of millions of euros in offshore trusts before his death.


[May 15 2015 Matisse and Liebermann works returned from “Schwabing Art Trove” ]


“Genuine and responsible Germans were, I believe, rather sensitised by this case, There are private persons who are re-examining their collections.”

German court approved for release the £60 million Matisse, Seated Lady to the descendents of Paul Rosenberg, who include Anne Sinclair, DSK’s ex-wife
It also ruled that Max Liebermann’s Two Riders on a Beach from 1901 will be returned to the descendants of art dealer David Friedman.
They are the first works from the Gurlitt collection to be returned to families of the original owners.. The Matisse was one of more than 400 paintings stolen by the Nazis from the “first family” of art in Paris in the ’20s and ’30s.

[May 6 2014 Hildebrand Gurlitt’s scandalous art cache: son dies, 81]
Cornelius Gurlitt died May 5, age 81, in his apartment in Schwabing, in the presence of a doctor, In April, a German court formally released the trove under a deal with Gurlitt and his lawyers.
This allowed a task force of art experts to continue examining the works to establish their province and whether some may have been stolen or extorted from their original owners, many of them Jewish, durig the Nazi era.
Gurlitt’s father, Hildebrand Gurlitt, was permitted by Adolf Hitler to buy and sell confiscated works – so-called ‘degenerate art’ – to fund Nazi activities. German investigators last year found hundreds of works, including paintings by Picasso, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec. Further pictures were found later in Salzburg, Austria.The hoard was given an estimated value of €1bn.

The Lost Art Database is run by the Koordinierungsstelle Magdeburg, Germany’s central office for the documentation of lost cultural property. It was set up jointly by the Government and the Länder of the Federal Republic of Germany and registers cultural objects which as a result of persecution under the Nazi dictatorship and the Second World War were relocated, moved or seized, especially from Jewish owners.

“Schwabing Art Trove” – Agreement between the Free State of Bavaria, the Federal Government and Cornelius Gurlitt

Joint Press Release 04/07/14

Representatives of the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice and of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media have reached an agreement with Cornelius Gurlitt and Christoph Edel, the lawyer who has been appointed by the court to look after Mr Gurlitt’s affairs, on what to do with the artworks of the “Schwabing Art Trove”. In the agreement, in the negotiation of which defence counsel Prof. Dr Tido Park and Derek Setz also participated, Mr Gurlitt stated his willingness to allow provenance research on a voluntary basis once the works are released from police custody. Mr Gurlitt will allow the Task Force to continue researching the provenance of those works in the trove suspected of having been confiscated from their owners by the Nazis or of being works the Nazis considered “degenerate art”. To this end, these artworks will remain in secure custody and on the website http://www.lostart.de. However, the Task Force aims to complete the main substance of its provenance research within a year.

[March 26]

Christie’s auction house recently announced that the sale of government-owned artwrks would go ahead in June, despite legal action to prevent the sale of the works and instead have them classified as national heritage. The Portuguese Parliament was set to debate the issue on March 26.

Amid an initial outcry, Christie’s canceled the auction in February, citing legal concerns over whether Portugal was entitled to sell the works.

[February 6]
Protests in Portugal over the planned sale of 85 paintings by Catalan abstract artist Joan Miro, owned by a nationalized bank, turned out to be effective. The auction house Christie’s, which was supposed to sell the works in London, pulled the lots from its Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist sale. Christie’s valued the collection at about $50 million, and art lovers and museum professionals in Portugal said the amount was laughable compared to both Portugal’s total debt of more than $270 billion and the collection’s value as a national treasure. Politicians opposed to the sale took the government to court, and though they failed to obtain an outright ban, a judge ruled that the paintings had been sent to London without proper authorization. Christie’s did not want the risk of further action and will keep the works in storage until something can be decided. The Portuguese government has not asked for the collection to be sent back and is determined to sell it.

[January 29]

first art historian in this position; minister of culture  Monika Grütters: Certainly it is so, that until the turn of the millennium some doubts and objections were justified

first art historian in this position; minister of culture Monika Grütters: Certainly it is so, that until the turn of the millennium some doubts and objections were justified

Gruetters also said there were plans to expand the government-backed mediation panel that now hears disputes about artworks of contested provenance, the eight-member Limbach Commission.

The body, which has former German president Richard von Weizsaecker on its board along with a former high court judge, historians and experts, can make recommendations but no binding rulings.

“I can certainly imagine expanding the Limbach Commission and including representatives of Jewish organisations,” Gruetters told the newspaper.

She also said that the Gurlitt case and the international criticism it sparked had been a wake-up call for many German art collectors.

“Genuine and responsible Germans were, I believe, rather sensitised by this case,” she told the daily. “There are private persons who are re-examining their collections.”

Funding for provenance research of art suspected to have been stolen will be doubled, the new minister of state for culture, Monika Gruetters, was quoted as saying in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily.

Munich apartment where paintings stored

Munich apartment where paintings stored

[December 9 2013]



more Munich art

more Munich art

more Munich art

more Munich art

Sitting Woman, found among more than 1,400 artworks in a recluse’s Munich flat, is thought to have belonged to Miss Sinclair’s maternal grandfather, the late French art dealer Paul Rosenberg, taken by the Reichsleiter Rosenberg Taskforce (the Nazi art-theft organisation) from the bank vault. However, “degenerate art” was ‘legally’ seized by the Nazis. This law was never abolished and still applies in today’s Federal Republic. New York’s Museum of Modern Art and others have bought such art.

