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  • Holocaust survivor hopes we don't repeat history

    Holocaust survivor hopes we don't repeat history

    Thursday, August 17 2017 12:27 AM EDT2017-08-17 04:27:33 GMT
    Holocaust survivor Oskar Knoblauch talked to Mike Watkiss about recent events. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Holocaust survivor Oskar Knoblauch talked to Mike Watkiss about recent events. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Phoenix resident and Holocaust survivor Oskar Knoblauch has seen and experienced much in his 91 years and has been closely following the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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    Phoenix resident and Holocaust survivor Oskar Knoblauch has seen and experienced much in his 91 years and has been closely following the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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  • Neighborhood where deadly shooting took place mourns officer

    Neighborhood where deadly shooting took place mourns officer

    Friday, May 20 2016 2:20 PM EDT2016-05-20 18:20:38 GMT
    Critically wounded, Officer David Glasser, a 35-year-old husband and father of two small children, was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital. (Source: 3TV)Critically wounded, Officer David Glasser, a 35-year-old husband and father of two small children, was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital. (Source: 3TV)

    Bullet holes and blown out windows mark the spot at the Laveen home where Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser and a young burglary suspect were fatally shot Wednesday afternoon. 

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    Bullet holes and blown out windows mark the spot at the Laveen home where Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser and a young burglary suspect were fatally shot Wednesday afternoon. 

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  • Polygamy Diaries: Sea change in Short Creek

    Polygamy Diaries: Sea change in Short Creek

    Friday, April 29 2016 2:36 PM EDT2016-04-29 18:36:41 GMT
    Things are changing in Colorado City and its twin town, Hildale, UT. (Source: 3TV)Things are changing in Colorado City and its twin town, Hildale, UT. (Source: 3TV)

    Today in the twin border towns of Colorado City and Hildale, it is very much a tale of two cities -- a community divided not by a state line, but instead by the cultural Grand Canyon that now separates the many people who continue to follow Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints prophet Warren Jeffs and the growing number of non-FLDS residents who are now actively taking the community in a new direction.

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    Today in the twin border towns of Colorado City and Hildale, it is very much a tale of two cities -- a community divided not by a state line, but instead by the cultural Grand Canyon that now separates the many people who continue to follow Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints prophet Warren Jeffs and the growing number of non-FLDS residents who are now actively taking the community in a new direction.

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  • Former FLDS member: 'I felt betrayed'

    Former FLDS member: 'I felt betrayed'

    Thursday, April 28 2016 4:18 PM EDT2016-04-28 20:18:20 GMT

    Virginia is among the growing number of people in Hildale and neighboring Colorado City who have either left the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or been kicked out by imprisoned prophet Warren Jeffs. "It feels like more and more people are starting to question things, starting to just wake up," she woman said.

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    Virginia is among the growing number of people in Hildale and neighboring Colorado City who have either left the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or been kicked out by imprisoned prophet Warren Jeffs. "It feels like more and more people are starting to question things, starting to just wake up," she woman said.

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  • Couple targeted by FLDS neighbors talks about changes

    Couple targeted by FLDS neighbors talks about changes

    Thursday, April 28 2016 12:29 AM EDT2016-04-28 04:29:43 GMT

    For nearly a decade, Ron and Jinger Cooke have lived under siege, targeted by their FLDS neighbors in the twin border towns of Colorado City, AZ and Hildale, UT because they are not followers of FLDS prophet Warren Jeffs. 

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    For nearly a decade, Ron and Jinger Cooke have lived under siege, targeted by their FLDS neighbors in the twin border towns of Colorado City, AZ and Hildale, UT because they are not followers of FLDS prophet Warren Jeffs. 

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  • Non-FLDS residents optimistic about changes in wake of verdict

    Non-FLDS residents optimistic about changes in wake of verdict

    Tuesday, March 8 2016 10:21 PM EST2016-03-09 03:21:44 GMT
    The Department of Justice claims Colorado City and its twin town, Hildale UT, discriminate against people who are not part of the FLDS church. (Source: 3TV)The Department of Justice claims Colorado City and its twin town, Hildale UT, discriminate against people who are not part of the FLDS church. (Source: 3TV)

    Colorado City resident Isaac Wyler is upbeat and optimistic his hometown. "I feel it is a very good moment," he said one day after a federal jury found Colorado City, AZ and neighboring Hildale, UT guilty of engaging in "a pattern and practice of discrimination." 

