Shane Benjamin

Position: Herald Staff Writer

La Plata County man missing for two months found deceased

An 18-year-old La Plata County man who had been missing for two months was found dead Wednesday less than a half mile from a residence in the Rafter J subdivision southwest of Durango, according to...

DATE: April 7, 2021 | UPDATED: 1 day 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Alcohol suspected in head-on crash in west Durango

Two people were taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center with serious injuries after a head-on crash during the evening commute Monday on U.S. Highway 160 in west Durango. The crash occurred at 5:04...

DATE: March 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

5-year-old boy drowns at Durango Hot Springs

A 5-year-old boy drowned Sunday night at the Durango Hot Springs, said Bryan Yearout, co-owner of the springs north of Durango. The incident occurred about 6:10 p.m. in the large swimming pool, he...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Family identifies man shot south of Durango

A La Plata County man who was shot and killed Tuesday south of Durango was identified Wednesday as George Sands. Sands was homeless and worked for a family in exchange for meals and a place to...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Seven cars towed in middle of night from Purple Cliffs homeless camp

During the middle of the night, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office towed seven vehicles belonging to residents staying at the Purple Cliffs homeless camp south of downtown Durango. The Sheriff’s...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango officials identify driver in Main Avenue bump-out crash

A suspected drunken driver careened through a “bump-out” Wednesday night on Main Avenue in Durango, sending four people to the hospital, according to the Durango Police Department. The crash...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmington police: Grace period is over, traffic enforcement steps up

Farmington drivers have developed a bit of a lead foot during the coronavirus pandemic. Overall traffic volume was significantly reduced in late March and most of April when New Mexico issued a...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Isolated rain, hailstorm cause flooding

Isolated thunderstorms caused flash flooding Sunday north of Durango, including mud and debris flows across at least three La Plata County roads. The storm materialized about 3:20 p.m. when the...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cox Canyon fire near New Mexico line at 130 acres

The Cox Canyon fire burning near the Colorado-New Mexico line north of Aztec was about 130 acres in size as of Sunday morning, according to the San Juan County Fire Department. The blaze started...

DATE: July 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police identify officer involved in shooting death

The Durango Police Department released additional details Friday about an officer-involved shooting that occurred earlier this week, including the name of the officer who killed a burglary suspect....

DATE: July 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Motorcyclist crashes on Main Avenue, suffers head injury

An inexperienced motorcyclist hit a “bump-out” and crashed onto a sidewalk Thursday evening on Main Avenue in downtown Durango, according to police. The crash occurred about 7 p.m. in the 1000...

DATE: July 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police investigating ‘suspicious’ death behind Walmart in Durango

The Durango Police Department is investigating a suspicious death that occurred Sunday behind Walmart in Durango. Police and medics were notified at 2:50 p.m. of an unconscious man not breathing...

DATE: April 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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