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Last Updated Mar 31, 2015 11:41AM

Reporters from ABC went to Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., collectively known as “Short Creek” and found a couple interesting things. First and foremost, they found former town Marshal Helaman Barlow looking a long way from his clean cut …

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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Mark James, attorney for Willie Jessop, signs documents after Jessop, right, was the sole bidder at an auction on courthouse steps for a property previously used by Warren Jeffs' Fundamentalist Church of Latter-day Saints Thursday, April 25, 2013. The property includes several homes, a storehouse and what was formerly a public school.  At right is is Washington County Sheriff Deputy Johnny Owen. Willie Jessop, who once defended Warren Jeffs, talks to Oprah again
    With update below After Texas authorities raided the Yearning For Zion ranch in 2008, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ...
    Updated Mar 21 2015 03:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The large community field in Hildale, Friday October 24, 2008. Utah attorney general wants polygamous towns’ water utility dissolved
    The Utah attorney general’s office is suing the water provider for polygamous towns on the Utah-Arizona border and asking that the utility be dissolve...
    Updated Mar 20 2015 10:15 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this April 22, 2008 file photo, a log-cabin-style home is among the buildings on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ compound that has nearly 50,000 square feet of residential space near Pringle, S.D. The sect has applied to the state of South Dakota to double the amount of water it can take from an aquifer prompting concern by neighbors and law enforcement about a possible influx of members who are being displaced from a compound on the Utah- Arizona border. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File) South Dakotans believe FLDS polygamist group wants to expand
    Sioux Falls, S.D. • The brother of an imprisoned leader of a polygamous sect wants to double the amount of water available to the group’s compound in ...
    Updated Mar 20 2015 11:12 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Former FLDS member and Colorado City Mayor Dan Barlow stands atop Berry Knoll in October 2008, recounting his experiences as a lookout from this very spot in the 1953 polygamy raid on Short Creek. In the background is the community of Centennial Park, whose members have offered to buy property from the UEP land trust including Berry Knoll, a spot with religious significance to the FLDS. Polygamous trust property goes to auction, not to the delight of all
    More than 40 pieces of property belonging to the United Effort Plan — the trust the state of Utah took over in 2005 — went to auction Tuesday in Hurri...
    Updated Mar 18 2015 10:44 am   |     |   Share


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  • (File photo of FLDS 'prophet' and convicted child-bride rapist Warren Jeffs, whose life sentence was determined by a Texas jury in August  2011. (The Salt Lake Tribune)  ) Polygamous towns’ water utility diverted $1.7 million in proceeds, review finds
    The water utility serving the polygamous towns on the Utah-Arizona border diverted $1.7 million to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter...
    Updated Mar 19 2015 10:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)  
A marshal with the FLDS Hildale/Colorado City Town Marshals on patrol in Hildale, Utah. Federal lawyers, polygamous towns on Utah border hunting for missing police reports
    About 3 a.m. on Feb. 21, 2013, the police force shared by Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., was called about a possible burglary of a business ...
    Updated Mar 10 2015 10:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
An irrigator in a community field in Hildale, Friday October 24, 2008. Utah auditor throws water on idea of probing polygamous towns’ utility
    The Utah state auditor’s office says it can’t examine the finances of a water utility suspected of sending money to the polygamous Fundamentalist Chur...
    Updated Feb 16 2015 09:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (File photo of FLDS 'prophet' and convicted child-bride rapist Warren Jeffs, whose life sentence was determined by a Texas jury in August  2011. (The Salt Lake Tribune)  ) Polygamist who officiated wedding of 12-year-old daughter in Texas to receive parole
    Texas plans to parole the man who officiated the ceremony marrying his 12-year-old daughter to polygamous church leader Warren Jeffs. Fredrick Merril...
    Updated Feb 12 2015 09:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy Ron and Geri Rohbock

Sherilyn Rohbock, top, and her stepmother, Geri Rohbock, look up at the tram at the San Diego Zoo in this October 2014 photo. The Rohbock family was told to leave Utah while police and federal agents investigated how Sharilyn came to live inside a travel trailer in Hildale, Utah. Girl from Utah polygamous sect whisked from parking lot, fingers get pointed
    The last time Ron Rohbock saw his daughter was in October in a store parking lot in Mesquite, Nev. He says a white Ford F-350, registered to a member ...
    Updated Feb 09 2015 11:19 am   |     |   Share
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    Courtesy  |  Utah State Auditor 

