La Plata County Jail

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

Sheriff investigates drugs after inmate hospitalized

After an inmate at La Plata County Jail had a medical incident on Saturday, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office started investigating drugs in the facility. “It was a medical condition that...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County jail inmate dies in custody

A 26-year-old man collapsed and died Friday at the La Plata County Jail, according to the Coroner’s Office. Vicente Lucero, along with other inmates, was let out of his cell Friday morning to...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Herald readers ask why suspects are dressed identically

Many observant readers of The Durango Herald noticed something oddly similar about four headshots taken last month of criminal defendants who made the news: They’re all wearing what appear to be...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rural Colorado counties spending hundreds of thousands on jail overflow

DENVER – Counties across Colorado are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to send inmates across county lines for incarceration, government officials said Monday at the first County...

DATE: July 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News