Shane Benjamin

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Woman cited with trespassing for freeing pup from car

A Durango woman has been cited with criminal trespass for breaking into a car to “rescue” a puppy that didn’t need to be rescued. Shelby Perovich, 25, reached into the back window of a blue 1996...

DATE: June 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jury selection underway in 2007 sexual assault case

Jury selection began Tuesday in a retrial for a man accused of raping and killing his girlfriend nine years ago at a Durango motel. Harold Nakai, 43, formerly of Shiprock, was convicted in 2008 of...

DATE: June 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gunfire at J Paul Brown’s ranch under investigation

Gunshots were reportedly fired last week during a family/employee disturbance at state Rep. J. Paul Brown’s sheep ranch near Ignacio. The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office said Friday it is...

DATE: June 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Home invasion suspects charged with first-degree murder

Prosecutors filed first-degree murder charges Thursday against four men suspected in a home invasion and shooting that left a Fort Lewis College student dead last month in Durango.They face...

DATE: June 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Family remembers man killed in motorcycle crash

More than 48 hours after a fatal crash, the Durango Police Department on Wednesday continued to investigate why a woman driving an SUV crashed into a motorcyclist stopped at a traffic light. No...

DATE: June 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Mancos marshal arrested again for driving violation

The former Mancos marshal who pleaded guilty earlier this year to drunken driving has been arrested again – this time for driving on a revoked license. John Cox, 55, was stopped last week while...

DATE: June 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bail set for suspects in Fort Lewis College student’s slaying

The four men suspected in a home invasion and shooting early Tuesday that left a Fort Lewis College student dead were advised Wednesday of their rights and possible charges, including first-degree...

DATE: May 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Shooting victim lived simply, loved nature

Samuel Gordon lived a simple life. He didn’t drive, he loved nature, and he wanted to study bugs, rocks and plants for the rest of his life, said his mother, Jeanette Phillips. “He didn’t like to...

DATE: May 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Marijuana robbery blamed in Cortez student’s slaying

Masked gunmen intending to steal a “large amount” of marijuana shot and killed a Fort Lewis College student early Tuesday in a home-invasion style shooting in the SkyRidge subdivision northeast of...

DATE: May 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango art thief sentenced in ‘Afghan Girl’ heist

The former manager of a Durango art studio was sentenced Tuesday to four years probation for his role in stealing and selling photographic prints belonging to a world-renowned photographer best...

DATE: May 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Formal charges filed against men arrested in child sex sting

Five men have been formally charged with soliciting child prostitution in connection with a child predator sex sting conducted last month in Durango by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. All...

DATE: May 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hesperus man sentenced for child sex assault

A Hesperus man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting a child as a pattern of abuse. Edmund Marx, 64, made no comment before sentencing and showed no reaction...

DATE: May 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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