law and justice

Judge finds Damron competent to stand trial for mother’s murder

Montezuma County District Court Judge Todd Plewe on Wednesday ruled that Jeremiah Paul Damron was competent to stand trial for the murder of his mother, whose body was found beaten and burned in...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango business, nonprofit honored for improving accessibility

After Kevin Brennan, the owner of five Exxon gas stations in Durango, was sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act last year, he took the opportunity to do some remodeling. “It wasn’t...

DATE: July 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Good Charlotte to headline benefit concert for 5 slain

NEW YORK – The city of Annapolis will hold a benefit concert featuring Maryland-based rockers Good Charlotte to honor the five Capital Gazette employees killed in an attack in their newsroom. Mayor...

DATE: July 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Cortez man leads police on Fourth of July ATV chase

A barefoot, shirtless man doused in lighter fluid and driving an ATV led police and deputies on a brief chase Wednesday afternoon. The Fourth of July incident started about 4 p.m., when Cortez...

DATE: July 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff to investigate fatal McElmo Canyon shootout

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office is still waiting on results of a federal investigation into an officer-involved shootout in McElmo Canyon in February that left one man dead. But Sheriff Steve...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Graffiti found at three locations in Durango

Police are investigating three incidents of graffiti that appeared in Durango. The Durango Police Department responded to two reports of graffiti on buildings early Thursday morning. They...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Competency hearing scheduled for Cortez murder suspect

In a hearing Friday, the defense attorney for Cortez murder suspect Jeremiah Damron announced plans to challenge the findings of two mental health evaluations declaring Damron competent to proceed....

DATE: June 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango policeman’s badge, AR-15, handgun, ammo stolen in Mancos

A Durango policeman’s badge, rifle, handgun and ammunition were reported stolen from his parked squad car in Mancos, according to the town’s marshal. Marshal Jason Spruell said he received reports...

DATE: June 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango repeals limits on jury trials

Durango City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to repeal a law that prohibited residents facing a fine for low-level criminal offenses from requesting a jury trial. The American Civil Liberties...

DATE: June 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man convicted of sexual assault moves to Cortez

By Stephanie Alderton Journal Staff Writer Cortez Police Department released the name of a sexually violent predator who recently moved to the city of Cortez. On May 25, police started to advertise...

DATE: June 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County man is pardoned by Gov. John Hickenlooper

IGNACIO It took more than five decades for James Benavidez to clear his name and receive the justice he says he long deserved. In March, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper pardoned Benavidez, along...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police chase involving stolen vehicle crashes in Cortez

A suspect in a stolen vehicle led Cortez police on a chase Thursday night that ended with a crash on South Elm Street in Cortez. The incident started about 10:30 p.m., when the Montezuma County...

DATE: May 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News