Reading from the Voice Media empire: Shawn Geerdes has been ordered to spend 144 years in prison for murder and arson in the death of Jason Dosa, his partner in a cannabis business. The length of the sentence speaks to the brutality of the crime, Geerdes’s hefty previous criminal history and the determination of the 18th Judicial District DA’s office, headed by a gubernatorial candidate who definitely doesn’t feel a need for weed. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: One of the many stinging jokes in season one of the excellent Netflix series Dear White People Involves college journalist Lionel Higgins, played by DeRon Horton, discovering that he can use a fake ID with a photo that looks nothing like him because Caucasians can’t tell black men apart. But Mervin Cabe wasn’t so lucky. He was recently busted in Aspen, Colorado, one of the whitest places on the planet even when there’s no snow on the ground, after unsuccessfully impersonating former NFL player Chad Johnson, whom he doesn’t resemble in the slightest. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A court victory by two Colorado landowners who complained that the smell from a nearby marijuana grow made horse-riding on their property less pleasant advances a strategy, based on federal racketeering laws, that anti-marijuana forces hope will help them destroy the marijuana industry throughout the country. Westword has the story.
The bounty hunters had been staking out their prey for several hours at the Nissan dealership just off Interstate 30 in Greenville. Dressed casually, they claimed when they first arrived Tuesday afternoon that they were plainclothes federal agents trying to apprehend a suspect. They never presented badges.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Kevin Lyons has pleaded guilty to the murder of Dr. Kenneth Atkinson, a longtime physician who had been attempting to act as a good Samaritan in a domestic dispute involving Lyons and his wife, who was wounded along with another woman during the attack. Afterward, Lyons called his wife a “two-headed snake” — and that was only one of the irrational comments that followed. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Jeanie Cardona is now suing the Marshall Fred Cook — and, by extension, the town where he worked — in federal court. Her complaint alleges that Cook had a vendetta against her because as a trustee she’d opposed him on budget issues and criticized his performance; and that her arrest wasn’t a mistake, but a deliberate act of retaliation by Cook, who falsified his affidavit to make it appear that she had knowingly harbored a fugitive. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Teen Jalecc Taylor has been sentenced to two years of intensive supervised probation under the juvenile system for negligent child abuse resulting in the death of Anthony Hemmings, his ten-year-old brother. But the prosecutor believes his punishment won’t be over when those 24 months have elapsed. Westword has the story.
Valentina Villafane was sitting in her second-grade classroom when the tear gas canister exploded. The principal of her private school outside Barquisimeto, Venezuela, saw it first — an errant volley from a national guardsman that flew between the bars of the school’s gate and rolled to the front door. The principal shouted for the students to run to the back of the building as gas plumed at the entrance.
As Valentina huddled with her classmates, teachers brought jars of vinegar from the cafeteria and showed the children how to apply it to their faces to protect against the gas. They waited for hours, trapped as desperate Barquisimetanos clashed with police outside.
“I was scared and I almost cried,” Valentina recalls in a telephone interview from Venezuela–where many live in dire poverty while the corrupt businessman who looted the country live lavishly in Houston and Miami.