La Plata County Sheriff’s Office

Arizona man bites firefighter on scene of rollover crash

An Arizona man has been arrested on suspicion of hitting and biting a firefighter who tried to help the man after a rollover crash south of Hesperus. Joe Benally, 20, was released on bail Friday...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crashes decrease in Durango’s busy Camino del Rio corridor

One of Durango’s busiest throughways, South Camino del Rio, has historically earned complaints from motorists about the safety of its intersections. But an inspection of data collected before and...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Police make 11 DUI arrests during Snowdown weekend

Local law enforcement agencies followed suit with statewide efforts to ramp up DUI enforcement for the Super Bowl weekend, which just so happened to coincide with Snowdown. Across the state, the...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flooding closes juvenile detention center in Durango

Inmates at a juvenile detention center in Durango have been relocated to Pueblo and Grand Junction after a sprinkler broke Sunday, flooding much of the building. The break resulted in up to 3...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County weighs cost-cutting options

To save pennies as revenue streams take a nosedive, La Plata County officials are considering a possible reduction of cellphone stipends and county-provided phones for employees. The proposal is...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Sheriff’s Office joins blotter lineup

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office has begun providing The Durango Herald with a summary of calls and incidents handled by the agency that will be summarized and included in “The Blotter,” which...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Sheriff to rent jail beds to boost revenue

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office plans to close its budget gap this year by expanding its jail bed rental program, opening as many as 60 beds to state parolees in the substance-abuse program....

DATE: Jan. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Marvel man arrested after 5-hour standoff

A Marvel man was arrested early Saturday after a standoff with La Plata County Sheriff’s deputies. Brock Ottenbacher, 31, was arrested at his home on the 300 block of County Road 135 on suspicion...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Outreach changing homeless camping culture in La Plata County

West of the Durango Tech Center, Fritz Schnell’s camp is neatly kept, as are many of those on La Plata County property. Some residents clean regularly, and Manna Soup Kitchen’s garden manager and...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Neighbors: A time to thank first responders

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist First responders are around our community prepared to protect and serve, but how often do we stop to thank them for that service? The Hundred Club dedicates one...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

La Plata County Sheriff: Tighter budget means no body cameras for now

Body cameras are at least a few years away for county law enforcement. When La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith took office, he said body cameras were on the way to protect both deputies and...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless camps west of Tech Center raise concerns

Residents of Ella Vita Court are concerned about more and more homeless residents passing through and disrupting the neighborhood. “There’s been a large number of instances where we called the...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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