Friday, July 25 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:23:10 GMT
A sheriff's deputy in training now accused of a nearly year-old deadly hit and run suddenly stopped driving his pick-up truck sometime last year, neighbors say. Hunter Queen, 24, is locked up in the ShelbyMore >>
A sheriff's deputy recruit accused of a hit-and-run accident that happened nearly one year ago, suddenly stopped driving his pick-up truck sometime last year, neighbors say. More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:19:19 GMT
(WMC) - A proposal could force drivers to pay for using Interstate 40 in Arkansas. State leaders are considering setting up tolls. The tolls would help fund an I-40 expansion project from West MemphisMore >>
A proposal could force drivers to pay for using Interstate 40 in Arkansas. State leaders are considering setting up tolls.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:08:50 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis police crews are responding to a crash on Interstate 240 near Millbranch Road. Two vehicles and a bus are involved. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation smart map,More >>
Memphis police crews responded to a crash on Interstate 240 near Millbranch Road on Friday afternoon. More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:44:32 GMT
(WMC) – The funeral home where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s body was prepared after his assassination is celebrating 100 years. R.S. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home, located on Vance Avenue, does muchMore >>
The funeral home where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s body was prepared after his assassination is celebrating 100 years.More >>
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover has been ordered to sign off on funding for a dog park in the city.
That's the ruling handed down by Judge Leon Emanuel Thursday morning in Caddo District Court.
"I hope this will bring all the parties together again and start a conversation with how do we move forward with a dog park," said City Council Member, Michael Corbin.
It's a victory for the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance, which filed the suit claiming Mayor Cedric Glover was violating the city charter and his oath of office by not approving funding for the $280,000 project already signed by the Shreveport City Council and the Red River Waterway Commission.
Mayor Glover, who was not present in the courtroom Thursday, has until June 21 to sign the agreement before he can be found in contempt.
City Attorney Terri Scott declined to comment on the ruling, saying "We are just the attorneys."
Dog Park Alliance Attorney Dan Keele says they are happy with the court's decision, and says the issue was never a personal one. Keele says the alliance is excited about working with the mayor on the project.
"We're very comfortable with the outcome of the case at this level, obviously the attorney for the mayor has indicated they intend to take it up to another court for review, whether they do that or not is up to them," said Keele.
The proposed park will be located at Hamel Memorial Park, off of Clyde Fant Parkway.
Officials said Wednesday that no matter what the judge ruled, it will be a long road ahead before the dog park is up and running. "There is construction that has to be planned, and bids that have to go out and things like that. So we are probably still looking at a number of months or even a year long process if we begin to move forward on this," says City Council Member Michael Corbin.
Corbin says some rules have already been discussed including what type of dogs are allowed and what owners will need to do before they bring their dogs to the park. He also says even though the park would most likely be maintained by Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation, it's still up in the air on whether SPAR would handle all of the maintenance at the park.
Glover's office released a statement Thursday afternoon, pointing out that a dog park was not "tagged as the highest item" on a list of priorities compiled in 2009 by a citizen-driven coalition assembled to identify project needed along the riverfront.
The statement goes on to say that "the idea of a dog park is fine but these parks also come with problems and challenges,'' Mayor Glover said. "There is ongoing costs and maintenance to consider once it's built and there also will be operational issues to address; such as the fact that there is no one currently available on the city's staff to police and operate this park on a regular basis.''
Furthermore, Glover says Judge Emanuel's ruling effectively diminishes the checks and balances that exist between the city's Executive and Legislative branches.
"What the judge has done is essentially neuter the powers of the office of the Mayor,'' Mayor Glover said. "Going forward, all the council would need is five votes to basically set aside any action taken by the lone public official elected by a vote of the entire city, thus opening the door for special interest groups to place undue pressure on individual council members in order to facilitate efforts that may or may not have the best interest of the entire populace at heart.''
Mayor Glover has the option to appeal the judge's ruling, possibly taking the battle to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Thursday, May 16 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-16 21:35:24 GMT
The following is the full text of Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover's statement released Thursday afternoon in response to the ruling ordering him to sign off on funding a dog park.More >>
The following is the full text of Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover's statement released Thursday afternoon in response to the ruling in Caddo District Court ordering him to sign off on an agreement to fund a dog park in the city or risk being found in contempt of court.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:04:58 GMT
The victim of a vicious gang rape is warning other women in the metro area. The victim and her attorney talked about the attack exclusively with WLBT. The 35-year-old woman, whose identity we are protecting,More >>
The victim, whose identity we are protecting, said, "He put the gun to my head and told me to take my clothes off. And that's when I couldn't do nothing. I was just standing there crying. And the other dude came from behind the truck. He put one in my side. And they bent me over in my front seat and they started raping me over and over again." More >>
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 >>
Friday, July 25 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:23:15 GMT
Police planned Friday to present their case to prosecutors on whether charges should be filed against an 80-year-old man who fatally shot of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.More >>
Prosecutors Friday were waiting for the results of a police investigation into the killing of a burglar by an 80-year-old California homeowner who says he shot the woman in the back as she fled his home and ran down an...More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:12:23 GMT
(WMC) - A Memphis home for the elderly is under scrutiny after two incidents involving residents happened within two days this week. Tonight, one of them remains missing. The other resident is hospitalized. TheMore >>
A Memphis home for the elderly is under scrutiny after two incidents involving residents happened within two days this week.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:49:54 GMT
(WMC) – It's Freebie Friday and WMC Action News 5's Lindsey Brown found a ton of freebies this week from museums, movies, to moves on the dance floor! Back-to-school haircuts As the kids get closer toMore >>
It's Freebie Friday and WMC Action News 5's Lindsey Brown found a ton of freebies this week from museums, movies, to moves on the dance floor!More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 8:01 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:01:23 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis police took a Shelby County Sheriff's deputy recruit into custody Thursday afternoon at a training academy. Hunter Queen, 24, was booked into jail around 4 p.m., but his charges remainMore >>
Memphis police arrested a deputy recruit at the Shelby County sheriff's training academy Thursday after an investigation revealed he could be the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run. More >>