Reading from the Voice Media empire: After more than two years, the prosecution of a massive federal drug investigation dubbed Operation Black Rhino is nearly over, thanks to the conviction of Jorge Loya-Ramirez, a Mexican citizen living in Denver who allegedly used a taco truck as cover to deal nearly 200 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine in kilogram quantities. And he wasn’t the only Black Rhino target to earn punishment. The U.S. Attorney’s Office reveals that of the 38 others named in one of four federal grand jury indictments related to the inquiry, only one had his case dismissed. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: When one state’s branch of the American Civil Liberties Union heard that Iraqi detainees being held inside an immigrant detention center – a 1,500-bed facility run by the private prison company GEO Group – were being singled out and harassed by the facility’s guards, ACLU attorneys and staff members went to investigate. What they learned from two of the men, France Anwar Elias and Kamran Mallak, whom they interviewed over several trips in August, deeply concerned them. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: An animal sanctuary got a jolt when agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations arrived to allegedly inquire about the status of two pigs — Lucy and Ethel — who were “rescued” by animal-rights activists from a Utah factory farm in early July. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: We’ve finally learned the identity of the person who pleaded guilty in 2011 to killing his parents, Charles and Marilyn Long, and wounding two siblings when he was just twelve years old. He’s Gedeon Long, now nineteen, and a judge has approved his transfer to what’s referred to as a “less secure facility” in advance of his scheduled release from juvenile detention this time next year. 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: An investigation has concluded that a principal and a psychologist at an elementary school violated district policies in their response to one student’s alleged threat to shoot another. But the mother of the targeted student, who only learned of the threat months after it was reported to school officials, questions whether the “corrective actions” taken in the case go far enough. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Tanner Flores, nineteen, has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Ashley Doolittle, his girlfriend, in June 2016. Flores killed Doolittle near his home , then transported her body across the state in his truck before being arrested. Westword has the story.