La Plata County Sheriff’s Office

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

Erratic driver held at gunpoint by La Plata County deputy

A Durango man was held at gunpoint Wednesday after traumatizing another driver, nearly colliding with a sheriff’s deputy and spinning doughnuts north of town. Law enforcement said they’re unsure...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff’s Office faces budget challenges

Lean times are ahead for the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office , which is examining short- and long-term solutions to cut costs while preparing the 2017 budget. Expenditures for 2017 are projected...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Neighbors: 9/11 events raise money for DAC, first responders

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist As a professional partygoer, there’s nothing I hate more than hearing, “This was one of the best events I ever attended,” about an event I missed. But that’s...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Five arrested in check forgery ring

Five La Plata County residents have been arrested on felony charges in connection with a check forgery ring. Last week, Robert Jones, 23; Robert Lamocreaux, 57; Kaitlyn Morris, 28; Alex Smith, 20;...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County man arrested in sexual assault on a child

A La Plata County man was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child, authorities confirmed Tuesday. Edmundo Cuahutle-Solis, 40, is being held at La Plata County Detention Center...

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

Sheriff’s Office training to dive, catch drunken boaters

As the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office pursues training to better police and protect local waterways, drunken boaters could get a shorter leash. “The area lakes can get crowded at times,” Sheriff...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas running high after storms

The heavy storms going through the area Friday impacted not only traffic on the ground but traffic in the air. At about 9:30 p.m., the runway edging lighting at Durango-La Plata County Airport went...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coal Gulch Fire 90 percent contained

The Coal Gulch Fire was 90 percent contained as of Monday night. The fire was reported late Saturday afternoon about a half mile north of U.S. Highway 160 just west of Lightner Creek Road (County...

DATE: July 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado DUI arrests on July Fourth weekend increase

Drunken driving arrests were up statewide over the Fourth of July weekend compared with 2015, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Law enforcement agencies made 312 DUI arrests...

DATE: July 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News