law and justice

Hilltop House director with history of sexual harassment complaints resigns

The longtime director of a community corrections center in Durango who has been accused repeatedly of sexual misconduct will leave his job by the end of the month. John Schmier resigned earlier...

DATE: March 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

After verdict, defendant’s family causes disturbance in courthouse

A guilty verdict in a jury trial Wednesday at Montezuma County Combined Courts resulted in the defendant’s family members being removed from the courtroom before being removed from the courthouse...

DATE: March 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Coroner rules deaths near Oxford a murder, suicide

A La Plata County man shot and killed his girlfriend, then shot himself, at a home east of Oxford on Sunday, according to the county coroner. Edward Ogden, 57, shot Gloria Casias, 63, multiple...

DATE: March 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

High-speed chase ends in arrest

One person was arrested Monday evening after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase in Durango, according to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a...

DATE: March 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Couple living near Oxford may have died in murder-suicide

Two people are suspected to have died in a murder-suicide Sunday afternoon south of Oxford, according to the La Plata County Coroner. Coroner Jann Smith identified Gloria Casias, 63, and her...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Irene Barry knew what to do when a gunman entered her school

Irene Barry is on a mission to promote active-shooter training after living through the December 2017 shooting at Aztec High School. Barry, an English teacher who lives in La Plata County, couldn’t...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez man gets probation in drug, domestic violence cases

After Chief Judge Douglas Walker on Thursday sentenced Cortez resident Derrick Jim to probation and time served, he issued a warning to the man with four cases in Montezuma County and active...

DATE: March 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez man faces up to 3 years in prison for domestic violence

A Cortez man pleaded guilty Tuesday to an act of domestic violence with an agreement to cap his possible prison sentence at three years with the Colorado Department of Corrections. Gabriel N....

DATE: March 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado, baker end legal spat over transgender woman’s cake

DENVER – A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds – a stance partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court – and state officials said Tuesday that they...

DATE: March 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Sergeant cleared in shooting of armed, ‘depressed’ Mancos man

A Colorado State Patrol sergeant who fatally shot an armed Mancos man after a rollover on Thanksgiving Day in Gunnison County will not face criminal charges, according to District Attorney Dan...

DATE: March 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Skid-steer driver charged with menacing, criminal mischief

A La Plata County man suspected of attacking people and private property with a skid-steer loader last week has been charged with three felonies and seven misdemeanors. John Westlund, 37, was...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man gets 10 years prison for threatening, attacking deputies

A La Plata County man who punched La Plata County Sheriff’s deputies and threatened them with a knife late last year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Jake Williams, 28, shoved, punched and...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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