Criminal

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‘Ban the box’ legislation advances in Colorado Legislature

DENVER – A House committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would prohibit some employers from asking about a person’s criminal background on an initial application. The effort is known as “ban...

DATE: April 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Lawmakers mull helping people overcome past mistakes with the law when seeking employment

DENVER – Colorado Springs resident Heidi Sharp has beaten her addiction to methamphetamine, but she still can’t seem to escape her criminal past. Despite trading her meth habit to pursue a degree...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Report: TABOR raises tax bills

DENVER – More than 80 percent of Coloradans are paying more in property taxes now than they would have if the Taxpayer Bill of Rights had never passed according to a new study by Colorado State...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news

Safety remains a tribal issue

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. – New laws have helped fix a legal system that left tribal communities especially vulnerable to violent crimes for decades, but challenges still remain, the top federal...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Victims in plane crash identified as Californians

The identities of four Californians who died in a plane crash Sunday north of Purgatory Resort were released Tuesday, two of whom weren’t rated to fly the aircraft. The San Juan County Sheriff’s...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news

Court briefs

Teenage car thief accepts plea deal A 19-year-old Cortez teen is likely to be sentenced to a 24-month marijuana treatment program after stealing two automobiles in five months. Appearing in custody...

DATE: July 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news

Court briefs

Dad pistol-whips daughter’s fiancé A father and daughter from Dolores were arrested in September after the man was accused of pistol-whipping the woman’s fiancé. Wayne Williford, 53, was charged...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local news

Judge denies records request

A Cortez woman didn’t get much love from the court last week regarding a Valentine’s Day public records request of the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office. After an hour-long hearing on Thursday,...

DATE: June 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Criminalizing the sick

It can be like throwing gas on a fire. For people in the judicial court system, being segregated for months in a cell for 22 or 23 hours a day can cause an average person with no history of mental...

DATE: June 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Inmate chaplain provides light, liberation behind bars

Shelby Smith never saw himself as a minister, but now his favorite chair in the world is by the window in the jail where he meets with up to 20 inmates a week at the Montezuma County Jail. “My...

DATE: March 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Faith

Marshal John Cox lays down the law

This information is being made available to the public only as a quick reference to some of the most frequently asked questions about Amendment 64. It is not an all-inclusive source of information...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Mt - news

Machete-wielding man gets 4 years for rampage

A father of five was ordered to serve two years in prison last week in connection to terrorizing a Cortez neighborhood with a machete during the summer. After pleading guilty to three counts of...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2013 | CATEGORY: Ds - news