County Supported I-502 by State's Widest Margin
Not in This Neighborhood, Some Residents Now Say
SAN JUAN ISLAND - A drug operation is tucked into the trees on a San
Juan Island horse farm that neighbors have argued could lead to
"home-invasion robberies, thefts and murders."
The drug in question? Not cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine; rather,
it's marijuana, which David Rice received a permit in August to
cultivate in one of the island's first legal grow operations. And
possibly one of its last. In what some consider an appalling turn of
events on an island known for its agriculture, small-town feel and
strong sense of community, Rice laid off his 16 employees and shut
down his business, San Juan Sun Grown, in the face of a lawsuit from
angry neighbors that also threatens the horse-breeding and
riding-lessons business of his sister, Jenny Rice.
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Sworn Testimony Raises Questions Over 1999 Denver Police Shooting
Thursday, January 23, 2003 - Sworn statements about the death of Ismael
Mena raise troubling new questions about the much-criticized police
shooting, including findings that gunshot residue found on Mena's hand did
not come from a gun police said he fired at them.
Mena, a 45-year-old Mexican immigrant, was shot by a police SWAT team on
Sept. 29, 1999, after team members executing a drug search warrant entered
the wrong house. Police said they shot and killed an armed Mena after he
refused to drop his gun and then fired at them.
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Sunday, September 22, 2002 - OAK CREEK - Inside the VFW bar, the man next
to Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman would not stop.
Punctuating his points with two fingers, he jabbed her shoulder, hard.
Again and again.
Growing up, her daddy - the sweetest man until he drank, she said - used to
beat her, until one day she bested him with a chair and a fireplace poker.
So in the bar, after one jab too many, she turned, hooked one long, wiry
arm around the guy's waist and took him down.
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