Miss Sinclair, 65, helped pay for her ex-husband’s defence when the womanising International Monetary Fund chief was accused of being a rapist. They divorced in March.
Seated Woman, 1942, probably by Henri Matisse, was taken by the Reichsleiter Rosenberg Taskforce (the Nazi art-theft organisation) from the bank vault of the Paris art dealer Paul Rosenberg. Uwe Hartmann, the head of the institute for museum research at the Berlin State Museums, suggests that Hildebrand Gurlitt bought many of the works from Goebbels’s ministry of propaganda. “According to the legal situation at the time, he was the rightful owner [of these works],”

After the war, Gurlitt said that all of his business papers were destroyed in the bombing of Dresden in 1945. The Allied tribunal charged with “de-Nazification”, which, after 1945, considered how close to the Nazi regime a person had been before issuing any work permits, classified him as “less involved”, and he was able to continue his career.

Two different categories of work can be found in Cornelius Gurlitt’s scandalous cache: first, the “degenerate art” that was removed from German museums by the Nazis and subsequently confiscated by law in 1938. This law was never abolished and still applies in today’s Federal Republic. The victorious Allies (specifically the US military government) and, later, the newly founded Federal Republic wanted to save private collectors and the art market from endless legal battles over works acquired during the Nazi regime. Even before 1945, much “degenerate art” made its way into museums and collections. The Museum of Modern Art in New York was able to acquire outstanding works formerly in the possession of German museums, as were the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Kunstmuseum Basel, the latter mainly at the infamous auction in Lucerne, Switzerland, on 30 June 1939.

The other works fall into the category of “stolen art”—treasures that were either stolen from their mainly Jewish owners or acquired through pressure and threats. So far, it is unclear how the works in Gurlitt’s possession came together: through purchase or exchange, lawfully or unlawfully, and whether they are owned or just held in trust. To determine this in individual cases will be hard, though no more difficult than in other restitution cases where German public museums are concerned. Hildebrand Gurlitt’s claim that his business papers had been destroyed turned out to be a lie: the documents were found in crates in his son’s apartment. Perhaps they will help to reconstruct the ownership history of individual pieces.

[Jasnuary 20 2012]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his Blackberry

Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his Blackberry

Can you be a feminist and unconditional support to her husband? Anne Sinclair responds strongly to Anne-Cécile Sarfati, deputy editor of ELLE, who conducted the interview: “unconditional support does not exist. The argument is if we decided to support. Nobody knows what happens in the privacy of couples and I deny anyone the right to judge mine. I feel free of my decisions, my actions, I decided my life independently. ”

Throughout the series DSK, women, including feminists, have criticized her attitude. “What women have felt disappointed with me, I am sorry to say, but that’s their problem! “Says the wife of former IMF chief. “I do not understand them, they express the views and feelings, but I listen to the idea that one can judge the attitude of someone in his private life completely foreign to me.” She added:” I claim my choices. That people take ownership of my life unbearable “Faced with the emotion and sometimes indignation, caused by the affair in France, Anne Sinclair responded:” I understand that this case has caused a stir and that ‘it is treated extensively. But I find that on this occasion all the levees that protected privacy have been breached. ” from Elle in French


Sioux Falls



The leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will serve no less than three years in prison for defrauding food stamps. As part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, Lyle Jeffs also agreed to pay one-million dollars in restitution and in exchange, the feds dropped a money laundering charge. Jeffs also pleaded guilty to a failure to appear charge after being captured in South Dakota following a year on the lamb. In all, investigators believe the F-L-D-S defrauded more than 12-million dollars from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.



[September 8 FBI has paid out a $50,000 reward ]

The FBI has paid out a $50,000 reward to two people who provided information that led to the June 14 arrest of Lyle Jeffs. The two men spotted Jeffs pawning tools at a Yankton, S.D., business, according to the FBI. One of them spotted Jeffs a second time July 23 and became suspicious, partly because Jeffs was wearing layers of clothing, a hat and sunglasses indoors. The tipster thought to note the partial license plate of the vehicle Jeffs was driving. That information was given to law enforcement and triggered an extensive search in the area, the FBI said.

[August 6 memory loss about crimes from Lyle’s accidents? ]

Lyle Jeffs’ public defender Kathryn Nester said a three-story fall onto concrete her client suffered in the mid-1990s and a car accident he had in 1998 may have left Jeffs with memory problems and wants him to receive a neurological exam and an MRI.
Nester said she does not think a professional will deem Jeffs incompetent to stand trial, but she wants to be able to explain to a jury why her client can’t remember key moments that relate to the crimes alleged by prosecutors. The first accident happened in 1997 when Jeffs fell three stories at a construction site, hit his head on concrete and rocks and was left unconscious, Nester said in a court filing. Doctors said he suffered traumatic brain injuries and could experience a personality change, the documents said.

A year later, Jeffs was in a car accident in the Salt Lake City area that left him unconscious with cuts on his forehead and required treatment for traumatic brain injuries, Nester said court documents.

Nester told the judge she is trying to obtain complete medical records about both accidents but said it’s difficult since they happened some long ago. Some records may have been destroyed, she said, justifying her request for a new neurological exam for Jeffs.


[July 17 Lyle’s trial to begin Sept. 18 ]

Lyle Jeffs entered a not guilty plea in federal court Salt Lake City July 10 on charges related to food stamp fraud and failure to appear in court.
Judge Wells scheduled a two-week trial to begin Sept. 18 for the matter to be heard in federal court. Wells ordered Jeffs jailed pending trial. Jeffs could face up to 10 years in prison on a failure-to-appear charge filed after his arrest.
The two other felony counts of benefits fraud and money laundering carry possible 5- and 10-year sentences.

Only one member of the FLDS, one of Jeffs’ nieces attended.   Last year, 20 to 30 people, including Jeffs’ sons and at least one of his plural wives, would attend his hearings.

Eleven co-defendants resolved their cases by pleading guilty to felony or misdemeanor charges. All avoided jail time or paying restitution.


