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How private prisons became a booming business

Immigrant detention is now the fastest-growing form of incarceration in the United States, an increasingly lucrative business that costs taxpayers $2 billion per year. Its roots reach back to the...

DATE: May 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Towaoc woman gets 10 years in sister’s fatal stabbing

A Towaoc woman who pleaded guilty to the stabbing death of her sister was sentenced this month by U.S. District Judge Robert E. Blackburn. Jaycene Littledeer Colorow, 19, was sentenced to serve 10...

DATE: April 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Sanitation officials blame sewer problem on inmate flushing habits

Montezuma County inmates are under suspicion, but not for unlawful activity. Cortez Sanitation District officials suspect that inmates at the 104-bed Montezuma County jail are flushing items in...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Records disprove Cortez convict’s claim of combat duty

Currently in custody at the Montezuma County jail, a homeless man who claimed to be a combat veteran was discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2008 after boot camp. Military records obtained by...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Conman gets 6 months in education scam

The man convicted in an international scam that bilked Cortez-area residents and the Unlimited Learning Center out of $62,000 has been sentenced to six months in jail. After a 45-minute hearing on...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless combat veteran jailed

Found guilty in connection to a knife fight, a homeless veteran has been jailed and ordered to seek mental-health treatment from the federal government. To self-medicate with marijuana, the veteran...

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

Woman, 66, gets 4 years in meth case

A 66-year-old woman was sentenced to four years in prison this week after being convicted of importing more than $15,000 of crystal meth into Cortez. “I’m just overwhelmed,” the defendant Darlene...

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

Hampson case stalled until fall

The proceedings for post-conviction relief for a man serving a 25-year prison term appear stalled until November, at the earliest. “I’m stuck,” lead prosecutor Jack Roth told the court this week. A...

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

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Drug trafficker gets 10-year term

It required three search warrants, but Cortez police ultimately found almost 3 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the trunk of a BMW. The driver of the car, Joseph Davis, 35, is now serving a...

DATE: July 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Single father gets 20 years in sex assault on neighbor

A single father of two was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week after admitting that he climbed through a neighbor’s window to engage in sexual intercourse. District Attorney Will Furse said...

DATE: July 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dad gets 8 years for abuse

A 25-year-old Dove Creek father was sentenced to eight years in prison on child-abuse charges last week. Appearing via telephone at a sentencing hearing on Thursday, July 23, Durango attorney Angie...

DATE: July 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Prison terms reduced for armed thieves

It was a cold night in March 2011 when two cousins robbed a Cortez store clerk at gunpoint. The masked thieves nabbed $117 in cash and several packs of cigarettes. Sebastian Tutt of Shiprock, N.M.,...

DATE: June 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News