Reading from the Voice Media empire: Since 2015, authorities in Aspen have sought to make Landini Smith pay for two separate incidents in which he kicked members of the local police department. But in the end, Smith received no jail time for giving officers the boot, even though he’s committed similar acts so often that he was nicknamed the Aspen Cop Kicker. Moreover, Smith has spent plenty of time behind bars for his past actions. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Keith Hammock was once the driver for the Rasta Bus, a service that ferried intoxicated patrons from a slew of hip venues. But he’s now been sentenced to eighty years in prison for a 2016 shooting of two teens who invaded his home marijuana grow. One of the teens died in the incident. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The recent arrest of Robert Mears for allegedly attacking a ranger while under the influence of LSD isn’t an everyday occurrence at Rocky Mountain National Park. But officials confirm that drug-related incidents in general have been on the rise at RMNP, the fourth-most visited national park in the country. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Mere days after a $4.65 million settlement was reached in the case of Michael Marshall, who died in a detention center circa 2015 during a mental-health episode, a Career Service Board hearing officer has tossed out minor suspesions against Carolos Hernandez and Bret Garegnani, two deputies who took part in the incident. The lawyers representing the Marshall family are appalled by this decision, as well as by comments in the report about the matter Deputy Eishi Yamaguchi, who specializes in training jail personnel in use-of-force matters. In reference to Hernandez and Garegnani, he’s quoted as saying, “I have zero concerns about anything they did. I was expecting to see something different. Actually, I’d love to have the video just for training.” Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Christian Willis is the third person to be sentenced for playing a role in a robbery-gone-wrong that led to the fatal shooting two years ago of Darren Bloomquist, a 49-year-old Air Force veteran who was moonlighting as a cab driver to support his disabled wife. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: On a recent edition of the morning program Daybreak, co-host Natalie Tysdal was joined by Jason Granger, founder and CEO of Infinity Marketing Group for a segment in which he showed off three phone apps that allow users to track the whereabouts of family or friends. But neither viewers nor staffers at the station knew at the time that Granger was arrested, convicted and served time in jail last year for stalking a former significant othe. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire:A man serving a 64-year prison sentence for armed robbery has had his conviction overturned after his attorneys discovered that the state’s star witness in the case had been found mentally incompetent in another criminal prosecution twenty years earlier. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: According to a recently filed lawsuit, Michael Bailey spent 52 days in jail because the sheriff’s office where he was wanted for a minor offense didn’t bother to pick him up from the facility that held him. And a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is backing the complaint, says his story is far from unique. 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: “The sadness turns to anger,” says Andrea Feltman when talking about her son, nineteen-year-old Kyler Grabbingbear, who was unarmed when he was shot to death by a deputy early on December 7. In conversation, Feltman breaks down into tears on several occasions, overcome by a sense of loss even as she’s in the midst of planning her boy’s funeral services. But her voice is firm when referring to the actions of the deputy, whose identity has not been publicly released at this writing. “Kyler wasn’t shot,” she stresses. “He was slain. He was murdered.” Westword has the story.