[June 23 Lyle found in Yankton S.D. ]

A federal grand jury has issued a new indictment against Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints polygamous sect leader Lyle Steed Jeffs.   Jeffs has been charged with a new felony count for failure to appear. Prosecutors filed the charge in federal court in Salt Lake City on June 21.




pawned Leatherman tools

Bishop Lyle Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was living out of his car for two weeks before his arrest in Yankton, South Dakota, an FBI official said June 15.   

A polygamous sect leader’s life on the run came to end June 14 after he hocked a couple pairs of pliers at a pawn shop in a small South Dakota town the day before.

Lyle Steed Jeffs sold the Leatherman multitools for $37 at River City Treasures and Pawn in Yankton, South Dakota, on June 13 using his last name as his first name, said owner Kevin Haug. Jeffs, he said, handed over his actual ID and filled out the form to complete the deal.

“That was Lyle’s master plan to avoid capture was telling that my first name’s my last name, I guess,” Haug said.

Haug wasn’t in the store at the time but said his employee thought Jeffs was “acting strangely” and Googled his name after he left. Jeffs came up wanted.


[December 22 2018 guilty plea by John Waxman]


John Waxman


Speaking softly, John Wayman agreed to plead guilty to a single count of food stamp fraud.

“Has anyone offered you any inducements or threatened to get you to plead guilty?” Judge Stewart asked.

“No,” Wayman replied.

“Is it your intention to plead guilty of your own free will?”

Wayman admitted that between 2011 and 2016, he knowingly facilitated Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to non-beneficiaries. Federal prosecutors have charged 11 FLDS members with food stamp fraud and money laundering charges, accusing them of ordering followers of the Utah-based polygamous church to hand over SNAP benefits to leaders, to do with as they wish. The feds allege the scheme exceeds $12 million in taxpayer dollars.

But under the deal, Wayman gets released from jail immediately and has to pay no restitution. He also doesn’t have any probation and a $100 fine. The feds have also agreed not to indict him for any other crimes that they may be aware of. Federal prosecutors defended their plea bargain offer, saying they believe it sends a message to the “culture of fraud” within the FLDS community, resolves the religious freedom issues and obtains guilty pleas. They also appeared to acknowledge some difficulty in obtaining a plea deal.

“It’s a very unique case that has unique legal issues,” assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Lund told the judge.
Plea deals have been offered to other defendants in the case, with one already notifying the government he will accept it.

[December 12]


Kimball Dee Barlow

Kimball Dee Barlow will enter a guilty plea of a charge of conspiracy to commit fraud as a misdemeanor, Attorney Rudy Bautista says. The terms from there are, in addition to pleading to that, there would be no incarceration.
Lyle Jeffs is accused of escaping home confinement in june. The FBI has said he used olive oil to slip out of a GPS monitoring device. A $50,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest
Lyle Jeffs is the brother of imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, who is serving a life sentence in a Texas prison for child sex assault related to underage “marriages.”




Lyle Jeffs [FBI]

On August 29,, the FBI announced the agency is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Lyle Jeffs, 56, who might try to change his appearance, is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

Date(s) of Birth Used January 17, 1960, January 19, 1960
Place of Birth Utah
Hair Brown
Eyes Brown
Height 6’1″
Weight 210 pounds
Sex Male
Race White
Nationality American
NCIC W136539035

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Lyle Steed Jeff


Submit a Tip:

If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

Field Office: Salt Lake City




[August 9 Short Creek FLDS reorganized ]


Nephi Jeffs



Warren Jeffs has named a new bishop of Short Creek, replacing one brother, Lyle, with another, Nephi.

Warren Jeffs noted in his lengthy instructions to Nephi that each of Short Creek’s recent bishops had failed: “Each one has had the great sin of finding comfort in women’s attention,”

[March 8 FLDS towns will pay $1.6 million in civil rights trial

Colorado City camera

Colorado City camera

In a civil rights trial, the jury reached a verdict on its fourth day of deliberations, and awarded $2.2 million to six residents eligible for damages. But the towns will only have to pay $1.6 million because lawyers negotiated a settlement over that part of the case.

The judge will now decide what other punishments to impose. Federal authorities could ask for the Colorado City Marshal’s Office to be disbanded and for its duties to be handed over to local sheriffs. Federal attorneys describe the local police force and FLDS Church’s security operation as paranoid entities that worked to violate the rights of nonbelievers. Witnesses for the government said church security spied on people with cameras placed around the towns and positioned themselves to keep an eye on who was arriving.

The former head of church security described elaborate cloak-and-dagger efforts taken to avoid scrutiny from outside law enforcement, such as using “burner” cellphones, encrypted radios and driving 40 miles to make phone calls out of fear that a local cell tower was being monitored by investigators.

[March 1 FLDS : only one defendant, Kimball Dee Barlow, 51 at large  ]

Church leaders arrested

Church leaders arrested

On February 26, a judge in Salt Lake City ordered defendant John Clifton Wayman, 56, detained, finding that he presented a risk to flee. Seth Steed Jeffs, 42, of Custer, S.D., appeared February 29 in a federal court in South Dakota, where a judge ordered him to remain in custody , too, and to be transferred to Utah by federal marshals. As of February 29, only one defendant, Kimball Dee Barlow, 51, had not been apprehended or surrendered.

