Shane Benjamin

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Woman who hit school bus suspected of driving under influence

A Farmington woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and crashing into a school bus south of Durango. The rear-end crash occurred about 7:30 a.m. south of...

DATE: May 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters respond to house fire in South Durango

Firefighters are investigating the cause of an apartment fire that started Monday afternoon in South Durango. The fire was reported at 3:35 p.m., and the first unit arrived on scene seven minutes...

DATE: April 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hilltop House director with history of sexual harassment complaints resigns

The longtime director of a community corrections center in Durango who has been accused repeatedly of sexual misconduct will leave his job by the end of the month. John Schmier resigned earlier...

DATE: March 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two trucks crash within an hour on Wolf Creek Pass

Two semitrailers crashed within an hour of each other Tuesday morning on Wolf Creek Pass, including one carrying a load of potatoes that spilled onto the highway. The first crash occurred about...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman taken into custody after brief standoff with police

A La Plata County woman was arrested after a brief standoff with police Thursday north of downtown Durango. Michelle Lewis, 40, was being held Thursday night in the La Plata County Jail on...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Victim in fatal vehicle crash on Wolf Creek Pass is identified

The victim of a fatal crash involving multiple vehicles Monday near the base of Wolf Creek Pass was identified Tuesday as Joseph Leo Guarino, 63, of Elephant Butte, New Mexico, according to the...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Camper rescued from backcountry near Lemon Reservoir

A man experiencing medical complications, possibly high-altitude sickness, was rescued by helicopter Monday evening near Lemon Reservoir. The outfitter set up camp in the Young’s Canyon area, on...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jury convicts husband of strangling his wife

A Durango man suspected of strangling his wife last year in the Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder. Silvino Martinez-Perez, 36, showed no obvious...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jail escapee captured; schools placed on lockout during chase

A jail escapee was captured Wednesday after an hour-long foot pursuit up and down the Animas River Trail north of downtown Durango. The chase resulted in lockouts at Durango High School, St....

DATE: Aug. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Michael Jones convicted of first-degree murder

A Texas man who shot and killed another man in a marijuana robbery was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder. Michael Jones, 20, will spend the rest of his life in prison as a result of the...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Halfway house director has history of sexual harassment complaints

The director of Hilltop House, a community corrections center for adult offenders, has been accused of at least a half dozen incidents of sexually inappropriate behavior during the last 20 years...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Irongate residents among first to attack 416 Fire

Al Chione loves to watch the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge train chug past his house several times a day north of Durango. But as a former volunteer firefighter, he is also keenly aware of the...

DATE: June 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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