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.
  • Southern Colorado law enforcement agencies tout partnership to ID, arrest serial shooters

    Updated: Tue, Dec 12, 2017

    Local law enforcement agencies have their own catchphrases touting the Southern Colorado Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC), a partnership that solves crimes by identifying and connecting serial shooters. Colorado Criminal Bureau of Investigation Director Ted Mink called it a...

  • Falcon-area man's disappearance among growing number of Senior Alerts

    Updated: Mon, Dec 11, 2017

    Carl Wilber Newcomb and his wife spent many days taking long drives, exploring Colorado in an attempt to help her dementia. After she died, Carl, 78, continued the habit as a way to keep her memory alive. "He'd say, 'I'm going out for a drive with your mom,'" said his son, Roy...

  • Family with Colorado Springs ties spearheading relief efforts in Puerto Rico in aftermath of Hurricane Maria

    Updated: Sun, Dec 10, 2017

    A former Colorado Springs resident now living in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is spearheading efforts to help fellow islanders struggling amid catastrophic damage left behind by Hurricane Maria. Ben Tutt and his wife, Adeliz, a Puerto Rican with family on the island, have been running...

  • Monument police approved for pay increase

    Updated: Wed, Dec 6, 2017

    Monument police are getting long-awaited raises. The town's Board of Trustees recently approved a resolution to increase their wages. Incoming sworn officers will be offered a base salary of $52,000, a 13 percent increase, as of Jan. 1. Salaries for existing officers will bump up...

  • Colorado Springs police and fire vehicles aren't aging gracefully

    Updated: Mon, Dec 4, 2017

    A Colorado Springs police detective was driving his unmarked 2006 Chevy Impala down Powers Boulevard last week on his way to investigate a potential homicide when the front airbags suddenly exploded. The force cracked the windshield and sprained the detective's thumb, but he was able...

  • Parents in Colorado Springs stabbing deaths recount night they lost 3 children

    Updated: Sat, Dec 2, 2017

    Melissa and Vinnie Murphy don't know if they'll ever be able to forgive their oldest son. "Right now, that's a very hard thing to see," Vinnie said Thursday in an interview with Gazette news partner KKTV. They haven't talked to Malik Murphy, 20, since he stabbed to death his 5- and...

  • Shots fired near Citadel Mall in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Tue, Nov 28, 2017

    No one was injured after a series of shots were fired in a parking lot of the Citadel Mall near Citadel Drive West on Tuesday, police said. Lt. Howard Black said police are looking for a gold Mercedes sedan in connection with the shooting, which occurred about 10:30 a.m. Sean Carr...

  • One year after Trooper Donahue's death, Colorado drivers aren't heeding move-over law

    Updated: Sun, Nov 26, 2017

    It's been one year since Colorado State Patrol Trooper Cody Donahue was hit by a truck and killed while working along Interstate 25, yet drivers still aren't moving over for emergency vehicles. Patrol records show citations for violators have nearly doubled in the last year, a result...

  • Friends identify woman killed in I-25 crash as car enthusiast Melvia Beery

    Updated: Sat, Nov 25, 2017

    Melvia Beery loved cars. At age 25 she had already owned a couple cars but her 1995 second generation Mitsubishi Eclipse was her baby. She nicknamed the car "Molly," and modified her with vibrant colors, with new wheels. Beery was part of the racing club "Project 1," a family of...

  • Colorado Springs runners, families, 'turkeys' celebrate annual YMCA Turkey Trot

    Updated: Thu, Nov 23, 2017

    While most people were deciding on stretchy pants ahead of their Thanksgiving Day feasts Thursday, nearly 4,000 others were simply stretching. They were the runners, joggers and walkers who signed up for the YMCA's annual Turkey Trot 5K in Briargate. "You gotta start with negative...

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