Reading from the Voice Media empire: As demonstrated by a racially charged protest gone fatally wrong in Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacists have no shame. But if they did, they’d probably be humiliated by even the slightest association with Colorado’s own Joshua Witt, who claimed to have been stabbed because of his resemblance to a neo-Nazi, only to later admit that the wound was self-inflicted. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A former first-year college student is suing over what his complaint describes as “false allegations of non-consensual sexual contact” with a fellow freshman that led to his expulsion. The suit is at least the second of its type filed against the university in the past two years, and the attorney handling both cases accuses the school of using a procedure that is patently unfair to those accused of such offenses and gives them little opportunity to defend themselves. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries that took place during an October 1 shooting by Stephen Paddock during a Jason Aldean appearance outside the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas have made the event the deadliest of its kind in U.S. history, but the incident is hardly isolated. In the five-plus years since July 20, 2012, when twelve people were killed and seventy were injured during James Holmes’s attack at the Century 16 theater in Aurora Colorado, at least 1,864 mass shootings have taken place, according to online estimates. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A city plans to purchase PT’s All Nude II, a defunct strip club, for $1.3 million, in an effort to spur an economic revival in the area. The building was shuttered in 2016 because of numerous public safety issues, with the most prominent among them being a September 2015 murder on an evening promoted as #SelfieSaturday. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Benjamin Davis, one of his state’s most notorious prisoners, died at a state penitentiary to which he’d been transferred. Davis, who is suspected of committing suicide, was the reputed leader of a white supremacist prison gang known as the 211 crew and a potential player in the 2013 execution-style murder of a prison official. He appears to have taken the truth about the case to his grave. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: This week, a trial began in the case of nineteen-year-old Tanner Flores, who’s accused of killing his former girlfriend, eighteen-year-old rodeo queen Ashley Doolittle, and driving her body across the state in his truck. But we already know Flores, who’ll turn twenty on Halloween, won’t face the ultimate punishment, because prosecutors have confirmed that they won’t seek the death penalty. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Patrick Engle has been sentenced to 96 years in prison for a March 2016 crash that killed young mother Jessica Holman. He’s one of four people sentenced in the case, which involved a stolen truck, a police pursuit, a lying mother and grandmother, and Engle’s past as a habitual criminal. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: An attorney representing a student protest group claims “outrageous conduct” by local law enforcement. The reason? The lawyer argues that undercover officers were improperly embedded among the nonviolent protesters, whose largest offense at a March rally appears to have been jaywalking. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A U.S. District Court judge has sentenced Caroline Zarate Boyle after she pleaded guilty to ripping off her former employer, the U.S. Postal Service, by pretending to have cancer. This admission and the punishment she’ll receive as a result have earned her a place in our Cancer Faker Hall of Fame, which has inducted seven members over the last eight years. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A teacher has slipped through the cracks of a school background check, raising concerns from former colleagues and alleged victims about “passing the trash” — letting suspected or convicted teachers go without notifying parents and leaving them free to teach around the country until allegations catch up with them. Westword has the story.