Author Michael Roberts

mike_mcgee_and_paul_shoemakerBreakfast reading from the True Crime Report archives“Mike and I thought we did the good deed of the day,” says Paul Shoemaker — and why wouldn’t he? After all, Shoemaker and Mike McGee, co-workers at a Sprint outlet at shopping center, were heading on break when they heard a cry for help from an aging security guard as a shoplifting suspect blazed past them — and instead of ignoring this plea, they chased the guy down, caught him, and held him until mall security and police arrived. Their reward for this heroic action? They were fired. Westword has the story.

nicholas_lorenzo_photoBreakfast reading from the True Crime Report archives: Perhaps there was some confusion on the part of Nicholas Lorenzo, 25. After all, he worked behind a meat counter at a Safeway — so he might have thought beating his own meat was part of the job. Unfortunately for him, he was arrested after asking if he could help a female customer with something while allegedly stroking himself behind the counter. That was extra service she could have done without. Westword has the story.

robert_wallace_photoBreakfast reading from the True Crime Reports archive: The Robert Wallace case has all the trademarks of a justice-gone-awry tale. When Wallace, 81, saw two men trying to steal his trailer, he opened fire, hitting one of the men in the head. But the person busted in the shooting’s immediate aftermath was Wallace, for attempted murder, while the two suspects in the theft attempt remained free for months. Westword has the story.

stephanie_rylan_and_lloyd_rochesterBreakfast reading from the True Crime Reports archives: Rochester’s arrest affidavit, on view below in its entirety, suggested that the young mom ended her child’s life because of autism fears. According to the document, Rochester had been feeling anxious and depressed for several weeks — and in late May, while her husband, Lloyd, was on a business trip to Sweden, she became increasingly concerned that Rylan was showing signs of autism; his eyes would roll to the sides, his hands would shake, and he avoided eye contact, in her view. Westword has the story.

william.slocum.colorado.collegeReading from the Voice Media empire: College administrators recently decided to rescind an honorary degree bestowed more than a century ago on former school president William Slocum, and the stripping of his name from a campus building. These moves were made because of what the institution’s board of trustees describe as “overwhelming and uncontroverted evidence that Slocum engaged in instances of sexual misconduct and egregious sexual assault while he was president of the college.” Westword has the story.

sexual.assault.victim.getty.imagesReading from the Voice Media empire: The principal at an urban high school who retired last September after a video of cheerleaders screaming as they were being forced into splits is among five people, including four current administrators, charged with failing to report an alleged rape of a female student by a male pupil. Probable cause statements in the case, which is unrelated to the cheerleader scandal, tell a heartbreaking tale about disturbing revelations, persistent bullying, lingering pain and bureaucratic actions and inactions that prosecutors consider to be criminal. Westword has the story.

yaveah.portraitReading from the Voice Media empire: What happened to Yevaeh Patrick-Moon, age nine, involves a potential crime.  Lynthia Washington, the grandmother of two young girls who accompanied Yevaeh to the hotel, was arrested and subsequently charged with child abuse — negligently causing death. She was supposed to be supervising the children at the pool but was allegedly nowhere to be found when Yevaeh sank beneath the waters for the final time. Westword has the story.

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