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    Colorado City resident Isaac Wyler is upbeat and optimistic his hometown. "I feel it is a very good moment," he said one day after a federal jury found Colorado City, AZ and neighboring Hildale, UT guilty of engaging in "a pattern and practice of discrimination." 

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  • Discrimination trial against FLDS towns wrapping up

    Discrimination trial against FLDS towns wrapping up

    Tuesday, March 1 2016 1:24 AM EST2016-03-01 06:24:12 GMT
    The Department of Justice claims Colorado City and its twin town, Hildale UT, discriminate against people who are not part of the FLDS church. (Source: 3TV)The Department of Justice claims Colorado City and its twin town, Hildale UT, discriminate against people who are not part of the FLDS church. (Source: 3TV)

    After nearly passing out on the bench and being rushed to the hospital one week ago, Judge Russel Holland was back in the saddle Monday as the Justice Department's discrimination lawsuit against Colorado City, AZ and Hildale, UT got back on track after a weeklong delay. 

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    After nearly passing out on the bench and being rushed to the hospital one week ago, Judge Russel Holland was back in the saddle Monday as the Justice Department's discrimination lawsuit against Colorado City, AZ and Hildale, UT got back on track after a weeklong delay. 

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  • Children's advocate on FLDS raid: 'It's really about time'

    Children's advocate on FLDS raid: 'It's really about time'

    Thursday, February 25 2016 2:43 AM EST2016-02-25 07:43:25 GMT
    FBI agents raided several FLDS-controlled businesses in the twin border towns Tuesday. (Source: 3TV)FBI agents raided several FLDS-controlled businesses in the twin border towns Tuesday. (Source: 3TV)

    Well-known children's advocate Flora Jessop wasn't mincing any words Wednesday when asked about the federal government's latest crackdown on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints community in Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ. FBI agents raided several FLDS-controlled businesses in the twin border towns Tuesday.

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    Well-known children's advocate Flora Jessop wasn't mincing any words Wednesday when asked about the federal government's latest crackdown on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints community in Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ. FBI agents raided several FLDS-controlled businesses in the twin border towns Tuesday.

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  • Week 5 of DOJ discrimination suit against FLDS towns wraps up

    Week 5 of DOJ discrimination suit against FLDS towns wraps up

    Friday, February 19 2016 1:48 AM EST2016-02-19 06:48:12 GMT
    The Department of Justice claims Colorado City and its twin town, Hildale UT, discriminate against people who are not part of the FLDS church. (Source: 3TV)The Department of Justice claims Colorado City and its twin town, Hildale UT, discriminate against people who are not part of the FLDS church. (Source: 3TV)

    Throughout the week, defense attorneys called a series of witnesses to dispute the DOJ's claims that the twin border towns are controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and that non-FLDS residents are discriminated against.

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    Throughout the week, defense attorneys called a series of witnesses to dispute the DOJ's claims that the twin border towns are controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and that non-FLDS residents are discriminated against.

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  • Fiery testimony at FLDS discrimination trial

    Fiery testimony at FLDS discrimination trial

    Thursday, February 18 2016 1:12 AM EST2016-02-18 06:12:20 GMT
    Colorado City Town Manager David Darger repeatedly told jurors that the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not "control" or "direct" the municipal governments of the two border towns. (Source: 3TV)Colorado City Town Manager David Darger repeatedly told jurors that the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not "control" or "direct" the municipal governments of the two border towns. (Source: 3TV)
    Jurors hearing the Justice Department's discrimination case against Colorado City, AZ and Hildale, UT were treated on Wednesday to some of the fieriest and contentious testimony to date in the monthlong trial. Defense lawyers called Colorado City Town Manager David Darger to the stand. More >

    Jurors hearing the Justice Department's discrimination case against Colorado City, AZ and Hildale, UT were treated on Wednesday to some of the fieriest and contentious testimony to date in the monthlong trial. Defense lawyers called Colorado City Town Manager David Darger to the stand.

