Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A highly unusual political fight between two district attorneys revolved around Curtis Brooks, who became a prison rehabilitation role model after being convicted of felony murder for a homicide in 1995, when he was fifteen. The spat’s end is likely to result in freedom for Brooks. Here’s why. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: For most people, a traffic citation is an unfortunate but minor occurrence. But for Alex Lupa, a small infraction led to big problems, including a night spent in jail at the very moment his right to legally stay in this country was hanging in the balance.
Lupa isn’t an American citizen. Rather, he’s a permanent resident who was going through the naturalization process last month when he ran the stop sign. Afterward, he was arrested and placed in a county detention center until the wee hours of the next morning on an improperly filed warrant from nine years earlier. To add insult to injury, he says, an officer on the scene wanted to impound the borrowed vehicle he’d been driving even though the owner was there at the time. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A city has agreed to pony up $335,000 to settle a lawsuit filed against three members of its police department by OyZhana Williams over a 2015 incident during which she was roughed up and had her head stomped in the parking lot of a hospital where her boyfriend was being treated for a gunshot wound, apparently because a cop lauded for heroism during a mass shooting didn’t like the way she dropped her keys. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Two years after we told you about Melvin Lewis’s arrest for punching his girlfriend amid an argument in which she killed a dog, he’s back in the news again. This time, he’s accused of stealing from bags at the airport where he worked, and his specific focus is said to have been guns. Westword has the story.
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.