Homicide

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Dove Creek man gets 15 years for girlfriend’s death

A Dove Creek man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in jail followed by a mandatory five years of parole for strangling and killing his girlfriend. William Blackburn Jr., 46, was charged with...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Family, friends remember Dylan Redwine

With pizza, sodas, balloons and cake, it could have been a typical birthday party for any 18-year-old. Except the teen is gone. More than four years after his disappearance, friends and family...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Police run short on leads in death of Pagosa Springs man

Police are running short on leads to uncover the circumstances surrounding the death of a 29-year-old man authorities suspect was shot in the head and left in a remote forested area outside Pagosa...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Defendant in home invasion slaying pleads not guilty

One of the men accused of murder in a home invasion and fatal shooting of a Fort Lewis College student pleaded not guilty Friday. Kodi “Maz” E. Kuauhtli’s defense attorney, David Greenberg,...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Shiprock man gets maximum penalty for rape, homicide

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic details that might be disturbing to readers. By Shane Benjamin Herald Staff Writer A Shiprock man who sexually assaulted a woman while she was too...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Farmington man faces evaluation in woman's slaying

In a hearing Tuesday, Rick Stallings – the man accused of killing longtime Durango resident Karen Cugnini – tried to convince a judge that he is capable of representing himself in court yet not...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Sheriff’s blotter

Thursday, Sept. 22 10:36 a.m. : A deputy assisted Cortez police in recovering a vehicle that had been reported stolen and found a suspect in a residence in the 16400 block of County Road 26. 4:23...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: For the record

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Suspect in Fort Lewis killing considers plea deal

One of four men suspected of storming into a house and killing an occupant in a marijuana heist gone bad indicated Wednesday he is close to striking a plea agreement in the case. Daniel Nelson...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Third trial set for Shiprock man accused of sexual assault

A third trial for a Shiprock, New Mexico, man accused of sexually assaulting his girlfriend in 2007 at the Spanish Trails Inn & Suites is set for Sept. 19. Harold Nakai, 43, chose not to waive his...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Judge orders trial for man accused in fatal home invasion

A district court judge on Friday ruled that prosecutors can proceed with a first-degree murder trial for one of four men suspected of breaking into a home and killing a Fort Lewis College student...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Dove Creek murder trial set to start in Durango this fall

A man suspected of strangling his girlfriend 1½ years ago in Dove Creek was scheduled Friday for a two-week trial to begin late November in 6th Judicial District Court. William Blackburn Jr., 46,...

DATE: July 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Items of interest found in Redwine search

A five-day search for evidence connected with the death of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine uncovered items of interest, but, as expected, details about them are scant. The items were found within a...

DATE: July 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news