6th Judicial District

Bayfield babysitter accused of child abuse found not guilty

A Bayfield baby sitter accused of abusing an infant child was found not guilty on all charges Monday. After a 2½-day trial, a jury of six people acquitted Bridget Craig on two counts of child...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Free legal advice available Thursday

The 6th Judicial District Access to Justice Committee will host an event for residents to obtain free legal advice from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. ...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man who drunkenly ran over two pedestrians given amended sentence

A Durango man sentenced to two years in community corrections and 10 years of probation for running over two pedestrians while driving drunk was given a reduced sentence Thursday, but with a...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Does La Plata County’s barking dog ordinance have teeth?

La Plata County officials will find out if the county’s newly instituted barking dog ordinance has any teeth when a neighbor dispute over noisy pets heads to trial early next year. The new law,...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trials reset for couple charged with animal cruelty

Two La Plata County residents charged with more than 30 counts of animal cruelty had their jury trials reset this week. Jeffery and Elizabeth Jackson were supposed to stand trial in November and...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man sentenced to life in prison for killing Durango resident

A 21-year-old man convicted of first-degree murder for the shooting death of a Durango man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole. A 12-person jury convicted Michael Jones in...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Court documents describe abysmal conditions in animal cruelty case

New court documents reveal grisly details of a massive animal-abuse case suspected of happening in western La Plata County. The report, filed by the 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office,...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Talks to return court functions to Pagosa Springs called ‘frank and productive’

A meeting Wednesday to find a short-term solution to woes at the Archuleta County Courthouse, which have driven court operations from Pagosa Springs to Durango, was described as “frank” and...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Governor names new judge for La Plata County

Dondi Osborne, a federal prosecutor in Durango, has been appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve as La Plata County judge. Osborne said she was notified Friday that she was selected from a...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

District Attorney Christian Champagne’s bike recovered

An alleged thief gambled and lost last week when he decided to steal a high-profile bike from a high-profile lawyer. Sixth Judicial District Attorney Christian Champagne returned home July 8 from...

DATE: July 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

A voice for children caught in the legal system

Some of the most vulnerable victims – children who have been abused or neglected – have new advocates in the 6th Judicial District, which includes Archuleta, San Juan and La Plata counties. Four...

DATE: March 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chief District Court judge skates to the finish line in Durango

Speed skaters need supreme balance, principled discipline and a precise application of power to glide across the ice in record time. The same can be said of district court judges who oversee civil...

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

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