At 5 a.m., Camp Gladiator exercise students arrive at the church and discover Bevers’ body. There are multiple puncture wounds to her head and chest. A justice of the peace declares her dead shortly after police arrive. Midlothian police have not disclosed where the killer encountered Bevers inside the church but have told media that nothing has been reported taken from the church.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Ashby is said to have threatened to put a second bullet into the head of a man who’d already been shot in the face and was accused of arresting a suspect without probable cause, then brutally beating him in a holding cell. And that’s not to mention the crime that led to his conviction for second-degree murder. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: At every NFL game, there are thousands of great people — and a few douchebags. But judging by his arrest affidavit, Jacob Magee was the douchebaggiest of the lot thanks to his decision to use a free ticket as an excuse to take photos up an unsuspecting woman’s skirt. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: In 2015, we reported about what’s among the most disturbing series of sexual-assault allegations to ever appear in this space. Larry Church was accused of victimizing nine people between the ages of six and 21, seven of them minors. Now the hammer has come down. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Looking back on 2016, we realized that some of the folks whose crazy stories we told deserved an even higher honor — recognition as a Douchebag of the Year. Click to see our choices for the top ten, presented in chronological order and featuring photos, excerpts and links to our original coverage. Westword has the story.
Since at least 1947, when a religious community called the Servants of the Paraclete opened one of the first treatment centers for priests grappling with pedophilia and substance abuse, dioceses have often warehoused problematic priests.
The “rehab” facility closest to Houston is Splendora’s Shalom Center, whose website states, “We genuinely seek to create a spirit of Gospel compassion, a nonjudgmental atmosphere and a safe environment where healing and growth can happen.”
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: President Barack Obama’s decision to commute the seventy-year sentence of Puerto Rican radical activist Oscar Lopez Rivera has been greeted with celebration in some quarters and outrage in others. But if nothing else, the move solves a problem the American justice system has been unable to crack for the past 35 years: What do you do with a self-proclaimed “prisoner of war” in a country that claims to have no political prisoners? Westword has the story.
Surprise: Yet another smoke shop selling the synthetic drug kush under the counter has been sued by the Harris County Attorney’s Office, with a judge granting a temporary restraining order against Texas Tobacco and Smoke Shop on Wednesday.
In the same way that virtually every smoke shop in the area gets busted (haven’t they figured this out yet?), an undercover police officer came into the store and asked for some kush, which he found misleadingly packaged in bags saying “not for human consumption.” The store’s owner, Sayed Ali, even offered to sell him some “Dro,” a street name for hydroponic marijuana.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Higgins has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder as part of a Columbine-style attack plan that allegedly targeted a high school when she and accused co-conspirator Sienna Johnson were sixteen-year-old students. And the details are disturbing. Westword has the story.