Kaitlin Durbin

Public Safety Reporter

Kaitlin Durbin covers public safety for The Gazette. The Ohio native joined the newspaper's staff in 2016. She previously worked in Mansfield, Ohio.
You can reach Durbin at Kaitlin.durbin@gazette.com or by phone at 719-636-0362. Follow her on Twitter at @njKaitlinDurbin.
  • The Protect Effect campaign celebrates foundations that support first responders

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    Accused shooter Robert Dear's 2015 attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs revealed a chink in the armor law enforcement rely on the help keep them safe. During that firefight, police and sheriff's officers had their standard-issue bulletproof vests, which can protect...

  • Colorado Springs Fire Department graduates largest class in history

    Updated: Fri, Jun 22, 2018

    Colorado Springs Fire Chief Ted Collas called Friday's graduation of "The 33," the largest recruit class in the city's history, "a big relief." Low staffing, "alarming" overtime costs and high burnout had left the department in a tight spot in recent years, Collas said, but the...

  • Sunday's I-25 crash victim identified as 25-year-old Colorado Springs man

    Updated: Wed, Jun 20, 2018

    The victim of a fatal crash Sunday on Interstate 25 has been identified as 25-year-old Dylan J. Hale. The Colorado Springs man reportedly died of trauma after his northbound vehicle ran off the left side of the road near the Lake Avenue exit at 6:48 a.m. and rolled, Colorado Springs...

  • Tornado watch issued for Colorado Springs and El Paso County

    Updated: Tue, Jun 19, 2018

    Tuesday's predicted thunderstorms have escalated to a tornado watch. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Colorado Springs and El Paso County, and most of the eastern part of the state, until 7 p.m. Eastern El Paso County is likely to see the worst of it, the...

  • Boy tells police that driver shot family in road rage run-in; suspect has possible ties to Colorado Springs

    Updated: Fri, Jun 15, 2018

    A 12-year-old boy told police he saw a driver open fire on his family during a road rage confrontation in Colorado, killing his older brother and critically wounding his mother and younger brother, authorities said Friday. Police arrested Jeremy Webster, 23, hours after the shooting...

  • Officials slam impact of legalized pot on Colorado Springs area

    Updated: Tue, Jun 12, 2018

    In the second announcement in two days, officials again made a case for how legalized marijuana has negatively impacted El Paso County. Positioned in front of a pile of burlap sacks containing seized pot plants and sophisticated growing equipment, Sheriff Bill Elder, Colorado Springs...

  • Sheriff Bill Elder delivers a strong message with latest warrants on illegal pot grows in El Paso County

    Updated: Tue, Jun 12, 2018

    El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder, who vowed to crack down on black-market marijuana this year, announced Tuesday that his office is serving more warrants on illegal pot grows than all other crimes combined. It has executed 64 such warrants over the past five months, seizing 5,200...

  • Hiker, 19, reports she was possibly attacked in Palmer Park

    Updated: Thu, Jun 7, 2018

    Taking advantage of summer break, soon-to-be University of Colorado at Colorado Springs junior Syrie Estes set out on a hike in Palmer Park Tuesday morning to relax before work. Like most 19-year-olds, she brought along her cellphone and stopped near Parking Area 15 shortly after 9...

  • Colorado Springs public safety interns rise through ranks, earn permanent roles

    Updated: Wed, Jun 6, 2018

    Internships sometimes equate to sitting around, making copies and fetching coffee, but not when you're working for the Colorado Springs Police Department. Five years ago, as a local senior criminal justice major, Kyla Chipley was paired with the department's victim advocacy unit,...

  • Accidents cause most El Paso County autopsied deaths, new report shows

    Updated: Wed, Jun 6, 2018

    Accidents kill most El Paso County residents whose unexpected deaths require an autopsy, says a recent report by the Coroner's Office. Motor vehicle crashes, drug overdoses, falls, fires and the like accounted for 42 percent of the deaths resulting in 902 autopsies last year, the...

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