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  • Defense continues in FLDS discrimination case

    Defense continues in FLDS discrimination case

    Tuesday, February 16 2016 9:14 PM EST2016-02-17 02:14:55 GMT
    Ken Brendle contracts with Colorado City to serve as the tiny community's city prosecutor. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)Ken Brendle contracts with Colorado City to serve as the tiny community's city prosecutor. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

    On Tuesday, defense lawyers called Flagstaff attorney Ken Brendle to the witness stand. As part if his legal practice, Brendle contracts with Colorado City to serve as the tiny community's city prosecutor.

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    On Tuesday, defense lawyers called Flagstaff attorney Ken Brendle to the witness stand. As part if his legal practice, Brendle contracts with Colorado City to serve as the tiny community's city prosecutor.

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  • Defense up to bat in federal discrimination suit against polygamous towns

    Defense up to bat in federal discrimination suit against polygamous towns

    Wednesday, February 10 2016 10:26 PM EST2016-02-11 03:26:16 GMT
    Longtime Hildale Mayor Philip Barlow took the stand Wednesday. (Source: 3TV)Longtime Hildale Mayor Philip Barlow took the stand Wednesday. (Source: 3TV)

    The defense in a federal discrimination trial was up to bat in Phoenix federal court Wednesday. Lawyers representing Colorado City, AZ and Hildale, UT began presenting their case in the Department of Justice's discrimination lawsuit against the twin border towns. The first witness called to the stand by the defense was longtime Hildale Mayor Philip Barlow. Barlow told jurors that the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not control the municipal government ...

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    Lawyers representing Colorado City, AZ and Hildale, UT began presenting their case in the Department of Justice's discrimination lawsuit against the twin border towns. The first witness called to the stand by the defense was longtime Hildale Mayor Philip Barlow.

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  • DOJ close to wrapping up case in FLDS discrimination trial

    DOJ close to wrapping up case in FLDS discrimination trial

    Tuesday, February 9 2016 1:26 AM EST2016-02-09 06:26:32 GMT
    Department of Justice lawyers are close to wrapping up their case. (Source: 3TV)Department of Justice lawyers are close to wrapping up their case. (Source: 3TV)

    Week four got underway Monday in the Justice Department's civil rights lawsuit against Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ. DOJ lawyers are reportedly nearing the end of their case. 

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    Week four got underway Monday in the Justice Department's civil rights lawsuit against Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ. DOJ lawyers are reportedly nearing the end of their case. 

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  • Former Colorado City Town Marshal: 'It's time for the truth'

    Former Colorado City Town Marshal: 'It's time for the truth'

    Thursday, February 4 2016 6:26 PM EST2016-02-04 23:26:57 GMT
    "I'm a little embarrassed how much control the church had on me," longtime Colorado City Town Marshal Helaman Barlow said. (Source: 3TV)"I'm a little embarrassed how much control the church had on me," longtime Colorado City Town Marshal Helaman Barlow said. (Source: 3TV)
    "My job was to protect the church." That was the testimony Wednesday from longtime Colorado City Town Marshal Helaman Barlow. "The church was everything," Barlow told jurors in the federal discrimination lawsuit against Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ.  More >

    "My job was to protect the church." That was the testimony Wednesday from longtime Colorado City Town Marshal Helaman Barlow. "The church was everything," Barlow told jurors in the federal discrimination lawsuit against Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ. 

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  • Another former FLDS member takes the stand in federal discrimination trial

    Another former FLDS member takes the stand in federal discrimination trial

    Wednesday, February 3 2016 3:06 AM EST2016-02-03 08:06:59 GMT
    Richard Holm spoke with Mike Watkiss briefly before taking the stand Tuesday. (Source: 3TV)Richard Holm spoke with Mike Watkiss briefly before taking the stand Tuesday. (Source: 3TV)
    It's a courtroom drama full of lots of familiar faces. The Department of Justice's discrimination lawsuit against Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ is playing out in Phoenix’s federal court like reruns on TV.  More >

    It's a courtroom drama full of lots of familiar faces. The Department of Justice's discrimination lawsuit against Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ is playing out in Phoenix’s federal court like reruns on TV. 