February 26 SNAP fraud indictments in Colorado City, Ariz.
Prosecutors believe leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints diverted funds from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and ordered church members to use the benefits to place goods in a communal storehouse to later be distributed among church members.
A two-count indictment charges 11 leaders and members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS Church) with conspiracy to commit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The defendants include leaders of the church.Charged in the indictment are Lyle Steed Jeffs, age 56, John Clifton Wayman, age 56, Kimball Dee Barlow, age 51, Winford Johnson Barlow, age 50, Rulon Mormon Barlow, age 45, Ruth Peine Barlow, age 41, and Preston Yates Barlow, age 41, all of Hildale; Seth Steed Jeffs, age 42, of Custer, South Dakota; and Nephi Steed Allred, Hyrum Bygnal Dutson, age 55, and Kristal Meldrum Dutson, age 55, all of Colorado City.
The indictment alleges that in March 2015, using SNAP fraud proceeds, Kimball Barlow signed a check for $16,978 to Orchid’s Paper Products Company for the purchase of paper products. During the period May 31, 2013, through September 22, 2014, the indictment alleges Ruth Barlow signed five checks totaling $13,561 made payable to John Deere Financial. The SNAP fraud proceeds were used for installment payments on a 2013 John Deere load tractor. SNAP fraud proceeds were also used for 16 checks totaling $30,236 payable to Ford Motor Credit for installment payments on a 2012 Ford F-350 purchased by Winford Barlow about Sept. 29, 2012.
The violations included in the indictment are especially egregious since they allege that leaders of the conspiracy directed others to commit crimes, for which only certain people benefited,”

[February 8 federal jury trial against Colorado City, Ariz. and Hildale, Utah ]

Joseph F. Smith family

This turn of the century family portrait was taken close to the time Joseph F. Smith succeeded Lorenzo Snow as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in October 1901. Besides Levira, with whom he had no children, Joseph had five other wives and forty-eight children. His wives are (L to R seated by Joseph): Mary Taylor Schwartz (married, 1884, seven children); Edna Lambson (married 1871, ten children); Julina Lambson (married 1866, thirteen children, including Joseph Fielding Smith—top row, center); Sarah Ellen Richards (married 1868, eleven children); Alice Ann Kimball (married 1883, seven children); circa 1904



PHOENIX (CN) – The former chief marshal of two towns run by a fundamentalist Mormon sect testified February 3 that he looked the other way when men in Colorado City, Ariz. and Hildale, Utah took underage girls as their “spiritual wives.”
The Department of Justice sued the twin towns in 2012, claiming they denied non-church members police protection, water and housing. The towns are dominated by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose leader, Warren Jeffs, is serving life in prison for sexually assaulting 12- and 15-year-old girls, whom he called his spiritual wives.
A federal jury trial against the two towns began in January and is expected to last through the end of February.
The government accuses the Colorado City Marshal’s Office of selectively enforcing “laws and regulations against non-FLDS individuals on the basis of religion.”

[September 16 2015 Floods catch 16 near FLDS center ]

Hildale • Washes divide Hildale, Utah, and adjoining Colorado City, Ariz. A big one, called Short Creek Wash, is supposed to act like a big drainage ditch and runs at almost a 45-degree angle through the community.

Smaller washes connect to Short Creek Wash. At about 5 p.m. Monday, 16 people — women and children — were caught when water rushed from one of those smaller washes into Short Creek Wash.

[March 24 2013 FLDS home covered in surveillance cameras]

Colorado City camera

Colorado City camera

The twin towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., known collectively as “Short Creek” and home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is covered in surveillance cameras.
“Our idea was to stop the underage marriages, and I think we’ve done that,” said Gary Engels, a Mohave County investigator who spearheaded the crackdown. “But, if anything, the community has become a lot more closed to society. The people have become a lot more paranoid. map

[March 17]

Willie Jessop, ex-FLDS activist

Willie Jessop, ex-FLDS activist

Willie Jessop, former member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, walks down the hallway following a hearing Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Salt Lake City. A 3rd District Judge has given initial approval for the eventual creation of a board of trustees to take over homes and property belonging to a polygamous sect led by Warren Jeffs on the Utah-Arizona border. Judge Denise Lindberg approved the plan during a hearing Tuesday morning in Salt Lake City. Her approval is not a final decision, but rather permission to explore this option. Any action is pending the Utah legislature paying $5.7 million it owes in professional fees to a trust created in 2005 to handle the properties Willie Jessop, said he’s confident a board can be created that does what’s best for everybody.
“There is enough compassionate people in the community that understand the importance of protecting their neighbors’ interests, even if their neighbor is required to answer them nothing,” Jessop said.

[February 14]

Second Ward fundamentalist Mormons

Second Ward fundamentalist Mormons

Members of the fundamentalist Mormon group in Centennial Park are behind the new grocery store off of AZ Highway 389 and say they will allow anyone to shop there.

The Centennial Park group broke away from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the mid-1980s and has prospered with a pro-business and welcoming mind-set.

The FLDS-controlled CMC Food Town, the only grocery store in Colorado City and its twin city of Hildale, Utah, abruptly closed in November. The towns’ lone hardware store and RadioShack also closed.

FLDS Church leader Warren Jeffs, 57, is imprisoned in Texas on convictions of sexually assaulting two underage girls.

Even while behind bars, Jeffs is said to still release edicts to his followers, including recent strict food restrictions and many believe he is behind the closing of the stores.

Controlling food is just one more way for Jeffs to control his people and punish outsiders as only FLDS faithful are allowed to get food from what’s called the Bishop’s Storehouse.

“You can only survive off the storehouse,” Knudson said. “There are absolute two societies now. If you are not in with them they don’t even talk with you.”

Humanitarian groups have been concerned over the closing of the grocery store and welcome the news of the new store in Centennial Park.

