Warrants served on fire stations, officials' homes in Colorado City
Colorado City Fire Station #3 on Township Avenue By Jennifer Thomas
COLORADO CITY, Ariz. -- Utah and Arizona authorities served search warrants on several fire stations and the homes of two city officials in a polygamous community in Mohave County Tuesday morning.
Five search warrants were executed in Colorado City, Ariz., and one in Hildale, Utah, with the assistance of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
The warrants were served at four fire station buildings and at the homes of Colorado City's fire chief, Jake Barlow, and Colorado City's town manager, David Darger.
Law enforcement officials are looking into alleged misuse of public funds and fraudulent schemes in connection with the city government and fire departments.
There are allegations that city and utility monies were used to sustain polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs while he was on the 10 Most Wanted list.
Twenty-five law enforcement personnel, investigators from the Mohave County Attorney's Office, detectives and deputies from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, forensic computer experts from the Arizona Attorney General's Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety simultaneously served the six search warrants.
Forensic experts are going through computer hard drives and financial documents.
3TV's Mike Watkiss is en route to the area and will have more details on "Good Evening Arizona."