from the Voice Media empire: The February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has inspired plans for marches and student walkouts to call for tougher gun laws. But it also appears to have motivated a number of threats at schools, including one in the same county where the Columbine killings took place in 1999 that involved a social-media joke that went terribly wrong. Westword has the story.

rae.carruth.2001Reading from the Voice Media empire:This October, former Carolina Panthers star Rae Carruth is scheduled to be freed from the prison where he was sent after being convicted of conspiring to murder Cherica Adams in 1999, when she was eight months pregnant. Cherica’s child, Chancellor Adams, survived the ordeal but suffers from cerebral palsy linked to his traumatic birth, and Carruth wants to have a relationship with the now-eighteen-year-old upon his release, as he makes clear in an open letter. Westword has the story. from the Voice Media empire: Kratom is a popular herbal pain reliever that was at one point on the cusp of being listed as a Schedule I narcotic alongside substances such as heroin. That decision was later reversed after protests by more than fifty senators. But now, Clean Kratom Wellness Center is being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration even though the federal government’s current position on the product consists only of warning about its use. Westword has the story.

terry.dunford.mug.shotReading from the Voice Media empire: As we’ve reported, the body of Jeanna Leslie was found in her downtown Denver apartment. The former San Antonio, Texas, schoolteacher, who’d moved to Colorado mere months earlier and quickly fallen in love with the Mile High City, had been stabbed to death. Now, Terry Dunford, described as a homeless man she’d been trying to help, has been arrested for her slaying, and according to an arrest affidavit accessible below, he made investigators’ job easy by leaving behind a staggering number of clues to his identity. Westword has the story. from the Voice Media empire: Jeanna Leslie, 49, was a vibrant free spirit who recently moved from Texas to Denver and quickly fell in love with the community, as she documented in words and photos on her Facebook page. But her obvious joy and excitement over moving into a downtown apartment and starting a new adventure now echoes with poignancy. The page has become a heartbreaking memorial to Leslie, who was stabbed to death in her Mile High City home. Westword has the story.

joshua.cummings.mug.shot.croppedReading from the Voice Media empireAfter Joshua Cummings was arrested for the January 31, 2017 execution-style slaying of security officer Scott Von Laken, his statements about being a soldier for the Islamic stae suggested that the killing might have been an act of terrorism. But at trial, the simple, shocking facts of the case, not ISIS, took center stage, and at the conclusion of a brisk three day’s worth of hearings, Cummings was found guilty of first-degree murder. Westword has the story. from the Voice Media empire: We recently posed a question about whether the odds of getting caught for mailing marijuana are going up. The answer is not yet in, but there’s new evidence that arrestees may be treated severely under the Justice Department of pot-hating attorney general Jeff Sessions: Mark Koenig has been sentenced to just over a year in federal prison for the offense. Westword has the story.

shaving.beard.getty.imagesReading from the Voice Media empire: The defendant in a lawsuit filed by a Muslim inmate who was made to shave off his beard in violation of his constitutional right to wear one is referred to as John Doe for an unusual reason. According to the lawyer in the case, the Department of Corrections has refused to identify the employee who gave the order. Westword has the story.

terry.maketa.selfie.gazette.800Reading from the Voice Media empire: Sheriff Terry Maketa may finally be off the hook with regard to a years-long scandal described in our previous coverage, on view below. The jury in his latest trial on corruption allegations found him not guilty of two misdemeanor charges but deadlocked on a pair of felonies. As such, the judge in the case declared a partial mistrial. Here’s why. Westword has the story.

clarence.moses.el.colorado.independentReading from the Voice Media Empire: In 2016, a jury acquitted Clarence Moses-EL for a 1987 rape for which he spent nearly three decades in prison. This verdict followed then-District Attorney Mitch Morrissey’s decision to retry Moses-EL for the crime even after a judge had vacated his conviction the previous year in the wake of a confession by another man, LC Jackson. Now, Moses-EL is suing Morrissey and a slew of additional defendants in federal court. Westword has the story.