“This is great news,” said Paul Murphy, spokesperson for the Utah Attorney General’s Office. “People have literally been bringing truckloads of food into this area making sure families are fed.” On 13 May 1984 the portion of Johnson’s followers who were dismissed or left on their own, held their first Priesthood Meeting just outside of town. They named their group the “Second Ward” in contrast to those following Johnson, whom the Centennial Park group refers to as the “First Ward.” Initially they met in the home of Alma Timpson.
By 27 September 1986, the Centennial Park group had built a meeting house and later, in 2003, a charter school was built for the town’s growing elementary-age population.
Most of this group lives in Centennial Park City, Arizona (36°57′21.96″N 112°58′59.64″W), a town approximately 3 miles (5 km) south of the twin communities of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah,[1] with a small number living in the Salt Lake Valley.

[February 6]

Ruby Jessops, children and sister

Ruby Jessops, children and sister

[January 22]
PHOENIX (AP) _ Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says there is an ongoing criminal investigation into a polygamous sect along the Utah-Arizona border.
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ leader, Warren Jeffs, is jailed in Texas for life after being convicted of sexually assaulting two of his underage brides.
A 26-year-old woman who claims Jeffs forced her into marriage at age 14 has now fled the group. She says she and her six children were held against their will for years.
Horne says her allegations of forced underage sex, among other things, are part of the ongoing case, but he declined to provide details.
Jeffs was convicted in Texas after similar allegations were leveled against him and others following a 2008 raid on an FLDS ranch in Texas.
Ruby Jessop escape from Colorado City, Ariz. along with her six children ages 2 to 10.
“ She went to court in Kingman and got a court order to bring her children out. I talked to her for a bit his morning. The kids were huddled around a TV, which they have seldom if ever seen before. “

[October 11,’11]

Some wives of Warren Jeffs

Some wives of Warren Jeffs

The woman had been living with her parents, and ran to the home of Willie Jessop, former spokesman for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who currently supports a rival seeking to replace Jeffs as prophet..
Washington County sheriff’s deputies helped one of the wives of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs leave the sect’s home base community along the Utah-Arizona border Monday.
The sheriff’s deputies helped diffuse what had become a standoff with FLDS men outside Jessop’s office, after a manhunt was launched, the woman was taken to a shelter. Deputies arrived on a ‘keep the peace’ call at about 3pm.
She asked for assistance in leaving the community,.
They are looking into allegations she was held against her own will and even drugged.


François Fillon, the centre-right French presidential candidate whose scandal-ridden campaign saw him crash out of the country’s presidential elections, is joining a fund management firm.

Mr Fillon, who is under judicial investigation in an embezzlement case, is to become a partner at Tikehau Capital in September, highlighting the porous borders between France’s political and business elite.

Based in Paris and with offices across Europe and Asia, Tikehau has more than €10bn in assets under management and focuses on private corporate debt and private equity investing.

[ July 14 Brigitte ‘in such good shape’ ]


July 14 2017


In 2013. Valarie served as France's first lady

Michelle Obama with Hollande’s companion

French President Emmanuel Macron greets US First Lady Melania Trump while his wife Brigitte Macron welcomes US President Donald Trump at Les Invalides museum in Paris

DONALD Trump exclaimed Emmaneul Macron’s wife Brigitte Trogneux was “in such good shape”






[July 7 Macron confers, Fillon is silent]



During a party, Francois Fillon did not fail to admit that one day he would reveal confidences about Penelope Gate and what surrounds him: ” My silence will not be eternal.” When the time comes, Will write what I have on my heart.

[June 23 Macron’s 350 seats in National assembly ]


Faced by Macron’s 350 seats, conservative Républicains and their centrist allies had their worse ever score with 130 seats (against 229 in the last Parliament).


[May 9 Russian hacking shows Macron offshore accounts? ]

 French prosecutors are to open a probe into the campaign of president-elect Emmanuel Macron.   French cyber police will lead the investigation after documents purporting to show off-shore bank accounts were released online.  Mr Macron has vigriously denied all allegations relating to bank accounts.   Said to be a hoax

[May 8 Co-Habitation – Penelope and Brigitte ]


Who has more fun politics? Brigitte accused of hair extensions, veneers and cosmetic surgury





Brigitte Marie-Claude Trogneux, was married to a banker named André-Louis Auzière and has three children and seven grandchildren, with him. Her 30-year-old daughter, Tiphaine Auziere, is a lawyer and also works on her stepfather, Emmanuel Macaron’s campaign. At her first campaign event, Tiphanie praised Emmanuel, calling him an “intelligent man” with an “exceptional personality.” Brigitte’s eldest child, Sebastien was born in 1975, which makes him two years older than his stepfather. Brigitte’s youngest daughter, Laurence, is the same age as Emmanuel, and were actually in the same class.

co habitation

France’s center-right party, seeking to rebound after the defeat of its presidential candidate, said on April 26 it could share power with Emmanuel Macron if he is elected, as pollsters predict, on May 7.

Macron, a 39-year-old centrist, is tipped to comfortably win a runoff vote against far-right leader Marine Le Pen, but the political movement he created a year ago faces a huge challenge in the follow-up legislative election in June.

With Macron and his “En Marche!” movement at risk of being in a minority in parliament, the center-right party, The Republicans, hopes to secure enough National Assembly seats to demand a government role despite the defeat of its presidential contender Francois Fillon, eliminated in a first-round vote on April 23. president cannot do much without parliamentary support in France, since the office is less independently powerful than in the United States.
“Cohabitation,” is a particular feature of French government, under which it is possible that the president (who is elected directly) belongs to one party, and the prime minister belongs to the other. Although this confuses people from other countries, French citizens quite like it, as it creates a kind of domestic balance of power.

[April 25 Enter Brigitte Macron, the cougar?]


17 and 40


Who has more fun politics?

