Investigation

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Man found dead south of Denny Lake is identified

The body of a Cortez man identified as Charles Oliver Evans, 26, was discovered Tuesday on private property in Montezuma County south of Denny Lake.Montezuma County sheriff Steve Nowlin said the...

DATE: May 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rico home explosion still under investigation

The investigation into a propane leak and explosion at a Rico home on Jan. 23 is ongoing, according to fire officials. Lisa Salliby, 42, was killed in the explosion, which leveled the home on...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Whistleblower tells of botched investigation at Hubbell Trading Post

As part of the Four Corners Lecture Series, Paul Berkowitz, a Dolores author and former criminal investigator for the National Park Service, relayed how he exonerated Billy Malone, an Indian trader...

DATE: July 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Ute Mountain Ute petition seeks finance investigation

Ute Mountain Ute tribal members are urging an investigation into the tribe’s finances and are calling for more government transparency. They are circulating a petition for a referendum that calls...

DATE: March 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cash, pot reported stolen in armed home invasion

Masked gunmen entered a Montezuma County home last week and stole cash, marijuana and electronics. Two suspects have been identified. “This is the county’s first home invasion connected directly to...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Thieves target car washes

During an eight-day span last month, thieves targeted two Cortez car washes in apparent attempts to steal quarters, squeaky clean. According to the Cortez Police Department, an unknown suspect...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Boyfriend’s letter to inmate goes to pot

For generations, marijuana has been rolled inside paper to create what is commonly referred to as a joint. Instead of rolling it, a Durango man is suspected of recently folding a bit of cannabis...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

CPD: No updates in apparent BB gun shooting

Local authorities have yet to solve an apparent BB gun shooting spree that occurred more than a week ago along Main Street. As of press deadlines on Monday, Cortez Police Department spokesperson...

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

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Main Street vandal armed with BB gun, police say

Eight Main Street storefronts were vandalized Saturday by an unknown suspect apparently armed with a BB gun. Cortez police responded to the Fiesta Theatre, at 23 W. Main St., for a shots-fired call...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff investigates dispute over pot

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office has investigated a recent confrontation between two women at a local soup line, and has reported that the armed woman had resigned from the sheriff’s office...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. official confirms investigation on Ute Mountain Ute reservation

A U.S. Justice Department spokesperson has confirmed that federal officials are actively investigating a case on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation southwest of Cortez. After receiving a tip about a...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman survives shotgun blasts, beating

A Cortez woman survived three shotgun blasts after being beaten nearly unconscious last weekend. Her common-law husband has been identified as the suspect. Garrett (Ty) Baxstrom, 38, of Cortez, is...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News