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  • Damning testimony continues in FLDS discrimination trial

    Damning testimony continues in FLDS discrimination trial

    Thursday, January 28 2016 9:15 PM EST2016-01-29 02:15:05 GMT
    Texas Ranger Nick Hanna was once again on the witness stand Thursday morning. (Source: 3TV)Texas Ranger Nick Hanna was once again on the witness stand Thursday morning. (Source: 3TV)
    Texas Ranger Nick Hanna was once again on the witness stand Thursday morning. Hanna was the lead investigator in the 2008 raid on Warren Jeffs’ West Texas hideout, the YFZ Ranch.    More >

    Texas Ranger Nick Hanna was once again on the witness stand Thursday morning. Hanna was the lead investigator in the 2008 raid on Warren Jeffs’ West Texas hideout, the YFZ Ranch.   

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  • Former sister-in-law of FLDS prophet testifies

    Former sister-in-law of FLDS prophet testifies

    Thursday, January 28 2016 2:18 AM EST2016-01-28 07:18:31 GMT
    Charlene Wall Jeffs declined to talk about her testimony. (Source: 3TV)Charlene Wall Jeffs declined to talk about her testimony. (Source: 3TV)

    The ex-wife of a leader in a polygamous church teared up in court Wednesday when recalling how she was isolated from her children and feared even authorities would help hide them from her.

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    The ex-wife of a leader in a polygamous church teared up in court Wednesday when recalling how she was isolated from her children and feared even authorities would help hide them from her.

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  • Lawyers give opening statements in discrimination case against polygamous towns

    Lawyers give opening statements in discrimination case against polygamous towns

    (Source: Maggie Keane)(Source: Maggie Keane)

    With a jury women selected, the stage was set Wednesday morning for opening statements in the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights lawsuit against the twin border towns of Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ.  

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    With a jury selected, the stage was set Wednesday morning for opening statements in the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights lawsuit against the twin border towns of Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ.  

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  • Former defender of FLDS prophet now a vocal critic, star witness for prosecution

    Former defender of FLDS prophet now a vocal critic, star witness for prosecution

    Tuesday, January 26 2016 11:46 PM EST2016-01-27 04:46:55 GMT
    Willie Jessop testified Tuesday. (Source: 3TV)Willie Jessop testified Tuesday. (Source: 3TV)
    For many years, Willie Jessop was the chief of security and personal bodyguard for Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints prophet Warren Jeffs, but now he is one of the star witnesses in the Justice Department's discrimination lawsuit against Colorado City, AZ and Hildale, UT. More >

    For many years, Willie Jessop was the chief of security and personal bodyguard for Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints prophet Warren Jeffs, but now he is one of the star witnesses in the Justice Department's discrimination lawsuit against Colorado City, AZ and Hildale, UT.

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  • Trial witnesses say imprisoned prophet runs polygamous towns

    Trial witnesses say imprisoned prophet runs polygamous towns

    Friday, January 22 2016 12:59 AM EST2016-01-22 05:59:07 GMT
    3TV's Mike Watkiss talks to Dowayne Barlow, a former follower of Warren Jeffs and a key witness in the discrimination trial again Colorado City and Hildale. (Source: 3TV)3TV's Mike Watkiss talks to Dowayne Barlow, a former follower of Warren Jeffs and a key witness in the discrimination trial again Colorado City and Hildale. (Source: 3TV)

    Day two of the Department of Justice's civil rights lawsuit against Colorado City and Hildale brought lots of damning testimony from two former followers of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints prophet Warren Jeffs. 

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    Day two of the Department of Justice's civil rights lawsuit against Colorado City and Hildale brought lots of damning testimony from two former followers of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints prophet Warren Jeffs. 

