FBI: Polygamous leader likely used olive oil to slip monitor
SALT LAKE CITY — Authorities say polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs likely used olive oil or another lubricant to slip off his GPS ankle monitor and escape home confinement last month in Utah.
FBI spokeswoman Sandra Yi Barker said Tuesday that Jeffs may have been driven away in a dark, late-model Ford Mustang that neighbors saw at his house June 18.
Jeffs was awaiting trial in a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud case. He runs day-to-day operations in the polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border.
His escape came less than two weeks after he was released from jail. U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart said 10 other defendants from the group had already been released and obeyed the court's conditions.
Prosecutors objected to his release, calling Jeffs a flight risk. The FBI has issued a wanted poster calling him armed and dangerous.
Mayor who's also standup comedian indicted on theft charges
CINCINNATI — A small-city mayor who's also a veteran standup comedian was indicted Tuesday on four felony counts including election falsification and theft in office.
The state auditor's office announcement followed a monthslong investigation of Republican Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings by special prosecutors appointed by a Highland County judge. The counts also include theft and tampering with records.
Hastings said he has done nothing wrong and was "mystified" when he was served with the indictment while having lunch at a restaurant.
"I'm only guilty of trying to represent our citizens without the consent of an established political structure," Hastings said.
Among allegations probed were improper personal use of Hillsboro city trash bins, a $500 vacant building fee refund he received and election falsification concerning his residency in the city of 6,600 residents, where he has a downtown apartment. He has called the investigation a politically motivated "witch hunt" and a waste of taxpayers' money.