Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Pam Fine, who filed a lawsuit last year over abuse allegedly suffered at the hands of Joe Tumpkin, a former assistant football coach at a major college, has launched a Change.org petition decrying the possibility that he will be offered a misdemeanor plea deal that she characterizes as a wrist slap. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: When it came time for his video interview, accused shooter Armando Durete refused to answer questions, but he asked one: He said that Nickie Rico, who’d been shot twice and was later arrested, too, was his brother and he wanted to know how he was doing. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The just-released results from one major city reveal that physical assaults among inmates are more common than an inmate assaulting a staff member, but that inmates will more often verbally threaten staff than other inmates. In 2017, there were a total of 470 physical assaults between inmates and 98 physical assaults occurring between an inmate and a staff member. The data tables also show the number of injuries resulting from assaults, as well as a tally of times that bodily fluids — blood, feces, urine, etc. — were used during assaults. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A year ago, a homicide outside Players Club anchored a roundup of eight slayings at one state’s strip clubs. And the violence connected to such venues didn’t end there. In recent months, there have been two more incidents at so-called gentlemen’s clubs, resulting in a first-degree-murder charge against Jared Chavez. Here are the details of all ten incidents. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: TV stations prominently identified Javeon Brown when police sent out an alert about the thirteen-year-old in relation to a Thanksgiving Day triple shooting near a high school. The outlets stopped doing so the following day, after Brown’s arrest, because he has not been charged as an adult for the crime. However, their reports continue to link to his name. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Since 2015, authorities in Aspen have sought to make Landini Smith pay for two separate incidents in which he kicked members of the local police department. But in the end, Smith received no jail time for giving officers the boot, even though he’s committed similar acts so often that he was nicknamed the Aspen Cop Kicker. Moreover, Smith has spent plenty of time behind bars for his past actions. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The recent arrest of Robert Mears for allegedly attacking a ranger while under the influence of LSD isn’t an everyday occurrence at Rocky Mountain National Park. But officials confirm that drug-related incidents in general have been on the rise at RMNP, the fourth-most visited national park in the country. Westword has the story.