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.
  • Police findings that were dismissed by DA faulted El Paso County GOP chair in pedestrian's death

    Updated: Sat, Apr 22, 2017

    The head of El Paso County's Republican Party reportedly stopped his vehicle for one second and failed to check his rearview mirrors before backing into and fatally injuring a pedestrian while reversing to reach an angled parking spot on Tejon Street last month, according to details...

  • Search and rescue softens tone on Manitou Incline descenders, lauds 'healthy debate'

    Updated: Fri, Apr 21, 2017

    Taking a different tone Friday, El Paso County Search and Rescue deleted its previous Facebook message about downhill climbers on the Manitou Incline and replaced it with a more diplomatic response. It's latest post states that the original message served a purpose by starting "a...

  • Is the Manitou Incline uphill only? Well, yes and no

    Updated: Fri, Apr 21, 2017

    Manitou Springs' beloved Stairmaster, the mile-long Incline, is for going up, not down, El Paso County Search and Rescue stressed forcefully Thursday, hours after rescuing an injured descending climber. In a Facebook post, the rescue agency asked regular hikers of the Manitou Incline...

  • Colorado Springs, police agree to pay $212,000 to settle racial profiling lawsuit

    Updated: Fri, Apr 21, 2017

    The City of Colorado Springs has agreed to pay $212,000 to settle a racial profiling lawsuit claiming city cops unlawfully targeted two African-American men during a 2015 traffic stop. Ryan Brown, 31, recorded the stop on his cellphone, which showed Colorado Springs police officers...

  • Colorado Springs Police Foundation warns of scammers pretending to raise money for cops

    Updated: Thu, Apr 20, 2017

    Days after the Colorado Springs Police Foundation said it was doing final fundraising to equip officers with a new tactical vests, the scams started. People pretending to represent the organization have been calling residents directly, asking for money, the foundation said Thursday....

  • DA dismisses charges within hours of El Paso County GOP chief being cited in fatal accident

    Updated: Thu, Apr 20, 2017

    Hours after Colorado Springs police cited the head of the local Republican Party for accidentally hitting and killing a friend with his car last month, prosecutors announced they were dismissing the charges. Trevor Dierdorff, 45, was driving in reverse on Tejon Street...

  • Tree limb cleanup from snowstorm taking time - as Colorado Springs officials predicted

    Updated: Thu, Apr 20, 2017

    Colorado Springs' Forestry Division is asking residents to be patient as they work to remove trees and limbs brought down by heavy snow during this month's spring storm. Crews see the neat piles of branches along the sides of streets, ready for pickup, and are working to remove them...

  • Alleged drunk driver hits cars, poles; faces several charges

    Updated: Thu, Apr 20, 2017

    A 21-year-old allegedly driving drunk hit cars and poles early Thursday before trying to run away on foot, Colorado Springs police said. Kashaun Antonio told police he was drinking at a downtown bar when he decided to leave about 1 a.m. and stole his friend's car to do it, police...

  • Suspects arrested in Colorado Springs’ 10th and 11th homicides

    Updated: Thu, Apr 20, 2017

    Two suspects in homicides that happened just days apart last week are in custody, police announced Wednesday. DeAndre Vonte Smith, 23, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Alton J. Kelly, 25, who was gunned down outside of his family home west of Memorial...

  • Service dog died after shot seven times by Pueblo police

    Updated: Wed, Apr 19, 2017

    A woman whose service dog was shot and killed by police during a Pueblo house call last week hopes the "needless" killing spurs better officer training. Pueblo police called the shooting "unfortunate" but defended the use of force. Leslie Hanson had called Pueblo police for help...

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