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is married to Brigitte Macron. As Brigitte Marie-Claude Trogneux, the now 64-year-old is the daughter of a family of chocolatiers, an organizer who is one of the masterminds behind the movement’s rise. Trogneux eventually separated from her husband with whom she has three children. In 2007, the two Macrons were married . Critics of the presidential front-runner frequently refer to his wife using the term “cougar” — a not exactly flattering word that describes older women seeking relationships with younger men.

[April 23 No French President Fillon ]


Fillon finished  close behind the front-runners with 19.9 percent suppot and Fillon – a former prime minister – received some last-minute public endorsements from former President Nicolas Sarkozy and former Prime Minister Alain Juppe.
Fillon beat both of them in the primary vote to stand for the Republicans party, but his campaign has been hit by a series of allegations and charges of financial irregularities during his time as a government official and minister.

[February 1 Fun in horse race]


Who has more fun politics?

What started last week as a page three article in Le Canard Enchaine (it was not even on the front) now has a serious chance of bringing down the man seen as favourite to be the next French head of state. Mr Fillon’s wife Penelope was paid hundreds of thousands of euros in taxpayers’ money for a fictitious job as parliamentary assistant to her husband and his replacement.. So a new method for choosing a replacement candidate would have to be devised. Many eyes are turning to Alain Juppe, the runner-up in November’s primary.
Last week Mr Juppe said there was no way he would let himself be considered again as a candidate – but that was then.
“What is striking to me is how little help there is being directed at Fillon from his fellows in the party,” says Cecile Cornudet. “It doesn’t look good for him.”
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy is no doubt watching closely, and other senior Republican figures are also being mentioned, such as Francois Baroin, Laurent Wauquiez and Xavier Bertrand. Marine Le Pen, French far-right National Front (FN) party president, too is embroiled in corruption allegations, after the European parliament demanded she start repaying around €300,000 it says were wrongly paid to legislative aides and her bodyguard

[December 8 2016 DSK “a dimension outside the system” in second place as left candidate ]


December 7 2016

The former IMF chief is back on the podium from left presidential candidates. According to a survey, 37% of French see him as a good candidate.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn is back on the list of best candidates left for 2017, second only Manuel Valls in a ViaVoice poll for Liberation published Thursday December 8. To the question whether each of the nine tested individuals would make a good or a good candidate “for the left in the 2017 presidential election,” 47% of respondents put the head Manuel Valls. DSK reached 37%, ahead of Ségolène Royal (32%), Martine Aubry (28%), Arnaud Montebourg (24%). François Hollande gets only 23%.
Among supporters of the left, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (45%) but ranks only 5th place, preceded by Manuel Valls (67%), Martine Aubry (62%), Ségolène Royal and François Hollande (56% each) . “Data for Dominique Strauss-Kahn are particularly unexpected,” notes political analyst Francois Miquet-Marty on behalf of ViaVoice. According to him, for DSK assets “a dimension outside the system, including during the trial proceedings; in contrast, the image of competence reinforced this time in the heart of the system “, and that” a determination, a perceived strength. ”
Moreover, Nicolas Sarkozy is designated by 28% of the sample as the winner of the presidential election if the were held today (23% for Marine Le Pen, only 9% for Hollande). 63% of respondents disapprove of the present policy (19% approve, 18% did not respond). 34% think that the right would be better that the Socialists if it was in power, and 28% believe that the National Front as it would do better.
Survey conducted online June 23 to 26 among a sample of 1,002 people representative of the French population aged 18 and over. Quota method.

[February 9 Alain Juppé ahead of Nicolas Sarkozy in polls ]

Alain Juppé is married to Isabelle Juppe (Bodin-born Legrand) is a former journalist who has long worked for the Lagardere media group. A Digital Specialist ,”The digital Woman in 2007″ .

Former French Prime Minister Alain Juppé will win The Republicans party nomination to run for president in 2017, beating Nicolas Sarkozy, according to a poll from Ipsos published in daily newspaper Le Monde February 8.
Forty-four percent of the respondents who are “certain” to vote in the party’s primary elections said they would choose Juppe, compared with 32 percent for Sarkozy, Ipsos, which conducted the survey with the Cevipof political institute, said. While former President Sarkozy may win more votes among party followers, The Republicans’ primaries will be open to all voters, which could allow Juppe to take the lead, the survey shows. France’s two-round presidential elections will be held in May 2017 and The Republicans’ primaries will be held in November. Sarkozy has vowed to slash taxes and pare back public spending if he is elected French president in 2017, as the former leader begins his campaign for nomination.

President Francois Hollande would lose the first round of the 2017 presidential election if either Sarkozy or Juppe win The Republicans’ primaries, according to a poll.

DSK – Comité de soutien

[December 1 2014 Hollande in Dakar row; Paparazzi did not snap Gayet, 5 staff fired ]

On November 29 at the meeting in the Senegalese capital Dakar, Hollande said “all human beings should be allowed to choose their leaders”.
Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said the French leader should not “decide what will happen in African countries concerning their political future”.
She added: “It’s a ‘Made in France’ democracy, and in Rwanda we find that shocking.”

Five members of Francois Hollande’s personal staff have lost their jobs after photos were taken of the president and his ‘secret’ lover at the Elysee Palace.
Taken last month, they showed the 60-year-old Socialist with Julie Gayet, the 42-year-old TV actress.There was no possibility of paparazzi having got into the highly secure presidential home in Paris, prompting the speculation that the pictures were taken by staff.
‘Five were immediately placed in the frame, and they are the ones who have been moved on to other duties,’ said a governmental source in Paris.
He said investigators did not know the exact person who had taken the snaps, so all five were ‘being let go’.

