Reading from the Voice Media empire: The two shootings happened a few weeks and a few miles apart from each other. In both cases, juveniles crept into back yards in residential neighborhoods in the dead of night, hoping to boost marijuana plants being grown outside. The owners of the weed responded with gunfire. Somebody died. But the outcome of the cases couldn’t be more different. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Jose Ocampo, one of two men convicted of murder in the 2016 death of aspiring rapper Michael House, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 36 years for his actions. Danielle House, Michael’s sister, is pleased by this punishment, but it hasn’t lessened her sense of loss over the slaying. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Millions upon millions of people have bought and sold items on Craigslist without a problem. But that doesn’t mean that horror stories involving the service are unknown, as Anthony Mott understands very well. Last year, the Jefferson County homeowner was tied up, threatened with a knife and robbed by two men who responded to a Craigslist ad, one of whom Mott managed to kill after freeing himself. Now, David Mascarenas, the surviving partner in crime, has pleaded guilty and faces decades behind bars for his role in this nightmare scenario. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A local sheriff’s office revealed the discovery of two men who’d been shot to death west of Simla, Colorado, at what’s characterized as an illegal marijuana grow. The incident feeds into the law-enforcement narrative that cannabis sales have led to increased violence in the state days after the fifth anniversary of the 2012 measure that sanctioned sales of recreational pot in the state. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Keith Hammock was once the driver for the Rasta Bus, a service that ferried intoxicated patrons from a slew of hip venues. But he’s now been sentenced to eighty years in prison for a 2016 shooting of two teens who invaded his home marijuana grow. One of the teens died in the incident. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Christian Willis is the third person to be sentenced for playing a role in a robbery-gone-wrong that led to the fatal shooting two years ago of Darren Bloomquist, a 49-year-old Air Force veteran who was moonlighting as a cab driver to support his disabled wife. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: As we’ve reported, Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood will learn during a December 15 hearing if he’ll 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 in a 2010 shooting at Deer Creek Middle School. District Attorney Pete Weir is among those objecting to this plan, and he offers as one reason for caution the awful story of David Lynn Cooper, who brutally killed his ten-year-old daughter mere months after being released from the state mental hospital because he’d supposedly regained his sanity. “He had eviscerated her,” Weir says of the 1996 homicide, “and was actually cooking parts of her intestines when the police arrived.” Westword has the story.
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.
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: 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.