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Man sentenced to 14 years in prison for sexual assault

James Zink, one of three men accused of sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint Oct. 14, 2017, was sentenced Friday to 14 years in prison for second-degree assault. He was also sentenced to 10...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Michael Jones convicted of first-degree murder

A Texas man who shot and killed another man in a marijuana robbery was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder. Michael Jones, 20, will spend the rest of his life in prison as a result of the...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jail escapee captured; schools placed on lockout during chase

A jail escapee was captured Wednesday after an hour-long foot pursuit up and down the Animas River Trail north of downtown Durango. The chase resulted in lockouts at Durango High School, St....

DATE: Aug. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Grammy-winning country star Gretchen Wilson arrested

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. – Grammy-winning country music star Gretchen Wilson has been arrested at a Connecticut airport after what was described as a minor disturbance on an incoming flight. Wilson has...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

La Plata County Jail inmate escapes from outside work assignment

A La Plata County Jail inmate assigned to outside work at the Durango/La Plata County Senior Center escaped Tuesday. Marty Kelly Yazzie, 30, walked out of the senior center between noon and 12:15...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Officials investigate cause of death for Colorado mom, kids

FREDERICK – The bodies of two young girls were submerged in crude oil for four days before authorities discovered them, according to court documents filed by an attorney defending the girls’ father...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Man facing jail allegedly leaves court, eludes police

A California man with a pending sentence for drug possession in Cortez has twice eluded law enforcement, officials say: once in court and again in a police pursuit. On Aug. 1, Alejandro Reyes left...

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

Jurors hear 911 tape in trial for man suspected of killing his wife

Prosecutors and defense attorneys spent time this week arguing whether Silvino Martinez-Perez should be charged with first-degree murder or manslaughter. Martinez-Perez, 36, is suspected of...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Opening statements made in drug deal murder trial

The prosecution and defense told vastly different stories during opening statements this week in the case of Michael Jones, who is suspected of murder after a drug deal gone bad in May 2017. The...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

A ‘tantalizing’ theory from Stephen King’s son: Shark thriller ‘Jaws’ holds the clue to an unsolved 1974 murder

The worlds he conjures are full of terror and mischief. One of the novellas in his latest book, “Strange Weather,” tells of a gun massacre. Another recounts a bout of inclement weather that sends...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Books

Number of animal cruelty charges reduced for La Plata County couple

A La Plata County couple charged with more than 100 counts of animal cruelty had the number of charges significantly reduced Tuesday. Deputy District Attorney Brendan Richards filed a motion Monday...

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

Durango man’s death ruled a homicide

The death of a 51-year-old Durango man in April has been ruled a homicide. Michael Bourriague was found dead at his home April 13 on Plymouth Drive, off Florida Road near Riverview Elementary...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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