Warren Jeffs’ brother apprehended in Colorado
Seth Jeffs said to be transporting money, credit cards, cell phones & mail to Prophet in Texas
Seth Steed Jeffs, 32, of Hildale, UT and brother of FLDS Prophet Warren Jeffs, was arrested Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, in Pueblo County Colorado on federal warrant charging him with concealing his older brother from arrest. The younger Jeffs also faces a charge in Colorado state court for soliciting a male prostitute.
According to court documents, a Pueblo County officer responded to a citizen complaint about a suspected drunk driver on Interstate Highway 25. Deputy Eric Medina reportedly stopped a 2005 Ford Excursion driven by Nathaniel Steed Allred, 26, of Colorado City, AZ. Seth Jeffs was the only passenger in the vehicle.
Sheriff Doran responds to AZ Attorney General
Sheriff David Doran responded this week to charges leveled at him by Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard who said last week that Doran wasn’t doing enough to apprehend fugitive FLDS prophet Warren Jeffs. Doran noted that his officers have maintained close surveillance on the YFZ Ranch where a number of Jeffs’ followers are known to live and have made numerous traffic stops including several of Warren Jeff’s’ closest relatives.
“We had Seth Jeffs on a traffic stop a few months ago but Arizona wasn’t interested in him then, neither was Utah.” Doran said.
Seth Jeffs, is the brother of Warren Jeffs. He was arrested last week in Colorado and charged with concealing his brother from prosecution after he was found to be in possession of $200,000 in cash and numerous envelopes addressed to Warren Jeffs and/or The Prophet.
Report tracks YFZ generators back to C-City power company
Robert Richter, a former member of the FLDS church, and former municipal employee of the Colorado City, AZ, told reporter John Dougherty of the Phoenix New Times that he worked on several projects while employed by the city that were intended for the YFZ Ranch near Eldorado. Among those projects were two 500 kilowatt diesel-powered electric generators.
Richter said that he was told by his superiors to refurbish and install computerized controls on the two generators so that they would work in conjunction with the electric power provided to the YFZ Ranch near Eldorado, TX by Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative. According to the New Times story, Richter and two other city employees overhauled the generators prior to a public auction which he claimed was fraudulent. Richter says he was told to disassemble computer controls in order to make the generators appear as if they needed substantial work.
Elusive prophet remains at large despite dragnet
Utah police thought that maybe, just maybe they had managed to find Warren Jeffs last week when an anonymous tipster reported that the fugitive prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was hiding in a house near Beryl, UT.
But when police pulled over two vans seen leaving the area, what they found was a number of young men and boys dressed in dark suits, a style favored by Jeffs’ FLDS followers.
Jeffs, however, was not in either of the vans, but authorities did locate a police scanner in one of the vehicles.
According to investigators, an anonymous informant told police that Warren Jeffs was hiding at a place called Harker Farm, a small settlement of FLDS faithful near the southern Utah town of Beryl.
AZ wrests school away from polygamous board
The State of Arizona will take over operation of the Colorado City Unified School District, located in the state’s largest polygamous community, beginning January 1, 2006, following a settlement last week between the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and CCUSD board of trustees. The agreement was ratified Monday by the Arizona State Board of Education.
The settlement was precisely what state lawmakers had in mind when, earlier this year, they crafted a bill allowing the state to seize control of mismanaged school districts. And, it was the CCUSD school system that prompted the debate in the first place.
Court grants continuance on YFZ enviromental hearing
A state administrative hearing judge granted a continuance on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, so that representatives of YFZ Land LLC might have more time to prepare for a hearing on environmental violations at the YFZ Ranch near Eldorado.
The company ran afoul of state environmental regulations in 2004, shortly after it was learned that a group of fundamentalist Mormons from the Utah/Arizona border area had purchased the 1,691-acre ranch and were building a polygamous community there.
Violations ranging from collapsed septic tanks, to operating a public water system without a permit and illegal burning of refuse, were filed against the ranch as TCEQ investigators uncovered more than a dozen individual infractions during a multi-month investigation.