Reading from the Voice Media empire: There are new developments in a high-profile homicide case that stretches back sixteen years, to the 2001 violent death of Jennifer Blagg and the disappearance of her six-year-old daughter, Abby. The investigation seemed to have reached a resolution in 2004, when a jury found Michael Blagg guilty of Jennifer’s murder. Prosecutors presented evidence that he’d shot her in the face while she was in bed and took her body to a dumpster at his business; police found the body in a local landfill. (Abby has never been found, alive or dead, and Blagg was never charged with her murder.) Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: For years, the tragic 2012 murder of Dylan Redwine shared one major element in common with the JonBenet Ramsey case. In both slayings, a parent or parents were under suspicion, yet law enforcers never brought criminal charges. That changed when Mark Redwine, Dylan’s father, was arrested in Bellingham, Washington, on suspicion of killing his son. And a grand jury indictment released in the wake of the bust and accessible here reveals why, in greater detail than has been previously shared with the public. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Jacob Magee was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of invasion of privacy for sexual gratification, for taking an upskirt photo of a woman at an NFL game. His punishment: eight years of sex-offender supervised probation and thirty days in county jail. He’s also required to register as a sex offender for life. Get the details here. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Less than a year after receiver Cody Latimer was busted following an incident during which he said his girlfriend assaulted him, footage has surfaced of him getting into an altercation with employees at a strip club; Latimer was pepper sprayed and his uncle wound up up flat on his back after getting punched by an employee at the nightspot. Because Latimer wasn’t taken into custody this time around, he won’t add to the list of arrests for members of his team — 42 since the year 2000. Get details about all of the bustees here. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: David Batty has pleaded guilty to killing Tonya Lei Webster, a mother of two, in March 2016 and placing her body in a trunk. And while the arrest affidavit in the case remains sealed at this writing, prosecutors have revealed that Webster was violated with a baseball bat after her death. Warning: The details of this case may disturb some readers. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Seth Kienzle disappeared on February 19, 2016, More than a year later, he remains missing, and one of Kienzle’s longtime friends, who’s frustrated by the decision of law enforcement to stop searching for him based on a theory she doubts, is sharing his story in the hope of finally solving a mystery that grows deeper and more heartbreaking with each passing day. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Jana Koretko, an author and publisher of erotic books, has been arrested on accusations that she systematically ripped off a slew of fellow writers for more than $125,000 total. The result is an alleged criminal gangbang that no one enjoyed. Westword has the story.
For years, narcotics field tests have been notorious for sending innocent people to jail. The cheap, roadside tests have misconstrued everything from Jolly Ranchers for meth to Pop-Tart crumbs for crack cocaine. In December, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office trumpeted the arrest of 24-year-old Ross Lebeau for felony meth possession — only for the substance, stuffed inside a black sock in his trunk, to turn out to be cat litter. His dad had used the cat-litter-sock as a trick to defog the windows.
“Building your reputation takes years,” Lebeau told the Houston Press in January. “One false positive can ruin all of that.”
Now, however, in a departure from standard police practice across the nation, Houston and Harris County law enforcement agencies will permanently stop using the narcotics field tests, effective immediately.