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  • CONFESSIONS OF AN AMBULANCE CHASER

    Sins of my fathers: Unfinished business

    Sins of my fathers: Unfinished business

    Tuesday, January 19 2016 1:49 AM EST2016-01-19 06:49:45 GMT
    (Source: 3TV)(Source: 3TV)

    Like a lot of people whose families' roots go deep in the Mormon faith, I have ancestors who practiced polygamy. I have also spent much of my nearly 40-year career as a reporter doing stories about the practice of polygamy in America. Many of the stories have focused on the abuse of women and children in the closed and isolated FLDS community in Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ.

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    Like a lot of people whose families' roots go deep in the Mormon faith, I have ancestors who practiced polygamy. I have also spent much of my nearly 40-year career as a reporter doing stories about the practice of polygamy in America. Many of the stories have focused on the abuse of women and children in the closed and isolated FLDS community in Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ.

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  • Victim in tissue donation firm scandal speaks out

    Victim in tissue donation firm scandal speaks out

    Thursday, January 14 2016 12:11 AM EST2016-01-14 05:11:30 GMT
    (Source: 3TV)(Source: 3TV)

    East Valley resident Troy Harp says for the last two years, he has been caught up in a nightmare in which he has been victimized twice. 

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    East Valley resident Troy Harp says for the last two years, he has been caught up in a nightmare in which he has been victimized twice. 

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  • Chandler police searching for man who sexually assaulted child

    Chandler police searching for man who sexually assaulted child

    Monday, October 12 2015 10:33 PM EDT2015-10-13 02:33:15 GMT
    Composite sketch of a suspect in a sexual assault that occurred in Chandler on Thursday, Oct. 8. (Source: Chandler Police Department)Composite sketch of a suspect in a sexual assault that occurred in Chandler on Thursday, Oct. 8. (Source: Chandler Police Department)
    The Chandler Police Department on Thursday reported officers are going door to door to warn residents about a man who sexually assaulted a child earlier in the day.More >
    The Chandler Police Department on Thursday reported officers are going door to door to warn residents about a man who sexually assaulted a child earlier in the day.More >
  • County attorney on freeway shooting suspect case: 'People can feel safe'

    County attorney on freeway shooting suspect case: 'People can feel safe'

    Wednesday, September 30 2015 11:27 PM EDT2015-10-01 03:27:04 GMT
    "I think the public can rest easy," Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday.  "It appears to be the person who initiated what was going on at the time. We haven't had any incidents since then."More >
    "I think the public can rest easy," Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday.  "It appears to be the person who initiated what was going on at the time. We haven't had any incidents since then."More >
  • Occupants wonder what's next after truck hits home

    Occupants wonder what's next after truck hits home

    Tuesday, September 29 2015 9:43 PM EDT2015-09-30 01:43:15 GMT
     Glendale resident Cynthia Martinez stood outside the chain link fence that surrounded her home, assessing the damage.More >
     Glendale resident Cynthia Martinez stood outside the chain link fence that surrounded her home, assessing the damage.More >
  • Expert: Tourists should be warned about dangers of mountain hiking in AZ

    Expert: Tourists should be warned about dangers of mountain hiking in AZ

    Wednesday, July 8 2015 8:51 PM EDT2015-07-09 00:51:47 GMT
    The area where the English hiker's body was found is a place firefighters call Lost Kid Canyon. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)The area where the English hiker's body was found is a place firefighters call Lost Kid Canyon. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
    In the wake of an out-of-town hiker's death on Camelback Mountain, questions are being raised about whether enough is being done to warn tourists about the inherent dangers of hiking the Valley of the Sun's mountain trails, particularly during the long, hot summer.More >
    In the wake of an out-of-town hiker's death on Camelback Mountain, questions are being raised about whether enough is being done to warn tourists about the inherent dangers of hiking the Valley of the Sun's mountain trails, particularly during the long, hot summer.More >
  • Fired state director calls Ducey a 'lying, puffed up evil Barney Rubble'

    Fired state director calls Ducey a 'lying, puffed up evil Barney Rubble'

