Monday, January 23, 2012

Occupy Pocatello for the NYT



24-year-old political science and psychology major Christopher Cooke sits in his tent at the Occupy Pocatello base camp on the corner of 5th Avenue and Carter Street in Pocatello, Idaho Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. Cooke is a senior at Idaho State University who plans to continue his involvement with the movement when he moves to Boise to work with Brian Cronin in the Idaho House of Representatives.

Voices from the Occupy Front Article

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Luc Robitaille Celebrity Shoot Out!












This was, hands down, the most awesome assignment I have ever photographed. I met Ian Laperriere and Adam Foote, two of my favorite and two of the most amazing hockey players ever, and got to photograph a hockey game from the bench. If you know me, the photos speak for themselves, and really, I have nothing more to say except: EPIC.

And now, a generic caption:
Retired National Hockey League players and celebrities played together at the Luc Robitaille Celebrity Shoot Out hockey game at the Park City Ice Arena Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, including former NHL players Ian Laperriere, Adam Foote, Rob Blake, and Cuba Gooding Jr., Alan Thicke and Andie MacDowell in a friendly game to benefit Stacia and Luc Robitaille's charity Echoes of Hope.

SE Slideshow of all o' it.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Officer Down


Reserve Officer Todd Hurd with the Ogden City Police Department wears a black stripe across his badge as he stands guard at the crime scene in Ogden, Utah where six officers with the Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force were shot the previous night while serving a warrant. Officer Jared Francom of the Ogden City Police Department was killed and five others wounded: Shawn Grogan, Kasey Burrell and Michael Rounkles, all of the Ogden Police Department, Sgt. Nate Hutchinson, Weber County Sheriff’s Office, and Jason Vanderworfe, Roy Police Department.


Dozens of police officers from area departments and various emergency personnel surrounded the house at 3268 Jackson Street in Ogden where one officer with the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force was killed and 5 others wounded in a shootout while serving a drug-related warrant on Matthew David Stewart, 37, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. Police have said officers repeatedly knocked on the door and called inside Stewart's house before they broke inside. He was in a hiding spot as officers searched the house, and began firing after he emerged into the open, according to court documents now filed by Weber County Attorney Dee Smith. Stewart was also wounded.


A member of the Weber County SWAT team stares down at his firearm, helmet and gloves near the scene of the fatal shootout.



Hundreds of members of the Ogden community joined officers for a candlelight vigil at the Ogden Amphitheater 24 hours later.


Sgt. Danny Driggs of the Weber County Sheriff's Office, left, comforts Erin Francom, the widow of Officer Jared Francom, during a candlelight vigil in Ogden. Although the couple had recently separated, she said her husband "loved his job more than anything." They have two young daughters together.


Police officers prepare to unload the casket of Ogden Police Officer Jared Francom from a fire truck at Ogden City Cemetery Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. The funeral took place at Dee Events Center in south Ogden and the procession through the city took about an hour to reach the cemetery.


Weber County Sheriff's Sgt. Nate Hutchinson is greeted by his friends and colleagues after being released from the hospital to attend Officer Francom's funeral. Sgt. Hutchinson was shot "several times," according to court documents, and remained in a wheelchair for the graveside service.


Ogden Master Officer Trina Gerry touches the casket of Officer Francom. Officers left a pile of white gloves in tribute.

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The man accused of fatally shooting the police officer and wounding five others during the drug raid said he feared for his life because he thought people were breaking into his home to rob and kill him. Matthew David Stewart told media he had no idea he was under investigation by the strike force and while he declined to say whether he was growing marijuana in his home, he did say he believes marijuana should be legal. Stewart, who was also shot, spent several weeks in the hospital and was booked into Weber County Jail as soon as he was released. He is being held without bond on one count of aggravated murder, seven counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of production of a controlled substance. Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said he intends to seek the death penalty for Stewart.