Shane Benjamin

Position: Assistant city editor

Email: shane@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4547

About: Shane Benjamin is a graduate of Fort Lewis College with a degree in mass communication. He has been in journalism for 17 years, working as a reporter and editor. He joined the Herald in 1999 as a reporter and covered city government, county government, education and cops and courts. He has won numerous press awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press and Colorado Press Association. He contributed to the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire coverage that won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism in the category of public service. Read More Hide

La Plata County man found guilty of sexual assault on a child

A La Plata County man has been found guilty of sexual assault on a child after a four-day trial this week in Durango. The man, who was a juvenile at the time of the assaults, exposed himself to a...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 46 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Three men arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

Three men were being held Friday at the La Plata County Jail on suspicion of threatening a woman with a gun and then making her perform sexual acts. Devin “Ducky” Richard Bond, 21, Anthony “Izzy”...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 46 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio man found dead in creek from possible drowning

An Ignacio man appears to have drowned in a creek this week near town limits. Investigators believe Richard Landmark, 53, was living as a homeless man when he became intoxicated, went for a walk in...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Subway robbed at gunpoint in northeast Durango

Police are searching for a man suspected of robbing the Subway sandwich shop Thursday night on Florida Road in northeast Durango. The robbery occurred at 10:19 p.m. at 1537 Florida Road, near Bread...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 47 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

John Mulloy Jr. found guilty of burglarizing Bayfield pawn shop

A Bayfield man was found guilty Wednesday of burglarizing Pine River Pawn earlier this year in Bayfield. John Joseph Mulloy Jr., 34, faces up to eight years in prison for burglary. He also was...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2017 | UPDATED: 2 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Two jury trials underway in Durango

Two jury trials are underway this week in La Plata County, one against a man suspected of sexual assault and another against a man suspected of burglary. About 430 jury summons were sent to...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Camera shows wildlife using highway underpass east of Durango

A wildlife underpass completed late last year between Durango and Bayfield has proved to be a well-traveled thoroughfare for coyote, raccoons, mule deer and a few humans. A surveillance camera has...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | UPDATED: 3 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Fourth man sentenced in slaying of Fort Lewis College student

An Arizona man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for his role in a home invasion and shooting death of a Fort Lewis College student. Kodi Kuauhtli, 21, looked up at the ceiling and closed...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Archuleta County commissioners: Courthouse not a health hazard

PAGOSA SPRINGS – Despite numerous illnesses, Archuleta County commissioners said Friday the county courthouse presents no health hazard to employees or the visiting public. In a resolution passed...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2017 | UPDATED: 5 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Is Archuleta County Courthouse safe to occupy?

A showdown looms in Archuleta County, where judicial and law enforcement employees vacated the courthouse last month for health concerns, but county commissioners say there is no evidence of a...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango slashing suspect turns himself in to police

A Durango man suspected of attempted murder for slashing another man’s face is being held without bail after turning himself in Monday night. Sean C. Giovanni, 29, made his first court appearance...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

A dozen car tires slashed in South Durango

A dozen car tires were slashed early Tuesday in South Durango. Police and victims said someone used a knife to slice the sidewalls of 12 car tires sometime between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m....

DATE: Oct. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News