Breakfast 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.
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Breakfast 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.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Many municipalities around the country have enacted so-called breed-specific bans generally targeted against pit bulls or dogs with similar lineage. But the dogs most likely to bite near one area that considered a change in its code weren’t pits, but much more popular breeds. Westword has the story.
Reading 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.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A 235-page report from the Investigations Law Group detailing the results of its deep dive into the workplace culture of the one major state capitol uncovers what appears to be a toxic environment that includes plenty of offenses but not much punishment. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: “What does a person do when you realize you’ve lost everything?” asks Michael Bailey. “And I did. I lost my vehicle, my house and my job,” because he was held in custody for nearly two months on a warrant from another county he didn’t know existed. Moreover, the charges against him were dismissed shortly after he was finally transferred to the proper court. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A major metro hospital seems to have done an about-face on its LGBT protections in statements made during a drawn-out discrimination lawsuit brought by Brent Houchin, an openly gay employee who says he was fired in September 2016 after being targeted for his sexual orientation.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: “You don’t pay somebody for a year and a half if they’ve done some bad stuff. They made a bad mistake, and instead of talking to the press and saying, ‘We are so sorry,’ they just kept trying to shoot me until I didn’t move anymore. It was crazy.” Westword has the story.