La Plata County Jail

Jail inmates fill sandbags to help prevent flooding below 416 Fire burn area

Inmates at the La Plata County Jail are assisting in a new service to help bring sandbags to residents whose homes are at risk of flooding from heavy rains on the 416 Fire burn scar. La Plata...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

State abruptly shuts down DeNier youth detention center

The Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center, a youth detention center in Durango, abruptly closed Thursday after the state suspended its license on suspicion of inappropriate treatment of youth...

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

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

Inmates face variety of fees while behind bars

Going to jail can be scary, humiliating and life-changing. It can also be expensive. Jailbirds and their families face a litany of fees and above-average costs for everyday goods and services,...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Inmates released after La Plata County Jail hits capacity

It has often been said that when temperatures go up, so does crime. That may be the case at the La Plata County Jail, which exceeded capacity earlier this month, forcing the sheriff to ask for a...

DATE: June 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Jail inmates earn their GED diplomas

Blue was the new orange Tuesday at the La Plata County Jail as three inmates sporting blue caps and gowns with yellow tassels received their General Educational Development diplomas. “I don’t have...

DATE: May 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

51-year-old man found dead April 13 identified

A 51-year-old man found dead at his home in Durango on April 13, prompting a homicide investigation, has been identified as Michael Bourriague. La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said Monday that...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Blood clot caused inmate’s death at La Plata County Jail

A 26-year-old man who died last November in the La Plata County Jail suffered a bruise that led to a blood clot that ultimately caused his death, but authorities are unsure how the man became...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

BIA officer, suspect shot during scuffle in Towaoc

Two brothers from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe are being detained at the La Plata County Jail without bond after fighting with a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer Sunday at a Towaoc residence. Wendell...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man arrested on suspicion of trying to blow up Durango Walmart

A New Jersey man was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of trying to blow up the Durango Walmart. Phillip Amabile, 35, was booked at the La Plata County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder....

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Inmate who smuggled heroin into jail sentenced to probation

A 33-year-old Durango man was sentenced Friday to two years probation for smuggling heroin into the La Plata County Jail in November. Aaron Claycomb pleaded guilty to introducing contraband drugs,...

DATE: April 5, 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