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 >>
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Jovan Belcher's inexplicable actions in a matter of minutes Saturday morning has sparked a national conversation about guns, domestic violence, brain injuries in the NFL, teammates honoring a killer and other issues.
Belcher legally obtained the gun he used to riddle his girlfriend's body with bullets while his mother and infant daughter were inside the home. He then hastily drove to a parking lot at Arrowhead Stadium where he put a different gun to his head and pulled the trigger in front of a horrified head coach Romeo Crennel, general manager Scott Pioli and defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs, who was also Belcher's position coach. According to a police report, Belcher, who had thanked the Chiefs leaders for their support, pulled the trigger after he saw officers moving into place.
Belcher legally bought both handguns at an area gun shop and were both were registered to him, Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp said Monday night. Belcher for sport had gone target shooting at a gun range in the Kansas City area.
This revelation came as Maine media outlets reported domestic violence issues involving Belcher while he attended the University of Maine. He punched out a dormitory window, bloodying his hand, after he became upset over a girlfriend.
The Chiefs organization in recent weeks had been providing counseling to Belcher and Kasandra Perkins, who had been having relationship problems and arguments over money, according to the Kansas City Star, KCTV5's reporting partner. Belcher's mother had recently moved from New York to live with them to help them care for their 3-month-old daughter, Zoey.
The night before the killings, Perkins had attended a concert downtown with friends and Belcher had "partied" at the Power and Light District, police said. Perkins reportedly arrived home after 1 a.m. and the couple argued over how late she was out.
But what the couple argued about later that morning is still unclear.
"I don't know what made him snap," Crennel said. "I was surprised."
He said he tried to persuade Belcher not to take his own life.
"I was trying to get him to understand that life is not over, he still has a chance and let's get this worked out," said Crennel, who added that he doesn't have any regrets about what he said to Belcher in the last moments of his life.
When they spoke, Crennel said Belcher didn't tell him about shooting his girlfriend.
"I didn't know what had happened," Crennel said. "All I knew is it was a player with a gun, and that's not a good thing."
Belcher's frantic mother called 911 to report the shooting. The first officers were dispatched to Belcher and Perkins' home at 5401 Crysler at 7:52 a.m. Saturday. Once inside the home, officers found Perkins' lifeless figure lying on the floor of the master bedroom.
One report said she was shot nine time. She was rushed to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Less than 10 minutes after the officers arrived on the scene at Crysler, the first call came in about Belcher being at the practice facility with a gun.
Crennel said Monday that he didn't know of any major troubles in Belcher's life.
"Everyone handles issues differently, from dealing with Jovan, he seemed like a strong-willed individual to me," Crennel said. "He's a leader. He was sitting in the front of the classroom. He's the first to drills, all of those things. You're surprised by the events of the last few days."
The Chiefs have made counselors available to the entire organization. Crennel said he is trying to be a leader to his players and he said a chaplain has been especially helpful.
"I know the linebackers had a session today. The coaches will probably have a session tomorrow," Crennel said.
Crennel said he hasn't taken a position on players owning guns "because the law is what the law." He said different states have different laws so he wants players to know those laws.
"When we get guys, you have to educate them about laws in your state. Generally what we've attempted to do was tell them to know the law, turn your gun into our security people, let us hold onto it and then after that, if you need it, you can take it home," Crennel said. "You can go put it in your safe or whatever you need to do with it, but the law allows them to have guns."
The NFL prohibits guns at NFL events or NFL property such as Arrowhead.
NBC sports anchor Bob Costas has sparked debate after saying, "If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."
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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 >>