joey.hopper.dara.wheatley.facebookReading from the Voice Media empire: Thirteen people associated with Hoppz’ Cropz stores in Colorado Springs, including co-owners Joseph Hopper, also known as “Joey Hops,” and Dara Wheatley, nicknamed “Boss Lady,” have been indicted on charges that they illegally distributed nearly 200 pounds of marijuana in a variation on the sort of “free” pot giveaway schemes that date back to the days before and just after the launch of legal recreational cannabis sales in the state. Westword has the story.

shawn.geerdes.mug.shot.croppedReading from the Voice Media empire: George Brauchler, who prosecuted James Holmes for the 2012 theater shooting that killed twelve people and injured seventy others, is running for governor in 2018 — and he’s using Shawn Geerdes’s conviction for murdering Jason Dosa nearly three years ago as an opportunity to criticize legal pot, even though the marijuana grow in which the two partnered was illegal. Westword has the story.

sam.forgy.portrait.800.croppedReading from the Voice Media empire: College student Sam Forgy was shot and killed by police in July 2015 when he was naked, on acid and armed with a hammer. Now his father, Glen Forgy, is the city where the incident took place and Officer Dillon Garretson, who shot Sam four times, including in the middle of the forehead. In the suit, Glen argues that the death of his son was completely unnecessary. Here’s why. Westword has the story.

chad.johnson.mervin.cabeReading from the Voice Media empire: One of the many stinging jokes in season one of the excellent Netflix series Dear White People Involves college journalist Lionel Higgins, played by DeRon Horton, discovering that he can use a fake ID with a photo that looks nothing like him because Caucasians can’t tell black men apart. But Mervin Cabe wasn’t so lucky. He was recently busted in Aspen, Colorado, one of the whitest places on the planet even when there’s no snow on the ground, after unsuccessfully impersonating former NFL player Chad Johnson, whom he doesn’t resemble in the slightest. Westword has the story.

travis.mason.facebook.2.800.croppedReading from the Voice Media empire: The reward being offered for information about the person or persons who killed Travis Mason, a former Marine who was fatally shot while working as a security guard at a marijuana dispensary in June 2016, has been increased to $55,000, more than triple the original amount. Authorities hope the increase will help break the case that’s remained unsolved for more than a year. Westword has the story.

william.anderson.mug.shotReading from the Voice Media empire:The death of William Anderson, a forty-year-old inmate at a big city jail, has led to a war of words between the local sheriff’s department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Anderson died during a fight with fellow detainee Ricardo Lopez-Vera, nineteen. But while the district attorney declined to charge Lopez-Vera in the incident, his undocumented status led to detention by ICE, which claims the sheriff released him without properly informing the federal agency even though there was an immigration hold on him. Westword has the story.

michael.blagg.mug.shotReading from the Voice Media empire: There are new developments in a high-profile homicide case that stretches back sixteen years, to the 2001 violent death of  Jennifer Blagg and the disappearance of her six-year-old daughter, Abby. The investigation seemed to have reached a resolution in 2004, when a jury found Michael Blagg guilty of Jennifer’s murder. Prosecutors presented evidence that he’d shot her in the face while she was in bed and took her body to a dumpster at his business; police found the body in a local landfill. (Abby has never been found, alive or dead, and Blagg was never charged with her murder.) Westword has the story.

mark.redwine.mug.shotReading from the Voice Media empire: For years, the tragic 2012 murder of Dylan Redwine shared one major element in common with the JonBenet Ramsey case. In both slayings, a parent or parents were under suspicion, yet law enforcers never brought criminal charges. That changed when Mark Redwine, Dylan’s father, was arrested in Bellingham, Washington, on suspicion of killing his son. And a grand jury indictment released in the wake of the bust and accessible here reveals why, in greater detail than has been previously shared with the public. Westword has the story.

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