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shawn.geerdes.mug.shot.croppedReading 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.

chad.johnson.mervin.cabeReading 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.

horseback.riding.thinkstock.800Breakfast 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.

kevin.lyons.7news.croppedBreakfast 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.

feature_openerBreakfast 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.

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