Crime

Snowdown revelers kept police busy last weekend in Durango

Snowdown revelers may have dressed classy for this year’s theme, “A Black Tie Affair,” but for many, their conduct was far from sophisticated. From Thursday to Sunday, the Durango Police Department...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police remind residents to lock cars after string of thefts in west Durango

The Durango Police Department is reminding residents to lock their car doors after about a dozen thefts were reported last month in the Crestview neighborhood in west Durango. At least eight cars...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man suspected of slashing another man’s face pleads not guilty

A Durango man suspected of slashing another man’s face pleaded not guilty Friday in 6th Judicial District Court. Sean Christopher Giovanni is suspected of using a razor blade, possibly a box...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man involved in shooting at Durango motel gets prison reduction

A former Fort Lewis College football player involved in a fatal shooting in March 2015 at the Iron Horse Inn had his prison sentenced reduced by one year Friday in District Court. Aaron Williams,...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Phone scams target La Plata County as tax season nears

Tax season is stressful enough without the added anxiety of IRS scams, and in La Plata County, a pervasive telephone scam is attempting to dupe taxpayers into giving criminals money. With the...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man sentenced to prison for violating probation

A Durango man with a history of violating his probation was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison. Matthew Bennett Smith, 43, broke into an occupied home in June 2013 at 1020½ Main Ave. – an...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Elizabeth Miera, charged with animal cruelty, picks up poaching charge

A La Plata County woman charged with 114 counts of animal cruelty was hit with two additional charges after investigators allegedly found a poached elk on her property near County Road 122 during a...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos man pleads guilty to hydroplaning, killing two

A Mancos man pleaded guilty Friday to vehicular homicide after hydroplaning into oncoming traffic on U.S. Highway 160 in July, hitting a vehicle with a family of four and killing two. Anthony...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

First-degree murder charge filed in connection with Ignacio man’s death

Multiple criminal charges were filed this week against Kevin Wade Folsom in the shooting death of James Box Jr., an Ignacio man whose body was found in the San Juan National Forest east of Dolores....

DATE: Jan. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Aaron David Claycomb charged with smuggling drugs into county jail

A 33-year-old Durango man has been charged on suspicion of smuggling heroin into the La Plata County Jail, an event that implicated more than 10 inmates, many of whom became ill as a result of the...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Driver suspected of killing two pedestrians on Main Avenue in Durango pleads not guilty

A 77-year-old part-time Durango resident suspected of veering off north Main Avenue and killing two pedestrians last year is scheduled for trial in April after pleading not guilty Tuesday in La...

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

Texas man pleads not guilty in shooting death of Durangoan

A Texas man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Durango resident in May pleaded not guilty Friday. Michael Jones, 20, also faces charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit...

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