tom.moore.cbs4.1.croppedReading from the Voice Media empire: In 2016, at least eleven women accused nurse Tom Moore of improperly touching them while he was supposed to be providing medical care. Now he’s been given a twelve-year sentence for unlawful sexual contact in one county, to run concurrently with a dozen-year jolt previously doled out in another. But according to one of Moore’s multiple arrest affidavits, the amount of time he’s been ordered to serve is only a little longer than the decade during which he allegedly used his profession as a means to violate one female victim after another. Westword has the story.

rocky.pedersen.mug.shotReading from the Voice Media empire: In March 2017, as we’ve reported, former medical marijuana dispensary owner Rocky Pedersen was arrested for an AR-15-toting pot-shop robbery spree. He’s now been sentenced to fourteen years behind bars for a series of crimes that he blames on his switch from cannabis to heroin. However, the prosecutor in the case believes Pedersen was actually inspired by a lust for revenge because his own marijuana business was shuttered after his hometown prohibited dispensaries. Westword has the story.

columbine.shooting.surveillance.footageReading from the Voice Media empire: An attendee at a town hall after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, says a state representative and Second Amendment advocate attempted to bolster her argument that teachers should be armed by claiming that Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had supported gun control and lobbied the state legislature to make schools gun-free zones to prevent return fire during the lethal April 20, 1999 attack that took the lives of twelve students and a teacher. And a TV news cameraman who covered Columbine backs up the attendees’ account. Westword has the story.

keanu.reeves.the.matrix.john.wickReading from the Voice Media empire: Reporters and anchors covering the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have frequently mentioned the disturbing similarity between images from the latest tragic event, during which seventeen people died, and those from the April 20, 1999, attack on Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. But there’s another tie between these tragedies beyond bloodshed and heartache. Politicians and stakeholders desperate to deflect calls for tougher gun laws are once again suggesting that violence in popular culture is more responsible for what happened in Parkland than are easily procured weapons. And as was the case after Columbine, one of the main whipping boys is actor Keanu Reeves. Really. Westword has the story. from the Voice Media empire: The February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has inspired plans for marches and student walkouts to call for tougher gun laws. But it also appears to have motivated a number of threats at schools, including one in the same county where the Columbine killings took place in 1999 that involved a social-media joke that went terribly wrong. Westword has the story.

rae.carruth.2001Reading from the Voice Media empire:This October, former Carolina Panthers star Rae Carruth is scheduled to be freed from the prison where he was sent after being convicted of conspiring to murder Cherica Adams in 1999, when she was eight months pregnant. Cherica’s child, Chancellor Adams, survived the ordeal but suffers from cerebral palsy linked to his traumatic birth, and Carruth wants to have a relationship with the now-eighteen-year-old upon his release, as he makes clear in an open letter. Westword has the story. from the Voice Media empire: Kratom is a popular herbal pain reliever that was at one point on the cusp of being listed as a Schedule I narcotic alongside substances such as heroin. That decision was later reversed after protests by more than fifty senators. But now, Clean Kratom Wellness Center is being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration even though the federal government’s current position on the product consists only of warning about its use. Westword has the story.

terry.dunford.mug.shotReading from the Voice Media empire: As we’ve reported, the body of Jeanna Leslie was found in her downtown Denver apartment. The former San Antonio, Texas, schoolteacher, who’d moved to Colorado mere months earlier and quickly fallen in love with the Mile High City, had been stabbed to death. Now, Terry Dunford, described as a homeless man she’d been trying to help, has been arrested for her slaying, and according to an arrest affidavit accessible below, he made investigators’ job easy by leaving behind a staggering number of clues to his identity. Westword has the story. from the Voice Media empire: Jeanna Leslie, 49, was a vibrant free spirit who recently moved from Texas to Denver and quickly fell in love with the community, as she documented in words and photos on her Facebook page. But her obvious joy and excitement over moving into a downtown apartment and starting a new adventure now echoes with poignancy. The page has become a heartbreaking memorial to Leslie, who was stabbed to death in her Mile High City home. Westword has the story.

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