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Kaitlin Durbin

News 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.

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Death Cafe members meet at Evergreen Cemetery at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. (Gazette file photo)
Illegal grow
El Paso County Sheriff Deputies Scott Brettell (left) and Jeff Schulz load cut pot branches to a trailer from an illegal pot grow in the 33000 block of Fossinger Rd in Yoder, Colo. on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Metro Vice, Narcoticsofficers help load the 475 plants growing in three small sheds. After the dry the branches they will be put through a chipper and destroyed. Carol Lawrence, The Gazette
Sgt. Olav Chaney walks through the gauntlet as Colorado Springs Police Department's Drill Team passes their Remington 870's as they practice their routine at the Skyview Sports Complex on Tuesday May 8, 2018 in Colorado Springs. The drill team will be tossing, twirling and marching their ceremonial shotguns at the Annual Steve Young National Honor Guard Competition in Washington on May 14, 2018. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)
Sgt. Olav Chaney walks through the gauntlet as Colorado Springs Police Department's Drill Team passes their Remington 870's as they practice their routine at the Skyview Sports Complex on Tuesday May 8, 2018 in Colorado Springs. The drill team will be tossing, twirling and marching their ceremonial shotguns at the Annual Steve Young National Honor Guard Competition in Washington on May 14, 2018. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)
Colorado Springs police arrested (from left) Cortez Lee-Read, 23, Lakela Brasfield, 24, and Austin Boyd, 22, on suspicion of first degree murder. Photos courtesy Colorado Springs Police Department.
Buck for the Fallen
Colorado State Patrol Trooper Joshua Lewis shows his excitement in a tweet about Kelly Clarkson coming to Colorado Springs.
A Pedestrian walks along North 19th Street Monday, April 30, 2018, past the closed O'Brien Typesetting and Printing shop where a man was shot and killed last week by Colorado Springs Police during a burglary call. The police have responded to the property numerous times in the past five months. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Bella Ritch
Colorado Springs girl Bella Ritch, 3, suffered trauma akin to a car crash before her death, documents say (courtesy photo)
Bella Ritch (Photo from GoFund Me page)