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Last Updated Feb 16, 2015 09:24PM

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 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because that utility is not a public agency. Twin City …

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  • (File photo of FLDS 'prophet' and convicted child-bride rapist Warren Jeffs, whose sentence was to be determined by a Texas jury hearing testimony Saturday. (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 Jan 07 2015 10:10 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
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Attorney Jeffrey Shields and Bruce Wisan after at a hearing on the UEP land trust Tuesday {month name} 5, 2013 in Salt Lake City Judge opts to keep Wisan in charge of Utah-run polygamous trust, despite prostitution case
    A Utah judge on Wednesday decided to keep the man running a polygamous trust, despite his no contest plea to soliciting a prostitute. The order is a ...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 09:53 pm   |     |   Share
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    (The twin towns of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah, where many followers of Warren Jeffs' FLDS church reside.
Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune)  ; 9.20.2007 Lawsuit seeks to shut off the spigot at polygamous towns’ water utility
    Where does Warren Jeffs and his followers get the money for ranches, cars, lawyers and other items? For years, it’s been alleged a lot of money was f...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 07:47 am   |     |   Share
  • (Jim Dalrymple II | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Ron and Jinjer Cooke have filed a civil rights lawsuit against Colorado City and Hildale, saying they were discriminated against because they aren't FLDS

 Insurance companies paid $3 million to settle polygamous towns’ lawsuit
    The couple who won a $5.2 million jury verdict against polygamous towns on the Utah-Arizona line settled the case for significantly less money, accord...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 02:11 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Jim Dalrymple II | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Ron and Jinjer Cooke have filed a civil rights lawsuit against Colorado City and Hildale, saying they were discriminated against because they aren't FLDS

 Utah State Records Committee to hear dispute with polygamous town
    See the update below. Earlier this year, a federal jury in Phoenix said the towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., should pay $5.2 million ...
    Updated Dec 11 2014 01:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
UEP attorney Jeff Shields speaks at a meeting held at Mohave Community College in Colorado City to discuss the UEP distribution. UEP fiduciary Bruce Wisan is at left, Saturday, August 9, 2014. Utah polygamous trust racking up about $100,000 a month in attorney fees
    On Aug. 4, an attorney representing the United Effort Plan, the polygamous trust controlled by the state of Utah, had to review an agreement to sell s...
    Updated Dec 08 2014 02:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The large community field in Hildale, Friday October 24, 2008. Utah judge OKs evictions in polygamous community
    A judge has given Utah state officials the final go-ahead to enforce evictions on seven homes in Warren Jeffs’ polygamous sect, giving families until ...
    Updated Dec 04 2014 09:34 am   |     |   Share
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Brady Williams and his wives, from left to right: Nonie, Robyn, Brady, Paulie, Rhonda, Rosemary. Utah polygamous church investigating molestation accusation against leader
    Utah’s most-public polygamous group, the Apostolic United Brethren, says it is investigating claims its leader molested his daughter years ago. Rosem...
    Updated Dec 02 2014 08:55 pm   |     |   Share