Law enforcement

Carjacking suspect identified

A man who was arrested in the Gem Village area Tuesday on suspicion of a carjacking in New Mexico was identified Wednesday. David Garcia, 36, is being held at La Plata County jail and he is being...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s next for youth detention center in Durango?

The future of the Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center is uncertain after the state abruptly shut down the program Thursday afternoon. The Colorado Department of Human Services, which owns the...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police officers to wear body cameras in 2019

After many years of discussion, patrol officers with the Durango Police Department will begin wearing body cameras at the start of 2019. The department recently ordered 48 body cameras from Axon,...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Deputy’s horse injures child at Escalante Days

Three injuries were reported at this year’s Escalante Days, including one involving a horse with the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol. About 11:30 a.m., a 4-year-old child was kicked by...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rural seat belt crackdown starts

A seven-day high-visibility statewide crackdown on people who are not using their seat belts will begin Monday. The “Click It or Ticket” special enforcement effort will target areas of rural...

DATE: July 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman faces 18 charges in Cortez horse neglect case

Animal cruelty charges have been filed against Daisy Stenzel for allegedly neglecting 18 horses on County Road N, prompting a seizure by the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office in April. This week,...

DATE: July 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio shooting suspect in custody

A suspect is in custody in connection with an alleged shooting Wednesday in Ignacio, said Town Manager Mark Garcia. Garcia said the shooting near downtown prompted an immediate and heavy police...

DATE: June 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Police Department marks 20th anniversary of Dale Claxton’s death

The day after Memorial Day, Cortez police officers honored a fallen comrade in a small ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of Dale Claxton’s death. Claxton died May 29, 1998, in a shootout...

DATE: May 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield Marshal’s Office named Colorado Law Enforcement Agency of Excellence

The Bayfield Marshal’s Office received the Colorado Law Enforcement Agency of Excellence Award last week at a dinner honoring local law enforcement in Bayfield. “What really stood out to us was the...

DATE: May 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma sheriff seizes 18 ‘emaciated’ horses north of Cortez

Eighteen “emaciated” horses on a property north of Cortez have been seized by the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office and transported to a sanctuary for rehabilitation. On April 11, agriculture...

DATE: April 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Distractions are leading cause of fatal crashes in Southwest Colorado

Distracted driving is the leading cause of fatal car crashes in Southwest Colorado, said State Patrol Capt. Adrian Driscoll. So far this year, three out of five fatal car crashes in Southwest...

DATE: April 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News