Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A city has agreed to pony up $335,000 to settle a lawsuit filed against three members of its police department by OyZhana Williams over a 2015 incident during which she was roughed up and had her head stomped in the parking lot of a hospital where her boyfriend was being treated for a gunshot wound, apparently because a cop lauded for heroism during a mass shooting didn’t like the way she dropped her keys. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: On Friday, August 24, the friends, family and loved ones of Yevaeh Patrick-Moon will take part in a vigil to mark what would have been her tenth birthday had she not drowned in a pool at a business called Hotel Elegante. Five days later, on August 29, Lynthia Washington, the grandmother of two young girls who accompanied Yevaeh to the hotel, is scheduled to make a court appearance related to a charge of child abuse — negligently causing death. In addition, both Washington and Hotel Elegante are named in a lawsuit put forward over the circumstances of Yeavaeh’s passing. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The arrest of Chris Watts for the murder of his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, three-year-old Celeste and four-year-old Bella, is one of the biggest stories in the country, with major cable channels regularly taking a break from their coverage of President Donald Trump’s latest tweets to go over the facts of the case known to date in forensic detail. And thanks to Chris’s shocking claim in the just-released arrest affidavit that Shanann is the person who actually killed the girls, that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Late last year, one state’s branch of the ACLU put together a graphic highlighting six cases of alleged mistreatment of black suspects by members of an urban police department since 2015. With recent payouts to Omar Hassan and Dwight Crews, the the city has now settled five of the six cases for a cumulative total of $3.12 million in taxpayer money. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Former marijuana entrepreneur and accused fraudster Scott Pack is at the center of two separate court actions — a criminal indictment that accused him of securities fraud, money laundering, forgery and a slew of cannabis-related offenses, as well as a lawsuit filed by two investors who say he bilked them out of $500,000 as part of a scheme that allegedly generated a total of $10 million. But thus far, Pack has managed to delay judgment in either action. His attorneys argue that he shouldn’t have to face the lawsuit until the conclusion of his criminal case, which was originally scheduled to take place in June but has now been put off until May 20, 2019. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: At least two things are clear about Jonathan Upah’s situation: He is currently being held in a major city jail, and he’s mentally ill. But the way that these two issues interact is very much in dispute. Tom Upah says he’s been told by his son and at least one person involved in his case that after being diagnosed, Jonathan was kept in solitary confinement for 23 out of 24 hours each day. In contrast, a jail spokesperson says there is no solitary confinement at the facility and stresses that while mentally ill inmates may be isolated in special housing units while they’re in crisis if they’re deemed to be dangerous, personnel make every effort to return them to regular units as soon as possible after their condition improves. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Around 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 9, police dispatchers received a call from someone who had discovered three dead bodies behind a warehouse near a major highway overpass. Responding officers found the deceased individuals — two men and one woman — behind an 8,000-square-foot building. Police reps would later reveal that the victims were likely living on the streets. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire:Jennie Bunsom has been identified as the sixteen-year-old Jennie Bunsom has been identified as the sixteen-year-old being charged as an adult for the murder of Jordan Vong, her seven-year-old nephew. And a newly released probable cause statement in the case maintains that she committed the act in the home they shared after he became frustrated over her refusal to play video games with him. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A recent road-rage incident turned deadly when Jeremy Webster, 23, allegedly opened fire outside a dentist’s office, killing a thirteen-year-old boy and severely injuring three others. Since then, plenty of drivers in the area have been wondering how they’d react in a similar situation. And the State Patrol has some potentially life-saving advice. Westword has the story.