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Last Updated Apr 27, 2015 08:52AM

Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap left me a voice mail late Friday saying law enforcement is “very interested” in speaking with Charlene Wall Jeffs. She is the legal wife of Lyle Jeffs, the man running the day-to-day operations of the …

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  • (Jim Dalrymple II | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Ron and Jinjer Cooke prevailed a civil rights lawsuit against Colorado City and Hildale, saying they were discriminated against because they are not FLDS. A judge now has ordered the FLDS to pay Polygamous towns must pay $2 million in attorney fees to Arizona
    A federal judge has awarded the state of Arizona more than $2 million in attorney fees in connection with a 2014 civil rights case brought against tw...
    Updated Apr 25 2015 10:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Lyle Jeffs, left, 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 in 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. Wife of Utah polygamist leader files for divorce, describes disturbing, allegedly ‘illegal’ practices
    The legal wife of Lyle Jeffs, the man running the day-to-day operations of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, ...
    Updated Apr 25 2015 04:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)  
Attorney Jeffrey Shields and Bruce Wisan after at a hearing on the UEP land trust in Salt Lake City in 2013. Utah judge concerned about polygamous trust attorney fees, approves most of them
    The judge overseeing the polygamous trust managed by Utah has reduced the fees to be paid to attorneys and encouraged the trust to reduce its legal co...
    Updated Apr 20 2015 07:00 am   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
UEP fiduciary Bruce Wisan takes his seat prior to a meeting held at Mohave Community College in Colorado City to discuss the UEP distribution, Saturday, August 9, 2014. The annual report on Utah’s polygamous trust — more money, problem towns, problem people
    Bruce Wisan, the fiduciary in charge of the United Effort Plan, has submitted his annual report on the trust. On the whole, it describes an environmen...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 04:13 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
A home in Hildale, Utah, is adorned last year with bricks spelling out UEP. 6 people receive homes in polygamous Utah town
    Six more people will receive homes in a polygamous Utah town and three others will receive vacant lots under an order issued by a judge Tuesday. The ...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 10:40 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. Judge finds Warren Jeffs’ brothers in contempt
    A judge has found two brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs in contempt of court for ignoring subpoenas in an investigation into suspected c...
    Updated Apr 24 2015 06:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • Followers of Warren Jeffs keep mother from taking kids, leading to standoff
    Police were forced to step in during a tense standoff in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border when members of Warren Jeffs’ sect blocked ...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 03:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Young girls and boys make a game out of running while on a school recess in Hildale, 2006. These days, it’s hard to be a child in the FLDS
    Growing up is hard no matter where you do it, but it’s looking exceedingly difficult within the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Sa...
    Updated Apr 04 2015 05:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)  
A marshal with the FLDS Hildale/Colorado City Town Marshals on patrol in Hildale, Utah. No sanctions for polygamous town cops over altered police reports
    Polygamous towns on the Utah-Arizona line will not be sanctioned for police reports that were altered and lost after the U.S. Department of Justice re...
    Updated Apr 03 2015 10:37 pm   |     |   Share
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    (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. Even voting is strange in polygamous town on Utah-Arizona line
    The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting looked again at voting patterns in Colorado City, Ariz. Like the last time, voting is strange there. T...
    Updated Apr 02 2015 10:04 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Young women on a walk in Hildale Monday, February 18, 2013. ABC News rides around Hildale and Colorado City, get followed by ‘God Squad’
    Reporters from ABC went to Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., collectively known as “Short Creek” and found a couple interesting things. First ...
    Updated Mar 31 2015 11:41 am   |     |   Share
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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
  • (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 Apr 08 2015 04:35 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