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Court allows DNA evidence in Dove Creek murder trial

DOVE CREEK – DNA evidence collected during a murder investigation last year will be allowed at trial this spring.William Blackburn, 45, of Dove Creek, is charged with second-degree murder as an act...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Bond lowered for Baxstrom in attempted-murder case

Bond was lowered this week for a Cortez man charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his common-law wife. Filed by defense attorneys Richard Sims and Cameron Seacrist, a motion to reduce...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Court hears armed robbery case Shelby Mudgett, 25, address unknown, was sentenced to 24 months of supervised probation with an educational stipulation in connection to an armed robbery in July. She...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Baxstrom renews bid to qualify for defender in attempted murder

Denied a court-appointed attorney in November, a Cortez man charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his wife has filed a fourth application requesting a public defender. This week, Garrett...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Icy patch blamed for slow justice

A Durango public defender recently slipped on an icy patch, breaking her ankle and forcing the court to delay justice again. As a result of the accident, an elderly man agreed to waive his right...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Probation revoked, prison imposed Joshua Berry, 22, of Cortez, was sentenced to four years in prison after admitting that he violating a two-year probationary term in connection to a 2014 shooting...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: For the record

Ex-lawman to remain under GPS surveillance

A former Montezuma County lawman will remain under GPS surveillance while awaiting a preliminary hearing on child molestation charges. At a scheduled preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 25,...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Baxstrom is denied defender in domestic violence

In a heated preliminary hearing, Montezuma County Court Judge JenniLynn Lawrence announced on Wednesday that defendant, Garrett “Ty” Baxstrom, 38, of Cortez, didn’t qualify for a court-appointed...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bond lowered for suspect in vehicular homicide case

Despite receiving a bond reduction last week, a Utah woman charged with vehicular homicide remained in custody on Monday. At a hearing last week, court-appointed attorney Katie Whitney...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Samoa-Cortez scam ends in plea deal

A Utah man agreed to a plea deal last week, admitting that he spearheaded an international scam that bilked Montezuma County residents out of about $60,000. Appearing before Chief District Court...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homicide suspect requests bond reduction

Defense attorneys have requested that bond be reduced for a Utah woman accused of killing two people in a head-on collision. In custody on a $75,000 bond, Rowena Yanito, 33, of Bluff, Utah,...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trial nears in Samoa-Cortez fraud

A Durango prosecutor has requested that the Samoan ambassador to the United Nations be allowed to testify via video against a Utah man accused of spearheading an international scam in Montezuma...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News