[November 29 Sarkozy elected party leader of UMP; Gayet is pictured at Elysee

As UMP holds an election, Julie Gayet is pictured at  Elysee

Say three times:Gayet à l’Elysée

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been elected party leader of UMP, gaining 64.5% of the vote. More than 150,000 party members – over 50% – voted in the election [ November 28] Sarkozy faces two internal challengers for the country’s main opposition party, the conservative UMP’s primary in 2016 to choose the party’s 2017 presidential candidate: former prime ministers Alain Juppe and Francois Fillon. Neither is running in the elections November 28,29.

[November 3 Sarkozy: Alain Juppé has become the main obstacle to the political return of Nicolas Sarkozy]

Alain Juppé is married to Isabelle Juppe (Bodin-born Legrand) is a former journalist who has long worked for the Lagardere media group. A Digital Specialist ,”The digital Woman in 2007″ .

A survey highlights the new popularity of Alain Juppe, who has become the main obstacle to the political return of Nicolas Sarkozy as the candidate in the 2016 primary of the UMP for the presidential election in 2017. The Mayor of Bordeaux in fact exceeds the former president of the Republic in popularity with supporters of the UMP, with 76% of good opinions, compared to 71% for Nicolas Sarkozy. The other potential contenders for the investiture of 2017 are far behind. A survey by polling group LH2 in October showed Alain Juppé, for the first time beating Sarkozy in the run-off due next year for the presidential ticket of their UMP party.

Alain Juppé, a prime minister under center-right French President Jacques Chirac and a senior minister during the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy, said on August 20 that he would seek to become president in 2017. In 2004, he was forced to put his political career on hold, when a court sentenced him to one year of ineligibility for public office, in addition to a 14-month suspended prison term for having illegally helped militants within his party collect monthly payments from the Paris city hall. At the time, Mr. Juppé acknowledged errors and negligence but said he had never sought to violate the law.

In a brief statement, Jacques Chirac , the former president of the Republic is supporting former Prime Minister candidate in the primary of the UMP for the presidential election in 2017.

“I always knew that Alain Juppe would have an appointment with you his fate and that of France.” Few things could I do more fun, for me- even for him, especially for our country (…) If I had the energy, I would have already booked my place, even a small, at its HQ.”

[July 23 UMP supports Sarkozy despite indictment ]
Atlantico survey published July 17 shows that UMP supporters support Nicolas Sarkozy. Indeed, the former head of state grew by 6 points compared to June 2014, despite his indictment and the Bygmalion case.

[July 17]

Her rhetorical style is a cross between gospel and opera and, with a voice like Billie Holiday

Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira: Her rhetorical style is a cross between gospel and opera and, with a voice like Billie Holiday

Questioned on the first indictment of Nicolas Sarkozy and attacks of the former Head of State against the judiciary, Christiane Taubira wished to recall that “everything is justiciable remedies, it is possible to challenge a decision. At this stage, Mr. Sarkozy has the opportunity to enter the investigating chamber. ” Nicolas Sarkozy has he been humiliated? “It is easy to imagine that a custody unpleasant [but] if the judges have reason to believe that custody is necessary, they do whatever the defendant, and the rule of law ” . regard to very strong criticism by Nicolas Sarkozy, Minister of Justice believes that “it carries a subjective assessment. If the law has not been complied with, there are remedies (…).

[July 13]

Under arrest

Under arrest

Le Monde newspaper published extracts from telephone calls in which Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly tells Mr Herzog – who has also been charged with corruption – he will help out Judge Azibert in return for the information.
The conversations apparently took place in February on a mobile phone Mr Sarkozy bought using a false name because he knew his calls were being tapped.
Judge Azibert has already been charged with illegally passing on information in relation to an enquiry into money being received by billionaire L’Oreal heiress, Liliane Bettencourt.
In another part of the phone tapes, Mr Sarkozy is also heard saying he will meet with Michel Roger, Monaco’s chief of government.
Mr Sarkozy later discovered that his phone was being bugged, and so did not end up sorting out the job for the judge, it
[July 1]

Happy 58th Birthday, Nick

Happy 58th Birthday, Nick, January 28 2013

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been held in police custody for questioning over suspected influence-peddling,Sarkozy had a secret phone registered under an assumed name and it was conversations with his lawyer Herzog, recorded on that device, which triggered the probe, and that he was tipped off that his mobile phone had been tapped by judges looking into the alleged financing of his 2007 election campaign by former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Sarkozy got a friendly judge to try to influence the outcome of confidential legal deliberations related to the Bettencourt case in return for support securing a lucrative post in Monaco.
They also imply he had a mole in a senior position who tipped him off about a planned police raid on his offices. Such interference in the judicial process is regarded as “influence peddling” in French law and carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. The ex-president was accused of “abuse of someone in an impaired state” in the case involving L’Oreal cosmetics fortune heiress Liliane Bettencourt, and was cleared last year of taking Bettencourt’s money when she was too frail to know what she was doing.

[March 6]

Lawyers for former President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni announced that they would file a complaint for invasion of privacy for privacy after the release of recordings made by former presidential adviser Patrick Buisson . An interim (emergency procedure) will “soon” filed in the High Court of Paris. Referred to the civil justice aims to stop “a manifestly ilicit” emergency and thus prevent further broadcasts excerpts or transcripts from such recordings. Substantive proceedings may nevertheless be the result. Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife cannot accept that the remarks, made in a private capacity , have been recorded and are distributed without their consent , the confidentiality of private conversations constituting also one of the foundations of a democratic society, “wrote Thierry Herzog and Richard Malka lawyers in a statement. By this procedure, the couple “decided to continue by way of interim relief which will soon be before the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris, capturing, recording and dissemination of some of their statements, in violation of Articles 226-1 and 226-2 of the Criminal Code, “they said. Both items are designed to achieve the intimacy of private life by recording words or images without the consent of the persons concerned and the preservation of such records and the fact of wearing or leave to inform the public. These facts are punishable with one year’s imprisonment and a fine of € 45,000

facts are punishable with one year’s imprisonment and a fine of € 45,000

Mary-Kate Olsen, 27, and Olivier Sarkozy , the half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and French banker, 44 are engaged. “Mary-Kate’s family thinks Olivier is the best thing to happen to her,”
Olsen won’t have a hard time adjusting to motherhood, either. She’s already close to Sarkozy’s two children Julien, 12, and Margo, 10, from his previous marriage to Charlotte Bernard.
On March 3, 2008, he was appointed Co-head and Managing Director of the Carlyle Group’s Global Financial Services Group. Olivier Sarkozy is based in New York City and is a member of the Board of Directors of BankUnited. They share a US$6 million townhouse in New York City.

