Published: Mar 1, 2018, 5:00 am • Updated: Mar 2, 2018, 7:44 am By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff The prosecution of leaders of a Denver cannabis church on charges of open and public consumption of marijuana didn’t make it past jury selection Wednesday. Denver County Court Judge Fred Rodgers declared a mistrial for International Church of Cannabis founders Steve Berke, Lee Molloy and Briley Hale after city prosecutors decided they couldn’t seat a six-person jury. The three defendants each face a misdemeanor charge of open and public consumption of marijuana and violating the Colorado Clean Indoor Act. They were issued citations following an April 20, 2017, undercover Denver Police sting conducted during their church’s private, invitation-only 4/20 celebration at which many of the 200-plus attendees smoked marijuana in designated consumption areas. The municipal case is being … [Read more...] about Mistrial declared for Denver cannabis church leaders charged with open and public marijuana consumption
A Boulder man faces attempted murder charges after he allegedly choked a nurse to the point of unconsciousness with her own stethoscope last week. Jesse Owen Williams, 30, was charged with second-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree assault and three crime of violence sentence enhancers. According to an affidavit, Williams was admitted to Boulder Community Health’s Foothills Hospital on Arapahoe Avenue on Feb. 20 for a psychiatric issue, but was described as calm and cooperative when he came in. When a nurse told Williams that he was being transferred to a different facility, witnesses said Williams grabbed her around the neck and put her in a choke hold, then began choking her with the stethoscope around her neck. The nurse briefly lost consciousness before security guards were able to tackle Williams and free the nurse. Read the full story at DailyCamera.com. … [Read more...] about Boulder man charged with attempted murder after allegedly choking nurse with her own stethoscope
CLAYTON • A Spanish Lake man filed fraudulent documents claiming $100 billion in property liens against four St. Louis County judges, lawyers, a police officer and another man, charges say.Some of those fraudulent filings against the judges appear to be in retaliation for rulings in earlier court cases involving the suspect, authorities say.Curtis Flanagan, 41, of the 1400 block of Villa Lago Drive in unincorporated St. Louis County, was charged Wednesday with two counts of filing a false lien with the Missouri Secretary of State, two counts of forgery and two counts of tampering with a judicial officer.Court documents say Flanagan in April and May of last year filed bogus financial statements with the St. Louis County Recorder of Deeds and Missouri Secretary of State claiming property liens against several people including St. Louis County Presiding Judge Douglas Beach, Circuit judge David Vincent III and municipal judges Craig Concannon and Daniel Brown.Flanagan … [Read more...] about Spanish Lake man forged $100 billion liens against judges, lawyers, others, charges say
A federal judge has upheld the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s charges against TCF Financial Corp. in regard to deceptive practices related to overdraft fees. However, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson last week dismissed two of the bureau’s claims regarding TCF’s policies toward debit card and ATM transaction disclosures. He found that TCF followed all federal regulations regarding those practices. Earlier this year, the bureau sued Wayzata-based TCF, claiming that the bank improperly enrolled thousands of customers into an opt-in program for service fees that cover overdrafts on their accounts. TCF has denied wrongdoing, saying it informs customers at least 20 times during the enrollment process that the fee is optional. TCF had filed a motion to dismiss the entire case. The claims in regard to the overdraft charges will proceed, although Magnuson narrowed the dates they cover to July 21, 2011, and after. TCF now has a deadline of Sept. 22 to respond to those … [Read more...] about Judge dismisses two claims in lawsuit against TCF, upholds consumer protection charges on overdraft fees
Absolutely shocking … Or not the slightest bit surprising, depending on your view of basketball programs run by a Mr. John Calipari. To be fair, Calipari is not named in the NCAA’s report, but … Well, duh! I’m thinking Kentucky might have some explaining to do. And Arizona, how lucky are you? Double lucky, I’d say. The two coaches your head-in-the-sand athletic director wanted to hire — Calipari and USC’s Tim Floyd — both have NCAA issues and nobody is surprised, except maybe your athletic director. Now, some housekeeping: The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported the NCAA violations today, and they’re supposedly in the “major” category. That’s not good. Not. Good. At. All. The alleged violations involve “knowing fraudulence or misconduct” on an SAT exam by a player on the 2007-08 team and paying almost $2,300 in travel expenses for an associate of a player. The player who allegedly cheated on the SAT is … [Read more...] about Breaking news: Memphis charged with NCAA violations. Shocking!