The Utah State Auditor created this diagram to show the relationship between the utility Twin City Water Works and Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona. The auditor determined a complete audit was not possible because the utility is incorporated in Arizona. Water utility does not funnel money to polygamous church, clerk says
    The clerk for Twin City Water works has submitted an affidavit saying the utility is paying its bills and sending no money to the polygamous Fundament...
    Updated Feb 05 2015 07:00 am   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
l-r Lyle Jeffs, believed to be the FLDS bishop in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, Nephi Jeffs and FLDS attorney Jim Bradshaw appeared in U. S. District Court in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Both men, who are Warren Jeffs' brothers, have been served subpoenas in a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit against Paragon Contractors, that provided labor for the Southern Utah Pecan Ranch near Hurricane. Both businesses are owned by members of the FLDS. Labor department investigators, according to court documents, believe that as many as 1,400 school-age children and their parents participated in the harvest. Jeffs brothers fire attorneys, won’t be providing FLDS doctrine soon
    Thursday was supposed to be the deadline for Lyle and Nephi Jeffs to provide a federal judge with doctrines from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Ch...
    Updated Feb 05 2015 02:37 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Young women on a walk in Hildale Monday, February 18, 2013. 2006 letter from current Colorado City mayor describes life under Warren Jeffs
    “I rejoice in gratitude for the privilege of checking in and keeping you up to date on the happenings here in the home.” That’s the opening of anothe...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 12:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Investigator Sam Brower, in Colorado City, Wednesday January 14, 2015. Utah detective has chased polygamist outlaws to Sundance
    Colorado City, Ariz. • Black cowboy boots swung from the sports-utility vehicle and landed on the red dirt road. Sam Brower started walking toward the...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 08:20 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Dec. 16, 2014 photo, a girl runs past a street sign in Hildale, Utah. The sister cities of Hildale and Colorado City, Ariz., once run by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, are split between loyalists who still believe he is a victim of religious persecution and defectors who are embracing government efforts to pull the town into modern society. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Utah town once run by polygamist leader is sharply divided
    Hilldale, Utah • As polygamist leader Warren Jeffs awaited his fate in a Texas prison, he sent an order to his followers on the Utah-Arizona border: B...
    Updated Jan 23 2015 11:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
l-r Lyle Jeffs, believed to be the FLDS bishop in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, and Nephi Jeffs appeared in U. S. District Court in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Both men, who are Warren Jeffs' brothers, have been served subpoenas in a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit against Paragon Contractors, that provided labor for the Southern Utah Pecan Ranch near Hurricane. Both businesses are owned by members of the FLDS. Labor department investigators, according to court documents, believe that as many as 1,400 school-age children and their parents participated in the harvest. Polygamist leaders must answer some questions about labor practices
    A federal judge on Wednesday ordered two of Warren Jeffs’ brothers to answer questions about the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day S...
    Updated Jan 21 2015 10:22 pm   |     |   Share
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    Courtesy  |  Statewide Auction Co.

The former Colorado City Fire Department auxiliary building. Empty home, fire station to be auctioned in polygamous towns
    For sale by owner: About 100 properties in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona. If the buildings on them were ever finished, then they are used...
    Updated Jan 10 2015 10:06 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
A woman rides a horse up Center Street in Colorado City toward the Canaan Mountains on a quiet day in 2008. Polygamous trust asks Utah to take over water utility
    The fiduciary in charge of Utah’s polygamous trust is asking a judge to place a water utility into receivership, saying it has been funneling money to...
    Updated Mar 19 2015 10:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
A home in Hildale, Utah, is adorned with bricks spelling out UEP, Saturday, August 9, 2014. Utah’s polygamous trust will continue — triumphs, crises and all
    For years, on the fourth floor of the Salt Lake Hardware Building, inside the offices of the accounting firm WSRP, hung a map of Hildale, Utah, and Co...
    Updated Jan 04 2015 02:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • A photo of the Pringle Trading Post and US Post office in Pringle, SD.  This small Southwestern South Dakota community has garnered national attention with the discovery of what appears to be a compound for the FLDS located about 15 miles West and South of Pringle.  Photo Date March 21, 2006. Photo by Rich Gabrielson Polygamist sect led by Warren Jeffs’ brother seeking to expand compound’s water system
    Pringle, S.D. • A rural housing compound owned by a polygamous sect in southwest South Dakota is seeking to expand its water supply, but it isn’t sayi...
    Updated Jan 03 2015 09:56 pm   |     |   Share
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    ‘Escaping Polygamy’ looks at Utah’s Kingston Group
    Television’s latest foray into polygamy looks different from what we’ve seen recently. While series like “Sister Wives” and “My Five Wives” show poly...
    Updated Dec 30 2014 09:36 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   

FLDS member Mary Harker, right, speaks with UEP trust administrator Bruce Wisan following a 2009 court hearing. More on Bruce Wisan remaining with polygamous trust, new tax problems
    Third District Court Judge Denise Lindberg issued her order keeping Bruce Wisan as fiduciary of the United Effort Plan late in the business day on Wed...
    Updated Dec 20 2014 01:21 pm   |     |   Share