The couple was joined by Sarkozy's daughter as they headed out to dinner in the West Village

The couple was joined by Sarkozy’s daughter as they headed out to dinner in the West Village

The fast set

123 East 10th Street – East Village, New York Olivier Sarkozy, the half-brother of former French president-slash-casanova Nicolas, is already selling off his 19th-century East Village rowhouse at 123 East 10th Street, which he bought last August for $6.25 million. Dubbed a “love nest” for him and much-younger girlfriend Mary-Kate Olsen, the Frenchman picked up this 1854 five-bedroom, four-bathroom house at 123 East 10th Street?designed by James Renwick of Grace Church and St. Patrick’s Cathedral fame?because it was old. (Insert joke about their 17-year age difference here.) Signs, a.k.a. the tabloids, report that, even after a year of dating, the couple is still canoodling all over the city, so perhaps he’s trading it in for a more modern residence. The handsome red-brick home with multiple parlors, eight fireplaces, original parquet floors, detailed moldings, and a garden is listed for $6,995,000.

123 East 10th Street – East Village, New York Erected in 1854 by James Renwick, one of the most famous American Architects of his time, amongst Grace Church, St. Patricks Cathedral and other internationally acclaimed projects, 123 East 10th stands out as one of the most exquisite Row Houses built. This house remains to be as attractive and architecturally significant today as it was almost two centuries ago. The home boasts at least five bedrooms and currently only four bathrooms but can easily accommodate more of each. An old world layout with a double parlor greets one with a lovely grand entrance and can accommodate multiple sitting rooms.

to Paris

USD $81,000

Exit Hotel Bristol, M-K & Ashley

Elizabeth Olsen on Tuesday (March 4) in Paris, France.

[September 9 2011]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

(Comité de soutien de Dominique Strauss Kahn communiqué) Dominique Strauss-Kahn will not be the primary candidate of the Socialist Party for President of the Republic of 2012! DSK Club regrets to announce that DSK has taken an irrevocable decision in view of the impediment that has retained a New York court because of a hasty and prejudice that have played against him …! Being a man of responsibility and duty, he agreed to step back from his position as DG of the IMF to protect the institution he has reformed and put his candidacy aside to allow the socialists to debate calmly and prepare an alternative to the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy! see DSK Club site



[April 20 2017] A wrongful death lawsuit involving Rebecca Zahau, whose nude body was found hanging from a Coronado mansion balcony in 2011, has been amended to focus on her boyfriend’s brother and eliminates two sisters as accomplices.The lawsuit, formally amended in March, now alleges that Adam Shacknai alone beat Zahau unconscious, stripped off her clothes, bound her hands and feet, gagged her and hanged her from the balcony.

Adam Shacknai reported to police that he found her hanging, and cut her down from the strand of red rope that was tied off to a bed.

Attorney C. Keith Greer declined to ascribe a motive for killing Zahau, saying he would reserve that for trial, which is scheduled for February 2018




[September 2 2011]

Adolph B Spreckels III

Adolph B Spreckels III

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department September 2 will announce its findings in the bizarre death of Rebecca Zahou, the girlfriend of Scottsdale-based Medicis CEO Jonah Shacknai. Zahau-Loehner said she spoke with her sister the night before her body was found and she gave no hint that she planned to take her life. She said she planned to bring Jonah Shacknai breakfast and a change of clothes the next morning to the hospital where his son was being treated.

Zahau also told her sister that she would call her parents in the morning on the way to the hospital. She emailed another sister in Germany to say she would be updating throughout the next day.

“Too detailed planning for someone who’s planning to end their life that night,” Zahau-Loehner said.

The home was built in 1908 and named for its original owner, John D. Spreckels, who also owned the newspapers, the San Diego Union and San Diego Tribune.
Born in 1949, Adolph B Spreckels III – great grandson of a Germany-born sugar baron, railway tycoon and publisher, Claus Spreckels – grew up in the lap of luxury. When he was five, the world’s most famous man became his stepfather. Clark Gable schooled him in the art of hunting and revealed the illusory insanity of the image factory to his young charge. Following Gable’s death in 1960, he would use the star’s Oscar as a doorstop. his excesses caught up with him, at the age of just 27
June 27, 1949
In a small, green-carpeted room of San Francisco’s Bank of America, one of the biggest sugar deals in West Coast history was quietly sealed. Last week, for $5,250,000, husky, handsome Charles Edouard de Bretteville, 36, and associates announced that they had picked up the choicest pieces of the disintegrating J.D. & A.B. Spreckels companies, a sprawling empire founded by bearded Claus Spreckels in 1863, which once held some 50 companies worth $60 million.
Claus Spreckels, formally Adolph Claus J. Spreckels (July 9, 1828 – December 26, 1908), (his last name has also been spelled as Spreckles[ was a major industrialist in Hawai’i during the kingdom, republican and territorial periods of the islands’ history. He also involved himself in several California enterprises, most notably the company that bears his name, Spreckels Sugar Company.