    Saturday, June 13 2015 12:40 AM EDT2015-06-13 04:40:19 GMT
    Shawn Marquez (left), Gov. Doug Ducey (right)Shawn Marquez (left), Gov. Doug Ducey (right)
    Shawn Marquez makes no bones about that fact that he's angry. It is not about him being fired from his job at the Department of Weights and Measures. Marquez says the governor is lying about his termination and basically using him as a punch line.More >
    Shawn Marquez makes no bones about that fact that he's angry. It is not about him being fired from his job at the Department of Weights and Measures. Marquez says the governor is lying about his termination and basically using him as a punch line.More >
  • Confessed robber: Credit union holdup was 'a cry for help'

    Confessed robber: Credit union holdup was 'a cry for help'

    Wednesday, June 10 2015 10:38 PM EDT2015-06-11 02:38:48 GMT
    During a jailhouse interview Wednesday, confessed robber Ahmahd Jackson told 3TV's Mike Watkiss that he "wanted to be caught" in hopes of getting the mental health care that he says he desperately needs.More >
    During a jailhouse interview Wednesday, confessed robber Ahmahd Jackson told 3TV's Mike Watkiss that he "wanted to be caught" in hopes of getting the mental health care that he says he desperately needs.More >
  • 'Shrubbery vandals' use chainsaw to wreck landscaping

    'Shrubbery vandals' use chainsaw to wreck landscaping

    Tuesday, March 24 2015 12:49 AM EDT2015-03-24 04:49:07 GMT
    Phoenix police are trying to track down the vandals who took some “landscaping” into their own hands.More >
    Phoenix police are trying to track down the vandals who took some “landscaping” into their own hands.More >
  • Alleged animal hoarder kept dozens of cats in deplorable conditions

    Alleged animal hoarder kept dozens of cats in deplorable conditions

    Monday, March 9 2015 10:55 PM EDT2015-03-10 02:55:49 GMT
    More than a dozen cats were rescued from an alleged animal hoarding situation in Mesa on Monday. More >
    More than a dozen cats were rescued from an alleged animal hoarding situation in Mesa on Monday. More >

Mike WatkissMike Watkiss is a veteran reporter who has been on the frontline of some of the biggest stories of the last four decades.

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Mike Watkiss

Watkiss has interviewed serial killers and super stars.

He was one of the first reporters on the scene the morning the bodies of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson were discovered.

Watkiss then covered the so-called "Trial of the Century" -- the criminal prosecution of O.J. Simpson.

During an eight year run with the show "A Current Affair" Watkiss first worked as a New York-based correspondent and then was transferred to Los Angeles to serve as both the L.A. Bureau Chief and West Coast Correspondent.

While with "A Current Affair" Watkiss covered the L.A. Riots, the Northridge Earthquake, the Oklahoma City Bombing, "Night Stalker" Serial Killer Richard Ramirez, Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss, and Figure Skater Tonya Harding.

Watkiss also traveled the world from Singapore to Switzerland covering Super-Star Michael Jackson.

For the last eighteen years, Watkiss has worked as the Senior Reporter at Phoenix TV Station KTVK.

During this time, Watkiss covered the 9-11 attack from New York City, Hurricane Katrina from Biloxi Mississippi, the Death of Princess Diana from London, the trial of American Terrorist Timothy McVeigh from Denver and countless wildfires all over the Western United States.

Watkiss has received many of journalism's major awards. In 2009 Watkiss was also presented the FBI's Community Leadership Award by then FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Because of his extensive work covering the practice of polygamy in America, Watkiss, who comes from polygamist ancestors, is recognized as one of the leading experts on American polygamy, the FLDS Church and Polygamous Prophet Warren Jeffs.

In 2005, Watkiss produced the Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning Documentary "Colorado City and the Underground Railroad."

The documentary chronicles the stories and struggles of a handful of brave women who stood up against the abusive Prophet and power structure of the FLDS community and, ended up, changing the course of history.

Watkiss has a B.A. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a Masters' Degree in Journalism from Columbia University.

Watkiss has appeared in several movies including "Dumb and Dumber," "The Positively True Adventure of the Texas Cheerleading Murdering Mom," and "Outlaw Prophet Warren Jeffs."

Watkiss is a native of Salt Lake City. He now lives with his family in Phoenix.

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