Reading from the Voice Media empire: One year ago this month, we published a post about outrage over the light sentence given to convicted rapist Austin Wilkerson, a former college student. Turns out, though, that Wilkerson’s punishment was even more modest than originally advertised. He’s already a free man, after being released from a two-year work-release obligation twelve months early. Westword has the story.
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Reading from the Voice Media empire: Pit bulls are banned at assorted jurisdictions all over the country. But far from being outlawed, a dog named Kara is actually enforcing the law, as the only official narcotics-detection pit bull for a law enforcement agency in the state she now calls home. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Convicted meth dealer Raymond Cordova has pleaded guilty to desecrating a human body in the tragic case of Kelly Mae Myers, eighteen. Authorities now believe Myers, who went missing in late 2014, died of an overdose while in the company of Cordova, who cut up her body and stuffed it into a suitcase that was found several months later. Westword has the story.
Reading 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.
Reading 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.
Reading 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.
Reading 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.
Reading 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.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Samuel Brunelus, a 23-year-old from Florida, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and more in relation to the deaths of two men to whom he allegedly provided heroin laced with carfentanil, an extremely powerful synthetic opioid best known as an elephant tranquilizer. Westword has the story.
Reading 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.