Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: At least two things are clear about Jonathan Upah’s situation: He is currently being held in a major city jail, and he’s mentally ill. But the way that these two issues interact is very much in dispute. Tom Upah says he’s been told by his son and at least one person involved in his case that after being diagnosed, Jonathan was kept in solitary confinement for 23 out of 24 hours each day. In contrast, a jail spokesperson says there is no solitary confinement at the facility and stresses that while mentally ill inmates may be isolated in special housing units while they’re in crisis if they’re deemed to be dangerous, personnel make every effort to return them to regular units as soon as possible after their condition improves. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Around 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 9, police dispatchers received a call from someone who had discovered three dead bodies behind a warehouse near a major highway overpass. Responding officers found the deceased individuals — two men and one woman — behind an 8,000-square-foot building. Police reps would later reveal that the victims were likely living on the streets. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire:Jennie Bunsom has been identified as the sixteen-year-old Jennie Bunsom has been identified as the sixteen-year-old being charged as an adult for the murder of Jordan Vong, her seven-year-old nephew. And a newly released probable cause statement in the case maintains that she committed the act in the home they shared after he became frustrated over her refusal to play video games with him. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A recent road-rage incident turned deadly when Jeremy Webster, 23, allegedly opened fire outside a dentist’s office, killing a thirteen-year-old boy and severely injuring three others. Since then, plenty of drivers in the area have been wondering how they’d react in a similar situation. And the State Patrol has some potentially life-saving advice. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Law enforcement agencies have confirmed that Alex Christopher Ewing, a 57-year-old prisoner in Nevada, where he’s serving time for brutally beating a couple with an ax handle, has been named in arrest warrants related to the 1984 hammer killings of Bruce, Debra and Melissa Bennett and the severe wounding of Vanessa Bennett, then age three, as well as the murder of fifty-year-old Patricia Louise Smith six days earlier. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A news conference has been scheduled to discuss new developments in an incredibly tragic homicide cases: the 1984 hammer murders of parents Bruce and Debra Bennett and seven-year-old daughter Melissa, as well as horrific injuries sustained by the Bennetts’ three-year-old, Vanessa, who survived. But while the investigation is said to have reached a “critical stage,” law enforcers have issued a warning to the media about information from anything other than official sources after a local TV station reported that a person imprisoned out of state had been identified as a possible suspect. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: At first, the the police inquiry into the passing of seven-year-old Jordan Vong was termed a “death investigation.” But now the the department is revealing that a sixteen-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire:Two leading civil-rights law firms have joined forces to sue police officer Jeffrey Motz and the city that employs him in regard to the fatal shooting of Dion Damon who was gunned down in broad daylight two years ago. The lawsuit alleges that Motz’s “grossly excessive” killing of Damon, a bank robbery suspect who was unarmed at the the time of the incident, was followed by an elaborate Denver Police Department coverup, and adds that the officer had previously slain two people while on the job yet was only disciplined on a separate occasion when he didn’t squeeze his trigger. Westword has the story.