rusty.barnhart.mug.shot.800.croppedBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Rusty Barnhart has been convicted of second-degree kidnapping in a 1984 attack that had gone unsolved for decades. But neither Barnhart nor alleged co-conspirator Inocencio “Junior” Trevino, who’s currently awaiting trial, were charged with sexual assault in the case despite plentiful DNA evidence and Trevino’s alleged claim that the victim “wanted it.” Why not? Westword has the story.

joe.tumpkin.cuBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: In an extraordinary attempt to save the job of head football coach Mike MacIntyre, who is credited with turning around a gridiron program that’s struggled since a recruiting scandal in the early 2000s, the university has suspended Chancellor Phil DiStefano for ten days and mandated that MacIntyre and athletic director Rick George make $100,000 donations to a domestic-violence fund over the mishandling of abuse charges against ex-assistant head coach Joe Tumpkin. And oh how they were mishandled. Westword has the story.

marijuana.one.hitter.youtubeBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Mike McCarron is facing a methamphetamine charge even though he’s never knowingly possessed or used the substance. Prosecutors are pressing the accusation because they say a small amount of marijuana found in his truck tested positive for meth, even though a McCarron follicle analysis shows no trace of it in his system. Westword has the story.

chad.douthit.spider.man.collageBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire:Apparently inspired by Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is scheduled to swing into theaters nationwide on July 7, Chad Douthit of Colorado Springs busted out his best Spidey impression shortly before being busted himself on allegations that included throwing a TV antenna at a police car. And it didn’t go well. Westword has the story.

dea.marijuana.raid.largeReading from the Voice Media empire: Members of the Justice Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety have been ordered to “undertake a review of existing policies” regarding federal marijuana law enforcement, among other things. Their report is due on or before July 27, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws believes the document may use as its template a list by a fellow at the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation of eleven ways the administration of President Donald Trump can shut down legal cannabis. 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 been sentenced for the April 2016 killing of Dr. Kenneth Atkinson and the wounding of two women, including his wife. Atkinson’s widow asked the judge in the case to impose the heaviest punishment possible, and he came as close as he could without imposing the death penalty, which prosecutors reluctantly chose not to seek. Westword has the story.

michael.webber.facebookBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Michael Quin Webber was recently busted on suspicion of indecent exposure after being found walking the streets of posh resort completely naked. He allegedly had white powder caked under his nose at the time of his arrest, and he told the officer who fitted him for cuffs that he’d been seeing snakes. The cop soon discovered that he’s a registered sex offender. Westword has the story.

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