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.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Police officer Ryan Burke was arrested after allegedly harassing his former girlfriend so persistently at an area hotel that representatives from the business called his fellow cops on him. But this is hardly the first time he’s been in trouble with either his employer or local officials. He’s been suspended twice during the past four years with the PD, and the local city council paid thousands to settle an excessive-force lawsuit that named him. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: On Friday, December 15, a judge will determine if Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood will be allowed to venture unsupervised off the grounds of a state mental hospital, where he’s resided since being found not guilty by reason of insanity for shooting and wounding two students at Deer Creek Middle School seven years ago. Among those who strongly oppose this idea are Pete Weir, current DA where Eastwood was prosecuted, and the family of Matt Thieu, who survived after Eastwood shot him in the torso. 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: Authorites recently conducted a new series of searches in the case of Kelsie Schelling, a 21-year-old who vanished more than four years ago after telling her boyfriend, Donthe Lucas, that she was pregnant. The searches focused on locations associated with Lucas, a person of interest in Schelling’s disappearance, and while they turned up no new evidence linking him to the disappearance, he was arrested days later for an unrelated robbery case — although one commenter on the Help Find Kelsie Facebook page saw a connection anyhow. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Earlier this year, Stephen Hamper was found guilty on multiple counts in the beating of a Denver police officer whom he said he would have killed if only he’d been able to get hold of her gun. Since that ruling, he’s been hit with three more charges of assaulting law enforcers while in custody awaiting a hearing to determine if he’s a habitual criminal. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Darius Ratcliff has been found guilty of first-degree assault against the peace officer who shot him on July 31, 2016, the day before his twentieth birthday. Exactly a year later and one day before he turned 21, he was scheduled to be back in court for a hearing related to a separate murder charge, with that prosecution to be followed by four more related to multiple counts of attempted murder and burglary, as well as a failed escape attempt. But something went awry. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: In an extraordinary attempt to save the job of head football coach Mike MacIntyre, who is credited with turning around a gridiron program that’s struggled since a recruiting scandal in the early 2000s, the university has suspended Chancellor Phil DiStefano for ten days and mandated that MacIntyre and athletic director Rick George make $100,000 donations to a domestic-violence fund over the mishandling of abuse charges against ex-assistant head coach Joe Tumpkin. And oh how they were mishandled. Westword has the story.