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.
  • Hatchet suspect appears in Teller County court, expected in El Paso County Wednesday

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Daniel Nations' first appearance in Teller County Monday lasted about five minutes, long enough to list the seven accused charges against him in El Paso and Teller counties and note his combined bonds of $15,000. He spoke only twice during the hearing, both times acknowledging he...

  • Colorado Springs patrol officers: No excuse for these drivers' excuses for breaking the law

    Updated: Sun, Oct 15, 2017

    If the excuses speeders give when they're pulled over are true, then the interstate must be packed with usually law-abiding citizens who need to answer the call of nature. Bathroom emergencies are one of the most common excuses drivers give when attempting to avoid a speeding ticket,...

  • Sabin Middle School teens were 'testing bombs,' may be tried as adults

    Updated: Sat, Oct 14, 2017

    Two Sabin Middle School students accused of creating a "kill list" threatening classmates and staff may be tried in adult court after a magistrate said they were testing bombs or an incendiary device. A video submitted as part of the investigation into the alleged plot purportedly...

  • Man awaiting trial in brother's death now accused of beating his parents in Monument

    Updated: Fri, Oct 13, 2017

    A man awaiting trial in what he called the accidental killing of his brother earlier this year is being accused of another wave of violence, according to his latest arrest records. Erik Mattyasovsky, 31, is suspected of assaulting his parents, who on Tuesday told police their son had...

  • Slain Teller County Sheriff's deputy to be honored, featured on 'Homicide Hunter'

    Updated: Fri, Oct 13, 2017

    A Teller County sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty 22 years ago will be honored this month and his story told on "Homicide Hunter." Brent Andrew Holloway was shot in the head on Oct. 16, 1995. The 27-year-old deputy had been guarding the site of a suspected arson when the...

  • State patrol seeks recruits, favors Colorado residents

    Updated: Thu, Oct 12, 2017

    The Colorado State Patrol is looking for recruits for its next academy class, and preference will be given to in-state residents. The patrol said Thursday that it is making it easier for Colorado applicants to stand out from the roughly 2,500 hopefuls who apply each year, about 20...

  • 'Fatal attraction killer' Jennifer Reali pleads for parole, says she's no 'hooligan'

    Updated: Thu, Oct 12, 2017

    On her fourth attempt at parole, Colorado Springs' notorious "fatal attraction killer" Jennifer Reali again pleaded for her freedom on the merits she's a changed woman. "It makes me mad, very mad, that somehow I could come to a place that I did that," Reali told the two parole board...

  • Defense: Teens tied to Colorado Springs middle school attack plot were good kids

    Updated: Wed, Oct 11, 2017

    Two 13-year-old Sabin Middle School students suspected of creating a "kill list" of classmates and staff they planned to "punish" were good kids, according to defense information shared in court Tuesday. The first teen was said to have "no criminal history, no drug issues. No issues...

  • U.S. court ruling sparks debate over Colorado's sex offender registry

    Updated: Sun, Oct 8, 2017

    When David sifted through the mail the morning of his 18th birthday, he hoped to find cards with money. Instead, he received a warrant for his arrest. The charge: statutory rape. It was 2007, and the 17-year-old junior basketball star had recently moved to a small Missouri town,...

  • Colorado State Patrol trying to put the brakes on I-25 speeders

    Updated: Sun, Oct 8, 2017

    It took less than 30 seconds sitting along Interstate 25 to catch a speeder. Colorado State Patrol Cpl. JR Benavides, of the Colorado Springs post, had just pulled off about 5:30 a.m. to watch southbound traffic near mile marker 135 - an area known for crashes and speeding - when the...

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