Judiciary (system of justice)

Durango robbery suspect cleared of wrongdoing

A Durango man arrested in March was released from La Plata County Jail in late August after prosecutors sought to dismiss his case “based on problems associated with the investigation,” court...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Inmate population swells at La Plata County Jail

La Plata County Jail deputies are exhausted. One deputy slumped in her chair this week at a control center in the middle of the jail’s main housing block, which offers a panoramic view of...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County man sentenced for skid-steer rampage

A La Plata County man who hit two vehicles and threatened two state troopers with a skid-steer loader in February apologized Friday and said he was “truly ashamed.” John Westlund, a 38-year-old...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge sets trial date, appoints new defense lawyer in Redwine case

Mark Redwine is scheduled to stand trial next spring in a murder case linking the Vallecito man to the death of his 13-year-old son, Dylan, almost seven years ago. Chief District Court Judge...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County woman sentenced for animal cruelty

A La Plata County woman who had more than 100 animals seized from her property in 2017 was sentenced Friday to three years’ probation after pleading guilty to five counts of animal cruelty. Eight...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Arizona man ‘deeply, deeply sorry’ after arrest for dragging dog behind truck

An Arizona man who police say dragged his dog on a chain behind his truck while drunken driving, killing the dog, is “deeply, deeply sorry” for the “tragic accident,” his public defender said...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man accused of attempted murder posts $100,000 bail

A Durango native accused of shooting a man on Main Avenue has posted bail, set at $100,000, and appeared unshackled Friday in the La Plata County Courthouse. Anthony Pappas, 22, wore a navy blazer,...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango murder convict found competent to face sentencing

A Durango man who said he saw images of himself, his dead wife and demons in the concrete of his jail cell will be sentenced next week for first-degree murder, despite his public defenders’...

DATE: July 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Redwine trial date called into question after defense attorney’s arrest

Mark Redwine’s trial may be delayed or moved in coming weeks after the arrest of one of his public defenders on suspicion of assault and domestic violence. Public defender Justin Bogan said...

DATE: July 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Iron Horse assault suspect sentenced for his role

A man was sentenced Tuesday to probation for his role in a fight that included a stabbing and a gunshot fired in a January melee at the Iron Horse Inn in north Durango. Christopher Lewis, a...

DATE: July 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rancher pleads guilty to animal abuse north of Durango

A man who law enforcement say didn’t feed six horses will serve at least two years’ probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor animal abuse. Thomas McCarthy, a 60-year-old with a permanent...

DATE: July 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge allows canine evidence in Redwine case

Prosecutors who say Mark Redwine killed his son, Dylan, in 2012 will be allowed to present cadaver dog evidence at a trial in September, a judge has ruled. Two handlers of German shepherds trained...

DATE: July 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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