law and justice

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 | UPDATED: 6 days 19 hours ago | 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

Montezuma County sheriff suspects arson in series of fires

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of fires suspected to be caused by arson, and it’s seeking the public’s help. Deputies responded to five small fires in the county...

DATE: May 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango updating sign code to comply with First Amendment

The city of Durango’s rules on signs – commercial, political, religious or otherwise – will be updated this summer to be content neutral. The change will bring the city into compliance with a...

DATE: April 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez murder suspect to receive second competency evaluation

A competency hearing for a Cortez man accused of killing his mother last July has been delayed again pending a second mental health evaluation. Jeremiah Damron’s trial has been delayed several...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council may prohibit sitting or lying down on sidewalks

A potential city ordinance could prohibit everyone from sitting or lying down on city sidewalks, but advocates worry it targets the poor. The law could improve safety downtown, especially for...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council may prohibit sitting or lying down on sidewalks

A potential city ordinance could prohibit everyone from sitting or lying down on city sidewalks, but advocates worry it targets the poor. The law could improve safety downtown, especially for...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man charged with slaying in Montezuma County considers plea deal

Kevin Wade Folsom, who has been charged with killing a Southern Ute man on Haycamp Mesa, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing to review a plea deal from the Montezuma County District...

DATE: April 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suspect in Mancos school threat admits offense, pleads guilty

Danielle Romero-Keller, a former substitute employee at Mancos Schools, pleaded guilty Thursday to making a threat against students and staff on Feb. 23. On the morning of Feb. 23, the Mancos...

DATE: March 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News