Law enforcement

Preparing for the unthinkable

BONDAD – Almost two dozen volunteers had their faces painted or fake wounds applied Tuesday at Sunnyside Elementary as part of a large-scale training exercise in preparation for the unimaginable:...

DATE: July 29, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mass casualty exercise planned for Durango

Training day: A massive drill involving 240 people will shut down part U.S. Highway 550 and congest the vicinity of Sunnyside Elementary School and the Durango School District 9-R offices sometime...

DATE: July 27, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Edgemont shooting explained further

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office said it did three safety checks of a resident whose condo was penetrated by a bullet a deputy shot during an incident July 11 in Edgemont Ranch. Deputies first...

DATE: July 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police looking for seat belt violations

Southwest Colorado law-enforcement agencies will be alert tonight through Sunday night for drivers or certain passengers not using a seat belt. It’s the annual Click It or Ticket campaign. Last...

DATE: July 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Speed limit enforced by aircraft’ signs for real? You bet

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – He sees a lot of speeders, tailgaters and weavers during his daily traffic operations. “I look for anything that just shocks my conscience,” Colorado State Trooper Ryan...

DATE: July 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Sheriff gets new armored vehicle

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office has a new armored vehicle in operation. It weighs 37,000 pounds, runs on diesel and gets fewer than 10 miles per gallon. It’s the MaxProV, the market price of...

DATE: July 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Warrants for cellphones standard practice locally

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Wednesday that police must obtain a warrant before searching through mobile devices confiscated at the time of arrest. It certainly makes cases cleaner when...

DATE: June 25, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Helicopters buzz Durango on different missions

After locals sighted multiple helicopters Thursday, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that three helicopters flew through Durango airspace – on unrelated business. According to Dan...

DATE: June 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma sheriff candidate faced charges in California

The Montezuma County sheriff’s race heated up recently when Mike Steele announced he was throwing his hat into the ring. Steele made his intentions known in an April 8 email to the Cortez Journal,...

DATE: April 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff’s comeback campaign advances

Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell’s campaign for a second term moved forward Wednesday after filing enough petition signatures to make it onto the GOP primary ballot. Just after 8 p.m....

DATE: April 2, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Albuquerque police chief vows reforms

ALBUQUERQUE – A day after a protest over Albuquerque police shootings devolved into violence, the city’s new police chief Monday commended officers for showing restraint and said he is about to...

DATE: March 31, 2014 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Are protests against Albuquerque police shootings justified?

ALBUQUERQUE – Hundreds of protesters marched past riot police in Albuquerque on Sunday, days after a YouTube video emerged threatening retaliation for a recent deadly police shooting. The video,...

DATE: March 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Regional News