Reading from the Voice Media empire: One state’s Department of Corrections has agreed to pay a fairly modest $171,000 to settle a lawsuit in the torturous, slow-motion, completely preventable jail death of Dennis Choquette in November 2016. But Choquette’s estate has also reached confidential agreements with a slew of other defendants, including a giant private-prison company that owns the facility where most of the horrors took place. And given the disturbing facts of the case, which we first outlined earlier this year, the sum of the settlements is almost certainly much, much larger. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Jennifer Reali, popularly known as the “Fatal Attraction” killer, hasbeen granted parole following a bumpy ride through the criminal-justice system. In 2011, her sentence for murder was commuted by then-governor Bill Ritter, but the state parole board subsequently rejected three appeals centered largely on the depth of her Christian faith. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A charge of domestic violence via telephone was dismissed against longtime morning-talk-radio personality Steffan Tubbs , who subsequently wrote on social media that he was “always innocent” and identified himself as a domestic-violence victim. Now, Tubbs’s attorney and his accuser are speaking out and sharing startling and sometimes contradictory details about the incident and the relationship from which it sprang, even as prosecutors confirm that the case is currently under appeal. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Authorites recently conducted a new series of searches in the case of Kelsie Schelling, a 21-year-old who vanished more than four years ago after telling her boyfriend, Donthe Lucas, that she was pregnant. The searches focused on locations associated with Lucas, a person of interest in Schelling’s disappearance, and while they turned up no new evidence linking him to the disappearance, he was arrested days later for an unrelated robbery case — although one commenter on the Help Find Kelsie Facebook page saw a connection anyhow. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The day after Devin Kelley murdered 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on November 5, filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted that the tragedy has pushed the April 20, 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, the subject of his 2002 Oscar-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine, from the list of America’s ten worst mass shootings. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Earlier this month, 47-year-old Scott Ostrem was arrested for allegedly killing three people at a suburban Walmart. In the immediate aftermath of the slayings, we learned much more about Ostrem’s victims, Victor Vasquez, Pam Marques and Carlos Moreno, and the man who apparently took their lives at random. Far from being a terrorist, Ostrem appears to be another angry, frustrated white man taking out his failings on innocent people. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: This past summer, family members of Marvin Booker, who died in jail during a July 2010 excessive-force incident that led to a $6 million settlement, appeared at a press conference to demand that the current prosecutor begin a new investigation into the tragic incident. Now, the DA is referring what she calls a “limited aspect” of the case to a grand jury, and while she isn’t divulging any specifics, the panel will almost certainly look into reports of a missing Taser that Booker’s loved ones see as evidence of a potential criminal coverup. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: In the wake of a scandal involving movie executive Harvey Weinstein, who is accused of engaging in improper sexual behavior with more than sixty women, Jamie Naughright has granted her first TV interview in regard to previously reported allegations that former Denver Broncos quarterbackPeyton Manning “placed his ‘naked butt anad rectum'” on her face when he was a student at the University of Tennessee. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: In recent days, authorized renewed a search for Kelsie Schelling, a 21-year-old woman who went missing more than four years ago after learning she was pregnant. The latest operation, prompted by what are described as new leads, continued increased activity over recent months and follows an apparent attempt to burn down the home of Donthe Lucas, Schelling’s boyfriend and the most frequently mentioned suspect in the case. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Theater shooter James Holmes has been on the move within the prison system since a 2015 attack on him by Mark “Slim” Daniels, who apologized in a letter for being unable to send the man who killed twelve people and injured seventy others at the Aurora Century 16 theater on July 20, 2012, to “Satan’s lake of fire.” Now, for the first time in more than a year, we finally know his location. At present, he’s being held at the United States penitentiary in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. Westword has the story.