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(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) The twin towns of Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah, are photographed in 2007. The federal government sued Hildale and Colorado City’s governments in 2017, accusing them of discriminating against residents who didn't belong to the FLDS Church.

Colorado City says police ties to polygamous group are past

By Ben Winslow | FOX 13 | August 24, 2021, 2:13 a.m.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) The twin towns of Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah.

Colorado City airport gains land from Bureau of Land Management

By The Associated Press | May 21, 2021, 4:26 p.m.

(Rick Scuteri | AP file photo) In this Feb. 19, 2020, photo, Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a rally before his dad, President Donald Trump, appears in Phoenix.

Donald Trump Jr. shoots guns from Utah company with ties to polygamous sect

By Nate Carlisle | July 27, 2020, 12:54 a.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)
The Leroy S. Johnson Meetinghouse in Colorado City, Ariz., shown in 2013.

Land trust is dropped from lawsuit over alleged sex abuse in polygamous sect meetinghouse

By Nate Carlisle | July 16, 2020, 7:57 p.m.

(Photo by Tolga Katas) Lavonna Barlow holds Cutie, one of the family's cats, while surveying the remains of the family's house in Veyo, in Washington County, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the day after a wildfire destroyed the home. Cutie was singed; others in the cat's litter died in the fire.

Family’s home goes up in flames in wildfire near St. George

By Sean P. Means | July 15, 2020, 11:19 p.m.

(Courtesy photo) Joseph O. Kingston, seen here in this undated photo. The "14" represents his status as a "numbered man" in the Davis County Cooperative Society, also known as the Kingston Group.

Co-owner of a California casino with Utah polygamous sect ties dies from COVID-19

By Nate Carlisle | May 27, 2020, 2:47 p.m.

(Tribune file photo) Vera Johnson Black comforts Elsie, 11, as Emily, 9, holds her sister's arm. At the rear is Lillian, 14. Seven of Black's children were placed in state custody after the 1953 raid on Short Creek, which led to a Utah Supreme Court case. Black died this week at age 102.

Vera Black, whose children were taken away because she was a polygamist in a landmark Utah case, dies at 102

By Nate Carlisle | May 14, 2020, 2:33 p.m.

(Davis County Sheriff's Office, via AP) This photo provided by the Davis County Sheriff's Office shows Lev Aslan Dermen. He was convicted in the Washakie Renewable Energy fraud.

Coronavirus not enough to get mistrial for defendant convicted in Washakie Renewable Energy fraud

By Nate Carlisle | April 8, 2020, 5:25 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)  Members of "Tapestry of Polygamy" Rowenna Erickson, left, Laura Chapman, Vicky Prunty and Carmen Thompson held a news conference outside Gov. Michael Leavitt's office in 1998 to gain support in their fight to prosecute bigamy and related civil rights abuses in Utah.

Polygamy opponents see lessening of penalties as latest sign Utah doesn’t want to help

By Nate Carlisle | March 17, 2020, 9:31 p.m.

(Davis County Sheriff's Office)Lev Aslan Dermen.

Figure in Utah’s Washakie Renewable Energy fraud is convicted on all 10 counts

By Nate Carlisle | March 17, 2020, 1:50 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) L.A. Attorney Mark Geragos, who has represented music stars Michael Jackson and Chris Brown, arrives for the final day of jury selection at the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in the trial of Lev Dermen, who is charged with 10 felonies related to fraud at Washakie Renewable Energy.

In closing arguments of Washakie fraud trial, defense again focuses on role of Utah polygamist family

By Nate Carlisle | March 12, 2020, 12:17 a.m.

(Courtesy Davis County jail) Lev Aslan Dermen, also known as Levon Termendzhyan, a suspect in a fraud scheme, poses for this mug shot from 2018

The Washakie trial — featuring polygamy, fraud, corruption and all-star lawyers — is one of the strangest Utah has seen

By Nate Carlisle | March 8, 2020, 4:03 p.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo)   The Lake Elsinore Hotel and Casino in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Monday, April 8, 2019.

Documents spell out casino’s ties to Utah polygamous sect as California seeks to deny it a gambling license

By Nate Carlisle | March 2, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

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Rep. Lowry Snow, R-St. George, shown in 2017, sponsored the bill that would essentially decriminalize polygamy.

Polygamy bill passes Utah House, appears headed for governor

By Nate Carlisle | February 27, 2020, 3:44 a.m.

(Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune) Hildale Mayor Donia Jessop, right, testifies Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee in favor of SB102 as Sen. Deidre Henderson, center, and Melissa Ellis, left, listen. The bill would make polygamy among consenting adults an infraction.

Polygamy bill passes House panel after hearing that asks whether bill will help victims or perpetrators

By Nate Carlisle | February 25, 2020, 2:51 a.m.

(Video stills composite image) Nine people who have lived in polygamy sent The Salt Lake Tribune videos explaining whether they support the bill. SB102 still needs to pass the Utah House of Representatives and be signed by Gov. Gary Herbert before it becomes law.

Why people who have lived in polygamy support — or don’t — a Utah bigamy bill

By Nate Carlisle | Sara Weber | February 19, 2020, 10:52 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) L.A. Attorney Mark Geragos, who has represented music stars Michael Jackson and Chris Brown, arrives for the final day of jury selection at the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in the trial of Lev Dermen, who is charged with 10 felonies related to fraud at Washakie Renewable Energy.

Defense attorney calls Jacob Kingston ‘unhinged’ and ‘untethered’ due to his answers in biofuel fraud trial

By Nate Carlisle | February 13, 2020, 11:53 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Kingston brothers Isaiah (left) and Jacob in this Sept. 1, 2011, photo are at the Washakie Renewable Energy open house for their plant in Plymouth, Utah.

Washakie’s Jacob Kingston says $30 million from his biofuels fraud went to his Utah polygamous sect

By Nate Carlisle | February 13, 2020, 4:11 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Brigham Young

New volume of ‘Saints’ reveals the many sides of Brigham Young

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | February 12, 2020, 9:31 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Depicting women gaining the right to vote in the Utah Territory in 1870, the Seraph Young Votes mural is seen above the House Chamber at the Utah Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.

How polygamy helped Utah women get the right to vote

By Becky Jacobs | February 12, 2020, 4:45 p.m.

(Courtesy U.S. District Court for the District of Utah) Lev Dermen, left, stands with Jacob Kingston at a banquet hall in Southern California in 2014. Federal prosecutors say this photo is evidence of how Kingston purchased the 2010 Bugatti Veyron, left, for $1.72 million to give Dermen, and Dermen purchased the Ferrari, right to give to Kingston to launder money from a biofuel fraud. Kingston has pleaded guilty to crimes. Dermen has pleaded not guilty. Behind the men is a sculpture of a lion's head, the animal Dermen associates himself with.

Tip about 2016 federal raid came from IRS office, former Washakie CEO Jacob Kingston testifies

By Nate Carlisle | February 12, 2020, 1:09 a.m.

(Image via Belize Ministry of National Security) Belize Minister of National Security John B. Saldivar inspects security facilities Dec. 14, 2019.

Was Belize’s next potential premier on the take? Washakie fraud defendant paid stacks of cash to him, Jacob Kingston testifies

By Nate Carlisle | February 11, 2020, 12:51 a.m.

In this photo provided by the Davis County Sheriff's Office shows Lev Aslan Dermen. Openings arguments are set Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Utah for a California businessman who prosecutors accuse of being a key figure in a $511 million tax credit scheme carried out by two executives of a Salt Lake City biodiesel company linked to a polygamous group. The men from the polygamous group pleaded guilty last year to money fraud and other charges and are expected to testify against Lev Aslan Dermen, who has pleaded not guilty. (Davis County Sheriff's Office, via AP)

A multimillion-dollar biofuel fraud began with a cowboy hat and a slew of seafood, Jacob Kingston testifies

By Nate Carlisle | February 6, 2020, 11:30 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Kingston brothers Isaiah (left) and Jacob co-own WRE or Washakie Renewable Energy, that produces 10milion gallons of biofuel. The largest biodiesel producer in Utah, Washakie Renewable Energy, held an open house in Plymouth on Thursday, September 1, 2011 to showcase its new production facility.

Jacob Kingston testifies about his polygamous sect and the birth of a multimillion-dollar tax scam

By Nate Carlisle | February 6, 2020, 12:57 a.m.

(Tribune file photo) Polygamists while incarcerated at the territorial prison in Salt Lake City.

Utah wades into polygamy again with bill that would reduce penalties for consenting polygamists

By Nate Carlisle | February 19, 2020, 4:33 p.m.