La Plata County Sheriff

Amid national violence, La Plata County looks to increase security

La Plata County is proposing to beef up its security. As part of the draft 2020 budget, officials have called for four new security-guard positions to patrol county offices and facilities. The...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

At new homeless camp, basic services are a trek

Debra Doane carries a 2-gallon plastic jug from her campsite on a hillside south of downtown Durango. It is mid-morning, about 50 degrees outside and the sun warms her back as she passes “DANGER”...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Man stands trial for alleged sexual assault of 8-year-old girl

A Pagosa Springs man’s trial began this week after he was arrested in June 2018 for allegedly sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in Bayfield. According to authorities, Rodney Keller, 53, was...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Body found northwest of Durango was stillborn infant

Authorities said Tuesday a body found last weekend northwest of Durango was that of a stillborn infant. In a news release, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office said the body of the female infant...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County sheriff appointed to state fire board

The La Plata County Sheriff this week joined two dozen private and public officials tasked by state legislators to revamp how Colorado promotes, funds and structures how it keeps people safe from...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Inmate escapes La Plata County Jail; fugitive and 2 family members arrested

A Durango man who law enforcement says scaled a fence topped with barbed wire and escaped the La Plata County Jail weeks ago is back in custody, this time with his mother and brother, who are...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

No charges filed in Durango man’s death

Authorities will not pursue charges in the death of a 30-year-old Durango man who was shot and killed in August near the Colorado-New Mexico state line. “Upon reviewing the investigation and...

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

Longstanding homeless camp shut down, but trash abounds

By late afternoon Wednesday, the homeless camp just west of Durango had mostly been vacated, save for a few stragglers picking up their belongings. But across the landscape, heaps and heaps of...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County tests camera-equipped radar trailers

Camera-equipped radar speed trailers in La Plata County could haunt a driver’s record rather than just flash a reminder to “slow down.” La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith said his office is testing...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man and woman arrested on suspicion of home, vehicle thefts

A man and a woman were arrested Saturday near Tractor Supply Co. after a brief foot chase after they reportedly used a stolen credit card to purchase tires for a stolen vehicle at Discount Tire in...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Sheriff’s lieutenant shoots himself in leg

A La Plata County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant seriously injured himself during firearms training last week. Lt. Gary Boudreau accidentally shot himself in the leg during a training session with a...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

K-9 Jimmy retires from La Plata Sheriff’s Office after 35 (dog) years

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday lost a loyal deputy and his 35 years’ experience to retirement. Dog years, that is. K-9 Jimmy, a 7-year-old German shepherd, became the county’s...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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