Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:23:09 GMT
(WMC) – WMC Action News 5 Superintendent Week continues with Dr. William Bibb from Tipton County Schools discussing some changes parents and students should expect. "We have a new student management system.More >>
WMC Action News 5 Superintendent Week continues with Dr. William Bibb from Tipton County Schools discussing some changes parents and students should expect.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:04 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:04:15 GMT
(WMC) – A job fair specifically geared toward veterans is being held on Wednesday, July 30 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111 in theMore >>
A job fair specifically geared toward veterans is being held on Wednesday, July 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111 in the 1st Floor Entrance Meeting Room C.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:03 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:03:40 GMT
(WMC) – An investigation is underway to determine what caused an early Wednesday morning house fire. It happened in the 800 block of Pope Street, north of Summer Avenue, around 2:30 a.m. FirefightersMore >>
An investigation is underway to determine what caused an early Wednesday morning house fire.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:53 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:53:26 GMT
(WMC) – Memphis police are investigating a shooting that happened early Wednesday morning in the 1200 block of Wells Station Road. When WMC Action News 5 crews arrived on the scene around 12:15 a.m. theyMore >>
Memphis police are investigating a shooting that happened early Wednesday morning in the 1200 block of Wells Station Road.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Distribution is the lifeblood of the Memphis economy. The city, known as "America's Distribution Center," is the home of FedEx, 300 trucking companies, a large river port, and a major railroad hub.
Cargo thieves have taken note of all that freight traffic, and a task force is now working to fight cargo crime to protect our economy.
When a tractor trailer load of electronics, pharmaceuticals, or other valuable goods gets stolen around Memphis, FBI agent Torrence White gets a call.
"Sleep is very little," White said. "We get up in the middle of the night and we're on the interstate. We're looking."
The roads, river, rails and runways in Memphis make the area a prime target for cargo crooks. For instance, West Memphis police recently nabbed a pair would-be hijackers suspiciously scoping out a truck stop.
"These guys had laptop computers," said Lester Ditto of the Mid-South Cargo Security Council. "They had maps. They had binoculars and no good excuse for being over here."
Over two million trucks passed over the bridges at Memphis in 2009, and that only counts the trucks that had to stop at weigh stations.
"Of course they're going to come where the most freight is," Ditto said. "It's kind of like fishing. You're going to come where the fish are biting."
"We're talking about organizations who plan to take two or three trailers at a time, valued from $20,000 to $3 million dollars a pop," White added. "It's definitely an organized group, and that's what we're focused on."
Agent White is the only FBI agent assigned to the Mid-South Cargo Task Force. It works with local police and groups, like the Mid-South Cargo Security Council, led by Ditto, a logistics expert.
"What we're hearing from the FBI is the ties into cargo crime," Ditto said. "It's not just a property crime. It ties into terrorism to fund terrorism. The gangs are getting more bolder in taking freight because there's such a profit in it."
Cargo crooks try to pick off any load of value - even food and drinks. For instance, in January Chopper 5 was overhead when a pair was busted after being accused of stealing Red Bull energy drinks from the Navy Base in Millington. This kind of crime is so pervasive, two Memphis conferences are addressing cargo security this week: one for the cargo industry, another for law enforcement. It's all designed to keep Memphis and the Mid-South as free of cargo crime as possible!
184 law enforcement officers from all over America are at Embassy Suites in East Memphis this week for a conference on cargo crime. You can learn more about cargo crime by visiting the Mid-South Cargo Security Council's website by clicking here.
We're always interested in solution oriented people who are fighting crime in your neighborhood. Call our Taking Back Our Neighborhoods hotline with your story at 1-888-812-9131.
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:31:11 GMT
The Neshoba County fair began Monday, offering attendees hay rides, food and fun. "I grew up with the fair, I was about a week old when I came to my first one," said Dan Jordan, an attendee. JordanMore >>
The Neshoba County fair began Monday, offering attendees hay rides, food and fun.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:37 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:37:51 GMT
(WMC) - Maurice Brown Sr., who is accused of murdering his 3-year-old son, will stand trial beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Maurice Brown Jr. was reported missing on July 1, 2012. His fatherMore >>
The trial for Maurice Brown Sr., who is accused of murdering his 3-year-old son, began Tuesday morning in Memphis. More >>