law and justice

Durango resident will serve as general counsel to Fort Lewis College

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday that Carolyn Linsey will serve as general counsel to Colorado Mesa University and Fort Lewis College. Linsey will be based in Durango and...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Man who murdered LGBTQ teen in Cortez is released from prison

A Farmington man who admitted in the early 2000s to beating and killing Fred “F.C.” Martinez Jr., what some have considered a hate crime against the LGBTQ community, has been released from prison...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango gas station robbery suspect pleads not guilty

A New Mexico man accused of stealing money bags from a Durango gas station in July pleaded not guilty Friday to felony robbery and misdemeanor theft. Adrian Chavez, 39, who is free on $10,000 bail...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man to face judgment for 2018 assault

A Durango man who admitted to assaulting someone last year is now competent to face legal proceedings after spending months in a state mental health facility, court documents show. La Plata County...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man charged with child sex assault

A Durango man has been charged with sexual assault on a child about two weeks after a girl accused him of inviting her into his home and touching her without consent, according to law enforcement....

DATE: Aug. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Aztec man charged after chase, crash into sheriff’s vehicle

An Aztec man who allegedly led police on a miles-long high-speed chase and crashed into a sheriff’s deputy earlier this month has been charged with two felonies. Law enforcement say Wade Anderson,...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County man sentenced for skid-steer rampage

A La Plata County man who hit two vehicles and threatened two state troopers with a skid-steer loader in February apologized Friday and said he was “truly ashamed.” John Westlund, a 38-year-old...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield man pleads guilty to shooting, killing neighbor’s dog

A Bayfield man pleaded guilty this week to shooting a Great Dane with an air-powered pellet gun, inflicting a wound that killed the animal earlier this year, court documents show. Wesley Zufelt,...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

CBI probes embezzlement at city of Cortez

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is looking into a city of Cortez embezzlement case, and the probe might further hold up three years of delayed financial audits. About three weeks ago, City...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge sets trial date, appoints new defense lawyer in Redwine case

Mark Redwine is scheduled to stand trial next spring in a murder case linking the Vallecito man to the death of his 13-year-old son, Dylan, almost seven years ago. Chief District Court Judge...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Data-informed policing helps Durango deploy limited resources

An uptick in serious crimes this summer in Durango may be a product of short staffing at the Durango Police Department, Chief Bob Brammer said. The number of “serious crimes” as defined by the FBI...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County woman sentenced for animal cruelty

A La Plata County woman who had more than 100 animals seized from her property in 2017 was sentenced Friday to three years’ probation after pleading guilty to five counts of animal cruelty. Eight...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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