Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:28:06 GMT
(WMC) - All but two of the more than 30 teen who escaped a juvenile detention center in early September have been captured. A Mid-South woman, who asked us not to use her name, says her 17-year-old sonMore >>
All but two of the more than 30 teen who escaped a juvenile detention center in early September have been captured.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:10 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:10:32 GMT
(WMC) - A man rescued from his sinking car in DeSoto County flood waters thanked the Horn Lake firefighter who saved his life. Only on WMC Action News 5, hear his terrifying story and find out why he couldMore >>
A man rescued from his sinking car in DeSoto County flood waters thanked the Horn Lake firefighter who saved his life.More >>
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
There's no denying. Councilman Zack Reed is one of Cleveland's most visible and engaging city leaders. He's currently sponsoring hot topic legislation like a driver texting ban. And pushed for improvements in his ward, like and ecco-friendly rain garden.
But it's been Reed's very public, private life that sometimes overshadows his good deeds. His battle with the bottle--one he says he is now winning---was well documented by 19 Action News as far back as 2006.
And now there are questions being raised about Reed's relationship with a woman named DeShae Howard. In 2009, DeShae was working for Quicken Loans when she met Reed at a bar. Reed says: "You go out and see somebody that's attractive and you say, can we go out? So we did."
It was good timing on DeShae's part. While she was dating Reed, the councilman happened to be looking for a new executive assistant. He quickly found one in DeShay.
Both Reed and DeShae insisted they stopped dating once she started working. But she says the Councilman wasn't on board with the decision.
"Hi, I'm calling about Zack Reed," said a caller on Monday's voice mail. "Councilman Zack Reed."
When Monday returned Deshae Howard's call, she accused her then boss of stalking her, even sitting in his car outside her home at 3 a.m.
"She says you were stalking her," Monday told Reed, who answered, "at the end of the day, Carl, you know if that's true, there's a mechanism and procedure in place to take that from an allegation to a realization."
Carl Monday Investigations checked and found no record that DeShae ever filed a formal complaint with the City's Human Resources Department or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
"I'm asking you, were you stalking her?" No, of course not," Reed assured Monday.
By phone, DeShae had shared what she said were emails and texts sent by Reed.
"Please 'Shay,' I want to see your cute butt and legs. I love you so much. I can't live without you."
Was she making those messages up?
"I can't say...ha....I know I don't remember sending it," replied Reed.
Reed said DeShae's performance as his assistant was "subpar," awarding her a "C" grade.
The grade contradicts what 19 Action News found in DeShae Howard's personnel file. During her two years on the job, Reed paid DeShae thousands of dollars in pay raises from his City Council expense account, in addition to her $18-an-hour salary. One raise hiked DeShae's salary by $600 a month. Not bad for an employee whom Reed now says:
"She wasn't bad. She wasn't terrible."
In recommending the raises, Reed said he was rewarding DeShae for her "dedication and service to the residents of Ward 2. Now, Reed says those were "just words."
So why did DeShae quit? And why now, the allegations of sexual harassment? Reed says DeShae had asked for a letter of recommendation after she quit. He says he wanted the request in writing. She refused. He declined to write the recommendation letter and DeShae got upset.
"She was gonna call Channel 19. I said call 'em," Reed recalled saying.
That was back in July. DeShae has since moved out of town, found another job, and decided not to pursue the story with 19 Action News. But she did return to town a few weeks ago. In fact, Reed says she called and asked him out to lunch. They met at the Nauti Murmaid in the Warehouse District, but Reed says the allegations of stalking and sexual harassment never came up.
Reed continues to insist he did nothing wrong:
"You're a good investigative reporter," Reed told Monday. "Go look at my file. There's never been any allegations against Councilman Zack Reed."
But in this tangled web of love and politics, Reed may not have the last word. In a phone message left on Monday's phone last week, DeShae said she still may pursue the allegations down the road against her former boss and boyfriend---Zack Reed.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:41:22 GMT
MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties, carrying bat caught trespassing at elementary school A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school andMore >>
A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school and causing a bizarre disturbance just before more than a hundred children were due to come in for lunch. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:21:47 GMT
(WMC) - Police were called to an early morning accident where a car crashed through two yards along Rhodes Avenue and Wedgewood Street in Memphis. Witnesses say at least three passengers were in the car. TheMore >>
Police were called to an early morning fatal accident where a car crashed through two yards along Rhodes Avenue and Wedgewood Street in Memphis.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:28:26 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis dispatchers tell WMC Action News 5 Corky's Ribs & BBQ on Poplar Avenue is being evacuated.There is smoke coming out of the restaurant. Investigators are still trying to figure out if somethingMore >>
Corky's Ribs & BBQ on Poplar Avenue was evacuated early Tuesday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:21 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:21:00 GMT
(WMC) - The Shelby County Sheriff's Office has reports of two school bus crashes on Austin Peay Highway. One is at the corner of Austin Peay and Pleasant Ridge involves a bus and a car. The other is atMore >>
A bus leaving Bolton High School with 32 children on board crossed the center line and hit a truck towing a Bobcat utility work vehicle.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:54:29 GMT
(WMC) - A former high school teacher and Memphis firefighter have been indicted for aggravated statutory rape. Investigators say Michael Lewis, 32, and his roommate Bryan Wilson, 32, raped the young girlsMore >>
A former high school teacher and Memphis firefighter have been indicted for aggravated statutory rape by the Shelby County District Attorney's office.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:15 GMT
(WMC) - "It's sad. It's sad. I can't begin to tell you," said 92-year-old Billie Williams. Williams is talking about her great-great-granddaughter, Chasity Forte, who she raised from the age of 13 monthsMore >>
"It's sad. It's sad. I can't begin to tell you," said 92-year-old Billie Williams. Williams is talking about her great-great-granddaughter, Chasity Forte, who she raised from the age of 13 months old. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:16:14 GMT
(WMC) - For over a century, Memphians graced the Tri-State Fair — later called the Mid-South Fair — typically held from mid-September to early October. The first "Shelby County Fair" ran for two days inMore >>
For over a century, Memphians dared rides, spectated various entertainment acts, and devoured food at the Tri-State Fair — later called the Mid-South Fair — once held from mid-September to early October in the Bluff City.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:55:55 GMT
Boone Police Officers received a call about the discovery of a dead body around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University. PoliceMore >>
The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University.More >>