Reading from the Voice Media empire: Barely two weeks after Donthe Lucas was arrested on robbery charges, the former basketball star was served with an arrest warrant in the February 2013 disappearance of Kelsie Schelling, who vanished after telling her boyfriend, Lucas, that she was pregnant. The bust took place on the same day his mom, Sara Lucas, was taken into custody in regard to the aforementioned robbery, suggesting that authorities are trying to ratchet up the pressure on mother and son to reveal the whereabouts of Schelling’s body, which has not been found as of this writing. Westword has the story.
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Reading from the Voice Media empire: One state’s Department of Corrections is recalculating the possible parole dates of close to 3,000 inmates, in the wake of court decisions stating that the agency has misinterpreted sentencing statutes — effectively keeping prisoners behind bars for months or years longer than the law intended. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: An animal rescue group recently posted a video showing what it characterizes as the “rescue” of three chickens from Long Shadow Farm. Larry and Kristin Ramey, the co-owners of the farm, call it something else: theft that involved a demonstration they believe was staged as a diversion, “terrible” music, undercover operatives, lies and taking advantage of an eight-year-old. In contrast, Direction Action Everywhere, a group affiliated with the activists, is touting a “landmark” action that disrupted a “slaughterhouse exhibition.” Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire:Last year, aspiring rapper Michael House was gunned down in a motel parking lot while defending his girlfriend. Now, Jose Ocampo has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the tragic incident, to which his alleged co-conspirator, Kenneth Bastidos, previously admitted his guilt. The verdict came as a blessed relief to Danielle House, Michael’s sister. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A federal jury has awarded Vietnam veteran Mark Smith a $760,000 judgment to be paid by his tiny hometown and two members of the community’s four-person police department, including the chief, over a brutality episode with a long and bizarre backstory. Smith’s attorney says the beating Smith took was motivated by what he calls “small-town politics on steroids.” Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Last year, Jack Splitt, the namesake of Jack’s Law, a landmark bill that allowed young medical marijuana patients like him to take their cannabis-based medication at school, died tragically at age fifteen. More than a year later, Mark Pedersen, who made MMJ suppositories that helped alleviate the pain suffered by Splitt as a result of a condition associated with his cerebral palsy, faces five felony pot possession and manufacturing charges that flowed from the investigation into Splitt’s passing, despite the fact that there’s no evidence the medication harmed him in any way. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Former major college assistant coach Joe Tumpkin was charged with five felony second-degree-assault counts and three misdemeanor third-degree-assault beefs earlier this year related to allegations from his onetime significant other, who says he abused her more than 100 times. Now, however, the woman in question, Pamela Fine, has filed a lawsuit against Tumpkin and several powerful figures at the university under her own name for reasons her attorney says were both personal and outward-looking. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Back in 2015, we told you the shocking story of Desmond Smith, a fourteen-year-old allegedly murdered over a Cricket cellphone. More than two years later, three men have been sentenced in the case, which began with a particularly senseless act of violence and escalated into family drama in which a son agreed to testify against the father whose crime involved covering up for him and his uncle. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: One family has spent most of 2017 trying to prevent city representatives from killing Bandit, a two-year-old dog deemed a hazard after what Animal Law Center attorney Jennifer Edwards describes as a minor bite suffered by a Federal Express deliveryman. But while a lawsuit filed by the owners and accessible below has put their pet’s euthanization on hold, the matter remains in limbo, and Edwards says the effect on Bandit has been devastating. Westword has the story.