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.
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: This week, police found approximately 31 pounds of marijuana in an open space area, not far from where three people were camping in violation of local ordinances. But none of them were hit with charges related to the pot, because officers couldn’t figure out to whom it belonged. Westword has the story.
The driver of a hearse filled with 68 pounds of marijuana told federal agents on Saturday that he had taken up smuggling because his Tucson funeral-services business “had been slow.”
In a story that made headlines nationally, Christian Lee Zuniga, 28, a U.S. citizen from Nogales, Arizona, was arrested after agents became suspicious of him and his hearse and found the pot, court records show.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: “We attempt to mitigate the odor with HEPA [High Efficiency Particulate Arresting] filters in the property section, where evidence and property are stored, but they can become overwhelmed when we receive large seizures,” says the officer in charge of the property department at police HQ. “There is a day or two prior to the marijuana being tested at the lab, when the bulk of the marijuana is stored in an area, that the filters do not have great success.” Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The U.S. Navy is currently embroiled in one of the biggest scandals to rock the service in recent memory, with the main targets of a recently unsealed grand jury indictment being nine officers, including Stephen Shedd. The group, whose self-generated nicknames included “The Cool Kids,” “The Band of Brothers,” “The Brotherhood,” “The Wolfpack,” the “Familia” and “The Lion King’s Harem,” allegedly provided confidential shipping schedules and the like to Malaysian defense contractor Leonard Francis, aka “Fat Leonard,” in exchange for bribes such as party time with prostitutes. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Courtney Plante has taken a plea agreement in regard to attempted-murder allegations against her and significant other Sean Overstreet dating back to January 2016, when she was nineteen and he was 37. The deal trims time off Plante’s possible sentence but doesn’t let her off the hook for a crime against a former teacher of hers that was as violent as it was bizarre. Westword has the story.